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NAB investigating Saad & Sherpao

Jalil afridi

Washington DC: The National Accountability (NAB) has quietly stared investigation into the much talked about housing society of Khawaja Saad Rafique, the once outspoken leader of PML(N) who was known for challenging the writ of judiciary and armed forces.

Under the leadership of new Chairman NAB, Justice (R) Javed Iqbal, it is expected that the tarnished image of NAB will be changed once and for all and no corrupt politician or bureaucrat will be spared. In this regard the new chairman NAB has given clear cut instruction to all the regional/provincial heads of NAB that no leniency should be taken against any individual irrespective of their political affiliation.

Khawaja Saad Rafique is already aware of this investigation and has not only opted to cooperate but has also approached certain quarters that if he is provided relief he would be more than willing to provide any sort of evidence needed against Nawaz Sharif and his family. But those quarters have not shown any interest to the offer of Saad Rafique.

Another investigation which the NAB has started is related to Aftab Sherpao. This investigation is related to the story which was originally published in The Frontier Post many years ago.

 

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Egypt says air force kills militants after attack

CAIRO (AFP): Egypt’s military said Tuesday its air force had carried out a desert raid, killing “a large number of terrorist elements” responsible for the deaths of 16 policemen earlier this month.

The policemen were killed in an October 20 shootout with militants on the road between Cairo and the Bahariya oasis in the Western Desert, a rare flare-up outside the Sinai Peninsula.

Authorities are fighting the Egyptian branch of Daesh, which has killed hundreds of security personnel in northern Sinai, more than 500 kilometres from the site of this month’s clash.

The state television said Tuesday the military had acted on “confirmed information” on the whereabouts of the militants involved.

The air force attacked a hideout in “a mountainous area west of Fayoum” south of Cairo, it said.

The raid destroyed three four-wheel-drive vehicles carrying large quantities of weapons, ammunition and “extremely explosive material”, it said.

Armed forces and police are combing the area for other fugitives, it added.

The defence ministry said that on October 20 it had sent police to the area, less than 200 kilometres southwest of Cairo, after learning that militants there were “hiding, training and preparing to carry out terrorist operations”.

As they approached, militants opened fire with heavy weapons, triggering a shootout that lasted several hours and also left 13 police officers injured and one missing, the ministry said.

No group has yet claimed responsibility.

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Iraqi forces advance to edge of final Daesh bastion Al-Qaim

BAGHDAD (AFP): Iraqi forces on Tuesday battled up to the edge of Al-Qaim, the largest town still held by Daesh in the country, as they pushed a final assault on the militants.

Iraq’s Joint Operations Command said government troops – backed by US air strikes and tribal fighters – captured the village of Al-Obeidi, some 20 kilometres from the Syrian border on the eastern outskirts of the town.

“IS fighters resisted the advance of the troops, but the majority retreated to positions in the centre of Al-Qaim,” it said in a statement.

Al-Qaim and the surrounding pocket of barren desert territory along the Euphrates river is now the last remnant in the country of the self-styled caliphate Daesh declared after rampaging across Iraq and Syria in 2014.

Iraq launched the offensive on the Al-Qaim region – which also includes the smaller town of Rawa – on Thursday to finish off a punishing campaign that saw it force the militants out of their major urban stronghold Mosul in July.

Al-Obeidi was “one of the most important locations for IS fighters, who were there in great numbers,” local tribal militia commander Qatari al-Obeidi told AFP.

“They had arms caches and production lines for making explosives and preparing suicide bombers.”

Since the start of the offensive, last week government forces have also retaken a cement plant and phosphate processing facility, said operation commander General Abdel Amir Yarallah.

As Iraq makes its final push, Daesh is also battling for survival against competing offensives backed by the US and Russia in the territory just over the porous border in Syria.

Long before the rise of Daesh, Al-Qaim became renowned as a hotbed of insurgency in the wake of the US-led invasion in 2003.

The roughly 150,000 people living in the Al-Qaim region – with 50,000 inside the town itself – are from a small number of influential tribes.

Under Daesh, the town has been a vital supply route for its forces in Iraq and the oil-rich province of Deir Ezzor it once dominated over the border in Syria.

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Installing 10,000 CCTV under safe city programme: CM Murad

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah Tuesday said that under Safe City Programme (SCP) ten thousand new Closed-Circuit Television cameras (CCTV) are being installed in Karachi.

He stated this while talking to Ambassador of Norway to Pakistan Tore Nedrebo who called on him at chief minister house, said spokesman for the chief minister.

CM Murad said that due to the improved law and order situation in the metropolis the hotel industry is growing and there is better environment for investment.

The ambassador felicitated the chief minister for restoration of law and order situation in the city. He said that they were working at Bin Qasim power project.

He showed interest for working in the field of solar energy and technical education with Sindh government.

The chief minister, on the occasion, offered him to be part in vocational training courses in the province. Adding that his government is working for the prosperity of the people.

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Parliamentary leaders decide to retain 272 NA seats

ISLAMABAD (Online): The parliamentary leaders have decided to retain 272 seats of National Assembly anyhow delimitation of new constituencies would be done with the proportion of the population.

The decision was taken in a meeting of parliamentary leaders, which was held here Tuesday with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the chair.

The constitutional amendment would be approved from the National Assembly, in this regard. The meeting was told that seven seats from Punjab have been lapsed while Khyber Pakhtoonkha’s four, Balochistan two and Federal Capital’s one more seat has been increased.

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) expressed serious concerns about the results o census in Sindh. Representatives of both parties said that although some reservations exist there but were ready for timely election. Election Commission officials underlined the need legislation regarding delimiting of new constitutions to avert any delay in election.

Later talking to media, Speaker National Assembly said the bill of delimitation of constituencies will likely to be approved during the current session of National Assembly. He said extension of delimitation of constituencies will be on the basis of population.

To a question, he said Election Commission was able to hold election in time. He ruled out the impression of technocrat government. He said the power would be handed over to the party, which will clinch victory in the general elections.

Earlier, in his opening remarks, the Speaker said the Election Commission has requested the parliament to consider the issue on priority basis so that general elections are not delayed on this account.

Talking to media persons, Parliamentary leader of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Farooq Sattar said delimiting of constituencies is done with the numbers of voters across the globe. He said it was an old practice to delimit constituencies with the proportion of the population.

He expressed reservations about population of Karachi, saying his party has already approached the court. He further said his party was fully supporting PPP, in this respect.

Opposition leader, Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah, Syed Navid Qamar, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Farooq Sattar, Akram Durrani, Zahid Hamid, Sheikh Aftab, Ghaus Baskhsh Mehr, Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, Chairman NADRA and Secretary Election Commission attended the meeting.

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Imran was only politician who did not offer condolence on BB’s death: Bilawal

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari fired shots at PTI chief Imran Khan in an interview to a private television channel, claiming that the former cricketer was the only politician who had not offered his condolences after his mother Benazir Bhutto had died.

In his first ever interview a private news channel, Bilawal Bhutto said that PTI chief Imran Khan had introduced the politics of bad language in Pakistan which he was trying to end. “I’m trying to bring back the politics of decency in the country and to engage the youth in it,” he said.

Bilawal slammed Imran Khan, stating in the interview that a lot of time and money had been invested in making the cricketer-turned-politician a leader of national stature. “Edhi sahab’s interview is on record in which he said that Imran and Hamid Gul had threatened to kidnap him,” he said.

Regarding the PTI chief, Bilawal said that Imran had penned an opinion piece for a British newspaper one day after the Karsaz attack, blaming his mother Benazir Bhutto for the people that had been killed.

“When my mother was assassinated, even the Amir of Jamaat-e-Islami came to Garhi Khuda Bakhsh to offer his condolences,” he said. “However, he remains the only politician who did not do so.” The Bhutto scion on challenges being faced by Sindh government

In response to a question, Bilawal admitted that there were challenges that the party was facing and that its messages were not being delivered with as much precision as other political parties.

“However, this is not the first time that PPP has been counted out,” he said. “As you remember, we had only 17 seats in the 1997 elections but then in 2002 we emerged with the highest vote count in the country,” he added.

Regarding development projects in Sindh, Bilawal conceded that the province was beset with problems and challenges but he said that the Sindh government was tackling those issues.

“The media perception that the best governance is being followed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and then Punjab is wrong,” he said. “In Sindh, the government does take steps to address challenges,” he added.

He spoke of how there were hospitals in Sindh that were offering free treatment to the poor and said that the media should do a little to provide credit to the PPP where it deserved. “Criticising us is your right as journalists but please where it is due, give us a little credit as well,” he said.

The Bhutto scion rejected any possibility that PPP was in favour of a technocratic setup in the country and said that he was quite sure elections would be held according to schedule in Pakistan.

“If there were to be a technocratic setup, PPP and I will be the first to stand up against it,” he said.

Bilawal said that it was not possible for him to support any technocratic setup since he was chairman of PPP, a party that had always opposed dictatorship and stood for democracy in the country.

“How is possible for the grandson of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and the son of Benazir Bhutto to support a technocratic setup?” he asked.

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Tomato’s price rises by Rs30 while Onion’s rises by Rs10 per Kg

KARACHI (NNI): Tomato and Onion prices skyrocket yet again in Karachi due to widening gap between supply and demand due to short supply from Sindh, causing the price of tomatoes at Rs150 per Kg, to cross even the price of live chicken which stands at Rs130 per Kilogram.

The price of onions has also increased to a staggering Rs80 per Kg after an increase of Rs10 per Kg.

The high prices have made it difficult for consumers to afford these vegetables which are almost necessary ingredients for daily meals.

On the other hand, the consumers hold that prices fluctuate due to government’s fragile policies which are still being ignored as government is busy solving their personal political issues.

The consumers are complaining that price control committee is also doing nothing in this regard and are afraid that the rates of tomatoes, which are already higher than chicken, will rise further if no action is taken by the administration.

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Polio team assaulted in Hyderabad

HYDERABAD (INP): Unidentified people assaulted a polio vaccination team in Heerabad Qureshi area of the city on Tuesday after a reported disagreement by the family to get their children vaccinated.

The anti-polio team did not have a police escort with it. Following the incident, the vaccination campaign was suspended in the area.

Police officials said the incident was caused after male members of a family began arguing with a polio team that had administered vaccination drops to eligible children.

Polio officials Naveed, Kainat and Jannat claim they had the family’s permission to administer the vaccine but were assaulted by the male members as they did not want their children to take the drops.

Following the incident, police arrived on scene but the attackers had left. However, police detained two people, reported to be brothers of the attackers, and are investigating the case after lodging a report on the complaint of the polio team.

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Influential lives in hospitals, poor inmates deprived of tablets: CJ SHC

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Chief Justice Sindh Court Justice Ahmed Ali Shaikh on Tuesday remarked that poor inmates are deprived of tablets to cure fever whereas influential ones are accommodated in the city’s hospital.

He passed these remarks, while hearing a bail plea of Ali Raza, the National Bank of Pakistan’s former president and his accomplices.

The court was informed that Ali Raza was admitted in hospital and his medical condition demanded that his bail plea should be accepted. The counsel of accused further submitted that medical board has suggested him complete rest.

On this chief justice inquired as on whose directives was the medical board formed? The influential ones when sent to jail lands in hospital for accommodation, he said. Chief Justice, then, adjourned the hearing directing both prosecutor and counsel of accused to present more arguments on next hearing.

Earlier in august this year The Frontier Post reported that Shahrukh Jatoi, convicted murderer of Shehzeb Khan, a Karachi youth killed in December, 2012, lived in one of the Karachi hospitals instead of jail.

According to official letter from Hasan Sahito, Superintendent Karachi central jail, listing inmates accommodating in different health facilities of the city, Shahrukh Jatoi, son of the landlord, who had killed son of police officer, lives at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC).

The letter reveals that Jatoi and his accomplices had never lived in cell reserved for death row prisoners.

According to official, influential parents of Shahrukh have told the court that their son was suffering from depression in jail and needed proper medication in a hospital. For this purpose, the jail authorities have been heavily bribed, according to reports.

Further, under trial prisoner at the central jail, Salman Abro, the son of a police SSP who, along with his guards, killed Suleman Lashari on Khayaban-e-Shamsheer in May, 2014, lives in a ward of the National Institute of Cardio Vascular Disease (NICVD).

Moreover, two senior police officers, Police AIG Fida Hussain Shaikh and his SSP Tanvir Ahmed Tahir, who were arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in a Rs50 million corruption case, also live at the JMPC and NICVD.

This phenomenon is, however, not new.

While both prisons of Karachi present a gloomy picture of tormented prisoners being jailed there, the well-off under trial prisoners and convicts, especially those having political backing, have found in a private hospital in the upper-class Clifton neighborhood a best and luxurious accommodation, The Frontier Post ad revealed in its report published on 30th September 2013.

Three VIP rooms at the third and fourth floor of the hospital, owned by a former PPP minister, were occupied by persons accused of huge corruption. However, the police took two of them, namely Moeen Shaikh and Javed on last Thursday evening, ending their prolonged and comfortable stay.

According to hospital sources Moeen Shaikh was using the room no-2006 at third floor for more than two years while Javed was being accommodated in room no 417 at fourth Floor. Though the exact date of his admission could not be known, a doctor in the facility told on the condition of anonymity that Javed was living there for several months.

The hospital record shows that Moeen Shaikh was advised for hospital observation by his consultant Dr Asif Farooqi, a senior physician in the hospital’s Clifton branch.

When this scribe contacted admission and discharge department of the hospital, the front desk staff on duty informed that daily charges of room no 2006 at third floor were Rs 9000 while the one at fourth floor could be acquired at Rs 10,000 per day. An estimate of his stay suggests that Shaikh might have paid from 8 to 10 million only as room charges to the facility.

Moeen Shaikh, sources said, was produced before the anti-corruption court in Karachi on Friday, 27 September but it could not be known whether he was granted bail or sent to Jail on judicial custody. He, however, had not turned back to the hospital till Sunday evening.

Adnan Zaman who was arrested for the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) payment of about Rs 60 Crore to fictitious and bogus exporters under the garb of 25 per cent freight subsidy, managed to get room no-2007 at third floor on 18 June 2013, just weeks after his arrest and is enjoying this facility for the last over hundred days despite serious graft charges.

The 54 years old Zaman was referred by his consultant Dr Faisal Memon of the said hospital. According to hospital’s statistics he had either paid to hospital or was liable to pay Rs 936,000 as room charges only till the filling of this report.

When The Frontier Post inquired about the average stay under medical observation an admission department official told that it was two to three days. He further told that there could be serious cases with prolong stay but their major chunk of time is spent in ICU. The patient, gone in Coma is exception, he said.

Dr. Mirza Tasawar Baig, assistant professor and a spokesman for the Ziauddin Medical University insisted that patient could be retained for years in case of chronic diseases. He, however, showed his ignorance regarding the three cases in question, guessing there might be solid grounds to put the accused under medical observation for long time.

The Frontier Post tried to contact the concerned consultants but the phone number of both Dr Amir Farooqi and Dr Faisal Memon were switched off.

According to rule and procedures the jail authorities writes to home department, requesting for the transfer of under trial prisoner to hospital, informed senior lawyer advocate Gandapur, who further stated that the home department then refers him to one of the services hospitals, which determines to which hospital he should be sent.

 

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Court sends Perveen Rehman murder suspect to jail

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: An Anti Terrorism Court in Karachi sent Amjad Hussain, a suspect in Perveen Rehman murder case, to jail on judicial remand here on Tuesday.

The court turned down request by the investigating officer (IO) to extend the physical remand of accused for further investigation.

Rehman, who was the Director of the Orangi Pilot Project (OPP), was gunned down by four men in a targeted attack near the Banaras fly-over in Orangi Town in March 2013. She was a vocal activist working against land and water mafia in the city.

Khan was arrested from Karachi’s Mangophir vicinity, on the directives of the Supreme Court issued on October 10.

While the authorities have managed to nab Ahmad also known as Pappu Kashmiri, Imran Swati, and Rahim Swati, three suspects named in the case — Moosa, Ayaz Swati, and Shaldar Khan — are on-the-run to date.

In November last year, Rahim had refused to accept the charges against him after he was indicted. Police then claimed that Swati was leader of Awami National Party (ANP) who had also association with TTP Swat.

Rahim Khan Swati, who was prime accused in murder of director Orangi Pilot Project (OPP), was arrested from Manghopir area of the city, SSP West Ghulam Azfar Mahesar told media here at news conference.

Mahesar told that it very difficult task to trace and arrest Swati as he was using several methods, including keeping different SIM cards to escape the arrest.

“Dozens of suspects involved in land grabbing, tanker mafia and extortion were also arrested for investigation by a joint interrogation team (JIT),” he further revealed.

The director of the Orangi Pilot Project was gunned down in a drive-by shooting near Banaras Flyover on March 13, 2013. The next day police claimed to have ‘resolved’ the case by killing Qari Bilal, a commander of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan in an encounter. They said Qari Bilal was the “mastermind”.

Another Bilal alias Tension, associated with MQM, was also taken into custody but he was freed by court for lack of evidences against him.

The people associated with project didn’t subscribe to the police view point on the case and forced them through apex court to start search of the real culprits. Subsequently, in March 2015, the police claimed to have arrested Ahmed Khan alias Pappu Kashmiri, from Mansehra in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Criminal son of a Prayer leader in one of the Banaras’s mosque, Kashmiri disclosed the name of Rahim Swati, who is former information secretary of Awami National Party (ANP), district West, Karachi.

Swati, who was living near the Orangi Pilot Project (OPP) head office, was once accused by Parveen Rehman of threatening her over the matters related to lands of the project.

Although Rahim Swati was very close to Bashir Jan, the ANP Sindh General Secretary, who has not applied for asylum in the US state of California, and was active local leader, a party spokesperson said those involved in case must be doing things as ‘individual act’. “Several criminals use the party name as an umbrella to cover up their crimes but ANP kicks them out once they are found guilty,” he said.

A leader of ANP in Metroville, however, told this scribe that Swati was never abandoned by his party until he absconded in the case after revelation of Ahmed Kashmiri.

Sources in West Zone police told that police will interrogate whether Swati was doing all this on his own or he enjoyed the patronage of party leaders. “Police will also look into whether Swati had quietly switched to Taliban,” official said.

When this scribe asked from Deputy Inspector General Police (DIGP) West Zone, Feroz Shah, whether Swati was still associated with ANP and if he had joined Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan – who were also having major share in land grabbing and illegal hydrant business – he said SSP West Ghulam Azfar Mahesar will respond.

Mahesar, however, didn’t respond to call upon which the question was texted to him but the Senior Superintend of Police didn’t respond till filing of this report.