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Commuters suffer traffic jams in Lahore due to PAT protest

F.P. Report

LAHORE: The residents and commuters of the area irking the partially closure of Mall Road Lahore on Wednesday for the grand protest of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and supporting by other major political parties against the Punjab and federal government.

The main roads of provincial capital Lahore including Mall Road, Bedin Road, Hall Road, Mazang Road, Jain Mandir Chowk, Lower Mall Road, Anarkali Bazaar, Cooper Road, Shahrah-e-Fatima Jinnah, Davis Road, Gawalmandi, Lakshmi Chowk, Katcheri Road, Egerton Road and other linking roads are facing severe traffic jams because of protest on the Mall road.

According to private news channel, the access to Mayo Hospital and Ganga Ram Hospital has been badly affected, as has the route to Lahore High Court and the lower courts.

Similarly, traders around the protest site on Mall Road are bearing the brunt of the protest and have chosen to close shop due to the lack of access to the area.

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Two policemen among three injured in hand grenade attack in Chaman

F.P. Report

QUETTA: As many as three people including two policemen were injured in a hand grenade attack on Wednesday in Chaman city of Balochistan.

According to police, the unknown attackers throw a hand grenade at the vehicle parked near Edhi check post in which three people including two policemen were injured in it.

Apparently the attackers wanted to target the police officials in the attack. Security officials and rescue officials reached the spot after the incident and shifted the injured to hospital.

Earlier,on Jan 9, a strong explosion rocked the Balochistan capital, killing at least seven people including five police personnel and injuring dozens others.

The blast took place near a police truck parked close to GPO Chowk on Quetta’s Zarghoon Road, located in the city’s high-security Red Zone, around 300 metres from the provincial assembly building. The road also leads to the Chief Minister’s Secretariat.

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CM orders judicial inquiry of Intizar murder case

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has decided to conduct judicial inquiry into the murder of Intizar Ahmed, spokesman says.

“The Sindh chief minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah received a letter from Ishtiaq Ahmed requesting him to conduct a judicial inquiry into the murder of his son Intizar Ahmed killed at Khayaban-i-Ittehad,” according to spokesman CM house Karachi.

The chief minister just after receiving the letter talked to Ashfaq Ahmed on telephone and assured him that he was going to conduct judicial inquiry as desired by him.

 “Let me a day to finalize all the formalities for judicial inquiry,” he asked him. He also told him that he was with him [Ishtiaq Ahmed] to redress all his apprehensions and reservation in terms of investigation into the murder of his son Intzar Ahmed.

The chief minister has directed the chief secretary Sindh to initiate necessary process for judicial inquiry.

Nineteen-year-old Intizar Ahmed has been fatally shot by undercover ACLC officers on Khayaban-i-Ittehad in Karachi’s Defence Housing Authority area on Saturday night after he failed to stop his vehicle at their signal.

After taking into custody six of the nine ACLC men accused (three have gone into hiding), DIG South-Zone Azad Khan had said that no leniency will be shown to the culprits. However, the deceased’s father is not satisfied the case will get fair treatment.

“When policemen themselves were involved in the murder of my son, how can I expect them to punish their own,” the grieving father said while asking the army chief and the chief justice to take notice of the incident.

He later sent a written request to the CM Sindh seeking a judicial inquiry, which the CM has been more than willing to accommodate.

Ishtiaq said he had seen the closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage of his son’s murder. “First, a black car stopped in front of my son’s car, forcing him to stop his vehicle,” he said. “Another car came from the left and then policemen in plainclothes reached there on a motorcycle. One policeman kept on shooting towards my son.”

The deceased’s father said there was an unknown girl in the car with his son and demanded that she must be brought to the fore as she is an eyewitness. “I don’t know who that girl was but she must be identified,” he said.

“I was shown the footage where the girl fled the scene,” Ishtiaq added.

Later, when the girl was identified, he said: “My son was sleeping at our home when she called him and asked him to come, after whom he left.”

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Police foil terror plot as BDS defuses two bomb in Quetta

F.P. Report

QUETT: Bomb Disposable Squad (BDS) defused two bombs which were planted by the roadside in Quetta and foiled a major terror plot in the area.

Police told media that a remote control bomb was planted by some unidentified criminals by the roadside in a cycle in Shafi Colony near Saryab Road in Quetta.

BDS and Police reached the spot immediately and blocked road for all kind of traffic. The BDS diffused the bomb and avoided a major disaster in the area.

BDS started search in the surrounding area with the aim to make sure the safety of the masses and they found another bomb which was also diffused and the area was declared clear.


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Ahsan Iqbal asks international community to do its part to combat terrorism

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal Tuesday said efforts to combat the menace of terrorism would not yield the desired results if the international community did not fulfill its obligations.

“Pakistan is doing its part. We hope the international community will also do its part because our efforts will only succeed when the world will fulfill its obligations,” he said addressing the launch of national counter-terrorism decree ‘Paigham-e-Pakistan’ (Message of Pakistan) at the President House.

The decree has been prepared by Islamic Research Institute of International Islamic University, Islamabad in consultation with religious scholars of all school of thought and Wafaqul Madaris.

Ahsan Iqbal said Pakistan would not allow the use of its soil for carrying out attacks against anyone. He said in Islam, which was a religion of peace, punishment was only awarded by the state and only it had the right to declare ‘Jihad’.

“Islam is a peaceful religion. The Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) has given the message of peace and respect not only for the Muslims but for all,” he added.

He underlined the need to resolve current burning issues saying that the international community would have to listen to the voice of people of Kashmir, Burma and Palestine.

Emphasizing the need for promoting unity and solidarity, he said only peace and unity could grant a prosperous Pakistan.

He said that when industrial revolution took place some 400 years ago, the Muslims did not pay attention towards that and lagged behind from Europe and the rest of the world.

“But now after the industrial revolution, the education revolution is knocking at our doors. For a bright future, we’ve to set our direction right. But this is not possible without achieving peace and stability,” he added.

He said it was a matter of concern that as to why even after 70 years of creation of Pakistan, the dream of a welfare Islamic state could not get materialized.  “Instead of blaming others, we need to do introspection. We will have to remain alert. The creation of Pakistan was aimed at establishing an Islamic welfare state, where citizens could live with dignity and peace,” he maintained.

The minister said all those, who sacrificed their lives in the war against terrorism, deserved gratitude. He said the problems being faced by Pakistan today to a large extent were the result of the attitude of powers, who wanted to defeat the Soviet Union. After the Soviet War, they went back, leaving piles of arms. They did not pay any attention towards economic development of the region.

Pakistan, he added, had been hosting Afghan refugees for the last 30 years and the world could not blame it for not doing anything.

He said the ‘Paigham-e-Pakistan’ was aimed at giving equal rights to all citizens irrespective of their religion, ethnicity and language. He said if the two-nation theory was the basis of Pakistan’s creation, then the one-nation theory was necessary for its existence.

He said the Muslim countries would have to pay attention towards science and technology for a prosperous future.  He expressed the hope that the ‘Paigham-e-Pakistan’ would provide a platform on the basis of which Pakistan would become an Asian Tiger and a true welfare Islamic state as envisioned by Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

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PML-N govt fails on all fronts: Sirajul Haq

F.P. Report

LAHORE: Ameer,  Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Senator Siraj-ul-Haq, has said that the PML(N) government was a complete failure on all fronts and ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who had been wielding all the powers, was responsible for that.

Talking to the media after the opening session of the JI central Shoora at Mansoroa, he said that the elections according to the schedule were the only way to steer the country out of the present uncertain situation.

Sirajul Haq said that Nawaz Sharif had not appoint a full time Foreign Minister for over four years and instead kept the foreign portfolio with himself. As such, he was to be blamed for the government’s failure to have good relations with the neighbouring countries.

He said that the ousted Premier came into power for many times but failed to put any of the state institutions in order. He said that the PML(N) government was on its way out. Therefore, it should not take any major decision such as of the privatization of the PIA.

The JI chief said that the rulers’ blind slavery of the US resulted in the                                                                  martyrdom of thousand citizens including the armed forces, and the country suffered financial loss to the tune of 130 billion dollars but the US was still issuing threat s to the country.

He said that the JI stood with the PAT Chairman Dr Tahirul Qadri for the grant of justice to the 14 PAT workers killed in Model Town and a high level JI delegation would join the PAT protest on Jan. 17. He said it was a matter of shame that the killers of fourteen citizens at Model Town were not traced nor any FIR was registered against them.

Sirajul Haq said that rigged and engineered elections would not be acceptable to the  nation and any attempt to rig elections through ill gotten wealth and abduction of the election staff or to change the election results would not succeed this time.  He said it was high time to face the plunderers and thugs in the country’s politics in order to strengthen democratic system. He said the general public had lost confidence in the democratic system which had failed to provide them basic facilities of life. However, he said, there was no option except to run the country in accordance with the constitution and to strictly observe merit.

The JI chief said that the JI petition for the accountability of all those named in the Panama leaks was pending before the Supreme Court as the accountability process was not  complete with the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif.  He said that the accountability would be complete only when the ill gotten wealth of the plunderers was recovered.

Sirajul Haq said that the government, the police and security agencies had lost the public trust due to their failure to trace Zainab’s killers so far.  He said if the Punjab Chief Shahbaz Sharif strong nerves, he would have visited Zainab’s residence in the broad day light and offered his sympathize to her father.

He said that police and security agencies considered the masses as insects and believed that their only duty was to protect the ruling elite. Therefore, the masses would have to arrange for their security by themselves.

Sirajul Haq said that the JI had an honest and competent leadership to pull the country out of the present mess.


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WPC plans to start awareness drive on child abuse

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Women Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) on Tuesday decided to create awareness in public about child abuse by starting seminars, teachers training and parental guidance on the matter.

The decision was made in the WPC meeting which held here in wake of growing incidents of child abuse.

While chairing the meeting, Secretary WPC Shaista Pervaiz Malik said that parents are mainly responsible for the protection of their children. She said that there was a need to have further legislation, police reforms and other initiatives in this regard.

Shaista asked the members of the meeting to give their suggestions for the betterment of the society.She said that WPC would consult the Education Ministry and Religious Ministry to have joint strategy on this issue.

Members of the meeting said that there should be awareness campaigns to make children as well as parents to get knowledge of such social evils with start of training sessions with teachers and students at schools and colleges.

The members of the meeting agreed that there should be exemplary punishments to those culprits who were involved in child abuse cases. They said that immediate punishment should be given to those culprits.

They stressed upon the data collection on crime rate besides data of culprits and trend of punishment.

They also stressed that there should be betterment in police reforms and in order to control happening of such incidents, awareness on policemen and officials was also essential. They said that instead of taking departmental action against low-ranking police officers in happening of any such incident, action should should be taken against respective high-ranking police officers.

They said that these cases should be heard in anti-terrorists courts. They said that religious scholars should also be taken on board on the issue.

They said that NGOs should visit door to door in awareness campaigns on these serious issues like child abuse and that there was a need to included related subjects in curriculum to educate children.


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Construction work of roads to be started soon: NA told

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Communications Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhry on Tuesday informed the National Assembly that construction of roads in Balochistan province will be started soon after the approval of funds by the Prime Minister.

He stated this while responding to a calling attention notice moved by Naeema Kishwer Khan regarding not taking steps for construction of Dukni-Bukki-Loralai Quetta, Taunsa Drag, Musakhali, Loralai and Spra Ragha Loralai roads in Balochistan.

The minister said that a comprehensive report will be submitted to Prime Minister within two week. He said that a letter had been forwarded to Prime Minister for the construction of the roads by the local MNA. The Prime Minister has sought a report from the NHA about the status of the roads, he added.

However, he said that mentioned roads are not coming under the purview of the National Highway Authority (NHA). He said these roads are in rural areas and are not main highway.

However he said, “Soon after the approval of the projects and funds, the construction work will be started on the roads.”

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Policeman shot dead in Quetta

F.P. Report

QUETTA: A police constable was killed on Tuesday after unknown gunmen opened fire on him at Raisani Road in Quetta.

The attacker managed to escape after committing the crime abd it is appeared to be target killing. The deceased constable is identified as Naseer Ahmed and he was targeted when he was on way to duty.

Police and security forces reached the spot and investigation have been launched to trace the culprits and motives behind the killing.

Last week, a strong explosion rocked the Balochistan capital, killing at least seven people including five police personnel and injuring dozens of others.

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Government to provide full security for PAT’s protest on Wednesday

F.P. Report

LAHORE: Government to provide full fledged security to the particiapants of sit-in which is announced by Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) and other parties on January 17.

Punjab government decided this in a meeting which was held on Monday night. The meeting decided that strict checking will be conducted at the city’s entry and exit points and the police officers will remain unarmed during the duty.

To ensure the security of the protestors, government decided to call police personnel from adjoining cities.

It is noteworthy that earlier this month, PAT chief Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri had announced to commence a campaign against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) government, starting January 17.

Almost all parties of the opposition, including the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), have already disclosed their decision to join PAT’s protest.