LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab, Mian Shahbaz Sharif has said the rejected people by the nation are trying to interrupt the development progress of the country.
This he said on Sunday when Lord Nazeer Ahmed called on him. CM Shahbaz said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) believes in development of the country and continuously works for the welfare of the people.
He added that country are on the way of development and because of PML-N policies positive result are now coming and adding that we are working to give a accusation free and developed Pakistan to our future generations.
In the meeting, Lord Nazeer Ahmed appreciated the effort of CM said that he has taken revolutionary steps for the benefit of people and the province.
BADIN: Police raided in Qaudiabad area of Badin district on Sunday and arrested a 40-year-old man for attempting to marry a 10-year-old girl.
As per the private news channel, Police told that police team received information regarding the marriage that a man is trying to marry a minor girl in the area and it raided at the Nikah ceremony and arrested a 40 years old groom identified as Abdul Khaliq, and also arrested the nikhakhwan (cleric).
The arrested groom is married and a father of three and he said to police that he had paid Rs20,000 to the girl’s father for wedding expenses.
Various cases of child marriage have surfaced this year despite the practice being outlawed in the country.
PESHAWAR: Member National Assembly of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Dawar Khan Kundi has claimed that the Provincial Minister of Revenue, Ali Amin Gandapur has links with the members of banned organizations and that is the reason that PTI Chief Imran Khan is not taking action against him.
Kundi said this while giving interview to private channel. He said that Imran Khan is scared of Ali Amin as he is in contact with the banned organizations. Ali Amin is backing the criminals who paraded a 16 years old girl naked in the streets and Ali Amin is backing those people and his influence providing them a shelter, he accused.
However, Ali Amin Gandapur while responded to the allegations, he said that MNA Kundi is out of his senses and termed him another Ayesha Gulalai and adding that he would visit the survivor’s family to ensure his support to the people.
Earlier, Kundi wrote a letter to Imran stating Ali Amin is related to the family which attacked the girl.
CHARSADDA: Chairman Quami Watan Party (QWP) Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao criticized the federal government that despite the feasibility study the construction of the Munda dam had been delayed that caused severe electricity shortage and water for irrigation purpose.
He was addressing a public meeting at Shabqadar area of Charssada on Saturday, wherein a prominent political figure Malik Alam Khan with scores of his family members and supporters joined QWP’s droves, the new entrants had praised the leadership of Aftab Khan Sherpao that he is the only leadership left in the province who was in real terms severs the Pakhtuns and the people province.
Aftab Khan said with regard to the construction of two small dams, He stated that KP is the largest producers of gas and oil in Pakistan, but the federal government, under its malicious designs, has taken control over these resources due to which people of KP had been deprived of the development. He asked the government to stop the delaying tactics and creating hurdles in the ways that lead to Pakhtuns welfare and prosperity and ensure construction of the Munda dam earlier.
Sherpao said that the delay in holding the census and ignoring the reservations of the people over the census results have created hurdles in the delimitation. He said that if the census had been held within time it would not had been let to the present grimed situation. He regretted that it would badly affect the share of the smaller provinces in the National Finance Commission Awards, services and strength in the parliament. He said that this vital issue should not be politicized and consensus reached earlier over the delimitation issue should be honored in letter and spirits. QWP Chairman, Sherpao has univocally demanded an end to the line dividing Pakhtuns between settled and tribal areas and has stated that FATA and KP should be united as early as possible.
He stated that uniting Pakhtuns in Pakistan would usher an era of peace and prosperity in the country. He said that Pakhtun nation have rendered numerous sacrifices financially and with their lives and its time that the federal government realized their sacrifices instead of turning a deaf ear towards their demands.
The chairman clarified that it is important to provide all the federating units in Pakistan with their due rights in order to ensure a strong federation. He stated that if the federal government limits its developmental agenda to Punjab, and ignores the sacrifices of Pakhtun nation, it would have a negative impact on the federation.
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Senator, Farhatullah Babar has said that on the eve of review by the UN of human rights situation in Pakistan, it is a grim thought that citizens’ rights have been dangerously abridged by both state and non state actors in the country.
At the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva on Monday member states will present national reports of human rights situation in their countries and also explain the measures taken to implement the promises made at previous reviews. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif will lead the delegation which also includes officials of human rights ministry.
Warning against falsifying human rights situation in Pakistan he said that the international community will be sympathetic towards any shortcomings in view of the challenges we face but it will never condone if we tell downright lies at the review, he said.
This year the National Commission on Human Rights (NCHR) and independent bodies will also be present at the review conference and any falsification will be far more difficult than in the past. It should also be borne in mind that our international trade particularly with the EU also hinges on our human rights record, he said.
Farhatullah Babar said that at the previous review Pakistan had agreed to criminalize enforced disappearances but the report is silent on this issue.
It would be best to make a categorical announcement at the review moot that enforced disappearances will be criminalized before the end of the year, he said.
Similarly the claim that blasphemy laws are non discriminatory and that no one has been punished under it is patently false. It will be honest to admit that the fair and just implementation of blasphemy law presents challenges that the state is trying to address, the PPP Senator added.
The professed commitment to promote freedom of expression is easily belied in the face of misuse of the Cyber Crimes Act 2016 to stifle dissent in the name of national security as in the case of a Balochistan recently charged with endangering the integrity of federation for his post on social media.
Farhatullah Babar said that death penalty was not mentioned in the government report. But the continued execution of convicts other than terrorists, the recent calls to send more cases to military courts and the Guantanamo Bay style internment centres will continue to haunt us, he said.
He also proposed a three-step formula. “Initiating a wider national debate on death penalty, criminalizing enforced disappearances and making public full details of inmates of internment centres before the end of the year will help improve human rights record as well as Pakistan’s image”.
KARACHI: Handwritten notes by leader of the opposition in Sindh Assembly and senior MQM Pakistan leader, Khowaja Izharul Hasan, confirms that content shared with media during press club presser was agreed by both Dr Farooq Sattar-led MQM-P and Mustafa Kamal-led Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP).
“[We] have decided to get united by pursuing a policy of non-conflict and nonviolence in order to save the mandate from being divided in the best interest of province and city”, reads the notes, which sources claimed were written by Hasan during the meeting.
“Leadership of both political parties will take party in next elections Insha’Allah under “one symbol, one name and one manifesto” for the development and progress of the city and province,” reads the notes, a copy of which is available to The Frontier Post.
The workers are advised to play their role in making this joint and positive effort successful, the notes further reads, adding that; “The next line of action will be shared with media for public awareness after it’s decided by leadership with mutual consultation”.
It’s pertinent to mention that Farooq Sattar backtracked from the alliance for contesting new general polls under one manifesto, one name and one symbol after his party members revolted. Sattar claimed he was being deceived by Mustafa Kamal.
ISLAMABAD (APP): According to the notification from Interior Ministry, Federal Government has suspended licenses for prohibited bore weapons and citizens have been facilitated to get their full-auto weapons converted in semi-automatic action till January 15 followed by verification from District Police Officer (DPO) or relevant political agent.
The notification indicates that if the citizens do not wish to get their full-autos converted into semi-automatic action then they can submit their weapons to relevant officials and get Rs 50,000 in return. However, no leverage of any kind has been given to tolerate fully-automatic weapons as it is one of the steps to reduce terrorism.
OKARA (NNI): Speaking to the media in Okara, senior PPP leader Qamar Zaman Kaira said that Hudaibiya Paper Mills case will spell more doom for the already doomed Sharif family and Nawaz Sharif can see it coming.
“That’s why the PML-N Chairman wishes to alter the current system in defiance of democracy to save his family from getting disqualified entirely”.
Responding to a question regarding MQM-P and PSP, he said that the recent PSP-MQMP rapprochement held in high hopes by Musharraf collapsed in just two days. Citing the past examples, he said that alliances against PPP have always been the norm in the past and they never achieved anything more than mere promises and rhetoric. “PPP is used to not worrying over alliances against the party just as the party is not worried over the alliance of 21 parties against it”.
With regard to Mustafa Kamal allegations against MQM-P, he said that his allegations pertaining to the establishment of MQM-P should be thoroughly investigated, saying that the allegation that MQM-P was established in Rangers Headquarters is a sensitive and serious one.