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PPP lawmaker booked in case of manhandling Army personnel

 Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Police have booked a member Sindh Assembly of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party in case of manhandling and threatening Pakistan Army personnel escorting family of the corps commander Karachi on Saturday night, it emerged on Tuesday.

According to First Information Report (FIR), a copy of which is available to The Frontier Post, Manzoor, Jehangir, Moon, Asad and sixteen others on the behest of Tariq Masood Arain tortured army personnel, threatened to kill them and snatched official weapons besides interfering in official matter.

Tariq Masood Arain, a landlord from Sindh, was elected as member of Sindh Assembly from PS-24 Nawabshah-1 and is member of the house committee. Police have registered a case under section 324/34, 337/11(2), 147, 148, 149 and 186 of the Pakistan penal code against PPP MPA Tariq Masood Arian, Manzoor, Jehangir, Moon, Asad and 15 to 17 other accomplices.

According to details the complainant, Hawaldar Fahimullah Jan submitted that he is servant of the Pakistan Army and was, along with sepoy Arif, Ali Jan and driver Muhammad Altaf, escorting squad of the family of the crops commander, Karachi at Khayaban-e-Mujahid when Silver Toyota No BSZ-011 tried to enter into the squad. When VIP squad of the family informed us we stopped them near Saba Avenue crossing and inquired about their CNIC, which they failed to present.

According to FIR the boys, named Moon and Asad, made a call to Tariq, who sent around 18 armed men and started torturing army personnel.

“They also threatened to kill us. They wounded us and snatched official SMG with two magazine,” according to the complainant, who added that “we immediately went to Jinnah hospital where MLO conduced our medical examination”.

You’re, therefore, requested to lodge an FIR against Tariq Masood Arian and his accomplices for torturing and threatening us besides snatching official weapons, Jan has pleaded in FIR, which was subsequently lodged.

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People have dismissed SC verdict, says Punjab law minister

LAHORE (INP): Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said on Tuesday that the people have dismissed the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Panama Papers case. Addressing a press conference here, he claimed scientific means were used to divide the votes of the PML-N in NA-120 by-election.

He was referring to the victory of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz candidate in Sunday’s NA-120 by-election. “Imran Khan dragged the Supreme Court in front of us as a political party,” claimed Sanaullah.

He was referring to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman’s reported statement that Sunday’s victory in the NA-120 by-election with a low margin shows the people stand with the Supreme Court. “To say that Supreme Court judges were offered money is contempt of court, as is saying that voting for a particular party is like voting for the Supreme Court,” said Sanaullah.

He requested the Chief Justice of Pakistan to ensure the apex court’s sanctity is kept intact and the Supreme Court is not used for political purposes by anyone. He said that any news before election day affects the poll, referring to “headlines against him and the PML-N” regarding the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case.

He claimed Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed said the Supreme Court judges were offered billions [by the government], saying that, “I think the judges who made decision are so respectable that no one can dare bribe them.” He recalled that he personally knows many of them from time when they were practicing lawyers. He said Rasheed, whom he referred to as Pindi ka Shaitan, should be questioned in this regard. These things make us think that we are also a political party and have a right to say things in our defence, he added.

He said despite all the methods employed to scare people away from polling, the voter turnout was almost 40 per cent which is highest from by-election standards, said Sanaullah. He claimed that had voting time been extended beyond 5pm, the turnout would have been 50 per cent.

Praising Maryam Nawaz for running a successful campaign for the by-election, he said there was nothing controversial in Maryam’s victory speech. He added that even in her speeches during the campaign, Maryam conveyed the party leader’s message. He asked Imran, Rasheed and Jamaat-e-Islami chief Sirajul Haq to accept that the people of Pakistan have rejected the Supreme Court’s verdict and accepted Nawaz and his stance.

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Five martyred, 8 injured in Sukkur cement factory blast

SUKKUR (INP): At least five people including security personnel were martyred and eight others injured in a blast while defusing explosives at a cement factory in Sukkur on Tuesday.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Sukkur, Feroze Shah said that the explosion took place when the security personnel were engaged in defusing the explosives at a cement factory in Sukkur.

The blast resulted in death of five people including two cops, Rangers official and two labourers. Eight including six Rangers personnel, manager of the factory and a labourers were injured the blast.

Heavy contingents of police arrived at the venue in the aftermath of the incident and started rescue operation. The injured were shifted to hospital.

Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah has taken notice of the matter and demanded a report on the incident.

The Chief Minister has demanded to know complete details of the incident, including where and how the explosives were placed inside the factory and who brought them there.

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Shehbaz, Nisar discuss important matters

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday held a meeting with PML-N senior leader and former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and discussed with him important matters including party affairs, results of NA-120 by-polls and other important matters

According to sources it was the second meeting of the two leaders after return of Punjab Chief Minister from abroad.

Sources said that Shebaz Sharif took Chaudhry Nisar into confidence regarding his meeting with former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in London and the telephonic talks of Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa with him. The two leaders discussed internal party issues and the domestic political scenario in the meeting.

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Don’t Hold Back FATA Reform, Sherry

ISLAMABAD (NNI): Vice-President PPPP, Senator Sherry Rehman, criticized the rampant corruption an injustice that has become prevalent in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

Speaking during the Senate Committee of the Whole meeting on FATA, the Senator expressed her disbelief over the misallocation of the PSDP saying, “The Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) allocation for FATA was only utilized by 60% according to the Minister. This is quite shocking to hear that one of the most underdeveloped areas in Pakistan saw a Rs. 40 million lapse”.

According to a recent UNDP report, the highest rates of poverty in Pakistan are in the FATA and Balochistan areas. The report revealed that over 73% of the people in FATA live in multidimensional poverty.

The Senator pointed out that, “From the report, it seems like the FATA Committee did not consult women. Women in FATA are victims of both entrenched social attitudes that restrict their public and political space but have no voice in this reform which will greatly impact their lives. There needs to be a separate consultation with FATA’s women to make this meaningful”.

During the meeting, it was also disclosed that the Political Agent still had the power of levying a “cess” or tax. “This is entirely illegal and unconstitutional and must be stopped forthwith because it only amounts to a plunder of the area. We demand a forensic audit of what the Political Agent has been doing. This money must be returned to the people of FATA for their development,” said Rehman.

The Vice-President of PPPP added, “Despite the extension of the law to allow the Auditor General PR to review the accounts and funds, this is not happening. Corruption is not just rampant, it is endemic and widespread. Cess and rehdari is not supposed to be collected but remains embedded in the culture of constant informal arrangements”.

Rehman further stated, “The plan of extending Islamabad High Court jurisdiction to FATA makes no sense when Peshawar High Court can do the same job. This must change”. In 2009, it was former President Asif Ali Zardari who announced major legal and political reforms in the tribal areas to free the people of FATA from the Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR) and pave the way for their mainstreaming.

Rehman cautioned against the long period of activation of the reforms, saying, “I am deeply suspicious of “reform” that is phased over such a long period and via elite networks of only tribal notables as well as the governor’s office. Islamabad looks all set to retain its stranglehold on these seven areas. Unification with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is the consensus and the most viable way forward.”

“Why should the extension of Pakistan’s laws take an additional five years? Who will take responsibility for decisions taken even 2 years from now? Why should there be a CEO who operates through an additional secretary?” questioned the Senator, warning that this will bring FATA back to executive rule via the governor.

Rehman also pointed out transparency needs to be added to which law will replace the highly criticized FCR, “Anything that includes jirga in the law is a bad idea as it is vulnerable to misuse. It will institutionalize the bias that has been at play for centuries against many universal and fundamental rights framework,” concluded the Senator.

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Every political party has right to elect its Opposition Leader: Shah

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly, Syed Khursheed Shah has said that it is democratic right of every political party, having majority, to elect its opposition leader.

“If even Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has clear majority in the National Assembly then it can elect its opposition leader,” he said while talking to the media persons at the Parliament House.

He said that assembly should complete its tenure to strengthen democratic institutions in the country.

To a question, he said that consultation process was underway with opposition parties and government regarding appointment of new Chairman of National Accountability of Bureau (NAB).

“I have requested Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as well as opposition parties to provide list of names for appointment of the NAB Chairman”.

He said that a person who was honest, capable, non-political and acceptable for the government as well as opposition parties should be appointed as the Chairman.

Responding to a question on Ayesha Gulalai issue, he said that it was an internal issue of PTI.

He appreciated the statement of Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, adding “We are in favour of continuity of democracy in the country.”

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SHC directs IG to personally monitor investigations into Tania Murder Case

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Chief Justice of Sindh High Court, Justice Ahmed Ali Sheikh, on Tuesday directed Inspector General of Sindh, Allah Dino Khowaja to provide security to the family of deceased Tania while personally  monitor investigations into the case.

Deputy Inspector General Hyderabad Khadim Hussain Rind, other police officials and family members of the deceased teenage girl appeared before the court.

On the onset of Suo Moto proceedings of Tania Murder Case here at Sindh High Court, DIG Hyderabad submitted that killers of Tania have been arrested and physical remand of seven days has been obtained from anti terrorism court in Hyderabad. He further submitted that facilitators of the culprits will also be arrested soon.

Chief Justice directed police to provide complete security to the family of deceased Tania and submit a report on September 29. The SHC chief justice directed IGP Khawaja to personally monitor investigations into the murder case.

The SHC, which had taken notice of the murder, issued instructions to Khawaja after Senior Superintendent of Police Jamshoro Irfan Bahadur submitted a report before the court.

“Police have arrested two nominated accused involved in Tania Khaskhely murder case,” announced Deputy Inspector General of Police Hyderabad, Khadim Hussain Rind during news conference at his office on Monday, adding prime suspect was one of them.

“We have arrested Khan Nohani alias Khano and Moula Bux alias Mullo from the Darejo area of Balochistan after encounter,” DIG Hyderabad told reporters.

He said police have also recovered weapon from the accused. Rind further told that the accused have admitted to killing of Tania Khaskhely.

Meantime, police have registered FIR No, 18/2017 Under section 302,34, P.P.C 6/7 ATA against Khan Muhammad Nohani and Moalla Bux on the complaint of Tania father Ghulam Qadar Khaskhely.

DIG said that Chief Minister of Sindh and I.G Sindh had taken serious notice of Tania Murder.

Last Saturday an influential feudal lord associated with Pakistan People Party in the constituency of CM Sindh had along with his armed associates, had barged into the Tania’s house and shot her dead.

According to Tania Parents Khan had been pressing them to marry Tania to him, but they rejected the proposal. They alleged that Khan had twice tried to kidnap the girl in the recent past.

On Saturday evening, they said, Khan, along with Maula Bukhsh Noohani and an unknown person, barged into their house and attempted to intimidate them with their weapons. They alleged that the armed men tried to take the girl away, but on strong resistance put up by the family; Khan got furious and shot dead Tania.


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Teenage maid found hanged in Karachi bungalow was killed: report

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: A four member medical board, after examining body of the 17-year maid found dead in DHA Bungalow last week, declared on Tuesday that she was murdered.

Talking to media persons after the medical examination of teenage Fatima daughter of Abdul Haq, Senior Medico-Legal Officer (MLO) Civil Hospital Dr Qarar Abbasi disclosed that the maid had not committed suicide instead she has been killed.

According to medical team, comprising Abbasi, Professor Farhat Mirza, Police Surgeon Ijaz Khokar and Dr Sumayya Syed ─ it has found torture marks on face, lips and chest of the girl.

Abbasi expressed his annoyance over the police investigators and directed IO to reexamine the place of incident.

According to Investigation Officer when he reached the spot the dead body was brought to ground floor whereas a Dopata hanging from a ceiling fan was shown to him in a room at second floor.

Father of a teenage maid, who was found dead in a house in Defence Housing Authority upper class neighborhood of the metropolis on Saturday, claimed that his daughter couldn’t commit suicide as claimed by the employer.

In formal application he submitted with Gizri police station father of the deceased teen, Abdul Haq, said his daughter couldn’t committee suicide. No formal FIR was, however, registered till filing of this report. Gizri police station officer, Abdul Latif told that the father, in his formal statement to the police, had not leveled any allegations against the employers.

Earlier, the investigating officer from the Gizri police station said that the employers claim the domestic help had committed suicide.

The police also said that the employers, Syed Hassan Mazhar, and his wife, said they found Fatima hanging from a fan in her room.

The mother also said that Fatima had called her uncle and asked to talk to her mother last night However; he was unable to answer the call. Themaid’s family lives in Korangi while she would stay at her employer’s residence.

According to Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Clifton Dr Asad Malhi the deceased had been living on the first floor of the house while her employers, a couple, resided on the ground floor.

She did not turn up in the morning to the lower floor as per her routine, and one of her employers found her hanging by a ceiling fan her room.

Her corpse was shifted to the Jinnah Post-Graduate Medical Centre for a post-mortem examination.

According to police it appeared to be a suicide case.

The owner of the property, Syed Hasan Mazhar, said in his statement that the girl generally tended to wake up at around 11:30am. He said they had installed a bell on the first floor of the house where she lived and she tended to wake up with the bell.

Mazhar, who works at a cement factory located on Super Highway, said that he had been getting late for work on Saturday and had left home in his car in a hurry. He had travelled only a short distance when he received a phone call from his wife saying that she had gone to the first floor of the house and found the girl hanging from the ceiling fan.

The owner said he returned home, informed police about the incident and shifted the body to the JPMC for a post-mortem examination.

According Doctors the incident seems to a suicide as there were no apparent injury marks on the girl’s body. However, the doctor had reserved the cause of death pending the chemical examiner’s report.


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Kulsoom Nawaz to undergo another surgery today in London

Monitoring Desk

LONDON: Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, the wife of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is to undergo here second surgery on Tuesday in London while her son Hussain Nawaz has requested from the whole nation to pray for his mother’s recovery.

Hussain Nawaz told media that his father and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif will came back to Pakistan when Kulsoom Nawaz recovers from her illness.

Maryam Nawaz daughter of Kulsoom had confirmed that her mother had been diagnosed with lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes on the left side of her neck.

Maryam Nawaz also reached London along with husband Captain Safdar to inquire the health of Kulsoom Nawaz after she successfully ended the NA-120 election campaign.

Nawaz Sharif appreciated the efforts of  Maryam Nawaz over Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) victory in the by-elections.


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Law & order situation improved in Karachi: Governor Zubair

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Governor Sindh Mohammad Zubair has said the law and order situation in Karachi is much better than comparing to the last some years and revealed that he also received a extortion chit from unknown persons demanding money.

This he said while addressing to media in Karachi on Tuesday. He added that in the past some years the criminals were openly targeting the civilians and demanding money from them and in resistance they would be killed.

The government is committed to maintain the peace in Karachi as it was the financial hub of Pakistan and peace is very compulsory for the fluent business activities in any country, Governor added.