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Waseem Akhtar is working without any support says Farooq Sattar

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Chief of Muttahida Quami Movement-Pakistan, Farooq Sattar has said that Mayor Karachi is trying to provide best services to citizens despite that the provincial government intentionally stops its support.

This he said while talking to media in Karachi on Sunday. Sattar said that district government and its institutions have no power and authorities in Sindh

MQM-Pakistan is a party of general public and its benefit and it is over viewing the performance of every department under it. He also rejected the reports of replacing the Mayor and deputy Mayor of Karachi and adding that no action is being taken against anyone.

 

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Shah asks Mushraf to come to Pakistan like PPP leaders

F.P. Report

SUKKUR: Opposition Leader in National Assembly, Syed Khursheed Shah has said if Pervez Musharaf is brave enough than he should come to Pakistan like the Shaheed Muhtarma Benazir Bhutto did in 2007.

This he said while addressing to political gathering at Sukkur on Saturday. He added that Pervez Musharaf is hiding from courts as he knew he is guilty and he will be punish for his crime that’s why he is criticizing the PPP chairman by trying to save his own skin.

Shah lashes out Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders and ministers for sitting abroad and leaving the country without any leadership to take decisions; this is not the way to run a government.

Earlier, former president Pervez Musharraf leveled allegations against Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari of assassinating her wife Benazir Bhutto on November 27, 2007. He also accused Zardari of murdering Murtaza Bhutto on September 26, 1996.

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Five died, seven injured in road mishap

F.P. Report

QUETTA: As many as five passengers were killed and seven others were injured when tractor-trolley collided with a bus in Akhtarbad area of Queatta on Sunday Morning.

Police officials told media that the bus was travelling from Chaman to Karachi and at Akhtarbad area it rammed into trolley coming from the opposite side in which five passengers were and injuring seven others.

The rescue officials shifted injured to the civil hospital after the incident.

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Upper Dir house fire kills six children

F.P. Report

UPPER DIR: At least six children were killed in Upper Dir district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Sunday when a fire engulfed a house and destroyed it completely.

Police told media that Hamesh Gul light up the fire in the house which is situated in Babozai area of Upper Dir with the aim to stay warm in the house but soon the fire spread quickly and engulfed the whole house in a result six children were killed in the incident.

Police told that the deceased were aged between three to 12 years.

 

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Head of Jirga responsible for honor killing flees to Afghanistan

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Head of the “Mohmand Jirga” that ordered to kill a couple for “dishonoring” their families, has crossed to Kunar on Afghanistan side of the Pak-Afghan border; it was reliably learnt here on Saturday.

Sartaj Khan, a resident of Landhi, who originally hails from the Federally Administered Tribal Area of Mohmand, ran away after the news emerged in a national daily that he has ordered to murder the couple, who made a fail bid to elope.

“Sartaj Khan, who fled Karachi for Rawalpindi, has now managed to cross the border and is living in Kunar area of Afghanistan,” a source told while demanding complete anonymity.

Earlier, Amanullah Marwat, Station House Officer, told media that he had leads that Sartaj Khan might be in Rawalpindi.

Mohmand Jirga

A Jirga, comprising of elders of the Mohmand tribe, was held in Landhi area of Karachi after the notorious Sartaj Khan came to know that families of the teenage couple had reached agreement to tie the knot of 17 years old, Ghani Rehman, with 15 years old, Hikmat, from Safi sub-tribe of Mohmand.

According to a report published by a Karachi based journalist, Zia Ur Rehman, a teenage couple accused of violating the Pashtun ‘code of honor’ was murdered with electric shocks on day when country was observing Independence Day.

According to report the murders were executed by family members on the orders of a jirga of elders of the Mohmand tribe.

Initially, according to the report, parents of the couple, after realizing gravity of the issue, agreed on sparing the couple’s life when Rehman’s father, Afzal, accepted demand of Taj, father of the girl Hikmat, to marry his two daughters with men from girls’ family as part of the infamous ‘Swara’ tradition.

When Sartaj Khan, who is said to be closed relative of Omar Khurrasani, spokesperson of the proscribed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), came to know about the settlement summoned a Jirga and forced the families to kill their dear ones through electric shocks.

The girl’s family responded promptly, however, the boy’s father also couldn’t resist for long due to threats from Sartaj to blow his house in Mohmand Agency up.

Both couples were buried in a local graveyard during the dark nights but the news somehow broke out which promoted police to arrest Afzal and Hikmat, fathers of the unlucky boy and girl.

Sartaj Khan Alias Shagalai, the main character behind the cold-blooded murders, escaped to Rawalpindi and then managed to cross the border to Afghanistan.

It’s pertinent to mention that the notorious Jirga head ran a small business of construction materials in Sherpao Colony, a mile from the graveyard.

 

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Abbasi not ready to accept himself as PM: Shah Mehmood Qureshi

KARACHI (PPI): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday claimed that Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz’s (PML-N) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is not ready to “accept that he is the prime minister [of this country]”.

Lashing out at the premier, Qureshi insisted that “Abbasi himself says that Nawaz Sharif is the prime minister”.

The two parties came head to head in the recently conducted NA-120 by-poll, where PML-N stood victorious in securing what is termed as its ‘home seat.’

Taking an aim at the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), the PTI leader said the time has come “to get rid off corrupt leaders in Sindh”.

“The people of Sindh are not happy with [the performance] of the PPP,” Mehmood claimed during a press conference, adding that many of PPP’s members have joined PTI.

He said that the PPP was only able to secure an “insignificant 1,414 votes” in the NA-120 by-polls. The PML-N and PPP have lost their standing, Qureshi claimed, promising that he will present all the ‘facts’ in front of the parliamentary board.

“PTI is the product of PML-N and PPP’s failures,” he said. “The nation now looks to PTI [for a better future].”

‘Can foresee elections soon,’ PTI’s Asad Umar says

PTI leader Asad Umar on Saturday said that he could foresee elections taking place soon in the country.

“With the finance minister running away from the country and a bench probing into the foreign minister’s iqama case, how can [the PML-N] govern the country,” Umar said.

He urged his party workers to prepare for elections, in his address at the worker’s convention in Islamabad.

 

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Over 1900 people including 919 MQM-P workers join PSP

F.P. Report

KARACHI: As many as 1900 people from various political parties on Saturday joined the Mustafa Kamal-led Pak Sarzameen Party.

This includes 919 members and office-bearers from the Mutahida Quami Movement – Pakistan (MQM-P), as well the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) and others parties.

PSP chief Mustafa Kamal welcomed them to the party and said that its was historic that a large group of people have joined a young party.

“It is a historic day that such a large number of people have joined a one-and-half year old party. This shows our pace on the track to success,” he said hoping that the new members will work with good intentions.

He said people from various have joined their party, while previous fingers were pointed at them if they joined them. “A few years ago when you spoke freely then they would shoot you,” he in a direct jibe at MQM founder Altaf Hussain who he said could gather thousands of followers overnight but no one even wishes on his birthday now.

Kamal said that the new members have buried the hatchet keeping their political differences and decades-long association aside to join the PSP. “I have no political office or benefits which other parties have access, yet people have joined us.”

“There is no path rather than truth,” he said adding none was coerced to join their party.

He said that their party workers were initially considered criminals, but now the entire Sharif family is being deemed criminal, Zardari has faced criminal cases, while even former army chief Musharraf is in exile due to criminal cases.

He said that entire political establishment is declared criminal, while only the innocent face the brunt when they take action. He further said that a military operation has been ongoing since twenty years but still there is no peace.

“The army and Rangers have made immense sacrifices, and can conduct operations, but cannot meet the hearts. It is only the PSP which can do that.”

He said that it was due to the PSP that MQM founder is being made powerless and cannot create havoc in Karachi. “It is our achievement that no one listens to the MQM,” he claimed.

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Approval of Karachi Circular Railways by JWG of CPEC big Success: Murad

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the approval of Karachi Circular Railway by Joint Working Group of CPEC is a big success of the people of the city of Karachi.

“This is the result of our constant and sincere efforts of the provincial government,” he said while addressing a reception he hosted for Joint Working Group (JWG) of CPEC on Transport Infrastructure here at the CM House on Saturday evening.

He said that today morning an important meeting of Transport Infrastructure JWG of CPEC was held here and discussed all the three projects, KCR, Keti Banadra and Special Economic Zone Dhabeji put up by Sindh government. The meeting approved the three important projects of the province and recommended it to Joint Coordination Committee of CPEC for its implementation under the CPEC framework.

Syed Murad Ali Shah said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor wouldl help build a robust and stable economy in Sindh together with generating sound prospect for the province to revive and expand its road connectivity. “This will augment a new era of connectivity through which better fruits of economic benefits will be reaped by employment generation and decent mode of transportation,” he said.

He said that a joint Cooperation Committee meeting on China Pakistan Economic Corridor was held in Beijing, China on 29th December, 2016 wherein he along with a senior level delegation participated. “we (Sindh government) proposed Karachi Circular Railway, Keti Bundar and China Special Economic Zone Dhabeji may be undertaken for implementation in CPEC, which were graciously included:

The chief minister said that the Sindh government talking cognizance of the importance of KCR has approved the feasibility and framework agreement and shared with federal government in order to meet timelines to execute this mega project of high of priority at the earliest. “The KCR is the integral part of the comprehensive Mass Transit System envisaged for this mega city,” he said and added there was a most high public demand for KCR with ample ridership of 700,000 per day.

“Karachi is the most populated cities of the world and there will be ample returns on any investment made in the city in wider economic terms. These economic benefits included reduced vehicle operation cost (VOC) and travel time cost (TCC),” he said.

Murad Ali Shah said “we understand that a comprehensive mass transit system is the only solution to address the bourgeoning population of this mega city,” he added that the Sindh government has therefore started working on various Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lines which complement KCR and try to reduce the misery of the commuter of this city. He went on saying that the investors were therefore invited to contribute in equity of KCR and other mass transit systems in Sindh.

Murad Ali Shah said that the Sindh’s coastline is more than 300 kilometers long. It has two ports Karachi and Bin Qasim. He added that a new jetty at Keti Bundar would enhance county’s capability to export coal with potential to develop it as a full port. “Five million people living in the surrounding areas would directly benefit from it,” he said.

Talking about Special Economic Zone, the chief minister said that Sindh has already established few Special Economic Zones like Bin Qasim Industrial Park, Korangi Creek Industrial Park and Khairpur Special Economic Zone.

Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah addressing a reception he hosted for industrialists e at the CM House said that the Devolution of powers [by Gen Musharraf] had played havoc with the established government system.

He said that some of the people are still singing the songs of Devolution System but they forget what the system had done with Karachi and other cities. They [city govt] had Revenue powers. “They allowed conversion of amenity plots into residential and commercial ones,” he said and added that everywhere encroachments appeared and even major nalas were not spared.

He said an established and functional government system was changed instead of introducing reforms into it. “Still we are working to recover from the damages the devolution had caused to the government system,” he said.

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Ali Raza, other NBP officials sent to prison on judicial remand

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Former President National Bank of Pakistan, Ali Raza and four of his other accomplices in Rs18billion plunder, were sent to central prison of the city on four-day judicial here on Saturday.

The accused were presented in accountability court, which after hearing arguments of the NAB’s prosecutor, sent all five accused to jail on judicial remand and adorned the hearing till October 4.

Raza, was arrested after Sindh High Court rejected his interim bail in Rs18 billion scam here a day earlier. On the outset of proceedings, the national accountability bureau’s prosecutor submitted that when this plunder was made Ali Raza was not only President of the national bank but also chairman board of directors and chairman Audit Company and chairman of the human resource department at same time.

He further submitted that the corruption was disclosed in audit report of the NBP in 2009 whereas State Bank of Pakistan has also complained of corruption.

“Ali Raza is accused of Rs18 billion misappropriation and corruption in national Bank Bangladesh Branch whereas Imran Butt, Waseem, Ibrar Baig and Imran besides Bangladeshi staff of the bank is also involved in the corruption with former president of the bank, “ he submitted

The court ordered the arrest of Raza and the six others in the case. However, it upheld the pre-arrest bails of two other co-accused Qamar Hussain and Kausar Malik.

Raza was shifted to an undisclosed location and will be presented before NAB court on Saturday.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had filed a reference against the former NBP chief and other officials for allegedly misusing their authority by granting and revising financing facilities in the NBP Bangladesh branch that caused a loss of $185 million to the national exchequer.

According to NAB, the Bangladesh branch of NBP lent $185 million without securing collaterals to dubious companies between 2003 and 2012.

In February 2015, the NA standing committee, headed by Omar Ayub Khan of the PML-N, referred the matter to NAB for further probe. The current chairman of the committee, Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, also kept the issue alive.

According to reports, the NAB investigation will be the sixth such probe, as NBP has completed four inquiries while one was conducted by the chartered accountant firm KPMG. In its forensic audit, KPMG found that “61 delinquent employees” were prima facie involved in the scam. Many of them were directly responsible and some were responsible due to their administrative positions.

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Funeral prayers for Shaheed Lt Arsalan Alam offered

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: The funeral prayers for 22-year-old Shaheed Lieutenant Arsalan Alam, who had embraced martyrdom in an attack from across the border in Rajgal area of Khyber Agency, was offered here at the Peshawar Garrison on Saturday.

The funerals were attended by the KP governor, Corps Commander Peshawar, military and civilian officials and the relatives of Shaheed Lieutenant Arsalan Alam. The martyred Army Officer would be buried in his native town.

According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), terrorists fired from across the border on newly established Pakistani Border post in Rajgal Valley in Khyber Agency.

Twenty-two-year-old Lieutenant Arsalan Alam, the officer commanding that post got hit while performing his duties and embraced martyrdom.

The 22-year-old Lieutenant Arsalan Alam was only brother of three sisters and was deployed at the newly-established border post in Rajgal valley. Alam belonged to Sindh Regiment and was born and lived in Rawalpindi.

Rajgal valley has been recently cleared from terrorists under Operation Khyber-IV. During aforementioned military offensive, army cleared 253 square kilometers area and flushed out 52 terrorists. Two soldiers were also martyred and 15 were injured during the operation.

In order to create a more permanent security presence in the volatile area, the Army has also set up 91 check posts in Rajgal valley.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbassi has expressed deep grief over the martyrdom of Lieutenant Arsalan Alam.

In a statement, he said that war against terrorism is a war of our existence as a sovereign nation. He said our valiant forces have inflicted huge damage upon terrorist elements but at the same time have rendered huge sacrifices in doing so.

The Prime Minister said the cowardly terrorist attacks on our law enforcing agencies can never shake our resolve to back off or slowdown in our resolve to continue with anti-terror operations.