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Desponded from politics first time in his life: Speaker NA

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Wednesday said that he desponded from politics first time in his life as what is happening is by no means in favour of the country.

Talking to a private TV channel, he said that assemblies are not expected to complete the term, adding he predicted formation of a greater plan as leg pulling of government from all sides shows that something is going to happen, he added.

“Pakistan is surrounded by conspiracies and democratic government is almost impuissant,” he lamented. NA speaker mentioned that he is witnessing what he had not during 2002 or 2008, adding “today I am so much disappointed that I was not during Musharraf era,” he asserted.

Sadiq taking an apparent jibe on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) said that except one party, everybody wants timely elections adding country needs time for election process.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq mentioned that everyone has an eye over Pakistan and what happened here during last three months was not normal, it was unnatural.

Internal dangers are far bigger than external ones situation is very much uncertain in these days, NA speaker said.

“I kept on advising political parties to strengthen the system, adding he urged to pray for strength of Pakistan as the country is a reason of respect for all countrymen,” he added.

“My sixth sense smelling that something is going to happen but can’t say anything exactly about what is going to happen, he said.

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Fazal says he’s ready to arbitrate Nawaz-Zardari talks

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, Maulana Fazlu Rehman has said that for removing ‘differences between former President Asif Ali Zardari and former Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif over some political and constitutional matters he is ready to arbitrate talks between the two leaders.

He expressed these views while talking to media persons at Karachi’s Jinnah International airport before he headed for a meeting for revival of the Muttahida Majlis Amal (MMA) here at the residence of late chief of defunct MMA, Shah Ahmed Noorani.

Rehman requested the government to clarify the constitutional position of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). He further said the government should take a decision which satisfies the people of the tribal areas. “Issues should be solved through negotiations and not through sit-ins. The parliament should not always be pressurized.”

The JUI-F chief expressed support for the FATA supreme council and said the body must be consulted by the prime minister and parliament for the merger of the region with KP.

“Instead of forcibly merging FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, this issue should be resolved amicably through democratic process and way,” he said, warning that any hast in merged and by passing the constitution would be detrimental.

“If some parties and groups have supported the mergers there is a majority of others who have favored the creation of new province,” the JUI-F Chief said.

“I tell those running the campaign for merger to avoid using force,” he said.

The JUI-F chief said the tribal elders should be taken into confidence as they are the people who will be affected by the decision. “Prime Minister should take all into confidence,” he further said.

It’s pertinent to mention that the JUI-F chief has arrived into Karachi for an important meeting regarding the revival of the MMA. Regarding the revival of MMA has said that if revived it will contest elections under one name, one symbol and one manifesto.

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Sovereign homeland for Palestinian with Al-Quds Al-Sharif capital only road-map for Muslims: PM

F.P. Report

ISTANBUL: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Wednesday said a sovereign homeland for the Palestinian people with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital remained the only road map for the Muslim Ummah and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

He was speaking at the extraordinary OIC summit, called by the Turkish President in his capacity as the Chair of the OIC here in this historic city to discuss the recent decision by the US Administration to shift the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“We are at the watershed moment again. The question on every Muslim mind today would be whether we can rise above our differences, stand united and give hope to our people, or once again adopt declarations which cannot be translated into effective actions,” the prime minister told the gathering of heads of state and government of more than 26 Islamic countries.

He said the US decision was a blatant attempt to set in motion steps to change the historic and lawful status of the Holy City. He said Pakistan urged the United States to rescind, fully comply with all applicable UN Security Council resolutions and recommit unequivocally to the two-state solution.

“On behalf of the people and Government of Pakistan, I wish to reiterate our strong condemnation of this decision,” he said and added that the international community had the opportunity to uphold the principles of justice and the rule of law.

He said Pakistan called upon the United Nations Security Council to play its role as envisaged under the UN Charter as its credibility would be questioned if it did not live up to its primary role in maintaining international peace and security.

The prime minister said both houses of Pakistan’s parliament had unanimously echoed these sentiments and “we all stand firmly behind the Palestinian people and their just struggle.”

Together with the OIC and the Islamic world, the prime minister said, Pakistan had always demonstrated its solidarity with the Palestinian people and their legitimate aspirations for a promised homeland. “Pakistan is proud to have piloted resolutions in the UN Security Council as Chair of OIC including resolutions 476 and 478,” he added.

He said Pakistan renewed its call for establishment of a viable, independent and contiguous State of Palestine, on the basis of international parameters, the pre-1967 borders, and with Al- Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.

Prime Minister Abbasi said that as OIC, the Muslim leaders needed serious introspection and reflected on two questions. “Firstly how we come to this pass. The fact is that we have not given concrete shape to our expressions of solidarity and unity,” he said and added that it had been true not only for Palestine but for other common causes also.

He said the world was a witness to a similar pattern of tragedy, both in scope and scale, adding that for seventy years, the people of Jammu and Kashmir had been subjected to illegal Indian occupation and blatant violation of their fundamental rights, including their right to self-determination. Here too, the UN Security Council resolutions continue to be defied and the just struggle for freedom conveniently branded as terrorism, he added.

Moreover, the prime minister said, another reason for the situation the Muslim world found itself was that :” We are not writing enough, producing enough. Without rectifying our political, economic, communication and technological weaknesses we will be unable to mount a sustained defence of our brethren whether in Palestine or Kashmir.

He said it was that increasing disarray that had allowed the US to take the deeply troubling decision to shift its embassy to Jerusalem.

The prime minister said the second question was “what should be our response? Should we accept this as fait accompli? We hope that a few demonstrations of rage would not dissipate in passive acceptance of the status quo.”

He said the Muslim Ummah’s response should be a clear expression and renewal of its solidarity and unity, adding that the Ummah must also urgently overcome its political differences, which would be the only guarantee to resist external pressure and reverse the losses and take its destinies in its own hands.

In the immediate term, he said, the OIC would suggest consideration of a number of options. Diplomatically, if the UNSC was unable to respond, “we should garner support in the UNGA (United Nations General Assembly.”

Secondly, he said, OIC decisions for economic actions to change the behaviour of the occupying forces should be followed up and thirdly, ICJ’s (International Court of Justice) opinion on the current move should be sought.

The prime minister expressed his deepest appreciation to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for taking the timely initiative to hold the extraordinary summit. (By Muhammad Ilyas Khan).

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No pardon for past symbols of terror in Karachi: DG Rangers

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Director General Pakistan Rangers Sindh, Major General Muhammad Saeed, has said that there will be no pardon for those who had been symbols of terror in Karachi.

He expressed these views while talking to senior journalists here in Karachi on Wednesday.

“We will not spare any anti-state actor against Pakistan. Those whose name had been symbols of terror in Karachi will never be pardoned,” DG Rangers said while pointing towards MQM supremo, Altaf Hussain, without mentioning his name.

DG Rangers claimed that the crime ratio has significantly gone down in Karachi as result of operation for the last four years. “In Karachi extortion of money of Rs100million would be demanded daily from traders and citizens in 2013 and before but this has decreased significantly now,” he said, adding that only four incidents of extortion in the whole year was one of its proofs.

“The Karachi operation has left positive impact over the law and order situation in the country. During the current years no incident of terrorism has occurred,” he further informed.

According to DG Rangers only 45 people have been killed in targeted killing in 2017, in which 15 were killed by Ansarul Sharia Pakistan, which the Rangers and police busted.

Major General Bilal Akber said that Karachi was occupying number 6 in crime index in 2013 but now it has improved and gone down to 52 number.

We have handed over 1400 criminals and dacoits to police and of them there were those who had been twice and thrice arrested in the past. Those who were arrested third and fourth time were recommended for cases under the terrorism acts.

He had said that the paramilitary force is taking every possible measure to improve the peace and security situation and the Karachi operation will continue till ‘its objectives are achieved.’

The Ministry of Interior in October this year issued a notification calling for a 90-day extension in the Ranger’s operation in Karachi on the request of the Government of Sindh.

The extension was granted under clause 1, sub-section 3, of section 4 of the Anti-terrorism Act 1997(XXVII of 1997) and stood effective from October 18.

The paramilitary force was granted certain special powers including arrests and raids when the Karachi operation started back in 2011.

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Army supports mainstreaming of FATA in line with aspirations of tribal brothers: COAS

F.P. Report

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa interacted with FATA delegations of Tribal elders and Youth Jirga on Wednesday.

On the occasion, Commander Peshawar Corps, DG ISI, CGS and other senior Army officers were also present.

General Qamar Bajwa held detailed discussion with both delegations separately. The delegations acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan Army’s sacrifices, efforts and contributions for peace, stability and socio economic development of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). They expressed their respective views regarding mainstreaming of FATA and way forward.

The Army Chief lauded tribal elders and youth for their determination and support to Pakistan Army in fight against terrorism. He valued their views regarding future of FATA.

“Achievement through sacrifices of brave tribal people of FATA area being consolidated while we transit from relative stability to enduring peace,” he added.

General Qamar Bajwa also shared his engagement with Afghan leadership for enhance cooperation for security measures along Pak-Afghan border. He assured both delegations that Pakistan Army fully supports mainstreaming of FATA and shall pursue it in line with aspirations of our tribal brothers.

He advised the youth to continue playing their role torwards peace and progress of FATA and Pakistan as they are the future leaders.

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SC adjourns hearing of Hudaibya paper mills case till Friday

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court hearing the Hudaibya Papers Mills case adjourned to Friday because of unavailability of one member of the bench on Wednesday.

As per details, the Rs 1.2 billion Hudaibya Paper Mills case against the Sharif was initiated by NAB in 2000 but it was canceled by the Lahore High Court (LHC) in 2014.

The Bureau pleaded the Supreme Court to order investigation in the case and cancel the LHC decision in this regard. The three-member SC bench, headed by Justice Mushir Alam and comprising justices Qazi Faez Isa and Mazhar Alam Miankhel, had to resume hearing the NAB reference against the Sharif family today (Wednesday).

However, the hearing was adjourned till Friday due to unavailability of Mazhar Alam Miankhel.

 

 

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Traffic police official injured in Karachi firing incident

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Traffic police official has been injured in a firing incident at Liaquatabad area of Karachi on Wednesday.

The private news channel reported that a sub-inspector of traffic police was on his duty when unknown assailants opened fire on him in which he was injured.

SSP Central Irfan Baloch said the traffic police official identified was Irshad was on his duty near Gujjar Nala in Liaquatabad and he signaled a motorbike to stop but they opened fire on the officials and Irshad was shot in the leg and was shifted to a nearby hospital.

Police reached the spot and started search of the attackers.

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Article 58-2(b) weaken, destabilized previous governments: Ahsan Iqbal

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Interior Minister, has said that former dictator General Zia-ul-Haq included the controversial Article 58-2(b) in the constitution and it destabilized the previous governments.

This he said while addressing an event of Pakistan Society of Development Economics on Wednesday.

He added that Article 58-2(b), which was first included into the 1973 Constitution by former military president Zia-ul-Haq and it provided discretionary power to the president to dissolve the National Assembly.

Iqbal added that previously Article 58-2(b) was very badly used by the previous presidents and they were ready to justified it that they were corrupt government and lost the confidence of the people.

He added that those who lecturing on the growth rate during the dictatorship as they knew but will never speak the truth that the International countries funding those forces and it will definitely boosted the economy.

 

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Shaheed Abdul Moeed buried with full honors

F.P. Report

LAHORE: The funeral prayers of Shaheed Second Lieutenant Abdul Moeed Shaheed were offered with full honors at Ayub Stadium Lahore and later he was buried at the Cavalry Ground graveyard.

As per detail, two personnel of Pakistan Army identified as Moeed and Sepoy Basharat, were martyred in a terrorist firing on their vehicle in North Waziristan on Monday.

Senior Army officers and political leaders were present in the funeral prayers.

While talking to private news channel father of Shaheed Moeed said that he is proud that his son has given his lives for the motherland and we will continue to sacrifice our lives for safety of our country.

Moeed had recently graduated from the Pakistan Military Academy (PMA), Kakul, while Basharat had three years of military service, the ISPR statement added.

 

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NAB team arrives in London to collect evidence against Sharif family in Avenfield apartments

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team reached London to meet with the home office officials and collect records and evidence in connection to the Avenfield flats which is owned by Hasan and Hussain Nawaz.

The NAB team reached London on Tuesday night and it is clear that the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) was unable to produce any solid evidence for action during its probe in London against the Sharif family during Panama case hearing.

Private news channel claimed that Sultan Nazir and Imran Dogar of NAB investigating the Avenfield flats. Earlier JIT under Wajid Zia’s leadership they had claimed of collecting actionable evidence but now it seems that they were wrong so the NAB arrived in London to collect some solid evidence against the Sharif family to take action against them.

Lawyers, Akhtar Raja and Toby Cadman had written several letters to the Home Office seeking Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) in relation to British national Hasan Nawaz Sharif, who has lived in London for over two decades.

Deputy Director Sultan Nazeer, who is case officer in Avenfield Reference, and Imran Dogar who is investigation officer in the said reference, will also meet officials of Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Home Office and other officials concerned in London, added the officials.

The NAB has filed four corruption references against the Sharif family and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar related to their Avenfield properties and multiple companies.