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Murad says Karachi’s Mehsud Jirga not good, Court should take Notice

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the provincial government was serious to arrest SSP Rao Anwar to investigate further the Naqibullah Mehsood murder case.

This he said while talking to media at Hindu Gymkhana where he attended NAPA Convocation 2015-17 as chief guest. He was accompanied by Culture Minister Syed Sardar Shah.

Replying to a question he said that it was quite surprising for him that the people were casting doubts on the sincerity of the provincial government in arresting suspended SSP Rao Anwar.

“It was the PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had taken notice of Naqibullah Mahsood and on his directives inquiry committee was constituted,” he said and went on saying “the provincial government is in close contact with all the agencies, provincial government to arrest former SSP Malir and he would be arrested soon.

To a question, the chief minister said that holding of Jirgas in the city and participation of people in them is not a good move. He said that the court should take its notice. “I have also taken its notice,” he said.

Murad Ali Shah replying to another question said that he would provide foolproof security to PSL final match. “I have given them full support,” he said.

To another question, the chief minister said that the performance of NAPA in promoting soft image of the country is quite encouraging. “The promotion of art and music and its classes here is service to the society,” he said.

Addressing the gathering the chief minister said that there used to be a concept to become engineer and doctor. “I used to be dull in music classes in my school this is why I am dry,” he said in lighter mood and went on saying after his retirement he would take some courses from NAPA to lead a happy and joyous life.

He said that his nephews and nieces are interest in music and they are good in this subject. “Now this trend is developing among children and their parents are happily accepting it,” he said and added the musicians, artist and actors are more popular than the people of other professions.

Murad Ali Shah said that the city of Karachi has seen lawlessness for two decades. Musical shows, literary festivals, theater, plays and such other activities had shied away from Karachi and now they are returning with full vigor and spirit. “I am thankful to Zia Muhiuddin and his team who established NAPA and further strengthens the performing art. He congratulated Zia Muhiuddin for running an academy of performing art and engaging youngsters in healthy activities. “My government will always be with you in your support whatever you need,” he assured Zia Muhiuddin.

Murad Ali Shah gave away degrees to 74 graduates of different courses, including music, acting and others.

The chief minister congratulated senior Journalist Wusatullah Khan for qualifying a course from NAPA. “Today Wusatullah Khan has completed his education,” he said in lighter mood.

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SHC issues notices to Faryal, others in Rs90b corruption case

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court(SHC) on Wednesday issued notices to Faryal Talpur, sister of former President Asif Ali Zardari, in corruption case of Rs90 billion while restoring an old application against the PPP woman leader.

An applicant had filed an application alleging that Faryal Talpur, Ayaz Soomro and others had done a corruption of Rs90 billion in different projects of Larkana.

The applicant submitted before the court that he had taken back his application after threats to his family and now when he has shifted his family to a safe place his application should be restored in public interest.

The court while restoring application directed Faryal Talpur, Ayaz Soomro, Shafqat Soomro and Chief Secretary to submit reply in the case by February 22.

Faryal Talpur begun her political career in 1990s. She ran for the seat of National Assembly of Pakistan on Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) ticket from Nawabshah constituency (NA-160) in Pakistani general election, 1997 for the first time, but lost the electionto the Pakistan Muslim League (N). In 2001, she became the Nazim of district Nawabshah in local government elections. In 2005 local government elections, she was re-elected as the mayor of Nawabshah.

After the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in 2007, she became legal guardian of children of Bhutto; Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari and Aseefa Bhutto Zardari and custodian of property of Bhutto in Larkana.

In 2007, Talpur was considered to become a candidate of PPP for the post of President of Pakistan.

Due to mayor ship of Nawabshah, she was not given a ticket by PPP to run in Pakistani general election, 2008. However later in by-elections, she was allotted a ticket by PPP to run for the seat of National Assembly home constituency of Bhutto in constituency NA-207 (Larkana-cum-Shikarpur-cum-Kambar Shehdadkot where election was postponed due to death of Bhutto. She won in the by-elections and became member of the National Assembly for the first time.

She was the central president of the women wing of PPP but reportedly she looked after almost all affairs of the PPP According to a WikiLeaks diplomatic cables leak in 2009, fearing attempts on his life, then President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari told then US Ambassador to Pakistan Anne W. Patterson that in the event he was assassinated, he had instructed his son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to appoint Talpur as President of Pakistan.

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Only parliament has authority to amend disqualification law: Aitzaz Ahsan

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Senator Aitzaz Ahsan has said that only the parliament has the authority to amend legislature pertaining to the lifetime disqualification of lawmakers

“Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz’s (PML-N) Maryam group wants to pressure the court to the extent that it receives a verdict in its favour,” he said while talking to the media in Islamabad on Wednesday.

He was referring to the political turmoil within the party, which has reportedly split into two factions, after the July 28 verdict of the Panama Papers case that disqualified then-prime minister Nawaz Sharif from holding public office.

“The pressure tactics [are being used] to get a verdict from the court that will reduce the disqualification tenure, which is infinite and for-life, to the existing assembly,” said the senator.

“But the Supreme Court cannot determine this term, only the parliament has the authority to do so,” said Ahsan.

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CJP takes suo motu notice on death of housemaid in KP

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ISLAMABAD: The chief justice of Pakistan has taken suo motu notice of the mysterious death of 12-year-old domestic worker employed at house of the brother of a Khyber Pakhtunkhwa minister.

According to a notification issued Thursday from the Supreme Court, CJP Mian Saqib Nisar has taken notice over media reports, seeking details of the incident from the inspector general of KP within three days.

As per reports, the 12-year-old girl passed away at a hospital in Abbottabad on January 25. She was employed at the residence of Shoaib Ghani, brother of KP Minister for Higher Education Mushtaq Ghani.

Earlier, a police spokesperson had said that domestic worker Misbah’s health deteriorated after eating fruits. He added she was taken to the hospital but could not survive. The spokesperson said that a brother and a sister of the girl had also died of the same disease.

While speaking on the issues, the KP minister said he had no objection to a probe into Misbah’s death. But, he added, the ones known for mud-slinging have been doing propaganda over the issue. “Every single person is busy scoring points.”

A fact-finding committee, formed to probe the incident, recommended Misbah’s body be exhumed and post-mortem be conducted.

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KP generated 78MW electricity, Imran refutes CM Shehbaz’s claims

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PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has said on Wednesday that the provincial government generated 78 Mega Watt (MW) of electricity in contrast to claims of Punjab chief minister (CM) Shehbaz Sharif and added that projects to produce 4,000MW are under construction.

PTI chief addressed a joint press conference with Peshawar CM Pervez Khattak during which he responded to claims of Punjab CM against the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Khan alleged leaders of ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) of pushing Pakistan in more debts and hindering production of electricity through hydal projects. He cited corruption and pocketing unlawful commissions on part of the leaders for increasing debts.

PTI chief said that KP province has the highest potential of generation of hydel power.

CM Shehbaz wrongfully asserted that electricity in KP province is costlier than available in India and Bangladesh.

On the occasion, CM Khattak accused the federal government of delaying issuance of no-objection certificate (NOC) to agreements of KP government. The provincial government is producing cheaper electricity through hydel plants and the federal government is not purchasing it, he claimed.

KP CM asserted that the province would for the first time receive ten percent in profits. No provincial government in Pakistan’s history has achieved the goals that PTI’s government has in its tenure, Khattak claimed.

CK Khattak said that KP government has entered a pact with a Russian company over energy and ruled out allegations of corruption leveled by the political opponents.

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Don’t want to close footpath school, offered building instead: Nasir Shah

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KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Information and Transport, Syed Nasir Hussain Shah has said that the provincial government don’t want to close down the ‘Footpath School’ but Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has offered school building to the management through Sindh Education Foundation MD Nafisa Shah.

Talking to media persons here on Wednesday, Syed Nasir Shah said that the Chief Minister was worried about the street children receiving education under the open skies on the footpath.

He said, “The Chief Minister has offered to give lunch to footpath school students through Selani Trust, stipend/pocket money, text books and copies, uniform, including shoes and socks and a school building under adopt policy so that they could be made secure.”

The Provincial Minister said that we appreciate the effort of footpath school, this why we are offering them to be a partner with Sindh government.

Syed Nasir Husain Shah said that the matter of Rao Anwar was not part of the cabinet. Therefore, it was not discussed.

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KP police is independent, should not be pressurised: CM Pervez Khattak

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ISLAMABAD: Dogged by a recent spate of unresolved cases, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak dispelled the impression of any lacklustre performance and said that the police was without any political influence and should not be pressurised.

The chief minister while addressing a press conference said that the police in KP performs much better than other provinces, and cannot be judged on just a few cases. “KP Police is independent and should not be compared with other provinces,” he said adding that a handfull of cases are being flouted and cannot determine the performance of the police force.

“One or two cases are being flouted. This reduces the morale of the police force. Such cases does not mean that the police is not performing.” CM KP detailed the progress and measures which the provincial government has undertaken to reform the police force.

He said that new sophisticated weapons have been provided to the police force. “We have five-star police stations in the province.” He said the KP Police fought bravely during the terrorist attack at the agricultural university in Shabqadar, district Charsadda, and they expect that the police should be supported.

He further said the the culture of favouritism and nepotism in the police has been eliminated, and all postings are done purely on merit, and the KP govt has not influence over them. “Police postings based on favouritism have been eliminated. Now all jobs are provided after passing the NTS,” he said adding that competent and educated officers have been inducted in the police force.

The KP CM said that the province has passed through the worst situation and has witnessed several incidents of terrorism, and therefore the police should not be pressurised. “KP has passed through a lot and seen incidents of terrorism, so I request everyone not be pressurise them,” he said.

He said there was no intelligence department in the province when he took over as chief minister, and a joint team for was formed for intelligence sharing and gathering.

He said that KP was the first province to set up a counter-terrorism department. He announced that a forensic laboratory will be set up in the province within a few weeks.

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Rao Anwar using WhatsApp, police incapable to trace location: IGP

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KARACHI: Sindh Inspector General Police (IGP) admitted that his department is incapable of tracing location of a person through WhatsApp call, informing that Sindh police wrote to PTA and asked for their assistance in tracing absconder Rao Anwar.

He said, “The wanted officer (Rao Anwar) is using WhatsApp (for communication). Police is unable to trace his location.”

AG Khawaja met the Supreme Court Registrar today. He assured that his department is in contact with all other institutions in order to catch and arrest the suspended Malir SSP Anwar who remains at large despite the Supreme Court deadline.

Earlier, Khawaja stated senate committee and Jirga members that prime accused in Naqeeb murder case is still at large while police is much closed to hunt him down. Eight other framed in case have been handed to police on seven-day remand.

Sindh police failed to make any progress in finding any trace of suspended SSP Rao Anwar who is wanted for alleged involvement in the killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud in an encounter in Karachi.

A day before, a contingent of Sindh police raided Anwar s Islamabad residence in F-10/4 but failed to make any arrest.

A poster with the title ‘Wanted/Absconder’ was pasted outside the house seeking about his whereabouts.

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Witnesses identify three arrested policemen in Naqeeb Murder case

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Two Witnesses in Naqeeb Mehsud cases identified three police officials, who were arrested in connection with the case.

The suspected police personnel were presented in the court of judicial magistrate Malir. First constable Muhammad Iqbal was presented. The witnesses told that court the Iqbal was standing near the police mobile in plainclothes whereas rest of the personnel arrested them.

The eyewitness further identified Arshad Ali and told the magistrate that the accused was present in Mobile and took us to Sachal check-post after arresting from Sher Agha Hotel.

The eyewitnesses also identified ASI Allahyar and said that he was one of the policemen who arrested us. Allahyar rejected their claims, however, claiming that the witnesses’ statements were “not correct”. The court asked him if had objections over being paraded for identification to which he replied in the negative.

Meanwhile, Sub-Inspector Ali Haider told that court that when the Mehsud Jirga kicked off in Sohrab Goth SHO Sohrab Goth, Shoaib Shaikh fled from the court.

Both witnesses were arrested by the former Malir senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rao Anwar who is currently on the run along with Naqeebullah and two of his friends. However, they were both released on January 6, while Naqeebullah and three others were killed in a staged encounter on January 13.

Muhammad Iqbal told the court that he had performed “general duty” and “stayed at the checkpoint”, but the eyewitnesses told the court that he had been standing right next to the police van when they were arrested.

The officers were shifted to the Sachal police station after the identification parade. The officers were three of six policemen that had been sent on remand by a sessions court on January 28.

Sub-inspector Mohammad Yasin, ASI Supurd Hussain and head constable Khizar Hayat were also produced before the administrative judge by Senior Superintendent Police Investigations Malir Abid Ali Qaimkhani, who is investigating the case, to secure their remand.

The investigation officer (IO) informed the court that the suspects were arrested on Jan 26. He said that during initial questioning, the detained suspects had disclosed that they were part of a team which killed Naqeebullah Mehsud in the ‘fake encounter’ and their absconding accomplices were also involved in the extrajudicial killing.

The IO sought their custody for two weeks in order to produce them before a judicial magistrate for an identification parade, the arrest of absconding officials, and further investigation of the case.

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SC removes Siddiqul Farooq as ETPB chairman

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered on Wednesday the removal of Siddiqul Farooq as the head of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB).

Hearing the Katas Raj suo motu case, a three-member bench had summoned Farooq today over his controversial appointment and role in the ETPB, which looks after affairs of minorities’ religious places in the country.

The court, during several earlier hearings of the case, had berated the ETPB chief over his negligence and appointment on nepotism.

Appearing in court today, Farooq said he worked at the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz office where the chief justice would also visit sometimes.

The chief justice then ordered the federal government to remove him from the post and appoint an apolitical person.

Hearing the case on Tuesday, the bench had fined Assistant Advocate General Punjab Asma Hamid Rs1,000 and issued a notice to Farooq to appear in person.

The historic Katas Raj pond, a revered site for Hindus, is said to have depleted due to the operations of cement factories nearby which have sucked out the underground water.

During the hearing, the chief justice had also come down hard on Farooq, asking how he could remain on his post when his term has expired.

How long will political appointments continue to be made in the country, the chief justice observed further.

“Farooq’s credentials for the appointment are his 30 years of political service,” the chief justice had observed at an earlier hearing, adding that someone who collected newspapers in the party office was appointed to such an important post.

The then-prime minister Nawaz Sharif appointed Farooq as the ETPB chairman in October 2014 — a year and a half after the post fell vacant.

Farooq was previously the PML-N’s spokesman as well as Nawaz Sharif’s press secretary during a previous tenure as prime minister.

The former ETPB chairman Asif Hashmi had resigned in March 2013 when the Federal Investigation Agency began investigating him for financial misappropriation.

Farooq has also served as the House Building Finance Corporation chairman in the past.