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Step taken toward Naya Pakistan: PTI’s Qureshi

ISLAMABAD (NNI): Exuberantly and triumphantly gleeful Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) vice chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday said that we have taken a step forward toward Naya (new in English) Pakistan whereas he invited all stakeholders to join PTI’s rebuilding process.

He was talking to media as Supreme Court (SC) ousted premier in Panama Papers Case.

“Come and join us (PTI) for atonement of state institutions and to free Pakistan from menace of terrorism. Let us pay tribute to all soldiers who endorsed martyrdom for the better future of Pakistan,” articulated Qureshi.

Qureshi once again extolled members of joint investigation team (JIT) who carried out 60-day probe into Sharifs’ business matters.

“An independent, fair and transparent Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is a must for fortifying democratic norms and we must practice tradition of fair elections for strengthening the flourishing democracy,” added Qureshi.

Qureshi claimed that Imran Khan tops popularity charts as nation trusts him.

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Conspiring elements who are waiting to celebrate will mourn instead: Abid Sher Ali

ISLAMABAD (APP): Federal State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali has said on Friday that Joint Investigation Team (JIT) said in their report that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s is not accused of any financial irregularities.

While talking to media outside Supreme Court, he said that the conspiring elements in the country are waiting to celebrate the murder of democracy.

“Those who are awaiting the Supreme Court’s verdict to celebrate will be instead mourning today,” he said.

He asserted that the nation stands with the Prime Minister and fully supports him.

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Man jumps into canal with four children to ‘escape poverty’ in Rahim Yar Khan

RAHIM YAR KHAN (NNI): In an attempt to “escape poverty”, a man reportedly pushed his four children in Abbasia Canal in Kot Samaba and then jumped in himself Thursday night.

Police said the man, named Ghulam Yaseen, attempted suicide over domestic issues and unemployment.

One of the children was rescued from the canal, while a search for the other three and the man is underway. However, it is feared the other four have died.

Seven-year-old Sania was rescued near Airport police station when a milkman heard her crying for help. He pulled her out of the canal and took her to the hospital.

Ghulam Yaseen, a resident of Haroonabad, had reached Kot Samaba two days ago to pick his children who were on vacation at their maternal aunt’s house.

One of the missing children is reportedly six months old, while the others are between the ages of three and five. It has yet to be ascertained where the children’s mother was.

Locals said if rescue teams had started search immediately at night, the man and the children may have been rescued. However, rescue workers said they could not start the search operation in the dark.

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16 suspects arrested in search operation

F.P. Report

KARACHI: At least 16 suspected persons were arrested in a search operation conducted by Rangers and Police on Friday in Scout Colony of provincial capital.

The door-to-door search operation in different parts of Karachi was conducted on receiving information about the existence of suspected criminals in the area who were involved in traffic policeman murder, which was killed earlier this week.

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Pakistan, Maldives agree to reconvene SAARC meeting in Islamabad: Sartaj Aziz

MALE (APP): Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz Thursday said Pakistan and Maldives had agreed to reconvene meeting of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Islamabad.

In a media chat after concluding of a three-day official visit of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to Maldives, he said, President of Maldives Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom talked about reconvening of SAARC meeting in Pakistan, adding it was a good message for the country.

He said both the leaders also talked about future of SAARC and agreed to work jointly to make SAARC a vibrant organization. He said India had blocked holding of SAARC summit in Islamabad in 2016 but Maldives did not support them and provided full support for the SAARC summit in Islamabad.

He said Pakistan and Maldives had business to business contacts and formation of Joint Business Committee and Business Council would serve platforms for enhanced trade and investment cooperation by facilitating collaboration between businesses and institutions. Aziz said one-third doctors in Maldives were Pakistanis and prime minister announced establishment of a medical college for the people of Maldives and also sanctioned $ 5million for it. He said Pakistan had also increased number of seats for the Maldivian students in various disciplines in professional institutions.

He said both the countries also inked a number of Memorandum of Understandings including training of diplomats, civil servants, trade promotion, climate change, education and tourism. Aziz said both sides also talked on defence side and Pakistan would provide two training aircrafts to Maldives to give training to their pilots. He said Maldives was progressing very fast and out of 100 best resorts of the world 10 were in Maldives which helped contribute to its GDP.

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Army supports AD Khowaja’s stance on Police powers

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Two days after DG Rangers held meeting with “isolated” Inspector General of Police, Sindh Corps Commander Karachi Lt General Shahid Baig Mirza on Thursday said that unity of command was important in police force.

Without referring to cut to powers and shifting the power center from IG to controversial Sindh Home Minister, Corps Commander said that there should be consistency in the serving terms of personnel within the police in view of achieving better performance.

Visiting Malir Cannt to inspect police training along with IG Sindh A.D Khawaja and GOC Malir Major General Zahid, he said that the recent police training has set new standards for the personnel. He praised police for restoring peace, saying the role of Karachi police is commendable. “Due to the sacrifices rendered by the department, peace has returned to the city”.

Director General Sindh Rangers, Major general Muhammad Saeed, summoned a high level meeting at the paramilitary force headquarters on Tuesday, two days after the Sindh police Chief Allah Dino Khowaja wrote a letter to CM Sindh complaining about inaction over implementation of the Provincial Action Plan committee decisions.

“A high-level meeting chaired by Director General (DG) Rangers Maj Gen Mohammad Saeed reviewed the security situation in the aftermath of recent targetted attacks on police personnel in Karachi”, a press release from Sindh Rangers stated on Tuesday. According to spokesman, the meeting, held at Rangers Headquarters, was attended by Inspector General Sindh A.D. Khawaja, Assistant Inspector General Karachi Ghulam Qadir Thebo and officials from intelligence agencies, among others.

The meeting devised a strategy for combined operations and to improve communication between law enforcing agencies. DG Rangers Sindh also decided that anyone providing authentic information regarding attacks on police or the identity of the attackers will be awarded Rs10 million. Secrecy regarding the name of the informant will be maintained, the release said.

Last week after the Sindh Government took powers transfer and posting of the Inspector General Police and handed over these to home minister, the provincial government of Pakistan Peoples Party changed the team of Police Chief AD Khowaja in a major reshuffle. Two contenders for the post of IGP from Pakistan Peoples Party’s list, Ghulam Qadir Thebo and Sardar Abdul Majeed got important positions of additional IG Karachi and Additional IG Sindh, respectively.

According to notification issued here on Monday; Mr. Ghulam Qadir Thebo chairman Enquiries and Anti-corruption is transferred and posted with immediate effect as additional Inspector General of Police, Karachi-Range vice Mr. Mushtaq Mehar, who has been transferred and posted as AIG Trarrafic police.

Khadim Hussain Bhatti, additional IG Traffic is transferred and posted as AIG research, development and inspection whereas Sardar Abdul Majeed has been Additional IG Sindh Range. Dr Aftab Ahmed Pathan, who was AIG Sindh Ranger, has been posted as AIG CID in place of Sanullah Abbasi. Deeping the row over policing powers, the Sindh Government two weeks earlier issued notification giving the powers of appointing and transferring officers to Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal, a close aide of Anwar Majeed and Faryal Talpur.

The powers had been taken back from the Inspector General of Police, Sindh earlier last week. According to the new notification, which nullified the Sindh Government’s earlier notification issues last week, the decisions regarding posting and transfers of senior police officers will be taken by the Services, General Administration and Coordination Department of the provincial government after taking approval from Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal.

As per previous notification, the chief secretary was supposed to issue such orders of transfers and postings of the SSPs and SPs with approval of the Sindh chief minister but now such notification has been cancelled or withdrawn to empower the Sindh home minister. The latest notification has been issued with the approval of Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah. The order is issued in accordance with Rule-7(ii) of the Sindh Government Rules of Business, 1986.

According to the notification issued on Friday (July 7), not only SPs (grade 18) and SSPs (grade 19) but DIGs (grade 20) officers would also be transferred and posted with approval of the home minister Sindh. This decision came after days of taking away powers of transfers and postings of SPs and SSPs from inspector general of police Sindh, A.D. Khowaja.

Three weeks ago, Chief Secretary Sindh Rizwan Memon issued a notification which reads; “This department’s order of even number date 9-8-2016, whereby powers delegated to the inspector general of police Sindh with regard to transfer and posting of superintendents of police ( Bs-18)/Senior Superintendents of Police (BS-19) and equivalent, is hereby cancelled/withdrawn.”

A.D. Khowaja, who belongs to small village Tando Mohammad Khan district in southern Sindh, was appointed as IG Sindh by the PPP government. But later differences emerged between the provincial government of PPP and Sindh Police chief when the latter refused to accept the orders of Anwar Majeed, business partner of former President and mill owner from Badin.

The difference further deepened when the official refused to accept the party demand regarding recruitment in Sindh Police. In March 2016, he assumed charge as IG Sindh. His appointment was preceded by the removal of Ghulam Hyder Jamali who had found himself at the centre of a National Accountability Bureau investigation into mismanagement of police funds.

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Amjad Sabri murder case transferred to military court

F.P. Report

KARACHI: An anti terrorism court in Karachi was on Thursday informed that the Sindh Government has decided to transfer the case Sufi singer Amjad Sabri to military court. Subsequently, the ATC judge approved the transfer, according to the reports.

During the proceeding both accused Ishaq Bobi and Asim Capri were produced before the judge. Last in July, the Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah that Counter Terrorism Police of his province lead by in Charge CTD Raja Umar Khattab, have arrested two Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) terrorists involved in high profile cases, including that of Amjad Sabri Murder, killing of military policemen and firing on Majlis that had left five people dead last month.

The arrested accused are identified as Ishaq alias Bobi and Asim alias Capri, the latter being arrested in 2013 by the then CTD in-charge, Chaudhry Aslam and set free by court on bail later in March 2015. “Today on October 7, 2016, a team of the Counter Terrorism Department raided an apartment near Nayab mosque in street number 4 of Liaquatabad no-2 and arrested two most wanted terrorists of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi’s Naeem Bukhari group,” CM Sindh informed. According to CM Sindh the an increase in high profile cases on sectarian basis was witnessed in 2015-16 after which a team under the CTD in-charge Raja Umar Khattab was formed, which worked day and night to unearth the network.

CM Sindh, who arrived here in Central Police Office for the special emergency news conference along with Sindh and Karachi’s police chiefs, informed that huge arms and explosives were recovered from the possession of the terrorists. According to CM Sindh after the arrest of Ata-ur-Rehman aka Naeem Bukhari, the group head, his cousin Salih Rehmani would provide arms and explosive materials to the terrorists. “The terrorist had been hiding in Wadh area of the Balochistan where they would carry out planning.”

Besides their involvement in high profile killing of AmjadSabri and attack on Nazimabad Majlis, the accused are involved in 21 May 2016 attack on police constables in Aisah Manzil, 20 April 2016 attack in which seven policemen were martyred, 1 December 2015 attack in which two traffic policemen were killed, 20 November 2015 attack on Rangers in which four personnel were killed and 29 August 2015 attack in which Amir Haider Advocate Supreme Court was killed.

“Asim alias Capri was Amjad Sabri’s neighbor. We have not found any motive [behind the murder] as yet, but it seems sectarian to us because Sabri used to frequent majalis and had links to Ahle Tashi. The weapons used in the incident were a match,” IG Sindh said. Aug 29, 2015 attack on Supreme Court judge Advocate Syed Hamid Haider in Hassan Square

The weapons were matched using empty bullet casings collected from crime scenes and bullets retrieved during post mortems, the Sindh CM said. Replying to a query CM Sindh said that there had been protests in Malir on Monday, but there was no particular community or sect being targeted.

According to CM Sindh all this action was taken to stop terrorism. “If we have suspicions, we are detaining people. And when they are being cleared, we are releasing them… This is the biggest menace in our country and we will go to any extent to end it. I request the people of Karachi and across Sindh to support us in this matter,” the Sindh CM said.

According to Shah those involved in the killing of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) activists will also be apprehended, he said. Police personnel involved in the arrest of suspects will be rewarded.

“There were already cases against Mirza Yusuf Husain in which he didn’t have bail and his name was in the fourth schedule. He was apprehended in light of the given situation,” shah informed. The ASWJ leader Taj Hanafi has also been picked up under the MPO because of the ongoing situation, he further said. In response to a query regarding the arrest of former senator Faisal Raza Abidi and his alleged involvement in sectarian killing CM Sindh Murad Ali Shah said that Abidi was arrested for possession of unlicensed weapons.

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Masjid- e –Nabvi Imam arrives in Lahore

LAHORE (online):  Masjid- e –Nabvi Imam Sheikh Ayad Ahmad Al Shikri reached at Lahore on Thursday.

According to media reports, high officials of Auqaf Department Punjab accorded warm reception to him at Allama Iqbal International Airport.

Imam Masjid-e- Nabvi will hold meeting with Chief Minister Punjab Main Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif during his stay. Sheikh Ayad led Zuhar prayer in a mosque located at Raiwind Road also.

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Imran Khan urges UAE central bank to disclose non-residents’ accounts details

ISLAMABAD (NNI): Declaring Iqama [work permit] a kind of protection and safe passage, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Thursday urged United Arab Emirates (UAE) Central Bank to disclose all details of ‘non-residents’ account holders under the international agreements.

Panama Papers probe, in its final report, revealed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s employment with an Emirate-based firm as chairman.

Soon after the JIT’s startling revelation, the work permits of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Defence Minister Asif Khawaja, and Federal Minister for Development and Planning Ahsan Iqbal have also surfaced on social media, showing their employment with different companies in Dubai and Saudi Arabia.

In a tweet, the PTI chairman said that all corrupt mafias keep such work and residence permits in UAE because the Emirates Central Bank is not bound to disclose account holders’ details of non-residents (those who have not citizenship of UAE).

In the subsequent tweet, he urged the central bank to disclose details of its non resident account holders. Imran said that its shocking for the entire nation even those who had knowledge of Pakistani office holders of having work permits for their endless greed of wealth. On Tuesday, the pictures of Defense Minister Khawaja Asif’s UAE work permit went viral on social media.

In a series of tweets, PTI leader Usman Dar claimed to have acquired a copy of the UAE permit of the minister, who he believed, would be disqualified under the Article 62 and 62 of the constitution for concealing such information from the Election Commission of Pakistan. He said Khawaja Asif was found to be an employee of a UAE company besides a federal minister. He had not mentioned his employment and income from the company in his nomination papers submitted in the ECP.

Subsequently, Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal on Wednesday has also confirmed holding the Kingdom’s work/residence permit for two years following the pictures of his work permit went viral on social media. Expressing no regrets in a tweet he admitted of working and staying in Saudi Arabia as what he said: “For anyone who is blessed to live and work in Madinah it is a natural desire to keep Madinah resident status for as long as one can. No regrets.”

It merits mention here that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also holds UAE travel permit, which he had admitted before the Supreme Court, saying that he held UAE travel permit which he had declared in his documents submitted to the Election Commission of Pakistan ahead of the 2013 general elections.

 

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Shehbaz Sharif pledges swift justice for Multan panchayat rape victims

MULTAN (APP): Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif visited the victims of the Multan panchayat rape case on Thursday, and assured them and their families of swift and exemplary justice.

Addressing media after his visit to the Women Crisis Centre in Multan, the minister vowed exemplary punishment for perpetrators of the heinous incident. “Those responsible [for the crime] will not be spared in any circumstance,” he said.

Shehbaz also ordered immediate suspension of police officers involved in registering the case, holding them responsible for their negligence in ensuring swift action in the case.

The minister said that the FIR for the first incident of rape was filed eight days later. “The incident shows the worst negligence on part of the police,” he lamented.

Shehbaz also announced that a three-member committee has been formed which will reach Multan today to probe the case. The concerned authorities have been given 72 hours to submit a report on the case to the committee, he said.

Earlier this month, members of a panchayat (council of elders) ordered the rape of a 16-year-old girl as punishment for a rape allegedly committed by her brother, in a horrific incident of revenge rape which surfaced in the local media on Wednesday.

According to local police, a man had complained to the panchayat that his 12-year-old sister had been raped by their cousin. The panchayat then ordered the complainant to rape the 16-year-old sister of the accused in revenge.

Police, upon hearing of the incident, arrested 10 members of the panchayat, including its head. In the following days, police were able to nab all main accused, said to be around 20.