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Student shot dead during robbery attempt

F.P. Report

KARACHI: A student of A-level shot dead during the robbery attempt in Gulistan-e-Johar area of Karachi on Wednesday night.

The robbers shot the student on resistance during the robbery in Karachi.

Meanwhile, SP Abid Ali Baloch told media that police arrested four suspects in raids conducted by police in different areas of the city.

He added that the operations were carried out in Orangi Town, Mominabad, and Frontier Colony and adding that dacoits, street criminals, and drug-sellers were among those arrested.

SP Baloch added that Weapons, contraband, and mobile phones were seized from the arrested suspects, the police official added.


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Imran Khan responsible for ‘shoe culture’: Rana Sanaullah

F.P. Report

LAHORE: Law Minister of Punjab Rana Sanaullah has termed Pakistan Tehree-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan responsible for prevailing shoe culture.

Talking to media, he said that senseless criticism of opponents in speeches is charging workers and leading to workers hurling shoes at their opponents. He warned that is this does not stop, it would take everyone into its embrace and no one will be spared. He particularly named Sheikh Rasheed as the one who would top the list of shoe receivers.

He further said that Imran Khan is responsible for intolerance in society and politics which is becoming a reason for shoe-throwing mania. He termed Asif Zardari and Imran Khan the new faces of establishment. Commenting on the PML-N worker Mirza Ramzan Baig caught while trying to hurl shoe at Imran Khan, he said that his confessional statement is the result of duress. He warned that if it continues like this, everyone, including media persons, could become a victim.

On Sunday, Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) founder Nawaz Sharif was attacked with shoe at Jamia Naeemia. Later that day, attempt to attack Imran Khan with shoe thwarted and the accused was arrested

In a similar incident in Sialkot, Pakistan’s foreign minister Kh Asif was subjected to ink attack. During workers’ convention, a person threw ink on the face of PMLN leader.



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PTI leader urges govt to place names of Nawaz, family on ECL

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Sindh Assembly Parliamentary Leader and PTI Karachi General Secretary Khurrum Sher Zaman, MPA demands that federal Interior Ministry should comply with National Accountability Bureau’s request to place Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law retired Captain Mohammad Safdar on Exit Control List (ECL).

Mr. Sher Zaman believes this is a test for the federal Interior Minister and PMLN Government to show if they truly believe in the rule of law and co-operation among state institutions.

“The decision by federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal will show to the public if he and the government genuinely believe in the rule of law and places Nawaz Sharif and family on the ECL or display his partisan colors and loyalty to a corrupt and disqualified person and not act on NAB’s request.”

In a democracy, the government must act above partisan and personal loyalties and serve the state and its people.

PTI Sindh Parliamentary Leader also urged NAB to pursue the travel ban on Nawaz and his daughter and son-in-law in the Supreme Court of Pakistan in the instance that the Interior Ministry refuses to act on its request. “If NAB does not seriously pursue this matter and exercise all its powers under the law then NAB Chairman’s integrity will receive a major blow in the eyes of the public.

It will be seen that there are two legal systems, one for the common person and one for the rich and powerful, who can escape accountability and punishment.” Mr. Sher Zaman blasted Nawaz Sharif’s Tehreek-e-Adl as nonsense and expressed disbelief that someone who has been Prime Minister three times did not care to introduce judicial reforms until now when Supreme Court of Pakistan disqualifies him from politics.



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PML-N MPA from Faisalabad joins PTI

F.P. Report

Islamabad: PML-N’s MPA from PP-62 Faisalabad Raza Nasrullah Ghumman on Wednesday joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) along with number of companions. According to detail, Raza Nasrullah Ghumman held meeting with PTI Chief Imran Khan.

During the meeting, he expressed his complete confidence on party leadership and manifesto.

He lauded the efforts and contributions of PTI Chief Imran for the supremacy of law, sanctity of votes. According to the details, the decision was announced after the PMLN MPA from Faisalabad met PTI Chairman Imran Khan in which he announced his unconditional support to PTI. The MPA said that Imran Khan and his party has been struggling for the supermacy of constitution.

He termed Imran Khan’s 126 days long sit-in was a golden chapter in Pakistan’s political history. “People in Punjab are eagerly waiting for Imran Khan”, he added. Speaking at the occasion Imran Khan said that Pakistan is facing serious challenges. Furthermore, he affirmed that PTI will not let these challenges grow on Pakistan and PTI will make every possible effort in order to put Pakistan back on the heights of prosperity.

He welcomed Nasrullah Ghumman and his friends in the party saying that people in Punjab are looking forward to change and election campaign will be started after the ongoing membership drive across the country.


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SC dismisses Imran plea seeking Gulalai disqualification

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court (SC) has rejected Imran Khan petition seeking disqualification of PTI dissident MNA Ayesha Gulalai. Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar has remarked political people continue to give statements about tendering resignations.

The resignation given can be withdrawn till specific time. A 3-membere bench of SC presided over by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar took up appeal plea filed by PTI chief Imran Khan in connection with disqualification of Ayesha Gulalai. Imran Khan had challenged Election Commission decision in SC which was given in favor of Ayesha Gulalai.

At the inception of hearing of the case, the CJP inquired from counsel of Imran Khan “tell us what the problem of Imran Khan is. Tell us what the basis of disqualification is. Counsel for Imran Khan said appeal has been filed against election commission decision.

CJP remarked “filing appeal is your right. It is not binding on us to issue notice on appeal. Tell us first you want disqualification on what grounds. Counsel for Imran Khan took the plea article 63-A is applicable to Ayesha Gulalai.

The CJP inquired from counsel of Imran Khan has written resignation been received. Counsel for Imran Khan said Ayesha Gulalai written resignation has not come.

However she has announced her resignation in media talk. CJP remarked you had also announced your resignation in media.  The resignation can be given and can be withdrawn till specific time. Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan remarked “Sheikh Rashid had talked of  tendering   resignation  but did that announcement make the resignation effective?”.

Likewise Ayesha Gulalai had talked of giving her resignation in her press conference. Counsel for Imran Khan said Ayesha Gulalai had not cast vote in favor of Sheikh Rashid, PTI nominee for the slot of prime minister.

Therefore, she stands disqualified under constitution for violating party policy. Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan remarked “had Imran Khan cast vote by himself. Counsel for Imran Khan said his client was not in the city at the time of voting. The court rejected Imran Khan Plea against Ayesha Gulalai.



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Imran gives task to Swati for Opp leader in Senate

F.P. Report

Islamabad: To bring PTI opposition leader in the Senate, Chairman Imran Khan has given task to Azam Swati to contact with MQM, Jamaat-e-Islami, members of FATA and other political parties.

According to details on Wednesday Imran Khan and Senator Swati have telephonic contact in which Imran Khan said that PPP had got the position of Deputy Chairman Senate and now it is the right of the second largest party of the country.

He hoped that in this context Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani and Deputy Chairman Saleem Mandviwala will be in consensus to bring PTI opposition leader in the Senate.


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Unfortunate that lawmakers buy, sell votes: CEC says

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Wednesday hinted that it might seek assistance from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and other intelligence agencies to investigate alleged horse-trading in the Senate election held on March 3.

The five-member commission, headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza, heard the suo moto notice which it had taken on March 6 after horse-trading allegations were levelled by some politicians in media.

The commission had summoned eight parliamentarians for assistance in the case.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan and MQM-P leader Farooq Sattar were represented by their counsel while Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb appeared in person.

During the course of proceedings, the CEC observed that buying and selling of votes was a crime and it was  unfortunate that both the sellers and buyers were parliamentarians.

The CEC said, “It is unfortunate that those who sell their vote, and those who buy it are both parliamentarians.”

“Buying and selling of votes is a crime,” said CEC, adding that political parties should assist the ECP in this case.

Addressing the politicians and representatives of parties who attended the hearing, the CEC said the rationale behind summoning them was to seek their assistance for an investigation into the matter.

He said successful senators bagged more votes than their parties’ representation in the respective provincial assemblies.

PTI chief’s lawyer, Shahid Gondal told the ECP that the party had already formed a committee to investigate horse-trading and would submit a final report after completion of the inquiry.

The ECP adjourned the case till April 4.


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Love for Erdogan finds spot in Pakistani truck art

Monitoring Desk

ISLAMABAD: The Turkish president is without doubt the most widely-admired foreign leader in Pakistan, so much so that even a small-time transporter has decided to honor him with a massive portrait on the back of his own truck.Despite the fact that Gulzar Ahmad has never been to Turkey or met a Turkish citizen in his life, he told Anadolu Agency he got Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s portrait painted on his truck because he believed the Turkish president was an “ideal leader”.

“I love the Turkish president who represents Muslims of the world and he is my ideal leader,” Ahmad, the 38-year-old resident of Dera Ghazi Khan town in southeastern Punjab province and whose family runs a small transportation business comprising three trucks, said.“We know that Turkey is the only country that always stands by Pakistan, in every good or bad times and that’s the reason we love Turkey and its president.”Ahmad’s third truck featuring Erdogan’s portrait was acquired and adorned with world famous truck art this January.While Erdogan’s picture has been on Pakistani billboards and TV channels on several occasions, this is the first time it is believed to have been featured on a decorated truck.

Now when Ahmad’s truck transports goods for his clients across different cities of Punjab — the country’s biggest province in terms of population — people from all walks of life get to see the smiling face of Erdogan donning a dark suit in a red, orange and blue background, which is typical of Pakistani truck art.The unique truck art of Pakistan costs owners a lot money, usually to the tune of thousands of dollars.Ahmad said just the artwork and paint on his truck had cost him 50,000 rupees (around $500).

He said the artist he employed for making Erdogan’s portrait had used a picture for reference.“It’s very easy, you give him [the artist] a picture and they will make the portrait on the truck,” he said.

Truckers in Pakistan usually get portraits of their favorite cricketers, film actors and sometimes even local politicians and army chiefs on the back of their trucks. But it is quite rare to see the portrait of a foreign leader as part of Pakistani truck art.About choosing a Turkish leader over others, Ahmad said: “I would say Pakistanis love Turkey more than any other country in the whole world.

“More than China, even more than Saudi Arabia, both of which are considered as the closest allies of our nation.” AA

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Investment in education is very important: Minister

F.P. Report

Islamabad: Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training, Engr. Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman has said that investment in education is very important to ensure the progress and bright future of the country.

The Federal Minister was addressing as chief guest the 14th Degree Awarding Ceremony of Hamdard University here on Wednesday. He congratulated to graduates and their parents on successful completion of their academic programs.

He said that we have no option but to invest on education if we really want to see our demographic dividend truly payback by 2030 onwards and Pakistan to make perceptible and sustainable progress.

In this regard government has set some important directions in all facets of our planning, development and reform needs. For this Pakistan Vision 2025 has been developed. The plan envisages five key enablers and seven pillars of national development. Human development is one of the most important pillars in the plan. It calls for a persistent rise of the share of PSDP fund for education along with health as significant portion of GDP by 2025, he said.

The Federal Minister said that the present government is focusing on promotion of quality education in the country. He said that the funding for education sector has been increased. He said that enrollment in schools has increased and number of out of school children in the country dropped phenomenally. Baligh ur Rehman also emphasized upon inculcating in students habit of reading to make them lifelong learners. We need to focus on character building of our students so that they could be able to differentiate between right and wrong. The Federal Minister also lauded the unparalleled contribution of Shaheed Hakim Mohammad Said and his family by establishing Hamdard Dawakhana, Hamdard Foundation, Hamdard University.

He said that Hakim Mohammad Said served humanity with great enthusiasm and devotion. Shaheed Hakim Mohammad Said is one of those personalities who had truly and selflessly advanced and followed the guidelines of the founder of Pakistan and sincerely worked on ideals of our forefathers, he said.

Baligh Ur Rehman urged the students to enhance their communication skills and keep their attitude positive to achieve success in life. He advised the students to work in mode of excellence and try to do in best possible way.



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Govt should appeal IHC ruling on declaration of faith: HRCP

F.P. Report

LAHORE: The Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) recent ruling requiring a declaration of faith is cause for serious concern and should be appealed by the federal government, said the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) Wednesday.

“HRCP is appalled by the recent IHC ruling that makes a declaration of faith mandatory for government and semi-government job applicants, including for the armed forces, judiciary and the civil services,” said HRCP. “This ruling has serious repercussions for all religious minorities, not least the Ahmadiyya community. Requiring a faith declaration for computerized national identity cards, passports, birth certificates and entry into voter lists will further choke the capacity of minorities to exercise their fundamental rights. These requirements will only enable and deepen institutional discrimination against minority communities,” the Commission added.

HRCP, which has long documented institutionalized discrimination by he state as well as violent attacks by extremists against religious minorities, observed that it was he state’s responsibility to protect all its citizens, regardless of their ethnic, religious and regional identities. The honourable court’s ruling, it cautioned, could lead to an increase in instances of aggression and violence against the Ahmadiyya community in particular. The consequences of this ruling could be deadly for members of this community, given their already precarious personal safety situation in the country.

“Forums for justice such as the Honourable IHC should play their due role in safeguarding the fundamental rights of the most vulnerable sections of society.

It is therefore unfortunate that Pakistan’s religious minorities should feel more unsafe as a result of a ruling by the honourable court,” said HRCP.

HRCP called on the government to seek to reverse the Honourable IHC’s ruling through appeal at the earliest.

“It is essential that the government act in aid of its minority citizens by appealing this ruling speedily and robustly,” said HRCP.