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Rao Anwars of Punjab safe, names not placed on ECL: PAT chief

F.P. Report

LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chairman Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri on Sunday said that dozens of Rao Anwars in Punjab continue to operate and oppress citizens.

“There are dozens of Rao Anwars in Lahore who are openly operating and we strongly demand their arrest,” Qadri said while addressing a press conference in Lahore.

He was referring to the suspended Malir SSP Rao Anwar who is on the run after an investigative committee was formed to probe into the extrajudicial killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud in Karachi.

“The state cannot be allowed to killed citizens,” he said. “And were the victims of the Model Town incident on June 17, 2014 not citizens?”

The PAT chief claimed that the Lahore police were tasked to kill innocent people in the Model Town incident and they accomplished it.

“Justice Baqir Najfi’s report has established that not even one worker of PAT opened fire, not even in self-defence,” said Qadri.

He implored the apex court to take notice of the irregularities and corruption in the Punjab police department.

“The Supreme Court is constitutionally bound to pay attention to the Rao Anwars of Lahore the same way that it is doing in other provinces,” he said, adding that the judiciary has to play its part when the administrative authorities fail to deliver.

“The Senate chairman himself has said that Parliament has failed to fulfil its duties, he said. “He has even admitted to having failed to deliver his duties as the chairman of the upper house. So at a time when the administration and parliament have failed, the judiciary has to play its part.”

He stressed that the ‘system needs to be fixed.’

Qadri said that the entire world is looking to the judiciary to serve justice to model town victims.

“I know Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar in three ways: as a humanist, as a good lawyer, and as the country’s chief justice,” he said. “You know how the law is being manoeuvred by the affluent to oppress the common man…victims of the Model Town incident are calling you.”

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Conspiracies against leaders can’t eliminate ideologies: Saad Rafique

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LAHORE: Launching a bitter diatribe against opponents, Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said the conspirators couldn’t eliminate an ideology, as what he said, Bhutto was hanged in Zia-ul-Haq’s dictatorial regime but his ideology lived on.

Addressing a ceremony here, he warned his opponents that the political mudslinging would only yield negative results.

“A legitimate political leadership in power couldn’t be expelled through politics of division, agitation and allegations,” Rafique thundered.

On the occasion, he said the criticism is a fundamental right to political parties but reminded that it should be for constructive purposes. “The opponents should refrain from personal enmity towards political figures merely on ideological differences,” he added.

Alluding to Imran Khan, he said its votes that elect an aspirant as Prime Minister not conspiracies. “How are we at fault for your failures to become PM?” he questioned.

Continuing his diatribe, he said the lawmakers from opposition benches withdraw their salaries on monthly basis but are shied away from attending the assembly sessions.

Moreover, he called upon the masses not to fall into propaganda traps laid by the political opponents.

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Imran Khan links ‘extrajudicial killing’ by Rao Anwar to politicians

KARACHI (Monitoring Desk): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has claimed that former SSP Malir Rao Anwar had carried out ‘extrajudicial killings’ at the behest of politicians.

Addressing a mourning jirga, held in Karachi on Sunday to protest the alleged extrajudicial murder of Naseemullah alia Naqeebullah Mehsud, Khan said the truth about Anwar’s unlawful activities had been revealed, demanding action against what he claimed his political handlers.

“Murderers like Rao Anwar should be handed down severe punishments… he was backed by politicians to carry out heinous crimes against the masses,” he stated.

The PTI chief said Anwar was behind the murders of several innocent civilians but managed to escape from the clutches of law. However, due to timely protest of Naqeeb’s family, public outcry and sou motu notice by the chief justice, the real face of the controversial police officer had been revealed.

Calling Anwar a wolf in sheep’s clothing, the PTI chief claimed that he was responsible for the murders of 440 innocent civilians.

“Rao Anwar should be handed down severe punishment so that no father would hear the news of his son’s murder in the future,” he demanded.

The statement came the same day when an inquiry report in the high-profile alleged encounter of Naqeebullah had revealed that it was a “coordinated fake encounter”.

The probe committee described eyewitnesses’ accounts saying Naqeebullah was “picked up” along with two others – Hazrat Ali and Qasim – on January 3 by plain clothed men and taken to Sachal Police Post before being moved to another location.

They were illegally detained and tortured until January 6 when the eyewitnesses were released while Naqeebullah remained in the custody. The eyewitnesses added that they came to know about the Naqeebullah’s encounter from the media on January 17 as did his family who, soon after, negated claims made by the former SSP Malir that Naqeebullah was a “terrorist”.

Khan also visited the residences of famous celebrity chef Zubaida Apa, who had recently passed away, and Intizar Hussain, another victim of police brutality, to offer condolences to the two families in his tour of Karachi on Sunday.

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Three civilians injured in Indian firing across LoC

RAWALPINDI (APP): Three civilians were injured after Indian forces opened unprovoked fire across the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, the Pakistan Army said on Sunday.

According to a statement by the Inter Services Public Relations, “Indian troops resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violations in Khuiratta, Kotli and Battal in Rawalakot”.

The army said three citizens, including two women, were injured due to the Indian firing.

“Pakistan Army troops effectively responded to Indian posts from where the firing was initiated,” the statement added.

Last Sunday, the Foreign Office had informed of an Indian ceasefire violation across the LoC in Nikial Sector on Jan 20-21.

A man and a woman, both villagers, were said to have been martyred in the incident and three, including a six-month-old, injured.

The Foreign Ministry had summoned the Indian deputy high commissioner that day to record a protest.

On January 22, at a visit to the LoC and Working Boundary in Khuiratta and Ratta Arayan sectors, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa said Indian aggression or any misadventure will always get a befitting response.

“Our commitment to abide by the ceasefire agreement of 2003 should never be misconstrued as response limitation,” the ISPR quoted the COAS as saying during his visit.

In 2018, Indian forces carried out more than 150 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary in just 20 days, resulting in the martyrdom of nine innocent civilians, while injuring 40 others.

In 2017, Indian forces committed more than 1900 ceasefire violations.

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PM Abbasi inaugurates Lyari Expressway of Karachi

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KARACHI: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that Karachi belongs to all of us as it is the economic center of Pakistan and adding that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government will continue its support for the development of the Karachi.

This he said while inaugurating the Lyari Expressway on Sunday which had been delayed for more than 15 years. The southbound portion of the expressway was opened for vehicular traffic around a decade ago.

PM Abbasi appreciated the army-led Frontier Works (FWO) Organization for completing the project. it is the PML-N government who starts and completes the project on time, he added.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, Governor Mohammad Zubair, and senior military and civilian government officials are present at the ceremony.

The premier said that the Rs25 billion development package for Karachi complements the work the provincial government is already doing.

PM Abbasi is also likely to chair a top-level meeting in which he would be briefed on the current state of mega development projects as well as on the city’s law and order situation, including the issue of extrajudicial killings and Karachi Operation.




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Pakistan secure top T20 ranking after winning series against New Zealand

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MOUNT MAUNGANUI: Pakistan defeated New Zealand in the third match of the T20 series by 18 runs on Sunday and clinched number one spot in the ICC T20 international ranking.

Pakistan set a target of 182 for the opponent with the help of Fakhar Zaman’s 46 runs. Pakistan scored 60 runs in the last five overs in their innings.

Fakhar scored 46 off 36 deliveries after Pakistan won the toss and made first use of a batsman-friendly track.

Fakhar attacked the New Zealand fast bowlers and Pakistan had 25 on the board after three overs when Colin de Grandhomme came into the attack. He enjoyed success in his first over, with Ahmed Shehzad caught behind for 18.

In reply New Zealand were not able to achieved the target and fallen short of 18 runs. New Zealand final score was 163/6 in 20 overs.

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Pakistani UN peacekeeper martyred in Congo rebel attack

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ISLAMABAD: United Nation spokesman has said that a United Nation Pakistani peacekeeper was martyred in attack of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Saturday.

The Pakistani peacemaker was deployed with the United Nations stabilization mission in the Lulimba, 96 kilometres south-west of Baraka, in the DRC’s South Kivu Province and they were attacked by the rebels and one other was injured in the ambush.

UN spokesman added that Secretary General Antonio Guterres condemned the incident and called on armed groups in Congo to lay down arms and seek to resolve their grievances peacefully.

Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN confirmed that Pakistani soldier identified as Naik Naeem Raza and she also prayed for the recovery of the injured Pakistani soldier. She said this while sharing her views on Twitter.

Pakistan is said to be the third largest contributor to United Nations’ peacekeeping missions around the world, after Ethiopia and India.

More than 6,000 officers and soldiers are performing their duties as part of UN peacekeeping assignments, the army had said in October last year at the 72nd founding day of the UN.

As many as 153 Pakistan peacekeepers have sacrificed their lives, including 23 officers, for global peace and stability under UN auspices and Pakistani troops are currently performing peacekeeping duties in Congo, Darfur, Haiti, Liberia, West Sahara, Central African Republic and Sudan.



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Zainab murder case: SC orders new JIT to probe anchorperson’s claims

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LAHORE: Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered to form new Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe the claims of anchorperson regarding the Imran Ali, accused of Zainab rape-murder that he is possessing more than 37 bank accounts.

While hearing the suo motu notice on Sunday regarding the Zainab murder case at Lahore registry. A three member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar, the bench also includes Justices Ijazul Ahsan and Manzoor Malik.

Seven years old Zainab was kidnapped on January 4 in Kasur and after five days her body was found from a garbage pile. The post-mortem revealed Zainab had been raped and murdered.

Police arrested the accused identified as Imran Ali and authorities said that the arrested is a serial killer involved in several similar cases in Kasur.

The Supreme Court bench by taking up an anchorperson’s allegations refuted by the government, that the suspect Imran has several bank accounts and is part of an international ring involving government officials.

As the hearing went under way, the video of the anchorperson’s Thursday’s media talk outside the Supreme Court in Islamabad was played.

Chief Justice Saqib Nisar asked the anchorperson to present the proves of your claimed that the accused had 37 bank accounts.

Appearing before the bench, the anchorperson said several other people are involved in the case, adding that the post-mortem of the victim and DNA tests of suspects were not conducted the right way.

Failing to present a satisfying reply and instead questioning the chief justice’s own practices, the anchorperson was admonished for leveling baseless allegations.

During the hearing CJP told anchorperson Dr Shahid Masood that the accounts you mentioned don’t exist and adding that give evidence and I will present you a certificate of honesty.

The court then ordered the formation of a new joint investigation team (JIT), headed by Federal Investigation Agency Director General Bashir Memon, to investigate the anchorperson’s claims.

The court had also summoned today the heads of several news organizations as well as senior journalists, who are assisting the court with regards to the anchorperson’s claims and the media’s code of conduct.

Addressing the authorities, the chief justice directed the submission of the charge-sheet as soon as possible and tasked the Punjab prosecutor general to monitor the case’s progress.

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Siyal writes to provinces seeking assistance for Rao Anwar’s arrest

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KARACHI: The Interior Minister of Sindh, Sohail Anwar Siyal wrote letter to all provinces, capital and Gilgit Baltistan and demanded assistance in the arrest of suspended SSP Rao Anwar and his team.

SSP Rao Anwar and his team was ordered to arrest by Supreme Court and given three days for Sindh police as he was accused in extra judicial killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud.

Earlier, on January 13, Rao Anwar claimed to have killed four terrorists in encounter conducted in Shah Latif town Karachi and Naqeebullah Mehsud, a 27 years old native of Waziristan was among the killed people  but the after the protest of Naqeeb committee was formed to probe the incident and it was proved that Naqeeb was innocent and also the encounter was also fake.

Sohail Anwar Siyal has said it is good for Anwar to appear in front of the inquiry committee, especially due to the fact that the investigation revealed the encounter he conducted was fake.

Earlier in the day, Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) AD Khawaja urged Anwar to “face the court” and adopt a “legal course” of action rather than continue evading detention.



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Zardari demands FATA’s immediate access to PHC

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ISLAMABAD: The co-chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari strongly supported the Fed-erally Administrative Tribal Areas (FATA) with Khyber Pukhtunkhawa (KP) and said that the access of Peshawar High Court to the people of FATA must be made possible as soon as possible.

He made these views while chairing party huddle of KP chapter in Peshawar in Zardari House on Saturday.

The meeting has also discussed the KP political situation in details as Zardari was briefed over the lapses in KP government.

Talking on the occasion, former president said that PPP has the principle stand that FATA was the part of KP and it should be merged with KP as soon as possible.

“Government should complete the process of people access to Peshawar High Court without any further delay,” he said.

Zardari has also expressed regret over the killing of four years old Asma in Mardan, who was allegedly raped and killed, and directed local leadership to provide her parents all possible legal and ethical help.

The meeting was also attended by the party women wing head Faryal Talpur, secretary general Farhatullah Babar, Khyber Pukhtunkhawa (KP) president Hamayun Khan and others.