Parole ends: Nawaz, Maryam, Safdar back to Adiala

LAHORE: ICR, Sep 17, 2018 Former premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt Safdar were transferred back to Adiala prison. A week-long parole granted to them over the demise of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz ended at 4 pm on Monday. Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, and Capt Safdar were airlifted to Rawalpindi in a special flight before moving them to Adiala. Nawaz Sharif 's party leaders say he not had requested for parole nor he made any request for its extension. The three were released on the night of September 11 on parole after former premier’s wife, Begum Kulsoom, passed away in London, battling cancer. The former three-time first lady was laid to rest at Jati Umrah on September 14. The parole, which was initially granted for a few hours, was extended till Monday at 4 pm.

TLP starts long march towards federal capital

ICMD, Aug 29, 2018 Thousands of activists of Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) on Wednesday started their long march towards the federal capital demanding expulsion of the ambassador of Netherlands and an end of diplomatic ties with the country over a blasphemous caricatures competition. The TLP leadership proceeded with the long march after a meeting with a provincial government delegation comprising Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri and the Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat. The ministers conveyed to the far-right party’s leadership Prime Minister Imran Khan’s message that the federal government would do all in its capacity against the blasphemous caricatures contest. The far-right party stated that the march would end only after Pakistan ended diplomatic ties with the Netherlands, or if the competition was stopped by the Dutch government. The Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) government has already taken up the matter and vowed to raise it through the platform of the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC). The competition has been announced apparently by Dutch Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders. The Dutch government has distanced itself from the event. In a statement, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said, “Wilders is not a member of the [Dutch] government. The competition is not a government initiative.” At around noon on Wednesday, a large number of TLP activists started gathering at Data Darbar from where they left for Islamabad in the evening. Several processions joined the march led by TLP chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi and TLP patron-in-chief Pir Afzal Qadri at the Azadi Chowk interchange, Batti Chowk, Shahdara roundabout, Kala Shah Kaku interchange and in Muridkay. The marchers would stop on GT Road for a brief time period and then continue the procession towards Rawalpindi after Fajr prayers. Speaking to the protesters, Rizvi said, “we will stay on the roads until expulsion of the ambassador of Netherlands from Pakistan and cancellation of all diplomatic ties with the country.” Afzal Qadri termed the resolutions passed against the competition by the National Assembly or Senate as ceremonial acts and said that resolutions alone would not be enough. “Pakistan should call back its ambassador from Holland while also ousting Holland’s ambassador from here immediately,” he said, adding that the competition had hurt the sentiments of over 1.5 billion Muslims in the world. In November 2017, the TLP held a sit-in at the Faizabad interchange in Rawalpindi that went on for 20 days disrupting everyday life in the area. The purpose of the sit-in was to demand action against those responsible for a minor change in the text pertaining to the finality of the prophethood in the oath of lawmakers. The amendment to the oath was termed as a ‘clerical error’ by the government and was subsequently rectified through an act of the Parliament. However, the TLP sit-in continued demanding action against those responsible for ‘the error’. When the then PML-N government started an operation to disperse the protesters since they were causing undue inconvenience to citizens in the vicinity of the protest site, the TLP workers retaliated and expanded the scope of their violent protests across the country. In a controversial move, the armed forces refused to come in aid of civilian forces despite directions for the purpose by the then Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal. The episode ended with a controversial agreement between the protesters and the brokered by Chief of the Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa.

PPP Won’t Back Fazlur Rahman In Presidential Poll

ICMD, Aug 28, 2018 The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Tuesday decided not to support Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rahman and take part in the upcoming presidential election with own candidate, private TV channels reported. PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari had summoned a party meeting to discuss cooperation sought by Fazl vis-à-vis a consensus candidate by the grand opposition alliance and take a final decision on the presidential nominee of the party. The meeting reportedly reviewed possible repercussions as well as political gains out of supporting Fazl as opposition’s consensus candidate for the presidential election. However, PPP members opposed Aitzaz Ahsan’s withdrawal from the race. Fazl was jointly fielded by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA), Awami National Party (ANP), Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) and the National Party (NP) against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Arif Alvi. Though a part of the grand opposition alliance, PPP named Aitzaz Ahsan as their candidate for the presidential elections despite strong opposition by the PML-N. The TV channel reported that the meeting also pondered over the future of the opposition alliance after the presidential election.

Sherry becomes sacrificial animal for her party!

ISLAMABAD: ICR, Aug 26, 2018 PTI’s Shibli Faraz was appointed as the leader of the house in Senate and Raja Zafarul Haq as leader of the house on Saturday. The appointments made by Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani were notified by the Senate Secretariat. Zafarul Haq who previously served as leader of the house replaced PPP Senator Sherry Rehman with effect from Aug 24, says the notification. Haq who was a contender for the election of Senate chairman against Sadiq Sanjrani earlier this year had lost by 11 votes. The PML-N decided to replace Rehman after the election for prime minister when The PPP withdrew its support for PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif. PPP had abstained from voting and thus created a rift in the opposition alliance. It goes on till today and the PPP has refused to drop the name of Aitzaz Ahsan for the post of the president. On Sunday, the opposition parties rejected Ahsan as a candidate but said they were ready to back a candidate other than him.

Thar Desert opening up to bold crimes like murder!

The killing of PPP leader in Mithi is yet another of the series Indus Chronicle Report, Aug 19, 2018 A Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) activist was killed in Thar Desert’s major city of Mithi on Saturday. Chandar Sharma who was former information secretary of PPP Tharparkar was now personal secretary to Dr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, elected to the national assembly in July 25 elections. Eyes witnesses said Sharma was killed by a man who was riding a bike. The alleged attacker spotted him sitting at the shop of his friend near Sadiq Fakeer Ground, a busy locality of the town. The victim was rushed to the Mithi Civil Hospital but he was already dead and the doctors had to just confirm it. As the information of the killing crept across the desert, business activities came to a halt in many towns including Mithi, Islamkot, and Chelhar. Local police claim they have identified the killer with the help of CCTV footage and he would soon be arrested. He was still at large while writing this incident. In Mithi and its outskirts, many people mumble that the killing is caused by a personal enmity related to illicit relations of Sharma with some lady who belongs to Kolhi community. However, the police have yet to determine the motive behind the murder. Sindh’s Thar desert which once had been the most peaceful regions of the province has lately opened up to crime no matter bold acts such as murders. In January this year, two real brothers were killed in a robbery attempt in the same city where Sharma was gunned down on Saturday. The killing of two Hindu brothers had sparked widespread grief, anger, and indignation all over and Mithi, Islamkot, Chhachhro, Diplo, Chelhar, Nagarpkar, Dahli, Chelhar and other towns of the district were shut down. Dileep Kumar, 42, and his brother Chandar Kumar Mahaswari, 40 were known traders who were killed by two motorcyclists who were later identified and arrested. Thar once a distant place and attracted people because of its beauty is on focus for its coal mining and power project and the access all along the area is swift because of a web of highways. The new impetus generated by huge energy projects and the associated businesses have started affecting the fabric of the society and of course one of them is emerging in various kinds of crimes.

Fazl to not contest from Bannu seat vacated by Imran

Jamiat-e-Ulema-Islam-F chief Fazlur Rehman on Monday refuted “reports” that he intends to contest by-election on the NA-35 Bannu seat vacated by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan. Imran had contested and won from five seats, including the Bannu seat, in the July 25 General Election. He has retained the Mianwali seat. Some reports had suggested that Fazl will contest by-election on the Bannu seat, which he has now refuted. The JUI-F chief’s spokesperson said a decision will be made at the party level and would be announced to the public. Fazl had lost on both two seats he had contested on, namely NA-38 and NA-39, Dera Ismail Khan.