Illegal immigrants: Sindh, Balochistan strongly react to the idea

Will take action if illegal immigrants recognized: Murad Shah ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: ICR/MD, Sep 18, 218 Balochistan and Sindh have reacted strongly to the announcement of the prime minister that the illegal Afghans and Bengalis living in Karachi would be given the nationality. Balochistan National Party (BNP) chief Akhtar Mengal who says his party’s agreement with the PTI has a clear-cut provision that the Afghan refugees would be repatriated to their home country moved to the opposition benches leaving the treasury benches alone in protest to the premier’s announcement. Mengal told the national assembly that PTI-BNP-M agreement had the return of Afghans to their country as point 6, adding they had told the PTI that they would be free to sit anywhere after the election of the Prime Minister. We had already applied for the seats on the opposition side and our application was entertained and thus were allotted the seats, he later told media. Mengal’s action forced Prime Minister Imran Khan to say Pakistan could not continue to ignore the issue of non-citizens and needs the policy to grant citizenship rights to those who have been living here for decades, were born or married here. Speaking on a point of order at the National Assembly, the prime minister said the issue of ignoring the vital segment of society was not doing the country any good. “We were informed at a briefing in Karachi that most of those involved in street crimes belonged to this section of society. Since they were not granted citizenship they were not able to get admission to schools or get a job. What else would they do?” “We are producing an underclass,” Imran Khan warned and said a policy needed to be devised in this regard. He agreed with Akhtar Mengal, who said that Pakistan had inked an agreement for the return of Afghan refugees. But, he said that under the Pakistan law of 1951, the children born in Pakistan get the citizenship status. It is the same in many other countries, he added. He said Pakistan had different laws for the refugees and for those who came from Bangladesh, around 45 years back. “For generations, they have not been given the right and are being exploited. Neither they can return, nor can they get citizenship,” he said. Imran Khan said he had taken up this issue since it was a human rights issue. “We are dealing with humans. We have to look after them,” he added. The prime minister said a policy decision, after a thorough debate, in this regard was necessary and said, “If we don’t do it now, who will do it?” He said that under the international conventions, refugees could not be forced to return. He said that the issue in Pakistan was being looked after by the UNHCR. “However, the government needs to formulate a plan to cater to those who have been living here for a long time, have got married, and have children.” He said that the children of refugees born in the European Union had a right to citizenship. PPP’s Shazia Marri and Nafeesa Shah also attempted to raise the voice against the prime minister’s announcement of recognizing illegal immigrants in Karachi but they were not allowed to speak from the chair. Yet another voice from Balochistan came from chief minister Jam Kamal who also expressed his concern as regards the registration of Afghans. Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said illegal immigrants could not be given citizenship under the constitution adding the provincial government would take action if such an illegal decision was taken.

Alleged frontman of late-Amin Fahim arrested in London

KARACHI: ICMD, Sep 18, 2018 Britain ‘s National Crime Agency (NCA) on Monday said it had briefly arrested a Pakistani 'politically exposed person' and his wife over alleged money laundering. According to media reports, an arrested man identified as Farhan Junejo, 40, was a close aide to late PPP leader and named in the TDAP corruption scandal in addition to causing a loss of billions of rupees to the national exchequer. Junejo was said to be the former director to the ex-minister for industries and trade Makhdom Amin Faheem, allegedly transferred Rs250 million of corruption money through illegal means of hawala and hundi. The FIA, in 2013, had found evidence of billions of rupees being transferred to accounts abroad, accusing the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) officials for the laundered money. The NCA says the probe was supported by Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau and the Federal Investigation Agency. The couple was apprehended for not showing a legitimate source of income of £8 million assets, who were released after interrogation. Another media outlet reported that the accused Farhan Junejo was the frontman of then federal commerce minister Makhdoom Amin Faheem (late). As per report, he was a grade-18 government officer and he was appointed on deputation in the federal ministry of industries and trade, where he worked as a director to the minister from 2009 to 2012. It is pertinent to note that the development comes on the same day when the UK and Pakistan reached an agreement to work towards curbing money-laundering and repatriating assets stashed away by Pakistanis in the UK. Pakistan and the UK have jointly announced a justice and accountability ‘initiative’ between the two countries aimed at repatriating “the looted wealth of the country”.

Murad Ali Shah presents Rs 851.9 bn Budget for 9 months

Rs193.3 billion stands authorized of total current revenue exp 773.3 bn KARACHI: ICMD, Sep 17, 2018 Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah on Monday presented Rs 851.9 billion remaining Sindh Budget for period 1st October to 30 June FY2018-19. In his budget speech, Sindh Chief Minister said that during the announcement of budget 2018-19, they had requested the house to authorize expenditure for only three months from 1st July to 30th September 2018. “Though constitutionally, we had the mandate to present the budget for the entire fiscal year in order to uphold PPP’s principles of fair play, we left it to the incoming government to set budget priorities for themselves, which is again in the government,” Shah said. The Chief Minister said that the total budget outlay for the current financial year 2018-19 is Rs1144.5 billion. “The previous elected provincial government had authorized funds amounting to Rs292.6 billion for the first quarter of FY 2018-19. The total current revenue expenditure is 773.3 billion out of which Rs193.3 billion stands authorized,” he said. Murad Ali Shah said that as against a current capital expenditure of Rs27.3 billion, Rs 6.9 billion had already been authorized. For the development side, Rs 63 billion had already been authorized. He said that the total development budget outlay during 2018-19 is Rs343.911 billion, of which Rs 252 billion was estimated for provincial ADP and Rs 30 billion for district ADP schemes, Rs 46.895 billion from Foreign Projects Assistance (FPA and FERP) and Rs 15.017 billion by federal government through PSDP schemes under execution of Sindh government. “The provincial ADP 2018-19 includes Rs202 billion for 2226 ongoing schemes, and a block allocation of Rs 50 billion was estimated for new schemes. “Our provincial development portfolio now faces an allocation cut of Rs 24 billion. Now the size of provincial ADP for 2018-19 is Rs 228 billion out of which Rs 5 billion will be diverted to district ADP that will be enhanced from Rs 30 billion to Rs 35 billion while Rs 21 billion will be authorized for new ADP schemes,” the chief minister said. Shah said that the total budgetary allocation for the home department during FY 2018-19 is Rs 102.483 billion. He said: “During FY2018-19, the non-development budget of education has been increased from Rs 178.7 billion to Rs 211 billion, whereas on the development side, Rs 24.4 billion have been allocated in ADP 2018-19.” The chief minister said that another high priority area of his government was the provision of clean drinking water and sanitation facilities to the people. We believe that it is a fundamental right of every citizen to get clean drinking water and improved sanitation system, said the chief minister. He said: “We have allocated Rs 250 million for completion of ongoing schemes which include the establishment of women complexes, training centers and clubs in various districts.” The allocation for health sector during FY 2018-19 is Rs 102.224 billion on the non-development side and Rs 12.50 billion development side, Shah said. The chief minister said that during the current financial year, the 2nd phase of the Peoples Poverty Reduction Program had been included in ADP 2018-19 at an estimated cost of Rs4000 million with the allocation of Rs 1000 million to cover 288 UCs of six districts – Ghotki, Sukkur, Naushehro Feroze, Benazirabad, Karachi and Hyderabad. Read previous story KARACHI: ICR, Sep 17, 2018 Sindh’s provincial government is set to present in the assembly its 9-month budget for the current financial year 2018-19. Earlier in this year, the government had presented a three-month outlay for the financial year for its completion of the period in the government. Syed Murad Ali Shah, the then chief minister had announced that the new government would present the budget for the rest of three quarters after July 25 elections. Murad Ali Shah who was elected for the top slot yet again would present the budget today. He holds the portfolio of the finance in the province. Initial reports this morning said the government had slashed the Annual development Program and introduced a Rs.26 billion cut due to financial constraints the province is facing at the moment. Reports said Sindh received Rs.19 billion less than the commitments from Islamabad. This would surely affect the development initiative in Sindh. Murad Ali Shah raised this issue with prime minister Imran Khan when he visited Karachi yesterday (Sunday). He lodged a complaint with the premier that Sindh was getting lesser money against its due share in the divisible pool. The reduction in the ADP is because of the review in Public Health Engineering and Local Government departments, a report published this morning says.

PM’s announcement of recognizing Bengalis, Afghans condemned

KARACHI: ICMD, Sep 16, 2018 Sindh Minister for local government Saeed Ghani on Sunday expressed his reservations over Prime Minister Imran Khan’s announcement on giving nationality to the children of Afghan and Bengali immigrants born in Pakistan. The premier in his address at the Diamer Bhasha fundraising event at the Sindh Governor House announced to give citizenship to the children of Afghan and Bengali immigrants in view of providing them employment opportunities. The Sindh minister said that the prime minister should open the doors of his Bani Gala residence for the Bengali and Afghan immigrants if he has got concerns for them. Ghani criticised the premier for not speaking against the idea of construction of Kalabagh Dam in his address at the event, adding that the premier’s plan of introducing a masterplan for the metropolis is a blatant violation of the 18th amendment. He said that the premier’s concerns for the solid waste disposal is completely unfounded as the Chief Justice Saqib Nisar in his recent visit to Karachi expressed satisfaction over the provincial government’s performance. The Sindh minister said that the PM Khan should rather worry about the status of cleanliness in Peshawar rather than Karachi.

Karachi police execute new plan to crack down on street criminals

KARACHI: ICMD, Sep 15, 2018 The Karachi police have executed a new plan to crack down on street criminals in the sprawling metropolis, it emerged on Saturday. With the help of Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras, the police have claimed to arrest at least 40 criminals involved in 18 robberies and thefts within one week. Additional IG Karachi Ameer Sheikh told Geo News that the CCTV footages are being used as an important tool to identify street criminals. In district west, at least 13 involved in five incidents of street crimes and robberies were arrested. Similarly, seven criminals involved in three robberies in district east, five involved in three incidents in Korangi district, two involved in three robberies in district south, and two involved in a theft incident in district central were arrested with the help of footage from surveillance cameras. The Special Investigation Unit also arrested at least 11 involved in three robberies, Additional IG Sheikh said. "The CCTV footages are being presented as evidence during the court hearings," he said. In the past week, Additional IG Karachi had stressed on using CCTV footages as a tool to launch a crackdown on street criminals.

Sindh, Balochistan resolve to take joint measures to eliminate terrorism

KARACHI: ICMD, Sep 14, 2018 Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Murad Ali Shah met Chief Minister of Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan to discuss matters of mutual interest including law and order, terrorism, water, and National Finance Commission Award (NFC) at CM House on Friday. During the formal meeting, both the CMs agreed to implement jointly worked out strategies to eliminate terrorism from both Sindh and Balochistan. During the meeting, CM Syed Murad Ali Shah told CM Jam Kamal Khan that Karachi had been made a peaceful city through a series of intelligence-based targeted operations but some terrorists had crossed the Sindh-Balochistan border and detonated blasts in Jacobabad and Shikarpur. He told Jam Kamal Khan that during his last tenure he had worked with the Balochistan government on the law and order situation and established check posts along the Sindh-Balochistan border. CM Murad explained that similar check posts had also been established by the Balochistan government and the situation was controlled by the mutual efforts of both the provincial governments. Both the chief ministers then agreed that coordination between IGPs of both the provinces needed to be strengthened in order to enforce stringent checking of outlaws and settle other emerging law and order issues. The two chief ministers also discussed NFC award issues extensively and decided to work together on the issue. Another topic that came under discussion was the ongoing water crisis. The Sindh CM said that Karachi was the second home of almost all the Baloch leaders, ministers, and dignitaries. “Therefore, all our Baloch leaders should support us in the resolution of all the pending issues in the Council of Common Interests (CCI),” he added. The chief minister presented Ajrak and Sindhi Topi to the visiting chief minister and welcomed him by saying that Karachi was the second home of his Baloch brothers.

Raza Jarwar back home after 21 months

HYDERABAD: ICR, Sep 14, 2018 A known Sindhi writer Raza Jarwar reached home after languishing in enforced disappearance for 21 months, his family confirmed on Friday. Raza who serves health department Sindh as a vaccinator is a resident of Bhudho Qambrani near Dighri was picked up some 21 months back from his house. His family members said Raza was set free and dropped by unknown people at Hatri Bypass on National Highway on Friday night. He stayed a night at his relative’s house in Hydernada and reached home the next day. Reports said Raza refused to meet local journalists who tried to take his account of disappearance.

Action sought against 18 senior Sindh police officers

CS Sindh writes to establishment division on Sanaullah Abbasi illegal appointments report Waheed Ali, Sep 14, 2018 KARACHI: The chief secretary of Sindh has written to the establishment division that appropriate action should be taken against 18 senior police officers involved in unlawful appointments in Sindh police, a report this morning said. Interestingly enough, the letter dispatched to Islamabad does not contain the name of former IG police Sindh Ghulam Hyder Jamali, said to be a major player in the scam. All 18 officers had been found involved in unlawful appointments in Sindh police by a team led by Sanaullah Abbasi, a senior police officer. He was assisted by Naeem Ahmed Shaikh, then DIG police. The committee was constituted on the orders of the apex court. The committee completed its investigations into the allegations and thus submitted its report to the court in May 2018. Also, the report had also been referred to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Sindh police recruited as many as 19,360 people in the force and fo them 4784 were found appointed unlawfully and through violating recruitment rules and regulations. The investigation team had held 44 police officers responsible for the tainted recruitments in SRP, Training Branch, T&T Branch, Karachi Range, SAAB Training Center Hyderabad, Hyderabad Range, and Mirpurkhas Range, Sukkur Range, Larkana Range, and special branch. The letter of the chief secretary Sindh who recommends action against the police officers has just focused 18 police officers out of all involved number 44 in total. They include Khadim Hussain Rind, Sainrakhyo Mirani, Javed Alam Odho, Sharjeel Kharal, Javed Jiskani, Khalid Korai, Abdullah Shaikh, Aitzaz Goraya, Pir Mohammad Shah, Parvez Ahmed Chandio, Usman Ghani Siddiqi, Nasir Aftab, Umer Farooq Salamat, Khalid Mustafa Korai, Zafar Iqbal Malik, Fida Hussain Shah, Altaf Hussain Leghari, Junaid Ahmed Shaikh and Imdad Ali Shah.

National Accountability Bureau raids NICVD

KARACHI: ICR, Sep 14, 2018 National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) in Karachi was raided today by a team of National Accountability Bureau (NAB), reports said on Friday. The records of the institute’s administration and OPD blocks were examined by the five-member team of NAB, at the hospital’s HR department. NICVD In on focus for two reasons. One that the hospital is being run by a diehard PPP leader and two, that the close friend of PPP supremo Asif Zardari, Anwar Majeed is admitted in the hospital. Earlier this month, Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar visited the hospital and inquired the health of Anwar Majeed. NICVD was one of those three hospitals where CJ paid a surprise visit. Also, he visited VIP rooms where Abdul Ghani Majeed, son of Anwar Majeed was under treatment.

FixIt's Alamgir to be PTI candidate for Karachi's NA-243

KARACHI: ICR, Sep 14, 2018 PTI has decided to nominate Alamgir Khan, the founder FixIt for the bye-elections on Karachi’s NA-243 seat. This is among the four national assembly seats that Imran Khan won in July 25 elections in Pakistan, He later decided to retain NA-95 seat from his hometown of Mianwali. Alamgir Khan drew attraction in the city after his 2016 campaign in which his organization went on spraying painting pictures of the then Sindh chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on roads near uncapped manholes. Imran Khan had beaten MQM-P candidate Ali Raza Abidi by 67,276 votes.

Nafisa Shah not happy on turning PM House into university

KARACHI: ICR, Sep 14, 2018 Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Nafisa Shah is not happy at all on prime minister's decision to turn the PM House into a university. She says the property is not under PM Imran Khan’s personal possession.

Taking to Twitter, Shah continued her thread of condemning tweets on Friday saying: "So does #PTI expect that future prime minister's will park themselves in Islamabad's Guest houses and when foreign dignatories come host them in Shadi halls in Pindi? #PMHouse" She went on to state: "This is the first PrimeMinister who is set to obliterate Prime Minsterial spaces from where he/she operates. Why stop at that? Convert the Presidential Palace into another university& prime minister's secretariat into student halls. Move these offices into the cabinet division."

Sindh govt allows 15 years relaxation in age limit for jobs

Karachi: ICMD, Sep 14, 2018 Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah has approved relaxation of up to 15 years in upper age limit for government jobs in the province. A notification has been issued here on Friday. As per the notification, the government of Sindh allows relaxation up to a maximum of fifteen years in the upper age limit to all the applicants applying for the vacancies in all the Department of Government of Sindh. The relaxation will not be applicable for Police Service and the vacancies to be filled through Public Service Commission. Also, the age relaxation will be applicable from July 01, 2018 to June 01, 2020.