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Red warrants for Altaf: MQM-P not taking Govt’s intentions seriously

By Javaid-ur-Rahman in The Nation, Feb 9, 2017
ISLAMABAD – MQM-Pakistan is not taking seriously the intentions of incumbent government to issue ‘red notice’ for extradition of Altaf Hussian, as the party believes that it might prove a futile exercise and only for media consumption.

“If really the incumbent government is serious than it must fulfill all requirements of justice, as it seems only a media trial,” said MQM’s MNA Ali Raza Abidi, commenting on the Interior Ministry’s order for FIA to contact Interpol to arrest Altaf Hussain.

To a question about ‘law of land’, MQM-Pakistan lawmaker said there would be a need to present all evidences to prove the case. “It will not be easy for the government as law of land is a bit different in the United Kingdom (UK),” said he added.

The Interior Ministry also reportedly confirmed that the notice was issued against Altaf Hussain specifically for delivering an anti-Pakistan s....... Read more

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MQM-Pakistan still in touch with London faction, says Kamal

By Umer Farooq in The Express Tribune, Feb 9th, 2017
Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) chief Mustafa Kamal claimed on Wednesday that the Mutahidda Qaumi Movement’s London-based faction is still in touch with MQM-Pakistan but the latter is keeping those overtures under wraps out of fear of state reprisal.

“They have agreed (among themselves that) in public, they will criticise MQM-London, without completely slamming doors on them,” Kamal told reporters at the Press Club in Peshawar.

He expressed wonder as to why the MQM-Pakistan had waited until August 22 to sever ties with the London-based faction. But he claimed that “if they had really wanted to distance themselves from MQM-London, they would have joined his party”.

Answering a question, the PSP chairman stated that although there was a list of people who would never be allowed to join PSP, his party’s doors were always open for Dr Farooq Sattar. “Yes, they will surely think if Haidar....... Read more

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Thar people air complaints before SC commission:

Report in Dawn February 9th, 2017
UMERKOT: The people of Thar poured their hearts out to Justice Mohammad Iqbal Kalhoro, who heads a judicial commission recently formed by the Supreme Court to probe the state’s failure in providing clean drinking water and sanitation facilities to the people of Sindh, at the district court here on Wednesday.

They aired before the judge complaints about bad governance, contamination of underground water with fluoride, arsenic and other toxic chemicals, civic bodies’ failure to supply safe drinking water to people, mixing of sewage with drinking water, non-chlorination of water in storage tanks, delay in completion of Rs650 million filtration project, non-functioning of reverse osmosis plants and water supply schemes, unsanitary conditions and cultivation of vegetables on sewage etc.

They said that 70 per cent population of the district was being supplied water from Chotiaryoon dam, which was unfit for human consu....... Read more

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Only six killers of 248 cops in Karachi convicted so far

By Ansar Abbasi in The News, February 09, 2017
ISLAMABAD: Almost 248 police officials who took part in 1992 and 1996 Karachi operations were killed; however, so far only six killers of these cops have been convicted.

A total of 378 accused were arrested. Challans submitted in 121 cases out of which in six cases killers have been convicted whereas a total of 55 accused acquitted and the remaining 60 are still under trial.

Even otherwise, Karachi remained the most troubled area for the police officials.Official statistics show that from 1995 till 2016, almost 1,488 policemen were killed in the Karachi Range. Although, the most number of cops – 261 — were killed in 1995 yet otherwise 2012, 2013 and 2014 were the worst years for the Karachi Police with 123, 165 and 136 killings respectively.

The ongoing Rangers’ led operation appears to have been a blessing even for the Karachi Police as killings of cops in the city had drastically reduced ....... Read more

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Suspected terrorist may be in ISI custody: Police

By Malik Asad in Dawn, Feb 9th, 2017
ISLAMABAD: A suspected terrorist affiliated with the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), wanted by the anti-terrorism courts (ATC) in the assassinations of minorities affairs minister Shahbaz Bhatti and a Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) special prosecutor, may be in the custody of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

The suspect, Abdullah Umar, had been in judicial custody since May 2014, until an Islamabad ATC granted him pre-arrest bail in June 2014 in the murder trial of FIA special prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali.

On June 24, 2015, when the case was fixed before the court to frame charges against the suspects – Mr Umar, Adnan Adil and Hammad Adil – Mr Umar’s father told the court he had been missing since June 20.

Mr Umar’s wife Zainab Khan filed a petition with the Islamabad High Court (IHC) seeking the recovery of her husband the same year.

The Margalla police have recently revealed, d....... Read more

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Opposition turns tables on govt over military courts

By Sardar Sikander in The Express Tribune, Feb  9, 2017.
ISLAMABAD: The opposition’s implied support for giving an extension to the military courts seems to have turned the tables on the government.

This is because the ruling party is faced with hostility from its major allies over political issues due to which they have silently distanced themselves from recent deliberations on the issue.

The PML-N’s two allies – the JUI-F and the PkMAP – were not present during Tuesday’s crucial meeting that saw “implied consensus” on the introduction of the 25th constitutional amendment to extend the military courts’ tenure for two years.

Sources in the opposition believe by agreeing to support the government on the military courts’ extension issue, the opposition has put the government in a defensive position since the ruling lot was previously using lack of support from opposition parties as an explanation to stall progress on the issu....... Read more

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Retired Pak Major General Moves Lahore HC for contempt

By Faisal Kamal Pasha in The News, Feb 9, 2017
RAWALPINDI: A former major general of Pakistan Army has submitted a contempt of court petition before the Lahore High Court (LHC) Rawalpindi bench on the plea that his petition against depriving him of all his service benefits has been pending since February 16, 2015 and the Ministry of Defence has still not submitted comments on it.

An LHC bench on May 24, 2016 heard this petition and issued notices to the respondents for Sept 21, 2016 seeking their reply but after a passage of four months, still no reply has been submitted by the ministry.

The petitioner has prayed to the court to initiate contempt of court proceedings against the respondents. He has cited Secretary Ministry of Defence Lt Gen (retd) Zamir-ul-Hassan and Adjutant General of Pakistan Army Lt Gen Anwar Ali Haider as respondents. In the main petition, the petitioner had alleged that the former military dictator Gen (R) Pervez Musharraf in ....... Read more

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Will JuD face defections?

By Azaz Syed in The News, Feb 9, 2017
ISLAMABAD: Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) is silently controlling its activists for any possible defection and falling in the hands of anti-state elements particularly organisations like Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) commonly known as Daesh which is ideologically most suitable place for the defected elements of JuD.

“On January 31 when we were informed about placement of our organisation on, ‘Watch list’, initially Hafiz Saeed, the amir of JuD, was against protests but later we decided to protest not only using our democratic right but also avoiding possible defection from the ranks,” a key leader who is part of the central consultative group of JuD told The News while requesting anonymity.

“There is no possibility of any reaction or defection by any of our activists as they are groomed to follow the leadership,” says Amir Hamza, a central leader of JuD while outrightly rejecting the possibility of re....... Read more

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DU prof emeritus decries ‘govt conspiracy to consolidate power using textbook reform’ By Shadma Malik in Dhaka Tribune,January 13, 2017

Professor Emeritus Serajul Islam Chowdhury claimed that the mistakes in the 2017 textbooks were intentionally placed by the government to consolidate its power.
Prof Serajul alleged that the textbook mistakes were not irresponsible acts to be blamed on individuals, rather a sinister tactic employed by the government.
“Of the three branches of our education stystem, the mainstream (Bangla) is highly mistreated by the ruling party where the remaining (Madrasa, English Medium) are handled gingerly.”
A discussion titled “Scandal in textbooks and the future of Bangladesh” was organised by Bangladesh Chhatra Federation at the Munir Chowdhury auditorium in Dhaka University on Thursday.
The professor emeritus condemned the government, saying it had assented to the religious pressure group Hefazat-e-Islam’s demands. Prof Serajul claimed Hefazat’s recommendations regarding the textbook curriculum had been implemented by the government.
At the discussion,....... Read more

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Nasirnagar attacks: Amnesty calls for Rasraj’s release Report on Dhaka Tribune, Jan 13, 207

Human rights group Amnesty International has called for immediate and unconditional release Rasraj Das, arrested over last year’s attack on Hindus in Brahmanbaria’s Nasirnagar.
The 25-year-old fisherman was arrested on October 30 and charged with “hurting religious sentiment.”
A Brahmanbaria court rejected Rasraj’s bail application on January 3. The next hearing is scheduled for January 16.
In a statement on Thursday, the London-based rights body urged the Bangladesh government to “promptly investigate the attacks on the Hindu community.”
It also asked to “bring those suspected of responsibility to account in fair trials and without recourse to the death penalty.”
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A mob attacked Hindu-dominated localities in Nasirnagar on October 30, injuring more than 100 people and damaging at least 17 temples and over 50 houses over a post shared on Facebook from Rasraj’s profile.<....... Read more

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