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Pakistan’s hypocrisy galore: op-ed by Imtiaz Gul in Daily Times, Oct 17, 2017

The writer is Editor, Strategic Affairs, and also heads the independent Centre for Research and Security Studies, Islamabad
We hear Nawaz Sharif, Asif Zardari, Shahbaz Sharif, Yousaf Raza Gillani, a number of retired generals, bureaucrats and businessmen relentlessly speak — with an ostensible passion and conviction — of the pain they feel for the teeming hapless millions of Pakistan.

Of late, Zardari, who had meekly left the country in a huff in 2016 after hurling threats at the mighty military establishment, is roaring again. During his Peshawar visit, he made all sorts of oblique remarks about Sharif and Imran Khan in particular. He said that every sort of fraud had been carried out in KP, and the state of affairs at Manki Sharif said a lot about the performance of the PTI in the KP province. This was one of the disparaging comments the former president made to the audience.

I am sure his party has turned most of interior Sindh into ‘modern, smart cities’....... Read more

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ECP suspends 261 lawmakers, List includes 7 senators, 71 MNAs, 84 MPAs from Punjab, 50 from Sindh, 38 from KP

Report in The Nation, October 17, 2017
Lahore/islamabad – The Election Commission on Monday suspended the membership of 261 lawmakers, creating a momentary crisis for national and provincial assemblies where quorum remains a persistent problem due to lack of interest in legislative process on part of the public representatives.

Their membership has been suspended for failure to submit details of their finances under sub-section 42A of the Representation of People Act (RoPA) by the Sept 30 deadline.

The list included seven senators, 71 MNAs, 84 MPAs from Punjab, 50 from Sindh, 38 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 11 from Balochistan.

Among the suspended members are ruling PML-N’s Captain Safdar, PTI’s estranged MNA Ayesha Gulalai, State Minister for Interior Talal Chaudhry, Religious Affairs Minister Sardar Yousaf and former National Assembly Speaker Fehmida Mirza.

The number of suspensions this year (261) is quite high but is less than that of ....... Read more

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MQM-P all set to seek ex-party MPs de-seating: Report in The Nation, October 17th 2017

ISLAMABAD – The MQM-P is all set to submit applications in the National Assembly, the Sindh Assembly and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to de-seat MPs, who after leaving their party joined the Pakistan Sarzameen Party (PSP).

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM-P)’s nine lawmakers including one MNA have so far left the party and joined PSP led by former Karachi Mayor Mustafa Kamal.

Lawmakers including Irtaza Khalil, Muhammad Dilawar, Nadeem Rizvi, Sheikh Abdullah, Bilqees Mukhtar, Mahmood Abdul Razaque, Sagheer Ahmed and Iftikhar Ahmed were elected from provincial assembly on the tickets of the MQM.

One MNA Asif Hasnain also parted ways and joined the PSP.

The resignations of two members, Sagheer Ahmed and Iftikhar Ahmed were accepted in 2016 and re-election took place on these vacant seats but rest of the members are still occupying the seats even after leaving the MQM-P.

The main lawmakers from the MQM-P have time and again expressed....... Read more

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Nadeem Nusrat denies reports he’s parted ways with Altaf Hussain

By Zubair Ashraf in The Express Tribune, Oct 17, 2017
KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement-London (MQM-L) leader Nadeem Nusrat has denied media reports that he had parted ways with party chief Altaf Hussain.

Speaking to The Express Tribune on Monday evening, Nusrat said he was currently undergoing treatment for cancer in the United States.

He added that he had been unable to participate in party affairs for sometime because of his sickness.

“I will become active in the party again after my treatment,” he said.

A few weeks back, Nusrat along with other MQM-L leaders held a press conference in London, where they refuted reports of a rifts within the party.https://tribune.com.pk/story/1532948/nadeem-nusrat-denies-reports-hes-parted-ways-altaf-hussain/....... Read more

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Nadeem Nusrat parts ways with Altaf Hussain: reports

Dawn.com, October 16, 2017
Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s convener in London and Altaf Hussain’s long-time ally, Nadeem Nusrat has parted ways with Hussain, DawnNews reported on Monday.

Quoting sources, DawnNews said that a rift over financial matters forced Nusrat to take the decision. He has since moved to the United States with his family, the sources claimed.

His move adds to Hussain’s worries, who has already been deserted by prominent London Rabita Committee members Wasay Jalil, Inbisat Malik and Zulfiqar Haider, sources informed DawnNews.

The MQM founder has been in trouble since his diatribe against the armed forces in August last year, following which his party members had distanced themselves from him and gathered under the leadership of Farooq Sattar to form a separate faction.

Once named by Hussain as one of his three possible successors, Nusrat’s association with the MQM chief spans over three decades. Practically, Nus....... Read more

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Balochistan’s woes: edit in Daily Times, October 17th 2017.

Not too long ago, the political leadership of the country had come together and signed a historic Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan package. The impulse behind the package was to right the wrongs done to the province by successive government over the country’s history. However, the poor implementation and flawed design of the package has meant that little has been achieved in the province in terms of empowerment of the people and provision of effective forums for resolution of their problems.

The latest news to have been reported about this failure is about more than 3,000 posts reserved in the federal government for Baloch domicile holders under the package. These seats have remained vacant since the announcement. This is a glaring example of the lack of political will that hampers progress on implementation of crucial decisions that are outcomes of a long-drawn process of negotiations. Now that the National Assembly has been told about this, we hope that the legislators will not ....... Read more

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Fear and loathing returns for Quetta’s Hazara community

By Mohammad Zafar in The Express Tribune, Oct 17, 2017
And when you can’t hide – you run. This is the main reason why Shia Hazara businessmen, professionals and students from Quetta are leaving for Pakistan’s big cities: Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

In the sea of people that make up a large city, a Hazara becomes just another face in the crowd. The luxury of anonymity is something they do not have in their native Quetta.

As Quetta’s security situation shows few signs of improving – with the latest attack on vegetable vendors on October 9, 2017 – the city will continue experiencing an economic and intellectual flight in the coming years. In the latest incident, two men on a motorcycle fired at a van carrying vegetable sellers, killing five people, including three Hazaras. The victims were going to purchase vegetables for their shops located on Alamdar Road, Marriabad. The vehicle came under attack when they reached Allah Dina Street on Kasi....... Read more

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Targeted killings: SC seeks reply on Hazara security issue

Report in The Express Tribune, Oct 17, 2017
ISLAMABAD: Acknowledging a complaint about attacks on members of the Hazara community, the Supreme Court has sought a reply from the Balochistan government over their targeted killings.

The issue came up when a three-judge bench, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, resumed hearing a suo motu case regarding last year’s terrorist incident in Quetta wherein more than 60 lawyers were martyred.

Liaqat Agha, a representative of the community, told the bench that Hazara people were facing immense security threats and even pilgrims travelling back from Iran were being attacked. He said the government should be instructed to provide complete security to the community.

The bench also observed that the Hazara community was being attacked. It asked the Balochistan advocate general to submit a written reply to an application filed by the community’s representative.

During the hearing about last year’s attack, Ham....... Read more

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LHC directs govt to confirm deportation of Turkish family

Report in Dawn, October 17th, 2017
LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday directed the counsel representing the federal government to verify reports about the deportation of a former vice president of Pak-Turk International Schools & Colleges and members of his family.

Justice Shams Mahmood Mirza was hearing a petition against the alleged abduction of Mesut Kacmaz, his wife and two daughters.

As the judge resumed hearing, Advocate Usama Malik appeared on behalf of the petitioner and stated that lead counsel Asma Jahangir was not available due to an unavoidable engagement.

However, he referred to media reports and said the abducted family had been deported to Turkey by Pakistani authorities. When asked by the court, a deputy attorney general expressed ignorance.

Justice Mirza adjourned the hearing for a day and directed the law officer to come after seeking instructions from the government on the latest development.

The court had re....... Read more

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Kidnappers free two journalists: report in The Nation, October 17, 2017

PESHAWAR – Two journalists, Shah Nawaz Tarakzai and Islam Gul Afridi, who had gone missing a day earlier, were freed by the unidentified kidnappers on Monday evening. Working as a correspondent for a Pashto language Radio “Mashaal”, Shah Nawaz Khan Tarakzai had been kidnapped from a media cell at Shabqadar Tehsil in Charsadda District on Sunday afternoon.
The kidnapping of Tarakzai, who hails from Mohmand Agency, and has been in the field of journalism for over a decade, created a sense of unrest among local journalists.
http://nation.com.pk/national/17-Oct-2017/kidnappers-free-two-journalists....... Read more

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