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To U.S. in ’70s, a Dissenting Diplomat. To Bangladesh, ‘a True Friend.’ By ELLEN BARRY in The NY Times, June 28, 2016

On a recent visit to Bangladesh, around the anniversary of its hard-fought war of independence from Pakistan, I conducted an experiment.
Stopping a group of teenage boys at a museum devoted to the 1971 war, I asked them which American leaders had played an important role in that conflict. Henry A. Kissinger? They looked at me with blank faces. Edward M. Kennedy? Nothing. Richard M. Nixon? Crickets.
I was running out of names when I tried one more: That of a midlevel Foreign Service officer stationed in Dhaka, the capital, during that war. It was the name of a man who was recalled to Washington hastily and whose career would falter on his way to an ambassadorial post. What about Archer K. Blood, I asked? And one of the teenagers gave me a big, delighted smile of recognition.
“Archer Blood,” he said, “was a true friend of Bangladesh.”
This exchange came to mind when news broke this month that 51 American diplomats had signed an internal memo sharply critic....... Read more

June 29, 2016   No Comments

Bangladesh to ban Jamaat-e-Islami

DHAKA: A bill would be placed in the ongoing parliament session to ban the politics of Jamaat-e-Islami, the party accused of committing crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War, says Bangladesh Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq.

“Jamaat-e-Islami is a war criminal party because they opposed the Liberation War as a party. They do not have any right to do politics in the country. There is no alternative way except banning them. Law minister informed me that the bill on banning Jamaat politics will be placed this session. He hoped  the bill will be placed soon,” .

Taking part in the budget session, the minister said: The freedom fighters risked their lives in the war. Eid is ahead. Everyone will get festival bonus but freedom fighters would not get any bonus. Freedom fighters demanded to introduce two special allowances on March 26 and December 16.http://nation.com.pk/international/27-Jun-2016/bangladesh-to-ban-jamaat-e-islami

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Talks on ToRs almost dead: Baloch

LAHORE: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) acting ameer Liaqat Baloch has said government-opposition talks on ToRs are almost dead as the ruling party and some elements of the opposition do not want accountability.

However, the JI leader declared that the party stuck to its demand for indiscriminate accountability of the government and the opposition through a judicial commission headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan. He was speaking at a meeting held at Mansoora to make preparations for the JI march against corruption in Rawalpindi after Eid.

JI deputy chiefs Hafiz Muhammad Idrees, Rashid Naseem, Mian Muhammad Aslam and other party leaders attended the meeting.Speaking on the occasion, Liaqat Baloch said the corrupt people were a strong group which wanted to run the country according to their wishes regardless of the law and the constitution while the government pressure had virtually crippled the NAB and other investigation agencies.

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June 28, 2016   No Comments

Offshore politics: PTI to lobby against Nawaz Sharif in UK

Report in Pakistan Today

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has decided to lobby against the government and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif the in the United Kingdom.

In this regard, the PTI has approached several members of the ruling Conservative and the opposition Labour parties and other prominent politicians of Pakistan-origin.

The PTI leadership will meet the British leaders after Eid, where they will urge them to take action against those who have bought properties in the United Kingdom after committing felonies of money laundering and tax evasion in their own country.

PTI London President Waheedur Rehman has been assigned the responsibility to lobby against the government in the United Kingdom, and to convince the British government to introduce legislation which prohibits the purchase of property from corruption money.

The PTI is facing disappointment after lack of progress over the investigation mechanism for Panama Papers probe even though name....... Read more

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Govt may go for majority instead of consensus on ToRs: By Fasihur Rehman Khan in The News,June 27, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Although, the PTI and PPP have distanced themselves from the committee on terms of reference (ToRs), technically the forum is not finished. If the situation persists as of now, one of the government’s strategies could be to extract majority-agreed ToRs.

The government side aims to secure an eight or nine-member (nine, in case the JI supports) majority decision from the 12-member committee even if the PPP, PTI, PML-Q or JI walks away, it was learnt. In thatIn that eventuality four PML-N members, two allies with the help of ANP and MQM could do the needful and come up with ToRs which can then be sent to the Supreme Court with a new request to form a judicial commission on Panama Papers. Even if the exercise doesn’t lead anywhere, some advisers to the prime minister are resolute to tread this course to deprive, as per their own estimates, the PPP-PTI led opposition from political point scoring and blame game in the days to come. And the government could also brave Pa....... Read more

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PPP asks ‘N’ to find Nawaz’s replacement: REPORT in Dawn, June 27th, 2016

LAHORE: The PPP has asked the PML-N to nominate new candidate for the slot of prime minister in connection with the references filed against him for concealing his wealth.

“The PPP is filing a reference in the Election Commission of Pakistan on Monday (today) to seek disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and four of his relatives under Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution after revelations of Panama Papers. The PPP is hopeful that PM Sharif will have to go home in the wake of its reference. Therefore, it is better for the PML-N to give Mr Sharif’s replacement to save democratic system,” PPP leader Faisal Mir said here on Sunday.

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto has already asked Nawaz Sharif to step down after his children’s names surfaced in the off-shore holdings in Panama papers.

“The PPP is standing by its chairman and demands Mr Sharif to step down and prove his innocence in the matter,” Faisal Mir said.

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PM’s disqualification: PAT jumps into the fray REPORTin Dawn, June 27th, 2016

LAHORE: The Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) also decides to file a reference with the Election Commission of Pakistan for the disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif under Articles 62 and 63.

PAT legal adviser Ishtiaq Chaudhry said here on Sunday the party would move the ECP against the prime minister for failing to give a satisfactory response to Panama Leaks and concealing his income and assets in the documents submitted to the ECP while contesting the 2013 elections.

He said the prime minister did not remain ameen (trustworthy) and sadiq (truthful) and was thus disqualified to be a member of parliament.

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has already filed a reference against the prime minister through its candidate, Dr Yasmin Rashid, who had contested the election against Mr Sharif in 2013. http://www.dawn.com/news/1267543/pms-disqualification-pat-jumps-into-the-fray

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Maryam placates ‘unhappy’ PML-N MNAs: by KHAWAR GHUMMAN in Dawn, June 27th, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Maryam Nawaz Sharif has assured the ‘annoyed’ National Assembly members of the ruling party that their grievances will be addressed in a timely manner, as per their expectations.

The prime minister’s daughter, who has been meeting cabinet members and lawmakers at the PM House — where she resides as her father’s ‘dependant’ — has also promised all-out support for development schemes in the unhappy MNAs’ constituencies.

Maryam, who holds no official or party position, was last appointed head of the PM’s Youth Loan Scheme, a post she had to relinquish on the orders of the Lahore High Court, which had questioned her academic credentials.

Najaf Abbas Sial was one of the MNAs who was allowed an audience with Maryam. He told Dawn: “Maryam Bibi assured us that in the future she will personally see to it that our grievances are addressed in a timely fashion.”

The MNA from Jhang added that she firmly committed that all problems of th....... Read more

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MQM calls on army chief to provide justice to Aftab Ahmad’s kin

KARACHI: The Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) called on COAS General Raheel Sharif to provide justice to the family of deceased MQM member Aftab Ahmad, on Sunday.

Upon the army chief’s arrival in Karachi to attend high-level security meetings, the Rabita Committee released a statement in which the body reminded the army chief that he had ordered an inquiry into the death of Aftab Ahmad, who was in Rangers’ custody, in May.

It was also said in the statement that reports had emerged that five rangers personnel had been suspended after initiating the inquiry but after that, nothing substantial happened.

Rabita Committee stated that justice delayed was justice denied. It called on the army chief to expedite the inquiry and bring the killers of Aftab Ahmad to justice.
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Drug addiction kills 700 people every day in Pakistan By Muhammad Qasim in The News, June 27, 2016

Rawalpindi:  Around 8.9 million people in Pakistan are drug addicts while 700 people die every day in the country due to drug–related complications making the deaths related to drugs greater than those caused by terrorism.

Most of the drugs come from Afghanistan, the country that is responsible for at least 75 per cent of the world’s heroin. More than three million Pakistanis between the ages of 15 and 64 use heroin regularly and there are almost five million cannabis users addicted to smoking high-grade hashish called ‘charas’. Globally, 1 in 20 adults, or 250 million people between the ages of 15 and 64 years are drug addicts.

Since the drugs are extremely cheap and easily accessible in the country, the abuse of cannabis and heroin is fairly high.

Head of Community Medicine at CMH Lahore Medical College Professor Dr Muhammad Ashraf Chaudhry expressed this while talking to ‘The News’ on Sunday in connection with the United Nations International Day ag....... Read more

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