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Prosecuting Pak Army Officers in Bangladesh: by YASMEEN AFTAB ALI in Pakistan Today, May 2, 2016

The writer is a lawyer, academic and political analyst.
That Mukti Bahini played a pivotal role in the dismemberment of Pakistan is a recorded fact and reflected in the statement of Deputy Speaker of Bangladesh Parliament Shawket Ali, “I would give hundred per cent credit to India for the liberation of Bangladesh.” (Bangladeshi Newspaper ‘The Independent” December 17, 2011)

Archer Blood, writes, “Indian soil was made available for training camps, hospitals and supply depots for the Mukti Bahini or “Liberation Force” of the Bengali resistance movement. The Mukti Bahini came to enjoy that great asset of a guerrilla army, a safe haven to which it could retire for rest food, medical supplies and weapons, safe from the pursuit of its conventionally operating and legally restricted foe. India was in fact waging a proxy war against Pakistan.” (Book: The Cruel Birth of Bangladesh – Memoirs of an American Diplomat” published by The University Press Limited, Dhak....... Read more

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NAB halts probe against Nawaz citing ‘immunity’: By Rana Mushtaq in daily times, May 2, 2016

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has halted criminal investigations against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on constitutional grounds, citing the premier enjoys constitutional immunity against civil and criminal proceedings, a source told Daily Times.

NAB Chairman Chaudhry Qamar Zaman has already admitted in his performance report recently submitted to the apex court that no progress in cases pending against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif could be made.

A source told Daily Times that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif himself conveyed to the NAB chief through his legal counsel that the watchdog can’t proceed against him until he is in office because of the immunity constitution has provided to him. In the light of the prime minister’s views, NAB chairman has reportedly directed the investigation officers to halt all investigations against Nawaz Sharif and his brother Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

Both Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif are accused in ....... Read more

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Imran hints at joint protest by opposition : by Jawad R Awan in The Nation, May 01, 2016

LAHORE – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be given timeline to act on Panama leaks and he will not be allowed to evade this serious issue, Imran Khan warned yesterday.

Talking to media after chairing a party meeting, the PTI chairman, endorsing PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto’s demand regarding resignation of the prime minister over Panama leaks, hinted at the strong possibilities of a joint protest against the ruling party at any point of time.

“The ruling family has to clear its position over Panama leaks. PTI and other opposition parties will not let the ruling family to escape from telling the truth to the masses,” claimed Mr Khan.

It was the democratic right of the opposition to ask questions and it was the duty of the ruling party to respond positively. The ruling family should tell the truth if it had done no wrong, said the PTI chief.

“It is the head of the ruling party and chief executive of the country who has been named in Panama leak....... Read more

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Instead of PM, ask KP CM to step down, Fazl tells govt rivals By Essa Khankhel in The News, May 02, 2016

MINGORA: Siding with the federal government, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) head Maulana Fazlur Rehman said here on Sunday why they those who were demanding a resignation from the prime minister did not force their own chief minister to step down.

He said that the ‘Jewish lobby’ was getting a hold of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province as those staging protests and playing politics over the Panama Papers issue also owned offshore companies.

“Asking the prime minister to step down in the wake of the allegations contained in the Panama Papers is unjustified,” he said while addressing the “Dastar-e-Fazeelat Conference” at the Grassy Ground here on Sunday.

He alleged that those raising a hue and cry over the Panama Papers were the agents of the Jewish lobby in Pakistan. The JUI-F leader said that the agents of the Jewish lobby were also active in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. “Conspiracies are being hatched to undermine the religious forces in the province,” he cl....... Read more

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Charity money stashed in offshore accounts: Fazl Report in The Nation, May 02, 2016

SWAT – Chief of his own faction of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Sunday stated that those placing allegations and those upon whom the allegations are being placed in regards to the Panama Leaks possess offshore companies.

Addressing a rally in Swat, he said that the offshore companies were made using the money of charity organisations and questioned that “is charity money spent in this manner? When will the nation open its eyes?.”

Fazl said that Europe and the US are fighting an economic war against the Muslims, adding, that wars amidst cultures are fought in modern times in the world.

He stated that streams of blood are flowing in the Muslim countries, including Libya, Egypt, Tunis, Algeria and Syria. He said that the situation of these countries is before the entire world to witness.

He blamed former President Pervez Musharraf for pushing the country into the flames of the war against terrorism, adding, that the current rul....... Read more

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PM accepts another demand of opposition By Tariq Buttv in The News, May 02, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has accepted another demand of the opposition parties by stating that the Supreme Court judicial commission can start from his family the inquiry into the offshore companies, named in the Panama Papers Leaks.

But will this offer be acceptable to the opposition forces with some of which using the opportunity to upset the democratic applecart? The answer is a big ‘No’ because they deeply wish that the entire probe into the offshore companies should be confined to the prime minister’s children and then this inquiry should be wrapped up. They dream that the investigation must indict Nawaz Sharif so that they succeed to ‘get’ him. They are not concerned with scrutiny of other offshore companies.

This is the second time in a couple of weeks that Nawaz Sharif has accepted another demand of the opposition. Previously, he agreed to the commission under the chairmanship of the chief justice instead of retired superior court j....... Read more

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For JUI-F, Panama leaks hold little interest : By Sherinzada in The Express Tribune, May 2nd, 2016.

MINGORA: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman confessed on Sunday that his party has no more than pedestrian interest in the Panama leaks scandal and is preoccupied instead with the twin goal of enforcing Islamic Sharia and establishing peace in the country.

“Names of people who are planning to stage a sit-in [against the government in connection with the Panama leaks] are also mentioned in the leaks,” Fazl said in remarks at a public rally in the Mingora area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s (K-P) Swat district.

The rally was arranged in connection with a Dastar-i-Fazeelat function, in which around 500 students from the JUI-F affiliated seminaries were handed degrees and certificates.

Without mentioning his name, Fazl severely criticised Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan and once again accused him of acting in interest of the ‘Jewish lobby’.

“The patron of the 2014 sit-in in Islamabad has been engaged in campaigning for his....... Read more

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TTP suspect in attack on MQM poll office killed in encounter REPORT in Dawn, May 1st, 2016

KARACHI: A suspected militant belonging to the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, who was allegedly involved in a bomb attack on a Muttahida Qaumi Movement election office, was killed in an encounter in Orangi Town in which two policemen and a passerby also suffered injuries, police officials said.

Police took action after their Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) received a tip-off about the presence of militants named Mohammad Khan, Lucky Marwat, Naimat, Shera and Matiullah at a dera (guesthouse) in Mianwali Colony of Orangi Town in the jurisdiction of the Pirabad police station.

As the police encircled the guesthouse, the suspects opened fire on them, wounding two policemen and a passerby. Police retaliated and in the exchange of fire, a suspect, Mohammad Khan, who owned the dera, was killed and his accomplice Naimat was held after he fell injured while the others escaped, said the CTD Intelligence Wing SSP Amir Farooqi.

The officer said that the wounded policeme....... Read more

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Seminary Proliferation: edit in Pakistan Today,May 1, 2016

While attempts to bring the existing seminaries under government supervision have yet to produce results, new seminaries continue to come into existence. According to one of the seminary boards there has been an increase of 10 percent in the number of seminaries and students as compared to the previous year. How many of the new seminaries are foreign funded or impart extremist views or are actually involved in turning out terrorists is yet to be known. Whatever the reasons behind the proliferation, there is a lot for the state to worry about as it has yet to set up a satisfactory oversight mechanism over the existing madrassas

Attempts to establish government oversight has met with strong opposition from religious parties which have branded the efforts as intentions to undermine the religion. The seminary funds are utilised by the religious parties to expand their activities while the student community provides them a captured constituency. The PML-N government has been at pains....... Read more

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Seminary student, another sexually assaulted: report in The Nation,May 02, 2016

KASUR: A minor boy was assaulted in Rasoolnagar area and a seminary student was sodomised separately in the outskirts of Kot Radha Kishan here the other day.

According to police, a fiendish man allegedly sodomised a minor boy in Rasoolnagar area.

The victim’s maternal grandmother Seema Bibi told the police that her nine-year-old grandson went to a shop to buy some grocery.

The shopkeeper identified as Sarwar lured away her grandson inside the shop where he allegedly assaulted him sexually.

The Ganda Singhwala Police arrested the accused and registered a case against him.

In another incident, a teenage student was sexually assaulted at a religious seminary here in the outskirts of Kot Radha Kishan the other day.

The victim’s father Asghar Ali, resident of Havali Muhammad Khan told the police that his 14-year-old son was enrolled in a seminary Jamia Rashidia.

As usual, the teenager went to the madrasa where he was sodomised by the accu....... Read more

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