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Future of Mohajir politics: By Mazhar Abbas in The News, July 29, 2016

As the new chief minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah, takes oath, today, never before a strong urban force MQM, rather Mohajirs, faced an uncertain political future.

The party, with whom the Mohajirs remained associated with for the past last 32 years, has been facing serious challenges since its birth in 1984. Unlike in the past, the establishment has practically put an ‘X’ for any negotiations with them unless they fulfill some preconditions as confidence-building measures.

What the establishment really wants from MQM? Sources say it’s minus Altaf, complete overhaul of the party and dissociating with ‘militants’ which they believe also include some senior leaders, making party more open and closing 24/7 service at Nine Zero and Khursheed Memorial Hall, particularly after midnight.

The minus Altaf formula is the toughest for MQM to accept but sources say it is the key for any future relief for the party. If the party does not reconsider or review its posit....... Read more

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Trust deficit among state institutions irks SC ISHAQ TANOLI in Dawn, July 29th, 2016

KARACHI: Deploring mistrust between the federal and the provincial authorities in taking effective measures to contain violence in Karachi, the Supreme Court on Thursday asked them to settle the issues amicably.

The attorney general assured the apex court that in order to address the grievance of law enforcement agencies in Sindh regarding geo-fencing and Global Positioning System locators, a high level meeting would be arranged to amicably decide these matters and other ancillary issues between the federal and the provincial governments and agencies.

A five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Zaheer Jamali took up the implementation proceedings of the apex court judgement on the Karachi suo motu law and order case.

The bench issued directives to the provincial authorities for instant provision of funds for installation of high-quality closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in Karachi and to initiate process of fresh recruitment to fill the vaca....... Read more

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US will never back derailment of democracy in Pakistan: Hale Report in The News, July 29, 2016

ISLAMABAD: US Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale Thursday said the United States vigorously supports democracy in Pakistan adding that extension to the Army Chief General Raheel Sharif was Pakistan’s internal matter.He said this in an exclusive interview with Geo News programme ‘Capital Talk’ hosted by Hamid Mir.

David Hale said the US vigorously supported Pakistan’s flourishing democracy and that it would never support any power intending to derail it.

Hamid Mir mentioned the controversy generated from Senator John McCain’s interview in which he hinted at the army chief’s extension in tenure, to which David Hale said this question was for Pakistan to decide.

The ambassador said he was hopeful about 2018 elections in Pakistan and was pleased to see a vibrant political activity in Pakistan.

On the question of fresh spate of violence by the Indian security forces in the Occupied Kashmir, David Hale said the US felt concerned about the loss of lives ....... Read more

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‘Gulshan attack mastermind Tamim visited Kallyanpur den’ : report in Dhaka Tribune, July 29, 2016

For the first time, police have officially identified the Gulshan attack mastermind as Bangladesh-origin Canadian citizen Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, and said he used to visit the Kallyanpur militants in their hideout.

Tamim held meetings with the Kallyanpur militants to inspire them and provide financial support for their terrorist activities, according to the statement of a case which was filed yesterday by Mirpur Model police station Inspector (operation) Shajalal Alam in connection with Tuesday’s police raid.

Nine militants were killed when police carried out the drive in Dhaka’s Kallyanpur early Tuesday.

The case statement also read that the sole surviving suspect, Rakibul Hasan alias Rigan, has told interrogators that they received funding, arms and explosives from Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh.

The case further named other suspects who allegedly acted as trainers and leaders for the militants; they are: Iqbal, Ripon, Khalid, Mamun, Manik, Jonayed K....... Read more

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Kallyanpur militant Arko was an arms trader : report in Dhaka Tribune, July 28, 2016

Dhaka:  One of the Kallyanpur militants, Shazad Rouf Arko, used to work in an arms trading company that reportedly supplies defence equipment to the army and police.

Arko, a US citizen, was a director at New Victor Limited (NVL) – which was founded by his grandfather Brig Gen (retd) Abdur Rouf in 1977 and where his father is the managing director, according to US State Department documents released by Wikileaks.

According to his public profile in LinkedIn, NVL is “the oldest company in this business sector: we supply military defence equipments from abroad (China, England, Italy, USA, Canada, Korea, S Africa) to Police, Army, RAB, Navy, BOF headquarters by following the tender requirements issued by Bangladesh Government.”

Arko studied at the American International School of Dhaka, the same school where Gulshan attack victims Faraaz Ayaz Hossain and Tarishi Jain studied.

He also got a BBA degree from North South University with a major in marketing, a....... Read more

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Qadri arrives in Lahore to host Opp meeting on 31st Report in The Nation, July 28, 2016,

LAHORE – Pakistan Awami Tehreek chairman Dr Tahirul Qadri yesterday reached Lahore after a short visit of UK and vowed to continue struggle to get justice for Model Town victims’ families.

Talking to media at Allama Iqbal International Airport, PAT chairman said he will make important announcement on July 31.

PAT is hosting opposition parties meeting at Model Town after two days.
Dr Qadri, who had arrived from Canada to lead the June 17 sit-in of the party at The Mall on second anniversary of Model Town incident, will chair the meeting.
Addressing the sit-in, he had announced to give future line of action after opposition meeting.

“I will announce PAT future line of action after the consultative meeting with opposition parties on July 31.
We already sent invitations to all parties and they accepted by opposition leaders,” he said.

He said it was hard to understand how and why the society and the state institutions were toleratin....... Read more

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Controversy rages over Akhtar’s May 12 ‘confessions’ IMTIAZ ALI | AZFAR-UL-ASHFAQUE in Dawn, July 28th, 2016

KARACHI: Although police claimed on Wednesday that Waseem Akhtar, a Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader and its Karachi mayor-designate, had “confessed to his involvement” in the May 12, 2007 mayhem before a “joint investigation team”, the legality of the JIT itself and the veracity of his alleged confession are questionable.

While Mr Akhtar and his party insisted that he had made no “confession” or even a disclosure about the May 12 events, police claimed that they had a JIT report in which Mr Akhtar confessed that he planned the violence on the instruction of the party’s high command.

Police not only showed Mr Akhtar arrested in seven cases relating to the May 12 episode, but also leaked to media an alleged investigation report in which he apparently took responsibility for the violent events that occurred in 2007.

Mr Akhtar, who was arrested on July 19 in a case over treatment of “wounded terrorists” and militants at Karachi’s Dr Ziauddin Hospita....... Read more

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Who is Murad Ali Shah?: report in The Express Tribune, July 27th, 2016

KARACHI: Syed Murad Ali Shah, the successor to Qaim Ali Shah, belongs to a family of politicians. He is serving as the Sindh finance minister.

His father Syed Abdullah Shah also had the additional portfolio of finance when he served as chief minister of Sindh during Benazir Bhutto’s second government.

Murad, 54, is a graduate of the Stanford University from where he received MSc degrees in economic systems and civil structure engineering. In 1986, he gained a BE Civil Engineering degree from the NED University.

He hails from Jamshoro. His family belongs to Lakyari Syed, the descendent of Shah Sadaruddin Lakyari (Lakhi Shah Sadar) near Sehwan Sharif. From 1986 till 1990 he served as an engineer at Wapda, Port Qasim Authority and the Hyderabad Development Authority before joining the Citi Bank.

Shah was elected to the Sindh Assembly in the 2002 elections. He was again elected to the provincial assembly in the 2008 election, and assigned the portfolio of fina....... Read more

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Killings drop but kidnappings, gang rape & riots on the rise, says CTD data REPORT in Dawn, July 28th, 2016

KARACHI: After a significant drop in crime rate in the wake of Rangers-led operation in the city, the incidents of kidnapping, gang rape and riots have registered an alarming rise not only in Karachi but also in the rest of the province, according to data compiled by police’s Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD).

The data obtained by Dawn on Wednesday showed that 557 murders took place between January and July last year while 371 killings were reported during the same period this year, marking a difference of 186 lives.

A total of 737 kidnappings took place in the city during last seven months this year as compared to 722 kidnappings during the same period last year, registering an increase of 15 cases. Since these kidnappings did not lead to payment of ransom as per police’s terminology, the data was silent about the motive of the crime.

The CTD head, Additional Inspector General of Police Dr Sanaullah Abbasi, told Dawn that most of the victims were women who we....... Read more

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US avoids commenting on MQM protest: report in Dawn, July 28th, 2016

WASHINGTON: The US State Department has said that it would not like to talk about a protest the MQM held outside the White House last week, although it does highlight human rights violations across the globe.

“Not speaking about the protest, of which, frankly, I wasn’t tracking,” said Elizabeth Trudeau, director of the State Department’s Press Office, when asked at a briefing to comment on the MQM’s protest.

She, however, explained that human and minority rights were among the issues that the United States continues to “work hard” on, “not only in Pakistan” but in its engagements both bilaterally with countries as well as in annual reports.

Ms Trudeau pointed out that the department’s annual human rights report detailed and expressed concern over rights violations and the department worked with other governments to “support the rights of marginalised, disadvantaged minority groups around the world”.

She also said that the internationa....... Read more

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