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PM to face tumultuous politics on homecoming By Sardar Sikander in The Express Tribune, June 30th, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif may face difficulties once he returns home after recovering from heart surgery in London in the backdrop of challenges involving internal politics and external factors influencing Pakistan’s policy-making with particular reference to India.

Ranging from the Panama leaks controversy to the upcoming polls in Azad Kashmir and the impact of the federal government’s policy vis-à-vis India on Azad Kashmir politics amid fast unfolding scenario on this front, pertinent issues are likely to give the premier and his team a tough time.

For now, the Panama leaks issue may have been relegated to the backburner but many believe the controversy would reignite once PM Sharif returns to Pakistan.

Publicly, the PML-N leaders may boast about their political resolve to brave challenges, but privately, they believe that things are not so simple.

Insiders say even though the party is not oblivious to the situation, but it remains to be seen if the opposition manages to dent the PML-N political graph over Panama leaks issue.

At present, all is not well within the N-League ranks. The Express Tribune learnt on good authority that PTI’s adamant stance about the inclusion of the PM’s name in the terms of reference (ToRs) has sent shudders of unease within the party’s top command.

PTI has also threatened to take to the streets if the party’s demands are not met. The PM’s arrival in such hostility is a scenario the N-League desired never to encounter.

“We don’t want any political disturbance when the PM lands here, at least till he settles down a bit,” a PML-N bigwig, desirous to go unnamed, said.

Senior N-League stalwart Zafar Ali Shah says: “It’s all about the opposition. If they … devise a tough yet workable strategy, things can be different. Otherwise, the Panama leaks issue will lead nowhere.”

Asked if he saw this issue reigniting after the premier’s return, Shah responded cautiously: “This much I can say: things are far from satisfactory.”

Upcoming general polls in Azad Kashmir on July 21 posed another big challenge for the PML-N. It remains to be seen whether the aura surrounding the premier’s personality could weave any magic spell. One of the main leaders of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) in Pakistan, Syed Yousaf Naseem, said that the PML-N needed a policy overhaul.

“The Indian factor plays a major role in Azad Kashmir politics. The PML-N’s soft stance towards India in the wake of growing Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir will take its toll. There is a deep-rooted feeling among general public in Azad Kashmir that the top political leadership in Pakistan, despite its Kashmiri origins, has failed to live up to the expectations of the Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC),” he told The Express Tribune. “This will not go unnoticed in the polls.”

Asked what if the PML-N toughened its Indian policy ahead of the polls, Naseem said that such a policy was urgently needed.http://tribune.com.pk/story/1133205/gauging-political-resolve-pm-face-tumultuous-politics-homecoming/

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PPP to file reference against PM in NAB after Eid

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has decided to file reference in NAB against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over Panama leaks allegations.

The reference will be filed in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) after Eidul Fitr.

PPP legal team has collected important evidences and tasked Latif Khosa to prepare the reference.

The PPP on June 27, also filed a reference with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) seeking the disqualification of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for no longer being Sadiq (truthful) and Amin (just).

The PPP submitted a 1,000-page reference against the prime minister, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Hamza Shahbaz, Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar and Captain (R) Muhammad Safdar accusing them of hiding their assets.

The reference requested the commission to take action against the prime minister in accordance with Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution. The decision to file the reference was taken in the PPP meeting chaired by Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari last week. www.thenews.com.pk/latest/131593-PPP-to-file-reference-against-PM-in-NAB-after-Eid

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PAT to file disqualification reference against Sharif today IFTIKHAR A. KHAN in Dawn, June 30th, 2016

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Awami Tehreek will on Thursday file a reference against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with the Election Commission of Pakistan seeking his disqualification for concealing his assets.

The PTI and PPP have already filed two references with the ECP against the prime minister for his disqualification on the same ground.

Sources in the ECP say that all the references will be heard and decided after the appointment of ECP members and will remain pending till the commission is non-functional.

Meanwhile, the ECP promoted four grade 20 officers to grade 21 on Wednesday.

According to a notification issued about two weeks after the retirement of four ECP members, Tanvir Zaki, joint provincial election commissioner, Sindh, has been promoted to grade 21 and posted as provincial election commissioner, Sindh.

Musarrat Khan, acting provincial election commissioner, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has been promoted to grade 21 and posted as provincial election commissioner, KP.

Zafar Iqbal Hussain, director general (elections), has been promoted to grade 21 and posted as additional secretary (training).

Hussain Majeed Jaffar, joint provincial election commissioner, Balochistan, has been promoted to grade 21 and posted as director general (elections) at the ECP secretariat.

“All the above officers who have been promoted will be on probation for a period of one year with effect from the date they assume charge of their posts. If no order is issued on the expiry of the first year of probation, the period of probation shall be deemed to have been extended to another year. If no order is issued by the day following the termination of extended period of probation, the appointment shall be deemed to be held by them until further order,” the notification reads.http://www.dawn.com/news/1268102/pat-to-file-disqualification-reference-against-sharif-today

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Sami warns Zardari against using improper language about madressah Report in Dawn, June 30th, 2016

NOWSHERA: Chief of his own faction of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI) Mau­lana Samiul Haq has warned PPP co-chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari against using improper language about Darul Uloom Haqqania.

“I will disclose some secrets about him if he issued any statement against Haqqania in future and his party will lose the support of European heads of state or government,” Maulana Haq said while talking to different delegations who visited his residence at Akora Khattak on Wednesday.

He also criticised federal Information Minister Pervez Rasheed for terming religious seminaries factories of illiteracy and warned that he would disclose facts about the PML’s role during the 1977 election against his late father Maulana Abdul Haq.

Maulana Samiul Haq, who is administrator of Darul Uloom Haqqania, criticised the elements who opposed the allocation of Rs300 million for his seminary by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government.

“My father had won the National Assembly seat thrice from 1970 to 1988 by defeating the influential people of the area. I also remained a member of the Senate from 1985 to 2008 and did different developmental works in the area.

My son Maulana Hamidul Haq defeated influential PPP leader retired Gen Naseer­ullah Babar in the general election for the National Assembly in 2003,” he added.

The Maulana said his seminary’s developmental funds were worth millions of rup­ees.

Darul Uloom Haq­qania had built several roads and distributed transformers in Nezampur, Akbarpura, Amangarh, Chirat and other areas, he said.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1268095/sami-warns-zardari-against-using-improper-language-about-madressah

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Government lukewarm on filling CII posts By Obaid Abbasi in The Express Tribune, June 30th, 2016

ISLAMABAD: The government seems to be least interested in filling vacant posts on the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), ostensibly because of lawmakers’ recent scathing criticism of the body. Ten seats on the CII have been vacant since January this year.

A day ago, a Senate committee questioned the legal standing of the CII while blaming it for an uptick in cases of violence against women across the country. The committee, chaired by MQM Senator Nasreen Jalil, observed that CII’s ‘anti-women’ stance was promoting violence against women, besides contributing to a massive increase in gender-based crimes.

Currently, Maulana Muhammad Khan Sheerani of the JUI-F is the chairman and working with only 10 members, who were absent during its monthly meeting.

Sources in the law ministry told The Express Tribune that since the retirement of 10 members, the ministry had forwarded 31 names to the prime minister, who is the competent authority. But, they said, the government seemed to be least interested.

A senior government official, who requested anonymity, said that the recent controversial statements of the CII chairman had “forced the government to keep the posts vacant”. The government, he said, had adopted a wait-and-see policy until the expiry of the tenure of the current chairman, who will retire on December 31 next year.

Leader of House in the Senate Raja Zafarul Haq told The Express Tribune that the CII was a constitutional body which could not be disbanded. However, he agreed that political appointments should stop. “Such appointments bring a bad name to the CII.”

He said that a list of names pending before the prime minister should be reviewed and appointment should be made on merit. “Many controversies were generated since the (incumbent) chairman took charge of the body. It is important to fill the post on merit,” said Haq, who is close to the affairs of the body.

He also maintained that the previous prime minister had assigned him to appoint nine members when posts were vacant and he had appointed members purely on merit and no one had questioned those appointments.

Recommended names on the list sent to the prime minister include: Dr Raghib Hussain Naeemi, the director of Jamia Naeemia, Lahore, Senator Hafiz Hamdullah of JUI-F, Qari Muhammad Hanif Jalandhari, the Secretary-General of Ittehad-i-Tanzeemat-i-Madaris-i-Deenia, Habibur Rehman Sheikh, the additional secretary of the ministry of law and justice and Maulana Abdul Wasay, a JUI-F leader, Dr Farhat Hashmi, the head of Al-Huda International Institute and Mufti Saeed Jan, who performed the Nikah of PTI chief Imran Khan.

Interestingly, the JUI-F has been dominating the CII affairs. Currently, three of its members belong to JUI-F.

Ten members who retired this year are: Mufti Ghulam Mustafa Rizvi, Syed Saeed Ahmed Shah, Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi, Allama Ibrahim Qadri, Pir Abdul Baqi and Dr Farida Siddiqui, Allama Amin Shaheedi, Maulana Fazal Ali and Dr Idrees Soomro. http://tribune.com.pk/story/1133204/government-lukewarm-filling-cii-posts/

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Passport most corrupt sector, TIB survey findings show 77pc passport seekers fall victims to corruption Report in The daily star, June 30, 2016

Dhaka: Passport sector has been found to be the most corrupt one, followed by the law enforcement agencies and education in the TIB National Household Survey 2015.

While 77.7 percent households fell victim to corruption while securing services from passport offices, 74.6 percent bribed law enforcement agencies and 60.8 percent bribed educational institutions.

Overall, 67.8 percent households were victim of corruption in 2015. The rate was almost the same (67.3 percent) in 2012 when the TIB conducted its last household survey.

The amount of bribe paid by households last year was Tk 8,821 crore, which is Tk 1,497 crore more than that in 2012.

The survey titled “Corruption in Services Sector: National Household Survey 2015” was done on 15,206 rural and urban households from across the country between November 1 and December 25.

Over 58 percent of the surveyed households paid bribes last year against about 52 percent in 2012.

The home secretary has rejected TIB findings on law enforcement agencies and the passport department. The chief of the Department of Immigration and Passport (DIP) said the survey was done without visiting any passport offices.

TIB researchers Waheed Alam, MN Alam and Farhana Rahman presented the findings at a press conference at the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) office in the capital yesterday.

“Corruption appeared to be an assault on our morality. Bribe has become a part of the daily life. Each and everybody gets involved in corruption, willingly or unwillingly. This is the greatest concern for us,” said TIB Trustee Board Chairperson Sultana Kamal.

It has become difficult to get services from the people responsible to provide those. And the most affected are the common people, especially those who have no one to back them up, she said.

The TIB National Household Survey 2015 is the seventh since 1997, when the graft watchdog started doing such survey.

The service sectors it covered include health, education, electricity, local government institutions, banking, NGO, agriculture, land administration, insurance, law enforcing agencies, judicial service, passport, gas, Bangladesh Road Transport Authority, tax and duty.

Conducted on the basis of experiences of the households, the survey is meant to expose the trend and extent of corruption faced by people in seeking various services from public or private entities, and to help authorities take effective measures in checking corruption.

PASSPORT: Authorities have introduced machine readable passports to ease passport service, but various irregularities remain high.

At least 3.5 percent of the households surveyed received services from the passport office, and 77.7 percent of them were victim of corruption.

On average 76.1 percent service recipients had to bribe Tk 3,120 each. Besides, 12 percent service recipients had to face unnecessary delays in getting services, 3.1 percent faced fraudulence and 1.7 percent faced nepotism.

LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES:  At least 65.9 percent service recipients from law enforcers had to bribe, 6.5 percent faced threats or misconducts and 5.3 percent faced false cases, the survey found.

EDUCATION: Nearly 58 percent service recipients had to bribe while paying exam fees, 39.5 percent in paying registration fees, 36.8 percent in withdrawing certificates and 25.9 percent faced corruption while taking admission or re-admission. The average additional amount they paid is Tk 95.

Besides, they faced irregularities in getting stipend, books and suggestions. “The poor are affected the most as the burden of bribe is more for them,” said TIB Executive Director Iftekharuzzaman.

According to the survey, the households earning less than Tk 16,000 a month each paid 2.16 percent of their income in bribe, while those earning more than Tk 64,000 paid 0.03 percent of their income.

‘OLD INFORMATION’:  Home Secretary Mozammel Haque Khan rejected the TIB findings on law enforcement agencies and passport department, arguing that the survey is based on “old information”. “We hope the TIB will soon realise its mistake and withdraw their statement,” he told journalists at the secretariat.

Brig Gen Masud Rezwan, director general of the passport department, said if a person gave money to a broker, bank official or police member for passport-related activities, the DIP would not take that responsibility. He added the TIB survey gave last year’s picture of the department. “After taking charge this year, I have motivated my officials who are working hard day and night to serve people. If the TIB now says the passport office is the most corrupt, how will these officials continue to provide services?” he said, adding that they already spoke with the TIB and protested the report.  http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/passport-most-corrupt-sector-1247986

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Ershad asks govt to publish white paper on financial scams by Mohammad Al-Masum Molla in Dhaka Tribune

Dhaka: While discussing the budget in parliament, Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad asked the government yesterday to publish a white paper on the scams in Bangladesh’s banking and financial sectors.

The former autocratic ruler bashed the government for not taking any action against the masterminds and criminals involved with the Bangladesh Bank heist and other financial scams, urging the government to hold talks to tackle these crimes.

Ershad mentioned that incumbent Finance Minister AMA Muhith was also the finance minister during his regime.

“Can he [Muhith] say that banks were looted during my tenure? If he can, I will quit politics,” he said, adding: “Prepare a white paper on the looted economy and publish it soon.”

While Ershad praised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her visionary leadership in national development, he admitted that it is difficult to take such a huge load alone.

He urged her to decentralise the administration, and introduce the provincial system of government.

Highlighting 2.3 million unemployed youths in the country as ticking time bombs, he explained that development will not be possible without removing the frustrations of young, unemployed people.

The Jatiya Party chief said that the common people can easily understand the situation of law and order in the country, where the wife of an SP is also not safe.

He said: “While Awami League and Jatiya Party have differences in ideology, we are united when it comes to the question of Bangladesh’s development.”
http://www.dhakatribune.com/politics/2016/jun/29/ershad-asks-govt-publish-white-paper-financial-scams

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Reforms committee rejects ECP proposal to hold phase-wise elections REPORT in Pakistan Today, June 29, 2016

Islamabad: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday suggested holding general elections in 2018 in various stages, but the proposal was immediately rejected by the reforms committee.

According to sources, the ECP presented suggestions to the reforms committee that general elections should be held in different phases to overcome administrative problems as was done in the case of local government elections.

The ECP further suggested that the national and provincial elections should be held separately or that the provincial elections could be divided into different stages.

The reforms committee rejected the ECP’s proposal saying that the results of one phase could affect the next phase. The general elections will be held in a single day, the committee said.http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2016/06/29/national/reforms-committee-rejects-ecp-proposal-to-hold-phase-wise-elections/

PTI intra-party polls not in sight: By Tariq Buttin The News, June 29, 2016
ISLAMABAD: New intra-party elections in the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) are now a thing of the past due to the infighting, and the exercise is not on the cards in the near future, at least before the next parliamentary polls.

“We have postponed the intra-party elections for an indefinite time to focus on other priorities,” PTI spokesman Naeemul Haq told The News when contacted for his version.

The fight between two powerful and wealthy factions of Punjab over the presidency of the provincial chapter led to the deferment, leading to annulment, of the elections. As this clash was touching its zenith and had become open to a great embarrassment of the PTI, the Panama Papers disclosures cropped up, prompting Imran Khan to use these leaks as a convincing and plausible pretext to put off the elections saying that he will now exclusively concentrate on street protest to make Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif accountable.

Naeemul Haq said that for the time being the PTI’s utmost attention was on pursuing its reference filed in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), seeking disqualification of the premier; vigorously following similar cases in superior courts; and garnering public support through bringing people on the streets to force Nawaz Sharif into accepting his accountability by a judicial commission.

Simultaneously, the PTI spokesman said, the party is engaged in a process of selecting its federal and provincial candidates to be fielded in the next general elections. Unlike before, he said, the PTI will now give a sufficient time to this exercise to make correct decisions.

To a question, Naeemul Haq said that Chaudhry Sarwar, who was vying for the post of the Punjab president of the PTI against Shafqat Mehmood, would be given some key responsibility at the central level. However, he made it clear that the office of the central president has been scrapped.

The slot was created to accommodate Javed Hashmi, and was abolished after he had quit it with a bang during the 2014 sit-in, spawning massive troubles for the PTI at that crucial point of time.

For some time, the usual activity and controversy that accompany the PTI’s internal elections prevailed but it came to a sudden halt after Imran Khan cancelled the process, trying to lead his followers to the campaign on the Panama Papers.

A week back, he restored Qureshi as the vice chairman and Jehangir Tareen as the general secretary of the party, finally telling all and sundry that there will be no fresh elections in the party in the near future and the old faces will run the organizational structure.

Naeemul Haq said the provincial setups were being nominated. In Balochistan, such paraphernalia already exists. It is yet to be appointed in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh. The decision that may trigger disputes and conflict will relate to the Punjab where the PTI is extremely divided.

The PTI has no good experience of intra-party elections. Its first such exercise was marred with gross corruption and vote buying allegations as per the report of respected Justice (retd) Wajihuddin, who held many top leaders of the party, all very close to Imran Khan, responsible for this sleazy dealing and recommended their expulsion from the party.

The present election, scheduled for April-May, was not without abundant controversies. PTI Chief Election Commissioner Tasneem Noorani and two of his deputies stepped down under protest after Imran Khan did not accept their recommendations that direct election to all the tiers of the party from top to bottom should be held. The party chief stood for such election only to a couple of selected positions, giving the newly elected office bearers authority to nominate others. After that Imran Khan nominated another party leader as the central election commissioner. http://www.thenews.com.pk/print/131487-PTI-intra-party-polls-not-in-sight

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Heavy agenda still awaits PM back home: by Abrar Saeed in The Nation, June 29, 2016

ISLAMABAD – Although Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was managing the governmental affairs through his cabinet ministers, staff and some close political aides from abroad, still he would require to address many important issues soon after his return from London, most probably in the second week of July.

Sources in the government said that except for a few days when the Prime Minister was in intensive care unit after his open heart surgery he remained in constant touch with his staff at Prime Minister’s House, some key federal ministers and political aides to keep himself abreast with the developments taking place back home on various fronts.

Despite his close and constant watch on the governmental affairs, he had not the grip over so many things which he could have with his physical presence, a senior party leader commented.

The staying away of Prime Minister from the country for such a long time had itself created some problems as certain members of the Federal Cabinet were not easy with the lead role of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in his absence, he added. Similarly, the annoyed group of MPs within the party could not be managed by most of the federal ministers who otherwise could have ended their unannounced boycott of the National Assembly proceedings on simple nod of the Prime Minister.

The sources in the party said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would return back after Eidul Fitr, most probably on 10 of July adding that his return plan completely hinges on the doctors’ advice and he could extend the stay for another week or so.

Party sources said that soon after his return the Prime Minister would be holding the meeting of his party Parliamentarians to listen to the grievances of some of his party MPs, who throughout the budget session remained on tacit boycott of the proceedings resulting in the embarrassment to the government as during the budget debate the house was short of quorum for nine times and once it was short when Finance Minister Ishaq Dar was delivering budget winding up speech.

The group of disgruntled party MPs were given assurance by Maryam Nawaz Sharif that all their genuine grievances with some of the federal ministers would be fully addressed on return of the Prime Minister.

The sources said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was not happy with all this and had even admonished some of the key ministers for their failure to handle the situation in his absence.

The sources said that the Prime Minister was also not annoyed with the party leaders for not tackling the opposition parties in the deliberations of the Parliamentary Committee on Panama Papers and had directed some of the key party leaders to approach the opposition parties and woo them back in the Parliamentary forum.

Although the Prime Minister had authorised Finance Minister to hold talks with Leader of Opposition Syed Khursheed Shah for appointment of the provincial members of the Election Commission of Pakistan but it seemed that he would have to accomplish the task on his return as Premier Sharif did not want to see the opposition parties making issue out of it.http://nation.com.pk/newspaper-picks/29-Jun-2016/heavy-agenda-still-awaits-pm-back-home

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Sindh-wide targeted operation after Eid, Apex body decides to set up another 30 ATCs in jails report in The Nation,June 29, 2016

KARACHI – A meeting of Sindh Apex Committee, chaired by Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, yesterday reviewed implementation of the National Action Plan.

The apex committee decided to expand the scope of the targeted operation to the entire province to completely eliminate terrorists after Eidul Fitr. It also decided to set up further 30 anti-terrorism courts in the jails.

The committee also approved appointment of investigation officers, 200 prosecutors and police personnel for the security of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Qaim Ali Shah, taking policy decision, said ample incentives would be given to the investigators working on high-profile cases and similar incentives would also be given to the prosecutor who wins the case.

The meeting was attended by Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad, Corps Commander Lt-Gen Naveed Mukhtar, DG Rangers Maj-Gen Bilal Akbar, IGP AD Khawaja and provincial heads of intelligence agencies. The provincial ministers who attended the meeting included Nisar Khuhro, Murad Ali Shah, Sohail Anwar Siyal, Murtaza Wahab, Maula Bux Chandio, Dr Qayoom Soomro and others.

IGP AD Khawaja, briefing the apex committee on the kidnapping of Owais Shah, said the police and other agencies were working day and night on this case. The police have conducted 145 raids. Just after 48 hours of his kidnapping an activity was noticed on the phone of Owais Shah at Landi Kotal.

He said the car in which he was kidnapped was imported. “We have examined and found that only 3,000 cars of that model and brand have been imported to Pakistan, of which 700 are in Karachi,” he said and added its number plate was computerised. “The police have interrogated all the people involved in manufacturing computrised number plates to trace any clue,” he said.

AD Khawaja said there were 2,292 CCTV cameras at 538 different locations in the city. The quality of the cameras is very poor and most of the cameras are out of order. He added the city needs 12 megapixel CCTV cameras.

The corps commander said 2,292 cameras were not enough. London is smaller than Karachi, but it has 60,000 CCTV cameras which keep recording every individual in the city round the clock.

Governor Ishratul Ebad suggested setting up a separate department to install, maintain and regulate CCTV network.

Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah formed a committee under Chief Secretary Siddique Memon for setting up an authority to install, operate and regulate CCTV cameras.

The IGP said the process of recruiting 200 inspectors (investigators) and 170 prosecution inspectors has been started through Sindh Public Service Commission. The chief minister said he would give special incentives to investigators and prosecutors if they prosecuted high-profile cases successfully.

The recruitment of 2,000 ex-army men for the security of CPEC is in progress. So far 168 officials have been recruited while the recruitment of 487 was at the final stage, but applicants are not enough. On this Corps Commander Naveed Mukhtar said COAS General Raheel Sharif has assured the Sindh government of providing them with those ex-army men of Sindh-domiciled who are near retirement.

Briefing on the Amjad Sabri case, the IGP said he was killed by a 30-bore pistol which is not used normally by target killers. This type of pistol is used by killers from banned outfits. He added the case of Amjad Sabri was being investigated on three dimensions – the property dispute, sectarianism or politically motivated killing.

The chief minister directed the chief secretary and the home secretary to send him a proposal for creation of IT service cadre in the police department. The IT cadre of police would be responsible for maintaining their entire record right from appointment, trainings, promotions, seniority list, disciplinary actions, if any, retirement and payment of salaries, perks and pensions.

Corps Commander Naveed Mukhtar said a separate brigade has been raised to provide security to CPEC projects. Brigadier Farhan of CPEC Brigade said that out of 38 projects 13 fall in Sindh where over 9,000 Chinese would work.

He said these projects are being launched in energy, roads and railway sectors. He said there are 26 economic zone under CPEC of which six would be established in Sindh. He also pointed out that there are 132 non-CPEC projects of which 80 are government-sponsored and as many private projects on which 3,934 Chinese are working.

The meeting approved the security plan for CPEC projects. The chief minister said that 2,000 ex-army men for CPEC projects would not be enough. He directed the IGP to submit additional requirement. He said the CPEC was the most important project. http://nation.com.pk/national/29-Jun-2016/sindh-wide-targeted-operation-after-eid

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