02 NEWS Nawaz for united efforts to make Pakistan strong LAHORE
Monday, 12 March, 2018
HIllary ClINtoN urges PakIstaN to ‘do More’ NEW DELHI
Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday urged the political and religious leadership to work united for making Pakistan strong. Addressing a gathering of ulema and religious students at Jamia Naeemia, he stressed the need for promoting tolerance in the society. He said he had been an old student of Jamia Naeemia, where he had learnt the Holy Quran. Jamia Naeemia had played a pivotal role in delivering Islamic teachings to the masses, he added. Nawaz Sharif expressed hope for ulema and mashaikh to continue their struggle for sustaining peace and religious harmony in the country.
Main accused in Asma Rani case planned escape to UAE before murder: KP police PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
The main accused in Asma Rani case Mujahid Afridi had planned his escape to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) before the murder, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) police told on Sunday. The police presented Afridi before media where Kohat District Police Officer (DPO) Abbas Majeed Marwat claimed that the main accused had planned his escape to the UAE before murdering Asma Rani, a third-year MBBS student at Abbottabad medical college. The Kohat DPO added that two other accused, Afridi’s brother and close friend Shahzaib, had already been arrested. Afridi was taken into custody on Saturday from the Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad, by a special team of the Kohat police. A team of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) was also present at the airport at the time of the detainment. Marwat also said that Mujahidullah Afridi, the prime suspect in Asma Rani murder case was already nominated in the case of another person’s murder six months ago. The main suspect in the murder of Asma Rani was arrested in the UAE on Thursday. On January 27, Afridi, accompanied by his accomplice, had allegedly shot the victim dead in Kohat after she turned down his proposal of marriage. Rani, a third-year medical student at Ayub Medical College, had named the suspect, nephew of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) district leader as the one behind her murder.
French authorities arrest another PIA oﬃcial ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
French authorities on Sunday have interrogated the whole crew of flight PK-749 of Pakistan International Airline (PIA) to investigate the drug smuggling case and took one more official under arrest. On Saturday, March 10, the PIA flight attendant, Tanweer Gulzar, and his alleged accomplice, Mohammad Moin were detained by the French authorities after drugs were recovered from Gulzar’s possession in a PIA aircraft in Paris. According to media reports, the French officials launched an investigation into the drug smuggling case after they found narcotics in the airport screening.
AKISTAN is not helping enough with resolving issues related to cross-border terrorism and the problems faced by its neighbour Afghanistan, former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton said at the India Today Conclave on Sunday. Responding to a question by Editor-in-Chief of India Today Group Aroon Purie on the crisis surrounding Afghanistan, Hillary said that the country has been under pressure from all sides. The former first lady of United States said that Afghanistan is presently facing the continuance of Taliban regime and more worrisome presence of the Islamic State. When asked if America is ever going to win the great battle in Afghanistan, Hillary said that it was an ongoing disappointment because the country has not been able to attain the level of stability that it was seeking. Speaking about the president of Afghanistan, Hillary said that
she knew President Ashraf Ghani for a long time and that she was aware of his efforts for the betterment of the nation. She said that Ghani was instrumental in putting pillars under the Afghan society when it came to education, employment and giving people a different understanding to make Afghanistan a more successful nation. While talking about Pakistan, Hillary recollected her time during the operation to eliminate dreaded terrorist Osama Bin Laden, the founder of al Qaeda in May 2011. The former US secretary of state said that she was present in the situation room advising then president Barack Obama on the raid against Laden. She said that it was a tough decision because the intelligence was 40-60 per cent. Hillary said that the US was aware of the fact that the move would cause a lot of negativity in Pakistan. She added that despite the odds, they had to make the move nonetheless. She said that she had recommended the president to launch the raid while others had a different opinion. The President
however eventually green signalled the raid. Further talking about Pakistan’s role, Hillary said that the US never actually got much from the country in terms of cooperation to help or support. CROSS-BORDER TERRORISM: When asked if there was anything that the US could do to control the cross-border terrorism along the Line of Control on the border, Hillary said that US had tried a variety of ways to address it. She said that America even had international troops along the Pakistan-India border. Hillary said that she had constant conversations with President Obama when asked about her interaction with the White House about cross-border terrorism. Hillary, when posed with a question on Pakistan’s cooperation said that it was never a negative story, and that Pakistan had assisted US in identifying terrorists, arresting them and taking action against them. She said, however, that Pakistan’s cooperation not relevant in terms of resolving the issue in the long run.
Pakistan’s failure to vote on Syria panned by parliamentarians All of Pakistan’s parliamentary parties have demanded the government to hold the country’s envoy at the office of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) responsible for abstaining to vote on a resolution against killings of civilians and human rights violations in Syria. “Pakistan has committed a blunder by not supporting the resolution and it must be investigated as to why our envoy at the UN Human Rights Council abstained from voting,” Senator Taj Haider of Pakistan Peoples Party told Arab News. He said the government should explain its position on the gaffe in parliament as it is a matter of grave concern for the people. “By abstaining from vote, we indirectly sent a message to the international community that Pakistan stands with the oppressor in Syria instead of the innocent people,” he said. On March 5, a resolution was moved in the UNHHRC on the deteriorating situation of human rights in Eastern Ghouta and it was adopted by a vote of 29 in favour and four against. Fourteen countries including Pakistan abstained from the voting. Speaking on floor of the National Assembly on Friday, Minister for Foreign Affairs Khawaja Muhammad Asif said: “It is a matter of shame as our envoy did not cast a vote against atrocities on
Syrian people.” He was responding to questions raised by Jamiat Ulema-eIslam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, a coalition partner of the government, who informed the House that Pakistan abstained from voting on the resolution. Talking to Arab News, JUI-F Member National Assembly Naeema Kishwar said her party has demanded the government to investigate the matter and present a detailed report of it in the parliament. “We want the parliament to hold the envoy accountable for the blunder,” she said. “It is a matter of shame for us that we have not voted in favour of the resolution that condemned violence against Syrian people.” Kishwar said Pakistani liberals criticised the government when it deployed troops in Saudi Arabia, but they are silent on atrocities being committed against innocents in Syria. “Our government needs to come up with a clear stance that Pakistanis condemn violence against Syrians,” she said.” we also want the parliament to pass a consensus resolution condemning atrocities against innocent Syrians.” Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Member National Assembly Dr Shireen Mazari told Arab News that Pakistan’s role at the UNHRC in the matter of Syrian resolutions reflects the poor
foreign policy of the government. “Syria has become a battlefield where different Muslim countries have different positions, but we should be very much clear in our stance that we condemn violence against innocent people in all its forms,” she said. Talking to Arab News, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan MNA Ali Raza Abidi also demanded the government investigate the matter thoroughly and brief the parliament about it. “It should be investigated if the diplomat stayed back because of any pressure or arrangement,” he said. Dr Mohammad Faisal, spokesman for Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told Arab News that Pakistan supports a peaceful and political solution to end the crisis to ensure security and stability in the region, including respect for the territorial integrity of Syria. “We are concerned at the humanitarian situation and urge all sides to enable provision of humanitarian and medical assistance to the innocent men, women and children and to take urgent measures for their safety and security,” he said. Faisal refused to comment if the ministry will investigate against Pakistani diplomat at the OHCHR for abstaining from the voting. NEwS dESk
Man arrested for attempted shoe attack on Imran FAISALABAD AGENCIES
A man was beaten up and consequently handed over to police after attempting to fling a shoe at Pakistan Tehreeke-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan as he was getting into his vehicle for a political rally he addressed in Faisalabad on Sunday. According to a video on a local news website, the suspect was caught by the party workers and Khan’s security staff as he allegedly attempted to open door of the PTI chief’s vehicle. He was handed over to police before being beaten up badly. The suspect, after an initial interrogation, claimed that he was sent by Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah’s sonin-law, Sheharyar. He identified himself as Mirza Ramzan, a resident of Hajiabad area of Faisalabad. According to police, the suspect admitted that Sanaullah’s son-in-law directed him to throw a shoe at the PTI chief. The further action would only be taken after a written application by the PTI, they added. The incident took place hours after shoes were thrown at former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Lahore’s Jamia Naeemia Islamic seminary. Two men lobbed shoes at Sharif but one hit him while he was about to begin addressing a religious seminar taking place at the madrassa earlier today. One of the accused chanted slogans praising Mumtaz Qadri, the murderer of former Punjab governor Salman Taseer. The incident drew strong condemnation from all prominent politicians of the country, who expressed their severe disapproval of the whole episode. Both incidents happened a day after Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif came under an ‘ink attack’ in Sialkot.
IAEA director general to arrive in Pakistan today ISLAMABAD APP
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General (DG) Yukiya Amano would arrive on a three-day official visit to Pakistan on Monday. During his stay, he would visit various centers of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) in Islamabad, Faisalabad and Karachi, besides calling on the Prime Minister. “As a founding member of IAEA, Pakistan maintains deep cooperation with IAEA in areas of nuclear power, industrial application of nuclear techniques, non-destructive testing, food and agriculture, soil improvement, radiation induced mutation, radiation oncology and nuclear medicines, environmental protection and isotope hydrology,” said a press release. Widely known as the world’s “nuclear watchdog” organisation within the United Nations (UN) family, the IAEA is the international centre for cooperation in the nuclear field. It works with its member states and multiple partners worldwide to promote the peaceful use of nuclear technology. Yukiya Amano hails from Japan. He has held the post of IAEA DG since December 2009. Before being appointed to the IAEA’s top post, Amano held a number of high-level policy positions, including chairmanship of the IAEA Board of Governors (BoG) from 2005-2006. He has extensive experience in disarmament and non-proliferation diplomacy, as well as nuclear energy issues. Official visit of the IAEA chief is of key national interest for Pakistan as many new vistas of cooperation between IAEA and Pakistan would be explored during the visit.
‘Opp using ‘petty tactics’ to stop Nawaz’ RAWALPINDI STAFF REPORT
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz on Sunday stated that opposition parties are now using “petty tactics” to stop Nawaz Sharif, adding that “such incidents cannot affect the resolve of my father”. She was referring to the incident in which a person threw a shoe at former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Lahore. While addressing Social Media Convention in Rawalpindi, Maryam said that she knows PML-N workers
are hurt due to today’s incident against their leader but such incidents cannot stop Nawaz. She said that this is not a social media convention or regular public rally rather it is a step towards a revolution. “The passion of people of Rawalpindi is matchless.” While talking about Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, she once again called him ‘Ladla’ of the judiciary. “Although he could not submit his money trail and it was proved that he is the owner of an offshore company but still he
was declared innocent while Nawaz Sharif was disqualified for not taking pay from his own son,” she said. The PML-N leader further said the popularity of PML-N is increasing with every passing day as thousands of young men from Rawalpindi have joined social media network of the party. “The social media conventions of PML-N have the power to gather the whole city while same conventions of PTI cannot even fill a single auditorium,” she stated. “This is because that party has not performed at all in last five years.”