Monday, 12 March, 2018
SALEEM MANDVIWALLA THEIR JOINT CANDIDATE FOR DEPUTY CHAIRMAN ISLAMABAD
FTER much deliberations and marathon meetings, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and its allies have decided to pitch the independent senator-elect from Balochistan, Sadiq Sanjrani, against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) potential nominee Hasil Bizenjo for the much sought after Senate chairman seat. Talking to reporters following a meeting concerning the Senate chairmanship nominees, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said the PPP would field Senator Saleem Mandviwalla for the deputy chairmanship after reaching a consensus among the likeminded parties. Sanjrani, an independent senator of Bizenjo group, is considered close to the PPP leadership and is backed by the PPP in exchange for his support to the PPP’s proposed deputy chairman, Mandviwalla Earlier, the PPP and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had given Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo the authority to bring forth a joint candidate for the slot with the help of newly-elected independent senators from Balochistan. Following a meeting of CM Bizenjo with the PTI leadership at Banigala on Sunday, the PTI spokesperson informed the media persons that the party would support Sanjrani for Senate chairmanship. This meeting also brought good news for the PPP as the PTI, that had earlier decided not to support the PML-N or PPP at any cost, softened its stance and nodded to the PPP’s candidate for the deputy chairmanship. In a press release coming on the heels of the meeting, the PTI said, “The party will support any name for the slot of deputy chairman that the Balochistan CM will suggest, including a nominee of the
PPP, PtI NoMINate saNjraNI as seNate CHaIrMaN PPP or any other political party.” On Friday, Imran Khan had said that the deputy chairman should be from FATA. However, he backtracked today from earlier stance, saying that the Balochistan CM requested the PTI to develop a greater consensus, so the PTI will let go of its earlier stance and support anyone Bizenjo would suggest—in short the PPP’s candidate. Balochistan CM Bizenjo, who became an MP by bagging 544 votes from the Awaran region of Balochistan on the PML-Q ticket, rose to prominence after ousting then chief minister Sanaullah Zehri with the help of the disgruntled PML-N MPs ahead of the Senate polls. His rebellion had also cost the PML-N at least six seats from the province. In order to take his party leadership into confidence over the prevailing political situation, Bizenjo along with independent Senators called on PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujat Hussain at his residence in Islamabad. In a post-meeting talk with the media persons, CM Bizenjo said that Balochistan should get the opportunity [to head the Senate]. “The chairman will be from Balochistan for the first time; we enjoy support of 60 Senators, we are in contact with Pushtunkhwah Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), National Party (NP) and Balochistan National Party (BNP-Mengal) [as well],” he told reporters. Expressing gratitude to the PPP leadership, he said that it was the responsibility of Balochistan to ensure the success of its candidate [Sanjrani]. He further said that Asif Zardari is in a position to secure the top slots of the Senate. PML-Q chief Shujat said that he
asked CM Bizenjo to take a decision which would be in the interest of Pakistan and Balochistan. Announcing unconditional support for Bizenjo, Shujat said, “I hope Bizenjo’s mission will be in the utmost interest of Pakistan, besides Balochs and Pushtuns’ interests. PML-N: On the other hand, not deterred by the tall claims of CM Bizenjo, Asif Zardari and Imran Khan, the PML-N and its allies— Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F), Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) and National Party—under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif are making all out efforts to outwit the PPP-led alliance. In a meeting held in Islamabad at the Punjab House, the PML-N leadership, including PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, and allied parties put their head together over the names of the senators for the top slots. After the meeting, NP chief Hasil Bizenjo told media persons that the PMLN and allies have finalised names for the chairman and deputy chairman slots but that they will wait for an announcement from the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) till tonight. It may be noted the PML-N’s hopes were dashed when the PPP and allies announced to back Sanjrani and Mandviwala for the chairman and deputy chairman slots, respectively. In this case, Nawaz Sharif will now announce the PML-N candidate in the morning, as per Hasil Bizenjo. As for now, the insiders say that the most likely candidate for the slot of the chairman will be Hasil Bizenjo, while the current deputy chairman of the Senate, Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, is the most favourite for the same slot. However, the
deputy will be decided after the meeting of the PML-N with the MQM-P. Regarding the ‘focus’ of the opposition parties on Balochistan, the NP chief said that this issue is not about Balochistan, rather an issue of the allied parties and added that there were no discussions in the PML-N meeting concerning the nomination of a candidate from Balochistan. Earlier, PkMAP chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai assured PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif of his complete support for the polls and proposed names of PMLN’s Mushahidullah and Pervez Rasheed for chairman and deputy chairman Senate slots. But these names were apparently rejected as Rasheed confided in Pakistan Today that he won’t be the contender for any of the Senate slots. POLLING FOR CHAIRMAN, DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: The senators will meet at the Parliament House on
Monday (today) to take oaths and elect the chairman and deputy chairman of the upper house, respectively. According to a local news agency, the polling day will start with a meeting convened by President Mamnoon Hussain at 10 am that will be presided by Sardar Yaqub Nasir— the designated presiding officer. 52 newly elected members of the Senate will also take oaths, followed by the filing of the nomination papers for the election of the chairman and deputy chairman in the noon. Following the scrutiny of the papers, elections will be held through a secret ballot; subsequently, the outgoing Senate chairman, Raza Rabbani, will administer an oath from the newly elected chairman and invite him to take over the chair. Following this, the new chairman will conduct the election for deputy chairman.
Shoe thrown at Nawaz during seminar SHEHBAZ, IMRAN, BILAWAL AMONG OTHERS CONDEMN INCIDENT LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Marriyum says diﬀerence of opinion transforming into ‘hate syndrome’ ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage Ms Marriyum Aurangzeb has severely condemned the incident of shoe throwing at Nawaz Sharif and said that all the politicians and other stakeholders would have to move forward with a collective thought to prevent the recurrence of such happenings otherwise they could become a common sight in the class rooms, schools and market places. She was talking to the media here on Sunday. She said that today’s incident was the outcome of the culture of violence and the slogans like drag them out, pick them up and pull them down introduced by Imran Khan during the last four and a half years. Marriyum said, “When a leader stands and talks like that it changes, nurtures and forms mindsets and behaviours of millions of people”. The minister said that the politicians would have to think seriously that transforming the difference of opinion into hate syndrome would be a misfortune for the whole society. She said that no words would be enough to denounce the incident not because it happened with Nawaz Sharif but because the emerging trend in the society was very worrying. Marriyum welcomed the condemnation of the incident by political leaders and Imran Khan and remarked that it was imperative to go beyond that and integrate that thinking with their behaviours. She said that a leader should choose his words carefully adding that Imran could not come up with any performance during the last four and a half years except making provocative speeches. APP
A former Jamia Neemia student, reportedly a member of Tehreek-eLabaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYR), on Sunday hurled a shoe at Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif, while the former premier was about to address the event members at the seminary in Garhi Shahu. As Nawaz reached the rostrum to address the participants of the event, an audience member threw a shoe which hit the former premier on his chest after which he climbed the stage and shouted a slogan while standing in front of Nawaz. Following the incident, in which Nawaz remained unhurt, the attacker was detained by the seminary’s administration and later handed over to the police. The former prime minister addressed the crowd later on. Nawaz recalled the history of the seminary and praised its late leader, Mufti Naeem, before ending his speech and departing. Police said the attacker, identified as Talha Munawwar, is a former student of the seminary. He has been shifted to Services Hospital owing to injuries from being beaten up by the seminary staff and students after the incident. Moreover, police said they have arrested two other suspicious persons from the seminary. On Saturday, Faizul Rasool of Muzaffarpur threw ink at Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif while the federal minister was addressing PML-N workers convention. After the incident, enraged PMLN workers roughed up the ink-
thrower before handing him over to the police. On February 24, police arrested a man, Bilal Haris, for hurling a shoe at Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal during PML-N workers convention in Narowal. The interior minister barely escaped the shoe while addressing the workers in the Aliabad area of his constituency. After the incident, the workers grabbed the man and handed him over to the police. Iqbal descended from the stage leaving his speech in between following the incident. He, however, directed the police not to take legal action against the man, reported a private media outlet. The intruder was later released. POLITICIANS DENOUNCE NAWAZ ‘SHOE ATTACK’: Pakistani politicians denounced the ‘shoe attack’ on former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Lahore. Punjab Chief Minister and PMLN interim chief Shehbaz Sharif condemned the incident and termed it shameful. He said that this trend is devastating for the country and the nation; however, it is rapturous that all politicians have condemned it. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)
Chairman Imran Khan condemned the attack stating, “I condemned the shoe incident. Throwing a shoe at any politician is not the correct way.” Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto also condemned the incident, calling it “ugly trend threatening the respect and security of the political leaders in Pakistan”. PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari also condemned the incident and said that such incidents were against the democratic values. PTI leader Mushtaq Ghani wrote, “Political differences apart but I strongly condemned this incident of throwing shoe on Nawaz Sharif. I request all to reject politicians through your votes.” The PTI had earlier condemned the throwing of ink on Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, urging the masses to “put one dot of ink on your thumb and use your right to vote instead.” PTI leader Naeem ul Haq also took to Twitter to condemn the attack, but did say that “we keep on forgetting thousands of poor and the deprived who are getting tortured every day in our police stations and jails. Our insouciance towards the poor has reached a very high level of hypocrisy”.
Former PTI general secretary Jehangir Tareen labelled the incident “needless” and “ungraceful”, tweeting “Hurling shoes and throwing ink at rulers is condemnable. Why resort to such acts, when you have the option of sending them out through the power of vote? Do take your revenge but take it gracefully”. PPP leader Rehman Malik wrote, “Political differences aside shoe throwing on EX PM Nawaz Sharif and black ink on Khawaja Asif is highly condemnable and I demand from PM and CM Punjab for legal action and exemplary punishment.” PML-N leader Khwaja Saad Rafique said that the attack was carried out by those who are disturbed from the increasing popularity of the PML-N. Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said that the attack was carried out by the rivals of the PMLN. Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leaders Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Faisal Subzwari and Farooq Sattar also condemned the incident. Later, Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan also strongly condemned shoe throwing at former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Jamia Naeemia. In a statement, he said shoe throwing is an abhorrent act and such should be discouraged by all political parties. He said politics and democracy teach the lesson of tolerance. Reacting to the incident, Jamat-eIslami Ameer Sirajul Haq said it was an unacceptable incident as the Pakistani culture did not allow such intolerance. Pakistan People’s Party Punjab President Qamar Zaman Kaira said the culture of lack of tolerance should not be promoted. It was an unethical act and no one should be allowed to express his feelings in that way, he added. Besides politicians, people of Pakistan, including journalists, also denounced the act.