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All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) Secretary General (SG) Dr Amjad has said creation of Pakistan was not aimed at acquiring a piece of land for Muslims of subcontinent but establishing a public welfare state where Muslim can lead lives at their own will. He stated this on the occasion of simple but dignified ceremony organized to mark the 138th birth anniversary of father of nation, Quaid-eAzam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Christmas to express solidarity with Christian community of the country. Dr Amjad said that Qauid-e-Azam wanted to establish a public welfare state in form of Pakistan where masses will rule, where women will enjoy equal rights, where self respect of each and every citizen will be protected and where minorities will enjoy all basic rights as independent citizens of the state. The APML SG said that it was matter of grave concern that despite passage of 67 years we have succeeded to fulfill the dreams of founder of the country and we are divided in sects today instead of uniting for national cause. Dr Amjad said that law and order situation in country was unsatisfactory as every countrymen fears threat to his life and property and an atmosphere of uncertainty prevails everywhere across the country. He said that peace if mandatory for development and progress and we can’t compete with developed nations of the world without wiping out militancy from the country and ensuring unity in our ranks. The AMPL leader said that today Taliban militants in the name of Islam and Shariah wanted to destroy the country and they even target sacred places, schools and kill innocent people and security personnel.


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RESIDENT Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have reiterated the government’s resolve to pursue the policies aimed at creating greater harmony and cohesion among people of different faiths. In their separate messages on Christmas on Thursday, they extended heartiest greetings to the Christian

brethren all over the world and in particular to those living in Pakistan. They acknowledged the valuable contributions made by the Christian brethren in Pakistan in all fields. The president categorically stated that “we will not permit persecution of members of other faiths in the name of religion in the country”. He said the equality of all citizens of the state has been enshrined in the constitution. In his message, the prime minister said the government treats all minority citizens as equal citi-

zens of Pakistan and undertakes to empower them to use their abilities for national development. He said the sanctity of existence and equality of opportunity enjoyed by all Pakistanis, including minorities, will be ensured. RIghtS of MInoRItIeS wILL Be pRotecteD: President Mamnoon Hussain has assured that the rights of minorities will be protected. Addressing a ceremony in connection with Christmas Day in Quetta on Thursday, he said minorities were equal Pakistanis and they

ISLAMABAD: Children enjoy a jumping castle at a local park on Christmas. INP




Police under its ongoing drive against antisocial elements have arrested 14 lawbreakers and recovered over 500 grams charras, 25 liter wine, 10 bottles of liquor, one pistol 30 bore with 14 rounds, one pistol 32 bore with four rounds and LPG refilling gadgets from the possession of the arrested accused. According to Rawalpindi Police spokesman, R.A. Bazar police held Waris and recovered over 500 grams charras. Gungmandi police netted Shoaib for having 10 bottles of liquor. Pirwadhai police apprehended Qasir with five liter wine. Waris Khan police booked Saleem for carrying 10 liter wine while Bunni police nabbed Hamza on recovery of 10 liter wine. Asif, Javed, Aftab, Taj Khan and Munir were sent behind the bars for having illegal weapons. Meanwhile, Bunni police arrested Ali Khan, Mustakeem Khan and Muzamal Khan while New Town police arrested Shafique as they were allegedly involved in illegal decanting of Lequified Petroleum Gas (LPG). New Town police rounded up Owais and Danish and recovered fireworks items.


Paying tributes to Quaid-i-Azam in words, writings and paintings is also a proof of us being a living nation, however, a real tribute can only be to practically follow his footstep and make this country, Quaid’s Pakistan. This can be done by keeping the new generation abreast of the thoughts, ideology and political vision of the Quaid so as to properly maintain socio-political fabric and administrative affairs of the state. This was the gist of the speeches delivered by speakers in the function organized by the Naziya Pakistan Council (NPC) at Aiwan-i-Quaid, Islamabad to commemorate the birth anniversary of the father of the nation, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah here Thursday. The function was presided over by Mian Muhammad Javaid, Senior Vice

Chairman of the Executive Committee of NPC. Senior members of the executive committee of NPC Senator Razina Alam Khan, Dr. Naeem Ghani, Dr. Inam ul Haq and Advocate M. Bilal, renowned artists Nigar Nazar and Naheeda Raza and educationist Shazia Akbar also spoke at the occasion. Anjum Khaleeq of NPC conducted the proceedings and also recited his poem on Quaid-i-Azam. In his presidential remarks, Mian Muhammad Javaid said that there was a dire need to accelerate research on Quaid’s vision, political grandeur and principals of life for the benefit of the nation particularly that of the new generation. Quaid’s spirit can still guide us provided that we sincerely make effort for the progress of our country, he said. Senator Razina Alam said that every aspect of Quaid’s life can be taken as a role model for us. His devoted love for the Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was the essence

of his thoughts and practices. As true Muslims, we should also adopt this path of life. Dr. Naeem Ghani maintained that Pakistan was dream of Iqbal and creation of Quaid-i-Azam, while we as a nation have been handed over the responsibility of its progress and prosperity. However, we should admit that the three generations in the post independence period have not fulfilled this moral obligation. Expressing his views, Dr. Inam ul Haq said that in his speeches, Quaid very clearly maintained that only the Holy Quraan would be the basis of the constitution of Pakistan. Unless, we bring this vision of the Quaid into practice by bringing our constitution right inline with the Quranic principles and teachings, we can not make this country a sovereign and truly independent state. Advocate M. Bilal said that the nation owes to Quaid-i-Azam for each and every moment of its life because it

was only Quaid’s struggle that gave us an independent homeland to live in. Nigar Nazar said in her brief speech that Pakistanis should be proud of being citizens of a country that has been created by a great leader like Quaid-iAzam, who is a hero of many great leaders of the present times. Naheeda Raza emphasized the need of keeping the new generation aware of Quaid’s vision and his desire to make Pakistan a prosperous country in all aspects of life. Shazia Akbar expressed that while celebrating the anniversaries of the national heroes, we should pledge to follow their thoughts and foot steps so that we could achieve the targets of national progress, integrity and prosperity. In the end, the inhumane attack on the innocent students of the Army Public School (APS), Peshawar was condemned in strong words and Fateha was offered for the departed souls of the martyred of APS.



Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique on Thursday said that all possible measures were being taken to enhance the revenue of the Pakistan Railways to provide better travelling facilities to the passengers. He was speaking at a function on the occasion of inaugurating the renovation of the Hazara Express at the Lahore Railway Station. He said additional bogies were also added to the Hazara Express. He said the condition of the passenger trains was improving day by day and old engines of the railways were replaced with new ones. The minister said that all Railway stops made on political grounds were being closed. He also reviewed the arrangements of the new bogies.

had always played an important role for the progress of the country in different sectors. Referring to the issue of terrorism, he said a handful of misguided elements were shedding blood of the innocent. He said attack on a school in Peshawar was as horrific and barbaric as the one carried out on a Church in the provincial capital last year. Reiterating the government’s determination to wipe out terrorism, the president said the government’s goal was to bring peace and prosperity in the lives of the people.

Dr Musfireh Siddiqeh, FCPS (General Surgery), FCPS (Cardiac Surgery), MBBS (KEMU) has been declared the Best Overall Doctor (all disciplines) and Best Cardiac Surgeon for year 2013. President Mamnoon Hussain has conferred her with Gen WA Burki and Maj Gen MR Kiyani medals during 48th convocation of College of Physicians & Surgeons (CPSP) Pakistan.


ISLAMABAD: The Awami Workers Party hosted a public meeting on Tuesday to discuss the escalating threat of religious fascism and terrorism in Pakistan and devise practical mechanisms to organize and challenge it in society and state. The meeting was presided by central leaders of the AWP including Aasim Sajjad, Farzana Bari, Zahoor Khan, Nisar Shah, Ismat Shahjahan, Farman Ali and Masood ul Hassan. Over 70 activists and political workers from several parties and student groups from the twin cities attended the meeting, including National Students Federation (NSF), Progressive Students of Gilgit Baltistan (PSGB), Jammu Kashmir National Awami Party (JKNAP), Communist Party Pakistan (CPP), United Kashmir Peoples National Party (UKPNP), Pakhtun Students Federation (PSF), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Balawaristan National Students Organization (BNSO) and Progressive Youth Federation (PYF), as well as other activists from the twin cities. The participants of the meeting asserted that the growing menace of extremist violence and fascism had to be tackled through concerted and direct political action by all progressive groups and actors in the country. All agreed that the battle was a long-term one which would require political, social and cultural mobilization aimed at countering the deep-seated indoctrination of jihad and religious intolerance that had taken root in the collective psyche in the country since the 1970s, because of the state’s constitutive contradictions and the misguided policies of military and political elites. PRESS RELEASE

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