- PM phones Fayyaz-ul Hasan Chohan, praises Minister’s courage
- Says anti-Pakistan elements tried to make a situation similar to that of the Model Town incident
ISLAMABAD, December 12: Prime Minister Imran Khan telephoned Punjab Information Minister Fayyaz-ul-Hasan Chohan on Thursday, a day after the minister was attacked in Lahore by an enraged mob of lawyers.
A group of more than 200 lawyers, who had ongoing issues with the doctors of the Pakistan Institute of Cardiology (PIC), had stormed the hospital, vandalised property and damaged dozens of vehicles of visitors. Chohan, who had arrived at the hospital to mediate, was also manhandled by the mob of lawyers.
Prime Minister Imran called Chohan and praised the minister for timely reaching the site of attack and performing his duties as an official.
The prime minister said that the incident should not lead to dampening of spirit.
He said real players behind Lawyers’ violence should be exposed. He said that anti-Pakistan elements tried to make a situation similar to that of the Model Town incident in 2014, which claimed several lives during protests.
Chohan earlier claimed that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz workers are behind the attack on him, which took place on Wednesday.
“The list has surfaced on social media of those PML-N workers who attacked me. Those PML-N workers have their pictures with Hamza Shehbaz and Maryam Nawaz,” he said.-Agencies
BERN, December 12: In the latest development on bringing back stashed money, the Swiss parliament has approved the automatic exchange of bank data details with 18 additional countries including Pakistan.
According to Swiss media, the Senate followed the House of Representative’s lead and approved a new list of countries for automatic exchange of financial information (AEOI) which will provide the details of bank accounts held by their citizens (or those with a fiscal residence in Switzerland).
These 18 countries include Pakistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Brunei, Dominica, Ghana, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Macau, Maldives, Nigeria, Niue, Oman, Peru, Samoa, Saint Martin, Trinidad and Tobago and Vanuatu.
Meanwhile, the Senate has decided to not consider Turkey for this process as it was not yet ready for automatic exchange.
It is to be mentioned here that Switzerland authorities have received financial data from 75 countries so far, however, it has shared the data with 63 states.
The Swiss government has further revealed that it had provided details of around 3.1 million bank accounts held by foreigners to their countries of origin.-Sabah
ISLAMABAD, December 12: The AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has termed as a good omen the call of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahatir Mohammad for a negotiated solution to Kashmir issue in accordance with the UN resolutions.
Talking to Malaysian High Commission Ikram Mohammad Ibrahim here on Thursday, he thanked Prime Minister Mahatir for adopting a principled and categorical stand on Kashmir issue, and said that the people of Pakistan and Kashmir will remain indebted to him for his support to the just Kashmir cause. The AJK president asserted that the Malaysian leader has highlighted the UN role and the rule of law as the center point for the solution of Kashmir issue. He, however, regretted that instead of paying heed to the advice of this great leader, India had launched a boycott campaign against Malaysia. The Malaysian high commission said that his country would uphold its principled stand on Kashmir, and side by side with maintaining the best diplomatic ties with Pakistan, it would establish cultural and economic relations with Azad Kashmir also. Earlier, speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the Kashmiri Initiative Society under the auspices of University of Lahore, the AJK president said that the state government with the cooperation of the OIC and the federal government, was working to preserve the history, culture and heritage of Kashmir.-Agencies
ISLAMABAD, December 12: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) took notice of the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) clash and suspended the license of Bar Association General Secretary for forcibly removing the lawyers from the court during proceedings.
Chief Justice IHC Athar Minallah issued a notice in this regard, while also suggesting to launch a contempt of court proceeding against him. The IHC has summoned the IHCBA general secretary for hearing on December 19.
The chief justice suspended Secretary Umair Baloch’s lawyer’s licence for the high court till the next hearing of the case. The court in its notice asked Umair Baloch to explain why the contempt of the court proceedings should not be initiated against him over interference in the court proceedings.
The court also issued notices to vice chairman Pakistan Bar Council, President Supreme Court Bar Association and Advocate General Islamabad Niazullah Niazi. On the other hand, advocate Tariq Asad filed a constitutional petition in the Supreme Court over PIC riot. – Agencies
LAHORE, December 12: Two FIRs have been registered against more than 250 lawyers who attacked Lahore’s Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC), allegedly tortured doctors and attendants, and damaged hospital property and police vehicles. 52 lawyers were arrested in connection with Wednesday’s incident. On Wednesday, lawyers had staged a violent protest at the PIC apparently on a mission to avenge a group of lawyers, who had been beaten up at the PIC a few weeks ago, soon after some video clips went viral on the social media showing some doctors making fun of the lawyers while recalling the incident.
The outraged attackers, mostly young faces dressed in black suits and sporting neckties, spared no one present on hospital premises, where several serious cardiac patients are under treatment at any given time. The situation worsened when a mob stormed into the emergency department, seemingly in search of some doctors. In view of the approaching danger, the doctors fled the scene.
As the condition of some critical patients deteriorated in the absence of doctors, three PIC patients, including a girl and an elderly woman, passed away.
After hours of continued violence, police had arrested dozens of lawyers and unblocked the road. The Punjab government also summoned extra troops of Rangers personnel to maintain law and order.
He added that realising the seriousness of the situation, he sat in the car to leave. During this process, his car climbed onto the footpath and lawyers surrounded it and started damaging it.
He said that one of the protesters said to set the police vehicle on fire and to kill the police officials, adding that the protesters fired on the police vehicle and set it on fire.
The case was registered on Wednesday under Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act and Section 290 (public nuisance), 291 (continuance of nuisance after injunction to discontinue), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 353 (assault), 324 (attempt to murder), 436 (mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy house, etc) and 186 (obstructing a public servant in discharge of public functions) of the PPC.
A day after the protests, services at PIC remain suspended with the exception of the coronary care unit (CCU). Meanwhile, clean up at the hospital is underway. Patients have been shifted to other hospitals.-Sabah
Pakistan’s not-so-unconvincing victory against New Zealand on 23-09-2012, and extremely heartening triumph over Bangladesh on 25-09-2012 have gone a long way in proving that if the cricket bosses learn to keep the morale of our star performers high, and to resist their natural instincts to make unnecessary experiments in the making of our playing elevens, Pakistan has the potential to become regular world-beaters. Hasn’t Hafeez’s unflinching faith in the ability of Imran Nazir paid? Hasn’t Kamran Akmal proved to the captain of the test and one-day teams that more often than not he can turn the tables on the opposition? Hasn’t Nasir Jamshed after inexplicable periods of having remained in wilderness established his class beyond any shadow of doubt? Add to them the name of Umar Akmal who exploded on the cricketing scene with incredible displays of high-quality batsmanship, and then was pushed back into non-contention on the basis of a couple of low scores. He has since then been struggling to regain his confidence. His poor shot-selection should be attributed to his confused state of mind. There are many knowledgeable experts and analysts of cricket who believe that Umar Akmal is a worthy successor to the standards of batsmanship that the greats like Mohammad Yousuf and Inzamam ul Heque set. Once he regains his confidence and moves away from the sword of the fear that he isn’t a certain selection, he will be our most trustworthy match-winner.
As for Asad Shafique, he is a brilliant player, and his place in the test side is secure. Once Shoaib Malik calls it a day it will be Asad Shafique’s turn to show his class.
The important thing is to stop making experiments, and keeping each and every player in the team in a state of uncertainty about his future.
Apart from the team that is participating in the World Cup there are players like Ahmad Shahzad and Junaid Khan who have the potential to walk into any winning combination. They should be given a feeling that they will always be in the reckoning. Our cricket managers are famous for their tendency to destroy great budding careers. They should now unlearn this tendency. (This Column was first published on 27-09-2012)
ISLAMABAD, December 12: Prime Minister Imran Khan has on Thursday said India has been moving systematically with its Hindu supremacist agenda under its premier, Narendra Modi.
Imran Khan Thursday took to Twitter and wrote, “Starting with illegal annexation and continuing siege of occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJK); then stripping two million Indian Muslims in Assam of citizenship, setting up internment camps; now the passage of Citizenship Amendment Law; all this accompanied by mob lynchings of Muslims & other minorities in India.”
Imran Khan said New Delhi has now passed the citizenship amendment law following illegally annexing and continuing siege of occupied Kashmir and stripping two million Indian Muslims in Assam of citizenship. He said India has also set up internment camps in Assam.
The Prime Minister said this is accompanied by mob lynching of Muslims and other minorities in India. He reminded that the appeasement of the genocidal Supremacist agenda of Nazi Germany eventually led to World War Two.-Agencies
ISLAMABAD, December 12: Pakistan has expressed the desire for an early holding of SAARC Summit to promote regional cooperation.
At his weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said all the other South Asian countries except one have also expressed the desire of early happening of the summit.
He said the 19th SAARC summit will be held in Islamabad and it
is to be seen whether India wants to move forward on SAARC
When asked about the contentious Indian citizenship legislation, the spokesperson said Pakistan and other regional countries have condemned it. He said this act of India is driven by a toxic mix of extremist Hindutva ideology and hegemonic ambitions in the region. He noted that voices are also being raised within and outside India against the discriminatory legislation.
Voicing concerns over the situation in occupied Kashmir, Dr Muhammad Faisal said the humanitarian nightmare is worsening in the valley with continued military lockdown and complete communications blackout. This, he said, is affecting the life and property of millions of Kashmiri people who have been cut off from the rest of the world
Dr Muhammad Faisal said India should immediately restore internet and mobile phone services, release all the prisoners and remove all the draconian laws. He said India should allow international media and human rights observers to visit Occupied Kashmir to independently observe the situation there.-Agencies
While government initiatives like Digital Pakistan are good but the first step in the direction of improving the economy of the country should be its documentation which is being resisted by different mafias and what is pitiable is that before their resistance the government seems to be acceding ground to them. The example of government’s kid-glove treatment with the protesting traders a couple of months back is a case in point. The very fact that some segments of society which are making a quick buck don’t want the documentation of their income, wax eloquent that something is definitely fishy in their financial dealings. Unless the economy of the country is documented from top to bottom there is remote chance of country finding its feet.
It seems that all types of mafias have ganged up against the prime minister as whenever he wants to take any step for the amelioration of the lot of the common man it is stymied by them. They have managed to make inroads into the media also as some of the TV channels and newspapers are busy day in and day out in their adverse publicity against the government.
The opposition leaders have made themselves a laughing stock of the world by assembling in London recently for chalking out an anti-government strategy. Couldn’t they hold their meetings inside the country? Eyebrows are being raised over the extent of the reported illness of Nawaz and Shahbaz Shareef. No doubt the elder brother has been an heart patient since long but there are many who believe that his illness was blown out of proportions and it was highly exaggerated to hoodwink powers that be for allowing him to enjoy the comfy of London instead ofspending his jail term in Pakistan.
Protesters attacked train stations in India’s northeast, authorities said on Thursday, angry over a new federal law that would make it easier for non-Muslim minorities from some neighboring countries to seek Indian citizenship.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government has said the Citizenship Amendment Bill, approved by parliament on Wednesday, was meant to protect minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Protesters in the northeastern state of Assam, which shares a border with Bangladesh, say the measure will open the region to a flood of foreigners. Others said the bigger problem with the new law was that it undermined India’s secular constitution by not offering protection to Muslims.
Police fired tear gas in Assam’s main city of Guwahati to break up small groups of people who were demonstrating in the streets, defying a curfew imposed on Wednesday.
“This is a spontaneous public outburst,” said Nehal Jain, a masters student in communications in Guwahati. “First they tell us there are too many illegal immigrants and we need to get rid of them. Then they bring in this law that would allow citizenship to immigrants,” she said.
A movement against illegal migrants has simmered in tea-growing Assam state for decades.
The citizenship amendment law grants Indian nationality to Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jains, Parsis and Sikhs who fled Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan before 2015.
Protesters vandalized four railway stations in Assam and tried to set fire to them, a railway spokesman said. Train services were suspended, stranding scores of passengers. IndiGo said it had canceled flights because of the unrest in Assam.
The turmoil in Assam comes days ahead of a summit Modi plans to host for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe there as part of his campaign to move high-profile diplomatic events outside of Delhi to showcase India’s diversity.
Modi urged calm and said the people of Assam had nothing to fear. “I want to assure them – no one can take away your rights, unique identity and beautiful culture. It will continue to flourish and grow,” he tweeted. More troops have been deployed to Assam to restore peace and mobile internet was suspended in 10 districts, the government said.
The new law is also raising concerns that Modi’s government is pushing a Hindu-first identity for India and fanning fears for the future of Muslims, the biggest minority group.