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1) Balochistan doctors call off strike. Daily Times

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

QUETTA: The Young Doctors’ Association (YDA) of Balochistan has called off its province-wide strike at all state-run hospitals on Tuesday, after successful negotiations with Chief Minister Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani. A delegation of doctors, led by YDA President Dr Samad Panezai, including Pakistan Medical Association members and senior doctors, called on the chief minister on Tuesday. The government has sacked 127 doctors from their services who resorted to strike and did not resume their duties after frequent warnings by the government. Balochistan government had detained over 200 doctors besides lodging FIR against score of the young doctors who had scuffled with the police during their protest for increasing their salaries and other demands. Raisani had formed a parliamentary committee, comprising the Balochistan ministers and MPAs, to hold with the protesting doctors and find an amicable solution to the issue. He announced to bring the salaries of the house officers, post-graduates and young doctors of 17-22 grades as par with the doctors drawing in the other three provinces. Addressing the news conference in CM secretariat, Dr Samad Panezai announced that doctors had ended their strike after the chief minister and lawmakers assured that all the demands will be fulfilled. mohammad zafar
2) Jinnah Terminal closed over bomb hoax. Daily Times

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

KARACHI: The Jinnah Terminal of the Quaid-e-Azam International Airport, Karachi was reportedly closed for sometime after a suspicious bag was spotted on the main gate of the international arrival.
Sources say that following that Jinnah Terminal was immediately closed and ASF, police, Rangers, bomb disposal squad, fire brigade and other law enforcement agencies reached the site. However, they declared it a hoax after inspection. On the other hand, SP Shah Faisal police station Javed Maher when contacted denied the news saying there had been no such happening at the airport. staff report
3) SCBA president urges civilians to challenge army. Daily Times

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s civilian leaders should capitalise on public anger with the military and try to ease its grip on power, a leading human rights activist and lawyer said on Tuesday.
The army’s image has been dented by a number of setbacks starting with the killing of Osama bin Laden last month by US special forces on Pakistani soil. Traditionally seen as untouchable, Pakistan’s generals now face strong public criticism.
Asma Jahangir, a leading human rights campaigner and Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president, said the mood in the country provided an opportunity to start correcting a lop-sided balance of power between the army and the civilian government. “I am hopeful that public opinion will finally embolden civil society, including politicians. But it’s not going to happen tomorrow morning,” she said in a telephone interview. “It’s going to be a perpetual struggle. They are not just going to hand over and say ‘thank you very much we are now under civilian control’. But at least they know that’s what people want now.” The military has ruled Pakistan for more than half of its history. Generals set security and foreign policy even when civilian governments are in power, as is the case now. The 600,000-strong army also runs a vast business empire that includes oil and gas interests, cereals and real estate. “Our parliament has to strengthen itself for anyone to change because nobody hands over power just voluntarily,” said Asma.
“The parliament will have to be more forceful and also begin to realise that they (the army) can’t hold the economy of this country hostage, foreign policy hostage.”
Pakistan’s civilian leaders don’t seem willing to stand up to the military in a country prone to army coups. Generals often orchestrate Pakistani politics from behind the scenes. “They have selfishly overlooked the interests of the people of Pakistan. We think that it’s time to change,” she said. The army says it does not interfere in politics and reiterated its commitment to democracy in a statement issued this month.
The SCBA president said she is hopeful of change because the military has been on the defensive. The US kept Pakistan in the dark over the raid that killed Osama, humiliating the army and then piling pressure on it to crack down harder on militancy. Then a handful of terrorists besieged the Pakistan naval air base in Karachi last month, further embarrassing the military, which eats up a large chunk of state spending.
Around 25 percent of government expenditure flows to the defence budget, according to some estimates, in a country with widespread poverty and social inequalities. “The government needs to make legislation on intelligence agencies. They need to debate the defence budget. They don’t need to cut it but at least they need to debate it,” said Asma. “There are parliamentary committees that are oversight structures for them. And there need to be more parliamentary committees which are more effective.” She said politicians and Pakistanis should move swiftly, but cautiously, to try and strengthen civilian institutions while the military seems vulnerable.
“Momentarily they are a bit worried. They are vulnerable to the extent that people are besieging them to change. It is critical,” Asma said. “They have a way of overcoming it too. They know that this is momentary. They will soon start getting their civilian counterparts to change public opinion to confuse the issue, to demonise people. We have seen it happen before,” she added. reuters
4) Eight, including woman, fall prey to violence and mishaps. Daily Times

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

KARACHI: Eight people, including a woman, were killed in separate incidents of violence and mishaps that took place in different parts of the metropolis on Tuesday.
Unidentified armed men shot dead an accountant of a private bank within the jurisdiction of Taimuria police station. Abdul Qadir, 34, resident of Godhra camp, was going in his car when two armed men riding a motorcycle opened fire, injuring him at Shafiq Morr. Police officials said two passersby, Abdul Waheed, 40, and Saleem, 50, were also injured in the incident. The injured were rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) where Qadir succumbed to his injuries during treatment.
Sub Inspector Mohammad Shabbir said the victim had no affiliation with any political or religious organisation, adding he used to work as a chattered accountant in a private bank in Clifton.
As his body reached his house, scores of people, including his family members and relatives, held a protest on a road over his killing. The protesters also pelted the passing vehicles with stones. The area was also echoed with the intense aerial fire during the protest. A passerby, Abdul Ghani, was also injured as a stray bullet hit him. However, a heavy contingent of the law enforcers rushed to the scene and took the situation under control.
Police officials said the initial investigation suggested that the incident occurred over a personal enmity, however, the investigation was underway. They said that the police was waiting for the family for registration of the case.
In another act of violence, the body of a young man was found from an empty plot located in Block 6 of Gulistan-e-Jauhar. Police officials said unidentified men brought the man to the place and later killed him by hitting his face with an iron rod.
Meanwhile, a woman was killed and her two children were injured when the roof of their house collapsed on them in Baldia Town No 12 within the jurisdiction of Saeedabad police station.
Police officials said 30-year-old Akhter Bibi and her two children, Areesha, 6, and Anas, 10, were sitting inside the house when its roof collapsed on them. As a result, they suffered injuries and were shifted to the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) where the woman breathed her last, while her two children were discharged after treatment.
Separately, a young labourer was killed after he fell down from the fourth floor of an under construction building near Safoora Chowk within the jurisdiction of Sachal police station. The victim was identified as Ayaz, 19, son of Abdullah and resident of Sachal Goth. He hailed from Mirpurkhas. His body was shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for an autopsy.
In a road accident, an elderly man was killed when his bike skidded off a road within in the limits of Nazimabad police station. Abdul Qadir, 55, son of Abdul Majeed, was going home on his bike, which slipped on a road near Inquiry Office in Nazimabad. As a result, he received injuries in his head and died after some moments. The body was shifted to the ASH for an autopsy.
In yet another incident, a 45-year-old Ayaz, a manager of marriage hall, was shot dead outside his office in Korangi Crossing. He was standing outside Noor Saba Narriage Lawn when two unidentified armed men shot him dead. The body was shifted the JPMC for an autopsy. No case was registered till filing the report.
A cobbler was shot dead near Haroon Royal City within the limits of Shahrah-e-Faisal police station. Jabir Hussain, 25, resident of Hussain Hazara Goth, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, was going home after closing his pushcart when armed men shot him dead. The body was shifted to the JPMC for medico-legal formalities. Police said the victim had no affiliation with any political party. He hailed from Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa. No case was registered till filing the report.
A man was killed and two others were injured in Abid Abad in the remits of Mochko police station. The incident took place at Mochko, Baldia when unidentified armed men opened indiscriminate fire, resultantly Lal Zameen, 55, died on the spot while Saif and Sultan received bullet injuries. The body and injured were shifted to CHK.
SP Jam Zafarullah said the victim was the resident of Keamari Town, adding that Zameen had arrived in Baldia to meet his friend when unidentified men targeted him. The officer said the victim hailed from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. staff report

5) French ambassador visits MQM headquarter. Daily Times

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

KARACHI: Ambassador of France to Pakistan Daniel Jouanneau here Tuesday visited headquarters of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) at Azizabad. During the visit, the French ambassador meet with Deputy Convener MQM Coordination Committee Dr Farooq Sattar, said a statement. Members of the Coordination Committee Nasreen Jaleel, Kanwer Khalid Younis and Sindh Youth Affairs Minister Syed Faisal Sabzwari were also present on the occasion. The meeting lasted more than two hours during which they discussed overall political, social, economic situation and other matters of mutual interests. Earlier, Nasreen Jaleel and Kanwer Khalid Younis received the French ambassador. app
6) US drone attacks: LHC moved for implementation of parliament’s resolution. Daily Times

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

LAHORE: Jamaatud Dawa head Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, on Tuesday, filed a petition in the Lahore High Court (LHC) seeking implementation of the resolution unanimously passed by parliament against US drone attacks on Pakistani land on May 14.
The petitioner’s counsel, AK Dogar, stated that on May 14, a joint session of the parliament had unanimously adopted a resolution which said that the US drone attacks would not be tolerated and in case they continued, Pakistan would cut the supply line for NATO forces. He stated that implementation of the decision was necessary for country’s dignity, proving it to be a respectable, independent sovereign nation.
He said that on the very next day of the resolution’s passage, a drone attack was carried out on Pakistani soil in which 10 citizens lost their lives. Dogar said that the citizens could not be forced to live like slaves and people having voiced their opinion through parliament, can invoke the provisions of Article 14 of the constitution and declare that their fundamental rights were being violated.
He stated that so far the federal government had acted against the general will, collective wisdom and obligation to exercise its powers and authority through its chosen representatives of the people.
He stated that the pre-emptive strikes by foreign countries are not permitted by international law, therefore, every man, woman and child had a right to claim protection and a direction in the nature of mandamus may be issued to the government.
Dogar also highlighted the statement issued by Iranian president according to which the US wanted to target Pakistan’s nuclear assets. He requested that the government be directed to implement the resolution. He also requested that the federal government, as per the implementation of Article 19-A of the constitution that entitles every citizen to have access to all information, be directed to make public information regarding all matters of public importance, especially the “secret deals” made with the US.
7) Malik calls for special NA session on terrorism. Daily Times

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

* Interior minister says TTP wants to destabilise country
By Tanveer Ahmed
ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rahman Malik, on Tuesday, called for a special session of parliament to expose the real hands behind the terror activities in country following the volleys of personal attacks and criticism on him and his ministry over the growing wave of terrorism and insecure environment in the country when National Assembly met to take up the demands in grants of Interior Ministry.
“I will request the chair to convene such a session to inform parliament about the conspiracies being hatched to destabilise the country. It is the right of parliament to know who is doing what,” Rehman emphatically demanded. During the lengthy debate on the ministry’s demands, the oppositions parties, particularly the PML-N, kept attacking Malik and demanded his resignation over the unabated spree of target killings in Karachi.
While appealing for unity against the menace of terrorism in his entire speech, Malik lost the patient at the end and hit back at the PML-N, saying, “I will go public against them if they continued targeting my leadership.” The minister said that the country faced a grave threat from Talbanisation which, unfortunately, had not been taken as seriously as it should have been. “I will repeat it again and again that Tehreek-e-Talban Pakistan (TTP) wants to destabilise the country and wants it to disintegrate,” Malik contended. He said terrorism was a cancer for the country, which needed to be operated upon with unity while rising above politics. The minister added that the institutions that were arms and strength of the nation should not be criticised.
8) PM approves summaries of Abbottabad and Saleem probe commissions. Daily Times

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, on Tuesday, approved the summaries sent by the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs proposing the constitution of inquiry commissions on the Abbottabad operation and the murder of journalist Saleem Shahzad.
The Abbottabad commission will consist of Justice Javed Iqbal, who will be its head, Abbas Khan, Ashraf Jehangir Qazi and Lt Gen (r) Nadeem Ahmed, all three of whom would be the commission’s members, while the cabinet secretary shall act as its secretary. The committee shall ascertain the facts regarding the presence of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan and investigate circumstances and facts about the US operation in Abbottabad on May 2.
The Saleem Shahzad murder commission shall consist of Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, who will be its president, Federal Shariat Court Chief Justice Agha Rafiq Ahmed, inspector general of Punjab Police, inspector general of Islamabad Police and Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists president.
The commission will look into the background and circumstances of abduction and subsequent murder of Shahzad to identify the culprits involved in the killing. It will also recommend measures to prevent recurrence of such gruesome incidents against journalists in future. The information and broadcasting secretary will be the commission’s secretary. staff report
9) FC personnel among five arrested for involvement in kidnapping. Geo News

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

QUETTA: Police have arrested five individuals accused of kidnapping for ransom, Geo News reported. Two of the accused belong to the Frontier Corps Balochistan.
During a press conference at the CCPO office, DIG Operation Hamid Shakeel said that the five men were arrested for their involvement in kidnappings in Mustung and Dasht. A police wireless set was recovered from their possession, which was allotted to the Police Sibi range.
DIG operation also informed the media that the accused has admitted to committing kidnapping for ransom during interrogations. He added that four pistols, one Kalashnikov and 5kg of narcotics were also recovered from them.
When asked about the assault on police surgeon Dr Baqir Shah, the DIG replied that both the suspended SHO’s have been presented the charge sheet but the assault charge could not be proven. The reason given was that Dr Shah had dismissed the police inquiry into the incident.
10) Quetta: Three killed in a firing incident. AAJ News

QUETTA - 22nd June 2011 (2 hours ago)

By Muhammad Ejaz
At least three persons were killed and 11 others injured in a firing incident on Wednesday in Quetta.

Unknown armed men opened fire indiscriminately on a bus at western bypass as a result three persons were killed and 11 injured.

Injured were shifted to Bolan Medical Hospital
11) Five militants killed, two policemen injured in attack: Police. AAJ News

PESHAWAR - 22nd June 2011 (6 hours ago)

Five militants have been killed while two policemen injured during a bloody clash at Siraband area near here on Wednesday, police said.

About 40 militants attacked a police check point at Sarband early Wednesday with automatic weapons and hand grenades, that inflicted injuries on two policemen.

In retaliatory firing by th police five militants were killed. Police have recovered bodies of militants and shifted them for postmortem. Police cordoned off the area and started investigation. The identity of victims could not be immediately ascertained.
12) Haqqani urges mutual respect for long-term Pak-US ties. AAJ News

WASHINGTON - 22nd June 2011 (10 hours ago)

Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States has said it is through demonstration of mutual respect that the two countries can forge a long-term relationship. “Both countries have their respective processes.

We need to show respect for each other’s processes. We need to show respect for each other’s people and then develop a partnership that is long term,” Ambassador Husain Haqqani told The Washington Times in an interview. The envoy noted that the U.S.-Pakistan relationship has some strength and many challenges.

“We are working on the challenges. I think what is needed is for the Americans to show patience to the emerging democratic process in Pakistan and understand that all the concerns you have about public opinion adherence to the rule of law…etc. in the context of the United States should also be applied to Pakistan.

“You cannot have the attitude that Pakistan should just do anything on demand whereas the American side while delivering anything for Pakistan has to go through a process.”

On America’s reputation in Pakistan, the ambassador said it is something that the U.S. has to work to change public opinion and to ensure that the Pakistani people feel the benefits of the U.S. Pakistani partnership.

It is a consistent phenomenon for several years that Pakistanis have not looked upon the United States as a reliable friend ever since the United States walked away from Pakistan in the aftermath of the war with the Soviets, Haqqani explained.

Questioned about value of the bilateral relationship, Ambassador Haqqani said the U.S. is Pakistan’s largest trading partner and a major supplier of sophisticated conventional weapons for Pakistan. “There are almost a million people of Pakistan living in the United States and above all we are both democracies committed to strengthening democracy around the world.”

Regarding Islamabad’s policy toward Afghanistan, the diplomat reaffirmed that Pakistan has always been supportive of the Afghan-led reconciliation process in that country. Pakistan would like to see a stable Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, Pakistani and American officials indicated that the two sides arediscussing provision of two additional P3C Orion aircraft and equipment for Pakistan.

The United States has used U.S. military assistance to refurbish and upgrade P-3C aircraft that were provided to Pakistan under the Excess Defense Articles (EDA) program in the past, the State Department said.

“Discussions concerning the provision of additional military equipment under the EDA program are ongoing,” the office of Spokesperson said in response to a question about the status of the Pakistani request regarding replacement of two maritime aircraft, which were destroyed in a terrorist attack in Karachi.
13) Provincial governments directed to set up task force to curb kidnapping incidents: NA. AAJ News

ISLAMABAD - 22nd June 2011 (6 hours ago)

Minister for Interior Rehman Malik on Wednesday informed the National Assembly that provincial governments have been directed to set up special task force to curb menace of kidnapping for ransoms in the country.

Replying to a Calling Attention Notice raised by Farah Naz Ispahani, Nazir Ahmed Bughio, Bushra Gohar and others regarding increase in the incidents of kidnapping in the country, he said that it was a provincial matter however, the federal government gave a policy to the provincial governments besides properly monitoring it.

The minister said that a total of 15,365 cases of kidnapping were reported in the country during 2010. Giving the breakup, he said that out of total, 52 were recorded in Islamabad, 13497 in Punjab, 1293 in Sindh, 273 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 250 in Balochistan.

Farah Naz said that it was very alarming situation that people were kidnapped for ransom from Karachi and shifted to Waziristan where they were brainwashed and were being used as suicide bombers. What steps were taken to stop this practice, she asked.

Replying to the question, the minister said that the kidnapped people were being used as suicide bombers and the government was paying special attention towards such incidents.

He said the incidents have considerably reduced owing to effective monitoring policy.

Rehman Malik said seminaries in Islamabad were regularly being monitored and practice has also been started to collect data of students studying in it. To another question, he said that all the available tools for tracing phones calls were also provided to the provinces.

Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza said that it was a matter of grave concern and details of those arrested in such cases should be provided to the House.

14) Brig Ali case: army interrogating 4 Majors. The News

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Updated 3 hours ago
RAWALPINDI: DG ISPR, Major General Athar Abbas has said that four Majors were being investigated along with Brigadier Ali Khan for their alleged links with a banned organisation.
In a radio interview, Major General Athar Abbas said that Brigadier Ali Khan had links with banned organisation Hizbul Tehrir and was involved in illegal activities which were against Army discipline.
Brigadier Ali is currently detained and being interrogated. He dismissed reports that a large number of soldiers were in contact with militants or had links with banned organisations. However, he added that in an institution, as large as the army, presence of such individuals could not be immediately dismissed.
Answering a question about the Abbottabad raid and the attack on PNS Mehran, Major General Athar Abbas said many inefficiencies had surfaced following these incidents. He said that there were many reasons behind these incidents and inter-departmental inquiries had been conducted in this regard.
Many issues had come before the people and many were being investigated. He said the army wanted to bring forward all information and did not want to hide anything. The nation should however understand that it cannot be informed of all issues relating national security because it would cause harm to the people and be beneficial to enemies, he added.
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