IGP report reveals 147 foreign-funded seminaries in Punjab

ISLAMABAD: In contradiction of his previous statement denying foreign funding of seminaries in Punjab, Inspector General Police (IGP) Punjab Mushtaq Sukhera on Wednesday said that 147 seminaries in the province are financed by foreign funding.

54f6f4c41879bAfter earlier maintaining that there were no foreign-funded madrassas in Punjab, Sukhera today informed the Senate Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges (SSCRPP) that there were in fact nearly 150 seminaries receiving funds from foreign countries.

He also told members of the committee that law and enforcement agencies, including the Punjab police, are taking action against all those involved in spreading hate speech, following the directives of the federal government under the National Action Plan (NAP).

The committee which summoned IGP Punjab Mushtaq Sukhera to explain his incorrect reply to the Senate was attended by its members under the Chairmanship of Senator Col (Retd) Tahir Hussain Mashhadi.

In response to a question by PPP Senator Syeda Sughra Imam, IGP Punjab Mushtaq Sukhera had told the Senate through a written reply on January 30 that not a single seminary is receiving foreign funding in Punjab.

These revelations were startling in their own right and many senators were astonished to learn that no seminaries in Punjab were receiving funding from foreign sources.

The IG was quoted saying, “The requisite report may be treated as nil. No madrassa involved in receiving financial and training assistance from Islamic countries has come to our notice during surveillance carried out by field formations.”

However, during proceedings Minister for the Interior Muhammad Baligh ur Rehman failed to convince the opposition benches due to the contradiction of the federal government and the provincial government regarding foreign funding of Punjab seminaries.

Later, the Senate Deputy Chairman Sabir Baloch referred the matter to the SSCRPP as the IGP Punjab had breached the privilege of the Senate. The Senate then summoned IGP Sukhera to furnish a detailed report on funding of Punjab seminaries.

The IGP today informed the Senate Standing Committee that the home department is registering all unregistered seminaries in the province with the support of the main leadership of the concerned seminaries.

“The law enforcement agencies also sealed a seminary affiliated with the Lal Masjid in the Rujhan Jaamali area of district DG Khan as the management of the seminary was involved in spreading hate material,” the IGP added.

Sukhera told the committee members that that the police are carrying out surveillance of the seminaries across the province due to the ongoing situation of the law and order in the country.

Members of the committee asked the IGP Punjab to implement the directives of the federal government by following the NAP recommendations regarding the registration and funding of the seminaries in the province.

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5 including revenue official gang rapped widow

 A widow was gang raped allegedly five persons including revenue department official when she visited him to get verified a revenue document in limits of Taxila Police station.

delhi-gangrape-case-10-takeaways-from-justice-verma-reportStation House officer Inspector Mohammad Khan while quoting victim (MK) said thGangRapeat the widow went to local revenue officer for validation of some documents of property owned by her late husband where a revenue department along with his four companions sexually assaulted her. He said that after medical examination of the victim at tehsil headquarters hospital (THQ) and a case has registered against three nominated and two unknown persons and started further investigation. Meanwhile Wah Saddar Police unearthed a factory manufacturing fake grease of a prominent lubrication company. Sources said that acting on a tip off, a police party raided a house in Asifabad area and unearthed factory manufacturing fake grease.

Police also arrested two persons identified as Ijaz Shah and Abdul Rehman and registered a case against them.


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Haqqani ban still under consideration: Pakistan’s envoy to US

WASHINGTON: A formal announcement on outlawing the Haqqani militant network, which has been responsible for numerous attacks on US-led forces in Afghanistan, it still under consideration, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States said on Tuesday.

54f6c3af473ddPakistani officials said in January that Islamabad had decided to outlaw the militant group and that a formal announcement would come “within weeks”.

“These are the kind of issues that are in the works, I would say,” Jalil Abbas Jilani said at a Washington media roundtable organised by the Christian Science Monitor newspaper, when asked when a formal announcement would be made.

US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Pakistan in January to fight groups that threaten Afghan, Indian and US interests.

US officials have blamed high-profile attacks in Afghanistan on the Haqqani network, which mainly operates from Pakistan’s border areas, and say it has ties to the Pakistani state.

Jilani referred to remarks in November by US Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson, then commander of international forces in Afghanistan, that Pakistani military action in the North Waziristan region had “very much” disrupted the group’s efforts.

Jilani said the operations had succeeded in clearing almost 90 per cent of North Waziristan of militants and Pakistan was confident of clearing the remaining area.

Jilani’s comments come after the head of Afghanistan’s power-sharing government last week backed a tentative push to begin peace talks with Taliban insurgents and said the effort would “begin in coming days.”

PM Nawaz Sharif leaves for Saudi Arabia

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday left for Saudi Arabia on the invitation of King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud.

54f6a8cc300aaIn his pre-departure statement, the PM said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are brotherly countries which are tied in bonds of shared faith and values. He added that the relationship between the two countries has grown stronger with the passage of time.

The is the premier’s first official visit to the Kingdom since King Salman bin Abdul Aziz assumed the throne.

During his three-day visit, PM Nawaz will also perform Umrah and visit the tomb of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), in addition to meeting members of the Pakistani community in Saudi Arabia.

The premier will be accompanied by a high-level delegation which includes Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Chief Minister Punjab Mr. Shahbaz Sharif, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Affairs Irfan Siddiqui and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi.

The last time PM Nawaz met King Salman bin Abdul Aziz was when he was still the crown prince and discussed bilateral relations, situation in the Middle East and issues facing the Muslim world.

The premier took has taken the then crown prince into confidence about measures being taken to tackle terrorism and militancy in Pakistan and discussed trade and economic ties between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

Afridi joins 8,000 one-day run club

54f6d15644b18NAPIER: Swashbuckling Pakistani allrounder Shahid Afridi joined the 8,000 one-day run club during his 21 not out against the United Arab Emirates in the World Cup at Napier on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old became the fourth Pakistani after Inzamam-ul Haq, Mohammad Yousuf and Saeed Anwar to make 8,000 one-day runs and the 27th of all time.

Afridi, who also took 2-35 in the 129-run win, needs five more wickets to complete 400 one-day wickets.

If he takes those five wickets, he will become the only allrounder to score more than 8,000 runs and take 400 wickets.

Batsmen who have scored 8,000 or more runs in one-day international cricket (player, country, runs).

S. Tendulkar India 18,426

K. Sangakkara Sri Lanka 13,961

R. Ponting Australia 13,704

S. Jayasuriya Sri Lanka 13,430

M. Jayawardene Sri Lanka 12,625

Inzamam-ul-Haq Pakistan 11,739

J. Kallis South Africa 11,579

S. Ganguly India 11,363

R. Dravid India 10,889

B. Lara West Indies 10,405

Mohammad Yousuf Pakistan 9720

T. Dilshan Sri Lanka 9620

A. Gilchrist Australia 9619

Mohammad Azharuddin India 9378

A. de Silva Sri Lanka 9284

C. Gayle West Indies 9139

Saeed Anwar Pakistan 8824

S. Chanderpaul West Indies 8778

D. Haynes West Indies 8648

M. Atapattu Sri Lanka 8529

M. Waugh Australia 8500

Y. Singh India 8329

M. Dhoni India 8298

V. Sehwag India 8273

H. Gibbs South Africa 8094

S. Fleming New Zealand 8037

Shahid Afridi Pakistan 8019