Senator Talha surprise visit to I-8 signal Islamabad….

I-8 Signal road Islamabad Modification is slow needs to be faster. Senator Talha.

CDA officials  briefing to Senator Talha Mahmood ...
CDA officials briefing to Senator Talha Mahmood …

Chairman senate standing committee ministry of Interior, Senator Mohammad Talha Mahmood did surprise visit at I-8 signal, He said, CDA did not meet the target about this modification. I put this issue most of the time in my committee meetings, CDA officials grantee to resolve this issue but they failed. I received multiple complains, and then I decided to visit myself to check the road maintenance speed. During his visit CDA Director Roads mr.Ayaz Khan present with his team, He explain, due to heavy rain we were unable to carry this project smoothly, During his briefing to Senator Talha he said, we grantee to complete this project within 10 days.We understand that People are facing trouble during traveling . DSC01764 DSC01763DSC01768Senator Talha mhamood instruct them to complete this project as soon as and be care about, that people should not face any kind of resistance. While Talha Mahmood talking to media said, I personally monitoring this project and advice CDA to prevent the beauty of Capital. They should move fast and complete the project as per provide time. He answered about senate election said, we should realize the majority of party and Raza Rabani is credible leader of PPP. I think it will be good change in democracy, I personally experience, Raza Rabani is plausible candidate for Chairman Senate.

Rangers raid MQM HQ in Karachi, detain member of Rabita Committee

KARACHI: A heavy contingent of Rangers raided Nine Zero, the headquarters of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in Karachi’s Azizabad neighbourhood on Wednesday morning, prompting a protest by party activists and a subsequent call for a day of “peaceful mourning” across the country.

54ff9d55111c0A number of party workers including member of MQM’s Rabita Committee Amir Khan were detained during the raid. Rabita Committee is MQM’s central coordination cell.

Conspicuously, the operation was managed and executed by members of the paramilitary force alone and there was no sign of local police in the area.

A summary of the raid and subsequent events:

  • Rangers raid Nine Zero, seize large cache of arms and detain workers
  • MQM says office bearer killed during raid
  • Cameraman injured while reporting on the scene
  • Rangers say no man killed, hardened criminals arrested
  • MQM announces peaceful protest
  • Schools close, examinations postponed as citizens fear violence
A large number of party workers including member of MQM's central coordination cell Amir Khan were arrested by Rangers during the raid. - Reuters
A large number of party workers including member of MQM’s central coordination cell Amir Khan were arrested by Rangers during the raid. – Reuters

The Rangers raid at the headquarters of one of the largest political parties in the country today appears to have symbolic significance in the Karachi operation that has been underway since October 2013.

Police and Rangers personnel routinely target suspected militant hideouts and report killings of Taliban members in ‘encounters’ in the city. Moreover, the MQM has in the recent past accused the Rangers of involvement in illegal detention and extrajudicial killings of its members. In that stead, today’s raid and arrests appear to be the climax of the complex dynamics between the two sides.

The development comes in hours after a consensus was reached on who will chair the Senate with the MQM on board with the government. Senior members of the party have been expressing their shock at the latest turn of events and have been denying the claims made by Rangers of the party harbouring “hardcore criminals” at its headquarters.

The Rangers last month in a report implicated the MQM in the Baldia Town factory inferno fire that claimed the lives of at least 258 factory workers, a charge the party vehemently denies. The JIT report also contains several other disclosures about the involvement of MQM workers in several criminal cases as well rigging in the 2013 general elections.

The city reacted to the developments with fear and apprehension. Commercial activity was suspended with shops, markets and educational institutions remained closed not just in Karachi but in other cities of the province, such as Hyderabad, Sukkur. Children who managed to get to schools were sent back to their homes and exminations were cancelled in colleges and universities.

Rangers have authority, not justice: Altaf

MQM Chief Altaf Hussain in a telephonic address denounced the raid by Rangers on Nine Zero.

Following is a summary of his address:

  • Altaf said that this was the first time that the house of a political party chief was raided
  • Addressing Rangers personnel, he remarked that Rangers have authority but they are unable to deliver justice
  • He said that the establishment does not tolerate MQM’s presence
  • He maintained that the ammunition seized from Nine Zero by Rangers does not belong to MQM. He further said that if the weapons belonged to MQM, they would not have been stored in Nine Zero
  • He claimed that the ammunition recovered was planted by Rangers personnel themselves, who carried it inside concealed in blankets
  • Altaf demanded that “terrorism in the name of search operations” be stopped
  • He claimed that more than 60 people were arrested during the raid by Rangers
  • He said that the demise of party worker Waqas Ali Shah has deeply upset him.

Party office bearer killed: MQM

MQM spokesperson Wasay Jalil said a senior party office bearer, Waqas Ali Shah of the central information committee, was killed by Rangers during the raid.

Jalil said that Shah was killed in straight fire by Rangers personnel around 7:45am Wednesday morning. “Dozens of mobiles of Rangers appeared at Nine Zero around 6AM. Personnel proceeded to raid the 50 offices in our headquarters. They went to each office, went through all the files and broke telephones.”

A picture showing Waqas Ali Shah of MQM's central information committee who the party says was killed in the raid. Photo courtesy: Facebook
A picture showing Waqas Ali Shah of MQM’s central information committee who the party says was killed in the raid. Photo courtesy: Facebook

Additional IG Sindh police Ghulam Qadir Thebo while speaking to media said that Shah was not shot by Rangers personnel, but that the bullet fired were from a hand-held gun.

Rangers Director General (DG) Major General Bilal Akbar has said that MQM activist Shah did not die of gunfire by Rangers personnel. He added that the young man was shot with a TT pistol and the fact would become clear once the medical board’s report is received.

A Rangers spokesperson said no one was killed during the raid but that ‘unidentified men’ opened fire injuring an Express News cameraman.

Rangers personnel after breaking barricades leading to MQM headquarters cordoned off the area and searched through departments of the party’s offices .They also raided adjoining houses and arrested a number of MQM activists and leaders.

Rangers personnel rummaged through MQM's Nine Zero offices and adjoining houses. -DawnNews screengrab
Rangers personnel rummaged through MQM’s Nine Zero offices and adjoining houses. .

Speaking to media, Col Tahir called the two hour raid a “purely information-based operation” and divulged that the Khursheed Memorial Hall at Nine Zero has been sealed and will be handed over to police for further investigation

During the raid, the Rangers cut off the telephone lines at Nine Zero, disabling communication with MQM’s international secretariat

Party leader Haider Abbas Rizvi, who is in Islamabad, confirmed the raid to media and said that communication with party workers at the headquarters could not be established during the raid.

Rizvi maintained that all the weapons seized by Rangers are licensed.

Rangers spokesperson Col Tahir said the raid lasted for two hours. -DawnNews screengrab
Rangers spokesperson Col Tahir said the raid lasted for two hours. –

Scores of activists and party members protested the raid by Rangers by chanting slogans. Aerial firing also ensued outside Nine Zero as activists attempted to break Rangers’ cordon.

A large number of female activists protested the raid by chanting “Go Rangers Go”.

MQM announced a day of peaceful protest against the search operation by Rangers and urged for transport services to be suspended throughout the day.

The incident has emerged on a day when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif himself is due to visit the metropolitan today.

Faisal Mehmood alias Faisal Mota
Faisal Mehmood alias Faisal Mota

Rangers issue details of raid

A press release was issued by Rangers soon after the raid on MQM’s headquarters.

It said: “Pakistan Rangers Sindh has conducted a series of targeted raids at Surrounding areas of 90 including Khursheed Memorial Hall today. During the above mentioned action following hardcore criminals have been arrested.”

Ubaid K 2
Ubaid K 2

Following is the Rangers press release with details of those arrested:

  1. Faisal Mota (involved in murder of Wali Khan Babur and convicted and sentenced to death by court)
  2. Farhan Shabbir aka Mullah
  3. Amir
  4. Nadir (convicted and sentenced 13 years)
  5. Ubaid K 2

Faisal Mota had been awarded the death sentence in absentia on Mar 1 2014 by an anti-terrorism court in the murder case of Wali Khan Babar, a Geo TV reporter.

Journalist injured

Express News cameraman Waseem Mughal who was at Nine Zero among other media personnel has been injured due to firing.

An employee of the Express Media Group confirmed that Mughal has been shot in the arm and that his condition is stable.

‘Stolen ammunition seized’

Weapons, recovered during a raid by paramilitary forces on MQM headquarters, are displayed for the media in Karachi March 11 2015. -Reuters
Weapons, recovered during a raid by paramilitary forces on MQM headquarters, are displayed for the media in Karachi March 11 2015. -Reuters

According to Rangers spokerperson Colonel Tahir, ammunition stolen from Nato containers was also seized during the search operation at Nine Zero.

MQM leader Faisal Subzwari.— DawnNews screengrab
MQM leader Faisal Subzwari.—

‘Weapons kept for security purposes’

Speaking to media, MQM leader Faisal Subzwari admitted that weapons were seized during the raid, but said that they were all licensed and were being kept for security in view of the threats being received from “the Taliban and other extremist elements”.

“After the Army Public School attack, even schools and colleges are now being asked to keep weapons for security. We were also told to keep weapons for our security,” he said.

MQM demands answers

Scores of protesters gathered outside Nine Zero but were not allowed to enter its premises. -DawnNews screengrab
Scores of protesters gathered outside Nine Zero but were not allowed to enter its premises. –

Soon after the news of the search operation broke, MQM leaders and activists started to gather outside the headquarters but were not allowed to enter its premises.

Speaking to Media, MQM prominent leader Farooq Sattar termed the raid deeply upsetting and worth investigation. He said that MQM is compliant of all laws and instead of appreciating the party’s efforts of promoting peace, it is being treated with contempt.

He demanded of the prime minister, Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar and Governor Sindh Ishratul Ibad to play their due roles. Sattar also warned that the situation could be a setback to the enhancement of democratic process.

Opposition stages walkout from Senate

Members of the opposition parties staged a walkout from the Senate to register their protest against today’s raid on the MQM headquarters Nine Zero.

Petrol pumps, private schools shut down

Petrol pumps in several areas of Karachi were shut down soon after the raid. -DawnNews screengrab
Petrol pumps in several areas of Karachi were shut down soon after the raid. –

Petrol pumps and private schools in several areas of Karachi have reportedly been shut down as activists in large numbers protested against the Rangers.

Examinations in Karachi University have also been postponed as citizens fear violence.

Business centres and gas stations Hyderabad, Nawabshah, Jamshoro and Mirpur Khas were also shut down.

Bus, rickshaw torched

A rickshaw was torched in Gulistan-i-Jauhar area of Karachi. -DawnNews screengrab
A rickshaw was torched in Gulistan-i-Jauhar area of Karachi. –

While the MQM has maintained that the protest against the Rangers raid will be peaceful, a bus has been set alight at Gulistan-i-Jauhar while a rickshaw has been torched in Karimabad.

‘PML-N has no contention with MQM’

Leader of the House in the Senate Raja Zafarul Haq, belonging to the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N), has categorically stated that the ruling party has no contention with the MQM.

Addressing media persons he denied speculation that the raid on Nine Zero was carried out in retaliation to the MQM’s support to the PPP during the elections of the Senate chairmen.

He said that the details of the raid would be presented in the Upper House of Parliament once they were received from Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah.

PSO ramps up fuel oil imports

SINGAPORE: Pakistan State Oil (PSO) is seeking up to 1.215 million tonnes of fuel oil ahead of summer, 75 per cent higher in monthly volumes than its previous tender, documents showed on Tuesday.

54ffe094d1522PSO is seeking a total of fifteen 65,000-tonne cargoes of high sulphur fuel oil and four 60,000-tonne parcels of the low sulphur grade for delivery into Karachi between second-half April and June.

This would translate into monthly imports of 486,000 tonnes, about 75pc higher than its last round of tender for 830,000 tonnes of fuel over March to May.

KP govt fines Qatari prince Rs80,000 for illegal falcon hunting

PESHAWAR: In an unprecedented move, the environment ministry of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday fined a Qatari prince Rs80,000 after he was caught with three falcons in Dera Ismail Khan.

54fee1f520f81Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, whose party is currently ruling the province, tweeted on his official Twitter account:

Taking a jibe at the federal government, Imran said that the KP government is making all efforts to protect the rare species in Pakistan but the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government had given licences and permits for hunting of the birds — that too against the law.

The PTI chief said this was the difference between the ‘naya’ and old Pakistan.

Gulf Arab royals taking over large swathes of territory in Pakistan to hunt the vulnerable species is not something new. Even the federal government issues special permits to members of royal families of the Gulf states to allow them to hunt the protected species, including houbara bustard.

Meanwhile, government for the first time has informed the permit holders that Pakistan will “observe a moratorium on hunting during the 2014-15 season to replenish houbara bustard stocks”, but conservationists keeping in view the power and influence of petrodollars are sceptical.

During the hunting season, royal families from Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia come to Balochistan’s Dalbandin, Chaghi and other areas for the purpose of hunting.

The royal family have cemented good ties with influential people in the areas for hunting houbara and other birds.

Italian man hunts blue sheep in Hunza

GILGIT: An Italian man has hunted a blue sheep with 32-inch-long horns in the wildlife conservatory at Gojal valley of Hunza-Nagar district near the Pak-China border.

54ff6e817fb4bBoieti Gian Carlo hunted the sheep in Khunjrab Village Organisation’s (KVO’s) wildlife conservatory at Sukhterabad Nullah, some 20 kilometers from Pak-China border on Sunday, the organisation’s secretary information Rahimullah Baig told NNP on Tuesday.

He said that the blue sheep was the Pakistan’s longest and the world’s second longest animal.

He said the Italian hunter had secured hunting permit paying 8,000 US dollars to the Gilgit-Baltistan wildlife department.

Blue sheep is a rare species, found only in Nepal and Pakistan.

He said that the foreign hunter spent three days in KVO’s wildlife conservatory looking for the blue sheep.

Mr Baig said that hunter was accompanied by his local guide, Mahboob Ali, local community members and officials of GB wildlife department to ensure that the hunt was carried out according to the rules. “The hunter fired a single gunshot at the blue sheep from a distance of 275 meters as was allowed under the law.”

According to rules, only one shot at the animal is allowed, and the second attempt would render the permit invalid.

The KVO official said 80 per cent of the income from the sale of hunting permits went to the local community to be spent on development of wildlife in their respective areas. Twenty per cent of the amount would go to the government exchequer, he explained.

In the KVO wildlife reserve live 30 snow leopards and other wildlife species.

Ghulam Mohammad, conservator at GB parks and wildlife department, said that Gilgit-Baltistan was home to rare species, including the Marco-Polo sheep, ibex, markhor, urial, blue sheep, lynx, snow leopard, brown and black bears, wolf, fox, marmote, chakor and Ram chakor.

The official said that Gilgit-Baltistan wildlife management board had auctioned in December last year 70 hunting permits for trophy hunting programme for 2014-15, which included 12 permits for markhors, 50 for ibex and eight for blue sheep, respectively.

The hunting season begins in November and ends in April.

Ghulam Mohammad said the trophy hunting quota was created on the basis of annual surveys conducted by the wildlife experts.

He said that the wildlife department issued hunting permits for only the aged animals.