Removal of hate-free curriculum a remarkable victory of minorities, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani

Islamabad ): Patron-in-chief Pakistan Hindu Council and Member National Assembly Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani has highly appreciated the services of newly-appointed Chairman NADRA, saying that progress made by him for the preparation of Hindu Marriage Certificate and Death Certificate is remarkable. He was talking to the journalists outside the Supreme Court on Thursday. He told that he himself presented the NADRA certificates sample copies to the two-member apex court, headed by the Chief Justice, on Thursday during the hearing regarding minorities rights.

Speaking outside the court, Dr Ramesh said that the Sindh Government. following the orders of Supreme Court, has also removed hate material in the curriculum and in this regard, a copy of the revised curriculum, that will be taught in the educational institutes across the province, has also been submitted to the court for review. Moreover, the Supreme Court has ordered other provincial governments to offer hate-free syllabus also, Dr. Ramesh informed, terming this a great victory of all minorities living in Pakistan and acknowledged them for their successful struggle. He also lauded the brave role of DPO Thatha Fida Hussain Mastoi for providing protection to the local minorities citizens.

Regarding the protection of minorities worship holy places, the Supreme Court was briefed that the Kyber Pakhtunkhwa Government has accepted its failure to not hand over the Samadhi (Shrine) of Shri Param Hans Jee Maharaj so far, he further said. He told that the registration of Hindu temples and holy places is under process and in this regard, he has meetings with the government high-ups. Dr. Ramesh also pointed out that all provincial governments were unable to finalize the Security Plan for the protection of minorities worship places. The Supreme Court has reportedly ordered the provincial governments to prepare the Security Plan with the collaboration of Dr. Ramesh Vankwani and present the final plan along with the details of necessary required defense equipment, during the next hearing on April 16.

Related to five percent quota for minorities in government jobs, Dr. Ramesh said that the Supreme Court was informed by him that after his meetings with the government officials, special instructions were issued. The court has urged to follow up this issue, he told the reporters. On the occasion, Dr. Ramesh also assured to play active role for the formation of peaceful society, emphasizing that Pakistan Hindu Council is willing to cooperate with law-enforcement agencies and other government-private organizations.

Saulat Mirza to be executed on March 19

fKARACHI: An Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) in Karachi on Wednesday issued the black warrant of deathrow prisoner Saulat Mirza. The execution of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activist is expected to place at 5:30am on March 19.

54ffe2e361fbfEarlier, jail authorities had submitted an application with an ATC in Karachi requesting it to issue a black warrant for the condemned prisoner.Sources in Balochistan Prisons Department confirmed that death warrant about the execution of Saulat Mirza has been received; following which security in and around the Jail has been tightened.

Mirza was sentenced to death by an anti-terrorism court in May 1999 for murdering the managing director of then named Karachi Electric Supply Corporation Shahid Hamid, his driver Ashraf Brohi and guard Khan Akbar in July 1997.

He was moved along with four high-profile prisoners to the Machh jail, Balochistan, in April 2014.In May last year, Mirza’s brother petitioned the high court to move him to a Karachi prison.He argued that his brother had been shifted to the Machh jail without the orders of the competent authority or any notification.

The petition had been disposed of by provincial authorities on the pretext of security reasons.Mirza had also submitted a mercy petition before the president which was rejected after it remained pending for a long time.Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain said: “The mercy petition of prisoners on death row should not be rejected on political grounds and only those genuinely deserving the punishment must be hanged, which should begin with the terrorists.”

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Pakistan on Tuesday lifted its moratorium on the death penalty in all capital cases, after initially restarting executions for terrorism offences in the wake of a Taliban school massacre.

Pakistan has hanged 24 convicts since resuming executions in December after Taliban militants gunned down more than 150 people, most of them children, at Peshawar’s Army Public School.

List of 110 most wanted terrorists

LAHORE: Police on Wednesday issued a list of 110 most wanted terrorists belonging to various banned outfits.

5501062ecd88aThe top ten terrorists on the list were allegedly involved in high-profile suicide attacks, besides sectarian violence.

One of the most wanted terrorists, Matiur Rehman, was involved in the attacks on former president retired Gen Musharraf, former prime minister Shaukat Aziz and suicide bombing on Sheraton Hotel, Karachi. He carried Rs10 million head money.

Mansoor alias Choota Ibrahim Hasan and Qari Ehsanul Haq alias Shahid were also involved in the suicide attack on Musharraf on Dec 25, 2003, in Rawalpindi. Rs5m reward had been announced for their arrest.

The head money on Ikramullah, who was associated with Baitullah Mehsood group and involved in the suicide attack that killed Ms Bhutto in Rawalpindi is Rs2 million.

Rs5 million reward was announced for providing information leading to arrest of Rana Mohammad Afzal, who belonged to the Masood Azhar group of the TTP. He had close links with Al Qaeda’s Arab commanders. He had been carrying out terrorist activities along with Al Qaeda and Taliban militants.

The head money for Qari Abdullah, who is associated with TTP’s Ameer Lashkar-i-Khurasan group, was the mastermind of a suicide bombing at the ISI office in Qasim Baila, Multan, is also Rs5 million.

Rangers operation at Nine Zero a positive step, says Nisar

ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday hailed the early morning raid by Rangers on MQM headquarters as a step in the positive direction,

55006acacbacbHe said that Rangers personnel did ‘nothing wrong and unlawful’ at MQM headquarters Nine Zero.

Meanwhile, leader of the House in the Senate Raja Muhammad Zafarul Haq strongly rejected the allegation of Muttahida Qaumi Movement that the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was behind the raid at its head office in Karachi.

“This allegation is totally wrong and baseless. I strongly and categorically reject it,” he said speaking in the Senate in response to an MQM Senator who had accused the ruling party of taking action at the party’s head office (Nine Zero).

He said the assertion that the action was carried out because the MQM did not support the ruling party for the election of top Senate slots, was totally baseless.

Raja Zafarul Haq said if Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif could visit the residence of former President Asif Ali Zardari to support Raza Rabbani as a consensus candidate for the Senate chairmanship, then there was no question of him working against the MQM.

He said under the laid down procedure, the chief ministers concerned were acting as captains in the fight against terrorism and extremism. Any information received by the departments regarding terrorists or extremists was passed on to security agencies for an action, he added.

He assured that he would contact the Sindh Chief Minister and present the details in the House.

Meanwhile, the MQM Senators staged a walkout from the House to protest the early morning raid at the party head office. Speaking on a point of order, they called for constitution of a monitoring committee to oversee the actions being taken by law enforcement agencies.

Senator Tahir Hussain Mashhadi alleged that over 100 MQM workers have been arrested. “The Karachi operation should not be politicised. The law enforcers should concentrate on apprehending target killers, extortionists and members of proscribed organisations,” he added.

Dr Qayyum Soomro of Pakistan People’s Party said the criminal elements should be apprehended in collaboration with political parties.

Farhatullah Babar of PPP said a human rights committee or special sub-committee should be constituted to probe allegations against law enforcement agencies.

Nasreen Jalil of MQM said transparency should be ensured in the ongoingoperation in Karachi. Shahi Sayed of Awami National Party said a political party should not dump weapons in its offices. “Terrorists irrespective of their political affiliations must be nabbed and punished. Political parties should purge themselves of criminal elements,” he added. Maulana Tanveer-ul-Haq Thanvi said congenial atmosphere must be kept intact.

Baber Ghouri of MQM said terrorists belonging to any political party must be nabbed. He urged the government to probe alleged excesses being committed against the MQM. Senator Sherala Malik criticised the raid at MQM’s headquarter.

Senator Abdul Rauf said Karachi had virtually been made a “no-go area” for other parties. “Karachi belongs to every community and the mindset that Karachi is ‘ours’ should be changed,” he added. All stakeholders should be taken into confidence for making Karachi a peaceful city, said Rauf.

Federal Minister for Climate Change Mushahidullah Khan said that Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz PML-N believed in policy of reconciliation and dialogue.

Commenting on the raid at MQM headquarters, he said that it was a provincial matter and Sindh chief minister has already sought a report of the issue.

Mushahidullah said according to Rangers officials, foreign made arms and ammunition were recovered during the operation at MQM headquarters.

Zardari stopped Rangers-like raid on ‘Nine Zero’: Mirza

BADIN: Former home minister Dr Zulfikar Ali Mirza has said that during his tenure he himself wanted to carry out a raid on the MQM headquarters similar to the one conducted on Wednesday but his friend [PPP co-chairman] Asif Ali Zardari always restrained him from taking any such step.

5500c3c0ce50bSpeaking by phone from London to journalists and his supporters present in the local press club on Wednesday, he expressed his pleasure over the Rangers’ raid and arrest of some wanted criminals and termed the action ‘a bold step’.

He said he would offer assistance to the law enforcement agencies by sharing his knowledge about criminals and their activities.

He advised Mr Zardari to go with the sane and patriot people of the country instead of selling out Sindh to [MQM chief] Altaf Hussain and [Bahria Town chief] Malik Riaz in league with people like Rehman Malik.

Referring to the raid on the Nine Zero, Dr Mirza said it seemed that his dream of Sindh getting rid of terrorism was coming true. He hoped that the criminals being arrested by the Rangers would be brought to justice.

Dr Mirza condemned the alleged arrest of his supporters in Badin police in recent days “at the behest of his rivals within the PPP and said he would soon rejoin his supporters to resume his struggle against corrupt and inept administration”.

Allah Bachayo Memon, a close aide to Dr Mirza, was detained in a raid on his house on Tuesday night but had to be let off as scores of people, including traders, held a demonstration outside the Model police station demanding his release.

Pro-Mirza activists of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) said Mr Memon was among several of their like-minded party workers picked up during raids on their houses in Badin during the night.

They said they, along with local traders and supporters, strongly protested against their detention without any charges. They said Taj Mohammad Mallah, Tanweer Ahmed Arain, Tarique Ahmed Memon and others held talks with SHO Wali Mohammad Chang, who freed Mr Memon after keeping him in detention for two hours.

Meanwhile, a trader, Haji Khan Lashari, who was detained at the Talhar police station three days ago, was released on Wednesday. He told a press conference that he was detained a the behest of Dr Mirza’s arch rival in the district, MNA Sardar Kamal Chang and Talhar MPA Allah Bukhsh Talpur.