Cousin of Nobel laureate Abdus Salam gunned down in Nankana Sahib

A prominent local leader of the Ahmadi community and a relative of Nobel laureate Abdus Salam was gunned down in Nankana Sahib on Thursday morning, police said.

Advocate Malik Saleem Latif, a leader of the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiya in Nankana Sahib, was on his way to a local court on a motorbike along with his son Advocate Farhan, when Latif was targeted and shot at by “unidentified attackers”.

Latif’s son informed Media that the attackers had fired at them from behind.

A district police officer said that a suspect had been identified and police are narrowing their leads in the case. He refused to disclose further information for the time being.

‘No check on hate-mongering’

The murder sparked outrage in the Ahmadi community. Saleem Uddin, a spokesman for the community, said the incident shows that ongoing military operations Zarb-i-Azb and Raddul Fasad are not being implemented the way they should be.

“Around 1,700 advertisements were published against the Ahmadiya community in local and national newspapers in 2016,” said Saleem. “There is no check on hate mongering and if the situation remains the same then the killing of Ahmadis will also continue,” he added.

Saleem said the community is battling discriminatory laws in the country and expressed frustration that hate mongers are enjoying the support of the government.

The killing of the lawyer today puts the spotlight back on Pakistan’s problem of Ahmadi persecution. The issue is deep-rooted and dates back to pre-Partition India.

The mistreatment of and mainstream bias against the community is one of the main reasons that Pakistan’s first Nobel laureate, Dr Abdus Salam, fled the country to reside in the United Kingdom.

Although Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif recently made the ‘bold gesture’ to rename Quaid-i-Azam University’s (QAU) physics department after Professor Abdus Salam, the community still greatly suffers at the hands of extremists.

Ahmadis are often subjected to humiliation and harassment in educational institutions and the workplace and in the media. Despite the passage of several hours, Latif’s murder has not been reported in mainstream electronic media.

A history of persecution

In December, a charged mob of around 1,000 people had besieged an Ahmadi place of worship in Chakwal. Two people were reportedly killed and one injured in the attack.

In 2015, an enraged mob had set an Ahmadi place of worship on fire in Punjab’s Jhelum district.

In 2014, 11 Pakistani members of the Ahmadi minority were reportedly murdered.

In 2013, seven members of the community were killed.

In 2012, 19 members of the community were murdered over the year.

In 2010, militants had attacked two Ahmadi places of worship during the Friday prayer service. According to government officials, the death toll was 80, but the community spokesman put the toll at 95.

In 2008, two leading members of the Ahmadi community were gunned down.

In 2005, eight people were killed and 18 others injured when three men on motorbikes opened fire on them as they were offering prayers. In the same year, all Ahmadi students were expelled from a medical college in Faisalabad.

In 2000, unidentified gunmen opened fire during prayers, killing five worshippers and injuring several others.

In 1995, two members of the community were stoned — one of whom died — in Peshawar.

In 1984, Ahmadis were restricted from ‘misusing’ the epithets, descriptions, titles, etc reserved for certain holy personages or places of Islamic origins. Ahmadis could not call themselves Muslim or propagate their faith.

In 1974, the then Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s regime amended the constitution to include the definition of a Muslim and listed groups that were consider non-Muslim.

BANDIT’S RING LEADER KILLING—–END OF TERROR IN AREA

Karmwal- a small village surrounded by mighty Margalla Hills East as well as Northern side and Tanks factory on Western side mostly comprising population with construction laborers   as well as low paid employees of local defense industries was not known to the people of the area until a five feet man raised in the area and formed his gang known as “Karamwali gang“ comprising his two brothers, friends and some natives of same village with same mindset. The  26 years old Habib Khursheed joins the crime world first by thefts in nearby industrial units and then liquor manufacturing and selling but as soon as he arrested and landed behind bars found these jobs less beneficial and formed gang of robbery who never hesitate to shot straight to any who show resistance in their way.

 

According to Police record and data he was presently leading a six member gang comprising Saqlian alias Genda, Zaheer Akhter, Imran alias Mano, Babar as well as his brothers Tamoor Khursheed and Bilawal Khursheed as due to fearless spell of robbery incidents in which they looted cash, gold ornaments and other valuables over 40 million have become a symbol of terror in the area due to aggressive acts during the various robbery and dacoity cases. On night between Saturday and Sunday when Habib was killed in shootout with Police he was wanted in as many as 26 heinous cases  in various cities including Taxila, Islamabad,  Hattar, Khanpur, Hassanabdal, Fatehjang and Bhattar. “According to available Police record, first FIR registered against Habib was on 8 September 2010 while last on February 18 this year.” Said Maqbool Shah- a senior cop of the area.
Presently as per available official Police record of various police stations of various provinces including federal capital, the gang led by Habib was wanted in as many as 26 cases including murder, attempt murder and injuring victims during the robberies and dacoities incidents.” Said Inspector Yasir Matloob Kiyani – the station house officer of Wah Saddar Police station while talking to this reporter. He said that as per available record as many as 13 cases are being under trial at various courts against Habib while on 5 cases he was declared proclaimed offender (PO) while in 8 cases his arrest being pending. About the  scale of looting spree of the gang, Mr Kiyani said that in Taxila 11FIRs registered against the gang, 4 in Tarnol, 3 each in Hattar and Hassanabdal, 2 each in Bhattar and Khanpur while one in FatehJang. Inspector Rana Kashif- station house officer of Fatehjang Police station has said that the gang was also involved in house robbery case in which they looted cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth million of rupees.Sub divisional Police officer Taxila circle DSP Sajid Gondal  told this reporter that the gang due to its ruthless acts during robbery and dacoity cases spread a sense of fear and terror in the area. He said that gang during a robbery incident on December 28, 2012 in village Bhalasser in Hassanabdal Police station limits killed a man named Mohammad Iqbal and injured his son Mohammad Nazakat who resisted robbery. He said that the gang during a house robbery incident on Faisal Sahhed road on January 20, 2013 injured with house owner Manzoor Akhter- a government servant when he resisted.

unnamed (4) He said that gang also barged in to an explosive gowdown in Margalla Hills in year 2011 in which they took away 1600 kilogram dynamite, 30300 detonators, 21500 meters safet fuses worth Rs 1476000 which later Police recovered from the gang. He said that Police also recovered a Klashankivo from  Habib in year 2013.He said that in their last crime, the gang  strike at Fish Market located near GT road in limits of  Hassanabdal Police station on February 18 and looted two fish traders and fled successfully with looted booty worth Rs 0.3 million. Mr Gondal said that the gang was assembled in Muneerabad area on this Saturday night the gang equipped with different weapons were planning to strike at their target when they were spotted by some persons who informed Police and a team raided there and in a bid to escape arrest they opened indiscriminate firing at Police party  resultantly Habib was hit by his own gang members fire and died on the spot- which led to end to long trail of crime as  well as fear and terror. Mr Gondal was of the view that with the killing of ring leader- the gang would unable to continue its activities and ratio of crime would not only be reduced but residents would also get a sigh of relief.

South Sudan rebels kidnap Pakistani Engineer

JUBA: South Sudanese rebels have kidnapped four oil workers including a Pakistani engineer, in a bid to force their Chinese and Malaysian consortium to leave the country.

The 26-year-old engineer, Ayaz Hussain Jamali from Badin Sindh was kidnapped on Sunday in Paloch Upper Nile State South Sudan. The fighters loyal to former vice president Riek Machar said they had seized the four working for DAR Petroleum Operating Company from Upper Nile State on Saturday – the second group of oil workers abducted this month.

There was no immediate comment from DAR, a consortium including China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), China´s Sinopec and Malaysia´s Petronas. South Sudan, which split away from Sudan in 2011 after decades of conflict, has been mired in civil war since President Salva Kiir sacked Machar in 2013. The fighting has forced 3 million people to flee their homes, split much of the population along ethnic lines and paralysed agriculture, leaving the country facing famine, according to the United Nations.

Rebel spokesman Lam Paul Gabriel said, “There are no conditions for their release, but we want to make it clear to their country of residence and the government that we do not want their company to operate in South Sudan.” He did not say why the rebels wanted the consortium to leave the area bordering Sudan and Ethiopia. The kidnapping came just over two weeks after two Indian employees of South Sudan´s petroleum ministry were seized in northeast Maiwut county.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said that Pakistani Mission in Addis Ababa Ethiopia is in touch with South Sudan authorities for the release of Ayaz Hussain Jamali. He expressed these views while responding the queries of Online News Agency on the kidnapping of Jamali.

Zakaria said that Pakistan has not diplomatic relations with South Sudan and Pakistani Mission at Addis Ababa was aware of the kidnapping of Ayaz Jamali. “We are making efforts for his early recovery,” the spokesman added.

Meanwhile, brother of Jamali, Altaf Hussain told Online that his brother was kidnapped from South Sudan around 11: 30 am on Sunday. He said that his another brother Babar Hussain was also working in the same company in Ghumri city of South Sudan. He said that both the brothers had resigned from the company due to security unrest in the area and after few days they both would have to return to homeland. He demanded the government for the concrete efforts for the recovery of his brother. He also demanded from international and national human rights organizations to raise his brother’s issue on different forums for his early recovery. (Reuters/Online)

 

Pakistan, India Revive Talks on Indian Hydropower Plants

 

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Water and Power Khwaja Asif welcomed the Indian decision to attend the talks and said he hoped the meeting would help resolve bilateral issues under the IWT framework. He said that settling disputes under the historic treaty would serve interests of both India and Pakistan.

The minister said that flood data supplied by India and tour programs of inspection, as well as meetings by Pakistan and India to the sites of interest in the Indus Basin, are also on the agenda of the talks. The last meeting of the commission took place in May 2015, but a spike in political and military tensions prevented the two sides from holding the usually-annual meeting in 2016.

Last year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi threatened to revoke the 57-year-old Indus Water Treaty. The bilateral treaty assigns the Ravi, Beas, and Sutlej rivers to India, and the Chenab, Jehlum, and Sindh rivers to Pakistan. Narendra Modi suggested that the sharing of water resources could be conditional on Pakistan preventing militants from undertaking cross-border terrorist attacks in India and divided Kashmir. Islamabad, which denies Indian terror charges, condemned Modi’s statement and warned such a move would be viewed as an act of war.

Pakistan’s objections ignored New Delhi also recently intensified work on proposed power station projects on rivers in Kashmir flowing into Pakistan, ignoring objections from Islamabad and warnings these projects will deprive the country of its due share of water. While India has resumed talks with Pakistan on water-related issues, it has refused to resume a wide-ranging bilateral dialogue aimed at normalizing political ties and finding solutions to outstanding disputes, including Kashmir. New Delhi continues to cite Islamabad’s lack of action against anti-Indian militants. The two countries have been locked in military skirmishes across the Kashmir border in recent months, raising fears of another war between India and Pakistan.

PTI abducted leader Nadeem Memon has been recovered from Karachi

KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) abducted leader Nadeem Memon has been recovered from Karachi, confirmed Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Malir Rao Anwar on Sunday. As per details, Nadeem Memon, who is also contesting PS-127 by-election, was kidnapped due to personal grudge and police are recording his statement after recovering him.

Earlier, PTI spokesperson told that Nadeem Memon was kidnapped last night from the area of Memon Goth Police Station. The spokesperson also revealed that PTI leader received threats from a powerful political figure of Malir the previous day.

PTI had also demanded Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Murad Ali Shah and Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) A.D Khawaja to take notice of this matter immediately. Police had started searching for the abducted leader after obtaining his mobile record and collecting information from his family and friends.