NAB is targeting Sindh lawmakers: Sharjeel Inam Memon

ISLAMABAD: Former Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon, while addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Sunday, severely criticised the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for only targeting the lawmakers of Sindh.

The PPP leader said he had returned to Pakistan to face all the pending cases against him.

Putting my name in the Exit Control List (ECL) was an attempt to frame me as no government institution informed me prior to its issuance and no investigation was initiated against me, said Memon. I was was never given a notice. I was never called [for an investigation]. There was no case, neither an FIR nor an inquiry,” Memon said, adding he had approached the high court to find out why his name was put on the ECL. Putting someone’s name on the ECL without issuing any prior notice to them was an “extreme step”, he maintained.

He thrashed NAB, accusing the anti-corruption watchdog of favouring certain government ministers over others. The Supreme Court had told NAB to put together a list of mega corruption scams. When the list was presented, it contained the name of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and many other ministers from Punjab, Sharjeel Inam Memon claimed. But once the list was presented before the court, were the names of those people placed on the ECL too? Memon inquired.

If the law is the same for everyone in this country, why weren’t their names also included in the ECL like his he stressed. Sharjeel Inam Memon also accused the ministers and politicians of subjecting NAB to harsh criticism after the anti-corruption body released the list, claiming that NAB stopped conducting its investigations in Punjab following the harsh criticism. If I am found guilty, I will not seek any leniency in the punishment, he maintained.

Sharjeel Inam Memon concluded his almost two years long self-imposed exile and returned to Pakistan on Saturday. He was arrested at Islamabad airport and taken to NAB office, where he was later released after verification of his bail before arrest orders and written undertaking from his lawyer that he will comply with authorities’ orders. The former provincial minister is facing several charges of monetary misappropriation and corruption. The NAB chairman had filed a reference against Sharjeel Inam Memon in connection with alleged misconduct in payments regarding advertising campaigns. Sharjeel Inam Memon rebuffed the accusations levelled against him, saying he had never “fled from the country”.

The former minister claimed that the references on the charges of corruption were filed against him months after he had left the country over medical grounds. Revealing details about his arrest last night, Sharjeel Inam Memon said people in plain clothes had come to arrest him. “I asked them to introduce themselves. But they never did. I kept asking them in the car that who were they. But they never introduced themselves until we reached the NAB office, Sharjeel Inam Memon claimed. The former minister also rejected the way he was nabbed, saying he will not call it an arrest but will term it kidnapping. What kind of law is this? Is this the law of the jungle? Sharjeel Inam Memon remarked.

 

Pakistan is pursuing a policy of peaceful neighbourhood and wishes to resolve all outstanding issues with its neighbors, peacefully through dialogue. PM Nawaz

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said Pakistan is pursuing a policy of peaceful neighbourhood and wishes to resolve all outstanding issues with its neighbors, peacefully through dialogue.

He was talking to President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov, who called on him in Islamabad. While warmly welcoming the President of Tatarstan and his delegation to Pakistan, the Prime Minister said that longstanding bilateral relations were a manifestation of a common desire to explore possibilities for enhancing cooperation between Pakistan and Russia.

The Prime Minister reiterated his resolve to establish a strong partnership between Pakistan and Russia in all fields as this cooperation would positively contribute towards promoting peace and stability in the region. Pakistan remains confident that its longstanding partnership with the Russian Federation as well as with its Muslim regions, including the Republic of Tatarstan, would witness significant progress in all areas of mutual interest, stated the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister emphasized that Pakistan is pursuing a policy of peaceful neighborhood and wishes to resolve all outstanding issues with its neighbors, peacefully through dialogue.

Rustam Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan thanked the Prime Minister for extending warm hospitality during the visit to Pakistan and informed that the Tatar business delegation held fruitful meetings at Lahore. The Prime Minister expressed the hope that the Joint Business Forum with businessmen from both sides would develop mutually beneficial contacts and help in boosting bilateral trade. Cooperation in sectors including Banking, Halal food, production of cement, automotive industry, pharmaceuticals, technology, culture and education, should be explored, stated the PM.

The visiting delegation comprised of H.E. Mr. Albert Karimov Deputy Prime Minister, Alexey Dedov Ambassador of Russian Federation to Pakistan, Ms. Taliya Minullina Chief Executive of Tatarstan Investment Development Agency and Mr. Marat Gatin Deputy Director of the Foreign Affairs. Tariq Fatemi Special Assistant to PM on Foreign Affairs, Mr. Fawad Hasan Fawad Secretary to PM and Mr. Zaheer Janjua Additional Secretary Foreign Office were also present.

 

Police official threatens to shoot himself if not promoted

 

TAXILA: A police officer in Hassanabdal has made a video where he threatens to shoot himself in protest because he has been denied a promotion for 24 years. The video has since gone viral on social media.

In the 2 minute 39 second video, head constable Mohammad Afzal, who is deployed at the Police Chowki Burhan, which is under the administrative control of the Hassanabdal police station, recites verses from the Holy Quran and then puts forward his demands to Regional Police Officer (RPO) Fakhar Sultan Raja and District Police Officer (DPO) Zahid Nawaz Marwat.

He says he cleared the lower courts’ C-1 departmental exam 24 years ago but has been denied a promotion.

He says he was not given a promotion even though a court order was made to the effect and asks why he was not paid his dues by the pay department despite orders from the DPO.

He threatened to shoot himself if he is treated like Constable Deen Mohammad, who committed suicide at the CIA headquarters in Rawalpindi with an official gun. He says he is aware of the consequences he will have to face after posting the video and that he is ready to face any departmental action.

When asked, DPO Marwat said Constable Afzal joined the police force in 1987 and was twice removed from service.

The first was in the year 2000 when he was involved in an attempted murder case and was dismissed from service when found guilty.

He was also sent on compulsory retirement in 2011 when some criminals had escaped from his custody in the Rango police station. The DPO said Constable Afzal had appealed to the Punjab Service Tribunal and after he was reinstated, the intervening period was declared leave, which is of around nine years.

The DPO said there are no provisions in the rules for granting such a long leave.

Mr Afzal then went to the Supreme Court on April 19, 2016 and the matter became sub judice, the DPO said, adding that the police department is now waiting for SC orders.

Police officials warned against ‘choice postings’

ISLAMABAD: Police officials have been warned to avoid the practice of taking choice postings or using their connections for this purpose.

Officials found involved in the practice as well as those who accept any recommendation from influential people for choice transfer/posting of police officials would be facing disciplinary action.

A circular issued from the Central Police Office Islamabad stated: “It has been observed with great concern that the senior officers of ICT police manage their own choice posting by violating government instructions issued from time to time and government servants (conduct) rules 1964. Backdoor channels are also used for the choice posting without prior permission of the inspector general of police.”

It added that a serious notice of this insubordination had been taken and the officials were directed that the undesirable practice was contrary to the rules and, therefore, should be stopped forthwith.

“All the senior officers of ICT police are, therefore, directed to follow the instructions contained in the Government Servants (conduct) Rules 1964 in letter and spirit.” In case of violation, disciplinary action will be recommended to the competent authority against the delinquent officers under intimation to the Establishment Division.

It may be mentioned that Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on a number of occasions stated in front of the media that he never influenced the transfer or posting of any police officer. Senior police officers also admitted that they never got instructions or were influenced by the minister regarding transfer or posting of any official.

On the other hand, police officers privately say giving choice posting to the blue-eyed boys still continued in the police. Though the minister never intervened in the matter, some senior police officers were involved in the practice either for themselves or entertained recommendations from influential people.

Earlier, Chief Commissioner Islamabad Zulfiqar Haider had sought an explanation from IGP Tariq Masood Yasin for posting two officers as the assistant inspector general of the police and the superintendent of police Saddar without his permission or bringing the matter into his knowledge, the officials stated.

In January, the capital police chief made an attempt to remove the then DIG operation Kashif Alam from the capital police when he was heading a joint investigation team constituted in the minor housemaid torture case. The police chief made an excuse that Mr Alam’s services were no longer required in the capital as he had been promoted from the post of SSP to DIG.

Interestingly, Mr Alam joined the capital police last year when he was serving as the SSP but was given the charge of DIG operation in violation of the rules, the officials stated. SSP Waqar Chohan was also promoted to the DIG rank but an excuse was made only in the case of Mr Alam, they added.

Nasir Khan Durrani relinquishes charge as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa IG

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s police chief Nasir Khan Durrani on Thursday relinquished charge as the inspector general of police after serving at the post for more than three years.

Durrani assumed the office of inspector general in 2013. His appointment came a day after twin blasts at a church in Peshawar which killed left 81 people and injured more than 100.

The former police chief is most noted for taking strict action against officers accused of negligence in their duties, including Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSPs) and acting Superintendents of Police (SPs), who were removed from service on account of misconduct.

According to a document DawnNews had obtained in September 2015, some 4,934 police officials were either removed from service or awarded other punishments on disciplinary grounds.

Durrani also introduced a Police Access System to address public complaints within the shortest possible time. He also introduced the I-Call system, establishing a round-the-clock direct link between himself and the public.

Additional Inspector General Syed Akhtar Ali Shah is the acting IGP until an official announcement is made.