Kashmiris observe complete shutdown to mark Int’l Human Rights Day

SRINAGAR: In Occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed today, to mark the World Human Rights Day.

Call for the shutdown and blackout has been given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik against gross human rights violations in Kashmir.

The leadership is scheduled to take out a protest rally from Lal Chowk to UN Office at Sonwar. However, the puppet administration has deployed heavy Indian troops in the valley to foil the march.

Meanwhile, the victims of human rights abuses held a sit-in protest at Pratap Park in Srinagar today to inform the world about the miseries inflicted by the Indian occupational forces.

IG Islamabad urges traffic police to adopt zero-tolerance policy against corruption

ISLAMABAD: IG Islamabad Sultan Azim Taimuri urged Islamabad traffic police to adopt zero-tolerance policy against corruption. The top police official of the federal capital was addressing to traffic officers and youths here on Sunday.

In his speech, Taimuri said that it is responsibility of officers to monitor cops and if some policeman takes bribe the officer would be considered responsible for the crime. He said that all officials should deal citizens politely and with good manners on the roads.

Earlier, IG Islamabad Sultan Azim Taimuri visited different departments of Traffic Office Islamabad. Taimuri has served in the capital police as SP, SSP, AIG, and DIG in various wings, and replaced Khalid Khattak to assume charge of top slot.

Karachi to witness grand finale of PSL-3: says Governor Sindh

KARACHI: Governor Sindh Mohammad Zubair, on a visit to the National Stadium on Sunday, said that cricket fans in Karachi would get an opportunity to watch “quality cricket” in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final which is scheduled to be held in the metropolis on March 25.

Zubair said that the arrival of international players in the country would “open the doors of international cricket” in Pakistan and observed that the security situation in the country is much better now than it was in 2013.

The governor added said that the entire country was thankful to the Sri Lankan team for visiting Pakistan for a Twenty20 match in October this year. The third season of the PSL will kick off in Dubai on Feb 22, with the Peshawar Zalmi facing off against newcomers, the Multan Sultans.

A total of 24 matches will be played across different venues in Dubai, Sharjah, Lahore and Karachi. The final is to be held in Karachi on March 25.

Five PML-N lawmakers announced their resignations

FAISALABAD: Five PML-N lawmakers announced their resignations from public office during a Khatm-i-Nabuwwat conference organized by Pir Sialvi in Faisalabad on Sunday.

MNAs Dr Nisar Ahmad Jutt and Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, and Punjab MPAs Maulana Rehmatullah, Pir Hameeduddin Sialvi’s son Nizam-ud-Din Sialvi, and Khan Muhammad Baloch announced their resignations protesting government inaction against their demand for the resignation of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah.

The lawmakers belong to Punjab’s Jhang, Chiniot, Faisalabad and Sargodha districts.

Pir Sialvi, who is also a former senator, earlier claimed at least 15 parliamentarians “spiritually associated” with the Sial Sharif shrine would tender their resignations at the public meeting in Faisalabad.

Earlier this week, the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had assured the Pir that he would visit him shortly and clarify the position and remarks of Rana Sanaullah.

Babar Ghauri, Shamim announce to abandon MOM-L

Washington: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leaders Babar Ghauri and Shamim Siddiqui announced to abandon London faction of the party, local media reported on Sunday.

The two leaders, both former federal ministers and presently based in the US, announced their disassociation separately.

In a statement, Ghauri said he has resigned from his basic party membership and is relieving himself of all official responsibilities within the MQM.

Ghauri said further that the reasons for leaving the party are purely personal, adding that he will not be joining any political party and group for now.

Ghauri has remained as the federal minister for ports and shipping, as well as a lawmaker in the provincial and national assemblies, and the Senate.

Ghauri said he has been politically inactive for around a year. He said: “there is only one MQM and that is in London”. He added that he has never been a part of the MQM that is working out of Pakistan.

However, he seemed sympathetic towards the creation of MQM-Pakistan. He said it will be good if the MQM-Pakistan and Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP)’s merger succeeds as the Mohajir community is being neglected.