Rawalpindi Police is alert. CPO

CPO Faisal Rana said that, we must protect the lives and property of the people in the light of rule and the writ of law. SHOs, SDPOs and divisional SPs have been updated regarding their responsibilities under the law according to the recent situation. The CPO said that the joint strategy of police of twin cities, Rawalpindi and Islamabad, is so comprehensive that when implemented, no one, either a person or a mob, horde, procession or gathering would be able to block a road for even a moment. The activities of proscribed organizations and 4th schedulers are already being monitored on the instructions of Home Department and the fresh directions issued by Home Department in this regard will also be implemented. CPO Faisal Rana said that the proscribed organizations and 4th schedulers are not allowed to be active in normal situation and in the extraordinary situation, their surveillance will also be done in an extraordinary manner. If activity of a proscribed organization or a 4th scheduler is noticed, the same will immediately be taken into custody and cases will be registered against them under the National Action Plan. The CPO directed the police officers to ensure 24/7 patrolling on the roads in order to strengthen the level of satisfaction of the public. All the entry points of Rawalpindi must be closely monitored and in case a person, group, horde or mob tries to block a road, the same must be taken into custody at once, the CPO added. The CPO said that implementation on zero tolerance policy in this regard has been started. The CPO directed the police officers that he must immediately be informed about any activity in this regard.

Capt Mohammad Ehsan Tufailon reviewed security arrangements at Mankor checkpost.

Rawalpindi police chief retired Capt Mohammad Ehsan Tufailon Monday reviewed security arrangements at Mankor checkpost and Khushalgarh bridge in Jand tehsil in connection with the anti-government march announced by Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) on October 31, officials said.

Regional Police Officer (RPO) Mohammad Ehsan Tufail was accompanied by District Police Officer Shahzad Nadeem Bukhari, RPO Kohat Division Tayyub Hafeez Cheema and other officials.

They visited entry points of Attock district which borders Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at Jand tehsil and reviewed the security plan.

A comprehensive strategy has been prepared in consultations with three district police officers to prevent the marchers from entering Attock.

According to sources, police have asked their counterparts in KP and Punjab to intercept JUI-F leaders, activists and workers in their respective areas.

On the other hand, Attock police have arranged training and capacity building for the Anti-Riot Force (ARF) personnel at the police lines.

An official said more than 1,000 police personnel equipped with anti-riot gear are participating in the training on daily basis.

“The training will continue till Azadi March,” he said.

On the other hand, police’s Special Branch have started surveillance of seminaries affiliated with JUI-F in Taxila, Wah and Hassanbadal. The officials are collecting information about the teachers and students of these seminaries.

Capt Safdar arrested by Punjab police

LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz said on Monday that retired captain Mohammad Safdar, son-in-law of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, was arrested by Punjab police late on Monday night.

According to PML-N spokesman Marriyum Aurangzeb, Mohammad Safdar was arrested on a charge of “hate speech”.

He was arrested on the motorway while he was returning to Lahore from Bhera.

Police had registered a case against him on Oct 11 for speaking against state institutions.

Ms Aurangzeb, condemning the arrest, said the “fascist government” of Prime Minister Imran Khan had stooped too low to suppress the voice of the opposition. “First Imran Khan should be arrested for making a series of hate speeches,” the PML-N leader added.

She said the government was losing its nerves with the approach of “Azadi march”.’

Foreign diplomats taken to Neelum Valley to debunk Indian army claim of destroying ‘terror launch pads’

A team of foreign diplomats posted in Pakistan were taken to the Neelum Valley in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) to witness firsthand whether the Indian army had “smashed four terror launch pads” there early Sunday, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said in a tweet on Tuesday.

The diplomats will also be taken to the Nauseri, Shahkot and Jura sectors near the Line of Control (LoC), as well as the Nausada village, which has suffered severe damage in attacks by Indian troops. The trip has been arranged so they can verify for themselves the claims made by the Indian army chief.

No official from the Indian High Commission joined the team visiting the LoC today, Dr Faisal said.

“The Indian side has not joined us in the visit to the LoC nor have they provided coordinates of the alleged ‘launchpads’,” the FO spokesperson tweeted. He added that India had also failed to share the coordinates of launchpads which the Indian army claimed to have destroyed.

“‘Claims’ by Indian Army Chief remain just that: ‘claims’,” he added.

Inter-Services Public Relations Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor — who had last night challenged Indian officials “to take any foreign diplomat/media to ‘prove’ [its allegations] on ground” — also commented on the absence of Indian officials: “What good [is the] Indian High Commission which can’t stand with its Army Chief?”

“Indian High Commission staff didn’t have the moral courage to accompany fellow diplomats in Pakistan to LOC,” he tweeted. “However, a group of foreign diplomats and media is on the way to LOC to see the truth on [the] ground.”

The development came a morning after Maj Gen Ghafoor’s challenge to the Indian army to prove its claims.

The challenge was issued by Gen Ghafoor in response to Indian army chief Gen Bipin Rawat’s claim that Indian forces had “smashed four terror launch pads” in Neelum valley. Bipin made the claims after six civilians and a soldier of the Pakistan Army embraced martyrdom in indiscriminate and “ruthless” shelling by Indian troops from across the LoC on Sunday.

Pakistan had immediately rejected the allegations as a “pack of lies”.

“Indians have no grounds to support false claim made by their COAS,” Maj Gen Ghafoor had said in a tweet on Monday night. “If they don’t want to go they have the option to share claimed targeted locations with our Foreign Office. We will take foreign diplomats and media tomorrow on those given locations. Let all see facts on ground.”

He was responding to a tweet by Dr Faisal, in which the FO spokesperson had said that the absence of response to Maj Gen Ghafoor’s offer by the Indian side “indicates that they have no grounds to support false claim by their COAS. We expect them to respond soon.”

‘Ruthless’ shelling

On Sunday, six civilians and a soldier of the Pakistan Army embraced martyrdom while two soldiers and at least nine civilians were wounded in AJK after Indian troops resorted to “indiscriminate and ruthless” shelling from across the Line of Control (LoC) past midnight “without any provocation”, civil and military officials said.

In a befitting response, Pakistan Army effectively targeted Indian positions across the dividing line, destroying two Indian bunkers, killing nine Indian soldiers and injuring several other troops, Maj Gen Ghafoor had said.

According to the civilian and military officials, the Nauseri sector in Muzaffarabad district, and its adjoining Jura and Shahkot sectors in Neelum valley, were attacked by Indian troops without pause from midnight onwards, using field artillery, mortars and tracer munition to brazenly target civilians.

Apart from the casualties, 39 houses and 28 shops had been destroyed while 93 houses and 60 shops were partially damaged by Indian shelling, the district commissioner had told Media. Besides, 16 vehicles, including four motorcycles, were also damaged, he said.

The attack was condemned by Prime Minister Imran Khan, who extended his condolences to the families of the martyrs and lauded the prompt response by the Pakistan Army.

Following the unprovoked attacks by the troops, the Indian army chief had claimed that the army had “smashed” terror camps in Neelum Valley.

AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider, in response, had termed Gen Bipin’s claims as “rubbish as their claim regarding [the] Balakot attack”.

He posted photos of the victims of the Indian shelling as well as those of the destroyed shops along the main road in Jura, and asked Indian army chief to behave like a soldier and not like a Bollywood film writer.

“Whenever savage Indian troops target and kill non-combatant civilian population along the LoC, they lie through their teeth to justify serious breach of all international laws, conventions and military norms,” the AJK premier said.

Nawaz shareef shifted to a hospital.

LAHORE: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was shifted to Services Hospital late on Monday night after his condition deteriorated which was confirmed by his fresh examination conducted by the government.

The National Accounta­bility Bureau, Lahore, took the decision to shift him to hospital for a medical check-up in light of his fresh reports. “For the medical check-up of Nawaz Sharif, NAB is shifting him to the Services Hospital,” a bureau’s spokesman said, adding doctors would decide about his admission (to the hospital).

Dr Adnan Khan, a personal physician of Mr Sharif, earlier in the evening raised an alarm about his deteriorating health, urging the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government to immediately shift him to hospital for treatment.

“Former PM #NawazSharif is detected to have critically low Platelet Count (16*10^9/L) that could be due to multiple pathologies & requires immediate in-hospital care. I have requested the authorities concerned to act in urgency,” Dr Adnan Khan tweeted after seeing the PML-N supremo at NAB’s Thokar Niaz Baig office.

“Today met former PM #NawazSharif for consultation & evaluation. He’s visibly unwell & has multiple serious life-threatening health issues of acute nature. I have recommended immediate hospitalisation for workup & treatment. The matter is of utmost urgency,” Dr Khan said.

A good number of workers gathered outside the NAB office late Monday evening and demanded that the authorities concerned shift their leader to hospital. They also chanted slogans in favour of Mr Sharif and placed burning tyres on a road. Some PML-N workers issued a video message to supporters to reach the NAB office to express solidarity with their leader. The bureau had to call in police to control the situation.

Following Dr Adnan’s caution, PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif also issued a statement, demanding the Punjab government shift his brother to hospital without further delay. “The medical reports of Nawaz Sharif by the government show that his condition is very serious. It is a callous attitude of the PTI government that despite his worsening health condition he is not being shifted to hospital,” Mr Shahbaz said, warning the prime minister of consequences if anything happened to the supreme leader of the main opposition party. “Imran Khan Niazi will be responsible if anything happens to Nawaz Sharif,” he declared.

The PML-N president said not following the jail manual was a “political revenge of Niazi” and such action might drive the country towards anarchy.

Party spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said fresh medical reports showed that the party leader’s condition was ‘very serious’ and required immediate hospitalisation. “By depriving Nawaz Sharif of medical treatment, Imran Khan cannot hide his incompetence and lies,” she said.

The former premier had been shifted from Kot Lakhpat jail (where he is serving seven-year imprisonment in Al-Azizia case) to NAB’s Lahore building following his arrest in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case. The bureau has obtained his physical remand till Oct 25.

Just a couple of month ago, the two government hospitals had denied a specialised cardiac ambulance facility for emergency medical cover to the ex-PM in the jail.

The Punjab prisons department had requested the health higher-ups to provide a fully-equipped ambulance to station it in the jail to shift him to any hospital in case of any emergency, but it was denied. The request was submitted on finding that the ambulance made available in the jail was not well equipped.

A specialised cardiac ambulance is equipped with a defibrillator, cardiac monitor, ventilator and ECG machine. A defibrillator helps save life by giving a high-energy electric shock to the heart of a patient in case of cardiac arrest.

Due to the deteriorating nature of Nawaz Sharif, Captain (R) Safdar and Nawaz Sharif’s son Hussain Nawaz were being told that Nawaz Sharif had been poisoned.
Earlier, Captain (R) Safid was present with the activists in front of the NAB office and when Nawaz Sharif’s health deteriorated, he was told by Nawaz Sharif that poisoning could reduce the number of platelets. ۔ Police arrested Capt. R Safdar after transferring Nawaz Sharif from the NAB office to the hospital. Captain (R) Safdar is accused of being mobilized outside the NAB office and inciting workers.