All posts by Syed Tauqeer Hussain Zaidi

Sr. Journalist / Researcher / Human Rights Activist

DSP Riaz-ul-Islamshot dead in Peshawar

PESHAWAR: Deputy Superintendent was on Saturday shot dead and his son was severely injured by unknown gunmen, Riaz-ul-Islam was going to the mosque with his son, when three armed assailants opened fire at him three times at the Charsadda Road. His son was also injured in the incident and has been shifted to hospital in a critical situation. This is said to be the third assassination attempt on Riaz, who has earlier survived a gun and bomb attack. He was involved into counter-terror activities. Police reached the site of the incident to gather evidences for initial investigation. They cordoned the area and have started a search operation.

Int’l Anti-Corruption Day observed in Mandi Bahauddin

Mandi Bahauddin (Sher Gondal) : International Anti-Corruption Day has been observed annually, on 9 December, since the passage of the United Nations Convention against Corruption on 31 October 2003. In this connection Mandi Bahauddin ex-soldiers marked anti-corruption day with holding rally under arrangement Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Society (PESS). The rally started from District Armed Services Board (DASB) Camp office and ended in front of Press Club.  The participants were carrying banners with demands for enforcing accountability of corrupt elements without discrimination. They also raised slogans to ‘SAY NO TO CORRUPTION’.


Addressing the rally PESS leaders vowed to fight corruption to best of their abilities. About purpose of observing Anti Corruption Day, they said wide spread corruption in the country was destroying national institutions and it was duty of every citizen to raise voice against corrupt elements and their supporters. They said corruption was continuing unabated due to weakness of ‘rule of law’ and lack of justice” Anti Corruption movement launched by National Accountability Bureau was not delivering required results due to lack of cooperation of public and other government and not government organizations. Our political leaders were the main hurdle in the way of accountability.  It appears that corrupt element is so strong that even law enforcing agencies find themselves helpless to initiate legal proceeding against him.


The speakers pointed out corrupt practices of taking bribe, not performing duties properly and violation of law and rules in district level government departments. They said due to corrupt officials only weak segments of the society suffer. They urged all heads of government departments to clean their departments from black sheep and serve the masses according to their charter of duties. They said the greatest welfare of people is giving them justice by all government departments including judiciary. They warned if the corruption is not controlled our country is likely to meet fate of those nations who were captured and humiliated in the past.

Senate Defence Committee Condemns Indian Aggression

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Defence Committee meeting on Thursday under the chairmanship of Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed was given a detailed briefing about Indian aggressive move on the land and sea by the Ministry of Defence. Afterwards, the committee passed a strong resolution condemning India’s wilful violation across the LOC through its“systematic aggressive policy”.

The Senate Defence Committee urged the United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) and the international community to take notice of Indian aggression and also urged the Government of Pakistan to take concerted measure against these aggressive actions. The Senate Defence Committee also praised the proactive and professional role of Pakistan Navy in“spotting, monitoring, exposing and driving the Indian submarine out”last month. The Committee also directed the Ministry of Defence to give a befitting response to any future Indian aggression and directed them to keep the Senate Defence Committee fully posted on this count.

Earlier, the Defence Secretary informed the committee that till November 2016, the Indian troops had committed 330 ceasefire violation, 290 along the LOC and 40 along the working boundary as a result of which 12 soldiers and 45 civilians embraced martyrdom and 130 were injured. The purpose of these Indian violations is to divert attention away from the popular uprise of the Kashmiri people, avoid resumption of dialogue with Pakistan and also undermine Pakistan’s success in operation Zarb-e-Azb by diverting forces from Western to Eastern border.The Senate Defence Committee also considered the National Command Authority (Amendment) Bill 2016 and after detailed discussion on its various sections and comments from all the members present, as well as a briefing by Ministry of Law as well as the Strategic Plan Division, the amendment was approved by majority with a note of dissent from Senator Farhatullah Babar.

During the meeting, Senator Mushahid Hussain said that the peopleand parliament of Pakistan are proud of their valiant armed forces for the heroic role they are playing in protecting the country’s land and maritime boundary as well as protecting the people from the scourge of terrorism. The meeting ended with Fateha for victims of the PIA plane crash and a vote of thanks to the chair. The meeting was attended by Senators Lt. Gen. ® Abdul Qayyum, Farhatullah Babar, Javed Abbasi, Lt. Gen. ® Salahuddin Tirmizi, Hidayatullah, Ilyas Bilour, Maulana Attaur Rehman and Col. ® Tahir Hussain Mashhadi.

FIA arrests Key suspect in Barrister Fahad murder case

ISLAMABAD: Key suspect in Barrister Fahad murder case has been arrested from Torkham border while escaping to Afghanistan on Sunday.
The suspect identified as Raja Arshad fled from Islamabad to Torkham border in a bid to enter Afghanistan.
During interrogation the suspect has revealed that he is a resident of Islamabad. Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) recovered a passport from him having US visa on it. The suspect was first given in the custody of Tehsildar Torkham after which he was kept in Landi Kotal jail.
He will now be transferred to Islamabad. The suspect is likely to make more confessions regarding how he reached the border despite of such strict checking in the way and his facilitators in Afghanistan.
On the other hand, the second accused in the case Nauman alias Nomi Khokhar was presented in the court after the completion of his remand. On request of police, the court has granted additional three-day remand of the accused and has directed to conduct his complete medical checkup before next hearing.

Nayeem case: Telangana police name 66 journalists ‘who received bribes’ in remand report

Telangana: In the latest development in the Nayeemuddin encounter episode, the Telangana police on Saturday submitted a remand report mentioning the names of 66 journalists for allegedly receiving bribes from the recently eliminated gangster.

The said event where bribes were received was a dinner arranged at Savera Hotel for reporters and cameramen who covered a Ganesha festival organised by Nayeem in 2015 and they were given Rs 1,000 each in an envelope with some reporters also getting watches as gifts, the police added.

Speaking to NNP, an inspector of Nalgonda I-town police station said “As of now, we have not taken any action against the 60 odd reporters. They had attended an event and were given money to ensure coverage of the event. If they had demanded the money, then they would be liable to be booked. We are looking at what can be done but mostly, no action will be taken against the journalists as we cannot book them. For now, we have only taken Hari Prasad into custody as he took large sums of money.”

“Further investigation is on, and we are trying to see how much influence Nayeem had on the media and if there are any more people who are deeply involved in the nexus,” he added.

Reacting to this, “This is an act of suppression. Two police officers have been suspended by the SIT but police have not mentioned (later reinstated after investigation) that in the remand report,” Kranti, Secretary of Telangana Union of Working Journalists told TNM.

Suggesting that the issue of covers or gifts in press meets was a common practice and it was not ‘illegal’, Kranti said police were trying to dissuade coverage of the issue.

The scribes’ body is also set to meet Medak SP, the officer heading the SIT on Monday regarding the issue, Kranti said.

Another journalist whose name features in the list on condition of anonymity, said there were many politicians of different parties including those of the ruling TRS who attended the event. He questioned why only journalists were named in the remand report.

This comes after initial reports soon after his death suggested Nayeem had heavily bribed various people in the media to put out news that was favourable to him.

Naxalite-turned-gangster Nayeem had formed a criminal nexus involved in many grabbings, extortions, kidnappings etc until he was allegedly killed by cops in an encounter on August 8.

It is no secret that Nayeem had access to influential politicians irrespective of political affiliations and higher ranked police officials.

The timing of the encounter had also been a subject of scrutiny. There were also a series of theories regarding the sudden encounter against the outlaw who escaped from police custody on more than ten occasions.

Following his death, the police arrested a number of his alleged associates in his clandestine operations which included journalist- Hari Prasad Reddy, CEO of an upcoming Telugu news channel – i10 news, allegedly funded by Nayeem.

Police also raided the news channel’s office at Banjara Hills in Hyderabad, and seized items worth Rs 13.5 lakh.

The money was given to Hari Prasad via Tabrez, a student who was arrested a little earlier for being part of Nayeem’s gang.

According to the police, Hari Prasad confessed that he had accepted monetary favours from the slain gangster in his career.

“In the year 2012, he telecast some news that made Nayeem call him and threaten him. He received one more call later after he telecast another news against a TRS leader. In 2014, when working for 6-tv, he was asked to telecast a news item which would be paid and the channel received one lakh rupees. In 2015, he worked with Tabrez to ensure coverage of a Ganesh Idol at Prakashma bazaar in Nalgonda which was organized by Nayeem. Hari Prasad took Rs 50,000 for his channel and Rs 50,000 personally,” a police official said.

“Hari Prasad was also gifted an iPhone by Nayeem and following this, the latter decided to fund a media outlet that will be run by the former and gave him 13.5 lakh to start it – which was all seized,” the official claimed.