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Toothless police, ruthless criminals, helpless people in Taxila

 Tehsil Taxila comprising rural and urban areas of Taxila and Wah Cantonment has witnessed alarming increase in crimes especially heinous crimes exposing the poor police performance to prevent the rising crimes especially heinous crimes in twin cities of Taxila and Wah Cantt as people remain exposed to bandits who continue jeering at police inefficiency during year 2104, the official data revealed.

8-31-2012_65623_lDespite massive incentives of increase salaries, funds and provision of facilities to the Police by the provincial government, official data of the Police department reveals stunning figures as masses here failed to get relief from the house robberies and burglaries as the gangs of outlaws up in the arms against masses have deprived them from cash, gold ornaments and vehicles unabated while Police seems in deep slumber despite the fact that the area lies in the constituency of Federal Minister of Interior Ch Nisar Ali Khan, where law and order situation should be a role model for the rest of the country.

The official Police crimes data reveals that twin cities of Taxila and Wah Cantonment where presently three police stations and a numbers of police chowkis are working witnessed massive surge in crimes especially heinous crimes with on the other hand citizens have been deprived of valuables, including cars and motorcycles, worth millions of rupees. The official data reveals that as many as 1666 cases were registered during 2014 compared to 1602 during successive year 2013. The area also witnessed surge in attempt murder cases as 57 were reported in 2014 compare to 51 during successive year in which 8 are remain un traced and 39 nominated persons out of 126 are still at large. There is also increase in commercial robberies as 4 cases were registered compare only one during successive year. There is also massive increase in car snatching cases as 12 cases were reported to police compare to only 3 during successive year in which people were deprived of cars worth Rs 3520000. There is also increase in other robberies cases as 77 cases were registered with police compare to 61 during in the year in which masses wee deprived of cash and other vlaubles tune to Rs 9511200.  There is also increase in motorcycle theft cases as 75 motorcycles were stolen from area during the year 2014 compare 36 motorcycles during the year 2013.  There was also increase in rape cases as 7 cases were registered compare to only 3 during the successive year. The year also witnessed hike in the attempt murder cases as social and financial problems have forced 8 people to attempt suicide compare to only 2 during year 2013. The area witnessed increase in fatal incidents as 38 cases were registered with police compare to only 30 during the successive year. 8 cases of animals theft was registered during the year 2014 compare to 3 cases during the successive year. The bank dacoity, a gang rape case in which four persons are nominated are remain unsolved which is big black blot on local police who have failed to traced the culprits and even failed to arrest single rapist.

 Inside sources in Police department told this reporter that no change in the Police attitude or their progress for the investigation, rooting out crimes especially anti-social elements running gambling, liquor and prostitution dens unabated in the area. They said that these dens are working in Nawababad, Ahmed Nagar, Ismaeelabad, Chachi Mohallah, Asifabad, Bearer number 3, Gadwal, and other low rented areas are unabated. It is observed that prostitution dens and brothels are mushrooming in every nook and corner of the city, while concerned Police officials are looking the whole affair as idle spectators due to the reasons best known to them.

Residents of the area believe that Police use maneuvering tactics to show the decline in crime rather than to curtail the activities of the criminals. The policy of showing decline in the crime rate is usually employed in the Police department from top to bottom. The conventional methods used to evaluate the Police performance are being employed even at the higher echelons in the different ways while the weekly and monthly registration of crime cases, severity of cases and number of FIRs are the only method to access the Police performance.  The most common practice that has been used by the Police is to change the subject of FIR. It has learnt that when a person goes to the Police Station to register his case regarding snatched vehicle and mobile phone, the officials file the FIR of the stolen or missing. It has also learnt that no case of street crime especially mobile and the Police did not put purse snatching on the official record to keep the crime graph low. Similarly a large number of theft cases were not brought in to black and white. They blamed that the Police officials mere lodge their complaint of theft in compliant register but not register their FIR to show the crime graph in their respective area low.  It may be mentioned here that it was decided in 1990s that the police culture would be abolished and the police stations would replace it but, they said, the idea was not implemented so far. The police department issues press releases and claim successes but, in fact, the incidents of kidnapping, theft, murders and robbery were continuously increasing.


Imran lauds ‘well-reputed’ Rabbani, vows to evaluate performance

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday said that Raza Rabbani – the Opposition’s consensus candidate for Senate Chairman also backed by ruling PML-N – has a good reputation but his performance in the Upper House of Parliament would be evaluated.

imrankhan-pti-senatechairman-razarabbani_3-10-2015_177758_l Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) stalwart Rabbani has emerged as a consensus candidate for the post with the backing of most parliamentary parties with few exceptions.

Earlier in the day, he thanked all the parties for bestowing their trust on him and said that he will strive to meet the expectations of every party without succumbing to any pressure after assuming the charge as Chairman Senate.

Speaking at a press conference today, Imran Khan criticised the PPP and PML-N again vowing not to vote for their candidates in the upcoming elections for Senate Chairman and Deputy Chairman.

He ruled out emergence of any new coalition in the Parliament.

“Whenever they [all parliamentary parties] feel insecure, they form an alliance against the PTI,” said Khan.

He reiterated that 2015 will be the year of elections and vowed to come out on the streets again if the judicial commission to probe alleged rigging in the 2013 poll was not formed.

The PTI chief also welcomed new politicians for joining the party on the occasion.

Rangers raid MQM’s ‘Nine-Zero’ headquarters in Karachi –

KARACHI: In a targeted operation early Wednesday morning, Rangers forces carried out a raid at Nine-Zero, the headquarters of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement in Karachi, with the party claiming that several leaders had been arrested.

MQM-NineZero-Azizabad-Karachi-Rangers-Muttahida-90_3-11-2015_177822_l A Rangers spokesman said a large cache of illegal weapons had been recovered in the “information-based operation” and that several “criminals” had also been arrested.

 MQM leaders claimed Rangers forces had conducted a “siege and search operation” at the party’s headquarters, ransacked its offices and had arrested several leaders of the political party.

 In a statement issued hours after the start of the operation, the MQM’s Raabta Committee said Rangers personnel had forcefully raided and ransacked the MQM’s head office. The party said that several members had been arrested, including central leaders Amir Khan, Abdul Haseeb, Dr Saleem Danish, Arshad Hussain, Dr Ayub Sheikh, and Sindh Assembly lawmaker Rehan Zafar.

Pakistan ranked 141 in Women Development Index

LAHORE: An international report on Saturday ranked Pakistan 141 in terms of women development, while the country has been placed on 147th number in the Human Development Index.


A seminar was held here on the occasion of International Women’s Day by Mir Khalil ur Rahman Society in which the role of micro-finance in women development sector was reviewed.

Participants of the seminar said the country has witnessed some progress in women’s health and education sectors. However, they termed the situation of women development in the sphere of politics and economic sector as unsatisfactory.

Acting Governor of State Bank, Saeed Ahmed said the government was in the process of introducing some new projects for the development of women, who make up forty-nine percent of the country’s population.

Provincial Minister for Women Development, Hamida Waheeduddin said more hostels fo women and Dar-ul-Aman would be established across the country.She said the women will be protected to enable them to enhance their productivity.

PM backs Raza Rabbani for Senate chairman’s slot

ISLAMABAD: The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) ruled out the possibility of horse-trading and political bargaining in tomorrow’s (Thursday) election for the Senate chairman by announcing its support for the opposition’s Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) designated candidate, former federal minister and architect of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, Senator Mian Raza Rabbani here on Tuesday.
3-11-2015_36327_l_TThe announcement was made by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during a lunch that he hosted for parliamentary group leaders at the PM House.The announcement has paved the way for the uncontested election of Senator Raza Rabbani to the post.The announcement made by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif buried speculation about the contest for the slot of the chairman Senate as he announced that his party would not propose any candidate for the office of deputy chairman.
The ruling party will accept the candidate proposed by the opposition.Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah, who was also present on the occasion, paid rich tributes to the sagacity of the prime minister and appreciated the decision generously.
Later, Mian Raza Rabbani also joined the leaders at the lunch and had a meeting with the prime minister. He thanked Mian Nawaz Sharif for the announcement and assured him that he would act in the best possible democratic manner and work to strengthen parliament and democracy.
Premier Nawaz Sharif congratulated him on his consensus candidature and maintained that no other decision could have been better than the one taken.Former president Asif Zardari has also welcomed thedecision of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to endorse the nominee of the opposition parties, Raza Rabbani, for the office of Senate chairman.
He termed it a triumph of the Charter of Democracy and victory of the spirit of democratic accommodation and reconciliation. His spokesman Farhatullah Babar said that the former president especially thanked all opposition political leaders including Awami National Party’s (ANP) Asfandyar Wali, Altaf Hussain of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Chaudhry Shujaat of Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q), Israrullah Zehri of BNP-A and Fata senators for nominating Raza Rabbani for the office, as well as Maulana Fazlur Rehman.
Asif Zardari also felicitated Raza Rabbani on his unanimous endorsement as chairman of Senate.Earlier, during the luncheon meeting, the premier said that the appointment of a chairman of Senate should be decided after consultation with all parties. The luncheon meeting was held in honour of political leaders and heads from PPP, ANP, MQM, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI), Pakistan National party (PNP) and Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party attended the meeting.
The prime minister said that the PML-N initiated the process of holding consultation with all political leaders to come to a consensus on national issues, which yielded positive results.He mentioned that PPP Co-chairman Asif Zardari held a meeting on Monday for all parties to come to a consensus for a candidate of Senate chairmanship and said that his party too endorsed Raza Rabbani, in order to further promote the culture of mutual consensus between political parties.
The prime minister said, “We always fostered a spirit of consultation and understanding as internal conflicts in the past, and punting harm the country.”He said that the consultation and understanding should stick to tradition. He stressed the need on having a chairman and deputy chairman with Senate’s unanimous decision and consultation should also be there.
He said that he had always been interested in positions more good democratic traditions.The prime minister said that the government along with other parties made serious efforts to put an end to horse-trading in politics.
The opposition parties unanimously nominated PPP’s Raza Rabbani as their candidate for the office of Senate chairman Monday evening. It was announced by ANP President Asfandyar Wali Khan in the presence of representatives of all opposition parties represented in the Senate after almost a four-hour meeting at Zardari House. He claimed that he suggested the name of Mian Raza Rabbani for the purpose.
Asfandyar Wali, talking to media, asserted that three sitting Fata senators were also part of the opposition alliance whereas one Fata senator belonged to the JUI-F.Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the JUI-F chief, had attended the meeting for some time, who was brought by Senator Abdul Qayyum Soomro for the meeting.
The impression was given that Maulana still wanted to keep his options open as he was scheduled to have a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday.The prime minister had invited for his Tuesday’s lunch among others, Asif Zardari, PML-Q President Senator Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan and BNP-M Asadullah Mengal but they opted not to attend the lunch.
Political sources told The News that some federal ministers including Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Khawaja Saad Rafique and Senator Pervaiz Rashid worked hard for developing a consensus on the subject.
The PML-N Tuesday announcement about the top position of Senate is in line with Nawaz Sharif’s policy of accommodating others and respecting the mandate. Immediately after assuming office, he turned down a proposal to form his PML-N government by striking an alliance with the JUI of Maulana Fazl. He again declined to form PML-N government in Balochistan and let the nationalists to establish their government in that province. Nawaz Sharif didn’t interfere in the process of formation of government in Sindh, the sources reminded.
Later, a delegation of the MQM comprising Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiquee, Dr Farooq Sattar, Rauf Siddiqui, Kanwar Naveed and Mian Ateeq called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the PM House here this afternoon.
The delegation said that the day was a historic one in the political history of Pakistan.They congratulated the prime minister on making the magnanimous decision of supporting the consensus candidate for the slot of Senate chief and said that this revolutionary step would play a key role in strengthening democratic traditions in the country.
The prime minister said that PML-N believed in making decisions on all important national issues through consensus. Confrontation and internal differences have caused damage to the country in the past, he said.
APP adds: Leaders of various political parties have hailed the decision of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to endorse Mian Raza Rabbani for the Senate chairmanship.The leaders said that the prime minister had set a new tradition by fielding a consensus candidate for the office of Senate Chairman, Radio Pakistan reported.
Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah said the prime minister, showing openheartedness, had set a glorious tradition.
JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said the premier adopted the role of a wise leader and his decision would help further strengthen democracy.Awami National Party chief Asfandyar Wali termed Rabbani’s unanimous candidature for top Senate slot a historic decision in the country’s political history.Mir Hasil Bizenjo said the prime minister had set a new example to accommodate and take along all the political parties.
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