Terrorist attack at Mazar-e-Quaid feared due to serious security lapse

A large number of People from across Pakistan and abroad visits the Mazar of the father of the nation
A large number of People from across Pakistan and abroad visits the Mazar of the father of the nation

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: The security agencies have warned Sindh Government of terrorism threats due to serious security lapse at the mausoleum of the Quid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, it was reliably learnt here on Saturday.

A letter, detailing the grey security areas, shortcomings and serious security lapses at the Mazar-e-Quaid was written to Sindh Government on last Tuesday, 25th November 2014, warning it of security breach which will provide terrorists an easy way to hit the mausoleum.

The Quaid-e-Azam residency in Balochistan was targeted by terrorists in June 2013 whereas his Mazar in Karachi may also become an easy and soft target for the terrorists, sources told, confirming that no action has been taken upon the alert of serious nature despite the passage of four days.

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According to letter, a copy of which is also available with this scribe security agencies showed serious apprehensions after they found that the Cameras were not only of very low quality and faulty but they were also not being installed at proper locations. “Only 4xPTZ cameras are being installed around and at top of mausoleum and that too without power backup and UPS”, the letter states.

To the surprise of agencies there is also no proper display room where round the clock monitoring can be done in order to keep an eye on suspicious activities there, sources said, adding the Cameras were also immovable, making the system least effective.

The Quaid-e-Azam residency in Ziarat, Baklochistan was attacked by militants of Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) in June 2013
The Quaid-e-Azam residency in Ziarat, Baklochistan was attacked by militants of Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) in June 2013

No proper number of guards is being deployed while they too are without security clearance, which is a prerequisite for such a sensitive task, sources said. Entry through general gates is manually checked and no walk-through gates have been installed, the letter reminds Sindh Government.

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PRIME CAUSE OF SECTARIAN VIOLENCE: Mosques, Imambargahs in Karachi built on encroached land

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Naimat Khan

KARACHI: There are religious seminaries, mosques and Imambargahs in the port city of Karachi which have been built on the encroached lands, reveal official documents of Sindh Government, which also see this unchecked illegal construction as a prime cause of surge in sectarian violence.

The Summary floated by Sindh Home secretary, Dr Niaz Ali Abbasi for the approval of CM Sindh Qaim Ali Shah calls for regularization of religious seminaries, Imambargahs and mosques throughout the restive metropolis in order to control the menace.

“Madrassahs, Imambargahs and Mosques are being constructed on government lands, encroached private lands, greenbelts, service roads and amenity plots unauthorized and illegally without completion of codal formalities” the summary reads, adding such unchecked illegal construction inter-alia is promoting sectarian violence and contributing towards law and order situation in the province.

Well informed sources in the Sindh Home Department told this scribe that different media and police reports compelled the department to suggest ways, some of which need very ‘strong will’ from the weak’ PPP’s Sindh Government due to likely reactions from different sects.

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“When the Government will go ahead with regularization of religious seminaries, Imambargahs and mosques while disallowing the new constructions without formalities, the authorities will certainly face the music” said a senior official on the condition of anonymity, arguing the move will also be equally fruitful if the government enables to implement it.

According to Summary Jamaat-ul-Dawah (formerly Lashkar-e-Taiba) of Ahl-e-Hadith, Jafria Alliance, Sipah-e-Muhammad and Majlis Wahdat-i-Muslimeen of Shitte, Sunni Tehreek, Dawat-e-Islami and Jamiat-e-Ulemae Pakistan (Noorani) of Barelvi, and Ahle-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat (Sipah-e-Sahaba), Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Jaish-e-Muhammad, Harkatul Ansar and Jamiat-ul-Ulmae Islam ( Fazal-Ul-Rehman) of Deobandi school of thoughts were directly or indirectly operating mosques and religious seminaries.

To check this growth of illegal and unauthorized construction of Madrassah, mosques and Imambargahs and to control sectarian clashes, the Home Department Government of Sindh has finalized SOPs which say no construction must be allowed by the police and district administration unless required documents are produced by the individuals and organizations and report from concerned deputy commissioner containing details about ownership of land. Consent of owners is acquired.

Verification of character, antecedents of the individuals and organizations interested in construction of Madrassah, Imambargah or mosque by Police Department and Special Branch is also being declared mandatory. Publication of Public Notice in leading newspapers of Urdu, English and Sindhi for objections if any and NOC from Sindh Building Control Authority Cantonment Boards and NOC from the Home Department, Government of Sindh are also among the proposed mandatory steps for the constructing mosque, seminaries and Imambargahs.

Deputy Commissioners and Senior Superintendents of police are also duty bound to study the sectarian issues minutely and take necessary actions which include identify trouble-makers, irrespective of their sects, initiate legal action against them in phases, if they are found involved in wrong doings and get provocative sectarian wall chalking removed from your area of responsibility, the summary reads.

The DCs have also been instructed in summary to remove flags of sectarian and defunct parties from roundabouts and public places and take action under the Loud Speaker Act against those who misuse loud Speakers of the Mosques, Madrassahs and Imambargahs.

The summary also suggests the formation of districts and union council level peace committees, which should be comprised of Sunni and Shia notables. “Their signatures may be obtained on a code of conduct which asks for a complete ban on the humiliation of Sahaba and Ahel-e-Bait. In case of violation the violator shall be handed over by the committee to the law enforcing agency.

There shall be complete ban on the slogan -Kafer Kafar. Shia Kafar” and violator shall be dealt with as per law” it states. Complete ban on the provocative sectarian wall chalking and ban on the over-head loud speakers and the ground placed loud speakers has also been suggested.

This is the edited version of news published here

 

TTP Commander Adnan Rashid plans to attack Musharraf

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Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Adnan Rashid, a Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commander and mastermind of suicide attack on former military dictator in Rawalpindi in 2007 has now planned to target Gen (R) Pervez Musharraf in Karachi, reveals an intelligence report.

Adnan Rashid, a former junior technician of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and resident of Chota Lahore in district Swabi in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, had escaped from Bannu Jail on April 15, 2012 in a bid to what is called the huge jailbreak in the history of the country.

The TTP Commander, who was serving jail term for attacking former president General (R) Pervez Musharraf, immediately formed Ansar Al-Aseer’ (friends of prisoners), a fidayeen force after his freedom from the hail for fleeing other militants from jails.

The high profile militant was reported to have been arrested on 16 July during the ongoing Zarb-i-Azb operation by Pakistan armed forces but the reports later turned out to be untrue.
Now the intelligence reports by top Pakistan spy agencies state that Adnan Rashid is busy in arranging funds and raising a force of Fidayeens for attacking on former military dictator on his way from his home to hospital in Karachi.

The intelligence agencies of the country in their reports have sent an alert to headquarters 5 corps of Pakistan Army, Sindh Home department, and headquarters of Sindh rangers and Sindh Police, warning them all to take extra-measures for the security of Musharraf in order to foil the likely bid by terrorists. “It has reliably been learnt that the miscreants of TTP are planning to target former President General (R) Pervez Musharraf at Karachi during his visit to hospital in near future” the report states.

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According to the information, unidentified miscreants under the command of Adnan Rashid were collecting funds and preparing for suicide operation in Karachi against the ex-President Pervez Musharraf. According to report the former president of Pakistan General (R) Pervez Musharraf has planned to visit a hospital for treatment during unspecified period and five unidentified “Fidayeens” are being prepared to conduct planned suicide attack on him.

The concerned quarters have been directed to take extreme vigilance and heightened security measures for ensuring safety of General (R) Pervez Musharraf. The former military dictator has been accused of high-treasons for which special court has been formed by the government in Islamabad. Musharraf after being admitted in military hospital in Rawalpindi for some months, shifted to Karachi where he is staying with his daughter.

Recently, his mother, Begum Zareen also arrived in Pakistan despite her ailment to see her son. Musharraf is doing his treatment in a Karachi hospital where he goes for his tests whereas routine check-up is being done at his home.

The story was originally published here

Bangladesh diplomatic missions in Pakistan receive threats

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Naimat Khan

KARACHI: The diplomatic missions of Bangladesh in Pakistan have received threats, credible sources revealed here on Thursday, informing that the Bangladesh’s High Commission in Islamabad has requested Pakistan to tighten security of its diplomatic and non-diplomatic staff in both Islamabad and Karachi.

The revelations of security threats have emerged when the controversial Bangladesh war crimes tribunal is busy giving strict sentences to leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and Khalida Zia’’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) for their alleged help of Pakistan armed forces during 1971 war. The judgement of Tribunal is widely being criticized by International human rights organizations.

The controversial war tribunal handed down first death sentence to JI’s leader in December last year whereas the latest in the row is death sentence given by it to BNP’s 70 years old Zahid Hossain on Thursday. Sources said that after the high commission of Bangladesh expressed fears of possible attack and threats, Pakistan beefed up security of both High Commission in Islamabad and deputy High Commission in Karachi.

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“High Commission for the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in Islamabad has written a letter to Pakistan’s foreign ministry, drawing its attention towards security threats to the high commission in Islamabad as well as the deputy high commission in Karachi” sources said.

The high commission requested to the foreign ministry to provide appropriate security to the high commission in Islamabad, deputy high commission in Karachi, the residents as well as diplomatic and members of the non-diplomatic staff, sources added.

The Bangladeshi high commission in Islamabad and deputy high commission Karachi were being closed from 30th October 2014 until 04th November 2014, sources said. After receiving the request Pakistan Foreign affairs ministry wrote as letter to National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) Islamabad on 29th October, 2014, requesting to ensure appropriate security to ward off any potential threat to the Bangladesh Mission.

“Appropriate security measures should be kindly taken to ward off any potential threats to the Bangladesh diplomatic missions in Islamabad and Karachi” the letter addressed to NACTA stated. Upon receiving the request NACTA on last Monday instructed Chief Commissioner Islamabad, police chief Islamabad, Home Secretary Sindh and IGP Sindh to provide security to the missions in the respective cities of Islamabad and Karachi, sources said.

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Creative ideas of Sharjeel to plunder taxpayer money

Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inaam Memon (File Photo)
Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inaam Memon (File Photo)

This news was published here on 26 Sep 2013. The office remains there and the contract being renewed, which means plundering taxpayers’ money by Sindh Information Minister, who is also central deputy secretary information of PPP, is incessant. I’m reproducing her for those who visit my blog for informative stories.  Though, it is not massive corruption but it does reflect how much creative are the Sindh ministers viz a viz corruption.

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Naimat Khan

KARACHI: The Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inaam Memon, who has been badly failed to project the positive works done by PPP’s Sindh government, has used his brain otherwise and to plunder the taxpayers’ money, it has been reliably learnt.

The Sindh Information Department (SID) has been publishing good quality two monthly magazines of 60-page each, namely “Izhar” (Urdu) and “Pegham” (Sindhi) since 1970s but the Sindh Information Minister during the last months of previous PPP’s provincial government launched 28-page weekly magazine “Sindh Manzar”, apparently in order to plunder yet through another mean the taxpayers’ money, which is supposed to be spent on their welfare, sources in Sindh Information Department told this correspondent.

The Bungalow in affluent Clifton which is being acquired on rent for a 26-page magazine
The Bungalow in affluent Clifton which is being acquired on rent for a 26-page magazine

Whereas the staff of two magazines is conveniently being stationed in the magazine rooms inside the office of Sindh Director Publication, Yasmeen Memon, the idea was floated to acquire on rent a double-story bungalow in upper class Clifton neighborhood for starting a below average magazine which could have been published with facilities already at the disposal of Sindh Information Department.

If it was not enough the Minister got approved rent almost on double amount and paid in millions as security deposit from the public exchequer to the owner through an estate agency allegedly owned by a PPP leader, sources privy to the deal told.

Sources in the SID told that unlike the old magazines all payments including the house rents and utility bills were paid by the Sindh Finance Department directly on the directions from influential minister who is close to Sharjeel Memon, the Sindh Information Minister.

The sources further told that though Director Publication, Yasmeen Memon was incharge of all publications, she had least say in the affairs of Sindh Manzar which is controlled from “elsewhere”. When this scribe visited her office for acquiring her version, Yaseem Memon had left the office while phone contacts also yielded no results.

When this correspondent showed the Bungalow to a well-known estate agent of the affluent locality he told on the condition of anonymity that the rent for house may be at least half of the rent paid to the owner. He further told that when the rent increases the amount of security deposit also automatically increases, putting the load of millions of Rupees on the public exchequer being run on loans from foreign banks and monitory institutions.

It is also relevant to mention that different quarters have been alleging the Sindh Information Ministry of large scale corruption. Last year the PML-N leader, Syed Nihal Hashmi had accused that Sharjeel Inam Memon was actively involved in corruption in his department.

“The Sindh Information Department has a budget of Rs. 40 crore for electronic media but during the last one year it has released one billion rupees to different TV channels,” maintained Hashmi and asked from where was such a hefty amount released and how much commission was being taken?

The PML-N leader had also asked the NAB to expand its investigation to the Sindh Information Department and interrogate high officials of the department including Sindh Information Minister who, he blamed, was directly involved in corruption.

To get the version of Sindh Information Department, The Frontier Post made several attempts to contact secretary information Aijaz Memon but he did not respond. A message was sent on his cell phone but he avoided commenting on the news.

Efforts on to make young JSQM Chief follow Altaf Model

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Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Party leaders and international players are persuading Sanan Khan Qureshi, the inexperienced and new leader of Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz-Bashir Qureshi Group to settle abroad on the pattern of MQM’s Altaf Hussain apparently in order to give boast to party’s separatist designs at international level, sources said.

According to well-placed sources, the new chairman of JSQM-BQG is going to be settled in Britain or most likely in US where the sister of later Bashir Qureshi is being resided.

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“The party leadership believes that Sanan’s life is also under threat in the country. Party leaders have discussed the issue with organizers of Sindh World Congress and Sindhi Association of North America (SANA) in Britain and have sought their assistance in this regards” sources said.

However, some leaders of JSQM-BQG, including Mahaser, General Secretary (JSQM-BQG) are against the idea of going abroad and view their party chairman should follow the example of late GM Syed who did not leave the country despite several life threats.

Sources said that after the death of Bashir Khan Qureshi and subsequent killing of his brother Maqsood Qureshi the senior leadership of JSQM BQG are worried about their leadership and they fear Sanan Khan Qureshi would be the next target. “Sanan Qureshi is new and inexperienced face in the nationalist politics. He may not be able to handle the matter from abroad but may be able to highlight their cause from abroad more effectively with the help of organizations like WSC and SANA” source said.

According to sources the leadership of JSQM-BSQ is also evolving strategy to raise the issue of killing of party workers on international level. The notion for sending their party chairman abroad may be part of this strategy, the country’s intelligence agencies believe.

Dr Niaz Kalani being the senior and most active leader in the party, who is the main brain behind idea, would be able to look after the party affairs even remaining behind the scene when needed. However, the proposed move may end in power struggled and further division in the party, intelligence source opine.

The story was published here

Wrangling in foreign ministry keeps vital post vacant for almost a year

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Naimat Khan
KARACHI: As our neighboring India is inching closer to Canada and striking important nuclear deals, Pakistan has totally failed in the North American state amid wrangling in Islamabad over the appointment of High Commissioner to Ottawa, sources said.

Highly credible sources both in the Prime Minister Secretariat and foreign office Islamabad revealed that Pakistan was facing a complete foreign policy failure on a crucial front due to the absence of High Commissioner since February this year.

The former High Commissioner to Canada, Akber Zeb, who retired in February 2014, was asked to continue but was then told to leave the office in June.

“The government initially tried to post a political appointee but for some reasons could not get it through” sources said, informing now there was a wrangling between Syed Tariq Fatemi and Sartaj Aziz because of which no name could be finalized despite the lapse of ten long months.

Sartaj Aziz, advisor to Prime Minister on National Security and foreign affairs and Syed Tariq Fatemi, special assistant to the PM on foreign policy want their own guys to be posted, sources said.

An official in the foreign ministry while demanding complete anonymity told this scribe that Aziz intends that additional secretary Afrasyiab Mehdi hashmi to be posted on the slot whereas Fatemi wants to appoint the foreign office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam as Pakistan’s High Commissioner in Ottawa.

As this wrangling was not enough, sources said, the Prime Minister came up with a different candidate. The name of Saeed Mehdi, ex-Principal secretary to PM, was being considered, sources informed, adding that in June this year his summary was also being prepared but could not become High Commissioner due to the lobbying against him. Mehdi was PS to PM during the first tenure of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in 1992-93.

According to sources the incumbent foreign secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry is also an aspirant and has played a major role in keeping the crucial post vacant. Sources said Chaudhry, who is a cancer patient and undergoing therapy in the country, wants his posting apparently in order to enjoy better treatment facilities in Canada. “The current foreign secretary has kept the position vacant for him and will keep it vacant till his tenure as Foreign Secretary completes”, source said.

Although Pakistan responded furiously and summoned US Ambassador Richard G. Olson to foreign office over pentagon’s accusatory report, the foreign ministry is ignoring the rhetoric by Canadian Immigration Minister Chris Alexander who has been leveling similar allegations against Pakistan for the last couple of years.

The former ambassador to Afghanistan and ex-deputy special representative of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan not only leveled similar allegations against Pakistan during the oath ceremony of Ashraf Ghani recently but last Wednesday unveiled a plan to ban entry to migrants who practice polygamy with specific aim to target Pakistan, sources said.

“In the view of recent attack on Canadian parliament and sort of crackdown on Pakistani community and aggressive behavior of current minister of citizenship and immigration Canada, it is very important to have a senior diplomat posted immediately”, diplomatic experts say.

Ironically, all this is happening when our arch rival India is inching closer to the Canada due to its active high commission in Ottawa.

The Indian Premier Narindar Modi is going to meet his Canadian counterpart Harper at the upcoming G-20 Summit to be held in Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, Australia, on 15 and 16 November 2014. “But we have no plan to mend our affairs on this front” the official said.

When contacted, the Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasneem Aslam refuted the reports of rift between Aziz and Fatemi however also refused to further comment on the issue, saying “postings and transfers is an administrative matter on which we don’t comment”.

The story was originally published here