Bilawal’s arrogance creates space for Bakhtawar

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Benazir Buutto siblings: Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari with her Brother Bilawal Bhutto Zardari waving hands to the participants of a public gathering

By: Naimat Khan

KARACHI: After Chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari created differences with his father over different issues, former President and Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari has decided to fill the ‘Bhutto vacuum’ created by his son with elder daughter, Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari, it was reliably learnt here on Monday. A PPP stalwart, while demanding anonymity, told this scribe that Zardari tried his level best to appease Chairman PPP but disgruntled over several issues, especially the party’s relations with Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and bad governance in Sindh, Bilawal told his father that at moment he would not come back just as ‘Bhutto face’.

Bilawal demanded that he should be either allowed to resume with full powers or let to remain absent for some years, source said. Following Bilawal’s support of his father in the wake of Dr Zulfiqar Mirza’s allegations, Zardari had expedited endeavors to persuade Bilawal to attend the April 4th event of death anniversary of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, founder of the party and his grandfather but he refused.

“The visit of Lyari by Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari today (Monday) marks the beginning of her political career” said a PPP leader, adding the elder daughter of Benazir Bhutto was the least a choice for her father but Bilawal’s continued arrogance forced him to push her ahead.

The BB’s elder daughter Monday visited the troubled Lyari and distributed compensation cheques among the families of victims and injured of bomb blasts in the restive neighborhood. “Your pain is ours pain and you happiness is also ours” she said in her speech to a selective audience. The BB\’s daughter told dwellers of Lyari that the locality was like Larkana for PPP. Bakhtawar distributed cheques each of Rs 5 Lack among the heirs of the dead and gave away cheques each of 1 lack to the injured. At least 8 people had been killed and 32 wounded in a blast on 17th August 2013 whereas 3 others were killed and 25 injured in a PPP election meeting in Lyari on 27th April in 2013. Flanked by Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, her aunt and president PPP’s women wing Faryal Talpur and other PPP leaders, Bakhtawar got warm receptions though tightened security had barred larger audience.

“The PPP organization has wrecked in Lyari” said Professor Tauseef Ahmed Khan, adding in such a scenario it was necessary for PPP to present a ‘Bhutto face’ to the people of Lyari who are seriously annoyed with PPP leadership. Political observer sees the entry of Bakhtawar a confirmation of reports that Bilawal, who had refused to attend his mother anniversary, would not turn up for his grandfather’s death anniversary as well. However, another PPP leader, who also wishes not to be named, thinks Bakhtawar is not the replacement of Bilawal. “Since Bilawal has demanded some time for his higher studies, Bakhtawar will be at the forefront during the upcoming crucial local bodies’ polls”, he opined.

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Official record shows Zero police action against banned PAC

Faryal Talpur, Sister of former President and Co-Chairman of the ruling Pakistan People's Party is receiving bouquet from Sardar Uzair Jan Baloch. The PPP member Provincial Assembly Sania Baloch is also seen
Faryal Talpur, Sister of former President and Co-Chairman of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party is receiving bouquet from Sardar Uzair Jan Baloch. The PPP member Provincial Assembly Sania Baloch is also seen

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Though declared an outlaw in October 2011, the Uzair Jan Baloch led People’s Amn Committee of Lyari and its gangsters have successfully escaped the police’s wrath, official documents tell.

People’s Amn Committee (Lyari), which enjoyed overt blessing of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) before 10 October 2010 and then alleged covert support of its men and ministers onwards, is listed as a banned organization at serial number 31 in a police report, a copy of which is available to The Frontier Post.

However, when the same report prepared by Inspector General Sindh Police, Ghulam Haider Jamali, shows the police performance in reference with action against outlaw, the name of PAC misses.

According to report the police have killed 780 criminals, arrested 1417 target killers, 490 terrorists, 463 extortionists and 18232 others criminals during the 508 days of surgical operation in Karachi.

The report by Sindh police chief said that 84 members of the banned organizations were arrested whereas 139 were killed by police from 5 September 2013 to 24th January 2015.

“Two members of Al Qaeda, 131 militants of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, 3 terrorists of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, one of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, 2 of Sipah-e-Muhammad Pakistan were killed” the reports stated.

The police performance against banned outfits shows that 29 members of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, 7 of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, 14 of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, 7 of Imamia Student Organization and 7 of Sipah-e-Muhammad Pakistan have been arrested.

The police’s official performance shows no major action against the gang now enjoying covert support of the ruling PPP and one of its sitting minister.

On the contrary Rangers in 675 raids at Lyari have killed 612 members of the People’s Amn committee and arrested 491 of the group.

Sardar Uzair Jan Baloch, head of the People’s Amn Committee was arrested by Interpol in UEA but is not being handed over to Pakistan yet.

A Dubai court on last hearing had termed the evidences presented by Pakistan officials insufficient for granting him to Pakistan.

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Eight JUI-F men among 554 in Sindh terror watch list

The JUF Chief, Maulana Fazl-Ur-Rehman  who is know for his best political art in Pakistan
The JUF Chief, Maulana Fazl-Ur-Rehman who is know for his best political art in Pakistan

By: Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Eight members of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) are among 554 persons who are enlisted in ‘forth schedule of anti terrorism act (ATA)-1997’ of Sindh province, it emerged here on Thursday.

JUI-F, a religio-political party, is coalition partner in the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s federal government. The faction of Maulana Mufti Mahmud’s Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) is led by his son Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who despite having just five senators in a house of 104 got his man Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri elected as Deputy Chairman Senate, the upper house of the Pakistan legislature.

JUI-F has two portfolios in federal cabinet whereas the party chief, who heads the Kashmir Committee, is also enjoying the status of a federal minister. The party also holds top slot in the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), the permanent recommendatory body on Shariah matters.

Highly credible sources told that the Sindh has placed 554 individuals, suspects and members of 22 organizations, mostly proscribed, who are monitored by the agencies whereas their movements, accounts and communications are also scrutinized.
According to the Sindh Police’s report, eight of them have association with JUI-F, thus astonishingly making it the only political party having representation in the watch list. The person likely posing threat to public peace and security is placed under the watch list, fourth schedule of Anti Terrorism Act (ATA) 1997.

It is the government prerogative to place any person under Fourth Schedule who has been associated with any militant or sectarian organization in the past or has been involved in criminal activities in the past but assures through affidavit that he would no more be associated with any banned militant or sectarian organization or engage in any criminal activity.

According to a report, which was prepared by IGP Sindh for presentation in the Karachi law and order meeting, 216 members of the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), which is now working under the nomenclature of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) are enlisted in for the schedule.

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, another banned sectarian outfit, is second and has 51 members in the list. As many as 42 members each of the Shia sectarian proscribed organizations, namely Tehreek-Jafria Pakistan and Sipah-e-Mohammad Pakistan are placed on the schedule for agencies’ watch. Outlaw Jihadist organizations, Jesh-e-Mohammad and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistani, have 27 and 36 men in the list, respectively.

The reports stated that 20 people, who have either returned from Afghan Jihad or released from local and foreign detentions are also in the list. Eighteen suspicious persons belonging to Shia sect and 14 other suspicious persons with no evident affiliation are among those enlisted under the forth schedule of ATA-1997 of Sindh Government.

Members of Jindullah, Harkat-ul-Mujahideen Al-Almi, Hizb-ut-Tehreer, Lashkar-e-Islam, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), Alhle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), Pakistan Sunni Tehreek, MQM-H, Harkatul Mujahideen, Harkat-ul-Jihad, Khudam-ul-Islam, Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT), Milt-e-Islamia, Imamia Student Organization (ISO) and Jey Sindh Motaheda Mohaaz (JSMM) and 5 other suspicious persons belonging to Devband sect are enlisted by the Sindh Government in forth Schedule.

 

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‘Professor Kamal’ collects ransom through ‘easy Paisa’

Noor Kamal-The FC personnel who posed to be Professor father
Noor Kamal-The FC personnel who posed to be Professor father

‘FC wireless network used for ransom’

By: Naimat Khan

KARACHI: A personnel of the Frontier Constabulary (FC) Balochistan has collected ransom of Rs million from dozens of the carlifting victims in Karachi and Lahore after he managed to note down conversations of the anti car lifting cells through FC’s wireless system, it emerged here on Tuesday.

The accused Noor Kamal, a resident of Dera Ismail Khan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and posted in FC Balochistan at Quetta, posed to be a ‘Professor Father’ of the ‘spoiled children’ who had been  snatching cars of the people in Lahore and Karachi, sources in the Anti Car Lifting Cell (ACLC)  Karachi said.

The victims, who have ‘easy loaded’ Noor Kamal with amount between RS 30 to 60 thousands, also included a former Deputy Inspector General of Police in Sindh.

“The ex-DIG has paid Rs 60,000 to the professor”, an official said.

Sources in ACLS told Kamal in compliance with Shaista Khan, a man from his native Dera Ismail Khan city has also looted 25 victims of the carlifting in Lahore.

The professor’s gang of two fallen ‘under the net’ of law enforcers when he called an anti terrorism court judge after noting his phone number and details of car.

Unlike other victims, the judge contacted ACLC for help which turned out to be a point of action against the gang.

Shaista Khan, who was appointed as clerk in FC Balochistan, would ask the victims to pay certain amount in the installments through easy Pesa at the CNIC of Shaista Khan who would collect the amount from one of the Easy Pesa facilities in DI Khan city.

“Once having got the details of citizen Shaista Khan would call him and introduce himself as a professor whose spoiled siblings have become involved in the dirty business of carlifting” said SSP Irfan Bahadur, in-charge of the cell.

He would tell that despite his bad sons, he wanted to help the victims recovered their cars just by taking a meager amount.

“But once received the amount, the number would permanently switched off”, he said.

According to ACLC officials both accused were arrested from DI Khan when they were going to collect the ransom from an easy pesa centre.

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Indians get ‘green passports’ as Pakistanis hang from ‘family tree’

Pakistani passport
Pakistani passport

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: While the countrymen missing ‘family tree’ are deprived of the Pakistani passports, probe into a case has revealed that hundreds of foreigners, mostly Indian, Afghani and Bangladeshi nationals, in connivance with special branch, Nadra and passport officials have been acquiring green passport for the years.

On last Friday the Federal Investigation Agency’s Anti Human Trafficking Cell (AHTC) in Karachi on tip off nabbed nine Indian nationals of a family, who had been living in the Karimabad neighborhood of the portside city and travelling between India and Pakistan on green passports for the last two and half decades.

Though the family was found involved in no criminal activities, the way they got Computerized National Identity Cards (CNICs) and green passports through officials compromising national interest for the sake of money, hints at a huge flaw in the system being taken over by agents with covert support of the officers, told a source in the federal agency.

Pakistani intelligence agencies have found hard evidences that India has big hand in the worsening law and order situation in Karachi and troubled Balochistan province. “The family is guilty of illegal stay in Pakistan only but there must be hundreds of those spying for their countries during stay on Pakistani passports” the official fears.

The painless course through which the Indian family has gotten Pakistani identity endorses which the official opined.

“In 1990 I arrived in Karachi through Wagah border on a three-month visit visa after which I married Samina, daughter of my Pakistani uncle” recalls Ayub, a Pesh Imam in Jamia Masjid of the Karimabad’s Meena Bazaar and one of the arrested Indian nationals in an exclusive chat with The Frontier Post.

Three months later his brother Haroon (late) along with his Indian wife joined him in Karimabad house of his uncle. Muhammad Jumma was third one of the four Indian brothers who reached Karachi in the coming days.

For the next three years they were living in the seaside metropolis despite the legal term of their stay had passed by. “One day in 1993 my uncle took our Indian passports, burnt them and then took us to an agent who made our Pakistani National Identity Cards (NIC) and passports on which we visited India several times” he told this scribe.

According to Saleem Ahmed Faridi, an Inspector of the AHTC in FIA, the family consists of thirteen members however nine have been arrested under the foreign act as the remaining, mostly their daughters, were born in Karachi and have now tied the knot with Pakistani men.

The FIA officer said there were high chances that many foreigners including Indian are living in the city by acquiring green passports through agents in connivance with officers. He said FIA will soon unearth the network involved in provision of illegal CNICs and Passports. He agreed that the family members who had gotten green passports might have escaped the arrest but it was their fourth brother, Muhammad Zakria, whose efforts for getting Pakistani passport landed the whole family in FIA lockup. Zakria was the last one who reached Pakistan in 2007, some seventeen years after his elder brother Muhammad Ayub reached here.

The Indian nationals booked under 3(2), 13/14 foreign act 1946 on 20th March 2015 were reminded in FIA circle custody for three days on Saturday.

According to FIR, on reports that Indian Nationals were illegally living in Pakistan since 1990 with their families in flat number 1 and 3 of Al-Rafiq Chambers building at FB area Karimabad Karachi, FIA team conducted raid and arrested Muhammad Jumma S/o Muhammad Ismail, Ms Haseena w/o Muhammad Jumma, Muhammad Suleman s/o Muhammad Jumma, Farida Bano w/o Muhammad Haroon (late), Muhammad Nadeem s/o Muhammad Haroon, Amir S/o Muhammad Haroon, Muhammad Ayub s/o Muhammad Ismail, Muhammad Zakria s/o Muhammad Ismail and Rizwana w/o Muhammad Zakria when they failed to their pre-90 Pakistani identity.
Upon questioning the accused disclosed that they were Indian nationals and have come to Pakistan on different occasions, the FIR states.

During interrogation the FIA found that the accused were by birth Indian nationals and belonged to Kolichora Chowk, Qazi Sehri near Masjid Qazia, Junagarh, Gurjrat India.

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Al-Qaeda attacking police in Karachi, reveal forensic reports

Al Qaeda

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: International terror outfit, Al-Qaeda, has been found involved in three recent attacks carried out in the seaside Pakistani metropolis during the last couple of months, police sources said. Highly credible sources said that the global terror group, which has been playing the game of ‘hit and hide’ for quite some time now, attacked two persons of Bohra community and six policemen in three different acts in parts of the city within a short period of time.

“The forensic reports of these incidents confirm that a single group, Al-Qaeda, was behind the attack” told a senior investigator while demanding complete anonymity. The bullet shells recovered from all three crime scenes confirmed that the arms had been used by Al-Qaeda in acts of terrorism in the past, he said.

Two persons were killed and four injured when armed militants attacked a shop of Bohra community in Bahadurabad area of the city on 4 March 2015. A handbill found on the spot stated the terror group was waging war against the armed forces and would continue to attack media and members of pro-army sects.

A month before, two policemen were gunned down in North Karachi area of the city.

Almost a week ago four policemen were shot down and two others injured in terrorist attack on two police mobiles near Gul Plaza shopping centre on MA Jinnah Road, and Pakistan Chowk locality in district south of the city.

Three of the Policemen killed in these incidents were identified as ASI Riasat, Constable Saeed and Head Constable Rashid, said police official. “As a whole eight people were killed in these incidents, most probably carried out by Al-Qaeda”, he said.

According to reports three groups of trained, motivated and young terrorists are attacking police officials in Karachi, especially in the West, Central and Malir districts. The terror group also enjoys the operational assistance of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and Jundullah whereas its young recruits from the across the city are also carrying out terrorists attacks, police sources said.

A senior counter terrorism officer told this scribe that the aim of Al-Qaeda was to demoralize the city’s law enforcers, especially police, in order to disturb their pursuit of terrorists and militants.

It is pertinent to mention that last year in September militants of Al Qaeda had killed one Pak Bahria sailor and injured others in an attack on the country’s sensitive Navy Dockyard in Karachi.

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Family of slain Pakistani journalist cheers killer’s arrest

File Photo of Wali Khan Babar a Pashtun Journalist from Zhob, Balochistan who started his reporting career with Geo English in Karachi
File Photo of Wali Khan Babar a Pashtun Journalist from Zhob, Balochistan who started his reporting career with Geo English in Karachi

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Wednesday’s predawn raid by Pakistan Rangers on MQM headquarters was an administrative affair for many but the family of slain journalist Wali Khan Babar.

It was all emotional for the bereaved family when TV channels broadcasted the news that those arrested at Nine-Zero also included Faisal Mehmood alias Faisal Mota, an absconding convict in Babar’s murder case.

It was on January 13, 2011 when the youngling Geo News reporter was gunned down in Liaquatabad neighbourhood of this volatile metropolis on his way back home from office.

The family was jubilated as soon as TV channels shown the Rangers spokesman declaring Mota’s arrest at around 10am.

“Like others, we too were glued to the TV screen displaying live coverage of Rangers’ operation at Nine Zero,” recalls Murtaza Khan Babar, the elder brother of Babar.

“The moment the news was broken that main culprit in Wali Khan’s murder case has been arrested, many of our family members could not hold our tears back,” said Khan who has been running from pillar to post to get justice for his journalist brother whose cold-blooded assassination in the middle of a road in an MQM stronghold had sent shockwaves across Pakistan and beyond.

“Allah is the best judge and he delivers justice both in this world and the hereafter,” said he.

Unlike traditional Pashtuns tribes, who take revenge by themselves, the highly educated Pashtun family from Zhob district of Balochistan put their trust in the judicial system of Pakistan. “It was herculean task for tough than shooting someone down.”

It took over three years, from his murder on January 13, 2011 to March 1, 2014, and witnessed murder of a lawyer and six eyewitnesses and other people related to the case to come out the judgment but the family resolve to take ‘revenge through courts’ never went down for second.

Murderer of Wali Khan Babar who was arrested from MQM headquarters, Nine Zero in Karachi
Murderer of Wali Khan Babar who was arrested from MQM headquarters, Nine Zero in Karachi

On March 1, 2015, a special anti-terrorism court sentenced Naveed Polka, Muhammad Ali Rizvi, Faisal Mahmood, and Mohammad Shahrukh Khan to life in prison for the murder of Babar.

Kamran and Faisal Mota were given death sentences in absentia, which deprived the family of true happiness until the last Wednesday brought in their lives the residual glee. Despite the twelve months long waiting the family is appreciative of the law enforcers, especially Rangers, for arresting one of the two condemned convicts, they hope that Kamran will also be arrested soon.

“We have also huge expectations from the court for the speedy judicial process after Faisal Mota’s arrest” Babar said, adding the family waiting for the day when justice will be completely delivered.  It is worth mentioning that Wali Khan’s is a rarely case when killers of a journalists are brought to justice.

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