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PM Nawaz meets COAS to discuss internal security situation



RAWALPINDI: Accompanied by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited General Headquarters in Rawalpindi to meet Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Express News reported on Friday.

The premier will reportedly be briefed about the prevailing internal security situation in the country during his visit.

The military and political leadership came together to chalk out a plan to eliminate terrorists after Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan gunmen stormed a school in Peshawar on December 16 and killed 148 people, mostly students, in cold blood.

 

 

 


Terrorists are enemies of humanity: COAS



RAWALPINDI: 

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Tuesday said the terrorist attack on innocent students in Peshawar showed that the terrorists were not only enemies of Pakistan but enemies of the humanity too.

“This ghastly act of cowardice of killing innocents clearly indicates they are not only enemies of Pakistan but enemies of humanity,” he said. According to the army’s media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), General Raheel also stated that “We are extremely saddened, but our resolve has taken new height,” and added “We will continue to go after the inhuman beasts, their facilitators till their final elimination.”

The army chief further said they [terrorists] had hit at the heart of the great nation, but they could not in any way diminish its will. He also said that based on actionable intelligence, several options had been put into action, including 10 air strikes in Khyber Agency.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 17th, 2014.

 


Army to ensure terrorists are unable to reestablish their base in Pakistan, COAS tells US senators



UNITED STATES: Reaffirming Pakistan’s mission to continue Zarb-e-Azb Operation until every terrorist is eliminated, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on Thursday said Pakistan Army was confident to hold their gains in Federally Administered Tribal Areas to ensure terrorists would not be able to reestablish their operations base on Pakistani soil.

Continuing his tour of the US, General Raheel held meetings with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senate Armed Services Committee and the Select Committee on Intelligence, Radio Pakistan reported. Member of Foreign Relations and the Armed Services Committees, Senator John McCain was also present at the meeting.

According to ISPR, the committees lauded the successful operations of the security forces and destruction of militants’ command and control infrastructure in North Waziristan.

During the meeting, US senators were also briefed on Pakistan’s plans to rehabilitate the displaced people of Waziristan as soon as possible.


‘Well considered strategy’: FATA development a priority for army, says COAS



ISLAMABAD: Army chief General Raheel Sharif said on Sunday that the development of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) was a priority task being undertaken by the army as a ‘well considered strategy’.

“The Pakistan Army has undertaken 178 projects so far in the social, communication infrastructure and power sectors in Fata and Malakand areas. These projects are aimed at improving the quality of life in the tribal areas and address the problem of militancy on a long-term basis,” Gen Raheel told tribal elders during a visit to South Waziristan Agency.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army chief inaugurated an important section of the upcoming Central Trade Corridor (CTC) along with the largest bridge on the road in South Waziristan.

The CTC is a strategic road link to facilitate trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan and will directly and indirectly help revive the local economy in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).

“An international standard, 705-kilometre road network through southern K-P and Fata, the CTC is being built by army engineers and funded by friendly countries,” the statement said.

The army chief also inaugurated the 76km-long Shakai-Makeen road funded by USAID, providing an important lateral along the CTC which connects the Bannu-Miramshah-Ghulam Khan road and the Wana-Angoor Adda road.

Apart from other economic, security and strategic advantages, the newly constructed roads have reduced travelling times considerably, the ISPR added.

The army chief also vowed to bring peace and stability to the tribal regions where security forces are battling local and foreign militants. He added that Operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan Agency was progressing ‘successfully’ as per plan.

According to the ISPR, the army chief also appreciated the support of tribal elders in combating militancy and acknowledged their sacrifices in the war against terror. Gen Raheel’s visit came as the military continued to pursue militants in North Waziristan and Khyber Agency.

The army chief, while focusing on early completion of the operation, said the army would continue with rehabilitation and reconstruction activities, according to the ISPR. “A comprehensive plan in this regard has been chalked out in consultation with the government,” he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 10th, 2014.


COAS Raheel Sharif visits South Waziristan to inspect development work



PESHAWAR: Army Chief General Raheel Sharif visited South Waziristan on Sunday to inspect the ongoing development work, Express News reported.

According to Director General Inter Services Public Relations Asim Bajwa, the army chief will inaugurate a road of Central Trade Corridor.

The section was completed by army engineers on fast-track basis.

The Central Trade Corridor is a 714-kilometre road network linking Pakistan’s Indus Highway and Waziristan agencies with the Afghan Ring Road.


14 questions for COAS: Why is only MQM being targeted, says Altaf



KARACHI: 

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain denounced law enforcement agencies’ actions and questioned the army chief on the institution’s ‘behaviour’ towards the MQM.

In a press statement issued on Friday, the MQM chief put forth 14 points or questions for Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif and asked what steps had been taken to curb injustices against the MQM.

Altaf said that 41 party workers have gone missing during the operation in Karachi since last September and the bodies of tortured MQM workers were dumped in remote areas. “Why is it that only MQM leaders and workers are being targeted and subjected to raids when all political parties including ANP, Sunni Tehreek, Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan Peoples Party and others have militant wings?” he asked.

In his 14 questions for the army chief, the MQM chief asked, “How many officers and men have been punished under the internal accountability process of the security forces for killing MQM workers by torture?”

With reference to the 1992 operation, he asked, “When this was directed towards the MQM why did the former COAS Gen Asif Nawaz say chapter regarding Altaf Hussain is closed?”

He said Brig Asif Haroon had distributed a fabricated map of Jinnahpur and if the UN was asked to probe the case or a public court held at GHQ, eyewitnesses and former army officers could testify that Brig Haroon’s allegations are baseless. He said those testifying should be given guarantees that they would not be victimised.

Altaf said that 15,000 party workers have been killed in extra-judicial killings since 1992, and asked, “Why has the army been unsuccessful in tracing the killers of my brother Nasir Hussain and nephew Arif Hussain? They were not party workers but were tortured and killed.”

The party chief asked, “Is it the army’s training to beat women and misbehave with them during raids and arrests? Is it part of the duty of the armed forces to divide the nation along linguistic and provincial lines?” He asked about material such as photographs, videos, audio tapes and literature confiscated during raids in 1992 on MQM workers’ homes and why the material was never returned.

Referring to PTI and PAT workers laying siege to the PTV building in Islamabad during the sit-ins, the MQM chief asked, “Why did no one from the Rangers stop them?” He said that it has been over 40 days of the sit-in but some parties continue to go into the Red Zone. “If  MQM announced a sit-in in Islamabad after a week, I hope the army and Rangers do not take action against us,” he said.

Altaf said that during the Rangers raids at Scheme 33, Faisal Subzwari was stopped from meeting the Rangers major. “Do brigadiers, majors and captains of the Rangers have more dignity according to the Constitution than elected representatives?” he asked.

He said the MQM is the only political party to come out in support of the army when it acted against terrorists and the party. “The army should tell Mohajirs what to do. Why can’t we be acceptable to the army even when we have positive sentiments for them?” he said.

Sit-ins in Karachi

The MQM wrapped up its sit-ins across the city early on Friday morning. On Thursday, it staged sit-ins at more than 10 locations in Karachi against the arrest of 23 workers by Rangers on Wednesday.

Dr Sagheer Ahmed and Adil Siddiqui negotiated with Rangers for the release of the activists and 15 have been released, said a party leader, citing the release of the men as the reason for ending the sit-ins.

“Three men have been sent on remand for 90 days on PPO, while four are still in the custody of Rangers,” the party leader said. “We hope that they would be set free if they don’t have any FIR registered against them.”

14 questions

Following are the 14 questions posed by Altaf Hussain to the army chief:

1- Ever since the Rangers started operation in Karachi and arrested party workers from different places, 41 activists have gone missing.

2- How many officers and men have been punished under the internal accountability process of the army forces for killing MQM workers by torture?

3- The Supreme Court had ruled in the Karachi lawlessness case that political parties which include ANP, Sunni Tehreek, Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan People’s Party and others have militant wings. Why is that only MQM leaders and workers are being targeted and subjected to raids?

4- Regarding the 1992 operation, when it was directed towards the MQM, why did the former COAS General Asif Nawaz say that Altaf Hussain’s chapter is closed?

5- Brigadier Asif Haroon distributed a fabricated map of Jinnahpur. If the UN is asked to probe the case or a public court is held at the GHQ, eye witness and former army officers can testify that this was a baseless allegation. But a guarantee should be given that witnesses would not be victimised.

6- 15,000 party workers have been killed in extra judicial killings since 1992, and Altaf’s brother Nasir Hussain and nephew Arif Hussain, were not party workers, but were tortured and killed. Why has the army been unsuccesful in tracing their killers?

7- Is it the army’s training to beat women and misbehave with them during raids and arrests?  Is it the part of the duty of the armed forces to divide the nation along linguistic and provincial lines?

8- During raids in 1992, historic assets such as photographs, videos, audio tapes and literature were confiscated. Why is it that nothing has been returned?

9- The MQM is the only political party to come out in support when the army took action against terrorists, and even took out a rally of one million people in support of the army.

10- People from political parties stormed the building of PTV but why is it that no one from the Rangers stopped them?

11- During the Rangers raids at Scheme 33, Faisal Subzwari was stopped from meeting the Rangers major. Do brigadiers, majors and captains of the Rangers have more dignity according to the constitution than elected representatives?

12- The army should tell Mohajirs what to do. Why can’t we be acceptable to the army despite that we have positive sentiments for them?

13- It has been more than 40 days but some parties continue to go into Red Zone and carry their sit-ins.

14- If the MQM announced to carry out a sit-in in Islamabad after one week, I hope the army and rangers will not take action.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 27th, 2014.


COAS appreciates troops for combat readiness



RAWALPINDI: 

Army chief General Raheel Sharif visited Gilgit and attended the annual commanding officers conference held at the Northern Light Infantry (NLI) Regimental Centre Bunji on Wednesday.

Addressing the officers and soldiers of NLI Regiment, Gen Raheel appreciated the high state of morale, operational preparedness and vigil being maintained by troops along the ‘most challenging frontline’. He advised the officers and soldiers to continue working with army’s traditional unflinching resolve and utmost dedication in the service of the nation.

The army chief later met war veterans, inquiring about their well-being and commending their services for the country. He also pinned badges to formally install Lieutenant-General Ikramul Haq as the new Colonel Commandant of the NLI Regiment.

Earlier, on arrival, Gen Raheel laid a floral wreath at the Yadgar-e-Shuhada and paid tribute to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the defence of the motherland.

Upon arrival at the regimental centre, the army chief was received by Commander Rawalpindi Corps Lt-Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and Lt-Gen Ikramul Haq.

 

Published in The Express Tribune, September 25th, 2014.


Petitions against prime minister, COAS dismissed



LAHORE: 

Several petitions relating to the political situation in Islamabad were heard by Lahore High Court last week.

Justice Mansoor Ali Shah dismissed a petition seeking directions to restrain the chief of army staff from engaging in political issues, particularly playing arbitrator in the stalemate in Islamabad.

Lawyer’s Movement for Protection of the Constitution had filed a petition through advocate Abdul Basit.

The petitioner’s counsel said the Supreme Court in its July 31, 2009 order had already ruled that the army had no role in politics under the Constitution.

Disqualification of the prime minister

LHC also dismissed a petition seeking disqualification of the prime minister and certain members of his cabinet.

A writ petition was filed in the court seeking disqualification of Prime Minster Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ahmed for allegedly lying to the nation about intervention by the chief of army staff to end the deadlock at in D-Chowk.

Petitioner Gohar Nawaz Sindhu, senior vice president of Insaf Lawyers Forum, told the court that the prime minister had asked the chief of army staff to intervene but told the parliament that he had not asked him to mediate the crisis.

On September 2, the court dismissed the petition for being non-maintainable.

Justice Mansoor Ali Shah ruled that the statement made by the prime minister on the floor of the National Assembly and a press release issued by the ISPR disputed the petitioner’s claim.

Section for treason

On September 4, Justice Mehmood Maqbool Bajwa of the Lahore High Court sustaining an objection of the registrar’s office dismissed a petition seeking constitution of a five member bench to try the 21 people nominated in the FIR for the June 17 Model Town killings.

Petitioner Barrister Javed Iqbal Jafri sought an order for the addition of treason in Model Town FIR according to the Section 6 of the Constitution.

He said he feared that a single-member bench at district court’s level might be influenced.

He said Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act had not been added to the FIR as requested by Pakistan Awami Tehreek.

PAT seeks recovery of workers

Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) moved the court on September 4 against alleged illegal detention of party 72 workers in the Punjab.

Advocate Ishtiaq Chaudhry filed a petition on behalf of the PAT and said that the provincial government had been victimising its workers on political grounds.

He said the government had detained at least 72 workers of the party and was not producing them before a court.

The lawyer asked the court to set aside detention orders, if any, issued by the government against the PAT workers.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 8th, 2014.

 


Proper forum: Plea to restrain COAS from interfering in politics dismissed



LAHORE: 

Lahore High Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition seeking directions to restrain the chief of army staff from interfering in politics and playing the ‘arbitrator’ between quarrelling political parties.

Justice Mansoor Ali Shah ruled that the Supreme Court was hearing a similar petition and directed the petitioners to approach the Supreme Court.

Wukala Mahaz for the Protection of the Constitution – a lawyers’ association – filed the petition through Advocate Dr Abdul Basit.

The petitioner’s counsel said in its July 31, 2009, order the Supreme Court had ruled that the army had no role in politics under the Constitution. He said to act as arbitrator between the government and protesting parties was an unconstitutional step for the army chief.

The petitioner requested the court to restrain the COAS from playing the role of arbitrator and direct him to comply with the July 31 judgment. It also requested that the federal government be directed to resolve the crisis through dialogue.

The petitioner said the scope and interpretation of Article-245 of the Constitution needed to be reviewed to see whether the armed forces, once called in to secure civilian spaces, could direct disarmament of civilian forces.

He referred to a press release issued by the Inter Services Public Relations a few days ago.  He said the statements issued by ISPR violated Article-245 of the Constitution.

He said these announcements created the impression that an army take over was round the corner, leading to uncertainty in the country.

A deputy attorney general said the Supreme Court was already hearing a similar matter in the Supreme Court. The court dismissed the petition.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 3rd, 2014.


PM Nawaz meets COAS Raheel Sharif



Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday met Army Chief General Raheel Sharif to discuss the ongoing political situation in the country, Express News reported.

The meeting is still underway.

The PM Nawaz-led government is facing protests by members of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek over alleged rigging in the last general elections that brought Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz to power.

The premier has met the army chief several times since the protests started on August 14.