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LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri on Sunday dispelled the rumors that PAT is striking a deal with the government and would accept the blood money for the PAT activists killed in Model Town incident, Express News reported.
Addressing the PAT rally at Minar-e-Pakistan on Sunday, squashing the media reports that his party would strike a ‘deal’ with the government and accept the blood money of the PAT activists killed in the Model Town, the PAT chief said ‘Qisas’ was the only way out and will accept nothing short of the punishment of killers.
Criticising the rulers, Qadri claimed that the only path to development was revolution.
The PAT chief while criticising the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government said even cleaning and parking projects in Punjab were being given to foreign companies.
“Can the Pakistani nation not even clean its cities or run buses?” he asked. He claimed foreign companies were being given contracts for kickbacks.
While he repeated his earlier announced 10-point agenda for the poor, the PAT chief also disclosed plans to make Pakistan an economic power, and a country free of electricity load shedding.
Qadri said the only ‘ism’ Pakistan now wanted was Quaid-e-Azamism – ideals advocated by Jinnah to develop Pakistan.
The PAT chief vowed that once he comes into power, he would revive the country’s tourism sector, improve law and order in the country and make Pakistan a part of economic organisations such as BRICS, G-20, etc.
Solution to end load shedding
The PAT leader said the country currently had a demand of 15-20,000MW of electricity; however, it produced only 10-12,000MW.
He said the current leadership had no vision to end the power crises, and hence outlined his solution to produce electricity.
“I will produce electricity through 12 different methods,” he said.
These 12 methods, he said, include wind power, wind turbines, micro hydro projects, solar energy, thermal energy, solar lantern programme, and national bio mass cook stove project, among others.
Qadri said powers will be devolved to local district, division and UC levels, who will have the authority to install small power production projects, to end the menace of load shedding.
The PAT chief announced an SMS facility to become members of his party.
“Send your name and name of UC to 8002, and become a member of PAT,” he said.
He vowed to continue his struggle till revolution, saying he will field candidates from each and every district and village of Pakistan.
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Guests were welcomed by smiling faces and rows of tiki torches leading up to the lawns of the Spanish ambassador’s residence where the Fiesta Nacional de España (the Spanish national day) reception was held late Monday evening. Although the day is celebrated on October 12, the reception was held a day later, perhaps to avoid lower attendance on Sunday. Whatever the case, the event was well-attended, as guests had a lovely evening with hors d’oeuvres such as aubergine stuffed with cheese and fish empanadas along other traditional treats for the palette
Spanish Ambassador Javier Carbajosa in his brief speech highlighted Pakistan’s role in the war on terror and stressed the international community to help Pakistan in dealing with the problem and lessen the sufferings of its people.
He said cooperation between Spain and Pakistan stems from the fact that we share similar perceptions on major global and regional issues such as the Millennium Development Goals, UN reforms, climate change and cultural dialogue. He mentioned that “a piece of Pakistan is also in Spain”, as over 100,000 Pakistanis live in the Iberian country.
He also highlighted investment opportunities in Spain, noting that “despite the serious economic crisis faced by many Euro zone countries, Spain is still considered the fourth biggest economy of the zone and is the tenth-largest investor worldwide”.
SAFRON Minister Lt-Gen (retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch while speaking as chief guest expressed the hope that relations between the two countries would touch new heights.
Whodunit at the rally?
Conflict was not just discussed on the stage. On the sidelines, the wife of an ambassador of a neighbouring country brought up how shared history and culture could be an effective tools with which conflicts could be resolved, but only if they were given a chance.
Meanwhile, the political conflict being fought out by residents of Bani Gala and Raiwind also came up, with a person affiliated with the former admitting that there were ‘problems’ with the arrangement of the Multan rally, specifically with generator operators who cut the lights as soon as the clock struck the pre-agreed time. A notable neutral standing nearby asked if, at the bare minimum, this meant blame for the fiasco was to be shared. Much the same as the rest of the country, he did not get a clear answer.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 15th, 2014.
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Saturday rejected the three-member committee constituted by the Punjab government to probe into Qasim Bagh tragedy that left seven people dead and promised that there would be justice.
Addressing the sit-in at D-Chowk on Constitution Avenue, he said that “I have no confidence in Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.”
“I promise to you all, come what may, we will get justice for those who have been killed.”
Refuting government’s accusation that PTI was responsible for Friday’s stampede at Qasim Bagh, Irman asked “who had locked the gates after the rally and why?”
He claimed that PTI cannot be held responsible for the incident as he asked why police stood idly by watching. “I do not trust your inquiry report,” Imran said while addressing Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.
The Punjab government had on Saturday formed a three-member committee to probe into the Qasim Bagh tragedy . Secretary for environment Iqbal Muhammad Chauhan, DIG Ali Amir and Special Secretary interior Dr Shoaib Akbar are the three members of the committee, which has been directed to present a report to the provincial chief minister in the next two to three days.
Don’t vote for those who do not declare their assets
The PTI chief said that “Go Nawaz Go slogan had been spreading in the country and become a voice against the system. You should not vote for any person who does not declare his assets in Naya Pakistan.”
While addressing the sit-in, Khan once again highlighted that both Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former President Asif Ali Zardari had teamed up to safeguard each other’s interests. “I do not have a single penny out of this country because I am not afraid of anything. I ask Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari why you don’t declare your assets?”
Imran said that unless heads of PPP and PML-N declare their assets, their party members would never do that and ultimately they would not be able to collect taxes.
Talking about foreign loans, he said that every Pakistani was under the debt of Rs 88,000 which used to be only Rs6,000 six years ago. “Where was this money spent because poverty has increased manifold.”
Pointing out flawed policies of the rulers, he said that said that government was getting loans for debt servicing, but on the other hand, rulers were getting rich and expanding their business empires.
“The rulers have no solution except taking loans from the world,” he added.
Presenting his three-point recipe to pull the nation out of the vicious cycle of debt, Imran said that income would need to be increased and for that tax collection would need to be enhanced with equitable taxation.
“We will not increase tax but collect from those who do not pay.”
The second option was to control of corruption. For that, the prime minister and his cabinet members would have to declare their assets. Referring to electoral norms in the West, Imran said that “no one can contest elections unless they declare their assets, sources of income and pay their taxes.”
“Pakistan has lowest tax to GDP ratio in the world. Our tax to GDP ratio is merely eight per cent while it is 15 per cent in India.”
The third option was to bring in foreign investment. The PTI chief said that could only happen when the governance system is improved, there is justice, police plays its role and there is no corruption in the country. He added that once these things were ensured, overseas Pakistanis would bring in the most investments into Pakistan. He further challenged Nawaz to show what foreign investment the premier’s efforts over the past year have brought into the country.
Will disclose details of donations to Zardari
Responding to Zardari’s statement about source of finance for his nearly 60-day sit-in and rallies across the country, Imran said that people of Pakistan were giving donations to PTI which were funding the rallies.
“Asif Ali Zardari, come to my container and I will tell you the kind of people who are coming here to give donations.”
On metro bus project, Khan said that “this project was not needed and this money could have been spent on health, education, justice and on salaries of the police.”
PTI leaping to power upon dead supporters
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz claimed on Saturday that the PTI leadership had always failed when put under the test, before adding that the party was trying to wrest power by trampling over dead supporters.
In a series of tweets from her verified account on Saturday evening, Maryam said that the “Multan mishap was yet another exhibition of utilitarian philosophy of PTI leadership.”
Every image of Multan jalsa victims reeks of criminal insensitivity& callousness. Never seen leaders as heartless as ones leading this herd.
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) October 11, 2014
Multan mishap was yet another exhibition of utilitarian philosophy of PTI leadership trying to leap to power trampling upon dead supporters!
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) October 11, 2014
Whenever put to test, PTI leadership failed the people.
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) October 11, 2014
A special anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Thursday issued a non-bailable arrest warrant for a man suspected of involvement in the 2013 Ashura clashes. Judge Chaudhry Abdul Qayyum ordered the police to produce Zahir Shah at next hearing on October 23.
The court also granted interim bails to four new nominated suspects in the case, identified as Salaar Hassan, Shoukat Abbas, Syed Farzand and Asad Abbas. The court has summoned the Gawalmandi SHO with the record of the case on October 16. The case has been adjourned till October 23.
Meanwhile, the ATC court also adjourned four cases. An army officer’s kidnapping for ransom from the jurisdiction of Airport Police Station was adjourned till October 16. The judge asked the police to submit charge-sheets against the suspects, identified as Shama Amjad, Amjad Mehmood and Saqib at the next hearing.
Moreover, hearing into bail applications of 15 suspected terrorists from Basal, Attock, was adjourned till October 11, while another terror suspect Saifullah Khan from the Sadiqabad Police Station was sent on a five-day physical remand.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 10th, 2014.