A man is arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman is found dead following reports of a domestic incident.
The leadership of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has condemned the attack on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Azadi march convoy.
In an official statement released through PPP spokesperson Farhatullah Babar on Friday, former president and party co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari strongly condemned the incident. The PTI convoy, in particular party chief Imran Khan’s vehicle, was pelted with stones as it passed through Gujranwala.
Zardari termed the incident an “unacceptable demonstration of intolerance towards political dissent,” and said it would only add to existing tense political situation. He demanded an inquiry into the matter and the arrest and punishment of those found responsible.
Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah also termed hurling of stones on political rallies a ‘condemnable precedent’. Calling upon the Punjab government to take action against those responsible for inciting violence, he suggested the authorities use video footage to identify the perpetrators.
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Secretary General Liaquat Baloch also slammed the incident, saying a peaceful rally should not be turned into a violent one.
Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leaders Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi held Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif responsible for the attack.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 16th, 2014.
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Pakistan has accused Indian forces of resorting to unprovoked firing on the Line of Control (LoC). The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement that the firing took place in Gultri sector near Astore.
“Pakistani troops have effectively responded to the Indian firing,” the statement added. No loss of life or property has been reported.
The latest ceasefire violation took place a day after Pakistan summoned the Indian deputy high commissioner to protest against unprovoked Indian firing across the working boundary in Sialkot that killed one civilian and injured three others.
According to ISPR statement, 55 incidents of ceasefire violation by Indian troops have taken place since July.
Despite the 2003 ceasefire agreement, Pakistani and Indian forces have frequently exchanged fire and held each other responsible for the breach.
The intermittent skirmishes on the Line of Control (LoC) and working boundary had stalled the peace process between the two countries.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 13th,2014.
LAHORE: Reacting to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s speech, Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri said the premier should have mentioned Model Town operation in his speech.
Qadri flayed the PM, saying the premier should have mentioned how his government did not even let the families of 14 workers who were killed and 90 others who were injured to register FIRs.
Asking Nawaz to take credit for incidents of firing at PAT activists who were travelling in buses to attend Yaum-e-Shuhada, Qadri said Nawaz should have also mentioned how thousands of women who are missing are still in police custody.
Qadri further lamented that the Prime minister should have also mentioned how his government had successfully converted Lahore’s Model Town into Gaza by sealing the area using containers.
Claiming that only casting votes is not democracy, the PAT chief said democracy is a system of governance which delivers the most to the people. That it was the name of accountability, provision of rights, and dispensation of justice.
PAT Punjab vice-president passes away
Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Punjab’s vice president passed away on Tuesday after police allegedly refused to allow him access to a hospital, The Express Tribune has learnt .
According to GM Malik, the Principal Secretary to Dr Tahirul Qadri, Dr Muhammad Ilyas, a resident of Rahim Yar Khan and vice president of PAT Punjab had suffered a cardiac arrest.
PAT workers sought help from Rescue 1122 while also moving him in their own ambulance, but police deployed around Minhajul Quran secretariat did not allow him to be shifted outside the cordon.
Malik claimed that for several hours ambulance carrying PAT vice president moved around the besieged area, requesting police officials allow him passage. But police officials deployed at every check point allegedly turned him back.
He further claimed that Lahore police have sealed all the routes leading towards Minhajul Quran secretariat and Qadri’s residence by placing containers and barbed wires in order to stop PAT workers from joining the August 14 march.
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Sindhi nationalist party Qaumi Awami Tehreek (QAT) has condemned the killing of the two Hindu traders in Umerkot saying that such incidents aggravate the sense of insecurity among the minority communities.
QAT president Ayaz Latif Palijo attributed these incidents to a resurgence in the influence of feudal lords and tribal chiefs who patronise criminals. The two brothers, Heera Lal Malhi, 45, and Ashok Kumar Malhi, 32, were shot dead during an attempted robbery on Thursday night.
An FIR has been registered at the Umerkot police station on the complaint of their brother. The Pakistan Peoples Party – Shaheed Bhutto has also condemned the killings.
The party’s provincial president, Ali Ahmed Palipoto, said that Hindus were being targeted under a conspiracy. A shutter down strike was observed in Umerkot for the second day on Saturday.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2014.
HANGU: A man was killed and another injured when armed men opened fire on a passenger vehicle in the Sor Pul area of Doaba, Hangu district, Saturday morning.
Doaba SHO Khawanullah said that the passenger coach was en route from Sadda Kurram Agency to Hangu, adding that when it reached the Sor Pul area, armed men already present there opened fire on the vehicle.
The official further said that as a result of the firing, Nasir, a resident of Toara Wari, Doaba, was killed on the spot, while another man, identified as Abdullah, a resident of Lakki Marwat, was injured.
He added that the alleged assailants managed to flee the scene of crime. All other passengers escaped the attack.
Khawanullah said an FIR was registered against Daulat Khan on the complaints of the heirs of the deceased and an investigation has been started. He further added that they have also learnt that the family of the victim had an old enmity with the accused.