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Nawaz Sharif Web of Lies: Coating Lies to Protect Previous Lies ad Infinitum

 

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Ask Nawaz Sharif, Pervaiz Rasheed or Rana Sanaullah, how many times in the political arena have they spoken the truth, and you will probably be met with stony silence. The reason of-course is quite simple. Speaking the truth or acknowledging it, never came naturally to them or for that matter, the majority of PML-N’s leadership. While the PML-N is quite capable of stooping to the lowest possible depths in order to recruit like-minded liars into their party, perhaps in the future they should invite party applications exclusively for a category of people who seem to thrive in the PML-N – Compulsive liars.

 

Web of Lies

What is the definition of a compulsive liar? To simplify things, let us go with the most common definition. “A compulsive liar is someone who lies with ease and finds comfort in it. The person may even continue to lie when presented with the truth in cold, hard facts. Getting a compulsive liar to admit he or she lied can be nearly impossible”. PML-N has many people who fall under this category, starting with Nawaz Sharif, the man who continued to claim publicly time and time again that he had never made a deal with Musharraf, which took him from the confines of Adiala Jail to the hospitality of the Saudis in Jeddah. Nobody believed him to begin with, given his previous track record, and once again Sharif was exposed when the signed agreement between the Sharif family and Musharraf’s government was released to the public

Sharif being one of the world’s most gifted compulsive liars, when confronted with the document in an interview, acknowledged the document was correct, however questioned the amount of years he had actually agreed to stay outside of Pakistan. The fact that yet another one of his lies was exposed did not make a difference to him, in fact he proceeded to outdo himself recently when, after repeatedly begging the army chief to intervene and negotiate with the PTI in August 2014, he came onto the floor of the national assembly and violated the sanctity of the house and the office of the Prime Minister, when he lied to the nation yet again by claiming he had not asked the army to intervene in breaking the deadlock. This particular lie was quickly exposed, when the ISPR swiftly moved to dispel this notion and released a statement confirming that it had indeed been asked by Sharif to meet with the PTI and break the deadlock in Islamabad.

Given this track record, it is no surprise that Nawaz Sharif has surrounded himself with people who share his lack of morals and integrity. People like Pervaiz Rasheed and Rana Sanaullah, appear on national television daily, and blatantly lie to the country. When a PTI rally is attacked by PML-N goons, Rasheed and Sanaullah appear on TV, claiming no such event occurred. When video footage is released showing the act in progress, and the PML-N affiliated culprits, these same people continue to deny the event, and instead of accepting responsibility, they attempt to cast suspicions on the footage itself.

This is a shameful reality of Nawaz Sharif and his henchmen, who have used every possible avenue and opportunity to hide facts, obstruct the course of justice, and continue to deny facts and figures, even when confronted with factual evidence. From refusing to accept their role in the rigging of the 2013 general elections, to the cold-blooded murders of innocent civilians in Lahore, Islamabad and Faisalabad, or the millions spent on buying the loyalties of media houses and journalists. The list is endless.

Characters like Khawaja Saad Rafique, caught on camera manipulating the elections in his own constituency, were rewarded for stealing the election through the Ministry of Railways. Interestingly however, Saad Rafique has not managed to enjoy his stolen victory these days, as his constituency is at the top of the list of constituencies the PTI is bent on auditing. If that was not enough, Iqrar Ul Hassan and the ARY team recently exposed a major scam at the Ministry of Railways, causing Saad Rafique sleepless nights.

To add a little bit of color or craziness, depending on which side of the bench you are sitting on, PML-N recently also activated the likes of Marvi Memon, another Pervaiz Rasheed protégé who seems to be well on course for replacing Rasheed as the PML-N’s most naturally gifted liar within its ranks. Memon, who also seems to enjoy spending tax payer funds at the PTV offices in Islamabad attempting to combat PTI’s social media team, is best known for her loyalty to her-then “Uncle” Pervez Musharraf, and the PML-Q. Clearly however, once that honeymoon was over, she came to the understanding that she belonged in the PML-N, a party that was filled with people with “distinguished” pasts such as herself

 

Nawaz Sharif in Hall of Fame of Panama Papers

 

 

Indeed, the majority of the people who left the PML-N high and dry in 1999 and 2000, were all accepted back into the ranks by the Sharif brothers, and today hold important positions within the party. This despite the fact, that the Sharif’s are on record in the news and print media, swearing that they will never accept the people who were part of Musharraf’s regime, or those who had left the party after the Sharif’s were thrown out of power, back into the PML-N.

The lesson therefore is quite clear – if you are looking for a party that has an abundance of compulsive liars, party-hoppers, thugs and criminals, then you do not need to look any further than PML-N.

 

Nawaz Sharif Has Lost Pakistani Nation’s Trust Forever

 

 

 

Lies Liars and Nawaz SharifSuch is the reality of the PML-N, that it becomes painfully obvious why PTI Chairman Imran Khan and the PTI leadership do not trust Nawaz Sharif and his party. The characters within the PML-N, each have a past and track record of lying, dodging the law and resorting to violence and threats when confronted with factual evidence of their wrong doings. In such an environment, expecting them to stick to their word is equivalent to expecting it to snow in Karachi! To say the chances are slim, would be an understatement.

What then is the next option? Plan C is in motion, sending a clear message that the PTI will not back down from its constitutional right, and will display its incredible street power in a peaceful protest across Pakistan. We have already witnessed the incredible resilience and passion of PTI workers and supporters across Pakistan and overseas, and this wave of support will continue to grow and remain focused on the goals of the Azadi March which originated from Lahore on August 14th.

However, the PTI leadership must continue to tread cautiously while dealing with the PML-N, given the history of lies and deceit that are part and parcel of PML-N, and its leadership which is full of shady characters, most of whom would have been disqualified from ever holding any public office, if we had an election commission with any backbone and integrity. Sadly, the ECP much like the Judiciary is living in its own version of Pakistan, where apparently everything is working perfectly as long as Constitution Avenue remains clear for their motorcades, and their pay cheques continue to flow into their bank accounts.

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Dollar flight: SBP chief spills the beans

http://tribune.com.pk/story/611994/dollar-flight-sbp-chief-spills-the-beans/

 

 

 

 

 

Dollar flight: SBP Chief Spills the Beans

 

By Shahbaz Rana

October 2, 2013

 

 

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“Some $25 million are flowing out of the country in briefcases through Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad airports,” says Governor SBP Yaseen Anwar.

 

ISLAMABAD: State Bank of Pakistan Governor Yaseen Anwar has said that around $25 million are smuggled out of the country every day ($9 billion annually) in briefcases through country’s three major airports – a statement that hints at the presence of drug barons and indicates the volume of black money moved from and within Pakistan.

 

“Some $25 million are flowing out of the country in briefcases through Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad airports,” said Anwar on Tuesday while recording a testimony on reasons behind the massive devaluation of local currency against the US currency in front of the Senate Standing Committee on Finance. Awami National Party’s Senator Haji Adeel had flagged the issues of smuggling of dollars and money laundering.

 

The amount that is annually smuggled out of the country is far larger than what the country will borrow from the IMF under a three-year $6.7 billion bailout package. The capital flight through illegal channels speaks volumes about the country’s administrative and governance affairs and underscores the presence of smugglers, drug barons and existence of a huge black economy.

 

According to country’s leading expert in narco-terrorism and the global heroin economy, Dr Ikramul Haq, large parts of the black market needs are met from the proceeds of the drug dealings. He said the drug racketeers were using Dalbandin-Iran-Turkey route to supply drugs to Europe and were bringing in cash, luxury goods and arms into the country. Dr Haq further explained that this cash was then sold in black markets and those who wanted to whiten these funds converted the rupee into dollars, which were then shifted to safe havens via Dubai. He said the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officials, posted at the airports, were also involved in this dirty business.

 

Dr Haq said drug barons also remitted their money through banking channels and the Pakistani authorities did not even ask questions about the source of remittances. He further disclosed that counterfeit dollars were also available in Pakistani markets. Dr Haq’s statement on dirty drug money being used appeared to carry weight as the total formal flows were not even sufficient to finance annual import bill. The country is receiving about $14 billion in remittances and another over $25 billion in export receipts. As against about $40 billion receipts, the total annual import bill is over $44 billion. The difference is bridged either from SBP reserves and borrowings from international lenders.

 

The SBP governor said that the central bank was trying to control the smuggling of dollars and would soon sign a memorandum of understanding with the FIA. He also said that reports of suspicious transactions were monitored regularly. “People from the US treasury come every month to monitor transactions, but they cannot pick anything except some transactions taking place at Chamman and FATA,” Anwar said. He said there were flaws of enforcement and convictions in the country’s anti money laundering laws and to plug these amendments were proposed in anti terrorism act.

 

In last few days, the rupee significantly shed its value against the US dollar, putting a question mark on the role of the SBP. Anwar disclosed that Finance Minister Ishaq Dar was in touch with him when the rupee was depreciating – a statement that confirmed that the SBP did not enjoy operational independence. “We intervened in the market by taking certain steps , apart from other measures that were taken,” the governor disclosed in response to a question whether the SBP used foreign currency reserves.

 

The committee chairperson Nasreen Jalil said SBP could not satisfy the parliamentary panel and its performance remained poor. “When the currency is attacked no central bank can control the damage,” the governor insisted.

 

Published in The Express Tribune, October 2nd, 2013.

 

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Say “NO” to Nawaz Sharif, Shady, Double Dealing, Money Laundering Crook Will Be a Disaster For Pakistan


Pakistan’s anti-graft body objects to Sharifs’ candidature

 

Islamabad: Pakistan’s anti-corruption watchdog has objected to the candidature of former premier Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shahbaz Sharif in the upcoming General Election, saying they had defaulted on a bank loan worth Rs 3.48 billion. 

The National Accountability Bureau yesterday raised the issue in an official communication sent to the Election Commission. 

Three graft cases against the Sharifs and their relatives are currently pending in an anti-corruption court in Rawalpindi, NAB officials told the media. 

The Sharif brothers have been accused of defaulting on a loan that was taken for the Hudaibiya Paper Mills. 

 

Nawaz Sharif, the head of the main opposition PML-N, and former Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif were also accused of accumulating money and assets beyond their declared means of income by misusing authority. 

A case in this regard was filed against them in an anti-corruption court in Attack in March 2000. Several of their relatives, including Nawaz Sharif’s son Hussain Nawaz, Hamza Shahbaz, Shamim Akhtar, Sabiha Abbas, Maryam Safdar and Ishaq Dar, are among the accused in the cases. 

Malik alleges Nawaz Sharif involved in money laundering

 | 28th April, 2012
 
 

Rehman Malik also alleged that Nawaz Sharif made a second NRO with dictator Pervez Musharraf and went abroad after signing an agreement and violated the Charter of Democracy (COD) he signed with Benazir Bhutto in 2006.

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Saturday alleged that PML-N Chief and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was involved in money laundering.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, he said evidence against Nawaz Sharif would be placed before the Supreme Court and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for alleged corruption of $32 million.

Rehman Malik said a commission may be formed to investigate alleged involvement of Nawaz Sharif in money laundering.

He appealed to the Supreme Court to call him and he would present all evidence. He further alleged that Nawaz Sharif made an NRO with former President Farooq Ahmed Leghari and as a result, Benazir Bhutto’s elected government was unconstitutionally dismissed in November 1996.

Rehman Malik also alleged that Nawaz Sharif made a second NRO with dictator Pervez Musharraf and went abroad after signing an agreement and violated the Charter of Democracy (COD) he signed with Benazir Bhutto in 2006.

Unknown-6A spokesman for the PML-N rejected the allegations against the party’s top leadership, saying the accusations made by the NAB were “misleading”. 

He alleged that NAB officials were acting at the behest of the previous Pakistan People’s Party-led government to target PML-N leaders. 

 

The Election Commission recently made the NAB part of the set-up for scrutinising the candidates for the May 11 General Election. 

Shahbaz Sharif is contesting polls to the Punjab Assembly while Nawaz Sharif is a candidate for polls to the National Assembly. The elder Sharif is widely tipped to become premier if the PML-N wins the polls. 

The NAB has set up special election cells to facilitate the scrutiny of candidates. 

The Election Commission has also roped in the Federal Bureau of Revenue, State Bank of Pakistan and National Database and Registration Authority in a bid to weed out candidates accused of corruption or wrong-doing. 

The Election Commission has said that tax-evaders, people who default on loans and utility bills and beneficiaries of loan write-offs will be barred from contesting the polls, which will mark the first democratic transition in Pakistan’s history. 

 

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NAWAZ SHARIF’S THEFT OF PAKISTAN’S WEALTH

Sharifs may land in thick soup due to Ishaq Dar
 
 
Amir Mir
Tuesday, May 01, 2012 
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LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has decided in principle to revive all the corruption references pending against Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif and other members of their family which had been adjourned indefinitely in December 2000 after the Sharifs signed an exile deal with the Musharraf regime and left Pakistan for Saudi Arabia.

 

According to well-informed NAB officials, of the three corruption references currently pending against Nawaz Sharif and his family members, NAB would first take up the case titled ‘State Vs Hudabiya Paper Mills (Pvt) Ltd’ in which nine members of the Sharif family are accused of committing money laundering to the tune of Rs642.743 million.

 

According to the NAB findings, the Sharif family members allegedly deposited ill-gotten money in fake accounts which were opened in other persons’ names and used the money from these accounts to pay off loans of the defaulting Sharif companies. Mian Muhammad Sharif, Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif, Mian Abbas Sharif, Hussain Nawaz, Hamza Shahbaz, Mrs Shamim Akhtar (mother of Nawaz Sharif), Mrs Sabiha Abbas, Mrs Maryam Safdar (daughter of Nawaz Sharif) and the former finance minister of the Sharif cabinet, Ishaq Dar, are the main accused in the Hudabiya Paper Mills reference.

 

As per law, the NAB will have to file an application before the accountability court for reopening of the corruption references, which is set to open a Pandora’s box for the Sharif brothers, in view of a 43-page hand-written statement recorded by Senator Ishaq Dar and accusing the Sharifs of involvement in money laundering.

 

As per the statement which Ishaq Dar had recorded before a Lahore district magistrate on April 25, 2000, the Sharif brothers used the Hudaibya Paper Mills as cover for money laundering during the late 1990s. Dar’s statement was recorded as part of the Musharraf regime’s plans to file a money laundering reference against Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif. However, the reference was shelved after the Sharif family opted for self exile in 2000, once they came to know that their trusted Ishaq Dar has turned approver against them.

 

Ishaq Dar’s confessional statement against the Sharif brothers was reportedly recorded before a district magistrate in Lahore, after he was brought to the court from a jail by Basharat Shahzad, then serving as assistant director in the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

 

NAB circles say Ishaq Dar’s deposition is an irrevocable statement because it had been recorded under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). Ishaq Dar now happens to be high-profile PML-N leader who has always been considered close to the Sharif brothers. Senator Ishaq Dar’s son, Ali Dar, is married to Nawaz Sharif’s daughter, Asma Nawaz.

 

Dar had confessed in his 43-page statement: “I opened two foreign currency accounts in the name of Sikandara Masood Qazi and Talat Masood Qazi with the foreign currency funds provided by the Sharif family in the Bank of America by signing as Sikandara Masood Qazi and Talat Masood Qazi. All instructions to the bank in the name of these two persons were signed by me under the orders of original depositors, namely Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif. The foreign currency accounts of Nuzhat Gohar and Kashif Masood Qazi were opened in Bank of America by Naeem Mehmood under my instructions (based on the directives of the Sharifs) by signing the same as Nuzhat Gohar and Kashif Masood Qazi”.

 

According to Dar’s confessional statement, besides these foreign currency accounts, a previously opened foreign currency account of Saeed Ahmed, a former director of First Hajvari Modaraba Company and close friend of Dar, and of Mussa Ghani, the nephew of Dar’s wife, were also used to deposit huge foreign currency funds provided by the Sharif family to offer them as collateral to obtain different direct and indirect credit lines. Dar had further conceded that the Bank of America, Citibank, Atlas Investment Bank, Al Barka Bank and Al Towfeek Investment Bank were used under the directives of the Sharif family. Interestingly enough, Dar also implicated himself by confessing before the district magistrate that he – along with his friends Kamal Qureshi and Naeem Mehmood – had opened fake foreign currency accounts in different international banks.

 

The News made frantic efforts to approach Ishaq Dar and after making several phone calls the brief response received from Mr Dar stated: “This is all rubbish. The Hudabiya Paper Mills case is nothing but trash. The matter is sub judice in the High Court and facts would be known to public in due course. All transactions were duly reported to the State Bank of Pakistan as per law of the land”.

 

However, a senior PML-N leader, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the credibility of a confessional statement recorded under pressure and coercion, and that too by the officials of a military regime, will always be doubtful and remain questionable.

 

Interior Minister Rehman Malik has already taken up the same money laundering case at a press conference in Islamabad on Saturday. Giving details about the scam, he said the Hudabiya Paper Mills Limited, owned by the Sharif family, entered into a leasing contract with M/s Al Towfeek Company for investment funds under the laws of the Cayman Islands on February 15, 1995 for lease of paper manufacturing machinery. The leasing price was $12.046 million. Rehman Malik said Shahbaz Sharif and Abbas Sharif and another, provided guarantee in writing to pay jointly and severally to the leasing company, all sums due against the Hudabiya Paper Mills under any agreement up to a maximum of $10 million with all profits and charges. On February 15, 1995, Shahbaz Sharif provided a further guarantee to pay on demand to the leasing company any such due against the Hudabiya Paper Mills up to a maximum of $12.046 million together with all profits and charges.

 

As the Hudabiya Paper Mills Limited failed to pay back the amount, M/s Al Towfeek Company served a demand on the Sharif family members on July 31, 1998 to repay the sum. However, all the three guarantors failed to honour their guarantees and to make payment on behalf of their company. Subsequently, on March 18, 1999, the High Court of Justice, Queens Bench Division (London) ordered the Sharifs to jointly pay a sum of $32.5 million (around Rs1.7 billion) to Al-Towfeek Company for Funds Ltd, the investment company from which they had taken a loan for Hudabiya Paper Mills Ltd. The London High Court passed the ex-parte order as the defendants – Hudabiya Paper Mills Ltd, Mian Mohammad Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif, and Abbas Sharif – had not defended themselves in the court.

 

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Apr
28
2012

Documents Point To Sharifs $32 Million Corruption Scandal

Following documents have been placed before the Supreme Court and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) alleging Nawaz Sharif involvement in $32 millions corruption scandal.

 

Feb
22
2012

NAB may open more cases against Sharifs

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is preparing to take up cases against PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

According to sources, the cases relate to default of Rs4.9 billion loans obtained from nine banks in 1994-95.

“Cases against Sharif brothers were to be approved in a recent NAB board meeting but were deferred on the directives of the Chairman, Admiral (retd) Fasih Bokhari,” an official of the bureau said on Monday.

The chairman is reported to have said that all pending cases about politicians would be taken up soon.

The NAB spokesman was not available for comment.

The bureau had earlier frozen some assets of the Sharif family against which the loans had been taken.

The Supreme Court upheld in January a judgment of the Lahore High Court asking NAB to release the assets of the Sharif family. It dismissed an appeal by NAB Prosecutor General K.K. Agha against LHC’s Oct 4, 2011, directive to the bureau to return Rs115 million and property of Hudabiya Paper Mills lying with the National Bank, Islamabad.

The sources said the assets had not been released so far.

The prosecutor general had told the Supreme Court that before heading to Saudi Arabia in December 2002, Nawaz Sharif had consented to return money to NAB under an agreement.

When contacted, PML-N spokesman Mushahidullah said the party’s chief and his family were not defaulters of any bank loan. “That was the reason Nawaz Sharif demanded of the government to make public details of all bank loans not repaid by politicians,” he said.

Replying to a question, he said the value of the frozen assets was far higher than the amount of loans obtained. “Once their assets are released, they will pay the loans,” he said.

The loans were taken from the NBP, Habib Bank, United Bank, Muslim Commercial Bank, Punjab Mudaraba, Bank of Punjab, Agriculture Development Bank, Pakistan Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation and ICP Bank.

During the proceedings in the Supreme Court, the NAB prosecutor general submitted an agreement signed by Nawaz Sharif and the Musharraf government.

The LHC had declared the taking over of property of the petitioners as unconstitutional, ultra vires under NAO, 1999, and without lawful authority. It had also ordered payment of compensatory cost of Rs150,000 per petition to Hudabiya mills, Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif and Mian Mohammad Abbas Sharif.

 

Jan
31
2012

Expensive govt land on Murree Road allotted illegally

ISLAMABAD: Government land costing billions of rupees on the Murree Road has allegedly been allotted.

While widening the Murree Road in 1998-99, the then Punjab chief minister, who also holds the post now [Shahbaz Sharif], had decided to allot alternate land instead of financial compensation to some of the affected persons.

Working swiftly, the Highways Department first got transferred six acres of land on the main Murree Road owned by the Agriculture Department in their own names and then transferred it illegally to fake victims.

The Revenue department had also declared the allotment illegal six years back. After probe, it was learnt that land was provided to Raja Abdul Latif without any legal justification ignoring the legal claimant Zia Rashid.

Likewise, Raja Shafqat, son of Raja Mohammad Siddiq, was also allotted land while the actual claimant, Mohammad Hashim Khan, son of Haji Manzoor Hussain, was ignored. Two other real claimants Mohammad Usman and Jamila Akhtar were also not included in the list.

A six-member committee consisting of officials of the Revenue and Highways departments in the light of a detailed report of tehsildar Rawalpindi had ruled that all bogus allotments may be cancelled and the land illegally allotted maybe got vacated. The committee had also ruled that the genuine affected persons may be given alternate lands elsewhere.

source: http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=12142&Cat=13

 

Nov
14
2011

The Punjabi Taliban

Rana Sanullah and Muhammad Ahmed Ludhianvi of Sipah-e-Sabah

Punjab, with Lahore as its bustling capital, contains half of Pakistan’s population. The provincial government is in the hands of the conservative, mildly Islamist party of a former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif. In a speech in March his brother, Shahbaz Sharif, who is chief minister, pleaded with the Taliban to leave Punjab alone as his administration shared their ideology of keeping out “foreign dictation” (ie, Americans). Officials bristle at comparisons between Punjab, which is moderately well run, and the lawless tribal areas.

It is correct to say that there has been no territorial takeover by extremists in any part of the province, nor any enforcement of Islamic law. However, Punjab functions as an ideological nursery and recruiting ground for militants throughout the country. Distinctions between the Taliban in the north-west and older jihadi groups in Punjab have broken down. The federal government says Punjabi groups have been responsible for most of the big terrorist attacks in the province.

Punjab’s minister of law, Rana Sanaullah, went on the campaign trail in February with the reputed head of Sipah-e-Sahaba, for a by-election in the southern town of Jhang. The two rode through the streets in an open-top vehicle. The minister says that he was just trying to bring the group into the mainstream. Jhang is Sipah-e-Sahaba’s headquarters; the group makes little effort to hide its presence there.

Another outfit, Jaish-e-Mohammed, is based in Bahawalpur, also in southern Punjab, where it has a huge seminary. Former members of both organisations are integral parts of the Pakistani Taliban. Another group, Lashkar-e-Taiba, blamed for the devastating attack on Mumbai in 2008, also has Punjab as its home. “The Punjab government is not only complacent, there is a certain ambivalence in their attitude” towards extremists, says Arif Nizami, a political analyst based in Lahore. “They compete for the religious vote bank.”

Source: http://www.economist.com/node/16281220

 

Oct
27
2011

Will Nawaz Answer Why PML-N Lawyer Garlanded a Confessed Murderer?

 

Mr Falur Rehman Niazi sahib, who is president of PML-N lawyers wing federal capital Islamabad and is a lawyer himself and has been president for many years, he garlanded a self confessed murderer. Please answer Nawaz Sharif

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Oct
24
2011

Students Protest Corruption of Sharifs

Students protest corruption of Sharifs

Recent agitation against the Punjab government on the intermediate result fiasco, underscores the growing wedge between the youth and a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) desperate to woe the younger generation. The protests could not have come at a worse time for the Sharif’s, who are trying to mobilise the public against the federal government. Following the cancellation of the intermediate exams at four Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) centres in Punjab, students and the youth have raised fingers at the credentials of the Punjab Chief Minister (CM) to mount an anti-corruption campaign against the federal government. The failure of the online examination system across Punjab has sparked anger that now risks the 28 October rally by the Sharif brothers against the federal government, Pakistan Today learnt on Sunday.

Students have asked on what grounds are the Sharif brothers taking out a rally against corruption when the education boards in their own province had become the hub of corruption. While the Punjab CM was visiting education institutes to garner support, the cancellation of Inter-1 result at four BISE boards, including Lahore, Gujranwala, Multan and Faisalabad, sparked rage amongst students who chanted slogans against Shahbaz and Nawaz Sharif and set Punjab government advertisements on fire. After his Inter result was cancelled, student Wasif Ali said,

“Everytime I find the Punjab CM criticising corruption by the federal government, I want to ask him: what happened at the four BISE boards, Mr CM?”
– Wasif Ali

“Is it because of his love for education that no permanent education minister has been appointed in Punjab,” he said, “the education ministry has failed due to its incompetence and the CM should not expect the youth to turn up at his rally.”

“The parents of female students are sitting on roads and chanting slogans against the Punjab government but his government has ordered police to beat up students protesting for their rights. Why should we join him in the rally?” Kashif asked. Another intermediate student, Adeel Ahmad said it was ironic the PML-N was holding a rally against corruption when the CM himself was supervising corruption in Punjab. “While Shahbaz has rightly suspended the BISE Chairman and Controller, no action has been initiated against the man behind the fiasco, BISE It Consultant Dr Majid Naeem, who is related to a PML-leader,” Adeel said.

He said it was common knowledge that Dr Majid had corruptions cases registered against Majid, who had been terminated from Punjab University on corruption charges. He said the fact that the PML-N was turning a blind eye to Majid’s corruption, showed their hypocrisy.
http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2011/10/%E2%80%98clean-up-your-own-house-first%E2%80%99/

 

Oct
24
2011

PML-N polluting the Mall with banners

PML-N PTI banners polluting mall

As Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) battle through banners, Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) is unable to regulate the display of banners which has officially been banned on the Mall and other major roads of the city, Pakistan Today has learnt. The Mall is heavily polluted by an array of banners that have been put up to advertise the PML-N rally on October 28, from Nasir Bagh to Bhatti Chowk, and the PTI rally on October 30 in Minar-e-Pakistan, following a lack of implementation of the ban. A senior official of PHA said it appeared as if political parties were questing to achieve political glory by attracting people to join their causes but neither did they consider the ban nor did they consider how adversely it polluted the road. He said some of the banners hanged through electric poles and traffic signals after last night’s windstorm. Some had fallen on the road, dirtying it while most poles displayed three to four banners which looked unsightly, he added.

In front of the Punjab Assembly, PML-N banners with pictures of Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif and Hamza Shahbaz bearing political slogans were seen. On the other stretch of the road, PTI banners could be sighted in the proximity of the Governor House.

Javed Jabbar, a resident of lower Mall, told Pakistan Today that the unsightly banners were a cause of concern for citizens. He also noted that the government’s promise to keep the Mall free from banners had not been fulfilled.

Source: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2011/10/pha-helpless-against-pti-pml-n-%E2%80%98war-of-banners%E2%80%99/

 

Oct
14
2011

Nawaz’s secret dash to Dubai

PML-N President, Mian Nawaz Sharif, made an unannounced dash to Dubai Thursday afternoon and returned to Pakistan the same evening. The visit was kept completely under wraps and even the senior most party leaders had no idea that their leader had gone missing from the country for a few hours.

According to a source, Mr. Sharif also held an “important meeting lasting a couple of hours” with some undisclosed individuals; however no further details were available on this count and could not be confirmed by another independent source.

According to details, Nawaz Sharif landed in Dubai late afternoon and drove straight to the residence of Senator Ishaq Dar, whose son is married to Nawaz Sharif’s daughter. When contacted, Senator Pervez Rashid (PML-N) insisted that there was nothing unusual or “mysterious” about the visit and that Mr. Sharif had gone to Dubai to meet his daughter and to deal with some family matters.

Responding to another query he said, “Mian sahib had planned this private visit for a while but we (party leadership) had asked him to postpone it because of the evolving political situation here at home. Now he felt that he could afford to take out a few hours for this visit,” adding, “Please do not read anything into a simple private family visit”. When asked about the need to keep the visit a secret, Senator Rashid shrugged off the assertion by saying, “It was a private visit, that’s why”.

It may be recalled that in the past however, every time Mr. Sharif went on a ‘private’ visit either to the UK or the UAE, maximum media coverage was always ensured by his political aides and respectable sized reception parties were assembled at the destination airports. Why this past tradition was suddenly abandoned and a blanket of secrecy thrown over the visit, only time will tell.

SOURCE: http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=9538&Cat=13

 

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