Suo motu notice found to be fake

September 17, 2010

Qaiser Zulfiqar

ISLAMABAD: A suo motu notice issued last month to a senior police official in Rawalpindi that sought action against two men has been discovered to be a fake. The entire official machinery in Rawalpindi swung into action following the notice and this led to the victimisation of at least a dozen people.


Notice was forwarded to SHO without verifying authenticity

On August 20, the Superintendent of Police in Rawal Town Zarat Kayani received a notice from two apex court judges Justice Nasirul Mulk and Justice Tariq Pervez, recommending action against Syed Qamar Shah and Qaiser Kayani under the maintenance of public order. Without verifying the notice, Kayani forwarded it to the station house officer (SHO) in Sadiqabad Malik Yousaf for immediate compliance. However, the notice turned out to be fake.

Interestingly, the name of Justice Nasir was incorrectly written as Justice Naseerul Mulk and though the suo motu action was purportedly taken by these two judges on March 22 it was received by the Rawal Town SP five months later through an unidentified dispatcher.

When the SHO received directions from the SP along with the fake notice, he registered an FIR against Qamar Shah, Qaiser Kayani and ten other suspects under 341 PPC.

They decided to first verify the suo motu notice from the Supreme Court because they had doubts about its legitimacy. For this purpose they approached the deputy registrar office and the director general HR cell’s office and submitted an application for the attestation of the copy of the notice. The Supreme Court staff refused to attest the document and deemed it was fake, because it had not been issued by the court at all.

Both Qamar and Qaiser also checked the online status of the case (number 009/2010 suo motu) but found no record of it. However, one case of similar number 9/2010 is of Bushra Bibi regarding non-payment of benevolent grant to her which was last heard in the court of the CJ two months ago.

When the police took them into custody, Qamar and Qaiser through their counsel Asad Abbasi went to the court of sessions judge Rawalpindi, Raja Pervez Akhtar, for bail but the judge denied them. “I am sorry it’s a matter of the Supreme Court and I will have to face the music if I grant bail,” the judge was quoted as saying.

When contacted by The Express Tribune, SP Zarat Kayani denied being aware of any such notice even though his signatures are on the document. Both the copies of the fake suo motu notice and the FIR are available with The Express Tribune.

Former chief justice of Pakistan, Justice (Rtd) Saeeduz Zaman Siddiqui, when contacted said that no other judge of the apex court except for the chief justice could take suo motu action. However, he pointed out that the chief justice could assign a case to other Supreme Court judges for hearing.

According to Justice (retd) Siddiqui, the said FIR has no legal effect and can immediately be quashed since the notice was fake.


Kayani urges rapid uplift in Waziristan

February 16, 2010

Meets Mehsud elders at Tank camp

RAWALPINDI: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani visited South Waziristan Agency to see the progress of rehabilitation process and implementation of Quick Impact Projects.

These projects are being undertaken by the Pakistan Army in consultation with local tribes and in coordination with the civil administration for social uplift of the affected areas. The COAS performed ground-breaking ceremonies of two main roads of the area – Tank-Jandola-Sararogha-Makeen and Tank-Khajuri-Tanai-Wana.

He emphasised the need for rapid development of the area to consolidate gains made through military operations. He also reiterated the resolve that the Army will not abandon the tribal people and will continue to play its role in the rehabilitation of the displaced people and development of the area.

Earlier on his arrival in the area, the COAS was received by Corps Commander Lieutenant General Muhammad Masood Aslam. Online adds: During his visit, the COAS met Army officers and Jawans participating in the operation Rah-e-Nijat and praised their morale and professionalism. He also expressed satisfaction over the outcome of the operation.

Kayani said the officers and Jawans of the Pakistan Army made the operation successful by sacrificing their lives, adding the Army has complete support of the nation and the operation will be completed soon.

Our correspondent adds from Tank: Life remained crippled in Tank after curfew was imposed by local authorities to ensure peaceful holding of Mehsud tribal Jirga at forces’ Maanzai camp on Monday. Circles close to security forces said the event was kept secret because of participation by Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and other senior military and civil officials.

Sources said that Army chief in his address to Mehsud elders assured that concrete steps were being taken for the rehabilitation and development of the militancy-plagued area. An elder who participated in the Jirga said the Army chief announced Rs500 million for the construction of Kundi Wam Dam in South Waziristan and Tank-Makin Road via Servikai subdivision.

However, the Army chief described peace as an essential factor for the sustainable development in the area and urged tribal elders to help authorities in ensuring writ of the government as well as purge the area of extremist elements. He called upon the elders to play their role. Earlier, Malik Masood Khan, an elder of Mahsud tribe, in his speech assured cooperation to government on behalf of local tribesmen in maintaining peace and tranquillity in the region.


In Pakistan, anguish and questions

December 7, 2009

In Pakistan, anguish and questions
MOSQUE ATTACK SHAKES NATION


Residents, officials decry assault in garrison city
Relatives surround a casket of retired army officer Mohammad Shoaib, a victim of the attack in Rawalpindi, before his funeral in Lahore.
Relatives surround a casket of retired army officer Mohammad Shoaib, a victim of the attack in Rawalpindi, before his funeral in Lahore.(K.m.chaudary/associated Press)
By Pamela Constable and Shaiq Hussain
Sunday, December 6, 2009

RAWALPINDI, PAKISTAN — Pine coffins were ceremonially placed on an army soccer field Saturday as Pakistan’s prime minister, army chief and other officials gathered to mourn three victims of a suicide attack at a military mosque Friday that killed at least 40 people and injured 80.

Although Pakistanis have become somewhat numbed by a wave of terrorist bombings and other attacks in recent months, including a day-long siege of the army headquarters in the city last month, Friday’s assault on two pillars of Pakistani society — the army and the Islamic faith — triggered an avalanche of public and official condemnation.

The attack, which killed army officers, wives and children, touched hundreds of families in the close-knit military community of this sprawling garrison city. Nasim Riaz, a retired general in his 70s, tried to find meaning in the death of his son Bilal, who had just returned home from studying in Britain and was to be married next week.

“I feel pride in his martyrdom. He died like a soldier to save his nephew,” Riaz said, explaining that the two had been praying side by side. “These terrorists want to weaken the country and the resolve of the armed forces, but they will never succeed,” vowed the distraught father, as visitors streamed through his modest brick bungalow to offer condolences.

The assault began after a small group of men slipped into the crowded mosque just before the weekly prayer service. Witnesses and officials said that one or two of the men blew themselves up, and that the others began hurling grenades and spraying the worshipers with gunfire, causing a stampede. Several of the assailants also fled but were eventually shot and killed.

The attack appeared to be part of an escalating urban terrorism campaign aimed at undermining an army operation against Taliban militants in the northwest tribal belt. It occurred just two days after President Obama announced a new strategy for Afghanistan, which involves sending 30,000 more troops into Afghanistan and demanding more cooperation from Pakistan in wiping out safe havens for Islamist extremists.

Some analysts questioned the lax security in a sensitive military area that had been previously attacked. There was speculation that the assailants may have received help from inside the garrison, possibly from lower-ranking army personnel.
Army leaders, however, sought to convey a sense of newly strengthened determination to defeat extremist groups once fostered by the state to fight in India and Afghanistan — even though the officials have reportedly expressed concerns that the conflict will intensify if a troop buildup next door sends a surge of Afghan Taliban fighters into Pakistan.

“Our faith, resolve and pride in our religion and our country is further reinforced by each terrorist incident,” Gen. Ashfaq Kiyani, the army chief, said in a statement. He thanked the public for its “overwhelming solidarity” and said the army is “committed to defend, protect and preserve the nation at all costs.”

On the soccer field, officers wept and hugged after saying prayers at the mourning ceremony for a general and two sons of other active-duty officials. The general’s coffin was draped in a Pakistani flag, and his officer’s cap rested on top. A handful of civilians also were there.

“These extremists are not Muslims. They are butchers,” said Asim Waris, 21, an engineering student and friend of one victim, a general’s son. “We fought for America in Afghanistan, and now we are paying the price,” he added, referring to the U.S. sponsorship of Pakistan-based Islamic militias in the 1980s. “We need to give these people proper educations, to turn them into human beings.”

Some participants noted critically that President Asif Ali Zardari, who is commander in chief of the armed forces, did not attend. Zardari’s relations with the military leadership have become tense, largely because he has sought close civilian ties with Washington and improved relations with India, Pakistan’s longtime rival.

The assault also brought fresh signs of the conflict among Pakistani religious groups over where to place the blame for such attacks. Some have accused India and the United States of orchestrating the assaults as part of a wider campaign against Muslims, and responded to Friday’s attack in that vein.

“This is the work of big powers. It is not a war against terror, it is a war against Islam, and America is leading it,” said Qazi Hussain Ahmed, leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami religious party. He warned that Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal is not safe from U.S. clutches. “We must be careful because Obama said they can target any area of Pakistan,” he said.

But a moderate Islamic scholar in the city of Lahore, responding to a demand by civilian officials that Muslim clerics speak out after the attack, announced that he planned to issue a fatwa, or Islamic edict, against terrorism.

“Suicide attacks are not allowed in Islam,” the scholar, Tahir ul-Qadri, declared via videoconference. “These actions are un-Islamic. . . . The slaughter of human beings in any religion or country, and terrorism in all its manifestations, are totally in contradiction with the teachings of Islam.”


FATA: The Troubles and the Solution

December 3, 2009

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Rawalpindi/Pakistan – November 25, 2009

Sun, 22nd November Thinkers Forum Pakistan met for its regular monthly meeting. The topic was. ” Troubles in FATA and their solution. Learned speaker, Air Marshall Syed Qaiser Hussain (Retd) belonging to Parachinar focused mostly on Kurram and Orakzai agencies. He enumerated the corner stones of life in FATA. It was Islam and Pakhtoon Wali. He explained at length the five pillars of Pakhtoon Wali. Then unfolded the critical areas where malice had crept in. First on the list was Mulla, an ignorant leader of Islam but wielding great influence over the naïve tribesmen. The Maliks, were next; the custodians of Pakhtoon Wali, who seem to have lost the veneration they held once. Next were the Political Agents some inept and lacking the acumenship required for dealing with the tribesmen. Frontier Constabulary was the next weakening link, and finally the abolition of the FCR. He praised FCR, and wished it could be followed and practiced.

Suggesting the solutions the learned speaker emphasized that the Mulla had to be effectively countered by more learned clerics disseminating true Islam and its teachings to the simpletons. The PAs’ lot had to be improved and the way they govern should follow the old traditions of British time with the carrot and stick philosphy. Quality of officers in FC be improved and the deployment of the troops should remain restricted to the areas to which they belonged. He emphasized on how locals should be empowered through enrichment of Maliks. It was to enable Maliks to maintain their Lashkars and Chigga. Overall revival of Pakhtoon Wali was the solution.

He covered in detail the various tribes and the way they populated various agencies. Their restriction to some agencies and sprinkling and spread across the Durand Line was intriguing. By and large the tribal code of ethics was hospitable, peaceful and Islamic in nature. Though of late the magnitude of Sunni-Shia divide – particularly after the North-South polarization in Afghanistan – and its effects was quite disturbing. Similarly, the existence and role of millions of cash changing hands and the existence and role of Taliban, could not get an in-depth treatment.

The discussion was enriched by high quality input from analysts like Gen Asad Durrani.


Pakistanis back assault on Taliban

November 10, 2009

By Syed Shoaib Hasan
BBC News, Islamabad

Pakistani troop morale is high three weeks into the army’s assault against the Taliban.


This is the biggest anti-Taliban offensive ever seen in Pakistan

The military has made significant gains in its campaign in South Waziristan so far – and across the country there seems consensus that the operation is the right option at the moment.

“Yes, we feel very confident and sure. Whatever is being done is right,” says Maj Faizan Ali, an army officer involved in anti-Taliban operations.

“I think the operation was long overdue.”

The military’s confidence is not without basis – despite a wave of militant attacks that has killed hundreds in recent weeks, most Pakistanis remain firmly behind the operation in South Waziristan.

But opinion remains divided over its timing and consequences.

‘Too much blood’

“The government is absolutely right to launch the operation,” says Ahmed Khan, a shopkeeper in Rawalpindi.

“Those people have too much blood on their hands. Our lives have been taken hostage – enough is enough.”


Just killing the militants is not going to help – the militancy will now spread to towns and cities, Sohaib Mateen, Karachi

But not everybody is as confident about the way the authorities are handling the situation.

“The operation in South Waziristan is only going to exacerbate the problem,” says Sohaib Mateen, a business analyst in Karachi.

Mr Mateen closely follows the situation on the ground and believes the solution is not just a military one.

“Jihad [holy war] is not a tangible thing. It is an idea and needs to be dealt with on an ideological level as well,” he says.

“Just killing the militants is not going to help. The militancy was confined to the tribal regions, but now it will spread to towns and cities.”

But he is in the minority, as most Pakistanis remain firmly behind military action.

Their main issue remains the disruption of everyday lives due to the rising level of violence.

“I don’t have a problem with the operation,” says Nazish Mohsin, a young mother of three in Lahore.

“The operation appeared to have been inevitable. If the army had not done it the Americans would have.

“My issue is with the authorities not being prepared to defend ordinary citizens. Most of all it’s my children’s education I am worried about.

“Every day my children ask whether they are going to school or not. Every second day the school shuts down.”


The military says it has captured towns and weapons from the Taliban

Mrs Mohsin’s concerns are shared by most parents and students, not just in Lahore but across the country.

“Nobody is coming to school these days,” says Zainab Azhar, 16, who studies at a military-run college in the capital, Islamabad.

“There is a lot of security. Only official cars are allowed inside. We have to walk a long way and metal detectors have been installed at the entrances.

“We are told not to talk to strangers or take anything from them.”

She says studies are greatly affected by school closures.

“Our teachers send us assignments on e-mail, but nobody takes them seriously. Nothing can replace school.”

US and India blamed

What is surprising is that Ms Azhar, like many others, says it is not just the Taliban who are to blame for the violence.

Everyone is taking advantage – India and America all have a hand in the violence, Nazish Mohsin, Lahore

“There are many different people involved,” Ms Azhar says. “Mainly the Americans are responsible for these blasts. They are brainwashing young boys who carry out the attacks.

Maj Ali says: “Anyone who has a big bag of money can hire the services of the militants. They are so naive that they accept the responsibility outright.

“Everybody is using them for their agenda.”

Mrs Mohsin from Lahore also has similar views.

“It’s not just one party,” she says. “Everyone is taking advantage – India and America all have a hand in the violence.”

Even Sohaib Mateen agrees.

“Political and international pressure are killing our people. Local elements are involved, but foreign forces, especially India and the US, are taking advantage.

“Where is the money coming from? The Taliban need millions of rupees to run their operation.”

There is no evidence to support the widely held view in Pakistan that the US and India are directly involved in the violence.

But many people seem to have been persuaded by a series of recent reports in the local media.

These reports clearly suggest that both countries are working to destabilise Pakistan through their agents in the country. Most of the reports are based on conjecture and quote “anonymous” sources.

Pakistan’s government has largely remained silent on the issue, until recently.

A few days ago, the authorities said the army had discovered “clear evidence” of Indian involvement with the Taliban in Waziristan. India swiftly denied the claims.


202 Blackwater Personnel Arrive In Islamabad?

November 5, 2009

More US military personnel arrive in Islamabad. Is the PPP government seeking US support against a possible Pakistani military action against the unpopular pro-US government in Pakistan?

By NISAR MEHDI
Wednesday, 4 November 2009.
The Nation
WWW.AHMEDQURAISHI.COM

KARACHI, Pakistan-Foreigners affiliated with the notorious private military contractor Blackwater, later renamed as Xe Services LLC, arrived in Islamabad on Tuesday through a PIA flight, sources told TheNation.

“Of the 274 passengers, who boarded Pakistan’s national flag carrier-PIA, flight PK-786 from Heathrow Airport UK, 202 were foreigners but they were fluently speaking Urdu language,” disclosed the sources.

The officials on duty at Shaheed Benazir International Airport Islamabad said, “We had instructions to allow the foreigners entry without custom procedure.”

The sources said that the plane reached Islamabad airport at 4:08am PST, and they had received official instructions from the authorities not to inspect any of them and clear them immediately from the airport.

An official of PIA confirmed that the PIA flight PK-786 from Heathrow reached Islamabad at its destination at 04:08 am and said that the plane had the capacity of 358 passengers but total 274 passengers travelled on the flight.

He declined to comment the presence of large number of foreigners in the flight saying that they had no information in this regard.

Former Chief of Army Staff Mirza Aslam Baig has accused former President Pervez Musharraf of giving Blackwater a green signal to carry out its terrorist operations in the cities of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and Quetta.

According to a August 20, 2009 report in the New York Times by Mark Mazzetti, the Central Intelligence Agency in 2004 hired contractors from the private security contractor Blackwater USA as part of a secret programme to locate and assassinate top operatives of Al-Qaeda.

“Blackwater employees hired to guard American diplomats in Iraq were accused of using excessive force on several occasions, including shootings in Baghdad in 2007 in which 17 civilians were killed. Iraqi officials have since refused to give the company an operating licence,” wrote Mazzetti.

“Several current and former government officials interviewed for this article spoke only on the condition of anonymity because they were discussing details of a still classified programme,” the NYT reported.

The newspaper report said that despite publicly breaking with it, the State Department continued to award the company, formerly known as Blackwater, more than $400 million in contracts to fly its diplomats around Iraq, guard them in Afghanistan, and train security forces in anti-terrorism tactics at its remote camp in North Carolina.

Every indication suggests that the US Embassy in Islamabad, which is being expanded into the world’s largest US embassy, has brought in Blackwater without clearance from Pakistani security authorities and with direct help from the unpopular pro-US government in Islamabad.

This report was originally published by The Nation.


Triple III Agency Targeting Pakistan

November 4, 2009

Zaheerul Hassan

On November 2, 2009 Suicidal bomber entered in National Bank building in Rawalpindi and blasted him. According to the media reports 35 individuals died and many injured. Reportedly, most of the individuals present in the banks to draw their monthly salaries .It may be mentioned here that during last few weeks suspected foreign sponsored militants have struck Pakistan several times , killing about 250 people. In the evening again near Babu Saboo Interchange two suicidal bombers came in the car and blasted them once they were stopped by the police personals on duty located In this blast 15 police personals have sustained injuries. The current blasts reveal that foreign hand have hijacked the Pakistani Taliban militant movement and speeded up their intrigues against Pakistan. An army offensive in a Taliban stronghold area is progressing well and determined security forces under the government direction have decided to continue with the operation to defeat foreign sponsored terrorism. The recent terrorists’ attacks in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, and Islamabad and on GHQ are the continuation of series of planned commandos’ actions against security forces and innocent people. These commandos are also known as Indian Black Cats and American Black Water terrorists’ organization.

The Taliban fighting in Afghanistan have already refused to help militants operating in Pakistan. It is worth mentioning here that nation is fully supporting army in elimination of terrorism. Anti Pakistan forces are not digesting security forces success, since win over militants would bring stability in the country which is against their set design. There are reports that recently established “Indio Israeli Intelligence Agency “(Triple IIIA) has infiltrated their agents through RAAM (Afghan Intelligence Organization) in Pakistan, Iran and China. The agency has hired Afghan citizen and local criminal elements for launching sabotage acts in the said countries.

There is a general perception here in Pakistan that USA is not serious in elimination of terrorism in the region. Pakistan time and again asked American to pressurize Indian for storming terrorism but unfortunately Washington’s government deliberately closing her eyes over Indian interference. According to media reports, on October 31, 2009 Sectary of State Hillary Clinton has said that USA does not have any evidence of Indian involvement in Balochistan. Mrs. Clinton without going into details said that she has not seen any evidence from Pakistan about India’s involvement in Balochistan. She has probably forgotten her General McChrystal argues. The General said that growing Indian political and economic influence in Afghanistan is likely to “exacerbate regional tensions”, and accuses Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the ISI, and Iran of helping the Taliban. His view would appear to be that Pakistan and Iran can counter India’s growing influence in Afghanistan only by assisting those Afghans who are not favourably inclined towards India, and this potpourri is making his job difficult. Gen Stanley McChrystal suggests that Indian influence is “jeopardising US efforts to defeat the Taliban and al Qa’eda extremists.

In fact India is funding and providing support to so called Baloch leaders to foment terrorism in Balochistan and rest of the country. Some Baloch leaders on their master’s directive are asking government to stop operation and are against the establishment of cantonments in the province. Actually there is no military operation is going on. The purpose of opposing the presence of own army in establishing the posts in own country could be, (1) to carry out sabotage activities in the country with our adversary help freely (2) stopping government in developing Gawadar Port (3) leveling grounds for USA and Indian interference in the region (4) obstructing in development programmes in Balochistan since progress might lose sardars’ hold over the general public.

The fact of Indian involvement in Balochistan and Pakistan’s tribal areas is no longer a covert plot. The prevailing security environment has provided a chance to our adversary to carry out clandestine operations covertly and openly with a view to create instability our country. Pakistan Army has deployed over 50,000 troops to South Waziristan to take on an estimated 12,000 militants, including up to 1,500 foreign fighters, among them Uzbeks and Arabs. The soldiers captured the hometown of the country’s Taliban chief on November 01, 2009. Pakistan Air Chief is also ensuring determined air support to the ground forces too. Pakistan army Spokes man Major General Athar Abbas also very rightly claimed that Taliban are in disarray due to their continue depletion in the current operation. He also said that our enemy country is directly involved in spreading terrorism and ongoing blasts wave. Pakistan Information also mentioned in a joint press conference that Nation will keep on supporting her forces in elimination of terrorism form the country. On November 2, 2009 Major General Athar Abbas also said huge quantity of Indian made ammunition and medical equipment has been recovered during on going operation. At this moment Pakistan Information minister stated that matter would be taken with India on diplomatic front too.

Moreover it is also a known fact that India has a desire to keep world community away from her Maoist’s movement and prevailing communal violence in so called secular country. The investigations of Mumbai Drama and Samjhota Express and blasts at Margao in Gao has reveled that wife of state transport minister has a link with Sanatan Sanstha, a right -wing Hindu Group is involved in the blast. Reportedly Lt col Prohit nominated accused of Samhjota Express has also illicit relations with wife of the minister too. The relationship forced wife of the minister to join Hindu terrorist organization.


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