News of the Month
Balochistan Assembly’s opposition leader arrested from courtroom
arrested from courtroom on the orders of the Supreme Court, reported.
It may be noted here that trial court had awarded life imprisonment to Yar Muhammad Rind, whoever, he had filed petition in the apex court against it.
Counsel of Rind, advocate Akram Shaikh pleaded the court to take his client to Sindh House. The Chief Justice ordered to put him in Secretariat police station as law is equal for everyone.
After fewer days Yar Mohamad Rind release on base of bail. His tribesmen in joy distributed sweet and celebrated.
Press Clubs held demonstration against threats to journalists’ families
All Balochistan Press Clubs held a protest demonstration at Harnai Press Club, on Sunday, to condemn the murder of two young sons of the president of Khuzdar Press Club.
The protesters have demand from the government to arrange strict security measures for the protection of journalists and their families in Balochistan. They alleged that so far not only the government has failed to arrest the alleged killers of journalists but it has also been unable to provide proper security to journalist community. The protester chanted slogans against the government.
The leaders of Harnai Press Club said, “The Khuzdar Press Club is closed from past two months but the government, political parties and civil society are silent and they turned a blind eye on this important issue.”
Addressing the protestors the central press secretary of ‘Balochistan Press Clubs Association’ Haneef Tareen and senior vice president of Harnai Press Club Abdul Malik strongly condemned the killing of two young sons of Nadeem Gargnadi, the president of Khuzdar Press Club. They said that journalists were continuously being harassed since a long time but the government has not taken any steps for their security.
Aslam Raisani’s PPP membership suspended
Rafiq Sajjad said party had served notices to Nawab Aslam Raisani twice over working against party policies, however, today after consultation with PPP Balochistan President Mir Sadiq Imrani, Raisani’s membership has been suspended for three months.
Meanwhile, deputy parliamentary leader PPP Balochistan Ali Madad Jattak has said that Rafiq Sajjad has no authority to suspend membership of Raisani, adding that action would be taken against Rafiq over violating party discipline and portraying bad image of chief minister.
Furthermore, speaker Balochistan Assembly Aslam Bohtani denied requisition of session and by this a constitutional crises took place in Balochistan. Mr Bohtani present reason that after court verdict calls for assembly session would be contempt of court.
Khar paints rosy picture of human rights in Pakistan
While unveiling the country’s national report at the UN’s Human Rights Council (HRC), the government glossed over bitter facts and painted an overly rosy picture of what cannot be considered an enviable record.
Keen to defend the country’s record because of candidacy for the Nov 12 election to HRC and hopes of qualifying for next GSP+ preferential trade programme, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar herself led the delegation to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva.
UPR is a state-driven process in which every UN member country gets a chance to make a presentation at the council about steps it had taken to address rights violations and fulfil its obligations. Currently the second round of the review, which started in May this year, is under way. The UPR has been heralded as an unmatched international mechanism to monitor rights situation across the world.
Ms Khar based the country’s HR case on a legislation enacted for protection of rights including establishment of National Commission for Human Rights; constitutional reforms; ratification of international HR treaties; visit of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and a number of ‘special procedures’ – Rapporteur on Independence of Judges and Lawyers and Working Group on Enforced Disappearances.
Intelligence agencies planned to kill Baloch Human Rights activists: VBMP
he chairman of Voice for Baloch Missing Persons on Tuesday said intelligence agencies of Pakistan planned to kill leadership, activists of his Organisation and the family members of enforced-disappeared Baloch.
Nasrullah Baloch, the chairman of VBMP and Abdul Qadeer Baloch, Vice Chairman held a press conference outside Quetta Press Club to inform the media and public about the life threats they have constantly been receiving from Pakistani security agencies.
Nasrullah Baloch said, “We have been peacefully protesting for the recovery of enforced-disappeared Baloch activists from past several years but the government agencies dislike our democratic protest. They have planned to kill Qadeer Baloch, myself and activists (Family members). They can attack our demonstrations and the protest camps at any time. If anything happened to Qadeer Baloch, me or any other family members of the abducted Baloch, the government security agencies will be held responsible for it.”
Supreme Court orders ‘operation’ in Karachi
A five-member larger bench of the Supreme Court on Saturday ordered to immediately arrest all criminals who had been released on parole while there cases were in courts and they were awaiting trial. The bench ordered this in an interim order in the Karachi unrest case.
The bench headed by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and comprising Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmani, Justice Amir Hani Muslim and Justice Gulzar Ahmed was hearing the Karachi unrest implementation case at the court’s Karachi registry. The bench said in its written order that a report submitted by the Sindh government had disclosed the matter of release on parole of under-trial prisoners. It said these prisoners awaiting trial yet released on parole should be arrested immediately and presented before relevant trial courts. The relevant courts were instructed to issue non-bailable warrants against such criminals. The SC also instructed the Sindh Home Department, including inspector general (IG), “to arrest those prisoners who were released on parole and to present them in the courts”.
All authorities concerned will present a detailed report regarding this issue before the larger bench of the SCP on the next hearing, order stated further. “Action against unregistered vehicles and vehicles having fancy and foreign number plates, including non-custom paid vehicles running on the roads of the metropolis, should be initiated,” stated the order.
US election: Unhappy Americans ask to secede from US
The appeals were filed on the White House’s We the People website.
Most of the 20 states with petitions voted for Republican Mitt Romney.
The US constitution contains no provisions for states to secede from the union. By Monday night the White House had not responded.
In total, more than 20 petitions have been filed. One for Texas has reached the 25,000-signature threshold at which the White House promises a response.