Vol. III Issue. 29
Raja Pervez Ashraf elected Prime Minister
Media Researcher, Observer Research Foundation
23 June 2012
Islamabad: Daily Jasarat, June 23, 2012. Pakistan People's Party claims to have vowed to strengthen the supremacy of parliamentary democracy. Its candidate, Raja Pervez Ashraf, became the 25th Prime Minister by defeating other five candidates, including Sardar Mehtab Khan Abbasi of PML(N) and Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman of JUI (F). Jasarat reported that 21 parliamentarians opposed the candidature of Ashraf, but finally succumbed to party pressure.
Jamaat-i-Islami chief Munawar Hasan criticised Ashraf for having failed in his previous assignment as the Minister for Electricity and Water, where he stands accused of massive corruption. According to the Jamaat chief, Ashraf was the most corrupt minister in Gilani's cabinet, and has now emerged as the leader of a corrupt Parliament.
Unconditional apology important to restore NATO supply: Minister
Kabul: Daily Jasarat, June 15, 2012. Pakistan has again asked the US for an unconditional apology and has made the restoration of NATO supplies contingent on it. Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar expressed her disappointment on the recently failed negotiations over transit fees. US Ambassador Cameron Mentor said that US negotiators have finished the technical aspects of the talks, and now it is up to the political leadership to make the final decision on the matter.
In the meantime, Difa-i-Pakistan Council (DPC) has decided to move the Supreme Court against the Parliament's decision to reopen NATO supply lines. Gen Hamid Gul commented that the issue has now become a matter of pride for Muslims of Asia. He added that after demanding an apology over the Salala attack and a complete halt of drone strikes, the Government should not act against the wishes of the people and yield to US pressure.
Delegates of Myanmar Muslim refugees meet Husain Mehanti
Karachi: Daily Jasarat, June 16, 2012. A delegation of Muslim refugees from Myanmar, led by Maulana Idrees, the President of the Rohingia Solidarity Organisation, and comprising Zabihullah Qureshi, Mohammad Salim, Mohammad Junaid and Mohammad Tahir met with chief of Sindh Jamaat-i-Islami Husain Mehanti. Maulana Idrees explained the repression faced by the community at the hands of the Myanmar Government which has been carrying our massacres since 1942. In spite of the brutality of the regime, Muslim countries have remained silent over the issue, he complained. He also rubbished reports of Muslims killing Buddhists as propaganda. Jamaat leaders assured the delegation of assistance. Mehanti said that the party will draw the attention of the United Nations and the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) towards the cause of the Rohingia Muslims.
Media organisations should oust blackmailing owners: Rana Sanaullah
Islamabad: Daily Ausaf, June 17, 2012. Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has urged the public to be more vigilant against the media than politicians and the judiciary. While praising the role of the media in politics and society, he highlighted that many media houses are being coerced by their owners to manipulate news. He alleged that many media owners have become billionaires through questionable means in a short span of time. He gave evidence of Amir Mahmood and Mallik Riyaz, who transformed from ordinary 'street men' and are now conspiring to defame the judiciary. He suggested that the Government and civil society should prepare a list of such owners and blacklist their publications.
Jamaat-i-Islami launches Caravan-i-Islami Inquilab
Karachi: Daily Jasarat, June 22, 2012. Jamaat-i-Islami of Bin Qasim district has launched a protest rally titled Caravan-i-Islami Inquilab to create awareness about corruption, price rise, unemployment, and rising poverty as a result of the current Government's failure. The two-day rally was held from June 22 to 24. JI Secretary General Liyaqat Baloch led the rally which was also addressed by prominent JI leaders.
Caravan-Islami Inquilab was attended by members of the clergy along with their madrasa students, provincial Jamaat cadre, advocates, college and university staffers, as well as their relatives and friends and members of the business community. The larger purpose of the rally was to end the current trend towards adoption of western culture, values and resultantly, submission to 'American slavery'.
Conspiracy against judiciary will always fail: Gen Ali Kuli Khan
Rawalpindi: Daily Jasarat, June 18, 2012. The Chief of Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Association (PESA), General Ali Kuli Khan, has said that the conspiracy to discredit the judiciary will always fail. He hailed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry as the 'last ray' of hope for humanitarian justice to prevail in the country. Vice Admiral Ahmad Nasim, Major Farooq Hamid Khan, Lieutenant General Naeem Akbar, Brigadier Mian Mahmood, Brigadier Sayyed Masudul Hasan, Brigadier Riyaz Ahmad, Raja Fazel Nike with other retired officers were some of the key participants of the PESA conference. It passed a resolution urging the Government to pursue diplomacy to counter Indian actions in Afghanistan and also to promote trade relations with Russia and China through the Gwadar port.
Three police men arrested for contacts with Hizb-ul-Mujahideen in J&K
Jammu: Daily Jasarat, June 18, 2012Jammu and Kashmir police has arrested three constables identified as Mohammad Abbas, Riyaz Ahmad and Mohammad Elias for relations with the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen. The constables were providing secret reports to the Mujahideen about Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and special police deployments in Jammu & Kashmir. According to the local media, investigations are being carried out to probe links between Criminal Investigation Department (CID), police and other senior officials and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen. More arrests are expected to follow.
(This is compiled and translated from Urdu by Shahid Raheem, Media Researcher, Observer Research Foundation)