28 July 2012
Peshawar: Daily Jasarat, July 27, 2012. Pakistan Taliban threatened to avenge the killing, torture, and the forced exodus of innocent Rohingia Muslims in Burma and urged the Government to break ties with that country. The group's spokesperson Ehsanullah Khan said that the Government should close the office of the Burmese High Commission, or be prepared to face attacks on the Embassy and Burmese citizens living in Pakistan. According to the Amnesty International, not only Rakhine Buddhists but also Burmese security forces have been involved in violence against Muslims of Burma for centuries. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Muazzam Khan said Burma is a friend of Pakistan and expressed hope that the problem will be resolved soon.
No charge for NATO supply: US-Pakistan Agreement
Islamabad: Daily Jasarat, July 27, 2012. Pakistan will not charge any fee or tax for the transit of NATO supply convoys through its territory. The United States and Pakistan signed an agreement according to the UN charter which was made public recently. The agreement makes commercial carriers responsible for any losses of US materials. It also fixed two routes on which the convoys will ply. The southern route runs from Karachi to Afghanistan via the Chaman border in Balochistan. The northern route terminates in Kabul and runs through the Khyber Pass. Pakistan will not provide any warehouse facility for the goods. The agreement is till December 31, 2015.
Start operations in North Waziristan: General John Ellen
Karachi: Daily Jasarat, July 23, 2012. International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander General John Ellen has asked Pakistan to mount military operations in North Waziristan to dismantle insurgent groups located in the tribal agency. If Pakistan does so, Gen Allen is believed to have assured to stop militant infiltration from Afghanistan to Pakistan. Further details of the exchange were withheld from the public.
Fakhruddin G Ebrahim new Chief Election Commissioner
Islamabad: Daily Jasarat / Ausaf, July 4, 2012. Fakhruddin G Ebrahim was on 25 July appointed the 23rd Chief Election Commissioner. This is the first time in history that all political parties, including the Government and the opposition, have supported the candidature of the CEC. Ebrahim enjoys the support of the mainstream parties, religious groups, advocates and Judiciary, and officials of the Election Commission who were all present at the oath taken ceremony administered by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry in the Supreme Court.
Bloch Liberation Army terrorising country: Rehman Malik
Karachi: Daily Jasarat, July 24, 2012. Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that the Government has found credible information about the militant group Bloch Liberation Army's involvement in terrorist attacks throughout the country, including Karachi, which he said will be made public soon. He said the BLA, which came into existence a decade ago, is known to pay its cadre unusually high salaries and give bonuses to those who carry out blasts and other acts of violence. Malik said that the BLA pays $468 to each of its cadre and is planning to launch bigger attacks against intelligence officials. Ninety five terrorists were arrested during the last six months, in which 35 belonged to the Lyari village.
Saudi Arabia calls for conference of Muslim leaders
Riyadh: Daily Jasarat, July 23, 202. Saudi Arabia has called for a conference of Muslim leaders to discuss problems of rising rebellion in the Muslim world. Saudi King Abdullah hopes that the conference will throw light on the reasons behind resistance to rulers which has promoted disorder, threatened the Arab World's cultural identity and disturbed its unity. The conference is scheduled to take place in August and will attract Muslim leaders from all across the world.
(This is compiled and translated from Urdu by Shahid Raheem, Media Researcher, Observer Research Foundation)