In the second security incident at the White House in as many days, an individual failed to stop at the entrance to the White House complex while driving his vehicle, Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said.
ABBOTABAD: Chief of Tehreek Suba Hazara (TSH) Sardar Haider Zaman Baba has said that his party would move an application to the Chief Minister Pervez Khattak’s office requesting him to order the registration of an FIR of the 2010 Abbottabad firing incident. On April 12 of that year police had allegedly opened fire at protesters, killing seven pro-Hazara activists.
Earlier, CM Khattak had told journalists during a talk at the residence of provincial information minister Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani that he would order the registration of an FIR if anyone approaches the office.
At the meeting, journalists had criticised the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for advocating a probe into the Model Town, Lahore incident, but failing to account for the casualties in the Abbottabad firing incident on April 12, 2010.
Speaking to journalists on Tuesday, TSH chief Baba lauded the chief minister’s remarks. He added the party was drafting the request and would send it to the CM’s office within the next couple of days.
In 2010, after the 18th Amendment was passed, the province was renamed Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. This sparked agitation within the predominantly Hindko-speaking Hazara division. Workers of political parties took to the streets. The police allegedly resorted to firing which resulted in the deaths of seven pro-Hazara workers and injuries to over 200 people.
Since then, the Tehreek Suba Hazara Party and Hazara Qaumi Mahaz have been demanding the registration of criminal cases against the police officers, officials and administrative machinery.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 17th, 2014.
A girl is seriously injured after being shot in what police describe as an “armed incident” in East Sussex.
A woman dies after being struck by a train on a stretch of line at Lenzie in East Dunbartonshire, leading to widespread disruption to rail services.
The Sea View tragedy in which 39 people drowned off the Karachi beach on the eve of Eidul Fitr could have been avoided if the ‘entities’ and ‘authorities’ involved in dredging had taken preventive measures, said Karachi police chief Ghulam Qadir Thebo on Thursday.
While speaking at a press conference at the Central Police Office, Additional Inspector General (AIG) Thebo, avoided to disclose the identity of the ‘entities and authorities’ but asserted that their negligence had been established.
“Our investigation, however, did not prove criminal negligence on their part, which, otherwise, would have prompted the state to lodge an FIR,” said the police chief. “Keeping in view the unintentional negligence, the police had compiled its recommendations that were sent to the government in order to avoid the loss of lives in the future.”
Meanwhile, AIG Thebo had claimed to arrest eight criminals involved in target killings and other offences in the city.
He said that alleged target killers, including Syed Hasan Abbas, Syed Ali Raza Zaidi, were found to be involved in killing three students of Darul Khair seminary in Gulistan-e-Jauhar on April 9, 2014 and two Jamia Binoria students near Numaish Chowrangi on February 16, 2013.
Another alleged target killer, Ghaus Ali, allegedly involved in firing at a police mobile in Ibrahim Haidery on February 3, 2014. Four police personnel were killed in the incident.
Two other alleged target killers identified as Muhammad Sajjad and Amir alias Nomi, involved in killings of 15 and 39 persons, respectively, were also arrested.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 5th, 2014.
LAHORE: Police presented a 50-page challan in an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Lahore on Saturday in which they stated that Gullu Butt was responsible for the Model Town tragedy, Express News reported.
Police produced Butt before the court and handed in the challan which stated that the Model Town incident escalated due to Butt’s involvement in it.
Butt was caught smashing cars during the clashes between Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers and the police outside the Minhajul Quran International Secretariat on June 17.
He smashed windscreens and windows of private vehicles with his club, while police officials looked on and the vandalism continued unabated.
On August 5, a division bench of the LHC had sought investigation record from police on a bail application by Butt.
His counsel had submitted that he was mentally unfit and that police had wrongfully implicated him in the case.
Three persons, including a man and his son, were gunned down on Friday near Irrigation Colony on Sariab Road. Both father and son were inside a butcher shop when gunmen opened fire at them. “A shopper was also killed in the firing incident,” said Imran Qureshi, a senior police official of Sariab.
According to sources, the bodies were shifted to the Provincial Sandeman Hospital in Quetta for autopsies. The gunmen managed to escape from the scene despite the presence of a huge crowd at the time of the attack.
“There are several butcher shops in the area. However, we have reason to believe that this particular shop was targeted,” Qureshi said. “We don’t know who is responsible for the killings at this stage,” he added.
The deceased have been identified as Abdul Kareem and his son Akhtar Kakar and shopper Boor Muhammad. All the victims were residents of Quetta.
The bodies were handed over to their heirs after medico-legal formalities. Police have registered a case and opened investigation into the incident.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 30th, 2014.
ISLAMABAD: Addressing his supporters in what he called a ‘decisive’ rally on Thursday, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri refused to accept the FIR registered into the Model Town incident until it included the Anti-Terrorism Act and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s name.
“We will not accept the FIR until it is registered as per our application,” he added.
Further, Qadri again announced his charter of demands that included the registration of an FIR, resignation of Prime Minister and Chief Minister Punjab, dissolution of assemblies, formation of a national government, introduction of reforms, accountability of corrupt politicians and holding of free and fair elections.
Asking his workers to remain steadfast as they were about to reach their destination, he asked them wait until his next announcement for which he did not give any time frame.
Earlier, Qadri had announced August 28 as the last day of their sit-in. However, he offered no clues in his speech on what will the do after their sit-in ends.
At the beginning of his speech, the PAT chief had rejected that an FIR had been registered in the case. However, as the chief paused for prayers, PAT leader Raheeq Abbasi appeared on the stage with copy of the FIR sent for perusal of Qadri. The PAT chief read it once and pointed out that it was not in accordance with their demands.
Qadri then highlighted social ills in the society and said PAT had come to streets against those evils and for a revolution and end to discrimination, injustice, inequality, lawlessness, nepotism and corruption.
“This Constitution Avenue, which would later be renamed as Iniqlab avenue, had never witnessed such gathering in 67 years of country’s history,” he added.
Terming PAT and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers “first cousins”, Qadri urged “fight together and die together and no one be able to stop you.”
Qadri, who was carrying a copy of the Constitution, then focused on those provisions which guarantee fundamental rights of the citizen and obligations of the state. After elaborating every single provision dealing with the rights, Qadri said “state is responsible for well being of the people without any discrimination but it has not happened at all.”
“The Constitution is a cheque signed by founder of the nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and after 67 years we have come here to get it cashed,” Qadri said and added, “this cheque signed by the Quaid has been dishonored as they rulers said they did not have money for the people but had money to be spent on themselves and their children.”
The PAT chief also shared details of his meetings with the government negotiation teams particularly the last one in which several federal ministers and two provincial governors had participated. “The talks ended after ministers said they did not have mandate to take decisions,” he announced.
LAHORE: Even after Lahore High Court’s (LHC) verdict to uphold a session court’s decision to register an FIR against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) top leadership in connection with the June 17 Model Town incident, a team of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) lawyers has failed to get the FIR registered.
The team of PAT lawyers – led by Minhajul Quran’s counsel Mansoorur Rehman Afridi – arrived at Faisal Town police station on Wednesday with the LHC order in hand. However, no duty officer was present at the station to approve the registration of the FIRs. The daily register and FIR book were also missing and only a head constable was on general duty.
“We have been asking to register the FIR for one hour but there is no one present,” a PAT lawyer said.
Sources said the police station had been ‘abandoned’ by its officials since the LHC upheld the sessions court’s decision to register an FIR against 21 federal and provincial leaders including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.
When contacted, SHO Faisal Town Police Station Sharif Sindhu said he was not at the police station and because he was on leave. However, leave application for the officer could not be confirmed. “The police are currently seeking legal advice for the case,” he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 28th, 2014.