Thursday, 5 July 2012

Imran Khan: New contempt bill violates constitution

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has termed the Contempt of Court bill 2012 as being a violation of the constitution and democracy.

Speaking to media prior to his departure for Gujranwala, Khan said by enacting legislation against contempt of court, the power of the courts was being diminished and criminals were being protected.

Khan added that people were frustrated because of loadshedding and now the decision to reopen the NATO supply had embarrassed them. “The US did not listen to any of Pakistan’s demands nor was any importance given to parliament’s recommendations,” Khan said.

Imran Khan: Law makers lost right to sit in parliament






GUJRANWALA: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chief Imran Khan Thursday said the legislators have lost their right to sit inside the Parliament after reopening Nato supply routes.

He was addressing a rally taken out here in protest against government's move to reopen Nato supply lines.

Imran Khan said the government gave no regard even to a single point of the resolution passed in the Parliament on new terms of engagement with the US and reopened the Nato supply route. "Shame on you," he chanted.

Khan said the loot and plunder of people's wealth coupled with electricity theft has set the country on a path to destruction.

He said the rulers' accounts are in foreign banks and his party will not allow them to leave the country. "We will get the people's money out of their pockets and bring them to justice," he vowed.

Imran Khan said the youth can become PTI leaders by contesting elections.

Pak offers joint probe in mumbai attack





NEW DELHI: Pakistan rejected Thursday renewed Indian charges that Pakistani "state actors" were involved in planning and coordinating the 2008 Mumbai attacks and offered a joint probe into the incidents.

"I would very strongly reject any insinuation of any involvement of any state agency in acts of terrorism in India," Pakistani Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani told reporters after talks with his Indian counterpart Ranjan Mathai.

He told the media persons that the two-day meeting discussed matters related to terrorism and peace.

'The issue of Abu Jindal was also raised by the Indian side and we have made it clear that State of Pakistan has no role in terror activities in India. We consider terrorism a common enemy.'

"If we keep accusing each other, that will be of no benefit, and we will not find any result," he added. Jilani insisted that nothing should be allowed to prevent the peace process going forward.

"There should be absolutely no setback, because a setback is something we cannot afford," he said.

Speaking after his talks with Jilani, Mathai stressed that bringing those guilty for the Mumbai carnage to justice "would be the biggest confidence-building measure of all".

"We shall pursue this matter to its logical conclusion," Mathai said of the Indian investigation into Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari's testimony.

Mathai said Pakistan was provided more evidences regarding Mumbai attacks.

The two top civil servants in their respective ministries held two days of talks in New Delhi to bolster a peace dialogue.

The text of the joint statement issued after the two-day talks between Foreign Secretaries here:

During the second-round of the resumed dialogue process, the Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan met in New Delhi on July 4-5, 2012 for bilateral talks on Peace and Security including CBMs, Jammu & Kashmir and Promotion of Friendly Exchanges.

2. The talks were held in a frank and constructive atmosphere. Both sides reiterated their desire to carry forward the dialogue process in a purposeful and result-oriented manner.

3. The issue of Peace and Security, including CBMs, was discussed in a comprehensive manner. Both sides emphasized the need to promote greater trust and mutual understanding through constructive dialogue.

4. The Foreign Secretaries reviewed the ongoing implementation of the already adopted Nuclear and Conventional CBMs. It was decided that separate meetings of the Expert Level Groups on Nuclear and Conventional CBMs will be held to discuss implementation and strengthening of the existing CBMs and suggest additional mutually acceptable steps that could build greater trust and confidence between the two countries, thereby contributing to peace and security. The dates for the meetings of Expert Level Groups will be determined through diplomatic channels.

5. The Foreign Secretaries noted that both countries recognize that terrorism poses a continuing threat to peace and security. They reaffirmed the strong commitment of the two countries to fight and eliminate terrorism in an effective and comprehensive manner so as to eliminate the scourge in all its forms and manifestations.

6. The Foreign Secretaries had a comprehensive exchange of views on the issue of Jammu & Kashmir and agreed to continue discussions in a purposeful and forward looking manner with the view to finding a peaceful solution by narrowing divergences and building convergences.

7. Both sides recognized the need to strengthen the existing Cross-LoC CBMs for streamlining the arrangements to facilitate travel and trade across LOC. They decided to convene a meeting of the Working Group on Cross-LoC CBMs on July 19, 2012 in Islamabad to recommend steps for strengthening, streamlining and effectively implementing the existing trade and travel arrangements and propose modalities for introducing additional cross LoC CBMs.

8. Both sides underlined the importance of greater people to people contacts and friendly exchanges in building a relationship of trust and friendship between the two countries. They noted that the text of a revised bilateral Visa Agreement has already been finalized and decided to work for its early signing. They emphasized the importance of greater parliamentary exchanges; promotion of cooperation in various fields including facilitating visits to Religious Shrines; and cessation of hostile propaganda against each other.

9. The Foreign Secretaries also emphasized the need to promote media and sports contacts.

10. During his visit the Foreign Secretary of Pakistan will be calling on Minister of External Affairs of India, H.E. Mr. S.M. Krishna and National Security Adviser H.E. Mr. Shivshankar Menon.

11. The Foreign Secretaries will meet again in Islamabad, on a date to be decided through diplomatic channels, to prepare for the meeting of the External Affairs/Foreign Ministers in September 2012.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Pakistani Media: Planned Interveiw

Pakistani media also black listed after this video. This is a planned interview famous anchor mubashir luqman exposed and fired from duniya news.


Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Latests News: Air Jet Crashed In Balochistan






KARACHI: A Pakistani fighter jet crashed in the south of the country Tuesday while on routine training but the pilot ejected safely and there were no casualties on the ground, an air force official said.

The French-built Mirage jet took off from the Pakistan Air Force’s Masroor Base in Karachi and crashed near the town of Uthal in southwestern Balochistan province, air force spokesman Squadron Leader Mohammad Nadeem told AFP.

Uthal is around 60 kilometres west of Karachi.

“The pilot ejected successfully and safely,” the spokesman said, adding the cause of the accident would be determined after an investigation.

No loss of civilian life or property was reported on ground, he said.

It was the second Mirage aircraft crash in the region in a month. A Mirage-V crashed on May 11 while its pilot ejected safely as well.

The Pakistan Air Force has a fleet of Chinese aircraft including F-7PGs and A-5s, plus US-built F-16s and French Mirages. It recently acquired JF-17s Thunder jets, manufactured jointly by China and Pakistan.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

India-US Defense Talks

India-US Defense Talks To Focus On China

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta holds talks Wednesday with his Indian counterpart which are likely to be dominated by NATO's planned exit from Afghanistan and China's growing power.

Panetta's two-day visit to New Delhi is part of a tour of the region that has stressed Washington's strategic shift to Asia, with US officials portraying India as an anchor for the new approach.

In talks Tuesday with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Panetta "underscored the link India plays between East and West Asia and how the United States views India as a net provider of security from the Indian Ocean to Afghanistan and beyond", his press secretary George Little said.

Panetta will meet Defence Minister A.K. Antony on Wednesday before giving a policy speech at the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses.

In his talks with Antony, Panetta was expected to discuss NATO's planned withdrawal of combat forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2014 as well an expanding arms trade and joint military training between the two countries.

Indian officials are worried the departure of most of the US-led force could leave a dangerous vacuum in Afghanistan, and question if the Kabul government and its fledgling army will be able to fend off Taliban insurgents.

US officials said Panetta was encouraging India to play a more active role in Afghanistan, despite Pakistan's deep suspicion of its arch-foe's motives in the country.

Earlier on his nine-day tour through Asia, Panetta unveiled plans to shift the majority of the US naval fleet to the Pacific by 2020, a symbolic step meant to signal US determination to preserve its influence in the face of a rising China.

Beijing said Monday the US naval plan was "untimely" and called on Washington to respect its interests in the region.

The tilt towards Asia is designed mainly as a way to check China's role, particularly in the contested South China Sea, reinforcing US diplomacy in support of smaller nations locked in territorial disputes with Beijing.

The US administration views India as a counterweight to China, though in public statements senior officials insist the new strategy is not meant as a challenge to Beijing.

Panetta's visit follows India's successful test launch in April of a new missile capable of delivering a one-tonne nuclear warhead anywhere in China, marking a major advance in its military capabilities.

India views the rocket, which has a range of 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles), as a boost to its regional power aspirations and one that narrows - albeit slightly - the huge gap with China's missile systems.

India is investing in military hardware to modernize its armed forces, and the United States has become one of its major arms suppliers, with $8.5 billion in sales over the past 11 years, according to the Pentagon.

Panetta's trip coincides with two weapons deals that are close to being wrapped up.

India has agreed to buy 145 howitzer guns from the US unit of British arms group BAE Systems in a deal worth $560 million. And India is close to clinching a $1.4 billion agreement to purchase 22 Apache attack helicopters manufactured by Boeing, US officials said.

Friday, 27 April 2012

Passengers In Bhoja Air Flight B4-123


List of passengers and cabin crew of Bhoja Air flight B4-123 that crashed at Koral Chowk on Islamabad Express Highway in Rawalpindi.

Passengers in Bhoja Air flight B4-123:


  1.     Abbas Ali
  2.     Abida Javed Malik
  3.     Adeel Chughtai
  4.     Aiman Ikram
  5.     Altamash Khan
  6.     Anisa Akbar
  7.     Anum Hussain
  8.     Asif Aftab
  9.     Asmaa Ahmad
  10.     Ataur Rehman
  11.     Azizur Rehman
  12.     Baqir Mehdi
  13.     Bibi Hameeda
  14.     Chand Baboo
  15.     Chd Faiq
  16.     Dilshad Kamaal
  17.     Dr Abdul Qadir
  18.     Dr Asadullah
  19.     Fahira Laiq
  20.     Farah Sajid
  21.     Fatima
  22.     Fehmeeda Zubair
  23.     Ghulam Farooq Qasmi
  24.     Ghulam Rehman
  25.     Gul
  26.     Gul Faraz
  27.     Gul Sharif Jana
  28.     Gul Zaman
  29.     Habibur Rehman
  30.     Hafeezur Rehman
  31.     Hafsa Chughtai
  32.     Hafsa Shahid
  33.     Haleema Sadia
  34.     Hamida Khadima Baloch
  35.     Haris Haris
  36.     Husun Nisa
  37.     Imran Waheed
  38.     Irfan Ali
  39.     Javed Akhtar Malik
  40.     Javed Iqbal
  41.     Kalo Abbasi
  42.     Khwaja Raziuddin
  43.     Liauqat Ali
  44.     Masooda Begum
  45.     Mishir Jan
  46.     Mohammad Atiq Khan
  47.     Mrs Mohammad Latif
  48.     Mohammad Latif
  49.     Moiz Sadiq
  50.     Mrs Khalida
  51.     Ms Yumna
  52.     Muhammad Abdul Hafeez
  53.     Muhamad Anwar Khan
  54.     Muhammad Ashfaq Khan
  55.     Muhammad Farooq
  56.     Muhammad Irfan
  57.     Muhammad Irfan
  58.     Muhammad Qasim
  59.     Muhammad Shahnawaz
  60.     Muhammad Sohail
  61.     Muhammad Younus
  62.     Muhammada Abdullah
  63.     Mujtaba Siyal
  64.     Mukhan Jan
  65.     Munawar Sultana
  66.     Musarrat Shaheen
  67.     Nadir Khan Fazaldad
  68.     Nasreen
  69.     Nazmeen
  70.     Nighat Mehdi
  71.     Nihaluddin Alvi
  72.     Nisar Ahmed
  73.     Nuzhat
  74.     Qamar Aftab
  75.     Qari Muhammad Abdul Rahman
  76.     Rakh Shanda
  77.     Rakhshanda
  78.     Rashida Rehman
  79.     Raza Ali Khan Feroz
  80.     Ree Han
  81.     SM Saud Ishaq
  82.     Saba Amber
  83.     Sadaf Baloch 84.Sadaf Tanveer
  84.     Saeed Khan
  85.     Saeeda Akhtar
  86.     Sania Abbas
  87.     Sarah Chughtai
  88.     Sardar Shah
  89.     Sarwat Mumtaz
  90.     Shabbir Ahmad Awan
  91.     Shahid Iqbal
  92.     Shamima Abdullah
  93.     Shazia Baloch
  94.     Sobia Ubaid
  95.     Suleiman Chughtai
  96.     Sumaiyah Chughtai
  97.     Syed Muhammad Amjad
  98.     Syed Muhammad Rizwan
  99.     Syed Omar Ali
  100.     Syed Sajjad Ali Rizvi
  101.     Syeda Amjad Shaheen
  102.     Syeda Rizwan Sufia
  103.     Tabbasum Sarwat
  104.     Tabia Rehman
  105.     Talat Mahmood Qureshi
  106.     Tanveer Jan
  107.     Tariq Mehmood
  108.     Tasadouq Mahmood
  109.     Tasneem Begum
  110.     Tuba Shewar
  111.     Usman Rahim
  112.     Usman Rasheed
  113.     Uzma Inam
  114.     Wajat Abbasi
  115.     Waji Ha
  116.     Yasmin Muhammad Sultan
  117.     Zaheer Shah
  118.     Zahida Aziz
  119.     Zaibun Nisa
  120.     Zuhra Begum

Crew members of Bhoja Air flight B4-123:


  1.     Captain Noor Afridi
  2.     First Officer Javed Malik
  3.     Head of Cabin Crew Ammad
  4.     Flight Purser Ghazala Malik
  5.     Air Hostess Princess Flavia
  6.     Air Hostess Sanam Fareed

Passenger Threntens To Hijack PIA plane

An airliner was forced to land shortly after takeoff in Pakistan on Friday after a passenger made a hijack threat, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) officials said.

The domestic flight carrying more than 50 passengers and five crew had left Karachi on its way to the eastern city of Bahawalpur, a spokesman for the national flag-carrier said.

“Soon after the plane took off a passenger on board warned the staff that he could hijack the plane,” Sultan Hasan told AFP.

“The captain was informed of the situation, who returned the plane back after getting the nod from the control tower.”

The passenger was detained and handed over to security personnel for questioning, PIA said, and the plane was searched and found safe.

"Mein Hijacker nahin, Mein ney to mazaak mein Dhamki dhee thee", Passenger statement after arrest.

Pakistan’s aviation industry has been in the spotlight after a Boeing 737 of private airline Bhoja Air crashed near Islamabad on April 20, killing all 127 people on board.

The video of Pakistani news channel:

 

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Bomb Blast At Railway Station In Lahore

Bomb Blast At Railway Station In Lahore

A Bomb blast in Lahore at railway station on 24th April 2012, there are two people killed and  almost 20 people injured. CCPO Lahore Aslam Tareen said  that 6 to 8 kg of explosives was used in the Railway station blast on Tuesday.

Media correspondent Amjad Sethi reports that windows around the platform shattered as a result of the blast.

One of the dead is reported to be a policeman.

One of the bodies is reported to have been severely damaged as a result of the blast.

One of the injured was reported to be serious. Two to three children and a couple of women were also injured.

The Blast took place five minutes after the Awam Express train stopped at the platform. The train had arrived from Karachi to head to Rawalpindi.

Pakistan Test Ballistic Missile


Pakistan has successfully test-fired long-range Hatf IV (Shaheen 1A) missile which is a nuclear-capable intermediate-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile on wednesday.

“Pakistan today successfully conducted the launch of the intermediate range ballistic missile Hatf IV Shaheen-1A weapon system,” ISPR said in a statement.

According to a statement issued by the ISPR, the ‘Shaheen 1A’ missile is an upgraded version of the ‘Shaheen 1’ with a longer range.

Shaheen 1 is estimated to have a payload capacity of 1,000 kilograms and a range of 750 kilometers. The exact range of the missile was not revealed, but retired General Talat Masood, a defence analyst, told AFP intermediate range ballistic missiles could reach targets up to 2,500 to 3,000 kilometers away, which would put almost all of India within reach.

The test missile’s impact point was in the Indian Ocean.

The ISPR statement further added that Director General Strategic Plans Division Lieutenant General Khalid Ahmed Kidwai was also present at the test site.

Lieutenant General Kidwai congratulated scientists and engineers on the successful launch, and the accuracy of the missile in reaching the target and said that the improved version of Shaheen 1A would further consolidate and strengthen Pakistan’s deterrence abilities.

Pakistan’s arsenal includes short, medium and long range missiles named after Muslim conquerors.

Pakistan’s most recent missile test came last month with the launch of the short-range nuclear-capable Abdali, while in April 2008 it tested the Shaheen II, or Hatf VI, missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani congratulated the scientists working on the program over the success of the missile test.

The launch comes days after India announced that it had successfully test-launched a new nuclear-capable, long-range missile. The Agni-V has a range of 5,000 kilometers.

India’s missile test last week brought a muted international response, with China downplaying its significance, insisting the countries were partners not rivals, and Washington calling for “restraint” among nuclear powers.

This was in sharp contrast to the widespread fury and condemnation that greeted North Korea’s unsuccessful test launch of a long-range rocket on April 13.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Life Of a Siachen Soldiers

Incident Of Siachen and Salala

 

The Siachen incident has not only highlighted the need to revisit troop deployment that pose a greater threat to them than the enemy does – for both countries – but at the same time reveals to us the reality that despite such a grave threat they have never uttered a single word of complaint. In fact most of them have opted for Siachen voluntarily. The probability of survivors is becoming remote as time passes by without any tangible rescue work done in the catastrophe hit area.


The severity of weather conditions has made rescue work almost impossible and those too who are involved in rescue operations face similar danger. If an avalanche, where hundreds of soldiers of the Pakistan army had to lose their precious lives, is what it takes for the administration and public to realize what the soldiers undergo during their duties, then the hardships endured by all those trapped under layers of hard frozen ice will surely pay off.

It goes a long way to show under what conditions a soldier of the Pakistan army is operates either defending borders or fighting the various enemies, harsh weather and natural calamities included.

Ironic are not the conditions under which they work, but the fact that they face relentless criticism from fellow countrymen that is enough reason to dampen ones morale.

Life Of a Siachen Soldiers 

 

The follies of a few at the highest order cannot be generalized upon all ranks and can certainly not wipe away the sacrifices they have made for the motherland and the people of this nation. The relentless support of the nation is what they need to remain motivated and encouraged so that they may keep defending the country.

We can never repay their efforts but at least we can try to stand by them by honouring their commitment and hard work instead of waiting for another Siachen or Salala to realise that we are indeed fortunate to have amongst us men of great stature who attain divinity by their actions.

They are the people who have ensured the existence of the country by offering the motherland their own.

" Kharay hain sarhad e Emaan pe K-2 ki tarha
Dast e Kuffar se siachin ko bchany k liye "

Tribute to Shaheed's who sacrificed their today for our tomorrow 


Documentary on Siachen



 Pakistan Army Zindabad

 

Friday, 20 April 2012

Plane Crash In Islamabad


A passenger plane of Bhoja Airline flight # B4-213 on Friday crashed near Chaklala airbase due to bad weather, killing around 118 passengers, Defence Ministry announced.

According to sources, a Boeing 737 with 118 passengers and nine crew members on board, which flew from Karachi at 5:00 PM was supposed to land in Islamabad at 6:40 PM, but crashed just before touchdown.

According to sources in Civil Aviation Authority, the flight was given clearance to land but it lost contact with the control tower minutes before the crash reports.

Rescue teams including Pakistan army personnel have rushed to the crash site.

Saifur Rehman, an official from the police rescue team said the plane came down in Hussain Abad village, about three kilometres (two miles) from the main Islamabad highway.

"Fire erupted after the crash. The wreckage is on fire, the plane is completely destroyed. We have come with teams of firefighters and searchlights and more rescuers are coming," Rehman told Geo television.

Rescuers say the plane's wrecked fuselage was ablaze when they arrived at the site with dead bodies and body parts strewn all over the place.

Reportedly Bhoja Airlines had bought this very aircraft from Shaheen Airlines after it was scrpped by the latter for its compromised flight-worthiness.

Ministry of Defence and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have confirmed the reports of crash.
Inclement weather has been held responsible for the crash.

Bhoja Airline officials are yet unavailable for comments.

All hospitals in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi have been put on high alert after the crash.



AFP adds: Saifur Rehman, an official from the police rescue team said the plane came down in Hussain Abad village, about three kilometres (two miles) from the main Islamabad highway.

“Fire erupted after the crash. The wreckage is on fire, the plane is completely destroyed. We have come with teams of firefighters and searchlights and more rescuers are coming,” Rehman told a private television channel.

An airport source said that flight number BHO-213 of Bhoja Airline was due to land at Islamabad airport at 6:50 pm (1350 GMT) but lost contact with the control tower at 6:40 pm and crashed shortly afterwards before reaching the runway.

Plane crashes are relatively rare in Pakistan, where inter-city travel is most efficient by air.

In July 2010, an Airbus 321 passenger jet operated by the private airline Airblue crashed into hills overlooking Islamabad while coming in to land after a flight from Karachi, killing 152 people on board.


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Wednesday, 18 April 2012

India test nuclear missile


India is planning a test launch of a new ballistic missile that can carry a nuclear warhead to the Chinese cities of Beijing and Shanghai.
 
The test of the Agni-V missile is seen as a major step in India’s efforts to become a regional power that can counter the dominance of China.

Defense Research and Development Organization spokesman Ravi Gupta says the missile could be launched at any time from Wednesday evening until Friday.

The Agni-V is a three-stage missile designed to carry a 1.5-ton warhead with a range of 5,000 kilometers .

The Agni-III is India’s current longest-range missile and can cover a distance of 3,500 kilometers.

The weapons system was not developed to threaten any particular country, said DRDO spokesman Gupta.

“This is a deterrent to avoid wars and it is not country-specific,” he said. “Besides, India has a no-first-use policy,” he said, calling the country’s missile development programme “purely defensive.”The planned test flight comes after India launched last November the Agni-IV missile that can travel 3,500 kilometres and is capable of carrying a one-tonne nuclear warhead deep inside China.

India is among the world’s top 10 military spenders, with Jane’s Defence Weekly forecasting its total purchases between 2011 and 2015 will top $100 billion.

India has fought three wars with Pakistan since independence in 1947, but China is now viewed as the main focus of India’s military concerns.

The border between India and China has been the subject of inconclusive diplomatic talks since the 1980s after the two nations fought a brief, bloody war in 1962.

Indian military analyst Afsir Karim said since the country already has potential to strike China with the Agni-IV, the utility of the latest missile was unclear.

“I do not see any strategic value in developing this system except for upgrading India’s military prestige,” Karim, a retired army lieutenant-general, told AFP.

India staged a string of atomic detonations in 1998 and declared itself a nuclear-weapons state but it refuses to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

The country’s test plan has not attracted the international criticism aimed at reclusive North Korea, which last week carried out a rocket test that ended in failure.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Corruption In Pakistan


Corruption is one of the greatest challenges of the contemporary world. It undermines good government, fundamentally distorts public policy, leads to the misallocation of resources, harms the private sector and private sector development and particularly hurts the poor

Like other developing countries, corruption is not new for Pakistan. It started in an organized manner when some ‘smart’ migrants or refugees from India at the time of partition filed fake claims and got property allotted in their names in collusion with some members of bureaucracy. Having that said, nobody could raise a finger of accusation towards any of the seven Prime ministers – Liaquat Ali Khan, Khawaja Nazimuddin, Muhammad Ali Bogra, Ibrahim Ismail Chundrigar, Chaudhry Muhammad Ali, Hussain Shahid Suharwardy and Feroz Khan Noon – so far as corruption is concerned. Of course, they were criticized for entering into defense pacts with the US and the West. 

Looking in hindsight, one could observe the meaninglessness of those pacts, as the allies did not help during 1965 and 1971 wars. Coming back to the subject, former President Ayub Khan and members of his cabinet were clean. The eighth prime minister of Pakistan Z.A. Bhutto, who was honest, kept an eye on members of his cabinet to control corruption. Incidence of corruption, however, enormously increased during Zia era when American dollars flooded the market in the name of Afghan jihad. It is a matter of grave concern that corruption has deeply permeated in every strata of our society. Anyhow, magnitude of corruption by the PPP and PML-N governments in 1990s had no parallel in the history of Pakistan, and it paled before the corruption by some members of civil and military bureaucracy. No wonder that the period was described as a ‘lost decade’, and it was in this backdrop that in 1996 Transparency International had declared Pakistan as the second-most corrupt country in the world. There is a perception that politicians invest in the election process to get elected to the assemblies and to enter into corridors of power. The major reason behind this widespread corruption by the politicians and bureaucracy is that it is difficult to control white collar crimes. And therefore, they invariably get away with it and safely come out of the scandals without any punishment. Hardly, there is any political eminence who got punishment for his frauds or scandals during the last 64 years. If there is a will, it is not difficult to unearth the cases of corruption and the assets held by members of the ruling elite. And the easiest way is to compare their income tax returns to see the manifold increase in their assets. But Federal Board of Revenue or Income tax department cannot take any action against these leaders because they are powerful.

Musharraf government not to act tough because otherwise it would result in flight of capital and the economy will collapse. Secondly, he cobbled together a political party namely PML-Q to get legitimacy. The problem is that in sham democracies of developing countries, people can only cast their votes, as even person from upper middle class cannot afford to take part in elections. Mostly those who have amassed wealth through illegal means can afford the luxury of participating in elections. Such elements first invest to reach the corridors of power with a view to increasing their wealth, and then they want to be re-elected to protect that ill-gotten wealth. But there is need to take measures to stop unethical and corrupt practices, and to block the corrupt elements’ entry to the corridors of power. But who can bell the cat, when a great majority of the robber barons are sitting in the assemblies? They did not pay taxes due, and opposed every move to impose income tax on income from agriculture. Yet they lead luxurious lives on the indirect taxes paid by the broad section of the people. 

“The country was being eaten up with corruption and anti-social activity at all levels. In all my recent travels in Asia I have nowhere seen corruption quite so widespread, and going so high up, as I saw it in Pakistan…” 

The controversial NRO was promulgated by former president Pervez Musharraf when late Benazir Bhutto insisted on ‘sterling guarantees’ to come back to Pakistan to participate in elections, as she did not like to be prosecuted and unseated later. The spirit behind the NRO was indeed national reconciliation and the pretext was that the PPP and the PML-N had instituted cases against each other as a tool of political victimization and vendetta, and the cases were not decided by the courts for more than a decade. After signing the Charter of Democracy with late Benazir Bhutto, Mian Nawaz Sharif had said that the cases instituted during their two stints were framed. Corruption has indeed destroyed the moral fabric of the society, and is also responsible for having brought the country to the brink of economic disaster. The tiny elite, comprising jagirdars, industrial robber barons, bureaucracy and rapacious politicians have kept the complete control over the state, its resources and all levers of power. It should be borne in mind that the semi-feudal, semi-colonial system can neither be endured nor can it be salvaged by cosmetic measures, but only through radical reconstruction programme.

Corruption is particularly in the government and lower levels of police forces. The country has had a consistently poor ranking at the Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index with scores of 2.5 in 2011, 2.3 in 2010, and 2.5 in 2009 out of 10. In 2011, Pakistan ranked 134 on the index with 42 countries ranking worse.

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Monday, 9 April 2012

Zardari visit india


The meeting between Pakistan President, Asif Ali Zardari and Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh in New Delhi have evoked a mixed response from the pro- liberation and pro-India leaders of occupied Kashmir. While pro-India leaders welcome talks,  they stress on focusing the discussions on the Kashmir conflict.

 President Zardari became the first Pakistani head of state since 2005 to visit India for a one-day trip. During a visit billed as private but of great diplomatic significance, Zardari lunched with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and invited him to visit Pakistan. 

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Zardari and Pml-n relation




President Zardari continues tirade against PML-N 

LAHORE: President Zardari continued with his verbal assault of the PML-N, saying that he was aware of the might of the Sharif brothers and knew how to deal with it. 

During an address the president remarked that the PPP gave the PML-N the opportunity to form the government in Punjab in 2008 since they did not have a majority. The President added that instead of appreciating this move, the PML-N displayed “Pharo-ism.”

On Thursday, President Zardari while addressing PPP office bearers said that Lahore was the PPP’s city and the Sharif brothers were migrants there. 

The president added that he had given the Sharif brothers their shine and could take it away anytime. 

In Other Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif strikes back with equal force at Zardari

Shahbaz Sharif also state that a public meeting here Saturday, Shahbaz said he would resign 100 times but never receive Zardari.

The chief minister said Asif Zardari was under a wrong impression that he could snatch their glory.
Shahbaz challenged the President to go to any place of his own choosing from Peshawar to Karachi and get the picture of what the masses really think of him.

Had it been Benazir Bhutto, he would have received her 100 times as she was a democratic force, Shahbaz said.
 
Mr. Zardari hatched conspiracy against 100 million people and plunged the Punjab into darkness, Shahbaz Sharif claimed.

He said Zardari did drive out Musharraf but presented him a 21-gun-salute farewell. "Musharraf and his stooges still continue to be the companions of Zardari," he added.

Firdous clarifies Zardari’s remarks about Sharifs

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Saturday denied the remarks being attributed to President Asif Ali Zardari about the Sharif brothers of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N.)

PPP leader Raja Riaz, while clarifying his position, told a meeting at the Governor’s House that he made the statement in his own capacity and it was not aimed at involving the president.
The information minister said that President Zardari was a symbol of federation and he came to the capital of Punjab with a message of love and harmony.

She said sabotaging the federal ministers’ media talk was a cheap political move on the part of Punjab government and they condemned it in hardest term.

Firdous called upon the Chief Justice of Lahore High Court to take a suo motu notice of the incident and provide justice to the woman.

The information minister said that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was a party of people and its leadership wanted to put the country on the road to progress and prosperity.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Haqqani's testimony should be recorded


Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Friday said that former Ambassador to US Hussain Haqqani's testimony should be recorded via video link as it was done in the case of Mansoor Ijaz.

Talking to media here at Federal Law Minister Maula Bux Chandio’s son wedding ceremony, Gilani said that Mansoor Ijaz disgraced Parliament by not appearing before the parliamentary committee.

Responding to a query regarding violence in Karachi, the prime minister said that government was striving hard in order to overcome the tense situation in Karachi.

"Federal government will support provincial government for maintaining peace in Karachi," he said.

On Nato supply routes resumption, the prime minister said that the parliamentary committee has yet to decide the future of Nato supplies.

Talking regarding Hafiz Saeed's issue Gilani said that if India and United States had any evidence against Saeed than they should provide it to Pakistan.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Nawaz Sharif respond to Zardari

ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: Leaders from the PML-N responded to statements made by President Zardari against the Sharif brothers. 

Speaking outside the National Assembly, opposition leader Chaudhry Nisar said the President had crossed all limits by making such statements.

Maryam Nawaz Sharif tweeted: “While much can be said in response to AZ's (Afis Zardari’s) statements, the most becoming response is not to respond. How can one respond to ugliness?”

Senator Mushaidullah Khan said that President Zardari’s statements had proven that he was first the co-chairman of the PPP and the President second.

On Thursday while addressing the PPP Punjab Executive Council, President Zardari said that he had given the Sharif brothers their shine and he could take it away any time.

President Zardari also said that the Sharif brothers did not have enough workers to hold the funeral of their father in Lahore.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto


Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was born on January 5, 1928. He was the only son of Sir Shah Nawaz Bhutto. He completed his early education from Bombay Cathedral High School.

Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was born on January 5, 1928. He was the only son of Sir Shah Nawaz Bhutto. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto completed his early education from Bombay's Cathedral High School. In 1947, he joined the University of Southern California, and later the University of California at Berkeley in June 1949. After completing his degree with honors in Political Science at Berkeley in June 1950, he was admitted to Oxford.

Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto married Nusrat Isphahani on September 8, 1951. He was called to Bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1953, and the same year his first child, Benazir Bhutto, was born on June 21. On his return to Pakistan, Bhutto started practicing Law at Dingomal's.

In 1958, he joined President Iskander Mirza's Cabinet as Commerce Minister. He was the youngest Minister in Ayub Khans Cabinet. In 1963, he took over the post of Foreign Minister from Muhammad Ali Bogra.

His first major achievement was to conclude the Sino-Pakistan boundary agreement on March 2, 1963. In mid 1964, Bhutto helped convince Ayub of the wisdom of establishing closer economic and diplomatic links with Turkey and Iran. The trio later on formed the R. C. D. In June 1966, Bhutto left Ayub's Cabinet over differences concerning the Tashkent Agreement.


Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto launched Pakistan Peoples Party after leaving Ayub's Cabinet. In the general elections held in December 1970, P. P. P. won a large majority in West Pakistan but failed to reach an agreement with Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rahman, the majority winner from East Pakistan. Following the 1971 War and the separation of East Pakistan, Yahya Khan resigned and Bhutto took over as President and Chief Martial Law Administrator on December 20, 1971.

In early 1972, Bhutto nationalized ten categories of major industries, and withdrew Pakistan from the Commonwealth of Nations and S. E. A. T. O. when Britain and other western countries recognized the new state of Bangladesh. On March 1, he introduced land reforms, and on July 2, 1972, signed the Simla Agreement with India, which paved the way for the return of occupied lands and the release of Pakistani prisoners captured in East Pakistan in the 1971 war.

After the National Assembly passed the 1973 Constitution, Bhutto was sworn-in as the Prime Minister of the country.

On December 30, 1973, Bhutto laid the foundation of Pakistan's first steel mill at Pipri, near Karachi. On January 1, 1974, Bhutto nationalized all banks. On February 22, 1974, the second Islamic Summit was inaugurated in Lahore. Heads of States of most of the 38 Islamic countries attended the Summit.

Following a political crisis in the country, Bhutto was imprisoned by General Zia-ul-Haq, who imposed Martial Law on July 5, 1977.

On April 4, 1979, the former Prime Minister was hanged, after the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence passed by the Lahore High Court. The High Court had given him the death sentence on charges of murder of the father of a dissident P. P. P. politician.

Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was buried in his ancestral village at Garhi Khuda Baksh, next to his father's grave.


Killings in Karachi in 2012




Karachi Police claimed 396 lives in killings in Karachi in 2012 so far only 47 were targeted.
 

“Out of total killings, only 47 were target killings,” Additional Inspector General Karachi Akhtar Hassan Gorchani claimed.

Giving statistics to media about violence in the city, Gorchani said that 24 people were killed on political or ethnic basis.

“Three policemen have also been killed so far, while rest were killed in different incidents”

The recent episode of violence is erupted after killings of workers of  Muttahida Qaumi Movement and Awami National Party.

Karachi has been suffering from violence for last 8 days while law enforcement agencies seem to have failed to

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Pakistan President visit india on 8th april

Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari
ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari will pay a private visit to India on April 8 to pray and pay respects at the shrine of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer.


President’s spokesman Farhatullah Babar told Dawn on Sunday that the president had accepted Indian prime minister’s invitation for a lunch in New Delhi during his stopover there on way to Ajmer Sharif.

The president would return to Islamabad the same day, he added.

Earlier, the spokesman told Dawn that it would be a purely religious visit to pray at the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. But an official announcement issued late in the night said that the president would also be meeting the Indian prime minister. It will be the first visit to India by Mr Zardari as president and the first by a Pakistani president in seven years. Former president Gen Pervez Musharraf visited India in 2005.

The spokesman said foreign secretaries of the two countries were finalising arrangements for the visit.

Agencies add: Lasting Pakistan-India peace is seen as vital to South Asian stability and to smoothing a dangerous transition in Afghanistan as most Nato combat forces prepare to withdraw by the end of 2014.
The atmosphere between the two has improved after a flurry of high-level meetings.

New Delhi froze peace talks with Islamabad following terror attacks in Mumbai in 2008 that left 166 people dead and which India blames on Pakistan-based militants.

In March last year, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and his Indian counterpart Singh watched their countries’ teams play in the cricket World Cup semi-final in India.

Salman Taseer Incident

SALMAAN TASEER


Biography

Surname:            Taseer
Name:                SALMAAN
DOB:                 31-MAY-1994
AGE:                  66
Place of birth:      Shimal ,Punjab ,British India
Died:                   4 January 2011
Place of death:     Islamabad, Pakistan
Father Name:      Muhammad Din Taseer
Wives Name:      Aamna Taseer,Talveen Singh
Childerns:            Seven

Childerns Name Children
                           Shaan
                           Shehryar
                           Shahbaz
                           Sara
                           Sanam
                           Shehrbano
                           Aatish Taseer


Occupation :       Busniessmen , Politician
Political Party:     Pakistan Peoples Party
Alma mater:        Chartered Accountant, from London 

Incident of Salmaan Taseer

In an interview with Meher Bukhari on Samaa TV, Taseer commented on his view about the country's blasphemy law and on filing a mercy petition for Asia Bibi who has been sentenced to death by a court under the Blasphemy Law.
In December 2010 Taseer was alleged to have left the country for several days without handing over charge to the Punjab Assembly Speaker. This meant that the province was without a constitutional head, and it also rendered the assembly speaker ineligible to preside over sessions. Leaving the province without informing his successor was in violation of the constitution and this led to Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal sending a letter to Prime Minister Gilani calling for the removal of Salmaan Taseer by the President.Evidence provided by ICAO on the governor's travel abroad, led to a case being filed in court for breach of the constitution.

Death Of Salmaan Taseer


On January 4, 2011, one of Taseer's bodyguards, Malik Mumtaz Qadri, shot him 27 times with an MP5 sub-machine gun at Kohsar Market,near his home in Sector F6, Islamabad, as he was returning to his car after meeting a friend for lunch. Kohsar Market is a popular shopping and cafe spot for the city's elite and expatriates.Eight hours before his assassination, he tweeted an Urdu couplet by Shakeel Badayuni: "My resolve is so strong that I do not fear the flames from without, I fear only the radiance of the flowers, that it might burn my garden down."The next day, many people (mainly elite class) turned up for governor Salman Taseer's funeral in Lahore in spite of denunciation by some ( in fact majority of) clerics and religious scholars ( from all sects and groups) from mourning Taseer,Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and many supporters of the ruling PPP were seen attending the funeral prayer. The funeral prayers were finally led by Allama Afzal Chisti of the Ulema wing of the PPP after the chief cleric of the Badshahi Mosque, who had initially agreed to offer prayers, backed off at the last moment, saying he was going out of town.Taseer was buried at a military cantonment in Lahore.

Mumtaz Qadri


The anti-terrorism court of Rawalpindi on Saturday found Mumtaz Qadri guilty of murdering and sentenced him to death for killing former governor Punjab Salman Taseer who had urged reform of a blasphemy law, The court during final proceedings said that no one could be given the license to kill someone on any condition. Therefore, the killer cannot be pardoned as he has committed a heinous crime by murdering the former governor.Mumtaz Qadri has the right to appeal against the verdict in the high court within seven days, his lawyers said. The case was heard by judge Pervez Ali Shah in Adiala Jail.Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, one of Taseer's bodyguards, was charged with terrorism and murdering the governor on an Islamabad street on January 4, 2011.Qadri confessed to killing Taseer, saying he objected to the politician's calls to amend the blasphemy law, which mandates the death penalty for those convicted of defaming the Prophet Mohammad (SAWW).

REACTION OF WORLD ON
SALMAAN TASEER INCIDENT

DOMESTIC

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf expressed grief over the assassination, adding that Taseer was a seasoned politician and his death was a loss for not only the PPP but also the entire country. Many members of the country's business community also conveyed their shock after the killing.

The Chief Minister of Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif condemned the killing, saying, "This is really a big loss for the PPP and as we believe friendly politics deeply condemn this murder, praying for Mr. Taseer."

The Government of Punjab ordered all public institutions and schools to shut on January 5 in honour of Taseer.

The Punjab Provincial Assembly unanimously passed a resolution condemning the assassination and praising Taseer's political and social services.

A Taliban commander in South Waziristan said that Taseer would have been assassinated anyway "very soon" even if he had not been killed by Qadri.

INTERNATIONAL REACTIONS

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the assassination calling it a "loss for Pakistan."

Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna condemned the killing a letter to Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. The Ministry of External Affairs also said: "On behalf of the people and the Government of India and his own, Mr. Krishna conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and the people of Pakistan."

British Foreign Secretary William Hague stated that he was "shocked to hear of the assassination of Salmaan Taseer" and that "his death will be a loss to the leadership of Pakistan. On behalf of the British government I send my condolences to Mr Taseer’s family, friends and colleagues.

United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton strongly condemned the assassination of Taseer saying she "admired his work to promote tolerance and the education of Pakistan’s future generations" and that his death "is a great loss.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry also condemned the assassination: "Governor Taseer was a proud champion of democracy and respect for the rights of women and minorities. He fearlessly stood up to the threats of extremists, and lost his life in defense of moderation and tolerance, values shared by most Pakistani citizens. The best way to honor his legacy is to continue resisting violent extremism and supporting the core principles on which Pakistan was founded." 

QUESTION RAISE IN SALMAAN TASEER INCIDENT

  • Did Islam really allow to killed a person like this?
  • Who is really bhind the case?
  • If its allowed in Islam then acording to law Mumtaz Qadri should relif but Goverment give him punish of death as Islamic rule which obey in Pakistan?
  • Where is son of Salman Taseer?




 (Please do comments on this incident. Thanks for regards)

Monday, 2 April 2012

India to hand over dossier on Mumbai attacks


NEW DELHI: India will hand over a dossier on Mumbai attacks to Pakistan soon, Indian media Monday.

The 700 page dossier being sent to Pakistan includes the confession of the lone surviving gunman Ajmal Kasab, post mortem reports of the victims and the case diary of the Mumbai attacks case.

The dossier had been inspected by the Pakistan Judicial Commission during their visit to India.

Violation in Lyari


KARACHI: In a showdown between police and protestors on Monday, at least seven people were killed, while over two dozen others sustained bullet injuries.

Violence revisited Lyari as agitated residents took to the streets and clashed with police over what they described ‘biased operation’ of law enforcement agencies against the residents of Lyari.

PPP leader killed

A local PPP leader Hassan Soomro was among those shot dead in this recent bout of violence in Lyari.

Soomro, vice president of the Pakistan People’s party Lyari wing, was killed by gunshot wounds near Aath Chowk Lyari, when unidentified armed men opened fire on him Monday, Edhi ambulance sources said.

PPP MNA Nabeel Gabol confirmed that Soomro was standing at Aath Chowk when unidentified men attacked him.

MLO Civil Hospital also confirmed the death of the PPP leader. His body was shifted to Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) for medico-legal formalities.

Soomro’s killing led to protests in Malir 15, while protestors also blocked the National Highway.

Day-long protests

Amid clashes during the day, police also found a trussed-up body of a man from Khadda Market who appeared to be in his thirties bearing torture marks.

Commercial activities in the area remained suspended as the protests began in the morning.

Angry protestors burnt tyres, pelted passing vehicles and police officials with stones.

A police van was attacked by hand grenades at Aath Chowk, while rockets were fired in Lee Market. In return, police resorted to aerial firing to disperse the mob which, however, aggravated the violence.

Sources said the killing of an activist of the banned Peoples Aman Committee (PAC), Saqib Pathan on Sunday by the police officials of the Crime Investigation Department (CID) within the remit of Chakiwara police station triggered protests across Lyari.

The protesters demanded that police officials involved in the Lyari operation and Sundays encounter should be apprehended.

A heavy contingent of police and Rangers were deployed to control the protestors.

President calls ‘core committee’ meeting

President Asif Ali Zardari today called a special core committee meeting at Karachi’s Bilawal House to discuss the overall law and order situation in Karachi with special emphasis on Lyari.

He ordered law enforcement authorities to take non-discriminatory actions to restore peace of Karachi, Manzoor Wassan told reporters.

Violence in other parts of the city

Earlier in the morning clashes between two groups sparked heavy gunfights in Sikandar Goth area of Sachal.
One person was killed and two other were injured as a result of the firing after which tension gripped the area.

Unknown gunmen opened fire near Al-Asif square, killing one person. The dead body of the deceased was shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

Three other people were injured by firing in Machar Colony area.

Attack at an ice-cream parlour near Lighthouse area killed one woman. The body was taken to Civil Hospital.

According to the police, the incident was a result of personal enmity.

One person died of gunshot wound under mysterious circumstances in Bin Qasim Town of Karachi.
Unknown gunmen opened fire at a car in Essa Nagri, injuring one person. The injured person is stated to be a political party worker.

Incidents of firing by unknown gunmen were also reported in Tin Hatti, Pak colony, Muwach Goth.

According to a report, at least 381 people have lost their lives at the hands of violence and unrest in Karachi this year.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Short History Of Pakistan




Pakistan become an independent state in 1947, the realization of a yearning by India's Muslims, who feared domination by the Hindu majority in a postcolonial India. As the British made their final plans to surrender the "Jewel in the Crown" of their empire, the earlier, elite "Two Nations Theory," premised on the notion of a separate homeland for the subcontinent's Muslim minority, had broadened its popular appeal and evolved into a collective vision championed by Muslims of all backgrounds. After independence, a debate commenced among contending groups over further refinement of that vision. Agreement on what system of government the new nation should adopt--a critical aspect of the debate--was never fully reached. Indeed, few nations have in so short a period undergone as many successive political and constitutional experiments as has Pakistan. This irresolution contributed, in the decades following independence, to a recurrent pattern of crisis: repeated coups and extended periods in which martial law replaced civilian government, violent deaths of several national leaders, periodic strife among ethnic groups, and, most traumatically, a civil war that divided the country in two.

Friday, 30 March 2012

Ties improving Between US And Pak millitary


WASHINGTON: Chairman US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey said that military ties between Pakistan and the US were improving.

Speaking to the reporters aboard a military aircraft, Dempsey added that Pakistan and the US wanted to resolve some matters before the Nato summit scheduled for May.

It is important to remember that the Pakistani closure of the routes affect not only the U.S., but NATO countries and other contributing nations, Dempsey said.

The US General further said that he was not a advocate of breaking contacts with military to military relationships as they have taken decades to establish.

Mother Of Nation


 Miss Fatima Jinnah


 Miss Fatima Jinnah, younger sister of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, was born in 1893. Of his seven brothers and sisters, she was the closest to the Quaid. Jinnah became her guardian upon the death of their father in 1901. Due to her brother's keen interest, and despite strident family opposition, Miss Fatima received excellent early education. She joined the Bandra Convent in 1902. In 1919 she got admitted to the highly competitive University of Calcutta where she attended the Dr. Ahmad Dental College. After she qualified, Jinnah went along with her idea of opening a dental clinic in Bombay and helped her set it up in 1923.

Miss Fatima Jinnah initially lived with her brother for about eight years till 1918, when he got married to Rutanbai. Upon Rutanbai's death in February 1929, Miss Jinnah wound up her clinic, moved into Jinnah's bungalow, and took charge of his house; thus beginning the life-long companionship that lasted till Jinnah's death on September 11, 1948.

In all, Miss Jinnah lived with her brother for about 28 years, including the last 19 tiring years of his life. The Quaid would discuss various problems with her, mostly at the breakfast and dinner table. Paying tribute to her sister, the Quaid once said, "My sister was like a bright ray of light and hope whenever I came back home and met her. Anxieties would have been much greater and my health much worse, but for the restraint imposed by her".

Miss Jinnah not only lived with her brother but also accompanied him on his numerous tours. In 1932, she joined him in London when he remained there after the Second Round Table Conference.

When the All India Muslim League was being organized, Miss Fatima Jinnah was taken on as a member of the Working Committee of the Bombay Provincial Muslim League, and worked in that capacity until 1947.

In March 1940, she attended the Lahore session of the Muslim League. Fatima was convinced that the Hindus intended to subjugate and dominate the Muslims completely. It was primarily due to her initiative that the All India Muslim Women Students Federation was organized in February 1941 at Delhi.

During the transfer of power in 1947, she was an inspiration to Muslim women. She formed the Women's Relief Committee, which later formed the nucleus for the All Pakistan Women's Association. She also played a significant role in the settlement of refugees in the new state of Pakistan. Despite her old age, she continued to help social and educational associations. During the Quaid's illness, she remained passionately attached to him. After his death, she often issued important statements on important occasions, as a reminder to the nation of the ideals on which Pakistan had been established.

In 1965, Miss Fatima Jinnah ran for President as a candidate of the Combined Opposition Party. Even a conservative party like the Jamaat-i-Islami accepted her as a woman presidential candidate. Miss Jinnah's greatest advantage was that she was sister of the Founder of Pakistan and had been detached from the political conflicts that had plagued Pakistan after the Founder's death. The sight of this dynamic lady moving in the streets of big cities, and even in the rural areas of a Muslim country, was both moving and unique. She proclaimed her opponent presidential candidate, Ayub Khan, a dictator. Miss Jinnah's line of attack was that by coming to terms with India on the Indus Water dispute, Ayub had surrendered control of the rivers over to India. Her campaign generated such tremendous public enthusiasm that most of the press agreed that if the contest were by direct election, she would have won against Ayub.

It seems that the thought of doing a biography of her illustrious brother came to Miss Jinnah about the time when Hector Bolitho's "Jinnah Creator of Pakistan" was first published in 1954. It was felt that Bolitho had failed to bring out the political aspects of Jinnah's life in his book. Miss Jinnah started looking for a Pakistani author to do a biography of the Quaid. G. Allana was her choice. G. Allana assisted Miss Jinnah on the assignment but they parted company due to reasons undisclosed. Later both carried on their independent works on Jinnah. Her book "My Brother" was published by the Quaid-i-Azam Academy in 1987.

The people of Pakistan hold Miss Fatima in high esteem. Due to her selfless work for Pakistan, the nation conferred upon her the title of Madar-i-Millat, or "Mother of the Nation". She died in Karachi on July 8, 1967. Some historians indicate that the date of her death was actually July 2, 1967.

Following are excerpts from some of her statements.

Madar-i-Millat's Message to the Nation on Eid-ul-Azha, 1967: "The immediate task before you is to face the problem and bring the country back on the right path with the bugles of Quaid-i-Azam's message. March forward under the banner of star and the crescent with unity in your ranks, faith in your mission and discipline. Fulfill your mission and a great sublime future awaits your enthusiasm and action. Remember: 'cowards die many times before death; the valiant never taste death but once.' This is the only course of action which suits any self-respecting people and certainly the Muslim Nation."

Madar-i-Millat's Message to the Nation on Eid-ul-Azha, 1965: "Let us sink all our differences and stand united together under the same banner under which we truly achieved Pakistan and let us demonstrate once again that we can, united, face all dangers in the cause of glory of Pakistan, the glory that the Quaid-i-Azam envisaged for Pakistan."

Madar-i-Millat's Message to the Nation on Quaid-i-Azam's Birthday, 25 December, 1963: "The movement of Pakistan which the Quaid-i-Azam launched was ethical in inspiration and ideological in content. The story of this movement is a story of the ideals of equality, fraternity and social and economic justice struggling against the forces of domination, exploitation, intolerance and tyranny".

History Of Founder Of Pakistan

Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah


Pakistan, one of the largest Muslim states in the world, is a living and exemplary monument of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. With his untiring efforts, indomitable will, and dauntless courage, he united the Indian Muslims under the banner of the Muslim League and carved out a homeland for them, despite stiff opposition from the Hindu Congress and the British Government.

Muhammad Ali Jinnah was born in Karachi on December 25, 1876. His father Jinnah Poonja was an Ismaili Khoja of Kathiawar, a prosperous business community. Muhammad Ali received his early education at the Sindh Madrasa and later at the Mission School, Karachi. He went to England for further studies in 1892 at the age of 16. In 1896, Jinnah qualified for the Bar and was called to the Bar in 1897.

Muhammad Ali Jinnah started his political career in 1906 when he attended the Calcutta session of the All India National Congress in the capacity of Private Secretary to the President of the Congress. In 1910, he was elected to the Imperial Legislative Council. He sponsored the Waqf Validating Bill, which brought him in touch with other Muslim leaders. In March 1913, Jinnah joined the All India Muslim League. As a member of the Muslim League, Jinnah began to work for Hindu-Muslim unity. In 1917, the annual sessions of both the Congress and the League were held at Lucknow. The League session was presided over by Muhammad Ali Jinnah. It marked the culmination of his efforts towards Hindu-Muslim unity. Here, both the League and the Congress adopted a scheme of reforms known as the Lucknow Pact.

On April 19, 1918, Jinnah married Rutanbai. Their daughter, Dina was born a year later. In 1919, Jinnah resigned from his membership of the Imperial Legislative Council as protest against the "Rowlatt Act".

Until the publication of Nehru Report, Jinnah continued his efforts for Hindu-Muslim unity. The Nehru Report, published in 1928, was severely criticized by all sections of the Muslim community. In December 1928, the National Convention was called to consider the Report. Jinnah proposed some amendments, but they were all rejected. He finally parted ways with the Congress. In 1929, Jinnah presented his famous Fourteen Points in response to the Nehru Report. When he returned from England, he reorganized the Muslim League. In 1934, he was elected as its permanent president.

The Provincial Assembly elections of 1937 swept the Congress to power in eight provinces. After almost two years of oppressive rule, Muslims under the leadership of Jinnah, celebrated the Day of Deliverance at the end of Congress rule.

The Muslim League held its annual session at Lahore in March 1940. This was presided over by Quaid-i-Azam. The demand for Pakistan was formally put forward here. This goal was realized on August 14, 1947. Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was appointed as its first Governor General. establishment of Pakistan brought even greater responsibilities for Jinnah. The refugee problem, the withholding of Pakistani assets by India, and the Kashmir problem were a real test for the Quaid. However, his indomitable will prevailed. He worked out a sound economic policy, established an independent currency and the State Bank for Pakistan. He chose Karachi as the federal capital.

However, he did not live long to witness the progress of the state that he had founded. On September 11, 1948, he died after a protracted illness at Karachi. He was buried in Karachi that witnessed the entire nation mourning over an irreparable loss. 

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