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.
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