Wednesday, 26 August 2009

QUETTA: A shutter down and wheel jam strike was observed in different parts of the province on Wednesday on the third death anniversary of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti.

Three persons were killed and five others, including police personnel, sustained injuries in separate incidents of firing and a motorcycle bomb blast while various electricity installations were blown up.

The link of Balochistan remained suspended with the rest of the country as the transporters did not ply their buses on different highways, including the Quetta-Dalbandin-Taftan highway, Quetta-Mastung-Kalat-Khuzdar-Karachi RCD highway and Quetta-Sibi-DM Jamali national highway. The road service connecting Quetta to interior Balochistan was also suspended.

Main shopping centres and business concerns remained closed on a call of the shutter down strike given by the Baloch National Front (BNF) and the Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) and supported by different nationalists and political parties of the province.

The wheel was also jammed in different parts of the provincial capital. However, in some areas, traffic plied as per routine, but below normal. Three persons were shot dead and three others sustained injuries at the Natha Singh street when unknown armed men opened fire on them. The deceased were identified as Shehzad, Muhammad Naveed and Abdul Rauf. Police said unknown armed men opened fire on them and fled.

In another subversive act, an explosive device planted by some unknown miscreants in a motorbike in the by-pass area went off with a big bang causing injuries to three police personnel, including Shamsullah, Watan Khan, Irshad and a passer-by identified as Mukhtar Ahmed.

Similarly, unknown assailants blew up the transmission lines in Sui, Turbat, Kohlu and Quetta suspending power supply to the areas acquiring electricity from the respective feeders. In another subversive act, some unknown miscreants hurled a hand grenade in the office of the Excise Department in Rakhni area of Barkhan district, which exploded with a big bang, damaging the vehicle parked there.

Personnel of different law-enforcement agencies, including the Frontier Corps (FC), Police and the Balochistan Constabulary had been deployed in different parts of the metropolis to avert any untoward incident.

Reports reaching here from interior Balochistan said the wheel jam and shutter down was also observed in Khuzdar, Kharan, Sibi, Dalbandin, Nokandi, Kalat, Mastung, Noshki, Naseerabad, Jaffarabad, Mach, Bolan, Panjgur, and other areas.

Source: The News

Monday, 25 August 2008

PML-N quits Pakistan's ruling coalition

The Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) led by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif Monday quit the ruling coalition over differences on the reinstatement of judges sacked by former president Pervez Musharraf and on who should replace him. Sharif said his Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) had decided to sit in opposition after Asif Ali Zardari, leader of the Pakistan People's Party, failed to honour his commitments. “We have taken this decision after we failed to find any ray of hope and none of the commitments made to us were fulfilled” by Zardari, he told a news conference. “This situation forced us to withdraw our support and sit on opposition benches,” he added. However he vowed to “continue struggle for restoration of judges and genuine democracy in Pakistan.” Sharif also announced that his party had decided to put up its own candidate against Zardari, nominated for the presidential slot by the PPP. He named retired Chief Justice of Pakistan Saeed uz Zaman Siddiqui as his party's candidate in the presidential polls scheduled for September 6

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Lawyers observe ‘Salvation Day’

Lawyers observed ‘Salvation Day’ in different parts of Sindh on Tuesday to express their joy over the resignation of President Pervez Musharraf.

Lawyers in Hyderabad took out a rally from the District Bar Association to local press club under the lead of President, Hyderabad chapter of the High Court Bar Association, Abdul Sattar Qazi and General Secretary, Hyderabad District Bar Association Nisar Ahmed Durrani. A general body was also held at the Iftikhar Mohammad Choudhry Hall.

Mr Qazi said the resignation of Pervez Musharraf was a victory for the nation. He demanded reinstatement of deposed judges without delay.

According to Mr Durrani it was also a victory of lawyers who relentlessly struggled for 18 months against the dictator. He said the real victory would be celebrated once deposed Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Choudhry and other judges were reinstated.

“We are waiting for the deadline of 72 hours for their reinstatement,” he said.

Sultan Shaikh said the charge sheet against Musharraf was quite lengthy and demanded to put him to trial for the misdeeds.

Lawyers in Sanghar offered thanksgiving prayers at the district bar office. They distributed sweets and congratulated each other. Similar ceremonies were held at Tando Adam, Shahdadpur and Khipro.

President DBA, Anwar Mehmood Nizamani said that all judges, including Iftikhar Mohammad Choudhry would be restored. He said the main obstacle was removed with justice now to prevail.

Lawyers in Mirpurkhas celebrated Salvation Day and held a general body. President DBA Salahuddin Panhwar said the real democracy was restored following the resignation of Musharraf. He demanded reinstatement of the deposed judges immediately.

In Nawabshah, members of District Bar Association took out a rally to celebrate the resignation of Musharraf. Lawyers carrying placards and posters of Chief Justice Iftikhar Choudhry were dancing.

Clashes leave 23 dead in Kurram

Fie-rce clashes between rival factions in Kurram Agency continued on Tuesday, leaving 23 people dead and 30 others wounded.

A jirga of Toori tribe, meanwhile, threatened to boycott negotiations if the political authorities failed to end the fighting by Wednesday morning.

A member of the jirga said the tribe’s elders had rejected a 72-hour extension in the deadline given to the rival groups and asked the authorities to take immediate action.

Last week, the Prime Minister’s Adviser on Interior Affairs Rehman Malik had declared that action would be taken against the warring groups if they did not lay down arms within 72 hours.

An 18-member jirga comprising elders of Hangu district and Orakzai Agency arrived in the troubled area on Tuesday and held talks with representatives of the factions. Both sides presented their points of view to the jirga.

Sources said heavy weapons were being used in clashes in different parts of the region.

They said residential areas were also being attacked and fierce clashes in Alizai, Enzari and Bagzai areas of Lower Kurram had caused large-scale displacement of people and destruction of property.