Monday, July 23, 2012
Rehman Malik has formed a team to probe fake passports and visas scandal. Interior advisor Rehman Malik has formed an investigation team headed by Director General FIA to probe the fake passport and visa scandal. The team has been directed to complete their investigation within three days and arrest those responsible.
By HOPE YEN | Associated Press
Amid an escalation of the terrorist attacks on citizens and government buildings in the Syrian capital Damascus, the extremist Wahhabi clerics in Saudi Arabia have called for the destruction of holy shrine of Lady Zaynab.The shrine is located in the neighborhood of Sayyida Zainab, which has seen rise of violence and terrorist attacks over the past few days. On Saturday, youths armed with sticks and knives, formed committees to protect the holy shrine of Lady Zaynab, Press TV reported. According to the Arabic website of Al-Alam TV, the move is designed to encourage sectarianism inside Syria and pave the way for a full-scale civil war in the country. Lady Zaynab is the daughter of first Imam Ali (PBUH) and granddaughter of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). She is regarded as a very noble figure by Shias around the world. Syrian troops on Saturday regained control of most parts of the neighborhood after government forces launched an all-out offensive against the armed rebels across the capital. Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011, with the Syrian government saying outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists are the engine behind the violence.
The Express Tribune News Network.Daily tabloid The Sun on Monday claimed to have busted a visa scam by a Lahore-based politician and Pakistani officials, which could have given a chance to “potential terrorists” to sneak into the United Kingdom along with Pakistan’s Olympic squad. The UK-based daily says that it broke into the crime ring of Pakistani officials and travel staff which were offering fake passports, visas and entry into the London 2012. The Sun further claims a Lahore-based politician named Abid Chodhary was also part of the ring. The tabloid claims its investigator obtained a Pakistani passport with a false name. The investigator was told by Chodhary that they could get him a two-month visa and smuggle him into the London games as part of Pakistan’s Olympic squad in the athletes’ support team for £7,000. The Sun also secretly filmed Chodhary while he explained the entire process to the investigator and told him that he could also get him into the opening ceremony. MI6, UK’s Home Office, the UK Border Agency and the British High Commission in Pakistan were alerted about the scam and an investigation was initiated subsequently. When the British High Commission was contacted by The Express Tribune, they said that the report by The Sun is “self-explanatory” and that nothing in detail could be told at the moment as it was “too early to say anything.” British High Commission Spokesperson Imran Rana said, “We thank The Sun for highlighting this attempted deal and will be handling the evidence over to the Pakistani authorities.”
Frontier PostA court on Monday ordered police to protect an Afghan couple
DAILY TIMESPrime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that only chosen representatives of the people can govern the country and exercise state authority, as mentioned in the Objectives Resolution, which is part of the constitution. Talking to Law Minister Farooq H Naek on Sunday, the PM said that the government believed in the supremacy of law, and governing the country according to the dictates of the constitution, wherein a clear role had been assigned to the legislature, executive and the judiciary. He said that he believed in the independence of the judiciary as well as an independent judicial system. The meeting comes ahead of a week in which the Supreme Court will determine his fate in the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implementation case. The prime minister conducted brainstorming on Sunday to defend the government’s position in the contempt of court bill and the NRO implementation cases in Supreme Court. He discussed with Naek the strategy adopted for the hearing of the two cases. Naek discussed the legal issues and the pending court cases, and apprised the PM of the initiatives taken to introduce local government system in FATA with a view to ensure people’s effective representation in the planning and execution of local development projects, including the reconciliation mechanism to settle local issues. The minister said that progress on the anti-terrorism law was satisfactorily and it would ensure the conviction of terrorists, adding that the conviction rate was presently embarrassingly low due to the defects in the existing law, and the criminals take full advantage of it. The evidence presented in the court by prosecutors does not stand the defence on legal and technical grounds; resultantly hardcore terrorists get free, he said. The minister said that the law to control theft of electricity, gas and other utilities and services was being undertaken on a fast-track basis. He said that instructions had been given to vigorously pursue the cases and get court stays vacated at the earliest, as “these have stuck WAPDA’s Rs 1.3 billion”. The law minister said that the government was bringing amendment in the existing law to provide inexpensive and speedy justice to the people, especially those who were poor and involved in minor offences. It is pertinent to mention here that the week begins today (Monday) with the hearing of a case regarding the contempt of court bill passed by parliament and challenged in the Supreme Court, followed by the NRO implementation case on Wednesday that sent former premier Yousaf Raza Gilani packing, and now haunts Raja Ashraf.