press tvMore world leaders and high-ranking officials are arriving in the Iranian capital Tehran to participate the 16th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, Jordan’s Prince Hassan bin Talal and Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe are among the leaders who have landed in Tehran during the Wednesday evening. Earlier in the day, acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Syrian Prime Minister Wael Nader al-Halqi, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Ruler of the United Arab Emirates’ Umm Al Quwain state Sheikh Saud bin Rashid al-Mu’alla and Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon had arrived in the city to attend the conference. The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has also participated in the Tehran summit despite strong opposition from the US and Israel. Meanwhile the two-day ministerial meeting of the 16th Summit of the NAM wrapped up on Wednesday evening in the Iranian capital. Iran’s foreign ministry says more delegations are expected to arrive throughout the day. About 55 delegations will be represented at the level of foreign minister. More than 100 countries are partaking in the NAM meeting which kicked off at the expert level in Tehran on Sunday. At the opening ceremony of the NAM expert-level meeting, Iran assumed the rotating presidency of the movement for three years. Egypt's Ambassador to the United Nations Mootaz Khalil formally handed over the presidency to Iran.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
President Zardari has gone Tehran to lead Pakistani delegation at Non-Aligned Movement summit meeting that begins on Thursday. During his stay in Tehran he will also hold bilateral meetings with the leaders of various countries including Indian Prime Minister. Leaders from about one hundred twenty countries including thirty heads of state and governments will participate in the summit. Key issues on the agenda include a condemnation of Western sanctions on Iran and other NAM countries‚ a new push to quell the conflict in Syria‚ and a reaffirmation of calls to make UN decision-making more globally democratic.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has arrived in the Iranian capital Tehran to participate in the 16th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). More than 100 countries are partaking in the NAM meeting which kicked off at the expert level in Tehran on Sunday. The two-day foreign ministerial meeting of the NAM summit began on Tuesday. The meeting of the heads of state will open on Thursday with an inaugural speech by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.
Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly Raja Riaz on Tuesday submitted an application to the speaker of the house for constituting a medical board for the mental examination of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. While talking to the media, opposition leader Raja Riaz claimed that Shahbaz Sharif was mentally upset and needed a thorough mental examination, adding that a medical board should be formed in this regard. He said that the opposition would move the Lahore High Court (LHC) if the speaker did not execute the proposed application. He also said that if any chaos and killing emerged during this duration, the CM and the speaker would be responsible for that.
The father of a young girl with Down’s syndrome, who was recently accused of blasphemy, is pleading with president Asif Ali Zardari to pardon her. Human rights groups claim that Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy law is wrongfully used to “settle personal feuds” with religious minorities.The father of the eleven year old Christian girl who was jailed last week after being accused under Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws has appealed to President Asif Ali Zardari to pardon her. Rimsha Masih, who was born with Down’s syndrome, was arrested and jailed after a large crowd of Muslims gathered outside their family home and threatened to kill her and burn down the house after they discovered pages from the Koran in her bag. A neighbour had accused her of burning the pages. Under Pakistan’s blasphemy law, she could be sentenced to death if she is found guilty of insulting Islam, the Prophet Mohammad or the Holy Koran. Critics and Human Rights groups say the law has been used by Muslims to settle personal feuds and business disputes with members of the country’s religious minorities. Calls to change the law to stop its 'misuse’ have met with violent reaction. The governor of Punjab province Salmaan Taseer, a close aide to President Zardari, was murdered by his own bodyguard in protest at his support for Christian woman, Asia Bibi, who was sentenced to death for blasphemy. A few months later Pakistan’s minorities minister, Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian, was assassinated for criticizing the blasphemy law. Rimsha’s father Misrek Masih spoke out over his daughter’s treatment with support from local Christian groups and the human rights organization, Avaaz. In an open letter released through Avaaz, he said an angry crowd had threatened to “burn her alive.” “She has Down’s syndrome and often isn’t in control of her actions, but she is charged with desecrating the Koran, and we are afraid for her life. ”She appears in court this week charged under Pakistan’s anti-blasphemy laws that carry the death sentence. I’m asking President Asif Ali Zardari, who has already called for further attention into my daughter’s case, to pardon her and to prevent other people from being persecuted under these harsh laws like my daughter,” he said. She had been arrested after she was somehow found by Muslims with pages from the Koran in her bag. “This caused an angry crowd to gather and demand that the police arrest her – some even threatened to kill her and burn down the houses of Christians. I pray that when the medical assessment is released she will be freed as she has struggled with learning difficulties her whole life,” he said. His daughter’s arrest, following the assassination of Shahbas Bhatti, had spread fear throughout Pakistan’s Christian community. “It’s such a sensitive situation that many of our Christian neighbors from our Islamabad slum have had to flee their homes,” he said. ”We are a Christian family, we respect the religious rights of others. We simply wish for the safety of our daughter and our community and wish this had never happened,” he added. Hopes of a humane outcome increased on Tuesday after a medical examination to determine his daughter’s age confirmed she was a minor and that her mental development did not match her age. Her lawyer, Tahir Naveed Chaudhry, said the examination ruled she is between 13 and 14 years old, which means her case will be dealt with by a juvenile court where she is expected to be treated with greater leniency.
A Bahraini rights activist wrote to Egypt’s president on Tuesday, complaining that she and other pro-democracy campaigners from her country were denied entry, charging that the policy is a holdover from the deposed Egyptian regime. Mariam Al Khawaja, acting president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, was refused entry into Egypt on Sunday. Security officials cited unexplained “top security reasons.” In her letter to President Mohammad Mursi, she said she and another prominent activist now in prison in Bahrain had difficulty entering Egypt earlier this year. She said intelligence services working for deposed President Hosni Mubarak used to harass Bahrain’s activists. Mariam said she was disappointed such harassment continued in post-Mubarak Egypt.
According to the World Health Organisation, more than 5,500 people died in road accidents in Pakistan in 2007. The number of road deaths per 10,000 vehicles in the country is one of the highest in the world. The government puts the economic cost of road accidents and injuries at more than $100m per year but only a fraction of that amount is spent on road safety and educating motorists. This is why health experts are demanding a comprehensive national safety plan.
In television interview, president says battle is "progressing" and talk of buffer zones is "not on the table".
At least 17 people have been killed and several others injured in a bomb attack and fighting in Pakistan, Press TV reports. In the southern province of Sindh, three people were killed and several others injured in the bomb attack during the early hours of Wednesday. The bomb had been planted under a railway track in the town of Odano. Two trains were also derailed in the bombing. Separately, in the Bajur tribal region near the border with Afghanistan, three soldiers and 11 militants were killed during clashes between Pakistani security forces and militants late on Tuesday. According to security officials, the fighting was part of an operation led by the Pakistani army to drive back Taliban militants who occupied the village of Batwar in Bajur. Officials also said that seven hideouts were destroyed in the operation. Thousands of Pakistanis have lost their lives in bombings and other militant attacks since 2001, when Pakistan joined an alliance with the United States in Washington’s so-called war on terror. Since late 2009, there has been a surge in militant attacks in Pakistan and thousands more have been displaced by the wave of violence and militancy sweeping across the country.
www.bakhtarnews.comThe oppressed people of Afghanistan after witnessing three consecutive decades of imposed war and civil instabilities resorted to averse migrations to fulfill their daily expenditures and still this human tragedy is impacting the war-battered country while hundreds of these migrants had been victim of pathetic incidents in oceans and jungles and detention centers of foreign countries. These inhuman acts are still faced by the Afghan refugees in various Asian, European and neighboring countries which finally followed grievance of civil society and government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and currently they are trying to convince the host countries to pursue humanitarian approach towards these refugees while Afghanistan itself is not in a position to provide employment to them after witnessing years of war and violence. So the host nations should honor their commitments with respect to international laws on migrations and bilateral agreements between Afghanistan and the host countries. Based on Afghanistan’s foreign affairs ministry report, currently, more than one million Afghan refugees have been registered as legal migrants in Iran and they have gotten the rights to work and education and to utilize from social services in that country. Foreign affairs ministry also reported that the second phase of registration would be triggered after the holy month of Ramadan and both countries have expressed satisfaction over the contract which could boost relations between people and governments of the two brotherly nations. It hoped that our foreign affairs and returnees ministries to pursue consultation with the Iranian side to seek solutions for the ongoing refugee problems through negotiations and diplomacy and to resolve legal procedures of the refugees committing any crime in Iran. We hope that the governments of Afghanistan seriously follow these cases to eliminate humiliation and discriminations against nationals of Afghanistan in foreign countries as our oppressed people have seen major threats and crises during the 30 years of wars.
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari is expected to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the NAM Summit in Tehran, officials said today. Zardari, who will lead the Pakistani delegation to the summit, is expected to hold several bilateral meetings in the Iranian capital during August 29-31, the officials said. Zardari last met Singh in April during a day-long private visit to India to pray at a Sufi shrine in Ajmer. Besides Zardari, Singh is expected to hold meetings with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and leaders of Nepal and Bangladesh, Indian officials have said. Zardari will be accompanied by foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar, who will use the multinational forum to project Islamabad's position on key international and regional issues, including the situation in Afghanistan. During the two-day summit on August 30-31, leaders and delegates from other countries will exchange views on the latest global developments and issues related to Non-Aligned Movement.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.comIn a direct repudiation of repeated claims of Pakistan, a top American general based in Afghanistan has said that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar is hiding in Pakistan along with his commanders. The statement contradicts Islamabad's stand that the Taliban leader lives across the border in his own country. "Omar lives in Pakistan, as do many of his commanders. From that safe vantage point, they've sent hundreds of young, impressionable, and helpless youths to their deaths and detention in Afghanistan. For this, they must forfeit their honour and any claim to Islamic virtue," General John Allen, Commander of US and Nato forces in Afghanistan , wrote in an article in The Washington Post. Allen's article focused on the recent increase in attack on US troops from the Afghan security force, which Taliban has been claiming it has infiltrated and carrying out such strikes. "The focus on 'greenon-blue' attacks obscures the callous slaughter of Afghan civilians by insurgents led by Mohammad Omar. He has the blood of innocents on his hands even though he hypocritically tells his subordinates not to attack civilians," Allen said, holding that Omar is either out of touch, or his forces are out of control. "Perhaps that should be no surprise. 'Green' and 'blue' have been taking the fight to the red enemy, the Taliban, and the enemy is fighting back from a position of weakness," he said. "His forces have largely been ejected from most of the relevant population areas, and from among the most relevant terrain in Afghanistan. Omar is losing financial support from donors, who are sending their money elsewhere , and from reduced drug profits, thanks to Afghan and coalition efforts to stamp out poppy harvest," he said.
Khawaja Mohammad Asif, the PML N stalwart accused Imran Khan of corruption in SKMT accounts. He accused Khan of misusing the trust funds in gambling and real estate which caused heavy loss. Imran replied with some clarifications and retorted by claiming that Mian Nawaz Sharif during his tenure as CM Punjab and PM misappropriated billions of the national exchequer. He alleged that the royal palace of Raiwind was the result of public money. He also revealed the assets, the Sharif family has made in London UK and other countries. It seemed that the two sides have reached a point of no return. The war of words reached a point that the mighty Khan announced his intentions of approaching the most honest of the honest judges with all the evidence he has to prove corruption of The Sharif Family. But we saw Imran Khan going back on his pledge. All his claims of going to courts went in the air. Since August 8,2012 more than 2 weeks have passed but thre is no movement in this regard as far as Imran is concerned. What went wrong? Which force has restrained him doing so? Let us look at the events just before and after the August 8 announcement. Imran had on July 12, 2012 declared his program of storming the N Waziristan against what he called American intervention through Drone attacks. He said that he would take a long march to N Waziristan in September. The episode of allegations and counter allegations between N league and Imran started in the last week of July till Imran finally pledged to resolve the matter of corruption in the court. All of a sudden TTP (Tehrik e Taliban Pakistan) gave a killing threat to Imran Khan within 12 hours of his press conference in which Imran pledged to go to the court. It is strange that Imran’s intentions of marching on to Waziristan did not wake TTP for any reaction, but all of a sudden TTP wakes up and threatened him of KILLING with lame excuse of “ Hum ek pro-western politician ki hamdardi ke muhtaj naheen hain. Imran ne long march kia to use qatal kar dia jaiga”. This message was sent by Mullah Ehsaan ullah to the media on August 8, 2012. I request my countrymen to see this development with due concern, because Imran Khan have forgotten his pledge to draw Mian Nawaz sharif to the courts since then but he has reiterated his resolve to march on Waziristan a number of times. His instance on Sharif family’s corruption has changed. But why? What is the relation between TTP threat and Sharif family? Imran perceived the real threat and became silent vis a vis NS corruption. Had the threat really meant to restraining him to pursue Sharif’s corruption? If yes, it may be a very horrible phenomenon to silence a voice against corruption of Sharif Family. Furthermore how many people have already been silenced by TTP over this issue without even threatening them publically? I remember a case who had taken up the issue of Nawaz Sharif getting money from TTP God Father Osama. He was brutally killed by TTP (Punjab Chapter) after being kidnapped by an unknown organization “ASIAN TIGERS”. Don’t forget that Nawaz Sharif has many times pledged to make Pakista An ASIAN TIGER.
DUNYA TVAccording to a statement released from presidency, President Zardari has summoned the session of upper and lower house of Parliament on September 3 at 5PM. Sources from National Assembly’s secretariat told that the session of National Assembly will continue for more than a week. Meanwhile, the opposition is likely to discuss the issue of new provinces, electricity load shedding and the subjudiced matters in Supreme Court.
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EDITORIALTaliban’s have tarnished Islam. Only if they could realize this, life would become much easier and comfortable for all those who are paying with their life for the disservice these self made curators of Islam are doing to their faith. Why do they think they have the right to enforce Islam? Why do they think they are licensed to kill people for not following the injunction of Quran (if the Taliban thinks so)? Even if anybody is defying any Islamic values it is a personal matter that could only be interfered if the society is being seriously affected. Even if one feels responsible to stop others from committing a sin then it could never be in a way of a criminal, that too beheading people gruesomely. What a way to impose Islam or any religion. This is one reason why people have grown averse to Islamic norms, Islamic teaching and Islam itself. Who is to be blamed for all this: the Taliban’s and their likes, who else. Even if the Taliban deny that they have not killed those 17 people partying at the Kajaki district, they cannot be relived of the responsibility of setting the precedent for those who have acquired the ‘Taliban’ way of killing people who they dislike. This is what the statement of President Karzai shows; the ‘irresponsible members among the Taliban, it refers to that creed of Taliban who have only learnt to be a spoiler. Understandably what else but terror could be the reason behind killing people in a gruesome way of beheading them or cutting their throat? Even when in power their way of governance was nothing short of brutality. The worst brunt was taken by the women. They were barred from going out of their homes without a male. They were not allowed to attend schools, colleges and universities. They were stopped from working and forced to marry men they did not want to marry. It was a complete chaos. No civilization would allow its people to be treated like animals. On the one hand they upheld Islam and the status of women in it, on the other they treat them like cows, a docile creature who can be anchored to anything. When America let NATO forces came to Afghanistan a major part of the country took a sigh of relief. They saw salvation from a religious crime that had them brutalized. Now that the time for the NATO to leave Afghanistan is drawing closer, the fear among the women, of the return of terror on them have increased manifold. They are worried about their freedom. They are worried that they might be thrown back to the Stone Age that they once were forced to live in. How would America and the government of Afghanistan ensure respect for humanity and especially for women under Taliban dominance is a million dollar question. The world is worried over the future prospect of Afghanistan that is increasingly becoming cloudy and uncertain, once the US leaves the country. If it were to be the return of the Taliban rule then all those years, lives and resources so far spent on Afghanistan would go wasted. Obviously the threat of Talibanization is not restricted to Afghanistan. Pakistan is equally in danger and has taken the heat of it many a times. Its soldiers were beheaded and shown mercilessly on a video as well. How many times, people had to preach these tormentors about the true image of Islam and its requirements. This reign of terror might end in a bigger calamity that even the Talibans may not have foreseen or expected.