Sunday, September 9, 2012
Almost 2 million children across Sindh would be affected from polio after Sindh government decided to postpone polio vaccination campaign across the province due to the heavy rainfall which could affect millions across the Sindh. According to World Health Oraganisation (WHO) sources, the polio campaign, which had to commence on Monday (today) in the province, has been postponed by the provincial government. In 2010, the campaign was also postponed across Sindh due to the floods which affected larger part of the province. The decision had raised concerns regarding the increase of polio cases in Sindh as the rainy season helps polio virus to spread rapidly. “Except Gaddap and Sohrab Goth, the campaign would continue in Karachi,” they said adding that four districts of Punjab were also affected due to flood situation. It is to be mentioned here that there increased numbers of polio cases in Pakistan, instead of regular campaigns of vaccinations across country.
Associated PressPakistani security forces pushed Taliban militants who came from Afghanistan back across the border after more than two weeks of fighting in a mountainous tribal region, spokesmen for both sides said Sunday. The government says over 100 people were killed in the offensive. The violence in the northwestern Bajur area highlighted the growing problem of Taliban militants using sanctuaries in Afghanistan to attack Pakistan. The frequency of the raids has increased, and this was the first instance in which Pakistani Taliban militants coming from Afghanistan seized and held territory in Pakistan for a significant amount of time. Pakistan has called on Afghan and NATO forces to do more to stop militants from crossing into the country. Kabul and the international coalition have acknowledged the problem, but also want Pakistan to do more to stop militants holed up on its territory from launching attacks into Afghanistan. Security forces finally managed to push the militants back from the Salarzai region of Bajur on Saturday, said Jehangir Azam Wazir, the top political official in the area. "Unexpectedly, the militants showed tough resistance this time, but finally our security forces along with volunteers of the Salarzai militia succeeded in eliminating them," said Wazir. The dead included at least 80 militants, 18 civilians, 12 anti-Taliban militiamen and eight soldiers, he said. An additional 13 soldiers are missing and are believed to be in the hands of the Taliban. Hundreds of people who were trapped by the fighting in a string of villages along the border were finally able to leave Saturday. They had been confined to their homes, and many were running low on food. "Those days were very difficult and passed with a lot of hardship," said Hikmat Jan, who had been stranded with his family in Gambat village. "We were unable to go out and were tense, fearing the militants would come kidnap us or we would be killed by shelling or starve to death because we were running out of food." Jan said the dead were strewn across the village. "I saw many bodies in the fields and streets," said Jan. "I don't know whether they were militants, volunteers or fellow villagers." Gul Mohammed, who was caught outside his home in Batwar village by the fighting, said he was finally able to reunite with his relatives after weeks of separation. "I had no hope I would be able to see my family and my children alive again," said Mohammed. "Nothing gives me more happiness than seeing my family back safe and alive." Thousands of others who managed to flee before the fighting ended have been provided food by the government, said the top political official in Bajur, Syed Abdul Jabbar Shah. Security forces are searching the villages that were cleared of militants to make sure they did not plant any bombs, said Wazir, the official in Salarzai. People will be allowed to return to their villages once the search is complete, he said. Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan confirmed the militants retreated but said they would regroup and attack again. He claimed they brought back the bodies of 14 soldiers they killed. "We will attack this area again soon with much increased strength," Ahsan told The Associated Press by telephone from an undisclosed location. The militants who attacked the Salarzai area came from the neighboring Afghan province of Kunar. They have also staged attacks from the adjacent Afghan province of Nuristan. Many Pakistani Taliban fighters fled to these areas following army operations in Pakistan's tribal region, taking advantage of the fact that the U.S. pulled out most of its forces from these Afghan provinces in recent years. The Pakistani Taliban are allied with the Afghan Taliban, but they have focused their attacks in different areas. The Pakistani Taliban have waged war on the Pakistani government, while the Afghan Taliban have battled Afghan and NATO forces inside Afghanistan. It's unclear whether the recent militant incursion into Salarzai was retaliation for the death of the head of the Pakistani Taliban in Bajur, Mullah Dadullah, in a NATO airstrike in Kunar on Aug. 24.
http://news.yahoo.comMitt Romney rejected claims by President Barack Obama that he would sign off on more tax breaks for the wealthy if elected president, but again declined to offer specifics on how exactly he would accomplish his goal of lowering taxes for other Americans while also balancing the budget. In an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press," Romney said he would offset his proposed 20 percent tax cut for all Americans by eliminating loopholes and deductions for high-income earners. He argued that his plan would in effect lower taxes for middle class Americans while keeping tax rates the same for wealthy Americans. "People at the high end, high income taxpayers, are going to have fewer deductions and exemptions. Those numbers are going to come down. Otherwise they'd get a tax break," Romney told NBC. "And I want to make sure people understand, despite what the Democrats said at their convention, I am not reducing taxes on high income taxpayers."
Indian FM S M Krishna has said his govt and people want to see a stable and prosperous Pakistan. The foreign minister, who was in Pakistan for a three-day official visit departed back for India on Sunday.
PAKISTAN TODAYAisha Malik, wife of MNA Hamza Shahbaz Sharif was barred from entering AL-Hamra hall by police and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz workers on Saturday. Hamza was awarding medals in a ceremony arranged in honor of the position holders of Intermediate examination. Aisha was refused entry into Al-Hamra by official and party staff members and she waited for her husband’s motorcade for hours on the road side. PML-N women workers encircled Aisha Malik soon after reports about her arrival and they tried to subject her to violence. Aisha Malik rushed to her car and locked its doors. She tried to stop the vehicle of Hamza Shahbaz as it sped out after conclusion of ceremony but guards stopped her again and Hamza sped away. Talking to reporters Aisha said that she had come to seek justice from Hamza Shahbaz complaining that no family member of her husband was willing to negotiate with her. Meanwhile, addressing the ceremony, Hamza Shahbaz stressed the need for a change in the outdated system and for the youth to come forward to ensure ‘justice and supremacy of law’.
The government has approved a reduction in petrol price by Rs4.65 per litre. A private news channel quoting sources in the Ministry of Petroleum reported Sunday that the new prices are likely to take effect from Monday by 12:00am. A notification in this regard would set the new price of petrol down at Rs99.90 from Rs 104.55.
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indiatimes.comExternal affairs minister SM Krishna on Sunday described his three-day visit to Pakistan as "fruitful". Talking to the media after arriving at Allama Iqbal International Airport for a day-long visit to Lahore, Krishna said that he and his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar had signed pacts on visa liberalization and cultural promotion, which would help promote bilateral ties. He arrived in this capital of the Punjab province in the last leg of his visit that began on Friday. Krishna said that dialogue between the Indian and Pakistani leadership would be fruitful as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the people of India wanted peaceful relations with Pakistan, reported Geo News. He said that peaceful ties between between the neighbouring countries would be helpful for the prosperity of the region. Indian High Commissioner Sharat Sabharwal was present. The minister arrived in Lahore from Islamabad where he met his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar on Saturday. An agreement on a liberalised visa regima was signed by him and interior minister Rehman Malik.
Pakistan TodayPunjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa, while speaking at an inauguration ceremony at the Lahore Expo Center, said that Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif has suffered long from Zardari phobia. Khosa said that the CM was unaware of the rule that the federation or the president were not bound to arrange for the general bodies elections; rather it was the duty of the provincial governments to make the arrangements in this regard. The Punjab governor also said that the Punjab government was bound to make arrangements for the general bodies elections within 365 days, adding that the deadline had already expired. He said that now the provincial government was using tactics to bring a new bill in the assembly to avail 180 more days to prepare for the elections, while stating that as the governor of the province he would stand against the bill. Furthering his statement, he said that the local bodies system which was implemented in the Punjab at present was illegal and unconstitutional. Khosa claimed that the rulers in Punjab were scared that the general bodies elections would expose their popularity. He said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was opposing the process of local elections due to the fear of defeat. He added that his party would continue consultations with their allies on Local Bodies Ordinance in Sindh. While referring to the Indian Minister for External Affairs S. M. Krishna’s visit to Pakistan‚ he said the relaxation in the visa regime and trade was in the interests of both the neighboring countries.
by Ahsan AbbasI have no idea how much the newly launched” Dunya” News Paper has offered to the Leftist Nazir Naji, Pessimist Hassan Nisar and “Dervaish” Haroon Rasheed to detach from the Jang Group and join them. However, hopefully the new entry would be able to isolate a number of readers from Jang. In his Column of September 8, Mr Naji has exposed the “Play Boy” going back to his “Original” style in his 400 Kanal House. Where he was found Swimming with an English Lady. A visitor Mr Malik was described to be the witness who came to the Swimming Pool directed by a Domestic Servant. In reply to Naji, Mr Haroon Rasheed in his Column (9 September) has defended the “Kaptaan” just like a loving Mum defends her naughty Son. Or a most loving Daddy like “My Lord” covers up the Corruptions of his son and goes beyond limits for it. According to Mr Dervaish, the English lady was the wife of Imran’s friend and he called her home for the purpose of “Interior Decoration” “When Malik went to the Swimming Pool, the lady was alone and Khan was saying his prayers at verge of Swimming Pool” says Mr Haroon OK Mr Haroon . I can believe what you say that the “Gori” was not brought there for any Sinful or illegal activity and just for the said purpose, could I most respectfully ask you some questions? Just few days ago in a programme with Hamid Mir at Geo, Kaptaan was claiming “As soon as I become the Prime Minister, Bulldozers would be ready and they would smash every luxurious Governor House”. Well Mr Khan! You are employing an English lady for the decoration of your 400 Kanal House, does it match any way with what you say in your interviews? Could not you find a single Interior Decorator (Man or Woman) in a country having the best skilled workers in the world? Even with a best Scientific Microscope, I could not find any reflection of your speeches about “Self Reliance” and “National Pride” in your personal actions. It is exactly similar to the situation that you could not find a single spouse in 180 Million Pakistanis and married a Zionist lady, the daughter of Sir Gold Smith (the title “Sir” being given for his esteemed financial support to Israel) Khan announces to be representing “Pashtoon” Culture. OK, but Roaming with a wife divorced on the allegations of Sexual Corruption, does it match any way the Pashtoon Culture? It is miles away from the Ego of a true Pathan, I believe. You run Tehreek e “Insaaf” and on the same hand, stand shoulder to shoulder with Mr Iftikhar Chaudhry, the most Corrupt and Nepotist Judge ever in the history of Pakistan. Mr Haroon further compares Khan with Emperor Jehangir, General Jilani (Zia’s Governor) and Turk Leaders (Who claim to Champonize Islam but are sitting with America and Israel to destroy the Islamic Countries, most recently Syria). I fully agree Sir, at least to this comparison. I believe the IK was a Play Boy and still he is. This face of him is much more acceptable to me as compared to being a “Jihadi” and Patronising Taliban. But the problem is that his “Father” Mr Hameed Gul is still practically heading the Right Wing of Military Establishment and they created “Kaptaan” to support the Taliban, which they consider as “Our Strategic Assets” So Khan is between the 2 Extremes now He calls Ibrar ul Haq in his processions to attract moderate voter and says his prayers “In Camera” to prove he is an “Islamist” as well Sends Flowers for Bait Ullah Mehsood, the most merciless Taliban Butcher and also sheds tears on Shia Killings Condemns prevailing Terrorism but opposes Waziristan Operation just like he opposed Swat Operation Supports DPC and extends hand to Majlis Wahadat ul Muslimeen (MWM) as well. The situation had turned into a “Drama” when after having a meeting and joint Press Conference with MWM, Khan declared that MWM had a “Merger” with PTI. Where as MWM very strictly negated any such news and declared it even beyond thinking. Would this “Dual Play” be able to draw votes from sentimental Teenagers who are shown Sweet Dreams of “Self Reliance”, “Simplicity”, “Ego”, “Change” and a “Revolution” going to come in 90 days after election of IK as the PM? The coming elections (If they happen) would decide it
The Baloch HalBalochistan plunged into a frightening crisis after the cold-blooded murder of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti. On August 26, 2006, the Pakistani flag was raised at the Bugti fort with the proclamation of a new dawn for Balochistan. Nonetheless, in 2012, six years later, Balochistan is deeply engulfed in dusk and darkness. Let’s look at the situation in Dera Bugti, which is no longer a liveable place. The Bugti fort, the Baloch Nawab’s residence, which used to be a place of Baloch hospitality, has been turned into a Gulag where Baloch activists and government opponents are detained and tortured. The government’s proclaimed “Operation Freedom” brought new multilayer enslavement for the Bugtis. Along with a brutal security apparatus, countless criminals have popped up in the area. The resource-rich but terrifically impoverished district has been virtually divided into many sub-states controlled by government-backed criminals and armed groups. This policy of criminalisation is extended to the entire province. Islamabad has failed to win the sympathy of the courageous Baloch masses against its ruthless policies as government agencies have extended their support to petty criminals and devastated the very social and harmonious fabric of Baloch society. Since the start of the military operation in 2002, around 10,000 people have been killed, a quarter million people have been displaced, 4,000 are missing and 600 have been killed extrajudicially. According to a recent official report of the interior ministry, at least 868 people have been killed, 619 kidnapped and 2,390 have gone missing from the province since 2010. Furthermore, 600 bodies of Baloch activists have been found in different parts of Balochistan. Prior to full-fledged military offensives, Balochistan’s poverty incidence stood at 48 per cent in 2001-02, which was an exceptional 15 percentage points higher than the national average. By 2005-06 poverty incidence stood at 50.9 per cent, compared with a national average of 2.3 per cent. After Islamabad’s ‘development and civilisation’ mission in Balochistan, the poverty incidence now stands at 63 per cent, three times higher than the national average. After limited economic opportunities, severe floods and restrictions on international relief organisations, the caloric poverty in Balochistan was recorded around 74 per cent in 2011, compared with 49.7 per cent in 2001-02. Impoverished Balochistan is also famous for establishment-backed filthy corrupt politicians. Given that the government fully relies on criminals, gangsters and religious elements, including morally shattered chieftains, corruption has been institutionalised in the last 10 years as an incentive for the followers of Islamabad’s dirty policies. During the last six years, abduction has become a big business in the province. Gangsters choose individuals without any fear. Most of these criminals claim to have links with the government. According to the Balochistan government’s official figures, between June 2011 and February 2012, 170 people were abducted, out of which 142 were released after paying heavy ransoms. During the last four years, 50 Hindus were abducted in different parts of Balochistan. Ever since government agencies were preoccupied with abducting and intimidating the moderate political stratum of the Baloch society, criminals are having a luxurious time creating their desired level of chaos and lawlessness. Islamabad’s failure to address the mounting dissatisfaction in Balochistan and deal with political unrest through political means led to the killings of hundreds of innocent Baloch, Punjabis and Hazaras. Sectarian killings have taken a new toll; many extremist groups are taking advantage of the political vacuum created after the ruthless operation. Over 700 Baloch Hazaras have been killed in cold blood. The last 10 years of defective re-engineering of the social, political and economic fabric of the Baloch society has proved destructive. Unfortunately, the establishment in Islamabad is ignorant of this fact and continues to pursue the unchanged policy of denial and negligence towards Balochistan.