Saturday, December 30, 2017
This remnant of the colonial era focuses only on the aspect that suicide is forbidden in the Islamic faith, hence those attempting it must be punished. However, there is more to a suicide attempt than just the mere wish to end life. A history of depression and other mental illnesses force the person to take such a step and our laws completely ignore this aspect. It is therefore extremely necessary that the Pakistan Penal Code 1860 and the Code of Criminal Procedure 1898 is revised in light of the new information.
Mental health issues are severely ignored in the country and that lack of discussion is also reflected in the country’s legislature. There is a growing number of people affected by mental health issues, especially in the urban centres of the country. The lack of facilities and medical professionals to attend to the growing number of patients, the growing number of suicide attempts should not be a surprise. The fact that the entire population only has 400 psychiatrists and only a few mental health facilities to their aid should be a cause of concern.
The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) has also supported the amendment. Chairman Professor Dr Qibla Ayaz informed the Senate Standing Committee that even though suicide is forbidden in Islam, these cases need to be treated with seriousness. Medical examinations should be carried out to check whether or not the person suffers from depression or other mental health problems, and proper rehabilitation centres must be set up to provide help to these people.
This is a huge step towards creating awareness regarding mental health issues. The fact that our legislators are seeing beyond the surface and understanding the nuances of human life, must be appreciated. However, we are quite familiar with prompt legislations and lack of action. Only time will tell how this one will materialise.
The woman has also complained that area police are unwilling to register her complaint and start investigations in the matter. The Inspector General of the Punjab Police and the Faisalabad DPO need to take immediate action.
Panchayats and jirgas continue their criminal acts, targeting women and making a mockery of rule of law. In Pakistan, the institution of marriage has been mired in endless problems, including forced and under-age marriages and domestic violence. In the last few years, the governments in centre and provinces have tried to introduce new laws. The law through which legal age for girls’ marriage was to be increased from 16 to 18 years has been met with criticism in the Senate standing committee and from the controversial Council of Islamic Ideology. Similarly, a law against domestic violence passed in the Punjab last year drew backlash from the clerics. The end result has been that the law remains in force, but it hasn’t been implemented in accordance with the spirit that accompanied it initially.
The continued presence of panchayats in the social fabric signifies the deep-seated nature of abhorrence for women’s liberty. It is also a reminder of how rule of law and justice remain non-existent for countless Pakistani women. For these women, life altering decisions have been left in the hands of men who believe they have a right to decide a woman’s fate. Free-will, a fundamental human right, is controlled at any cost possible.
The government must ensure that those who perpetuate such crimes are brought to justice. This incident is a clear result of a lack of strong pro-women laws, which are often prevented from being approved and implemented due to the lack of coherent policy objectives.
Moreover, this incident is also a reminder of the fact that our criminal justice system remains inaccessible for the marginalised segments.
We hope that Faisalabad incident serves as an eye opener for the authorities. They must muster up courage needed to crack down on this patriarchal custom that denies Pakistani women their constitutionally guaranteed rights and routinely puts their lives and health in jeopardy.
After 'Crown Prince' Shehbaz Sharif landed in holy lands, Nawaz Sharif poised to follow suit.
Five months after his disqualification, Nawaz Sharif has packed his bags again for Saudi Arabia while his younger brother Shehbaz Sharif, who left for the holy lands on Wednesday, is already there. Pakistan is abuzz again with the news of another Saudi Arabia backed NRO, while the last NRO was implemented 17-years ago in the same month.
According to sources, Sharifs were trying to get Saudis involved well before the Supreme Court verdict came out on July 28 this year and the efforts were expedited after the verdict. “Only Saudis and Chinese have the leverage to involve the security establishment, so it was natural to involve the Saudis who have been not so happy with the PML-N government since the Yemen and later Qatar crisis. The king was giving a cold shoulder so finally the new crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman was approached,” says Islamabad’s diplomatic grapevine.
The events were dramatic. On Wednesday, a special plane sent by Saudi government came to fly Shehbaz Sharif to the kingdom. Sources say Shehbaz was able to get the audience of powerful crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman soon after his arrival. Next morning on Thursday, National Security Advisor Gen (retd) Nasir Janjua, known as Rawalpindi’s man in Islamabad, made an unusual five-hour plus meeting with the ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. When the House of Sharifs was approached about the meeting, they tried to hush it up but did not issue any denial while all TV channels aired the report on Thursday in their prime-time bulletins, and Friday papers published it on the front page. With PML-N barely five months away from hitting the twilight zone, what is the Saudi visit all about? It is the question all the pundits in the capital are occupied with for now. Why an NRO now?
The fact that the House of Sharifs is embroiled in a big legal mess after July 28 is known to everybody. The accountability court is supposed to deliver verdicts against Nawaz Sharif, his daughter, son-in-law and a close relative, Ishaq Dar, just before the elections. Sharifs have been saying it loud and clear that they have been victimised by the nexus of the judiciary and the security establishment. So why would they get any favour from Saudis who have a good relationship with the Pakistani security establishment?
Pakistan is under heavy pressure from the US mainly on Afghanistan and India. The pressure continues to mount. Despite all efforts, no major dent in the ruling PML-N’s popularity has occurred as anticipated. PPP, to a greater extent, remains discredited as young Bilawal has yet to take over, let alone leading it to a major victory. Imran Khan remains number two in the province that matters. Because of his mercurial manners he can only be trusted to harm somebody but can’t be trusted to rule the country. That is the environment the Sharifs consider conducive enough to make a deal with the establishment, as they believe that the devil you know is better than an angel you don’t, say PML-N insiders.
The main question remains what would happen to the angry theatrics of Nawaz Sharif and the mercurial Maryam Nawaz Sharif who have been hitting hard since much before the July 28 verdict, and have never gone cold since then?
They will have to calm down till elections are held to make this deal work. That doesn’t mean that they would not talk about the ‘injustice’ meted out to them. That would continue but it would be calibrated and mellowed out to bearable levels, believe the insiders.
How would they get out of the cases against them and the verdicts already announced? It is Pakistan. Remember what Gen Musharraf admitted on national TV about who got him released by putting pressure on whom? Did you hear even a peep about it? Having said that, any last-minute situation can undo the whole thing as there are too many national, regional, and international variables in this high stake gamble, warn many analysts.
India reacted with anger after photos of the Palestinian ambassador to Pakistan, Walid Abu Ali, sharing the stage with Hafiz Saeed and addressing the rally in Rawalpindi were circulated on social media on Friday.
عوامی نیشنل پارٹی کے مرکزی صدر اسفندیار ولی خان نے کہا ہے کہ عمران نوازشریف کو پارٹی عہدے سے ہٹانا چاہتے ہیں، اپنے اے ٹی ایم کونہیں،عمران خان کا اے ٹی ایم خراب ہو چکا ہے،عمران خان عائشہ گلالئی کے الزامات کا جواب دیں،عمران کے موبائل ڈیٹا سے دودھ کا دودھ پانی کاپانی ہوجائے گا،عمران خان اپنا بلیک بیری تحقیقاتی اداروں کے حوالے کریں،تحریک انصاف نے ناچ گانے کی سیاست متعارف کی، پی ٹی آئی کے وزرا اور ارکان نے اپنے وزیر اعلیٰ پر کرپشن کا الزام لگایا،عمران خان نے اپنے ڈر سے احتساب کمیشن کو بند رکھا ہے،سی پیک منصوبے سے پختونخوا کے وزیر اعلیٰ مطمئن ہیں مگر اسپیکر نہیں ،سی پیک کا وعدہ نواز شریف نے کیا ، مگر پورا نہیں کیا،وعدے کے باوجود فاٹا کو پختونخوا میں ضم نہیں کیا گیا،وزیر اعظم سے درخواست ہے کہ نواز دور کے وعدے پورے کرے، اپنی زندگی میں نواز شریف جیسی جھوٹی حکومت نہیں دیکھی،وہ میونسپل پارک چارسدہ میں پی کے 17کے ورکرز کنونشن سے خطاب کر رہے تھے ۔ ورکر کنونشن سے پارٹی کے ضلعی صدر بیرسٹر ارشد عبداللہ نے بھی خطاب کیا۔انہوں نے مزید کہا کہ جب تک چین پاکستان اور افغانستان کے درمیان ضامن نہیں بنتا دونوں ممالک میں تعلقات بہتر ہونگےنہ دہشت گردی ختم ہو گی۔ جماعت اسلامی اور جمعیت علمائے اسلام پانچ سال تک صوبائی اور مرکزی حکومتوں سے مراعات لیتی رہی مگر انتخابات کا سن کر دونوں پارٹیاں نفاذ اسلام کے نام پر دوبارہ اتحادی بن گئیں۔ سپریم کورٹ نے عمران خان کے اے ٹی ایم کو نااہل قرار دیا مگر موصوف مانتے نہیں۔ اسفندیار ولی خان نے کہا کہ پاکستان ایک ناز ک دور سے گزر رہا ہے مگر بد قسمتی سے ہمیں تاریخ کی بد ترین حکومت ملی ہے جس کے جھوٹ اور وعدہ خلافی کی دنیا میں مثال نہیں ملتی۔ سی پیک میں نوا ز شریف نے خیبر پختونخوا اور فاٹا کو اپنا حق دینے کا وعدہ کیا مگر بعد میں مکر گئے۔ فاٹا کو سی پیک میں نظر انداز کرکے فاٹا میں معدنیات اور تجارت کو ناقابل تلافی نقصان پہنچایا گیا جبکہ خیبر پختونخوا کے بیشتر حصوں کو بھی سی پیک سے محروم کیا گیا۔ وزیر اعلی پر ویز خٹک سی پیک سے مطمئن ہیں مگر اسپیکر اسد قیصر سی پیک کے خلاف عدالتوں میں مقدمات لڑ رہے ہیں۔
Awami National Party (ANP) President Asfandyar Wali Khan has said that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has forgotten all his promises made with the people of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) for the merger with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P).
“Nawaz Sharif is a liar. I have never seen such a person in my whole life. He has forgotten all those promises he made with the people of Fata,” said Asfandyar while addressing a party worker’s convention in PK-17, Charsadda on Friday.
The ANP president said that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government was still using delaying tactics in freeing the people of Fata from the clutches of the colonial-era laws.
“At the behest of only two persons – Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Mehmood Khan Achakzai – the PML-N government is delaying giving the people of Fata their basic rights,” he said.
Asfandyar said Fata and K-P had been ignored in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) despite tall claims, adding, “Sharif promised me that only the people of Fata will have right over their resources but like his other promises, it has also been ignored.”
About the revival of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), he said, “The two main parties of the alliance – the Jamaat-e-Islam and the Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam-Fazl – are at loggerheads over Fata reforms, but they are trying to show the public that they are on the same page.”
Criticising both the parties, the ANP president said that they had benefited for five years at the Centre and in K-P, but when they realised that the ruling parties [PML-N and PTI] had no future, “they are again using the name of Islam to deceive the public”.
He said that his party would contest the general elections 2018 alone and ruled out any alliance with other political parties.
Even though Asfandyar appreciated his party’s alliance with the PPP during the previous government for ‘phenomenal’ developmental work in the province, he made it clear that the ANP would contest the elections alone. About Pak-Afghan relations, Asfandyar said, “China should play an active role in bringing both countries closer to each other.”
On President Donald Trump’s new policy for Asia, Asfandyar said, “There will be bloodshed in Afghanistan.”
Once again Asfandyar rejected Trump’s decision of making Jerusalem the capital of Israel.
“We have a spiritual affiliation with the people of Palestine as the wife of Bacha Khan is also buried there. This is also a reason that the ANP will never accept Trump’s announcement of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” he said.
He accused PTI chief Imran Khan of introducing political indecency in the country. “For him [Imran] everyone is a thief in Pakistan and he is the only angel in the politics. He has even closed the K-P Ehtisaab Commission,” said the ANP leader. “Even Imran’s own ministers are accusing the K-P government of corruption.”
PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Saturday said he supports FATA Youth Jirga and its movement to merge the tribal areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
The PPP scion added, in a video released, that his party has always struggled for the rights of the people from the tribal areas.
"Pakistan Peoples Party has always struggled for the rights of the people from the tribal areas and I support the movement to merge FATA with KP and stand with the FATA Youth Jirga and always will," said the PPP chairman.
In the video, Bilawal further says that Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto made sincere efforts to merge the tribals areas and Benazir Bhutto made PPP's special FATA committee.
"She even went to the Supreme court to get the tribal people their rights."
Earlier in December, the FATA Supreme Council held a meeting with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and presented its stance to maintain a separate identity.
The matter of FATA's merger with KP was left unresolved after the meeting. However, the tribal areas' supreme council and the government agreed to continue deliberations on the matter.
The issue of FATA's merger with KP is one of the pending matters for the incumbent government and has dominated the political discourse of the country in recent weeks.
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman has conditionally agreed to support the proposal of FATA's merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and said that further consultations for the FATA Reforms Bill will continue to be held.
“We will continue to hold discussions with the government over FATA Reforms Bill,” Rehman had said, adding that additional meetings with the military leadership will not be required.
"We presented our stance to them which was to gain the approval of the FATA supreme council," he said.
More than 500 tribal elders had held a grand jirga on December 14 and rejected the possible merger of FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The elders, hailing from the tribal areas, were of the opinion that FATA should be given the status of a separate province. Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa had also recently assured delegations from FATA that the Pakistan Army fully supports mainstreaming of the region in line with aspirations of tribal brothers.
General Bajwa had said he valued the views of the tribal delegations regarding the future of FATA. He added that achievements through sacrifices of brave residents of FATA are being consolidated while the country transitions from relative stability to enduring peace.
The recommendations to bring the tribal areas at par with the rest of the country were approved by the federal cabinet on March 2 but the matter has been delayed since then.
The KP Assembly had adopted a resolution on December 14, 2016 in favour of merging FATA with KP with the aim of rehabilitating and reconstructing the infrastructure including roads, communications, power lines, water supply, education and health facilities.