Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Fayyaz-ul Hassan Chohan has been videotaped making misogynistic remarks about women actors in Pakistan and hurling abuses at a TV host.
Pakistan said on Tuesday it had begun a crackdown on Islamist militant groups, detaining 44 members of banned organizations including close relatives of the leader of a group blamed for a deadly bombing in Indian-controlled Kashmir last month.
The interior ministry said it was a move to “speed up action against all proscribed organizations”. Officials said it was part of a long-planned drive against militant groups, not a response to Indian anger over what New Delhi calls Islamabad’s failure to rein in militant groups operating on Pakistani soil.Pakistan is facing pressure from global powers to act against groups carrying out attacks in India, including Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), which claimed responsibility for the Feb. 14 attack that killed at least 40 paramilitary police.The incident led to the most serious conflict in years between the nuclear-armed neighbors, with cross-border air strikes and a brief dogfight over the skies of Kashmir. Tension cooled when Pakistan returned a downed Indian pilot on Friday.In a further sign that tensions were easing, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said a delegation would visit New Delhi next week to discuss an accord on Sikh pilgrims visiting holy sites in Pakistan.The interior ministry said close relatives of JeM leader Masood Azhar had been detained in “preventive custody” as part of the crackdown. It named them as Mufti Abdul Raoof and Hamad Azhar, who one ministry official said was the leader’s son.
On Tuesday, Pakistan placed two charities linked to Hafiz Saeed, founder of a militant organization the United States and India have blamed for numerous deadly attacks, including a siege by gunmen in Mumbai in 2008 that killed 166 people, on the country’s official banned list.
The Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation charities were placed on the list after the government announced the restriction last month.
Some of the people detained were named by India in a dossier it gave to Pakistan after last month’s bombing, Interior secretary Azam Suleman said.“We are investigating them and if we get more evidence, more proof against them, they will be proceeded against according to law and if we don’t get any proof their detention will end,” Suleman said.Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told CNN last week that JeM chief Azhar was in Pakistan and was “really unwell”.
The United States, Britain and France proposed last month that the U.N. Security Council blacklist Azhar.
A Security Council vote is due to be held in mid-March. However, Pakistan’s staunch ally China, a Security Council member, has blocked previous attempts by world powers to sanction the JeM chief.The United States and Britain have urged Pakistan to deal with militant groups.Many Pakistani groups and individuals are under U.N. sanctions, including the JeM, and Hafiz Saeed, the founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group that carried out the 2008 attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai, in which 166 people were killed.
There was no immediate official reaction in India to the arrests in Pakistan.
However, an Indian government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, expressed skepticism.
“We have all seen this done for the last several decades now. How many times has Hafiz Saeed been arrested and let out?” the official said. “And have they taken action against Jaish camps?”
Historically, India had distanced itself from cosying up with Israel owing to political and economic factors in the Middle East. But, with the onset of globalisation and trade liberalisation in the 1990s, their relationship boomed owing to both states’ upward trajectory as regional powerhouses.
India, being a large arms client, sought to modernise its armed forces to counter states such as Pakistan and China in the neighbourhood. Ideologically, the incumbent Indian and Israeli leadership believe in supremacy of their respective religious identities that also shape their political aspirations. Hindutva and Zionism have never been so close. Ironically Hindu extremists have time and again shown their admiration for Adolf Hitler and the Nazi tactics. But we do live in interesting times.
Pakistan’s decision to boycott the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) 46th session may have been an ill-conceived idea, but it did yield some results in terms of acknowledging New Delhi’s acts of violence and state-sanctioned human rights abuses in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IoK).
Pakistan could have used the OIC as a platform to corner the Indian delegation in an effective manner, especially considering its alliance with Israel.
The platform, regardless of its objectives, has become rudderless, to say the least. Just like SAARC, it has deep internal cracks due to the rivalries in the Middle East. All states have interests which do bind them together but their individual agendas make collective action weaker. Perhaps, the time has come to reform OIC and speak as one voice.
Having said that Israel and Pakistan are not enemies, barring the ideological differences. Benjamin Netanyahu has opened doors for Islamabad from time to time, but the domestic political environment of Pakistan are some of the key hindrances.
The honeymoon period between New Delhi and Tel Aviv may have become stronger but perhaps a time may come when Islamabad opens its doors to the Israelis on pragmatic grounds. Gen Musharraf has been arguing in favour of a policy shift. Perhaps the Parliament could initiate a debate on our relationship with Israel and forge a national consensus on how to tackle the challenge of India-Israel nexus.
BY HERB KEINON
With India and Pakistan facing their worst crisis since the countries last went to war in 1999, a Pakistani daily editorialized on Tuesday that Islamabad should explore ties with Israel to challenge the “worrying” Israel-India “nexus.”
Barring their ideological differences, Israel and Pakistan “are not enemies,” read the editorial in Pakistan’s liberal, English-language Daily Times. “[Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu has opened doors for Islamabad from time to time, but the domestic political environment of Pakistan are some of the key hindrances,” the paper wrote.
The editorial, which noted the close relationship that has developed between Jerusalem and New Delhi, wrote that “perhaps a time may come when Islamabad opens its doors to the Israelis on pragmatic grounds.”
The paper cited former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf as arguing in favor of a policy shift toward Israel, and wrote, “Perhaps the Parliament could initiate a debate on our relationship with Israel and forge a national consensus on how to tackle the challenge of India-Israel nexus.”
Israel and Pakistan do not have diplomatic ties.
Israel is one of India’s chief suppliers of arms, and the weaponry it provided during the Kargil War in 1999 between India and Pakistan is widely believed to have contributed to India’s successes.
Musharraf, living in self-exile in Dubai, was quoted as telling a press conference there two weeks ago that establishing relations with Israel “will help Pakistan counter India.”
Musharraf led Pakistan from 1999 to 2008. In 2005 – after Israel and Pakistan flirted with diplomatic ties – then-foreign minister Silvan Shalom met his Pakistani counterpart in Istanbul. Shortly after that, Musharraf shook then-prime minister Ariel Sharon’s hand while they were at the UN General Assembly, but efforts at establishing diplomatic ties between the two countries soon petered out.
The Daily Times editorial follows a string of steps that could be interpreted as some movement toward the development of better ties between Pakistan and Israel, developments being carefully watched by India.
These include reports that a senior Israeli official – some speculated that it may have been Netanyahu himself – flew to Islamabad from Tel Aviv in October; permission Pakistan granted in January for a Pakistani Jew to visit Israel; and Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi statement last month that his country is “interested in advancing its relations with Israel, but this is a question of the diplomatic situation in the region.”
“Progress in solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be very helpful, and if the American plan succeeds in doing this, that will be good. We wish Israel all the best,” Qureshi told Maariv at the Munich Security Conference. “We have many friends in the region and we would like you to join them.”
One senior diplomatic source said that New Delhi has not asked anything in particular from Israel since tensions with Pakistan escalated last week when India carried out a pre-emptive attack on a jihadist training camp in Pakistan, and Pakistan downed an Indian fighter and captured a pilot, later returned to India.
Following the suicide bombing on February 14 that killed 40 Indian paramilitary police in the Kashmir region that sparked the crisis, New Delhi did make clear that it would like to see Jerusalem take a proactive role in helping New Delhi get the world to sanction Pakistan-based terror organizations.
The Indian media reported that Israeli-made SPICE 2000 smart bombs were used in India’s attack on the jihadist camp.
#Pakistan #PPPP - Bilawal Bhutto elected as the Chairman of the National Assembly Standing Committee for Human Rights.
PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Tuesday was elected as the chairperson of the National Assembly Standing Committee for Human Rights.
He added that the PPP always wanted to strengthen the parliament.
“Democracy has no meaning without human rights. If we cannot guarantee human rights then we cannot guarantee any other thing, included freedom of expression, access to healthcare, to education, the rule of law and justice,” Bilawal stressed.
He supposed the “canvas of human rights is very expansive”.
He supposed the “canvas of human rights is very expansive”.
The PPP chairman regretted the way in which human rights are being violated in Indian-occupied Kashmir.
On reply to a question, Bilawal said until Pakistan does not shift to a “human rights-based society”, the country’s democracy will not be strengthened and there will not be social justice.
“He does not need any advice,”said Asif Ali Zardari while responding to a question from a journalist.
The Pakistani Navy has prevented an Indian submarine from sneaking into its waters, a spokesman has reported. The ship was detected and forced to retreat, he said.
The Navy released purported footage of the intercepted submarine, shown moving with its periscopes over the water surface.
The statement said the Navy didn’t engage the submarine, but was proud of its success in detecting it despite India’s large investment in modern submarine technology.
This great feat is a testament of the Pakistan Navy's superior skills. The Navy will keep defending Pakistan's naval border. The force has the capability to respond to any aggression.
The Pakistani Navy said the interception of the submarine was the second one since 2016.
The incident comes a week after a major flare-up between India and Pakistan, decades-old regional rivals. India triggered the escalation by using warplanes to attack a suspected terrorist camp in Pakistani territory, retaliating for an earlier attack on its troops. Pakistan responded with a demonstration of force the next day, conducting attacks on targets in the Indian-controlled part of the disputed region of Kashmir. In the ensuing dogfight, India lost one fighter jet and claims to have shot down one of Pakistan’s.