Rise in CNG price by Rs7-10 per kg on the anvil

ISLAMABAD: The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) is likely to increase the CNG price by Rs7-10 per kg in the new pricing formula after making the operating cost zero following the Supreme Court’s order.

The Supreme Court, on October 25, zeroed the operative cost of Rs20.80 per kg on the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) that entrepreneurs of CNG stations were getting since 2006 and massively lowered their profit margin by Rs4.98 per kg from Rs11.20 to Rs6.22.

Now Ogra may increase the CNG price by Rs7-10 per kg after increasing some operative costs under the new pricing formula, which is being worked out.A top official told The News that day-long hearings were held here on Tuesday by the Ogra on the new pricing formula of CNG. “Ogra has prepared two proposals for the new pricing formula that will be tabled before the Supreme Court for approval.”

The Chairman of All Pakistan CNG Association, Ghiyas Paracha, during the hearing, said that his association would abide by the formula if it was based on justice and take care of the legitimate rights of CNG stations.

The hearing that was held with the Ogra chief Saeed Ahmad Khan in the chair examined and reviewed the operating costs of CNG and profit of the CNG entrepreneurs.

Paracha pleaded during the hearing that it was not the profit but ensuring provision of CNG to masses at affordable prices was their priority. He claimed that his industry had foiled a conspiracy under which the gas supply was to be halted to CNG stations, by providing CNG gas to the people at reduced prices during the Eid holidays. However, he demanded that they should be compensated for the loss CNG industry had sustained during the last five days because of extending zero operating cost, terming it sheer injustice to them.

Paracha, during the hearing, said that the Ogra had wrongly interpreted and implemented the verdict of the apex court and that’s why the notification issued by the Ogra on October 25 was illegal and carried no weight.

Paracha warned of closing down the CNG stations at the existing prices and demanded that the pricing formula be formulated as per international standards. He pointed out that Ogra’s amended ordinance had elapsed and was no more effective under which the regulator could fix the CNG prices.

Abdul Sami Khan, Chairman of CNG Dealers Association, said that they had set up the CNG stations under the directives and policy of the government and they could not run the stations any more without the operating cost. “If the operating cost, which has been zeroed, is not increased, then we would prefer to sit at home,” he said.

However, the chairman Ogra after the hearing said that the decision taken on October 25 was absolutely right and it could not be termed as a wrong interpretation of the Supreme Court’s order. He said that the Supreme Court verdict should be implemented in its true spirit.

The chairman Ogra also said the regulator will not keep in mind the loss of any stakeholder and relief to other stakeholder while determining the new pricing formula for CNG, rather it would be justice and a win-win recipe for all the stakeholders.

He said that the existing prices of CNG may continue till December 31 or when the new decision of the Supreme Court was given.

The massacre continues

The deaths of Rohingyas in Myanmar has reached 130 after arson by the majority community, of Burmese Buddhists, in Rakhine state, destroyed 800 houses in a Rohingya-majority township. The Myanmarese government has done nothing to stop the massacre of the Rohingyas, the latest bout of which started in July and is just another episode in the persecution of the Rohingyas. It has been encouraged by the Myanmarese military government, which has even denied them citizenship in the 1982 nationality law. It claims that the Rohingyas are actually migrants from Bangladesh. Bangladesh has vehemently denied this, and has increased river patrolling to stop the exodus. However, Rohingyas are now trying to go to Malaysia, where 24,000 have registered with the UNHCR, and there are said to be thousands more living without registration.

The presence of Rohingyas in large numbers in Malaysia, as well as of 400,000 reported by the UNHCR as in the Gulf states, might be taken as indicating that the Muslim world is dealing with the problem, but the Organisation of Islamic Conference has not taken cognizance beyond sending a fact-finding mission which did not meet with much cooperation from the Myanmarese authorities, and even the aid sent to the Rohingya by individuals or states was not allowed to reach them. Though the massacres which started in July may have highlighted the issue, the problem is now well over three decades old. The essence of the Rohingya problem is their having been thrown into the category of stateless persons by the Myanmarese government’s playing around with its nationality law. The Myanmarese government did so with the Rohingyas as a target, though it seems that there are a number of other ethnic minorities it wishes to deprive of citizenship, leaving behind only ‘pure’ Myanmarese who are all Buddhists. It is probably because Rohingyas are Muslims that they face such persecution.

It is also worth noting that the Myanmarese anti-military opposition has not adopted the Rohingya cause, which indicates that it supports the Buddhist majority. Neither has the USA, which has been pressing the military to allow the opposition some space, intervened for the Rohingyas’ human rights, probably because of its oil interests. The Rohingyas need help, and need it fast, and would look to their fellow Muslims as a matter of right for that help. Their fellow Muslims must also give them that help, not as a favour, but as a duty.

26 killed as van collides with truck near Bahawalpur

BAHAWALPUR: Twenty-six people, including women and children, were killed when a packed passenger van collided with a truck in Bahawalpur district on Tuesday. Sohail Tajik, District Police Officer of Bahawalpur, told the media that the accident took place at about noon when a 14-seat Hiace passenger van had a head-on collision with a truck on a highway in Bahawalpur.

Twenty-six people, including 11 women and two children, were confirmed dead in the accident, said the district police officer, adding that the accident was caused by overspeeding. A senior doctor at the Bahawal-Victoria Hospital, Muhammad Irshad Chaudhry, confirmed the casualties. —Online

APP adds: Besides, 13 passengers were also injured who were rushed to the Bahawal-Victoria Hospital. Most of the injured are reported to be in critical condition.District Coordination Officer (DCO) Dr Naeem Rauf, District Police Officer (DPO) Sohail Habib Tajik and officials reached the site of the accident to monitor the rescue operation.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of lives in the traffic accident.The president and prime minister, in their separate condolence messages, prayed to Allah Almighty to rest the departed souls in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved families to bear the loss with fortitude. They directed the authorities to ensure the best treatment for the injured.

New accountability law is toothless, lame duck: NAB

ISLAMABAD: Even the tame and under-pressure National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has rejected in totality the government’s new proposed accountability law, expressing serious concerns about it, calling it toothless and a lame duck.

The NAB says the new accountability bill does not consider bribery as corruption defined under Section 9(a) of the National Accountability Ordinance 1999 (NAO).

The NAB has prepared a detailed comparison of the existing accountability law and the proposed law and sent its reservations to the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs for consideration while proposing that the existing anti-corruption laws were more powerful than the proposed law.

According to the comparison document that was prepared by the NAB, a copy of which is available with The News, the new accountability bill ignores the basic philosophy of corruption as envisaged in Section 33B and 33C of NAO 1999.

The Article-5 of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) says: “Each state party shall develop and implement effective coordinated anti-corruption policies that promote integrity, transparency and accountability.

“Each state party shall endeavour to establish and promote effective practices aimed at prevention of corruption and to periodically evaluate relevant legal instruments and administrative measures with a view to determining their adequacy to prevent and fight corruption.”

According to the NAB, the new Accountability Bill provides a limited scope of international cooperation as the Bill says that chairman NAB or any other authorised person can make a request to foreign jurisdiction for mutual legal assistance but is silent in case Pakistan receives any request from foreign jurisdiction in matters relating to corruption.

The Article-46 of the UNCAC provides a “state-of-the-art’ explanation on Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) and encourages the State parties to afford one another the widest measure of the MLA in investigations, prosecutions and judicial proceedings and to improve domestic legislation in the light of the provisions of the article.

Through a 17-point comparison between the new proposed accountability bill and NAO 1999, the NAB has pointed out that the news bill applies to holders of public office whereas the NAO applies to all persons/citizens of Pakistan, including the person who are or have been in the service of Pakistan. “The commission would face difficulty in future interventions in terms of tackling corruption in case the matter pertains to private person where public at large has been defrauded,” the NAB viewed.

The NAB was of the view that new bill be extended to whole of Pakistan while the NAO specifically includes the areas of Fata and Pata and in case the bill is approved, it would face legal implication in case the matters pertains to these areas.

The NAB pointed out that there are three stages in criminal prosecution while under investigation, an individual is a “suspect”, under trial he is an ‘accused’, if found guilty, he is convicted but the new proposed bill fails to differentiate between the first two.

The new proposed law considers federal, provincial and local governments as “appropriate government” whereas the NAO provides a diversified definition covering all persons employed by any corporation, bank, financial institution, body, authority undertaking or any other organisation controlled or administrated by these governments while the NAO provides a better solution.

The NAB pointed out that the new proposed law defines assets as any property, moveable or immovable, owned or belonging to an accused while NAO provides a comprehensive concept of ‘assets’ with addition of words, directly or indirectly, whether inside or outside of Pakistan, including the assets held by family members, associates, relatives and ‘benamidars’ relating to the accused.

The NAB also pointed out that the new proposed bill excludes the definitions of terms “judge”, “associates”, “freezing”, “person” and government property, which should be there for clarity of issues while proceeding a case in the court of law.

The NAB pointed out that in the new proposed bill, the process of appointment of chairman is faulty and at the end of the day if no choice is made, whoever’s name happens to be first on the list can be appointed as chairman.

A far important point in the bill is appointment of chairman that is no longer secure, while under the NAO, the chairman could only be removed under the same process that is applicable to the removal of a judge of the Supreme Court as this guarantees him a tenure of four years and the liberty to act without any political pressure but under the new proposed bill, the chairman will remain under constant threat.

The NAB pointed out that the new proposed bill limits the scope for the appointment of chairman as only retired judge of the Supreme Court and a retired federal government officer of grade 22 is eligible to become chairman whereas the NAO provide more reasonable and valid criteria to fill this post by adding a word “equivalent”.

The NAB pointed out that unlike the NAO, the bill fails to provide career security to the officials working under the proposed commission.

The bill excludes the concept of other person as in the NAO and deals with only ‘holders of public office’ as such exclusion would not serve the purpose of across the board accountability and sufferings of public at large in the hands of corrupt in private sector like ‘Double Shah scam’ and housing frauds, could not be tackled under this bill.

The new proposed bill also excludes the concept of active bribery by deleting the word ‘offer; as envisaged in the NAO and in its present shape the bill covers only passive bribery whereas articles-15, 16 and 21 of the UNCAC encourage the state parties to improve their legislation in the light of said articles dealing with active and passive bribery of ‘national public officials’, foreign public officials and officials of public international organisations and private sectors.

The NAB pointed out that the punishment under the new proposed bill has been relaxed from 14-years imprisonment as envisaged in the NAO to seven years whereas disqualification of being a member of parliament is reduced to five years instead of 10-years while the concept of the forfeiting assets has been excluded in the proposed bill.

The bill makes the process of filing a complaint more complex and difficult for the complainant, discouraging the whistle-blowers therein as under the new bill the commission would entertain only those complaints from private persons, accompanied by the attested copy of complainant’s CNIC along-with an affidavit supporting his allegation duly attested by an oath commissioner as well as his postal address. This sort of limitation would badly damage the concept of the whistle blowers in our country where corruption is rampant amongst the holders of public office.

The complaints against seniors by their staff regarding their financial mismanagement could never see daylight in case the bill got approved.

The NAB also pointed out the bill curtails chairman’s powers in procuring banking information by linking it with prior permission of the court as such a provision would only delay the administration of justice as the investigation organ has a limitation of complete inquiry/investigation within a time frame of 90-days.

The NAB viewed that the new proposed bill also curtails powers to seek assistance from foreign jurisdiction, as the scope of the international cooperation has been made limited in the bill as compared to the NAO, like power to make a mutual legal assistance request for freezing, confiscating and disposing of assets in foreign jurisdiction have been removed.

The NAB pointed out that the bill gives an open-handed concession to the accused person during inquiry or investigation the holders of public office could not be arrested, providing them a safe passage to flee the country while for women, corruption has been made a bailable offence in the bill.

The NAB concluded its comparison of the new and previous bills by saying that the spirit of preventive regime has been diluted in the bill limiting the activities under prevention function to only advise and assist without examining the laws, rules and regulations while an important aspect of monitoring of the workable recommendations under prevention regime has been removed from the bill and such a removal would be tantamount to serious repercussions in fighting corruption in the country.

Overseas Pakistanis should be given right to vote, says CJ

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Tuesday said the overseas Pakistanis should be given the right to vote as they send valuable remittances to the country.

The chief justice made these remarks while hearing a constitutional petition at the Supreme Court filed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), seeking preparation of electoral rolls after deleting the names of all the bogus voters.

The chief justice observed that the overseas Pakistanis should be given the right to cast their vote in the general elections as they send remittances to the country which strengthen the economy.

Justice Iftikhar recalled that earlier the government had pinpointed some difficulties for providing the facility to the overseas Pakistanis to cast their votes in the general elections. The chief justice observed that over 20 countries had adopted the postal ballot system wherein people living abroad could use their right to vote.

Rashid A Rizvi, the counsel for the JI, while arguing before the court, submitted that most of the people who were living in Karachi for over 30 years had their votes registered on their respective village addresses (permanent address).

During the hearing, nobody appeared before the court on behalf of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).Meanwhile, the court adjourned the hearing till November 7 and directed to club the JI’s petition with the main petition of Imran Khan.

Punjab to set up 300mw solar projects

CM says projects will be launched in Cholistan and industrial estates

LAHORE

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Punjab government and the German company, AEG, for cooperation in solar energy sector under which solar energy projects of at least 50 to 100 megawatt will be set up in Punjab in 2013 and of at least 300 megawatt in 2014.

Energy Secretary Jehanzeb Khan and AEG representative Karsten Weltzien signed the agreement on Tuesday.

Talking to the media during the ceremony, the CM said that the agreement between Punjab government and the AEG for cooperation was a welcome step. He said Germany had made remarkable progress in solar energy sector and the 125-year old German company had expertise in solar technology. He said that the company had generated 30,000 megawatt power in Germany which had comparatively lesser sunlight and was almost double of the total power generated in Pakistan.

Shahbaz said the agreement would be implemented expeditiously and solar energy projects would be completed at the earliest. He said the agreement had been signed as a result of his recent visit to Germany.

He said Pakistan had high grade coal as well as vast potential of generation of hydel power. He said that there is a vast scope of setting up solar energy projects in Cholistan. He expressed hope more power generation companies of Germany would come to Pakistan and invest in energy sector, adding that the Punjab government was working with Turkey, Germany and China in energy sector. He said that earlier solar energy projects were costly but now there had been a substantial decrease in their cost. He said that solar energy projects of 50 to 100 megawatt would be set up in Cholistan while solar energy projects of 20 megawatt each would be established in industrial estates. He appreciated the services of his chief coordinator in Germany Shahid Riaz Gondal. Replying to questions of the media, Shahbaz Sharif said that the country was plunged in darkness while its economy has been ruined by the loot and plunder and wrong policies of Zar Baba & 40 Thieves who would be held accountable by the people in the elections. He said that federal government created hurdles to the energy projects of Punjab government; however it surmounted all difficulties and was working on power generation projects expeditiously.

Replying to a question about metro bus project, the CM said that work was in progress speedily which would cost Rs 30 billion. He said the opponents of Punjab government had no concern with the welfare projects of the masses; therefore, they were telling a lie about the cost of the biggest public transport project in the history of the country.

Earlier, a two-member German delegation met the CM and speaking on the occasion, Shahbaz Sharif said that Pakistan was facing serious shortage of 6000 megawatt electricity.

Eduard Wagner of IRGS, Advisor Zaeem Hussain Qadri, secretary Energy, secretary Planning & Development and other officials were also present.

dengue seminar: Shahbaz Sharif has said that dengue virus has been controlled to a large extent through the best strategy and hard work; however, all the government machinery is still active in this regard.

He said it had been decided to hold a two-day international anti-dengue seminar in the provincial metropolis on 10th and 11th November in Lahore. He also lauded the performance of staff who worked during anti-dengue campaign.

Shahbaz was presiding over a meeting to review arrangements for anti-dengue international seminar at Chief Minister’s Secretariat here on Tuesday.

Addressing the meeting, he said the seminar to be held would also be attended by anti-dengue specialist doctors from Sri Lanka, Thailand and Singapore and commendatory certificates and cash prizes would be given to the government officials, civil society members, doctors, nurses and paramedics. He said merit-based selection of the persons showing good performance should be ensured. The chief minister especially referred to the cooperation of Sri Lankan experts during anti-dengue campaign, and said that the master trainers who had got their training from Sri Lanka were rendering commendable services.

The CM was also informed that a poster exhibition would also be held on the occasion of international anti-dengue seminar.

PMDFC: Shahbaz Sharif has said that the Punjab Municipal Development Fund Company (PMDFC) was established for capacity-building of the local government.

He was presiding over a briefing meeting at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat here on Tuesday. The CM said that the Punjab government had promoted transparency and good governance in all sectors; therefore, the process of purchasing machinery for local government projects should also be completed in a transparent manner. He said that along with Lahore, the latest method for solid waste management and sanitation be adopted in all other districts, besides proper maintenance of the machinery of the PMDFC should be ensured.

The Chief Minister also ordered third-party audit of the machinery of PMDFC.

The meeting was attended Dr Zafar Iqbal Qureshi, secretary Planning & Development, secretary Local Government and managing director PMDFC.

CM annoyed at slow pace of work at Metro Bus project

Wants redress of public complaints regarding the project

CHIEF Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed the authorities to further accelerate the pace of work on the Metro Bus Project, saying that completion of the project within the time frame must be ensured.

He said all the departments concerned should evolve a coordinated strategy in this regard and warned that no delay in the execution of the project would be tolerated.

Expressing extreme annoyance over slow pace of work by some departments, Shahbaz warned that all the impediments to the project must immediately be removed.

He was presiding over a meeting to review work on the bus project at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat here on Tuesday.

The chief minister said that provision of facilities to the masses was the objective of the Metro Bus Project and efforts should be made to avoid problems to the public during its execution. He said although the city traffic police had made good arrangements on all routes, however, alternative traffic arrangements should be made at the places about which public complaints had been received. He said all possible steps should be taken to facilitate the people at the route. He said that a public awareness campaign should be launched, in addition to shifting the poles of streetlights at the earliest.

The CM said that parking spaces should be made beside Metro Bus stations. He also issued instructions to the authorities regarding installation of escalators at the stations, along with completion of the remaining development work. He also ordered security arrangements on the whole route of Metro Bus Service.

He directed the Parks and Horticulture Authority DG to undertake beautiful landscaping along the route of the Metro Bus in accordance with the policy of the Punjab government. He further ordered to devise a strategy for outsourcing the Metro Bus stations.

Shahbaz Sharif said that a control room was being set up for Metro Bus Service from where the transport system would be controlled.

Lahore Transport Company Chairman Kh Ahmed Hasaan, MPA Mehr Ishtiaq Ahmed, Project Director PRTB Sibtain Fazal-e-Haleem, Commissioner Lahore Division, Director General LDA, Chief Traffic Officer besides officers of the departments concerned were present.

Nawaz returns PM’s courtesy call

PML-N president Nawaz Sharif called back Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Tuesday and greeted him over offering Hajj and Eid al Azha.

According to Nawaz Sharif’s media coordinator Dr Asif Kirmani, PM Raja Pervez Ashraf had made a phone call to Nawaz Sharif on late Monday night. Nawaz Sharif was sleeping at the time so he could not get connected.

Nawaz Sharif called the PM back in the morning (Tuesday) and conveyed him Eid greetings. Nawaz is learnt to have greeted the PM over performing Hajj and Eid al Azha too.

The sources said Raja Pervez Ashraf thanked Nawaz Sharif over greeting him. Both leaders also discussed overall political situation in the country, they added. They also agreed on contacts between political parties to overcome ongoing challenges of the country.

Hurricane: PML-N president Nawaz Sharif has expressed his deep grief and sorrow at the loss of life and widespread destruction of property and infrastructure in the United States, as a result of the devastating hurricane. In this context, Nawaz Sharif has called upon the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington and consulates in other cities to keep in regular contact with Pakistani associations and welfare organizations in the eastern United States and extend them full support and solidarity in their hour of distress. He stressed that the Pakistanis living in the US must not feel that they had been left forgotten by their fellow countrymen at this difficult time.

Mushahid Ullah Khan statement on Federal Govt’s corruption and failures

 اب توحکومت کے اپنے من پسند احتساب بیورو نے بھی نئے احتساب قانون کو مکمل طورپرمسترد کردیاہے جس سے ظاہرہوتاہے کہ حکمران کس طرح اپنی کرپشن کی رقم کوتحفظ دینے کی ناکام کوشش کررہے ہیں ۔مشاہداللہ خان

حکومت اوراس کے اتحادی عوام کے مسائل حل کرنے میں ناکام ہوچکے ہیں اور فرارکاراستہ ڈھونڈنے کےلئے آئے روزنئے بہانے تراش رہے ہیں، عام انتخابات ہی ملک میں موجودبے ےقینی کے خاتمے اورتاریخ کی بدعنوان ترین اورنااہل حکومت سے نجات کی ضمانت فراہم کرسکتے ہیں ۔

حکمرانوں کی ترجیح صرف اورصرف کرپشن ہے اس کےلئے زرداری ٹولے کو عوام کے مسائل سے کوئی دلچسپی نہیں، اگرحکومت اپوزیشن کی مشاورت سے احتساب کا قانون منظورکرتی تو لوٹی ہوئی رقم واپس قومی خزانے میں آجاتی اورملک ترقی کی راہ پرگامزن ہوجاتا۔مرکزی سیکرٹری اطلاعات پاکستان مسلم لیگ(ن) کی وفدسے گفتگو

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پاکستان مسلم لیگ(ن) کے مرکزی سیکرٹری اطلاعات سینیٹرمشاہداللہ خان نے کہاہے کہ حکومت اوراس کے اتحادی عوام کے مسائل حل کرنے میں ناکام ہوچکے ہیں اور فرارکاراستہ ڈھونڈنے کےلئے آئے روزنئے بہانے تراش رہے ہیں ۔مشاہداللہ خان نے کہاکہ عام انتخابات ہی ملک میں موجودبے ےقینی کے خاتمے اورتاریخ کی بدعنوان ترین اورنااہل حکومت سے نجات کی ضمانت فراہم کرسکتے ہیں ۔مشاہداللہ خا ن نے ان خیالات کا اظہارطلباءکے ایک وفد سے گفتگو کرتے ہوئے کیا۔انہوں نے کہاکہ عوام جھولیاں اٹھااٹھاکرموجودہ حکومت سے نجات کی دعائیں کررہے ہیں ،پیپلزپارٹی کی حکومت اوراس کے اتحادیوں نے ملک کو ایک بارپھرپتھرکے زمانے میں دھکیل دیاہے ،مہنگائی اوربیروزگاری نے عوام کوغربت اورافلاس کے ساتھ ساتھ چاروں صوبوں میں رہنے والے شہریوں کی محرومیوں میں بے پناہ اضافہ کردیاہے ۔مشاہداللہ خان نے کہاکہ حکمران ٹولے کی ترجیحات میں ملک کے عوام کہیں بھی نظرنہیں آرہے ۔مشاہداللہ خان نے کہاکہ اس وقت ملکی معیشت کو سب سے بڑا خطرہ خودحکمران ٹولے اورانکی کرپشن سے ہے اوراب توحکومت کے اپنے من پسند احتساب بیورو نے بھی نئے احتساب قانون کو مکمل طورپرمسترد کردیاہے جس سے ظاہرہوتاہے کہ حکمران کس طرح اپنی کرپشن کی رقم کوتحفظ دینے کی ناکام کوشش کررہے ہیں ۔مشاہداللہ خان نے کہاکہ حکمرانوں کی ترجیح صرف اورصرف کرپشن ہے اس کےلئے زرداری ٹولے کو عوام کے مسائل سے کوئی دلچسپی نہیں ۔انہوں نے کہاکہ اگرحکومت اپوزیشن کی مشاورت سے احتساب کا قانون منظورکرتی تو لوٹی ہوئی رقم واپس قومی خزانے میں آجاتی اورملک ترقی کی راہ پرگامزن ہوجاتا۔مشاہداللہ خان نے کہاکہ پیپلزپارٹی اوراس کے اتحادیو ںنے ساڑھے چارسال کے دوران صرف اورصرف اپنے اقتدارکوطول دینے اورکرپشن کرنے میں صرف کردیئے ۔

ملالہ، شمالی وزیرستان آپریشن اور قومی کنفیوژن

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صدر آصف زرداری نے شمالی وزیرستان آپریشن کے امکانات کو رد کرتے ہوئے تسلیم کیاہے کہ انتہا پسندوں کے خلاف آپریشن شروع کرنے سے پہلے ملک میں اتفاق رائے پیدا کرنا انتہائی ضرروری ہوتا ہے جو اب ممکن نہیں ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ بغیر اتفاق رائے سے کسی آپریشن کا شروع کرنا خطرات سے خالی نہیں ہے۔ انہوں نے یہ بھی کہا کہ جو آپریشن شروع کرنے کا مشورہ دے رے ہیں انہیں یہ بھی سوچ لینا چاہیے کہ ملک میں کتنے مدرسے ہیں اور انہیں متحد ہوتے ہوئے دیر نہیں لگتی۔

 ہمارے صدر صاحب نے آخر کار مان ہی لیا کہ شمالی وزیرستان آپریشن کی تیاریاں ہو رہی تھیں مگر ملک میں اتفاق رائے نہ ہونے کی وجہ سے اب یہ آپریشن کرنا ممکن نہیں مگر سوال یہ ہے کہ عوامی اتفاق رائے پیدا کرنا کس کا کام ہے ؟ حکومت نے اپوزیشن کو اعتماد میں لیے بغیر شمالی وزیرستان آپریشن کے لیے پارلیمنٹ میں قرارداد پیش کرنے کی حماقت کیوں کی اور ہر بار حکومت بجائے قوم میں اتفاق پیدا کرنے کے مزید انتشار کا باعث کیوں بنتی ہے؟

پاکستان واپسی کے اتنے سالوں بعد جو چیز مجھے سب سے زیادہ تکلیف دہ لگی وہ ایک قومی کنفیوژن کا رویہ ہے جو مجھے ہر اہم معاملے میں دکھائی دیا۔ پاکستان جو گزشتہ کئی دہایﺅں سے بالعموم اور دہشت گردی کی جنگ کے بعد بالخصوص انتہاءمشکل دور سے گزر رہا ہے، ایسے وقت میں کڑے فیصلے کرنے کے لیے قوموں کے اندر یکجہتی کی سخت ضرورت ہوتی ہے۔ مگر بدقسمتی سے اتنے سالوں میں مجھے سوائے کرکٹ میچوں کے کسی معاملے پریہ قوم متحد دکھائی نہ دی۔ ہر اہم معاملے پر ایک انتہائی جذباتی اور افراط و تفریط کا رویہ نظر آتاہے، حال ہی میں سوات کی پندرہ سالہ ملالہ یوسف زئی پر حملے کے بعد بھی یہی رویہ نظر آیا کہ ایک طبقہ اس معصوم بچی کو ہدف بنانے پر تلا ہوا ہے۔ جبکہ دوسرا اسے گمراہ اور مغربی طاقتوں کی نمائندہ قرار دے رہا ہے۔ اور پھر اچانک ہی شمالی وزیرستان پر حملے کی باتیں شروع ہو گیئں۔ وزیرداخلہ رحمان ملک صاحب نے ملالہ پر حملہ کرنے والوں کے متعلق کہا کہ ان کے پاس حملہ آوروں کی تمام تفصیلات موجود ہیں، یہ حملہ سوات کے مولوی فضل اللہ نے کروایا ہے جو افغانستان میں پناہ لیے ہوئے ہے۔ خود بین الاقوامی میڈیا نے بھی اس بات کی تصدیق کی ہے۔امریکی اخبار واشنگٹن پوسٹ اور برطانوی اخبار فنانشل ٹائمز میں شائع رپورٹ میں کہا گیا کہ ملالہ حملے کے پیچھے ملا ریڈیو ( مولوی فضل اللہ ) کا ہاتھ ہے۔ ملالہ کو قتل کرنے کا حکم دینے والے طالبان رہنما مولوی فضل اللہ کا مقصد توجہ مبذول کرانا تھا۔ملالہ پر حملہ سے اس کی ختم ہوتی شناخت کو کچھ زندگی مل جائےگی۔ مولوی فضل اللہ نے چار حملہ آوروں کو ہدف دیا ‘ملالہ کی معلومات حاصل کرنے اور حملہ کی منصوبہ بندی میں کئی ہفتے لگے۔

سوال یہ ہے کہ جب ہماری حکومت کے پاس مکمل تفصیلات ہیں اور بین الاقوامی میڈیا بھی اس کی تصدیق کر رہا ہے کہ افغانستان سے مولوی فضل اللہ نے ملالہ پر حملہ کروایا ہے تو حکومت نے اب تک اس ظالمانہ عمل پرنیٹو اور امریکہ سے سخت احتجاج کیوں نہیں کیا اور مولوی فضل اللہ کے خلاف کاروائی یا اسے پاکستان کے حوالے کرنے کا مطالبہ کیوں نہیں کیا؟ جب حکومت خود قوم کو بتا رہی ہے کہ ملالہ پر حملہ افغانستان سے کروایا گیا ہے تواچانک ہی شمالی وزیرستان میں آپریشن کی باتیں کیوں شروع ہوگئیں ؟

 ہم سب جانتے ہیں شمالی وزیرستان آپریشن امریکہ کا ایک دیرینہ مطالبہ ہے، امریکہ خود تو طالبان سے مذاکرات کر رہا ہے اور دو ہزار چودہ سے پہلے ہر قیمت پر طالبان سے ایک امن معاہدہ چاہتا ہے مگر پاکستان کے انتہا پسندوں سے معاہدوں کے سخت خلاف ہے۔ پاکستان میں مخالفت کے باوجود خود قبائلی علاقوں پر ڈرون حملے بھی کر رہا ہے اور پاکستان پر شمالی وزیرستان آپریشن کے لیے دباو ڈال رہا ہے۔ ملالہ حملے کے بعد پاکستان پر شمالی وزیرستان آپریشن کے لیے دباو بڑھایاگیا اور یہ بات اتنے تواتر سے کہی گئی کہ امریکہ کے افغانستان اور پاکستان کے لیے خصوصی سفیر مارک گراسمین کو آرمی چیف جنرل پرویز کیانی سے ملاقات کے بعد یہ کہنا پڑا کہ یہ تاثر غلط ہے کہ ان کے دورئہ پاکستان کا مقصد پاکستان کو شمالی وزیرستان میں طالبان اور شدت پسندوں کے مبینہ ٹھکانوں کے خلاف فوجی کارروائی پر مجبور کرنا ہے۔

امریکہ پاکستان پر یہ بھی الزام لگاتا ہے کہ امریکی اور نیٹو افواج پر حملہ کرنے والے پاکستان کے قبائلی علاقوں میں پناہ لیے ہوئے ہیں، جبکہ سوات آپریشن کے بعد افغانستان پناہ لینے والے مولوی فضل اللہ اور اس کے ساتھی ، اسی طرح بلوچستان کے علیحدگی پسند رہنماوں کے افغانستان میں محفوظ ٹھکانے موجود ہیں، دو ماہ قبل وفاقی وزیر داخلہ رحمن ملک کہہ چکے ہیں کہ بلوچ علیحدگی پسندوں کی قندھار میں 24 تربیت گاہیں موجود ہیں جہاں سے انہیں تیار کر کے بلوچستان میں تخریبی کاروایﺅں کے لیے بھیجا جاتا ہے۔ اس کے باوجود پھر کیا وجہ ہے کہ حکومت اتنی سنگین صورتحال پر بھی صرف بیان جاری کر کے اپنی ذمہ داری سے سبکدوش ہو جاتی ہے۔ ابھی توسلالہ کے زخم بھرے نہیں تھے کہ پاکستان کی ملالہ پر افغانستان سے بھیجے گئے انتہا پسندوں نے حملہ کر دیا اور پاکستانی حکومت نہ تو امریکہ اور نہ ہی افغانستان کی حکومت سے کوئی سخت احتجاج کر سکی ہے۔ الٹا افغانستان کے صدر حامد کرزئی نے پاکستان کو خبردار کیا ہے اور کہا ہے کہ انہیں امید ہے کہ طالبان کا پاکستانی طالبہ ملالہ یوسفزئی پر حملہ پاکستان کو باور کروائے گا کہ کسی اور کے خلاف انتہاپسندی کو بطور حربہ استعمال کرنا خود اس کے مفاد میں بھی نہیں ہے۔ اس بیان سے پاکستان کی دہشت گردی کی جنگ میں دی گئی قربانیوں کی وقعت کا اندازہ لگایا جا سکتا ہے کہ آج حامد کرزئی جیسے کٹھ پتلی حکمران بھی پاکستان کو مورد الزام ٹھہرا رہے ہیں۔

اس قومی کنفیوژن میں قوم کا شاید اتنا قصور بھی نہیں جب انہیں ہر اہم معاملے پر اندھیرے میں رکھ کر بالا ہی بالا تمام معاملات طے کر لیے جاتے ہوں تو قوم بے چاری کیا کرے۔ جس ملک میں منتخب نمایئندوں کو اہم قومی معاملات پر فیصلے کرنے کے بجائے اربوں روپے کے فنڈ رشوت کے طور پر دےکر سڑکوں اور گٹرلایئنوں کی مرمت پر لگا دیا جائے، اور ان کی دلچسپیاں صرف اپنے حلقوں میں مرضی کے تھانیداروں اورپٹواریوں کو لگوانے تک محدود ہوں تو پھر قومی معاملات کا یہی حال ہو گا جو آج ہے۔ جہاں پارلیمنٹ کی قراردادوں کی اہمیت کاغذ کے ٹکڑوں سے زیادہ نہ ہو۔ چالیس سال پہلے فیض نے جس بات کا گلہ کیا تھا آج بھی پارلیمنٹ کے وہی حالات ہیں

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