Curfew lifted in Rawalpindi

RAWALPINDI: The curfew that was imposed in Rawalpindi on Nov 15 was lifted early on Monday after which schools and offices opened, DawnNews reported.

The city administration removed blockades from the city’s roads after the end of the curfew and people came out of their houses and began gathering around shops to buy foodstuff and other necessities.

Residents who were stuck outside the city also flocked in after the sealed entry and exit points of Rawalpindi were opened.

All private schools in the city announced a holiday whereas government schools resumed their routine today.

Security remains on high alert while additional security personnel were deployed at all sensitive areas, especially at places of worship, in the city.

The army was called in to take control of the city and a curfew was imposed in the garrison city on Friday after at least nine people were killed and 44 others were injured during clashes that took place between two groups as an Ashura procession was passing in front of a seminary in Rawalpindi’s Raja Bazaar area on the 10th of Muharram.

The seminary, its adjoining shops and a cloth market were set on fire during the violence.

Authorities had also decided to suspend cellphone services in the city and linked its restoration with the improvement of the law and order situation.

The service suspension was later extended to Islamabad as violence also erupted in the southern towns of Multan and Chishtian, where civil authorities called in army troops to maintain law and order.

The curfew saw a four-hour relaxation period on Saturday, allowing Rawalpindi residents who were stuck indoors with limited food supplies to replenish their stocks.

In orders issued on Sunday evening, DCO Rawalpindi said Section 144 of the CrPC has been imposed and assembly of five or more people in any area of the city was strongly prohibited.

Cellphone services in the twin cities were restored gradually on Sunday.

Moreover, the funerals of the victims of Friday’s tragedy were held on Sunday as they could not take place earlier due to the tense security situation.

On the request of the Punjab government, a judicial commission has also been constituted to probe into the incident. The commission will led be Justice Mammon Rasheed Shiekh and is expected to present its findings within a month’s time.

A committee has also been constituted to asses the damage to property and businesses in the city.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Punjab Main Muhammad Shabaz Sharif has given instructions that a suitable place be provided for the damaged mosque and maderssah.

PML-N not to destabilise PTI govt in KP: Pervaiz Rashid

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid said on Thursday that the PML-N will not become part of any efforts to destabilise the PTI government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Reacting to media reports that the PML-N was mulling over establishing its government in KP with the help of other parties, the minister said the PML-N chief has made it clear that the party which has been given a mandate by the masses in KP, has the right to rule the province. He said the PML-N’s policy in this regard was very clear, and no one should have any doubt.

Pervaiz Rashid recalled that recently the PML-N could have easily ousted the Azad Kashmir government, but it did not do so.

He said the PML-N wants the PTI to continue its government in KP and serve the masses. He said the PML-N wants to take all the political parties along on national issues. He said his party will not engage in matters which could damage the national interest. (Courtesy: The News)

Nawaz Sharif reaches Bangkok

BANGKOK:  Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in Thailand’s capital on Sunday after completing his visit to Sri Lanka where he attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

At the airport, Thai Deputy Prime Minister PrachaPromnok received the premier and his entourage, including Minister for Information Technology and Communication Anusha Rahman, Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi and Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani.

During his three-day visit, the prime minister will address the inaugural session of the Connect Asia Pacific Summit 2013 and will also attend the IMPACT Exhibition at Bangkok, according to a press statement issued from his office in Islamabad.

The executive secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Noeleen Heyzer, will also call on the premier, who will have a luncheon meeting with prominent Thai and Pakistani businessmen. The prime minister will hold a meeting and delegation-level talks with his Thai counterpart, who will host a Gala Dinner in honour of the premier.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to Thailand Dr Sohail Khan said on Sunday that Nawaz’s visit would accelerate economic activity in the area. “The prime minister’s visit will enhance relations between the two countries in agriculture, defence, information technology and telecommunication sectors,” he said while talking to the state television.

He said the Asia-Pacific summit would boost business activity in the region. “Business council and investors meetings will also be held to discuss ways for improving trade in the region,” he said, adding that a number of products could be exported to Thailand, which would increase business volume. (Courtesy: Tribune)

Mushahid Ullah Khan on baseless allegations of the opposition party

مسلم لیگ (ن) کی حکومت نے لوڈ شیڈنگ میں ریکار ڈ وقت میں نمایاں کمی کی
گذشتہ دور میں امیر اور غریب کا فرق کئے بغیر اربوں روپے کی سبسڈی دی جاتی رہی
بد قسمتی سے ملک میں مراعات یافتہ طبقے کو ہی نوازنے کی روایت رہی ہم نے اس روایت کا خاتمہ کیا
مسلم لیگ (ن) کی پالیسیوں کا محور عام آدمی کی خوشحالی اور اس کے ترقی کے یکساں مواقع کی فراہمی ہے
تمام معاملات میں شفافیت کو یقینی بنا کر تباہ حال اداروں اور معیشت کو بحال کرنے کے لئے کوشاں ہیں
جنہوں نے ملکی وسائل کا بے دردی سے بے دریغ استعمال کیا۔ حکومت کو زیادہ دیر تک چلتا نہ دیکھنے والوں کو عوام کئی بار مسترد کر چکے

پاکستان مسلم لیگ (ن) کے مرکزی سیکرٹری اطلاعات مشاہد اللہ خان نے کہا ہے کہ مسلم لیگ (ن) کی حکومت نے لوڈ شیڈنگ میں ریکار ڈ وقت میں نمایاں کمی کی ۔ ثابت ہوا کہ نیت خالص ہو اور ترجیحات کا درست تعین کیا جائے تو کوئی بھی کام نا ممکن نہیں ہوتا۔ ہماری حکومت نے مسائل کے مستقل حل کی خاطر ابتدا ہی میں بعض مشکل فیصلے کئے جس کے نتائج براہ ِ راست عام آدمی تک جلد پہنچنا شروع ہوجائیں گے ۔ انھوں نے ان خیالات کا اظہار اپنے گھر پر آنے والے پارٹی کارکنان کے وفود سے ملاقاتوں کے دوران کیا۔ مشاہد اللہ خان نے کہا کہ گذشتہ دور میں امیر اور غریب کا فرق کئے بغیر اربوں روپے کی سبسڈی دی جاتی رہی ۔ ہم نے اصل مستحق لوگوں کو بجلی پر سبسڈی دی جبکہ امیر لوگوں کو اصل قیمت پر بجلی فراہم کر رہے ہیں۔ بد قسمتی سے ملک میں مراعات یافتہ طبقے کو ہی نوازنے کی روایت رہی ہم نے اس روایت کا خاتمہ کیا ۔ مراعات یافتہ طبقے کو بار بار نوازنے کی وجہ سے امیر اورغریب کے درمیان فاصلے کی وسیع خلیج پیدا ہوئی ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ وسائل پر غریب آدمی کا اتنا ہی حق ہے جتنا کہ امیر طبقے کا۔ مسلم لیگ (ن) کی پالیسیوں کا محور عام آدمی کی خوشحالی اور اس کے ترقی کے یکساں مواقع کی فراہمی ہے ۔ مسلم لیگ (ن) کے اقتدار سنبھالنے سے لے کر آج تک کہیں پر بھی میرٹ کی خلاف ورزی نہیں کی گئی اور نہ ہی قومی اداروں میں من پسند افراد کی تعیناتی عمل میں لائی گئی ۔ مشاہداللہ خان نے کہا کہ تمام معاملات میں شفافیت کو یقینی بنا کر تباہ حال اداروں اور معیشت کو بحال کرنے کے لئے کوشاں ہیں۔ آئندہ چند ماہ تک بجلی کی پیداوار میں نمایاں اضافہ ہونے سے بند صنعت دوبارہ بحال ہوگی اور روزگار کے لئے مواقع میسر آئیں گے۔ ہمارے خلاف واویلا کرنے والے وہی ہیں جنہوں نے ملکی وسائل کا بے دردی سے بے دریغ استعمال کیا۔ حکومت کو زیادہ دیر تک چلتا نہ دیکھنے والوں کو عوام کئی بار مسترد کر چکے ۔ ایسا کہنے والے عوام کے خیر خواہ ہیں نہ ہی انہیں جمہوریت اور جمہوری حکومت کی بہتر کارکردگی سے دلچسپی ہے ۔