Chairman PTI Imran Khan addressing news conference
Chairman PTI warned the government that his party will challenge it in the court and take to the streets in case the polls were rigged.
Government has appointed 12 cabinet ministers,instead of three for Gilgit-Baltistan's caretaker setup. All of the appointees were PML-N members including the chief election commissioner who was also a PML-N activist.
He cited the examples of Balochistan and Bangladesh with regards to deprivation of rights and made four demands vis-a-vis Gilgit-Baltistan whose people, according to Khan, have been rendered as second-class citizens. Chairman asked for the rights of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan so as to not let the people '"feel deprived like the people of Azad Jammu Kashmir". He also demanded free and fair elections for the people of Gilgit Baltistan,an opportunity for their genuine representatives to rise up.
About the upcoming Senate elections chairman said that people belonging to a particular province should not be able to contest Senate polls from another province. Why should the Senate polls be held under a secret ballot when we all know it gives rise to the chance of horse-trading. Chairman also demanded of all political parties to amend the laws to enable direct elections for the Senate seats.
Pakistan Peoples Party which has only five seats in the KPK assembly and is contesting two candidates adding that each Senate seat required the votes of at least seven to eight MPAs. The only way PPP can succeed in winning those two senate seats is through bribery because there is no other genuine way to win those seats
PTI expresses dismay over the rejection of the NAB’s plea to re-open the corruption cases against th
Central Information Secretary PTI, Dr Shireen Mazari, today expressed dismay over the rejection by the LHC of the NAB’s plea to re-open the corruption cases against the Sharifs. She said the decision by the LHC was inexplicable as it seems devoid of any legal basis since these cases have remained pending and only the accountability court can bring the cases to closure. Therefore the logical action would have been for the LHC to re-open these cases and have them reach a legal conclusion.
Mazari said that leaders must clear even the slightest hint of corruption if this country is to move away from the traditional muk muka politics and deal making that has destroyed the resources and infrastructure of Pakistan.
The three cases that were pending when the Sharifs left the country under a deal with the Musharraf govt, brokered by Saudi Arabia and others, were mega corruption cases:
1. Hudaibya Paper Mills Case
2. Assets beyond known sources of income against the Sharifs
3. Case of willful default concerning loan from a bank that was never paid back.
After a Presidential pardon in the helicopter case, when the Sharifs left the country, the accountability court consigned these cases to the record. When the Sharifs returned, efforts were made to commence trial of these cases and the accountability court’s view was that only Chairman NAB can revive these cases.
This in itself was wrong because the correct legal position then was that these were pending legal cases of corrupt practices and as such could not come to an end or abate unless the accused are convicted, acquitted or discharged by the court.
The position remained the same till the new LHC decision – that the cases were pending and needed resolution. Therefore, Mazari stated, it was simply wrong for the LHC to have rejected the NAB Chairman’s plea to re-open these pending cases.
This action by the LHC, according to Mazari, is tantamount to having passed a judgement of acquittal without any trial or examination of the cases themselves. This is a travesty of justice and tantamount to a condoning of corruption by the ruling elite, especially the House of Sharif.
Mazari said PTI had no confidence in NAB under its present head who has been appointed by the main accused in these three corruption cases. She said PTI feels NAB will not assail these questionable orders of the LHC.
Mazari appealed to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan to take suo moto notice of these corruption cases of Mian Nawaz Sharif and his family since there is no law under which the pending cases of corruption and corrupt practices can finish/abate without due process being followed to a legal conclusion.
Mazari stated categorically that even the High Court has no mandate in law to bring to an end the cases pending in the accountability court.
She demanded that the SC must mitigate this great injustice and reassert the law so that there is one legal yardstick for all citizens. Corrupt practices and corruption have destroyed this country and the whole raison d’etre for NAB and accountability courts was to rid this country of this debilitating crime. But there was never an intent that the powerful escape the accountability law and accountability courts and the cases against the Sharifs are a test case for whether all citizens are under the same law or whether the law is only for the ordinary citizens. The CJ will now have to provide the answer to this question for the nation.
Sihat ka ittihad to be launched by 13th instant
A comprehensive and effective Polio Vaccination campaign under Sihat-Ka-Ittihad is being launched by 13th of this month to eradicate polio from Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and FATA. This campaign will be started simultaneously in nook and corner of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA to reach each and every child under 5 years of age in the area with special focus on IDPs’ children and uncovered areas of FATA and settled areas.
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A high level meeting to review the preparations and challenges of this campaign was held in Islamabad with Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the Chair. The meeting was attended by Minister Heath Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Shahram Khan Tarakai, Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Secretary Health, secretary Home and Tribal Affairs and other concerned high ups of FATA secretariat and the provincial government. The meeting was also attended by Pakistan Tehrik-e- Insaf Chairman Imran Khan.
The participants of the meeting were given a detailed briefing on various aspects of the campaign with special focus on the challenges confronting. It was pointed out that security in Tribal areas and the bordering settled areas was a big issue. The participants were told that during the entire campaign seven rounds of polio vaccination would be carried to ensure access to all uncovered areas both in FATA and KP with proper care of quality vaccination. Special arrangements for polio vaccination will also be made on each and every transit point of the province and the adjoining tribal areas. It was further told that community mobilization and participation would be ensured at a maximum possible level to make the campaign a real success and for this purpose the services of elected representatives, ulema, opinion leaders, volunteers and media would be benefitted to the utmost. It was decided that in order to finalize all the preparations and security arrangements a high level meeting of the concerned high ups of Pak Army, provincial government and FATA secretariat would soon be convened. It was informed that 11 Corps of the Pak Army has already assured maximum security for the purpose.
Addressing the participants of the meeting PTI chairman, Imran khan said that this campaign is a joint effort of the provincial and federal government and, despite many political differences; both the governments are at same page on the issue and fully committed to make it a success story. He showed his resolve that with the commitment and coordination of both the governments this campaign will be much stronger than the previous ones and will achieve its set targets. Imran khan said that wherever need arises the services of PTI volunteers could be benefitted for the purpose. The meeting decided that the campaign would be launched in the province on 13th February from the area of Punjpeer Sawbi.