Monday, 28 December 2015

'موبی لنک' کی ٹکر پر 'یوفون' بھی میدان میں آگیا

موبائل نیٹ ورک کمپنی 'یوفون' نے بھی 'موبی لنک' کے نقش قدم پر چلتے ہوئے پاکستان کے نامور اردو اخبارات کے فرنٹ پیج پر فیصل قریشی کے پوز کے ساتھ اپنے اسمارٹ فون 'U5a' کی تشہیر کی کوشش کی ہے.

ابھی پچھلے ہفتے کی ہی تو بات ہے جب چند اردو اخبارات کے فرنٹ پیج پر ہندوستانی اداکارہ نرگس فخری کے ایک نازیبا پوز پر نہ صرف اداکارہ بلکہ اشتہاری کمپنی 'موبی لنک' کو بھی شدید تنقید کا نشانہ بنایا گیا تھا.

اشتہار کے شائع ہوتے ہی سوشل میڈیا پر تنقید کا بازار گرم ہوگیا اور اسے سستی شہرت حاصل کرنے کا ذریعہ بتایا گیا.



ایک طرف جہاں نرگس فخری پر مشتمل موبی لنک کے اشتہار کو شدید تنقید کا نشانہ بنایا گیا، وہیں دوسری طرف فیصل قریشی کے پوز کو لوگوں نے مزاح کے طور پر لیا جبکہ کچھ نے تو اسے 'ایڈ آف دی ایئر' یعنی 'سال کا بہترین اشتہار' بھی قرار دے ڈالا.

اشتہار میں صرف نرگس فخری کو ہی نمایاں طور پر دکھایا گیا تھا جبکہ صارفین کو موبائل کے فیچرز سے آگاہ کرنے کی ضرورت محسوس نہیں کی گئی، شاید ان کے خیال میں 'صرف نرگس ہی کافی تھی'۔

یہی وجہ ہے کہ یوفون نے اس پہلو کو بھی ذہن میں رکھا اور اشتہار میں انتہائی مزاحیہ انداز میں یہ جملہ بھی دیا گیا "ایکسکیوزمی! موبائل فون ہمارا بہتر اور سستا ہے"۔

اس کے ساتھ ساتھ موبائل کے دیگر فیچرز اور قیمت بتاتے ہوئے نرگس فخری کے بظاہر 'نازیبا' پوز پر بھی چوٹ کرتے ہوئے کہا گیا، "اشتہار بھی چھپ کر دیکھنے کی ضرورت نہیں ہے۔"

اگرچہ یوفون نے بھی اپنے موبائل فون کی تشہیر کے لیے موبی لنک جیسی ہی حکمت عملی اپنائی اور خبروں کے درمیان دیئے گئے اشتہار نے قارئین کو کوفت میں بھی مبتلا کیا لیکن پھر بھی اس اشتہار کو لوگوں نے ہلکے پھلکے انداز میں لیا اور ٹوئٹر پر اس حوالے سے مثبت ردعمل دیکھنے میں آیا۔






Sunday, 27 December 2015

Big crowd, Loud chants, Threats, Political Jargon check, but what did Bilawal’s speech NOT have…

It was supposed to be the day that would change the political landscape of Pakistan, the day that would revitalize the PPP and a day that would launch Bilawal as the new leader of the PPP and Pakistan.


18th October was supposed to be all that and much more but it failed to be anything more than just a farce.

It felt like everything at the mega PPP jalsa at the Mazar-e-Quaid was a Chinese product as they were obviously trying to copy what IK does in his jalsa’s, but failed miserably!

Just like everything made in China, the PPP jalsa had all the parts that worked and performed the right functions, but just could not achieve the desired results.

Let’s have a closer look at what was lacking

The Crowd

There was a huge crowd no doubt. But these were people brought from interior Sindh; people who might not even have a choice when casting their vote and most probably had no idea about the political scenario of the country. It was obvious that there were very few people from Karachi itself, reflecting the fact that we all know very well that PPP is now only a provincial party representing rural Sindh.

The Chants

‘Jiyay Bhutto’, ‘Kal bhi Bhutto zinda tha…’ and all other Bhutto related shouts rang out loud and clear. But, come on Bilawal! That’s what the PPP has been doing for the past so many years and it has now lost its effect. And the only reason that these slogans have lost their effect is because your father and party killed them during his tenure as the President.

The Speech

The speech was very well written but completely lacked the dynamism that a Bhutto is known for and, on top of that, the delivery of the speech clearly lacked punch and heart. This might have been more noticeable because we have now as a nation become accustomed to very good orators such as Musharraf and Imran Khan

The Threats

Oh, come on Billoo! What’s with the ‘Altaf Uncle’ and other taunts? Till when will your party keep on using the same tactics? And this was your launch pad, why in the world did you want to make enemies on your first day? Couldn’t you find any other thing to talk about? Look what you ended up doing by alienating your coalition partners, yet again!

The whole jalsa lacked, in one word, LIFE! Just using the Bhutto name and thinking that you will rock the world is a thing of the past baby Bhutto. Hope you realize that before it’s too late.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Seven hours of terror in Peshawar Inside APS

Nine minutes after the first call from Army Public School Principal Tahira Qazi, who reported the incident as per existing standard operating procedure, the damage had been done. By the time calls were intercepted, one of the attackers was telling his handler in Afghanistan, “We have killed 350 of them.” Later the toll was confirmed at 147.Six minutes before that, a daily army briefing was interrupted again and informed the Quick Response Force (QRF) — which had been dispatched and would reach in three minutes — would not be enough.

At the CCPO around the same time: “There is firing going on in the area near APS,” an army officer told the capital police around 10am. This message was relayed to the then SSP who called the 2nd Brigade. A colonel confirmed only that firing had been heard. He asked for the police Rapid Response Force (RRF) strike force. According to a senior police official still in service, after the CCPO consulted with the colonel, the RRF was also dispatched.

Till then the intercepts had not come in and the APS siege was being treated as a hostage situation. It was only when surveillance vehicles picked up on chatter when the real intention of the attackers suddenly became crystal clear.

Well into the action, more communication was intercepted: “The target here is better”, reflecting the terrorists were moving towards the younger students. That was then when the Special Services Group (SSG) or special ops — who were awaiting confirmation—jumped in. The school was breached and the operation began. The orders were clear: “Not a single child should be hurt”.

December 16 was one of the most challenging days faced by the armed forces and law-enforcement – it was not a situation that could be suppressed by brute force. It required a precision strike which selectively eliminated the terrorists (which were an unknown number) amid 1,880 innocents, according to the school register. No one could storm the school.

9:20am inside the school


 Around 9:20am, students were collecting into the auditorium for a first aid drill.

“It was third period, we had just started reading the [Urdu] book when the section head knocked on the classroom door and asked us all to move to the auditorium where there was a first-aid training by CMH doctors,” according to ninth grader Sheheryar Zafar.

Muneeb Dawar, a college freshman and head boy (proctor) told The Express Tribune he was standing at the front of the auditorium, directing the boys pouring in to fill the front seats.

“The doors of the hall were closed by the head boy that day,” said Mubeen, another student. “I was among the proctors, the head boy gestured to me to come in the centre rows and tell students to make space and be attentive.”

It took 15 minutes to set the projectors and start the seminar and after 10 minutes, the firing started. They all heard it but didn’t think much of it. Sheheryar thought it was just a drill.

When the gunshots moved closer, the teachers locked the doors and the trainers told the students not to be scared. But then the attackers banged the auditorium door, not once but thrice, breaking down the door the third time, entering under the cover of a hail of bullets.

That terrifying second, the principal was on the stage and the doctor was delivering the lecture, Muneeb froze in the front and Sheheryar hit the ground to hide. Students panicked.

That was when Principal Tahira Qazi left to make the call which set things in motion outside. A month later, her son Ahmad Qazi said she was so focused on her students, she did not call the family but went back in even though she could have saved herself when the two security forces personnel giving the first aid training did. One of them, a major, was court martialled later for leaving the hall.

Time, unfortunately, did not freeze at 10:30am. It was hours of rampage by the armed men in boots. The boots which still raise spectres of terror in children who, face pressed to ground, tie in the mouth to muffle their screams, remember the black boots walk close to bodies to kick them to separate the living from the dead, to shoot the living dead.

According to a then high-ranking home department official, the terrorists were following instructions of their handlers, calls tapped into by military intelligence during live action. Instructions which amounted to kill all those who are adult (“naaf peh baal, baloghat kee nishani”), attackers were told to kill those who were adults, said the home department official.

And so, inside the auditorium, bodies were piling up; bodies which saved the living hiding under the cover of death.

Outside, a militant on the roof was taking out students running out of the hall. Mubeen said he saw his class fellows crumple under the bullets from the sniper’s gun.

“I moved from the auditorium to the administration block to find our teachers but things were worse there – nearly all of them were shot, either dead or very injured,” said Mubeen. Some said burned. By then, students who had survived the auditorium were trying to get the main entrance and the attackers were looking for more ‘targets’.

Mubeen and Muneeb locked themselves in a toilet in the administration where they were found and rescued by the army around 5pm.

Students in classes adjacent to the auditorium were trying hide under tables. According to Zalik*, their teacher Safia told them to lock their door but he and his mates misunderstood her and ran outside. Instead running back to class and risking getting caught by the militant sniper, the teacher told them to hide under the staircase outside.

Zalik, who was in grade six, said they hid there for nearly one-and-a-half hours. By then it was almost noon. “We could hear sounds from outside and thought it was more terrorists but it was the faujis.” He said commandos helped removed the steel door going towards the toddlers section from where they were evacuated towards the Defence Park side at 12pm.

Eye witnesses say the militants came to the first hall around 10:30am and then returned at 12:15pm to 12:30pm to see if there were any students alive which they could finish off. In the second round, they methodically searched rooms, toilets, corridors, even behind sofas to kill everyone.
While all of this was taking place inside the school, the QRF managed to reach the site with six minutes instead of the average of eight. There were two brigadier-ranking officials and the Inspector General Frontier Corps outside the school but there was little information of what was going on inside.

Munnawar* whose nephew was inside says he was one of the first to arrive outside APS as his office was within running distance.

From his vantage point as a worried relative, Munnawar said he overheard the RRF, saying “we will do the operation”. The police had fired at a suicide bomber who exploded, according to Munnawar. However, there are SOPs and matters of jurisdiction which need to be abided by. According to the senior-ranking policeman, the army had forbidden the RRF from entering. “We wanted to draw the attacker out but the army did not allow.”

The worried uncle managed to push past a man he recalled as Brigadier Waqar. “I told him ‘My kid is inside’ and just pushed through in.” Once inside, the army men taking positions told him “na agay na peccha [jana], the terrorists do not know that you’re not one of us.” Munnawar had no time to absorb the blood and chaos inside as he moved the troops, helping rescue children.

A lecturer at a college who lived nearby arrived at APS around 10:45am but was told he would be unable to go home down the road, as was a firing incident in play. “Five minutes later, the first siren blazed through the winter morning. And then they just kept on coming.”

He added, “The QRF unit was trying to stop them from spreading in the college, from reaching the toddlers section.”

Munnawar says he heard the first blast while he was inside the school around 11am – Mubeen puts the time at 11:30am, others heard blasts throughout the day. However by the time the SSG unit arrived from Tarbela, the QRF was helping evacuate as many children as they could, some from the Bihari Colony side, some around Defence Park.

The senior police official says the operation ended by 4:40pm, the former home department office holder puts it at 3pm, but the area was not considered clear by sundown. SSGs were on neighbouring rooftops for three days.

The lecturer was also in charge of security at his college. Pointing out how the terrorists kept up a fight for hours, he said, all that ammunition, the rounds, the bombs, “how could it be so well-hidden and transported about in a car [that no law-enforcement noticed].”

His relative, who observed the attack from the proximity of his house, said he counted “at least 29 blasts”.

A meticulously planned attack

The first threat to the school came in April of 2015, it was a “generalized” threat which mentioned APS but there are a number of Army Public Schools in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. The threat was taken seriously, but there was nothing specific to help with precautions.

After the attack on the airport in Karachi, Operation Zarb-e-Azb had begun and concentration shifted to North Waziristan and Khyber Agency. Nonetheless, threats in urbanised localities never subsided. The military, police and law-enforcement agencies continued to foil terror bids.

On an average there are 19 threats reported daily in the city of Peshawar alone. Based on which intelligence-based operations (IBO) are carried out. The tactics of the militant groups kept changing.

For instance, officials said about the APS attack that the suicide jacket and handlers were now brought in separately. There was an IBO carried out on the morning of December 16; ten suicide bombers were apprehended. It was thought the treat had been averted, that’s what official accounts of the incident say.

Apart from the attackers killed inside the school, the six facilitators—four of whom were hanged—included a mosque imam, a clerk and a rickshaw driver who kept photographing the area around the school with an Ipad for almost 8 months when he dropped children to school. Investigators say one of the facilitators was arrested from Bahwalnagar within 24 hours of the incident.

But the way the entire attack was meticulously planned showed the intent was not shock and awe but precise elimination of “the enemy”.

All six facilitators, Hazrat Ali, Mujeebur Rehman , Maulvi Abdul Salam, Taj Mohammad, Sabeel and Atiqur Rehman, who were sentenced to death and a seventh, Kifayatullah, was sentenced to life in prison had never met. They worked on the same plan but none of them ever met each other in the run-up to December 16. They did not know who the others were and would be unable to recognise them. The attackers were Pakistanis and belonged from Mohmand Agency, Kohat, Peshawar and Khyber Agency. None of them were highly educated and records show they had a proclivity towards violence.

While it’s now been established that the attackers had stayed the night with the imam of the mosque which was government property, the others were assigned tasks to facilitate in various ways. Locals from the areas around APS told officials they had spotted the men with masks much before the incident had taken place and noted suspicious activity but had not informed the authorities out of fear. Bihari Colony is not populated with a people who trust authorities which do not cater to even their most basic needs.

Of blame and death

Once the APS operation was over, there were rumours about the casualty figures—people in all echelons believed there were bodies in the hundreds evacuated from the school. Security officials say the traumatic effect of the incident impeded how people formed opinions about the incident, particularly those who lived through the attack either directly or through the trauma of a son inside.

To date the list of martyrs released by the ISPR is 147 which include 122 students, 22 staff members and 3 military personnel, including Lance Naik Muhammad Iltaf who jumped in front of gunfire to save students despite orders to refrain.

Tales surfaced of insiders involved in the job. The person who ran the canteen who was rumoured to have been involved in planning the attack still runs it to this date and is resident of Cherat, Nowshera district.

The main perpetrators of the attack Khalif Umar Mansoor whose real name is said to be Aurangzeb and is a resident of Badabher, Peshawar and TTP chief Maulana Fazlullah have been hiding in Afghanistan, where the APS attack was planned. There have been other incidents of violence traced back to the same group in the months that have followed.

As a result, from high-level officials in the home department to locals on ground, Afghan refugees have been blamed. “During 1977, Afghans arrived and the jihadis started; Peshawar felt the repercussions – in blasts,” said the home department official. “Officially, they need to be returned and they are the root of all evil, at the nexus of all gangs,” he added. Instead of letting them spread, he said, they have to be “kept in one place and all provinces have to help manage.”

However, military operations have gained much ground to avert the possibility of any such incident in the future. APS shifted narratives, nationally, and now the point remains to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice.

*Names have been changed to protect identities

**Based in part on eye-witness accounts


The untold story of SSG operation at APS Inside APS

It’s a bright, sunny, winter morning. The mist has cleared and everything is alive with the warmth of the sun after a long, freezing night. But a chill still lingers in the air. Something is amiss. The air is heavy with an eerie sense of foreboding.



At the Ghazi Base, the headquarters of the Pakistan Army’s elite Special Services Group, commandos are competing for the title of best marksman. A message is radioed for Zarrar Company, which specialises in anti-terrorist and heliborne operations. There is a situation in Peshawar. And they have to fly. At once. No time for procedures. No mission brief, no recon, nothing. Just pack up and fly.

Normally, the SSG needs at least one-and-a-half hour to prepare for a mission. But today, they are battle-ready within 20 minutes and board the helicopters. They are going for a mission that will turn out to be arguably the toughest of their lives. Never before in the history of the SSG has an assault team readied for a mission at such short notice.

The commandos still don’t know what awaits them in Peshawar as five Mi17 helicopters carrying them lift off. En route they are informed about the mission: terrorists have attacked the Army Public School. Nearly a thousand students are registered in the military-run institute and a massacre is feared. Nearly 40 minutes later, the Mi17s land at Peshawar’s Army Stadium and the commandos are driven straight to the scene of action.
Two more terrorists emerge from another block. They fire at the commandos but a third assault team covering them engages and takes them down before they detonate the explosives strapped to their bodies. As the commandoes move forward, they hear screams and cries of children from a classroom. Going in from the main door can be risky. They break the exhaust fan of the classroom and get inside with the help of a scaling ladder. Dozens of children are rescued.

An army helicopter flies over the Army Public School that in under attack by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar, December 16, 2014. PHOTO: REUTERS
An army helicopter flies over the Army Public School that in under attack by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar, December 16, 2014. PHOTO: REUTERS
The assault teams are unsure how many more attackers are still on the loose in the sprawling compound. The sun is setting. Concerns for the safety of survivors grow. The terrorists can take advantage of darkness and kill more. Looking back, the commando would highlight this disparity of information. “We had little information about the building, like the number of rooms, where they were located, and so on. The terrorists, on the other hand, had done proper recce before the attack.”

A fourth assault team is launched. And they all begin stacking, a term used in the military for cordoning off areas to restrict the enemy’s movement. They move block to block to secure the areas and deny the terrorists ease of movement.

Two terrorists have moved to the administration block. The commandos pin them down in the Principal’s office. One is shot dead, but the second triggers the charge. The body of the Principal, Tahira Qazi, would later be found in the bushes outside her office with a single shot to the front of her head. The body is believed to have been thrown out of the office by the impact of the suicide blast.

The combat has now lasted nearly four hours. Hundreds of pupils have been rescued. But the SSG teams want to comb the entire premises to make sure all the terrorists have been sent to hell. It takes them a few more hours to declare the premises clear for a subsequent sweeping operation. There are fears that the terrorists might have rigged the building with improvised explosive devices.

While the clearance operation is ongoing, information is radioed to the commandoes about more than a dozen staff hiding in a washroom. Throughout the bloody rampage they have been in contact with military officials outside the school and told them about their whereabouts and asked for help. In the end, they are rescued by the commandos.

Nine hours after the cataclysmic siege began the military secures the entire compound. The scenes are unspeakable. The air is filled with fresh gunpowder and smoke. Almost every wall is pockmarked with bullets or torn off by explosives. The blackened rooms, the lawns and the verandas are scattered with the dead and the injured.
Most of the casualties happened before the SSG commandos mounted the assault. After sneaking into the school, the terrorists, donning military fatigues, went straight for the auditorium where a first aid training session was in progress. It was here the bulk of the carnage played out. Nearly 100 people, mostly students, were massacred. Those who found ways to escape were chased and hunted down on the lawns and on the veranda. However, the quick action of the SSG commandos saved hundreds of lives because the terrorists planned to hold off for as long as they could and spill as much blood as they could.

Piles of bullet-riddled bodies of children. Blood-stained uniforms and books. Agonizing screams and moans of the injured youth. Frantic cries for help. Pure, primal desperation. These scenes were enough to shatter the composure of SSG commandos who have through their careers seen blood and gore in all its varieties. “When I came back home and met my children,” says another commando now, almost a year on from the attack, “I thought of the parents who lost theirs in the APS attack and I choked on tears. Only a parent can feel the pain of losing a child.”

Saturday, 12 December 2015

کراچی میں 'پانی کا سیلاب'

یونی ورسٹی روڈ پر واٹر بورڈ کی 84 انچ قطر کی مین لان پھٹنے سے دونوں جانب کی سڑکیں تالاب کا منظر پیش کرنے لگی.

شدید پانی کے بہاو کےباعث درجنوں گاڑیاں پھنس گئی اور لوگوں مشکلات کا سامنا کرنا پڑا.

ایم ڈی واٹر بورڈ مصباح الدین فرید کا کہنا ہے کہ پانی کی لائن پرانی اور بوسیدہ ہوچکی تھی اور پانی کے دباو کو برداشت نہیں کرسکی.

ان کے بقول مرمتی کام ہنگامی بنیادوں پر شروع کردیا گیا ہے اور آئندہ 48 گھنٹوں میں کام مکمل کرکے پانی کی سپلائی بحال کردی جائے گی.

پانی سے متاثرہ علاقوں میں ٹینکروں کے ذرئعے متبادل انتظام کو حتمی شکل دے دی گئی ہے.










’دہشت گردی کا ذمہ دار اسلام نہیں‘

واشنگٹن: امریکی صدر براک اوباما نے امریکیوں کو خبردار کیا ہے کہ اگر وہ حالیہ دہشت گردی کا ذمہ دار اسلام کو سمجھتے ہیں تو وہ اس وقت دہشت گردوں کے ہاتھوں میں کھیل رہے ہیں۔

ریڈیو پر امریکی قوم سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے براک اوبام نے امریکی شہریوں کو یاد دلایا کہ داعش جیسے مختلف دہشت گرد گروپس ہیں جو کہ دہشت گردی کے خلاف لڑی جانے والی جنگ کو اسلام اور مغرب کے درمیان جنگ کے طور پر پیش کررہے ہیں۔

انھوں نے خبردار کیا کہ ’داعش کے دہشت گرد ہمیں مذہب کے نام پر تقسیم کررہے ہیں۔ وہ اس سے خوف کو بھڑکا رہے ہیں۔
یہ وہ طریقہ ہے جس سے وہ اپنی عددی قوت کو بڑھاتے ہیں‘۔

واضح رہے کہ کیلیفورنیا کے علاقے سان برناڈینو میں ہونے والے دہشت گردی کے واقعے کے بعد امریکی صدر کا گذشتہ ایک ہفتے میں یہ تیسرا خطاب ہے، مذکورہ حملے میں 14 افراد ہوگئے تھے۔

امریکی صدر تقریبا اپنے تمام خطبات میں کہہ چکے ہیں کہ مغرب اور مسلمان دنیا کو اسے صورت حال کو مذہبی جنگ میں تبدیل کرنے کی اجازت نہیں دینی چاہیے، 'ایسا کرنا ہم سب کو نقصان پہنچائے گا'۔

انھوں ںے کہا کہ ’جیسا کہ دنیا میں رہنے والے تمام مسلمان اسلام کی تبدیل شدہ تشریح کو مسترد کرتے آئے ہیں، ہم سب کو بھی ہر قسم کے تعصب کو مسترد کرنا چاہیے‘۔

امریکی صدر نے کہا کہ ’میں یہ ایک بار پھر کہنا چاہتا ہوں، تعصب اور امتیازی سلوک کے ذریعے سے داعش کو مدد ملتی ہے جو کہ ہماری قومی سلامتی کو کمزور کررہا ہے‘۔

خیال رہے کہ سان برناڈینو اور پیرس میں ہونے والے حملوں کے بعد سے مغرب میں اسلام مخالف جذبات میں اضافہ ہوا ہے۔

انھوں ںے اس بات کی بھی نشاندہی کی کہ امریکا کے بہت سے کھلیوں کے ہیروز، جن میں باکسنگ کے چیمئپین محمد علی بھی شامل ہیں، نے مذہبی متعصب کی مزمت کی ہے‘۔

براک اوباما نے کہا کہ ’ملک بھر میں امریکیوں کو اپنے مسلم دوستوں، پڑوسیوں اور دیگر کے پاس جانا چاہیے اور ان کو بتانا چاہیے کہ ہم ایک دوسرے کے لیے ہیں‘۔

ٹیکساس میں ایک ریلی کے دوران ایک امریکی لڑکی کی جانب سے اٹھائے جانے والے پلے کارڈ جس پر تحریر تھا کہ ’ہم اپنے مسلم پڑوسیوں سے محبت کرتے ہیں‘ کا حوالہ دیتے ہوئے امریکی صدر کا کہنا تھا کہ ’میں اُمید کرتا ہوں کے اس پیغام کو سب مسلمانوں نے سنا ہوگا کہ اہم سب ایک امریکی خاندان کا حصہ ہیں‘۔

ان کا کہنا تھا کہ یہ ایک ایسا پیغام ہے جو کہ والدین کو اپنے بچوں، اساتذہ کو اپنے شاگردوں اور سیاست، تجارت اور ماحول میں موجود رہنماؤں کو دینا چاہیے۔

بالآخر پی سی بی نے ہار مان لی

لاہور: ہندوستان کرکٹ بورڈ (بی سی سی آئی) سے مثبت جواب نہ ملنے پر پاکستان کرکٹ بورڈ نے بالآخر انڈیا سیریز کا باب بند کرنے کا فیصلہ کر لیا۔

بورڈ نے فیصلہ کیا ہے کہ سیریز کے انعقاد میں ناکامی کا اعلان پیر کو کیا جائے گا۔


پی سی بی چیئرمین شہریار خان نے جمعرات کو بذریعہ ای میل بی سی سی آئی سے 48 گھنٹوں میں حتمی جواب دینے کو کہا تھا، بصورت دیگر وہ انڈیا کے خلاف سیریز نہ کھیلنے کا فیصلہ کر لیں گے۔

شہریار نے ڈان کو بتایا کہ انہیں بی سی سی آئی سے ہفتہ کی شام تک کوئی جواب موصول نہیں ہوا، لہذا وہ سیریز کا باب بند کرنے جا رہے ہیں۔’تاہم، ہم اس حوالے سے پیر کو اعلان کریں گے‘۔

’ہم نے انڈیا سے کھیلنے کی ہر ممکن کوشش کی، حتی کہ بی سی سی آئی کی خواہش پر وینیو بھی تبدیل کر دیا، تاہم، ہماری کوششیں رائیگاں گئیں‘۔

’سیریز کے انعقاد میں ناکامی سے دنیا بھر کے بالخصوص پاکستان اور انڈیا میں لاکھوں کرکٹ شائقین مایوس ہوئے‘۔

شہریار نے بتایا کہ سیریز نہ ہونا کرکٹ کیلئے اچھا نہیں اور وہ آئی سی سی اور باہمی سطح پر انڈیا کو اپنے جذبات سے آگاہ کریں گے۔

شہریار کے مطابق انہوں نے بی سی سی آئی کو فیصلہ کرنے کیلئے زیادہ سے زیادہ وقت دیا اور اس کیلئےکئی بار ڈیڈ لائن بڑھائی گئی۔

ان کا کہنا تھا کہ پی سی بی کو سیریز منسوخ ہونے کا ذمہ دار نہیں ٹھہرایا جا سکتا اور وہ اتنے مختصر وقت میں سیریز کے انتظامات کرنے سے قاصر ہیں۔

بی سی سی آئی نے سیریز کھیلنے پر آمادگی ظاہر کی تھی لیکن انڈین حکومت نے سیاسی بنیادوں پر تاحال این او سی جاری نہیں کیا۔

*یہ خبر 2015-12-13 کے ڈان اخبار سے لی گئی

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Pakistan, India sound upbeat ahead of talks

Pakistan and India have voiced optimism about easing strains in their relations ahead of crucial talks between their top foreign policy officials scheduled for Wednesday on the sidelines of a regional conference on Afghanistan.
Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived in Islamabad on Tuesday to attend a ministerial meeting of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process. She is the first Indian foreign minister to visit Pakistan since 2012. Her trip came three days after the national security advisers of Pakistan and India met in Bangkok for surprise talks that helped ease tensions between the two neighbours.
Modi, Nawaz give go-ahead for Pakistan-India series
“Relations between the two countries should improve and move forward,” Sushma told reporters soon after landing at the Nur Khan Airbase. Sushma said she has come to Pakistan to attend the conference on Afghanistan. “And it is appropriate and necessary for me to hold talks with Sartaj Aziz Sahib and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.”

Asked about the expectations from her visit, Sushma said she could only say anything after her meetings with Pakistani authorities. “I came here with the hope for improved ties between the two countries,” she added.

Later, the Indian foreign minister attended a dinner hosted by Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz at the Foreign Office in honour of the visiting foreign dignitaries. Aziz warmly received Sushma and both shared the same table during the dinner. In a brief comment, Aziz said he was looking forward to meeting the Indian foreign minister, and hoped their talks would bring a positive change.

Efforts to normalise ties between the two countries took a dramatic turn over the last 10 days since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi had a brief chit chat in Paris on November 30. Their informal interaction then led to the previously unannounced talks between National Security Adviser Lt Gen Nasser Khan Janjua and his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval in Bangkok. The two sides agreed to carry forward the constructive engagement. Official sources said Sushma and Aziz will have formal talks on Wednesday. The foreign secretaries as well as other senior officials from the two sides will also attend the talks where they will explore the possibility of reviving the bilateral peace process.

Heart of Asia Conference begins

The ministerial meeting of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process kicked off on Tuesday with focus on discussing a roadmap for political and economic stability in Afghanistan. High-powered delegations from 14 states, 17 supporting countries and 12 international and regional organisations are participating in the conference, said the Foreign Office in a statement.

Sartaj Aziz and Afghan deputy foreign minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai opened the meeting of the senior officials of the participating nations. The theme of the meeting, jointly hosted by Pakistan and Afghanistan, is ‘Heart of Asia — Istanbul Process: Enhanced Cooperation for Countering Security Threats and Promoting Connectivity in the Heart of Asia region’.

Premier Nawaz Sharif and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will co-inaugurate the meeting on Wednesday where attendees will include foreign ministers from 10 countries, including Sushma Swaraj.

Pakistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and the UAE are part of the initiative launched in 2011 for encouraging economic and security cooperation between Afghanistan and its neighbours for dealing with the common problems of terrorism, extremism and poverty.

Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj arrives in Islamabad
Addressing the conference, Aziz highlighted Pakistan’s perspective for bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan. “Pakistan wants durable peace and stability in Afghanistan. Instability in Afghanistan is not in our interest. We will, therefore, continue to support all endeavours aiming at strengthening peace and security in Afghanistan,” he said.

He termed the Heart of Asia initiative an effective platform for promoting regional economic cooperation and connectivity in the Heart of Asia region with Afghanistan at its centre. “It provides the member countries an opportunity for engaging in result-oriented cooperation for a peaceful and stable Afghanistan and a secure and prosperous region as a whole,” he added.

Aziz said as Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process was maturing, focus had to be on strengthening engagement and collaboration with a view to effectively combating the formidable challenges confronting the region, in the field of security as well as promoting regional economic interaction.  “Conducive political and security environment is vital for promoting regional economic cooperation and connectivity,” he said.

“Our region is mired in dire security challenges which are hampering our socio-economic development. The theme of this Heart of Asia-Istanbul Conference “Enhanced Cooperation for Countering Security Threats and Promoting Connectivity in the Heart of Asia Region” is, therefore, pertinent to the needs of our region,” he noted.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani arrives in Islamabad

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Wednesday arrived in Islamabad to attend the ministerial meeting of fifth Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process.

Ghani was received by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along with all military services chiefs on the airport. He was also presented guard of honour on the occasion.

Related: PM Nawaz Sharif, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani jointly inaugurate Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process

During his stay in Pakistan, Ashraf Ghani is expected to hold bilateral dialogue with Pakistani side especially the stalled Afghan peace dialogue with Taliban.

PM Nawaz Sharif and President Ashraf Ghani will also jointly inaugurate the second day of Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process on Wednesday (today).

The Heart of Asia meeting, which began on Tuesday, will discuss the key issues related to regional and national security including an exclusive discussion on Afghanistan.

Representatives of as many as 27 regional countries are expected to attend the conference.

The Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process was established in 2011 at the initiative of Afghanistan and Turkey.

The main objective of the Process is to foster efforts for regional cooperation andconnectivity with a view to promoting long-term peace and stability as well as progress and development in Afghanistan, and the region.

Addressing the opening session Prime Minister’s special adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz said that Heart of Asia Conference is an effective platform for promoting regional cooperation and connectivity. He said it provides an opportunity to member countries for result-oriented engagements for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

He said there is a need to enhance regional cooperation in counter terrorism, anti-narcotics efforts, disaster management, infrastructure and education through confidence building measures.

Sartaj Aziz said security challenges are hampering our socio-economic development and there is a need to meeting the challenges facing the region by strengthening cooperation.

Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister speaking on the occasion stressed the need for united and collective efforts in the fight against terrorism and extremism. He said Afghanistan is determined to continue fight against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

He said peaceful and stable Afghanistan is in the best interest of the region. The Heart of Asia Conference provides a platform for promoting regional cooperation, he added.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Odd foreign policy priority

The houbara bustard is a highly regarded bird, but perhaps it too would be surprised to learn that it is a cornerstone of Pakistani foreign policy.


That rather astonishing claim has been made as part of the federal government’s attempt to have overturned a Supreme Court edict last month banning any governments, provincial or federal, from issuing special hunting permits.

With the migratory season beginning next month and Arab leaders likely keen on securing their hunting permits here, the government appears to have been prompted into action, but in a typically ham-fisted manner.

To be sure, there are several legal issues here, both regarding the status of the houbara bustard and whether the Supreme Court order overstepped its authority by issuing the blanket ban.

While local classifications can be manipulated by the authorities it is worth noting that the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species classifies the particular variant of the bustard hunted in Pakistan as ‘threatened’ — a classification below ‘endangered’ and ‘critically endangered’.

Moreover, the government’s review petition appears to make a reasonable case that wildlife laws grants the classifying authority to provincial governments. There is little indication that the existing classification of the bird in Balochistan, Punjab and Sindh is contrary to scientific evidence.

The problem is not that limited hunting of the houbara bustard is unacceptable. The problem is that — as the federal government has so crassly indicated in its review petition — governments here are keen to oblige Arab royals and leaders. That means issuing excessive hunting permits and doing nothing to ensure hunting parties comply with the conditions of the permits and not grossly exceed their quotas.

It was those excesses that led to a petition against the Sindh government’s decision to grant hunting permits last year and appears to have prompted first the Sindh High Court and then the Supreme Court into protecting a bird whose numbers are declining.

It remains to be seen how the Supreme Court will deal with the federal government’s objections to the hunting ban. Already, however, in linking the ban to struggles on the foreign policy front with the Gulf and Middle Eastern countries, the government has opened itself to ridicule.

A far more sensible approach would have been to submit, along with the core legal arguments, a detailed plan on how the provincial and federal governments would ensure that only limited hunting in strict compliance with licence conditions will be allowed and what fresh conservation steps will be taken to protect the migratory birds.

The houbara bustard is a national treasure, not a cornerstone of foreign policy. Perhaps the PML-N needs to rethink it approach to policy, local and foreign — it increasingly appears feckless in both.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

A team comprising ADC Osama Warraich, AAC's Muhammad Fawad, Muhammad Shoaib, Altaf Hussain and Abdul Nabi and AD CPC Saeed Bacha raided PSO, Caltex, Byco and Total petrol pumps on ring road Peshawar.



A team comprising ADC Osama Warraich, AAC's Muhammad Fawad, Muhammad Shoaib, Altaf Hussain and Abdul Nabi and AD CPC Saeed Bacha raided PSO, Caltex, Byco and Total petrol pumps on ring road Peshawar.
Special calibrated scale was used to check whether the petrol pumps actually sell 1 litre petrol/diesel. it was found that out of 9 pumps checked, only Total pump was selling the right amount while all other pumps were selling less than the prescribed amount.
Managers and owners of these pumps have been arrested and legal action will be taken against them.









Monday, 27 July 2015

Aysha Mumtaz Director Operations with Dgbt team inspected kitchens of Avari hotel and imposed 75000 fine

Aysha Mumtaz Director Operations with Dgbt team inspected kitchens of Avari hotel and imposed 75000 fine
bakery section: improper storage inside chillers, usage of blue drums no expiry mentioned 25000 fine imposed
ala carte kitchen: leftover food stored poor sanitation dirty hot plate25000 fine imposed
dynasty kitchen: dirty and messy stoves and floor improper storage25000 fine imposed





















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