Archive for January, 2013

Chairman ABAD, M. Anwar Gagai, Presenting ABAD Seminar Shield to Zaigham Mahmood  Rizvi, Consultant on Housing Infra Structure to State Bank of Pakistan &  Secretary General of Asia Pacific Union for Housing Finance with Nusrat Mirza Chughtai, Vice Chairman ABAD, Dr. Talha Farooqui, Regional Chairman ABAD (Southern Region), Mohsin Sheikhani, Ex-Chairman ABAD, M. Saleem Kassim Patel, Ex-Regional Chairman ABAD, Engr. Zaheer Qadri, Convener, Engr. Asim Aleem, Co-Convener of Seminar Shelter Sub-Committee of ABAD, Imran Ahmed, Additional Director Infra Structure & SME Finance, State Bank of Pakistan, Nadeem Rafi Khan, Head of Business Development & Marketing, HBFC, and Shahbaz Saboor, Secretary General of Mortgage Banker Association are also present in the Seminar held at ABAD House.


Bismillah hir-Rahman nir-Raheem

Main aik sacha musalman hun, aur mere betay ka najaaiz qaatil kiya gaya hai, yeh meri larai nahi hai ab yeh poori qaum ki larai hai. Main apnay beta ki jaan ki koi qeemat nahi laga sakta, aur na hi main kisi se is qism k raabtay main hun. Allah bohot bara hai aur mujhay us par poora aitebaar hai. Main in paison ka kya karunga meri nasal khatum hogai hai.

Case against owners of Baldia factory has reportedly been withdrawn on the orders of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, four months after the worst-ever industrial disaster in the history of Pakistan, CNBC Pakistan reports Thursday.

More than 250 people were perished the fire at a garment factory in Karachi’s Baldia Town in October last year.

The case had been registered against three owners of the fire-struck factory –Abdul Aziz, Shahid Bhaila and Rashid Bhaila.

Reports said the PM on Wednesday ordered withdrawal of FIR against the industrialists, fulfilling his promise he made with office-bearers of Karachi Chamber of Commerce (KCCI).

Meanwhile, sources said, Governor Sindh Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan telephoned President Asif Ali Zardari and apprised him of legal aspects of the case. The governor said that withdrawal of the case would be tantamount to injustice to the victim families.

At which, the President ordered Minister of State for Finance Salim Mandviwala to come to Karachi and meet with Chief Minister, Governor Sindh and heirs of the factory fire victims in order to review progress in the case and compensation matters. — CNBC Pakistan

Chief Election Commissioner Fakruddin G. Ibrahim said on Tuesday that there will not be any new de-limitation of constituencies in Karachi before the elections.

Talking to media persons during to his visit to Karachi to oversee voters’ verification process, Ibrahim said that up till now the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has not faced any law and order situation, adding he has talked to Corp Commander, Karachi and he has assured them that army will support the ECP staff.

Replying to question, CEC said that he is not running away, implying that he will not resign. “I will do whatever necessary to hold elections,” he added.

Chief ECP said that he wants that elections should be held early, adding the ECP will closely work with the future interim government to hold free and fair elections in the country.

“Honest and fair election is the guarantee for our better future,” he asserted.

He said all stake-holders are cooperating with the Election Commission in this regard.

Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim said presently there is no law and order situation in the country. (Nation)


Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) Chief Nawaz Sharif said that the government has failed in restoration of peace in Karachi as several people fall prey to violence on the daily basis.

While meeting with Chief of Pakistan Sunni Tehrik (PST) Sarwat Aijaz Qadri, Sharif said that there would be peace in Karachi if the orders of the Supreme Court (SC) were implemented.

Both leaders discussed the overall situation of the country.

The PML-N chief said that the restoration of peace in Karachi would be his part’s priority if came into power.

Qadri also condoled death of Sharif’s brother in the meeting. (FP)

Karachi:  Government  has  appointed  Dr. Asif A. Brohi,  as President/CEO of National Bank of Pakistan. A Master in Business Administration from Northrop, California and Doctorate in Public Administration, he joined National Bank of Pakistan in 1984 as an Assistant Vice President.

Dr. Brohi prior to becoming President of the Bank, was serving as Chief Operating Officer & Head of Commercial & Retail Banking Group of NBP, and carries rich experience in all spheres of banking spanning over almost three decades.  He has in the past headed Bank’s Operations Group,  Strategic Planning Group, Information Technology Group, Culture Change Programme Group and Training. He was also Regional Chief Executive, Karachi. Prior to joining NBP, he was Assistant Professor of Management, teaching in various Universities in the United States of America.

Dr. Asif A. Brohi has also been serving on the Board of Director of NBP Leasing Limited, The Hub Power Company, Fauji Oil Terminal & Distribution Co. Ltd, First Credit & Investment Bank Limited (FCIB), NBP Fullerton Asset Management Company Limited, NBP Modarba Management Co. Ltd, National Asset Insurance Company Limited and Close Joint Stock Subsidiary, Almaty Kazakhstan.

Sindh Inspector General Police (IGP) Fayyaz Ahmed Leghari has ordered the implementation of fool-proof security arrangement for Chup Tazia procession, scheduled to be held on January 21. He urged the officers to make prompt security arrangements around the Imambargah and other sensitive points with coordination of religious scholars, organisers and administrations at division level. He further directed to enhance deployments of police personnel, both in uniform and in plainclothes, on the procession route.

Furthermore, he ordered that proper clearance of procession route and its parking areas should be ensured before the main procession got underway. Moreover, the IGP directed officials concerned to enhance snap checking at all exit and entry points in the province, particularly in big cities. He also directed for enhanced random snap checking and patrolling in sensitive areas of the city. He ordered officers at police station level to accelerate targeted operations and raids against criminals under the joint action plan. (PT)

Manzar Imam

Unknown gunmen killed four persons including MQM MPA Manzar Imam in Orangi Town on Thursday, Geo News reported.


According to police, four attackers riding motorcycles opened fire on MQM MPA Manzar Imam’s vehicle at Haider Chowk in Orangi Town today, killing him and one of his guards on the spot. Two others were injured critically who succumbed to their injuries at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.


The police surgeon has confirmed the toll. The deceased guards were identified as Sajid, Imran and Murad.


Manzar Imam was elected as member of Sindh assembly after Raza Haider was killed.


Many MQM leaders reached the hospital soon after getting the news of the incident.(TheNews)


The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Monday issued non-bailable arrest warrants against Shahrukh Jatoi, the key accused in the Shahzeb Khan murder case.

It also handed over three accused, including prime co-accused Siraj Talpur nominated in Khan’s murder case, to the police custody for 10-day physical remand.

Khan was gunned down on December 25, 2012 in Karachi and following the incidents, Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had taken a suo motu notice and ordered the inspector general of police of Sindh to produce the accused before the court.

Following the Supreme Court’s order, Sindh police had conducted several raids across the province and arrested from Dadu accused Siraj Talpur, Imdad Talpur, Sajjad Talpur and Ghulam Murtaza Lashari nominated in the murder case.

On Monday, police produced Siraj Talpur, Sajjad Talpur and Ghulam Murtaza Lashari before the anti-terrorism court.

Judge Ghulam Mustafa Memon of the ATC-III sent them to prison on physical remand till 17 January.

Moreover, the court also issued non-bailable arrest warrant against Shahrukh Jatoi, who is on run since the Khan’s murder, and also against his father Sikandar Jatoi. The court also ordered investigation officer to produce them before the court for remand as early as possible.

SHC grants status quo on LEW affectees petition: The SHC on Monday restrained the official respondents from demolishing the houses of petitioners in connection with Lyari Expressway (LEW) project.

The petitioner cited province of Sindh through chief secretary, commissioner Karachi, administrator Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), project director Lyari Expressway, Federation of Pakistan through secretary of finance, and station house officer of Liaqatabad police station as respondents.

The petitioner Muhammad Hanif and 31 others through their counsel Shaukat Ali Shaikh submitted that they were settled in Liaqatabad, and KMC and KDA had also registered their plots and granted them registered lease from the year 1966 and later on.

They stated that respondents were trying to demolish their houses for Lyari Expressway project without paying any compensation.

They submitted that respondents were not willing to pay compensation amount according to valuation of their property. They said that respondents were giving them Rs10,000 per square yard but they wanted 50,000 per square yard besides the price of construction.

They submitted that respondents had started acquisition work in year 2002 and one side of road was completed in the year 2006. They said that now once again work on Lyari Expressway had started after the delay of six years and respondents were paying same compensation, which was decided in 2006, which according to them, is violation of the acquisition rules.

They said that respondents had still not paid compensation to those householders whose property was acquired for the project in year 2006 and was demolished without paying compensation.

They prayed to court to direct the respondents to pay the adequate compensation amount as per value of property before demolishing their houses and restrict the respondents and their agents from the demolishing their houses.

Headed by Justice Irfan Sadaat Khan, the division bench, issued notice to the respondents and also directed them that status quo be maintained. The court put off the hearing till January 31. (DailyTimes)

Leader of Tehreek-i-Minhaj-ul-Quran Dr Tahirul Qadri has said that the parliament of the people of Pakistan being held in Islamabad on 14th January would bring a public revolution in the country. He said that the flag of the revolution for bringing happiness to the faces of oppressed people was raised in Lahore at the Minar-i-Pakistan on 23rd December and the practical struggle has started from Karachi. He said this while addressing a huge public gathering in the Jinnah Ground in Azizabad.
He said, “World’s largest Tehreer Square will come into being in Islamabad on 14th January. But this gathering would be completely peaceful and there would be no violence at all. No bullet will be fired and the gathering of 4 million people would demonstrate that the people of Pakistan are peace-loving.”
Dr Qadri said that the coming together of the city of the Quaid-i-Azam and the city of Allama Iqbal for restoring the rights of the 180 million oppressed and downtrodden people and for eliminating feudalism and exploitation in order to bring a real democracy in the country is an indication of help from Allah.
“The flag has been raised for freeing 180 million people of Pakistan. The journey for obtaining their rights has begun. We want to end injustice. We want to eliminate hunger”
“Pakistan is endowed with immense resources but the poor people are forced to sell their children because of oppressive poverty.”
Dr Qadri said that dreams become realities when ideologies get strong arguments and when a mission gets selfless workers. “Time has come turn the dreams of poor people in realities.”
Dr Qadri said, “I had extended invitation to all political parties for joining hands for the revolution but only Altaf Hussain supported the voice for the rights of the poor people and for eliminating exploitation.”
“The manner in which the MQM has extended support has made it clear that it is not the party of Karachi alone. They have proved that they are working for the welfare of entire Pakistan.”
“Altaf Hussain has been making struggle for the oppressed and downtrodden people for the past 32 years. I have also been fighting this battle in Pakistan and other parts of the world.”
Dr Qadri said that he has come to Nine Zero to thank Altaf Hussain for his support for restoring the true spirit of democracy, bringing a just and equitable system, and revitalizing the social and spiritual values of Islam, for establishing peace and order in the country, for eliminating corruption and sending truly representative people in the elected houses.
He said on oath that there was no foreign power or agency behind his agenda. He made it clear that he does not desire any office. He categorically refuted that he wanted to become the caretaker prime minister.
“I want to make it clear that we want the supremacy of the constitution in Pakistan. We want to make Pakistan a truly welfare state and restore the true spirit of democracy. We want the rule of law.”
“The constitution of Pakistan says that the authority is to be exercised by the people of Pakistan and it is a sacred trust but the rulers have trampled it under their feet.”
He asked the people if the rulers were exercising the authority as a sacred trust. The people waved their hands and said, “No”.
Speaking about the changes in the electoral reforms, Dr Qadri said that he would announce the detail agenda in a few days. But he said that only those should be allowed to contest the elections who fulfil the legal and constitutional requirements under article 62 and 63.
“We are not against politics. We are struggling for clean politics. We are only against the corrupt political culture. Our politics is aimed at restoring the confidence of the people on the democratic system”
“Merit has been trampled and justice has been paralyzed. We want to give the right of leading an honourable life to the people of Pakistan. We want to create employment opportunities.”
“We want people to have faith in the same democratic system. We want them to see the ray of hope. More than 60 per cent people have become disappointed with the electoral process and they do not cast vote in elections. It is not possible to restore their confidence without introducing reforms in the electoral system.”
Dr Qadri said that the armed forces of Pakistan also comprise the people of Pakistan. “If merit can be strictly followed in the armed forces, why can’t it be implemented in civilian department as well?”
Reminiscing about his stay in Karachi he said that Karachi used to be a peaceful city. “Who has robbed the peace of Karachi? People are living in a state of fear and they are forced to pay extortion.”
In the end Dr Qadri thanked for strong support given by Mr Altaf Hussain and declared that all future decisions would be taken with consultation.