Muharram 7 Imran Khan urges Afghan leaders to seize 'historic opportunity' for peace Let Them Rise Above Their Petty Interests To Bring About National Reconciliation Whose Time Is Now, Now, Now - Says no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and a negotiated political settlement is the only way forward Politics of acrimony, incrimination, vilification and mudslinging is back with a bang. An advertisement released by Pakistan Muslim League (Q) has appeared in the newspapers which is based on a letter allegedly written by Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto to Senator Peter Galbraith way back in September 1990, soon after her government's dismissal. Whether or not the letter in question is genuine or forged is upto the concerned persons to prove. What seems obvious is that the purpose of using this letter in the said advertisement is to bring the patriotism of the two-time prime minister of the country into doubt and question. Three points are very important in this context. (A) If the letter is genuine and it is a comprehensive proof against BB's patriotism, why did the Pakistan Army back her second bid for power in 1993? Were Pakistan's intelligence agencies unaware of this letter at that time? (B) If the letter was leaked or uncovered later, why did a patriot of such unquestionable credentials as President General Pervez Musharraf embark upon an exercise to find some formula of power-sharing with a person of as doubtful patriotic credentials as BB Sahiba? (C) Why does the letterhead (supposed to be BB's) carry the address of Washington and why is it so that Benazir Bhutto has on this particular occasion chosen to identify herself as "Mrs" Benazir Bhutto, whereas, she is either simply 'Benazir Bhutto' or Mrs Benazir Zardari? While raising the above points I don't mean to question the genuine credentials of the letter. It is upto BB Sahiba herself to clarify the actual position. The purpose of taking up this subject in this column is to draw the attention of all the political adversaries involved, to the dangers of questioning one another's patriotism in an atmosphere which on the one hand is charged with "instability-breeding chaos", and on the other hand intended to be made conducive to national reconciliation by the President and the Armed Forces. If ever the country needed some period of national reconciliation in which all the contenders of (and pretenders to) power would rise above their temporary petty interests and gains, it is NOW, NOW & NOW. Let patriotism of no one in the ranks of the Nation's Leadership be questioned - just to score some points. One of the reasons of the present chaos is that some elements, not in agreement with President Musharraf's decision to join America's war on terror, have cast sad aspersions on his unquestionable patriotism. If he is not patriotic - and if the Defenders of our Frontiers are not patriotic, then we have no reasons to take any pride in being Pakistanis. In the past, ZAB was declared by the same elements to be a 'traitor'. Later these elements were forced to recognize his patriotism on the basis of his historic role in Pakistan's Nuclear Programme. There can of course be glaring disagreements on policies. For example I am religiously opposed to making Pakistan a part of (and a party to) America's so-called 'War on Terror'. This in my view is a war launched with the long-term objective of 'subverting' the sovereign dreams of the Crescent-flying countries. But I wouldn't dare bring General Pervez Musharraf's or Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto's patriotism into question just because they can't find a way 'out' of America's dangerous umbrella. What Pakistan needs at this point of its history is dialogue between its frontline leadership and not confrontation. Dr Abdullah appreciated Pakistan's support in the Afghan peace process ISLAMABAD, August 26: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday urged Afghan leaders to seize the "historic opportunity" for peace in Afghanistan and hoped for early commencement of Intra-Afghan talks. The premier made the comments during a telephonic conversation with Chairman Afghan High Council for National Reconciliation Dr Abdullah Abdullah. "Afghan leaders must seize this historic opportunity to achieve an inclusive political settlement contributing to durable peace, security, and prosperity in Afghanistan," PM Imran said. He said that there is "no military" solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and a negotiated political settlement PM Imran Khan chairing a meeting in Islamabad regarding price control measures. Continuedonpage7 FIA opens money laundering probe against Jahangir Tareen's JWD Three terrorists arrested in Charsadda; explosives recovered ISLAMABAD, August 26: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has launched an investigation into money laundering charges against Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) senior leader Jahangir Tareen's JWD Group. The agency's combined investigation team (CIT) has written letters to the deputy commissioners of Multan, Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, and Rahim Yar Khan seeking details of properties and bank accounts owned by the PTI leader, his son Ali Tareen and others associated with the firm. It has also written to the Lahore Development Authority, and the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to submit relevant details. One of the deputy commissioners who have been CHARSADDA, August 26: Foiling a terror bid, local police apprehended three terrorists of a banned outfit from Shab Qadar area of Charsadda on Wednesday. The district police office (DPO) Charsadda, while talking to media, said that the terrorists were arrested by the police when they were planning to carry out terror activities in the area for which a suicide bomber was prepared to attack police station Shabqadar and police mobile vans. Explosives and three hand grenades were also recovered on the information given by Continuedonpage7 Opposition wants chaos to escape accountability SYED SHIBLI FARAZ ISLAMABAD, August 26: Slamming the opposition for not passing two bills related to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz has said that the opposition is trying to spread despondency and chaos to escape accountability. In a tweet on Wednesday, the information minister said that opposing the FATF draft law is tantamount to giving priority to personal interest to national interest. The minister said the opposition leaders are worried to protect "criminal rights," not human rights, and they are destined to face failure. The minister's tweet was in line with what Prime Minister Imran Khan said in his tirade against the opposition on Tuesday after the latter shot down two 'critical' bills Continued on page 7 Police add terrorism charges to case against Maryam and others U.S Charge d’ Affaires to Pakistan, Ambassador Paul Jones meeting Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi for a farewell call. Army's relief efforts in full swing as Karachi rains break 90-year-old record: ISPR - Over 200 families have been marooned on rooftops due to heavy flooding in Malir Nadi, Kohi Goth and Dur Muhammad Goth LAHORE, August 26: Chuhang police have incorporated terrorism charges in an FIR registered against PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz, party leaders and supporters over a violent clash with law enforcers outside NAB Lahore office. An anti-terrorism court will hear the matter after inclusion of Section 7 of the AntiTerrorism Act in the case. Over 50 party supporters arrested following the clash have already been granted bail by an ordinary court. However, Maryam and KARACHI, August 26: The armed forces continued with their relief and rescue efforts in the metropolis on Wednesday after torrential rains left residents of several low-lying areas stranded and without help. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), "Army Engineers' machinery including heavy plant effort is in progress to stop water flow from Malir Nadi by refilling the breached Strong Pak-U.S ties beneficial for the region: Continuedonpage7 Continuedonpage7 Foreign Minister Pakistan rejects Indian 'Charge Sheet' designed to divert attention from IIOJK IHC rejects plea against Shahzad Akbar's appointment ISLAMABAD, August 26: The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that a strong Pakistan-US relationship is mutually beneficial and important for peace and stability in the region and beyond. Taking to the US Charge d' Affaires Ambassador Paul Jones who paid a farewell call on him in Islamabad on Wednesday, the minister appreciated his efforts in building the Pakistan-US bilateral relationship during the last two years. The foreign minister said that Pakistan has played an important role in the Afghan peace and reconciliation process. Shah Mahmood Qureshi further said that the process has now reached a crucial phase and all Afghan sides should seize this historic opportunity and commence the intra-Afghan negotiations at the earliest to achieve an inclusive and comprehensive political settlement. The Continued on page 7 ISLAMABAD, August 26: Pakistan has categorically rejected the so-called "charge sheet" by India's National Investigation Agency (NIA), which mischievously attempts to implicate Pakistan in the Pulwama attack in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK) last year. According to Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez the fabrications in the reported NAB decides to send reminder notice to Usman Buzdar Continuedonpage7 ISLAMABAD, August 26: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has dismissed a writ petition against the appointment of Adviser to the Prime Minister on Accountability Shahzad Akbar. In the written order on a petition moved by Syed Pervaiz Zahoor on Wednesday, the IHC mentioned that no record was submitted to substantiate that Shahzad Akbar interfered in the matters of National Accountability Bureau (NAB). In a nine-page verdict issued by the IHC Chief Justice Athar Minullah, the court rejected the plea and added some observations to the decision. The verdict said that the Constitution allows the president to appoint a maximum number of five advisers upon the advice of the prime COMMENT holding the proposed APC. It will be known in a couple of days as to which way the wind blows. Maulana fazlur Rahman might or might not succeed in making all the important political parties sit in all parties conference. Political observers believe that if the economy of the country shows any improvement and the government succeeds in bringing down the price index of edibles and other essential commodities in a couple of days, the proposed APC even if it is held is not going to make any difference but in case it fails in controlling the price hike of consumer goods political campaign of the opposition might snowball. only by adding more democracy in the democratic system. Many political observers believe that Maulana Fazlur Rahman is another Nasrullah Khan in the making. He is cool headed like the late Nawabzada. Like him he is also blessed with the gift of the gab. He is also a negotiator par excellence and instead of shutting the door completely on negotiations he keeps it ajar. Maulana Fazlur Rahman has been trying desperately for the last so many months to hold All parties conference for chalking out modalities for starting a political campaign against the government. The distrust against each other by the leaders of the PPP and Nawaz League is, perhaps, the biggest stumbling block in the way of LAHORE, August 26: Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Wednesday failed to respond to the questionnaire sent by the National Accountability Bureau ( NAB) in liquor license case. According to NAB sources, the Punjab chief minister had to submit his response by August 18. Sources further said that the anti-graft watchdog has decided to send notice to Usman Buzdar in order to remind him. On August 15, the anti-graft agency had sought details of salary, movable and immovable properties, source of income and utility bills from Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar in the liquor Continuedonpage7 Late Nawabzada Nasrullah Khan was a past master in assembling all the opposition parties on a single platform whenever any need was felt to wage political campaign against any sitting government. His house in Lahore used to be the centerpiece of political meetings of the opposition parties . He was mastermind of many a political campaign in the country. When a news man once asked him as to how deficiencies in a democratic system could be removed he said that deficiencies in democracy can be removed Syed Fakhar Imam, Federal Minister for NFS&R and Senator Shibli Faraz, Federal Minister for I&B addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Wednesday. Continued on page 7 Continued on page 7
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