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Tvests, HE Cap­i­tal Po­lice on Sun­day al­legedly re­cov­ered bul­let-proof

two SMGs, a tear­gas fir­ing gun, a hand­gun, bul­lets as well as a bot­tle of liquor from Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa Min­is­ter for Rev­enue Ali Amin Gan­da­pur. Strangely enough the Min­is­ter was spared and some those ac­com­pa­ny­ing him were taken into cus­tody.

There have been con­sis­tent re­ports that arms are al­legedly be­ing smug­gled into the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal ahead of PTI plans to lay a siege to Is­lam­abad. It is un­der­stood that arms were re­cov­ered dur­ing snap check­ing and no one knows how many weapons have so far been brought to Is­lam­abad par­tic­u­larly by mil­i­tants and ter­ror­ists who could take ad­van­tage of the tense en­vi­ron­ment. Al­ready, there are count­less li­censed and un­li­censed arms and the Fed­eral and Pro­vin­cial Gov­ern­ments have mis­er­ably failed to check pro­lif­er­a­tion of weapons and as a con­se­quence crime rate is not com­ing down and lives of the cit­i­zens are im­per­illed. No one can deny the right to protest to any­one but it should be within the bounds of law and the Con­sti­tu­tion. There are re­ports that Is­lam­abad Po­lice has been is­sued in­struc­tions not to carry weapons but only use tear-gas and ba­tons and that too as a last re­sort. If a force which is au­tho­rised to carry weapons would not do that then why pro­tes­tors should be armed. This raises ques­tions about real mo­tives and plans of the pro­tes­tors and in­tro­duc­tion of arms and am­mu­ni­tion would give lethal di­men­sion to the sit­u­a­tion. Pro­tec­tion of life and prop­erty of cit­i­zens should be the top most pri­or­ity of the Gov­ern­ment and steps should be taken to en­sure that life of or­di­nary peo­ple are pro­tected un­der all cir­cum­stances.

PUB­LI­CA­TION of the ex­clu sive imag­i­nary news story, ar guably fed by Min­is­ter for In­for­ma­tion Per­vaiz Rashid has re­sulted in his ouster from the of­fice. Ac­cord­ing to the hand­out is­sued by the Prime Min­is­ter’s House on Satur­day, the In­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter was held re­spon­si­ble for a lapse, what mil­i­tary called a breach of na­tional se­cu­rity. Ac­cord­ing to Kamran Khan, he will be tried for vi­o­la­tion of Of­fi­cial Se­crets Act. It has been now es­tab­lished that Cyril Almeida had met then Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion Per­vaiz Rashid, but it is yet to be in­ves­ti­gated whether he did it at his own or it was done on the be­hest of other mem­bers of the PML-N. An in­quiry com­mit­tee has been formed com­pris­ing high of­fi­cials from IB, MI and ISI, which will in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter and take it to the log­i­cal con­clu­sion. Some gov­ern­ment func­tionar­ies will also be asked to ap­pear be­fore the com­mit­tee.

PTI lead­ers and work­ers are in ju­bi­la­tion over the ouster of Per­vaiz Rashid, and they be­lieve that PMLN now is on the weak wicket. How­ever, some an­a­lysts and com­men­triat opine that the ir­ri­tant be­tween the mil­i­tary and elected lead­er­ship has been re­moved with the sack­ing of Per­vaiz Rashid. While oth­ers be­lieve that mil­i­tary would not take respite till the real cul­prits are brought to book. On Thurs­day, Is­lam­abad High

Ama­jor mil­i­tary of­fen­sive is cur­rently un­der way in north­ern Iraq to wrest con­trol of Mo­sul, the largest city ruled by Daesh (IS). Mo­sul was oc­cu­pied by Daesh in 2014 and has sig­nif­i­cant oil and other re­sources. Daesh also con­trols vast ar­eas in north­west­ern Iraq and ad­ja­cent ar­eas in eastern Syria. Daesh, with the English equiv­a­lent ti­tle of Is­lamic State of Iraq and Syria (IS), also called the Is­lamic State of Iraq and the Le­vant (ISIL), or sim­ply the Is­lamic State (IS), is the most fa­nat­i­cal and bru­tal among the Is­lamist mil­i­tant groups that have emerged in the last few decades in dif­fer­ent Muslim coun­tries. It claims to be a Khi­lafat with a Caliph, Abu Bakr alBagh­dadi, who is an Iraqi.

There are dif­fer­ent ver­sions as to how Daesh emerged and rapidly man­aged to seize con­trol over swathes of ter­ri­tory in Iraq and Syria. It orig­i­nated in 1999 as Ja­maat alTawhid wal-Ji­had, but later pledged al­le­giance to Al-Qaeda. It be­came known as Al-Qaeda in Iraq in 2004, un­der the lead­er­ship of Abu Musab al-Zar­qawi, a Jor­da­nian. Af­ter alZar­qawi and his suc­ces­sors were killed in dif­fer­ent US strikes, Abu Bakr al-Bagh­dadi emerged as leader. Due to some dif­fer­ences, Al-Qaeda dis­as­so­ci­ated it­self from IS in 2014. IS gained promi­nence in 2014 when it pushed out Iraqi gov­ern­ment forces from im­por­tant cities in north­west­ern Iraq, no­tably Mo­sul. It man­aged to ex­tend its con­trol in ar­eas in eastern

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