Keep arms away
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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