Tuesday, September 15, 2015

MQM Strike Failure; Bilawal Re-Launch; Baloch Insurgency Fizzle; Hajj Tragedy

Why did the MQM strike call fail in Karachi? What’s happening in Imran Farooq murder case in London? What’s MQM’s Altaf Husain’s Future?

What is causing PPP’s flagging popularity? Can Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Revive PPP Fortunes? How far will Pakistan Rangers go to rein in corruption and violence in Sind? Will similar anti-corruption and anti-terror actions follow in Punjab?

Why is the Baloch insurgency dying? How serious is the infighting among Baloch insurgent groups? Why is Bramdagh Bugti seeking talks with Pakistan government?

What caused Makkah crane collapse? Who’s responsible for this tragedy? What actions will be taken to prevent its recurrence?

Viewpoint From Overseas host Misbah Azam (www.politicsinpakistan.com) discusses these questions with panelists Ali Hasan Cemendtaur (http://cemendtaur.blogspot.com) and Riaz Haq (www.riazhaq.com)


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Riaz Haq said...

#Imran’khan invites #Pakistan Rangers in #KP to fight corruption. #PTI http://www.livenewspak.com/imran%c2%92s-invite-to-rangers-in-kp-surprises-interior-minister/ …

Expressing surprise apparently over PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s statement, in which he invited Rangers paramilitary force in Khyber Pakthunkhwa making his party’s government open for accountability, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Tuesday said any such invitation falls out of the law’s ambit.

In a statement issue here, Chaudhy Nisar Ali Khan, without mentioning the PTI chief’s statement form yesterday, said such a demand from head of a political party has surprised him.

“Inviting Rangers for accountability doesn’t fall within the ambit of the law… Rangers do not have this sort of mandate in Karachi or anywhere else,” he said.

The minister said everybody has the right of freedom of speech. However, he added that this freedom must be observed within the constraint of Constitution and law.

He said all Pakistanis acknowledge performance and sacrifices rendered by Pakistan Army under the dynamic leadership of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif.

Pakistan Army officials have been enjoying all accolades as they were performing their duties efficiently authorised to them by Constitution and law of the land.

Chaudhry Nisar said extending such demands to Pakistan Army and Rangers aimed at attaining political point scoring can make these national institutions controversial and also can impair actual purpose of Karachi operation against the criminals.

“It is an unwise act on part of a political leader by involving state institutions for political gains,” said Nisar. It was also against democratic norms, he added.

The PML-N stalwart said the politics of allegations was easy but it was difficult to keep one’s performance up to the mark and find out solutions to the problems.

The interior minister said today’s Pakistan was far better than that of 2013 as law and order situation was returning to normalcy in Karachi and the whole country.

Riaz Haq said...

#Switzerland denies asylum to #Pakistan’s most wanted man: Brahamdagh Bugti. #Balochistan https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/politics/switzerland-denies-asylum-to-pakistan-s-most-wanted-man/43698878#.WhcSMKuTweM.twitter … @swissinfo_en

Brahumdagh Bugti, the leader of the Baloch Republican Party (BRP) who is currently in exile in Geneva, has been denied political asylum by the Swiss authorities. He has been campaigning for the independence of the province of Balochistan from Pakistan.
The decision was communicated to Bugti by his lawyer Carlo Sommaruga on Wednesday.
"The decision mentioned allegations that my party had links to guerrilla fighters waging armed struggle against Pakistan. These allegations were made by Pakistan and another country which is most likely to be China," Bugti told swissinfo.ch.
He added that he will ask the authorities to review their decision and if necessary approach the European Court of Human Rights. The 34-year-old had applied for asylum to India last year after becoming frustrated by the slow Swiss response and the resulting travel restrictions that prevented him from leaving the country.
Asked for comment, the State Secretariat for Migration told swissinfo.ch by email that “we cannot give information on specific cases as we are bound by regulations concerning the protection of personal data”.

The BRP is banned in Pakistan and the government has named Bugti “one of the most wanted, known Baloch separatists” according to US embassy cablesexternal link published by WikiLeaks.
Since his arrival in Switzerland, Bugti and his supporters have actively campaigned for Baloch independence, much to the irritation of Pakistan. A publicity banner on a Geneva bus recently attracted the ire of Pakistan’s government, which summoned the Swiss ambassador over the incident.
Bugti’s asylum rejection appears to indicate a change in Switzerland’s stance on the Balochistan issue. A week ago, Bugti’s UK-based brother-in-law Mehran Marri, was stopped at Zurich airport and told that an entry ban was in force against him.
"The Swiss government is not pushing me out but making me uncomfortable and frustrated so that I leave voluntarily," says Bugti.

Riaz Haq said...

#London transport authority apologizes to #Pakistan over #Balochistan ads


the TFL said it would remove the #FreeBalochistan adverts, promoted by the World Balochistan Organisation, from buses in London on the grounds that it did not meet with their advertising policy. In the November 14 letter to the Pakistan High Commission in London, made public by the WBO, the TFL cited their policy on not carrying adverts on matters of “public controversy and sensitivity”. Previously, the TFL had ordered the removal of Free Balochistan adverts on the side of black cabs. They also ordered the removal of billboards as part of the same campaign that were on the TFL’s estate.

Taxis that had carried the adverts had been issued with “unfit” notices, and would only be able to carry passengers again once the taxis were inspected by the TFL testing centres, the letter promises. The TFL also apologised for the failure that resulted in the adverts not being brought to their attention before they were put up, as well as the delay in replying to two letters sent from the Deputy High Commissioner for Pakistan in London, following which action was taken.