An indefinite curfew has been imposed in Srinagar and a case has been filed against All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq following Friday’s violence and arson attack on a police barrack in the Kashmir Valley region.
Curfew has also been imposed in Anantnag, Bijbehara, Pulwama, Kakapora, Sopore and Baramulla.
On Saturday, as the valley was celebrating Eid, mobs went on rampage and set fire to a police post outside the Hazratbal shrine.
As security forces tried to control the crowds, a complex that houses the state’s power department and crime branch headquarters, also went up in flames. Protesters targetted everything that symbolised state authority.
“As far as the AFSPA is concerned, we want the repeal of it. Half-hearted steps will not take us anywhere as these are mere gestures. We need a concrete, solution oriented process. The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) is meeting and the government is talking amongst themselves, this is not helping,” said Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
“It would have been better to make a fair assessment here on the ground and then respond to the entire situation…control the situation first…see that what has been happening for last three months. I wish that both the central and state government turn serious and do something which is required…which matches the entire situation and the crisis,” said Nizamuddin Bhat, a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader.
On the other hand, Indian occupied Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah blamed the militant for not honouring their promise to have peaceful processions, and said this would be a huge setback to the peace initiative that was to be announced on Monday.
I think Jinnah is the founder of Pakistan not any Bhutto–>Can someone tell this to PPPP “leadership”?
This is ridiculous and unacceptable for any sensible Pakistani?
I think Jinnah is the founder of Pakistan not any Bhutto.
Can someone tell this to PPPP “leadership”?
It’s a real shame that in front of the whole world PPPP leadership is showing that they have forgotten the founder of the nation and the country has become a family and political party affair.
reporters following a comprehensive discussion regarding rising inflation, rule of law and political instability in the country.
Achakzai told reporters that the alliance had agreed to form a committee to work out a procedure by which apex and high court judges who were deposed by President Musharraf on November 3, 2007, might be reinstated. He argued that since Musharraf had openly admitted that his actions had been extra-constitutional there could be no legal justification for stalling the restoration any further.
Imran Khan continued by saying that the delay was nothing more than an attempt to protect the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) from being struck down, thus resurrecting criminal cases against government leaders such as Asif Zardari.
The APDM decided to address the ‘judges’ issue following the resignation of the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N), a member of the ruling coalition, from the cabinet. PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif chose to take the drastic step after failing to secure a solution to the problem during negotiations with the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) who hold a majority of seats in the National Assembly. The resignation of key figures such as Minister of Finance Ishaq Dar has created problems for the new government, which is still struggling to cement its position and quell public concern over food inflation and the deteriorating law and order situation.
United4Justice:Thank you Aitzaz Ahsan for listening to the civil society and lawyers who has fought a long battle for the cause of justice in Pakistan and taking your resignation back.
We need you as our leader in this cause.
Incidents like Sher Afgan a minor ones but the cause is much bigger than the Afgan type politicians who are part of the team which committed crimes like 12 May,killings of innocent people in wana and balauchistan,violating the constitution,betraying the country,illegan abductions,torture on the civil society,lawyers and media and the list is too big to mention SO WE NEED YOU TO BE THERE FOR US AND THIS COUNTRY.
Presidency behind attack on Afgan: Aitzaz
Asad Muhammad Khan
ISLAMABAD: SCBA President Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan while announcing to withdraw his resignation has said the Aiwan-e-Sadr is hatching conspiracy to divide and malign lawyers’ movement and manhandling of Dr Sher Afgan is a part of this plot.
He was addressing a press conference at his residence here Wednesday. He said the legal fraternity will not apologise over Afgan’s incident as the lawyers tried to secure and guard Dr Sher Afgan Niazi. It is the interim government of Punjab that should apologise. SCBA President Aitzaz Ahsan said that the non-violent movement of lawyers and civil society will continue. Aitzaz said that the nation could not recover from the trauma of May 12 and the violence has again hit Karachi. He said I ask where are the leaders of Muttahida Qaumi Movement? “They should come out and control the violence”, Aitzaz said. Aitzaz said that it is strange that no lawyer was involved in Arbab Ghulam Rahim’s case then why the lawyers were targeted at Karachi.
Replying to a question, Aitzaz Ahsan said that he will contest by-elections from constituency NA-55, if Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) issued him the ticket. He said that PPP and Asif Ali Zardari have taken bold steps but there is a hidden power that is intriguing against the democracy.
Online adds: Aitzaz said, “I think minus-one formula should be applied now and Pervez Musharraf is minus one in this formula. Country’s problems will remain unresolved unless President Musharraf quits. The force is working in the country which is out to sabotage the whole democratic process”, he underscored.
He said the character assassination campaign was started against the legal fraternity some time ago. It was being said that lawyers wanted clash, he added. “We accepted Bhurban accord despite the lawyers stance that 30 days were not needed to reinstate judges, Asif Zardari and Mian Nawaz Sharif, leaders of two major political parties signed this agreement and made the people its custodian. Soon after the signing of this accord, conspiracies started from Aiwan-e-Sadr. Proposal was given to constitute committee on it and they started talking about; package and two-thirds majority of parliament. But we made it clear two thirds majority was needed for President Musharraf rather than in judges’ case.
The conspiracies have not come to an end, he said adding release of deposed judges dealt a severe blow to Aiwan-e-Sadr. People rejected Musharraf on February 18 and slogans were raised in parliament against the president. Ministers took oath while wearing black bands, he maintained. Despite all this the presidency has not stopped from hatching conspiracies, he added.
Aitzaz Ahsan questioned if lawyers had attacked Dr Sher Afgan but who was behind manhandling of Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim. About Sher Afgan incident he told “I came to know about Sher Afgan incident on Tuesday evening through media. I rushed there even at the risk of my life. But no government functionary turned up. Police did not stop the demonstrators despite my request. I tried to talk through megaphone from balcony. Only 40 per cent lawyers were found present there and the remaining were some other people. I appealed to lawyers to disperse and they did so. But the other people remained there.
He further said “I asked the police officers present over there to call in more contingent of police but it was not done so. I asked police officers to call police van and bring it close to door so that Sher Afgan could be pulled out from there. But police did not do so. I asked the police officers to remove a plain clothed man but they told he was a policeman. I knew he was not policeman and was some terrorist. When I brought out Sher Afgan then police disappeared. When I took Afgan inside van, we came to know driver of the van was not there. People in plain clothes were found involved in the acts of sabotage. My friends and I tried to rescue Dr Sher Afgan even at the risk of our lives. But all happened under a planned conspiracy. People in plain clothes subjected Dr Afgan to violence”.
Lawyers wanted to strengthen parliament, he held. An individual and his cronies were doing harm to the country, he alleged. Why Dr Afgan was taken to Model Town police station and later to the Governor’s House. These are the questions and plots, which need to be exposed. Nation will see Bhurban declaration is implemented in letter and spirit, he said, adding count down has been started. Lawyers’ movement is meant for peaceful objectives and it will continue unless these objectives are achieved, he declared.