Archive for September, 2010

Army assassinated Benazir: Minister

Pakistan’s Minister for Defence Production Abdul Qayum Jatoi resigned on Saturday evening after being pulled up by the Prime Minister for criticising the Army and the higher judiciary, including the Chief Justice.

Tenders resignation

Within hours of his outburst in front of the media in Quetta, Mr. Jatoi was summoned by Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, after which the Minister tendered his resignation adding his comments against the Army and the judiciary were his personal opinion.

Addressing the media in Quetta along with a son and grandson of the former Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Akbar Bugti — whose assassination under the Pervez Musharraf regime set off the current round of unrest in the province — Mr. Jatoi said all institutions of the state should be scrutinised instead of singling out the political class.

Accuses Chief Justice

While Mr. Jatoi accused the Army of killing the former Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, and Nawab Akbar Bugti, he alleged Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry had a “fake” domicile certificate of Balochistan though he was a native of Faislabad in Punjab.

Mr. Jatoi’s remarks came at a time when the government is under siege for its “poor response” to the devastating floods and a possible face-off with the Supreme Court over reopening cases in Swiss courts against President Asif Ali Zardari; triggering speculations of a regime change.

September 26, 2010 Posted Under: News update   Read More

No dispute with the judiciary: Gilani

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Gilani said there was no dispute with the judiciary and they could not even think about passing unworthy remarks about it.

He expressed his resolve to protect democracy saying high offices were not his weakness and they did not come into power through backdoor.

Gilani said the Pakistan People’s Party and other political parties along with the media and civil society suffered for democracy.

“It is upto political parties to show maturity. Those who will not side with the democratic forces will become history,” he said.

Talking about undemocratic elements, he said, “In the game of chess, when the game is over, the kings and pawns are put in the same box.”

He said he had taken Senate, National Assembly and cabinet into confidence about the prevailing situation in the country. Gilani said he would appear before the Supreme Court if called to do so.

When asked to comment on issues of common man like price-hike, the Prime Minister explained that better governance was shared responsibility of federal and provincial governments, judiciary and bureaucracy.

If people would consider that the government was not good at governing they would reject it, he added.

“Prime Minister is even asked to resign when somebody is killed or robbed,” he said adding role of price committees should be made effective.

The Prime Minister told that he would get list of those who were the NRO beneficiaries and holding public offices.
“These people have to resign from their positions,” he added.

To a question about prospects of unification of Pakistan Muslim League,” he said factions of PML were getting closer to stop Pervez Musharraf from returning to country.

The Prime Minister said before the passage of the 18th Amendment, the focus of critics was on the President and he was the darling of everybody ,ut now they were hitting him hard to remove him and reach the target.

The Prime Minister said Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif phoned him today and asked him about the speculation about change in government.

“People are talking about change but nobody knows how to do it.”

Responding to a question about provision of constitution in which Supreme Court can seek assistance of army, he said army functions under the federal government.

September 26, 2010 Posted Under: News update   Read More

President Zardari witnesses Eid gifts packing in Governor House

KARACHI, Sept 8 (APP): President Asif Ali Zardari Wednesday visited a tent in Governor House to witness the packing of Eid gifts for flood affectees of Sindh and their children. He stayed there for some time and packed some gifts alongwith Sindh Governor Dr. Ishrat-ul- Ebad Khan, volunteer students of various professional academic institutions including IBA, Dow Medical University, Karachi University and Mohammad Ali Jinnah University.
On President’s  arrival alongwith Sindh Governor, Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira in the tent, the volunteers expressed pleasure and greeted him with clapping.
Speaking on the occasion, President Asif Ali Zardari lauded the spirit of students and said that this spirit will make new Pakistan.  “This is your Pakistan and you have to rebuild it again,” he observed.
He said that the presence of sympathy and care in their hearts for the flood victims is laudable. “The presence of this pain in your heart for your flood-hit brothers and sisters is commendable. I congratulate you,” he remarked.
The President was told that more than 0.1 million gifts which included clothes and food items will be distributed among flood victim before Eid at a cost of Rs 10 million.
More than 600 volunteers have been packing and delivering the Eid gifts among the flood affectees in the interior of Sindh for the last five days.
September 8, 2010 Posted Under: News update   Read More