Gilani demands safety for Zanaskar Muslims

Srinagar, June 02, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani has said that the puppet administration is not addressing the problems of Muslims in Padam Zanaskar in Kargil district and demanded adequate safety for them.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the puppet authorities had failed to provide relief or create a sense of security among the Muslims of the area. He said, “Since 1947, the Muslims in parts of Jammu and Ladakh have suffered at the hands of the communal forces. The Buddhists last year raided the houses of Muslims and ransacked their properties in Padam Zanaskar. They have unleashed a reign of terror on them.”

The veteran leader said that the puppet administration had given a free hand to the miscreants involved in loot, arson and ransacking of the properties of Muslim community in Padam Zanaskar. He warned of dire consequences if the authorities failed to take note of the situation.

Meanwhile, the Syed Ali Gilani has paid glowing tributes to Sajjad Ahmad Mir of Litter, Pulwama, who was recently martyred by Indian troops. “We are indebted to these martyrs,” he said in his telephonic address to the funeral procession of Sajjad Ahmad.

The veteran leader said the respect exhibited by people towards the martyrs should serve as an eye-opener for the occupation authorities and conveyed the message that the Kashmiri people would not give up their demand for right to self-determination.

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Chief Justice of Pakistan visits Mianwali Central Jail

Islamabad, June 02, 2013 (PPI-OT): The Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mr. Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry visited the Central Jail Mianwali today and spent a busy day hearing the grievances of prisoners. Hon’ble Mr. Justice Umer Atta Bandial, Chief Justice, Lahore High Court, Registrar, Lahore High Court , Secretary Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan, District and Sessions Judge Mianwali, Chief Secretary, Punjab, IG, prisons and other police officers accompanied the Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan during the visit.

The Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mr. Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry visited the jail building including kitchen, hospital, juvenile and Women Prisoners portion and prisoners wards. His Lordship heard in detail the problems and difficulties faced by the prisoners and issued directions at the spot to redress the grievances.

The Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mr. Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry also ordered to release five prisoners facing confinement due to non payment of diyat and arsh. Rs. 109800/- The amount was paid by the jail authorities and prisoners were released forthwith.

Moreover, the The Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mr. Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry also ordered the release of other six prisoners within a week who were confined in jail due to non payment of arsh and diyat amount Rs. 1394315/-. The Chief Secretary, Punjab assured to pay the amount for the release of six prisoners within week.

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Indian troops martyr four more youth in IHK

Srinagar, June 02, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred four Kashmiri youth in Kupwara and Shopian districts.

The troops killed three youth in Nowgam area of Kupwara and another at Wandena in Shopian during siege and search operations. The troops also destroyed two residential houses at Wandena.

A senior official of Indian army claimed that the martyred youth were militants.

A large number of people attended funeral prayers of the martyred youth. Hundreds of people including women and children held demonstrations at Nowpora, the adjacent village of Wandena, and clashed with Indian police and the troops who were conducting the operation. They raised high-pitched anti-India and pro-liberation slogans. The police resorted to tear gas shelling and aerial firing to disperse the protesters.

Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed in Littar, Nowpora and adjoining areas against the killing of two youth, Sajjad Ahmad Mir and Muhammad Ashraf Rathar, who were martyred by Indian troops in Wandena area of Shopian.

Senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, addressing a meeting of the activists of his party, Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party, in Pattan paid glowing tributes to the martyred Sajjad Mir and Ashraf Rathar. He said that the Kashmiri martyrs’ sacrifices, which had centre-staged the Kashmir dispute at the international level, would not be allowed to go waste.

Another APHC leader, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, in a statement and the Chairman of Democratic Political Movement, Firdous Ahmad Shah, addressing a party meeting in Srinagar also paid homage to Sajjad and Ashraf.

Noted Indian journalist, political analyst and human rights activist, Praful Bidwai, delivering a lecture on Pak-India relations at a function in Srinagar said that there would be no reconciliation between Pakistan and India without settlement of the Kashmir dispute. He said that resolution of the dispute could be brought about through dialogue and demilitarization of Jammu and Kashmir was important to give boost to a productive dialogue.

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Prime Minister directs immediate restoration of Polio Monitoring Cell

Islamabad, June 02, 2013 (PPI-OT): Prime Minister Justice ® Mir Hazar Khan Khoso has taken notice of the reports in the media regarding closure of the Polio Cell in the Prime Minister’s Secretariat.

Reiterating his commitment to eradication of Polio in the country, the Prime Minister has reviewed his decision after a presentation about the implications of such a move by Federal Minister Dr. Sania Nishtar on national polio eradication efforts.

The Prime Minister has directed relevant authorities that necessary administrative directions be issued for immediate restoration of the Polio Cell in PM Secretariat to its status before his caretaker government took office.

The Prime Minister affirmed that the health of our children is very close to his heart, and that high level commitment is necessary to eradicate the paralyzing disease from the country.

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United States Country Rock Band Jams with Local musicians across Pakistan

Islamabad, June 02, 2013 (PPI-OT): The American country rock band Blended 328 performed in four cities across Pakistan as part of the U.S. Embassy’s music diplomacy program. The band’s 15-day schedule included performances in Karachi, Lahore, Muzaffarabad, and Islamabad. In each city, the group showed their appreciation for Pakistani culture by performing alongside local musicians and incorporating local songs and instruments into their sets.

“We were very excited to come to Pakistan, but never expected such a warm and open reception from everyone,” said Gabe Jordan, one of the band’s guitarists. “Working alongside Pakistani musicians has been the opportunity of a lifetime,” chimed in lead vocalist Kimberly Phillips.

The band, comprised of three female singers and three male instrumentalists from various ethnic backgrounds, emphasized the importance of cross-cultural diversity and gender equality during their tour. Chargé d’Affaires, Ambassador Richard Hoagland praised the band’s work in opening remarks at The Rock Musicarium, saying “In many ways, Blended’s story reflects Pakistan’s story. Pakistan is a country of great diversity, of many different types of people, all united under one flag. And it is this diversity, whether cultural, ethnic or religious, that helps make Pakistan great.”

In each Pakistani city, the band performed a blend of country western and rock music, many times performing with singers from the area to add a local flare to the music. “We always strive to live up to our namesake and create a cultural blend of music wherever we go,” vocalist Fran Hart explained. Brian Gibel, the U.S. Embassy’s Cultural Attaché, underscored this message, “We play music to bring Americans and Pakistanis together.”

One of the highlights of Blended 328’s trip to Pakistan was in Muzafarrabad, where the U.S. Embassy worked alongside the Ministry of Youth, Culture, and Sports to host a concert in Jalalabad Park for 1,000 people. This concert was the Embassy’s first large-scale cultural event in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir region. While in Muzafarrabad, band members also met with 150 recent graduates of the Embassy-funded English Access Microscholarship Program, which provides free English-language training to students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The band congratulated the graduates on their hard work and encouraged them to continue studying to achieve their goals.

In addition to bringing musicians from the United States to Pakistan, the U.S. government also sponsors several music exchange programs, including Center Stage and OneBeat, which offer opportunities for Pakistani musicians to promote their country’s rich cultural heritage through concerts in the United States. These artists become cultural ambassadors, sharing Pakistan’s music with audiences worldwide.

For more information on Blended 328, please visit: www.blended328.com

For more information on U.S. Department of State music exchange programs, please visit: http://www.nefa.org/grants_programs/programs/center_stage http://www.1beat.org/

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U.S. Embassy, Islamabad- Pakistan
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All options be used to improve security for Economic development: Zafar Bakhtawari

Islamabad, June 02, 2013 (PPI-OT): Pakistan has suffered immense economic loss of over $ 85 billion and sacrificed over 50,000 precious lives for being front line state against war on terror. Therefore, it is high time that the new government should use all available options to improve security situation in the country which is the key for attracting new investment and making sound economic progress.

This was stated by Mr. Zafar Bakhtawari, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry while exchanging views with Col. (Retd) Azam Qadri who visited ICCI to present his book on Major Shabir Sharif Shaheed (Nishan-e-Haider) and introduce the business community about the role of some unsung heroes of Pakistan Army.

ICCI President said Pakistan possesses huge potential achieve better economic development; however, the uncertain security situation was holding back the country from exploiting its economic potential. Therefore, all stakeholders should sit together to find out a workable solution of security challenges that will enable the private sector to invest in Pakistan and put the country on better economic growth trajectory.

Mr. Bakhtawari paid rich tribute to Major Shabir Sharif Shaheed (NH), terming him one of the most courageous military officers and symbol of bravery and velour for the new generation. He also lauded the role of Pakistan Army that has made great sacrifices to defend the country. He said business community would always extend its full cooperation to our armed forces to make Pakistan’s defense further stronger.

ICCI President appreciated the effort of Col. (Retd) Azam Qadri for writing a valuable book on Maj. Shabbir Sharif (NH) and said that there is a need to write more such books to inform the nation about the great contribution of our soldiers who laid their lives for defending their country. He said such books should also be made part of school and college syllabus to keep such heroes alive in the memory of our youth.

Speaking on the occasion, Col. (Retd) Azam Qadri said that he was writing 5-6 more books to highlight the role of Pakistan Army’s soldiers who rendered invaluable services and even scarified their lives for their motherland.

The book “What more can a solider desire” is a candid account of Major Shabir’s acts of valour and bravery he displayed throughout his military career and during the two Pakistan-India wars of 1965 and 1971.

Major Shabir embraced martyrdom on December 6, 1971 while firing and engaging the Indian tanks in the Sulemanki Sector.

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India has made Kashmir dispute more complicated: Hakeem

Srinagar, June 02, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the President of pro-India Peoples Democratic Front, Hakeem Yasin, has said that India has compounded the Kashmir dispute instead of taking effective steps for its settlement.

Hakeem Yasin while addressing a public gathering at Kachwari in Badgam said endorsed the stand of Hurriyet leadership that the Indian government had never showed seriousness when it came to resolving the Kashmir dispute. He said that pro-liberation leadership was witness to the incidents when the Indian government openly backed out from its promises and displayed non-serious attitude.

Hakeem Yasin said that if India was really sincere then it should take serious steps for initiating a meaningful and result-oriented process of talks with the Hurriyet leadership.

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