Thursday, November 29, 2012

Dr A Q Khan to lead TTP

Father of Pakistan’s Nuclear Bomb, Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, has become the Head of TTP, as he registered TTP as a political party to contest General Elections expected next year for the first time.

The new Head of Tehreek-e-Tahafuz-e-Pakistan, Dr A Q Khan wants to contest the 2013 Elections and is campaigning for an end to endemic corruption. However, attendance at his public meetings has been sparse and Khan is unlikely to emerge a serious contender at the ballot box despite his popularity and TTP support.

TTP Secretary General Chaudhry Khurshid Zaman said Dr A Q Khan had yet to decide whether to stand himself for Election. He added that as the Chairman, Khan would guide TTP through the campaign.

"The whole country is burning, price hikes, unemployment, the energy crisis, poverty and other heinous problems have made public life miserable", Zaman told.

"Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan has joined this movement to change this face of Pakistan and he is the only hope. All other political parties have failed".

Rohail Akbar, TTP Spokesman, said the party would form an alliance with right-wing parties, but not those in Government.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Disconnecting People

Pakistani Einstein, Interior Minister Dr Rehman Malik has been "Disconnecting People", under the pretext of National Security, by suspending cellular services across the country half a dozen times in a few months.

Although the move didn't help stave off terror incidents, but the blanket bans have unleashed Dr Rehman Malik's brilliance in Counter-Terrorism.

The first instance of cellular service suspension was in Quetta on 23rd March 23 2012, on the request of Balochistan Home Department, and ordered by Interior Minister Rehman Malik.

Since then, mobile services have been suspended in various cities on Eidul Fitr, Independence Day, Love for Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) Day, Eidul Azha, and Ashura.

While the Ministry of Information Technology and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority deal with the suspension, the Interior Ministry is the ultimate authority that orders the move.

The Government uses the legal cover of Section 54(2) of the Pakistan Telecommunications (Re-Organisation) Act, 1996 to ban cellular services. The IT Ministry has notified service suspension in the name of "National Security" under Section 54(2) of the Act which states that "During a war or hostilities against Pakistan by any foreign power or internal aggression or for the defence or security of Pakistan, the Federal Government shall have preference and priority in telecommunication system over any licensee".

However, cellular services can only be suspended by exercising powers described in Section 54(3) of the Act, subject to imposition of emergency in the country by the President.

Section 54(3) states that "Upon proclamation of emergency by the President, the Federal Government may suspend or modify all or any order or licences made or issued under this Act or cause suspension of operation, functions or services of any licensee for such time as it may deem necessary".

The service suspensions in the have been "Irrational", and a violation of the rights of the cellular companies and consumers protected under the Articles 4, 18, 23 and 24 of the Constitution, since the President had not declared a "State of Emergency" on any of the occasions on which cellular services were suspended.

The Telecom Industry reportedly faced damages upwards of Rs one billion due to the suspension. And two months ago, the cellular companies wrote a letter to the Government via the regulator PTA, requesting compensation of Rs one billion (Rs 500 million for each suspension).

The cellular companies have asked the IT Ministry and PTA to compensate for the losses suffered on account of service suspension since subsection 54(3) of the act allows for service suspension, "Provided that the Federal Government may compensate any licensee whose facilities or services are affected by any action under this sub-section".

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

PTI will keep lying about PML (N) : Javed Hashmi

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s President Javed Hashmi said that his party has never spoken truth about Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) and will continue to lie.

Speaking at a Press Conference in Islamabad, Hashmi said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf will keep propagating "Falsehood" against Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) and will never speak truth until the PML (N) apologizes.

The PTI President further said that Pakistan Peoples Party's Leader Naserullah Babar had already apologized, "After knowing the reality".

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Whose Britain, Queen's or Quaid-e-Tehreek's?

Muttahida Qaumi Movement Quaid Altaf Hussain had called on Brits to declare whether they wanted to live in a Britain by the Queen Elizibet or the one that the Quaid-e-Tehreek had envisioned.

Terming the Royal Family the biggest threat, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement announced to hold a countrywide referendum for deciding whether people want Quaid-e-Tehreek's ‘Modern’ Britain or the Queen heredity rule.

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