In brief

Clerics’ demo continues

The protest in front of Punjab Assembly by a few dozen followers of Dr Ashraf Jillali’s Tehreek Labaik Ya Rasool Allah Tuesday entered fourth day. They are demanding the resignation of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah over ‘pro-Ahmadi comments’. The TLYR-Jalali started their campaign titled ‘Fill the Jail Movement’ on Saturday, ignoring the announcement of Pir Hameedudin Sialvi, a Sargodha based spiritual leader, of calling off the protest after meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif who visited Sargodha a week ago. Dr Jalali was part of Pir Sialvi led movement against PML-N government. On Tuesday, the protestors gathered at front of Punjab Assembly for court arrest and left the venue, as usual, after two to three hours when police did not come to arrest them. The Lahore High Court has banned any kind of demo on The Mall. –Staff Reporter

Ex-CM slams incumbent chief

Pakistan Muslim League Leader Ch Parvez Elahi has said the Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif is wasting huge public money on show off projects, diverting funds from health and education sectors. He made these comments during a meeting with Ex-Servicemen Society Patron-in-Chief General (r) Faiz Ali Chishti and Shaikh Naveed Ahmed who called on him at his residence on Tuesday. During the meeting, they discussed current political situation in Pakistan. Ch Parvez said during his tenure as Punjab CM he paid attention to solve problems of common man. Meanwhile, PML Leader Moonis Elahi has said that he had great respect for NAB as institution and will be present before the NAB team whenever he will be called. He said his name was not existed in Panama Papers. He made these comments after appearing before NAB. –Staff Reporter

PAT on a million membership drive

Pakistan Awami Tehrik Chairman Dr. Tahir Ul Qadri has tasked provincial organizations to register one million new members till June 2018. Presiding over a party meeting of party on Tuesday, he said PAT will expedite legal efforts to get justice in Model Town Incident, and political struggle to end tyrannical system. He said how people wished well-being of such parliament which was occupied by corrupt and killer rulers. To restore dignity and pride of parliament as well as democracy, he said, PAT would have to block entry of corrupt mafia in politics for good. He said on 17 June 2014, PAT workers laid foundation of revolution against tyrannical system with their blood which will reach to its logical end. To spread fruits of democracy up to the weaker sections, he said, there was dire need of reforms, accountability and reorganization of police. “Freeing Police from the strong grip of political mafia is integral part of our struggle as corrupt system has reduced police into guards of corrupt mafia.” –Staff Reporter

Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif, he claimed, used Police in Model Town for his political ends, which has badly damaged goodwill of this important state institution.
During meeting it was decided that 0.5 million new members from Punjab, 0.25 million from Sindh, 0.1 million in Khyber Pukhtoonkhawa, and 50,000 each from Balochistan and federal capital Islamabad will be registered besides 25,000 each from Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan also be registered. Overseas Pakistanis will be provided facility of online registration. For new membership and organizations, a special committee was formed headed by Secretary General Khurram Nawaz Gandapur.

IFTIKHAR 30-01-2018

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