MULTAN: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi Sunday said the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) was in a state of deep frustration, and protested to hide its frustration caused by its own workers.
In a speech here, he said the PDM members’ parties were less united. The alliance has internal differences over the issue of resignations and the long march, the minister added. He said PML-N clearly has two different opinions and Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) has also divided into two groups.
The federal minister said Prime Minister Imran Khan had made it clear he would not give the looters the NRO (deal). The PTI government really believes in serving the masses, said Qureshi adding that the government handles community problems based on priorities.
Qureshi said the Pakistani government of Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had laid the groundwork for the formation of the southern Punjab province by setting up its secretariat. He said that the ‘Waseeb’ (local resident) would definitely get his recognition. “Whether we are alive or not, nothing can suppress the sound of the region now,” Qureshi said. He said PTI believed in a strong federation. The formation of the southern Punjab province was inevitable due to stronger administrative control and delegation of power at the root-level level. He criticized past rulers for not making genuine attempts to create provinces despite having all the power.
Qureshi said that he, as a child of the nation, would continue to serve the region. He said he had convinced Prime Minister Imran Khan of the creation of the southern Punjab province. The foreign minister said Pakistan played a responsible role for the peace process in Afghanistan. He regretted India’s role as a destroyer in the Afghan peace process. India used Afghan soil against Pakistan, the foreign minister said, adding that Pakistan had raised the issue with the Afghan government. The minister said the attitude of the international community towards India’s Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) had changed due to the efforts of the PTI government. The British MP explained that IIOJK is an international dispute. He said it was the success of Pakistan’s diplomatic approach.
Against the backdrop of the US Capitol, members of the National Guard change shifts as they exit through an anti-scaling security fence in Washington. Photo / AP
Busloads of buses and cargo of planes, National Guard troops poured into the nation’s capital on Saturday, as governors responded to US defense officials’ urgent requests for more troops to help guard Washington even as they watched anxiously at possible violent protests in their own states.
Military leaders spent most of the night Thursday and Friday calling on the state in an unprecedented call for more National Guard troops to help lock down large swathes of the city in the days before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. In the dribs and drabs, the governor replied, some agreeing to send an extra dozen, 100 or even 1,000, while others said no.
The calls reflect concerns that violent extremist groups are targeting the city after a deadly uprising on the US Capitol on January 6.
Threats range from armed insurgents to possible attempts to plant explosive devices on so-called soft targets. But as Washington begins to resemble an armed camp, with more than 25,000 guards set to be in the city as early as next week, concerns about violence in the state capital have mounted.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown said she rejected a federal request to send at least 100 more National Guard troops to DC “I don’t think we can safely fulfill that commitment,” Brown said. Oregon has agreed to send 30 to Washington, but state leaders are concerned about violence at the state capitol in Salem.
Others agreed, sparking dizzying bursts of military and convoy flights into the region.
“The peaceful transfer of power is a central principle of American democracy, and Connecticut stands ready to help protect our country.” said Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, who initially agreed to send 100 guards and on Friday agreed to send 200 more.
In all, more than 130 US Air Guard flights in the past 72 hours have brought at least 7,000 Guard troops to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, according to US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal numbers. Thousands more were in buses and military trucks, rumbling down the highway to Washington.
Army General Dan Hokanson, head of the National Guard Bureau, called in general aides across the country, and others, such as Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, called in governors for help. McCarthy praised the state, saying defense and military officials were well aware of the threats they also faced.
“The governors and TAG were great. They helped us a lot,” McCarthy told The Associated Press.
“That’s the problem – that in the midst of a very dire situation you see how great this country is, everyone is getting together and helping each other get through this.”
What began in early January as a routine deployment of some 350 DC National Guard members to aid protests that are expected to explode over the past two weeks became a much larger operation to protect the inauguration and the US Congress Building, and to block access to the city and its many historical monuments.
When the protesters entered the Capitol on January 6, only a little over 100 National Guards were scattered around the city, guarding the Metro’s checkpoints and entrances. Hours later, five people are dead, the Capitol is in disarray and 1100 DC Guards have been activated.
The next day, as information arrived about more planned violence, requests went out for 6,200 members of the Guard from surrounding states.
On Thursday evening, as law enforcement and defense officials flooded maps and conducted security drills, they concluded they needed at least 25,000 to lock down Capitol grounds and vast areas of DC, including the National Mall. And they agreed that most of the Guards would be armed.
At that time, a new chapter of summons to state governors and military leaders began.
Many governors were willing to help, but they made it clear that the state capital was their priority. Some agreed to send more, while others couldn’t. And the numbers vary widely.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf doubled his initial commitment from 1,000 to 2,000. Other states managed to collect an additional dozen.
After reviewing threats against its own country, Minnesota decided it could significantly increase its contribution and would send 850 guards rather than the 130 originally deployed to leave, according to the state’s aide general, Major General Shawn Manke.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has agreed to send 700. On Friday, he announced he would send 300 more – even as he ordered nearly 600 to secure the Ohio state home in Columbus. So it is with the Governor of North Carolina.
Roy Cooper initially agreed to send 200 guards, and on Friday a Ford Porter spokesman said the country would send 100 more. Iowa first said it sent 250 and now the number is 265.
The big military response comes as Congress and law enforcement authorities try to figure out how the US Capitol captured the dramatic power of January 6.
The leaders of four committees in the Democratic-controlled House sent a letter on Saturday seeking briefings and documents from the FBI and other federal agencies as part of their review of the insurgency.
The call for more American soldiers also underscores the Pentagon’s limits on the use of active duty troops. Under the law, they cannot be used for law enforcement, and officials intend to avoid the emergence of armed active forces being used against US citizens on American soil.
Active duty forces routinely prepare to respond to emergencies in Washington, such as flight violations in restricted airspace over DC, and rapid reaction forces are on standby. Other active duty units will take part in various inauguration ceremonies.
Massive protests and violence erupted in Pakistan-occupied Jammu Kashmir (PoJK) over China’s move to build a 33-kilometer road on Friday.
Speaking to the media, Amjad Ayub Mirza, an activist exiled from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) informed that China is building a 33-kilometer road from Yarkand to PoJK to move its artillery and military personnel in the region.
“China is currently building a road from Yarkand covering an area of 33 km which is sufficient to carry artillery, military and personnel. Circumstances are getting ready, but the PoJK people have risen to the occasion. There will be more protests at PoJK, and I think Pakistan will lose completely at PoJK, “Mirza said in an interview to the media.
The general strike has been going on since January 13, and Friday’s strike is a continuation of the protests against the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) move to build roads at the PoJK.
“This is the second time in a month that we have seen a general strike. This time the strike at PoJK expanded, the last time the strike was limited to the Poonch division but now it has gotten out of hand. The entire PoJK had a general strike on January 13 and the focal point became the Azad Pattan Bridge, which is the entrance between Pakistan and the PoJK, which was blocked. The police opened fire, tear gas and lathi laden and clashes broke out so the police had to retreat back to Pakistan, ” said Mirza.
“It’s a big thing. Police checkpoints were set on fire and yesterday even after the general strike the inertia was still there, and yesterday at the LoC in Mandhor, there were protests spreading like wildfire along the 750 mile Line of Control (LoC). People are fed up with shortages. food, no flour, no electricity, no clean drinking water, and big cities are full of filth because the system has collapsed, ”added Mirza.
PoJK has been in chaos since the government led by Imran Khan made it Pakistan’s fifth province. People protest against the decision and every day processions or riots against the decision are witnessed in the area.
“Now what happens is not a single day goes by without protest, sometimes more than one protest in various parts of the PoJK. Every day the people protesting in Gilgit Baltistan, PoJK and the Pakistani media do not report it. International media is not allowed in the region, “said Mirza.
Mirza regretted the fact that the PoJK elected government was sitting in Islamabad and happy while people in the region were waging a crusade against Chinese attacks in the area.
“The entire PoJK government that was elected after November 15th is sitting in Islamabad, enjoying buffets and parties, having fun because Gilgit is very cold. Farooq Haider’s government is called a ‘criminal’ by its people. PoJK has come out of the hands of Pakistan, is gone. There is no sentiment for Pakistan in the PoJK, “he said.
ISLAMABAD: PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said on Thursday that the party, under the umbrella of the 10-party opposition alliance of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), would hold demonstrations from various regions in Rawalpindi and Islamabad on January 19 that would merge into one show. great taste before heading to the Pakistan Election Commission (ECP) offices in the capital, reported the private news channel.
Speaking at a press conference in Islamabad along with other party leaders, he said the rally was being held to “get a decision from the ECP not given since 2014”. He was referring to the case of foreign funding against PTI, filed in November 2014 by Akbar S Babar, a founding member of the ruling party.
“The protest that PDM will hold on January 19 is to take the decision that was taken today when PTI received that illegal funding had entered through 23 foreign-funded accounts, that illegal funding could have been done through an agency. PTI accepts that the money was obtained illegally through 23 foreign fund accounts which were not declared accounts and the money was deposited in PTI’s accounts by check.
“There are signs that President Dr. Arif Alvi, Governor of Sindh Imran Ismail and Imran Khan Sahib himself along with other PTI leaders were present at the examination,” he claimed. Marriyum Aurangzeb slammed Shahzad Akbar, saying he should stand trial for Pakistan’s defamation.
Speaking to the media, Marriyum said Shahzad Akbar was angry with his press conference because his lies and corruption were exposed. He said the Chairman of Broadcasting Institutions clearly stated that the government team specifically asked about the discount itself, not the percentage of money that would be transferred to the state treasury. Even after a clearly incriminating statement, Akbar had the courage to tell about suing him. He challenges Akbar to double the number of defamation charges by adding his second presser to the accusations as well.
He said dictator Pervez Musharraf paid the country Rs600 crores for a witch hunt, which resulted in no recovery and all the money was wasted. After that, Pakistan had to pay an additional $ 25 million in fine, which was another Rs400 crores. Now, on top of that, the government will sign another contract with this company and have already prepared a draft.
Marriyum said, “Shahzad Akbar and Imran Khan were very fond of waving fake documents at press conferences against Shahbaz Sharif in the Saaf Paani Case, Ashiyaana Case, Multan Metro, DFID and others, but were unable to provide any plausible evidence or witnesses. these false claims are driven by victimization and political prejudice.
He said the head of Broadsheet made it clear that he met Shahzad Akbar, Imran Khan and an official from the Pakistani intelligence agency as well as a delegation. He said it was a very sensitive matter.
Marriyum demanded that the draft prepared by Shahzad Akbar be published. The identities of the people who met chairman Kaveh Moussavi of Broadsheet should be published. Details of the meeting were announced. The legal basis for this meeting was announced.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said Thursday that the chairman of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) Maulana Fazlur Rehman should refrain from statements that are provocative and tend to sow hatred.
He said this while speaking at a press conference here with Defense Minister Pervez Khattak, Information Minister Shibli Faraz, Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry and Minister of Justice and Justice Farogh Naseem.
He said the government would not create any hurdles in protesting against opposition parties scheduled outside the Pakistan Election Commission (ECP) on January 19. He said that an alliance of opposition parties will come to Islamabad on January 19 to stage a protest in front of the ECP despite the fact that the former chairman of the election commissioner has not been appointed by the Pakistani government Tehreek-e-Insaf. “I hope the opposition party will show a good attitude after this decision and not create a law and order situation in the federal capital,” he added.
Shibli Faraz said if foreign funding was illegal then the agency would be responsible for this. Shibli Faraz asked the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) to submit evidence regarding the alleged electoral fraud at the ECP, in addition to holding demonstrations. He also asked the PML-N and PPP leadership to bring details and party account documents because the ECP review committee asked them several times to provide details in cases of foreign funding.
Meanwhile, Fawad Chaudhry criticized the opposition by saying that the PDM has criticized every state institution because it always has problems with each institution.
On the anti-Israeli protests planned by JUI-F, the minister said that Prime Minister Imran Khan would never recognize Israel. “We firmly believe in the (SAW) prophetic finality and will never recognize Israel,” he said, adding that Imran Khan was a leader who had not even thought about recognizing Israel.
Shaykh Rashid said that Maulana Fazl should serve for the cause of Islam rather than look to Islamabad. Responding to this question, the Minister of Finance said that PTI had submitted all evidence of foreign funding cases, including verified documents of 40,000 people.
Responding to another question, he said Pakistani politics had not entered a closed road and had come out on the ground. He said that Imran Khan would complete his five-year term as Prime Minister and all the nerves on his side were strong too.
He said only 92 of the more than 500 religious seminaries were registered in the federal capital and the government had no objection to registering more.
He said a committee set up by Prime Minister Imran Khan including the minister of Home Affairs and Religion had been in contact with clerics for seminary registration. He said religion should not be used for political gain. “We respect Madrasas and consider them to be strongholds of Pakistan,” he added.
Federal Defense Minister Pervez Khattak criticized the PDM leadership and said an alliance of 11 parties from opposition parties raised their objections to the results of the 2018 general elections they participated in. He said they were reluctant to let the National Assembly Parliament business function and were not cooperating on the parliamentary committee, which will investigate opposition claims of fraud in the 2018 general election.
Farogh Naseem, citing a statement by the Supreme Court on the sit-in case in Faizabad, said that it was clear that not all places were worthy of protest. “The state will protect your rights according to the law,” he said.
Workers from the Italian tourism industry are making a fuss in Rome over the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Many say they have lost tens of thousands of euros amid travel restrictions and have been abandoned by authorities.
According to data provided by Italy’s national statistics agency, ISTAT, foreign tourism in Italy fell by 68.6% in 2020, especially in the major cities that attract tourists for art – Rome, Florence and Venice which have recorded higher declines namely 73.2%.
Italians also stopped traveling for work by 59%, and travel for pleasure fell 23%, according to ISTAT.
The tourism industry was excluded from the second government aid package under the Autonomy Movement for Travel Agencies (MAAVI).
Some protesters suggested that the government create “health corridors” to allow people to travel.