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PTI’s Haleem Adil Sheikh moved to a Karachi hospital after complaining of chest pain | Instant News

PTI leader Haleem Adil Sheikh speaks to the media during a press conference. News / Files

KARACHI: Jailed PTI leader Haleem Adil Sheikh was transferred to hospital on Sunday after complaining of chest pain.

He was arrested five days earlier for allegedly entering a polling station in the constituency PS-88 armed and involved in aerial shooting, and transferred to prison yesterday for judicial detention.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Sindh Assembly today asked prison superintendents to take him to the hospital, then he was transferred by ambulance to the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD).

In his complaint to the prison superintendent, the Sheikh said he was already suffering from high blood pressure and angina and was undergoing treatment at the NICVD.

Charges of beatings in prison

Talk to a Geo News the correspondent by telephone from the hospital, he stated that he was tortured in prison and alleged that more than 50 PPP members who were detained for their alleged involvement in the Lyari gang war beat him.


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The SHC asked why the stadium should not be moved outside the city if road closures were necessary | Instant News

The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday directed the provincial interior department and deputy commissioner of the East District to submit comments on a petition opposing the closure of roads and roads around Karachi Stadium during a cricket match.

The petition was filed during a road closure around the National Stadium during a recent Pakistan-South Africa test match. The SHC bench division chaired by Judge Mohammad Ali Mazhar observed that residents suffered greatly from road closures under the current traffic situation in the city.

The high court observed that the traffic situation on the roads on weekdays was already bad and worsened when some roads were closed. The bench asked provincial legal officials why the stadium should not be moved outside the city as some patients and ambulances were unable to move easily due to road closures and traffic jams.

SHC directs officers to submit a suitable safety plan during a cricket match at the stadium.

SP Traffic East submitted comments on behalf of the traffic police and said that certain roads were closed to vehicle traffic to the national stadium and to facilitate people’s travel and assist them they shared their press releases with road maps with print and electronic media.

The SHC directed provincial legal officers to submit comments on behalf of the interior ministry as well as the deputy commissioner for Timur, and ordered the additional deputy commissioner for Timur to appear before the court on 17 February.

Pasban Democratic Party (PDP) media coordinator Aziz Fatima has petitioned that the provincial government had crippled traffic in Karachi by closing all roads around the National Stadium for six days from January 26 to 31 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. . routine life of citizens and thus constitutes a violation of basic rights.

He said police and law enforcement agencies don’t even allow pedestrians to walk near the stadium which violates constitutional provisions and people can’t even use the road in case of an emergency.

The petitioner argued that the Supreme Court had observed in the case that no roads should be blocked under any circumstances and that the Sindh government therefore violated a top court order when it closed the roads around the stadium.

He also conveyed that the National Stadium was closed and closed with three parapets sufficient to secure the players participating in the match and that the government would easily increase security outside the walls and border gates.

SHC was informed that the city’s two main hospitals, Aga Khan Hospital and Liaquat National Hospital were located in the area, and road closures made it difficult for patients to reach the hospital in an emergency.

The Petitioner argued that blocking a busy road in order to stage an international match at the National Stadium indicated a failure of the administration.

He asked the SHC to declare road closings for the purpose of international matches at the National Stadium as illegal, unconstitutional, void ab initio, contrary to principles of national justice and international law, and also against the Supreme Court order.

MPA disqualification

The Sindh High Court issued a notice on Thursday to Pakistan People’s Party MPA Mohammad Sajid Jokhio, Pakistan Election Commission and others on a petition seeking to disqualify Jokhio.

Petitioner Shah Mohammad Zaman proposed that Jokhio be elected as MPA from the constituency of the PS-87 provincial assembly in Malir; however, he is also the vice chair of the Karachi Water and Drainage Council.

He argued that under Article 63 (1) of the constitution, a person can be disqualified from being an elected member of parliament if he serves any legal entity, is owned or controlled by the government or in which the government has controlling shares or interests.

He said that KWSB is a legal entity and a public utility company, and the appointment of MPA Jokhio as the vice chairman is clearly a violation of the constitution. Courts were asked to disqualify defendant members of parliament as elected members of the provincial assembly, and to direct the ECP to hold by-elections in constituencies.


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FBR shifted processing of non-exporter refunds to the legacy system | Instant News

KARACHI: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has restarted an automated sales tax return system to handle non-export sector claims as a move to share the burden of newly launched technology that has been sliding for more than a year, sources said on Tuesday.

FBR allows processing of claims processing of sales tax returns from the non-export sector and is forwarded through the sales tax automatic refund (STARR) repository through June 30.

The refund process via STARR was discontinued following the launch of automatic sales tax refunds (Faster), which was made fully operational with the aim of removing refund claims within 72 hours of July 1 last year.

Since the inception of the new system, exporters have faced various problems obtaining refunds. FBR has made major changes within Faster to ensure immediate refund payments to exporters’ bank accounts.

To allow sales tax returns through Starr, FBR issues official memos to all tax offices.

“Faster does not have the capacity to replicate data over one tax period or process claims where there is no export,” FBR said in an office order.

An official at the Karachi Regional Tax Office said Faster was launched to cater for all types of refunds and input / output tax adjustments. However, the system has so far not been able to process all claims.

Therefore, FBR allows for carry-forward or non-export based refund applications through the refund claim preparation software at the tax office at STARR or via the express refund system until 30 June.

STARR was introduced during the computerization of the tax system in 2002. The system has certain checks for supply and cross-matched purchases from registered taxpayers. However, the system was severely abused and resulted in the issuance of counterfeit and counterfeit refunds under the zero rate sales tax regime.

The official said FBR should be vigilant in allowing the processing of sales tax returns through the STARR system because taxpayers as well as tax officials could abuse sales tax return payments.

The official further said in the past a large number of sales tax returns were paid on fake and flown invoices that were processed through STARR and were in court proceedings on various forums.

Recently, the tax office at the direction of the Federal Tax Ombudsman filed the first informational reports against people involved in counterfeit sales tax returns from different years including 2010 to 2013.


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Pakistani militants are shifting focus to cities in targeting Chinese | Instant News

KARACHI – The recent attacks on Chinese citizens in Karachi show that Pakistani militant groups opposing China’s Belt and Road Initiative have changed their strategy – focusing on the country’s urban centers and targeting Chinese citizens and investment.

On Tuesday, a Chinese national and his translator survived a gun attack on a car showroom on the outskirts of Karachi, the main port city and economic hub of the country. A week earlier, another Chinese national survived an attempt to blow up his vehicle outside his restaurant in the upscale Clifton district of Karachi.

The Sindhudesh Revolutionary Army rebel group claimed credit for both attacks. “China and Pakistan have forcibly occupied the land under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project and we will continue our attacks to target them,” SRA said in a statement.

CPEC – which involves a $ 50 billion infrastructure project in Pakistan – is part of the BRI which aims to develop land and sea trade routes in Asia and beyond.

Militant ethnic groups in Balochistan and Sindh provinces who have battled security forces for years over what they see as unfair exploitation of the region’s enormous mineral wealth have also attacked CPEC-linked projects.

Security experts believe the group is now choosing major urban centers, particularly Karachi, to target Chinese citizens and investment in addition to Pakistani state institutions and personnel, their traditional focus.

Paramilitary soldiers stand guard at the scene of the deadly attack on the Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi on June 29. © Reuters

In June, four militants from the Baloch Liberation Army attacked the Pakistan Stock Exchange building, which is located in the heart of Karachi’s main corporate district, killing two guards and a policeman and injuring seven others before being shot dead.

The Shanghai Stock Exchange, the Shenzhen Stock Exchange and the China Financial Futures Exchange are the foundation investors on the exchange and gained management control after acquiring 40% of the shares in 2017.

“Militant attire regularly targets Chinese and Pakistani security personnel interests in the mountainous and rural areas of the country,” said Abdul Basit, a researcher at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, a Singapore-based security think-tank. “But carrying out attacks against them in big urban centers, like Karachi … they want to attract global attention and publicity.”

The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project, a US-based non-profit organization that performs real-time data collection, analysis and mapping of crises, has noted an increase in organized violence by groups opposing BRI since early 2020. ACLED said the formation of a cross-provincial alliance between militants has given new life to their insurgency that has continued to weaken after 2015.

In July, SRA formed an operational alliance with Baloch Raji Ajoi Sangar, or BRAS, a consortium of four Baloch militant organizations formed in late 2018.

Two damaged cars can be seen following an attack targeting the Chinese Consulate in the Clifton Karachi area in November 2018. © Getty Images

Experts believe that uniformity in their opposition to BRI has brought together armed groups and the alliance has helped them to coordinate in identifying strategic targets and expanding operational areas.

“Operational alliances between militant groups are likely to rob counterterrorism forces of the huge advantage they have over the militants, namely tackling fragmented insurgencies,” said Tariq Pervez, former head of the National Counter-Terrorism Authority, the government’s counterterrorism agency.

Karachi has for years been fraught with political, sectarian and ethnic militancy. A crackdown by security forces that began in 2013 has eased violence in recent years, but scattered attacks are still occurring.

In the third quarter of 2020, SRA and BLA remained active in Karachi and engaged in acts of terror, including in the paramilitary Rangers, said a report by the Center for Research and Security Studies, an Islamabad-based security think-tank.

Security agencies have also stepped up their crackdown on the group. Karachi police on Wednesday claimed to have arrested two SRA militants in the city for alleged involvement in terror activities.

Although Chinese authorities have not issued any reaction to the recent attacks on their nationals in Karachi, China’s diplomatic mission in Islamabad regularly advises its citizens in Pakistan to be vigilant after receiving intelligence reports about possible attacks targeting China.

A shoe lies amid shattered glass and bloodstains outside a security post at the Pakistan Stock Exchange building in Karachi after being attacked. © Reuters

In July, senior Karachi police officials met with delegates from the Chinese consulate and companies to discuss steps to ensure better security for Chinese people in the metropolitan city. That same month, a similar meeting was held in Lahore, another major city, where officials from the two countries agreed that the consulates there would “ensure that their citizens extend cooperation to law enforcement agencies on security measures.”

However, law enforcement personnel complained that Chinese nationals do not follow security protocols. “They [Chinese] roam freely and do not adopt security measures in sensitive areas of the city, and because of their carelessness, they become targets of attacks by militant groups, “said a Karachi security official.

“We are also worried that militant groups might target Japan, Korea, Singapore, Chinese Americans, etc., without realizing it, because it is difficult for Pakistanis to differentiate among the Asian community,” the official, who did not want to be named, told Nikkei. Asia. .


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Shifting the sand | Instant News

By Raoof Hasan

“When all the scaffolding is removed, it is our integrity that defines and identifies us. People of integrity like the rock of Gibraltar – steadfast and immovable. Humans without it are like the shifting sand in the Sahara Desert – tossed about by every variation of the winds of life. “- Ted R. Callister

Uncertainty is an integral component of all human pursuits. Words spoken, promises made, dreams nurtured, distance traveled, goals envisioned, difficulties faced, stories of courage or acts of cowardice – these are all wrapped in an aura of unpredictability. There are times when a cherished goal is achieved, but there are times when success remains an illusion. However, the journey must be continued with expressions of gratitude by those who have reached its peak, and a sustenance of hope that the times will surely show the way for those who may not have succeeded.

There is another way of looking at it – with a measure of the truth one can assimilate and reveal. There are people whose marks of accomplishment produce only insatiable greed and there are people whose even a little success brings indescribable satisfaction. Getting lost in the flow of life, a person tends to forget about its quirks, the happiness it brings and the sadness it rains, and that the support of predictability is contaminated by the germs of uncertainty. The final riddle is the mirage that continues to call in the distance, giving us hope to keep going, but it disappears as we approach it. In other words, the critical reality is that there is no ultimate reality, or a false reality designed to achieve a foreseeable goal.

The monstrous dance governed by a combination of oppositions is a kind of reality that comes under layers of pretension and presumption. But when these layers begin to tear, what is revealed is not a very charitable sight. Take the case of JUI-F, one of the main players in this in-demand potion.

It all started with Hafiz Hussain Ahmed’s opening salvo, but the real explosion came from Maulana Sheerani. Calling Fazlur Rehman a ‘liar’, he said the PDM had been brought together to ‘safeguard personal interests’ and that rallies were underway to ‘reach agreement with the establishment’. He went on to state that Fazlur Rehman himself was ‘elected’ and that Imran Khan will not only finish his current term, he will also be there for the next five years.

As well as having the backing of Hafiz Hussain Ahmed, he has joined Maulana Gul Naseeb, Maulana Shujaul Mulk and many others as different from their former leaders’ self-centered political brand.

The words spoken by Maulana Sheerani are harsh words used for a leader who believes that the concept of a state is incomplete without his involvement and a government without him is an aberration. His pride knows no bounds. He said he did not need certification from any individual or institution. Sitting judging himself, he has declared himself ‘sadiq and ameen’. Murmur that he has amassed assets with no credible legal source is now being discussed and investigated.

With the breakup of JUI-F, discordant voices became louder within PML-N and PPP watched the drama happily from the sidelines. With JUI-F rebel leaders vowing to start parallel party offices, this riddle will give PDM supporters the chills – at the prospect of deserting from among their ranks, something that might force them to re-evaluate their entire protest strategy.

The duplication of the opposition’s demands for resignation has been fully exposed by their intention to participate in the by-elections for national and provincial assembly seats and the Senate elections. If they truly believe that parliament is not the right forum to engage in political dialogue to resolve differences, because they have brought agitation to the streets, there is no reason for them to seek further representation in the assembly. The fact that they do reflects a deep erosion of their integrity.

All of this happened because there was never a genuine purpose for opposition agitation. It was used as a Machiavellian garment to defend their corruption and boundless lust for power at all costs. Fazlur Rehman’s role in the potion was the one who would give the street power. The divisions within his party ranks make that impossible now. With all pretense of fighting for civilian supremacy crushed, what I see is the gradual demolition of these protest buildings that have always been situated in this shifting sand.

The author is the PM’s special assistant in information, a political and security strategist, and founder of the Regional Peace Institute.

Twitter: @RaoofHasan


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