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MIRPURKHAS: Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf chairman Imran Khan said on Saturday that his party would go to court if Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf did not write a letter to Swiss authorities over the money laundering case.

About his party’s strategy for the general election, he said an alliance with the Jamaat-i-Islami could be considered, but he ruled out any understanding with the Pakistan Muslim League-N because Nawaz Sharif “is as much to blame for the existing mess as President Asif Zardari”.

The PTI chief made the observations during a public meeting near Hyderabad and at a press conference in Mirpurkhas.

At Mirpurkhas, he accused President Asif Ali Zardari of having deposited $60 million in Swiss banks. He alleged that Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Nawaz Sharif was “equally corrupt and has a huge amount in foreign banks”.

Imran Khan said it was amazing that a man who was an accused in a massive corruption case had been made prime minister.

He said PTI, unlike People’s Party and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, was not a party of the status quo.

He called upon Karachi police to change their attitude in order to bring a semblance of sanity back to the city. Karachi needed a campaign against illegal weapons to fight the menacing rise in street crime.

He said rulers had no time to attend to Balochistan’s problems because they were “too busy saving their seats”.

FAIR POLLS: Speaking at a public gathering in Abdul Hadi Nizamani village, near Hyderabad, Imran Khan said free and fair elections were not possible as long as president Zardari was in charge.

He predicted “big things” before March, when the government would complete its five-year term.

“Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf will only protect the president’s corruption since he, too, is an accused in a corruption case involving a staggering sum of Rs400 billion,” the PTI chief observed.

He claimed that he got a “good response” during tours of Sindh and Balochistan.

Source: http://www.dawn.com

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Riaz has bribed many politicians but he must know he can never bribe me: PTI chief

HYDERABAD: Not even a single politician has spoken against real-estate tycoon Malik Riaz but me, said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan on Friday.

Addressing a large rally in Hyderabad, Imran said that Riaz has bribed many politicians but he must know he can never bribe me.

“Raiz knows that every leader has a price and he can buy them but not me; he cannot buy me nor my party,” he said.

Repeating his old promise of creating a new Pakistan once voted into power, Imran said he will bring the current corrupt setup to an end.

He said that when people are murdered in Karachi, all the leaders get together and broker a deal favourable to them but fail to deliver justice to the victims.

The PTI chief told the rally participants to question their leaders who hid their wealth abroad rather than investing it in Pakistan.

“Politicians who have saved assets in foreign countries are a part of the current evil system,” Imran said.

The PTI chief added that his party will not give a ministry to anyone who owns property or other assets abroad.

Criticising the government’s inability to tax everyone equally, Imran said that only the poor people paid taxes in Pakistan, while rich were spared.

 

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Gilani takes notice of prolonged electricity outage, summons petroleum minister.

KARACHI: Loadshedding and power protests continued in Punjab, with the electricity shortfall quoted at 8,000 megawatts and some areas reported to be without power supply for longer than eight hours at a stretch.

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has taken notice of the prolonged electricity outages and has summoned the petroleum minister.

Authorities said in order to cope with the increasing shortfall of power supply, loadshedding had to be stretched to longer hours.

Grid stations in different areas of Lahore have been shut since 7am. Moreover, due to prolonged absence of power supply in southern Lahore, the city suffers from a shortage of water supply as well. Areas like Jhang, Toba Tek Singh and Chiniot receive power supply for only three hours a day.

Various cities under FESCO (Faisalabad Electricity Supply Company) go through 20 hours of severe loadshedding. While more than 22 hours of loadshedding in villages has disturbed daily life routines.

Sukkur and internal Sindh cities face 12hours of loadshedding daily, while villages go through 16 hours of no power supply. As a result of the severe energy crisis, businesses are suffering, and hundred thousands of labourers are unemployed.

Passenger train set on fire

Three bogeys of a passenger train were set on fire by angry protestors in Kamoke. The train was travelling to Sialkot from Lahore.

Pakistan Railways has temporarily suspended services of at least 20 trains travelling from Lahore to Rawalpindi, including four Railroad cars, two Awam Express trains, Lasani, Allama Iqbal and Khyber Express.

According to GM Railways, this step has been taken to avoid protesters from damaging further more trains.

The protestors had first pelted the train with stones, forcing the passengers out, before setting it on fire. No casualties were reported in the incident.

Earlier in Kamoke, protestors had also tried to set grid stations on fire.

Civilians protest against loadshedding

Infuriated mobs in different areas of Faisalabad carried out rallies against the ongoing power crisis, while enraged people pelted stones and broke windows of three private banks near Dhandiwala. Protestors damaged ATM machines and CNG stations in the area.

Protests continued despite baton charging by the police. The mob looted stores and stole from fruit vendors.

Traffic was blocked by burning tyres on Marine Road.

Protestors armed with sticks in Khanewal, forcefully shut down shops of the area. The SHO of the city arrived on the scene, infuriating the mob even further. As a result the SHO took hostage in a house, on which the protestors started stoning the building.

The demonstrators were dispersed through aerial firing and shelling which injured seven.

Demonstrations also took place in Jahaniya, Pakpattan and Lahore.

Infuriated protesters barged into the LESCO (Lahore Electricity Supply Company) office, burning documents and furniture, and ran away with the electricity wires.

Protests continued for several hours while police was nowhere to be seen.

The GT Road was shut down due to the protests at Sadhuki.

Wapda offices and educational institutions were set on fire near Sargodha.

The Gepco office was set on fire in Hafizabad, while at Zafarwal, Federal Minister Tariq Anees’ caravan was stopped. Three people were injured when the guard opened fire.

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Image shows a young man, who is bleeding apparently due to gunshot wounds, runing for his life after unknown assailants opened fire at a rally in Karachi on May 22, 2012. The HRCP said last year a total of 1,715 people were killed in violent flare-ups in the city plagued by ethnic and politically-linked bloodshed.

KARACHI: Ethnic, sectarian and politically-linked violence in Pakistan’s financial capital Karachi has killed at least 740 people so far this year, a human rights organisation said Tuesday.

Parts of the port city have become battlegrounds, with authorities unable to prevent violence blamed on activists from political parties representing rival ethnic groups.

“About 740 people have been the victims of violent shootings in the last five months,” Zohra Yusuf, chair of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), told AFP.

The HRCP said last year a total of 1,715 people were killed in violent flare-ups in the city, which is Pakistan’s biggest with an estimated population of 17 million.

The attacks often lead to punishing financial losses for Pakistan’s economy as swathes of Karachi go into lockdown, with residents fleeing the violence and shops and markets closing.

“People are being killed with impunity by various ethnic groups while the government, it seems, has little control to put an end to it,” Yusuf said.

The figures include the assassination of 107 political activists, while the rest of the victims were people with no political affiliations, HRCP said.

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Islamabad  – With the start of the new school year now underway, UNICEF is encouraging parents and communities around the country to ensure that all children of primary school-age are enrolled in class.

An estimated 7.3 million primary school aged children in Pakistan do not attend school, depriving them of their right to education, and preventing them from reaching their full potential. Around 20 million children in Pakistan, including those of primary school-age, are not in school.

“The realization of Pakistan’s vision for social and economic development depends on the success of its education system,” said UNICEF Pakistan Representative Dan Rohrmann. “Investing in children and their education is both a right in principle and in practice due to the positive impacts it has on so many socio-economic dimensions.  It is therefore vital that all children in Pakistan, both boys and girls, have the opportunity to attend and complete their schooling.”

UNICEF is supporting the nationwide ‘Every Child in School’ campaign, which encourages parents and communities to ensure that all primary school aged children are enrolled for the new school year. A special focus is being placed on enrolling girls, who represent 57 per cent of primary school aged children who are not attending school. Girls from poor families in rural areas, for example, receive just over one year of education, on average, compared with boys from wealthy urban families who receive an average of more than nine years of education.

The right of children to receive an education is enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.  The 18th Amendment of the Pakistan Constitution is providing an added opportunity to realize this right as Article 25a requires the State to provide free and compulsory education to all children between the ages of five and 16, as determined by law.

“The disparities in education are influenced by multiple factors such as wealth, gender, ethnicity, geographic location, early learning opportunities, access and quality of learning and it is therefore critical that all those that can positively influence children’s learning opportunities put their best foot forward to ensure that this year’s start of schooling will be more successful than ever,” said Mr. Rohrmann.

“We must ensure that all children are in school. Free and quality education for all children, especially the most vulnerable and disadvantaged – and which is utilized by all children – is essential to Pakistan’s economic and social development. An investment in children is an investment in Pakistan’s future,” added Mr. Rohrmann.

More Information:
Amal Masud, Media Specialist, Mob: 0300-855-4539, Email:amasud@unicef.org

Musarrat buttons up her son, Saqlain, after giving him a bath. Saqlain, 5, belongs to a poor family of five that lives in a slum and barely gets by. PHOTO: MYRA IQBAL

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