31 March 2012
Banun: Daily Jasarat, March 26, 2012. Pakistan’s parliament is reviewing consideration of the reopening of the NATO supplies routes to Afghanistan. This move has angered the Taliban and its supporters. Ehsanullah Ehsan said that if Pakistan considered this proposal, then Pakistan Taliban will attack parliamentarians and their overlords. Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) chief Abdul Rashid Turabi and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam chief Mawlana Fazlu-ur-Rehman have described this move as an act of slavery. They emphasised the need to narrate and proceed as per Islamic norms to bring about revolution in Pakistan against unnecessary foreign influence. They also threatened the Parliament of a fierce protest if it does not acknowledge their point.
SC to decide PM Gilani’s fate on April 16
Islamabad: Daily Jasarat, March 30, 2012. The apex court of Pakistan has said that it will pronounce an appropriate judgment against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on April 16 for not implementing its order regarding writing letter to the Swiss authorities for reopening cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. The bench of seven judges led by Justice Nasir ul-Mulk had heard the arguments from the PM’s counsel. The comment came when a large bench was hearing the NRO implementation case. Justice Ijaz Afzal said that the court orders should be implemented and ignorance of which will be ruled as contempt of court. Justice Athar Sayyed said that the application to again observe NRO has already been dismissed. Justice Asif Saeed Khosa said that the court will not give extensions to write letter to the Swiss authorities.
Focus should be on result-oriented dialogue, says Foreign Minister
Seoul: Daily Ausaf, March 28, 2012. Pakistan Foreign Minister Heena Rabbani Khar has said that both India and Pakistan should enter into result-oriented dialogue to resolve their bilateral issues. Speaking on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea, Khar said that reducing the trust-deficit between the two nations is not enough. Rather, both countries should engage in result-oriented process of dialogue, so that the people of our nation can have the confidence that the resolution of the major issues is coming through the continuous dialogue. She also mentioned that SAARC is an important forum which can play a vital role in resolving issues between India and Pakistan.
Gilani surrenders in front of Obama
Lahore: Daily Jasarat, March 30, 2012. Jamaat-e-Islami chief Syed Munawar Hassan accused Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani of being unpatriotic and buckling under the constant US pressure to reopen NATO supply routes. He said the incident at Salala check post was a pre-planned attack by the US in which 24 innocent Pakistani Muslim soldiers got killed. Targeting President Zardari, he said that Mr. 10 percent has developed into Mr. 100 percent under the shelter of US. He said the continuous Drone attacks were the results of that shelter.
Downbeat mood on Republic Day celebrations
Islamabad: Daily Ausaf, March 25, 2012. The Pakistan Day was conceptualised by great poet Sir Allama Mohammad Iqbal, but after 65 years of Independence, it seems it is loosing its relevance. It was quite shocking to notice that only two major celebrations were registered on the Republic Day of Pakistan across the nation. One was held in Islamabad where the Prime Minister, while addressing the gathering, said that both India and Pakistan came in to existence side-by-side, but India prospered continuously with its ever relying democracy while Pakistan got mutilated several times under martial laws. In the other celebration, Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif said that Pakistan has turned into a grazing ground for foreigners and the country has mortgaged its Independence to organizations like IMF and World Bank. He said now citizens of the nation should realise that the country cannot prosper only through donations and loans.
This is prepared by Shahid Raheem, Media Researcher, Observer Research Foundation