JSMM calls for provincial strike against MQM chief Altaf Hussain’s statement over division of Sindh province
The defunct Sindhi nationalist party Jiay Sindh Mutahida Mahaz (JSMM) has called for an all-Sindh to protest against the MQM leader, Altaf Hussain’s statement regarding division of Sindh. Around 50 fire crackers went off in various towns and cities of Sindh including Karachi but no major damage or injury was reported.
In Karachi, traffic was disrupted and shops closed in Sindhi dominated areas of Malir like Gulshan-e-Hadid, Natha Khan Goth, Safoora Goth, Ibrahim Hayderi, Hub and parts of Lyari.
It may be mentioned, Ulema Action Committee (UAC) and Jamiat Ulema Islam-Samiullah (JUI-S) group had also called for a strike in Karachi on Friday over the killing of Mufti Usman Yar Khan and other religious scholars. The UAC had warned of a nationwide strike as a second phase of their protest if their demand of forming a special committee to investigate the killing of Mufti Usman was not met.
Karachi Road Transporters also decided to keep their transport off the roads, however, taxis and rickshaws were available to commuters.
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The secretary general of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Sami-ul-Haq (JUI-S), Mufti Usman Yar was killed along with three others after unknown gunmen opened fire on their car, a domestic private channel reported.
Initial reports suggest the gunmen attacked the four men from both sides of the vehicle near the Awami Markaz on Shahra-e-Faisal.
Three of the injured succumbed to their wounds when they were shifted to the Jinnah Hospital for treatment. According to a hospital source, the victims were brought to the institute with bullet wounds to their chest.
Angry protesters pelted stones and forced a shut down of businesses and markets. Other protests are expected, which may result in traffic jams.
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A candle lit vigil will be held by the civil society on Wednesday to pay homage to national heroes including the slain SP CID Karachi Chaudhry Aslam and young Aitzaz Hassan who lost his life when he overpowered a suicide bomber in Hangu district.
The civil society has condemned these suicide attacks on the slain SP CID Karachi Chaudhry Aslam and young Aitzaz Hassan who lost his life when he overpowered a suicide bomber in Hangu district.
Condemning the attacks, in a press statement on Monday, Civil Society Network Pakistan stated that these attacks are a failure of the government to protect the lives of its citizens. The statement added that the state’s fundamental duty is to provide protection to its people, but terrorists were moving freely and fearlessly carrying out their criminal activities.
Furthering the statement, the society also claimed that there was no writ of the government, which itself is a clear violation of the 1973 Constitution.
President Civil Society Network Abdullah Malik said that young Aitzaz Hassan and Chaudhry Aslam were real heroes of the nation, adding, civilised nations never forget their heroes and, “We too remember our heroes who saved the lives of hundreds of school fellows and civilians.”
Terrorists were enemies of humanity and no dialogue should be held with them, he said.
“They are not Muslims as Islam is a religion of peace and humanity,” he said, adding, “Teachings of Islam are for the dignity of humanity.”
The government has to take strict action against terrorists who boldly claimed responsibilities of recent attacks in Karachi and Hangu, Abdullah said.
He paid rich tributes to Chaudhry Aslam and Aitzaz Hassan. About Chaudhry Aslam ahe said, he performed his duty with honesty and left behind an example of a brave officer. Talking about Aitzaz Hassan, he said, he was a real hero who saved the lives of his schoolmates by sacrificing his precious life, adding, he will be remembered for a long time in the history of Pakistan.
Malik said, a candle lit vigil will be held at Charing Cross on Wednesday evening where civil society organisations would pay tribute to real heroes of the nation.
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In an exclusive interview on Monday the widow of slain SP CID Karachi, Chaudhry Aslam, told a private domestic news channel that the bombproof vehicle which her murdered husband was using belonged to his friend who had taken it back a few days before the deadly attack.
“It is the responsibility of the government to provide a bombproof vehicle,” Noureen Aslam said. She also disclosed that the friend did not even come to offer condolences to the family.
Chaudhry Aslam was killed in broad daylight in Pakistan’s larget city and business hub, Karachi, when an explosive laden pickup truck rammed his vehicle on the Lyari Expressway on January 9. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have claimed responsibility for the attack.
According to Noureen, Karachi Police Chief Shahid Hayat called Aslam on the telephone, telling him to report to office on the same day.
Police say the identity of the attacker was Naeemullah, who was a resident of PIB colony in Karachi.
Internal intelligence agency the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating the case.
Sources say, a US criminal investigative body will work along with the FBI to probe the murder. Around 200 persons have been interrogated so far and statements of 35 persons recorded, they further said.
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By Linda Lautrec
To be fair, once again, I need to offer an explanation to those who have not previously read my “Ten Best Films” list in earlier years. I don’t see blazing action adventure, high speed car chases,sophomoric comedies, prepubescent party films, drug humor, gross out gore with no redeeming value, films that cross the acceptable taste barrier or futuristic science fiction films detailing the derailment and end of society as we know it. The resulting list may be a threadbare list of films released in 2013, but those that do land on my top ten list represent work that meets a modicum of standard movie making, and hopefully, a lack of pandering to the sensational or money making precepts that drives so much of the film world.
1. Philomena, Directed by Stephen Frears.
The fact that it takes a con to con a con is the log line behind this comedic drama. When FBI low level worker, Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) catches the duo, they are forced to go along with a scheme to apprehend major mob and government crooks by playing a role in a hilariously dangerous hoax that involves a fake Sheik Abdullah money man (really from Mexico) played by an innocent appearing Michael Pena. Nothing is what it seems to be from the hairdos like Richie’s permed hair, Sydney Prosser’s
“British heritage” to the final con, but watching these characters is fun. Jeremy Renner as Mayor Carmine Politio, the only innocent involved is priceless as a Bobby Rydell Jersey Shore look-a-like unfairly entrapped much to the chagrin of Rosenfeld who (at last) develops a conscience. One hair brained scheme leads to a more fatally frightening one that is as hilarious as it is preposterous. Go!
4. The Fifth Estate
7. Captain Phillips
8. The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Some of my Worst Films List:
1. Inside Lewellyn Davis
2. Don Jon
3. Frances Ha
4 . Identity Thief
The writer is a filmmaker and does selective review of films.
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A nationwide strike has been called by the Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam–Sami (JUI-S) today in protest of drone attacks in Pakistan.
To protest against the victims of Ashura incident in Rawalpindi, Jamiat–Ulema Islam–Fazl-ur-Rehman (JUI-F) is likely to hold a demonstration at the Karachi Press Club (KPC) today.
In addition, Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamat (ASWJ) will register their protest at Tibet Centre over the Pindi incident after Friday prayers.
Meanwhile, Jamat-e-Islami (JI) will protest against the drone attacks at Gulshan after Friday Prayers.
The protest are likely to cause traffic a jam on main routes of the city.
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