Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Jang Group newspapers, GEO TV banned in Pak Army offices

RAWALPINDI: A ban has been imposed on Jang group newspapers – including Daily Jang and The News – along with screening of Geo News in all Pakistan Army offices with immediate effect, credible sources confided to ARY News.
Sources told there will be a blanket ban on Jang Group newspapers and screening of Geo News at all Pak Army offices, mess and units.
According to sources, the decision is taken in view of the propaganda hatched by GEO and Jang group to malign Pakistan Army and prime intelligence agency of Pakistan, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).
It is widely believed that Jang Group and its owner Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman have been connived in maligning prestigious national institutions of the country.
Senior news anchor Mubashir Luqman said Jang Group owner Mir Shajkeel ur Rehman and his organizations owed huge outstanding dues to National Bank and other institutions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Defence Ministry moves PEMRA against Geo News, files evidence


The petition alleges Geo News is involved in anti-Pakistan activities.

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – The Ministry of Defence, Tuesday, filed a petition against Geo News – for naming ISI Chief after attack on prominent journalist Hamid Mir – in Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), Dunya News reported.
According to Dunya News sources, Defence Ministry has moved against the private TV channel in PEMRA. The petition alleges that Geo News is involved in anti-Pakistan activities. Ministry also provided reported evidences against the said TV channel to PEMRA to evaluate.
A private TV channel had alleged Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) for involvement in attack on senior journalist Hamid Mir. The channel even flashed portraits of ISI Chief in the aftermath. The petition said that Geo News leveled baseless allegations against Pakistan’s security institutions and its chief.
The military institutions had expressed outrage over the allegations through Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) whose Director General (DG) Major Asim Bajwa had hinted of possible legal action against Geo News for dragging national institutions into what became a major controversy.
Bajwa said that Hamid Mir was attacked by miscreants who don’t want peace to prevail in the country. He also said that pointing fingers at military organization caused defamation.
He said that ISPR is a dignified institution adding that legal action over allegation will be taken after evaluating the situation fully.

Army Chief lauds ISI during visit to headquarters

RAWALPINDI- Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif today appreciated the role of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) towards national security and lauded the contributions.

General Raheel Sharif made the remarks during his visit to the Directorate General (ISI), an ISPR statement said. The army chief also lauded the sacrifices of its officers and men towards strengthening the defence of the motherland. He was given detailed briefing on internal and external security situation of the country. On arrival at Headquarters, Lieutenant General Zahir ul Islam, DG ISI received COAS.

We Love Pak Army

Senior anchor person Hamid Mir was attacked on saturday evening in Karachi while his car was leaving the airport.He was shot six times and rushed towards the hospital for treatment.He went through a successful operation and doctors are of the view that he will regain consiousness soon and is out of danger.
An attempt over his life was also made previously by planting a bomb in his car.
May he get a speedy recovery ! 
Within next few minutes of the attack,Amir Mir (Brother of Hamid Mir) said that elements of ISI are involved in this attack which was even more shocking for me.He said that establishment was unhappy with Hamid because of missing's person's issue in Baluchistan,Musharraf's trial and political influence by security establishment.
He furthur added that no terrorists groups knew that he was coming to Karachi from Islamabad.Intelligence people are everywhere.Only they knew the movements.Blaming the main intelligence agency of Pakistan which has also been ranked as world's best intelligence agency is nothing but madness.Damaging the reputation of most prestigious institution by a specific media group was ridiculous.
The most controversial media group of the country tried to mislead the people about the Army by repeating the statement of Amir in which he said that ISI Chief Lt General Zaheer ul Islam and the elements of ISI are involved in this incident. Even an analyst of jang group demanded the resign from DG ISI. According to ISPR's spokesman Pakistan Army has condemned the incident of firing on senior journailst in Karachi.
He furthur said that to ascertain facts an inquiry must be carried out immediately.The allegations against ISI or head of ISI without any basis is misleading. Foreign Media especially the Indian Media is highlighting the issue and trying to demoralize the image of Pakistan Army and its institutions.
It is an attempt to defame the most respectable institution by baseless allegation against the ISI Chief.The Army's sacrifices for the Pak Sar Zameen are not forgettable in any case and their love for the country cannot be denied.They stood up with the nation in every need of hour and the country is safe because of their sacrifices.
The person who attacked Mir must be punished by the law and the persons behind the conspracy against ISI must also be unveiled .
Long Live Pakistan Army. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Blocking Geo TV For Defaming National Intelligence Agency

As per Article 19 of Constituion of Pakistan and PEMRA regulations it is unlawful to draw allegations on anyone without proper legal procedure.
To:
Government of Pakistan, Chairman PEMRA 
Blocking Geo TV for defaming National Intelligence agency
Sincerely,
[Your name]

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Attack on Hamid Mir: ISPR spokesman terms allegations against ISI Chief misleading


He said that an independent inquiry must immediately be carried out to ascertain facts.
RAWALPINDI (Dunya News) – Pakistan armed forces’ spokesman Major General Asim Bajwa condemned the attack on senior anchorperson Hamid Mir on Saturday, adding that allegations against Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) are misleading, Dunya News reported.

The spokesman prayed for his well being and quick recovery. He said that an independent inquiry must immediately be carried out to ascertain facts. However raising allegations against ISI or head of ISI without any basis is highly regrettable and misleading, he added.
Earlier, prominent journalist, anchorperson Hamid Mir was reportedly injured after being shot at thrice on his way to office from airport.
Hamid Mir was rushed to a private hospital where he is being given treatment. Reportedly, Hamid Mir is in critical condition and is being operated for injuries.
Karachi police chief Shahid Hayat confirmed that the journalist has been shot at thrice. He claimed that Mir is out of danger, however, the media has conflicting reports about his current condition.
Reportedly, Hamid Mir’s driver heroically sped the vehicle out of the shooting scene.
Mir was shot at thrice by unknown gunmen on his way to office from the airport. Police reached the site and started the search operation after cordoning off the area.
President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, former president Asif Ali Zardari, MQM Chief Altaf Hussain and PTI Chairman Imran Khan strongly condemned the attack.
Hamid Mir is a senior journalist who hosts a popular talk show on a private news network.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

PM Nawaz Sharif vows to spend $1.6bn on Balochistan development

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday said that US $1.6 billion will be spent on different development projects in Balochistan, with Gawadar being developed as a model city.
Addressing the Cabinet Meeting, the Prime Minister said the development in Balochistan was a priority for the government and development plans to put the most neglected province on road to progress, “were being implemented expeditiously.”
He said that Gawadar was being developed as a model city and a socio-economic package has been planned for it, adding that Gawadar Airport and Sea Port were being developed on modern lines.
Prime Minister Sharif told the Cabinet that US $1.6 billion will be spent on these projects and added that he himself will monitor these projects.
He said the socio-economic package included provision of skilled manpower through training of human resource in different sectors including health and education, while development of health and education infrastructure to cater for the people of Balochistan have also been planned.
The Prime Minister said: “The public money is sacred and we should ensure its judicious and efficient spending.” He said that the economy was the government's top priority and it was providing equal attention to all parts of the country.
The Cabinet also approved the tariff of US $0.66/MMBTU for LNG services project, secured through competitive bidding process by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources.
It also decided that the policy guidelines of the tariff, will be conveyed to OGRA.
The Cabinet further decided that other aspects of the commercial agreement will be settled between the two parties, Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) and EPTL of Qatar.
Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, while briefing the Cabinet, informed that the price of LNG was competitive with the international market.
He said the contract will be for 15 years and will provide 200 MMBTU of LNG in the first year and would be increased to 400 MMBTU from the 2nd year.