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Bilawal says NAB legislation is a ”black law”

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KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has said the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) legislation is a “black law” that is only being used for political vengeance.

Addressing the media here, PPP Chief said that the joint investigation team (JIT) on fake accounts case has been politicised after induction of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) into it.

Regretting the recent arrest of Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani, Bilawal said that the anti-graft body was a tool being used for political engineering.

“According to the Charter of Democracy, the NAB should be abolished,” he said, quoting slain prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

On political victimisation, Bilawal emphasised that Article 10-A of the Constitution grants every citizen the right to a free trial. However, including intelligence officials in joint investigation teams (JITs) politicises the judiciary.

Elaborating further, the PPP leader said that shifting cases from Sindh to Rawalpindi is a violation of the jurisdiction. “The trial should be held where the crime took place,” he said, questioning as to why Rawalpindi is a choice when the Bhuttos are being tried.

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Russian Pianists Mesmerize Karachiites (VIDEO AND TEXT)

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KARACHI: Music aficionados from all over the Metropolis converged at the patio of Alliance Française de Karachi (AFK) – French Cultural Centre – here on Monday (29th April). The occasion was a piano concert by Russian twin sisters Anastasia & Polina Churbanova. 

KARACHI: Humane Urduphone Consul General of the Russian Federation Dr. Aleksandr G. Khozin announced that the first piece of the evening had been dedicated to Ahmed Mir (late official of the Qatar Airways) who had sponsored the duo’s transportation – Mir died in an accident in the USA.

KARACHI: Conspicuous among others there were  Consul Generals of Russia & France, Commissioner Karachi, Bina Shah (President AFK), Behram & Goshpi Avari (who had sponsored the twin’s stay here), and family members of the late official of Qatar Airways Ahmed Mir.The soirée commenced with two sisters playing German Composer Johann Sebastian Bach’s Minuet & Badinerie  (from Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor). The next piece was French composer & pianist Francis Poulenc’s Sonate Zu vier Händen. Alexander Scriabin’s composition (Sonata No.3 in F-sharp minor op.23) Andante was performed by Polina whereas, her sister’s solo was Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata No. 27 in E Minor op.90. The last scheduled composition played by the twin sisters was Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Barcarolle, Scherzo, Russian Theme, Romance, Waltz and Slava (6 pieces, op.11 for piano four hands). After three curtain calls the twins excused as they were too exhausted to perform.  KARACHI: Talking exclusively to this scribe Anastasia & Polina Churbanova told that they were from St. Petersburg and were playing Piano since they were six. After taking lessons for a year they took part in a globally acclaimed contest named after Lubov Brook. Later in 2003, they won first prize in the famous international competition named after celebrated Russian pianist/composer A. Rubinstein. The twins told this was their second visit to the Port City, a Metropolis where they would love to perform again in future. They give piano concerts in Russia regularly and – besides  Pakistan – had performed in five foreign countries (including Austria, Germany, Holland, & Ukraine). 

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PS: It is pertinent to mention here that this performance was part of an international concert series termed as Classical Music Without Borders.

 

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CG JoAnne Wagner opens Photo Expo “Muslims in America” (VIDEO AND TEXT)

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KARACHI: JoAnne Wagner Consul General of USA, and Syed Sardar Shah Sindh Minister for Culture, have inaugurated a photo exposition titled Muslims in America at Lincoln Corner in the Liaquat National Memorial Library here.

Commenting on the exhibition Consul General remarked: “The images in the exhibit demonstrate two founding principles of American society: those of tolerance of religious diversity; and freedom of religious practice.  Americans are proud of their right to practice the religion of their choice, without any fear,”

The photo exhibition showcases religious diversity and religious freedom in the USA that is home to one of the most diverse Muslim populations in the world.

The exhibit will remain open to the general public till 4th June.

 

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DG Rangers calls on Sindh Governor

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KARACHI: Sindh Governor Imran Ismail Thursday said that the role and sacrifices of Pakistan Army, Pakistan Rangers, Police, and other law enforcement agencies in the restoration of peace were commendable.
In a meeting with Pakistan Rangers Sindh Director General (DG) Major General Umar Ahmed Bukhari, who called on him at the Governor House, the Governor said that the maintenance of law and order across the province was among the top priorities of the government, according to a statement.
The meeting reiterated upon elimination of crime and maintenance of peace, particularly in the city. The security arrangements for Ramadan and overall law and order situation were also discussed in detail during the meeting.

 

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