ISLAMABAD: Reaffirming that terrorism continues to pose a threat to states and societies across the globe, Pakistan and the European Union (EU) on Thursday reiterated their resolve to jointly combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
They also reaffirmed their solidarity with the victims of terrorist attacks across the world. This affirmation was made during the seventh round of Pakistan-EU Political Counter-Terrorism dialogue held in Brussels, Belgium, a message received here from Brussels said. On the EU side, the dialogue was chaired by Pawel Herczynski, Director for Security Policy (EEAS), while Pakistan side led by Ahmad Farooq, Director General Counter-Terrorism. The parties held in-depth discussions and exchanged perspectives on a wide range of counterterrorism issues in a cordial and constructive manner. The EU side appreciated Pakistan’s increasing efforts in fighting terrorism and emphasized the need for increased engagement on preventing and countering radicalization.
The parties agreed on the need for a comprehensive approach to terrorism, based on the rule of law and protection of human rights and for enhancing cooperation in dealing with violent extremism in all its aspects, including preventing and countering radicalization and addressing the root causes of thereof. The parties furthermore underlined their joint commitment to regional peace and stability. Both sides underlined the importance of interfaith dialogue and harmony as a key to promote tolerance and social cohesion in society. Recalling the commitments of all states for the implementation of UN General Assembly and Security Council resolutions relating to international terrorism, both sides reaffirmed their support for the implementation of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in a balanced and integrated manner. The parties also reiterated their determination to work together in promoting international cooperation through fora such as the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum (GCTF).
They discussed the ongoing EU-Pakistan cooperation in the area of counter-terrorism and agreed to explore further avenues of bilateral collaboration including the exchange of best practices and potential co-operation projects in mutually agreed areas. The EU and Pakistan agreed that the next meeting of the dialogue will take place in Islamabad in 2019. The dialogue followed the adoption of EU Council Conclusions on Pakistan on November 19, 2018. They made reference to the wish of the EU to strengthen cooperation in the field of security and defense and commended the resumption of dialogue in this area, and the holding of the annual Dialogues on Counter-Terrorism and on Non-Proliferation and Disarmament. The Pakistan-EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament dialogue was held on November 28, 2018.
Two bankers nabbed for Rs.100m fraud
AMMAR AHMED KHAN
BAHAWALPUR: The Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) has taken into custody two bank officials allegedly involved in Rs. 100m fraud.
According to details the duo [Azhar Nadeem Ansari (operation manager) and Ikramul Haq (ex-operation manager) of the Habib Bank’s Quaid-e-Azam Medical College (QAMC) branch] were nabbed from court premises after their plea for confirmation of bail before the arrest was rejected by the Bahawalpur bench of the Lahore High Court.
Ansari and Ikram were allegedly involved in a case of Rs. 100m embezzlement in the amount of salaries of the employees, including doctors of the Civil Hospital. The ACE had registered an FIR against 11 suspects, including the two bank officials a couple of years ago.
Both officials had got interim bail before arrest while their plea for its confirmation was dismissed by the court after the ACE officials opposed the grant of relief. The ACE officials said they had to recover the allegedly embezzled amount from the bank officials and deposit it with the exchequer.
Terrorism: Military courts finalize cases of 546 accused
RAWALPINDI: Since the establishment of military courts cases of 717 accused terrorists were sent to them by the federal government and out of these 546 cases have been finalized.
According to the details issued here by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Sunday out of the 546 finalized cases, 310 terrorists were awarded death penalty while 234 were awarded rigorous imprisonment of varied duration, ranging from life imprisonment to a minimum duration of five years.
Two accused were also acquitted. Out of 310 sentenced to death, 56 terrorists have been executed after completion of legal process beyond military courts decisions, which included their appeal in superior civil courts and rejection of their mercy petition both by Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and the President of Pakistan.
Execution of death sentence of the remaining 254 terrorists is pending, completion of the legal process in the higher courts.
Those who have been awarded death penalty included masterminds, executors and abettors/facilitators of, inter alia, following major terrorist incidents:
1. Army Public School (APS) Peshawar attack of 16 December 2014
(five terrorists executed).
2. Marriot Islamabad terrorist attack, September 2008.
3. Parade Lane terrorist attack, December 2009.
4. Attack on Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) office Multan,
5. The terrorist attack on four Special Services Group (SSG) soldiers,
including two officers, April 2009 (one terrorist executed).
6. Attack on ISI office Sukker, November 2010.
7. Bannu Jail Break, April 2012 (one terrorist executed).
8. Mastung Sectarian terrorist attack, April 2012.
9. Killing of Foreigners in Nanga Parbat, June 2013.
10. Terrorist attack on civilian and security officials at
Chalas, August 2013.
11. Terrorist attack on SSP Chaudhary Aslam, January 2014.
12. Karachi Airport attack, June 2014.
13. Terrorists’ attack on Ms Sabin Mehmood, April 2015.
14. Terrorists’ attack Safora Ghot Karachi, May 2015.
15. Bacha Khan University attack, January 2016.
16. Terrorist attack on Amjad Sabri, June 2016.
Fake ‘amil’ makes brothers bury their sister alive!
Ammar Ahmed Khan
TAXILA: On the instructions of a fake faith-healer two brothers killed their mentally sick sister in order to get the house rid of evil.
Shabana, 38, and a resident of Banni Mohallah near Christian Hospital had not been seen since 4th of Dec. Her elder brother, Mohammad Imran, who lives separately, lodged a complaint with the police about his sister’s unexplained disappearance. On Friday, the victim’s mother called her brother, Abdul Lateef, saying she had been locked in a room by her two sons, Mohammad Farhan and Mohammad Kamran, and that she had managed to break out of the room.
Abdul Lateef came to his sister’s aid and also informed his nephew, Mohammad Imran. The victim’s mother told her brother and son that her daughter had been buried alive in the well in the house. Imran then informed the local police about the crime. Rescue 1122 was called to retrieve the body but the operation was abandoned when the oxygen supply was exhausted and it got dark.
Rescue 1122 officer Adeel Ahmed said the operation will resume on Saturday after more oxygen cylinders are brought in. Investigation Officer Assistant Sub-Inspector Mohammad Shahzad told media persons that both the suspects were taken into custody. He said the two brothers had confessed to killing their sister on the directives of the local spiritual healer, who had told them that evil forces have descended on her which also affected their family. The spiritual healer had advised they kill her in order to rid the family of evil forces.
A case will be registered against the suspects after the body is recovered. Another case in which a lack of knowledge destroys a life, even consultation with an amateur in the medical field could have prevented such a tragedy.