|Banned outfits collecting funds booked, Punjab tells SC|
|[DAWN] In a bid to curb terror financing, thegovernment has booked a number of s for illegally collecting funds from the public.|
The cases have been registered against Al-Rasheed Trust (Maymar Trust) and Al-Rehmat Trust in Multan, Ansarul Ummah, Sipa-e-Sahaba and Tehrik-e-Ghulbai-e-Islam in Bahawalpur and Jaish-e-Muhammad in Gujranwala. The accused involved in illegal collection of funds have been and investigations are in progress.
The information was shared on Wednesday with a two-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja which had taken up a case relating to activities of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
The matter cropped up during the June 23 hearing of a bail application of Haroonur Rashid who had been booked for alleged fraud in a business transaction. During the case, it emerged that the parties involved had invested in a -based NGO 'Baraan' which was registered in but had spread its activities to Tank, Bannu and D.I. Khan.
Consequently, the apex court asked for information about the steps the government had taken after Dec 24, 2014 -- the day the National Action Plan (NAP) was prepared in consultations with all political parties against the backdrop of the Dec 16, 2014 massacre of children in Peshawar's Army Public School -- to curb extremism and militancy in the country.
A voluminous report submitted by Additional Advocate General of Punjab Razzaq A. Mirza on Wednesday said the provincial Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) was strictly monitoring activities of outlawed organizations and hardcore s, including those mentioned in the Fourth Schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) 1997, as well as their s involved in raising and possessing funds for terrorism.
According to the report, the CTD has arrested a gang of 12 people found collecting funds for Jaish-e-Muhammad and Al-Rehmat Trust and confiscated 'Jihadi' literature and receipt books.
|Provinces asked to scrutinise NGOs' sources of funding|
|[DAWN] The federal government informed the Supreme Court on Thursday that it had asked the provincial governments as well as the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration to strictly monitor the functioning of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), scrutinise their sources of funding and seek audit reports from them.|
The information was provided in a report submitted by the interior ministry in compliance with earlier court orders.
On July 1 and 3, a three-judge bench headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja had asked Attorney General Salman Aslam Butt to come up with information about the steps the government had taken after Dec 24, 2014 -- the day the National Action Plan (NAP) was prepared in consultations with all political parties against the backdrop of the Dec 16, 2014 massacre of children in 's Army Public School -- to curb extremism and militancy in the country.
The matter relating to NGOs' activities cropped up during the June 23 hearing of a bail application of Haroonur Rashid who had been booked for alleged fraud in a business transaction.
It was revealed during the hearing that the parties involved in the matter had invested in "Baraan", a -based NGO, which was registered in Peshawar but carried out its activities in Tank, Bannu and D.I. Khan.
The non-availability of relevant figures was termed by the court alarming, especially when the 20-point NAP included a stipulation that "all funding sources of and terrorist outfits will be frozen".
Later Interior Minister had said in a statement that his ministry would submit a detailed report on NAP's implementation to the Supreme Court to prove, with statistics, that the plan was not an eyewash.
|SC seeks details about NGOs' source of funding|
|[DAWN] At a time when the federal government is planning to regulate non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the matter caught the attention of the Supreme Court on Tuesday.|
A three-judge bench headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja asked the federal and provincial governments to furnish complete details about the source of funding of the NGOs, the sectors where they spent money, mechanism to monitor their activities and the process of their registration.
"In case appropriate and complete information is not shared, the federal interior secretary as well as four chief secretaries will be summoned in person," the court warned.
The matter was taken up during the hearing of a bail petition of Haroonur Rashid who was booked for an alleged fraud in a business transaction. It was revealed during the hearing that the parties involved in the case had invested in "Baraan", a -based NGO.
The court decided that it would first take up the issue relating to the activities of NGOs and then deal with the bail petition. It observed that the print media was full of stories regarding the issue of NGOs and the statements of the ministers, but in reality nothing was happening to rein in such organizations.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar had said on Monday that the government intended to re-register all local and international NGOs operating in the country within six months and they would be allowed to work only after security clearance.
|Inshallah management mars Islamic university's affairs|
|[DAWN] International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) has been marred by administrative mismanagement, which is evident from the fact that eight faculty/departments are being run on ad hoc basis.|
According to sources, the faculty of Islamic Studies (Usuluddin), which is one of the pioneer departments of IIUI, is being run by Assistant Professor Dr Haroonur Rashid who is working as a deputy dean – a post which does not exist.
A source said there was no provision for the post of deputy dean in the university’s rules.
He said the president of the university, Dr Ahmad Yousif A. Al Draiweesh, was the dean of the faculty of Islamic Studies but most of its affairs were being run by the deputy dean.
Interestingly, the source said Dr Haroonur Rashid, who was a Grade 19 officer, even had Grade 20 professors working under him.
Similarly, the faculty of Arabic was being looked after by an associate professor, Dr Hafiz Bashir, working as an acting dean for the last two years.
|JI for end to military operation in FATA|
|Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) has asked the government to stop the ongoing military operation in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). |
Addressing a gathering of displaced people from Bajaur in Shero Jhangai area of Peshawar on Monday, JI leaders Sahibzada Haroonur Rashid and Zarnoor Afridi said the government should put an end to the 'pro-US policies.'
They said thousands of people would join the JI march on December 18 to pressurise the government to stop NATO supplies via Pakistan. The JI leaders told the gathering that American forces wanted to reach Islamabad after subduing the people of the tribal areas. They said JI workers would never allow the US to do that.
|Constable shot dead in Swat|
|MINGORA: Militants shot dead a Frontier Reserve Police (FRP) constable on Monday at Kalakot area of Matta. After killing Constable Haroonur Rashid, the militants fled the scene. Meanwhile, the authorities have put security on high alert in Swat following rising activities of militants in different areas. Security forces are strictly checking all vehicles at Fizza Gut, Kanju, Braim and Veeni checkposts to restrict the activities of militants.|
|SC moved against military action in Tribal Areas|
|Jamaat-e-Islami Bajaur Agency Naib Ameer and ex-MNA Sahibzada Haroonur Rashid on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court against the deployment of the armed forces in the tribal areas and prayed for the immediate halt to military action there. Rashid has filed the petition through his counsel Barrister Farooq Hassan, making the Federation of Pakistan and Aiwan-e-Sadr the respondents. The secretary to the president will represent the president as well as the federation.|
|Qazi, Fazl spar over resignations|
|Qazi Hussain Ahmed, president of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), and Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the six-party alliances secretary-general, continued sparring over the issue of resignations from parliament following a grand jirga of NWFP parliamentarians here at Frontier House on Tuesday. The MMA Supreme Council is the body to take the final decision on resignations from the National Assembly, said Qazi. Fazl was quick to respond that his Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazl) party had already decided that it would not resign from the NA. He added that he would not allow any MMA member to quit parliament in protest at the Womens Protection Act.|
|JUI-F accuses JI of exploiting religion|
|The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) on Tuesday criticised the Jamaat-e-Islami for exploiting the religious sentiments of people over the Bajaur Agency by-poll scheduled for January 10. The JIs Sahibzada Haroonur Rashid quit his National Assembly seat in protest at the October 30 airstrike on a madrassa in Bajaur, and is now leading a campaign against the January 10 by-polls. |
Senator Abdur Rashid from Bajaur Agency told a press conference that the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal would not accept responsibility for any incident. Some parties are trying to score political points over the issue, and they are using the MMA platform for this purpose, said the senator in an indirect reference to the JI-led campaign.
Rashid said that participation in the January 10 poll was a democratic and constitutional right of the people of Bajaur. The polls had nothing to do with the deaths of the innocent people killed in the strike, he added.
The JUI-F senator also criticised the JI for branding opponents of the by-poll friends of martyrs and supporters friend of the US. If the by-poll takes place, it will not hurt the families who lost their relatives in the airstrike, he said.
|Another MNA from Bajaur resigns|
|Another MNA from Bajaur Agency, Maulana Mohammad Saddiq, resigned from the National Assembly on Tuesday in protest at an attack on a madrassa that killed 80 people. Member National Assembly Sahibzada Haroonur Rashid was the first to announce his resignation in protest against the strike. Saddiq resigned following the demand of protesting tribesmen in the agency. He said he had sent his resignation to the Jamaat-e-Islami chief with the request to pass it on to the National Assembly speaker. We cannot remain silent over this barbaric incident, he told the protesting tribesmen.|
|Shooting stops in Miranshah as jirga tries to reach peace deal|
|MIRANSHAH: An uneasy calm prevailed in North Waziristan on Tuesday as government officials with the help of tribal elders tried to pacify pro-Taliban tribesmen after some 140 militants were estimated killed in recent days.|
|JI calls jirgas against âbreachâ of Wana deal|
|The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) has announced that it will convene jirgas to condemn the alleged atrocities of the government in the tribal areas and the violation of the Wana Agreement. The first grand jirga would be held on June 13 in Khyber Agency. JI naib ameer, Senator Professor Muhammad Ibrahim, said this while addressing a tribal jirga at the Al Markaz Islami on Sunday. The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) senator said it would be a mistake on the part of the government if it conducted an operation in the tribal areas. âRegistration of foreigners is not part of the Wana Agreement and the government should not impose this condition on the tribesmen,â Mr Ibrahim said while accusing the government of violating the Wana Agreement. |