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10 September 2001, Monday, 21 Jamadi-us-Sani 1422 

DAWN/The News International, KARACHI 10 September 2001, Monday, 21 Jamadi-us-Sani 1422
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Muttahida slams Greater Thal Canal project
Muttahida leader acquitted
JI activist among three murdered
New set-up to cost Rs 33m extra, to comprise 29,949 personnel
Five Jafferiya Alliance leaders offer court arrest
Ahmed Shah Masood hurt in blast
ISI chief's parleys continue in US

Muttahida slams Greater Thal Canal project

KARACHI: The people of Sindh will never accept any anti-Sindh and anti-people plan at any cost. Members of Sindh Organising Committee of Muttahida Qaumi Movement said this in a statement on Sunday. They criticised Sindh irrigation secretary for stating that the province would face no problems due to construction of Greater Thal Canal and that the canal was in the interest of Sindh and Pakistan. They said that the people of Sindh had serious reservations over Kalabagh Dam and Greater Thal Canal. They said that federal government repeatedly claimed that Thal Canal would flow during flood season whereas, Chashma-Taunsa Canal continued to flow for the whole year despite clear assurances by the government.

Muttahida leader acquitted
KARACHI, Sept 9: Kunwar Khalid Younus, a member of the coordination committee of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and former member of the National Assembly, was acquitted, on Saturday, in another criminal case.

This was the 67th case against the Muttahida leader in which he was acquitted. There are still 26 cases pending against him in different courts.

The case, registered against the central party leadership, pertained to the murder of Anver Sada in 1994 in New Karachi. Other charges against the Muttahida men included a shootout with police and violent activities.

The additional district and sessions judge, Central, Ghulam Qadir Leghari, exonerated Mr Younus and Syed Arshad Ali of all charges as the prosecution could not prove its case against them.

The Muttahida leader, represented by Rao Sharif, was bailed out on Feb 16, 2001, after remaining in jail since his arrest on Sept 9, 1999.

Party chief Altaf Hussain and other party men, including Dr Sagheer Ansari, Prof A.K. Shams and S.M. Mohiuddin were declared absconders in the case.

JI activist murdered

KARACHI: Abdul Ghafoor Ghalib, 65, Nazim of Jama'at-e-Islami (JI), was killed, while Arif Shaikh was injured when Imtiaz and his two accomplice punched and kicked them after quarrel near Natha Khan Goth in Sharea Faisal police jurisdiction. Ghalib died while people were taking him to the JPMC. Police said the murder was due to some domestic dispute. Police claimed that they arrested Imtaiz while the two others managed to escape.

LOOTED: Two armed men riding a motorcycle intercepted a vehicle of Sarfaraz in Nazimabad police jurisdiction. They looted cash on a gunpoint and also injured him on his resistance. In other incidents the bandits looted cash, jewellery and other valuables from the residence of Sajid Ali in Liaquatabad, Rs 20,000, gold ornaments and electrical appliances from the residence of Anwar in Saudabad, Rs 13,000, jewellery and other valuables from the residence in Gulshan-e-Iqbal.

SNATCHED: Car-lifters snatched three cars, two Suzuki Highroofs and seven motorcycles from the different parts of the metropolis.

New set-up to cost Rs 33m extra, to comprise 29,949 personnel

KARACHI: Additional annual financial requirement of Rs 33 million has been estimated for the proposed capital city police, an independent police set-up for the metropolis. Sources said Rs 6.4 million per annum, out of the total estimated amount, would be required for salaries and allowances of extra manpower for the proposed set-up, which also include one inspector general of police, four senior superintendents of police and others.

An estimated extra expenditure for the purchase of eight cars, repairs of transport vehicles, machinery and equipment and furniture etc would be amount to Rs 16 million, while Rs 6.7 million were estimated for expenses on POL, electricity, telephone bills etc, the sources said adding that with other additional expenses of Rs 33075,709 were estimated for the purpose.

The estimate for wireless and office equipment for the new set-up, the sources said, would amount to Rs 6.6 million. The reorganisation of Karachi Police, as part of police reforms, was discussed at the presentation made to President Gen Pervez Musharraf by federal interior minister on August 8. The president approved the independent police organisation for all the capital cities of Pakistan, including Karachi, and later issued the related orders to amend Police Act 1861.

The cited order required establishing an independent city police for Karachi under the command of an inspector general of police (IGP). According to a summary forwarded to Sindh governor, the proposed set-up, to be named as Capital City Police Karachi, should inherit all the executive staff of the Karachi Range, Karachi Traffic, CID Sindh, PTC Saeedabad, Traffic Training Institute Saeedabad, Crime Branch Karachi, SSP Branch Karachi, SSP Political and SSP Security, Special Branch. Assets, liabilities, premises, transport, furniture, equipment, office record and other resources of the cited sections would also be inherited by the new set-up. Besides the post of IGP Karachi (BPS-21), other posts, which were proposed for the structure of city police, include five officers in BPS-20, 16 in PBS-19, and 27 in BPS-18.

DIGPs: Five posts of BS-20 shall be created as Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGPs), i.e. DIGP (Administration), DIGP (Operations), DIGP (Investigations), DIGP (Traffic), and DIGP (CIA).

AIGPs: Two posts of BS 19 shall be created as Assistant Inspector General of Police (Legal) and AIGP (Special Branch).

ADIGPs: Proposed creation of six posts (in BS-19) included ADIGP (Finance, Welfare), ADIGP (T&T), ADIGP (Establishment), ADIGP (Operations), ADIGP (Investigations) and ADIGP (Traffic).

SSPs: Seven Senior Superintendents of Police (SSPs) were also proposed, which include SSP (Saddar Town), SSP (Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town), SSP (Homicides & Crime Against Person), SSP (Crime Against Property), SSP (Anti Car Lifting Cell). For CID Karachi - SSP (Administration) and SSP (Operations).

SPs: Twenty-seven posts of Superintendents of Police (of BPS-18) were proposed for the new set-up. They include SP (Security Karachi), SP (Security Special Branch), SP (Headquarters Garden), SP (Headquarters Hasan Square), SP (Headquarters Khwaja Amer Nagri), SP (Headquarters Naval Colony), SP (Headquarters Malir), SP (Forensics and Criminal Record Office), SP (Anti-terrorism), SP (Traffic-East), SP (Traffic-West), SP (Traffic-South), SP (Traffic-Central), SP (MVI Branch), SP (Investigations).

The SPs for 12 out of 18 towns include SP (Keamari Town), SP (SITE Town), SP (Lyari Town), SP (Jamshed Town), SP (Shah Faisal Town), SP (Landhi Town), SP (Malir Town), SP (Bin Qasim Town), SP (North Nazimabad Town), SP (New Karachi Town), SP Gulberg Town), SP (Liaquatabad Town).

PRINCIPAL: The post of Principal Police Training College, Saeedabad (BS-18), which already exists, would also be included in the new set-up.

DSPs: Four DSPs (BPS-17) were proposed for four towns, including Baldia, Orangi, Korangi and Gadap towns.

In total 122 DSPs, 638 inspectors, 1,986 sub inspectors, 3,668 assistant sub-inspectors, 4,636 head constables and 18,851 constables were proposed for the Capital City Police Karachi, which would have a total strength of 29,949 personnel. It is worth mentioning that the Governor of Sindh Muhammadmian Soomro, while addressing a high level meeting at Governor's House on Saturday, had directed the officers concerned to give final shape to the scheme for restructuring the police department within a week.

Five Jafferiya Alliance leaders offer court arrest

KARACHI: Police and Rangers arrested a number of protestors, pedestrians, motorists and residents of Rizvia Society on Sunday during the third round of court arrests offered by Jafferiya Alliance (JA). Protestors gathered in Rizvia Imambargah at Rizvia Society and later came out to proceed towards the main road at which the police and Rangers stopped them. The procession did not stop and some of the participants caused a law and order situation at which the law-enforcers resorted to teargas shelling.

Maulana Zaheer Abbas, Maulana Ali Raza, Maulana Aun Muhammad Naqvi, Maulana Shaikh Muhammad Lateef Kayani and Maulana Syed Hashim Raza were the five JA leaders who had to offer court arrests after Isha prayers and were being taken along with the procession. After the firing of some tear gas shells, police started arrests, bundled them into their vehicles and transported them to police station.

The SSP Central Shaukat Ali Shah, when contacted, said: "We have arrested only five who offered court arrests." Sources in police, however, said that dozens of people from among the crowd were arrested along with the five leaders. People in Rizvia Society stated that law-enforcers cordoned off the entire vicinity and Imambargah and the siege continued till the filing of this report.

TJP: Tehreek-e-Jafferia Pakistan (TJP) Sindh leaders, Allama Hassan Turabi and Maulana Qambar Abbas Naqvi have condemned the local administration and police for the alleged victimisation of protesters raising voice against the 'ongoing killings of law-abiding citizens'.

Ahmed Shah Masood hurt in blast

DUSHANBE: Afghan Opposition Commander Ahmad Shah Masood was wounded here on Sunday in northern Afghanistan when a bomb concealed in a video camera went off while he was being interviewed by a group of journalists, a source at the Afghan embassy in Dushanbe said.

The incident, which happened at his heavily-guarded residence in Khwaja Bahauddin, killed an official from Masood's opposition forces and wounded Masood in the leg, the source said.

The 49-year-old ethnic Tajik commander was "feeling fine," he said and added "This afternoon, Masood gave an interview in his office to a group of Arab journalists, who arrived from Kabul. When the camera started filming, it exploded. It looks like a bomb had been concealed in it." The journalists, whose nationality and number did not specify by the Afghan diplomat, were detained.

An aide to Masood reached by telephone in Afghanistan told AFP late on Sunday that the opposition commander was "in good health." "This is no small issue. I cannot say anything more. He is in good health," said General Fahim, former head of information services when Masood controlled Kabul. Fahim, who did not deny there had been an attempt on Masood's life, usually accompanies the opposition commander wherever he goes.

Afghan opposition commander Ahmad Shah Masood is recovering in hospital today after an assassination attempt by Arab suicide bombers posing as journalists, a spokesman said. He has sustained minor injuries all over his body but the wounds in his foot are serious. The two Arabs were killed along with Masood's interpreter and personal assistant Assem Suhil.

ISI chief's parleys continue in US

WASHINGTON: ISI Chief Lt-Gen Mahmood's week-long presence in Washington has triggered speculation about the agenda of his mysterious meetings at the Pentagon and National Security Council. Officially, State Department sources say he is on a routine visit in return to CIA Director George Tenet's earlier visit to Islamabad. Official sources confirm that he met Tenet this week.

He also held long parleys with unspecified officials at the White House and the Pentagon. But the most important meeting was with Mark Grossman, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. US sources would not furnish any details beyond saying that the two discussed 'matters of mutual interests.'

What those matters could be is a matter of pure conjecture. One can safely guess that the discussions must have centred around Afghanistan, relations with India and China, disarmament of civilian outfits, country's nuclear and missiles programme and, of course, Osama Bin Laden.

What added interest to his visit is the history of such visits. Last time Ziauddin Butt, Mahmood's predecessor, was here during Nawaz Sharif's government the domestic politics turned topsy-turvy within days. That this is not the first visit by Mahmood in the last three months shows the urgency of the ongoing parleys.

Mahmood's visit comes close to General Musharraf's scheduled meeting with Vajpayee in New York. It is not clear what role the US would play in bringing about any breakthrough. What does it expect from Pakistan to do in the countdown to the historic meeting? It is obvious that the US officials would like to discuss these issues with somebody they know is 'in the know' and being a trusted colleague of Musharraf, capable of 'delivering'. He is not like the foreign minister who did not know whether he was pleading the case of his president or chief executive.

Interestingly, his visit also saw two CIA reports expressing concern on issues related to Pakistan this week. One of them was about the effects of demographic explosion and Pakistan's continued build up in its nuclear and missiles programme. General Mahmood must have been the right person to shed light on such things.


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