Friday, May 15, 2009

Rebellion in the offing?: ‘PkSF not to abide by ANP directives’

KARACHI: The Pakhtoon students-backed, Pakhtoon Student Federation (PkSF) leadership announced that they would not abide by the instruction and decisions taken by the provincial leadership of its parent political party- the Awami National Party (ANP).

The student leaders claimed that there was no turmoil in its rank after the provincial president of the ANP, taking a disciplinary action, dissolved the PkSF cabinet.

It may be remembered that differences arouse among the provincial leadership of the ANP and PkSF, during the recent ethnic violence in the city, after the PkSF rejected instructions from the ANP leadership and lodged FIRs against the regional leaders of MQM in a murder case.

“When our brother Sohail Khattak was killed, we lodged an FIR against the culprits involved in the matter; the party leaders were apposed to our actions, saying that in retaliation, the MQM would lodge FIR against them,” Ismail Mehsood, introducing himself as the president of PkSF, stated while addressing a press conference on Thursday.

Earlier, ANP Sindh President Shahi Syed, in a press conference, said that the ANP had nothing to do with the then leadership of PkSF. Two days ago, a press release was issued from the Mardan House by the ANP Students Affairs Chairman Bashir Sherpao, nominating a new cabinet of the PkSF on the advice of Syed.

Mehsood alleged that the actions of the provincial leadership of ANP were undemocratic. “They announced a new cabinet without consulting the student leaders and the result is in front of you,” he said, adding that the people in the cabinet that was announced by the ANP had rejected the offer of the party and stood loyal to the organisations leadership and supported Mehsood.

“According to the party’s constitution, the president and general secretaries of the PkSF are members of the Pakhtoon Action Committee and Working Committee, however, ANP has denied these right to us, so how can we abide by them?” he asked.

“Raza Khan Jadoon and Adam Khan Wazir are our vice presidents and Doctor Imran Afridi is the general secretary,” he went on to say. PkSF has announced a five-member committee that will hold dialogues with the central leadership.

On the other hand, ANP Sindh General Secretary Ameen Khattak, while talking to Daily Times, regarded the claims of the PkSF leadership as meaningless. “They have nothing to do with the party of PkSF,” he said, adding that those are the members of PkSF who had been announced by the party leader, Bashir Sherpao. (Daily Times)

Federal Government orders crackdown against land mafia in Karachi

ISLAMABAD: Federal Government has constituted a high level committee to launch crackdown against land mafia in Karachi.

Federal Interior Minister Abdul Rehman Malik informed Private TV Channel the committee has been constituted after consultation with Governor Sindh Ishrat-ul-Ibad and Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah.

The committee would be headed by interior secretary Syed Kamal Shah and DG Ranger Sindh, IG Sindh, DCO, Secretary Local Government and Member Revenue Board are included in it.

The committee would submit its report within 7 days before the Government and in the light of committee report action would be taken against the responsible.

The committee has been asked to determine those officials of Revenue department and Police officials who are assisting land mafia.