The News – Hepatitis virus found in drinking water, PA told

Lahore – Panjab – Pakistan, 24 January 2019. Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi on Wednesday barred Law Minister Raja Basharat from briefing the media about the initial inquiry report on the cold blooded killings of a family by CTD officials in Sahiwal.

The Speaker issued the directives on the criticism by the opposition members, particularly former PA Speaker Rana Iqbal and Dr Mazhar who had complained that the law minister had promised to brief the House first before going to the media, but he later promised the media to give a detailed briefing on the issue.

The law minster assured the House that he would first take the House members into confidence regarding the initial fact finding on the issue, and brief the media later in this regard.

Punjab Assembly proceedings on Wednesday suffered several setbacks as first the proceedings were struck by lack of quorum and them by a commotion by the opposition members, causing disruption in the House for over an hour at the start of the day’s business.

The opposition members seemed to have come to the House determined that they would not let the government run the House. They indicated absence of quorum as soon as the proceedings began after the recitation of the Holy Quran and Naat.

Deputy Speaker Sardar Dost Muhammad Khan Mazari who was chairing the session at that time had to suspend the proceedings twice to enable the government to maintain the minimum number of members required to run the House proceedings.

But no sooner had the proceedings resumed after the Question Hour, the opposition members created a rumpus when speaking on point of order. They rejected the constitution of JIT on the Sahiwal killings and demanded that a high-level judicial commission be constituted to probe the incident.

They demanded a debate in the House on the initial inquiry report of the incident, and warned that the incident was of a heinous nature in which CTD police officials shot dead four people, including a man, a woman and a girl of a family, in cold blood before the eyes of other three minor children of the family.

The opposition demanded that government constitute a judicial commission to probe the matter since the JIT had lost confidence in the eyes of the public.

The deputy speaker rejected the opposition’s demand to debate on the issue which led to the rumpus as the opposition members gathered around the Speaker’s dais, tore away the copies of the agenda and raised slogans against the leaders of the PTI government. The rumpus continued despite several efforts by the deputy speaker to calm down the agitated members.

Later, he left the chair which was occupied by the Speaker Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi who finally succeeded in pacifying the opposition members and began the official business.

The House passed three bills through majority vote which included Punjab Domestic Workers Bill, Namal Institute Mianwali Bill and Punjab Occupational Safety and Health Bill, while the fourth bill on the agenda, titled Punjab Prevention of Conflict of Interests Bill, was left pending on the request of opposition members who wanted the government to include their amendments in the draft bill which were rejected by the government.

Earlier, Senior Minister Aleem Khan admitted that the hepatitis virus was found in the drinking water resources all over the province which was an alarming situation.

Replying to a supplementary question, he said the government had planned to establish another authority to ensure provision of clean drinking water to the citizens during the current year. He assured the House that providing clean and safe drinking water to the citizens was the top priority of the PTI government.

To another supplementary question, the minister told the House that government had planned to begin generating power from solid waste in seven large cities in the province, adding that these projects would be completed during in 2019. He said the project would also help reduce the environmental pollution.

The Tribune – Will contest Lok Sabha election from Ferozepur, says General J J Singh (retired)

Former Army chief General J J Singh (retd) has decided to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha election from Ferozepur in Punjab.

Aditi Tandon, Tribune News Service

New Delhi – India, 24 January 2019. Speaking exclusively to The Tribune on Thursday, Singh said he had conveyed his wish to contest from Ferozepur to the leaders of the Punjab Democratic Alliance and would let the alliance partners take a call.

“It’s like homecoming for me. My father was posted in Ferozepur. Later, as the Western Army Commander I held the responsibility of securing the borders from Pathankot to Ferozepur. It’s a natural choice for me,” Singh said declaring his candidature in Delhi on Thursday.

Asked why he had decided to abandon Patiala from where he had unsuccessfully contested the Assembly seat against Congress stalwart Captain Amarinder Singh, General Singh said, “I felt cheated in Patiala. It was not a fair contest. Ferozepur is a natural choice for me as I went to college there and have served as a former Army commander there.”

General Singh had recently resigned from the Shiromani Akali Dal after unsuccessfully contesting the Patiala Assembly seat.

He said, “The political landscape of Punjab needs an urgent transformation. The state has suffered too long at the hands of vested leaders, who have caused immense damage to our once-rich-and-thriving state.

I thought I would contribute to this transformation with the SAD, only to realise a complete lack of ethics and competence in its top leadership. Sadly, the Congress government too, has been a bane for the state, and the AAP seems to be self-destructing itself due to infighting.”

Ferozepur is currently represented in the Lok Sabha by SAD’s Sher Singh Ghubaya, who fell out with the Akalis after his son contested the 2017 Assembly election on a Congress ticket and won.

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The Asian Age – Pakistan can’t allow only Sikhs in Kartarpur shrine: Amarinder

Punjab CM protests against proposal, says Guru is universal

Tanveer Thakur

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 24 January 2019. Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday protested against Pakistan’s proposal to allow only Sikh pilgrims to visit Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara, pointing out that Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji was an universal Guru, revered by followers of all religions, especially Hindus.

The chief minister has urged the Indian government to take up the issue with Islamabad when the latter sends its draft agreement for regulating entry into its territory through the Kartarpur corridor.

In a statement issued here, Captain Singh said while Islamabad was well within its rights to set terms and conditions relating to its territorial safety and security, it should take into consideration the fact that the first Sikh Guru’s ideology is not confined to Sikhs but is emulated by people of all faiths.

The Sikh ethos prescribes non-discrimination, with even the concept of langar being casteless service for all, said the chief minister, adding that all gurdwaras are open to all, without religious bias.

A large number of Hindus in India were ardent followers of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, and it was their cherished dream to visit the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara, which was closely associated with the first Sikh Guru, he pointed out.

There was for years the tradition of Hindu families converting their eldest sons to Sikhism, the chief minister further noted, adding that the influence of Sikhism in India was so strong that to exclude members of other religions was not something that Pakistan government should even remotely consider.

To keep such followers out of Kartarpur Sahib just because they were not Sikhs was not logical, he said, urging the Indian government to take up the matter with the Pakistan government on priority.

Citing media reports of the draft agreement being prepared by the Pakistan government on entry through Kartarpur Corridor, the CM also objected to the condition of number of pilgrims proposed by them. It was not correct to limit the number of people to 15 a group, he said.

The Chief Minister also expressed concern at the reported clause making passport imperative for travel by pilgrims. With Punjab’s large rural population having no passports, such a move would deprive them of making the historic pilgrimage, he observed.

The Chief Minister urged the governments of India and Pakistan to sit across the table and thrash out all issues to facilitate smooth and hassle-free travel by pilgrims through Corridor before coming to a formal agreement in this regard.

Such regressive steps as were reportedly being considered by the Pakistan government to control entry through the Corridor would negate the positive initiative taken by their government and it was up to the Indian government to resolve all such issues amicably so that the pilgrims get the maximum benefit from the historic decision of the two nations, said Captain Amarinder Singh.

Dawn – Incident like Sahiwal encounter should not occur again, LHC warns Punjab police chief

Rana Bilal

Lahore – Panjab – Pakistan, 24 January 2019. The Lahore High Court (LHC) chief justice on Thursday formed a two-judge bench to hear a petition seeking a judicial inquiry into the Sahiwal encounter which resulted in the killing of four people, and asked the Punjab police chief to ensure such an incident does not take place in the province again.

On 19 January, Khalil, a resident of Kot Lakhpat, Lahore, his wife Nabeela, their 13-year-old daughter, and their neighbour, Zeeshan, were on their way to a wedding in Burewala when they were killed in firing on their car near the toll plaza on GT Road in the Qadirabad area.

The killings sent a shock wave across the country as one of the three surviving children who were witness to the episode denied the official version in a video that went viral on social media.

While hearing the petition, LHC Chief Justice Sardar Shamim Ahmed Khan pointed out that forming a judicial commission is the prerogative of the Centre, not the provincial government. The petitioner responded that a request in this regard had been submitted to the federal government.

The petitioner’s counsel told the court that the statements of every witness had not been recorded, upon which Justice Khan asked Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Amjad Saleemi about the progress made so far in the investigation.

IGP Saleemi told the court that the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) officials who took part in the encounter had been arrested and a joint investigation team had been formed to probe the incident.

“How long will the inquiry take?” Justice Khan inquired. Saleemi replied that a detailed probe would require “at least” 30 days.

“The CTD officials [who were involved] have also been suspended,” the police chief added.

“IG sahib, this is very cruel,” Justice Khan said at one point. “Tell me, how does the police have the authority to spray someone with bullets?”

The chief justice warned that such an incident “should not take place anywhere in Punjab again”.

“Tell all your district police officers,” he asserted.

Justice Khan summoned the head of the JIT, Additional Inspector General Ijaz Hussain Shah, along with a complete record of the body’s findings in the next hearing to be held on Jan 28.

The JIT had presented a preliminary report on its investigation earlier this week, in which it held the CTD officials responsible for the killings of three “innocent” family members.

The team has sought additional time to investigate further and ascertain facts concerning Zeeshan Javaid, the fourth person killed in the operation, who the Punjab government and CTD maintain has links with a terrorist outfit.