Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Ghazal maestro, Mehdi Hassan is in intensive care unit of a private hospital, Geo New reported. According to his son, Arif Mehdi, he was rushed to hospital after he suffered a bout of obstructive breathing disorder. Doctors have decided to keep him under observation for now.
www.montrealgazette.com Pakistan's Supreme Court on Tuesday warned it could disqualify both the president and prime minister from office for disobeying its orders to re-open high profile corruption cases. The court gave the government a one-week deadline to move forward stalled corruption proceedings against President Asif Ali Zardari and others but made no ruling, only outlining options to be reviewed by a larger panel of judges. The top court has been locked in a standoff with the government since December 2009, when judges ruled to scrap an amnesty that had allowed Zardari and 8,000 other people to escape possible corruption charges. There are more than 30 politicians who had cases against them withdrawn under the amnesty, which was passed in October 2007 by then-president Pervez Musharraf. The amnesty covers 3,478 cases ranging from murder, embezzlement and abuse of power to write-offs of bank loans worth millions of dollars. The court has insisted that with no amnesty now in place, the government must proceed with all corruption cases, including a multi-million-dollar money laundering case against Zardari in Switzerland that remains on hold. But the government has so far stalled on the court's request to send a letter to Swiss authorities to reopen the case and to make progress on all other corruption cases. The Supreme Court said it was "dismayed" over the "brazen and blatant failure" of the government to implement court orders. Judge Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, presiding over a five-judge panel, said there was "at least prima facie evidence" that Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was not an "honest" person because he had violated his oath, and accused Zardari of the same. Reading the order, Khosa said both Gilani and Zardari could be disqualified from parliament, effectively removing them from office, for violating their oaths of offices. The court listed six possible outcomes for the case, including the disqualification of the country's two top civilian leaders. Other options included the initiation of contempt proceedings against top officials, the setting up of a commission to implement the court's order or to put the issue to a countrywide vote.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik presented the pardon agreement between former President Pervez Musharraf and PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, Geo News reported. The agreement was signed by Nawaz Sharif,Shahbaz Sharif, Abbas Sharif and Husain Nawaz. Malik said Nawaz Sharif was in jail and there were criminal cases pending against him.
DAILY TIME By: Kahar Zalmay The power base of anti-Taliban parties like the PPP is receding in Punjab, which should definitely worry the moderate elements in the country Pakistani politics is at a crossroads. It is torn between two extremes, a pro-Taliban and an anti-Taliban politics, and the coming years will determine which direction our politics take and so does the country. This is obvious from the support base that Imran Khan, Nawaz Sharif and his party enjoy. On the one hand, the politics of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) have been leaning toward pro-Taliban elements but on the other hand three leading politicians, Asfandyar Wali Khan, Aftab Sherpao and Maulana Fazlur Rehman were directly attacked by the Taliban even though the latter refused to point fingers at the perpetrators for fear of more attacks. The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has been an irritant to the Taliban mindset and lost its leader, Benazir Bhutto, when she felt victim to a suicide attack apparently carried out by the Taliban. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has also stood its ground against the Taliban in Karachi and is determined to stick to its anti-Taliban politics in future. This theory of pro-Taliban and anti-Taliban politics gained momentum when the fortunes of Imran Khan changed during the latter part of last year and many politicians swarmed to his party, making him a potential contender for forming the new government. In his latest interview to a local TV channel he categorically said that he would not criticise the Taliban as he does not deem it good for his party and politics.