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PML-N teaming up with Sipah-e-Sahaba for Local Government polls in Punjab

‘PML-N teaming up with banned outfit for LG polls’

* Deputy Opp leader describes PML-N’s links with Sipah-e-Sahaba as ‘shocking’
* Ex-Rahimyar Khan nazim alleges govt will only conduct LG elections when assemblies’ tenure ends
* Pervaiz Rasheed says ‘no harm’ in Sipah-e-Sahaba supporting PML-N

By Rana Kashif

LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is expected to form an alliance with a banned religious outfit and the PML-Zia (PML-Z) for the upcoming local government (LG) elections, Daily Times learnt on Thursday.

In the recent by-elections, the PML-N won in the PP-82 (Jhang) constituency with the support of a banned religious outfit, whereas it supported the PML-Z candidate in Bahawalnagar (PP-284), who also turned out to be the winning candidate.

Sources within the PML-N told Daily Times that the party would ‘most likely’ form an alliance with the Sipah-e-Sahaba and the PML-Z in the upcoming local bodies elections. They said the party believed in gaining all possible support going into the local bodies elections, and the PML-N did not “see any harm” in forming an alliance with the Sipah-e-Sahaba or the PML-Z, as members of both parties are Pakistani citizens who had a “right to vote”. The sources said that forming such alliances was a part of politics and there is nothing “wrong” about it.

Shocking: Separately, the opposition bench in the Punjab Assembly expressed its concerns over the Sipha-e-Sahaba’s support for the PML-N in the Jhang by-polls. Deputy Opposition Leader Muhammad Yar Hiraj said it was “shocking” that the PML-N had connections with a banned religious outfit. He alleged that the PML-N was an ‘opportunistic’ party and would form an alliance with any party at the need of the hour regardless of the other party’s philosophy and beliefs, a fact obvious by its affiliation with the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI).

He also said the main reason behind the delay in conducting the LG elections in Punjab was to allow the PML-N time to form an alliance and gain enough support before the polls.

Political gains: Similarly, former Rahimyar Khan district nazim Mir Rafiq Hayder Leghari said the PML-N was not ready to hold local bodies elections, and in case the elections are held, they would be scheduled at the time when the current assemblies’ tenure would be about to end. All this would be done to gain ‘political benefit’, he added.

Upon being contacted by Daily Times, PML-N Senator Pervaiz Rasheed said the party’s philosophy was against the formation of an alliance with a banned organisation.

However, contradicting his earlier statement, he said that all election candidates had the right to contact any political organisation to gain support, adding that there “is no harm” in the banned religious outfit supporting the PML-N in the upcoming local bodies elections.

Justifying his party’s stance, Rasheed said that when “prisoners could be given the right to vote, there was nothing wrong with the PML-N gathering the support of Sipah-e-Sahaba members, who had a right to vote being citizens of Pakistan”.

One-way support: He said that while the PML-N did not reject the banned outfit’s support, the party “did not accept or support the philosophy of any banned organisation or person”. The Sipha-e-Sahaba has strong links in various pockets of the province including Jhang, Toba Tek Singh, Faisalabad, Lahore, Sheikhupura and the Melsi areas.

Source: Daily Times

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  • I am wondering if LPUB could publish an article regarding a member of banned sipah-e-sahaba addressing the gathering of PPP in presence of Governor Punjab Salman Taseer for which Najam Sethi described the governor as even more GHATIYA than Rana sanaullah

  • Twin suicide attack kills 20 in Lahore: police Friday, 12 Mar, 2010
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/metropolitan/03-blast-in-lahores-ra-bazaar-ss-06

    LAHORE: A twin suicide attack targeting Pakistani army vehicles in the eastern city of Lahore killed 20 people on Friday, a senior police official said. “We have the heads of both the bombers. There was an interval of 15 seconds between the two attacks. They were on foot. Their target was army vehicles,” Chaudhry Mohammad Shafiq told reporters at the site. “At least 20 people were killed. Army personnel, were injured, some of them are in a serious condition,” he added.

    Rescue workers and paramedics rushed to the RA Bazaar. The area was crowded as the blasts occurred shortly before the main Friday prayers were to start. The second blast was reported from the Saddar roundabout. The RA Bazaar is a residential and commercial neighborhood where several army and security agencies have facilities. TV channels showed security forces swarming the area as bystanders rushed the injured into ambulances. “We have sent our teams to the site to ascertain the kind of blasts, where they took place and the losses,” police official Mohammad Shafiq-ur-Rehman told AFP. Another police official also confirmed two explosions were heard.

    Eye witnesses reported that there was firing before the blast. According to police officials two suicide bombers detonated themselves in a parking lot and mosque in the area. According to military sources, military officials are among the critically injured. Sources claimed that an army convoy was targeted but most of the dead were civilians. The blasts came four days after a suicide car bomber destroyed offices used to interrogate suspected militants in an upmarket district of Lahore.

  • کراچی میں عالم دین کا قتل
    آخری وقت اشاعت: جمعـء 12 مارچ 2010 , 23:04 GMT 04:04 PST
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2010/03/100311_ulema_killed.shtml
    ریاض سہیل
    بی بی سی اردو ڈاٹ کام کراچی

    کراچی میں ایک دن میں دو قاتلانہ حملے ہوئے ہیں

    کراچی میں نامعلوم افراد کی فائرنگ میں عالم دین مفتی سعید جلال پوری اپنے تین ساتھیوں سمیت ہلاک ہوگئے ہیں۔

    پولیس کا کہنا ہے کہ گلزار ہجری تھانے کی حدود میں ابوالحسن اصفہانی روڈ پر کار پر نامعلوم افراد نے فائرنگ کی، جس کے نتیجے میں مفتی سعید احمد جلال پوری، ان کا اٹھارہ سالہ بیٹا محمد حذیفہ، ساتھی فخر زمان اور ڈرائیور عبدالرحمان ہلاک ہوگئے جبکہ ایک شخص زخمی ہوگیا ہے۔

    پولیس کے مطابق مفتی سعید احمد جامع مسجد ختم نبوت میں درس کے بعد کار میں جا رہے تھے کہ راستےمیں ان پر حملہ کیا گیا، جس میں وہ موقعے پر ہی ہلاک ہوگئے۔

    مفتی سعید احمد جلال پوری عالمی مجلس ختم نبوت کراچی کے امیر تھے، وہ ایک اردو روزنامے میں ہر ہفتے آپ کے مسائل اور ان کا حل کے نام سے خطوط کے جواب دیا کرتے تھے اس سے قبل ان خطوط کے جواب مولانا یوسف لدھیانوی تحریر کیا کرتے تھے۔

    ان کی میت جامعہ بنوریہ منتقل کی گئی ہے جہاں وہ استاد بھی رہے چکے ہیں۔ ان کی نمازے جنازہ وہاں ہی ادا کرنے کا اعلان کیا گیا ہے۔

    اس سے پہلے اسی مدرسے سے وابستہ مولانا یوسف لدھیانوی، مفتی نظام الدین شامزئی اور مفتی عتیق الرحمان بھی چند سال قبل مختلف واقعات میں نامعلوم افراد کی فائرنگ میں ہلاک ہوچکے ہیں۔

    یاد رہے کہ اس سے قبل صبح کو کالعدم سپاہ صحابہ کے رہنما مولانا عبدالغفور حیدری پر حملہ کیا گیا تھا جس میں وہ اپنے دو بیٹوں اور ایک محافظ سمیت زخمی ہوگئے جبکہ ان کا ایک بیٹا معاویہ ہلاک ہوگیا۔

    سپاہ صحابہ کی جانب سے اعلان کیا گیا ہے کہ معاویہ کی نماز جنازہ وزیراعلیٰ ہاؤس کے سامنے ادا کی جائیگی۔

    دوسری جانب مفتی رفیع عثمانی نے کراچی میں حالیہ حملوں اور ہلاکتوں کو بیرونی سازش قرار دیا ہے۔ بی بی سی سے بات کرتے ہوئے انہوں نے کہا کہ حکومت کی افغان اور فاٹا کے بارے میں پالسیوں پر عوام ناراض ہیں اس کا بیرونی عناصر فائدہ اٹھاتے ہیں اور اس طرح کے واقعات پیش آتے ہیں۔

    انہوں نے کہا کہ حکومت کو علماء کو اعتماد میں لینا چاہیئے جبکہ علما کو مزید یکہجتی کا اظہار کرنا چاہیئے۔