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Fed Govt has burdened mobile phone users with extra-high taxes: PPP


“Mobile Phone Companies purloining mobile phone users by deducting Rs.0.15 on each call in addition to fixed call rates– PTA has to take action”

Karachi. 27.9.2016: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senators Doctor Karim Khawaja , Engr GianChand and Aajiz Dhamra have declared the tyrannically heavy taxes on mobile phone users as entirely inhuman, saying that mobile phone is now a necessity, not luxury and hence is need of every citizen. Almost 80 percent of mobile phone users in Pakistan are from low-income ranks and henceforth, they should be provided due relief.

In a statement issued from PPP Media cell Sindh, they said that government deducts upto 30 percent on every fresh recharge while the mobile phone service providers (Mobile Phone Networks) covertly deduct Rs.0.15 on each call in addition to fixed call rates, which is nothing but purloining.

They said that despite government earns billions from mobile phone users in form of taxes, the users are not included in tax net and hence it is unclear as which account this portion of revenue goes to.

They demanded the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to take action against mobile phone companies for covertly deducting Rs.0.15 on each call in addition to deduction of charges as per fixed call rate. PTA should also take measures for return of such money to the users.

They also demanded the government to provide relief to the mobile phone users and tax should only be levied on purchase of expensive mobile phones.

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India is using water as an instrument of war, says Sherry

ISLAMABAD, September 27, 2016: Commenting on India’s threat to abrogate the Indus Water Treaty, Vice President PPPP, Senator Sherry Rehman said, “The use of water as a weapon of war is both dangerous and irresponsible.

Amidst the escalating tension between India and Pakistan, India has brought up the possibility of abrogating the Treaty to pressurize Pakistan diplomatically. The Senator termed India’s threats a “dangerous escalatory trend”.

The Indus Water Treaty, brokered by the World Bank, was signed by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and President Ayub Khan on September 19, 1960. Under the Treaty, the water from six rivers, namely Beas, Ravi, Sutlej, Indus, Chenab and Jhelum were to be shared between Pakistan and India. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting yesterday to review the Treaty wherein he was cautioned by senior members of his security council on the consequences of walking away from the Treaty.

“Walking away from the Indus Water Treaty, which has withstood two major conflicts, would be catastrophic for both countries,” the Senator said. “If India decides to divert water from Pakistan, it could result to flooding and inflict damages not only to Pakistan but to China as well,” she added.

“Revoking the treaty signals an act of war,” the Senator said. “Is that the message that India wants to send to the world? Or to its other water-sharing neighbours such as Nepal, Bangladesh or upper riparians such as China on the waters of the Brahmaputra?” she questioned.

“A unilateral withdrawal will anyway bring the World Bank into the dispute and fuel more anxiety and conflict on the ground in the entire basin which includes Indian territory,” warned the PPPP Vice President.

Rehman reinforced that the significance of the Treaty goes well beyond Pakistan and India’s dispute. According to the Senator, interrupting the water flow of Pakistan by abrogating the Treaty “constitutes a threat to regional and international peace and security”.

“Threatening to scrap the Treaty is not a diplomatic option,” she declared.

Rehman clarified that India had no legal competence under the treaty to revoke it unilaterally let alone bring changes to it. “Both Pakistan and India would have to agree in writing and to ratify termination in writing,” she said.

“The treaty is of indefinite duration and is neither time-constrained nor event-specific. Modi’s attempt to set new limits on it amount to inflammatory politics that would endanger a fundamental right for the entire region,” she added.

“This is political and strategic grandstanding at its worst, and threatens to take the region back into the dark ages,” she concluded.

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Bilawal Bhutto condemns crackdown against farmers in Punjab

KARACHI, September 27: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has condemned Punjab Police crackdown against the farmers and peasants in the province in a bid to thwart Kissan Dharna scheduled in Lahore tomorrow.

Reports have started pouring in about Punjab Police highhandedness against the Pakistani Kissan Ittehad, which has planned a Dharna with a symbolic “Janaza of Agriculture” in Lahore on Wednesday in Lahore. “Instead of taking handcuffs, batons and shells to the poor farmers and peasants, the government should heed their demands and grievances and solve the same,” PPP Chairman said in a statement issued here today.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said PPP workers will participate in the peaceful Kissan Dharna in Lahore and warned PML-N government to desist from such acts and made it clear that PPP and people of entire country stand in complete solidarity with the protesting farmers and peasants.

He expressed concern over the reported arrests of 300 peasants in a crackdown in Punjab and demanded immediate release and allowing the growers community to exercise their democratic right to hold peaceful protest.

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Call Indian Atrocities in Kashmir “Terrorism” & may be then the World will notice it: Sherry Rehman

Islamabad, September 26, 2016: Responding to the latest in raging vilification from India, Vice President PPPP, Senator Sherry Rehman said Monday, “If terrorism is the biggest violation of human rights, then lets refer to Indian atrocities in Kashmir as state terrorism. Maybe then the world will take note.”

Commenting on Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s speech at the UNGA, Rehman said, “Raging rhetoric only serves to further isolate Kashmiris. What they keep referring to as an integral part of India is a region of people who under the UN Charter have a right to self-determination.” “A plebiscite is their right and Pakistan supports that,” she added.

Isolating Pakistan

“After accusing Pakistan of orchestrating the Uri attack, India has been consistently working to garner global support in order to isolate Pakistan. The question to be asked is this: Why and how would Pakistan send proxies into fenced off Uri just before the UNGA, where Pakistan was going to raise the Kashmir issue?” asked Rehman.

“Pakistan gains no advantage in doing so – in fact, this is the worst thing that could happen at a time when we were sure the world would have to stop ignoring Indian atrocities is Kashmir,” she maintained.

Referring to PM Modi’s earlier statement on isolating Pakistan and the bill submitted in US Congress that calls for declaring it a terrorist state, Rehman said, “Calling to globally isolate Pakistan kills two birds, one of which is Delhi’s need to calm down its own citizens who began calling to move past rhetoric and take military action against us, something India knows well it cannot not engage in.”

India’s own analysts and experts have raised doubts about India’s capability to wage a war against Pakistan and after being caught between the needless beating of their own war-drums and their inability to act at the time, India seems to have resorted to the global isolation plan.

Kashmir and Balochistan

“India consistently equates Kashmir with Balochistan. The two are not the same and this cannot be stressed enough. Balochistan is an internal issue and this comparison makes as much sense as comparing Kashmir to the one-sixth of India that is under  insurgency,” Rehman stated.

Rehman added, “I am disappointed that the PM did not mount a vigorous defence of this new false equivalence. Many parts of India are under insurgency. We know that we have been failing the Baloch people but there is no question of equating the two in international law.”

“One is a disputed territory and the other is not. Many of us fail to understand why we could not defend our own federation at the largest international forum. The Indian FM and indeed their PM, has left no stone unturned to vilify Pakistan, but we still seem shy of calling a spade a spade, let alone deploying 21st century diplomacy. ” said the Senator.

There is no military solution

“Pakistan needs to change its global narrative. This is an essential part of global smart diplomacy but we still look to boilerplate conventional speeches. We must put our own house in order, but also stop being in denial that the new India does not look to peace but to keep the war pot boiling, irrespective of actual war which is both unlikely and ill advised. There is no doubt that as two responsible nuclear states, both governments should find pathways to peace, not single-lens roadblocks such as terrorism.” the Senator further stated.

The Senator reiterated that, “War drums over Uri attacks will not solve anything. There can be no military answer to the diplomatic firestorm between India and Pakistan.”

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Bilawal Bhutto short-listed provincial office-bearers for PPP Sindh

KARACHI, September 26: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has short-listed the provincial office-bearers for PPP Sindh and will announce the final organization after consultations with senior Party leaders including members of Central Executive Council and Federal Council soon.

It may be recalled that Coordination Committee of Sindh had submitted its recommendations for reorganization of the Party from Provincial to District level.

In the first phase, the Chairman has short-listed the candidates for Provincial President, General Secretary and Information Secretary and final provincial body will be announced after consulting the senior Party leaders soon.

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PPP MNAs show concern on SBP report on Pak economy

PPP lawmakers urge upon business community to come forward for the solution of this grave situation

Karachi. 26.9.2016: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) MNAs Imran Zafar Leghari, Shahjahan Baloch and Faqeer Shair Mohammad Balalani have expressed their grave concern on skyrocketing prices of common man’s goods and on rapid decline in exports. The situation is worsening with the passage of each day but the federal government is going non-stop for borrowing money from international monetary funds, which is affecting all sections of the society.

In a statement issued by PPP Media Cell Sindh, the statistics presented by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) are self-explanatory. The SBP has disclosed in its recent relrease on country’s overall economic position is alarming as the Bank said the prices of goods have escalated twice as double.

The another dreadful figure as given by the SBP about government’s borrowing from the central bank that is around 800 billion is a direct and serious threat to the current account holders.

They said that contrary to federal government’s claim about strong economy, the experts on economy have totally disagreed to the federal government. In fact, the federal government has utterly failed to bring any improvement in country’s industrial output, increase in exports and opening up new venues for the employment and investment.

They urged upon the country’s business community to raise their voices against this fast deteriorating trade and economic position amid ongoing challenges that the country is passing through. The business communities should act now to boost the heavily declined exports and hundredfold multiplication in unemployment rate.

They said that the media reports about good business in stock exchanges are also contrary to ground reality and the media should also highlight the flawed policies of the federal government with a sense of national responsibility.

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CM urges NAB to stop witch-hunting in Sindh

KARACHI (Sept 25) : Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has advised National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to stop witch-hunt in Sindh, this is not “your job to investigate small case but it is work of ACE.”

This he said while talking to media just after performing concluding ceremony of Urs of Abdullah Shah Ghazi at his shrine at Clifton this evening.

Replying to a question, he said that he didn’t know whether the NAB has summoned Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Durani or not but “I would advise NAB to stop this kind of witch hunting. This harassment is against their mandate – this is the job of Anti- Corruption Establishment (ACE),” he said and added that his government was going to further strengthen ACE.

Replying to a question, Syed Murad Ali Shah said that the innocent workers of MQM would be released if they are taken into custody. “We don’t believe in victimisation and respect rights of each and every individual living here but simultaneously we would not allow any one to take law into his or her hands,” he said loudly.

He said the transfer of Inspector General of Police (IGP) is not under consideration.

Talking about development schemes, the chief minister said that he would personally  keep visiting uplift works and would not allow any scheme working only on papers. ” We have decided to put all the facts about development schemes on website right from approval to release of funds so that people get ownership of the uplift works in their area,”he said.

He said that his government was very clear on improving education system, health services and maintenance of law and order. “We have paid big price for this peace in the city, therefore would not allow any one to vitiate it,” he said.

Earlier, the chief minister laid floral wreath and chadar on the grave of Abdullah Shah Ghazi and offered fateh to concluded ritual of the three day urs.

Latter, Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah went to the residence of MPA Nusrat Khwja to offer condolence of her brother Wazir Ali Khoja, a renowned banker.