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Govt not in the business of disappearing people, says Nisar as another activist goes missing in Islamabad




ISLAMABAD (JAN 11, 2017): Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that the government was not in the business of disappearing people and the measures being taken to recover the four abducted men.

“This government is not in the business of disappearing people and we will not tolerate such disappearances while we are in power,” he said.

“The trend of people going ‘missing’ was witnessed between 2002 and 2008. If it was not the government’s policy, the government would definitely look the other way,” the minister added.

His remarks came after another activist, Civil Progressive Alliance Pakistan (CPAP) President Samar Abbas was reportedly gone missing from the federal capital on Wednesday.

According to CPAP General Secretary Syed Talib Abbas, Samar Abbas travelled to Islamabad from Karachi on business, as he also ran an IT firm.

“He was continuously in touch with his family, but on Saturday (Jan 7), his mobile phone was switched off. The family has not heard from him since,” he said.

Earlier on Tuesday, the plight of missing academic Salman Haider and three other missing activists was highlighted on the floor of the Senate where opposition leaders demanded the interior minister to brief about the recent abductions.

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Nisar, while briefing the house, said that of the four missing men, one individual was abducted from Islamabad and three from Lahore. He said that it was unfortunate that the Safe City CCTV network was limited to Islamabad, which had made it difficult to continue the search for Salman Haider’s abductors after they drove towards Rawalpindi, via Airport Road.

“I am in touch with senior intelligence officials. We have been working overtime for the last 48 hours to unmask the elements behind this incident and we want that Professor Salman Haider should be safely reunited with his family. The government will pursue those behind this heinous crime; the first objective is to secure his safe release,” he told the house, adding that the investigation was proceeding in the right direction and would be taken to its logical conclusion.

The minister further said that a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) was constituted to probe Salman Haider’s disappearance.

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We welcome Saudi Envoy H.E. Rear Admiral (R) Nawaf Saeed Almalki to Pakistan: Nazir Ahmed, CEO Royal Group

Interview by M. M. ALAM

 

KARACHI: Nazir Ahmed CEO Royal Group of Companies (that enjoys reputation of being one of the leading tour operators in Pakistan) has appreciated the measures taken by newly arrived Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia H. E. Rear Admiral (R) Nawaf Saeed Almalki.

H. E. Rear Admiral (R) Nawaf Saeed Almalki, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Thanking for the exceptional cooperation extended by the Consul General Muhammad Abdullah Abdul Daim vis-à-vis Hajj/Umra/Employment visas and other issues, Nazir Ahmed said that right from the beginning Saudi Consulate has been facilitating Pakistani citizens, going out of the way.

KARACHI: H. E. Muhammad Abdullah Abdul Daim Consul General of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia here snapped with Mr, Nazir Ahmed CEO Royal Group of Companies.  

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Harboring on the subject Nazir Ahmed quoted the efficient way crisis apropos backlog of 35,000 Umra visas was handled recently. As soon as the visa stickers were received the Consul General, taking personal interest, made sure that 33,000 visas were delivered within 48 hours enabling pilgrims perform Umra during the holy month: “This year (1438/2017) too there was a visa sticker problem. H. E. the Consul General has taken personal interest and got them from Saudi Arabia within 2 days. Saudi and Pakistani staff worked 24/7 on Saturday & Sunday to issue 18000 visas to private tour operators with booked flights”.

Express gratitude to the Consul General Muhammad Abdullah Abdul Daim [on behalf of Hajj Organizers Association of Pakistan (HOAP) and Pakistan Overseas Employment Promoters Association (POEPA)] Nazir Ahmed hoped that the cherished partnership will grow further. Nazir Ahmed further informed that the Consulate and Embassy had entertained all the new licenses issued regarding their registration. 

Answering to a query apropos the instigation of Royal Group of Companies, CEO Nazir Ahmed told that he, along with his brother Usman Ahmed had commenced a joint venture as ticketing agent and travel/tour (including Umra) operators some three decades ago. Later they obtained Overseas Employment Promoters License and also undertook Hajj operations.

Some seventeen years ago Nazir Ahmed started his own business under the banner of Royal Air Travels and Tours. He further told that today his overseas employment business Airview Associates (https://www.newspakistan.tv/airview-associates-flying-wings-success-brotherly-collaboration-saudi-consulate-karachi/) was amongst one of the top manpower exporters in Pakistan, particularly for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

When private hajj operation started in 2005, Nazir Ahmed got his company registered with Ministry of Religious Affairs. And the business grew to the extent that now they are considered as country’s one of the leading Hajj Operators offering economy as well as 5-star VVIP packages.

Nazir Ahmed lauded the efficiency and teamwork of staff that contributed towards enterprise’s success. His four sons [Shehzad Nazir (MD), Ejaz Nazir (Director Admin & HR), Sajjad Nazir (Director Sales & Marketing), Imtiaz Nazir (CFO)] are also involved in the business. Sajjad, who is permanently based in Saudi Arabia, looks after the Hajj/Umra-related arrangements. 

Head office of Royal Group of Companies is located in Karachi at Khayabaan-e-Ittehad (Jami Commercial). Being GSA of PIA, Shaheen Air, SereneAir and Air Blue, their main office also offers round the clock ticketing service. Then there are other offices too in various locales of the country.

Nazir Ahmed, while suggesting abolishment of government Hajj Schemes, noted that 107,000 Hajjis availing this service, get into trouble. Further elaborating he said that private tour operator makes sure that atleast four of his staff members accompany each batch of 100 Hajjis. This way all the problems are handled efficiently. Hence the Saudi Government as well its Ministry of Religious Affairs are content with the private arrangement that distinguishes itself as one of the top three best such services in the world.

On the contrary, Nazir Ahmed told, Government lacked personnel making it impossible to assign adequate escorts with each batch of hundred Hajjis.  Moreover, the exchequer is overburdened due to staff’s travel, board and lodging: “Performing Hajj is a hard task. In search of cost-cutting, Hajj pilgrims end-up suffering from hardships (including going astray while voyaging between sacred places) instead of concentrating on worship itself”, Nazir Ahmed concluded.

 

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72 prisoners transferred from Karachi jail to interior Sindh, Punjab

KARACHI: In order to control overcrowding in the jail, the Karachi jail administration transferred as many as 72 prisoners to other jails in interior Sindh and Punjab.

The majority was shifted to Sukkur and Larkana central jails, while two of the 72 prisoners were moved to Punjab.

The move comes after the escape of two under-trial hardcore prisoners, Sheikh Muhammad alias Firon and Ahmed Khan alias Manako in June this year.

Sind Prisons Inspector-General Nusrat Mangan said that the prisoners shifted to other jails were ordinary prisoners and the decision was taken due to overcrowding.

“Only ordinary prisoners were transferred,” he said, claiming that no terrorist was being transferred with those prisoners.

On the other hand, Ziaul Hassan Lanjar claimed that these prisoners have been acquitted or bailed out in Karachi’s courts and now their cases are on trial in other jails.

“[That’s why] we shifted them to areas near the respective courts,” he said.

Central Jail Karachi is housing around 6,000 inmates – twice more than its capacity. Moreover, there are 380 staffers, including officials and guards, who are also temporarily supported by three platoons of the Frontier Constabulary, each having around 40 to 45 personnel, as well as 50 Rangers personnel.

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Offshore assets: ‘Bailable’ arrest warrants issued against Dar

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court has issued bailable arrest warrants against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for avoiding the summons issued to him to appear before the court.

The warrants were issued against a surety of Rs1 million and one surety to the satisfaction of the executing officer.

The minister has been ordered to appear before the court on September 25.

During the hearing today, Dar counsel informed the court that summons had been received and the finance minister was aware of the case.

“He was in London on a private visit. That’s why he was unable to appear before the court,” the counsel said.

Dar was summoned by the accountability court for allegedly possessing assets beyond his known sources of income in one reference filed against him in line with the Supreme Court’s April 28 judgment.

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