Monday, November 15, 2010

HRCP concerned over case against military farm tenants

Lahore, November 15: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed concern over reports of registration of a criminal case against 175 tenants of military farms in Okara, for allegedly resisting a contractor from taking possession of 100 acres of land leased to him.

A statement issued by the commission on Sunday said: “It is a matter of concern that tensions have once again risen in the villages of military farms in Okara. The tenants’ claim that a number of tough men had accompanied the contractor to take possession of land that had previously been under the tenants’ cultivation is a matter of concern. Media reports suggest that the tenants had overpowered and handed over to the police at least one proclaimed offender. In the circumstances, registration of a case against the tenants necessitates a transparent inquiry.

HRCP must emphasise that no one must be allowed to take the law into his own hands. The movement of Okara tenants for their rights has been characterised by non-violence. HRCP hopes that the legal process will not be used to victimise anyone.

The Commission also has apprehensions about the living conditions of tenants in six villages of the Okara military farms—villages 11/4L, 15/4L, 16/4L, 24/4L, 25/4L, and 26/4L—in the Okara cantonment limits. Credible reports suggest that no development work has taken place in these villages for a decade. Basic facilities such as roads and sewerage in the six villages have fallen apart due to lack of allocation of funds.

Furthermore, HRCP has received with alarm reports that although National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) had issued National Identity Cards (NICs) to residents of the six villages, and that these cards bear the address of these villages, now the NADRA authorities in Okara say that no such villages exist and that they have no record of the six villages. This despite the fact that in the last general elections voters from the villages had exercised their right to vote on the basis of NICs issued by NADRA.

The tenants also say that four years earlier the authorities had stopped the construction of a primary school building for boys in village 26/4L, and village children were facing difficulties as the incomplete building only needed a roof. Meanwhile, measures to prevent tenants’ children from attending school in the cantonment area, if true, can only be strongly denounced.

To state the obvious, the tenants are as entitled to development in their area as residents of any other part of the country and a systematic denial of development funds gives credence to the apprehension of the tenants that they are being punished for demanding their legitimate rights and that such tactics are a device to force them out of their villages.

HRCP demands that the military farm tenants must be allowed to exercise all the rights that the law of the land provides and that they must not be targeted through abuse of the legal process. They must also not be denied their identity documents nor the right to peacefully live, work and prosper on land that they and their forefathers have brought under cultivation through their sweat and toil.”

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

172 journalists got plots in Islamabad

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is in possession of a list of 172 journalists who were given plots in the federal capital in line with their two per cent quota in G-13 and G-14 sectors. The names of journalists who were given plots against payments were:
Sarwar Munir Rao
Sohail Iqbal
Ayesha Haroon
Syed Fahd Hussain
Shakeel Ahmed Turabi
M Najeeb
Sarmad Salik
Sheikh Zamir Ahmed Qadri
Rana Qaiser
Absar Alam (he later returned the plot)
Hanif Sabir
Muhammad Malick
Nazir Naji
Shoaib Bhutta
Mustansar Javed
Kh Sharif Ahmed
Sami H Zubari
Aslam Javed
M. Ziauddin
Zafar Rashid
Muhammad Ilyas Bhatti
Noor Faizi
Khan Zaman Malik
Shaukat Ali
Syed M Qasim
Tahir Khan
Ikram Hoti
Syed Qamar Abbas
Shamim Sherrei Sardar
Shakil Sheikh
Abdul Aziz Muhammad
Abrar Ali Saeed
Syed Farhan Bokhari
Muhammad Ashraf
Muhammad Ishaq
Ch. Muhammad Ilyas
Rashida Begum Butt
Iftikhar Nazar
Muhammad Sarwar Awan
Muhammad Afzal Nadeem
Aqeel Ahmed
Ejaz Malik
Muhammad Fayyaz
Altaf Hussain Bhatti
Muhammad Ehsan Elahi
Ali Raza
Shahid Mahmood Malik
Zafar Malik
Wajih Siddiqi
Farman Ali
Muhammad Bilal
Arif Rana
Syed Itrat Hussain
Rana Ghulam Qadir
Saleem Khilji
Abdul Saleem
Safdar Hussain
Imran Nallam Ahmed
Abdur Rauf
Masood Majid Syed
Zahid Khawaja
Muhammad Akram
Syed Zargoon Shah
Kunwar Rashid Habib
Anis Ahmed
Waseem Akthar
Rao Khalid
Abdul Manan Haid
Jehangir Raja
Shaukat Rehman Malik
Muhammad Javed Akhtar
Akthar Munir
Muhammad Javed
Muhammad Nawal
Nasir Chishti
Malik Safdar
Abrar Mustafa
Muhammad Latif
Suleman Hidyat
Murad Shaz Khattack
Attaur Rehman Tahir
Maqsood Mehdi
Muhammad Jamil Khan
Kh Javed Bhatti
Kaleem Ahsan Shah
Khadim Husain
Muhammad Javed Iqbal Khakwani
Mazhar Ali Khan
Syed Qasir Sherazi
Karim Madad
Ghulam Hussain
Zia Shahid
Azam Ahmed Khan
Khalid Awan
Khalid Mahmood
Tanveer Shahzad
Seema Mir
Najumul Islam Usmani
Khalid Mustafa
Saleem Usmani
Syed Ali Nasir Jaffiri
Shahid Butt
Zulfikar Ghuman
Abdul Razak
Ali Imran
Syed Raza Shah
Muhammad Aslam
Shabir Khamid Bukhtawari
Shagufta Jabeen
Bashir Ahmed Shad
Syed Aswad Ulfat
Agha Mahrooz Haider
Nasir Iqbal
Masood Abdul Raheem
Raja Mahmood Bashir Usmani
Muhammad Ilyas Khan
Muhammad Mushtaq Ghuman
Mashkoor Hussain Shah
M Taimur
Masroor Mohsin Gilani
M Ibrahim Khan
M Shahbaz Khan
Amir Sajjad
Mumtaz Alvi
Azhar Jamal
Shakil Awan
Tanveer Alam
Habibur Rehman
Naveed Akram
Syed Azhar Hussain
Mubashir Raza
Arif Hussain
Jabbar Zakriya
Muhammad Farooq Khan
Rahat Naseem
Saeed Murad
Ali Imran Javed
Ejaz Khan
Munir Aziz
Muhammad Riyaz Akhtar
Rahat Munir
Muhamamd Afzal Malik
Afzal Nadeem
Muhammad Jameel Mirza
Abdul Mateen Khan
Hamidur Rehman
Saadat Bashir
Akhtar Ali Khan
Abdul Jabbar Khan
Khalid Mahmood
Muhammad Rizwan Khan
Rafiq Hussain Khan
Malik Muhammad Ilyas
Sohail Nashir
Uzair Khan
Zahid Hussain Hashwani
Four journalists Rauf Klasra, Amir Mateen, Khaleeq Kiani and Javed Ch were given plots in light of the Lahore High Court decision of 2006 in their favour after their names were deleted from the final list on the orders of the then prime minister Shaukat Aziz.
The list also contains the names of PTV employees who were given plots. They include Nazir Tabsum, Qamar Mohiuddin, Nisar Baloch, Syed Javed Ali, Khalid Iqbal Warriach, Syed Zulfiqar Ali Shah, Ayub Minhas, Asmatullah Khan Niazi, Muzamil Ahmed Khan, Majeed Afzal Khan (Sajan Khan), Awaid Butt, Rashid Baig, Ramzan Khalid, Muhammad Arshad Saleem, Muhammad Zakariya, Musadiq Kaleem, Arif Mahmood.(ET)