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Istehkam-e-Pakistan rally: Wait for 4 more years, Hamza counsels Imran


Imran Khan should abandon his recalcitrance and talk to the government using the parliament as his platform, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N)’s central leader Hamza Shahbaz Sharif said during the party’s Istehkam-e-Pakistan rally on Monday at Lahore’s Charing Cross. “The people have decided that no one can get Sharif’s resignation using force or at gunpoint,” he said.

The PML-N leader said during his speech that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Imran Khan said that the prime minister would resign, but it has been 12 days since the sit-in began and there has been no progress. “The nation has rejected Imran Khan’s illegal demands,” he said.

Thousands of PML-N supporters turned up at the rally, which proceeded from Qartaba Chowk to Charing Cross. Rallies were also held in Sialkot and the party plans gatherings today (Tuesday) in Sahiwal, Sargodha and Gujranwala. On Wednesday, rallies will be held in Rawalpindi and Multan.

Hamza said that the PML-N would give a fitting reply to the PTI’s demands with the inauguration of the Lahore-Karachi motorway and through establishing coal projects in Sahiwal and Gadani, as well as solar energy projects in Bahawalpur. “Imran Khan’s sit-in has flopped and he is repeatedly calling musicians to join him at this musical concert,” Hamza said. “Khan’s Naya Pakistan gets women to dance at musical concerts.”

After the PM’s formation of a judicial commission to investigate alleged rigging in the elections, there is no need for a long march on the issue, Hamza said. “Imran wants the prime minister’s position via a short cut and is acting like a stubborn child.” He remarked that the National Assembly has passed a resolution showing support to the PM and urged Imran Khan to ‘wait for four more years’ before vying for the top slot.

“The PML-N took out a long march for the restoration of the judiciary and once it was restored, the sit-in ended,” Hamza said. “We did not call for the PPP government at the time to be removed,” he claimed. He said Imran Khan’s demands – civil disobedience, the promotion of the use of hundi systems, withdrawal of cash from bank accounts – actually showed his enmity towards the state, not the government.

Hamza claimed that businessmen, lawyers and society have rejected PTI’s demands and 12 PTI MNAs complained that they were not consulted before the call for resignations was made, thus forming a forward bloc of the party. “Imran must wing up this drama in order to save face,” Hamza said. He said the PM would fulfill all promises made to the people and according to the mandate given by the masses. “The nation will get real freedom and self-reliance when there are enough resources, and not through a musical show,” he said, claiming that the sit-in had resulted in a loss of Rs700 billion to the economy.

Hamza claimed that Imran Khan broke a commitment not to enter the Red Zone. “If Imran Khan is sincere, he should let the commission do its work for electoral reforms,” he said. Referring to recent fatalities in Peshawar due to rainfall, he remarked, “Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif would immediately reach areas affected by floods or earthquakes in Punjab, but K-P’s CM has been dancing at sit-ins instead of helping his people.”

He advised Imran Khan to let the nation continue its journey towards development, or ‘the nation will throw him out of the country’. If Imran Khan refuses to leave his container until Nawaz Sharif’s resignation, then he should make arrangements to live there for the next four years, he said. 

Published in The Express Tribune, August 26th, 2014.

Hamza ousts defending champion Asif


Pakistan’s snooker prodigy Hamza Akbar produced the biggest upset of the ongoing Asian 6-Red Championship as he defeated defending champion Mohammad Asif 6-3 in their last-16 match at a local hotel in Karachi yesterday.

Hamza then went onto win his quarter-final as well and will be up against Iran’s Amir Sarkosh in the semi-final. The other last-four match will be played between Iran’s Hossien Vafaei Ayouri and Thailand’s Boonyarit Kaettikun.

Hamza shocked his mentor Asif in a roller-coaster match as he won with a scoreline of 04-68, 36-18, 35-32, 0-71(71), 50-0, 66-0, 0-69, 37-14 and 54-09.

He then defeated Sohail Shehzad 6-5 in the last-eight match, while Sarkosh ended Mohammad Sajjad’s hopes with a 6-4 triumph.

Meanwhile, Ayouri thrashed Mohammad Asif Toba 6-1 as another tough match was witnessed between Kaettikun and Singapore’s Ang Boon Chin, which was won by the former 6-5 with a scoreline of 19-39, 19-29, 23-42, 52-14, 20-31, 41-11, 39-0, 53-08, 53-01, 20-29 and 52-0.

“It’s an amazing win for me because I’ve beaten the defending champion Asif,” Hamza told The Express Tribune.

“Although I was aiming to do well in these Asian Championships, it never crossed my mind that I would be able to beat Asif and then will move into the semi-final.  These wins have certainly given me a huge confidence boost and now I feel that I can fight for the title as well. I know it will be tough from here, but I need to back my game and myself.”

Published in The Express Tribune, August 20th, 2014.

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Street power: PTI, PAT endangering country, says Hamza


MNA Hamza Shahbaz said on Thursday that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) were putting the country in danger to satisfy their lust for power.

He was addressing a delegation of religious leaders at his Model Town residence.

He said that PAT chief Tahirul Qadri was inciting his followers to violence.

He said that the nation was preparing to celebrate independence day and paying tribute to Zarb-i-Azb martyrs. “The people will not allow enemies of progress and prosperity of the country to hijack the Constitution or democracy,” he said. He said that clerics should play their role in preserving the political stability in the country.

“The demands put forward by Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri so far are undemocratic. Qadri’s demand about 14 bodies has shown that he is not averse to anarchy or shedding blood in pursuit of power,” he said.

He said that under these circumstances, the government had to meet responsibilities regarding law and order. “We too have some reservations about the electoral system. However, we believe that parliament is the right forum to settle these matters,” he said.

He said that Imran Khan wanted to stop the development process. “Political adventurism at such a time amounts to betrayal of the sacrifices of our soldiers in their fight against terrorism,” he said. He said that democracy was necessary for national development and prosperity.

“The Chaudhry brothers are fond of dictatorship. They cannot understand the importance of democracy,” he said.

Minister of State for Religious Affairs Pir Aminul Hasnat Shah and provincial ministers Bilal Yasin and Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman were also present on the occasion.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 8th, 2014.

Hamza Shahbaz censures Imran for missing NA session as he prepares for Azadi March

ISLAMABAD: Taking a potshot at Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan for missing today’s parliamentary session as he prepares for his Azadi March against the government, Hamza Shahbaz on Tuesday said Imran should have sat with his fellow parliamentarians to discuss the plight of thousands of displaced Pakistanis. 

The central leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was speaking outside the Parliament House in Islamabad, where he also invited Imran to discuss his grievances with the government inside the parliament.

Implicitly criticising Imran and Tahirul Qadri for playing “dharna politics”, Hamza questioned if problems that should be dealt with inside the parliament, could be fixed on streets.

“What is so terrible about the country that people feel they have to resort to dharnas to have their demands addressed,” he asked.

Hamza, son of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, said that it had only been one year since the current PML-N government came into power. “Don’t ask for five years worth of development in just one year,” he stated.

The PML-N leader said “the country is in a state of war and god forbid, there can be a reaction to this in the coming days,” adding that the country needs to be prepared in case the fighting makes its way to the streets of Pakistan.

He stated that sensitive installations in the country such as the airport need to be protected and it is for this reason that Article 245 was imposed.

Hamza further said that once the country was peaceful again, the armed forces would leave the streets and go back in their barracks.

Poetry for peace: Khyber’s adabi jirga continues in Hamza Baba’s footsteps

LANDI KOTAL: The Khyber Pashto Adabi Jirga held a ‘Peace Poetry Session’ mushaira in Landikotal on Sunday with at least 30 poets, of whom three were from Afghanistan and the rest from the agency.

Muntazir Shinwari and Afghan poet Sawab Khaksar presided over the session. Others who were in attendance include Shahid Intizar, Rehman Muntazir, Yar Husain Sahil, Abdur Rauf Ghafur Afridi, Islam Gharkab, and Nurul Wahab.

The poets recited ghazals and poems about peace and on-going wars. The body of work served as a collective call for the prosperity and development of Khyber Agency. The work of the poets also touched on the continuously evolving geo-political placement of the tribal belt.

Riaz Shah Afridi, the president of the adabi jirga, requested the government to construct an office for their society—one of the oldest in the region—so they can continue working towards the promotion of the literary arts. Their current office is located in Godown or Bhatai, Landikotal.

Khyber Agency has been home to a number of illustrious Pashto poets, including Hamza Khan Shinwari or Hamza Baba and Misri Khan Khatir, commonly known as Khatir Afridi. The agency has managed to maintain its tradition of mushairas, despite trying security conditions.

The Pashto Adabi Jirga is one of the oldest literary organisations in the agency. Its foundation was laid down by Hamza Baba in 1940 and still serves the Pashto poetry community with hundreds of writers associated with it.

A huge number of people were there to listen to the mushaira and showed their appreciation with their applause and requests for encores.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 4th,2014.

Hamza Ali Abbasi and Saba Qamar deny marriage rumours

KARACHI: Waar actor, Hamza Ali Abbasi and svelte drama actor, Saba Qamar’s relationship rumours have taken the media by storm. Speculations about the two started when entertainment websites shared pictures of the two together.

However, the two denied such rumours. “I really don’t know what sparked this rumour about me and Saba. There are just a few pictures on the internet but I have no idea what that is all about,” Abbasi told The Express Tribune.

Replying to a question about the rumours Abbasi said, “I will come forward myself and share whenever I decide to get hitched”. He added that there is absolutely nothing to hide and these rumours have put the on-screen duo in a very awkward position. “It has caused us a lot of inconvenience.”

Denying these rumours, Saba Qamar told The Express Tribune, “there is nothing, we are good friends and colleagues”.

She further clarified that the two worked together in the film Kambhaht. “Koi chakkar nahi hai humara. All I can say is that may God give people something better to do than speculate,” she said.

Framing charges: Suspects in Hamza murder case could not be indicted


Due to the absence of the defence counsel, the suspects facing the Hamza murder trial could not be indicted on Thursday.

An anti-terrorism court (ATC) set June 4 as the date to frame charges against the suspects. Hamza Ahmed, a 17-year-old student, was gunned down allegedly by the security guard of another teenager, Shoaib Naveed, after they got into a heated argument outside a restaurant in DHA on April 27, 2013.

According to the prosecution, Naveed met Ahmed outside the restaurant to settle a dispute but their discussion became heated, and Ahmed allegedly slapped Naveed. Naveed’s security guard, Ammal Rehman, reacted violently and allegedly shot Ahmed dead. Rehman is still on the run.

The police have declared Naveed and the two drivers, Idrees and Mushtaq, as ‘harbouring offenders’ in the reinvestigation report submitted before the court, adding that they were unable to determine the role of Naveed’s father in the case. All of them have earlier been released on bail.

At a previous hearing, the ATC-III had supplied copies to the suspect under section 265-C (supply of statements and documents to accused) of the Criminal Procedure Code and adjourned the case till next the hearing for indictment. The court once again adjourned the case till June 4.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 23rd, 2014.

Cameron seeks ‘faster’ action against terror accuse like Abu Hamza

LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Tuesday to speed up the deportation of terror suspects after hardline cleric Abu Hamza was convicted in the United States.

“It’s good that he has faced justice and justice has been done. I think we should reflect on whether we can extradite faster,” Cameron told BBC radio.

A New York jury convicted the Egyptian radical on 11 kidnapping and terrorism charges on Monday, and he will almost certainly face a life sentence.

Hamza had previously been an imam at a mosque in north London known for his inflammatory rhetoric and backing for hardline fundamentalists. He was first arrested in 2004 and convicted for hate speech and inciting murder in 2006.

He was finally extradited to the United States in 2012 following an eight-year process that was delayed by appeals to the European Court of Human Rights primarily on the grounds he could face the death penalty in the US.

“Speeding up extradition… we need to look at the avenues of appeal that there are and make sure that those are gone through more quickly,” said Cameron.

“We also need to look… at the European Convention on Human Rights, and the position that we’ve got to get into where, if someone threatens our country, we should be able to deport them if they have no right to be here and that is absolutely essential that we restore that.”

He promised to take “big steps” if he is returned to office in the May 2015 general election.

Cameron said Britain had a good domestic record in terms of prosecuting and convicting people guilty of terror offences in Britain, saying several hundred had been jailed.

“Every year since I’ve been prime minister, our security services and police have managed to prevent at leat one major plot that could have done untold damage to our country and the people who live here.”

Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, better known as Abu Hamza al-Masri, had been charged with the 1998 abduction of Western tourists in Yemen, providing material support to al Qaeda, assisting the militants and sending terror recruits to Afghanistan.

Following Hamza’s conviction, Laurence Whitehouse — who was among the Yemen hostages and whose wife, Margaret, was shot dead — voiced his relief.

“This has taken a long time, even though there was evidence of his involvement early on. We could have had less trouble and strife in the world if effective action had been taken against him earlier,” he told The Daily Telegraph newspaper.

Fellow hostage Eric Firkins, 70, told the broadsheet: “The worst thing, coming back from Yemen, was finding it had all been organised in north London. For years I saw him on the television every day, a free man who was still spouting hatred. Now I can parcel it up.”