Eyewitness recalls nobody helped Awais as gunmen snatched him from car park

KARACHI: No one, including guards of a Clifton superstore, came to the rescue of Awais Ali Shah, the son of the sitting Sindh High Court Chief Justice, when masked men kidnapped him on Monday afternoon, eyewitnesses said on Tuesday.

According to an old security guard, Mr Shah had just stepped out of the market with a small shopping bag in hand, when “four armed men carrying Kalashnikovs, with their faces masked with black cloth, came right in front of him. As [Shah] began shouting for help, one of them started punching him in the face while others got hold of his arms,” said the guard.

Police have placed a large stone at the car park of the supermarket in Clifton where Advocate Awais Ali Shah parked his car before being taken away by masked men on Monday.—Photo by Fahim Siddiqi/ White Star
Police have placed a large stone at the car park of the supermarket in Clifton where Advocate Awais Ali Shah parked his car before being taken away by masked men on Monday.—Photo by Fahim Siddiqi/ White Star

Despite the parking lot and its surroundings being packed with people, no one came forward to help the victim, including the guards.

“I was rooted to the spot, because honestly, it all happened too quickly for me to do anything or even call for help. Those men were carrying Kalashnikovs and it seemed they’d shoot anyone trying to get in their way. Plus, they were quick,” said the guard.

‘It all happened too quickly for me to do anything’

Eyewitnesses narrated that it took the men about five minutes to grab hold of Mr Shah and push him into their car as he continued to cry for help. Another eyewitness, a valet at the parking lot, said the men came out of a white Corolla as was visible from the logo on the car, and sped away once they had captured Mr Shah.

On Tuesday afternoon the parking lot opposite the supermarket was filled with media persons and security guards. Many of the media persons were seen asking the guards if they recalled anything about the kidnapping, while a police van was parked nearby to “calm” the situation, according to sources.

When the security staff was approached by Dawn to inquire about the incident, almost half of them turned out to be private guards of people either shopping at the supermarket or in the shops nearby. Some said they were asked overnight to “beef up security” near the supermarket.

Those who did agree to speak about the incident asked not to be named.

According to eyewitnesses, the Clifton police arrived after iftar time, around 8.15pm. “The police started asking people if they saw anything. Two people came forward to talk, one is a security guard, Manzoor Khan, and the other is Gul Munir, from a parking company named Salaar Company,” a valet parking officer told Dawn.

He added that as the two men are still in the custody of the police, the other guards are now scared. “Four of my staff members didn’t come to work today as they feared they would be taken away by the police and held responsible for the kidnapping, or considered facilitators,” he added.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Home Minister Sohail Anwar Sial brief Sindh High Court Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah on steps taken for the recovery of his son Advocate Awais Ali Shah in his SHC chamber on Tuesday.—PPI
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Home Minister Sohail Anwar Sial brief Sindh High Court Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah on steps taken for the recovery of his son Advocate Awais Ali Shah in his SHC chamber on Tuesday.—PPI

ASI Arif Shah at the Clifton police station said Mr Shah’s silver Suzuki Swift (AZT-535) was parked near the supermarket, opposite a women’s clothing store. “The men didn’t let him reach the car at all. They kidnapped him right outside the supermarket giving him no time to escape,” the ASI added.

He said the men were in a Japanese reconditioned Toyota Corolla (SP-0586). “They were dressed in a camouflage uniform with a police cap on their heads and black cloth wrapped around half of their faces,” he added.

The police have taken fingerprints from Mr Shah’s car and have recorded statements of both eyewitnesses.

An FIR has not been registered as yet, ASI Arif Shah added.

Court work suspended

Legal proceedings at the Sindh High Court and the subordinate judiciary remained completely suspended on Tuesday in protest against the kidnapping of the SHC chief justice’s son, also a practising lawyer of the high court.

Advocate Awais Ali Shah, eldest among the three siblings, had opened a year ago his law firm after remaining associated with a renowned law firm for five years.

Graduated from a law college in London, he is also a visiting faculty at S.M. Law College.

Sources close to the chief justice told Dawn that it was a little before Iftar on Monday when Advocate Shah’s family learnt about him going missing after they found his cellular phone switched off.

They said that it was later collected that the abducted son of the chief justice had lastly called one of his friends after 2pm after which there was no contact with him.

The incident also sent a wave of fear among many lawyers who spoke about their security concern on the condition of anonymity. “When a lawyer, who is son of the chief justice of the province, could be abducted in broad daylight in a busy business district, who else can feel safe and secure?” wondered one of them.

The SHC did not take up any case, as the lawyers announced their boycott and stayed away from the proceedings.

Same was the situation in other courts, including city courts, Malir district courts, anti-terrorism courts, accountability courts and banking courts.

The Sindh High Court Bar Association and other lawyers bodies passed unanimous resolutions against the kidnapping of the lawyer. They demanded that the government immediately recover him.

The Sindh Bar Council also condemned the incident and expressed grave concern over the lack of security. The SBC is likely to announce its future course of action at a press conference on Wednesday.

Published in Dawn, June 22nd, 2016

Pakistani American says he reported Orlando killer Omar Mateen to FBI

WASHINGTON: A Muslim American of Pakistani descent says he had informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about Omar Mateen, who killed 49 people in a Florida nightclub, after learning about his radical thoughts in 2014, and criticised Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for accusing Muslims of not sharing such information with authorities.

“Trump is wrong that we [Muslims] don’t speak up when we’re able… I know this firsthand: I was the one who told the FBI about Omar Mateen,” Mohammed A. Malik wrote in an op-ed in the The Washington Post on Monday.

Read: Trump says US should consider profiling Muslims

Malik said before opening up about Mateen, he told the FBI about Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, a Muslim boy from his neighbourhood in Florida who became the first American-born suicide bomber when he attacked a government office in Syria in 2014.

Being a patriotic American, Malik said he offered to speak up about Moner after reports that American officials were looking for people to give them some background on the bomber.

“I am an American Muslim, and I wanted to do my part. I didn’t want more innocent people to die.”

Following this, Malik, who came to the US from Pakistan at the age of six, said he met other members of the Islamic community, including Omar Mateen, to talk about the bomber, Moner. Both Malik and Mateen attended the same mosque as Moner in Fort Pierce, Florida.

“That’s when Omar told me he had been watching videos of (Anwar al) Awlaki, too,” the Yemen-based Imam whose lectures had allegedly radicalised Moner.

Malik said it raised red flags for him when Mateen told him that the video lectures were “very powerful”.

He then contacted the FBI again to let them know that Mateen had been watching Awlaki’s tapes. The FBI looked into him and closed the file, however, after apparently finding nothing against him.

The author said Mateen’s gruesome massacre of 49 people left him and the community “in shock”.

“If you don’t agree with someone, you don’t have the right to kill them,” he wrote. Malik’s last conversation with Mateen was by phone in May when the latter called to tell him about his vacation in Orlando.

Malik lambasted Trump for his “tragic, ugly and wrong” assertions that Muslims hide information about radical elements in their community from authorities.

“When they see trouble they have to report it, they are not reporting it, they are absolutely not reporting it and that’s a big problem,” Trump had said in an interview broadcast in March this year.

Malik said he alerted the FBI about Mateen “because my community, and Muslims generally, have nothing to hide”.

According to an editor’s note posted under the op-ed, a US federal law enforcement official confirmed Malik’s cooperation [about Mateen and Moner] with authorities to The Washington Post.

Source (Dawn News)

Gul wants Amir’s bowling to answer all criticism

Fast-bowler Umar Gul has advised Mohammad Amir to let his bowling do the talking on the English tour, saying this will be the best way to answer all of the criticism.

Amir is likely to resume his Test career at Lord’s Cricket Ground on July 14, where he played his last Test match nearly six years ago in 2010.

The 24-year-old may attract criticism, for his involvement in spot-fixing, in the build-up and during his return to Test cricket.

This is an area to which Gul wants the Pakistan management to pay attention and ensure they prepare Amir for what could prove to be a rocky road ahead.

“The British media will be following his every move and I would advise him to let his bowling do the talking,” he told Pakpassion.net.

“Amir should restrict his movements from the hotel to the ground and back and simply concentrate on his game and nothing else.”

“This will be the best way to answer all of the criticism and back- talk,” he said.

Gul said it is a fact that the batting is not the strongest suit for Pakistan and that the bowling line-up which Pakistan fields for the Test series will probably drive the desired outcome for the visiting side.

“We have an excellent bowling attack for this tour and the pick among the fast bowlers will surely be Amir. He will play a key role against England. I expect him to perform very well as he has played in those conditions before. Apart from Amir, Sohail Khan has put in some excellent performances before and knows how to bowl in seaming conditions,” he said.

He reminded fans also not to forget that in leg-spinner Yasir Shah, Pakistan has an excellent bowler who can take wickets on any kind of surface.

“Yasir has been making steady progress in the past few years and is also a regular with the Pakistan Test squad. We can expect him to get lot of purchase from wickets at The Oval and Edgbaston, especially on the third or fourth days of Test matches,”

Messi fires Argentina into Copa America final

The five-time world player of the year set up Ezequiel Lavezzi’s opening goal in the third minute, then scored on a free kick to break Argentina’s career scoring record and assisted on the final goal in a 4-0 rout of the US on Tuesday night that put the La Albiceleste into the Copa America final.

After Messi doubled the lead in the 32nd minute with his 55th international goal, his tournament-leading fifth, Gonzalo Higuain quickly ended US comeback hopes when he put the rebound of his initial shot past goalkeeper Brad Guzan in the 50th.

Higuain scored off a Messi pass in the 86th. “We had far too much respect,” US coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “Our players could just feel in every position on the field they were better than we are.”

Argentina will seek its first major title since the 1993 Copa – and its first since Messi’s debut in 2005 – when it plays Chile or Colombia on Sunday in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

“That’s what we hope and what we want, to finally achieve that,” Messi said. “We deserve it, for all the good work we’ve been doing all these years.”

Argentina might be missing Lavezzi, who fell backward over an advertising sign board and appeared to land hard on his left arm at about the 60th minute. Lavezzi was able to get up several minutes later and left on a cart.

Hosting a special, expanded 16-nation edition of South America’s championship to celebrate Copa America’s 100th anniversary, the US won a difficult group that included third-ranked Colombia and then beat No. 13 Ecuador in the quarterfinals.

But top-ranked Argentina and Messi, who turns 29 Friday and is at the top of his game, outclassed the US from the opening whistle and stunned the sellout crowd of 70,858 at NRG Stadium.

Messi has helped Barcelona win eight titles in Spain’s La Liga and four in the Champions League, but his Argentina trophies have been limited to the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship for players under 20 and the gold medal in the 2008 Olympics, mostly for players under 23.

La Albiceleste lost to Germany in the 2014 World Cup final and to Chile in last year’s Copa America final.

The US and coach Jurgen Klinsmann were trying to rebound after getting eliminated by Jamaica in the semifinals of last year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, losing to Mexico in a playoff for a 2017 Confederations Cup berth and struggling in the semifinal round of 2018 World Cup qualifying.

The Americans close the tournament Saturday in the third-place match at Glendale, Arizona.

Klinsmann inserted midfielders Kyle Beckerman and Graham Zusi into his lineup along with forward Chris Wondolowski because of suspensions assessed to midfielders Jermaine Jones and Alejandro Bedoya, and forward Bobby Wood.

In an effort to spark offense, 17-year-old Christian Pulisic entered at the start of the second half, and Steve Birnbaum came on in the 60th for Beckerman, allowing Geoff Cameron to move up to midfield, and Darlington Nagbe replaced Clint Dempsey in the 78th.

Argentina went ahead when Lavezzi played a short corner kick to Ever Banega, who passed back to Lavezzi sprinting from the corner diagonally. Lavezzi beat Fabian Johnson to the ball and poked it to Messi about 25 yards out, in the center of the field.

As the US defense started to come out, Messi one-timed a flick with his left foot over the back line to Lavezzi, who got to the ball ahead of Kyle Beckerman about 7 yards from the goal. He headed the ball over Guzan, who had started to come off his line.

Messi doubled the lead after Beckerman slipped and Chris Wondolowski took down Messi, earning a yellow card. Klinsmann screamed at Paraguayan referee Eduardo Cardozo as Messi placed the ball about 26 yards out, a few yards closer to the goal than the foul.

After the US set up its wall, Messi bent a beautiful curving drive that went just over Guzan’s outstretched left palm and into the upper corner. Messi moved one ahead Gabriel Batistuta’s career total, according to the Argentine Football Association.

However, FIFA records Batistuta’s total as 56, including two goals in an exhibition against Slovakia in June 1995.

Higuain scored when he burst past John Brooks for Lavezzi’s pass and one-timed a shot that Guzan stopped with a diving save, then poked the rebound into an open net.

Messi nearly added a goal in the 83rd with a 20-yard shot that Guzan palmed to safety.

Source (Dawn News)

Cleric’s Ruet-i-Hilal membership suspended after viral selfies with Qandeel Baloch

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Yousaf on Wednesday suspended Mufti Abdul Qavi’s membership of Ruet-i-Hilal Committee after pictures of him with model and Facebook celebrity Qandeel Baloch surfaced on social media.

The minister, who said the photos were ‘controversial’, also suspended the mufti’s membership in the National Ulema Mushaikh Council, a spokesman for the Ministry of Religious Affairs said.

Mufti Abdul Qavi and Qandeel Baloch’s viral selfie ─ Facebook

The matter of Mufti Abdul Qavi’s photos has been referred to National Ulema Mushaikh Council for further procedure, the spokesperson added.

“Qavi will not be allowed to attend meetings of the Ruet-i-Hilal Committee and National Ulema Mushaikh Council until further orders. Mufti Qavi’s fate will be decided after the opinion of the National Ulema Mushaikh Council regarding his selfies and behavior,” the spokesman said.

On Monday, Pakistan’s infamous social media sensation Qandeel Baloch uploaded selfies on her Facebook and Twitter accounts with Mufti Abdul Qavi, which went viral.

Ever since Qavi’s pictures with Baloch surfaced, social media was rife with speculation about his association with the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) ulema wing. However, PTI spokesman Naeemul Haque issued a denial on Tuesday.

Talking to DawnNews, Qavi said it was Baloch herself who had requested a meeting and came to meet him at a hotel. He also said he was unaware of his suspension from the two committees.

In a video of the meeting that Baloch uploaded on Facebook, Mufti Qavi can be seen saying that he will guide Baloch on spiritual and religious issues and that she had agreed to follow his instructions.

Baloch shot to fame in Pakistan in 2014 after a video of her pouting for the camera and asking “How em looking?” went viral.The Ruet-i-Hilal Committee is responsible for sighting the new moon to determines important dates for the Islamic lunar calendar.

The National Ulema Mushaikh Council consists of members from mainstream boards of religious seminaries belonging to Barelvi, Shia, Deobandi and Ahle Hadees schools of thought and madressahs affiliated with the Jamaat-i-Islami to evolve consensus among different sects from all provinces.

Source ( Dawn News)



Renowned Qawwal Amjad Sabri gunned down in Karachi

Renowned Sufi singer Amjad Sabri was killed in Karachi on Wednesday. Two unidentified men attacked the Sufi singer’s vehicle with the gun 11 times in Liaqatabad area of Karachi on Wednesday.

Sabri and an associate were travelling in a car in Liquatabad 10 area, when unknown gunmen fired at their vehicle, critically injuring him. The two were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed hospital immediately, where Sabri succumbed to his injuries. Police Surgeon Dr Rohina Hasan confirmed the news.

Amjad Sabri was one of the country’s finest qawwal, known for his soul-stirring renditions of mystic poetry. He enthralled music aficionados with his brand of spirituality, mysticism, and ecstasy for years. He was not only well-versed with the structure and aesthetics of qawwali but also knew how to make it adaptive to the contemporary music keeping its essence alive.

Source (Jhang News)

Namaz e janaza of Shaheed Dr Khaliq Ahmad will be offered today after Asar Prayer at Masjid Mubarak Rabwah.

Namaz e janaza of Shaheed Dr Khaliq Ahmad will be offered today after Asar Prayer at Masjid Mubarak Rabwah.

Time of Asar Prayer at Masjid Mubarak is 5:15 PM.

A day ago An Ahmadi from Karachi has been killed in Karachi from the terrorists and religious extremists on the basis of difference of faith and for being an Ahmadi.  Another sad news for the Ahmadis of Pakistan as another Ahmadi doctor Mr. Abdu Khaliq has embraced martyrdom in Karachi last day. According to the details Doctor Abdul Khaliq was targeted on the Abu Al Hasan Asfahani road Karachi in front of his clinic. He received three bullets on his body which caused the death of Doctor khaliq. Police has found the covers of 9mm gun from the spot. Police said that late doctor was standing in front of his clinic and two unknown terrorists attacked on him. Police has admitted that it was a targeted killing. Doctor Khaliq has left a widow, two sons and one daughter behind. May his soul rest in peace.

Killing of Ahmadis in Pakistan has become a trend for the religious extremists on the difference of faith whereas government has no concern what so ever. It is second doctor who has killed by the terrorists. Remember that a few days ago another doctor in Attock was killed by the terrorists on the base of hate against Ahmadis. Remember that in the same area another Ahmadi Dawood Ahmad was killed in the month of May by the terrorists but police did nothing.