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Donald Trump hints at taking India’s help in dealing with `unstable` Pakistan

By Zee Media Bureau

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Washington: At a time when top US lawmakers have expressed concerns over the Obama Administration’s decision to sell eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump has hinted at seeking help from India to address the “problem” of a “semi-unstable” nuclear-armed Pakistan.

During a town-hall in Indianapolis on Wednesday, Trump was asked by an interviewer: “We’ve given them (Pakistan) money and they’ve double dealt us.”

To this, Trump replied: “Yes, but the problem with Pakistan, where they have nuclear weapons — which is a real problem.”

“The single biggest problem we have is nuclear weapons, you know, countries with them. And it’s not only a country, you have nine countries right now with nuclear weapons.”

“But Pakistan is semi-unstable. We don’t want to see total instability. It’s not that much, relatively speaking. We have a little bit of a good relationship. I think I’d try and keep it,” said Trump.

“It is very much against my grain to say that, but a country — and that’s always the country, I think, you know, we give them money and we help them out, but if we don’t, I think that would go on the other side of the ledger and that could really be a disaster,” Trump said, without explaining what that disaster would be.

“At the same time, if you look at India and some of the others, maybe they’ll be helping us out, because we’re going to look at it. We have many, many countries that we give a lot of money to and we get absolutely nothing in return and that’s going to stop fast,” Trump said.

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Govt. of Pakistan bans screening of Pakistani film ‘Maalik’ across Pakistan

Govt bans screening of film ‘Maalik’ across Pakistan

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KARACHI: The federal government on Wednesday declared ‘uncertified’ the recently released feature film “Maalik”, effectively placing a ban on screening of the movie anywhere in Pakistan.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 9 of the motion Pictures Ordinance, 1979, the federal Government is pleased to declare Urdu feature “Maalik” in respect of which a Censor Certificate No.54/M-I/2016 has earlier been granted, as uncertified film in the whole of Pakistan with immediate effect,” said a notification from the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage.

The notification, issued by the Ministry’s Information and Broadcasting division and signed by Deputy Secretary Muhammad Rafiq, did not state any reason for the ban.

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US asks Pakistan to take concrete action against Haqqanis

WASHINGTON: The US State Depart­ment has publicly acknowledged that after last week’s massive car bombing in Kabul it asked Pakistan to take concrete action against the Haqqani network.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack outside a building of the National Directorate for Security in Kabul on Tuesday that killed 64 people and injured more than 300 others.

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Pakistan’s former army chief Musharraf got Rs20m on retirement, bought Rs400m flats in London, UAE

Musharraf got Rs20m on retirement, bought Rs400m flats in London, UAE

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Former Pakistan Army chief, Musharraf

By Ahmad Noorani

Islamabad Election Tribunal disqualified Musharraf for  discrepancy in assets

ISLAMABAD: Official land registry documents of the UK government show that Pervez Musharraf had made a payment of 1.35 million British pound (Approx 20 Caror Pak rupees) for purchase a flat in London on May 13, 2009. Another flat in UAE approximately with same monetary value was purchased by him in the same duration, whereas total financial benefits given to him following his retirement as army chief were less than Rs20 million (2 carore rupees).

Official documents submitted by Musharraf before Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) before contesting 2013 general elections, available with The News, show that he has not sold out any of residential or commercial plots or a farm house he obtained during his army service. The two squares (50 acres) agriculture land in Bahawalpur allotted to him because of his army service was sold out by him in 2002.

General Musharraf had left Pakistan in April 2009 after restoration of judiciary and had not started his international lectures by that time when on May 13, 2009 he purchased Hyde Park Crescent, London flat by paying 1.35 million pounds. His statement of assets submitted to ECP shows his following two foreign immoveable properties; 1- 28, Castle Acre, Hyde Park Crescent, London, 2- 3902, South Ridge Tower 6 Downtown, Dubai, UAE. UAE flat was also purchased by the general in the same duration and the according to property experts, its value was more than 20 caror Pak rupees at time of purchase.

Land registry documents of London flat show that Flat 28, Castle Acre, Hyde Park Crescent, London (Postcode: W2 2PT) has Land Registry Number: NGL906437, owned by Sehba Musharraf and payment of £1,350,000 was made on 13 May 2009 to acquire this flat.

Official documents show that National Accountability Bureau has all these details but it still has to move to start proper investigation against the ex-dictator. The payments made by Musharraf in a few months after leaving Pakistan in 2009 are around Rs400 million to purchase properties in London and UAE before starting his international lectures and without selling any of his residential plots, houses, commercial properties and a farm house. This is an issue pending with NAB along with all documentary evidence for long. According to reported fact, Musharraf started receiving income from his international lectures in 2010.

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Pakistan – ‘Retired generals sold ETPB land illegally’

corruptionLAHORE: Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Chairman Siddiqul Farooq says that board owns no commercial property in Balochistan, as its all land in the province had been sold by its two former heads, who also were retired military generals, during the Musharraf rule.

He told Dawn the two retired military generals had declared the land as “unmanageable” during their tenures.

“In Balochistan, the ETPB had the commercial property worth billions on Jinnah Road in Quetta which was sold during the regimes of two retired generals,” he said.

“Their act caused a huge financial loss to the ETPB.”

He said it was shocking to know that trust’s commercial property had been sold illegally by declaring it “unmanageable”.

“You know the rates of commercial property in Quetta: Rs250,000 per squre feet.”

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What Egypt’s Handover of the Red Sea Islands to Saudi Arabia Means for Israel

Egypt made an excellent deal: It receives an outstanding economic lifeline in exchange for territories that it does not even own. However, this rescue line is also a knotted rope that turns Egypt into a Saudi satellite state.

By Zvi Bar’el

The maritime border demarcation agreement signed two days ago between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, authorizing the return of Tiran and Sanafir islands to the kingdom, aroused — as expected — a political storm in Egypt and concern in Israel.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi’s rivals, among them the Muslim Brotherhood, the April 6 protest movement and leftist representatives, assert that he lacks constitutional authority to cede any Egyptian territory, and if he does want to do so, he has to submit a request for parliamentary approval. Sissi and his government reject this claim, explaining that the two islands are sovereign Saudi territory and that they were leased to Egypt in 1950 to “strengthen the defense of Egypt and Saudi Arabia from Zionist aggression.”
Officially, Egypt and Saudi Arabia are correct. According to the correspondence between the late Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal and Egyptian Prime Minister Atef Sedki in the 1980s, President Hosni Mubarak asked Saudi Arabia not to raise the issue of the islands’ ownership until Israel completed its withdrawal from Egyptian territory as per the Camp David Accords. The fear was that bringing up the issue of sovereignty would cause Israel to refrain from discussing withdrawal from Taba by arguing that Israel’s earlier withdrawal from Tiran and Sanafir didn’t need to be part of the Camp David Accords, since they were Saudi territory.

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Taliban claims assassination of Pakistani minority MPA Sardar Soran Singh in Buner

TTP claims assassination of PTI minority MPA in Buner

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Sardar Soran Singh

SWAT: Sardar Soran Singh, special assistant to chief minister KP on minorities’ affairs and an MPA, was gunned down in a targeted attack near Pir Baba in Buner district on Friday.

“Gunmen riding on two motorbikes came in front of the car and started indiscriminate firing which killed the minister on the spot,” Khalid Hamadani, district police chief told AFP.

He was shifted to the hospital immediately after the incident, where he succumbed to his wounds.

“Soran Singh was shot in the head and eye,” Pir Baba SHO Mir Ghazab confirmed.

Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the assassination.

Soran Singh belonged to the Sikh community

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2 generals among 11 Pak-Army officers terminated over corruption

Raheel SharifRAWALPINDI:  In one of rarest incident in the history of Pakistan, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has terminated the service of 11 high ranking officers over corruption charges.

The most prominent among the terminated officers is former Inspector General Frontier Constabulary Lt Gen Ubaidaullah Khattak.

Others include Major General Ijaz Shahid, five brigadiers, three colonels and one major.

The sacked officers are asked to deposit the embezzled money. All perks and privileges are withdrawn.

The development comes a day after the army chief said “across the board accountability is necessary for the solidarity, integrity and prosperity of Pakistan”.

On Tuesday, the army chief had said that the war against terror cannot be won unless “the menace of corruption is uprooted.”

News courtesy: Online Indus
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12 high ranking Army officers sacked over corruption charges

raheelRAWALPINDI: At least 12 high ranking senior Pakistan Army officers have been dismissed from their services after internal inquiry found them involved in corruption.

The officers included Lieutenant General Obaidullah Khattak, Major General Ejaz. Others include five Brigadiers, one Colonel, three Lt-Colonels and a Major.

According to sources in the military, the internal inquiry was being conducted within the Army for more than one year.

The officers served in the Frontier Corps (FC) in Balochistan.

Also Read: General Raheel calls for across the board accountability

Other names in the list of sacked officers include Brigadier Haider, Brigadier Asad, Brigadier Amir, Colonel Haider, and Major Najeeb.

According to sources in the military, the internal inquiry was being conducted within the Army for more than one year.

Sources, the senior officers have been stripped of their ranks, and perks and privileges they were entitled to. The officers will only continue receive their pensions and medical facilities.

There has been no official announcement as yet from the military in this regard.

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Karnataka, India: 14 Lakh Farmers Are Selling Their Products Online And Thus No Middle Men

Farmers in Karnataka have adopted the digital platform in selling their produce. They go online, check out the quotes of the traders and seal the deal that suits them best and also receive the payments online. This facility has gained quite popularity now and other states like Andhra Pradesh has also come forward to adopt it.

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Unified Marketing platform (UMP), a state government initiative launched in 2014 by the Rashtriya e-Market Services (ReMS), provide the farmers an opportunity to interact with the traders online. Thus, they can directly deal with the traders and have the right to reject if the quoted prices are not satisfactory for them.

This facility completely rules out the middlemen, who take away a big share from the farmers’ profit by buying their produce at minimum cost.

Through UMP, farmers now receive SMS alerts from their banks when transactions with traders have been confirmed.

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Saudi Arabia Warns of Economic Fallout if Congress Passes 9/11 Bill

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WASHINGTON — Saudi Arabia has told the Obama administration and members of Congress that it will sell off hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of American assets held by the kingdom if Congress passes a bill that would allow the Saudi government to be held responsible in American courts for any role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The Obama administration has lobbied Congress to block the bill’s passage, according to administration officials and congressional aides from both parties, and the Saudi threats have been the subject of intense discussions in recent weeks between lawmakers and officials from the State Department and the Pentagon. The officials have warned senators of diplomatic and economic fallout from the legislation.

Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi foreign minister, delivered the kingdom’s message personally last month during a trip to Washington, telling lawmakers that Saudi Arabia would be forced to sell up to $750 billion in treasury securities and other assets in the United States before they could be in danger of being frozen by American courts.

Several outside economists are skeptical that the Saudis will follow through, saying that such a sell-off would be difficult to execute and would end up crippling the kingdom’s economy. But the threat is another sign of the escalating tensions between Saudi Arabia and the United States.

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‘No, Mr. Obama, We Are Not the Free Riders’

saudiPresident Obama’s use of the term “free riders” in Jeffrey Goldberg’s cover storyto describe some U.S. allies has prompted a sharp response from Turki al-Faisal, a senior Saudi prince who previously served as his country’s ambassador to Washington.

In an open letter to the president in the Arab News newspaper, Turki lists what he says are Saudi Arabia’s contributions to its relationship with the U.S. They include, among other things, intelligence sharing, the creation of the Arab anti-ISIS coalition, his country’s role in Syria and its military intervention in Yemen, the thousands of Saudi students at U.S. universities, and the purchase of U.S. treasury bonds.

Turki does not hold an official position in the Saudi leadership, and his remarks, published only in English, suggest his intended audience was Western, specifically American. But Turki is a longtime insider and his views are likely to be shared by many in the Saudi foreign-policy establishment, as well as his fellow princes.

The reaction is the strongest yet to be delivered publicly by the Saudis following publication of Goldberg’s article, “The Obama Doctrine.”

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Pakistani gang kills six policemen, takes 24 hostages

By REUTER

By Mubasher Bukhari

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LAHORE, April 14 (Reuters) – Pakistani gangsters on Thursday killed six policemen and took hostage 24 people, including police, during a raid to clear an island hideout in the south of prosperous Punjab province, authorities said.

The operation to flush out the gangsters entered its ninth day as 1,600 security officials, including police officials and paramilitary Rangers, battled for control of the island in Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s power base of Punjab.

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Curfew imposed in north Kashmir’s Handwara town, four killed so far

The Army and police have regretted the killings and announced a probe into the matter

Written by Mir Ehsan

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Human rights abuses in Indian held Kashmir.

Curfew has been imposed in north Kashmir’s Handwara town after four people were killed during clashes between security forces and civilians over the alleged molestation of a girl by an Army man. Over a dozen villagers were injured in the clashes.

One of the youths, killed in the clashes, was buried in Kupwara amid anti-India protests. Locals said curfew was imposed in Handwara and its neighbouring areas as authorities fear fresh protests in the town.

One of the youths killed was Jahangir Wani, a 25-year-old from Dragmulla, who was hit by tear gas shells.

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SpaceX successfully lands its rocket on a floating drone ship for the first time

By Loren Grush

SpaceX has finally landed its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea, after launching the vehicle into space this afternoon. It’s the first time the company has been able to pull off an ocean landing, after four previous attempts ended in failure. Today’s success is a crucial milestone for SpaceX, as it shows the company can land its rockets both on solid ground and ocean.

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Panama Papers: mass protests in Iceland call for PM to quit – as it happened

The biggest-ever leak of secret information involves 11m documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. Here’s how the story is being covered around the world.

It’s always interesting when information like this leaks because it reminds people who are up to no good how fragile and how vulnerable they make themselves by indulging in this kind of activity.

We’ve got an anti-corruption summit here in May. This is a key agenda for the prime minister. We’re working with many countries around the world including Panama – I had a meeting with the Panamanian vice-president just a few weeks ago on this issue. We are making significant progress.

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Delhi To Agra In 100 Minutes: India’s ‘semi-bullet’ train hits tracks next week

After two years of wait, India’s fastest train, the “semi-bullet” Gatimaan Express, is set to begin its inaugural run on April 5. But instead of New Delhi, it will depart from Hazrat Nizamuddin and reach Agra in 100 minutes.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will not be at the station to flag off the train. Instead he will flag off the train with remote control from Rail Bhawan at 10 am.

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India Wants To Become First Country With 100 Percent Electric Vehicles

By Milafel Dacanay, Tech Times

India is considered as one of Asia’s biggest powerhouses with 7.3 percent economic growth over the last few quarters of 2015, according to Bloomberg Business. In fact, its economy rises so fast it is beating China’s expansion, which is at 6.9 percent.

But the country of more than 1.2 billion people wants to do more by going less on fuel and oil consumption. For example, the government is planning to shift to 100 percent electric vehicles by 2030.

Speaking in a youth conference, Piyush Goyal, the country’s power minister with independent charge for Coal, Power, and New and Renewable Energy, shared that a working group led by Nitin Gadkari, Road Transport and Highways minister, has already been chosen to determine whether such goal is possible. The group is expected to have its initial meeting sometime in the first week of April.

The program is ambitious, to say the least. Goyal wants it to be self-financing, which means the government will not be spending a single rupee on the purchase of these electronic vehicles. But to encourage conversion, the government can provide incentives.

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China blocks India’s move to ban Jaish chief Masood Azhar at UN

BY DAWN.COM

NEW DELHI: China on Thursday blocked India’s call to ban Jaish-i-Muhammad chief Masood Azhar at the United Nations (UN), Times of India reported.

Hours before the deadline, China requested the UN’s Sanction Com­mittee, which was considering a ban on Azhar, to keep the designation on hold, the report quoted highly placed sources.

On February 18, a list of 11 individuals and one organisation “linked to terrorism in India”, was submitted to the 1267/1989/2253 ISIL (the militant Islamic State group) and Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee.

The UN banned Jaish in 2001 but India’s efforts to get restrictions imposed on Azhar after the Mumbai attacks did not bear fruit because China did not allow them to be imposed.

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HRCP report 2015: Still a long way to go

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ISLAMABAD: The cases of violence related deaths have decreased up to 40 percent across the country with 4,612 deaths this year as compared to 7,622 last year.

This was revealed in a report `State of Human Rights in 2015′ launched here Friday by Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP).

The report stated that anti- state violence dropped below 2008 levels: 706 militant attacks took place,in which 1,325 people including 619 civilians, 348 security forces personnel, 325 militants and 33 pro-government razakars were killed.

HRCP noted that killing of 2,108 men and seven women through police encounters across the country while there were 18 suicide attacks in Pakistan, which 31% less in comparison to last year.

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Nation in mourning after suicide blast in Lahore kills 72, including 29 children

By Rana Tanveer / Agencies / Muhammad Shahzad / Ali Usman / Abdul Manan / Tahir Khan

LAHORE / ISLAMABAD: At least 72 people were killed and more than 233 injured when a suicide bomb ripped through the parking space of a crowded park in Lahore where Christians were celebrating Easter Sunday, officials said.

Dozens of ambulances were seen racing to the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, situated near Allama Iqbal Town, with many women and children among the dead and wounded.

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A striking and rare US tribute to the victims of Pakistan’s terrorist attack Sunday

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On Easter Sunday, as families gathered at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Lahore, Pakistan, a bomb targeting Christians killed at least 69 people, many of them women and children. Hundreds more were injured.

The bombings weren’t greeted with the outpouring of tributes and vigils that accompanied the attacks in Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday. But there was at least one exception: A Dallas hotel, the Omni, was lit up with the Pakistani flag on Sunday night in honor of the victims.

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A fourth wave of terror predicted by Cyril Almeida a day before Lahore park carnage

A fourth wave?

BY CYRIL ALMEIDA

BRUSSELS is a world away from here. Different reasons, different trajectories. Plus, we’ve already had our Parises and Brussels several times over.

But Brussels is important because it confirms what Paris had revealed: a fourth wave of jihad. As we tamp down our own third wave of jihad, might we too face a fourth down the road?

Speculation is a dirty game, but worse is to be caught unawares and unprepared.

Before we get into the possible conditions for a fourth wave, let’s look at the first three that have gone by here in Pakistan. First, of course, was the Afghan jihad. The one that eventually morphed into Al Qaeda and the hell it unleashed on us.

Second was Kashmir and the anti-India lot. Redirected, re-energised and then mutated beyond recognition, parts of it turned on us, while other parts have flourished to the great distortion of the communities in which the networks have spread.

Third were the TTP and its cohorts. Triggered by a combination of events, partly rooted in the evolution of the first lot into Al Qaeda and partly resulting from the shockwave that the US war in Afghanistan sent through Fata, it may be on the verge of running its course.

But if the first three waves taught us anything, it is that jihad is influenced by events in the region and the world — the shadow of the Cold War; the unfinished business of Kashmir and Partition; the mixing of an earlier creation and a superpower’s later intervention.

Right now, jihad is really the only game in town — in the world. In the media. On the net. In the global discourse. Jihad is to the Muslim world what Donald Trump has become to the US: ubiquitous, cacophonous, impossible to ignore.

And you can bet there are some here willing to listen to what it has to say.

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TTP’s Jamaatul Ahrar claims responsibility

Suicide blast kills at least 65 in Lahore park

By Rana Tanveer / Agencies / Muhammad Shahzad / Ali Usman / Abdul Manan / Tahir Khan

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Photo credits: Social media.

 

Excerpt:

…. A Pakistan Taliban splinter group claimed responsibility for the deadly suicide attack.

“We claim responsibility for the attack on Christians as they were celebrating Easter,” spokesperson for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Jamaat ul Ahrar, Ehansullah Ehsan said. ….

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At least 40 dead after explosion in Lahore park: Hospital sources

BY DAWN.COM

LAHORE: An explosion occurred in Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park of Iqbal Town on Sunday evening, killing at least 40 people and injuring over 200, hospital sources said.

In conflicting figures, Iqbal Town Superintendent of Police Dr Muhammad Iqbal said the explosion has resulted in 53 deaths.

He added that this was a suicide attack and took place at a children’s park, where a large number of families, especially women and children, were present on a Sunday evening.

The area is a renowned residential area of Lahore. The blast was just outside the exit gate and a few feet (metres) away from the children’s swings.

Edhi sources said at least 200 are confirmed injured in the attack so far.

‘Dead bodies everywhere’

Eye witnesses said there were pools of blood and scattered body parts in the park.

An eyewitness, talking to DawnNews, said dead bodies and injured were on the ground everywhere.

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Sindh CM celebrates Holi in Hindu Gymkhana

KARACHI – Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that it is Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and its government in Sindh which has always struggled for rights of minorities.

While addressing a gathering organised by Hindu Community at the Hindu Gymkhana to celebrate Holi, he said “The respect, equal opportunities and the equal level playing field in the entire socio-political sector the party has provided to the minorities cannot traced in any other party or the government.”

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