MULTAN

Aalmi Anjuman Khuddamud Deen Ameer Maulana Ajmal Qadri has said that the countdown to end of the Nawaz Government has begun with the trial of Pervez Musharraf.

“Why Musharraf is not allowed to see the face of his dying mother while he (Musharraf) sent Nawaz Sharif abroad from Attock fort?” he questioned while talking to the journalists here the other day.

Referring to talks with Taliban, he strongly supported the idea and said that dialogue was the only solution to all problems being faced by Pakistan. “Bullet and operation will prove destructive for our economy and country,” he warned. Declaring Taliban the sons of Pakistan, he said that it was not appropriate for them to engage in any fight with the motherland. He said that they could be brought back into national mainstream, if we succeeded to convince Taliban to end their dependency on gun and explosives. Responding to a question, he said that he saluted the vision of Army Chief, who backed talks with Taliban.

To a query, he said that we should get closer to likeminded Arab block very quickly. “They’ll look towards others for support, if we fail to get closer to them and later on this power will be utilized against us,” he warned. He declared that those criticizing receiving $1.5 billion from Arab friends were oblivious to national interest.

Referring to Pak-Iran Gas Pipeline Project, he said that it was one of the bitter memories of last days of Zardari regime. He said that the efforts made by religious institutions and forces were bringing Pakistani nation to Islamic block.

CRACKDOWN ON PROPERTY TAX DEFAULTERS: In a massive crackdown on property tax defaulters, the Excise and Taxation Department has sealed the properties of at least 40 citizens for non-payment of their dues. Excise sources said that the crackdown was launched on a special direction issued by the Director Excise Multan Jam Siraj and a special team sealed the properties of defaulters in Sarafa Bazaar, Andhi Khoi, Haram Gate and Bohar Gate areas. Excise sources disclosed that the team also recovered Rs300,000 from the defaulters after the operation and the properties of those, who paid their dues, were de-sealed.