Altaf a traitor and terrorist, says PTI

LAHORE: Muttahida Quami Movement Chief Altaf Hussain is a traitor and a terrorist, and his statements are acts of treason, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders have said, fully backing the paramilitary operations in Karachi.

“PTI fully supports paramilitary operations in Karachi against the criminals linked to political parties. These operations have been launched to bring early peace to the economic hub of the country,” said PTI senior leaders Jahangir Tareen and Chaudhary Sarwar during a press conference on Thursday.

“Altaf Hussain is committing treason by his utterances against the state security institutions and inviting enemy country to intervene in Pakistan’s internal matters,” they stated. The PTI leaders also claimed their party would win back all seats in by-elections if de-seated from the National Assembly. However, they thanked MQM and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl for withdrawing resolutions seeking de-seating of the PTI members in National Assembly.

Tareen and Sarwar announced PTI Chairman Imran Khan would open party’s central secretariat in Lahore on August 22, and PTI would organise countrywide functions in connection with Independence Day on August 14.–Staff Reporter

They also announced holding of a farmers’ convention on August 8 in Vehari.

Replying to a query, they claimed PTI and PML-N would be the real competitors in upcoming local bodies’ polls.

Responding to another question, they maintained there were no groups in the party, and new and old leaders were working together for grabbing victory in the local elections.

Students must realise Pakistan Movement

LAHORE: Pakistan Movement Worker Col (retd) Ikramullah Khan has said the students played an important role in Pakistan Movement. “The new generation should be told about reasons and purposes of the independence movement,” he said.

Ikramullah was addressing a ceremony held in connection with the Independence Day celebrations at Nazaria Pakistan Trust on Thursday, where he recalled many historic incidents.–Staff Reporter

Ban on arms to be lifted

LAHORE: Punjab Home Secretary Major (retd) Azam Suleman has said the ban on the issuance of arms licenses is being lifted across Punjab.

“Licenses for prohibited bore arms will be issued soon,” Suleman told the reporters on Thursday. He added the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) and Home department will make the exercise foolproof. The District Coordination Officers would issue the licenses to the citizens while Home department will issue to the security agencies and other institutions.–Staff Reporter

Nawa-i-Waqt Fund

LAHORE: Nawa-i-Waqt Relief Fund for stranded Pakistanis in Bangladesh received Rs27,000 on Thursday.

Gull Mudassir Khan and Peruz Bakht Qazi from Lahore donated Rs20,000 and Rs5,000 each, while Inamullah Baig from Haripur donated Rs2,000.–Staff Reporter