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Pakistan's oil and gas discoveries touch record

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Four fresh reserves were found in Sindh and two in K-P. PHOTO: REUTERS

Four fresh reserves were found in Sindh and two in K-P. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has made the highest number of oil and gas discoveries in the current month as exploration companies found fresh hydrocarbon deposits in six wells that will add 50.1 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd) of gas and 2,359 barrels per day (bpd) of oil to the existing production levels.

Of these, major discoveries have been made in Sindh that already has a big share in total gas output in the country.

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Petroleum and Natural Resources Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, while speaking during a meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources chaired by Bilal Ahmed Virk on Tuesday, said four discoveries were made in Sindh and the remaining two in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Of these, Oil and Gas Development Company made two finds, MOL Pakistan two and Petroleum Exploration Limited and United Energy Pakistan one each. The discoveries have shown presence of 31.6 mmcfd of gas and 339 bpd of crude oil in Sindh and 18.5 mmcfd of gas and 2,020 bpd of oil in K-P.

Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) Managing Director Amjad Latif warned that the country's gas reserves were depleting and no gas was available for the domestic consumers in Punjab. He pointed out that the purchasing cost of gas for domestic consumers stood at Rs510 per million British thermal units (mmbtu) but the consumers coming under the first slab were receiving it at Rs110 per mmbtu.

Eighty-five per cent of domestic consumers were paying less than 50% of the cost of gas and the industrial and commercial consumers were cross-subsiding the domestic consumers, he said.

However, now industrial and commercial consumers were being provided imported liquefied natural gas (LNG), so the burden of cross-subsidy had been shifted to SNGPL that was feeling the strain on its finances.

Though the gas production was declining, Latif told the committee that the company would lay pipelines over 8,000 km in the current year. At present, 1.5 million applications for new gas connections are awaiting approval of the company.

The country was facing gas shortages as politicians were using it as a tool to win elections.

During the meeting, National Assembly member Mian Tariq Mehmood, who belonged to the ruling PML-N, alleged that SNGPL had provided 100 gas meters in his constituency to please his political rival Imtiaz Safdar Warraich, though his requests for new meters were turned down repeatedly.

He insisted that the provision of gas meters to his opponent had damaged his political image. NA Standing Committee Chairman Bilal Ahmed Virk accused Director General Petroleum Concession Saeedullah Shah of not responding to the committee for the last two years.

Sui lease extension: PPL to pay 10% bonus to Balochistan

Describing Shah's attitude as non-sense, he said he was not cooperating with the committee and sought the record of past meetings to show response of the director general of petroleum concession.

The committee also took up for review the issuance of licences for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) stations to the defaulters that were previously running CNG stations.

It recommended that rules of Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) should be amended to ensure the clearance of outstanding bills of SNGPL, Water and Power Development Authority and banks before issuing licences for setting up LPG stations.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Unwise voting - Newspaper - DAWN.COM Javed Jabbar June 16

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ONE of the world’s oldest parliamentary democracies the UK used an inappropriate electoral system which enabled mere populism to distort the long-term vision of a mature democracy.

Even without a written constitution, a referendum with fundamental implications for the future of the country should have been determined by at least a two-third majority of votes, and not left to be decided by a narrow margin of less than 4pc. A simple majority is valid to enact normal, day-to-day legislation. But it is inadequate to decide on a subject that has far-reaching dimensions embracing not just narrow national interests but larger regional and global values.

The physical proximity of the UK to Europe is an unchangeable reality and related links will always remain. However, the result by only a thin margin will have very thick repercussions. Several are already evident. New uncertainty in the financial sector. Plunges in the pound’s value. Big dips in stock markets. New unknowns for mainland Europeans working in the island country and vice versa. Unprecedented economic imponderables for the country, the continent and the world.

The major setback is to the concept of how to build formal structures for regional cooperation. Notwithstanding the crises that erupted in the EU in recent years comprising threats to the euro’s stability of the euro, ailing economies of Greece, Spain and Italy, tensions arising from the new influx of immigrants, the multiple institutions of cross-border cooperation which evolved in Europe over the past 40 years were innovative and direction-setting. Regional pacts in other continents looked towards the EU as an inspirational model.

The Brexit vote could have included the ‘renegotiate’ option.
Localised hostility against the centralised aspect of Brussels-based multilateral institutions fuelled the exit vote. But if the past few years distracted from admiration, the result of June 23 was a pulverising blow. It forces a reactive reappraisal of basic perspectives about the virtues of regional structures.

The small margin of the result also disproportionately magnifies the representative credentials of emerging xenophobic elements like the UK Independence Party. It encourages similar elements in France, Germany and elsewhere.

Still receiving a relatively low number of votes in the most recent general election in the UK, the Ukip has claimed undue credit for the referendum result. It will be encouraged to foster racism and anti-immigrant, anti-refugee passions. The fact that almost half the number who voted wanted the UK to remain in the EU is not given the weightage it deserves. Fortunately, there is a credible initiative to secure over one million signatures demanding a second referendum.

On a subject so significant, and taking advantage of the unwritten nature of the constitution, Prime Minister David Cameron should have sought prior consensus with other parties on at least a two-stage process instead of a one-off, keep it-or-break-it process.

For instance, initial consideration of both options, or even a third, of a new framework of terms for renegotiation with the EU by both houses of parliament. Only if consensus could not be achieved should the choice have then been put to a referendum. And not necessarily with something as potentially schismatic as ‘leave’ or ‘remain’ being the only choices. ‘Renegotiate’ could well have been a third choice. Some form of phased ratification should have been part of the agreed process before calling for the referendum.

To reflect as above is not to look for the horse that has already bolted from the stable. It is to decry the manner in which David Cameron approached such an important cross roads. As there were and are, strong contrary viewpoints within his own party, he should have tried harder and longer to resolve them first, instead of permitting even some of his own cabinet ministers to campaign for ‘leave’ while he himself stood for ‘remain’.

This was sheer incoherence and lack of cohesion masquerading as the liberalism and tolerance of democracy. This duality compounded confusion about even the ruling party’s actual position and spread emotive, rather than reasoned views about the EU.

The ‘leave’ campaign used exaggeration, hyperbole, incorrect figures and paranoia to produce a result that is unduly definitive and disruptive. As the UK, especially Scotland, and Europe and the rest of the world begin to consider the next stages and adjust to an entirely new situation, it is amusing to note the talk by the ‘leave’ supporters about restoring borders.

This is in a country that bothered so little about respecting the borders of other countries when it imposed colonial and imperial interests for centuries. It is also clear that the voting principles and processes of old democracies are not necessarily pertinent in a complex new world.

The writer, a former senator & federal minister is the author of Pathways."



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Darul uloom: Funding bigotry - Newspaper - DAWN.COM

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Imran is trying to kill the snake @ its head; we need to CHANGE these schools for the better; we cannot just close them as they are for the poorest among us. We will see soon if it worked & or how well!

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Friday said Darul Uloom Haqqania agreed to implement reforms in return for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government's budget allocation of Rs300 million for the religious seminary.

The seminary is located in Nowshera district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and currently run by Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Sami chief Maulana Samiul Haq. It has faced several controversies in the past as its students Abdullah alias Saddam Nadir alias Qari Ismail, Rasheed alias Turabi and Faiz Muhammad have been accused of involvement in the murder of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. The seminary is also said to be the alma mater of many prominent Afghan Taliban leaders.

"Musharraf received billions from the west for madressah reform and even Maulana Samiul Haq was approached but he rejected the grant, now they are ready for reforms as they trust PTI's government," Imran Khan told journalists during a press conference in Islamabad.

Imran added that progressive reforms are being implemented to better integrate seminary students in to the mainstream, and said those opposing such moves know "little of Pakistani society."

"Are millions of students studying in these seminaries terrorists?"

The PTI chief further added he has asked the KP government to conduct a press conference to better explain the grant.

Related: Imran defends KP govt's Rs300m grant for Darul Uloom Haqqania

When asked if he will visit PM when he returns to Pakistan, as the PM visited him when he fell from the container, the PTI chief stated he has sent flowers to the PM and would have visited him "if he were treated in a Pakistani hospital."

Petition for PM's disqualification

Imran Khan announced that his party has filed a reference with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) seeking Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's disqualification for not declaring his actual assets to the commission.

The petition was filed by the party leader Dr Yasmeen Rashid.

"Nawaz Sharif has been breaking Pakistan's laws since his term began, but no one has taken action against them, we are trying to make him obey the law," said Imran Khan while announcing the development.

The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) had earlier announced their decision to file petitions against the disqualification of PM and his family members in ECP.

Related: PPP mulls departure from parliamentary committee, advises opposition to follow suit

PPP leader Latif Khosa told the media on Thursday that he, on his party's behalf, will file an ineligibility petition in ECP against five members of the Sharif family as the declarations they had filed in the commission were not based on truth.


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NOWSHERA: Chief of his own faction of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI) Mau­lana Samiul Haq has warned PPP co-chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari against using improper language about Darul Uloom Haqqania.

“I will disclose some secrets about him if he issued any statement against Haqqania in future and his party will lose the support of European heads of state or government,” Maulana Haq said while talking to different delegations who visited his residence at Akora Khattak on Wednesday.

He also criticised federal Information Minister Pervez Rasheed for terming religious seminaries factories of illiteracy and warned that he would disclose facts about the PML’s role during the 1977 election against his late father Maulana Abdul Haq.

JUI-S leader lashes out at information minister for terming seminaries factories of illiteracy
Maulana Samiul Haq, who is administrator of Darul Uloom Haqqania, criticised the elements who opposed the allocation of Rs300 million for his seminary by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government.

“My father had won the National Assembly seat thrice from 1970 to 1988 by defeating the influential people of the area. I also remained a member of the Senate from 1985 to 2008 and did different developmental works in the area.

My son Maulana Hamidul Haq defeated influential PPP leader retired Gen Naseer­ullah Babar in the general election for the National Assembly in 2003,” he added.

The Maulana said his seminary’s developmental funds were worth millions of rup­ees.

Darul Uloom Haq­qania had built several roads and distributed transformers in Nezampur, Akbarpura, Amangarh, Chirat and other areas, he said."



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Solaren has been working on its own solar power satellite since at least 2009, when it signed an agreement with Pacific Gas and Electric in San Francisco to provide it with energy from space by this year. Spirnak said the date has been postponed as he continues to raise funding. In the meantime, he declined to reveal details of Solaren's design.

"Most of our competitors are countries, not companies," Spirnak said. "They have infinite resources, so I don't want to help them. To us, this is business. It's a competition. We're here to make money for our investors."

The stakes are high. "With space solar power, we're tapping into literally a multi-trillion-dollar market," he said.      

China, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates might be first to send a solar power satellite to space because of their interest and efforts, Jaffe said, "but we would almost certainly see it coming." China is reportedly planning to build a solar power station in space, while scientists in Japan conducted a successful wireless power demonstration on the ground last year. Also, the UAE, in an apparent bid to stay in the energy business after oil dries up, is doing a space solar financial analysis, with a "course forward" to be announced this summer, said Jaffe, who participated in a technical assessment of space solar in the UAE with other experts on the subject earlier this year.

Yet Jaffe warned that a "Sputnik moment" could occur, referring to the Soviet Union's 1957 launch of the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth.

"When Sputnik was launched, it came as a shock to the U.S. and resulted in a lot of investment being put in science and math education and ultimately led to the moon landing and other endeavors that we achieved in space," he said. "While of course we could always wait for such a time, there's a lot of benefit [if] we lead rather than [try] to play catch-up later."



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AP Mobile: Charges: Abducted Utah train worker left to die in Wyoming

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Flint Wayne Harrison and Dereck James "DJ" Harrison left Kay Ricks to die and went to a fast-food drive-thru, prosecutors said in charges filed Tuesday.

Ricks was beaten to death by the Harrisons on their way to a remote Wyoming hideout, dodging police who say they tied up five women in a Utah basement. The pair was arrested after a five-day manhunt, prosecutors said.

The new kidnapping and murder charges filed in Lincoln County, Wyoming, offer the first detail into how authorities believe the 63-year-old Ricks, a family man and veteran Utah Transit Authority worker, was killed on May 12.

The case could carry the death penalty, though County Attorney Spencer Allred declined to say whether he'll seek it. It's not clear why the pair took Ricks with them as they fled Salt Lake.

The Harrisons had been lying low for two days when Ricks reported to work at about 3 p.m., according to documents written by Special Agent Mike Carlson of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.

Ricks left the authority yard in his white, Ford F150 pickup truck to work at the 9th Street Substation. At around 5 p.m., a radio dispatcher heard a commotion over Ricks' radio. Then it went silent.

Investigators estimate the father and son crossed into Wyoming with Ricks in his truck at about 6:24 p.m. About 45 minutes later, they turned down a dirt road leads to Cumberland Bridge, spanning the North Fork of Little Muddy Creek.

Authorities say the Harrisons beat Ricks with a blunt object for 18 minutes and dragged his body under sagebrush.

That night, both UTA and Ricks' wife reported him 

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Republicans Rocked By Report Detailing GOP Lies And Abuses During Benghazi Investigation

Republicans Rocked By Report Detailing GOP Lies And Abuses During Benghazi Investigation: "“We are issuing our own report today because, after spending more than two years and $7 million in taxpayer funds in one of the longest and most partisan congressional investigations in history, it is long past time for the Select Committee to conclude its work,” they wrote. “Despite our repeated requests over the last several months, Republicans have refused to provide us with a draft of their report—or even a basic outline—making it impossible for us to provide input and obvious that we are being shut out of the process until the last possible moment.”

The Chairman of the Select Committee, Rep. Trey Gowdy, has consistently refused to release full transcripts of interviews. Gowdy has also refused to give Democrats on the committee access to information, or allowed them to help draft the final report.

Gowdy has also leaked inaccurate information in an attempt to help Republicans defeat Hillary Clinton. Rep. Gowdy illegally shifted the focus of the investigation away from Benghazi and on to Hillary Clinton’s emails. The chairman has interviewed witnesses without Democrats present and has treated the Select Committee like an arm of the Republican Party that is digging for opposition research on Hillary Clinton.

The Benghazi investigation has always been an attempt to bring down the Democratic presidential nominee. House Democrats on the Select Committee aren’t standing for it. They are popping the Benghazi conspiracy theory balloon and showing that the Republican investigation was a total sham.

Democrats aren’t going to play the GOP’s Benghazi games."



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Turkey airport attack in Istanbul blamed on ISIS with up to 50 dead | Daily Mail Online

Turkey airport attack in Istanbul blamed on ISIS with up to 50 dead | Daily Mail Online: "A total of 36 people have already been confirmed dead, but Turkish officials said that number is expected to rise to 50. 

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said all initial indications point to ISIS as having carried out the attack, however there has yet been no official claim of responsibility. At least one of the attackers is reported to have been a foreign national.   

When asked whether a fourth attacker might have escaped, Mr Yildirim said authorities have no such assessment but are considering every possibility.

The victims included some foreigners, he said, adding that many of the wounded have minor injuries but others are more badly hurt. 




Earlier, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag confirmed that the airport had been attacked at 7.50pm GMT - 9.50pm local time. Following his comments the number of terrorists believed to have been involved in the attack rose to three.

'A terrorist at the international terminal entrance first opened fire with a Kalashnikov and then blew himself up,' he said, speaking to parliament in the country's capital of Ankara. 

Turkish airports have security checks at both at the entrance of terminal buildings and then later before entry to departure gates. 

Nevertheless the airport - the third busiest in Europe - has long been seen as a vulnerable target, according to the BBC.

While there are x-ray scanners at the entrance, security checks for cars are limited which left the airport exposed to what is being called a 'major, co-ordinated attack'."



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Ashab e Badr: And Some Facts About the Battle of Badr. by Muhammad Tariq Ghazi


Ashab e Badr: And Some Facts About the Battle of Badr. 
by Muhammad Tariq Ghazi from New Trend June 26 16

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THE Battle of Badr was the first major military encounter between the Muslims of The Madinah and the unbelieving Quraysh of Makkah. The historic battle was fought on 17 Ramadan 2 Hijri / 17 March 624. This battle was very important in Islamic history, as all prominent leaders of the State of Makkah were killed in the one-day confrontation. Abu Jahl Amr Ibn Hisham was slain by two Ansari young men, Mu'adh Ibn Harith and Mu'awwidh Ibn Harith. Their mother was Afra Bint Ubayd from the Bani Najjar of the Ansar. Mu'awwidh Ibn Afra himself attained martyrdom in a retaliatory attack by Abu Jahl's bodyguards. Others included among the 70 dead mushrikeen were Walid Ibn Al-Mughirah, father of Khalid Ibn Al-Walid; Utbah Ibn Rabi'ah, his brother Shaybah Ibn Rabi'ah, and son Walid Ibn Utbah; Umayyah Ibn Khalaf who was killed by Hazrat Bilal Ibn Rabah, his former slave whom he would torture mercilessly; Uqbah Ibn Abu Mu'ayt, who had placed camel's offal (stomach filled with filth) on the back of the Rasool-Allah while he was in Sajdah praying near the Ka'bah, and who also tried to strangle the Rasool-Allah again when the latter was praying; and Aas Ibn Sa'id. This battle had left the State of Makkah without any prominent leaders to pose a political or strategic challenge to the State of The Madinah.

The Battle of Badr was result of a Qurayshi aggression and subsequent defense strategy adopted by the Rasool-Allah. The Qurayshi pagans had been planning to destroy the newly established State of The Madinah. They had been oiling their war machine since almost all Muslims had migrated to The Madinah. The evacuee property was "confiscated" by the State of Makkah, sold to bidders and the money thus obtained was put into a war fund.

Hazrat Abu Bakr also had a cloth store in Makkah. Hazrat Marthad Ibn Abi Marthad was a metallurgist-entrepreneur and inventor and owned the Muhannad swords-making factory in Makkah. Hazrat Khabbab Ibn Al-Aratt owned and operated a metal utensil factory and a retail outlet. His factory also manufactured safes, metal doors and window-grills, spears, arrows etc. Hazrat Suhayb Ibn Sinan Rumi had a general store. Hazrat Uthman Ibn Affan, Hazrat Mus'ab Ibn Umayr, Hazrat Abd Ar-Rahman Ibn Awf were other prominent businessmen. Historians note that landed properties of the Aal Jahsh, the clan of Umm al-Muminin Zaynab Bint Jahsh, were confiscated and sold. Similarly the house of the Rasool-Allah was sold by Aqil Ibn Abu Talib, elder brother of Hazrat Ali. All this money was invested in trade caravans. Proceeds of the caravan led by Umayyah Ibn Khalaf had financed the 1000-strong force brought out at Badr. In the meantime, another caravan led by Makkah President Abu Sufyan Ibn Harb was returning from Ash-Sham, by successfully skirting the sanctions imposed on Qurayshi trade caravans for obvious reasons. Profits earned by that caravan had financed the next year's Battle of Uhad.

The Rasool-Allah's efficient intelligence-gatherers had provided information about Abu Sufyan's caravan as well as an aggressive force led by Abu Jahl marching towards The Madinah. The Rasool-Allah came out of The City to face off either of the two armies. Abu Sufyan's caravan escaped through the coastal route while Abu Jahl's force kept on marching and was finally met by a small Muslim army at the Plain of Badr that lay between two sand-hills.

The following is a comprehensive list of the Sahabah who are counted as the "Badriyyin". Actual number of Muslim fighters in the Battle of Badr under the command of the Rasool-Allah, sall-Allah-u alaih-i wa sallam, was 313, yet this list is much larger. The reason is that several Sahabah were assigned other important tasks and they were given due portions in the war-booty even though they did not see the action in the Badr battlefield. One such person, for example, was Hazrat Uthman Ibn Affan, who was advised to stay back in The Madinah to look after his ailing wife, Hazrat Ruqaiyah Bint Rasool-Allah. Local people were returning from the Baqi'e graveyard after burying her when the news of Muslim victory at Badr was brought to The Madinah by Hazrat Abdullah Ibn Rawahah and Hazrat Zayd Ibn Harithah. Some other Sahabah were also left in The Madinah to manage state affairs and also as Rear Guard against an enemy strike from within The City or without. A few groups of Sahabah were on espionage missions gathering intelligence for the Muslim high command. Another reason given by Muslim historians for a longer list of the Badriyyin is that many early reporters were unsure about some Sahabah's presence in Badr; therefore they preferred to include their names in the list for they argued that an error in including them was preferable to the error of excluding their names.

The list begins with the Promised Ten of Paradise - عشرہ مبشرہ - in their life-time by the Rasool-Allah. The top four are, of course, the four Khulafa Ar-Rashidin. After them, the first name is that of Hazrat Abu Ubaydah Ibn Al-Jarrah, because when fatally injured Hazrat Umar Ibn Al-Khattab had said that if the latter was still alive he would have voted for him as his successor. He is followed by Hazrat Abd Ar-Rahman Ibn Awf, who was a member of the six-man Electoral College appointed by Hazrat Umar and finally acted as Islam's first independent Election Commissioner. Hazrat Abd Ar-Rahman was the first among the six to withdraw from the contest and then acted as Election Commissioner. Then the names of three Sahabah appear in order of their withdrawal from the contest. The last name is that of Hazrat Sa'id Ibn Zayd Ibn Amr, who was excluded by Hazrat Umar from the Electoral College simply because he was a first cousin and a brother-in-law of Hazrat Umar who did not want to set an example of dynastic rule.

From #12 to #25 are the names of the Shuhada of the Battle of Badr. Hazrat Ubaydah Ibn Harith Ibn Abdul Muttalib leads this part of the list, because he was the first Muslim Shahid in action in Badr. He was a paternal first-cousin of the Rasool-Allah. What is remarkable in his Shahadat is that the first sacrifice in a battle was made by a member of the Rasool-Allah's immediate extended family. After him the names of the remaining 13 Shuhada (martyrs) appear in alphabetical order.
Names from #26 to the end appear in alphabetical order. Al-Awsi and Al-Khazraji denote two tribes of the Ansar of The Madinah.

Also given are dates of birth and/or death and some other facts in one-lines about some Sahabah. Readers will find in some places a word like "bAjnadin" or "bBridge". In such instances, a lower-case letter "b" stands for "battle of": therefore, "bAjnadin" meaning the "Battle of Ajnadin" and "bBridge" meaning the "Battle of Bridge" also known as Battle of Jisr.

In Hijri dating system "bh" before a figure shows a year "before Hijrah", and "h" after a figure shows Hijrah year. Three-digit figures like 573 or 634 stand for common of Christian era years.




نحمداللہ العظیم الحکیم و نصلی و نسلم علٰی رسولہ الکریم

AsHab e Badr Al-Kubra

1. Muhammad Rasool-Allah, Sall-Allah-u Alayh-i wa Sallam
2. Abu Bakr As-Siddiq 'Abdullah Ibn 'Uthman - - - bh51-13h / 573-634
3. Umar Ibn Al-Khattab - - - - - - bh40-24h / 584-644
4. 'Uthman Ibn 'Affan - - - - - - - bh44-36h / 580-656
5. Ali Ibn Abu Talib - - - - - - - bh24-40h / 599-661

AlQuaida , Daesh are enemies of all muslims Make no mistake Al Qaeda wanted Zwahiri's relatives released in exchange for my freedom: Ali Gilani

Ali Haider Gilani speaks to BBC Urdu in his first interview after his recovery.
Ali Haider Gilani speaks to BBC Urdu in his first interview after his recovery.

LAHORE: Ali Haider Gilani, son of ex-premier Yousuf Raza Gilani, broke his silence about his kidnapping ordeal on Tuesday, saying he was abducted by Al Qaeda, which wanted the release of some women from the family of the group's leader Ayman al-Zwahiri in exchange for his freedom.

Speaking to BBC Urdu at his Lahore residence, Gilani said he was in Al Qaeda's captivity for three years.

Ali Gilani was recovered last month in a joint operation carried out by Afghan and US forces from an Al Qaeda compound in Afghanistan's Paktika province.

Ali Gilani says that during this time in captivity, an important member of the militant group who went by the name of Zia stayed with him.

"Al Qaeda was demanding the release of some women from Ayman al-Zwahiri's family in my exchange, and a hefty sum."

He said although he had not received any threats prior to his abduction, he was told that he was being "followed".

'You are our enemy'

Detailing the moments of his abduction, Gilani said he was leaving a rally with supporters and two security guards when someone took him by the neck and pushed him hard, so he fell on the ground. He then heard shots being fired and saw his two guards dropping near him. Gilani said he was then hit on the head with a gun and he started to bleed.

"I then thought they had come to kill me," he said.

The abductors, who Gilani said totalled six men, then shoved him inside a car. Fearing he could be wearing a spy device on his body, they stripped him and threw his clothes out.

"Their first question to me was, are you Sunni or Shia," said Gilani, adding that the abductors, "who were all speaking in Punjabi" told him to keep mum.

He was first taken from Multan to Khanewal, and then to Faisalabad, said Gilani. He said the car they were travelling in was covered with election posters and flags.

The abductors introduced themselves as Al Qaeda men and told Gilani he had been abducted because he is "the son of Yousuf Raza Gilani".

"Operations were conducted against Osama bin Laden in Abottabad and Swat and Waziristan during your father's term. You are our enemy!" Gilani quoted the abductors as saying.

He said he was kept in Faisalabad for some time before being taken to Waziristan.

Gilani said they were not stopped for checking during the travel from Multan to Faisalabad, where he said he was kept chained for two and a half months.

"They told me they were taking me to Waziristan for two months, where i would be released since they had struck a deal with my family," he told the BBC Urdu. "Perhaps they wanted to ensure that i don't resist during the journey."

Ali Haider Gilani was running for a provincial assembly seat from Multan when he was kidnapped on May 9, 2013. One of his guards and his secretary were killed during his abduction.