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Apropos 'NAB authorises inquiries against Firdous, others' carried by Business Recorder yesterday, it has been learnt that the Executive Board Meeting (EBM) of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has authorised five inquiries. The anti-graft body ordered an inquiry against Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, ex-federal minister, for allegedly illegally detaining 12 government buses for her private use and making illegal appointments in Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP). Qasim Zia, a former MPA, too will face a NAB inquiry but in some other case.

General Mirza Aslam Beg (Retd) recently revealed that the meeting was arranged by the UK, the USA and Canada. Furthermore that Pakistan Army was aware of it and that the object was thwarted by General Raheel Sharif. It is no surprise that both the UK and the USA denied it. General Beg stated that the conspirators wanted to create conditions for the Army to take over but, the Army leadership had knowledge of the conspiracy. He further pointed out that if General Raheel Sharif had not acted in time the country would have suffered irreparable loss. He also asserted that the Army had no desire to interfere in the foreign affairs of the country. Finally, he pointed out that those standing with Imran and Qadri were the same who had been rubbing shoulders with dictator Musharraf.
Apropos '14 questions to army chief: Altaf hints at holding sit-in in Islamabad' carried by Business Recorder on Saturday, it increasingly appears that country's capital will assume the role of a permanent venue of protest demonstrations of various political and non-political parties.
Now the curtain is being lifted from what was the "London Plot". Imran initially denied having a one to one meeting with Qadri in June in London. However, Qadri let the cat out of the bag and admitted meeting Imran in London last June. Qadri is a very clever person. The question is why he came out with the truth at this stage? Is he trying to show that Imran is a liar? Is he trying to go on an independent path to exit?
Apropos 'Roots of agitation' carried by Business Recorder in its BR Research section on September 16, the authors have argued that "lawyers' movement wanting top judiciary's restoration; doctors and mid- to low-level government servants on strike for pay raise; and civil society protesting against general socio-economic injustice. There is no debate on the point that the brains behind recent protests in the heart of Islamabad wanted to give vent to the public's pent-up agitation concerning deep injustices."
Dr Aafia Siddiqui is said to have been trying to give up her legal fight although she has become a rallying cry for militant and non-militant people across the Muslim world in particular. She has a plausible reason behind her argument: the US justice system is absolutely unjust.
On September 18, India's High Commissioner Dr TCA Raghavan addressed a gathering of the English Speaking Union of Pakistan in Karachi. Quite appropriately, his speech focused on 'Current trend in Indo-Pak Relations', and its contents were widely covered by the print media.


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