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Imran khan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Saturday said that former Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry deserves to be booked under Article 6 of the constitution for his alleged role in poll rigging, Pakistan Tribune reported.

Talking to journalists on his arrival from Saudi Arabia after performing Umrah, PTI Chairman went on to predict that 2015 might become election year if a powerful and independent “Judicial Commission” is formed and tasked to probe alleged poll rigging in 2013 general elections.

Giving rarest of rare exception to the government, Imran claimed that former Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and Justice (retd) Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday orchestrated systematic electoral rigging through returning officers (ROs).

“We will prove that Iftikhar Chaudhry and Ramday controlled returning officers,” the PTI chief said.

Imran Khan once again categorically stated that his party wouldn’t return to National and provincial assemblies unless a judicial commission declares 2013 general elections as free and fair.

“We will go to assemblies if the judicial commission declares the election legitimate,” Imran said.

In the same vein, he also warned that any member who violates party policy will be ousted from the PTI.

PTI Chairman further added that his party was giving time to the government after the Peshawar tragedy. However, he warned that government should not remain in any misgiving as PTI restart agitation against rigging in elections if the judicial commission is not formed as they have the street power.

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Pervez Musharraf

Islamabad – The federal government is likely to allow former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf to travel to Saudi Arabia to offer condolence to the royal family over the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, highly-credible sources have said.

72-year-old Musharraf, who enjoys close ties with Saudi royal family, had written letter to interior ministry on Friday, seeking removal of his name from Exit Control List (ECL) for one day.

The letter was written by Advocate Faisal Hussain on behalf of former military ruler.

“General (retd) Pervez Musharraf is desirous of visiting Saudi Arabia to express his heartfelt condolences over the sad demise of King Abdullah,” reads the letter.

The government is considering his request and sources say that the former president will be permitted to travel to Saudi Arabia following consultation with ministries of law and interior.

The interior ministry had included Musharraf’s name in ECL on April 2013 as he is facing trial in different cases including high-treason case, Benazir Bhutto murder case, Nawab Akbar Bugti murder case and Abdul Rasheed Ghazi murder case.

Sources said most of the government officials reckon that Musharraf should be allowed to leave for Saudi Arabia as has old ties with Saudi royal family, however, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will make final decision in this regard.

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Imran khan

Jeddah – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has said that his party’s lawmakers will not return to the assemblies until the government not forms a powerful judicial commission to probe rigging in May 2013’s general elections.

Addressing a press-conference in Jeddah after performing Umrah along with his wife Reham Khan, PTI chief said that his party will contest the Senate elections, scheduled to be held in March. He said his and his party’s other lawmakers have submitted their resignations from national and provincial assemblies but they are not being accepted by the government.

The cricketer-turned-politician lashed out at former Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhary, saying the entire nation tendered sacrifices for him and gave him respect but he disappointed the people by covering up massive rigging. He said that there is no possibility of free and fair elections without an independent judiciary. He said under existing system, there would be no use of holding fresh polls.

He said Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government has broken records of corruption set by preceding Asif Zardari’s government.

Imran Khan said all the political parties admitted that the elections in Punjab were massively rigged but none of them supported PTI because of which it had to take streets to get justice.

Imran Khan said the government is trying to form a weak and powerless judicial commission but PTI won’t let it happen.

He said that due the members of one family are administrating the state institutions and had they been appointed on merit, there would be no petrol shortage in the country. He said electricity generation capacity has decreased due to the unavailability of furnace oil due to which the load-shedding is increasing. He said in past the government used to blame PTI’s sit-in for everything but now it should resolve the public issues.

Imran Khan also expressed grief over the death of Saudi Arab’s King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and commended his services for Islam and Muslim world.

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Supreme Court

Islamabad — The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday ordered the federal government to upload the details pertaining to banned outfits on official websites and publicize these details throughout the country.

The three-member bench headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, while hearing suo motu case pertaining to errors in legal books journals, expressed surprise over the non-availability of list of banned outfits on the websites of Ministry of interior and National Counter-Terrorism Authority (NACTA) and remarked that who are due to fight war against terrorism, they even don’t know about their enemies.

Justice Khawaja said the government should at least show some seriousness on issue of terrorism remarked that menace of will be eliminated if people will be not aware of militant organizations and counterterrorism laws.

Justice Qazi Faez Isa, remarked that these days terrorism is the main issue before government but ‘where is counterterrorism law, no one knows about that’.

Justice Isa said that the world accuses Pakistan of backing the militant elements and the list of banned organizations should be shared with the friendly countries after its advertisement, so if activists of these outfits are still operating in their lands, action could be taken against them.

The court inquired that the Attorney General Aslam Butt that how much time the government needs to the upload the details of banned outfits on websites, of which he sought time to reply.

The bench also took up the issue of errors found in different books on Contract Act 1872, Printing Ordinance 2000, Punjab Consumer Protection Laws, Manual of Intellectual Property Laws etc and questioned the federal law secretary that how many publishers have been penalized for the crime. The secretary, however, couldn’t reply.

The bench remarked that at a time when there is rampant lawlessness in the country, the court was force to take notice of the non-availability of laws in book form. The court directed federal and provincial governments to collect the laws in form of a code.

The court later adjourned the hearing of case until January 28.

 

 

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Supreme Court

ISLAMABAD – Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan on Thursday admitted for hearing legal petitions challenging the 21st Constitutional Amendment which paved way for establishment of military courts in country, Pakistan Tribune reported.

A three member bench comprising Chief Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk, Jutice Gulzar Ahmad and Justice Mushir Alam, will take up the legal petition filed by Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA) for preliminary hearing on 28th January. Distinguished lawyers Hamid Khan and Shafqat Chohan will contest the case.

The petitioner has prayed before the Supreme Court that the 21st constitutional amendment and establishment of military courts be declared null and void, as it is against spirit of the constitution which recognizes fair trial as a fundamental right.

The petitions state the 21st amendment affects clauses in the Constitution pertaining to basic human rights, and plead to the apex court to strike down the legislation.

Earlier on 6th January, National Assembly and the Senate passed the 21st constitutional amendment to allow establishment of military courts in Pakistan as a counter-terrorism strategy.

 

 

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Tasneem Aslam

Islamabad – The government has frozen assets of all banned outfits including Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Haqqani Network, the Foreign Office announced on Thursday.

In her weekly press briefing, the FO spokesperson Tasneem Aslam said that immediate action is being taken against the organizations banned by UN sanctions committee.

The government had decided to ban JuD, a charity organization run by Hafiz Saeed, Haqqani Network and 10 other organizations last week after which the number of outlawed outfits in the country has reached 72.

It is pertinent to mention that India and United States consider JuD a front of militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which New Delhi blames attacks in Mumbai in November 2008 that left 166 people dead. Both countries had repeatedly demanded Pakistan to ban the organization, however, the matter was delayed since long.

FO spokesperson stressed that JuD hasn’t been banned on any external pressure but under National Action Plan and UN resolutions, in ‘larger interest of Pakistan’.

Regarding Haqqani Network, FO spokesperson said it has been banned but the outfit has no bank accounts in Pakistan.

Haqqani Network, which is blamed for dozens of deadly attacks on US-led NATO troops in Afghanistan, was designated as a terrorist organization by US in September 2012.

When asked about presence of Islamic state militant group in the country, she said Pakistan is aware of its threat and is already taking action against all terrorist groups without any discrimination.

 FO spokesperson also condemned the immolation of three Muslim men  in Indian state of Bihar and said violence in name of religion anywhere in the world is highly-condemnable.

She also condemned the publication of blasphemous sketches of Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H) in French weekly Charlie Hebdo.

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Karachi Airport Hotel

Karachi – Two elderly female passengers were found dead under mysterious circumstances at the hotel administrated by Pakistan International Airline (PIA) at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on Thursday.

According to media reports, two women – identified as Akhtar Bibi and Gul Hussani – had reached Karachi from Jeddah along with their families early today after performing Umrah.

Akthar Bibi was to travel to Peshawar and Gul Hussani to Lahore but both of them suddenly turned ill and died on the spot.

Their bodies were shifted to Jinnah Hospital for autopsy, where doctors confirmed that the death of both women was natural.

The bodies of both women have been sent to their ancestral cities for burial.

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Arbab Ghulam Rahim

Karachi – Former Sindh Chief Minister Arbab Ghulam Rahim has claimed that Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) patron-in-chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari would soon join Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

Speaking to presspersons outside Sindh Assembly, Rahim said that Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) chief Pir Pagara’s prediction would become true soon and Bilawal will leave PPP to join PML-N.

He said PPP government in Sindh has made the life hard for common people and farmers. He further said the stance of PML-F and Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) in Sindh the Assembly will be the same.

Rahim’s claim has come amid reports of rift between PPP co-chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal.

Reacting over Rahim’s statement, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon said that the former CM has always worked against the public interests. He said Rahim has changed many parties and he should be asked that with which party he is himself associated at the moment.

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Bhoja Air

Islamabad – Thirty six months after Bhoja Air flight BHO-213 crashed on the outskirts of Islamabad, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Pakistan has released its finanl investigation report of the incident.

Pilot of the ill-fated aircraft Captain Noorullah Khan, 58, has been mainly held responsible for the crash by the authority in its comprehensive 78-page report.

The Boeing 737-236A (advanced version of Boeing 737-200 series) was crashed near Islamabad Benazir Bhutto International Airport on April 20, 2012 after taking off from Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, leaving all 127 people on board dead.

CAA has cited four reasons that primarily led to the crash including aircraft’s speed, engine power, height and landing speed.

Staff’s inexperience in handling the automatic system of aircraft was the foremost contributory factor in causation of the accident

According to report:

“The cockpit crew made incorrect decision to continue the flight for destination and non- adherence to Boeing recommended QRH and FCOM remedial actions / procedures due to non-availability of customized aircraft documents (at Bhoja Air) for Boeing 737-236A (advanced version of Boeing 737-200 series) contributed towards the causation of accident,”.

The report also stated that due to the incorrect information provided by the management of Bhoja Air, CAA Pakistan was unable to ensure automated flight deck variance type training and monitoring requirements which also contributed to the accident.

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Maulana Mohammad Sherani

Islamabad — The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) on Wednesday decreed that a man who says ‘I divorce you’ three times in succession should be liable to punishment as the act is un-Islamic.

Addressing a press conference, CII Chairman Maulana Muhammad Khan Sheerani said that after saying the phrase once, the husband should give it some time, which could be hours or possibility days, before pronouncing the phrase for a second and third time to legally end the marriage.

He said that gap in saying the phrase will leave a man to reconsider his decision if he was divorce his wife in a rush of anger and even leave room for reconciliation between him and his wife.

CII has recommended the government to set a punishment for a man who rushes through a divorce process according to criminal procedures. The council, however, has left it upon government and courts to decide that what should be the punishment. CIL has also recommended punishment for those who sell affidavits of three divorces outside courts.

Meanwhile, Maulana Sheerani said that a woman of over 40 years who follows Islamic hijab can be appointed as a judge and could hear all kind of cases.

Maulana Sheerani said that during two-day meeting a bill which sought physical punishment on children to be declared a crime was rejected because the Sharia allows giving lighter punishment to children in certain situations to make them realize. He said the council will prepare a bill in this regard in light of Sharia law.

He said the issues of inclusion of sex education in educational course, a code of conduct for elimination of sectarian violence and difference between Jihad and terrorism will come under consideration in council’s next meeting.