The members of the federal government nominated for NEC are: Dr. Arbab Alamgir Khan, Federal Minister for Communications (MNA from Khyber Pakhtunkhawa) Ch. Ahmed Mukhtar, Federal Minister for Water and Power (MNA from Punjab) Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Minister for Finance, Revenue, Planning and Development, Economic Affairs and Statistics (Senator from Sindh). Mir Changez Khan Jamali, Federal Minister for Science and Technology (MNA from Balochistan)
The President has also approved the nomination of Mr. Hasnain
Mirza, MPA from Sindh as the member of NEC from Sindh.
Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar said that according to Clause-1 of Article 156, the NEC comprises of the Prime Minister, the Chief Ministers and one member from each province to be nominated by the Chief Minister.
The Prime Minister may also nominate four other members from time to time.
He said that although it was neither mandatory nor constitutional requirement yet the former Prime Minister had nominated the above federal ministers, one from each province, on the NEC.
However, they ceased to be the member of the NEC on their ceasing to hold office of the Minister on 19th June 2012, notwithstanding their fresh oath taken on 22 June 2012.
Besides, it is prerogative of the Prime Minister to make nominations on the NEC, which require approval of the President, he said.
Spokesperson further said that the Chief Minister Sindh replacing his Advisor on Planning and Development made the nomination of Hasnain Mirza, as the member of NEC from Sindh.
The President also approved the nomination after approval from the Prime Minister’s office. (APP)
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) has disqualified Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani as the prime minister in its short order of the NA Speaker ruling case, Yousuf Raza Gilani is disqualified from membership of parliament from April 26, the date of his conviction. He has also ceased to be the prime minister of Pakistan," said chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, reading the order."The Election Commission shall issue a notice of disqualification and the president is required to take necessary steps to ensure continuation of democratic process," he added.The apex court was seized with identical petitions challenging NA Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza's rulings not to send a reference for the prime minister's disqualification to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, and comprising Justice Jawad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain heard the identical petitions, filed by the PML-N, Tehreek-e-Insaf and others against the NA speaker's ruling over the disqualification of the prime minister.During today's proceedings, the Chief Justice remarked that PM Gilani's conviction could have been suspended if it was challenged. 'Only the appellate court can review a judicial ruling, no one can wipe away a judicial ruling.'Following is the text of the SC order:Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, CJ.- For reasons to be recorded later, the titled petitions are disposed of as under:
(1) This Court in exercise of jurisdiction under Article 184(3) of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan is competent to ensure enforcement of the fundamental rights of the citizens in all matters of public importance;
(2) The Speaker of the National Assembly under Article 63(2) of the Constitution exercises powers, which are not covered by the definition of internal proceedings of Majlise-Shoora, therefore, this Court, in exercise of power of judicial review, is not debarred from inquiring into the order dated 25.05.2012. Reference in this behalf may be made to the cases of Mining Industries of Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd. v. Deputy Speaker, Balochistan Provincial Assembly (PLD 2006 Quetta 36), Madad Ali v. Province of Sindh (1996 SCMR 366), Shams-ud-Din v. Speaker, Balochistan Provincial Assembly (1994 MLD 2500), Muhammad Naeem Akhtar v. Speaker, Sindh Provincial Assembly (1992 CLC 2043), Farzand Ali v. Province of West Pakistan (PLD 1970 SC 98); Muhammad Anwar Durrani v. Province of Baluchistan (PLD 1989 Quetta 25); Jagjit Singh v. State of Haryana (AIR 2007 SC 590) and Rajendra Singh Rana v. Swami Prasad Maurya (AIR 2007 SC 1305);
(3) As a Bench of 7 Hon'ble Judges vide judgment dated 26.04.2012 followed by the detailed reasons released on 08.05.2012 has found Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani guilty of contempt of Court under Article 204(2) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973 read with section 3 of the Contempt of Court Ordinance, 2003 and sentenced him to undergo imprisonment till rising of the Court under section 5 of the said Ordinance, and since no appeal was filed against this judgment, the conviction has attained finality. Therefore, Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani has become disqualified from being a Member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) in terms of Article 63(1)(g) of the Constitution on and from the date and time of pronouncement of the judgment of this Court dated 26.04.2012 with all consequences, i.e. he has also ceased to be the Prime Minister of Pakistan with effect from the said date and the office of the Prime Minister shall be deemed to be vacant accordingly;
(4) The Election Commission of Pakistan is required to issue notification of disqualification of Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani from being a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora w.e.f. 26.4.2012; and
(5) The President of Pakistan is required to take necessary steps under the Constitution to ensure continuation of the democratic process through parliamentary system of government in the country.
KARACHI: A man was killed and ten others were injured when unknown miscreants hurled a hand grenade at a shop here on Saturday,
According to rescue sources, unidentified culprits hurled a hand grenade at a shop located at Jamshed Road that injured 11 people initially out of which one man later succumbed to his injuries in Civil Hospital.
Witnesses told that the attackers were riding a motorcycle and attacked the saturated section of the restaurant. The injured were rushed to Jinnah and Civil hospitals.
A senior police official told that investigation into the incident is underway.
Sources told that the restaurant was attacked as the owner had not paid the extortion money of Rs1.5 million, however, police and hotel administration did not confirm the news.
In his address to the cabinet, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said that ties with the US and NATO were on a crossroads and the time had come to make some important decisions.
"National interest will not be compromised when making a decision regarding ties with the US and NATO."
Gilani further said that there would be no compromise on the country’s principals and the government would not take any emotional decisions.
The cabinet is meeting after the cabinet's defence committee cleared the way for President Asif Ali Zardari to attend next week's NATO summit in Chicago.
That defence committee meeting also authorised officials to conclude negotiations on new terms and conditions for resuming the transit of fuel and other non-lethal items required by NATO troops in their decade-long fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan, the prime minister's office said.
Islamabad shut its Afghan border crossings to NATO after US air strikes killed 24 Pakistani soldiers on November 26 as relations with the United States, already frayed by the discovery of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, plunged into their worst ever crisis.
Pakistan's attendance in Chicago, where NATO leaders meet Sunday and Monday, would ease its international isolation and could boost its leverage over the future of Afghanistan, as Western countries pull out their combat forces by 2014.
Islamabad boycotted the last major talks on Afghanistan, held in Bonn in December.
The prime minister's office said overnight that Pakistan would "continue to remain engaged" with the United States on both issues.
Analysts say Pakistan had no choice but acquiesce to immense international pressure to reopen the border with US cash needed to help boost its meagre state coffers with the government seeking re-election within a year.
Washington said both countries had made "considerable progress" on ending the blockade, which has halted fuel and supply trucks from the southern port city of Karachi to two Afghan border crossings.
"We will continue to work on this throughout the week. Obviously, it'll be a wonderful signal if we can get it done by the time of the summit," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said. (AFP)
LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has held the PML-N equally responsible for the current circumstances in the country, saying that it was just raising slogans of 'Go Zardari Go.
Talking to the media here on Thursday, Imran Khan refused to talk to the Nawaz league, but was willing to talk to all other parties.
PTI chairman advised the PML-N members to resign from the assemblies if they were serious about their stance against the government.
Tehreek-e-Insaf would not support any military coup, Imran said, adding that any unconstitutional step would not be tolerated.
KOHAT: Pakistani authorities have recovered the bodies of 10 soldiers who were taken away after a clash with militants in Upper Orakzai, security officials said Monday. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed the responsibility for killing the troops.
An official of the military's media wing said they had been missing in Orakzai district since December 25 when militants attacked a check post.
The bodies were found Sunday.
One security official said 23 soldiers were attacked in the late-night attack by up to 100 heavily armed militants. The bullet-riddled bodies of the missing 10 were found dumped in Dabori town of the tribal area.
ISLAMABAD: Sources close to President Asif Zardari have denied media reports about him resigning on account of ill health and said he is expected to return after routine medical checkup,
The sources term magazine news baseless and fabricated.
A US magazine claimed that President Zardari is under extreme pressure over the Memogate scandal and has been hospitalised in Dubai for medical checkups, complaining of heartache.
Citing former US official, American magazine Foreign Policy reported that the US government was informed that Zardari had a 'minor heart attack' on Monday night and flew to Dubai via air ambulance on Tuesday.
According to the US magazine, Zardari may have angioplasty on Wednesday and may also resign on account of 'ill health’.
LAHORE: Pakistan will boycott an international conference on Afghanistan's future in Bonn next week to protest against a Nato cross-border attack that killed two dozen soldiers,
Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, while chairing the Cabinet meeting, announced to summon a joint session of the parliament after the recommendations of the parliamentary committee on National Security to discuss Mohmand Agency incident and the controversial memo affair.
Foreign ministers belonging to more than 90 countries are expected to attend the Bonn Conference that is believed to take up sensitive and thorny issues regarding the withdrawal of occupying forces for the war torn country and entering into dialogue with the Taliban.
The Cabinet agreed that unilateral actions like Abbottabad incident and last Saturday in Mohmand Agency were "not acceptable".
Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar briefed the Cabinet about the incident and described the ongoing diplomatic efforts to highlight the violation of Pakistan's territorial sovereignty, which is also a violation of the international law.
The Cabinet extended deepest condolences to the families of those who embraced Shahadat last Saturday in Mohmand Agency.
ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry Tuesday, while hearing the rental power case, in his remarks said that the amount spent on the project belonged to the poor men, who do not get two-times meal.
Supreme Court bench headed by the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was hearing the rental power case here today.
Ministry of water and power’s attorney, Tariq Rahim arguing the case said that the ministry of finance had given the approval of the rental power projects. The ministry assured the payment of the fund in May 2008, but it backed out in December. He said that in a bid to save the paid amount to the rental power and investment, the advance was increased from 7 to 14 percent.
On this occasion, member of the apex court bench, Justice Khilji Arif in his remarks termed the rental power affairs a criminal negligence instead of negligence.
ISLAMABAD: Eid-ul-Azha was celebrated throughout the country with religious fervor and enthusiasm to pay homage to the great sacrifice of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS).
The day dawned with special Eid sermons where Ulema stressed for unity of Muslim Ummah and prayers were held for the prosperity and progress of the country.
People prayed to Allah Almighty in mosques and Eidgahs for the solidarity, prosperity and integrity of the country and for the liberation of occupied territories, including the Held Jammu and Kashmir.
After Eid prayers, the faithful slaughtered camels, cows, goats, rams and sheep to revive the Sunnah of Prophet Hazrat Ibrahim (AS). The process will continue till Wednesday evening.
The Muslims also slaughtered animals after the Eid prayers and then distributed the meat among the deserving people besides their kin and dear ones.
Special arrangements were made for Eid prayers at over 300 places in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The biggest Eid congregation in the Federal Capital was held at Faisal Mosque, where thousands faithful prayed for blessing of the Almighty Allah.
In Lahore Eid prayers' congregations were held in all major mosques of the city with main congregations at Badshahi Masjid and Data Ganj Bakhsh Masjid.
In Karachi, Eid prayers congregations were held at over 550 Eidgahs, mosques and grounds of the city. The main congregations were held at Nishtar Park, Polo Ground, Memon Masjid, Jamia Binnoria, Masjid Baitul Mukarram, Shah Khurasan Iranian and Masjid Bou Turab.
In Peshawar, major Eid prayers congregations were held at Markazi Eidgah, Sunehri Masjid and Masjid Mahabat Khan.
In Quetta, Eid prayer congregations were held at over 300 places.
Scholars from different schools of thought delivered special sermons to highlight the significance of the day and the sublime objective of the sacrifice rendered by Prophet Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) centuries ago.
PESHAWAR: The Afghan Haqqani insurgent network will not take part individually in any peace talks with the United States and negotiations must be led by the Taliban leadership, a senior commander said on Tuesday.
"They (the Americans) would not be able to find a possible solution to the Afghan conflict until and unless they hold talks with the Taliban shura," said the Haqqani group commander, referring to the Taliban leadership council.
Last week, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in Islamabad with a heavyweight team of US military and intelligence leaders, urged Pakistan to persuade the Haqqanis to pursue peace.
She also warned that tough action would have to be taken against Afghan and Pakistani militants if they did not cooperate in efforts to stabilise Afghanistan.
The Haqqani commander, speaking on condition of anonymity, viewed her efforts with scepticism.
"This is not the first time the US has approached us for peace talks. The Americans had made several such attempts for talks which we rejected as we are an integral part of the Taliban led by Mullah Mohammad Omar," he said.
"We are united and our goal is to liberate our homeland Afghanistan from the clutches of occupying forces."
Clinton said the United States had held preliminary meetings with the Haqqani network arguably the most dangerous Afghan insurgent faction and was working with Afghanistan and Pakistan to try to put together a peace process. (Reuters)
ISLAMABAD: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday urged Pakistan to take "strong steps" to deny Afghan militants safe haven and to encourage the Taliban to reconcile after 10 years of fighting.
"We look to Pakistan to take strong steps to deny Afghan insurgents safe havens and to encourage the Taliban to enter negotiations in good faith," Clinton told reporters alongside Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar.
She said conversations had been specific and in depth, adding that the United States was looking for action "over the next days and weeks, not months and years, but days and weeks because we have a lot of work to do to realise our shared goals."
The top US diplomat insisted that Washington was committed to a long-term relationship with Pakistan, saying that the country "has a critical role in supporting Afghanistan reconciliation and ending the conflict".
Relations between Pakistan and the United States deteriorated dramatically over the May 2 American special forces raid that killed Osama bin Laden near Islamabad and US accusations over the September 13 US embassy siege in Kabul.
But while Clinton was at pains to emphasise the points of common interest, she called for "greater cooperation" from Islamabad on squeezing the Haqqani network blamed for the US embassy siege and which has a base in Pakistan.
"If we're going to give peace a chance, we have some work to do. That's what we've been discussing in detail," said Clinton.
With US and Afghan troops now pressing a new offensive against the Haqqani network in eastern Afghanistan, Clinton called on Pakistan to up the pressure on militant safe havens on its side of the border.
"Similarly we need greater cooperation on the Pakistani side of the border... We want to squeeze these terrorists so that they cannot kill any Pakistani, any Afghan or anyone," she said.
Pakistan has so far refused to open a new offensive against the Haqqani network in its leadership base in North Waziristan, arguing that its troops are too overstretched and that the country has already sacrificed too many lives.
"It's not just military action. There is greater sharing of intelligence so we can prevent and intercept the efforts by the Haqqanis or the Taliban to try to cross the border or to plan an attack," said Clinton.
"We are working to establish concrete steps to address the planning and execution of attacks inside Afghanistan and inside Pakistan," said Clinton.
"I want very much for the people of Pakistan to understand that we're in this fight with you and we want to do everything we can to try to end the violence and eliminate the threat that stalks every day people's lives." (AFP)
QUETTA: At least 14 people of the Hazara community were killed and seven seriously injured after unknown gunmen riding motorcycles emptied their automatic weapons at a bus in Akhtarabad area of Quetta,
Reportedly around 20-30 people on board a passenger bus came under fire on their way to Hazar Ganji from Quetta.
Eyewitnesses say the gunmen stopped the bus, dragged some passengers down and shot them dead following which they opened indiscriminate fire on the bus making more kills.
Police have cordoned off the area and the dead/injured are now being rushed to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) as Bolan Medical Complex to which they were shifted earlier lacked emergency treatment facilities, said last reports.
The attackers made their escape before the police could arrive at the scene. Later, some enraged people set the ill-fated bus on fire.
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday while rejecting the US statements against Pakistan, said the country cannot be pressurized to “do more” and urged the nation to stand united to confront the challenges.
He was addressing the country’s political leadership at the specially convened All Parties Conference (APC) here at the PM House, in the wake of recent statements from senior US officials accusing Pakistan of supporting the Haqqani network.
Prime Minister Gilani said there was a need to resolve issues in a responsible and positive manner and said these could only be addressed through dialogue. He rejected the statements by the US officials regarding alleged involvement of Pakistan’s government and its Armed Forces in the attacks on US embassy and the Nato headquarters in Kabul.
“Pakistan cannot be pressurized to do more,” he categorically said and termed the statements “surprising”, particularly as these simply ignored the immense sacrifices rendered by the people and Armed Forces of Pakistan.
He said Pakistan desired relations based on mutual respect, dignity and honour.
“Protection and upholding of national sovereignty is our first priority,” Gilani said and added that Pakistani nation was an honourable and respectable nation and was resilient and strong enough to tackle all important challenges to its national interests.
He said political parties were the true representatives of the masses and had gathered here to evolve national consensus on important national issues.
PM Gilani said Pakistan stood at a critical juncture and mentioned that from Afghanistan’s insurgency in 1979 to the involvement of international powers, the country took a lead role in ensuring regional and world peace.
He pointed to the recent incidents of lawlessness in Afghanistan and said these had dealt a severe blow to the peace efforts. He mentioned the formation of the Joint Peace commission on the request of Afghan President Hamid Karzai and said Pakistan fully supports the Afghan-owned and Afghan-led efforts for transition.
He also mentioned the formation of the trilateral group, comprising the United States, Pakistan and Afghanistan for interaction and cooperation at the strategic and operational level and said Pakistan was desirous of working for the return of complete peace to the strife-torn country.
The premier said the recent assassination of Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani, head of the High Peace Council, had severely damaged the chances of a peaceful transition in Afghanistan.
He said Pakistan desired support and cooperation of the international community.
Gilani said the Pakistani political leadership and the nation had to stand up to the challenges, by rising above petty political differences to defend its territory, national sovereignty and integrity.
He said the people had complete faith in its Armed Forces and would focus on the challenges facing the nation so that the world also knows that Pakistani nation stands united in times of difficulty.
He thanked the political leadership to participate in the important meeting. He said the meeting was to discuss vital national issues and to apprise them about the latest changes in the region.
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has convened the All Parties Conference (APC) on September 29, The prime minister has invited all political leadership to this conference which will be attended by top government officials.
The conference is expected to discuss Pak-US ties and the country’s security situation.
The relationship between Pakistan and the US has been tense over the issue of Haqqani network. Top US civil and military leadership have accused Pakistan of maintaining ties with the Haqqani network and fuelling a proxy war in Afghanistan.
Pakistan on the other hand has denied all the accusations leveled by the US and said that such statements are counterproductive for the relationship.
KARACHI: Home Minister Sindh, Manzoor Wasan said Monday that target killing in the city had been stopped and terrorists would also be eliminated,
Wasan was visiting the Defence area where a suicide attack took place at the residence of SSP CID Chaudhry Aslam.
The home minister said terrorists wanted to show that they would not let Karachi remain peaceful and another conspiracy was being hatched against the city.
Wasan announced compensation of Rs 2 million for families of the six policemen who were killed in the attack and also said that compensation would be paid to the family of the woman and child who were killed.
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QUETTA: Twin suicide bombings in Quetta claimed the lives of 21 people while 40 others were injured, Geo News reported. The bombings targeted security forces responsible for the capture of key Al-Qaeda operatives this week.
According to DIG Police Operations Hamid Shakil, one attacker detonated his bomb-laden car outside the residence of the deputy chief of the Frontier Corps (FC) in Quetta city, before a second attacker blew himself up inside the house.
More than twenty one people were killed including three FC personnel, wife of DIG FC Farrukh Shehzad, Col Khalid and two children. Forty others sustained injuries, hospital sources added.
The house was badly damaged while the DIG FC himself is injured.
Director Civil Defense said that more than 100 kg of explosives were used in the twin blasts.
Rescue teams reached the spot to shift the deceased and injured to the civil hospital, Quetta.
During investigations, head of one suicide attacker was found from the blast site identified as Ahmed Gul son of Saeed Gul. Meanwhile security forces cordoned off the area and further investigations are underway.
The residence of the deputy inspector general is close to other government buildings and official residencies in the city including governor and chief minister houses while the treasury office is also located in the same area.
On Monday the army announced it had arrested a senior Al-Qaeda leader believed to have been responsible for planning attacks on the United States, Europe and Australia.
Younis al-Mauritani was picked up in the suburbs of Quetta along with two other high-ranking operatives after US and Pakistani spy agencies joined forces, according to the Pakistan army.
It named the two other senior operatives as Abdul Ghaffar al-Shami and Messara al-Shami.
The United States also praised the operation with a White House spokesman calling it an example of partnership between the two countries "which has taken many terrorists off the battlefield over the past decade".
ISLAMABAD: The nation is celebrating its 65th Independence Day with great fervour but simplicity. The day began with special prayers in mosques for the unity, solidarity and prosperity of the country.
The celebrations began with a 31-gun salute at the federal capital and 21-gun salute at all the provincial headquarters. Quran Khawani are being held for the martyrs of the Pakistan Movement for their eternal peace.
The national flag has been hoisted on government and private buildings. Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani hoisted the national flag in a ceremony at 9:00am in Jinnah Convention Centre. The national anthem was also played on the occasion.
The prime minister felicitated the nation on its 65th Independence Day and paid tribute to the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and leaders of Pakistan Movement for providing a spirited leadership which created the world's first ideological state through democratic struggle.
The flag hoisting ceremonies were also held at provincial capitals.
Sindh Governor, Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan, Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah along with members of the Sindh cabinet visited mausoleum of father of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to pay homage to the great leader on 65th Independence Day of the country.
They hoisted the national flag at the ceremony held at Mazar-e-Quaid in connection with the Independence day of the country.
Various political parties and civil society organisations across country have also arranged seminars, walks and debates to mark the Day.
RAWALPINDI: The 141st Corps Commanders Conference held here at the General Headquarters on Monday reviewed internal security of the country specially the deteriorating law and order situation in Karachi,
The forum expressed concern over the law and order situation in Karachi and its ramifications / implications on national economy and expected that the measures recently undertaken by the government would help redress the situation.
Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani chaired the meeting. Participants at the meeting were briefed in detail about the security situation in the country in general and ongoing operations in Kurram and Mohmand agencies in particular.
KARACHI: The death toll from Thursday's building collapse in Mossa Lane Lyari has risen to 21,Deputy Commissioner South Mustafa Jamal Qazi has said that three owners of the building have been apprehended. Three surrounding buildings have also been evacuated, he added. Qazi said two temporary camps have been set up for the evacuees of the said three buildings. President Asif Ali Zardari has announced compensation for the affectees and the decision in this regard would be made soon, Qazi added.
Almost 50 percent of the rubble from the building has been cleared while residents of three buildings who were evacuated are protesting because they are not being allowed to enter their homes and take their possessions. In protest they have blocked roads which are causing a hindrance in rescue efforts.
MIRANSHAH: A US drone strike targeting a house and vehicle in northwestern tribal belt near the Afghan border killed three people on Tuesday.
According to the sources, the missile attack, the second in two days, took place near Qutub Khel area of Miranshah.
Another security official in the area confirmed the attack and the toll.
ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court on Saturday issued its detailed verdict in writing about making Sohail Ahmed OSD and granting of investigation responsibility to former FIA Director, Hussain Asghar in Hajj corruption case, In its 36-page written verdict, the SC stated that a civil servant cannot be made OSD if the Prime Minister, who is the competent authority, is not satisfied with his performance. However, the competent authority has the power to order his transfer but cannot penalize him as was done in this case.
ISLAMABAD: A new legislation will be enacted for the trial of terrorists presently being detained by the armed forces in tribal areas,
Under the regulation punishments as severe as hanging to death, life imprisonment, 10-year imprisonment could be awarded depending on the nature of the crime while special detention facilities will be established for the terrorists.
Asim Ali Rana the news law titled ‘Action In Aid of Civil Power Regulation 2011’ was being introduced for taking action against the terrorists being detained in Swat and other tribal areas.
The law will come into force in retrospect from February 2008 which will be applicable in tribal areas being administered by Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa.
A board comprising two civilians and as many military officials will deal with cases relating to human rights violation.
Anyone spreading hate material in PATA will also be considered a criminal who could be handed over to any intelligence agency.
Investigation reports and other material will be acceptable by the courts and the testimony of officials of armed forces will also be acceptable and this will be enough for establishing a crime.
ISLAMABAD: During proceedings of the NICL scam case, Attorney General Maulvi Anwar informed the Supreme Court that the government had once again refused to reinstate Zafar Quereshi, the chief investigative officer of the case,
During proceedings Justice Khilji Arif remarked that the court wanted national wealth to be returned adding that it was the order of the court to allow Quereshi and his team to probe the NICL scam.
In his remarks Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammed Chaudhry said: "if the government has made its decision to not follow court orders than the court will form a commission to probe the matter."
The SC said that it would provide the government with another opportunity to reinstate Quereshi. Zafar Quereshi who was present during the proceedings informed the court that his phones were being tapped and his children were being harassed.
The court summoned all records relating to Zafar Quereshi and four members of his team from the establishment division and interior secretary. It was revealed in the documents that the summary for the suspension of Zafar Quereshi was written by the interior secretary and was approved by the Prime Minister. To this the Chief Justice remarked that the interior secretary had no legal right to write this summary.
On Thursday, the government had reversed the transfer of four officials who were members of the team probing the NICL scam. However it had refused to reinstate the chief investigative officer Zafar Quereshi. The Supreme Court had ordered the establishment secretary to initiate departmental proceedings against the acting DG FIA for violating court orders.
Under a July 7 ruling of the Supreme Court, any disciplinary action against Zafar Quereshi was suspended which was communicated to the DG FIA who did not comply with court orders. Zafar Quereshi had been suspended for speaking to the media and a departmental inquiry had been launched against him.
KARACHI: At least four passengers were injured in firing on a bus in Lee Market area while firing is continue in many localities of Old City, Geo News reported on Monday.
According to details, unidentified armed men opened indiscriminate fire on a passenger bus as result four people sustained bullet injures. The injured were rushed to Civil hospital.
Firing in Kharadar, Napier road, Lee market, Baghdadi and Khada market has created panic among the people. Trade and business centres are also shut in these areas.
Police have asked for extra contingent for these areas.
Meanwhile, residents of Maripur staged a protest demonstration against the firing incident and blocked the road for vehicular traffic.
KARACHI: Violence in the metropolis has claimed eleven more lives till Friday morning since midnight, Miscreants attacked several houses with rockets and hurled hand grenades into residential area of Baldia Town, injuring four people including a woman and a child. Terror gripped the area after the attack.
Residents of these areas took to the streets and staged protest demonstration against the attacks. They said that law enforcement agencies have failed to control law and order situation.
Meanwhile, police conducted raids in these areas and held five suspects. Police also recovered weapons and motorcycle from the miscreants.
According to police sources, one man was killed in Iqbal Market of troubled Orangi Town while one was injured.
Firing incidents also took place in Dalmia, Kharadar, Baldia Town, killing three people while a child also lost his life in the firing incident.
Two persons were shot dead in Lee Market and North Karachi areas of Karachi while one was killed in Orangi No.10.
Several people were injured in indiscriminate firing incidents including one policeman in Quaidabad and Gulistan-e-Johar.