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Apex court dismisses NH&MP appeal against high court verdict

ISLAMABAD (APP): The Supreme Court Monday dismissed the National Highway and Motorway Police (NH&MP) appeal against the high court verdict.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed and comprising Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan and Justice Munib Akhtar heard the case regarding recovery of fine from police officer ASI Malik Shujaat over a motor vehicle accident while tracing a vehicle.

ASI Malik Shujaat had an accident in May 2015 while chasing a speeding vehicle.

During the course of proceedings, Justice Ijaz questioned that where it was written that the police officer would compensate the loss while tracing someone.

The counsel for the NH&MP said that the police officer himself had offered to repair the vehicle.

Justice Ijaz said the department repaired the vehicle from its official and imposed a fine of Rs 0.3 million.

The counsel said there could be a loss of life due to the over speeding of the officer.

Justice Ijaz said the police officer chased the vehicle on wireless instructions.

The Chief Justice said the department first asked its officer to chase the vehicle and later took action against him.

Justice Ijaz said that accidents happened while chasing a speeding vehicle. The officer himself was injured, he added.

The high court had ordered an end to the reduction in pay by one stage and refund of the fine.

The Supreme Court upheld the decision of the high court and dismissed the appeal of the Motorways Police.

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Aseefa kicks off political career, vows to fulfil ZAB, BB mission

MULTAN (TLTP): Daug-hter of late prime minister Benazir Bhutto, Aseefa Bh-utto Zardari in her maiden political address on Mon-day said the people of the country have decided that the “selected government” should be sent packing.

Addressing the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) rally, Aseefa said, ““I pay tribute to all the party workers and activists who despite all hurdles created by the selected government have gathered in large numbers here.”

She said she came to Multan on behalf of his brother and party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who went into isolation after contracting coronavirus last week. “If our workers are arrested then our women leaders are ready to face all challenges.” She said that they are not afraid of arrests and vowed that she would stand alongside the party activists in testing times.

The daughter of former President Asif Zardari said even if Bilawal is arrested then women activists of the party would lead the movement from the front.

While paying a tribute to the martyrs of the PPP on the foundation day of the party, Aseefa said, “I hope that you will support Bilawal in a similar manner as you have supported Dukhtar-e-Mashriq [Benazir Bhutto].” She vowed to fulfil the mission of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and dream of Benazir Bhutto.

PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz in her address said that PDM will announce its future strategy soon.

Addressing the public gathering under the banner of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) in Multan, Maryam Nawaz thanked the people for “transforming the entire city into a rally venue.”

Greeting Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, Maryam Nawaz when the country faces a threat, then its daughters and mothers come out to save it. On the occasion, she extended her congratulations to the Pakistan Peoples Party on its foundation day.

She lashed out at the government for creating hurdles to stop the public meeting and arresting their activists across the country. The PML-N leader also criticised the government over its “failure in controlling inflation.”

Maryam said the Sharif family has been going through difficult times recently. “But Nawaz Sharif told me to leave your worries at home and only think about the issues being faced by the masses.”

Commenting on PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif’s decision of not attending her mother’s funeral in Pakistan, Maryam maintained that elected representatives of the country have always endured such difficulties. “Nawaz was not playing county cricket in London that he did not come to attend the funeral,” she remarked, implying that the “difficult decision” was taken due to some compulsions.

Maryam said the government was using Covid-19 as an excuse to muzzle the opposition parties’ movement. “If Covid-18 [Imran Khan’s government] goes home then Covid-19 will also vanish,” she said, claiming that the incumbent government is a bigger threat than coronavirus which she said has destroyed the country’s economy and people’s livelihood.

Maryam quoted several examples of “corruption scandals” against Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government including the PTI foreign funding case, Billion Tree Tsunami project and several others, saying that “despite all this they say he [Imran Khan] is honest.”

“Who is behind the recent campaign in favour of Israel in Pakistan?” Maryam questioned, adding that people of the country want to know whether PM Imran and his “selectors” are also on the same page over the issue of normalising ties with Tel Aviv.

JUI-F leader and PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman in his opening remarks lauded the workers and supporters of PDM parties for attending the rally. “He [PM Imran] is visiting cantonments and ISI headquarters to pretend that he is safe [from being ousted] but you are not safe,” he remarked.

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PM firm to recover looted money sent abroad

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said recovery of the looted money illegally transferred abroad was the top priority of the government.

Prime Minister expressed these views in a meeting with economist Dr Shahid Kardar. Federal Minister Hammad Azhar, Adviser on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh and Special Assistant Dr Waqar Masood were present.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said illegal transfer of money from developing countries was the main cause of their poverty.

The meeting focused on steps to prevent money-laundering, recover looted money and improve the overall economic situation in the country.

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Court to indict Ahsan on Dec 7

ISLAMABAD (APP): An Accountability Court (AC) on Monday fixed December 7, a date to indict former minister for inter provincial coordination Ahsan Iqbal and others in Naroval Sports City Complex reference.

The court directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to provide the copies of the reference to the accused so that indictment process could be initiated.

AC-III Judge Syed Asghar Ali conducted hearing into the graft reference filed by NAB against PML-N’s stalwart. Accused including Ahsan Iqbal, ex-director general Sports Board Akhter Nawaz Ganjera, private contract Muhammad Ahmed, official of ministry of planning and development Asif Sheikh and Sarfraz Rasool appeared before the court.

The court also directed the accused to ensure their attendances on next date of hearing for indictment and adjourned hearing into the matter.

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Court seeks report on disappearance of accused in DRAP case

ISLAMABAD (APP): An Accountability Court (AC) on Monday sought report from National Accountability Bureau (NAB) regarding continuous absence of an accused in Drug Regularity Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) reference.

AC-III Judge Syed Asghar Ali conducted hearing on NAB reference against former head of DRAP Arshad Farooq and others. The anti graft body had alleged the accused to take benefits of Rs1638.69 millions through increasing the prices of medicines illegally.

The accused including Arshad Farooq Faheem, Rashid Latif, Ishfaq Ahmed and others appeared before court and marked their attendances. The court express annoyance over continuous disappearance of an accused Sabir Ali who was staying abroad. The court sought report from the investigation officer regarding the absence of accused and adjourned the case till December 21.

Meanwhile, ATC court removed the anti terrorism act sections from the case against Haji Khairullah and other pertaining to financing the terrorists. The court ordered to shift the case to district court for further hearing. ATC Judge Shahrukh Arjamand announced the decision on a petition filed by the accused challenging the ATC’s jurisdiction.

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Shibli: Opp making fuss to protect looted money

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Bro-adcasting Shibli Faraz has urged the opposition to not play with the lives of people for its personal gains as second wave of Corona is at peak.

He was addressing a news conference on Monday, in response to PDM’s today’s public gathering in Multan.

The Minister said the opposition is unduly making furore and fuss to protect their looted money.

He said in recent past these leaders were demanding strict lockdown in the country and now they have pushed aside the threats of pandemic for the sake of their personal motives.

He said few of them didn’t participate in today’s gathering in Multan due to Corona while on the other hand they are convincing innocent people to put their lives at risk.

Shibli Faraz Nawaz Sharif remained the top character during all non-democratic actions in the history of Pakistani politics.

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ATC extends interim bail of Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, others

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LAHORE: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Monday extended interim bail of PML-N leaders, including former speaker of National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, till December 18  in a 2018 case of violent protests.

Accountability Court Judge Ejaz Ahmad Buttar conducted the case proceedings, wherein the PML-N leaders appeared.

The defence counsel Syed Farhad Ali Shah argued before the court that the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) sections were unnecessarily added in the FIR.

At this, the court questioned police about the grounds for addition of the ATA sections in the case.

However, the police told the court that the case was registered two years ago.

To which, the defence counsel submitted that besides this case, the police also registered many other identical cases against the PML-N leaders and activists, for holding the rally on July 13, 2018 to express solidarity with Nawaz Sharif, who was arriving from London after he was sentenced to imprisonment. He submitted that the police removed ATA sections from two such cases at its own, adding that the Apex court had given a detailed order about the insertion of ATA sections.

At this, the court sought a report from police authorities in the light of the Apex court verdict and adjourned further hearing.

The court also extended interim bail the PML-N leaders till December 18.

North Cantonment police had registered the case against Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and others on charges of damaging public property, pelting stones, attacking police and removing barricades from roads during the rally.

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COVID-19 claims 11 more lives infects 1,336 others

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KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said that 11 more patients died overnight lifting the death toll to 2,935 and 1,336 new cases emerged when 13,169 tests were conducted raising the tally to 174,350.

This he said in a statement issued here from CM House on Monday. He said that 11 more patients of COVID-19 lost their lives lifting the death toll to 2,935 that constituted 1.7 percent death rate.

Shah said that 13,169 samples were tested which diagnosed 1,336 cases that constituted 10.1 percent current detection rate.

He added that so far 1,984,764 tests have been conducted against which 174,350 cases have been detected, of them 88 percent or 152,559 patients have recovered, including 1070 overnight.

The CM said that currently 18,816 patients were under treatment; of them 18,022 were in home isolation, 12 at isolation centers and 782 at different hospitals. He added that the condition of 700 patients was stated to be critical, including 62 shifted to ventilators. According to the statement, out of 1,336 new cases, 1,072 have been detected from Karachi, including 397 from East, 311 South, 131 Korangi, 100 Malir, 81 Central and 52 West. Hyderabad has 55 cases, Shaheed Benazirabad 25, Dadu and Ghotki 20 each, Matiari and Sanghar 17 each, Larkana 15, Naushehroferoze 14, Jamshoro, Kambar and Umerkot 10 each, Badin seven, Tando Allahyar four, Jacobabad three, Sukkur two, Mirpurkhas, Sujawal and Tando Mohammad Khan one each.

The chief minister urged people of the province to observe SOPs to stay safe.

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IHC seeks comments from law ministry in Kachehri attack case

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday sought comments from federation on a case filed by accused in F-8 Kachehri attack matter raising objections on ATC’s judge.

Chief Justice Athar Minallah conducted hearing on the case filed by the accused in F-8 Kachehri attack case.

At the outset of hearing, the petitioner’s lawyer adopted stance that the two judges of Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) including Raja Jawad Abbas and Shahrukh Arjamand had been part of the inquiry related to the incident. He prayed the court to stop these judges from hearing this case as his clients had objections on them.

The petition prayed the court to shift this case to another court to ensure transparency in trial.

The court sought comments from ministry of Law and Justice and adjourned hearing into the case till December 7.

Meanwhile, ATC adjourned hearing till December 14, on a case against uploading of blasphemous material on social media.

The hearing was adjourned without further proceeding due to leave of Judge Raja Jawad Abbas.

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PM for taking special care of environmental protection in housing, construction projects

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday stressed for taking special care of environmental protection in the construction process of various housing, development and construction projects.

As according to the law the environmental analysis of every project was essential, the government would take all possible steps in that respect, he added.

 The prime minister was talking to Naya Pakistan Housing and Development Authority Chairman Lt Gen (retd) Anwar Ali Haider and Pakistan Islands Development Authority Chairman Imran Ameen, who called on him here, who briefed him about the measures being taken for environmental protection in the projects. Imran Khan said the construction sector, besides creating employment opportunities, would also help stabilize the country’s economy.

PM directs financial assistance for uplift of fishermen: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday directed provision of financial assistance to fishermen besides taking steps for their uplift.

The prime minister stated this in a meeting with Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi, who gave an update on the overall situation of ports in the country.

The meeting also discussed extending soft loans to fishermen under the Kamyab Jawan Programme.

The situation of Karachi metropolitan also came under discussion.