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Annual credentials distribution ceremony of Pak Navy’s Logistics Command held

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KARACHI: Annual credentials distribution ceremony of Pakistan Navy’s Logistics Command was held in Karachi on Tuesday.

Vice Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Kaleem Shaukat was chief guest on the occasion.

Addressing the ceremony, the vice admiral Pakistan Navy said that the Logistics Command was very important in Pakistan Navy and it was performing its responsibilities in a befitting manner.

He said that with the induction of new vessels in the fleet of Pakistan Navy, the responsibilities of Logistics Command had enhanced.

Earlier, Commander Logistics Rear Admiral Adnan Khaliq presented the annual performance of the Logistics Command in the ceremony.

Meanwhile, the chief guest awarded the credentials and shields to the best performers of various fields.

On January 10, Japanese Navy ships arrived at Karachi port to take part in bilateral maritime self defence exercise with Pakistan Navy.

A special reception was arranged by Pakistan Navy to welcome Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) ships at Karachi Port, wherein senior officials of Pakistan Navy along with Japanese diplomats received the ship.

The Pakistan Navy and JMSDF share a history of cordial relations, “in this backdrop, JMSDF ship IKAZUCHI reached Karachi for two days port visit to take part Pre-AMAN activities,” the press release read.

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Respect for Pakistani passport being restored in PTI’s tenure: FM Qureshi

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DOHA: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday said that the respect of Pakistani passport was being restored across the globe due to the positive policies adopted by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) government under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Addressing the Pakistani community in Doha, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that PM Imran Khan had assumed the office when the country was in crises. He claimed that the PTI’s government would steer the country out of crises.

The foreign minister said that overseas Pakistanis always showed trust in the leadership of PM Imran Imran Khan.He said that together they would make Naya Pakistan.

Earlier int he day, Prime Minister Imran Khan had held an important meeting with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani wherein two dignitaries discussed LNG deal and review the future price of fuel.

The high profile meeting took place at Diwan-e-Amiri Doha Qatar. Sources said, the two sides agreed over compliance of the LNG agreement. The two countries would also discuss the issue of supply of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from Qatar on upto US$ four billion delayed payment, and increase in trade volume, sources further said.

Pakistan would put up a suggestion for a quota of 100,000 jobs for Pakistani nationals in upcoming FIFA World Cup, scheduled in Qatar in 2022.

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BNP leader holds NHA responsible for Lasbela accident

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QUETTA: Balochistan National Party (BNP) lawmaker Abdul Rauf Mengal on Tuesday held the National Highway Authority (NHA) responsible for a horrific collision between a bus and truck near Lasbela that left at least 27 people dead.

Speaking to the media, he said the rulers didn’t value the precious human lives, adding that the Karachi-Quetta road was an important thoroughfare through which one can travel to Iran, Turkey, Russia, Afghanistan, and other central Asian regions but traffic mishaps had been taking place on it.

He said the NHA was responsible for these traffic accidents.

On Jan 21, the deadly mishap occurred near Bella cross where the bus caught fire soon after smashing into the truck, killing 25 persons including women and children on the spot. The bus was on its way to Panjgur from Karachi.

Prime Minister Imran Khan in a statement on Tuesday expressed deep grief and sorrow over loss of precious lives in the tragic road accident in Lasbela district. He offered condolence to the bereaved families and prayed for grant of courage to bear the loss.

The prime minister directed to ensure provision of best medical care to the injured. He said such tragic incidents remind us of our responsibility to strictly adhere to traffic rules and regulations for our own safety as well as of others.

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IHC rejects petition against Shehbaz’s election as PAC chairman

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ISLAMABAD: A two-judge bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday dismissed a petition challenging election of Shehbaz Sharif as chairman Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

The bench headed by IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah and comprising Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani dismissed the petition as non-maintainable. The court had earlier reserved the verdict after hearing arguments from the petitioner’s lawyer.

The petitioner, Advocate Riaz Hanif Rahi, had contended before the court that Sharif, who is also opposition leader in the National Assembly, was not eligible to serve as PAC chairman. He said issuance of his production orders [by NA speaker] was against the rules of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The lawyer of the petitioner argued that appointing Shehbaz as chairman of PAC was like “ridiculing the constitution”, thus IHC should dismiss the Opposition Leader of the National Assembly from the top post of PAC.

“Appointing corruption suspect Shehbaz as PAC chairman would influence the inquiry,” he asserted, while mentioning that issuing production order for the president of Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz to attend the National Assembly session, was also against the law of NAB.

The PML-N leader is currently under the custody of NAB in connection to corruption cases.

Shehbaz Sharif was elected chairman of the PAC in a meeting of the committee at Parliament House in Islamabad on December 21. The PAC in a move had unanimously elected Shehbaz as its chairman.

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Pakistan wants enhanced ties with Iran for regional prosperity: NA speaker

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ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser on Tuesday said Pakistan wanted to enhance relations with Iran for economic and regional prosperity.

He said this while talking to Ambassador of Iran in Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost, who called on him in Islamabad.

Besides bilateral relations, regional peace and international issues were also discussed during the meeting.

Asad Qaiser stressed the need for cooperative measures on emergency basis by all South Asian countries to strengthen economy and alleviate unemployment.

The NA speaker said Pakistan shared a bond of friendship with Iran rooted in religion and culture.

He said experiences of parliamentarians could be enriched by parliamentary diplomacy and promotion of mutual ties.

On the occasion, the Iranian ambassador said Iran highly valued its close relations with Pakistan. He said Iran desired to enhance cooperation with Pakistan in different sectors.

Last month, Minister for Power Omar Ayub Khan said Pakistan was looking forward to boost its existing cooperation in the field of power with Iran.

Talking to Iranian ambassador, he assured that the Power Division will soon hold comprehensive discussion with Iranian side on renewal of agreement for 100 MW electricity import to Pakistan from Iran.

Both the sides reiterated to continue jointly exploring further avenues in the field of power generation and transmission.

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Policemen found guilty for injuring a couple in Korangi shootout

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KARACHI: The two policemen have been suspended after being found guilty in an inquiry into Korangi shootout that injured a couple few days back in Karachi.

The inquiry report was ordered by Sindh IGP, Kaleem Imam after taking notice of the matter.

“The couple got injured in firing of a policeman over the accused, who snatched a SMG of his fellow cop,” the inquiry report read.

The inquiry committee has also recommended the authorities concerned to lodge case against the guilty cops.

An eyewitness, Shafqat Zareen, on Sunday, had claimed that the couple was shot and injured by the police personnel.

Shafqat Zareen told the journalists that his sister and brother-in-law were injured by the bullets of police officials. Zareen said that as the couple went outside their house, they listen the sounds of gun shots and rushed to the gate, where he saw police personnel running towards them.

Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Malir Ali Raza said that they were probing into the incident and added that the police officials were chasing the suspects who had snatched their government’s weapon.

He said that they had recovered a government weapon and a spent bullet shell from the scene.

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Centre submits reply over Uzair Baloch in SHC

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KARACHI: Federal government on Tuesday submitted response in the Sindh High Court (SHC) over production of the Lyari gangwar and outlawed People’s Aman Committee Uzair Baloch.

Justice Aftab Ahmed Gorar heard the plea regarding production of Uzair Baloch.

The federal government in its response stated that Uzair Baloch was facing case in military court and high court did not has jurisdiction to issue order.

Baloch’s counsel Advocate Shaukat Hayat asked the court to provide information pertaining his client whether he was alive or not. Justice Gorar remarked that Baloch was alive.

The counsel pleaded the court to allow Uzair Baloch to meet his mother and family members on humanitarian basis.

Following the plea, the SHC summoned response from the federal government and adjourned the hearing till February 11.

Earlier in April 2017, Pakistan military spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted that Uzair Baloch was arrested under Pakistan Army Act as he was facing allegations of national secrets to foreign intelligence agencies.

It is noteworthy to mention here that mother of the Lyari gangwar chief, Razia Begum, filed a petition in the Sindh High Court (SHC) seeking his production orders.

Razia Begum stated in her petition that Baloch’s arrest was reported in January 2016 while challan was also present for his alleged involvement in more than 40 cases but Baloch was not produced before the court since 12 April 2017. She expressed fears that Baloch was sent missing.

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IHC allows FIA to continue probe against BISP official

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to continue with its probe against Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) official Abida Pathan over her alleged involvement in financial wrongdoings.

A bench comprising Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb withdrew a stay order that had restrained FIA from carrying out an investigation into the allegations of embezzlement against the official.

Ms Pathan, who remained BISP’s district general manager from 2007 to 2013, has been accused of misappropriating Rs22 million of BISP fund.

Advocate Raja Saimul Haq contended before the court that a complaint was received against the accused for allegedly getting Rs22 million meant for distribution among the deserved people deposited into her own account.

He pleaded with the high court to direct her to reimburse the embezzled amount which then be distributed among the affected people.

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SC to hear Khadija Siddiqui case on January 23

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ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan has set the January 23 for the hearing of Khadija Siddiqui, a student of law and stabbing survivor on January 23 case.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Asif Saeed Khosa will head a three-member bench of the Supreme Court and it will hear the case on Wednesday.

Khadija, who is currently studying in the United Kingdom, departed for Islamabad from Heathrow airport on Monday evening to attend the hearing.

She told media that she is hopeful as this case serves as a beacon of hope for women across Pakistan. I am glad that the newly sworn-in chief justice fixed my case for hearing. My morale was a bit down since my case had not been heard since the last suo moto hearing in June 2018.

It is pertinent to mention that Khadija who was stabbed 23 times by her classmate urged that “justice ought to be done not because she suffered but because if such a crime goes unpunished then the “hopes of all those looking up to this case will shatter.

“Thousands of cases like these go down the drain because the majority do not have resources to seek justice or are silenced before they even try. It’s not only my struggle, it’s the struggle of the whole society. I decided to take a stand for myself and for everyone else who believes in law and justice,” the law student maintained.

Khadija came to the UK in September last year to study bar-at-law and plans to return to Pakistan after finishing her studies to help victims of injustice.

“I spent a lot of time struggling to get justice in Pakistan and realized through my own experience that there is a mafia culture in Pakistan. I plan to return to Pakistan and help others gain a voice through legal assistance. We cannot allow injustice to continue permeating in the society as it is, something has to be done about it,” she stressed.

On May 3, 2016, Khadija was stabbed 23 times by Shah Hussain, her classmate on Lahore’s Davis Road. He managed to flee from the scene of the crime but was captured on a mobile camera by an eyewitness.

After the registration of a case, the accused requested a sessions court for bail before arrest, which was turned down. Hussain, whose father happens to be a renowned lawyer, was aided by a number of other lawyers to flee from court premises after his request was turned down.

In September 2016, Hussain’s lawyer once again challenged the sessions court verdict in the Lahore High Court, but the court maintained the earlier verdict.

Three days later the accused surrendered himself to police and was sent to prison. He remained behind bars for nearly two months and was subsequently released on December 1, 2016, after the sessions court granted him bail.

Khadija filed an appeal against the court’s decision, but it was dismissed.

On July 29, Lahore judicial magistrate sentenced Hussain to seven years in prison, however, on June 4, the Lahore High Court acquitted Hussain. Former chief justice Saqib Nisar took suo motu notice of the acquittal in June 2018.

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Top court releases three life-sentenced prisoners after eight years

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) has released three life-sentenced prisoners after eight years, on Tuesday.

According to reports, Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa headed a three-member bench of the apex court and heard the case pertaining to a murder in Dera Ghazi Khan.

During the hearing, CJP Khosa remarked that if eyewitnesses were scared of threats being given to them, then they should not have sought justice.

He added that it is Allah’s command; witnesses should present their testimony with truth in the court.

Regarding findings of the investigation into the case, he said that abductee was not recovered by police officers as they had been threatening.

Furthermore, he remarked that the abductee had not coordinated with investigations for six months and even did not provide any reasons for that.