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JI district leader gun down in Bannu

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BANNU: Local leader of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) was shot dead in Ghurewala police station of Bannu on Sunday morning.

The deceased was identified as Malik Tufail and he was targeted by unknown attackers riding motorbikes, and they managed to escape from the scene after committing the crime.

Police reached the spot and started search operations in the area in order to arrest the culprits. A case has also been filed at Ghorewala police station against unknown suspects.

 

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Multiple suspects arrest in Karachi raids

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KARACHI: Police arrested several suspected persons including a female drug dealer in raids conducted in various parts of the city on Saturday night.

Police told private news channel that an alleged female drug-seller was arrested in a police raid in the Docks area, near the Karachi Port.

Police also recovered dozens of heroin single packets from the possession of the arrested drug dealer.

Similarly, dozens suspects were arrested in a search operation conducted in Orangi Town area of Karachi while police didn’t provide the number of those arrested.

Police arrested that the detained suspects were involved in street crime and drug-selling and adding that weapons and contraband were recovered from the arrestees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Qandeel Baloch case: Police fails to submit complete chalan

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MULTAN: The police were failed to present complete chalan in the court against three accused in the murder of social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch’s case.

During the hearing, the main accused, Waseem and Haq Nawaz, and Mufti Abdul Qavi. The family of murdered social media star was also in attendance.

District & Sessions Judge Chaudhry Abdul Rasheed ordered the three fugitives, including Qandeel’s brother, to be presented in court.

The hearing was adjourned till February 17.

Mufti Qavi, who is suspected of inciting Qandeel’s brother to murder her, while speaking to the media outside the court said he appeared before the court because he respects the judiciary.

Qandeel Baloch, shot to fame for her provocative selfies and videos that polarized Pakistan. She was allegedly strangled on July 16, 2016, by her brother Waseem.

Prior to her death, Baloch, 26, spoke of worries about her safety and had appealed to the Interior Ministry to provide her with security.

 

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ATC summons  Qureshi

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ISLAMABAD: An anti-terrorism court on Saturday summoned the petitioner, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf’s Shah Mehmood Qureshi, in the murder case lodged against Nawaz Sharif and others on Saturday.

The case was lodged after protesters were killed during the opposition’s 2014 Islamabad sit-in.  Qureshi was sent the summons for February 26.

The police have submitted a report to the court pleading for the dismissal of the case due to lack of evidence.

Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz Sharif, Chaudhry Nisar, Saad Rafique and IG Islamabad are nominated in the case. The charges include murder, attempted murder and terrorism.

The First Information Report for the case, lodged by the opposition, stated that during the 2014 sit-in, four people were killed and hundreds injured due to the orders given by the accused.

 

 

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SC summons audit report in substandard stents case

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court Saturday ordered the Attorney General for Pakistan to submit the audit report of Rs 35 million fund handed over to renowned scientist Dr Samar Mubarakmand by the government for the production of coronary stents in the country, within a week.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar resumed the hearing of a suo motu case pertaining to sale of unregistered stents in the country.

The apex court also ordered Mubarakmand to submit a written reply regarding the release of fund to him within a week.

Dr Mubarakmand appeared before the bench and informed that a project worth Rs 37 million was started while he was the chairman of National Engineering and Scientific Commission (NESC). Under the project, 10,000 stents were to be manufactured locally, out of which 400 were manufactured and sent to Germany for testing.

On being asked by the court where the stents were now, Mubarakmand said the machine used for manufacturing stents alone cost Rs 30 million, while the rest was spent on the salaries of experts and other expenses.

“After that I retired and handed over the project to NUST [National University of Sciences and Technology],” he added.

Meanwhile, the NUST authorities informed the court that 450 stents manufactured by them had been sent to Germany for testing.

The chief justice observed that the court would summon all the manufacturers from whom the stents were imported.

Moreover, the court would fix the price of locally-made stents, he added.

 

 

 

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NAB to probe corruption in awarding contract of Karachi to Lahore motorway

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ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (Retd) Javed Iqbal Saturday directed probe against NHA officials for their alleged corruption in awarding the contract of constructing Karachi to Lahore Motorway.

Taking notice of the abuse of authority, non transparency and awarding the contract of constructing Karachi-Lahore Motorway on higher rates, he directed NAB Director General Rawalpindi to thoroughly probe the allegations, a press release said.

NAB director general Rawalpindi has also been reminded bureau’s responsibility of protecting the squandering of public money and ensuring its use as prescribed in law.

NAB chairman directed to ensure that the public money should not be wasted or misused and people responsible for awarding the contract of Karachi-Lahore Motorway in violation of procedure and rules that too on higher rates should be pinpointed and punished.

The people involved in awarding Karachi-Lahore Motorway contract should be dragged in the dock. However, NAB chairman observed that the project must not be delayed due to investigation.

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JI to support PML-Q candidate Senator Kamil Ali Agha

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LAHORE: Jamaat-i-Islami Secretary General Liaquat Baloch and Ameer Punjab Mian Maqsood Ahmad called on Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) President and former Prime Minister Ch Shujat Hussain and senior central leader and former Deputy Prime Minister Ch Parvez Elahi at their residence and assured support of candidate of Senate from Punjab Assembly Senator Kamil Ali Agha at the request of PML-Q leaders.

During the meeting views were exchanged in detail regarding prevailing political situation in the country and future political strategy.

Leaders of both the political parties expressing complete solidarity with the Kashmiris, extending full support for them and condemning in the strongest possible words brutalities and atrocities of occupying Indian force said that international community should uphold promises made with the oppressed Kashmiris on the floor of the United Nations and practical steps should be taken for for implementation of the Security Council.

Ch Shujat Hussain and Ch Parvez Elahi on assuring support for Senator Ali Agha expressed heartfelt thanks to Ameer-e-Jamaat Sirajul Haq and Jamaat-i-Islami leaders.

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Senate elections on time a victory of democracy: Baligh

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training, Baligh Ur Rehman has said the elements trying to derail the democratic system in the country will now be hopeless as Senate elections are going to be held within time which is the victory of democracy.

Talking to Radio Pakistan, he expressed confidence that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz  (PML-N) government would accomplish all its development projects.

“We will complete our developmental schemes and set a sound future course and direction for the next government,” he said, adding the PML-N government would leave a better, prosperous and secure Pakistan in 2018 when it completes its term.

The government was successfully foiling all local and international conspiracies against the country, adding that the political elements rejected by masses were now playing in the wrong hands for their vested interests and weakening Pakistan politically and economically.

With the help of Allah Almighty the democratic system in the country is strengthening day by day, he added.

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NHA to fully cooperate in NAB inquiry

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ISLAMABAD: National Highway Authority (NHA), in response to media reports regarding inquiry by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) about alleged irregularities in award of contracts for Peshawar- Karachi Motorway project has maintained that complete cooperation will be extended to facilitate the subject inquiry.

The allegations of ‘irregularities’ are based on misunderstanding and disinformation. The NHA has clarified them before and is ready to address the same again on any forum, a press release Saturday said.

Being the custodian of over 12,000 km network of highways and motorways, the NHA has always taken this responsibility as a trust reposed by the nation and endeavored to maintain highest standards of  fairness and accountability in the discharge of its work.

Projects worth over Rs1,400 billion are currently under execution in all parts of the country whereby adherence to rules and transparency remain the very foundation of this unprecedented road development activity.

As a matter of fact, reforms introduced in the procurement process during the last few years have led to savings of over Rs300 billion to the national exchequer, a fact also acknowledged by the Auditor General of Pakistan in its audit report for year 2016-17.

All contracts were processed and awarded as per relevant rules and regulations with total transparency. The NAB was also requested in writing to supervise the tendering and procurement procedure for the award of works for CPEC and other highway projects including Lahore-Abdulhakim, Multan-Sukkur and Thakot-Havelian Motorway, to ensure the desired standards of transparency.

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‘I am very dangerous’: Imran Khan reacts to NAB notice

LAHORE (NNI): While responding to a question whether he would appear before anti-graft body, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insad chief Imran Khan has on Saturday ironically responded that he [read Imran Khan] is very dangerous and wicked.

On 2nd of February, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal directed Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Director General (DG) of the bureau to lodge an inquiry into use of KP government’s helicopter by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan in personal capacity.

NAB spokesperson reported that NAB chief has instructed KP province DG to file a report after probing alleged use of two helicopters by PTI chief. Khan is alleged of graft for using government’s resources for personal visits.

NAB quoted a report today stating that Khan used MI-17 helicopter for around 22 hours and Ecureuil copter for some 52 hours.