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Mother cries for help, seeks justice from COAS, CJP

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KARACHI: Funeral prayer of Intezar Ahmed, who was allegedly shot dead by Personnel of Anti-Car Lifting Cell of the Sindh Police, offered in Sultan Mosque in Defence on Sunday.

The deceased’s father, Ishtiaq Ahmed said that Intezar, who recently come back from Malaysia, had a fight with two men two days back — Fahad and Haider, sons of a lawyer and policeman, respectively.

SSP South Javed Akbar said that 15 bullet cases of 9mm were recovered from the crime scene, adding that a girl was also with the deceased, who fled after the incident.

Speaking to the media at a press conference, the victim’s family’s counsel Mohammad Asif said the boy was in a conscious state until a few hours before the incident and was at a friend’s house.

“There was a clear intention to kill,” said the lawyer, explaining that bullet holes in the car show the police aimed to kill and not stop him.

He also complained that 3-4 hours after the incident, no police officer recorded the parents’ statements.  Speaking to the media, Intezar’s father said: “I want justice, I want the killers of my son”.

Expressing zero faith in the police, he said he only trusts the chief justice of Pakistan and army chief to deliver justice.

The victim’s parents informed the media that their son, an only child, was 19 years old and studying at a university in Malaysia after completing his O and A levels from City School, Darakshan.  Intezar had come to Pakistan for his winter break on November 29, they informed further.

The victim’s father, Ishtiaq, said the car was registered in his son’s name. An FIR has been registered aga-inst unidentified individuals.

Chief Minister Murad took notice and summoned the additional inspector general, deputy inspector general South and others to CM House, said a statement issued by CM House.

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JIT releases criminal’s sketch in Zainab murder case

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KASUR: Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in Zainab murder case has issued a fresh sketch of the wanted perpetrator on Sunday while more pictures of the criminal have been attained using CCTV footages.

Grieving parents of seven-year-old Zainab are unable to identify the man through the pictures while teams have begun to collect DNA samples of men residing in two kilometres of the area.

Punjab Inspector General (IG) presided over a meeting in Kasur Police Lines and reviewed progress in the case.

On the other hand, members of the JIT concerned convened meetings in Kasur DPO House with multiple families dealing with similar cases and it was revealed that the culprit was wanted in at least eight such cases.

 

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Body of MQM-L’s Dr Hassan recovered from car in Karachi

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KARACHI: Body of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-London (MQM-L) leader Professor Dr Hasan Zafar Arif was recovered from a car’s back seat in Karachi’s Ibrahim Hyderi area Sunday.

He was a resident of DHA Phase VI. The elderly retired professor’s identity card was found with the body, which was shifted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center.

Executive Director Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) Seemi Jamali informed media that the professor’s body was brought to the hospital’s emergency department where doctors pronounced him dead already. However, she said it would be too early to state the cause of death.

“The ultimate cause of death will be examined in light of post-mortem report. The body does not bear any marks of torture or bullet wounds,” she informed our reporter.

Dr Arif was a former professor at Philosophy Department in University of Karachi (UoK).

Police have confirmed the identity of body as 70-year-old Muttahida Qaumi Movement-London (MQM-L) leader Dr Hasan Zafar Arif. No marks of torture are present on the body which means that the death could be natural.

According to ASI Amir Husain, police found the body on the back seat of the car. They had acted upon information about the body. They said that investigation from Hassan’s relatives has also been launched.

Meanwhile, Dr Farooq Sattar of MQM-Pakistan has also confirmed that the body was of Prof Zafar Arif. “He has been murdered and we stand with the family of the deceased professor,” said Dr Sattar while speaking to the media. He said that his murder is a conspiracy to upset the law and order of Karachi.

The officers have also started monitoring from CCTV footage to unearth the reality while they said that MQM leader went missing last day.

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Army warns against fake calls from ‘army officials’

RAWALPINDI (APP): The media wing of the armed forces, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), warned on Sunday against telephone calls to the public from impersonators pretending to be armed forces’ officials.

The statement said: “There are reports of fake telephone calls being made to the general public by individuals impersonating as Pakistan Armed Forces officials. The impersonators try to seek personal details like CNIC, bank accounts etc on the pretext of CENSUS verification etc.”

The ISPR clarified that “no such calls are being made from Pakistan Armed Forces.”

People are requested not to respond to such calls, and immediately report the same on Pakistan Army emergency helpline UAN 1135 and 1125 (Peshawar), the statement added.

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CJP summons Karachi mayor over water, milk issues

–Orders Sindh govt to check sale of hormone injections used to enhance milk production

–Bench ire for water shortage, failure to control tanker mafia

 

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KARACHI: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Saqib Nisar on Sunday summoned Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar over issues regarding water and substandard milk in the city.

The Chief Justice conducted the hearing at Supreme Court’s Karachi Registry, and reprimanded Managing Director (MD) Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB).

Justice Saqib Nisar remarked that reports are not enough, the court needs their implementations. Former Justice Amir Hani Muslim has been appointed the head of water commission.

While hearing the issues of subnormal milk, the CJP directed that companies should differentiate between milk and tea-whiteners by mentioning them clearly on the packing.

A deadline of four weeks has been given to the milk manufacturing companies.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Sunday ordered the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and drug inspectors to check the sale of hormonal injections used to induce dairy cows and buffaloes to produce more milk. Headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, a three-judge bench of the apex court gave this order while hearing a case pertaining to sale of substandard milk in the city.

At the outset of the hearing, Nazir, an official of the court, informed that a number of raids were carried out in the city to confiscate hormone injections used to enhance milk production in buffaloes and cows. He said 39 packets of hormonal injections were seized from medical stores in different parts of city.

The chief justice directed the provincial health secretary to assign drug inspectors to carry out raids in the metropolis to seize such hormonal injections used by dairy farmers to spur milk in cow and buffaloes.

On Saturday, the CJP ordered laboratory test of all brands of packaged milk for detection of adulteration. He expressed extreme displeasure over Sindh government’s inaction in making certain policies to prevent supply of substandard packaged milk. “The province has no food authority to check quality of milk and eatables,” CJP Nisar noted while pointing out Sindh government’s apathy to address health-related issues.

On which, Advocate General Sindh responded that legislation to establish a body to check food quality is in the pipeline. “So the supply of substandard milk to residents will continue until legislation is carried out,” the chief justice quipped. He also expressed annoyance over the authorities concerned for failing to submit a detailed report on the use of hormone injections to increase milk production. “The injections administered to cows are resulting in breast cancer and other hormonal problems in women,” he remarked.

MD Karachi Water & Sewerage Board Hashim Raza Zaidi faced the bench’s ire for the water shortage and its failure to control tanker mafia. Why the city is facing shortage and what are the plans to overcome this, asked CJ Saqib Nisar.

The official informed the court that tankers provide water to slum areas as the KW&SB has no supply lines there.

The CJP observed that water tankers have become a mafia and billions of rupees are minted through this but the court will not let this go on unhindered.

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Zainab’s murderer will soon be caught, assures Ahsan Iqbal

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LAHORE: Interior minister Ahsan Iqbal has claimed on Sunday that the law enforcers would soon catch culprit in Kasur rape case and that lawmakers should not misuse the incident for political gains.

While addressing the media in Lahore, Iqbal said that the government is utilizing all resources required to catch the culprit who raped and murdered seven-year-old minor girl in Kasur last week.

Reacting to Indian army chief’s statement, the interior minister said that the statement is irresponsible which raises questions about nuclear capabilities of India and makes inclusion of India in Nuclear Supplies Group dubious.

The federal minister criticised political opponents of ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) duirng the media interaction today.

Referring to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, Iqbal said that ‘an inexperienced driver cannot drive a car to its destination’ which is why he should no longer be discussed.

The federal minister said that Imran Khan has become a part of the history.

He said that during the tenure of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), corruption cases worth billions used to surface whereas in PML-N’s current tenure, development projects worth billions are being completed.

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Asif terms General Rawat’s statement irresponsible, unnecessary

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has said that the recent statement of Indian Army chief was irresponsible and unnecessary.

Foreign minister was responding to a statement of Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat in which he said that Indian forces are ready to call Pakistan’s nuclear bluff and carrying out the cross border operation if government asked from the forces.

Khawaja Asif said that India may test Pakistan’s resolve if that is what it wishes to do. He added that the recent statement of Indian Army chief is the invitation to amount for nuclear encounter and adding that If that is what they (India) desire, they are welcome to test our resolve. The general’s doubt would swiftly be removed.

 

 

 

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Nawaz’s disqualification didn’t affect CPEC: Chinese ambassador

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LAHORE: Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing has said that the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif has not affected the mega project China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

This he said in Lahore after meeting with former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday. He added that CPEC has laid a strong foundation in carrying out their decades’ old socio-economic partnership that meant to improve living conditions of the people.

All the projects relating to China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will be executed smoothly and it pick up pace, he added.

He praised Nawaz Sharif’s support and commitment for and strengthening the China-Pak friendship and adding that both the countries are on the same page regarding the regional and international issues.

On Pakistan-Afghanistan relations, the ambassador urged both the countries to resolve their disputes amicably. He also urged Afghanistan to take advantage from CPEC and make itself stronger through trade.

 

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CJP stresses on to work together to resolve public interest issues

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KARACHI: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice, Mian Saqib Nisar has said that joint effort is must for the healthy society and resolving the issues affecting the public.

CJP said this while heading a three-member bench. Justice Faisal Arab and Sajjad Ali Shah are also member of the bench and the bench hearing cases of substandard packaged milk, environmental pollution, and contaminated water.

During the hearing, CJ Saqib Nisar said that we need to stop the people who are playing with the health of the masses. He added that this is a matter of public interest issue and we need to sideline differences and will have to work together for it.

CJP thanked all government officials who are attending the hearing for coming in on a holiday.

Sindh Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon, Karachi Water and Sewerage Board Managing Director Hashim Raza Zaidi, and Sindh Health Secretary Fazlullah Pechuho, among other officials, are attending the hearing.

 

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Time for negotiations is over now we want only justice: Qadri

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LAHORE: Chairman, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), Tahir-ul-Qadri has rejected negotiations regarding Model Town incident now with anyone and adding that we want justice.

This he said while talking to private news channel. He said that if the victims of model town incident get justice then no one will stage protest in future.

He further assured to only fight legal war against Punjab government and time for negotiations is over.

Earlier, Tahirul Qadri had announced that his party will hold protests from January 17 till the demolishing of incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government.

PAT chief briefed the media saying they will stage sit-in on the Mall Road in Lahore. He told that the opposition parties have decided to protest against the Model Town incident and Kasur tragedy – where innocent 7-year-old was raped and murdered.