Apr 172017

ISLAMABAD: The Office of the Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) has opposed the plea of a superior court judge seeking an open trial by the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) instead of in-camera proceedings. Sources told The Express Tribune that the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar has summoned an SJC meeting today (Tuesday) to consider the case of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) judge accused of misconduct. The AGP office has framed nine charges against him. The Express Tribune has learnt that the IHC judge has engaged senior lawyer Hamid Khan as his counsel to plead his case before the council today. Earlier, Makhdoom Ali Khan had represented him. The SJC on April 3 sought a reply from the AGP office on his plea for open trial. The AGP office on Monday submitted a two-page reply opposing the judge’s plea, the source said. Self-accountability: Five superior court judges appear before SJC The reply has been drafted by Maulvi Anwar ul Haq Advocate, who has been hired by the AGP office as a special prosecutor for the cases of alleged misconduct by two IHC judges. “The conduct of a judge cannot be discussed in open proceedings as it is also better for the accused judges that proceedings be conducted in-camera,” it said, adding, “Likewise, the proceedings of the Judicial Commission of Pakistan [JCP] on the appointment of superior courts’ judges are also held in camera.” The AGP has already proposed summary inquiry of the accused judges. Presently, the SJC is considering [Read More…]

Apr 122017
IHC directs agencies? officials, SSP to appear on May 8

Missing person case ISLAMABAD: Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) here on Wednesday directed officials of intelligence agencies and SSP operation Islamabad to appear… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Mar 142017
IHC asked to remove terrorism charges, nullify arrest warrants for Musharraf

ISLAMABAD: Two petitions have been filed with the Islamabad High Court (IHC), one for removing terrorism charges against former president and military dictator General (R) Pervez Musharraf in… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Dec 302016

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court Friday issued notices to the attorney general for Pakistan and other respondents over the government’s decision to place five key public-oriented regulatory authorities under ministries. The notice was issued after a petition in the IHC had challenged the federal government’s decision. Justice Athar Minallah issued notices while hearing the petition filed by a worker of the Pakistan Justice and Democratic Party (PJDP), Muhammad Nawaz. The petitioner, through his counsel Sheikh Ahsanuddin – who is also a focal person for the PJDP, had approached the IHC against the government’s decision requesting the court to declare it “unlawful”. He made the principal secretary to the Prime Minister, federal government through secretary Cabinet Division, secretaries ministry of petroleum and natural resources, ministry of water and power division, ministry of information technology, finance division, oil & gas regulatory authority (OGRA), national electric power regulatory authority (NEPRA) through its chairman, Pakistan telecommunication authority (PTA) through its chairman, Chairman frequency allocation board, public procurement regulatory authority (PPRA) and all Pakistan CNG association respondents. The PJDP officials had assailed the Cabinet Division’s December 19 notification which placed the administrative control of the five regulatory bodies under the ministries whose activities and functions they were supposed to watch, monitor and regulate. The regulatory bodies include NEPRA, OGRA, PTA, Frequency Allocation Board and PPRA. In the petition, Ahsanuddin argued that the federal government’s action violates articles 153 and 154 of the Constitution under which council of common interests (CCI) supervise the matters related to gas, [Read More…]

Dec 212016
Kazmi moves SC against punishment awarded by IHC

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Adilala Jail authorities to produce record pertaining to the sentence of former Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi who is… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Nov 142016

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Monday issued a stay order against the relocation of the district revenue department from F-8 Markaz to the I-10/3 Industrial Sector. IHC’s Justice Aamer Farooq ordered Islamabad’s deputy commissioner to appear before the court today (Tuesday) to explain the decision as he directed a status quo on the status of the department’s location. The orders came in response to a petition filed by the Islamabad Bar Association through its president Syed Mohammad Tayyab. The petitioner listed the ICT chief commissioner, deputy commissioner, tehsildar and additional district commissioner revenue as respondents. The petition stated that the district courts and tehsil offices of Islamabad have been operating in F-8 Markaz for over three decades. However, on June 11, the petitioners learnt that the offices of the tehsildar, naib tehsildar, joint secretary and registrar of the local administration were being shifted to the Industrial Area. The petitioner, Tayyab said, immediately filed a plea before the chief commissioner, deputy commissioner, additional deputy commissioner (revenue) and tehsildar, but to no avail. He added that sudden shifting of the offices would create an inconvenience for litigants, lawyers and other stakeholders. He added that stamp vendors, petition writers, clerks and typists were directly or indirectly dependent on the tehsil office.  He added that litigants would get help when appearing before revenue officials for property-related or other matters. The petition pointed out that the offices of the Armed Services Board, district food controller, local government and district health officer were also are also [Read More…]

Nov 142016

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court Monday took stern notice of ‘misappropriations’ in the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) in Larkana which had deprived actual beneficiaries of benefiting from the scheme. Justice Noorul Haq N Qureshi ordered Deputy Attorney General Raja Khalid Mehmood to ensure that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officials in Sukkur – Deputy Director Imtiaz Ali Channa and Inquiry Officer Liaquat Ali Mughal – appear before the court on November 16. “In case of non-appearance their non-bailable warrants will be issued,” Justice Qureshi stated in the order. The court also directed BISP Director Dr Shujaat Farooq and Case Management Specialist Ahmed Athar, to appear in person before the court on November 16. According to the FIA, an enquiry against former Divisional Director at BISP Larkana Abida Pathan, and the ex-Assistant Director BISP Larkana Suresh Kumar, following written complaints by the BISP Director General (Cash Transfer) in Islamabad Muhammad Nadeem, regarding misappropriation in CNICs had revealed that 944 fake Computerised National Identity Cards (CNIC) had been entered into the system. As a result, these people were paid the money while deserving people were ignored, causing the exchequer a loss of over Rs21.38 million. Moreover, the case has also revealed that the agency found 580,000 cases where data was entered incorrectly due to software problems across the country. The court will take up the case on November 16. Published in The Express Tribune, November 15th, 2016. The post BISP scam: ‘Fake’ CNICs deprived actual beneficiaries appeared first on The Express Tribune. [Read More…]

Nov 032016

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court has granted time to the capital’s administration to explain under what legal authority Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code was imposed and used to detain citizens. IHC Justice Athar Minallah accepted an assistant commissioner’s request seeking time to submit a reply. On November 2, the court issued notices to the inspector general of police and the chief commissioner, directing them to nominate an authorised officer to appear before the court on November 3 to explain the situation. PTI MNA from Islamabad Asad Umar had petitioned the court to challenge the imposition of Section 144 and the ban on using loudspeakers in the federal capital, while simultaneously requesting the court to remove police officials stationed outside the residence of PTI Chairman Imran Khan. He also sought court’s intervention in connection with the detention and arrest of PTI activists ahead of the party’s planned protest on November 2. Published in The Express Tribune, November 4th, 2016. The post challenging Sec-144 Court grants govt time to respond appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

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