Sep 052017
PHC dismisses judge?s petition against non-confirmation

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Tuesday dismissed a writ petition of former Islamabad High Court additional judge Azim Afridi against his non-confirmation as the IHC judge by the Judicial… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Jul 032017

ISLAMABAD: An MPA, whose slain father headed the sectarian outfit Sipah-e-Sahaba, approached a court on Monday for the removal of his name from the government’s list of terror suspects. Masroor Nawaz Jhangvi, son of Maulana Haq Nawaz Jhangvi, through his counsel Tariq Asad filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court challenging the order through which his name was placed in the Fourth Schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), 1997 on May 9, 2014. Masroor, after his victory in the PP-78 Jhang-II by-poll in 2016, joined the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) after objections were raised over his affiliation with the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba (renamed Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat). Masroor Nawaz Jhangvi confesses sectarianism in his past His counsel, Tariq Asad, who also represents Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz and is the president of the mosque’s Shuhada Foundation, said his client had been deprived of his identity. “The interior ministry has sealed his [Masroor’s] identity card and he can’t open or operate a bank account and draw his salary,” he added. “Even though he is an elected representative and a legislator of the provincial assembly, my client can’t even sign an agreement or make a transaction of any kind.” The petitioner named the Ministry of Interior secretary, the Punjab Home Department secretary, the National Database and Registration Authority chairman and the State Bank of Pakistan governor as respondents. In his petition, Masroor submitted that his affiliation with a reputed party such as the JUI-F proved that that was not involved in any terrorist activity and should not be listed in the Fourth [Read More…]

Jun 192017
Housing schemes

This refers to the news report, ‘CDA conducts operation against illegal housing scheme near Margalla Town Islamabad’ (Jun 19). The report shows that encroachments in Islamabad are rising at a fast pace. Another illegal society is rapidly growing along the Korang River opposite Street 9 Raja Akhtar Road Shahpur Bara Kahu. The owners of this unauthorised housing society are constructing a bridge over the Korang River without an NOC .The owners of street 9 appealed to the Islamabad High Court to seek a restraining order to stop this flagrant violation of the CDA, the ICT and other federal laws. The court warned the concerned officials against environmental degradation and the non-compliance of rules and regulations pertaining to housing societies in the capital. No action was taken by the concerned officials. All concerned departments, including the CDA, must honour the rule of law. If there is no respect for the country’s laws, how will Pakistan survive? If no action is taken by the concerned people, the court should use its constitutional power to enforce its decision. Ambassador(r) B A Malik Islamabad Click for detailed story

Mar 212017

ISLAMABAD: The tension between the bench and bar of the Islamabad High Court apparently widened on Tuesday after Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui turned down a request from the high court’s bar association for adjourning cases owing to a strike called by the lawyers. The strike was called after fists went flying in the district court on March 18 when a group of lawyers thrashed a policeman of the Margalla police, who was testifying before Judicial Magistrate Jawad Hussain Adil. The official had booked a lawyer for riding an undocumented motorbike. On Tuesday morning, IHCBA president Arif Chaudhry, along with other representatives of the IHCBA asked Justice Siddiqui not to pass any adverse order against the lawyers who had boycotted court proceedings. When the judge inquired if the officials were dictating him, Chaudhry clarified it was just a request to which Justice Siddiqui said they could leave. Chaudhry then asked other lawyers present in the courtroom to vacate the premises. Later, eyewitnesses said, some lawyers stopped fellow colleagues and litigants from appearing before the bench in an effort to halt proceedings and ensure their strike. Published in The Express Tribune, March 22nd, 2017. The post Lawyers’ strike: Judge turns down bar’s request to adjourn hearings appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Mar 102017
Housing scams

Earlier this month, the Islamabad High Court dismissed the petition filed against the cancellation of lease of the land on which Grand Hyatt Hotel was under construction. However, it was encouraging to read that the interior minister is considering to compensate the people affected. I have also gone through the same experience. The project in which my husband and I had bought an apartment – more than 20 years ago – was never completed. For senior citizens, the realisation that they don’t have a house of their own is haunting. It is hoped that this time the government will justly compensate the affected. Zahida Bano Islamabad Click for detailed story

Nov 172016

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday summoned federal secretaries of ministries concerned in person in a case regarding regularisation of doctors of federal dental and medical colleges. Justice Athar Minallah of IHC heard the case filed by about 35 employees of federal dental and medical colleges. During the proceeding, Justice Athar Minallah remarked that if the employees were regularised under 2011 regularisation policy in the past, the petitioners should also be treated in the same way. If it was not done, the regularised employees under this policy could be affected, he further observed. Published in The Express Tribune, November 18th, 2016. The post Regularisation Case: IHC summons federal secretaries  appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

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