Oct 112017

ISLAMABAD: A constitutional petition has been filed in the Supreme Court challenging the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) decision not confirm job  to Lahore High Court (LHC) female judge Erum Sajjad Gul. The petition has been filed by former LHC judge Nasira Iqbal through Shah Khawar advocate under Article 184 (3) of the Constitution against the commission’s decision not confirm the job of LHC female judge. Erum worked as LHC judge for two years. The plea states that non-confirmation of Justice Erum Sajjad Gul is clear violation of Article 25 of the Constitution and it is major setback for women in Pakistan and discouraging female lawyers that they are not competent to be high court judges. G-B’s first female judge: Amna Zamir – making her mark in a male-dominated world It is contended that she was a competent judge but she was not confirmed for the unknown reasons. The petition also states that the apex court’s senior most judge had left a note that all judges seeking confirmation be confirmed but the JCP gave no weightage to the note left by him. It is also submitted that the Parliamentary Committee unanimously sent the matter to the commission for reconsideration of her confirmation. The petitioner requested the top court to set aside JCP’s May 4 decision for not confirming the job of the female judge and directed the commission to decide the matter sent by the Parliamentary Committee. The post Female LHC judge challenges decision to not confirm her appeared first on [Read More…]

Sep 212017
LHC?s decision on Model Town inquiry report appreciable, says Elahi

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League (PML-Q) senior central leader Ch Pervaiz Elahi has said the Lahore High Court’s order for making Justice Baqir Najafi inquiry report on Model Town tragedy public… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Aug 162017
PAT allowed to hold sit-in as one-time exception by LHC

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court Wednesday granted one-time exception to Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and allowed it to hold sit-in on Istanbul Chowk, Mall Road, directing the party to wrap up the show… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Jul 182017

LAHORE: Noting that “the world has become a global village”, the Lahore High Court (LHC) lifted on Tuesday a ban on the airing of Indian drama serials imposed by the broadcast media watchdog last year. Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah passed the order after hearing arguments on a petition filed by a local media company praying that the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority’s (Pemra) prohibition be set aside. Through its counsel Advocate Asma Jehangir, the petitioner, Leo Communications, owner of the entertainment channel Filmazia, contended that while Indian drama series were banned in the country, Bollywood movies were being widely exhibited. PEMRA puts blanket ban on airing of Indian content in Pakistan The petitioner said Pemra had granted a licence to the company for 15 years to operate a cable channel. Under the licence conditions, the channel was allowed to broadcast 10 per cent foreign content, including that of India. The channel became very popular, however, without any prior notice Pemra issued a circular on October 19, 2016 and banned all Indian content on cable channels in Pakistan, the petitioner further said, adding that Pemra’s ban caused serious damage to the company because it had done substantial investment in purchasing Indian content. Pemra’s counsel argued that the ban was placed on Indian content because Pakistani movies and dramas were banned in India. To this, the court observed that Indian programming could be censored if it contained immoral or anti-Pakistan content. PEMRA to suspend channels airing Indian content The high court also [Read More…]

Jul 182017

LAHORE: A court dismissed on Tuesday a petition filed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman seeking the Punjab chief minister’s disqualification for “violating his oath and setting up an illegal business”. Lahore High Court’s Justice Shahid Karim announced the verdict after PTI chief Imran Khan’s counsel Advocate Babar Awan finished presenting his argument. At the start of the proceedings, Justice Karim had asked the PTI counsel to explain whether any court had declared the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report on Panama Papers case effective or not. He was also reminded that the LHC had dismissed the petition against Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s personal business. PTI seeks Shehbaz’s disqualification Awan said the court was right in its observation but the chief minister had concealed facts in his nomination papers. He added that besides the exposures in the JIT report, Shehbaz’s influence as the chief minister in the setting up and relocation of certain sugar mills was also quite clear. Therefore, he pleaded , that Sharif should be disqualified. After hearing Awan’s arguments, Justice Karim reserved the verdict and later announced the dismissal of the petition. Awan had also mentioned PTI leader Jahangir Khan Tareen’s petition against the Punjab government for allowing the shifting and relocation of sugar mills. He pointed out the LHC’s observation in that case that the government had crafted a policy to benefit selected sugar mills. Ready for a disqualification reference, CM Shehbaz tells Imran Tareen in his petition had alleged that the Punjab chief minister had misused his powers by allowing [Read More…]

Jun 062017
LHC lawyers barred from practice

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court registrar on Tuesday issued a notification of imposing a ban on law practice of Mehar Ahsan and Inam Afridi who had misbehaved with a trial court judge. Their third… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

May 172017
Law student who survived brutal stabbing fears encountering attacker in school exam

Khadija appeared on Geo TV's 'Aaj Shahzaib Khanzada Kay Saath' on Wednesday evening Khadija Siddiqui, a student at a private college, who was brutally attacked by her classmate in May last year, is due to sit an exam in the coming week — alongside her attacker.Siddiqui, 22, was attacked on May 3 last year, three days before she was due to appear for her final law exams, by Shah Hussain, the son of Advocate Sayed Tanvir Hashmi.Siddiqui had gone to pick up her seven-year-old sister, Sophia, from school and had barely approached her car when Hussain, wearing a helmet rushed towards them. The attacker then pushed Siddiqui and stabbed her 23 times. Siddiqui was stabbed 23 times.─Facebook A murder case was filed in Lahore High Court (LHC) within a week of the attack. Evidence was presented before the judiciary, including video footage which helped identify the attacker. However, LHC had dismissed pre-arrest bail of the suspect in September 2016 while a sessions court granted him post-arrest bail after two months.Appearing on Geo TV's 'Aaj Shahzaib Khanzada Kay Saath' on Wednesday evening, Siddiqui said she could not accept that a man who had tried to attack her in the presence of her younger sister would be appearing for the same law exam as her in two days."He will become a part of the same legal system, this is traumatising for me. I do not know how I will give the exam" Siddiqui said, appearing on the daily talk show a year [Read More…]

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