Saturday, June 21, 2014

PEMRA fails to implement SC orders to restore Geo.

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has ordered the cable operators to restore Geo News on its previous position after midnight.
The media watchdog also directed the cable operators that the channel be restored on its previous position as per the orders of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. PEMRA’s Director Legal Zahid Malik said that Geo Entertainment license has been suspended for airing disputed content in its morning show Utho Jago Pakistan.
The PEMRA also banned the morning show, its host Shaista Lodhi and entire team of the program from conducting show on any other channel.
The PEMRA further said that the Geo license will remain under observation and the channel is directed to strictly follow the watchdog’s laws.
Pemra has forwarded the notification of restoration of Geo News to all its regional offices with strict direction that the country’s cable operators should obey the order of the Supreme Court according to which the position of Geo News on cable TV network should be the same as was in the second week of April, 2014.


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Legal experts’ remarks on removal of Musharraf name from ECL.

Musharraf is cutting Pakistan's Flag Cake.
KARACHI: The Supreme Court of Pakistan could extend the suspension of Sindh High Court orders for 15 more days in which the Sindh High Court ordered lifting travel ban on former military dictator Pervez Musharraf, legal experts said on Thursday.

The SHC while directing the government to lift travel ban on Musharraf further ruled that implementation of its order—removal of accused name from the Exit Control List (ECL)--- be suspended for 15-days so that the government may file appeal before the apex court.

“It seems the ball is now in the court of Supreme Court as it has to make a final decision,” says Justice (retd) Wajihuddin, former judge of the top court.

Eminent lawyer SM Zafar said that the Musharraf’s path to travel abroad will be clear if the government didn’t move the apex court against SHC decision.

Justice (retd) Tariq Mehmood said that although the reasons that were stated to put Musharraf on ECL were not substantial, the issue is now once again in the government’s hand.

Another law expert Babar Sattar said that the government will have to make a legal and political decision to resolve the imminent issue.


Musharraf ready to go, SHC orders removal of his name from ECL.

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has ordered the removal of former president Pervez Musharraf’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL), Express News reported on Thursday.
However, the two-member bench of the SHC has suspended this order for around two weeks giving the federal government time to appeal against the decision before the Supreme Court.
The order will be enforced in 15 days in case the government fails to make an appeal by then.
Musharraf’s lawyer Farogh Naseem said that a memorandum, which placed Musharraf’s name on the ECL, will be struck down after 15 days. He added that “if the federal government does not have a vengeful objective, they can withdraw the memorandum before this period is up.”
Speaking to media in Karachi, Naseem said that “right to travel is a fundamental right,” adding that Musharraf does not want to live as a convict.
On May 29, the SHC had reserved its verdict on Musharraf’s petition for striking his name off the ECL.
Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) Salman Aslam Butt had said that there is apprehension that once the petitioner is allowed to leave the country, he would never return to face the high-treason trial.
The former president’s lawyer Farogh Nasim had challenged the move, calling it ‘patently presumptuous’.
Appeal rejected
Earlier in the day, a court in Islamabad dismissed Musharraf’s appeal for exemption from appearing in the Abdul Rashid Ghazi murder case, Express News reported.
The former president has been ordered to appear before the court on July 1.
Musharraf also faces treason charges for subverting and circumventing the Constitution by imposing emergency on November 3, 2007. The federal government had placed his name on the ECL, stating he might try to abscond.
APML lauds SHC decision
The All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) has welcomed the order of SHC to remove the name of Musharraf from the ECL after 15 days, terming it “a long overdue decision in the interests of justice.”
In a statement following the verdict of the two-member bench of the SHC, Chaudry Sarfraz Anjum Kahlon, political advisor to the former president said, “the decision confirms that there is no legal merit in Nawaz Sharif’s politically vindictive objective to deny Musharraf the fundamental right to travel freely, and exposes Nawaz Sharif’s actions as unlawful.”
Kahlon added that the verdict “was a blow to Nawaz Sharif who is on a path of executing personal revenge against Musharraf, and any attempt by the federal government to block the order will expose the federal government as having no respect for the rule of law.”
Kahlon also said that “Musharraf’s decision to voluntarily return to Pakistan to face the courts without a deal in place is unprecedented in the history of Pakistan, and he should be awarded due recognition for respecting the judicial process.”
“Musharraf is determined to get his name cleared from all the political motivated allegations pressed against him and is in strong spirits,” he added.


Friday, June 6, 2014

Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk takes oath as acting CJP.

Islamabad: Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk took oath as Acting Chief Justice of Pakistan today.
Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja administered oath to Justice Nasir ul Mulk who is senior most judge of the Supreme Court after the chief Justice, Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani.
Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk will act as Acting Chief Justice of Pakistan during the absence of CJP who is proceeding to Saudi Arabia for performing Umrah.
Registrar of the Supreme Court, Syed Tahir Shahbaz, conducted the proceedings of the oath taking ceremony also attended by officers and staff of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Chief Justice Tassadaq Jillani to retire next month.

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani will retire on July, 5 at the age of 65 years after serving more than ten years as judge and Chief Justice of the apex court.
Justice Nasir ul Mulk, the senior most judge will be the new Chief Justice of Pakistan.
He belongs to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and also remained Chief Justice of the Peshawar High Court before his elevation as judge of the Supreme Court.
According to bio-data available on the official website of the Supreme Court, Justice Jillani was born on July 6, 1949.
He did Masters in Political Science from Forman Christian College, Lahore and LLB from the University of Punjab, Lahore. He completed a course in Constitutional Law from the University of London at the Institute of Advance Legal Studies.
He started practice at the district courts Multan in 1974 and in 1976 he was elected as general secretary of the District Bar Association, Multan.
He was elected Member Punjab Bar Council in 1978 and appointed Assistant Advocate General Punjab in July 1979. He was enrolled Advocate of the Supreme Court in 1983 and was appointed Additional Advocate General Punjab in 1993.
He took oath as a judge of the Lahore High Court on August, 7, 1994 and was elevated as a judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan on July 31, 2004 where he served till the imposition of the state of emergency on November 3, 2007.
As he refused to take a fresh oath, he was made dysfunctional.
He took oath again as judge of the Supreme Court in year 2008. He has participated and represented in a number of international meetings, conferences seminars and dialogues.


Friday, May 23, 2014

Supreme Court to resume Geo petition hearing.

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan will resume hearing over a petition filed by the Independent Media Corporation (IMC) on behalf of Geo Network against the negative propaganda by other TV channels and for resumption of its transmission on cable networks.
On Thursday, a three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Mushir Alam heard the petition.
During the course of hearing Justice Khawaja remarked: “We are very professional and we will deal with it professionally and we do know what our values are, thanks to Allah Almighty,”
He said that everyone should know that they would not let anyone cause harm to the dignity of the Supreme Court.
Justice Jawwad S Khawaja refused to recuse himself from the bench hearing the Geo TV case saying a judge took the decision to disassociate himself in accordance with the Constitution.
He said that it was the conscience of the judge himself which must determine his decision whether to sit on a bench or not.
Justice Khawaja questioned the regulatory body about its presence during propaganda against the judiciary. He asked where was Pemra when propaganda was aired against the judiciary.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

CJP has nothing to do with elections: Former CJP.

ISLAMABAD: Former Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said on Tuesday that country’s top judge had nothing to do with the elections.
The former CJP said it was the responsibility of the Election Commission of Pakistan to appoint Returning Officers (ROs) adding that he did not want to respond to useless allegations being made.
Justice (retd) Chaudhry emphasised the importance of the judiciary and defense institutions saying talks of a clash between them should not be taking place. The former CJP further said that a strong foundation for democracy had been laid in the country and there was no threat to it.

Ex-CJ rejects Imran's 'absurd' rigging allegations [VIDEO].