Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Drug reaction suo moto notice hearing under way.

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court began hearing suo moto notice of the deaths of more than 90 heart patients under treatment at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC), either from spurious drugs or due to wrong prescription of blood thinning and lipid lowering medicines.
Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry took notice of a note initiated by Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani and issued notices to the attorney general, Punjab advocate general, federal and provincial secretaries, DG FIA and IG Punjab. The CJ directed the office to register the note as a petition under Article 184(3) of the Constitution as prima facie it seemed that the provisions of Articles 9 and 14 of the Constitution had not been adhered to strictly.
The chief justice further directed that the case be listed before a bench, headed by Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, today and issued notices to the Attorney General, the Advocate General Punjab, Secretaries Health of the Federal Government as well as government of Punjab, PPO Punjab and DG FIA to appear before the bench and file a reply before the petition.

link: http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-33307-Hearing-in-drug-reaction-case-underway

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ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Monday taking notice of death of more than 90 heart patients in Lahore has issued notices to Attorney General of Pakistan, Advocate General Punjab, Federal and Punjab Secretaries of Health, PPO Punjab and DG FIA to appear before the court and file reply and fixed it for hearing on January 31st.The Chief Justice took notice of the incident on a note initiated by Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, judge of Supreme Court regarding the news of the death of more than 90 heart patients under treatment in the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) allegedly on account of either spurious drugs or wrong prescription of blood thinning and lipid lowering medicines.Taking notice, the Chief Justice directed the registrar office to register this note as petition under Article 184(3) of the Constitution, as prima facie it seems that provisions of Articles 9 and 14 of the Constitution have not been adhered to strictly.Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani in his note had intimated, ‘The news of the death of more than 90 heart patients under treatment in the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) allegedly on account of either spurious drugs or wrong prescription of Blood Thinning and Lipid Lowering medicines has been noted with immense shock and concern’.On 30-01-2012 there was a report in an English daily that apprehending arrest of doctors posted in the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC), the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has, in protest, given a strike call and has given their own version of the tragedy i.e. that those involved in the purchase of spurious medicines and their clearance from the Drug Attesting Laboratory are free but the doctors are being victims of the penal action.In the same paper, there is a news that Pakistan Pharma Manufacturers Association (PPMA) has claimed that patients in Pakistan Institute of Cardiology (PIC) did not die due to the use of poisonous/substandard drugs but because of the wrong prescription of Blood Thinning and Lipid Lowering Medicines without due regard to the medical history of the patients concerned.

link: http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/national/31-Jan-2012/sc-takes-suo-moto-notice-of-pic-deaths

Monday, January 30, 2012

SC orders ISI, MI to produce 7 detainees on Feb 9.

Islamabad: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has directed the lawyers of the army and intelligence agencies to produce the seven detainees in their custody on Feb 9, 2012. Out of the total 11 Adiyala Jail prisoners, who were picked up by the intelligence agencies when they were released from the prison after being acquitted by courts, four have been killed in mysterious circumstances.
A bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was hearing a case pertaining to 11 Adiyala jail prisoners, who went missing after being released from the jail after acquittal, but later the intelligence agencies admitted in the Supreme Court that they were in their custody, of which four have been killed recently in mysterious circumstances .
The CJ asked Raja Muhammad Irshad, counsel for Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), and Military Intelligence to produce the detainees on Feb 9. The lawyer said four out of seven were admitted in a medical facility in Peshawar while three others were kept in an investigation center in Parachinar area.
“We don’t know….you took them away and you are responsible to bring them here,” the CJ remarked.
The counsel said the detainees were not in a condition to be brought here. Justice Khuilji Arif Hussain said four people were killed and their bodies were thrown out.
“Nobody is above law and Constitution. Constitution guarantees protection of life and property, ” the CJ observed.
The court also issued notices to Attorney General Pakistan and Advocate General Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The court also ordered that families of missing persons be allowed to meet their relatives.

link: http://www.thenewstribe.com/2012/01/30/sc-orders-isi-to-produce-7-missing-persons-on-feb-9/#.Tyem-MU_9js

Friday, January 27, 2012

Khurram Rasool produced before Supreme Court.

Khurram Rasool, ex-media coordinator of PM Gilani was produced before Supreme Court today.
Khurram Rasool, ex-media coordinator of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, who surrendered himself to FIA on Thursday, was produced in the Supreme Court on Friday.
Accountability Court had sentenced Khurram Rasool to three years in jail on Thursday in the banking fraud case.
Talking to the media Khurram said that he had been receiving life threats, therefore he went on missing. He said that his family was also facing threats and his children could not attend schools for one year.
Khurram Rasool said that he was forced to signed cheques. He showed confidence over judiciary and hoped justice.

link: http://dunyanews.tv/index.php?key=Q2F0SUQ9MiNOaWQ9NjI0NjM=

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Lawyers observe strike today country-wide.

KARACHI: Lawyers' organizations would boycott the court proceedings while Shia Ulema Council would observe strike on Thursday over killing of three lawyers in Karachi.
Supreme Court Bar Association, Sindh Bar Council, Sindh High Court Bar and Karachi Bar Association among various other layers' groups announced to observe strike today.
Supreme Court Bar Association's President Yaseen Azad strongly condemned the killing of three lawyers and announced to boycott court proceedings on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Shia Ulema Council announced three-day mourning and to observe peaceful strike today.

link: http://www.geo.tv/GeoDetail.aspx?ID=32549

LHC rejects Khurram Rasool's protective bail plea.

LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) has rejected the protective bail petition of Khurram Rasool on his non-presence. He is the former media coordinator of Prime Minister and accused in Rs.710 million fraud case, Geo News reported.
Earlier, Khurram Rasool had moved to Lahore High Court (LHC) for protective bail. He approached LHC for bail in LPG fraud case.
Two-member bench of LHC heard the petition and summoned NAB officials.
The NAB officials informed the court that Khurram Rasool is involved in Rs710 million LPG fraud case.
The counsel of Khurram Rasool said his client feared security risk. He asked the court not to dismiss the bail plea as he would take it back.
On this, the court remarked that whether he took the petition back or not the court rejects the plea of protective bail.

link: http://www.geo.tv/GeoDetail.aspx?ID=32596

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LAHORE: Former media coordinator to the Prime Minister, Khurram Rasool has moved to Lahore High Court (LHC) for protection bail, Geo News reported.
Khurram Rasool approached LHC for bail in LPG fraud case.
Two-member bench of LHC will hear the petition of Khurram Rasool.
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court had ordered the FIA to arrest the prime minister's former media coordinator Khurram Rasool who is wanted in a multimillion rupee LPG scam. The apex court has ordered that Rasool be arrested by Jan 27.
During the proceedings, the CJ had remarked that if the allegations were proven right, then it would be the biggest crisis of the country as the prime minister and his secretaries were named in the case.

link: http://www.geo.tv/GeoDetail.aspx?ID=32577

LHC accepts petition against PIC medicine deaths.

The Lahore High Court (LHC) has summoned Federal and Punjab health secretaries on January 30.
Justice Umar Atta Bandial of Lahore High Court started the hearing of a petition filed against death of 100 patients by the reaction of spurious medicines at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC).
The petitioner prayed that 100 people have died due to use of spurious medicines at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) but the Punjab government has failed to identify the culprits and has not taken any action against pharmaceutical companies responsible for the manufacturing of theses medicines.
The court while accepting the application summoned Federal and Punjab health secretaries and DG FIA on January 30.

link: http://dunyanews.tv/index.php?key=Q2F0SUQ9MiNOaWQ9NjIyNzU=

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

SHC summoned Police chief over killing of lawyers.

The chief justice of the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday summoned the provincial police chief over the killing of lawyers in the city. Representatives of lawyers will also attend the meeting with the IG police today (Thursday).
Three lawyers — Badr Muneer, Kafeel Jaffery and Shakeel Jaffery, all relatives — were shot dead from a close range by unidentified men when they were returning home after completing their day’s work. So far, six lawyers have fallen prey to target killings in the city this year.
The chief justice also called an urgent meeting for January 28 to review the city’s law and order situation and the performance of the police and other law enforcement agencies.
A Supreme Court’s five-member bench, in a suo moto case on target killings in Karachi, had directed the Sindh government to constitute a committee, headed by the SHC chief justice and assisted by the chief secretary and heads of security agencies, to review measures taken by the law enforcers for curbing target killings.
Shamim Bano adds: The Karachi Bar Association (KBA) announced a province-wide strike against the killing of the three lawyers.
President KBA Mehmmod-ul-Hasan told The News that the province-wide strike had been called during which the lawyers might also march to the Chief Minister House to lodge their protest against the killing of their colleagues.
This was the third target killing attack invovlving lawyers in the current year, in which six lawyers have lost their lives. Among them, four were the members of the KBA, while two were associated with Maqbool-ur-Rehman advocate.
Mehmood-ul-Hasan told this scribe that a complete strike would be observed in all the five district courts of the city against the brutal murder of lawyers.
Former KBA president Naeem Qureshi said that Wednesday’s killings seemed to have been committed in retaliation, as two lawyers belonging to the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamat were gunned down the other day.
The situation remained grim at the City Courts after the killing of the lawyers. Some of the KBA members took to the street facing the City Courts and raised slogans against the government for not providing security to their community.

Following is the timeline of lawyers murdered this year:
JANUARY 25: Badr Muneer was the uncle of Kafeel Jaffery and father of Shakeel Jaffery. All the three lawyers were shot dead inside their car by unidentified motorcyclists while they were proceeding to their home in the afternoon.
JANUARY 24: Two assistants of the slain Maqbool-ur-Rehamn advocate — Mohammad Ali alias Mama and Mohammad Noman — were shot dead while they were coming out of City Courts.
JANUARY 11: Maqbool-ur-Rehman advocate was shot dead near the Islamia College while he was proceeding home.
Last year: 15 lawyers were shot dead in the city, while five were killed in interior Sindh.

Some Shia organisations have announced a complete strike in the city today against the killing of three lawyers who belonged to their community.
The decision was taken at a meeting with Maulana Nazir Abbas Naqvi of the Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen in the chair on Wednesday. Other Shia organisations, including the Jafferia Alliance, the Millat-e-Jafferia and others endorsed the strike call.
The Shia leaders demanded the immediate arrest of the culprits or warned that they would stage sit-ins outside the chief minister and governor houses.
Condemning the incident, they held the Sindh government equally responsible as they believed that without being patronised by certain people, the Ahle-Sunnat Wal Jamat - the new name of the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba – could not function actively in the city.
For the last three months, they said Shia leaders were being targeted and yet the administration had taken no action against the criminals involved, they said, adding these killers were rather being allowed to roam freely in the city.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and the Sunni Tehreek strongly condemned the incident and said the government must immediately resign.
Meanwhile, a severe traffic jam was witnessed in the Old City area after activists of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) took to the streets in protest against the killing of their two legal advisers the other day.
The activists staged a sit-in and placed the bodies of the slain legal advisers on the ICI Bridge. They later dispersed peacefully after offering funeral prayers and after being assured by the authorities concerned that an FIR would be lodged against the culprits. The protesters had earlier planned to stage the sit-in outside the Chief Minister’s House.
All roads leading to the CM House were closed, causing massive gridlock on the adjoining arteries. The traffic chaos was also witnessed around the Gizri area and on Mai Kolachi Road, which also affected the adjacent arteries and roads in the DHA area.
Addressing the protesters, ASWJ spokesman Maulana Taj Hanafi said that their party activists were being targeted, but this time they would lodge a strong protest against the killings.

link: http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=89440&Cat=4&dt=1/26/2012

Attack on 4 Lawyers in Karachi, 3 killed and 1 injured.

Karachi: Unknown motorcyclists shot three lawyers dead at Pakistan Chowk in Karachi on Wednesday. Four lawyers were on their way at Pakistan Chowk when un-known gunmen on two motorcycles opened fire at the car of the lawyers. As a result, three lawyers died on the spot while fourth sustained severe injuries and was rushed to the hospital. The slain lawyers were identified as Shakeel Jafferi, Kafeel Jafferi and Badar Munir.
Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Wasan condemned the killing of three lawyers in the city on Wednesday. The minister said that it was a very sorrowful incident. While talking with media, Wasan said that he has demanded immediate report of the incident from IG and CCPO. He said that the target killing incidents would be ended soon. Mansoor Wasan has ordered the suspension of SHO Aram Bagh, while Interior Minis-ter Rehman Malik has summoned a report from IG Sindh.
The attackers escaped from the scene after committing crime in open daylight. The lawyer community announced a countrywide strike on Thursday. An eyewitness said that there was crowed of people in the bazaar when the mishap occurred. After the incident, security men reached the spot and cordoned off the area. Home Minister said that he ordered the IG Sindh to arrest the killers within 24 hours. “It was a target killing incident, they all were lawyers. Two of them were father and son,” a police official said, adding that the dead bodies were shifted to civil hospi-tal Karachi for medico-legal formalities. The injured, Babar, was in critical state in the hospital.
Police and Rangers arrived at the scene soon after the incident and collected evidence from the site.
The Supreme Court Bar Association said they would protest against the killings by observing a countrywide boycott of court proceedings on Thursday. It is said that more than 1,000 people were killed in violence in Karachi last year, including more than 100 in one week alone in October. The police failed to act and only opened aerial firing after the attack had taken place. The police were also late in cordoning off the crime scene.
Eyewitnesses said that four motorcycle riders on two bikes were pursuing the law-yers’ car and ambushed the car while it was being parked. The gruesome act and the heavy firing had caused panic among the residents of the area. Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat ul Ebad vehemently condemned the incident. He directed the concerned officials for immediate arrest of those involved in the incident. The governor expressed solidarity with the lawyers’ and Shia community and assured them that every possible effort would be made to bring the accused to justice.
Meanwhile, leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain has strongly condemned the killing of three lawyers in Karachi as a result of firing of armed assailants. He expressed his grief and sorrow and said that the sudden killing of people belonging to various religious schools of thought was the outcome of a deep conspiracy.
Mr Hussain said that two persons belonging to a particular school of thought were targeted a few days ago and now people belonging to the Jafria school of thought have fallen prey to a brazen act of terrorism. He added that certain elements wanted to destroy the environment of sectarian harmony and brotherhood in the city by such vicious conspiracies.
Mr Hussain appealed to the Ulema of all the religious schools of thought and the public at large to understand the conspiracy to spoil peaceful environment in Karachi and the plot to kindle sectarian violence. He asked them to show patience on the incidents of terrorism, protect each other and foil the conspiracy to create sectarian tensions by remaining united.
He expressed sympathies with the lawyers’ community. He asked them to bear the loss with patience and restraint.

link: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=137223

SC orders action against 2 ex-DGs of FIA.

The SC has ordered action against former principal secretary of PM, and two ex DGs of FIA.
Three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry conducted the hearing of a fraud case against Khuram Rasool, former media coordinator of the prime minister.
DG FIA Tehseen Anwar Shah was served a notice during last hearing to appear before the court but he was absent.
Rashid A Rizvi, counsel for petitioner Pervez Hassan, maintained the stance that the bank rejected the cheques given by Khurram Rasool. He said according to information, Khurram Rasool was arrested but he was later freed.
The Chief Justice inquired why Nargis Sethi registered complaints against Khurram Rasool?
Rasheed A Rizvi told the court that Nargis Sethi at that time was principal secretary of Prime Minister and Khurram Rasool was media coordinator of the PM.
The SC ruled that two former director generals of FIA Waseem Ahmad and Malik Iqbal and Principal Secretary of the Prime Minister Khushnood Lashari were involved in dely of Khurram Rasool’s arrest.
The court ruled that these three officers should be arrested or any other legal action should be taken against these three officers.
The Supreme Court ordered to present the report of action against Waseem Ahmad, Malik Iqbal and Khushnood Lashari and adjourned the hearing till Tuesday.

link: http://dunyanews.tv/index.php?key=Q2F0SUQ9MiNOaWQ9NjE5Njg=

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ISLAMABAD: A three-member bench of the Supreme Court (SC) headed by Chief Justice (CJ) Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry resumed the hearing of Khurram Rasool fraud case on Wednesday, Geo News reported.
Khurram Rasool is the former media adviser to prime minister and an accused in a Rs630 million fraud case.
During today’s proceedings, the CJ remarked that if the allegations were proved right, then it would be the biggest crisis of the country as the prime minister and his secretaries were named in the case.
The CJ also questioned that how Nargis Sethi got the details of Khurram Rasool’s alleged fraud.
Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry said that DG FIA was explicitly violating the court’s orders. He ordered to record the statements of the petitioner and Secretary Cabinet Division Nargis Sethi today by 1 pm.

link: http://www.geo.tv/GeoDetail.aspx?ID=32394

SC seeks explanation on prisoners’ killings.

Supreme Court accepted an appeal for hearing and sought reply from officials over missing persons.
The Apex Court has also sought explanation from parties including ISI against killings of prisoners of Adyala Jail who were allegedly taken away by secret agencies.
It was said in the appeal moved by Tariq Asad Advocate that 11 persons released from Adyala Jail had been taken into custody by secret agencies out of whom four have died.
Three-member bench led by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry remarked that the matter is very serious; how the casualties are possible in the custody of law enforcement institutions.
The Attorney General said that he has received the notice today, seeking time for explanation. The ISI Director Legal Commander Shahbaz also appeared in the court.
The court was adjourned till January 30.

link: http://dunyanews.tv/index.php?key=Q2F0SUQ9MiNOaWQ9NjIyMTQ=

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Memo commission summons Rehman Malik.

The proceeding of judicial commission probing memo-gate scandal is underway at Islamabad high court.
Justice Qazi Faez Isa is preside over the meeting.
As the hearing started, the commission asked Akram Sheikh about his client’s whereabouts.
Akram told the court that the state machinery was sending threats to his client Mansoor Ijaz and we do not trust Rehman Malik.
Hussain Haggani’s lawyer Zahid Bukhari and Attorney General of Pakistan Maulvi Anwar-ul-Haq are also present in the meeting.
Justice Qazi Faez Isa remarked why the Prime Minister and the Interior Minister were issuing statements regarding Mansoor Ijaz.
The commission has summoned Rehman Malik and ordered to submit his explanation to the commission.
He further ruled if the government is not satisfied with the proceedings of the commission it may contact some other suitable forum. Justice Faez Isa said provision of security is main responsibility of the government.
If the commission issues an order that the military will provide security to Mansoor Ijaz then the government will be bound to follow the orders, he added.
Justice Qazi Faez Isa further said that the investigations are conducted across the world in a serious way but in our country it is sometimes considered as a joke.
The commission will also review the application of former Pakistan ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani in which he prayed that Mansoor ijaz right to record a statement before the commission should be abrogated after he (Mansoor) refused the visit Pakistan in this regard.

link: http://dunyanews.tv/index.php?key=Q2F0SUQ9MiNOaWQ9NjE5MTA=

Monday, January 23, 2012

LHC moved over deaths due to PIC medicines.

Deaths caused due reaction of substandard medicine supply in PIC was challenged in LHC.
Deaths caused due to reaction of sub standard medicines distributed by Punjab Institute of Cardiology were challenged in Lahore High Court (LHC) Monday.
The petitioner took the plea that the patients fell victim to medicines due to flawed strategy of the administration. He said over two dozens patients have so far lost their lives. "Therefore, a judicial commission to probe into the matter be constituted to fix responsibility and make recommendations for giving exemplary punishment to them".
The commission should also cancel licenses of the companies involved in selling fake medicines and issue orders for registration of cases against them, he prayed.
Officials say that 27 persons have died so far due to distribution of substandard and free medicines among the patients.
Over 45 patients are stated to be in precarious condition.
Later, the Punjab government sealed the pharmaceutical company that supplied spurious medicines medicines to Punjab Institute of Cardiology.

link: http://dunyanews.tv/index.php?key=Q2F0SUQ9MiNOaWQ9NjE4MDE=

SC to hear Asghar Kan petition in Feb.

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) has announced February 29 as possible date for Asfgar Khan case involving ISI distributing money among politicians, Geo News reported Monday.
In 1996 a human rights petition was filed by Air Marshal Asghar Khan (retd) in the Supreme Court of Pakistan (HRC 19/96) against the retired Chief Of Army Staff General Mirza Muhammad Aslam Beg, the former Inter Services Intelligence chief retired Lt-General Asad Durrani and Younis Habib of Habib and Mehran Banks, relating to the disbursement of public money and its misuse for political purposes.

link: http://www.geo.tv/GeoDetail.aspx?ID=32049

Saturday, January 21, 2012

CJP warned sindh gov. on target killings.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has warned that he would not tolerate any violation of the orders of the apex court. “Any violation of the orders of Supreme Court would be taken seriously and would entail strict action.”
Taking notice of the killings of lawyers and other citizens in Sindh, CJ Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry assured the people of Karachi and Sindh that the judiciary would not leave them alone and would monitor the actions of the state apparatus.
Addressing members of the bar and bench after administering oath to the newly elected office bearers of the Karachi Bar Association here on Saturday, the chief justice especially referred to the target killing of lawyers in Karachi and said this was “really very frustrating.”
It is unfortunate if these incidents are ignored by the police. “Read our judgement in the suo motu proceedings on Karachi’s law and order situation, we have ordered Sindh’s administration to protect the lives of citizens at all costs,” he said.
He asked the chief justice of the Sindh High Court to summon the chief secretary, Sindh IG, Rangers DG and other officials in his chambers in the presence of members of the bar and look into the issue.
Terming the strength of the judges at Sindh High Court as “meagre”, the CJP asked the chief justice of the SHC to “initiate the process of appointment in consultation with the senior-most judges.”
He said that although SHC CJ Mushir Alam was cautious about appointing judges on merit and the ‘best of the best’, he should still move on with the process.
“Confer responsibility on a person, he will certainly respond by bringing [his] best,” he advised, citing an example while he was serving as the CJ of the Balochistan High Court.
“Select them from among the lawyers and district and sessions judges. A jewel shines only when it is crafted and becomes valuable,” he said.
He told the audience that he had a meeting with senior judges of the Supreme Court and Sindh High Court on the issue and hoped that in the next 15 to 20 days, the shortage of judges would end.

District judiciary
Referring to the problems of parking space, a lack of facilities at the city courts complex, the CJP hoped that the district and high court judges would solve the problems lawyers faced so that they could work for their clients with peace of mind.
He said that the district judiciary was the main pillar of the judicial system and should be given importance in view of its role in the dispensation of justice.
The judges of the district judiciary shall be given incentives and appreciated and should not be condemned for minor faults, he said, adding that if the district judiciary fails to provide the people justice, the entire system would collapse. “The district judiciary shall be strengthened to strengthen the system of the administration of justice,’ he said.
Speaking about the strike and disenchantment among the staff of the lower judiciary over a salary row with the provincial government, CJP said that this agitation was not good for litigants or the judiciary. He asked the Registrar of the Supreme Court to find out about the status of appeals filed by the government against the high court’s decision and said it would be decided on merit soon. Till then, the staff should reconsider its decision to strike two days a week on Fridays and Saturdays.
Responding to a problem raised by KBA President Mehmoodul Hasan about the inordinate delay in the enrolment of new lawyers, enabling them to acquire licenses to practice, making them eligible to compete for the appointment as judges, the CJP asked the SHC CJ to resolve the issue in a day or two in consultation with all senior judges of the SHC.
Hasan and KBA honorary secretary Khalid Mumtaz also addressed the gathering.

Deadlines and highlights
Sindh govt must protect citizens at all costs
SHC CJ to summon top officials in chambers on killings
SHC CJ to consult senior judges on selecting judges, resolution hoped in fortnight
Judicial staff should reconsider two-day strikes

link: http://tribune.com.pk/story/325228/target-killings-sc-will-monitor-govt-sindh-cj-warned-on-violence/

CJP ordered to release mentally challenged man of Karachi.

KARACHI: Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry has ordered to release a mentally challenged man from Karachi’s Landhi jail on Saturday, Geo News reported.
Mentally hindered Bilal alias Bilawal was arrested 12 years ago on the charges of roaming around aimlessly and was imprisoned for 12 years.
Chief Justice took suo moto of the case and ordered to release Bilal on the request registered by his family.
Bilal, now aged 28, is the resident of Machar Colony.

link: http://www.thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=31831

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Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry took notice of illegal detention of a mentally unfit youth detained in Landhi Jail for 12 years.
The CJ who is on Karachi visit, ordered police to release the innocent youth Bilal alias Bilawal, a resident of Machar colony , now aged 28, when his family staged demonstration upon CJ’s arrival.
According to reports, police arrested Bilal on the charges of roaming around aimlessly and was imprisoned for 12 years.

link: http://www.thenewstribe.com/2012/01/21/mentally-unfit-man-released-from-jail-after-12-years-on-chief-justice-order/#.TxwdUKU_9js

Supreme Court works in its domain: CJP.

KARACHI: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammed Chaudhry Saturday said the Supreme Court (SC) functions in its own constitutional domain.
Addressing in Lawyers’ role signing ceremony at Karachi Registry of Supreme Court, Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said that the Supreme Court has always worked with in the constitutional limits and it is the responsibility of lawyers and every citizen to protect the constitution and to obey the law.
The Chief Justice said it is unfortunate that it was the PCO judges that dealt a blow to the Constitution in past.
Commenting on the Lawyer Movement, the Chief Justice said the movement which lawyers set in motion in the wake of November 3 decision, is still in progress. He said that lawyers struggled for restoration of democracy and supremacy of constitution.
In the ceremony, twenty three lawyers were allowed to present in the Supreme Court which include one female lawyer and two lawyers from Balochistan.
‘We welcome the new lawyers. We have played our part of the innings; now, tomorrow belongs to you,’ he told the gathering of lawyers, adding anyone of them can become the Chief Justice of Pakistan in future.
Earlier, a meeting of building committee was held headed by the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in which, a briefing was given regarding judicial lockups and servant quarters.

links: http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/karachi/21-Jan-2012/supreme-court-works-in-its-domain-cjp

Rulers used PCO judges for personal gains: CJP.

KARACHI: Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry on Saturday said that PCO judges had been manipulated by rulers to perpetuate their personal interests, DawnNews reported.
Speaking to a gathering of lawyers on their enrollment with the apex court at its Karachi registry, he said judges, who took oath under the Provisional Constitutional Order, had been declared illegal.
Oaths taken by PCO judges had harmed the judiciary in the past as well, said Justice Chaudhry.
The chief justice said that the apex court had always worked under its constitutional boundaries.
In the past, rulers have made attempts to confiscate the Supreme Court’s constitutional position, the chief justice said, adding that the apex court had fulfilled its constitutional obligations by declaring the actions of Nov 3, 2007 illegal.

link: http://www.dawn.com/2012/01/21/rulers-used-pco-judges-for-personal-gains-cj.html


CJP chairs building committee meeting
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry here on Saturday chaired the meeting of building committee and reviewed the pace of on-going development work including construction of judicial lock-up.The meeting, which was attended among other by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani, Secretary Finance and Chief Engineer S.S. Farooq Kazi, also reviewed the construction and renovation work of servant quarters for SC employees.

link: http://app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=175609&Itemid=2

Assurance sought against removal of Kayani, Pasha.

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court asked the government on Friday to submit a written assurance on a petition filed in anticipation of a perceived move to sack Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and ISI Director General Lt-Gen Ahmad Shuja Pasha against the backdrop of the ‘memogate’ fiasco.
The order was issued by a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry when Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq rubbished the claim and said the government had no plans to remove the two top military officers.
The bench adjourned for two weeks the hearing on the petition filed by Advocate F.K. Butt.
The petitioner requested the court to issue a restraining order and stop the government from taking any step to remove or retire the two officers till the pendency of the case. The army chief will retire on Nov 29, 2013, while the ISI chief will complete his extended term on March 19 this year.
The petition was filed after the sudden removal of defence secretary Lt-Gen (retd) Naeem Khalid Lodhi on Jan 11 on allegations of gross misconduct and illegal action and for creating misunderstanding between state institutions.
During the proceedings, the attorney general drew the court’s attention to a recent statement of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani rejecting a perception that the government was planning to remove the two military officers and expressed surprise that the petitioner was unaware of the statement.
He said the court should not rely on media reports, adding that the petition was based on speculations and not on facts.
The court asked the AG to seek instructions from the authorities concerned and said it would be better if such a statement was submitted in writing.
It reminded observers of a similar case when the Supreme Court had on Oct 15, 2010, issued a blunt restraining order after a midnight dramatic and feverish event on the basis of a media claim that the government might reverse the March 16, 2009, notification of reinstating superior court judges.
At that time too the government was asked to submit written assurances and was warned that any attempt to remove judges would mean committing treason under Article 6 of the Constitution. But the government did not submit any written statement.
F.K. Butt has named President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Gilani and secretaries of the cabinet, establishment and defence as respondents.
“Being apprehensive of an ultimate verdict against them likely to arise from the ongoing investigation into the memo scandal, the respondents have allegedly launched a campaign to blackmail and harass the army chief and ISI DG through their public statements continuously appearing in print and electronic media,” the petitioner said.
He said the respondents could not be allowed to implement their political ambitious plan through premature removal or retirement of the army officers who had a lawful right to complete their extended tenure in the interest of national security and sovereignty of the country.

link: http://www.dawn.com/2012/01/21/assurance-sought-against-removal-of-kayani-pasha.html

Friday, January 20, 2012

SC orders FIA to arrest Gilani’s ex media coordinator.

Islamabad: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has directed the Federal Investigation Agency to arrest Khurram Rasool, ex media coordinator of Primr Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.
“We know FIA chief doesn’t comply with court orders but we have granted very much time to him,” Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry remarked as the court resumed hearing into a fraud case against Khurram Rasool.
The CJ directed the FIA to arrest Rasool till January 24.
Rashid A. Rizvi, counsel for applicant Pervez Hassan, told the court that the accused had not been arrested despite the laps of 11 months while a man was arrested from Malaysia within three days because President Zardari wanted him to be arrested.
The CJ said action would be taken against the FIA chief, if tKurram Rasool was not arrested within the stipulated time.
The applicant had accused Rasool of taking kickback in LPG contract.

link: http://www.thenewstribe.com/2012/01/20/supreme-court-orders-fia-to-arrest-gilanis-ex-media-coordinator/#.TxpomKU_9js

Aitzaz Ahsan draws ire from ‘pro-judiciary’ lawyers.

ISLAMABAD: An unpleasant scene was witnessed on Thursday when some pro-judiciary lawyers started chanting slogans against Aitzaz Ahsan, when he was addressing the media at the Supreme Court building. As he was talking to reporters, the lawyers, loyal to Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, gathered there and chanted slogans. Meanwhile, senior lawyers condemned those who hooted against Aitzaz Ahsan and said these elements wanted to defame the judiciary. Renowned lawyer Tariq Mahmood said that it was a shameful act, which would damage the respect of lawyers. Talking to Daily Times, People’s Lawyers Forum President Raja Abdul Rehman said that in compliance with the direction of President Asif Ali Zardari, the PLF lawyers did not appear in the SC but one group of lawyers started chanting slogans against the government at SC building. He demanded the SC Registrar look into the matter to determine why the lawyers who were not members of Supreme Court Bar Association entered the SC building. It is to be noted that on the occasion, Aitzaz Ahsan said Justice Iftikhar was also his chief justice and those who were chanting slogans were his friends.

link: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012%5C01%5C20%5Cstory_20-1-2012_pg7_20

Thursday, January 19, 2012

SC bars by-polls on existing voters’ list.

The Supreme Court has barred ECP from holding by-elections on old voter lists.
During proceedings of the computerised voters lists case, the Supreme Court ruled that by-elections could not be held on the old lists as the Election Commission had itself admitted that 30 million votes were bogus.
The SC ordered that by-elections should be held on authentic voters lists and the Election Commission should ensure free and transparent polls.
The court adjourned the hearing of the case till February 6.

link: http://dunyanews.tv/index.php?key=Q2F0SUQ9MiNOaWQ9NjExMjk=

Dead generals’ trial not possible: LHC.

LHC Chief Justice said it is not possible to prosecute deceased generals.
A special writ petition was submitted in the court, demanding to declare treacherous the army generals who occupied government.
When the Chief Justice started hearing of the petition, the counsel for the petitioner said that army generals weakened the country for their vested interests; so they should be declared treacherous.
CJ Azmat Shaikh asked how is it possible to take action against generals who have passed away. The petitioner said that ex-president Musharraf is yet alive, he may be prosecuted.
The court said that case against Musharraf is under trial in Rawalpindi court.
After hearing arguments, the court put off the hearing of the case.

link: http://dunyanews.tv/index.php?key=Q2F0SUQ9MiNOaWQ9NjExNzg=

Musharraf has delayed the decision to return.

Pervez Musharraf has delayed the decision to return to Pakistan at the end of January.
According to the sources, former president Pervez Musharraf contacted his guarantors in Pakistan and abroad but none of them assured him any favour while the government also announced to arrest him on arrival.
His allies suggested him to delay the decision as the situation in Pakistan is not favourable for him, the sources added.
According to Musharraf’s All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) sources, the decision of former president Pervez Musharraf’s return has been delayed and no new date has been announced in this regard.

link: http://dunyanews.tv/index.php?key=Q2F0SUQ9MiNOaWQ9NjExMDk=

SC puts off contempt hearing to Feb 1.

PM Gilani appeared in the court to respond to contempt notice in NRO implementation case.
The Supreme Court has adjourned the contempt proceeding against the PM to February 1. The apex court has extended the deadline to submit answer in the case to February 1.
The court has also exempted the Prime Minister from appearing in the court in person. The counsel fot the PM aitzaz Ahsan will submit the answer on the February 1, 2012.
Earlier, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani appeared before the Supreme Court to respond to contempt of court proceedings.
A seven-member larger bench of Supreme Court of Pakistan headed by Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk is hearing the contempt of court notice.
Prime Minister Syed Youuf Raza Gilani came on rostrum and presented his views before the bench. He said that he had not given any impression that would entail contempt of court.
The PM told the court that the president enjoys immunity from prosecution in the 18th Amendment that’s why the letter was not written to the Swiss authorities.
"I have come today to show my respect to this court," Yousuf Raza Gilani told the Supreme Court in a statement. "It will not give a good message to proceed against a president who is elected by a two-thirds majority."
"There is complete immunity for head of states everywhere," he said.
"I have discussed this with my friends and experts, and they all agree that he has got complete immunity," Gilani added.
The PM said he spent six years in prison and was never reluctant to appear before the court which shows that he always respected the court. He said Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Nusrat Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto also appeared before the courts.
Gilani’s counsel Aitzaz Ahsan appeared before the bench and reiterated his stance that the president has immunity. The court replied saying that it has been asking the government since 2009 to act upon the case, but no one has come in all these years to talk about president’s immunity.
Ahsan added that the government should have written the letter to the Swiss authorities.
Aitzaz Ahsan said that one paragraph of the NRO verdict was related to the president, however, the Constitution gives him immunity and the court should see the Constitution’s restrictions in his case.
Justice Asif Saeed Khosa inquired whether the government will write the letter or not, but Ahsan said that an inquiry can be held against President Asif Ali Zardari only when he is not the president.
Ahsan added that the Constitution gives immunity to the post of the president and not to Asif Ali Zardari in particular.
Justice Sarmad also inquired why the government has not been writing the letter since two years.
It is only the second time that the court has initiated contempt proceedings against a sitting prime minister.
The heads of the coalition partners, including PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Senior Federal Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan, MQM parliamentary leader Dr Farooq Sattar, Fata parliamentary leader Munir Khan Orakzai, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa, Khyber-Paktunkhwa Governor Barrister Masood Kosar, cabinet members and senior PPP leaders is accompanying Prime Minister Gilani.
The Supreme Court had summoned Gilani to explain his refusal to ask Switzerland to re-open graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. Aitzaz Ahsan will defend the Prime Minister in the case.
On this ocassion security had been tightened in the Supreme Court. Additional CCTV cameras had been installed in the courtrooms as well as at public entry gates of the apex court. Special passes had been issued to the parties to the case and Prime Minister’s legal team.
Later, the the PM left the courtroom as the court adjourned the hearing till Feb 1. The PPP lawyers and workers received the PM and chanted slogans in favour of him and Pakistan People s Party outside the Supreme Court building.
Talking to media outside the Supreme Court after the hearing, Aitzaz Ahsan said that it was a big day for the law, Constitution and the judiciary of the country that the counrty’s prime minister came to the court himself.
“This indicates the majesty of the law and the majesty of the Supremre Court,” he added.

link: http://dunyanews.tv/index.php?key=Q2F0SUQ9MiNOaWQ9NjEwNjk=

CJP Receives PETA Award for Banning Manja.

INDIA: The chief justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammed Chaudhry is being sent an award by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India for banning cruel manja kite string in the Punjab province of Pakistan. PETA India has been working towards banning the use of metal and glass-coated manja across India. Now, PETA India is recognising Chaudhry's landmark decision by honouring him with PETA's Hero to Animals Award.
In reaching his decision, Chaudhry cited the Pakistani constitution, which guarantees protection to life and property, and manja was taking away that right. Although glass-coated kite string is banned in parts of India, such as Mumbai and Gujarat, it is sold and used widely – including in places in which it is banned.
"Flying kites with manja may be entertaining for some people, but it is definitely not fun for families who lose their loved ones or for birds whose wings are cut off", says PETA India's Campaigner Bhuvaneshwari Gupta. "By banning manja in the Punjab province of Pakistan, Chief Justice Chaudhry has taken direct action to save lives – and now India must do the same."
The manja used in kite-flying competitions is gummed and coated with powdered and finely crushed or metal glass. This makes it deadly for thousands of pigeons, crows, owls, kites and other birds who get slashed, wounded or killed when they become entangled in the manja. According to news reports, during Makar Sankranti in India in 2011, 23 pigeons were killed by manja and as many as 167 injured birds were rescued by animal welfare activist. Injuries included fractures, wing cuts and nerve damage. Also injured were two parrots, an eagle and a cat.
Manja also takes a terrible human toll. In one incident in the city of Mumbai in India, stray manja nearly cut a child's throat, and a resident was hospitalised after his neck was slashed by manja while he was riding a scooter. In another incident, a teacher died after his throat was cut by manja. And three people were decapitated by manja during one Makar Sankranti.

link: http://www.economistan.com/?data_id=363

Musharraf will be arrested, Senate assured.

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik assured Senate on Wednesday that former president Pervez Musharraf would be arrested upon his return to Pakistan.
“I assure this house that if he lands in Pakistan, he will be arrested because he is a proclaimed offender in the Benazir Bhutto murder case,” the minister said.
The interior minister’s assurance comes a day after Senator Raza Rabbani submitted a 10-point charge sheet in Senate, calling for the former dictator’s arrest.
Malik said the Pakistan Peoples Party-led government never said that it would not take action against Musharraf, and added that while it is the responsibility of the federal government to give an order for registering a case against Musharraf, it is important for someone to register a complaint in this regard.
The minister also said that Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry should take suo moto notice of the non-constitutional steps taken by the former dictator on November 3, 2007 when he imposed emergency, in clear violation of the Constitution.
He also said that the government had already started the process of issuing a ‘red warrant’ to bring Musharraf back through Interpol.
“A committee should be set up to discuss the complaints against Musharraf,” Malik added.
Senator Rabbani, meanwhile, said that Musharraf was a Pakistani national and should be treated according to law of the land.
The PPP senator said it was alarming that the former president was trying to make the US issue statements in his favour for his return to Pakistan.
Rabbani warned the US against interfering in internal matter of the country and further demanded the government to charge Musharraf under article 6, upon his arrival. “Pakistan will never accept the intervention of the US over Musharraf,” he added.
Leader of the Opposition Abdul Ghafoor Haideri said the JUI-F will support the government if it takes action against Musharraf, who, he said, killed innocent students of Jamia Hafsa.
ANP Senator Hasil Bizenjo alleged that Musharraf was responsible for missing persons across the country, adding that he was the one who started the Balochistan operation during his tenure.
ANP Senator Zahid Khan said that Musharraf was responsible for the present situation of the country as he ‘introduced’ the war against terrorism.
Later, Senate Deputy Chairman Mir Jan Muhammad Jamali asked Senators including Mir Hasil Bizenjo, Zafar Ali Shah, Raza Rabbani and Rehman Malik to sit together to prepare the complaint to register a case against Musharraf under article 6 of the Constitution.
Addressing a political rally on January 8 in Karachi, Musharraf promised his arrival in Pakistan between January 27 and January 30 to take part in the general elections, which are now extensively being anticipated later this year.
Meanwhile, Wednesday’s proceedings condemned the murder of journalist Mukaram Khan Atif, who was killed in Charsadda on Wednesday, and offered prayers for the departed soul.
Earlier, journalists staged a walkout from the House in protest against the brutal killing of the journalist and demanded a probe into the case. The House assured that the issue will be properly pursued.

link: http://tribune.com.pk/story/323922/musharraf-will-be-arrested-senate-assured/

Fully charged Lawyers express solidarity with CJP.

Supreme Court Thursday witnessed a milestone achieved on the appearance of Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani before a seven-member apex court bench in contempt notice. Meantime, lawyers were seen fully charged expressing solidarity with the judiciary and raising slogans in favor of the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammed Chaudhry. Earlier, the PM Gilani showed up at the court in accompaniment of ministers and advisers; however, they were received with the slogans for the court.
Talking to media on the occasion, Justice (rtd.) Tariq Mehmood said it is not appropriate attitude to pressure the courts. Various representatives from different Bar Associations said they will not allow any compromise on the independence of the judiciary.

link: http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/islamabad/19-Jan-2012/fully-charged-lawyers-express-solidarity-with-cjp

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Lawyers take principled stance in SC premises
A group of lawyers raised anti-Government slogans and criticized Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan when he was talking to media after defending the case of Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani in the Supreme Court on Thursday. They were disappointed over the conduct of the man who, once upon a time, played a leading role in the movement for independence of the judiciary and was considered to be a close confidant of the (deposed) Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary.
There are no two opinions that Aitzaz Ahsan spearheaded the movement for restoration of the judges and earned immense respectability as his stance was clearly different from the declared policy and actions of the ruling party to which he belonged. But now he is a totally changed man as he has taken a 180-degree turn on the issue of Swiss accounts of President Asif Ali Zardari and writing of the letter by the Government to the Swiss authorities for reopening of the cases. Electronic media repeatedly ran a clip in which Aitzaz Ahsan said on 24th May 2010 without mincing words that writing of the letter was binding on the Government of Pakistan and the letter written by former Attorney-General Malik Abdul Qayyum should be withdrawn. He also added that now that the apex court has given directives on the issue, there is no escape for the Government but to obey and write the letter. It is because of this change of heart that Aitzaz attracted ire of a group of lawyers for his unprincipled approach. This group of lawyers, which was in fact representing sentiments and views of the majority of the legal fraternity and people of Pakistan, was not against any individual or favouring any person but was only protesting against timeserving approach of Aitzaz. Though the Barrister claimed that the views he expressed about writing of letter to the Swiss Government in the past were his personal opinion and what he said in the apex court on Thursday was in line with the directions of his client but one doesn’t expect a person of the stature of Aitzaz to go against dictates of the conscience. This typical behaviour of proving day as night and write as black for the sake of justifying the fee and protecting the client at all costs is poisonous for the rule of law and dispensation of justice. As for lawyers, who protested against Aitzaz, they were with the judiciary in the past and are expressing solidarity with it once again.

link: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=136463

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

CJP convenes Judicial Commission meeting.

CJP Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry convened Judicial Commission meeting for regularisation of add judges
Law Minister Maula Bakhsh Chandio, Attorney General Moulvi Anwar ul Haq, member judges of the commission and other members will attend the meeting.
It is being hoped that commission will work out recommendations in connection with regularization of 4 additional judges each of Lahore High Court and Sindh High Court which will be sent to parliamentary committee for approval.

link: http://dunyanews.tv/index.php?key=Q2F0SUQ9MiNOaWQ9NjEwMTk=

SC orders NAB to return Sharif family assets.

The Supreme Court rejected the appeal and ordered NAB to return assets of Shrif brothers.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan Wednesday rejected NAB’s appeal regarding recovery of assets of Sharif brothers.
The SC said that NAB cannot confiscate assets of Sharif family under any law. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, while hearing the case, stated that he will not only accept the NAB’s submitted papers.
A three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was hearing appeals filed by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against Sharif family on Wednesday.
The cases related to Hudabiya Paper Mills, Hamza Spinning Mills, Ramzan Sugar Mills and others including confiscation of property.
The stay order given by the Lahore High Court in the case was challenged in the Supreme Court. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has also been made party in the appeals.
Akram Shaikh Advocate appeared on behalf of Sharif family in the case. Following the strong admonishment by the Supreme Court earlier this month, NAB has sprung into action on the cases reopened after the scraping of National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) by the apex court.

link: http://dunyanews.tv/index.php?key=Q2F0SUQ9MiNOaWQ9NjA5MzU=

Aitzaz says President enjoys immunity while in office.

Aitzaz Ahsan has said President Zardari enjoys immunity in Pakistan and Switzerland as well.
PPP leader and counsel for the PM in contempt case against Gilani, Eitzaz Ahsan has said contempt of court could not be applied in NRO implementation case.
He said accountability courts have also accepted that the president has got the immunity. If the Swiss government doesn’t proceed even after the writing of the letter, it will undermine the Supreme Court which he does not want, said Aitzaz.
He also pointed out writing or not writing letter to the Swiss court was the something. If the decision comes against us, we will go for review petition”, he added.
Cases can be pursued after President Asif Ali Zardari is out of the office, he opined.

link: http://dunyanews.tv/index.php?key=Q2F0SUQ9MiNOaWQ9NjA5MjM=

SC to resume Pak Railways irregularities case today.

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan will resume Suo Moto cases against irregularities and non payment of salaries to the workers of Pakistan Railways today (Thursday).
Three-member ench of apex court comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Khilji Arif Hussian and Justice Tariq Pervez would hear the suo moto notice case.
Court has issue notices to Chairman Pakistan Railways, Attorney General for Pakistan Maulvi Anwar-ul-Haq and other concerned authorities.

link: http://www.sananews.net/english/2012/01/sc-to-resume-pak-railways-irregularities-case-today/

IHC seeks federation’s reply over dismissal of Lodhi.

IHC has sought reply from the federation over the dismissal of former defence secretary.
According to Dunya News, the Islamabad High Court has issued notices to all the respondents including President, PM, Secretary Establishment Division and Secretary Cabinet.
It is worth mentioning that former defence secretary Khalid Naeem Lodhi had filed a petition in Islamabad High Court challenging his removal and prayed the court to cancel notice of his dismissal.
The hearing of the case has been adjourned till February 2.

link: http://dunyanews.tv/index.php?key=Q2F0SUQ9MiNOaWQ9NjA5MTM=

Haqqani’s review plea hearing put off.

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court put off on Tuesday the hearing of a review petition of former ambassador to US Husain Haqqani whose counsel sought time to study the detailed judgment recently released by the court in the memo case. Firebrand lawyer Asma Jehangir who had defended the former ambassador after petitions were filed by PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif and others about the alleged secret memo sent to the-then US military chief told the court that she needed time to carefully study the detailed judgment.
A nine-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry granted the request and also issued notice to Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq on a miscellaneous application filed by one Shahid Orakzai.
Mr Orakzai has challenged the formation of the judicial commission to investigate the memo scandal.
In his review petition, Mr Haqqani has argued that the Supreme Court had no authority to order any high court judge to form a commission and carry out investigations because the latter is an independent institution.
He argued that the high courts were not subordinate to the SC and, therefore, the apex court had made an error by applying the principles of Civil Procedure Code to a probe that on face of it was of a criminal nature.
Thus the Dec 30 order had denied the applicant his fundamental rights under Articles 13 and 10A of the Constitution that ensured protection against double punishment and a right to fair trial, he said.

link:http://www.dawn.com/2012/01/18/haqqanis-review-plea-hearing-put-off.html

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Aitzaz to represent PM in contempt proceedings.

Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan has been appointed counsel for Prime Minister in contempt of court case.
Senior PPP leader and former President Supreme Court Bar Aitzaz Ahsan will appear in Supreme Court with the Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani as his counsel on Monday in contempt of court case, Dunya News reported.
The Supreme Court issued contempt notice against PM Gilani on Monday for not implementing SC orders in NRO implementation case and asked the prime minister to appear before the court on January 19 in person.

link: http://dunyanews.tv/index.php?key=Q2F0SUQ9MiNOaWQ9NjA3Nzg=

SC suspends Babar’s licence temporarily.

The Supreme court of Pakistan has temporarily suspends Babar Awan’s licence.
An 11-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry resumed the hearing of the Bhuttoo reference case.
The counsel for the government, Babar Awan requested the court to give him time to submit his reply regarding the contempt notice served to him.
The court observed that no one would be allowed to ridicule the courts.
Babar said that he respects the court.
The apex court rejected Babar’s stance and suspended his licence on temporary basis. The court also ordered the government to appoint a new counsel to pursue Bhutto reference case.

link: http://dunyanews.tv/index.php?key=Q2F0SUQ9MiNOaWQ9NjA3MzI=

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday temporarily suspended the licence of former minister Babar Awan for not submitting a reply in the contempt case against him, DawnNews reported.
An 11-judge bench of the apex court headed by the Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry heard the case.
Awan’s request for more time to file the reply was rejected by the court.
During the hearing, Awan said he respected the court but would also defend himself.
The Supreme Court was of the view that 15 days had been granted to Awan and that the time was enough to file a reply.
Chief justice Iftikhar asked Awan if he was given a contempt of court notice by the Lahore High Court earlier.
On which, Justice Saqib Nisar reminded Awan that he was given the notice by a bench of the court headed by him and that the notice was rescinded once Awan requested for pardon.
Moreover, the court directed that a new lawyer be assigned in the Bhutto reference case.
The court also directed the authorities to inform President Asif Ali Zardari regarding the suspension of Awan’s licence and added that the hearing of the reference case would resume after a new lawyer was appointed.

link: http://www.dawn.com/2012/01/17/sc-suspends-awans-licence.html

SC seeks last three months’ intel on Balochistan.

ISLAMABAD - Rejecting a report on the worsening law and order in Balochistan, the Supreme Court on Monday directed the Balochistan advocate general to submit the last three months’ reports of the Intelligence Bureau (IB), Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and Daily Secret Reports (DSRs) of the special branch. A three-member bench of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Tariq Parvez was hearing a petition filed by Hadi Shakeel, president of Balochistan High Court Bar Association, against the deteriorating law and order in the province.
While rejecting the report submitted by the provincial government, the chief justice directed the Balochistan AG Amnauulah Kunrani to submit the last three months’ reports of the IB, CID and DSRs, as they were under his government.
“If we then think appropriate, we would get the reports from the ISI also,” the chief justice added. Kunrani submitted before the court that situation in Quetta was not as bad as Karachi and all the incidents that occurred in Quetta were individual and the city had never been closed due to such incidents. Justice Khilji Arif Hussain observed that Karachi was a cosmopolitan city having a population of over 20 million and people living in Karachi could move around easily, while in Quetta no one could move around alone. He observed that people residing in Quetta were scared and no one was taking care of the issue. “Balochistan is the soul of Pakistan and no one can live without its soul,” Justice Khilji Arif Hussain added.
SC resumes hearing of ZAB reference today
An 11-member Supreme Court (SC) larger bench headed by CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry will resume hearing of the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto reference today (Tuesday). Senator Dr Babar Awan will appear as the federation’s counsel. Ahmed Raza Kasuri, on whose complaint a murder case was registered against Bhutto, will also appear on notice. The notice was issued to Kasuri with Awan’s and amicus curiae’s consent. Kasuri had already submitted his reply asking the court not to revisit the case.

link: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2012/01/sc-seeks-last-three-months%E2%80%99-intel-on-balochistan/

AG put on notice over Memo commission.

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to Attorney General for Pakistan Molvi Anwarul Haq for assistance on a civil miscellaneous application seeking its intervention to stay proceedings of the Judicial Commission, currently given mandate to probe the memo issue.The civil miscellaneous application was filed by Shahid Orakzai.A nine-member special larger bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry issued notice and adjourned the hearing of the case to a date in office.
The same bench also put off hearing of a review plea moved by Hussain Haqqani, former Pakistan ambassador to US, on pending issue of memo, through his counsel Asma Jahangir.
She appeared and stated that she required time to go through a detailed order of the bench over the memo issue.
She said that she had not received the certified copy of the order yet.The bench accepted her request and adjourned hearing till date in office telling her to apprise the Registrar office about fixation of hearing at a date suitable to her.
Shahid Orakzai, in his plea, had maintained that the Inquiry Commission had also issued a notice, besides others, to the petitioner, namely Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and those petitioners who were all from his (Nawaz) party.
Nawaz Sharif is a leader of the second largest party in the National Assembly as well as the leader of the ruling party in the province of Punjab, and unless immediately restrained, the Commission was likely to give a political tint to its proceedings, the applicant claimed.
In his application, the petitioner had also raised some constitutional objections stating that Chief Justice of Balochistan Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Chief Justice of Sindh High Court Justice Mushir Alam were engaged in the judicial commission that was out of territorial jurisdiction of the respective High Courts.
Orakzai had also mentioned to some other provisions regarding the case and to validate the revelations in his petition.

link: http://app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=175195&Itemid=2

SC rejects Balochistan chief secretary’s report.

'Worsening law and order situation, Court orders AG to submit report from IB, CID by 20th, AG says situation in Quetta 'not as bad as in Karachi''
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (BHC) on Monday rejected a report filed by the Balochistan chief secretary on the security situation in the province.
A three-member SC bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, also directed the Balochistan advocate general (AG) to submit on January 20 reports from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and CID on the law and order situation in Balochistan in the last three months.
“No one can live without a soul ... and Balochistan is the soul of Pakistan,” the court said while hearing a petition by Balochistan High Court Bar Association President Hadi Shakeel Ahmed on the deteriorating security situation in the province.
As the hearing resumed, AG Amanullah Kunrani submitted a report on behalf of the chief secretary of Balochistan. But the court said the report was “not satisfactory” because no steps had been taken to improve the security situation.
The court directed the AG to submit reports from the IB and CID, adding, “We will also seek a report from the ISI, if need be.”
Kunrani told the court that the situation in Quetta “is not as bad as in Karachi”. Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, however, said Karachi was a cosmopolitan city having a population of 20 million people. He said the people of Karachi could move around freely but in Quetta “no one can move alone”. “The people of Quetta are scared [of the poor security situation],” the judge said.
Chief Justice Chaudhry said how could law and order be maintained when the provincial government was not serious to improve the situation. “We don’t want to say anything on our own as there is a constitution which determines duties of the institutions,” the chief justice said.
The court adjourned the case till January 20.

link: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012%5C01%5C17%5Cstory_17-1-2012_pg7_5

Monday, January 16, 2012

SC seeks details of CDA plot allotment.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday sought a detailed report from the Capital Development Authority (CDA) on allotment of plots to its employees in Islamabad’s every sector.
A three-member bench of the apex court, head by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, heard a petition seeking cancelation of allotment of 4000 plots to CDA employees.
In his remarks, the CJP said: “The allotment is illegal. It was national wealth but the plots were given on throwaway prices through a loot sale.”
The CDA officials contended before the court that the employees were allotted 20 percent quota under government’s land policy of 1993. To which the CJP said “no such policy exists. Show it if it’s really so,” adding that the CDA should refer the issue to the Parliament for promulgation of a new law on plots’ allotment.
The apex court ordered CDA to submit a detailed report on plots’ allotment, before adjourning the case till Jan 23.

link: http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/islamabad/16-Jan-2012/sc-seeks-details-of-cda-plot-allotment

PM Gilani agrees to appear in SC on 19.

PM Gilani would appear in the Supreme Court to express his stance over NRO and other cases.
In this regard, a special meeting of coalition parties was held in Islamabad in which it was decided that
PM Gilani would appear in the Supreme Court to express his stance over NRO and other cases.
Supreme Court ramped up the pressure on the beleaguered government Monday, beginning contempt proceedings against the prime minister for failing to carry out its order to reopen a corruption case against the president.
The leaders of allied parties would also appear in the court along with Prime Minister.
A special meeting of the Parliamentary Committee of the coalition partners of the government was held in Islamabad presided by Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and the heads of parliamentary parties and groups.
The issue like pro-govt resolution in the National Assembly, memogate and NRO case were also included in the agenda of the meeting.

link: http://dunyanews.tv/index.php?key=Q2F0SUQ9MiNOaWQ9NjA2MDA=

Hearing of Naeem Lodhi removal case adjourned.

The Lahore High Court has adjourned the hearing of Naeem Lodhi removal case till Jan 18.
LHC Chief Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed resumed the hearing of the case regarding the removal of former Defence Secretary Naeem Lodhi.
The petitioner’s counsel Azhar Saddique told the court that the government tried to hide the facts of memogate case by removing Naeem Lodhi. The government did not follow the rule of law in sacking Lodhi, Azhar added.
The court asked the petitioner are you affected party of the case and remarked if the government sacked any teacher would you file any petition?
The court adjourned the case till 18 January.

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NAB chairman tenders apology in NRO case.

Admiral (r) Fasih Bokhari tendered apology before the Supreme Court in NRO implementation case.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Admiral (R) Fasih Bokhari Monday tendered apology before the Supreme Court for not complying with the court orders.
NAB chief’s counsel said the department has decided to fully implement the SC verdict in the NRO implementation case.
The NAB chief through his lawyer said he was not fully aware of the court affairs. He further said Red Warrants have been issue for former attorney general Malik Qayyum.

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Citizens can’t be left at govt mercy: LHC.

The Lahore High Court has rejected police report regarding Rawalpindi court firing incident.
LHC Chief Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed resumed the hearing of the case regarding firing incident in the Rawalpindi District Courts.
Punjab Police IG presented the report regarding the incident and said that the investigation of the case has been completed.
The court showed dissatisfaction over the report and remarked that the citizens cannot be left at the mercy of the government.
The Home Secretary assured the court that a comprehensive security plan has been prepared to avoid such incidents in the future.
The court ordered to present the security plan till January 20.

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SC issues contempt notice to PM Gilani.

The Supreme Court has served the contempt notice to Prime Minister in NRO implementation case.
The larger bench of Supreme Court has served the contempt notice to the Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in NRO implementation case and asked the PM to appear before the apex court on January 19 in person, Dunya News reported.
A seven-member bench of the apex court, presided over by Justice Nasirul Mulk, was hearing the National Reconciliation Ordinance implementation case on Monday.
Earlier, the Attorney-General Maulvi Anwarul Haq told the Supreme Court that he did not get any instructions from the government in response to the six options put forward by the apex court in the NRO implementation case.
The attorney-general said that he had informed all concerned authorities about the court’s directives but did not get any response from them.
Law Minister Maula Bux Chandio said that the government would consult lawyers and experts with respect to the court’s notice and that whatever would be done would be done in accordance with the law and constitution.

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Government faces critical day in court today.

ISLAMABAD: SC to resume hearing of NRO implementation case: Government faces critical day in court today. Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq to present govt’s viewpoint on six options given by Supreme Court.
The political crisis gripping the country can take a decisive turn today (Monday) when the government appears before the Supreme Court, which is ordering it to reopen a probe against the president.
The seven-member larger bench of the Supreme Court will resume the hearing of the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implementation case today. Attorney General of Pakistan Maulvi Anwarul Haq will present the government’s viewpoint on the six options given by the Supreme Court. The Law Secretary and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman will also appear before the court.
The Supreme Court has been pressing for investigations into allegations of corruption against President Asif Ali Zardari, dating back to before his time in office. He and other leading politicians had been protected by a politically inspired amnesty agreed to in 2008 that the court struck down in 2009, leaving him vulnerable.
The government has so far refused to comply, arguing the president has immunity. Last week, the court threatened to dismiss Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani if they continue to ignore its orders.
It ordered government representatives to appear in court on Monday to explain what they planned to do. A senior member of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) said this week the government would try to get more time from the court, but it’s unclear whether the bench is in a patient mood.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has also constituted an 11-member larger bench to resume hearing from Tuesday of a presidential reference, regarding revisiting of former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s murder case. agencies.

link: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012%5C01%5C16%5Cstory_16-1-2012_pg1_5

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ISLAMABAD: A special Supreme Court bench will be examining the six options related to non-implementation on National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) verdict case from Monday (today).
The Chief Justice has constituted a 7-member special bench comprising Justice Nasir-ul-Mulik, Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Muhammad Ather Saeed to hear the case.
The Attorney General for Pakistan, the Federal Law Secretary, the Chairman NAB and the Prosecutor-General Accountability will appear before the special bench in person. Earlier, a five-member SC bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa observed that action may be taken against the President for violating the Constitution and forwarded the six options in the case to Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, for taking a final decision on Jan 16 (today).
The Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa-led bench stated that prima facie the Prime Minister "is not an honest man" and that "he has violated his oath," giving six options to government to make things crystal clear. Otherwise, contempt proceedings against the Prime Minister and the federal law secretary will be initiated, according to 5-member SC bench.
The six options are: the prime minister is held in violation of his oath of office, proceedings may be initiated against the Chief Executive of the Federation i.e. the Prime Minister, the Federal Minister for Law, Justice and Human Rights Division and the Federal Secretary Law, Justice and Human Rights Division for committing contempt of the SC; the bench may appoint a Commission to execute the relevant parts of the judgment passed and directions issued in the case of Dr Mobashir Hassan versus Federation of Pakistan; afford an opportunity of hearing to the affected person/persons; appropriate recommendations or directions may be made or issued by the bench against the NAB chairman; and the bench may exercise judicial restraint and leave the matter to the better judgment of the people of the country or their representatives in the Parliament to appropriately deal with the "delinquent".

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