Petitioner says a person with low levels of hearing had been deemed more deserving of quotaISLAMABAD. : The Supreme Court on Thursday summoned members of the anti-corruption establishment and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to court to probe allegedly the unlawful recruitment on quotas originally meant for persons with disabilities. A three-judge bench headed by Justice Azmat Saeed decided that action would be taken against all individuals found facilitating undeserving people acquire jobs meant for disabled persons. “If people who actually deserve these positions complain about being left out, they are forced to knock door-to-door” the petitioner regretted. The court subsequently ordered the issuance of summons to FIA and anti-corruption officials.
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April 25, 2019 20:03 UTC
At one stage, the opposition approached the Speaker’s dais and raised slogans against Prime Minister Khan. PPP’s women lawmakers sought to speak on points of order on Khan’s remarks during a rally in Wana. The PPP lawmakers were protesting against Khan’s remarks during a rally in Wana on Wednesday. “This is an insult to the post of prime minister. If the prime minister does not take back his words, I will say that he is not my prime minister,” Shah told the house.
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April 25, 2019 18:56 UTC
According to reports, 125 lawmakers from the total 185 of the ruling alliance in Punjab attended the reception, including Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar. Informed sources said that while Governor Sarwar had not invited Jahangir Tareen to the reception, he had personally extended an invitation to Elahi on the telephone, however he did not show up at the event. Elahi’s son Moonis Elahi and senior party leader Tariq Bashir Cheema were also not seen at the dinner reception. Interestingly, CM Buzdar met Elahi a few hours before the reception after which the latter again reiterated his party’s support for the former. Everyone, including myself, is working within the constitutional limits and all of us enjoy confidence of the prime minister,” the governor said.
April 25, 2019 18:47 UTC
Earlier this year, a sexual harassment incident was reported in the National Assembly’s secretariat, when an assistant director at the international relations department claimed that she had been consistently asked for sexual favors by her director general Waseem Iqbal Chaudhry, since 2014. The Criminal Penal Code’s section 509 and the Women Protection Act 2010 are the only laws viable against sexual harassment across the country. Sexual harassment in public spaces was declared a criminal offense, which was lauded by working women. The present laws on the sexual harassment are embodied with all aspects and can dispense instant justice. In Pakistan, the criminal justice system is marred by institutional challenges which make it difficult to address the sexual harassment aspect of criminal law.
KP govt creates problems for other provincesPakistan needs to work hard to overcome the persisting curse of polio which disables children for life. What stand in the way is the opposition to the campaign from a backward section of the clergy, and rumours spread to discourage immunization. The biggest damage was done by a made up video shared on social media showing vaccinated children lying unconscious. The rumours led to an attack on a health facility, two polio teams being taken hostage in separate towns and two policemen guarding polio teams being shot dead. How long will the scare persist affecting the performance of the polio workers remains a matter of conjecture.
The committee was assured that the 27-point plan had been satisfactorily implemented, but the animosity of global and regional powers would undermine the country’s efforts. The committee’s members were not satisfied with the information shared with them, being disappointed that they were not given a point-wise compliance report, but a generalised statement. If Parliament was to be consulted, it should have been an exercise to do more than fulfil formalities by holding an incomplete briefing and that too late. It was almost as if there was a wish to prevent the Parliament from interfering in the whole matter, except for applying pressure diplomatically. Diplomacy has not been able to prevent India from being the co-chair of the FATF Regional Group which will report on Pakistan’s compliance.
LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday extended the interim bail of Punjab Assembly Opposition Leader Hamza Shehbaz till May 8. The LHC judge asked NAB prosecutor to inform the court regarding availability of documents in the references. NAB prosecutor argued that the anti-corruption watchdog will have to investigate into offshore companies and foreign transactions of Hamza Shehbaz. NAB prosecutor said that complaints were emerged against Shehbaz Sharif, Hamza Shehbaz and Salman Shehbaz. After completion of the arguments, the high court extended interim bail of Hamza Shehbaz till May 8 and adjourned the hearing.
April 25, 2019 18:09 UTC
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday submitted an inquiry report to the Supreme Court (SC) on Brigadier (r) Asad Munir’s suicide, explaining that the latter had appeared before investigators five times – thrice as a witness and twice as an accused. Munir passed away on March 15 and left behind a note lamenting disrespectful treatment meted out by NAB officials. Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa had taken notice of the suicide note left behind by the former officer and sought a reply from NAB Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal. The matter was probed by a three-member committee chaired by Iqbal and comprising NAB Director General Brig (r) Adeel and NAB Prosecutor General Asghar Haider. He said he had filed a review appeal addressed to the interior secretary but received no response.
April 25, 2019 18:00 UTC
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Thursday said that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s comments using words such as ‘sahiba’ are nothing but an insult to himself as it shows his mentality. That our prime minister is saying that being a woman is an insult?”“This is Pakistan and here women stand shoulder to shoulder with men. “We were the first Muslim country to elect a women prime minister. Regarding the fact that the premier termed the incident as a slip of tongue, Bilawal said, “The amount of slip of tongues by this prime minister is more than the speed of light. To a question, Bilawal replied, “We did not accept the one-unit system before and won’t accept it today either.
KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Thursday turned down former Malir senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rao Anwar’s request seeking an exemption from personal appearances in a case pertaining to the murder of Waziristan native Naqeebullah Mehsud in a police ‘encounter’. In his petition, Anwar insisted that he faced security threats from terrorist groups since he had conducted operations against them during his tenure as a police officer. He urged the court to exempt him from appearing in person, unless it was required by the court for hearing of the ongoing murder case in which he is the chief suspect. The request was opposed by Salahuddin Panhwar, counsel of Naqeeb’s father, who said that Anwar’s claims of facing security threats did not stand as he was not a serving police officer anymore. The former SSP’s application was not maintainable under the provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997, he added.
ISLAMABAD: The US Embassy in Islamabad on Thursday rejected media reports of a firing range being built inside its compound as ‘baseless and untrue’. “The upgrades to the firing range are intended to make the range safer for the police, as well as the citizens and diplomats who live and work near the range,” US mission added. The statement further added that the firing range is not in the US Embassy compound. According to the statement released, the government of Pakistan requested the upgrades, then vetted and approved the project in July of 2018. Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal in his press briefing had also mentioned that the firing range was being made after approval from the government for Islamabad Capital Territory Police.
Foreign Office Spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal on Thursday denied that he had said that Dr Aafia Siddiqui does not want to come back to Pakistan. During his weekly press briefing, Dr Faisal claimed that his statement regarding Aafia had been taken out of context. “Steps to bring Dr Aafia Siddiqui back are underway and the matter of her return is continuously being raised with Washington,” he added. On Tuesday, Independent Urdu had shared an interview with the FO spokesperson in which he was said “she (Dr Siddiqui) will not come back. It is pertinent to mention here that last year, Dr Siddiqui’s sister, Dr Fouzia, had requested Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to take up the matter with the US.
BEIJING: China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will figure prominently at the 2nd Belt and Road Forum (BRF) that started its proceedings here on Thursday. With the support of Chinese businesses, industrial parks built in other Belt and Road countries have generated nearly 300,000 local jobs. A cooperation platform originating from Eurasia, extending to more continents, the Belt and Road Initiative has shown broad prospects and enormous potential. The Belt and Road will become a road of peace, prosperity, opening up, green development, innovation, connected civilizations, and clean government. It will make economic globalization become more open, inclusive, balanced and beneficial to all,” according to a BRI’s report published Thursday.
April 25, 2019 17:26 UTC
In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred two Kashmiri youth including a physiotherapist, Dr Burhan-ud-Din Ganai, in Bijbehara area of Islamabad district, on Thursday. According to Kashmir Media Service, Dr Burhan-ud-Din Ganai and another youth Safdar Amin were martyred by the troops during a cordon and search operation at Bagender Mohalla in Bijbehara. A police official talking to reporters said that the youth were militants and were killed in an encounter with the troops. He said that the bodies of the youth were retrieved from the site of clash. Meanwhile, the occupation authorities have suspended mobile internet service in the district and also imposed restrictions in Islamabad and Bijbehara towns.
April 25, 2019 17:15 UTC
PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron pledged on Thursday to cut tax further and said the French would have to work more as he outlined his response to months of anti-government protests that have challenged his authority. Two years into his presidency, Macron is under pressure to deliver policies to quell the five-month old “yellow vest” movement, after a first salvo of measures worth 10 billion euros ($11.13 billion) last December failed to put the genie back in the bottle. I believe quite the opposite,” Macron told a news conference, the first of his presidency in the Elysee Palace. Macron, who swept to power promising to “transform France” and “make work pay”, has seen his ambitious reform agenda derailed by the unrest. Pension and unemployment insurance reforms planned for 2019 have made little progress so far.
April 25, 2019 16:52 UTC