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ANF seized 288 ton drugs in 20 months

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ISLAMABAD: The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) has made significant drug seizures of 288 ton during last one year and eight months which shows its commitment towards making Pakistan a drug-free country.
Of the total, the ANF seized 165.97 Metric Tons (MT) of narcotics and 56.63 MT of precursor chemicals during 2017, and 50 MT narcotics and 15 MT of precursor chemicals during the first eight months of this year.
The year-wise data regarding seizures, issued by Narcotics Control Division, has revealed that in 2007, ANF seized 33 MT of narcotics, in 2008 74 MT narcotics and 17 MT precursors chemicals, in 2009 71 MT narcotics and in 2010 98 MT narcotics and 68 MT precursor chemicals.
Similarly, the year 2011 witnessed seizures of 107 MT narcotics, one MT precursor chemicals, 76 MT narcotics in 2012, 130 MT narcotic and 120 MT precursor chemicals in 2013, in 2014, 158 MT narcotic and 101 MT precursor chemicals, and 205 MT narcotics and 5 MT precursor chemicals in 2015.
The year 2016 saw seizures of 215 MT narcotics and 25MT precursor chemicals, 164 MT narcotics and 56 MTprecursor chemicals seized in 2017 while the number of seizures during first eight months of this year was 50 MT narcotics and 15 MT precursor chemicals.
Besides, a significant number of seizures, ANF also registered a number of cases at its Police Stations countrywide and arrested numerous accused involved in these cases.
Meanwhile, under international coordinated operations, the ANF has been providing assistance to international Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) and on shared information, a larger amount of seizures were made during the period.
The ANF provided assistance to 28 countries and major amongst them were United Kingdom (UK), Malaysia, Canada, South Africa, Indonesia, UAE, Iran, Brazil, China, Germany New Zealand, Poland, China etc.
When contacted, official sources said a lot of drug demand reduction and awareness activities including walks, games/sports competitions, speech/debate competitions, lectures, seminar, and workshops have been conducted under awareness campaign.
The ANF is striving for the establishment of a Drug-Free Society and under the campaign, the Force arranges awareness for the general public through billboards, LEDs, steamers, banners, and distribution of material e.g.brochures, pamphlets and leaflets in different parts of the country, especially major cities including Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta and Rawalpindi through Regional Directorates of ANF Pakistan.

 

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SHC grants bail to Sharjeel Memon

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KARACHI: SHC has today granted bail to Sharjeel Memon (former Sindh Information Minister) in a corruption reference.

The reference pertains to abusing power by means of awarding advertisements at exorbitant rates. However, the IO had conceded during today’s hearing before the court that it had not been proven that Memon had received kickbacks from the deal.

The two-member bench after hearing the arguments granted bail to Sharjeel Memon against a surety of Rs. 5 million. One may recall that a NAB team nabbed Memon on 23rd October following SHC’s rejection of his bail application. 

Relevant pieces published earlier: 

Grant of advt at exorbitant rates: SHC rejects Sharjeel Memon’s interim bail plea!

KARACHI: A two-judge SHC bench has rejected the interim bail application of former information minister Sharjeel Inam Memon and other 12 co-accused in a graft case here today.

According to details, following the NAB special persecutor’s arguments regarding the corruption case against Sharjeel Memon and others, the court has accepted the bail of one of the thirteen accused only.

Sharjeel Memon is accused of inflicting losses to the national exchequer by resorting to corrupt practices in granting (SID) advertisements – related to awareness – to the electronic media between July 2013 till 2015.

He will be arrested by the NAB team as soon as he emerges from SHC building as legally one could not be detained from the premises of the court.

Readers may recall that Sharjeel Memon is also facing charges in connection with illegal allotment of land.

It is pertinent to mention here that Memon fled the country in 2015 when NAB commenced an inquiry against him regarding five billion rupee corruption. But he returned to Pakistan last March and managed to obtain interim bail.  

Sharjeel Memon arrested by NAB from the SHC gate

Sharjeel Memon produced before NAB court in corruption case

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Attacks against minorities continue in India

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ISLAMABAD: An official US report has said that the mob attacks by violent extremist Hindu groups against the minority communities, particularly Muslims, continued in India in 2018.
According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS), the US State Department, in its annual 2018 International Religious Freedom Report, said, “Mob attacks by violent extremist Hindu groups against minority communities, especially Muslims, continued throughout the year amid rumors that victims had traded or killed cows for beef.”
The report said some senior officials of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made inflammatory speeches against the minority communities. According to some NGOs, the authorities often protected perpetrators from prosecution, it said.
It said that as of November, there were 18 such attacks, and eight persons were killed during the year. On June 22, two Uttar Pradesh police officers were charged after a Muslim cattle trader died of injuries sustained while being questioned in police custody, the report said.
The US State Department said that there were reports by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that the government sometimes failed to act on mob attacks on religious minorities, marginalized communities and critics of the government.
It said that the central and state governments and members of political parties took steps that affected Muslim practices and institutions. “Proposals to rename Indian cities with Muslim provenance continued, most notably the renaming of Allahabad to Prayagraj. Activists said these proposals were designed to erase Muslim contributions to Indian history and had led to increased communal tensions.”
There were reports of religiously-motivated killings, assaults, riots, discrimination, vandalism, and actions restricting the right of individuals to practice their religious beliefs and proselytize, the annual report said.
The report also mentioned the brutal gang-rape and murder of eight-year-old Aasifa Bano of Kathua area of Jammu region of occupied Kashmir. “On January 10, Jammu and Kashmir police arrested eight men, including four police personnel, in connection with the kidnapping, gang rape, and killing of an 8-year-old girl (Aasifa). The men allegedly kidnapped the victim, took her to a nearby temple, and raped and killed her in an effort to drive her nomadic Muslim community out of the area,” it said.

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Nine injured in grenade attack at hotel in Dera Bugti

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DERA BUGTI: At least nine persons were injured in grenade attack at a hotel in Pir Koh area of Dera Bugti district, rescue sources said.

According to Levies officials, unknown attackers hurled a grenade at a hotel in Pir Koh leaving nine people injured including three children.

Deputy Commissioner Dera Bugti said on the occasion that the terrorists attacked the katcha hotel when the customers were drinking tea outside the premises.

Unidentified assailants fled from the scene after the attack.

Levies force cordoned off the area and started search to trace out suspects. Investigation agencies have also launched probe of the grenade attack.

 

 

 

 

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