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Ashiana scam: Ahad Cheema, others may be indicted on 20th Aug.

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LAHORE: An accountability court may indict former director general Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Ahad Cheema and other accused in Ashiana-i-Iqbal housing scam on 20th August. 
During the proceedings on Monday, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials produced Ahad Cheema, Bismillah Engineering’s proprietor Shahid Shafiq Faridi, former chief executive officer of Punjab Land Development Company Imtiaz Haider, consultant Bilal Qidwai and other accused before Accountability Court Judge Syed Najamul Hassan.
The court distributed copies of the reference among the accused and directed for producing them again on August 20, so they could be indicted by framing charges against them.
It is pertinent to mention here that Lahore Development Authority chief engineer Israr Saeed and Member Technical Land Financial Allocation Committee PLDC Arif Majeed Butt were on bail in the case.
Ahad Cheema has been charged with misusing his authority and awarding illegal contracts, in a reference, filed by NAB. The reference against Ahad Cheema consisted of 11 volumes and more than 3,000 pages.
NAB alleged that Ahad Cheema misused his authority as LDA’s director general and awarded a contract of Ashiana-i-Iqbal Housing Scheme to Lahore Casa Developers, a joint venture of three companies M/s Bismillah Engineering Services Co, M/s SPARCO Construction Company and M/s China First Metallurgical Group Co Ltd, which was ineligible for the purpose.
It was claimed that Ahad also received illegal gratification in the form of 32-kanal land from one of the shareholder companies of the said joint venture.

Relevant pieces published earlier: 

i) NAB had conducted a raid at the house (situated at the Govt. Officers Residence here) of Ashiana Housing Scam’s principal accused Fawad Hassan Fawad and recovered two laptops, mobile phones (including a blackberry) and other important documents related to the case.  Fawad had revealed password of one of his phones that would help get crucial information. Moreover, according to sources some thirty USBs were also taken into custody and sent for forensic testing along with other devices. (Published on 8th July 2018).

ii)  Ashiana Housing Scam’s principal accused Fawad Hasan Fawad – a close aide of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif – has been sent by an accountability court on a physical remand to the NAB today. According to details, an accountability court today has handed over senior bureaucrat Fawad Hassan Fawad to NAB on 14-day physical remand in Ashiana Iqbal Housing scam. Earlier, NAB officials produced Fawad Hassan Fawad before Accountability Court Judge Syed Najamul Hassan in strict security. NAB prosecutor Waris Ali Janjua argued that Fawad Hassan Fawad misused his authority while serving as implementation secretary to chief minister Punjab in Ashiana Iqbal Housing Project. He alleged that the accused through backdoor channels managed to award the contract of Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme to his favorite firm. He alleged that steps taken by Fawad Hassan not only caused a delay in the execution of the project but also resulted in a hike in project cost in billions. He pleaded the court to grant physical remand for further investigation into the matter. However, Fawad Hassan Fawad denied all allegations and termed them baseless. The court after hearing arguments handed over Fawad Hassan Fawad to NAB on 14-day physical remand and directed to produce him again on July 19. It is pertinent to mention here that Civil Services Academy Director General Fawad Hassan Fawad was arrested by NAB on Thursday for his alleged involvement in Rs14 billion Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme scam. The senior bureaucrat, who had served as principal secretary to two former prime ministers of Pakistan, was nabbed by NAB in Ashiana Housing Scam. NAB here has asked Fawad to appear before it in the housing scam case in order to record his statement. But he was taken into custody for not cooperating with the probe. It is pertinent to mention here that Fawad is under investigation apropos his involvement in the Ashiana Housing scam by means of misuse of his authority. He has also been accused of harboring assets worth millions that is far beyond his known sources of income. Fawad has also to justify how he managed to acquire plots in posh housing schemes and allotting agricultural lands. According to NAB Lahore spokesperson, Fawad misused his authority as Secretary Implementation to Punjab Chief Minister when he passed unlawful directions to the Chief Executive Punjab Land Development Company (PLDC) to suspend the contract of Ashiana Iqbal project. The NAB official said the accused got canceled the officially granted contract to Chaudhry Latif & Sons through his orders. He also kept the Inquiry Committee Report, headed by Secretary Finance Tariq Bajwa, hidden from the authorities with mala fide intentions. As per the inquiry committee findings, Chaudhry Latif & Sons company was awarded the contract lawfully and in accordance with the PEPRA rules. The spokesperson said that Chaudhry Latif & Sons had deposited Rs 70 million as mobilization advance, while the project had been officially launched at the time of illegal suspension of the contract. He said the illegal act of the accused Fawad Hassan Fawad caused undue delay in the project, which increased the cost of the project by billions of rupees. The spokesperson said the accused, as Secretary Health Punjab, is alleged to have purchased six mobile health units beyond the market price. The accused purchased six mobile health units while the price of one unit was 55 million rupees. Fawad Hassan Fawad remained unlawfully employed with the Bank Alfalah from September 2005 to July 2006 despite the fact that Secretary Establishment had rejected his request for a double job. The accused remained appointed to the Sprint Energy, a subsidiary of the JS Group, and was involved in preparing and presenting fake No Objection Certificates (NOCs) for transfer of the site of CNG pumps from one district to another.

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Terrorism: Military courts finalize cases of 546 accused

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RAWALPINDI: Since the establishment of military courts cases of 717 accused terrorists were sent to them by the federal government and out of these 546 cases have been finalized.
According to the details issued here by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Sunday out of the 546 finalized cases, 310 terrorists were awarded death penalty while 234 were awarded rigorous imprisonment of varied duration, ranging from life imprisonment to a minimum duration of five years.
Two accused were also acquitted. Out of 310 sentenced to death, 56 terrorists have been executed after completion of legal process beyond military courts decisions, which included their appeal in superior civil courts and rejection of their mercy petition both by Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and the President of Pakistan.
Execution of death sentence of the remaining 254 terrorists is pending, completion of the legal process in the higher courts.
Those who have been awarded death penalty included masterminds, executors and abettors/facilitators of, inter alia, following major terrorist incidents:
1. Army Public School (APS) Peshawar attack of 16 December 2014
(five terrorists executed).
2. Marriot Islamabad terrorist attack, September 2008.
3. Parade Lane terrorist attack, December 2009.
4. Attack on Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) office Multan,
December 2009.
5. The terrorist attack on four Special Services Group (SSG) soldiers,
including two officers, April 2009 (one terrorist executed).
6. Attack on ISI office Sukker, November 2010.
7. Bannu Jail Break, April 2012 (one terrorist executed).
8. Mastung Sectarian terrorist attack, April 2012.
9. Killing of Foreigners in Nanga Parbat, June 2013.
10. Terrorist attack on civilian and security officials at
Chalas, August 2013.
11. Terrorist attack on SSP Chaudhary Aslam, January 2014.
12. Karachi Airport attack, June 2014.
13. Terrorists’ attack on Ms Sabin Mehmood, April 2015.
14. Terrorists’ attack Safora Ghot Karachi, May 2015.
15. Bacha Khan University attack, January 2016.
16. Terrorist attack on Amjad Sabri, June 2016.

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Fake ‘amil’ makes brothers bury their sister alive!

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Fake 'Amil' makes brothers bury their sister alive

Ammar Ahmed Khan

TAXILA: On the instructions of a fake faith-healer two brothers killed their mentally sick sister in order to get the house rid of evil. 

Shabana, 38, and a resident of Banni Mohallah near Christian Hospital had not been seen since 4th of Dec. Her elder brother, Mohammad Imran, who lives separately, lodged a complaint with the police about his sister’s unexplained disappearance. On Friday, the victim’s mother called her brother, Abdul Lateef, saying she had been locked in a room by her two sons, Mohammad Farhan and Mohammad Kamran, and that she had managed to break out of the room.

Abdul Lateef came to his sister’s aid and also informed his nephew, Mohammad Imran. The victim’s mother told her brother and son that her daughter had been buried alive in the well in the house. Imran then informed the local police about the crime. Rescue 1122 was called to retrieve the body but the operation was abandoned when the oxygen supply was exhausted and it got dark.

Rescue 1122 officer Adeel Ahmed said the operation will resume on Saturday after more oxygen cylinders are brought in. Investigation Officer Assistant Sub-Inspector Mohammad Shahzad told media persons that both the suspects were taken into custody. He said the two brothers had confessed to killing their sister on the directives of the local spiritual healer, who had told them that evil forces have descended on her which also affected their family. The spiritual healer had advised they kill her in order to rid the family of evil forces.

A case will be registered against the suspects after the body is recovered. Another case in which a lack of knowledge destroys a life, even consultation with an amateur in the medical field could have prevented such a tragedy.

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4th Anniversary of Army Public School (APS)

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PESHAWAR: Today the nation is observing 4th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the Army Public School Peshawar (APS). 
Six terrorists stormed APS School on the same day four years ago and opened indiscriminate firing killing 147 students and teachers of the school. Prime Minister Imran Khan reiterated that the government would transform the country into such abode where there would be no place for religious, lingual, caste or creed based sectarianism, extremism, and violence.
The Prime Minister in a message on the 4th anniversary of Army Public School (APS) Peshawar tragedy reiterated that education was the only weapon with which they could defeat extremism and terrorism permanently.
He said December 16, reminded the nation of that tragic day on which the terrorists, with utter disregard for the humanitarian and religious principles, targeted the innocent students of the Army Public School who had arrived school to seek an education with a hope for a bright future.
This heart-wrenching incident not only inflicted pain and misery on the whole nation but also paved way for the unity and solidarity among the ranks of the nation against terrorism, he added.
The Prime Minister said with Allah Almighty’s support and nation’s backing, the valiant armed forces of  Pakistan and other law enforcement agencies, through operations Zarb-e-Azb and Raddul Fasad accomplished an
unprecedented decisive action against terrorism.
He said by sacrificing their innocent blood, the APS students united the nation forever against a  heartless enemy who was a blot on the humanity and worst manifestation of inhumanity.
The Prime Minister observed that the memories of APS tragedy would always remain alive. On this day,  they paid tributes to the innocent `Shuhadah’ of APS and expressed solidarity and sympathies with the bereaved families who had sent their children to school for getting an education, but their bodies returned homes wrapped in `Shahadat’.
The whole nation shared the pain and suffering of all the grieving parents, he added. The Prime Minister said the nation had paid huge price in the war on terror. Despite giving huge sacrifices
in term of human and financial losses, still, if anyone leveled the accusation against Pakistan, or blamed it, they were reminded that in this global war, the massive price was paid by the personnel of our armed forces, law enforcement agencies, civilian and innocent souls.
The Prime Minister reiterated that despite all these huge losses and sufferings, as a nation, they were committed to the national, regional and global peace.
He also paid tribute to the gallant armed forces of Pakistan, law enforcement agencies and all those institutions who had sacrificed in the war on terror.
The best way to pay tributes to the `Shuhadah’ was to reiterate the resolve for the sublime objective for which they had laid down their lives, he stressed. Special functions have been arranged at APS schools and other educational institutions to pay homage to martyrs of APS school tragedy.

Similar, functions are being held in other parts of the country including candle vigil light in the memory of martyr students.

President Dr. Arif Alvi Sunday said the sacrifices of innocent students and teachers of Army Public  School (APS) Peshawar had awakened and united the whole nation. On the 4th anniversary of the APS tragedy, the President in his message said, the APS was not only a  national tragedy but also a day to renew the pledge towards the motherland. The nation should vow that it would be ready for every sacrifice to face extremism in the country, he added. The President prayed for the `Shuhadah’ of the APS and the bereaved families to bear their losses with equanimity.  He observed that the nation would always remember the great sacrifices of the APS `Shuhadah’  and their families. The whole nation also acknowledged the huge sacrifices rendered by the armed forces and other law enforcement agencies in their successful campaigns to root out terrorism.

President of ANP Asfanyar Wali Khan Saturday emphasized on full implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) drafted in the wake of APS carnage on December 16, 2014, that united the entire nation on the platform against terrorism. On the eve of the fifth anniversary of APC massacre, the ANP Chief argued that though some points of the NAP have been followed by the provinces and the federal government majority of the points yet to be implemented. To avoid APS like carnage, Asfandyar Wali said: “we have to bring the factors behind the national tragedy before of the nation”.  The notion of good and bad Taliban has to be abandoned and initiation of across the board action against the banned outfit was need of the hour to get rid of terrorism, he added. NAP is the best option available with us to overcome the problem of terrorism on sound footings, he added.  The atmosphere of trust and confidence is being built due to temporary peace in the region, therefore, we have to benefit from it an otherwise big danger in the shape of Daesh was looming large in the region which is being funded by forty countries. The philosophy of non-violence of Khudai Khidmatgar Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan also known as Baacha Khan has to be followed in letter and spirit for achieving the desired goal of peace in the region.

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Sunday said that the Pakistani nation will never forget the sacrifice of the martyrs of Army Public School in the war against terrorism. Paying glowing tributes to Martyrs of Army Public School (APS) Peshawar, the minister said in a statement that the callous and inhuman terrorists targeted innocent students having no parallel in human history. He said  Pakistan was a country, children of which contributed to the war against terrorism through their blood. He said that sacrifice of APS students and teachers was the undeniable proof of Pakistani nation’s unflinching resolve to defeat this scourge as every segment of society including children, women, youth, elderly and non-Muslims have resisted terrorism by setting examples of bravery. He said if any country neglected supreme sacrifices and gave negative remarks against Pakistani nation’s efforts in the war against terrorism, actually it insulted the sacrifices of innocent martyrs of APS, our valiant armed forces, police, and other law enforcement agencies, adding, no religion or justice loving person can allow this attitude. Fawad said that with the grace of Almighty Allah, Pakistan has defeated terrorists and Pakistan would keep the tradition of sacrifices in this war alive.

Candles were lit in the memory of martyrs of Army Public School (APS) Peshawar, outside DC Complex in Faisalabad. Speaking on the occasion, the DC said the APS tragedy was the worst example of barbarism. He said sacrifices of the martyrs would be remembered for long. He said a site outside the DC Complex had been fixed where people could place flowers and lit candles for APS martyrs. Later, Fateha was also offered.

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