ISLAMABAD: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Wednesday adjourned the hearing of Mumbai attack case without any proceedings.
The prosecution disclosed in the court that report of calling of 27 foreign witnesses from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was not yet received and sought adjournment which the court accepted and adjourned the hearing.
Earlier the IHC had issued dictations to ATC for testifying witnesses again which already had testified or left over in the case.
The verdict was issued after the ATC adjourned Mumbai attack case hearing without any proceedings . Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) filed a petition in IHC, seeking recalling of witnesses which was earlier rejected by the ATC.
The hearing of post-arrest bail application of five accused in the case was also adjourned.
It may be mentioned that IHC had already turned down FIA request to halt the Mumbai attack case proceeding at ATC.
NAB to investigate Nawaz in bullet proof vehicles matter
ISLAMABAD: An Accountability Court (AC) Tuesday permitted National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to meet convicted Nawaz Sharif in jail for an investigation related to personal use of bulletproof vehicles imported for South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) conference 2016.
AC-II Judge Arshad Malik heard the case. NAB pleaded that 34 bulletproof vehicles were purchased from Germany and imported without paying duty for the guests of the SAARC conference. However, 20 vehicles were used in the motorcade which had been kept in his and his daughter Maryam Nawaz’s personal use.
It further said the anti graft body had recorded the statement of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, ex-principal secretary to prime minister Fawad Hassan Fawad and other officials. NAB said the foreign office officials had misused their powers in a matter of bulletproof vehicles.
SC dismisses NAB appeal against acquittal of accused
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) plea against acquittal of a bank cashier in a corruption case.
The trial court had awarded some 30 months imprisonment to a local bank cashier Sabir in 2008 over allegations of corruption and a failed attempt of robbery in the bank in 2004. The accused remained in jail for 34 months, four months extra in jail when he was acquitted by the Peshawar High Court (PHC) for lack of evidence. Later, NAB challenged his acquittal in the SC.
A three-member SC bench by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa and comprising Justice Sardar Tariq Masood and Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel, which heard the case, maintained the PHC verdict dismissing NAB’s appeal.
During the course of proceedings, the chief justice remarked that according to the high court verdict there was no solid evidence against the accused. He observed that bank branches prepared cash balance sheets on a daily basis.
LHC verdict about Model Town JIT challenged in SC
LAHORE: An appeal has been filed in the Supreme Court (SC) Lahore Registry challenging suspension of notification for new joint investigation team (JIT), formed to probe 2014-Model Town incident, by the Lahore High Court (LHC).
The appeal was filed by Bisma Amjad, the daughter of Tanzila Amjad, who was killed in the Model Town incident, through her counsel Muhammad Azhar Siddique.
The appellant submitted that an LHC full bench had suspended the notification for new Model Town JIT and stopped it from work. She submitted that the bench was not empowered to stop the team from investigations, as per law.
She argued that the new JIT had completed the investigations and it was ready to compile its final report. If the JIT is not allowed to complete its work then Model Town accused could not be punished, she added.
She pleaded with the court to set aside the LHC verdict.
It is pertinent to mention here that an LHC bench had suspended a notification for formation of new JIT, by a two to one majority vote, on petitions assailing the new JIT, on March 22.
The current JIT was constituted after a five-member larger bench of the Supreme Court disposed of a Suo Motu notice on 5th December 2018, after the Punjab government informed that a new JIT would be formed to investigate the Model Town case.
The suo moto notice was taken on an application of Bisma Amjad. She had requested for formation of a new JIT to probe the killing of workers of the PAT and Idara Minhajul Quran.
Model Town incident took place on June 17, 2014, in which 14 people were killed and 100 others injured after police launched an assault on PAT supporters in Model Town, Lahore.
A JIT was also formed in 2014 which conducted and finalized its investigation in May 2015. The JIT had cleared Shehbaz Sharif and Rana Sanaullah and dismissed all charges leveled against them in the FIR.