LONDON: Son of Maryam and Safdar Junaid and son of Hussain Nawaz Zakaria were taken into custody by the Police here when they scuffled and punched (reportedly PTI activists) raising slogans in front of Avenfield House o Thursday (12th of July).
They were released after three hours following interviews by police. Taking to the twitter Maryam Safdar claimed that PTI workers manifesting outside their London flat shouted ‘son of a bitch’ every time they saw Junaid. “Hence anyone would have reacted”:
It is pertinent to point out here that Junaid’s father Captain (R) Mohammad Safdar, who was convicted by the accountability court in the Avenfield Scam case on Friday (6th of July) had been arrested by NAB on 11th of July from Rawalpindi. He is presently incarcerated at Adhiala Jail.
Relevant pieces published earlier:
i) NAB has arrested Captain (R) Safdar from here today when he surfaced at a PML-N rally. He will be taken to the NAB office in Islamabad (G-6 Markaz) and produced before the court tomorrow. It is pertinent to mention here that NAB had conducted a number of raids in the last two days but failed to nab Captain (R) Safdar. Today he himself opted to surrender before the NAB authorities on the advice of PML-N leadership. But NAB claimed that it was its incessant raids that forced the convict to surrender. (Published on 8th July 2018).
ii) Captain (R) Safdar, the son-in-law of disposed and convicted prime minister of Pakistan Mian Nawaz Sharif, has surfaced at the PML-N election rally here today. Claiming that the NAB reference against the Nawaz clan was fabricated, Safdar said that he was there to surrender himself before (NAB) authorities (at Liaquat Bagh). He said today was the time to decide how the country should be governed and does nation want to live in darkness or come out of it. Safdar held that conspirators did not want the nation to prosper and deprived Pakistanis did not get anything in the last seven decades. It is pertinent to mention here that earlier today he had sent an audio message to Media saying that he would surrender as ‘honor demanded that’.
Sources informed that party leadership had decided that Safdar should turn himself in. According to sources, a team headed by Deputy Director NAB Mahboob Alam has reached Rawalpindi to arrest Safdar. Assistant Director Adnan Butt and Imran Dogar are also part of the NAB team that along with local police is present at Teli Mohallah. NAB team, while pointing out that Captain (R) Safdar is a convict, has also warned that action would be taken against those abetting him. Meanwhile, Maryam Nawaz, while talking to Media in London spoke about the Sharif clan’s ‘sacrifices’ and said that while people – afraid of incarceration in Pakistan – flee to London, they were going back to face jails. (Published on 8th July 2018)
News agencies in Europe to fight fake news
ALBANIA: News agencies in Europe have joined forces to fight the growing threat posed by fake news.
In a resolution adopted last week in Tirana, these commit to developing effective tools and rules to enable journalists and Internet users to fight misinformation as well as to promote reliable media and educate users to surf in the digital environment.
The news agencies that attended the international conference ‘News Agencies vs. Fake News,’ organized by the ATA news agency on 3- 4 December in Tirana, also agreed to cooperate directly to check the news and discover in due time fake news and improve the transparency of online news, which entails a consistent development of professional journalism.
The purpose of these measures is to mitigate the impact of fake news on communities at the local, national and international level, to highlight the entities that are at the origin of the dissemination of fake news and to strengthen the activity and profile of news agencies as real news providers.
The aim is also to raise public awareness of the danger posed by fake news to our societies and to media professionals regarding the impact of the phenomenon on the entire media environment, to enhance the skills of journalists in identifying and avoiding fake news and to promote real, impartial and accurate news.
The resolution, adopted on the last day of the Tirana conference and published on 10 December, was initiated by 13 news agencies: ATA (Albania), PAP (Poland), CNA (Cyprus), ANA-MPA (Greece) , BTA (Bulgaria), KosovaPress (Kosovo), TASR (Slovakia), ANADOLU (Turkey), AzerTac (Azerbaijan), AGERPRES (Romania), TANJUG (Serbia), HINA (Croatia) and UKRINFORM (Ukraine).
The signatories call on all news agencies, whether state-funded or private, as well as international news agencies, to join this Resolution.
The heads of the news agencies present at the Tirana conference insisted on the need to address the global phenomenon of fake news, underlining that new technologies allow the rapid spread of fake and confusing pieces of news that violate one of the fundamental human liberties, namely the right to information.
Cancellation of 30-year lease due to non-utilisation
KARACHI: Secretary Land Utilisation, Government of Sindh, has instructed the concerned authorities to cancel a 30-year lease that is being misused.
According to the notification “it has come to the notice of this office that the different allottees that had been granted 30-years lease for agricultural/poultry-cattle-dairy farming purpose and not utilizing the same purpose, but unfortunately conditions of the lease agreements are not fulfilled and land is being wrongly utilized for various purposes. In some cases, allottees are involved in sale/purchase of 30 years lease that is totally illegal and causes lost of billions of rupees to government exchequer by occupying and raising construction over the said land.
“Keeping in view, the concerns above you are requested to cancel all leases of 30 years lease as well as short-term leases which have violated the required terms and conditions of the lease. The deputy commissioners are directed to ensure that the conditions set forth in leases referred above may be followed/implemented in letter and spirit. Failure shall remember to ascertain procedure in law. This matter may be given on TOP PRIORITY and report of which may be sent to this department”.
Probe against MDs SNGPL, SSGPL
ISLAMABAD: A 4–member Fact Finding Committee has been constituted to probe the allegations leveled against MD Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) and Sui Southern Gas Pipelines Limited (SSGCL).
According to a notification issued here today, Uzma Adil Khan, chairperson Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has been nominated as chairperson of the committee and members included Qazi Saleem Siddiqui, DG, (PC), Shahid Yousaf DG (Gas) and Imran Ahmed DG (LG). The committee has been directed to submit a report within 72 hours.
The committee has been authorized to get the services of an expert witness to assist in its proceedings. The committee has been constituted in pursuance of presentation to the PM on load management, PLNG supply and demand and off-take of furnace oil. The allegations against MD, SNGPL, and SSGCL included negligence in reporting of facts to the ministry or incompetence to deal with operational issues. Withholding of information from the government and overall systemic governance failure of SNGPL and SSGCL.