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Karachiites go to SC against SHC decision apropos Shahzeb Murder Case retrial!

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KARACHI: Members of the civil society converged today at KPC to announce that they were going to SC against LHC decision whereby terror charges were removed against Shahrukh Jatoi facilitating the culprits walk free after bails. 

Appellants   – Muhammad  Jibran  Nasir,  Jamshed  Raza  Mahmood,  Afiya Shehrbano  Zia,  Naeem  Sadiq,  Nazim Fida  Hussain  Haji,  Karamat  Ali,  Zulfiqar  Shah,  Aquila Ismail,  Fahim  Zaman  Khan,  and  Naziha  Syed  Ali – held:
“We the  petitioners  like  all  other  residents  of  Karachi  have  been  deeply  affected  and  aggrieved  by Judgment of  the  Honorable  Sindh  High  Court  of  28.11.2017  whereby  terror  charges  were removed  against  Shahrukh Jatoi  and three  others in the  case  of  killing  of  youth  Shahzeb Khan, an incident which had horrified and affected all  of  us.
“It  is astonishing  that  a  retrial has been  ordered in  the  case  where  the  trial  had  been  concluded  four  and  half  years  ago.  The  sole  reasoning  given by  the  Honorable  High  Court  is  that  motive  of  killing  Shahzeb  Khan  was  personal  enmity.  Since then, all  accused have  been released on bail.
“This  decision  of  the  Honorable  High  Court  is  specially  of  concern  given  that  another  Divisional Bench  had  already  noted  in  2013  in  this  very  case  that  the  killing  of  Shahzeb  Khan  had  “created a  sense  of  helplessness and insecurity  amongst the  people of  Defence/Clifton”  as  keeping in view the  manner  in  which  the  murder  was  carried  out  which  involved  a  car  chase  and  shoot  out  on  a public  road  in  a  densely  populated  area  of  DHA.
“Furthermore,  not  only  has  the  Honorable  High Court  set  a  poor  precedent  by  overturning  decision  of  a  bench  of  the  same  size  in  the  same  case on  the  same  issue  but  has  also  failed  to  consider  various  judgments  of  the  Supreme  Court  which have  well  established  that  it  is  not  only  the  reason  for  murdering  someone  but  also  the  design, manner and  circumstances in  which the  murder was done  which  determines terrorism.
“In  any  criminal  case  the  primary  responsibility  of  prosecuting  a  criminal  is  that  of  the  State.  It was  very troubling  but  not  surprising  to  note  that  the  State  abdicated  its  legal  and  moral responsibilities  as  the Prosecutor  General  conceded  to  the  case  of  the  accused  persons  in  this case  and  consented  to  the  Judgment of  the  Sindh  High  Court.
“Furthermore,  for  reasons  unknown to  us  the  family  and  legal  heirs  of  Shahzeb  Khan  have  also  pardoned the  accused.
“However,  we believe  that  if  justice  is  a  mutual  concern  for  all  members  of  society  then  its  pursuit  should also be  a  collective  responsibility  specially  when  the  crime  has  not  only  resulted  in  a  personal  loss  to the family  of  the  deceased  but  affected  the  entire  society  striking  panic,  fear,  sensation, insecurity  and terror.
“It  is  because  of  inconsistent  application  of  laws  and  meddling  of  power  and  influence  in investigation  and  prosecution  of  criminal  cases  including  those  related  to  terrorism  that  such horrifying  acts  continue  to  take  place  in  society  where  killers  roam  around  with  impunity creating  a  mockery  of our laws and justice  system  continuing  to terrorize  citizens.
“Accordingly,  we  have  today  filed  an  appeal  before  the  Honorable  Supreme  Court  against Judgment  of  the  Honorable  Sindh  High  Court  of  28.11.2017  and  as  part  of  which  appeal  we  have also  prayed  that  operation  of  the  said  Judgment  should  be  suspended,  and  all  four  accused including  Sharukh  Jatoi  should be  arrested and taken in judicial custody.
“It  is  our  moral  and  constitutional  duty  to  not  allow  our  criminal  justice  system  to  be  reduced  to  a private  dispute  settlement  system  and  ensure  deterrence  and  protection  against  such  crimes through strict implementation of  the laws in letter  and spirit”.

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15 killed in ongoing militants attack on Kenya hotel complex

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NAIROBI: Fifteen people have died in a terrorists attack on an upmarket hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenyan police sources said Wednesday, as fresh explosions and gunfire rang out in the siege which stretched into its second day.

Security forces worked throughout the night to secure the DusitD2 compound, which includes a 101-room hotel, spa, restaurant and office buildings, after an attack claimed by Al-Shabaab militants on Tuesday afternoon.

At least one suicide bomber blew himself up at the hotel while gunmen sprayed fire before engaging security forces and holing themselves up at the premises as civilians fled or barricaded themselves in their offices awaiting rescue.

“We have 15 people dead as of now and that includes foreigners,” a police said.

Among the dead was an American citizen, a State Department official said.

A second police source confirmed the toll but warned “there are areas not yet accessed but that’s what we know so far.”

After 12 hours trapped inside the complex, a group of dozens of people was freed at 3:30am (1230GMT).

“We still believe there are two or three attackers in specific locations,” the first police officer said. “The situation is far from over.”

The second police officer said that at one point they had been sure the attackers had been neutralised after a long period without shooting, however gunfire resumed again after 2am.

Further explosions and gunfire were heard shortly before dawn, with no official word on how many people were still trapped inside.

“There is a floor where they are shooting from, we still believe there are people there,” he said, after reports that a large number of people had fled upstairs.

 

 

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PMDC takes action against doctors with invalid registration

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) Tuesday taken strict action against the doctors having invalid council registration.

According to PMDC, the council has decided to ensure the countrywide renewal and registration process of doctors within a month.

It added, the council took this action on the direction of Senate health committee and directed all the doctors with invalid registrations to renew their registrations immediately in order to practice medicine.

It said as per Pakistan Registration of Medical and Dental Practitioners Regulations, 2008 “Practitioner means a medical practitioner or a dentist possessing any recognized medical or dental qualification whose name is maintained on the register of the council”.

Talking to media, Acting Registrar PMDC Dr Sitara Hassan said that as per part II of regulation (9) “only those names shall be retained on the register who have paid the dues of the council and only these names shall be considered to have valid registration”.

She said that the medical and dental practitioners, specialists, faculty with expired and invalid registration and medical officers have been directed in their own interest to get their PMDC registration renewed as per PMDC Ordinance 1962 amended through an Act 2012 within a month, failing which PMDC will initiate strict action in exercise of its powers conferred under PMDC ordinance 1962.

She added that the details of doctors with invalid registrations status is also available on PMDC website.

 

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SC dismisses Bahria Town’s Rs 250b offer to avoid legal proceedings

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court Tuesday dismissed an offer of Bahria Town to deposit Rs 250 billion in the apex court’s dams fund to avoid legal proceedings for illegally acquiring land.
A three-judge special bench of the apex court was hearing a case pertaining to the implementation of its 4th May, 2018 verdict against the Bahria Town.
During the course of proceedings, Bahria Town’s counsel Barrister Ali Zafar offered Rs 200 billion for the dams fund to waive charges against the real estate developer for its projects in Karachi, Islamabad and Murree.
Justice Azmat Saeed observed that three separate verdicts had been passed against Bahria Town, which should offer reasonable amount of fine separately for each case.
He said a fine of Rs 285 billion had been imposed on Bahria Town in 2004. “If the fine money is increased by 40 percent, it will come to Rs 300 billion.”
To this, Ali Zafar increased the offer to Rs 250 billion.
The court observed, “This is not a suitable way to deal with the Supreme Court. We may ask the National Accountability Bureau to file a reference.”
Subsequently, the council sought a one week’s time to file a reply.
Accepting his request, the court directed Bahria Town to submit separate offers in writing in all the three cases.
In its 4th May judgment, the court had declared the grant of land to the Malir Development Authority (MDA) and its exchange with the land of Bahria Town illegal and void. It had also directed NAB to continue its probe into the matters of the developer.

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