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CJP urges judges to provide speedy justice

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LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar Friday urged judges to play their role for providing quick justice.

Addressing a ceremony organised by the Lahore High Court Bar Association here, he said the judges enjoyed great respect in the past, which might have decreased to some extent in present era due to non-provision of quick justice.

He urged the judges to perform their duties with utmost ability and honesty, adding that it was a service.

Referring to steps taken for provision of fundamental rights including treatment facilities at the hospitals, the chief justice said that the foundation of judicial activism was laid on good intentions and it was not aimed to ridicule others or interfere in their domains.

He said he always respected domains of the others and never crossed the boundary.

He said that the lawyers were part and parcel of the judicial system, adding that they should work hard for esteem of the profession.

He also hinted that police reforms were being introduced on January 14, which would reduce burden on the courts caused by applications moved under 22A/22B of CRPC.

A mechanism would be provided to redress the grievances regarding 22A/22B in the said reforms, he added.

He further said that no references were pending in the Supreme Judicial Council except two and the same would be decided on merit.

“We are holding our accountability as an institution”, he said and added that lawyers bodies should also adopt the same practice for cleaning their house.

Earlier, Lahore High Court Chief Justice Sardar Muhammad Shamim Khan also addressed the ceremony and appreciated services of the CJP for enforcement of fundamental rights.

A large number of lawyers were also present on the occasion, besides Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa and other judges.

 

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Hajj applicants can get money back!

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Second phase of extensive Hajj rituals training ends

ISLAMABAD: Those successful applicants who don’t want to perform Hajj may now apply for a refund of the deposited amount from the relevant banks. 

Ministry of Religious Affairs has informed that the refund forms could be downloaded from www.hajjinfo.org. It is pertinent to mention here that in case a successful applicant could not go for the pilgrimage ja blood relative could avail the change. 

 

 

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Confiscated goods’ auction fetches over Rs. 16 b in 5 years

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ISLAMABAD: The authorities concerned have amassed Rs. 16.124 billion through auction and disposal of different confiscated/smuggled goods during the last five years.
The confiscated goods are disposed of through open public auction as provided in auction/customs rules. A variety of smuggled goods have been confiscated in the country by Pakistan Customs during the period and these included tea, auto parts, cigarettes, medicines, antiques, crockery, vehicles, cloth, tires and tubes, diesel, electronic goods, and narcotics etc.
Elaborating procedure for the auction of confiscated goods, sources at Finance and Revenue Division on Sunday said as per auction rules, the Collector or an authorized officer shall nominate an auctioneer from amongst registered auctioneers to conduct an auction of confiscated goods.  The amounts and names of the highest and second highest bidders are recorded in the file by customs staff supervising the process along with copies of National  Identity Card as well as NTN of the successful bidder.
The auctioneer on receipt of a certificate issued by Collector or an authorized officer to the effect that the whole amount of bid has been realized, issues under his seal, a delivery order. The sources said there are certain items like arms and ammunition, liquor/narcotics and like goods which cannot be put to auction.
It is pertinent to mention here that goods like confiscated narcotics and expired/banned/hazardous items/goods, not fit for human consumption, are destroyed.  However, arms and ammunition of prohibited and non-prohibited bores are disposed of by allocating the same to an agency/department having anti-smuggling powers for their official use.

 

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NZ to hold national remembrance service

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CHRISTCHURCH: PM’s Office has announced that New Zealand would hold a national remembrance service on 29th March for the victims of two mosques’ massacre and their families, the PMs office announced on Sunday.
The interfaith service will take place in Christchurch two weeks after an Australian white supremacist shot and killed 50 Muslims who had arrived for Friday prayers at two mosques in the city on March 15.
“The national remembrance service provides an opportunity for Cantabrians (Christchurch-area residents), New Zealanders and people all around the world to come together as one to honour the victims of the terrorist attack,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a statement.
“In the week since the unprecedented terror attack there has been an outpouring of grief and love in our country.
“The service will be a chance to once again show that New Zealanders are compassionate, inclusive and diverse, and that we will protect those values.”
The slaughter has rocked the normally laid-back country and prompted horror worldwide, heightened by the gunman’s cold-blooded livestreaming of the massacre.
Since then, New Zealanders have responded with an outpouring of support for the country’s small Muslim community.
The attack also left dozens of people injured, some critically.
Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian, was arrested within minutes of the massacre and has been charged with murder.

 

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