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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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PEC demands removal of non-engineers

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) has demanded of the Workers Welfare Fund (WWF), an institution working under Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development to immediately remove the non-engineers appointed on the seats of engineers.
According to an official source, PEC through a letter conveyed to the WWF that the appointment of non-engineers on the posts of engineers is absolutely illegal. Utilizing services of non-engineers for the work which is supposed to be done by engineers is worth punishment crime.
The punishment of utilizing services of non-engineers instead of professional engineers is of six-months, the source said.
The council has demanded to appoint the registered engineers from PEC for the relevant posts, in compliance with the decision of the Supreme Court.

 

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Cold, dry weather to persist, rain at isolated places

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ISLAMABAD: The Met office Wednesday forecast  cold and dry weather for most parts of the country while light rain (with light snowfall over the hills) is expected at few places in Malakand division, Gilgit-Baltistan, Kashmir and its adjoining hilly areas.

Foggy conditions are likely in plain areas of Punjab and upper Sindh during morning hours.

According to the synoptic situations, a westerly wave is affecting northern parts of the country and may persist till next 24-36 hours.

Scattered rain (with snowfall over the hills) occurred in upper Punjab, upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir during last 24 hours.

Following rainfalls were recorded in millimeters:

Punjab: Okara 40, Sargodha (City 24, A/P 15), Lahore (A/P 18, city 12), Murree 15, Gujrat 17, Islamabad (Saidpur 11, Z.P 06, IIAP 05, Bokra, Golra 03), Sialkot (A/P 10, City 001), Gujrat 09, Rawalpindi (Shamsabad, Chaklala 05), Mianwali, Chakwal 05, Layyah, Kamra 04, Narowal 03,  Bhakkar 02, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Dir (Lower 20, upper 12), Malamjabba,  Saidu Sharif 19, Mirkhani 16, Parachinar 15, Balakot 08, Pattan,   Kalam 07, Drosh 06, Bannu 05, Kakul, Chitral 04, Risalpur 03, Cherat 02, Kashmir: Kotli 20, Muzaffarabad 12, Rawalakot 10,  Garidupatta 06, GB: Bunji 05. Snowfall (Inch): Malamjabba 11, Murree 10, Kalam 06.

Minimum Temperatures were recorded as follow:

Ziarat -13°C, Kalat -11°C, Skardu -09°C, Quetta, Gupis -06°C, Bagrote, Kalam, Astore, Malamjabba -05°C, Murree, Dalbandin -03°C, Zhob, Hunza, Drosh, Parachinar -02°C, Nukkundi, Rawalakot, Chillas -01°C,Islamabad 04C, Peshawar 08C, Lahore 05C.

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3 foreign petroleum companies awarded licenses in last five years: Senate told

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Petroleum Ghulam Sarwar Khan Wednesday said three licenses were issued to foreign petroleum companies for exploration of oil and gas in the country during last five years.

Replying to a question in the Senate, the application fee for grant of a petroleum exploration license is Rs100,000 while the total amount received from them under the head of license fee is Rs300,000.

The minister in a written reply said the prices of petroleum products are determined in accordance with the Petroleum Products (Petroleum Development Levy) Ordinance, 1961, Rules 1967 thereunder, OGRA’ s Ordinance 2002 and GoP/ECC’s approved parameters as amended from time to time.

He said the oil prices are linked with international Arab Gulf market prices of petroleum products, being imported by the PSO.

Accordingly Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) and Refineries are allowed to fix and announce the prices at their own on monthly basis in accordance with the actual PSO landed import cost of the previous month.

In case of no imports, ex-refinery price fixed as per Import Parity Price (IPP) formula based on Arab Gulf monthly average prices published in Platts Oilgram on daily basis.

The minister said some gas development schemes were launched or approved since 2018 in the Provinces of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by SNGPL.

He added 62 meters have been installed at subject locality like Prince Road, Phalgran, Bhara Kahu Islamabad etc. while remaining cases or applications upto January 31, 2018 are being entertained on turn or merit basis.

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