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Ephedrine Quota Case; Hanif Abbasi handed life imprisonment by CNS Court

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ISLAMABAD: Control of Narcotics Substances (CNS) Court here today has convicted PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi in Ephedrine Quota Case and handed him life imprisonment. 

Hanif Abbasi was arrested from the courtroom and taken to Adiala Jail via ANF mobile. The other seven co-accused in the Ephedrine Quota Case have been acquitted on the basis of benefit of doubt. 

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Readers may recall that in the first quarter of 2011 nine thousand kilograms of Ephedrine was allocated to two pharmaceutical companies in violation of the International Narcotics Control Board rule dictating that no single concern could be given a quota of Ephedrine exceeding 500 kilograms.

Hanif Abbasi (along with others) was accused of selling Ephedrine Quota (Abbasi got allocated to his company Messrs. Gray Pharmaceuticals) to narcotics dealers instead of manufacturing medicines. A case was registered against him in the mid of 2012 under section 9-C, 14.

It is pertinent to mention here that Hanif Abbasi was contesting the 25th July 2018 election from Rawalpindi NA-60 against Sheikh Rashid who heads Awami Muslim League.

While savants at the helm of the affairs eye timing of the verdict with suspicion, cynics go haywire learning that Sheikh Rasheed (an ally of Imran Khan) has almost reached the Assembly without elections thanks to the conviction. 

It is important to mention here that on 11th of July (2018) LHC had ordered the CNS Court to fix daily hearings and proclaim the verdict by the 21st of July (2018). 

Shehbaz Sharif took to the twitter to lament that PML-N was being targeted:”The timing and manner of the judgment of Hanif Abbasi clearly shows a discriminatory attitude towards PML-N, targeting our party on the eve of the polls when PML-N is on the verge of winning the polls.”

A relevant piece published earlier: ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister of Pakistan Yousuf Raza Gillani’s son, Ali Musa Gillani and ten others were charged in an ephedrine scandal on Friday. The charges were imposed by a special Anti-Narcotics Court which indicted PPP leader’s son, Ali Musa along with 10 others including former health minister Makhdum Shahabuddin, health ministry official Abdul Sattar and Dr. Abdul Khaliq. According to the court, the accused were involved in allowing two Pakistani pharmaceutical companies, Berlex and Danas to obtain a huge amount of ephedrine and providing it to people in the drug trade who could have used it to make meth worth billions of dollars. However, the companies denied any wrongdoing. The accused have been directed to appear in the court on next hearing which has been scheduled for May 12. (Published on 21st April 2018) 

 

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Fake ‘amil’ makes brothers bury their sister alive!

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Fake 'Amil' makes brothers bury their sister alive

Ammar Ahmed Khan

TAXILA: On the instructions of a fake faith-healer two brothers killed their mentally sick sister in order to get the house rid of evil. 

Shabana, 38, and a resident of Banni Mohallah near Christian Hospital had not been seen since 4th of Dec. Her elder brother, Mohammad Imran, who lives separately, lodged a complaint with the police about his sister’s unexplained disappearance. On Friday, the victim’s mother called her brother, Abdul Lateef, saying she had been locked in a room by her two sons, Mohammad Farhan and Mohammad Kamran, and that she had managed to break out of the room.

Abdul Lateef came to his sister’s aid and also informed his nephew, Mohammad Imran. The victim’s mother told her brother and son that her daughter had been buried alive in the well in the house. Imran then informed the local police about the crime. Rescue 1122 was called to retrieve the body but the operation was abandoned when the oxygen supply was exhausted and it got dark.

Rescue 1122 officer Adeel Ahmed said the operation will resume on Saturday after more oxygen cylinders are brought in. Investigation Officer Assistant Sub-Inspector Mohammad Shahzad told media persons that both the suspects were taken into custody. He said the two brothers had confessed to killing their sister on the directives of the local spiritual healer, who had told them that evil forces have descended on her which also affected their family. The spiritual healer had advised they kill her in order to rid the family of evil forces.

A case will be registered against the suspects after the body is recovered. Another case in which a lack of knowledge destroys a life, even consultation with an amateur in the medical field could have prevented such a tragedy.

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4th Anniversary of Army Public School (APS)

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PESHAWAR: Today the nation is observing 4th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the Army Public School Peshawar (APS). 
Six terrorists stormed APS School on the same day four years ago and opened indiscriminate firing killing 147 students and teachers of the school. Prime Minister Imran Khan reiterated that the government would transform the country into such abode where there would be no place for religious, lingual, caste or creed based sectarianism, extremism, and violence.
The Prime Minister in a message on the 4th anniversary of Army Public School (APS) Peshawar tragedy reiterated that education was the only weapon with which they could defeat extremism and terrorism permanently.
He said December 16, reminded the nation of that tragic day on which the terrorists, with utter disregard for the humanitarian and religious principles, targeted the innocent students of the Army Public School who had arrived school to seek an education with a hope for a bright future.
This heart-wrenching incident not only inflicted pain and misery on the whole nation but also paved way for the unity and solidarity among the ranks of the nation against terrorism, he added.
The Prime Minister said with Allah Almighty’s support and nation’s backing, the valiant armed forces of  Pakistan and other law enforcement agencies, through operations Zarb-e-Azb and Raddul Fasad accomplished an
unprecedented decisive action against terrorism.
He said by sacrificing their innocent blood, the APS students united the nation forever against a  heartless enemy who was a blot on the humanity and worst manifestation of inhumanity.
The Prime Minister observed that the memories of APS tragedy would always remain alive. On this day,  they paid tributes to the innocent `Shuhadah’ of APS and expressed solidarity and sympathies with the bereaved families who had sent their children to school for getting an education, but their bodies returned homes wrapped in `Shahadat’.
The whole nation shared the pain and suffering of all the grieving parents, he added. The Prime Minister said the nation had paid huge price in the war on terror. Despite giving huge sacrifices
in term of human and financial losses, still, if anyone leveled the accusation against Pakistan, or blamed it, they were reminded that in this global war, the massive price was paid by the personnel of our armed forces, law enforcement agencies, civilian and innocent souls.
The Prime Minister reiterated that despite all these huge losses and sufferings, as a nation, they were committed to the national, regional and global peace.
He also paid tribute to the gallant armed forces of Pakistan, law enforcement agencies and all those institutions who had sacrificed in the war on terror.
The best way to pay tributes to the `Shuhadah’ was to reiterate the resolve for the sublime objective for which they had laid down their lives, he stressed. Special functions have been arranged at APS schools and other educational institutions to pay homage to martyrs of APS school tragedy.

Similar, functions are being held in other parts of the country including candle vigil light in the memory of martyr students.

President of ANP Asfanyar Wali Khan Saturday emphasized on full implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) drafted in the wake of APS carnage on December 16, 2014, that united the entire nation on the platform against terrorism. On the eve of the fifth anniversary of APC massacre, the ANP Chief argued that though some points of the NAP have been followed by the provinces and the federal government majority of the points yet to be implemented. To avoid APS like carnage, Asfandyar Wali said: “we have to bring the factors behind the national tragedy before of the nation”.  The notion of good and bad Taliban has to be abandoned and initiation of across the board action against the banned outfit was need of the hour to get rid of terrorism, he added. NAP is the best option available with us to overcome the problem of terrorism on sound footings, he added.  The atmosphere of trust and confidence is being built due to temporary peace in the region, therefore, we have to benefit from it an otherwise big danger in the shape of Daesh was looming large in the region which is being funded by forty countries. The philosophy of non-violence of Khudai Khidmatgar Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan also known as Baacha Khan has to be followed in letter and spirit for achieving the desired goal of peace in the region.

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Sunday said that the Pakistani nation will never forget the sacrifice of the martyrs of Army Public School in the war against terrorism. Paying glowing tributes to Martyrs of Army Public School (APS) Peshawar, the minister said in a statement that the callous and inhuman terrorists targeted innocent students having no parallel in human history. He said  Pakistan was a country, children of which contributed to the war against terrorism through their blood. He said that sacrifice of APS students and teachers was the undeniable proof of Pakistani nation’s unflinching resolve to defeat this scourge as every segment of society including children, women, youth, elderly and non-Muslims have resisted terrorism by setting examples of bravery. He said if any country neglected supreme sacrifices and gave negative remarks against Pakistani nation’s efforts in the war against terrorism, actually it insulted the sacrifices of innocent martyrs of APS, our valiant armed forces, police, and other law enforcement agencies, adding, no religion or justice loving person can allow this attitude. Fawad said that with the grace of Almighty Allah, Pakistan has defeated terrorists and Pakistan would keep the tradition of sacrifices in this war alive.

Candles were lit in the memory of martyrs of Army Public School (APS) Peshawar, outside DC Complex in Faisalabad. Speaking on the occasion, the DC said the APS tragedy was the worst example of barbarism. He said sacrifices of the martyrs would be remembered for long. He said a site outside the DC Complex had been fixed where people could place flowers and lit candles for APS martyrs. Later, Fateha was also offered.

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‘Teacher’ who asked pupil to wash his car, suspended!

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FAISALABAD: AC Tandlianwala today suspended a schoolteacher on the charge of forcing a pupil to wash his car.
Spokesman of the education department said that the AC  paid a surprise visit to Govt High School for Boys Chak No.455 and found Ali Hasnain, a student of second grade cleaning a car and washing its tyres. After interrogation, it transpired that schoolteacher Rizwan had asked the minor student to wash his car.
Taking serious notice, the AC Tandlianwala immediately suspended the schoolteacher Rizwan and censured the headmaster Muhammad Iqbal Khan. Further departmental action was underway.

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