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Ex-IGP indicted in Model Town case

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Ex-IGP indicted in Model Town case

LAHORE: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Tuesday indicted former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab Mushtaq Sukhera in Model Town case.
Earlier, Mushtaq Sukhera appeared before ATC-II Judge Ejaz Awan and requested to adjourn the indictment proceedings for a week.
However, the court rejected the request and indicted him in the case. But, Sukhera pleaded not guilty and contended to contest the charges.
At this, the court, adjourning the matter till Oct 10, summoned the prosecution witnesses for recording their statements.
The court had already indicted 115 police officials on a private complaint filed by Idara Minhajul Quran, a sister organization of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), for their trial on charges of killing its workers during the 2014 Model Town incident.
In 2017, the court partially admitted the complaint against 125 officials of police and the district government while rejecting it to the extent of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, former chief minister Shahbaz Sharif and 10 others including the then federal and provincial ministers.
Consequently, Jawad Hamid, an official of Minhajul Quran International, filed the appeal challenging the ATC decision for not summoning the said 12 people whereas former IGP Mushtaq Sukhera challenged summons by the trial court before the high court.
In April, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar took a Suo Motu notice of the unnecessary delay in the proceedings of the trial court and the high court related the Model Town incident cases. The CJP had ordered the trial court and high court for early disposal of the cases.
On Sept 26, a Lahore High Court full bench dismissed a petition against non-summoning of former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, former chief minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif and 10 others, by a two-one majority vote.
The bench also dismissed a petition filed by former inspector general of police (IGP) Mushtaq Sukhera against ATC’s order of summoning him. After the decision, Sukhera had approached the ATC.

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NAB arrests four Revenue officials for selling govt land

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QUETTA: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Balochistan on Tuesday arrested four officials of Provincial Revenue Department including Ex Tehseeldars, Naib Tehseeldar and Patwari for selling government land in Gwadar.

According to a statement, the accused included Ex-Tehseeldars Gwadar Mohammad Jan Baloch, Mohammad Jan Jamaldini, Naib Tehsildar Agha Zafar Hussain and Abdul Hafeez Patwari in connivance with other revenue officers and private persons tempered revenue record and sold the land causing huge loss to the national exchequer.

Taking action on evidences surfaced during the probe into the matter, DG NAB Balochistan Mohammad Abid Javed issued arrest warrants of the accused.

They were held and shifted to NAB Balochistan office.

Further probe was underway.

 

 

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Turkey issues warrants for soldiers over FETO links

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ISTANBUL: Turkey is seeking over 50 serving soldiers across the nation for their suspected links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the 2016 defeated coup, judicial sources said on Tuesday.

Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office issued the warrants for 53 active-duty soldiers, who are accused of communicating with FETO members through pay phones and land phones, as part of a probe into FETO presence in Turkish Armed Forces.

Police launched simultaneous operations in 15 provinces, including Istanbul, for the suspects working for the gendarmerie branch of Turkish Armed Forces, as well as Land, Air and Naval Forces Command.

Police hunt for the suspects is ongoing across the country.

According to the Turkish government, FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

 

 

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Victims of Church sex abuse go global with fight for justice

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PARIS: After years of struggling alone or finding support in national groups, survivors of sex abuse by priests have formed a new international alliance to pressure the Catholic Church to face up to its crimes.

The group, called Ending Clerical Abuse (ECA), brings together activists from dozens of countries on several continents, and will be mobilised in Rome this week when Pope Francis hosts a hotly awaited summit on tackling the wave of child sex abuse scandals shaking the Catholic Church.

“It’s a momentous and a historic movement… to bring a global and unified voice,” one of its co-founders, Peter Saunders, told media.

“This is the first truly global initiative.”

Saunders’ personal story is among countless others suffered by people who grouped together to form ECA last June, including survivors from Chile, Poland, Switzerland, France, Italy, the Democratic Republic of Congo and other countries.

“I was abused at seven years old by a family member. I was also sexually abused by two Jesuit priests at my secondary school at about 12 years of age,” he said.

The same priest targeted his brother Michael at the same school six years before him, and died aged 55 after a lifelong battle with drug and alcohol abuse.

“I think the Church has been resisting change for many, many years and I think at long last the Church is beginning to bow to the pressure put on by survivors, by our media colleagues around the world, and by public opinion,” he added.

The group’s objectives include forcing the Church to take a “zero tolerance” approach to paedophilia, working to overturn the statute of limitations on abuse cases, and supporting victims in areas where speaking out remains difficult, such as in various African and Asian countries.

 

 

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