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Ex-PM Shaukat Aziz declared absconder in NAB reference

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Ex-PM Shaukat Aziz declared absconder in NAB reference

ISLAMABAD: An Accountability Court (AC) on Friday declared former prime minister Shaukat Aziz and co-accused Arif Allauddin as absconders, and issued their non-bailable arrest warrants in a case of misuse of authority.

The court declared the accused as proclaimed offenders after they continuously failed to appear in proceeding despite repeated summon notices.

AC Judge Arshad Malik heard a reference against former prime minister filed by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) pertaining to the misuse of powers during his tenure.

No reply was submitted in the court about former PM Aziz’s production during the hearing. On that, the court had initiated the process to declare the accused as proclaimed offender.

The accused were also summoned through an advertisement in national newspapers. In next phase, the property owned by accused persons in Pakistan, would be identified and directives may be issued to seize it. The court adjourned hearing of the case till April 9.

The national corruption watchdog had filed a reference against the former prime minister and others in July last year for illegal appointment of Basharat Hasan Bashir as consultant for Alternative Energy Development Board on an MP-II scale salary package.

 

 

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Ali Raza Abidi murder: CTD tells court it identified suspects

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KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court here has directed the Counter-terrorism Department (CTD) of Sindh police to arrest three absconding accused in the Ali Raza Abidi murder case and present them before it on next hearing.

In a major headway, CTD investigators have identified the suspect who fired shots at the Muttahida Qaumi Movement – Pakistan (MQM-P) leader, according to a progress report submitted to the court.

Suspect Bilal, one of the three absconding accused, shot at Ali Raza Abidi, said CTD, adding the absconders will be arrested soon.

Meanwhile, the court issued non-bailable warrants for the arrest of the accused and directed CTD to nab and present them before it on the next hearing.

 

 

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Fake bank accounts: NAB gets physical remand of key accused

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Court grants physical

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court here handed over Iqbal Khan Noori, one of the key suspects in the fake bank accounts case, to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on 14-day physical remand for questioning.

NAB officials produced Noori before the accountability judge and sought his physical remand for interrogation. The court remanded the accused in the bureau’s custody for 14 days and adjourned the hearing until May 2.

Meanwhile, the judge granted a plea of the suspect’s family seeking permission to meet him.

Noori, director of M/s Rubicon owned by Younas Kudwai – front man of Asif Ali Zardari, CEO of M/s Park Lane – is among the 30 accused named in the case.

 

 

 

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Markan: Terrorists shot 14 passengers dead on Coastal Highway

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MAKRAN: Terrorists offloaded passengers from a bus on Coastal Highway near Ormara here today and shot at least 14 of them.

According to sources privy to NPTV some 20 unidentified gunmen (wearing FC uniforms) stopped passenger buses plying from Karachi towards Gawadar. At 1am they offloaded sixteen passengers from a bus carrying over 36 passengers in Buzi Top area and killed forteen of them at close range after identifying the victims by means of their NICs.

Prime Minister Imran Khan condemning the act of terrorism sought report into the incident. He has ordered the concerned authorities to identify the culprits and book them under Anti-Terrorism Law. 

Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal stated that such acts were on the agenda of anti-state elements as they wanted Balochistan to remain backward region sans any development: “Progress will continue no matter what”, he held. 

“These cowardly terrorists showed the extent of their barbarism by murdering innocent passengers,” the CM maintained. 

“The people of Balochistan look upon terrorists who follow the agenda of foreign elements with hate. Through the support of the people, terrorism will be eliminated and the terrorists will continue to be brought to justice,” Jam Kamal stated. 

Information Minister Ch. Fawad Hussain took to the Twitter saying all the perpetrators involved in recent attacks in the country would be apprehended and brought to justice. 

Leader of the Oppositionof PML-N’s Shehbaz Sharif and PPP-P Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari have also strongly condemned the killings.  PPP-P Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari held that PTI Govt. had failed in containing terrorism. 

 

 

 

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