LAHORE: LHC adjourned the hearing of the petitions for the formation of Judicial Commission into Sahiwal incident till February 14 after the petitioner’s counsel sought time for considering the proposal of judicial inquiry of the incident.
The bench headed by LHC Chief Justice Sardar Muhammad Shamim Khan heard the petitions filed by Muhammad Jalil, brother of victim Khalil, and others for the formation of the Judicial Commission.
During the hearing, the LHC Chief Justice observed that the bench could issue directions for judicial inquiry of the incident while addressing the counsel of petitioner Jalil. He further observed that the Judicial Commission report could not be made part of the case record whereas if the inquiry was conducted by a magistrate, then it could be made part of the case.
However, the counsel sought time for consultation in this regard, which was accepted by the court and the matter was adjourned till February 14.
The bench also directed the investigation officer to record the statement of the witnesses as mentioned by petitioner Jalil as well as petitioner Ehtisham, brother of victim Zeeshan.
The Additional Attorney General apprised the court that the Prime Minister had asked the Interior Ministry for seeking views of Punjab government over the formation of Judicial Commission. The law officer sought one week time so that the process of formation of Judicial Commission might be completed.
SHC grants bail to Sharjeel Memon
KARACHI: SHC has today granted bail to Sharjeel Memon (former Sindh Information Minister) in a corruption reference.
The reference pertains to abusing power by means of awarding advertisements at exorbitant rates. However, the IO had conceded during today’s hearing before the court that it had not been proven that Memon had received kickbacks from the deal.
The two-member bench after hearing the arguments granted bail to Sharjeel Memon against a surety of Rs. 5 million. One may recall that a NAB team nabbed Memon on 23rd October following SHC’s rejection of his bail application.
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KARACHI: A two-judge SHC bench has rejected the interim bail application of former information minister Sharjeel Inam Memon and other 12 co-accused in a graft case here today.
According to details, following the NAB special persecutor’s arguments regarding the corruption case against Sharjeel Memon and others, the court has accepted the bail of one of the thirteen accused only.
Sharjeel Memon is accused of inflicting losses to the national exchequer by resorting to corrupt practices in granting (SID) advertisements – related to awareness – to the electronic media between July 2013 till 2015.
He will be arrested by the NAB team as soon as he emerges from SHC building as legally one could not be detained from the premises of the court.
Readers may recall that Sharjeel Memon is also facing charges in connection with illegal allotment of land.
It is pertinent to mention here that Memon fled the country in 2015 when NAB commenced an inquiry against him regarding five billion rupee corruption. But he returned to Pakistan last March and managed to obtain interim bail.
Attacks against minorities continue in India
ISLAMABAD: An official US report has said that the mob attacks by violent extremist Hindu groups against the minority communities, particularly Muslims, continued in India in 2018.
According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS), the US State Department, in its annual 2018 International Religious Freedom Report, said, “Mob attacks by violent extremist Hindu groups against minority communities, especially Muslims, continued throughout the year amid rumors that victims had traded or killed cows for beef.”
The report said some senior officials of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made inflammatory speeches against the minority communities. According to some NGOs, the authorities often protected perpetrators from prosecution, it said.
It said that as of November, there were 18 such attacks, and eight persons were killed during the year. On June 22, two Uttar Pradesh police officers were charged after a Muslim cattle trader died of injuries sustained while being questioned in police custody, the report said.
The US State Department said that there were reports by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that the government sometimes failed to act on mob attacks on religious minorities, marginalized communities and critics of the government.
It said that the central and state governments and members of political parties took steps that affected Muslim practices and institutions. “Proposals to rename Indian cities with Muslim provenance continued, most notably the renaming of Allahabad to Prayagraj. Activists said these proposals were designed to erase Muslim contributions to Indian history and had led to increased communal tensions.”
There were reports of religiously-motivated killings, assaults, riots, discrimination, vandalism, and actions restricting the right of individuals to practice their religious beliefs and proselytize, the annual report said.
The report also mentioned the brutal gang-rape and murder of eight-year-old Aasifa Bano of Kathua area of Jammu region of occupied Kashmir. “On January 10, Jammu and Kashmir police arrested eight men, including four police personnel, in connection with the kidnapping, gang rape, and killing of an 8-year-old girl (Aasifa). The men allegedly kidnapped the victim, took her to a nearby temple, and raped and killed her in an effort to drive her nomadic Muslim community out of the area,” it said.
Nine injured in grenade attack at hotel in Dera Bugti
DERA BUGTI: At least nine persons were injured in grenade attack at a hotel in Pir Koh area of Dera Bugti district, rescue sources said.
According to Levies officials, unknown attackers hurled a grenade at a hotel in Pir Koh leaving nine people injured including three children.
Deputy Commissioner Dera Bugti said on the occasion that the terrorists attacked the katcha hotel when the customers were drinking tea outside the premises.
Unidentified assailants fled from the scene after the attack.
Levies force cordoned off the area and started search to trace out suspects. Investigation agencies have also launched probe of the grenade attack.
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