ISLAMABAD: Attorney General for Pakistan, Anwar Mansoor Khan today informed the Supreme Court (SC) that Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) could not be made a full-fledged province but would be accorded all powers like.
He informed this to a seven-judge larger bench headed by the chief justice hearing a case pertaining to the Constitutional status of GB.
During the course of proceeding, the attorney general apprised that the GB government had been empowered in lawmaking and administration and moreover, the legal draft for granting him province-like powers was being prepared which was in final stages.
To this, the chief justice appreciated the efforts of the federal government and remarked “this is commendable” adding, “the GB should be granted the same authority as other provinces have.”
Meanwhile, the GB deputy advocate general complained the bench that the draft had not been presented to them till yet. “We should be permitted to present our recommendations as well,” he appealed.
Subsequently, the bench directed authorities to call a meeting in this regard at the attorney general’s office on December 13, and it would be headed by the attorney general to finalize the draft bill.
The committee comprises senior lawyers, Aitzaz Ahsan, Salman Akram Raja, Chaudhry Afrasiab, GB law minister, and Kashmir Affairs secretary.
Pakistan to retaliate immediately if India goes for any misadventure: PM
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan, while warning India, has said that Pakistan was capable of responding to any kind of threat and was always ready to retaliate in case of any misadventure.
In a televised address to the nation, the premier reacted to the sabre-rattling, in particular by the Indian media, calling for a surgical strike against Pakistan, and expressed the hope that “better sense will prevail.”
He said “if Indians believe that they can launch an attack against Pakistan, they should understand that Pakistan would not think, but retaliate immediately.”
Khan said “no law in the world allows one to be the “judge jury and executioner” and said if India offered any proof, Pakistan would cooperate.
“We all know that it is easy to start a war, but very difficult to end. And we do not know where it all will lead to.”
Imran Khan also offered India for a dialogue to address all the issues between the two nations.
Qureshi writes UN to intervene after Indian rhetoric on Pulwama incident
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has urged the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres to step in to defuse tension between Pakistan and India which was fomented by India in the aftermath of baseless allegations over Pulwama attack.
In a letter addressed to the UN secretary general, the Foreign Minister said that India must be asked to conduct an open and credible investigation on Pulwama incident.
“It is with a sense of urgency that I draw your attention to the deteriorating security situation in our region resulting from the threat of use of force against Pakistan by India,” he added.
“You may also consider asking India to refrain from further escalating the situation and enter into dialogue with Pakistan and the Kashmiris to calm the situation down,” according to contents of the letter shared by Foreign office in a press release on Tuesday.
Qureshi further said that the Pulwama attack on Indian Central Reserve Police Force was ostensibly and even by Indian accounts carried out by a Kashmiri resident of Indian Occupied Kashmir.
“Attributing it to Pakistan even before investigations is absurd,” he added.
The Foreign Minister said for domestic political reasons, India had deliberately ratcheted up its hostile rhetoric against Pakistan and created a tense environment.
It has also hinted that it might abandon the Indus Waters Treaty. This would be a grievous error, the minister cautioned.
Emphasizing upon Guterres, he said it was imperative to take steps for de-escalation.
“I request that this letter be circulated to members of the Security Council and General Assembly,” he added.
PSP leader A. Habib shot dead at Sakhi Hasan!
KARACHI: Unidentified gunmen shot PSP leader Abdul Habib dead on Monday near Sakhi Hasan roundabout.
According to the sources privy to NPTV Abdul Habib was contesting for Sindh Assembly’s PS-122 seat. CM Sindh took notice of the targeted killing and sought a report from AIG Karachi.
Sindh Police Chief Kaleem Imam also instructed the SSP Central to furnish a detailed report of the incident.