ISLAMABAD: IHC Thursday rejected the petition of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Saad Rafique seeking protective bail in view of arrest threat by NAB in a private housing society scam.
A divisional bench of IHC comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Moshin Akhtar Kayani announced the judgment which was earlier reserved after hearing arguments from the petitioner side. Khawaja Saad Rafiq and his brother Suleman Rafiq appeared before the court.
During the hearing, the bench remarked why the petitioner did not approach the Lahore High Court (LHC) to seek relief against NAB.
The counsel for petitioner Khawaja Kamran Murtaza replied that his client could be arrested before reaching the LHC bench. He argued that Khawaja Saad Rafique was appearing in the coming by-polls scheduled on October 14. Justice Aamir Farooq remarked that the court was not responsible for the election.
The bench initially reserved its decision and later rejected the plea while announcing the verdict.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has been probing Rafique in connection with an inquiry into a private housing scheme scam. The PML-N leader has also been summoned by the anti-graft body several times for questioning in the case.
In his plea, Saad Rafique had stated that he was never a director or shareholder of the Paragon Housing Scheme. He prayed the court to direct the bureau not to arrest him for two weeks.
FIA confiscates record of private schools
HYDERABAD: A team of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) led by Director FIA Syed Wasee Haider seized computers and records from several private schools in compliance with the Supreme Court’s order.
An official of the FIA told that the record of last 7 years had been seized from over half a dozens of branches of a school system.
He informed that the court had ordered the FIA to seize all the records including electronic and manual from the schools for not complying with the order over exorbitant school fees. The official said the confiscated record would undergo a forensic audit.
APS tragedy commemorated at PA
LAHORE: The Punjab Assembly, through a unanimously adopted resolution today, paid homage to the martyrs of the Army Public School (APS), Peshawar, on the fourth anniversary of the tragedy.
The House condemned the terrorist attack in which 132 students and 10 staff members of the school were martyred.
The joint resolution, moved by PML-N lawmaker Hina Pervaiz Butt and a PTI member, condemned the incident and reiterated nation’s resolve to continue to fight against terrorism. It demanded the federal government to declare December 16 as a national day against extremism and terrorism. The House also adopted a resolution felicitating the federal government on its effective response to the United States over blacklisting of Pakistan for religious freedom violations.
Opposition lawmakers Azma Bokhari and Waris Kallu, speaking in the House, criticized the Donald Trump administration for maligning Pakistan with regard to minorities in Pakistan. “Putting Pakistan on the Human Rights Watch List is a great injustice,” they added. They said that minorities in Pakistan were enjoying more freedom than in India and it was beyond comprehension why Pakistan was included in the Human Rights Watch List and India was spared.
Earlier, the tenth and last sitting of the fifth session of the current assembly started an hour and 33 minutes behind schedule with Deputy Speaker Sardar Dost Muhammad Mazari in the chair. As many as 69 MPAs were present at the outset of the sitting. It is pertinent to mention here that leader of the opposition, Hamza Shehbaz, was not attending the sessions for the last nine days.
Meanwhile, Speaker Punjab Assembly Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi formed a committee for settling the issue of the Production Order of lawmakers in the House. Provincial Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Muhammad Basharat Raja would head the committee (Production Order Committee), which would make recommendations for introducing amendments to the rules of procedure of the provincial assembly of Punjab regarding a production order of any of the lawmaker.
It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) led opposition had asked for production order of their fellow lawmaker Khawaja Salman Rafique, who is currently in custody of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). The House held a discussion on the annual report on the status of women 2016. Later, the chair adjourned the session sine die.
Madrassa mulla arrested for hitting pupils!
HYDERABAD: Police on Friday arrested a madrassa (Seminary) teacher who was caught torturing students in a video that went viral on social media.
SSP Hyderabad took notice of the viral video which captured the madrassah teacher, identified as Shabbir Ahmed s/o Ghulam Hussain, beating up students who had come to learn the Holy Quran in a mosque situated within limits of the Cantt Police Station.
In the video, the madrassa mulla can be seen hitting children with a pipe and arguing when asked not to beat them up by a man who had come to pray at the mosque.
The madrassa teacher is heard in the video arguing back and telling the man to continue praying. “No one will say anything even if I beat them to death,” he is heard saying and then continuing to hit the children.
Sindh IG Kaleem Imam has sought a report from SSP Hyderabad regarding an inquiry into the matter and the action taken by the police in this regard.
Relevant: The Hyderabad police today arrested a mosque cleric allegedly for beating his students with a belt. The video showing the cleric beating the students at Sarhindi Mosque in Masoom Shah Colony in the limits of Cantonment police station. went viral on social media. The video shows the cleric Qari Shabbir Ahmed Ansari, the son of the mosque’s Pesh Imam Ghulam Hussain Ansari, whacking the students with a thick rubber belt. Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah and Inspector General of Police Sindh, Syed Kaleem Imam taking notice of the incident directed the district police to take action and submit a report. Senior Superintendent of Police Hyderabad Sarfaraz Nawaz Shaikh’s directed the immediate arrest of the suspect. Later an FIR was registered against him on the complaint of Ahmed Jan, father of Shahzeb, a student. He was booked under Section 328-A of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), which brings imprisonment for 1 to 3 years after conviction in addition to fine. The section was inserted through the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 2014, in the PPC to discourage corporal punishment.