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Journalists continue protest against forced dismissals

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KARACHI: Media Workers staged a sit-in protesting against forced dismissals and nonpayment of dues in front of Express offices on Saturday 2nd of February 2019.

A large number of Media Workers, office bearers of various journalists’ unions, representatives of trade unions, members of civil society and political figures participated in the dharna that was organized by Joint Workers Action Committee.

Speakers urged the government not to pay advertisements’ dues to Media House Owners till the issue of forced sacking and non-payment of salaries were resolved!

A relevant piece published earlier: 

All three KUJs jointly protest for journalists’ rights!

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Ex-CM Sindh granted ten-day interim bail in fake accounts case

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (HC) Tuesday granted a ten-day pre-arrest bail to former chief minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah in a NAB case pertaining to money laundering and fake accounts.

A divisional bench, comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhter Kiyani, accepted the interim bail of ex-CM against surety bonds worth Rs one million.

The petitioner had stated in his plea that National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had served called up notices to him for March 27, for investigation related to Thatta Sugar Mill and Dadu Sugar Mill.

The department could detain him on his appearance before the investigation team, he stated.

Shah stated that he had not misused his powers being CM Sindh, adding that a criminal case against him was initiated to politically victimize him.

He stated that he wanted to join NAB’s inquiries but have fear of being arrested and humiliated.

Former CM said that he was 85 and being a senior citizen he was entitled for interim bail. The NAB had no evidence against him, he added.

He prayed the court to stop NAB from arresting him and grant pre-arrest bail.

The bench noted that the petitioner had filed a bail plea in a case related to Thatta Sugar Mills.

Justice Aamer Farooq observed that the petitioner should have filed two petitions if he was summoned in two inquiries by anti-graft body.

At this, the petitioner’s counsel said that his client would file another petition for bail in second case.

After hearing arguments at length, the bench accepted the interim bail plea of former CM Sindh province and directed him to join NAB investigation.

The petitioner had nominated Chairman NAB and DG NAB as respondents in his case.

It may be mentioned here that the former chief minister was named in a report by the joint investigation team (JIT) tasked to probe the fake accounts case. He was among 172 people named in the report whose names were to be placed on exit control list (ECL).

 

 

 

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Shehbaz Sharif’s name removed from ECL

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Shehbaz Sharif's name removed from ECL

LAHORE:  LHC has ordered removal of the name of the leader of the opposition in NA  Mian Shehbaz Sharif from ECL

 

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Nawaz Sharif granted bail on medical grounds in Al-Azizia case!

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Nawaz Sharif granted bail on medical grounds in Al-Azizia case

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court here has granted bail to Nawaz Sharif on medical grounds suspending his sentence in Al-Azizia case or six weeks. 

According to details, a three-judge bench led by CJP granted bail to the deposed prime minister enabling him to seek medical treatment within the country. He will not be allowed to leave the country. 

The bail has been granted against two surety bonds of Rs. 5 million each and as soon as its period is over he will have to surrender himself to jail authorities. Sharif’s advocate had requested for bail for eight weeks.

 

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