LAHORE: LHC granted conditional bail to two accused-Malik Asif and Mirza Abdul Rasheed – in LDA City scam.
The court directed both to submit surety bonds of Rs 5 million each for availing the benefit of bail. The bench headed by Justice Malik Shahzad Ahmad Khan heard the bail petitions of Malik Asif and Mirza Abdul Rasheed, owners of Alfa Estate and Maymar Housing Service respectively, LDA City development partners. As the proceedings commenced, the defense counsel Adnan Shuja Butt pleaded with the bench to grant the benefit of bail to his clients. He submitted that LDA City was a joint venture and five development partners including Alfa Estate and Maymar Housing Service was hired for the purpose. He submitted that his clients were arrested on charges of failure to provide the required land for the project and selling more plots.
He submitted Malik Asif provided excess land then his required share and the same was also admitted by the National Accountability Bureau whereas Mirza Abdul Rasheed assured to provide land for completion of Phase-I of the housing scheme. However, the NAB prosecutor submitted that the bureau did not have any objection if the bail was granted for a period of eight months to the accused. If they failed to provide the remaining land for completion of Phase-I in eight months, then the bureau would file an application for cancellation of their bail, he added. At this, the bench granted conditional bail to both accused and directed for submission of surety bonds for the purpose. It is pertinent to mention here that the Apex Court disposed of an application by the Lahore Development Authority for permission to acquire land for LDA city project through the development partners after it was assured that the three development partners including Maymar Housing Service would acquire the remaining land for completion of phase-I of the project.
Relevant: Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan Thursday said three leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had resigned from their offices merely on the allegation against them and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was still investigating the cases. Opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif should resign as Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) like PTI leader Aleem Khan, he said while talking to a private news channel. The minister said Shehbaz Sharif should clear him first from the cases and then he again take charge of PAC Chairman. He said Aleem Khan had quit the Punjab Minister of Local Government merely on an allegation, which had not been proved. He questioned that why Aleem Khan had not arrested on corruption charges during the previous governments of Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz. Ali Muhammad Khan said former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was arrested in his corruption cases due to the struggle of Prime Minister Imran Khan against corruption.
Pilot drinking delays Japan plane
TOKYO: Japan’s All Nippon Airways said today it was forced to delay a domestic flight earlier this week after a co-pilot failed an alcohol breath test despite new rules.
The case came after Japan introduced fresh regulations to clamp down on alcohol consumption by pilots after several incidents involving flight crew drinking hit the headlines. On Tuesday, the ANA co-pilot was scheduled to fly a Boeing 777 with 322 passengers on board from Kobe in western Japan to Haneda airport in Tokyo.
But he failed a breath test and said he had consumed a can of beer and half a can of a spirit-based drink in his hotel room about six hours before the flight. The flight was delayed by more than an hour while a replacement pilot was found. The airline said in a statement it would deal with the case “rigorously”. It has banned pilots and co-pilots from drinking alcohol up to 24 hours before a flight.
Late last year, a Japan Airlines co-pilot arrested in Britain was jailed for 10 months after being found shortly before a flight with a blood alcohol level almost 10 times the legal limit. He had reportedly consumed two bottles of wine and more than 1.8 liters (nearly four US pints) of beer over six hours on the night before the flight. ANA also revealed last year that a hungover pilot had caused multiple flight delays. Before the rule change in January, Japan had no legal limits on drinking by plane crew members before flights, and breath testing was not required.
ANF recovers 2.465 Kg of ‘ICE’
KARACHI: Anti Narcotics Force (ANF), Sindh during an intelligence-based operation at an office of the local courier company recovered 1.450 Kgs Methamphetamine (ICE).
According to an ANF-Sindh press release issued here on Friday, the courier outlet was raided on basis of reliable information and consequently, a parcel, booked by Ahsan Saleem Jutt from Murree, was intercepted, a search of the same resulted in retrieval of the contraband drug concealed in 4x ladies suits.
Another raid was said to have been conducted near Baqai University, off Super Highway Karachi, resulting in the arrest of one Faqeer Muhammad s/o Mir Faiz Muhammad and recovery of 1.015 Kgs Methamphetamine (ICE) from his possession. The two consignments were said to carry a value of Rs 0.08 million (approx) in the international market. Cases have been registered against the accused while further investigation was underway.
India to divert water from rivers flowing into Pak.
NEW DELHI: According to Indian daily Hindustan Times Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has said the government was working on a project to divert water from three rivers flowing into Pakistan from India in order to improve the availability of water in the Yamuna.
According to the minister both the countries hold the right to use water flowing in three rivers each under the Indus Waters Treaty signed in 1960. But India has not utilized river waters it is permitted to use under the agreement, he said.
“After formation of India and Pakistan, India and Pakistan got the right to use waters in three rivers each. The water from our three rivers is going to Pakistan. Now, we are planning to build a project and divert the water from these three rivers into the Yamuna river. Once this happens, Yamuna will have more water,” Nitin Gadkari held.
Pakistan, while responding to the Indian warning regarding closure of the flow of water from its share in the rivers under the Indus Water Treaty (IWT), held that it had no concern if India diverted water of eastern rivers and supplied that to its people or used that for other purposes as the IWT allowed it.