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.
IFJ and PFUJ condemn murder of journalist in N. Ireland
LONDON: President Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) G. M. Jamali, while strongly condemning the murder of 29-year-old freelance journalist Lyra McKee in a terrorist incident, demanded a thorough probe in order to identify and apprehend the culprits.
Philippe Leruth, President International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has termed the murder of 29-year-old freelance journalist Lyra McKee ‘a real loss of press freedom for the young generation of journalists’. On behalf of IFJ, he urged the Irish authorities to ensure a full investigation into her death.
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton calling McKee’s death horrendous and unjustified told that the shooting happened when police were searching for munitions and firearms after tips that terror attacks were planned for the Easter weekend. “A single gunman fired shots in a residential area of the city and as a result wounded Ms. McKee,” he added.
Lyra McKee has been shot dead during riots in the city of Londonderry in Northern Ireland and Police is treating the incident as an act of terrorism. Republican politician blamed so-called dissidents behind the latest augmentation in aggression that shook the disturbed area.
Images posted on social media shows a couple of vehicles in flames and hooded hooligans attacking the Police with petrol bombs.
US partners with KP to combat poppy cultivation
ISLAMABAD: Over the past three decades, Pakistan has reduced poppy cultivation by 87 percent with the partnership of the United States.
In a bid to continue to combat poppy growth, the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) received a contribution of seven new Toyota Hilux pickup trucks from the United States. The KP government will use the vehicles to implement crop control and related development projects in the districts of Bajaur, Mohmand, and Khyber.
Deputy Chief of Mission John Hoover, speaking on the occasion, held: “We are proud to continue our longstanding partnership with the KP government and former FATA Secretariat, which has resulted in a significant decrease in poppy cultivation, ultimately benefitting the people of KP and the rest of Pakistan.”
This is part of an overall 589 million rupees ($5.1 million) donation to the provincial government to combat poppy cultivation in the merged areas. Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Narcotics Control Sabino Sikandar Jalal and KP’s Director General Projects, Merged Area Secretariat Khalid Ilyas participated in the event. The assistance underscores the American government’s long history of partnership with Pakistan in its mission to combat poppy growth.
PS: Over the past 37 years, the United States has invested $60 million in Pakistani efforts to support rural communities in developing economic alternatives to narcotics production; expand legal employment opportunities, especially for women; provide training in sustainable farming techniques; construct roads that extend the writ of the government and provide farm-to-market access; and construct small water supply projects that increase the viability of growing alternative crops.
The U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), which provided the crop control assistance, works in more than 90 countries to help combat crime and corruption, counter the narcotics trade, improve police institutions, and promote court systems that are fair and accountable.
Ali Raza Abidi murder: CTD tells court it identified suspects
KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court here has directed the Counter-terrorism Department (CTD) of Sindh police to arrest three absconding accused in the Ali Raza Abidi murder case and present them before it on next hearing.
In a major headway, CTD investigators have identified the suspect who fired shots at the Muttahida Qaumi Movement – Pakistan (MQM-P) leader, according to a progress report submitted to the court.
Suspect Bilal, one of the three absconding accused, shot at Ali Raza Abidi, said CTD, adding the absconders will be arrested soon.
Meanwhile, the court issued non-bailable warrants for the arrest of the accused and directed CTD to nab and present them before it on the next hearing.