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LHC verdict about Model Town JIT challenged in SC

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LAHORE: An appeal has been filed in the Supreme Court (SC) Lahore Registry challenging suspension of notification for new joint investigation team (JIT), formed to probe 2014-Model Town incident, by the Lahore High Court (LHC).
The appeal was filed by Bisma Amjad, the daughter of Tanzila Amjad, who was killed in the Model Town incident, through her counsel Muhammad Azhar Siddique.
The appellant submitted that an LHC full bench had suspended the notification for new Model Town JIT and stopped it from work. She submitted that the bench was not empowered to stop the team from investigations, as per law.
She argued that the new JIT had completed the investigations and it was ready to compile its final report. If the JIT is not allowed to complete its work then Model Town accused could not be punished, she added.
She pleaded with the court to set aside the LHC verdict.
It is pertinent to mention here that an LHC bench had suspended a notification for formation of new JIT, by a two to one majority vote, on petitions assailing the new JIT, on March 22.
The current JIT was constituted after a five-member larger bench of the Supreme Court disposed of a Suo Motu notice on 5th December 2018, after the Punjab government informed that a new JIT would be formed to investigate the Model Town case.
The suo moto notice was taken on an application of Bisma Amjad. She had requested for formation of a new JIT to probe the killing of workers of the PAT and Idara Minhajul Quran.
Model Town incident took place on June 17, 2014, in which 14 people were killed and 100 others injured after police launched an assault on PAT supporters in Model Town, Lahore.
A JIT was also formed in 2014 which conducted and finalized its investigation in May 2015. The JIT had cleared Shehbaz Sharif and Rana Sanaullah and dismissed all charges leveled against them in the FIR.

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Two policemen gunned down in Karachi’s Orangi Town

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KARACHI: Two policemen were killed when unidentified assailants opened fire at them in Karachi’s Orangi Town today, rescue sources said.

The firing incident took place at around 8am when both the police personnel were on their way to report for duty. Four armed men on two motorbikes opened fire and killed the personnel.

Upon being informed of the incident, a police team reached the site and cordoned it off to collect evidence. The bodies were shifted to a nearby medical facility for medico legal formalities.

The killed policemen, posted in Mominabad, were identified as Sepoy Allahdita and Sepoy Ahmed Ali.

Taking notice of the shooting incident, Additional Inspector General Amir Sheikh sought a report from the SSP West in this regard.

 

 

 

 

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Police officer stabbed ahead of G20 summit in Japan

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TOKYO: Japanese police Monday arrested a man suspected of stabbing a police officer in the chest and stealing his gun near Osaka, just days before world leaders fly into the city for a G20 summit.

The 33-year-old suspect, who denies the charges, was in possession of an ID document showing he was mentally disabled, an Osaka regional police detective said.

The police officer, 22, is still in a coma, the detective added. His gun was found later with one bullet missing.

The incident, a rare case of violent crime in Japan, hit national headlines due to the proximity of the attack to the G20, which will be held in the western city on June 28 and 29.

“We have not yet studied what impact this will have on the G20 security plan,” Takahisa Ishida, chief of the Osaka police, told local media.

US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping will be among the leaders jetting in for the summit, with tens of thousands of aides in tow.

More than 25,000 police officers will reportedly be mobilised to provide security in Osaka during the summit meetings.

“We will do our best on security measures ahead of the G20 next week,” top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters Monday when asked about the incident.

A recent meeting of G20 finance ministers in the western city of Fukuoka was held under extremely high security, with areas around the meeting in total lockdown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PFUJ condemns brutal murder of Hyderabad journalist Ilyas Warsi

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KARACHI: Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) President G.M. Jamali has strongly condemned the brutal murder of senior journalist Ilyas Warsi in Hyderabad here today.

Warsi, who was affiliated to the Sindhi daily Kawish newspaper, was found dead in his apartment adjacent to Al-Raheem Shopping Centre in Hyderabad.

According to a family source, Warsi had left for his home from Hyderabad Press Club at around 6 PM. Warsi’s son told the police that when he reached the apartment, it was locked from inside. He knocked at the door but there was no response upon which he called others and force opened the door where he found his father’s dead body.

“The journalist was murdered using an edge tool,” police said, adding that the killers and motive behind the murder remains unknown.

Warsi was former president of Hyderabad Press Club and had been affiliated with many national and international journalist unions.

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