ISLAMABAD: Deputy Chairman Senate Saleem Mandviwala Friday said former ambassador Ali Jehangir Siddiqui, through Amir Shafiq, has filed a defamation suit against a tweet made by him about their business partnership with a private airline.
Speaking at a press conference, he said in the tweet he mentioned the investment of $ 20 million with Air Blue made by JS Group and afterward, Ali Jehangir Siddiqui became Advisor to former Prime Minister Shahid Khan Abbasi and then was appointed Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States. The notice sent by Ali Jehangir Siddiqui to him was apparently a tactic to intimidate him and the Senators so they remain silent on important issues, he alleged.
He said some people approached him and demanded that he should delete the tweet. He said he informed them that he could prove the facts mentioned in the tweet. He said he stood by his tweet and Ali Jehangir should prove that he did not make an investment in Air Blue. Many hearings in the case were held for a year but he was not sent any court notice, nor called for a hearing, then suddenly he received a notice, he said.
He said he could not be scared with such notices as he belonged to Pakistan Peoples Party which was a party of martyrs and faced many tribulations in the past. “Ali Jehangir Siddiqui damaged my political reputation by sending the notice,” he said adding he would appear in the court to defend himself and asked Chairman Senate to take notice of the situation. He demanded that an inquiry should be held on the issue and said all the record was available with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP).
Hajj applicants can get money back!
ISLAMABAD: Those successful applicants who don’t want to perform Hajj may now apply for a refund of the deposited amount from the relevant banks.
Ministry of Religious Affairs has informed that the refund forms could be downloaded from www.hajjinfo.org. It is pertinent to mention here that in case a successful applicant could not go for the pilgrimage ja blood relative could avail the change.
Confiscated goods’ auction fetches over Rs. 16 b in 5 years
ISLAMABAD: The authorities concerned have amassed Rs. 16.124 billion through auction and disposal of different confiscated/smuggled goods during the last five years.
The confiscated goods are disposed of through open public auction as provided in auction/customs rules. A variety of smuggled goods have been confiscated in the country by Pakistan Customs during the period and these included tea, auto parts, cigarettes, medicines, antiques, crockery, vehicles, cloth, tires and tubes, diesel, electronic goods, and narcotics etc.
Elaborating procedure for the auction of confiscated goods, sources at Finance and Revenue Division on Sunday said as per auction rules, the Collector or an authorized officer shall nominate an auctioneer from amongst registered auctioneers to conduct an auction of confiscated goods. The amounts and names of the highest and second highest bidders are recorded in the file by customs staff supervising the process along with copies of National Identity Card as well as NTN of the successful bidder.
The auctioneer on receipt of a certificate issued by Collector or an authorized officer to the effect that the whole amount of bid has been realized, issues under his seal, a delivery order. The sources said there are certain items like arms and ammunition, liquor/narcotics and like goods which cannot be put to auction.
It is pertinent to mention here that goods like confiscated narcotics and expired/banned/hazardous items/goods, not fit for human consumption, are destroyed. However, arms and ammunition of prohibited and non-prohibited bores are disposed of by allocating the same to an agency/department having anti-smuggling powers for their official use.
NZ to hold national remembrance service
CHRISTCHURCH: PM’s Office has announced that New Zealand would hold a national remembrance service on 29th March for the victims of two mosques’ massacre and their families, the PMs office announced on Sunday.
The interfaith service will take place in Christchurch two weeks after an Australian white supremacist shot and killed 50 Muslims who had arrived for Friday prayers at two mosques in the city on March 15.
“The national remembrance service provides an opportunity for Cantabrians (Christchurch-area residents), New Zealanders and people all around the world to come together as one to honour the victims of the terrorist attack,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a statement.
“In the week since the unprecedented terror attack there has been an outpouring of grief and love in our country.
“The service will be a chance to once again show that New Zealanders are compassionate, inclusive and diverse, and that we will protect those values.”
The slaughter has rocked the normally laid-back country and prompted horror worldwide, heightened by the gunman’s cold-blooded livestreaming of the massacre.
Since then, New Zealanders have responded with an outpouring of support for the country’s small Muslim community.
The attack also left dozens of people injured, some critically.
Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian, was arrested within minutes of the massacre and has been charged with murder.