ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court on Thursday while rejecting appeals challenging Lahore High Court decision, directed three sugar mills to transfer their setup from Southern Punjab to Central Punjab within two
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard the appeals moved by Sharif Family and other, challenging LHC orders.
In September 2017, the high court declared the relocations of Chaudhry Sugar Mills to Rahim Yar Khan, Haseeb Waqas Sugar Mills to Muzaffargarh and Ittefaq Sugar Mills to Bahawalpur illegal.
The court ordered that the owners of the mills return to their previous locations within three months. Later, three sugar mills, which are believed to be owned by the Sharif family, challenged the LHC judgment in the apex court.
During the course of proceedings, Chief Justice remarked that all three mills violated the rules and cheated the judiciary by saying that there were planting a power plant there but the reality was that they had shifted mills machinery, he added.
We can order to initiate criminal proceedings, however, showing judicial restraint and ordering them to shift back their setup within two months and dismissed all appeals.
The bench, however, said that mills owners might use their land for any other business but not for sugar crushing. The detailed judgment with reasons would be announced later on, CJ remarked.
In December 2006, through a notification, the Punjab government had banned the setting up of new sugar mills and the expansion of the existing ones. The prohibition included the relocation of mills as well.
However, in 2015, the provincial government had amended the 2006 notification to allow relocation. This revision led to the relocation of said mills.
In 2016, however, Tareen challenged the relocation of the mills in the LHC, arguing that the amendment was only made to benefit the Sharif family and that the relocation was illegal.
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.