ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the Bahria Town’s review petition challenging the apex court’s 4th May verdict, noting that its implementation bench would deal with the encroachers.
A five-member larger bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar set aside the petition after going through the arguments placed by the litigants at length.
On may 4, the apex court had declared that the total area of land acquired by the Bahria Town in Takht Pari, Rawalpindi was 2,210 acres and not 1,741 acres as claimed.
During the course of proceedings, Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi also appeared before the court in compliance with its orders and sought time to submit his reply. The court, however, declared that the implementation bench would hear the case against him.
The apex court had summoned Elahi in his capacity as the former Punjab chief minister, to explain under which authority he had ordered demarcation of forest land in Takht Pari that eventually benefited his family.
Subsequently, the court dismissed the review petition of the Bahria Town.
It may be added that in its 4th May judgment, the SC had ordered the forest department, revenue department and the Survey of Pakistan to conduct a fresh demarcation after giving notices to the forest department and Bahria Town.
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.