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CJ stresses need to revamp laws for quick dispensation of justice


December 12, 2018

KARACHI: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Tuesday said that no country could progress without rule of law and underlined the need to revamp the laws and system in order to curtail inordinate delay in dispensation of justice. He stated that unfortunately there were litigation-orientated people in the society and they used to approach courts unnecessarily in rent …

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IHC to announce verdict on Zulfi Bukhari’s plea for removal of name from ECL


December 12, 2018

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) is expected to announce its verdict on Wednesday on a petition filed by prime minister’s aide Syed Zulfi Bukhari seeking the removal of his name from the Exit Control List (ECL). The interior ministry had placed Bukhari’s name on the ECL in August upon the National Accountability Bureau’s request after he was accused of owning off-shore companies …

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NAB didn’t find proof against Nawaz on its own, SC told


December 12, 2018

ISLAMABAD: The counsel for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) never conducted any investigation into the establishment of Al-Azizia and HME Steel Mills and the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) did not ask his client any question about the HME when he appeared before it. While making final arguments before the Supreme Court, lead …

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NAB granted 10-day physical remand of Khawaja brothers in Paragon Housing scam case


December 12, 2018

An accountability court in Lahore granted the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) a 10-day physical remand of PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother Salman Rafique in Paragon Housing scam case. The NAB, which had taken the siblings into custody a day earlier following the rejection of their petition to obtain pre-arrest bails, sought a 15-day remand but the court granted a …

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Pakistan rejects ‘politically motivated’ listing as violator of religious freedoms by US


December 12, 2018

As Washington announced that Islamabad had been added to a list of violators of religious freedoms, Pakistan on Wednesday rejected the “unilateral and politically motivated pronouncement”, and suggested the US introspect over the “exponential rise” of Islamophobia and anti-Semitism in America. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had on Tuesday said that Pakistan was joining Saudi Arabia, Iran, China, North Korea, Burma, Eritrea, …

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CM says recent terrorist attacks in Karachi warrant stricter security measures


December 11, 2018

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the overall law and order situation in Sindh is satisfactory, but the recent incidents of terrorism called for further improvement of security. “The government is committed to eliminating street crime,” the CM said, adding that a targeted operation against the drug mafia, land mafia and their patrons was going …

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KP govt to abolish peace and reforms panel even before its first meeting


December 11, 2018

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to abolish the Peace and Reforms Committee formed earlier last month for the erstwhile Fata merged with the province lately even before the body held its first meeting. The seven-member committee headed by senior minister for tourism and sports Mohammad Atif Khan was notified by the Chief Minister’s Secretariat on Nov 27. Information …

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Interim bail of Zardari, Faryal extended in ‘fake’ accounts case


December 11, 2018

KARACHI: A banking court has extended till Dec 21 interim bail of former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur for a fifth time in a case pertaining to alleged laundering of Rs4.14 billion through fake bank accounts. Former chairman of the Pakistan Stock Exchange Hussain Lawai, Taha Raza, Anvar Majeed and Abdul Ghani Majeed have been detained …

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Delayed projects in south Punjab displease CM


December 11, 2018

LAHORE: Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has expressed his displeasure over delay in the completion of development schemes in backward areas especially the southern Punjab. “You are busy in drafting PC-1s while general public badly needs healthcare, education and other civic facilities,” he reprimanded the bureaucrats. “The affairs of the government can no longer be run like this,” he added. Chairing …

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M State minister tweets ‘mobile tax policy’ for foreign visitors


December 11, 2018

Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azhar on Tuesday announced the ‘mobile tax policy’ for foreign visitors after the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) released details of duties imposed on imported handsets. In a series of tweets, Azhar said that people flying into Pakistan will be allowed to register one handset without having to pay duty charges. Furthermore, foreign visitors …

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