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US diplomat who killed biker blacklisted, IHC told

ISLAMABAD: The interior ministry informed the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday that US defense and air attaché Col Joseph Emmanuel who allegedly killed a biker in a traffic accident in the federal capital has been blacklisted.  A bench of the high court was hearing a petition seeking to place the name of the US diplomat on the Exit Control List (ECL). The ministry submitted a report to the bench in response to its notice, stating that Col Joseph has been blacklisted in a case pertaining to the death of 22-year-old…

IHC restrains individuals from changing religion without court permission

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday ruled that no person will change his/her religion without its permission till further orders, ARY News reported. A single bench, comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, gave this restraining order while hearing a case pertaining to the controversial amendment in the oath of Khatm-e-Nabuwwat for electoral candidates. Justice Siddiqui further ruled that Nadra will not entertain any request regarding change of religion on National Identity Cards (CNICs). Advocate…

Faizabad sit-in: Raja Zafarul Haq report finally submitted to IHC

ISLAMABAD: The federal authorities on Tuesday submitted a report of the committee formed to fix responsibility for introducing controversial amendment to the Khatm-i-Nabuwwat oath to the Islamabad High Court (IHC). The authorities submitted the report to the high court after its final warning to comply with court orders or face action. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the high court earlier directed the government to place on record the report until 1:00pm. He observed that the government was not serious in…

IHC maintains stay order against celebrating Valentine’s Day

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Wednesday maintained a ban on celebrating the international day of love across the country. A single bench of the high court, comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, issued a stay order, prohibiting celebration of Valentine’s Day in public spaces and government offices in the country. It issued notices to the information secretary, the Pakistan Electronic Media and Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) chairman and other federal authorities to submit their comments on a petition calling…

Maryam challenges verdict allowing witnesses to testify via video link

ISLAMABAD: Maryam Nawaz, daughter of former premier Nawaz Sharif, on Wednesday challenged a verdict of an accountability court that allowed two National Accountability Bureau (NAB) witnesses to testify via video link in the London Avenfield Apartments case. Maryam moved a petition through her counsel Amjad Pervaiz in the Islamabad High Court (IHC), challenging the Feb 2 decision of the accountability court. She requested the court to set aside the trial court’s verdict in question. On Feb 2, Accountability Judge…

Court rejects PTI plea challenging ECP’s jurisdiction to scrutinize party funds details

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) suffered a setback on Monday after Islamabad High Court (IHC) dismissed its plea to bar the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) from probing the source of party foreign funding. A single bench, comprising Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani, announced the reserved verdict on the petition filed by PTI chairman Imran Khan through his counsel. The PTI chief through his counsel had moved the petition to seek the court’s injunction against the ECP. The petition stipulated that the top…

IHC reserves verdict on plea for registration of MML

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday reserved its verdict on a petition of Milli Muslim League (MML) challenging an order of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) that declined its registration as a political party. A single bench comprising Justice Amir Farooq reserved the verdict after hearing arguments of Advocate Rizwan Abbasi, the MML’s lawyer and the state counsel. Citing ECP and secretary Ministry of Interior as respondents, the petitioner submitted that non-registration of MML was violation…

IHC stays proclamation proceedings against Ishaq Dar

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday restrained an accountability court from proceeding against former finance minister Ishaq Dar till further orders. This restraining order came on a petition filed by Dar challenging the accountability court's order that declared him a proclaimed offender over his perpetual absence from the trial proceedings in the assets reference. A division bench, comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb also barred the trial court from taking any…

Sharif given last chance to justify his re-election as PML-N chief

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday gave ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif a last chance to respond to a petition challenging his re-election as the PML-N president after his lifetime disqualification in the Panama Papers case.  A single bench comprising Justice Amir Farooq warned the former premier to submit his comments on the petition or else it would give ex-parte decision in the case. It also issued notices to the secretary establishment division, chief election commissioner and secretary…

IHC reserves decision on NAB plea seeking dismissal of Safdar’s bail

ISLAMABAD: A two-member bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday reserved its verdict on a plea filed by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) challenging the accountability court’s orders of granting bail to MNA Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar in a graft reference. A division bench of the apex court comprising Justice Aamir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani heard the plea. During the court proceedings, NAB prosecutor presented his arguments against the accountability court’s orders granting bail to…