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Ruling reserved on plea for postponement of by-poll in NA-60

ISLAMABAD: A bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday reserved its ruling on a petition seeking to postpone by-election on a National Assembly seat,  NA-60, in Rawalpindi. The bench headed by Justice Amir Farooq reserved the verdict after hearing arguments from the petitioner who sought its directives for the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to defer the upcoming by-poll in the Rawalpindi constituency until a decision on PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi’s appeal against life term. Justice Farooq asked the…

IHC enhances jail term of ex-judge in Tayyaba torture case

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday rejected an appeal of former additional district and session judge Raja Khurram Ali and his wife challenging their conviction in the Tayyaba torture case. A division bench comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb enhanced rigorous imprisonment by two years awarded to both convicts by a single bench of the high court. Appellants Raja Khurram Ali Khan and his wife Maheen Zafar filed the appeal through their lawyer, challenging the verdict,…

Verdict reserved on ex-judge’s appeal in Tayyaba torture case

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday reserved its verdict on an appeal filed by former additional district and sessions judge Raja Khurram Ali and his wife challenging their conviction in the Tayyaba torture case. A bench of the high court reserved the verdict after hearing arguments from defence and prosecution side, which will be pronounced next week. Appellants Raja Khurram Ali Khan and his wife Maheen Zafar filed the appeal through their lawyer, challenging the verdict that awarded them one year in…

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif disqualified for life in Iqama case

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has been disqualified by the Islamabad High Court under Article 62 of the Constitution for concealing facts about holding an Iqama . Following the court orders, the foreign minister cannot contest elections for life. The bench headed by Justice Athar Minallah and comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akther Kiyani announced the verdict. On April 10, a larger bench of the high court had reserved its verdict over the petition filed by PTI member Usman Dar, seeking…

Disqualification sword hangs over Khawaja Asif

ISLAMABAD: A bench of the Islamabad High Court will announce its verdict over a plea seeking disqualification of Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif from public office today. A larger bench of the high court had reserved its verdict over the petition filed by PTI member Usman Dar, seeking disqualification of the foreign minister for concealing the facts about holding an Iqama of United Arab Emirates (UAE). The bench headed by Justice Athar Minallah and comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akther Kiyani was…

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…