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Katas Raj case: Chief Justice imposes Rs 100mn fine on cement factory

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Monday imposed a fine on DG Khan Cement factory for water theft and making a false statement before the court in Katas Raj Temple pond case, ARY News reported. The two-member bench chaired by the CJP heard the case at the Supreme Court’s Lahore Registry today (November 19). Citing a statement of the DG Khan Cement Factory, the CJP said: “The factory administration says they accumulated water for the factory through rain, but it’s a blatant lie.” Mr. Nisar said the court…

Model Town tragedy: SC forms larger bench to hear plea seeking new JIT

LAHORE: The Supreme Court on Monday ordered constitution of a five-member larger bench to hear a petition seeking new joint investigation team (JIT) to probe the Model Town incident, ARY News reported. Hearing the case at the apex court’s Lahore Registry today, Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar said the new larger bench would hear the case from December 5 to examine the plea whether formation of a new JIT needed to process the case. Religious scholar and chairman Pakistan Awami Tehreek, Dr Tahirul Qadri appeared before…

SC orders immediate revival of Karachi Circular Railway

KARACHI: The Supreme Court on Saturday directed the authorities concerned to immediately revive the Karachi Circular Railway.  The direction came during a meeting chaired by Justice Gulzar Ahmed at the apex court’s Karachi registry. He directed the civic authorities to clear all railway tracks across the city of encroachments. The Deputy Superintendent of the Pakistan Railways informed that railway tracks in various areas of the city have been encroached upon. The top court judge directed the deputy commissioners to…

35 Pakistani politicians own properties in UAE, FIA tells SC

ISLAMABAD: Out of 895 Pakistani nationals who own properties in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), 35 are politicians, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) informed the Supreme Court on Saturday. The FIA submitted a report to the apex court, stating that out of the total, 374 Pakistanis declared their UAE properties under an amnesty scheme. Whereas, 674 Pakistanis submitted affidavits to the FIA. Seven of those who have declared their assets in Dubai are facing NAB cases, according to the report. 69 Pakistanis…

SC admits petition seeking new JIT to probe Model Town incident

LAHORE: The Supreme Court on Saturday admitted a petition for hearing seeking formation of the new joint investigation team to probe Model Town incident in which 14 people had lost their lives in 2014, ARY News reported. The two-member bench, chaired by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, will hear the petition on November 19. The apex court had taken notice of the plea of Bisma Amjad, the daughter of Tanzila Amjad who was among those martyred in the Model Town firing incident, on October 6 urging formation of new…

SC dissolves board of Punjab Healthcare Commission

LAHORE: The Supreme Court on Saturday dissolved the board of Punjab Healthcare and ordered constitution of the new board comprising ‘competent people’ with immediate effect, ARY News reported. The top court bench, during the hearing at SC's Lahore Registry, had summoned Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid and members of the board to inquire about the reasons for resignation of Justice (retd) Amir Raza Khan, who was the head of PHC board. Chief Justice, Mian Saqib Nisar, expressed his resentment at board member…

SC directs nine officials of public sector companies to return inflated salaries

LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) informed the Supreme Court on Friday that 45 officials of Punjab's public sector companies have showed willingness to return inflated salaries they have received.  NAB Director General Lahore Saleem Shahzad submitted a report to a two-judge bench of the apex court hearing a suo motu case related to higher salaries received by heads of companies. He said 45 officials have agreed to return the excess amount, while nine are unwilling to do so. He said the anti-graft…

Court seeks another extension to wind up Sharif’s corruption references

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Friday sought another extension from the Supreme Court to wrap-up the under trial two corruption references against Nawaz Sharif, ARY NEWS reported. Judge Arshad Malik in his letter to the registrar of the apex court stated, “the ongoing trial against Nawaz Sharif in Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment references is near to its end. It is not possible to complete the trial as per the deadline given by the top court thus more time should be granted.” "The suspect is recording his…

Katas Raj Temple case: SC orders inspection of cement factories

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has constituted a committee to inspect cement factories sucking underground water of Katas Raj temple in the Potohar area of Rawalpindi division through drill bores, ARY News reported. The SC bench was hearing a suo motu case pertaining to the unlawful water utilization of Katas Raj Temple pond. During hearing of the case today, the apex court ordered inspection of cement factories in the case and sought report in this regard. The court ordered that the head of the newly-formed team will…

British Interior Ministry conditionally agreed to extradite Ishaq Dar, SC told

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court was told on Wednesday that the British Interior Ministry has agreed, with conditions, to extradite former finance minister Ishaq Dar, who is required to Pakistan in illegal assets case, ARY News reported. Additional attorney general informed the apex court that the UK Interior Ministry had sent a questionnaire comprising 27 questions regarding the case. “We have handed over the questionnaire to the National Accountability Bureau,” AAG said. He said once we submit reply to the questions, the…