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SC summons Nawaz Sharif in shrine land case

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday summoned former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to appear in person to explain his position in a 1985 case regarding illegal construction of shops on shrine land in Pakpattan. Headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, a bench of the apex court resumed hearing of the case as the former premier’s lawyer Munawar Iqbal submitted a statement on behalf of his client. The counsel stated that his client has not signed the statement after which the bench rejected it. The chief…

Canadian FM lauds Aasia Bibi case ruling in phone call with Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland telephoned her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi to discuss various issues, including the Supreme Court’s verdict of acquitting Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman, of blasphemy charge. Dr Muhammad Faisal, a Foreign Office spokesperson, tweeted: “Canadian FM telephoned FM Qureshi yesterday. Among other issues, Asia Bibi was discussed. Canadian FM appreciated Supreme Court’s courageous decision & PM’s positive speech.” Canadian FM telephoned FM Qureshi…

JIT given two weeks to submit report about fake accounts

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing money laundering of more than Rs35 billion through fake accounts to submit its report within two weeks. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar heard the suo motu case related to money laundering of billions of rupees through fake accounts, including the one owned by the PPP’s top leadership. The apex court summoned Abdul Ghani Majeed of the Omni group to appear in person on next hearing. It also…

SC accepts NAB appeals against Nawaz, Maryam

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday accepted for hearing appeals filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) challenging the Islamabad High Court (IHC) verdict that suspended the prison terms of former premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and her spouse Capt (retd) Safdar.  A three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, declared the appeals maintainable for hearing. The chief justice remarked the bench would determine whether or not to constitute a larger bench to…

Top court issues notice in Zulfi Bukhari’s dual nationality case

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court on Monday served notices on Prime Minister Imran Khan and his close aide Zulfi Bukhari in a petition seeking Bukhari’s disqualification over his dual nationality, ARY News reported. The petitioner is his plea told the court Mr. Zulfi Bukhari possessed dual nationality hence he couldn’t be appointed as a government functionary. In his remarks, Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar said a person who was expert in a particular domain, but not eligible to be elected, he/she could be appointed advisers.…

SC seeks detailed report in Hindu community land encroachment case

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday heard the case regarding encroachment on land owned by the Hindu community in Sindh and sought thorough report into the case in 15 days, ARY News reported. Chairing the case proceedings, Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar sought a report approved by a committee that was formed earlier to probe the matter. MNA Ramesh Kumar appeared before the court and said the committee had highlighted areas with encroached land. He told the court that 45 applications were received from Larkana alone…

Supreme Court to hear fake accounts case on Nov 12

KARACHI: The Chief Justice of Pakistan has fixed hearing of the fake bank accounts case on November 12 (Monday), ARY News reported. A bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar will hear the case. The court has issued notices to Director General FIA, Advocate General Sindh and the Prosecutor General of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). A summon has also been issued to Nimar Majeed, a son of the owner of OMNI Group Anwar Majeed, to appear before the court in personal capacity. A…

Supreme Court frees murder suspect after 11 years

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday acquitted a murder suspect for want of evidence after 11 years.  Muhammad Mansha, who belongs to Muridke city of Sheikhupura district in Punjab, was initially awarded death penalty by a trial court in a murder case. When approached, the Lahore High Court (LHC) converted his capital punishment into life imprisonment. Later, the suspect went to the top court challenging the LHC verdict and seeking his acquittal in the case. Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, who headed the three-judge…

Appeasement to ‘avoid bloodshed’ sends dangerous message: minister

ISLAMABAD: Against the backdrop of the protests over acquittal of Aasia Bibi, Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari has said the policy of appeasement to avoid bloodshed sends a dangerous message to non-state actors and undermines the very concept of democratic, peaceful protests. Using the #IStandWithSupremeCourt hashtag, she tweeted: “Appeasement to "avoid bloodshed” sends a dangerous msg to non-state actors & undermines the very concept of democratic peaceful protest. The State has to enforce Rule of Law,…

SC seeks progress report in Asghar Khan case

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to submit a report, detailing the progress so far made in the implementation of its ruling in the Asghar Khan case.  Headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, a three-judge bench of the top court directed the FIA to submit the report within six weeks. FIA Director General Bashir Memon informed the bench that over a dozen people were issued notices, however, they couldn’t make it to the court owing to the closure of roads.…