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Lawyer moves reference against LHC judge

Lawyer moves reference against LHC judge

LAHORE: A lawyer has sent a reference to the president and the Supreme Judicial Council against a judge of the Lahore High Court for influencing a police case in favour of a naib qasid of his court.
Saeed Ahmed Malik moved the application against Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed seeking proceedings against him under Article 109 of the constitution for misuse of powers. Malik said that on September 23, 2009, a mob led by Mehmood and his son Akram attacked his property and demolished it

‘Govt won’t withdraw executive order’

ISLAMABAD: The government has no intention of withdrawing its notification of March 16, 2009, Attorney General of Pakistan Maulvi Anwarul Haq told the Supreme Court on Monday.
Appearing before a 17-member larger bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry which was hearing a suo motu case pertaining to media reports alleging the government of contemplating the withdrawal of the March 16, 2009 notification reinstating the superior judiciary, the AG informed the court

Global powers, Iran support Afghan talks

ROME: Global powers on Monday gave their backing to Afghanistan’s efforts to negotiate with the Taliban and set conditions for the gradual handover of power from foreign troops to local security forces.
The high-level talks on Afghanistan in Rome brought together representatives from 46 countries and international organisations, including for the first time Iran and the OIC. “We want to go in this direction of a realistic aim which is sufficient stability for Afghanistan and

Would-be bomber killed, 14 injured in Lakki Marwat

PESHAWAR: A would-be suicide bomber was killed and 14 people, including women and children were injured, when police thwarted a terror strike and destroyed an explosives-laden vehicle in Lakki Marwat on Monday.
According to details, policemen deputed at a checkpost near the Ghaznikhel police station flagged down a suspected double-cabin vehicle. However, the driver ignored the signal and made an attempt to escape. At this, police opened fire on the vehicle and it exploded into a

Bin Laden living comfortably in Pakistan: CNN

KABUL: Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden is living comfortably in a house in Kurrum Agency close to his deputy al-Zawahiri, CNN on Monday quoted a NATO official as saying.
The report claimed that Bin Laden was being protected by local people and “some members of the Pakistani intelligence services”. “Nobody in Al Qaeda is living in a cave,” the unnamed senior NATO official is quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, Interior Minister Rehman Malik denied Bin Laden, Zawahiri or even Mullah

Six Taliban killed in drone strike

MIRANSHAH: US drones fired missiles at a compound and vehicle in a village in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region on Monday, killing at least six militants, a senior security official told AFP.
“The identities of those killed in the strike is not yet known,” the official said on condition of anonymity. “There are still four drones flying over Datta Khel,” he said.
A second security official confirmed the strike which took place in Sunzalai village near Datta Khel, a town 45

Eight more killed in Karachi violence, death toll rises to 44

KARACHI: Eight more people were killed and another nine injured in various parts of Karachi on Monday, with the death toll in the latest spate of violence rising to 44.
Meanwhile, Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza ‘re-imposed’ the ban on pillion riding in Karachi on Monday, two days after he had announced its lifting to “respect the wishes of the residents of Karachi”.
The ban was imposed on November 2, 2008 by the Sindh Home Department to control rising crime in the

Much remains to be resolved between PPP and MQM

KARACHI: A joint press conference by Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) central leader Dr Farooq Sattar at MQM headquarters on Monday hinted that much remains to be resolved between the two coalition partners.
Sources said an intense meeting was held, in which the MQM leaders bluntly put forward their reservations and demands to the interior minister. Addressing the joint press conference, Malik said all those

Chaudhrys distance themselves from ‘Q’-Shahbaz meeting

ISLAMABAD: The Chaudhry brothers have distanced themselves from the meeting between Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid senators and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif that is being seen as thawing of relations between the rival factions.
Senators Tariq Azeem and SM Zafar of the PML-Q met Shahbaz on Sunday to convey a message from PML-F leader Pir Pagara. Nisar Ali Khan, Khawaja Asif and Senator Ishaq Dar were also present in the meeting. Media reports said PML-Q President Shujaat

SC binds all judicial, executive authorities to obey its orders

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that all judicial and executive authorities were bound to obey its orders under Articles 189 and 190 of the constitution.
Article 189 reads, “Any decision of the Supreme Court shall, to the extent that it decides a question of law or is based upon or enunciates a principle of law, be binding on all other courts in Pakistan.”
Article 190 says, “All executive and judicial authorities throughout Pakistan shall act in aid of the

CDA to launch campaign for dengue fever

 Three phases of the campaign includes the fumigation of slum areas, green belts, blocks and govt accommodations
 They also plan to make the public aware of precautionary measure against dengue
The Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Imtiaz Inayat Elahi, taking serious notice of the outbreak of dengue fever, has ordered an extensive campaign for its control and mitigation.
This was said during a meeting to review the measures

Nadeem advocates polite policing in Islamabad

Professor Khursheed Nadeem stated on Tuesday, while speaking at a programme `An Hour with a Guest’ arranged by Islamabad police, that only a polite and courteous attitude can win the hearts of the public and law enforcement agencies have to respect social values and establish good relations with the people.
According to a press statement, Islamabad police often invite prominent personalities to deliver lectures to their officials so that they can understand the

Owner of Barbecue shop shot, body sunk in Chenab

Mujahid, owner of Shahbaz Tikka Shop, was shot dead and drowned in Upper Chenab by his kidnappers when his family failed to pay $200,000 in ransom.
The kidnappers, Nadeem Mehr and Ijaz Jutt were arrested by Crime Investigation Authority (CIA) and Gujranwala Police along with their employee. They confessed to the crime and said that they had kidnapped Mujahid from outside of his house on September 25. They used his cell phone to call his family to demand the ransom. Upon failure

PML-N’s “Defense Day of Democracy” in full swing

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) held a “Defense Day of Democracy” demonstration at the Aiwan-e-Iqbal today, condemning Zardari and Musharraf and asking party members to prepare for a long march to Islamabad to rid the country of the virus of corruption.
Protesters swarmed the Edgerton Road and The Mall hurling slogans of “Go Zardari Go”, “Say No to Looto and Phooto policy” “Honourless Musharraf dare return to face treason carges!”
Speaking on the occasion, Hamza Shahbaz

Baloch slams government

A 53 percent price hike and the recent $7 billion International Monetary Fund (IMP) loan was a charge sheet against the government who had made exaggerated claims of providing “roti,kapra,makan” to people before getting elected, Jamaat e Islami (JI) Secretary General, Liaquat Baloch said in a press statement.
The prices of electricity, gas, food items, agricultural inputs and other items had registered a steep rise, he said, depriving the public of their basic rights. The rulers