Tag Archives: Pardon

No pardon for Babar Awan: SC

The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to accept former law minister and PPP leader Babar Awan’s unconditional apology and hinted at framing contempt charges against him today (Thursday). A two-member bench comprising

Cuba to pardon nearly 3,000 prisoners

Cuban President Raul Castro has unveiled plans to pardon some 3,000 prisoners for “humanitarian reasons,” a group amnesty of unprecedented size, and “gradually” reform onerous laws restricting foreign travel. The pardons include

LHC puts off Malik pardon case until 29th

LAHORE – A Lahore High Court’s (LHC) full bench on Friday adjourned the hearing of a petition challenging the presidential pardon to Interior Minister Senator Rehman Malik. A federal law officer sought time to file the reply on which the court adjourned the hearing until April 29.
Save Judiciary Committee Media Advisor Imtiaz Rashid Qureshi filed the petition submitting that the president misused his powers under Article 45 of the constitution to pardon Malik. The petitioner’s

Greek police clash with anti-austerity protesters

ATHENS – Greek police clashed with protesters on Wednesday as around 100,000 workers, pensioners and students marched to parliament in protest at austerity policies aimed at helping Greece cope with a huge debt crisis. Riot police fired scores of rounds of teargas and flash bombs at protesters hurling petrol bombs, choking the main Syndagma square with smoke and sending crowds of striking protesters running for cover.
Public and private sector employees’ 24-hour strike grounded

Aasia pardon case – LHC quizzes DAG for hiding govt plan

LAHORE – Justice Nasir Saeed of the Lahore High Court Thursday, hearing a petition against possible grant of the presidential pardon to blasphemy convict Aasia bibi, reproached Deputy Attorney General Nasim Kashmiri for hiding facts from the court regarding the government’s plan on the issue.
The judge was hearing four identical petitions filed by Shahid Iqbal, Nasir Rasool and others seeking the court’s orders for stopping the government from granting the presidential pardon to

LHC adjourns Rehman’s presidential pardon case

LAHORE: Hearing of a petition challenging the pardon granted by President Asif Ali Zardari to Interior Minister Rehman Malik was adjourned to December 24 by a full bench of Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday. Earlier, Deputy Attorney General Naveed Inayat Malik had requested adjournment on behalf of the federation, citing Rehman’s pending adjudication in Supreme Court as an excuse.
Barrister Farooq Hassan, representing the petitioner, opposed the request saying the government was

Hearing for blasphemy amendment bill, Aasia pardon case set for 23rd

LAHORE: The Federal government on Monday was issued a notice for December 23 in relation to a petition filed in the Lahore High Court seeking a stay order to stop government from tabling blasphemy laws amendment bill in the parliament.
The petition filed by Muhammad Nasir stated that the parliament had no right to amend the blasphemy law. Nasir’s counsel said the federal government was planning to table a blasphemy law amendment bill in the parliament and this was against the

Petition filed against Taseer for asking for Aasia’s pardon

LAHORE: A petition is filed before the Lahore High Court challenging the alleged move of Punjab governor to get blasphemy convict Aasia Bibi pardoned.
The petition filed by Chuadhry Shahid Iqbal Advocate asks the court to declare proceedings carried out by government of Punjab, the Governor of Punjab and the Federal Law Ministry to Aasia Bibi acquitted of the blasphemy charge be declared illegal and unlawful.
The petitioner represented by a seven member panel of lawyers said

Minister recommends pardon for blasphemy convict

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti on Thursday presented a report on the Asiya case to President Asif Ali Zardari, recommending pardon for the convict.
In a similar development, Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue President Jean Louis Cardinal Tauran also called on Zardari and thanked him for taking interest in the case. The report along with supporting documents concluded that the blasphemy case against Asiya was registered on grounds of

President may pardon Asiya on PM’s advice

ISLAMABAD: The Presidency has not yet received a mercy petition regarding the pardon for Asiya Noreen, who has been sentenced to death on blasphemy charges, but the president would act on the prime minister’s advice in this matter, presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said on Monday.
Babar made the statement as Federal Minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti racked up pressure on President Asif Zardari to pardon Asiya.
“According to my own investigation, it was a