LAHORE – The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday dismissed former National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) chairman Ayaz Khan Niazi’s bail petition in the NICL land purchase scam. Niazi, through his counsel, submitted that he had no role in the NICL scam but the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) dragged him into the case. A FIA official informed the court that Niazi was involved in the 803-kanal scam and the allegation has been proved during the investigation. After hearing arguments,
ISLAMABAD – Rejecting the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)’s proposal of taking the army and judiciary on board to resolve national issues, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain said on Thursday that it was the duty of people’s representatives and not of the judiciary and the army to devise national agenda. “It is the responsibility of the politicians who are people’s representatives to find ways to steer the country out of persistent crises and
ISLAMABAD – The National Assembly Standing Committee on Education on Wednesday took serious notice of a ‘bogus’ inquiry report prepared by Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) regarding irregularities in recruitment of teaching staff.
The report was prepared by a three-member committee headed by a senior official of Education Ministry, TM Qureshi. The 94 pages report failed to fix responsibility on the liable officials who appointed 451 teachers against the 284 advertised posts
ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court on Thursday questioned the independence of the judiciary if the parliamentary committee (PC) on judges’ appointment could reject the recommendations of the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP). Justice Khilji Arif Hussain said this while conducting hearing on pleas against the rejection of one-year extension in the service of six additional judges of high courts by the PC.
Other members of the four-member SC bench are Justice Mahmood Akhtar Shahid
LAHORE – PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday rejected the hike in POL prices and demanded the government provide the people subsidy on petrol and diesel by curbing tax evasion and corruption. Addressing party workers from Karachi and Balochistan divisions at his Model Town residence, Nawaz called on the government to punish all those involved in target killings in Karachi and demanded a judicial probe into the May 12, 2007 massacre in the country’s financial hub.
He said peace in
PESHAWAR – A local court of law Monday rejected bail application of Aaron Mark DeHeaven, a US national who was arrested under 14-Foreign Act by the security forces at Peshawar some four days back.
Civil Judge Qudrat Ullah Marwat after hearing arguments in favour and against of the plea, remarked that Heaven’s visa had already expired and he should have left Pakistan.
Earlier Ali Raza Attorney of Aaron Mark DeHeaven pleaded before the court that DeHeaven has already
ISLAMABAD – The parliamentary committee for the appointment of judges on Tuesday rejected the Judicial Commission’s proposal of one year extension in the tenures of two additional judges of the Sindh High Court (SHC). The committee, headed by Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari, met in the Parliament House and discussed the proposal.
The committee approved the names of Justice Imam Bakhsh, Justice Azhar Rizvi, Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Nisar Ahmed. However, it rejected the
The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has turned down a well-planned move of a 50 percent hike in transfer fee of plots in its own housing schemes and decided to uphold the present ratio for all allotted, auction and exemption plots, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The proposal to increase the levy on transfer of plots of 3 marlas, 5 marlas, 7 marlas, 250-square metres and more than 250-square metres was floated by highly-ranked officials working on probation and having close
MADRID – The outlawed political wing of armed Basque separatist fighters ETA announced on Monday its rebirth as a new party that rejects violence and intends to contest elections. Batasuna has been ruled illegal since 2003 because of its links to ETA, whose bloody battle for a Basque homeland independent of Spain has been blamed for 829 deaths in more than four decades.
The outlawed party has previously said it opposes violence without actually condemning ETA’s violent past. The
ISLAMABAD – Due to financial constraints, the Ministry of Finance has turned down a request by the Pakistan International Airline (PIA) for a bailout package of Rs 15 billion and has asked the airline to improve its management. An official source said the PIA management wanted an immediate provision of Rs 15 billion, as the airline was facing liquidity crunch.
They also demanded the rolling over of the debt of Rs 143 billion. PIA is also not able to borrow from the market due to
ISLAMABAD – Accepting Judicial Commission of Pakistan’s proposed one year extension of 20 additional judges of the Lahore High Court, the parliamentary committee on judges’ appointment on Wednesday rejected extension of four additional judges of the High Court.
The committee which met here with Senator Nayyar Hussain Bukhari in the chair rejected JCP’s proposal for granting one year extension to four additional judges of the LHC including Justice Mazhar Ali, Justice Yawar Ali,
ASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Monday unexpectedly rejected a plan to hold a referendum on prolonging his rule until 2020, saying that he would instead call early presidential polls. The announcement stunned Kazakhstan after parliament earlier this month agreed the controversial referendum should go ahead but also came after rare criticism of the ex-Soviet state by its Western ally the US.
The referendum was backed by the ruling Nur-Otan party which sees
ISLAMABAD – The political parties in the opposition on Thursday refused to allow the government’s planned increase of 13 percent in petroleum prices from February 1 and recommended that the burgeoning fiscal deficit be curtailed with better financial management.
According to a source, the Ministry of Petroleum had informed the committee that they were compelled to increase the petrol price by 13 percent to Rs 9.43 per litre and diesel price by 12 percent to Rs 9.20 per litre from
LAHORE – The Lahore High Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition, challenging the construction of Benazir Bhutto’s monument at Liaquat Bagh, Rawalpindi, by spending money from the national exchequer.
The division bench headed by Chief justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry dismissed the petition and held that it was not the job of the court, but of the government or parliament to determine who was or was not a national hero or whose monument should be or should not be built from the
ISLAMABAD – The parliamentary committee formed to settle the petroleum products pricing formula has expressed dissatisfaction over the Ministry of Petroleum’s presentation, opposed any hikes and has sought replies on various queries by Thursday.
A source said the committee members criticized the government mechanism of passing on the increase in international oil prices to the consumers, without bothering to consider providing relief through the petroleum levy (PL) and general
ISLAMABAD – PML-N spokesman Ahsan Iqbal on Sunday said the transfer of powers pertaining to the curriculum development to the provinces would fail the objective of a uniform syllabi and educational system.
“The educational system is controlled by the Centre in all countries of the world, as it helps promote national integrity. The PML-N dissented from the decision of transferring education to the provinces when the 18th Amendment was being finalised because we believe it would
LIVERPOOL – Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has denied he is to blame for the club’s current problems, rejecting suggestions that successor Roy Hodgson inherited a mediocre squad.
Benitez, who left last summer after a disappointing league campaign which saw the Reds finish seventh and out of the Champions League reckoning, admitted not all his signings were a success.
But he insisted that his overall record during his six years at Anfield stood up to scrutiny. “I