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JCP likely to nominate two SC, 32 HC judges today

JCP likely to nominate two SC, 32 HC judges today

ISLAMABAD: In its third meeting today (Saturday), the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) will likely nominate two judges for the Supreme Court and 32 judges for the country’s high courts (HCs), including the chief justice of the Islamabad High Court.
The meeting will discuss nominations for two judges of the Supreme Court – replacements for Justice Chaudhry Ijaz Ahmed and Justice Rahmat Hussain Jafferi, who retired on May 5 and November 20, respectively.
The meeting is

PM summons DCC today to discuss security, WikiLeaks

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Thursday summoned an important meeting of the Defence Committee of the Cabinet (DCC) to discuss matters related to internal and external security today (Friday) at 11am. The meeting was summoned following a phone call from US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to President Asif Ali Zardari.
A source told Pakistan Today that the DCC had been summoned to review the on-going war against terrorism and take a decision on launching a

SC takes up PCO judges case today

ISLAMABAD: A five-member larger bench of the Supreme Court will take up today (Monday) the long awaited contempt-of-court cases against the judges who had taken oath under the November 3, 2007 Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO) in defiance of its (SC) restraining order.
The bench comprising Justice Muhammad Sair Ali, Justice Mahmood Akhtar Shahid Siddiqui, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Tariq Parvez will also hear replies and review

PML-Q, MQM, JUI-F likely to boycott GST vote today

ISLAMABAD: The PML-Q, MQM, JUI-F and other minor political parties, who have vowed to oppose the Reformed General Sales Tax Bill 2010 in totality, are likely to boycott the voting on the recommendations finalised by the Senate Standing Committee on Finance on Friday, as experts say the parties have no other option left with them.
“These political parties, including my party, the PML- Q, who have decided to oppose the anti-poor bill, will find themselves in a fix when the report

Meeting reviews Sindh PA’s security today

KARACHI: In light of the recent terrorist attack on the Crime Investigation Department (CID) office, the provincial assembly speaker has called a high-level meeting at the Sindh Assembly Secretariat today to review security arrangements for the assembly premises, Pakistan Today has learnt.
After the devastating bombing of the CID headquarters that left at least 17 people dead, security at all government installations including the assembly premises had been put on high alert.

Parliamentary committee to endorse Justice Ejaz as LHC CJ today

ISLAMABAD: In its maiden meeting scheduled today (Monday), the parliamentary committee on judges’ appointment will consider Judicial Commission of Pakistan’s nomination for the new chief justice of the Lahore High Court after framing rules of business of the committee.
On November 13, the JCP unanimously nominated Justice Ejaz Chaudhry as the new LHC CJ after incumbent Chief Justice Khawaja Sharif’s retirement on December 8, 2010. The eight-member committee consists of four

Saudi king to visit US today for medical checks

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz will leave for the United States on Monday for medical checks, while Crown Prince Sultan will return from a holiday abroad, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.
The Gulf Arab state controls more than a fifth of the world’s crude reserves, is a vital US ally in the region, a major holder of dollar assets and home to the biggest Arab bourse.
Western diplomats said the king’s departure and crown prince’s sudden

PDF kick-starts today after three-year hiatus

ISLAMABAD: The federal government will present its stabilisation and reconstruction plans, while the provincial governments will submit their respective development agendas to the development partners at the Pakistan Development Forum (PDF) today (Sunday).
The two-day session is being held under the theme of “Reform Agenda-Road to Sustainable Economic Development”. Being held after a gap of three years, the PDF will begin with a presentation on the provincial development agenda

LHC to hear petition against sugar prices today

LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed will today (Friday) take up a petition challenging the unprecedented increase in sugar prices and the government’s failure to form any regularity authority to check the sugar cartels and hoarders.
The LHC had earlier returned the petition stating that certified copies were not attached with the petition, after which the petitioner re-filed it along with all certified copies on Thursday. Petitioner’s counsel Azhar Siddique

Opposition flexes muscles as GST likely in NA today

ISLAMABAD: Opposition parties in the National Assembly are all set to take on the government, which is likely to table the reformed general sales tax (RGST) bill in both Houses of the parliament today (Friday).
A well-placed source confided to the Pakistan Today that tabling a controversial piece of legislation in an already explosive situation in the lower house of the parliament could land the PPP-led government in hot waters.
PML-N senior leader and Opposition Leader

Jamali meets Nawaz today

LAHORE: The Muttahida Muslim League (MML) has ventured to invite the Pakistan Muslim League-N for unification with the MML committee head Mir Zafarullah Jamali all set to meet PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif at his residence today (Thursday).
Sources privy to the development said that former prime minister Jamali would visit Nawaz, also a two-time former prime minister, alone because he was disallowed to accompany other members of the MML committee formed by Pir Pagara.
“The one

Chief secretaries in court today for dykes’ breach

ISLAMABAD: All the chief secretaries will appear in the Supreme Court today (Wednesday) to submit their reports on unauthorized diversion of floodwater and the breaches allegedly made in the embankments of barrages and canals by influential people to save their lands.
A three-member Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Tariq Parvez and Justice Ghulam Rabbani will hear the matter. The court had taken notice into the matter on the letters

24 legislators to appear in ECP today

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan will hear fake degree cases of 24 legislators on Monday (today).
As many as four MNAs, two senators and 18 members of the provincial assemblies have been summoned by the ECP to defend their cases. Out of 18 MPAs, seven belong to Punjab, four each from Khyber-Pakhtoonkhawa and Balochistan assemblies while three are from the Sindh Assembly.
The MNAs who will appear before the ECP are Jawad Hussain, Hayat Ullah Tareen, Mazhar

Punjab-Sindh row over port services – PM chairing meeting today to hammer out differences

KARACHI: In a bid to resolve the ongoing dispute between Sindh and Punjab over five major potential port services, an inter provincial meeting has been called in the federal capital today (Monday), likely to be chaired by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.
Pakistan Today has learnt that both provinces seemed reluctant to compromise on their stance, which was delaying the implementation of the reformed general sales tax (RGST), a condition set by the International Monetary Fund

Imran Farooq’s body arriving today

KARACHI: As the body of slain MQM leader Dr Imran Farooq arrives in Karachi today (Friday), security agencies have expressed grave concern over the issuance of 275 special passes by the airport authorities to MQM activists to receive the coffin at Jinnah International Airport.
Pakistan Today has reliably learnt that flight No PK788 is to arrive at the airport at 9:35 am today, and airport authorities have issued 25 passes to the MQM leaders and workers for collecting the body.

Joint meeting set to expose Chaudhrys’ strength today

ISLAMABAD: The joint parliamentary party meeting of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) scheduled for today will reveal the true number of parliamentarians loyal to the Chaudhrys, while there are no chances of a consensus being reached on Pakistan People’s Party-PML-Q power-sharing as well as the PML unification drive.
In today’s crucial party meeting, the PML-Q is poised to chalk-out its future political course of action. However, the party parliamentarians’ get-together

Trade bodies to start protest against 3-day gas cut today

FAISALABAD: As a result of gas shutdowns, the trade organisations of Faisalabad under the umbrella of Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) have announced a series of hunger strikes, protest rallies, processions and sits-in throughout the city from today (Monday) as thousands of industrial workers are given termination notices causing a large-scale unemployment.
The decision was taken in an extraordinary meting of traders and business community held at FCCI at the