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LHC rebukes FIA officer over unsatisfactory report in no-fly case of Moonis Elahi’s wife

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LHC rebukes FIA officer over unsatisfactory report in no-fly case of Moonis Elahi's wife

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday reprimanded an officer of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for submitting an unsatisfactory report in a case related to inclusion of the name of the wife of former federal minister Moonis Elahi in the ‘no-fly list’. 

Justice Shehram Sarwar Chaudhry expressed displeasure while hearing a petition field by Tehreem Elahi after she was barred from boarding her reserved flight on Jan 10 by the immigration official at the Lahore airport for having her name on the no-fly list. 

The investigation agency defended the move, stating that the FIA had found an illegal transaction of Rs27 million in Tehreem Elahi’s bank account in 2020. 

During Friday s hearing, FIA Assistant Director Sarfraz Virk appeared in the court and submitted a reply to Tehreem’s petition. “It appears to be a political matter,” Justice Chaudhry commented while expressing dissatisfaction over the FIA’s report. 

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“You people are here to do your jobs or contest elections,” the LHC judge taunted Mr Virk, adding how he had got the post. 

The FIA assistant director told the LHC that the petitioner was summoned to join investigation. The court remarked there was no stay order against the probe and asked: “Can the FIA place the name of any citizen in the stop list merely on the basis of inquiry?” Such postings did not last long, Justice Chaudhry remarked. 

“You hold the post of assistant director but your work is just copy and paste,” he rebuked the FIA officer and ordered him to appear in the next hearing along with the Provisional National Identification List (PNIL). 

The judge said the LHC had already disposed of a money-laundering case against the Chaudhry family. To which, the counsel for the federal government said the case against Tehreem was different. 

At one point, Justice Chaudhry said the FIA assistant director spoke lie in court, commenting: “It seems the FIA officer does not care about his career.” Mr Virk tendered an unconditional apology, however, the LHC judge remarked he would look into his apology in the next hearing on Jan 27.

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Senator Vawda for reexamination of non-filers’ exemption for Hajj and Umrah

Senator Vawda for reexamination of non-filers’ exemption for Hajj and Umrah

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Senator Faisal Vawda has said the exemptions to the non-filers for Hajj and Umrah package should be reexamined.

Speaking at the Senate Committee on Finance meeting on budget, he questioned why non-filers were given exemption for Hajj and Umrah.

He said the media employees’ salaries were cut down during the Covid pandemic which should be returned to them immediately.

However, the committee chairman asked the senator to suggest the meeting what can be done in this regard?

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A meeting should be held with the Ministry of Information to make housing schemes and give incentives to the media workers to mitigate their hardships, Vawda suggested.

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COAS Munir pledges full support for successful implementation of CPEC

COAS Munir pledges full support for successful implementation of CPEC

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Chief of Army Staff Gen Asim Munir reaffirmed Pakistan’s unwavering commitment to the strategic partnership with China and pledged full support for the successful implementation of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship project of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

He expressed the resolve during a meeting with Liu Jianchao, Minister of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (IDCPC), who called on him at General Headquarters on Friday.

During the meeting, both discussed matters of mutual interest, including regional peace and stability, and reviewed progress on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Mr. Liu Jianchao highlighted that he is visiting Pakistan as a follow up of the successful meetings between the leadership of the two countries in China.

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Also Read: All parties on same page for execution of CPEC project: Deputy PM Ishaq Dar

He emphasised the significance of the longstanding brotherly relations between the two nations and expressed satisfaction with the progress achieved on CPEC, reiterating China’s commitment to its timely completion.

The visiting dignitary also commended Pakistan’s efforts in maintaining regional peace and stability, acknowledging the support of the Pakistan Armed Forces in providing security to Chinese nationals and projects in Pakistan.

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All political parties back CPEC, call it game changer

All political parties back CPEC, call it game changer

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Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman declared that there is a national consensus on CPEC in Pakistan.

Addressing the Pakistan-China joint consultative session, Maulana remarked that China always unconditionally supported Pakistan on the Kashmir issue, and Pakistan similarly supported China on the Taiwan issue. He stressed the need to complete suspended projects with China and enhance further cooperation, asserting that China’s protocol should remain intact.

Yusuf Raza Gilani

Senate Chairman Yusuf Raza Gilani, while addressing the meeting, highlighted that CPEC is a crucial project for economic development and that the fellowship between Pakistan and China is higher than the Himalayas. He described CPEC as the backbone of the Pakistani economy and a warrantor of a better future and development for both countries.

Ayaz Sadiq

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Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan and China are supporters of peace and prosperity in the region. He believed that the CPEC project significantly contributed to social and economic development. Sadiq noted that CPEC would be strengthened by promoting relations between the political parties of Pakistan and China and that the BRI project further reinforced the ties between the two states. He mentioned that the CPEC project faced disinformation in the past. He said that despite it the project remains a catalyst for poverty reduction, economic growth, and trade promotion.

More to read: Pakistan, China agree to explore opportunities under CPEC

Ahsan Iqbal

Federal Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal, speaking at the China-Pakistan Consultative Mechanism meeting, highlighted the unique friendly relations between Pakistan and China. He reiterated the national consensus on CPEC and assured that the Pakistani nation would never forget China’s support. Ahsan Iqbal stressed the importance of working together to secure the future and that the exchange of delegations would foster harmony between politicians from both sides. He highlighted that the political parties’ sitting together demonstrates a united political leadership. He thanked the Chinese leadership for their cooperation during Pakistan’s challenging times and mentioned that two-sided relations and cooperation were discussed during the Prime Minister’s visit to China.

Hina Rabbani Khar

Pakistan People’s Party leader and former minister Hina Rabbani Khar affirmed that all political parties are united in support of CPEC and underscored the significant role of Pakistan and China in the global scheme. She praised China’s progress in science and technology and noted that the People’s Party leadership laid the foundation for Pakistan-China relations. She mentioned that these relations were continued by Benazir Bhutto, Asif Zardari, and Bilawal Bhutto. Khar welcomed the representation of all political parties in the joint session. 

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