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India invites Pakistan’s chief justice, foreign minister to SCO moots

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 India has invited Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari to attend the meetings of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) scheduled for later this year. 

The SCO is a key regional forum comprising Pakistan, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and India. It focuses primarily on the areas of trade, finance, commerce and socio-economic cooperation among the SCO member states. Currently, the presidency of the forum is held by India, which will organise a series of events, including a conference of the chief justices of member states and a moot of the foreign ministers this year. 

The chief justices of the SCO will meet in March while the meeting of the foreign ministers is scheduled for May in Goa. 

Sources said CJP Bandial and FM Bilawal had not yet responded to the invitations. 

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Relations between the nuclear-armed neighbouring countries have remained tense since India revoked the special status of the occupied Jammu and Kashmir.  

Addressing the 26th meeting of the Council of Ministers of Economic Cooperation Organization in Tashkent, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari stressed the need for a collective approach to address the issues faced by the region. He said the regional countries needed to develop a strategically robust emergency response to any climate crisis in future. He noted that the issue of climate cooperation was very significant. 

The foreign minister welcomed the proposal of Uzbekistan for the establishment of a dialogue platform on environmental cooperation within the framework of ECO. 

Alluding to the devastation caused by floods in Pakistan, he said Pakistan s urgent priority was to ensure rapid economic growth and lift millions out of destitution and hunger. He said we would not only build back better but do so in a climate-resilient manner. 

Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said Pakistan believed the ECO led by shared principles of solidarity and mutual support had the collective strength to measure up to the challenges. “Together we can and should make a difference.” He said regional preferential trade framework amongst the ECO members would help us in enhancing cooperation. He said Pakistan would continue to accord high priority to trade promotion and facilitation within the ECO.

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PTI founder, wife’s indictment in £190mn case deferred again

PTI founder, wife’s indictment in £190mn case deferred again

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PTI founder, wife's indictment in £190mn case deferred again

Accountability court of Islamabad on Tuesday once again deferred indictment of PTI founder and his wife Bushra Bibi in £190 million case.

Accountability court judge had to conduct hearing of the case at Adiala Jail. However, the newly-appointed judge Nasir Javed Rana has yet to take charge at his new place of posting.

Due to non-availability of judge, the indictment of both PTI founder and Bushra Bibi was deferred without any proceedings till Feb 23.

It may be recalled that on previous hearings Judge Muhammad Bashir was not available, so indictment was postponed. A new judge was appointed in place of judge Muhammad Bashir who has applied for long leave till his retirement.

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Shahid Chaudhry becomes first Pakistani to be appointed as judge in Canada

Shahid Chaudhry becomes first Pakistani to be appointed as judge in Canada

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Shahid Chaudhry becomes first Pakistani to be appointed as judge in Canada

It was a proud moment for the country as a Pakistani Shahid Chaudhry has been appointed as a judge in the higher courts of Canada.

Chaudhry became the first Pakistani to be appointed in the Ontario Court of Justice.

His wife Maliha Shahid is also serving as the deputy mayor of Whitby, a town in Canada.

Shahid Chaudhry, who took the charge of Justice of Peace, moved to Canada some 25 years ago.

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He originally belongs to Burewala, Punjab and completed his degree in electrical engineering from University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore.

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Justice Shahid Chaudhry completed his post-graduation from Osgoode Hall Law School, Canada.

He has been a member of various committees of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

Justice Chaudhry has also served as a consultant of Canadian Immigration and Citizenship laws in 2011.

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JI’s Senator Mushtaq demands resignation of chief election commissioner

JI’s Senator Mushtaq demands resignation of chief election commissioner

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JI's Senator Mushtaq demands resignation of chief election commissioner

The senators hailing from the opposition benches decried the alleged rigging in general elections held on Feb 8 across the country.

Senator Mushtaq Ahmed of Jamaat-i-Islami demanded resignation of chief election commissioner and said that action must be taken against him under the Article 6 (treason).

“It was a fake election. A judicial commission should be constituted to probe the election rigging,” JI’s senator said.

He urged the Election Commission of Pakistan to seek an apology from the nation as it failed to hold transparent election on Feb 8.

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“The election was already sold out even before the polling. We saw each and every type of rigging in this election,” he said, while speaking during the Senate session on Tuesday.

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