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ECP behaves like political party by having Fawad arrested: Sheikh Rashid

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ECP behaves like political party by having Fawad arrested: Sheikh Rashid

Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said on Wednesday the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had become a  political party  in the arrest of PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry.

The PTI leader was arrested from his residence in Lahore after ECP Secretary Umer Hameed had a case registered against him for threatening the members of the election commission in a speech. 

In a series of tweets, the former interior minister said the ECP’s duty was to hold elections in the country and not to file cases against people, adding that the arrest of Mr Chaudhry had exposed the intentions of the government. He claimed the government had planned “something else” in guise of elections.

Mr Ahmed predicted that a round of arresting people would be started before the IMF programme and it would prove the last nail in the coffin of the government. 

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Referring to depleting foreign exchange reserves and IMF’s conditions, he said the prevailing economic and power crises would prove a bone in the throat for the government. He said the country had come to a halt and the arrest of Fawad Chaudhry would add to the political tension. 

“Now decisions will be taken on roads as the country is on the course of chaos instead of elections,” he said, adding that the people would not trust the results of elections as the ECP had lost public confidence.

He said those who were demanding elections were trying to evade these. The AML chief said beneficiaries of amendments to the NAB laws would soon face accountability in the court of public.

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4.3 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Punjab

4.3 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Punjab

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4.3 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Punjab

An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale struck various parts of Punjab including Lahore on Monday 

People came out of their homes in panic and started reciting verses from the Holy Quran. No loss of life and property was reported in any part of Punjab. 

According to the National Seismic Monitoring Centre, Islamabad, the epicentre of the earthquake was located five kilometres south of Sheikhupura at the depth of 45 kilometres.

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Pakistan Army shoots down Indian quadcopter on LoC

Pakistan Army shoots down Indian quadcopter on LoC

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Pakistan Army has shot down a spy quadcopter of Indian Army on the Line of Control (LoC).

According to a statement issued by the Public Relations Department of the Pakistan Army (ISPR), on Monday, an Indian Air Force quadcopter spying on Pakistan was shot down.

The ISPR said that the army has found the downed quadcopter inside Pakistani territory.

It may be recalled that it is the fifth anniversary of Operation Swift Retort today. On February 27, 2019, the Pakistan Air Force shot down Indian fighter planes that violated Pakistani airspace. 

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PTI founder, Bushra Bibi indicted in 190m pound case

PTI founder, Bushra Bibi indicted in 190m pound case

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 An accountability court indicted the PTI founder and his wife Bushra Bibi in the ill-famous 190 million pound case – also previously known as Al-Qadir Trust case – as the judge, Nasir Javed Rana, held hearing at the Adiala jail.

All the cases involving the former PTI chairman are being heard at the jail premises – where he is imprisoned – because of the security threats, for which Bushra Bibi was shifted from her Bani Gala residence where she is serving her sentences in two cases – Toshakhana and illegal/un-Islamic marriage.

Meanwhile, her husband has so far been convicted in three cases – cipher, Toshakhana and illegal/un-Islamic marriage.

During the proceedings, the two accused pleaded not guilty, as the judge adjourned proceedings till March 6 while also summoning five witnesses to record their statements on next hearing.

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However, the accountability court accepted two pleas filed by the PTI founder, requesting permission for an appointment with his dentist and general physician.

Previously, the indictment had been postponed on several occasions due to the absence of Mohammad Bashir – the accountability court judge who is set to retire on March 14 and has applied for leave preparatory to retirement (LPR).

However, the law ministry last week appointed District and Sessions Judge Rana as an Accountability Court No 1 Islamabad judge to replace Bashir who went on leave on deputation for a period of three years. 

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