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LHC judge gives law officer a piece of his mind over police failure to produce Fawad

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LHC judge gives law officer a piece of his mind over police failure to produce Fawad

Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh of the Lahore High Court on Wednesday expressed concern over police failure to produce senior PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry in court on a plea challenging his overnight arrest by the Islamabad police.  

A petition was filed in the high court, challenging Fawad Chaudhry s arrest for “threatening” the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) members and their families. The petition was subsequently taken up by LHC’s Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh. During the hearing, the court instructed police to present Fawad in court by 1:30pm.

The PTI stalwart was taken into custody in the wee hours of Wednesday after he was booked under sections 153A, 506 and 124 A of the Pakistan Penal Code on a complaint lodged by Election Commission of Pakistan Secretary Umer Hameed. 

The judge had earlier asked police to present Mr Chaudhry in court at half past one but police refused to comply without a written order. As the court took up the case, Justice Sheikh asked the law officer about the whereabouts of the PTI leader. As the additional advocate general told the court that police had already taken the petitioner to Islamabad, the judge expressed his annoyance and remarked that “the court knows how to have its orders implemented”. 

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The judge gave police time till 3pm to produce Fawad Chaudhry failing which, he said, he would take an action.  

In a short media talk earlier, the PTI leader said security had been placed in a way as a “terrorist” was being brought to court, adding that he was unaware of the charges levelled against him. He also urged people to take to the street against the government. He said former South Africa president Nelson Mandela had also been booked in a sedition case.

The sudden arrest of Mr Chaudhry has angered the PTI leaders including Hammad Azhar and Farrukh Habib who warned of launching countrywide protests and moving court against it.


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The PTI leader, according to the First Information Report (FIR), has been booked under sections 153A, 506 and 124 A of the PPC for allegedly threatening the ECP and its members in a televised interview on Tuesday. The FIR carries the excerpt of the former MNA’s statement wherein he alleged that the election commission had become a “Munshi” as the election commissioner signed things like a clerk after they were sent to him by the government.

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Mr Chaudhry said those who would be involved in injustice to the PTI would be pursued until they were punished. He said people should pursue the elements who were deceiving public, to their houses. Expressing reservations about the appointments of some officials in the ECP Punjab ahead of elections, he said if these appointments were not rolled back, “we warn that the election commission and its members will have to pay back”.

The complainant said Fawad Chaudhry had threatened the chief election commissioner, members of the ECP and their families in his speech which he described as an attempt to create hurdles in the electoral process.

“The speech has created a permanent threat for the ECP members and their families,” he said, adding that the PTI leader had attempted to create differences between the government and the ECP. “It is a serious crime to influence the electoral process by issuing threats to the constitutional institutions,” he said, adding that such statements could lead to chaos in the country.

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Eight PAF officers promoted to rank of AVM

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The government on Thursday promoted eight Pakistan Air Force (PAF) officers to the rank of Air Vice Marshal (AVM).

According to a statement issued by the PAF, the promoted Air Officers included Air Vice Marshal Imran Qadir, Air Vice Marshal Ghazanfar Latif, Air Vice Marshal Shahryar Khan, Air Vice Marshal Nauman Waheed, Air Vice Marshal Mehr Yar Saqib Niazi, Air Vice Marshal Abuzar Khan, Air Vice Marshal Muhammad Asif Aslam and Air Vice Marshal Ghulam Shabbir.

Air Vice Marshal Imran Qadir was commissioned in the GD (P) Branch of Pakistan Air Force in June,1992 and received the coveted Sword of Honour. During his career, he has served as Chief Test Pilot of the JF-17 program, commanded an Operational Conversion Unit, Support Wing and served as Commandant Combat Support, PAF Airmen Academy Korangi Creek. He has served as Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Training-Officers) and is currently holding the prestigious office of Advisor to the Chief of the Air Staff for Operations, Audit, and Evaluation Cell at Air Headquarters, Islamabad. He holds a Master’s degree in War Studies and is a recipient of the Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military).

Air Vice Marshal Ghazanfar Latif was commissioned in GD (P) Branch of Pakistan Air Force in May, 1993. During his illustrious career, he has commanded a Fighter Squadron, a Flying Wing and an Operational Air Base. He has served as Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Operations) and Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Safety) at Air Headquarters, Islamabad. He is a graduate of National Defence University and holds a Master’s degree in War Studies. He is a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Sitara-i-Basalat.

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Air Vice Marshal Shahryar Khan was commissioned in GD(P) Branch of the Pakistan Air Force in May, 1993. During his career, he has commanded a Fighter Squadron, a Flying Wing, Military Training Wing and an Operational Air Base. He has also performed his duties as Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Plans) at Air Headquarters, Islamabad. The Air Officer has also served as Personal Staff Officer to the Chief of the Air Staff and Senior Air Staff Officer at Regional Air Command. He holds a Master’s degree in National Security and War Studies. He is also a graduate of the Advanced Staff and War College and the Royal College of Defence Studies, UK. The Air Officer is a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military).

Air Vice Marshal Nauman Waheed was commissioned in GD(P) Branch of the Pakistan Air Force in May, 1993. During his career, he has commanded a Support Wing, a Fighter Squadron and an Operational Air Base. He has served as Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Plans) and Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Operational Research & Analysis) at Air Headquarters, Islamabad. He holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from National Defence University and has also served as Directing Staff at this prestigious institution. He is a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military).

Air Vice Marshal Mehr Yar Saqib Niazi was commissioned in the Engineering Branch of Pakistan Air Force in June, 1992. During his illustrious career, he commanded Engineering Wing of an Operational Base, served as Director Weapon System Management (JF-17), Managing Director (Mirage Rebuild Factory) and Commandant (Tech) at PAF Airmen Academy Korangi Creek. He also rendered services as Advisor to General Security Aviation Command in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Air Officer is a graduate of National Defence University and holds a Master’s degree in War Studies. He is also a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military).

Air Vice Marshal Abuzar Khan was commissioned in the Engineering Branch of Pakistan Air Force in June 1992. During his career, he has commanded an Engineering Wing, served as Director Weapon System Management (Trainer), Project Director and Managing Director at the Aircraft Rebuild Factory. He holds Master degrees in Strategic Studies and War Studies. The Air Officer is a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military).

Air Vice Marshal Muhammad Asif Aslam was commissioned in the Engineering Branch of the Pakistan Air Force in June, 1992. During his career, he has commanded an Air Engineering Depot, served as Director Weapons (Research and Development) at the Air Weapons Complex and Director Missile and Ground Armament at Air Headquarters, Islamabad. The Air Officer has also served as Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Weapons Engineering) at Air Headquarters, Islamabad. He holds Master degrees in Strategic Studies and War Studies. He is a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military).

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Air Vice Marshal Ghulam Shabbir was commissioned in the Engineering Branch of the Pakistan Air Force in December, 1992. During his career, he commanded School of Aeronautics and an Engineering Wing. He served as Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Training Airmen & Civilians) at Air Headquarters, Islamabad. He also rendered services as a technical advisor in the Nigerian Air Force. The Air Officer holds a Master’s degree in War Studies and is a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military).

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President approves Ata Elahi’s appointment as AGP

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President Arif Alvi on Thursday gave assent to the appointment of Barrister Shehzad Ata Elahi as attorney general of Pakistan (AGP).

In a press release by the President office, Mr Elahi was okayed following Article 100 of the constitution and Rules of Business.

Earlier, Mansoor Usman Awan had refused to accept the role due to personal reasons.

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Sherry accuses Imran of hoodwinking the masses

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Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Sherry Rehman accused on Thursday Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan of trying to convince the people that he was not responsible for the terrorism and inflation rise in the country.

In a series of tweets, Ms Rehman presented a charge sheet against the former prime minister by raising ten clear queries for him to justify his conduct.

Ms Rehman said, “He (Imran Khan) said, he was not accountable, the previous regimes prior to his government were responsible. Imran Khan could not be acquitted by blaming others every time.”

She added that Mr Khan would have to answer 10 questions of the nation, adding, “Who called Osama bin Laden a martyr? Who negotiated with the terrorists? Who gave a presidential pardon to convicted terrorists? For what purpose was presidential pardon and release given to the terrorists? Has the Parliament been taken into confidence regarding the release of convicted terrorists?

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“Who was willing to open the offices of terrorists in the country? Who wanted to resettle 30,000 to 40,000 fighters in Pakistan? Was permission taken from the parliament to settle these fighters in Pakistan? If not, was Imran Khan’s personal decision to settle them in the country? And why did the incidents of terrorism increase alarmingly despite the concessions given to terrorists by the PTI’s government,” she continued.

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