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Islamabad court rejects Sheikh Rashid’s bail plea in Zardari remarks case

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Islamabad court rejects Sheikh Rashid's bail plea in Zardari remarks case

A district and sessions court in the federal capital on Thursday rejected the post-arrest bail plea filed by Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed in a case pertaining to his remarks against former president Asif Ali Zardari. 

Additional Sessions Judge Tahir Abbas Sipra announced the verdict reserved earlier in the day after hearing arguments from the petition and complainant in the case. This is the second time that his bail petition has been turned down as the same was earlier rejected on Feb 7. 

The Islamabad police had arrested the former interior minister on Feb 2 after a case was registered at the Aabpara police station against him for accusing the PPP co-chairman of hatching a plot to assassinate PTI Chairman Imran Khan. Following his arrest, a court approved his two-day physical remand and later he was sent on the judicial remand for 14 days.

Sheikh Rashid is currently in the custody of the Murree police after a judicial magistrate on Feb 8 approved his one-day transit remand in a case related to interference in state affairs and resisting his arrest. 

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During Thursday’s hearing, the complainant opposed the bail petition, saying: “Sheikh Rashid, along with Imran Khan, is hatching a conspiracy against Asif Zardari”. He said the AML-chief, who has served at several ministries during his political career, had attempted to develop confrontation between the PPP and the PTI by making provocative statements. “His bail petition should be rejected,” he pleaded the court.

However, the lawyer for Mr Ahmed said his client had been embroiled in a false case, adding that a defamation case could only be registered against the AML chief over his remarks against Zardari. 

Sheikh Rashid, during interrogation, said he had just referred to a statement made by Imran Khan against Mr Zardari. The judge asked if the PTI chief had also been made part of the investigation. At this point, the complainant pleaded the court to include Mr Khan in the investigation.

After hearing the arguments, the additional sessions judge reserved a verdict on the post-arrest bail petition and later rejected it.

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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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PTI founder, Bushra Bibi indicted in 190m pound case

 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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