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SC’s Justice Mansoor puts Imran Khan on the defensive in NAB amendments case

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SC's Justice Mansoor puts Imran Khan on the defensive in NAB amendments case

The Supreme Court on Friday raised questions over the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and his party’s move to avoid the parliament proceedings when voting was held on the amendments to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) ordinance in August last.

A three-member bench headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Ijazul Ahsan heard a petition filed by Mr Khan against the amendments, which were approved after the PTI lawmakers resigned from the assembly following the ouster of the PTI chief as prime minister in April last.

“Does someone, who avoided voting on the legislation, resever a right to challenge it in court?” Justice Mansoor questioned, adding: “The membership of the National Assembly remains intact until the resignations are not accepted”.

“Since MNAs are public representatives if it is correct for them to boycott the parliament’s proceedings,” he asked, adding: “Isn’t boycotting the legislation and then moving court tantamount to weakening democracy?”

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How it would be determined that NAB amendment case is a matter of public interest, he asked, adding that Mr Khan did not highlight in the petition that the amendments were in conflict with basic rights.

Makhdoom Ali Khan, the counsel for the federal government, said Imran Khan could have failed the government’s bid to approve change NAB laws if his party had attended the joint parliament session. To which, CJP Bandial said a reply would be sought from the PTI chief on this point.

The chief justice said a matter related to public interest could not be disposed on a basis that the conduct of the applicant was not appropriate. Boycotting the parliament proceedings was a political move of the PTI, the top judge said.
Justice Ijazul Ahsan also remarked that conduct of Imran Khan could be questioned if the NAB amendments provides him personal benefits.

The federal government’s lawyer contended that challenging the amendments could bring political benefits to the PTI chairman.

“One person has challenged the NAB amendments and it is possible that other members of his party are in favor of the amendments,” Justice Mansoor remarked.

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After hearing the arguments, the court adjourned the case till Feb 14.

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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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