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Islamabad court to indict Sheikh Rashid in Zardari remarks case on March 2

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Islamabad court to indict Sheikh Rashid in Zardari remarks case on March 2

A court in the federal capital on Saturday announced a date to indict Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmad in a case pertaining to allegations against former president Asif Ali Zardari. 

Judicial Magistrate Umar Shabbir said the charges would be framed against the former interior minster on March 2 as the investigation officer had submitted a challan in the case registered at the Aabpara police station earlier this month for accusing Mr Zardari of hatching a plot to kill PTI chairman Imran Khan.

Mr Ahmad also appeared in the court when he submitted a plea seeking registration of a case against the Aabpara police station officials for not returning his belongings, including mobile phones, confiscated at the time of his arrest. The senior politician said his mobile phone was costly. The judge said police had denied possessing the phone. The magistrate later returned the petition, directing the AML chief to submit it in the district and sessions court as it did not come under his jurisdiction.

During the hearing, Sheikh Rashid requested the court to adjourn the case till March 15 as he had to attend a conference on March 2. The judge said he could not adjourn the case for long as challan had been submitted by police.

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On Feb 16, he was released from the Adiala Jail more than two weeks after he was arrested by the Islamabad police for allegations against Mr Zardari. He walked free from the prison after securing bail from the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

‘Only Supreme Court Can Save Pakistan’

Speaking outside the court, the AML chief hoped that only the Supreme Court could save Pakistan as political crisis continued to deepen amid uncertainty over elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where assemblies were dissolved by the PTI in January last. He said the government had decided to hold provincial and federal elections at one time, adding that the ruling coalition was running away from polls. Lashing out at the PDM leaders, he said they just wanted to eliminate Imran Khan from politics.

He hoped that the top court would ensure holding of elections in the country and bring the looters to justice. He said Asif Zardari was leader of a “gang of corrupt persons”.

“I have served as minister 16 times but I was hand-cuffed and put in solitary confinement,” he said about the episode of his arrest and vowed to stand with Imran Khan. “I would not spare them,” he warned his opponents.

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“The way challans are being submitted against me, it seems I have to go back to jail,” he said.

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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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