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PM Shehbaz for use of might amid rumblings about ‘security lapse’ in Karachi attack

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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday called for the use of entire state power and cooperation to weed out the scourge of terrorism.

The premier’s remarks come after a terrorist attack at the Karachi police head office on Friday night, which claimed four lives – a Rangers sub-inspector, a police constable and two civilians. All the three terrorists were also killed in the operation launched after the attack.

A spokesman for the Sindh police said one of the terrorists was killed due to the explosion of his jacket, while two others were killed in an exchange of fire with the security officials.

PM Shehbaz hailed the successful operation of security forces against the terrorists at the police headquarters. He said the security forces displayed professionalism and diligence in the hour-long operation.

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The prime minister paid tributes to those martyred during operation against terrorists. He also expressed his condolences to the bereaved families and announced martyrs’ package for those who lost their lives in the operation. He also directed the officials to provide best possible medical treatment to those injured. He stressed the need for operational readiness and capacity building of police.

The terrorist attack was also condemned by the US, Iran and the United Nations and they announced their support for the people of Pakistan in the face of recent terror attacks.

US State Department spokesperson Ned Price strongly condemned the terrorist attack at the Karachi police office. “We stand firmly with the Pakistani people in the face of this terrorist attack. Violence is not the answer, and it must stop,” he wrote while condoling with the families of those injured and martyred in the attack.

The terrorist attack on the Karachi police headquarters was carried out weeks after a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a mosque located in Peshawar Police Lines. The attacked had claimed more than 100 lives. 

– Questions about security lapse – 

Meanwhile, there are reports about a security lapse which allowed the terrorists to reach a highly sensitive place. The Sindh government and security authorities decided to conduct a ‘security audit’ of the key installations. Officials privy to the development say it needs to be examined how militants made it to the fortified police office. 

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A section of the media reported that Sindh IGP Ghulam Nabi Memon visited the police headquarters after Friday prayers and reviewed the security arrangements besides passing necessary directions. 

The police are bearing the brunt of the situation and it is high time the security and allied policies were revisited, says an official. He says the recent Peshawar Police Lines attack was a wake-up call for the law-enforcenment agencies and the latest attack needs introspection, he says. 

Some officials also believe that it is just a symbolic attack but it should be good enough to wake the higher authorities from slumber.

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PTI founder, wife’s indictment in £190mn case deferred again

PTI founder, wife’s indictment in £190mn case deferred again

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Accountability court of Islamabad on Tuesday once again deferred indictment of PTI founder and his wife Bushra Bibi in £190 million case.

Accountability court judge had to conduct hearing of the case at Adiala Jail. However, the newly-appointed judge Nasir Javed Rana has yet to take charge at his new place of posting.

Due to non-availability of judge, the indictment of both PTI founder and Bushra Bibi was deferred without any proceedings till Feb 23.

It may be recalled that on previous hearings Judge Muhammad Bashir was not available, so indictment was postponed. A new judge was appointed in place of judge Muhammad Bashir who has applied for long leave till his retirement.

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Shahid Chaudhry becomes first Pakistani to be appointed as judge in Canada

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Shahid Chaudhry becomes first Pakistani to be appointed as judge in Canada

It was a proud moment for the country as a Pakistani Shahid Chaudhry has been appointed as a judge in the higher courts of Canada.

Chaudhry became the first Pakistani to be appointed in the Ontario Court of Justice.

His wife Maliha Shahid is also serving as the deputy mayor of Whitby, a town in Canada.

Shahid Chaudhry, who took the charge of Justice of Peace, moved to Canada some 25 years ago.

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He originally belongs to Burewala, Punjab and completed his degree in electrical engineering from University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore.

Also Read: First Pakistani in space – Namira Salim, we are proud of you

Justice Shahid Chaudhry completed his post-graduation from Osgoode Hall Law School, Canada.

He has been a member of various committees of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

Justice Chaudhry has also served as a consultant of Canadian Immigration and Citizenship laws in 2011.

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JI’s Senator Mushtaq demands resignation of chief election commissioner

JI’s Senator Mushtaq demands resignation of chief election commissioner

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The senators hailing from the opposition benches decried the alleged rigging in general elections held on Feb 8 across the country.

Senator Mushtaq Ahmed of Jamaat-i-Islami demanded resignation of chief election commissioner and said that action must be taken against him under the Article 6 (treason).

“It was a fake election. A judicial commission should be constituted to probe the election rigging,” JI’s senator said.

He urged the Election Commission of Pakistan to seek an apology from the nation as it failed to hold transparent election on Feb 8.

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“The election was already sold out even before the polling. We saw each and every type of rigging in this election,” he said, while speaking during the Senate session on Tuesday.

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