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SC fixes Parvez Elahi’s bail plea for hearing

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SC fixes Parvez Elahi's bail plea for hearing

The Supreme Court on Friday fixed for hearing the bail plea of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) President Chaudhary Pervez Elahi.

A three-member bench headed by Justice Ijazul Ahsan and comprising Justice Jamal Mandokhail and Justice Shahid Waheed would hear the plea of Pervaiz Elahi on August 16.

The PTI president had approached the top court against the verdict of the Lahore High Court given on July 17, and prayed to set aside it.

On July 17, the LHC suspended a single-bench’s decision that had barred the authorities from arresting PTI president Parvez Elahi.

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A two-member bench headed by Justice Ali Baqar Najafi announced the ruling on an intra-court petition filed by the Punjab government against the single-bench’s verdict.

Issuing notice to the parties concerned, the judge has adjourned the case till August 1.

On July 14, the single bench of the high court prohibited the authorities from arresting the former Punjab chief minister in any undisclosed case.

The court, while giving a verdict, ordered police and the Anti-Corruption Establishment not to arrest the accused in any undisclosed case against him. Justice Amjad Rafique had passed the order in a case seeking details of cases against the PTI stalwart.

Earlier, the Lahore DC issued the notification stating that Parvez Elahi would remain in custody at the Camp Jail Lahore for a period of 30 days in order to prevent public disorder.

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The notification mentioned two cases had been registered against Mr. Elahi in Qila Gujjar Singh police station under serious provisions, including attempted murder and one case had been registered in the Ghalib Market police station under terrorism provisions.
The notification said there were three cases against Parvez Elahi, who is a leader of PTI, who may harm law and order. It said Elahi was also wanted by police in these cases.

It said action was being taken as he may cause disturbance of law and order and should be detained. The action was taken on the recommendations of the district government, District Intelligence Committee and police.

The notification was issued at the request of the capital city police.

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Pakistan mourns President Raisi’s death; PM, president express sorrow

Pakistan mourns President Raisi’s death; PM, president express sorrow

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 Pakistan is observing a day of mourning today to express solidarity with the people of Iran following the shocking news of the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash in the country’s northwest.

“Pakistan will observe a day of mourning, and the flag will fly at half-mast as a mark of respect for President Raisi and his companions and in solidarity with Brotherly Iran,” Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif wrote in a post on social media platform X, expressing shock over the demise.

“Had been anxiously following developments regarding the reported crash landing of President Raisi’s helicopter. Was hoping for good news. Alas, this was not to be,” PM Shehbaz remarked as he extended deepest condolences and sympathies to the Iranian people on behalf of the government and people of Pakistan.

Shehbaz prayed that may Allah grant the martyrs a high place in Jannat al-Firdous and give patience to their families and the Iranian nation for this tragedy.

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“Pakistan had the pleasure of hosting President Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian on a historic visit less than a month ago. They were good friends of Pakistan,” the premier added in his post.

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Turkish FM meets COAS Munir, lauds army’s role for regional peace, stability

Turkish FM meets COAS Munir, lauds army’s role for regional peace, stability

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 Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir here on Monday.

According to the military’s media wing, the army chief and the Turkish minister discussed matters of mutual interest during the meeting.

The Turkish minister appreciated the role of the Pakistan Army in maintaining peace and stability in the region, the ISPR said in a statement.

The two leaders expressed their satisfaction at the deep bilateral relations based on historical, cultural and religious ties between the two countries.

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Foreign Minister of Turkiye Hakan Fidan arrived in Pakistan for a two-day official visit on Sunday.

According to the Foreign Office, Additional Foreign Secretary Ahmed Naseem Warraich received the foreign dignitary at the airport.

The Turkish minister will also hold a meeting with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, a spokesperson for the Foreign Office said.

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LHC gives Punjab government ultimatum for judges’ appointment

LHC gives Punjab government ultimatum for judges’ appointment

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The Lahore High Court (LHC) has issued an ultimatum to the Punjab government regarding the appointment of judges.

Chief Justice Shehzad Ahmed Khan presided over a hearing on the Punjab government’s petition to transfer cases from LHC’s anti-terrorism court 1 Rawalpindi to another court.

During the proceedings, the advocate general Punjab informed the court that a government committee had consulted with Punjab Chief Minister on the matter of judges’ appointment, assuring that it had been prioritized for the upcoming cabinet session.

However, Chief Justice Khan inquired about the timeline for the next cabinet session, expressing dissatisfaction with the absence of immediate action.

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The Chief Justice ruled that either a special cabinet meeting should have been called or the government committee should have appeared before the court after completing its task.

In response, the advocate general assured that the matter would be resolved in the cabinet session scheduled for Friday.

Expressing dismay over the absence of the government committee in court, Chief Justice Khan deemed it disrespectful.

The advocate general promptly promised the committee’s presence within half an hour upon receiving the court’s call order.

Consequently, the court directed the Punjab CM and the cabinet to issue a notification regarding judges’ appointment before the next hearing.

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The court also warned that if the notification was not issued by then, the Punjab Chief Minister would be required to appear in the next hearing.

Addressing any potential concerns, the advocate general clarified that the government had no objections to the names recommended by the court for judges’ appointment.

Consequently, the case hearing has been adjourned until May 24.

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