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Missing persons – IHC hints at case against caretaker PM, interior minister

Missing persons – IHC hints at case against caretaker PM, interior minister

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Missing persons - IHC hints at case against caretaker PM, interior minister

A senior judge of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday hinted that he would order registration of a case against the caretaker prime minister and Interior Minister Sarfraz Bugti if missing persons were not recovered. 

IHC’s Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani heard the case of enforced disappearances being pursued by the Baloch Students Commission. 

During the hearing, the case of missing students came to the fore and it was revealed that 22 of them had been recovered and 28 were still missing. Justice Kayani deplored the absence of law and order, and accountability mechanism against the high and mighty. 

The court stressed that the authorities concerned should solve the enforced disappearance cases promptly and adjourned the hearing till Jan 10. The judge told the interior minister that he would order registration of a case against him (Bugti) and the prime minister if those missing were not traced.   

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Also read: Aitzaz approaches SC against ‘enforced disappearances’ of citizens 

Previous hearing 

Earlier, the Islamabad High Court had summoned caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar on Nov 29 in connection with the missing Baloch students’ case. 

Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani heard the case of the implementation of the recommendations of the commission and rejected a report submitted by the ministerial committee formed for the recovery of missing persons.

Issuing a notice to the prime minister, the judge said the interior and defence ministers also would be summoned in this case. He remarked that it was the task of the executive but the court was now performing it.

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The judge questioned, “Would it be wise to refer this issue to the United Nations? Should we disgrace our country?”

The additional attorney general requested the court not to summon the PM and the ministers. However, the judge remarked that the issue was being treated lightly as people were going missing.

The judge emphasised that “while sitting in Islamabad we are talking about the Balochistan rights. I am giving one week to implement the recommendations of the Baloch Students Commission and produce 55 missing students. Otherwise the PM will appear before the court,” the judge ordered.

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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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