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IHC voids PTI founder’s in-camera cipher trial

IHC voids PTI founder’s in-camera cipher trial

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IHC voids PTI founder's in-camera cipher trial

The Islamabad High Court on Thursday declared the trial court’s order in the cipher case, issued on Dec 14 last year, as null and void.

According to details, Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb of the IHC voided the trial court’s decision while hearing appeals filed by the founder of the Pakistan , who sought to halt the jail trial in the Cipher case and its in-camera proceedings.

The court lifted its stay order on the former PTI chairman’s in-camera trial after Attorney General for Pakistan Mansoor Usman Awan assured that the statements of 13 witnesses would be recorded afresh.

According to the written order issued by the high court, all actions taken after December 14 in the Cipher case are deemed illegal.

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On Dec 14, the special court formed under the Official Secrets Act issued an order prohibiting print, electronic and social media from publishing and broadcasting the proceedings related to the Cipher case.

The Cipher case revolves around a diplomatic cable that the FIA alleges was never returned by the PTI founder. The PTI has long maintained that the document contained a threat from the US to oust the former PTI chief as the prime minister of Pakistan.

Salman Akram Raja, who represented the PTI founder, told the media after the proceedings that he would also file a plea against Special Court judge Abul Hasnat Zulqarnain for repeatedly making mistakes.

He said that the high court had to set aside the proceedings multiple times.

“The trial would be open but would take place in jail. We will also file a petition on this. Everyone should be allowed to attend the trial, and the judge should be changed,” Raja added.

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Fazl urges cooperation among opposition parties amid governance concerns

Fazl urges cooperation among opposition parties amid governance concerns

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JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, while expressing concerns over the dismal state of governance and democratic institutions, stressed the importance of fostering political cooperation among opposition parties on Wednesday.

Fazl, during a meeting with a PTI delegation, highlighted the urgency of collective action among opposition parties to address the challenges of what he described as a decline in democracy, waning relevance of parliament and the diminishing significance of the constitution.

Speaking to media alongside PTI leaders Omar Ayub and Asad Qaiser after the meeting, Fazl emphasised the need for political cooperation among opposition parties, noting that there was no disagreement on that.

He underscored the necessity of dialogue in today’s environment to eliminate bitterness, stating, “If we cannot end differences, we can soften attitudes.”

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Expressing similar views, Omar Ayub, the opposition leader in the National Assembly, said they had a useful conversation with Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who welcomed them wholeheartedly. He affirmed that these talks would continue in the future.

Ayub vowed to stand for the supremacy of the constitution, announcing that their meetings and conventions would be held all over Pakistan.

Ayub highlighted the link between democracy and investment, asserting that investment would only come when democracy flourishes.

He also condemned the recent police attack on the party secretariat.

Addressing the media, PTI leader Asad Qaiser said the country had assumed the form of a public limited company now.

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He said that during the meeting with the JUI-F chief, they also discussed the wheat crisis issue in Punjab.

Qaiser emphasised the need for opposition parties to unite for the supremacy of the constitution and law, observing that the prevailing law of the jungle in the country must end.

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Imran Khan requests personal appearance in NAB amendment case hearing

Imran Khan requests personal appearance in NAB amendment case hearing

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Imran Khan requests personal appearance in NAB amendment case hearing

Imran Khan, the incarcerated founder of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, has filed a request with the Supreme Court seeking personal appearance in connection with the National Accountability (NAB) Ordinance 1999 amendment case, it is learned.

According to details, the former prime minister has addressed the letter to Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa requesting permission for personal appearance on the next hearing on May 30.

Khan put his signatures on the letter and gave it to the Adiala Jail administration for submission to the apex court.

The court had, during the previous hearing on May 17, issued orders for presenting the PTI founder through video link on the next hearing scheduled for May 30.

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The PTI founder did not get an opportunity to advance arguments during the proceedings on May 17.

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CM Maryam pays surprise visit to Holy Family Hospital

CM Maryam pays surprise visit to Holy Family Hospital

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CM Maryam pays surprise visit to Holy Family Hospital

Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz has paid a surprise visit to the Holy Family Hospital here.

The chief minister visited various wards of the hospital, interacted with patients, inquired about the facilities and provision of medicines at the hospital.

Chief Minister Maryam expressed anger at low wages of labourers working at under-construction block of the hospital and directed the authorities concerned to raise their wages as per the law.

Later, she was briefed about the revamping project of the Hospital. She directed the hospital administration to complete construction of new block by June end. 

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