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Justice Ijazul Ahsan resigns as SC judge

Justice Ijazul Ahsan resigns as SC judge

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Justice Ijazul Ahsan resigns as SC judge

Justice Ijazul Ahsan of the Supreme Court tendered his resignation over unknown reasons on Thursday.

Justice Ijazul Ahsan sent his resignation to President Arif Alvi. He was the third senior most judge of the apex court. He was set to become chief justice in October this year.

On March 10, 2024, Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, the second-most senior judge in the hierarchy, is set to retire. Following Justice Ijaz’s resignation and Justice Sardar Tariq’s retirement, Justice Mansoor will ascend to become the most senior judge on the Supreme Court.

The development comes a day after Justice (retd) Naqvi stepped down from his post as SC judge.

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On Jan 10, Supreme Court Justice Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi tendered his resignation, as the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) was hearing a reference against him over the misconduct allegations revolving around amassing wealth beyond his resources.

In his resignation sent to President Arif Alvi, he said it wasn’t possible for him to continue working, as he mentioned his tenure both at the Supreme Court and the Lahore High Court (LHC).

“In the circumstances which are a matter of public knowledge and to some extent public record, it is no longer possible for me to continue to serve as a judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Considerations of due process also compel so,” the resignation letter reads.

Today, President Alvi accepted the resignation of Justice Mazahar Naqvi.

Justice Ijazul Ahsan, a member of the five-member Supreme Judicial Council (SJC), declined to join his fellow council members on November 22, 2023, in issuing a new show-cause notice to Justice Mazahar Naqvi.

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In a letter addressed to the SJC members on Tuesday, Justice Ijazul Ahsan expressed regret over the hurried proceedings, emphasizing the absence of debate and discussion during the ongoing council sessions.

He noted that the proceedings on November 22, 2023, when the second show-cause notice was issued against Justice Naqvi, lacked any form of discussion or deliberation. This approach raised concerns about the entire process, leading Justice Ahsan to disagree with the adopted procedure and the conduct of the proceedings.

Regarding the allegations in the complaint against Justice Naqvi, the letter conveyed regret that these were baseless, lacking legal merit, and failed even on a preliminary examination of the facts.

The letter further lamented the absence of a reasoned and deliberative approach, which could have prevented the council from making the error in issuing the show-cause notice.

Justice Ijazul Ahsan, notable for his role in the high-profile Panamagate case in 2017 that resulted in the disqualification of then-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, also served as the monitoring judge overseeing the implementation of the Panamagate case verdict.

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Having assumed the position of Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court on November 6, 2015, Justice Ahsan was elevated to the position of Supreme Court judge on June 28, 2016.

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Musadik Malik emphasises adoption of environment-friendly technology for sustainable development

Musadik Malik emphasises adoption of environment-friendly technology for sustainable development

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Musadik Malik emphasises adoption of environment-friendly technology for sustainable development

 Federal Minister for Petroleum Musadik Malik underscores the need for embracing environment-friendly technology to ensure sustainable development in Pakistan. 

In a recent address at a ceremony held in Islamabad, Minister Malik highlighted the pressing issue of environmental instability, noting that despite a purported zero carbon footprint, Pakistan was grappling with the adverse effects of climate change. 

He pointed to alarming indicators such as rising global temperatures and increased incidents of extreme weather events, including flash floods in Sindh that have devastated numerous villages, exacerbating food insecurity in the region. 

Acknowledging the dual challenge of environmental and economic instability, Minister Malik stressed the imperative for concerted action to address these issues. 

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He revealed that Pakistan’s total exports stand at $30 billion, with energy exports comprising a significant portion at $20 billion. 

To confront these challenges head-on, Minister Malik announced plans to ramp up petroleum products production, citing its critical role in ensuring energy security and fostering economic growth. 

He outlined various policies aimed at facilitating this increase, including incentivising consortiums for small companies and fostering cooperation with international stakeholders.

Underlining the centrality of energy security to economic development, Minister Malik reiterated the importance of adopting environment-friendly technologies to meet the nation’s energy demands sustainably.

He emphasised the utilisation of national resources as a key strategy in this endeavour.

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Islamabad police register case of armed assault on PTI leader Raoof Hasan

Islamabad police register case of armed assault on PTI leader Raoof Hasan

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Islamabad police register case of armed assault on PTI leader Raoof Hasan

A day after unidentified transgender persons armed with blades wounded PTI leader Raoof Hasan in an attack in Islamabad, police on Wednesday registered a case of the assault. 

The case registered against unidentified transgender persons at the Aabpara police station includes sections related to the charges of attempted murder and death threats. 

According to the first information report (FIR), Raoof Hasan was heading to a parking lot after participating in a TV talk show when he was ambushed by three transgender-like persons. 

The FIR details that these attackers tried to cut his throat with a sharp-edged tool. Hasan suffered a cut in the face when he stepped back in a bid to protect himself, it adds. 

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In the FIR, Raoof Hasan alleged that a similar attack was attempted on him two days back in Islamabad’s Blue Area. 

The PTI information secretary was attacked on Tuesday afternoon by some unidentified transgender persons with a blade in Islamabad’s G-7 area. He suffered a cut in the face.

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JAP urges Punjab governor to return defamation bill unapproved

JAP urges Punjab governor to return defamation bill unapproved

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JAP urges Punjab governor to return defamation bill unapproved

The Judicial Activism Panel has penned a letter to Punjab Governor Sardar Salim Haider Khan, vehemently urging him not to approve the controversial Punjab Defamation Bill 2024 recently passed by the Punjab Assembly. 

The letter, authored by the Judicial Activism Panel, highlighted grave concerns over the Defamation Bill, asserting that its passage by the Punjab Assembly contradicts the principles outlined in Article 19 of the constitution. 

According to the panel, the enforcement of this bill poses a significant threat to the freedom of speech, a fundamental right guaranteed to every citizen. 

The panel argued that the implementation of the Defamation Bill would severely restrict the public’s access to vital information, serving as a formidable obstacle to the citizens’ right to information. 

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They emphasised that the bill, if enacted, would curtail the freedom of speech, thereby violating the fundamental right of the citizens.

Expressing apprehension, the letter said the law could potentially be exploited to serve political interests, further undermining the democratic principles upon which the nation is built.

In their fervent plea to Governor Sardar Salim Haider Khan, the Judicial Activism Panel demanded that he refrain from approving the bill and instead return it to the Punjab Assembly without his endorsement.

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