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IHC reserves the verdict on contempt of the court, would announce on March 1

IHC reserves the verdict on contempt of the court, would announce on March 1

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IHC reserves the verdict on contempt of the court, would announce on March 1

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has reserved the verdict on contempt of the court case against Deputy Commissioner (DC) Islamabad Irfan Nawaz Memon and senior officers.

The reserved verdict on the contempt of the case would be announced on March 1. Justice Babar Sattar of IHC heard the contempt of the court case registered against DC Islamabad.

The court has rejected the plea for an unconditional apology filed by DC Islamabad and also prohibited the DC from traveling abroad. The court has ordered the DC Islamabad to submit a reply to the showcase notice by Monday.

DC Islamabad did not appear before the court in the contempt of court case yesterday (Tuesday), claiming that he was scheduled to offer pilgrimage. DC Islamabad, Irfan Nawaz, also asserted that he had appeared before the court in as many as 18 hearings in this case.

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The court questioned how the convict DC could be absent from the case hearing when the contempt of court case hearing was ongoing; the case would have been disclosed yesterday. The court has also rejected another appeal filed by DC Islamabad to transfer the case to another hearing bench.

Justice Babar Sattar remarked that the DC has issued 69 Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) for 970 days, violating his jurisdiction.

DC Islamabad’s counsel stated that the District Magistrate issued detention and arrest orders for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shehryar Afridi in the wake of the May 9 riots incident.

The counsel added that there was no negative intention behind issuing the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) order and urged the court to consider the entire situation. The second MPO was issued by DC Rawalpindi, and he committed contempt of court, he must be convicted, the counsel argued.

“On August 5, Shehryar Afridi’s party leader was arrested. The situation of May 9 is also in front of everyone,” he said, adding that the Intelligence Bureau informed the capital’s administration about the worsening law and order situation and agitation.

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The district intelligence committee, he added, included representatives of all sensitive agencies and expressed fear of attacks on government buildings, GHQ Chowk near F-9 Park in Islamabad.

The counsel of DC Islamabad, Raja Rizwan Abbasi, argued that Shehryar Afridi used provocative and hate-inciting speech to disrupt law and order. The transcript of Shehryar Afridi’s violent speeches was also present before the court during the hearing.

He asserted that DC has no intention to undermine the due legal proceedings and violate the court’s authority, pleading the court to dismiss the contempt of court case against DC Islamabad Irfan Nawaz.

The court also heard the case of Islamabad Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Operations Jamil Zafar for exceeding their authority by issuing orders under Section 3 of the MPO. SSP Jamil Zafar has sought pardon from the court, and the court remarked that it will issue the judgment next week.

A day before (Tuesday), the court issued an arrest warrant against DC Islamabad Irfan Nawaz Memon. The court also ordered to include the name of DC Islamabad in the Exit Control List (ECL).

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NDMA alerts for intense rainfall, thunderstorms from April 17

NDMA alerts for intense rainfall, thunderstorms from April 17

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The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) as per the latest projections from the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) and multiple weather models, in its advisory has highlighted a series of moderate to intense weather systems to cause rainfall and thunderstorms in the country from April 17th to 29th.

“These weather patterns are anticipated to bring heavy rain, thunderstorms, and hailstorms, posing significant risks to various parts across the country,” said the NDMA news release issued on Wednesday.

The forecast indicated that a weather system would enter Pakistan on April 17th, initiating a period of heavy rainfall and thunderstorms lasting until April 22nd.

“The system will influence Balochistan from April 17th to April 19th, followed by impacts on Punjab and Sindh from April 18th to April 19th. Upper Punjab will experience the effects from April 18th to April 21st, while Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) will be affected from April 17th to 22nd April,” the advisory said.

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Following this, a weaker weather system was expected to enter Pakistan on April 23rd, bringing low rainfall and thunderstorms to certain parts of the country until April 24th.

While Balochistan and upper Punjab would experience slight impacts from April 23rd to April 24th, KP, GB, and AJK would also be affected.

However, Sindh was not expected to be impacted during this period.

Subsequently, a strong weather system is forecasted to enter Pakistan on April 25th, bringing heavy rain, thunderstorms, and hailstorms with occasional gaps until April 29th. This system will affect Balochistan from April 25th to April 29th, with intermittent gaps. Sindh will experience impacts on April 25th, 26th, and 28th, while South Punjab will be affected from April 27th to April 28th. Upper Punjab will face the brunt from April 26th to April 29th, while KP will experience effects from 25th to 29th April, potentially impacting GB and AJK from April 25th to April 29th.

The expected rainfall may trigger flash floods in local nullahs of vulnerable areas, including Khuzdar, Ziarat, Zhob, Sherani, Muslim Bagh, Quetta, Pishin, Kech, Panjgur, Gwadar, and Turbat. Flooding may also occur in low-lying areas during the forecast period, particularly in southern western Balochistan.

In the light of these projections, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has issue dinstructions for Provincial Disaster Management Authorities (PDMAs), District Disaster Management Authorities (DDMAs), and other relevant line departments to remain vigilant and prepared to respond to any emergent situations. It is imperative for departments to ensure the pre-placement of machinery and the availability of relevant staff in vulnerable areas.

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Local departments are urged to sensitize residents living along riverbanks and associated nullahs about the expected increase in water flows, and to facilitate timely evacuation of at-risk populations from low-lying and flood-prone areas as per evacuation plans. Additionally, citizens are advised to take extreme precautionary measures, such as staying away from electric poles and weak infrastructure, and refraining from driving or walking in waterways.

Farmers, cattle owners, tourists and travelers are also advised to remain cautious during this period, checking weather and road conditions before traveling, and taking necessary steps to protect crops, livestock, and personal safety.
For further updates and information, citizens are encouraged to stay tuned to local weather forecasts and advisories.

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President summons NA session on April 19

President summons NA session on April 19

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President Asif Ali Zardari has summoned the session of the National Assembly on Friday, April 19, 2024 at 10:30 am.

The president summoned the session of National Assembly in exercise of the powers conferred by article 54(1) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

In previous session, Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, daughter of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and President Asif Ali Zardari, took oath as a member of the National Assembly.

National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq administered the oath to Aseefa.

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During the session, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari provided headphones to Aseefa Bhutto Zardari to reduce the noise disturbances as PTI MNAs raised slogans calling for the release of the PTI founder.

Following Aseefa Zardari’s swearing-in, PPP members also chanted slogans in support of the Bhutto family like ‘jiye Bhutto’.  

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President Zardari for strengthening economic, cultural ties with Turkiye

President Zardari for strengthening economic, cultural ties with Turkiye

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President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday called for further enhancing bilateral cooperation with Turkiye in the areas of trade, economy, education and culture.

The president, talking to Ambassador of Turkiye in Pakistan Dr Mehmet Pacaci, who called on him, said that Turkish companies should benefit from the investment-friendly policies of the country and invest through the Pakistan Stock Exchange.

Welcoming the ambassador, the president said that the people of Pakistan and Turkiye had historic and long-standing ties, adding that the two nations had always supported and stood by each other in difficult times.

President Zardari stated that Pakistan could benefit from the Turkish development experience, especially in the area of infrastructure development.

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In order to promote regional connectivity, he suggested undertaking a joint feasibility study to establish a railway connection between the two brotherly countries. The president also underlined the need for increasing educational and cultural exchanges to further promote people-to-people contacts. He said that Pakistan looked forward to welcoming Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to the 7th High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council session in Pakistan.

President Zardari also expressed his gratitude for President Erdoğan’s congratulatory messages on his election as President of Pakistan as well as at the beginning of Holy Ramazan. He also conveyed his warm greetings and sentiments for the future success of the Turkish president. 

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