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IHC declines request to dispose of petition for poet Farhad’s recovery

IHC declines request to dispose of petition for poet Farhad’s recovery

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IHC declines request to dispose of petition for poet Farhad's recovery

The Islamabad High Court on Friday rejected the request of the additional attorney general to dispose of a petition seeking the recovery of a poet from Azad Jammu and Kashmir, remarking that the case could only be concluded upon Ahmed Farhad’s production.

IHC’s Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani presided over the proceedings on the plea filed by Arooj Zainab, Farhad’s spouse.

Lawyers Imaan Mazari and Hadi Ali Chattha represented the petitioner.

At the outset of the proceedings, Additional Attorney General Munawar Iqbal Duggal stated that there were cases registered against Farhad in Azad Kashmir, and he was in physical remand until June 2.

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The state lawyer stated that Farhad’s family had met him, so the habeas corpus petition be disposed of.

Advancing her arguments, petitioner’s lawyer Imaan Mazari said that her client had not only asked for the return of her husband, but also sought action against those responsible for his enforced disappearance.

At this, Justice Kayani remarked that the instant case would culminate only on appearance of Farhad in court.

In argument, AAG Duggal stated that Kashmir was a foreign territory with its own constitution and courts, where judgments of Pakistani courts were treated similarly to judgments of foreign courts.

The counsel for the petitioner informed the court that from Islamabad, Farhad’s family went to the Dhirkot police station, but he was not there, adding that upon inquiry, it was informed that he had been moved to Muzaffarabad due to the inclusion of sections relating to the charges of terrorism.

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Mazari further said that when they reached there, a policeman told them that the FIR registered was from their police station, but Farhad was with the SHO (station house officer).

She added that they had to go extra 14 kilometers away to see Farhad, who was not in good condition, when they saw him.

When Justice Kayani inquired about Farhad’s whereabouts before his arrest on May 29, the Islamabad prosecutor general stated that the court in AJK would address it.

Justice Kayani remarked that everyone should work within the law, to which the prosecutor general maintained that he works within the law.

The petitioner’s counsel, Imaan Mazari argued that the court should also look at the misuse of laws and procedures, to which Justice Kayani said that we have to determine the misuse of law.

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Later, the court adjourned the hearing until June 7, rejecting the request to dispose of the petition for the recovery of poet Ahmed Farhad.

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Bushra Bibi challenges her likely detention in undisclosed cases

Bushra Bibi challenges her likely detention in undisclosed cases

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Bushra Bibi challenges her likely detention in undisclosed cases

 PTI founder’s wife Bushra Bibi challenged her likely detention in the undisclosed cases in the Lahore High Court (LHC).

Justice Tariq Saleem Shaikh will hear the petition on Tuesday.

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The petitioner’s lawyer said that the details of the cases registered against Bushra Bibi are not being provided. Moreover, the inquiries against Bushra Bibi in anti-corruption, NAB and FIA-related cases are also not being provided, the application said.

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The court should order all the agencies to provide the details of the cases. Moreover, the court should also order to stop Bushra Bibi from being arrested in any hidden case. 

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Cabinet meeting with PTI ban on agenda postponed

Cabinet meeting with PTI ban on agenda postponed

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A meeting of the federal cabinet to give approval for ban on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was postponed on Monday, sources said. 

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was scheduled to chair the meeting on Tuesday, July 23, when the cabinet members were likely to nod the ban on the political party.

The cabinet was also expected to give approval for pursuing cases under Article 6 of the Constitution against former President Arif Alvi, PTI founder Imran Khan, and Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri.

On July 15, Information Minister Atta Tarar said that the ruling coalition had decided to move for a ban on the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

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Addressing a press conference, he said the federal government will file a case to ban the PTI. The government would keep the current situation in mind before taking a step in this regard, he added.

“The PTI and the country cannot go together,” he categorically stated.

He claimed that the government was trying to stabilise the country politically and economically, while efforts were being made to thwart its efforts.

Tarar also announced that the PML-N led government has decided to file a review appeal against the decision of the Supreme Court granting reserved seats to the PTI.

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Dar discusses mutual ties with Omani counterpart

Dar discusses mutual ties with Omani counterpart

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Dar discusses mutual ties with Omani counterpart

 Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar and Oman Foreign Minister Syed Badr bin Hamd bin Hamood Al Busaidi have discussed bilateral ties on telephone.

According to Foreign Office, both the leaders condemned the recent terrorist attack on a mosque in Wadi Kabir, Mascat.

Dar reiterated Oman’s full support in combatting terrorism.

The deputy PM lauded Oman’s care for dead and injured Pakistani citizens in the Omani hospitals.

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Both the leaders deliberated on bilateral relationship ranging from political, economic and defence cooperation to public ties.

The two leaders have agreed to exchange delegations between the two countries.

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