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ECP issues arrest warrant of Fawad Chaudhry in contempt case

ECP issues arrest warrant of Fawad Chaudhry in contempt case

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The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has issued a bailable arrest warrant to former federal minister Fawad Chaudhry in the (ECP) contempt case. 

A four-member commission, headed by ECP member Nisar Durrani, heard the contempt of ECP case against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan and Fawad Chaudhry. 

Imran Khan and Fawad Chaudhry’s counsel absent  

Imran Khan’s counsel Shoaib Shaheen’s assistant counsel appeared before the court during the hearing and informed the court about Shoaib Shaheen’s presence in the Islamabad High Court (IHC). 

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ECP member Khyber Pakhtunkhwa inquired from assistant counsel that wasn’t this case was crucial and did he possess legal licence. 

ECP deputy director law stated that the last hearing of this case was held in January but the high court prohibited it from issuing final verdict on this case, however, proceedings could be done.

PTI founder’s counsel said the ECP could allow virtual appearance of respondents during the hearing. 

ECP inquired about the virtual appearance of the respondent through video link. ECP members remarked that respondent appearance was necessary in criminal cases but not in civil cases.

Court can allow virtual appearance of respondents 

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PTI founder’s assistant counsel stated that technology could be utilised in cases and the court might allow virtual appearance. 

ECP Sindh members inquired about Fawad Chaudhry and his lawyer. Fawad Chaudhry’s lawyer’s assistant lawyer Faisal Chaudhry informed that Fawad Chaudhry’s counsel was also present in the IHC like Shoaib Shaheen.

ECP issued a bailable arrest warrant to Fawad Chaudhry on continuous absence in the hearing.

ECP members stated that Fawad Chaudhry was not in jail, an arrest warrant could be issued against him. Absence of lawyer could be acceptable but where was Fawad Chaudhry, verdict must be issued on Fawad Chaudhry’s matter.

Assistant counsel stated that Fawad Chaudhry’s case was ongoing in high court and their cases were challenged in the high court.

ECP is independent, not subordinate to anyone

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The ECP member responded that Fawad Chaudhry’s appearance in the high court was not necessary; however, the ECP commission was independent and not subordinate to anyone.

Consequently, ECP issued the bailable arrest warrant to Fawad Chaudhry adjourning the case hearing until August 7.
It is pertinent to note that cases of ECP and CEC contempt against Imran Khan and Fawad Chaudhry were fixed for hearing on June 20.

Imran Khan and Fawad Chaudhry were indicted in the ECP contempt case on January 3.

It is worth noting that ECP issued notice to Imran Khan and Fawad Chaudhry in August 2022 for levelling allegations on CEC and ECP during public gatherings and TV interviews.

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NAB probes Imran Khan, Bushra Bibi in new Toshakhana reference

NAB probes Imran Khan, Bushra Bibi in new Toshakhana reference

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The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team, headed by Deputy Director Mustansar Imam Shah probed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan and his spouse Bushra Bibi in the new Toshakhana reference at Adiala Jail.

According to jail sources, today marks the seventh day of the NAB team’s investigation at Adiala Jail and the NAB team will present a progress report on the investigation in court tomorrow.

The NAB team is working to gather information and evidence related to the case.

Sources revealed that the court has ordered the reappearance of the PTI founder and Bushra Bibi on July 22.

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It is pertinent to note that Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi are on eight-day judicial remand in new Toshakhana reference.

NAB TOSHAKHANA REFERENCE

Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi were arrested in a NAB Toshakhana reference, hours after their acquittal in the Iddah nikah case.

According to jail sources, Imran Khan and his wife were arrested for not cooperating in the inquiry.

A NAB team headed by Deputy Director Mohsin Haroon reached Adiala Jail to arrest the former prime minister and his wife in new case.

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The sources said that the new case was related to keeping and selling the ten valuable gifts which was against the law.

According to the NAB inquiry report, the PTI founder is accused of taking and selling seven precious watches which include Rolex, diamonds, and gold watches. The gifts were sold without taking ownership as per the law.

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FO strongly condemns attack on Pakistan consulate in Germany

FO strongly condemns attack on Pakistan consulate in Germany

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FO strongly condemns attack on Pakistan consulate in Germany

Pakistan has strongly condemned the attack by a gang of extremists on its consulate in Frankfurt, Germany.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the foreign office conveyed strong protest to the German government over the failure of its authorities to protect the sanctity and security of the premises of Pakistan’s consulate.

The statement mentioned the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963 under which it is the responsibility of the host government to protect the sanctity of the consular premises and ensure the security of diplomats.

The foreign office added that in yesterday’s incident, the security of Pakistan’s consulate in Frankfurt was breached, endangering the lives of its consular staff.

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It urged the German government to take immediate measures to fulfil its responsibilities under the Vienna Conventions and ensure the security of the diplomatic missions and staff of Pakistan in Germany.

Also Read: Afghan citizens attack Pakistan consulate in Germany, pull down flag

The foreign office also urged the German authorities to take immediate measures to arrest and prosecute those involved in yesterday’s incident and hold to account those responsible for the lapses in security.

The citizens of Afghanistan had pelted stones on the Pakistani consulate and pulled down flag atop the building in Germany’s city Frankfurt.

According to media, the German authorities had allowed Afghan citizens to hold a peaceful protest outside the consulate. But the protesters went berserk and tried to enter the consulate building. They also tried to set the Pakistani flag to fire.

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PTI is involved in Bannu incident, alleges Atta Tarar

PTI is involved in Bannu incident, alleges Atta Tarar

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PTI is involved in Bannu incident, alleges Atta Tarar

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Attaullah Tarar said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was involved in the Bannu incident.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Sunday, he said that PTI has been pursuing an agenda of creating uncertainty in the country to derail economy from the day one.

The minister said creating instability in the country is PTI’s manifesto, which is evident from the fact when its workers attacked the Pakistan Television (PTV) building in Islamabad in 2014. He said it has always promoted the politics of violence and using abusive language against opponents.

Attaullah Tarar said they always look for dead bodies to unleash propaganda against the government, police and security forces.

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He said the incidents of May 9 last year were orchestrated in search of 50 to 60 dead bodies with an aim to derail the entire system and spread anarchy in the country. He said that PTI is not a political party but a terrorist organisation.

Attaullah Tarar said that traders of Bannu had organised a peace march and some political parties, including the PTI, secretly inserted their armed goons to sabotage the event. He said those armed people opened fire, killing a citizen and injuring 22 others.

Also Read: Govt decides to ban PTI, initiate treason case against Imran Khan and Arif Alvi

The minister said now the PTI-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government intends to conduct an inquiry of its own choice into the incident, which we reject. He questioned how you can conduct an inquiry when your own people are involved in the Bannu incident.

On Friday, public in Bannu district came out on streets, demanding peace and security against surge in terrorism.

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However, the situation escalated when clashes erupted between protesters and law-enforcement agencies as a result of which several people were injured and one died.

Tarar also refuted the reports of PTI founder Imran Khan being kept in the death cell in jail.

“He is being kept in the presidential suite with lot of facilities including separate kitchen, exercise machine and a special gallery for walk,” said Tarar.

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