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Islamabad court docket approves two-day bodily remand of PTI chief Fawad Chaudhry



— Fawad ‘picked up’ from Lahore residence over ‘criticism’ of ECP boss

— LHC first summons IGs of Punjab, Islamabad however later rejects Fawad’s plea

ISLAMABAD: A District and Classes court docket within the federal capital on Wednesday remanded Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Fawad Chaudhry to Islamabad Police for 2 days on expenses of sedition for “inciting violence in opposition to a constitutional establishment”.

The PTI chief was arrested within the wee hours of the day from his residence in Lahore and was dropped at Islamabad the identical night. Individually, a magisterial court docket in Lahore Cantt had additionally accredited Fawad’s transitory remand to the Islamabad police.

A primary data report (FIR) was registered on the Kohsar police station in opposition to Fawad on the criticism of Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) Secretary Umar Hameed, registered below sections 153-A (promotion of enmity between teams), 506 (felony intimidation), 505 (assertion conducing to public mischief) and 124-A (sedition) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Police later offered him earlier than judicial Justice of the Peace Naveed Khan on the district and periods court docket in Islamabad’s F-8 space on Wednesday night, the place they requested for an eight day bodily remand of the PTI chief.

In response to the textual content of the FIR, throughout a speech on Tuesday Fawad had stated that the standing of the ECP is similar as a “secretary”, including that the “chief election commissioner indicators paperwork like a clerk”.

Throughout the press discuss, whereas strongly criticising the appointment of Mohsin Naqvi as Punjab’s caretaker chief minister the PTI chief had additionally stated that “those that are being appointed because the caretaker of [Punjab] authorities will likely be adopted till they’re punished”.

In response to Islamabad police, Fawad tried to ignite violence in opposition to the state establishments and aroused the emotions of the folks.

Fawad ‘kidnapped’ early morning from Lahore residence 

Fawad Chaudhry was picked up from his Lahore residence early Wednesday morning.

Faisal Chaudhry, Chaudhry’s brother, stated the “abductors” who arrived round 5:30 am didn’t inform their household of the costs or location of the arrestee.

Faraz Chaudhry, the brother of Fawad, was additionally arrested from Jhelum hours later, the opposition get together stated.

The previous minister’s arrest comes after a primary data report (FIR) was registered in opposition to him within the Kohsar police station in Islamabad, on the criticism of the secretary of the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP), Umar Hameed.

In response to the criticism, Chaudhry made derogatory remarks concerning the fee, likening it to a munshi (secretary) and suggesting that it follows orders from higher-ups, a reference to the navy.

It additional claims that Chaudhry, in a speech exterior former prime minister Imran Khan’s home late on Tuesday, threatened the tribunal saying that “those that turn into a part of the caretaker authorities [in Punjab] will likely be pursued till they’re punished.”

The FIR cites sections 153-A (promotion of enmity between teams), 506 (felony intimidation), 505 (assertion conducing to public mischief) and 124-A (sedition) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

The Islamabad police later said in a tweet that Chaudhry tried to “incite violence in opposition to a constitutional establishment” and “inflame the emotions of the folks”.

The police additional said that the case will likely be processed as per the legislation.

LHC summons IGs of Punjab, Islamabad over Fawad’s arrest

The Lahore Excessive Court docket (LHC) summoned the police chiefs of the provincial capital and Islamabad over the failure of the interim Punjab authorities to provide Fawad Chaudhry, senior vice chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), who in line with the get together was “picked up” from exterior his residence within the predawn hours of Wednesday.

The order got here after the advocate basic of Punjab, Chaudhry Jawad Yaqoob, advised the excessive court docket that Chaudhry — whose “unlawful” arrest was carried out by unidentified people in 4 Hilux pick-up vans with out license plates, in line with his brother — was within the custody of the Islamabad police.

‘No foundation for any case in opposition to me’

Throughout proceedings earlier than judicial Justice of the Peace Naveed Khan on the district and periods court docket in Islamabad’s F-8 space, Fawad stated that there was no foundation for any case in opposition to him.

“1,500 policemen are standing exterior [the court] and I used to be handcuffed regardless of being a lawyer within the Supreme Court docket,” he stated, including that he had been a federal minister up to now properly.

“It’s unlucky that we’re taking revenge in opposition to one another in politics,” he stated. Fawad requested to dismiss the case in opposition to him, arguing that if the case continues, free speech would finish within the nation.

The lawyer for the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) and Fawad Chaudhry’s counsels each gave their arguments throughout the proceedings.

The PTI chief was produced within the court docket in handcuffs, the removing of which was requested by the lawyer.

The investigative officer requested an eight-day bodily remand for the PTI chief. Fawad’s attorneys argued in opposition to the request for bodily remand.

“I by no means gave a speech however was addressing a media discuss throughout which I used to be misquoted. I’m the spokesperson of the PTI and no matter I say is the get together’s coverage. It isn’t crucial that what I say is my very own private opinion,” he argued.

The PTI chief stated that he was not threatening the ECP members or their households, saying that he was merely “explaining” the matter.

Fawad stated that he was arrested by Lahore police, not the Islamabad police, who’ve his cell phone of their possession. He questioned why he was saved detained at a Counter-Terrorism Division (CTD) facility as he was not a terrorist.

The ECP lawyer, throughout his arguments, stated that the fee was a constitutional establishment and had all the ability to conduct elections within the nation.

“The ECP is being focused below a well-thought-out plan and the aim of Fawad’s speech was to incite folks,” he stated.

He criticised Fawad for focusing on the households of the ECP members, saying that the PTI chief was selling hatred in opposition to the establishment.

The lawyer stated that the folks behind the speech additionally wanted to be recognized, including that there was enough proof within the media in opposition to the PTI chief.

The court docket later reserved the decision on the police’s request for the bodily remand.

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Naqvi warns of stern response to future PTI ‘assaults’ on police



— Interim authorities constitutes JIT to probe violent clashes between police and supporters of Imran Khan

LAHORE: The caretaker authorities of Mohsin Naqvi in Punjab has shaped a joint investigation staff (JIT) to analyze the alleged torture of police personnel by the hands of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) supporters in Lahore over the previous week.

Saying the choice in a press convention on Monday, the interim chief minister additionally warned the opposition social gathering of former prime minister Imran Khan that any “future mistreatment” of legislation enforcement officers can be met with an “equal response.”

Intermittent clashes between Khan’s supporters and Punjab police and paramilitary Rangers personnel have erupted over the previous few weeks.

The clashes started when Islamabad police tried to arrest Khan at his Zaman Park residence in Lahore in reference to the Toshakhana case. PTI supporters resisted the arrest, leading to a number of accidents among the many police personnel.

One other conflict erupted on Saturday when legislation enforcement businesses raided Khan’s home in his absence. PTI employees reportedly clashed with police whereas attempting to cease them from getting into the home.

Naqvi expressed concern over the “mistreatment” of legislation enforcement officers and warned that the police will now reply to any mistreatment equally. He additionally famous that the police had been unable to implement courtroom orders as a result of their lack of ability to enter the home.

Naqvi additionally criticised Khan’s “behaviour” and threatened to withdraw the safety the federal government supplied if he continues to verbally abuse police personnel. He declared that the police couldn’t defend somebody who mistreated them and anticipated the identical drive to safeguard them.

He additional mentioned he had given full powers to the provincial police chief, Usman Anwar, to do what he deemed applicable, and that no political social gathering had reacted as aggressively as PTI throughout its protest.

Naqvi additionally assured the police that authorized motion can be taken wherever mandatory and warned that anybody resorting to violence would face a stern response. He introduced that the caretaker authorities would write a letter to the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) concerning the matter.

Moreover, Naqvi introduced compensation for injured police personnel, with Rs100,000 for minor accidents and Rs500,000 for main accidents.

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Dammed thirsty: the cross-border battle for water



PARIS: With half the world experiencing water shortage for no less than a part of the 12 months, the large dams being constructed by some nations to spice up their energy provides whereas their neighbours go parched are a rising supply of potential battle.

Forward of a UN convention in New York on world entry to water, AFP appears at 5 mega-projects with very totally different penalties, relying on whether or not you reside upstream or downstream.


The waters of Africa’s longest river, the Nile, are on the centre of a decade-long dispute between Ethiopia — the place the Nile’s largest tributary, the Blue Nile, rises — and its downstream neighbours Sudan and Egypt.

In 2011, Addis Ababa launched a $4.2 billion hydroelectric challenge on the river, which it sees as important to lighting up rural Ethiopia.

Sudan and Egypt, nonetheless, see the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam as a menace to their water provides — Egypt alone depends on the Nile for about 97 p.c of its irrigation and ingesting water.

Ethiopia has insisted the dam won’t disturb the stream of water and turned on the primary turbine in February 2020.


Lengthy used to drilling for oil, war-scarred Iraq is now digging ever deeper for water as a frenzy of dam-building, primarily in Turkey, sucks water out of the area’s two nice rivers, the Tigris and Euphrates.

Turkey launched the development of a big complicated of dams and hydroelectric crops throughout the southeast within the Eighties.

In 1990 it accomplished the large Ataturk Dam on the Euphrates River, simply 80 kilometres (50 miles) from Syria’s border.

Extra not too long ago, in 2019, the traditional city of Hasankeyf on the Tigris was submerged to make method for the huge Ilisu Dam.

Iraq and Syria say Turkey’s dam-building has resulted in a drastic discount of the water flowing via their lands.

Baghdad recurrently asks Ankara to launch extra water to counter drought, however Turkey’s ambassador to Iraq, Ali Riza Guney, ruffled feathers final July when he stated, “water is essentially wasted in Iraq”.

Syria’s Kurds in the meantime have accused their arch-foe Turkey of weaponising the Euphrates, accusing it of intentionally holding again water to spark a drought, which Ankara denies.


China is a frenetic dam builder, setting up 50,000 dams within the Yangtze basin up to now 70 years — together with the notorious Three Gorges.

However it’s China’s tasks on the Mekong River, which rises in China and twists south via Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam, that the majority alarm its neighbours.

The Mekong feeds greater than 60 million individuals via its basin and tributaries.

Washington has blamed China’s actions for inflicting extreme droughts in Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

In 2019, the US monitor Eyes on Earth revealed satellite tv for pc imagery displaying the dams in China holding “above-average pure stream”.

Beijing insists its reservoirs assist to keep up the steadiness of the river, by storing water within the wet season and releasing it within the dry season.


The Indus River is likely one of the longest on the Asian continent, reducing via ultra-sensitive borders within the area, together with the demarcation between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan in Kashmir.

The 1960 Indus Water Treaty theoretically shares out water between the 2 nations however has been fraught with disputes.

Pakistan has lengthy feared that India, which sits upstream, may limit its entry, adversely affecting its agriculture. And India has threatened to take action from time to time.

In an indication of the tensions, the arch-rivals have constructed duelling energy crops alongside the banks of the Kishanganga River, which flows into an Indus tributary.


The Itaipu hydroelectric plant, located on the Parana River on the Brazil-Paraguay border, has typically been the supply of tensions between the 2 co-owner nations.

One of many two hydroelectricity crops that produce essentially the most energy on the planet, alongside China’s Three Gorges, had its vitality shared out underneath a 1973 treaty.

However Paraguay demanded extra and ultimately acquired thrice more cash from Brazil, which makes use of 85 p.c of the electrical energy produced.

In 2019, a brand new deal on the sale of energy from Itaipu almost introduced down Paraguay’s authorities, with consultants arguing it could scale back Paraguay’s entry to low-cost energy.

The 2 nations promptly cancelled the deal.

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Maryam Nawaz claims ‘educated terrorists’, not political staff staying in Zaman Park



LAHORE: Chief Organizer of the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), Maryam Nawaz on Sunday claimed {that a} group of “educated terrorists and miscreants from proscribed organizations” had been residing in Zaman Park Lahore, as an alternative of political staff.

In her tweet on Sunday, she expressed her issues over the latest violent incidents in Zaman Park and careworn the significance of not ignoring them.

In accordance with her, the perpetrators of those violent acts had been extremely educated terrorists and miscreants.

Moreover, she accused Imran Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) of supporting banned organizations.

Maryam alleged that Imran Khan has a historical past of supporting such outfits and that among the individuals concerned within the latest violent incidents in Zaman Park had been recruited from these banned teams.

Emphasizing the essential function of the state important to play in making certain the protection and safety of its residents, Maryam careworn that it was important for the federal government to take immediate and efficient motion earlier than it’s too late.

She known as for a proactive strategy by the state in addressing these points, somewhat than ready for them to escalate additional.

In the meantime, Federal Data Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb on Sunday mentioned that PTI is a terrorist group, so the Supreme Court docket ought to take take suo motu discover towards this “terrorist celebration”.

She mentioned whereas addressing a presser in Lahore. She mentioned that Imran had gone mad with the starvation of energy. She puzzled on the logic of Imran as he was claiming that he can be bought killed if he went to court docket. Marriyam mentioned that the Ladla (blue eyed) had been offered safety and facilitated. lashed out at PTI Chairman Imran Khan for intimidating judiciary by his ‘terrorism’, making enjoyable of the judicial system.

Marriyum mentioned that the previous premier had ruined the economic system. She known as her ‘mendacity political terrorist and a international agent who has launched an assault on the state’.

She mentioned that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf just isn’t a political celebration, rater ‘a terrorist’ has been imposed on our society. She mentioned the court docket is summoning him and he’s refusing to seem earlier than it. The minister said that weapons and petrol bombs had been discovered from Imran’s residence throughout police search operation.




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