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Nawaz will get protecting bail in Avenfield, Al-Azizia references until Oct 24



  • Accountability courtroom suspends perpetual arrest warrants issued for three-time PM in Toshakhana reference
  • Towards treasured plan, Nawaz Sharif’s aircraft will first land in Islamabad and than proceed to Lahore

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Excessive Court docket on Thursday accepted PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif’s plea, granting him protecting bail until Oct 24 within the Avenfield and Al-Azizia circumstances.

It comes earlier than the previous premier’s impending arrival on Oct 21. His deliberate return to Pakistan can be after greater than 4 years of self-imposed exile. In July 2018, ousted Nawaz was handed 10 years in jail within the Avenfield property corruption reference for proudly owning property past identified earnings and one yr for not cooperating with the Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB), which was to be served concurrently.

The Al-Azizia Metal Mills corruption reference pertains to the case wherein he was sentenced to seven years in jail after which taken to Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail. He was additionally fined Rs1.5 billion and US$25 million respectively within the case. A day in the past, PML-N legal professionals had moved the IHC looking for protecting bail for Nawaz in these two circumstances, with NAB Particular Prosecutor Afzal Qureshi saying that the accountability watchdog didn’t object to pleas moved by the elder Nawaz Sharif.

Nawaz’s counsels, together with former regulation minister Azam Nazir Tarar and Amjad Pervaiz, appeared earlier than the courtroom whereas NAB prosecutors Rana Maqsood, Qureshi and Naeem Sanghera have been additionally current.

Perpetual arrest warrants in Toshakhana reference

Individually, an Islamabad accountability courtroom suspended perpetual arrest warrants issued towards Nawaz in 2020 within the Toshakhana reference.

The case accused him, former president Asif Ali Zardari and ex-prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani of receiving luxurious automobiles and presents from the Toshakhana — a division that shops presents given to rulers, parliamentarians, bureaucrats and officers by heads of different governments, states, and international dignitaries. In June 2020, an accountability courtroom issued non-bailable arrest warrants towards the previous premier within the case. Months later, Nawaz challenged the warrants within the IHC however withdrew the petition days later.

On Sept 10, 2020, he was declared a proclaimed offender within the case, with an accountability courtroom initiating the method to confiscate his properties and directing NAB to make his arrest by way of Interpol. The subsequent month, an accountability courtroom ordered authorities to grab the ex-premier’s property, together with nationwide and worldwide financial institution accounts, agricultural land and automobiles. Following the Supreme Court docket’s order that struck down amendments to the NAB legal guidelines and reopened graft circumstances towards public workplace holders, an accountability courtroom had additionally summoned Zardari and Gillani in the identical case final month. At present, Choose Muhammad Bashir took up a petition looking for the suspension of the warrants, the place Qazi Misbah appeared as Nawaz’s counsel whereas the NAB prosecutor was additionally current.

Through the listening to, Misbah urged the courtroom to droop the non-bailable arrest warrants issued towards his consumer. He knowledgeable the courtroom that the PML-N supremo needed to seem earlier than the courtroom on October 24 as there was already a case mounted for that day. The decide then sought the file of the case. The lawyer argued that warrants towards former finance minister Ishaq Dar have been additionally suspended in a “case of comparable scale”. Assuring the decide that Nawaz would seem earlier than the accountability courtroom, Misbah argued that the NAB had not issued any arrest warrant towards the PML-N supremo.

In the meantime, the prosecutor knowledgeable the courtroom that the previous prime minister “was saying he needs to give up earlier than the courtroom”. He supplied that the courtroom could droop the warrants until October 24 if the suspect needed to seem earlier than the courtroom.

Foolproof safety for Nawaz after risk alert

The Punjab Dwelling Division has obtained a risk alert concerning the arrival of PML-N supremo and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Lahore on Thursday.

The Dwelling Division has despatched the risk alert to the police and directed the Punjab police to make sure foolproof safety for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

It might be talked about right here that Nawaz Sharif reportedly has reached Dubai from Saudi Arabia. He is because of board a chartered aircraft on October 21 and can land in Islamabad within the night. He’ll later journey to Lahore to deal with a public gathering at Minar-i-Pakistan.

‘Nawaz Sharif flight to first land in Islamabad’

PML-N chief Ata Tarar Thursday stated that Nawaz Sharif’s aircraft will first land in Islamabad than proceed to Lahore.

Speaking to media, Tarar stated that the PML-N supreme chief will go away for Lahore after authorized consultations. Ata Tarar stated that it’s the customary process of the protecting bail, not out of the way in which aid given to him. He additionally stated that the social gathering’s public assembly in Lahore shall be held as per the mounted time.

PML-N sources stated {that a} particular chartered flight, carrying Nawaz Sharif, will land in Islamabad on Oct. 21. The flight’s passengers’ immigration shall be held at Islamabad Airport. Nawaz Sharif will seek the advice of his authorized crew and signal paperwork, sources added.

Tariq Fazal Chaudhry stated that Nawaz Sharif’s aircraft will land in Islamabad on October 21. He’ll keep one hour within the capital metropolis. PML-N Senator Azam Nazeer Tarar has stated that Nawaz Sharif will face the courtroom and authorized crew will help him.

Speaking to media exterior the Islamabad Excessive Court docket premises, former regulation minister stated that in 2007, 2013, 2018 and 2023 accountability made equally. “I don’t know why it’s made such a problem,” he stated. “It’s a elementary proper, for which the applicant knocked the courtroom’s door,” he stated. “Nobody raised objection when medical report was submitted to the Lahore Excessive Court docket,” Nawaz Sharif’s lawyer stated.

‘Prison granted international journey, bail upon return unprecedented’

Govt Chairman Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) Hasan Raza Pasha on Thursday raised considerations concerning the uncommon observe of permitting criminals to journey overseas and safe bail upon their return.

Talking to a non-public TV channel, he questioned whether or not widespread criminals needs to be permitted to go away the nation and whether or not they need to be granted protecting bail, emphasizing that such a state of affairs is unprecedented.

Former chief of the Individuals’s Occasion and Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar expressed disappointment with Nawaz Sharif’s return to politics, suggesting that Sharif had gone again on his promise to keep away from the politics of the Nineteen Nineties and had as a substitute made undisclosed offers.


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Commerce physique declares closure of retailers unsuitable option to management smog, air pollution



ISLAMABAD: The official commerce physique of the retail sector within the nation has opposed the closure of markets and retailers in view of controlling the rising smog, as the federal government is attempting to manage mitigate air air pollution by decreasing industrial exercise.

Addressing a ceremony on Thursday Chairman CAP Tariq Mehboob noticed that heavy transport, burning of waste and crop residue and non-compliant factories contribute to smog probably the most, not the retail sector.

“No different nation or area is shutting down markets to manage air air pollution. As is the case in China and our neighboring nations, the main focus should be on controlling motion of huge automobiles which use low high quality gas and emit black smoke; cracking down on burning of waste and stopping factories which might be polluting by burning wooden, tyres, and many others. because of the absence of pure fuel,” he identified.

Talking to media, Tariq Mehboob stated, “For the reason that previous one 12 months, the retail timings are already restricted to 10 PM as per the orders of the Court docket. For the previous few weeks, extra restrictions have been utilized together with late opening and full day closures that are leading to big losses to retail companies and allied sectors, employment and tax technology.”

For the reason that Covid-19 pandemic, shutting down retail has turn into the norm each time any disaster emerges and it solely has a superficial influence on the issue. Retailers have skilled over 30 extended bouts of restrictions on working timings and days over the previous 4 years, with compliant retailers being the worst affected each time.

Much less distinguished markets seldom observe any restrictions imposed by authorities resulting from restricted enforcement capability, as per CAP.

“Not too long ago, ad-hoc modifications to notifications have resulted in confusion and abrupt disruptions for our companies and workers. Furthermore, eating places and different service sectors have been allowed to stay open whereas retailers should shut, so motion of small automobiles nonetheless continues throughout closed interval.

We can’t help the closure of any industrial exercise as a result of it doesn’t addressing the basis causes of smog. Shutting down just one sector repeatedly won’t create the specified leads to smog discount or electrical energy saving,” acknowledged Asad Shafi, Vice Chairman CAP.

On this challenge, Tariq Mehboob defined that, “implementation of full retail shutdown in 6 main divisions of Punjab on final Sunday has resulted in a rare lack of Rs. 10 billion for retail companies, the home provide chain and tax revenues.

That is along with losses already incurred over the previous few weeks throughout associated restrictions. November and December is the height season for retail and companies have allotted their funding a number of months prematurely. Whereas nearly all the pieces else stays open, the organized retail sector has repeatedly turn into the sufferer to abrupt selections and knee-jerk reactions from the authorities. Our business is structured to run 7 days per week and after we are restricted in timings or off-days, we take successful as most of our prices proceed for the closed interval. Furthermore, our suppliers and distributors additionally endure as a result of demand of their services and products are affected, resulting in a domino impact. Such counter-productive selections are creating an pointless drag on revitalizing the financial system and boosting employment.”

The federal government ought to take us into confidence at each stage and applied balanced options that don’t damage the financial system. Whereas we wholeheartedly abide by the choice of the Punjab Authorities, we want to suggest an alternate method which will successfully contribute to smog discount with out adversely affecting home commerce.”

“For instance, the federal government is closing retail on weekends that are the best sale days and hypothetically solely decreasing smog for 10-12 hours of retail timing for 2 days.

If retail closure is seen as a vital measure, our suggestion is to contemplate adjusting the day by day retail working hours to start at 1 or 2 pm, permitting for a day by day saving of 4-5 hours within the morning which might be extra sustainable. This modification goals to strike a steadiness between mitigating smog influence and persevering with financial actions, and, consequently, employment and taxation revenues.

Moreover, manufacturers have thousands and thousands of followers on their social media and authorities can collaborate with them to coach and talk to common public for such initiatives on how you can scale back air air pollution and keep away from its dangerous results.

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KP witnessed 563 terror incidents in 2023, reveals report



PESHAWAR: The Anti-Terrorism Division (CTD) on Thursday launched a report on the fear incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2023.

In line with the CTD report, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) witnessed as many as 563 terror incidents this yr. Out of 563 incidents, police had been focused 243 occasions.

In line with the report, the very best 132 incidents of terrorism had been reported in Dera Ismail Khan, 103 incidents in Khyber and 89 terror incidents had been reported in Peshawar?

The report additional revealed that 86 occasions terrorists attacked North Waziristan and 50 occasions South Waziristan? The report additional stated that as many as 837 terrorists had been taken into custody.

The best variety of arrested outlaws was from Peshawar 245.

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Sindh broadcasts winter holidays for colleges



KARACHI: The Sindh authorities on Thursday introduced winter holidays for personal and authorities colleges and different instructional establishments, throughout the province.

In line with a notification issued by the Sindh Schooling and Literacy Division, the winter holidays will begin from December 22 to December 31.

All private and non-private training establishments within the province will stay closed as a result of winter holidays from December 22 to December 31.

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