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Pervaiz Elahi rearrested for tenth time quickly after IHC orders launch



  • Islamabad CTD Police nabs PTI president in case registered at Ramna police station on March 18
  • LHC orders manufacturing of Pervaiz Elahi in courtroom, summons Islamabad CC, IG Police tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: For the tenth time throughout the previous three months, PTI President Pervaiz Elahi was rearrested on Tuesday hours after the Islamabad Excessive Court docket (IHC) ordered his launch after suspending the detention underneath Part 3 of the Upkeep of Public Order (MPO).

The Islamabad police stated that Pervaiz Elahi was arrested in a case registered on the Counter Terrorism Division (CTD) police station.

Reacting to the re-arrest throughout a media speak in Islamabad, Sardar Abdul Raziq Khan, the counsel for Ch Pervaiz Elahi, stated: “I feel all limits have been crossed. That is injustice with the nation and its establishments and equal to creating a mockery of the regulation and Structure.”

The lawyer stated as quickly as he and Pervaiz Elahi sat inside their automotive outdoors the jail, “some folks blocked our means, forcefully opened our automotive’s door and made me, my driver and affiliate step out”. In the meantime, Pervaiz Elahi was “kidnapped” and brought away, he added.

The PTI shared footage of Pervaiz Elahi’s arrest and criticised his arrest.

“Completely shameful how courts orders retains getting disrespected by the fascist regime. Pervaiz Elahi’s crime is standing for Pakistan, crime shouldn’t be leaving PTI regardless of huge stress,” the PTI posted on social media platform X in its condemnation of the arrest.

The Case

The primary info report (FIR) in opposition to Pervaiz Elahi was registered on the CTD police station on March 18 on the grievance of Ramna police Station Home Officer Malik Rasheed.

The case pertained to the clashes on that day between Islamabad Police and PTI employees outdoors the Judicial Complicated.

The case was lodged underneath Sections 148 (rioting armed with lethal weapon), 149 (illegal meeting), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public capabilities), 353 (assault or prison drive to discourage public servant from discharge of his obligation), 380 (theft in dwelling home, and many others), 395 (punishment for dacoity), 427 (mischief inflicting harm amounting to Rs50), 435 (mischief by fireplace or explosive substance with intent to trigger harm), 440 (mischief dedicated after preparation made for inflicting dying or harm) and 506 (punishment for prison intimidation) of the Pakistan Penal Code and Part 7 (punishment for acts of terrorism) of the Anti-Terrorism Act.

March 18’s occasions had been marred by clashes between the police and PTI employees amid social gathering chairman Imran Khan’s look on the Judicial Complicated in a listening to for the Toshakhana case.

The Islamabad police had alleged that social gathering employees had shelled the Judicial Complicated and set fireplace to a police submit. In flip, the PTI had additionally accused the police of shelling Imran’s car.

IHC orders Pervaiz Elahi’s launch

Earlier, the Islamabad Excessive Court docket (IHC) ordered his launch of Ch Pervaiz Elahi and suspended his detention underneath Part 3 of MPO.

On Friday, the Lahore Excessive Court docket (LHC) had ordered that the previous Punjab chief minister be launched together with a restraining order in opposition to his doable arrest by any company or preventive detention.

Nonetheless, hours after he was launched from Adiala Jail, an Islamabad police crew, assisted by the Punjab police, had intercepted a white SUV close to the FCC underpass by which Pervaiz Elahi was travelling to his home together with lawyer Sardar Latif Khosa.

The police personnel had shifted Pervaiz Elahi right into a white automotive with no licence plate. The automotive drove him to Islamabad. Visuals of the arrest drama had gone viral on social media.

In keeping with the capital police, Pervaiz was taken into custody on orders of the district Justice of the Peace underneath Part 3 of the MPO.

Part 3 of MPO empowers the federal government to arrest and detain suspected individuals. It states: “The federal government, if glad that with a view to stopping any individual from performing in any method prejudicial to public security or the upkeep of public order, it’s essential to do, might, by an order in writing, direct the arrest and detention in such custody […] and [the] authorities, if glad that for the aforesaid causes, it’s needed so to do, might lengthen on occasion the interval of such detention, for a interval not exceeding six months at a time.”

Subsequently, Pervaiz — who was moved to Attock jail — had approached the IHC in opposition to his detention, urging the courtroom to declare it as “patently unlawful, illegal and with out lawful authority”.

Within the petition, Pervaiz Elahi had requested the IHC to put aside the detention order and difficulty directives for his launch. He had cited the inside secretary, district Justice of the Peace, the Islamabad inspector normal (IG) and the Adiala Jail’s superintendent as respondents within the case.

Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri took up Pervaiz Elahi’s plea immediately. Within the written order, a replica of which is out there with, the decide stated that it had been established that the detention order had been handed with none lawful authority and was prima facie in violation of the directives issued by the LHC.

It stated that the order was suspended and Pervaiz was ordered to be launched “forthwith” if he was not required in every other case.

“The petitioner is directed to make sure that after being launched from jail, he won’t take part in any illegal exercise nor contribute to any exercise dangerous for public security and tranquillity in society,” the order stated.

The order stated that the Islamabad deputy commissioner and Pervaiz ought to seem in individual on the subsequent listening to. The listening to was subsequently adjourned until Tuesday (September 12).

Through the listening to, Elahi’s lawyer, Sardar Abdul Raziq Khan, contended that his shopper had been in jail for the previous three months and questioned how he may have prompted hurt to public order. He additionally learn out the PTI chief’s detention order out loud in courtroom.

“Pervaiz Elahi has not even issued any assertion in 4 months,” the lawyer stated. Khan identified that there was no case registered in opposition to Pervaiz Elahi in Islamabad and he had been discharged from a corruption case.

He stated that Pervaiz Elahi was detained by Islamabad police hours after he was launched by the LHC. At this level, Justice Jahangiri requested if Pervaiz Elahi had taken out any rallies or dedicated any violence, to which the lawyer responded within the damaging.

The lawyer then identified that contempt of courtroom proceedings had been underneath means in opposition to the Islamabad deputy commissioner for issuing such an order in opposition to PTI’s Shehryar Afridi.

Justice Jahangiri then requested the lawyer when Pervaiz Elahi was first arrested, to which Khan stated the PTI chief was first arrested on June 1. The decide noticed that Pervaiz Elahi had been detained for greater than three months.

LHC listening to on contempt proceedings

In the meantime, the LHC ordered for Pervaiz Elahi to be produced within the courtroom tomorrow (Wednesday) and has summoned the Islamabad Chief Commissioner (CC) Mohammad Anwarul Haq and IG Dr Akbar Nasir Khan.

Justice Mirza Waqas Rauf issued the directives whereas listening to a petition filed by Pervaiz Elahi’s spouse, Qaisara Elahi, looking for contempt of courtroom proceedings in opposition to Punjab police officers on grounds of “wilful disobedience”.

On the outset of the listening to immediately, the LHC issued show-cause notices to Punjab IG Dr Usman Anwar and Lahore Capital Metropolis Police Workplace (CCPO) Bilal Siddique Kamyana for not showing in courtroom as they had been summoned yesterday.

It additionally issued show-cause notices to the Rawalpindi chief police officer, the Attock district police officer (DPO), and the Attock District Jail superintendent for contempt of courtroom proceedings in opposition to them.

Through the listening to, Punjab Further Lawyer Basic (AAG) Ghulam Sarwar Nihang recalled that the LHC single-bench had barred authorities from arresting Elahi in any case, and acknowledged that it was not the Punjab police however the Islamabad police who took him into custody.

At this, Justice Rauf requested in regards to the PTI chief’s whereabouts, to which the Nihang replied, “Pervaiz Elahi was moved to Pims on account of ailing well being. From there, he has been shifted to the Islamabad Police Traces.”

Summoning the federal authorities’s consultant from the legal professional normal’s workplace, the LHC adjourned the listening to until 11am.

When the listening to resumed, the federal authorities’s lawyer appeared earlier than the courtroom and was requested on what foundation Pervaiz Elahi had been moved to the Islamabad Police Traces.

He then knowledgeable the courtroom that the IHC has suspended the previous Punjab chief minister’s detention order underneath the MPO ordinance.

“Do you not perceive that this matter is now within the IHC?” the courtroom requested the lawyer, as soon as once more directing that the capital’s CC current Pervaiz Elahi earlier than the courtroom.

The LHC famous that the order to provide Pervaiz Elahi earlier than the courtroom had already been issued and it was giving any new directives, including that implementation of the courtroom orders was needed.

Right here, AAG Nihang opposed producing Pervaiz Elahi earlier than the courtroom, stating that the single-bench order has been challenged.

Subsequently, the LHC sought CC Haq and IG Khan to look earlier than the courtroom in a private capability tomorrow together with Pervaiz Elahi.

Ch Pervaiz Elahi rushed to PIMS

Pervaiz Elahi additionally underwent totally different assessments on the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) on Monday after his “well being deteriorated” in Attock Jail.

Dr Mubashir Daha, the spokesperson for Pims, knowledgeable that the previous Punjab chief minister was examined by medical doctors of the hospital’s emergency ward and he was in good well being.

“He was dropped at the hospital for a routine check-up on account of which blood stress was checked and a few lab assessments had been additionally performed. He was in good well being so no medical board was established,” he added.

After examination, the previous chief minister was shifted again to the jail underneath strict safety.

In keeping with jail sources, Pervaiz Elahi had complained about his well being situation to the jail authorities on Monday morning.

Subsequently, a three-member medical crew, headed by medical superintendent of Attock District Hospital Dr Jawad Elahi, examined the PTI chief and referred him to Pims for additional examination and assessments.

Timeline of arrests and rearrests

Ch Pervaiz Elahi was first taken into custody on June 1, 2023, from outdoors his Lahore residence by the Anti-Corruption Institution (ACE) for allegedly taking kickbacks in growth tasks.

The subsequent day, he was discharged by a Lahore courtroom however was rearrested by the ACE in an analogous case registered in its Gujran­wala area. Nonetheless, a Gujranwala courtroom had then discharged him on June 3 in two corruption instances pertaining to the embezzlement of funds.

However, even after being discharged, the ACE then rearrested Pervaiz Elahi for “unlawful recruitments” within the Punjab Meeting.

On June 9, a particular anti-corruption courtroom had given the ACE a “final alternative” to current the document of the unlawful appointments case.

The identical day, the Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB) got here into motion and initiated one other inquiry in opposition to Pervaiz Elahi for his alleged involvement in embezzlement in growth tasks in Gujrat and Mandi Bahauddin.

After a classes courtroom on June 12 had put aside a judicial Justice of the Peace’s resolution of Elahi’s acquittal within the embezzlement case, the following day, a judicial Justice of the Peace once more despatched him to judicial lockup after the LHC suspended the stated order of the classes courtroom.

On June 20, Pervaiz Elahi lastly secured reduction from an anti-corruption courtroom in Lahore however couldn’t be launched from jail as orders for his launch weren’t delivered to the jail administration.

The identical day, the FIA booked him, his son Moonis Elahi and three others on fees of cash laundering.

Subsequently, the following day, the FIA took him into custody from jail and he was despatched to jail on a 14-day judicial remand within the cash laundering case.

On June 26, a Lahore district courtroom once more despatched Elahi to jail on a 14-day judicial remand in reference to a cash laundering case, shortly after the FIA arrested him from outdoors the Camp Jail.

Then on July 4, a Lahore anti-terrorism courtroom had dismissed Elahi’s post-arrest bail plea as not maintainable in a case of attacking a police crew that raided his home to arrest him in an inquiry by the ACE.

A few week later, the LHC instructed Inspector Basic of Prisons Mian Farooq to deal with the PTI president’s complaints concerning the dearth of fundamental services supplied to him in jail.

On July 12, an FIA plea in opposition to the denial of Pervaiz Elahi’s bodily remand in a case of unexplained banking transactions was dismissed by a Lahore classes courtroom.

Two days later, the LHC had restrained the police and the ACE from arresting the previous Punjab chief minister in any undisclosed case. Nonetheless, he was then detained at Lahore’s Camp Jail underneath Part 3 of the MPO.

Upon the completion of the MPO detention, the Lahore NAB crew took Pervaiz Elahi into custody from the Adiala Jail in a graft case on August 14.

On September 1, he was rearrested by the Islamabad police hours after the LHC had ordered his launch within the graft case.


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Verified refugees shouldn’t be jailed: IHC



The Islamabad Excessive Court docket (IHC) has requested the federal authorities to ascertain a mechanism in accordance with Article 31 of the Refugee Conference, 1951.

This mechanism ought to allow refugees to voluntarily report upon arrival in Pakistan that they search refuge and want to register with the United Nations Excessive Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to hunt asylum in a 3rd nation.

“It should even be famous that in a case the place the state has initially registered an FIR [First Information Report] below the Foreigners Act, [1946] however has subsequently verified by means of the instrumentality of [the] UNHCR that the foreigner in query is a bona fide and legit refugee searching for asylum in a 3rd nation, the state is just not a hapless bystander.

“Upon verification of the refugee standing of a foreigner by [the] UNCHR, the refugee should not be saved incarcerated like an below trial prisoner,” mentioned a 21-page order authored by IHC decide Babar Sattar.
An Afghan lady, Rahil Azizi, had moved the IHC towards registration of a FIR towards her below the Foreigners Act, 1946 for coming into Pakistan with out a visa.

The IHC quashed the FIR towards Rahil, noting that the Structure grants the precise of asylum. It instructed the Ministry of Inside to concern a no-objection certificates (NOC) to the Afghan lady for touring to Australia, which has issued a visa to her.

The court docket requested the federal government to make preparations to lodge refugees independently or in affiliation with the UNHCR in order that till recognition of their refugee standing and choice on asylum functions, such refugees are usually not locked up in prisons.

“The federal government should additionally body SOPs [Standard Operating Procedures] to direct police authorities to launch an accused refugee [booked] below Part 169 of CrPC [Code of Criminal Procedure]…
“Or [it should] file an applicable report below Part 173 of CrPC or file an applicable utility below Part 494 of CrPC forthwith to withdraw from the prosecution of the foreigner, relying on the stage within the case in query, as soon as the refugee standing of the foreigner has been acknowledged by UNHCR and his utility for grant of asylum is below course of or has been accredited.

“This can be sure that a foreigner searching for refuge is just not unnecessarily charged, and the place the cost has been framed, such foreigner will be acquitted in respect of any offence below the Foreigners Act, [1946] that he/she has been charged with.”

It mentioned the Ministry of Inside can concern an applicable exit allow to allow such foreigners to journey to the nation that has granted them asylum.

“Facilitating the settlement of a refugee in a 3rd nation wouldn’t simply burnish the credentials of Pakistan as a polity that understands the plight of refugees, on condition that it has shouldered the burden of refugee settlement from neighboring nations.

“It might even be a wise public coverage selection to cut back litigation and stop additional burdening of the legal justice system with pointless trials,” the decision mentioned.

Rahil Azizi claimed that she was working for the Afghan police for 5 years below the erstwhile Afghan Nationwide Authorities. In August 2021, the Kabul administration fell and the Taliban wrested again management of Afghanistan and shaped a brand new authorities.

Many civilians in addition to officers working with regulation enforcement businesses below the earlier authorities feared for his or her lives resulting from regime change within the aftermath of a violent civil conflict.

To avoid wasting her life, Rahil escaped to Pakistan by crossing the border. She, nevertheless, didn’t have a visa to enter Pakistan and had no time to hunt one, given the safety scenario in Afghanistan in August 2021.
Rahil approached the police in Islamabad and narrated her story.

She was produced earlier than Potohar Assistant Commissioner and was initially despatched to a darul amaan.

Subsequently, the Federal Investigation Company (FIA) registered an FIR towards her for an offence below Part 14(2) of the Foreigners Act, 1946and despatched her to Adiala Jail.

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Common elections to be held in final week of January: ECP



  • Announcement exceeds Nov 6 deadline instructed by President by greater than two months
  • Fee additionally writes letters to CSs, ICT chief commissioner concerning preparatory actions for polls

ISLAMABAD: Falling in need of mentioning actual date, the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday introduced common elections within the nation can be held within the final week of January 2024.

The much-anticipated announcement, although lacks a selected date for the elections, exceeds the Nov 6 deadline instructed by President Arif Alvi by greater than two months.

In an announcement, the election fee mentioned that it reviewed work on delimiting constituencies and determined that the preliminary record for the delimitation of constituencies can be printed on September 27.

After listening to objections and ideas concerning the train, the ultimate record can be issued on November 30, the fee mentioned. It mentioned that polls can be held within the final week of January following the completion of a 54-day election marketing campaign programme.

Instantly after the event was introduced, Pakistan’s dollar-denominated authorities bonds slipped by as a lot as 1 cent.

Many of the sovereign bonds slid decrease, however the 2031 maturity fell by essentially the most with of drop of simply over 1 cent. The nation faces a funding crunch and is extensively anticipated to want a longer-term assist programme from the Worldwide Financial Fund after the election.

The announcement comes a day after the ECP mentioned it had scheduled a gathering with political events subsequent month to debate the code of conduct for common elections.

In line with the ECP, a draft code of conduct has been shared with political events to get their suggestions earlier than finalising the foundations of the sport.

The draft code says political events, contesting candidates and election brokers shall not propagate any opinion, or act in any method prejudicial to the ideology of Pakistan, or the sovereignty, integrity or safety of Pakistan, or morality or public order, or the integrity or independence of the judiciary of Pakistan, or which defames or brings into ridicule any authorities establishment together with the judiciary and the armed forces.

The ECP had dominated out elections this 12 months, citing the necessity for contemporary delimitation of constituencies following the notification of the most recent 2023 digital census.

Because the Nationwide Meeting was dissolved three days earlier than the top of its constitutional time period, Article 224 of the Structure mandates that elections be held inside 90 days of the dissolution of the meeting by November 7.

However on the similar time, Part 17(2) of the Elections Act states that “the fee shall delimit constituencies after each census is formally printed.”

Over the last spherical of consultations with the ECP, political events took totally different positions on the timing for elections with some highlighting the necessity for contemporary delimitation and others — notably the PTI and PPP — calling for holding polls inside the constitutional timeframe.


ECP seeks DCs’ assist in election preparations

In the meantime, the ECP has written a letter to the chief secretaries of the 4 provinces and the chief commissioner of Islamabad, apprising them of the upcoming elections and the graduation of preparatory actions by the electoral watchdog on this regard.

“Article 220 of the Structure supplies that each one government authorities within the Federation in addition to within the provinces are certain to help the ECP and the chief election commissioner in discharge of its perform,” the letter despatched to all chief secretaries by the ECP mentioned.

Article 220 of the Structure reads: “It shall be the responsibility of all government authorities within the federation and within the provinces to help the commissioner and the Election Fee within the discharge of his or their features.”

The letter additional directed the chief secretaries to instruct deputy commissioners to help district election commissioners and promptly implement a number of measures. The measures embody offering administrative and logistical assist, making certain the provision of ample safe cupboard space for each delicate and non-sensitive election supplies, together with tablets for returning officers, and facilitating bulk breaking of supplies on the district stage.

It additionally emphasised the significance of offering enough safety for the cupboard space.

President Alvi CEC

Final month, President Alvi had invited Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja for a gathering to “repair an acceptable date” for common elections.

In his letter to the CEC, the president quoted Article 244 of the Structure, saying he was duty-bound to get the elections performed inside the prescribed 90-day interval as soon as the Nationwide Meeting is dissolved prematurely.

However a current modification to the Elections Act 2017 empowered the ECP to announce the dates for polls unilaterally with out having to seek the advice of the president.

Citing this modification to the regulation, the CEC responded to the president, saying that taking part in a gathering with him to resolve the election date can be of “scant significance”.

Subsequently, the president sought the regulation ministry’s recommendation on the matter, and the ministry communicated to the president that the powers to announce the ballot date rested with the ECP.

Earlier this month, the president wrote one other letter to the CEC and, citing constitutional necessities, proposed that elections be held by November 6.

The letter got here in opposition to the backdrop of stories that the president would unilaterally announce a date for the elections. However opposite to the mentioned stories, analysts mentioned that the missive was only a suggestion and never a declaration of the election date.


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Rural Youth Summit contributes to empowering youth within the digital age 



PESHAWAR: The three-day Rural Youth Summit got here to a convincing conclusion with the enthusiastic and exuberant participation of girls neighborhood members from the Pakistan Neighborhood Help Venture (PCSP) implementation areas. The feminine college students from the colleges and faculties significantly based mostly in Khyber, Peshawar, Nowshera, and the adjoining areas had been additionally in attendance. The RYS is a collaboration of the Authorities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the World Financial institution to supply a transformative platform for younger folks, each women and men, to discover and enrich their future growth alternatives. 

The RYS crew comprising the PCSP and World Financial institution representatives designed the occasion that comprised partaking panel discussions and mentoring periods with key consultants to enlighten the youth concerning the boundless potential of digital know-how, together with alternatives to startup their very own companies. A particular focus was given to the empowerment of girls, with feminine audio system sharing their inspiring tales. 

One of many keynote audio system, Samar Khan, knowledgeable bicycle owner, and founding father of Samar Camp, impressed the feminine audiences together with her journey and said, “Every part is feasible if we pursue our dream. There isn’t any distinction between women and men, and all of us are equally succesful”. A number of girls position fashions, public influencers, startup house owners, and social changemakers had been invited on the third day who spoke to the audiences concerning their private journey on the subject of the experiences, challenges, and alternatives that they’ve had. 

The audio system included a famend record of girls leaders from totally different sectors together with Shamama Arbab co-founder Euro Industries, Aasia Khan the caretaker minister for Social Welfare, Ayesha Khan from Hashoo Basis, Kiran Shah from KSB Calligraphy, amongst different eminent audio system and consultants. The three-day occasion can be filled with partaking panel discussions on very important subjects with consultants of their respective fields, offering publicity to new applied sciences which can be on show, together with augmented actuality and synthetic intelligence, in addition to reside workshops led by a few of the most sought-after tech professionals coming from throughout Pakistan. 

The RYS, hosted by the Pakistan Neighborhood Help Venture has witnessed the enthusiastic participation of 1000’s of younger women and men from all components of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa who had been imparted with invaluable private experiences, supplied with skilled alternatives, and engaged in digital actions. One of many feminine college students from Nowshera who visited the RYS shared, “We skilled such an occasion for the primary time and realized loads concerning the digital world, serving to us to grasp methods to set up our companies on-line.” One other scholar from Khyber who was additionally current on the RYS said that they’d restricted data concerning the newest applied sciences and lots of extra had been unfamiliar with them. By becoming a member of this summit, they affirmed that they acknowledged that lives have grow to be extremely handy with know-how.

As a testomony to the summit’s resounding success, the PCSP additionally gave acknowledge certificates and different giveaways to the neighborhood individuals and RYS attendees. The RYS may even go a good distance in empowering the younger entrepreneurs and budding startups from Khyber, Peshawar, Nowshera, and the adjoining areas to additional push the boundaries of the digital panorama. The RYS has confirmed to be an eye-opening expertise, successfully bridging the hole between rural communities and the prevalence of digital alternatives.

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