MQM Chief still banned from making speeches – SC

(By Sohail Khan) Justice Qazi Faiz Isa says nobody can be deprived of freedom of expression if made in a right manner; if someone makes speeches against the State, it’s govt’s responsibility to take notice.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the decision of Lahore High Court (LHC) restricting the media from broadcasting or publishing . . . → Read More: MQM Chief still banned from making speeches – SC

Prime Minister Orders for Nandipur Power Project Audit

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered two separate audits — one by an audit firm of international repute and the other by the auditor general of Pakistan – into matters relating to the 525MW Nandipur power project.

Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal said at a news conference here on Monday that the prime . . . → Read More: Prime Minister Orders for Nandipur Power Project Audit

First woman in Pakistan to be executed

(By Rana Tanveer) Fifty-four-year-old Kanizan may in time claim the dubious distinction of being the first woman to be executed.

In her ardour for the love of one man, Kanizan has now languished in jail for 26 years. A resident of Toba Tek Singh, Kanizan was handed the death penalty for seven murders that she . . . → Read More: First woman in Pakistan to be executed

How USA managed to import extremism

Conservatives told America they were bringing democracy abroad. They imported extremism instead.

“ Today I’m going to speak in depth about another vital element of our strategy: our efforts to help the Iraqi people build a lasting democracy in the heart of the Middle East.” ~George W. Bush, December 12, 2005

Water is scarce in . . . → Read More: How USA managed to import extremism

PAT supporter block parliament

Thousands of Pakistani protesters tried to blockade parliament on Wednesday after an anti-government cleric told them not to allow anyone in or out, with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inside at the time, but the lawmakers left by a back entrance.

The protesters have taken to the streets of Islamabad for five days, led . . . → Read More: PAT supporter block parliament

SC disappointed over 20-year delay in payment

LAHORE: Supreme Court Wednesday expressed serious dismay over non-provision of pension to a forest department employee retired 20 years ago and summoned secretary for forest to explain the delay.

Amanullah, 85, filed a contempt of court petition complaining that his pension had not been released despite a court’s order. Petitioner said he retired in 1994 . . . → Read More: SC disappointed over 20-year delay in payment

AGP fails to appear before SC

The Supreme Court on Monday expressed annoyance over Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) for not appearing before it in a case related to the government’s review petition against the SC’s December 5, 2013 verdict.

The apex court on Dec 5 had put a ban on transfer . . . → Read More: AGP fails to appear before SC

A case against the violation of merit

This is apropos to the news items: “Retirees’ reappointment goes against SC orders” (April 13). No doubt the reappointment of retired officials on contracts is a serious issue and a clear-cut violation of apex court’s orders and also of merit of deserving candidates who are waiting for their promotion.

The recent . . . → Read More: A case against the violation of merit

SC: If not food provide them with poison

The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday said if the government could not provide flour to the masses, it should give them rat-killing pills.

A three-member apex court bench, presided over by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, made these remarks during the course of the hearing of JI Secretary General Liaquat Baloch’s petition against the growing prices . . . → Read More: SC: If not food provide them with poison

Academics, writers decry Penguin’s withdrawal of Doniger’s book ‘The Hindus’

Eminent academics, writers and lawyers have come out strongly against the withdrawal of American academic Wendy Doniger’s book, The Hindus: An Alternative History, following a settlement between publisher Penguin and petitioner Shiksha Bachao Andolan Samiti on Tuesday.

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