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.

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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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Electoral process in Pakistan flawed: Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: The first step towards saving Pakistan has to be fixing the country’s electoral process, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairperson Imran Khan said on Tuesday.

Imran was talking to the media outside the Supreme Court, where he stressed that the current political setup favours the corrupt and allows them a place in the assemblies.

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31 Jul 2009 ruling was biased: Musharraf

A large number of senior lawyers had gathered inside courtroom No. 1 on Wednesday to observe Sharifuddin Pirzada, General (retd) Pervez Musharraf’s leading counsel in the review petition against the top court’s July 31, 2009 judgment, in action. . . . → Read More: 31 Jul 2009 ruling was biased: Musharraf

Questioning minority seats

Representatives for minority groups have called for an overhaul of the process of election for reserved seats in parliament, arguing that the process of allocating these seats contravenes minority communities’ fundamental rights.

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Supreme Court’s discrimination against media channels

Journalists, politicians and lawyers have decried ‘discrimination’ by the Supreme Court on Wednesday after the court staff gave only one news channel access to the full-court reference in honour of outgoing chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

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