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Fawad Chaudhry arrested, taken to unknown place: wife

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Former federal minister Fawad Chaudhry was arrested in Islamabad on Saturday, confirmed the former PTI leader’s wife.

Hiba Chaudhry took to X (formerly Twitter) this afternoon to announce that her husband was arrested, adding that his whereabouts were “unknown”.

As per another post of a private tv channel on X, Fawad’s brother, Faisal Chaudhry, had also confirmed the news.

Hearing a plea filed against the former information minister’s arrest and seeking his recovery, magistrate of the Kohsar police station, Ahmed Shehzad Gondal, directed the police to submit a report regarding the matter.

Read Court suspends ECP’s warrant against Fawad

This is the second time in this year that the former Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader has been arrested. Chaudhry’s arrest also comes a day after another senior PTI leader, Asad Qaiser, was arrested from his residence.

In September this year, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had dismissed the former information minister’s petition to nullify the contempt case against him by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

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Fawad had challenged the ECP’s action against him on two forums. He had also issued a verbal apology to the ECP in July when a four-member commission headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja was presiding over the contempt proceedings.

Following the May 9 riots, the senior politician parted ways with the PTI and its chairman Imran Khan.

“[With] ref[erence] to my earlier statement where I unequivocally condemned 9th May incidents, I have decided to take a break from politics, therefore, I have resigned from party position and parting ways from Imran Khan,” he wrote on his official Twitter handle.



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SC urges accountability of martial law-endorsing judges

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ISLAMABAD:

The Supreme Court on Tuesday observed that those judges who gave way to martial laws in the country should also be held accountable, with Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa emphasising that it was necessary to go into the past and plan better for the future to become a nation.

The conduct of such judges came up during of the appeal against the conviction of former military ruler the late Gen Pervez Musharraf before a four-member bench led by Chief Justice Isa and comprising Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, Justice Aminuddin Khan, and Justice Athar Minallah.

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Giving arguments via video link, Sindh High Court Bar Association (SHCBA) representative Rasheed A Rizvi brought the issue of judges’ conduct to the court’s notice.

He pleaded the court that action should be taken against those who justified Musharraf’s actions.

The chief justice said that “if we want to become a nation”, the future path must corrected by looking at the past.

“Reward and punishment will also go upward,” he said. “Lawyer should tell me why the pictures of the judges who broke the Constitution are hung here. Why should the judge point out?”

Justice Manullah remarked that the judges who showed the way to martial law should also be held accountable.

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He added that this same court gave way to the Oct 12 action by Gen Musharraf. “Judges who declared Musharraf’s martial law legal should also be tried,” he said.

“Why was the action taken only on Nov 3 action,” the judge asked, referring to the high treason charge against late Musharraf.

Read also: Late Musharraf’s death penalty still intact: SC

“If action will be taken only on the attack on the judges on Nov 3, then the question of fair trial will arise,” he continued.

“Was the attack on the judges more serious than dissolving the assemblies and suspending the Constitution?” he said, asking Advocate Razvi how far deep he wanted to go into the past.

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“We must speak the truth.”

The chief justice pointed out that the media was also responsible and that they should also be held accountable.

“Tell me how many journalists were against martial law? We should learn from history and our children should also be taught.”

Justice Minullah said that there was history that whenever someone was strong, no one spoke against him but when the power of the strong declined, then came Asma Jilani’s case decision, a reference to the Supreme Court judgment that Gen Yahya Khan’s martial law in 1972 was illegal.

Musharraf, who dismissed the then Nawaz Sharif government in 1999, was tried for high treason by a special court for his unconstitutional step of imposing emergency in the country and suspending the constitution on Nov 3, 2007. He also dismissed several judges of the superior judiciary.

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In 2019, the former military ruler, who was in Dubai at that time for treatment, was convicted of high treason and awarded the death penalty.

In the meantime, the Lahore High Court (LHC) had declared the special court that had tried Musharraf illegal.

Read: SC hears Musharraf’s appeals against death penalty

Appeals against both those decisions were pending before the apex court, when Musharraf passed away in Dubai in February this year.

During Tuesday’s hearing, the chief justice said that if the special court verdict was not mentioned in the LHC ruling, then Musharraf’s punishment remained intact.

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Chief Justice Isa remarked that when the LHC gave its decision, the special court had pronounced its decision and the LHC did not say anything on the decision of the special court. Then what was the need for an academic exercise, he asked.

Justice Minallah remarked that late Musharraf also believed that even after the LHC decision, the decision of the special court remained intact, therefore, he had challenged the decision in the Supreme Court.

To a court query, Musharraf’s lawyer Salman Safdar said the LHC decision was not a decision.

The court asked the defence counsel if he had any contact with the heirs of Musharraf.

The layer replied he tried but he could not contact them.

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Justice Mansoor remarked that Musharraf’s pension and other benefits would also be affected if his sentence was upheld by the apex court.

Safdar sought time for contacting Musharraf’s family and asked for a date after the holidays. The court then adjourned the hearing till Jan 10.



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Father of girl killed for ‘honour’ arrested in Kohistan

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Police in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) on Tuesday arrested the father of the girl who was allegedly killed in the name of “honour” in Kohistan, officials said.

The suspect Arsala was presented before a local court which granted a seven-day physical remand. Three suspected accomplices, believed to have aided and advised the accused, have also been taken into custody.

On Sunday, a young girl was murdered and another rescued by the police in a case involving a viral video in which both the girls could be seen dancing with local boys.

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The girl was killed in the Barsharyal village of Kohistan’s Palas — 150km northwest of Mansehra — allegedly by her own family members on orders issued by a local jirga.

Read More: Husband held over honour killing of wife

The boys featured in the video, which went viral on social media around four days ago, had gone into hiding.

According to details, in the case registered under sections 114, 15AA, 302/311/109/34 PPC at Palas police station on November 28, 2023, the arrested suspect, Arsala, son of Mohsin, belonging to the Barsharyal tribe, was presented before the senior sessions judge/ Palas Assistant Commissioner.

Read More: CM orders inquiry into Kohistan girl’s killing

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The police had requested a 10-day physical remand for further investigation, but the judge approved a seven-day remand. The accused will be interrogated further in connection with the case.

Three other alleged accomplices in this gruesome murder have also been arrested. Among them, one is Arsala’s brother, one is his uncle’s son, and the third is a close relative. They have been apprehended on charges of abetment and will be presented before the court for physical remand.

Meanwhile, the boy, identified as Rahmat Shah, who featured in the viral images, has been rescued safely by the local police from Barsharyal.

The police had recorded his statement, and he will be presented in court for further legal proceedings.

Police teams are actively present in Barsharyal, conducting a thorough investigation into the matter.

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PM Kakar arrives in Kuwait on two-day official visit

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KUWAIT:

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar on Tuesday arrived in Kuwait on a two-day official visit to meet the brotherly country’s leadership.

Upon his arrival at the airport, Kuwait’s Minister for Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy Dr Jassim Mohammed Abdullah Al-Ostad received the prime minister, PM Office said in a press release.

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Pakistan Ambassador to Kuwait Malik Muhammad Farooq and other senior diplomatic officials were also present on the occasion.

Read more: Investment worth $10b on the cards

During his visit, the premier will meet Crown Prince of Kuwait Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmed Al-Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

During the visit, a new era of economic and economic cooperation between the two countries will begin. 

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A number of MoUs will be signed for mutual cooperation in various sectors including manpower, information technology, minerals and mining, food security, energy and defence, it was further added.

As a traditional Kuwaiti welcoming gesture, the caretaker prime minister was also presented “Kahwa” upon his arrival.

Earlier this month, the interim federal cabinet gave the nod to seven memorandum of understanding (MoUs) with Kuwait for an investment worth $10 billion.

The MoUs would be signed by PM Kakar during the visit.

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The MoUs will be inked for projects in various fields, including expansion of water reservoirs, mining facilities, protection and expansion of mangrove forests for coastal areas, investment in IT sector and food security.

The MoUs between the two countries became possible due to the efforts made by the Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC), according to a statement issued by the PM Office earlier.

It added that the interim premier, who chaired the meeting in the federal capital, and his cabinet members appreciated the efforts of the SIFC and the relevant ministries.

The caretaker prime minister issued directions to the federal authorities concerned to ensure cooperation with the provinces for early and fair execution of the projects.

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