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Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that terrorists committed worst barbarity against innocent children and teachers in Peshawar, but due to the sacrifices of the martyrs, the whole nation has united in the war against terrorism.

Anti-PPP parties and growers would stage a sit-in at Toll Plaza Hyderabad on Tuesday against non-implementation of the notified sugarcane rate of Rs 182. Former Sindh Chief Minister, Arbab Ghulam Rahim announced this while addressing a press conference at Magsi House after the meeting of opposition parties including the MQM, PML-F, SUP and others and growers held on Monday.
The Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Khyber Agency's Barar tehsil ended their day-long protest sit-in outside Governor House for early repatriation to their homes, after getting assurances from Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan Abbasi that they would be sent back by mid February.
A special anti-terrorism court here on Monday directed the police to publicise the names of chief of Pakistan Awami Tehreek Dr Tahirul Qadri, his two sons and five others for not joining the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) constituted for the Model Town incident produce them before the court on February 25. The court also issued perpetual warrants of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Secretary General Khurram Nawaz Gandapur and other party leaders in a case registered against them for attacking police during the Model Town incident.
The Lahore High Court here on Monday directed the ministry of foreign affairs to provide an updated list of Pakistanis in US custody in Bagram prison till February 06. The court also asked interior ministry for whereabouts of Saifullah a man released and repatriated from Bagram prison, in Afghanistan till next date of hearing.
The Lahore High Court here on Monday sought reply from Director General of Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) by January 29 in a petition challenging an investigation held into purchase of science equipment for laboratories of Environment Protection Agency (EPA). Former director general of EPA Dr Shagufta Shahjahan contended in her petition that the ACE did not offer her an opportunity of personal hearing. However, she said, the probe report wrongly mentioned that she was heard.
The existing criminal justice system needs to be streamlined to ensure proper implementation of the existing laws otherwise the recently established military courts are no solution to the issue in the long run, legal experts said. After the December 16, 2014 Peshawar school terror attack, the civil and military leadership of the country agreed on the formation of military courts for a period of two years to try terror-related cases.


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