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Reply sought from govt on pleas against non-party elections LAHORE: The Lahore High Court Thursday seeking reply from federal and provincial governments on petitions challenging local body elections in Cantonment Boards on non-party basis and other connected matters summoned attorney general of Pakistan for April 3.The court also directed petitioners who had challenged non-party elections to approach the Apex Court.Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah passed the orders while hearing eight-petitions filed by Naeem Ahmad and others.Earlier, the petitioner's counsel arguing before the court submitted that local body elections in Cantonments were being held on non-party basis which was a violation of Articles 140 (A), 17 (2) and 25 of the Constitution.Another counsel submitted that the authorities concerned did not carry out new delimitations for the local body elections in Cantonment Boards which was against the rules.At this, a deputy attorney general remarked that the Apex court did not issue a clear order in its verdict.However, the court observed that ...

Nobody can dare to abolish blasphemy law: Ashrafi LAHORE: Politics on blasphemy law is deplorable and no body can dare to abolish this law. These views were expressed by Pakistan Ulema Council central chairman Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi while talking to leaders of Qaumi Masalehati Council here on Thursday.He said that masajid and madaris would sustain till the last day. He said there was no danger to the blasphemy law in Pakistan, however, all schools of thought were against the misuse of ...
SC disposes of 10,942 cases during July 01, 2014 to March 14 ISLAMABAD: A Full Court meeting was held here on Thursday in the Supreme Court of Pakistan under the Chairmanship of Chief Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk and it was noted that during the period from July 01, 2014 to March 14 the Court decided 10,942 cases against the institution of 10,291 cases, leaving total pendency of 22276 cases.The Full Court meeting was attended by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, Justice Asif ...
NA passes Federal Employees Benevolent Fund, Group Insurance Bill ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Thursday passed 'The Federal Employees Benevolent Fund and Group Insurance (First Amendment) Bill 2013 aiming to remove the age limit fund beneficiaries from 70 years.The Bill was moved by State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed. According to statement of objects and reasons a monthly Benevolent Grant is provided to the family members of an employees, who dies upto the age of 70 years whereas the grants under other ...
IHC adjourns hearing on Ex Wing Commander's plea ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday directed the registrar office to fix the petition of Ex Wing Commander who faced court-martial after Kamra base attacks, to concerned bench.Justice Shaukat Aziz Saddiqui took up the petition filed by the former Wing Commander Muhammad Amir, challenging his court- martial after PAF Kamra attacks.Counsel for the petitioner Inam ur Raheem apprised the court that the case was being heard by Justice Aamir Farooq previously but last day ...
IHC expresses dissatisfaction over Ministry's report ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday expressed dissatisfaction over the report submitted by Ministry of Water and Power in a petition filed by Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI), challenging excessive electricity bills by distribution companies.The court also directed the amicus curiae to submit their report on next hearing.Justice Athar Minallah heard the petition filed by the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) seeking to declare the overbilling illegal, null and void.The court observed that an ...
LHC upholds conviction of terrorists LAHORE: A Lahore High Court division bench Thursday upheld convictions of eight terrorists in two different explosives material cases. Safeer Ahmad alias Azeem who was involved in a number of terrorist activities and had a Rs 1 million bounty on his head, Mufti Sagher Ahmed, Ghulam Qadir, Muhammad Yasir, Muhammad Siddique, Abdul Moeed, Ubaidullah Asghar and Syed Muhammad Masood had challenged their convictions through appeals.In December, 2007, An anti-terrorism court (ATC) awarded 14-years imprisonment to ...


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