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Day: August 11, 2022

PHC bars FIA from probing Asad Qaiser in prohibited funding case

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Thursday stopped the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) from taking action against the former speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser. In the Peshawar High Court, a hearing was held on the application related to FIA’s inquiry in the prohibited funding case while Asad Qaiser appeared in the court. The court, in the order, asked the FIA what were the directions that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has issued to the body regarding the probe. The PHC asked the FIA whether the federal government asked it to probe the PTI leaders. It also asked the FIA whether the probing under the Political Parties Order 2022 comes under the ambit of the body. The high court also asked the FIA whether the summoning of the former NA speaker was based on...

Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s top official meets FM Bilawal

ISLAMABAD: The Director of the Executive Committee of the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO-RATS), Ruslan Mirzaev, called on Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari at the Foreign Office, Thursday. The Foreign Minister warmly welcomed the Director and his delegation to Pakistan and reaffirmed Pakistan's commitment to the goals and purposes of the SCO Charter and the ‘Shanghai Spirit.’ The Foreign Minister underscored the importance of regional platforms such as SCO-RATS to promote coordinated efforts in countering terrorism and extremism. He stressed that no country can single-handedly solve complex peace and security issues in the region and highlighted the need for developing common approaches to address persistent as well as emerging chall...

Closure of Maritime Affairs Minister’s two Karachi offices ordered

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs, Senator Syed Faisal Ali Subzwari has ordered closure of Minister's Office from Karachi Port Trust (KPT) and Port Qasim Authority (PQA) in Karachi. Subzwari directed two of the departments of Ministry of Maritime Affairs; KPT and PQA to close down the office for minister from there head offices. “I have decided to shut down the minister’s offices at KPT and PQA. There is no need of these offices, as it is a sheer waste of money and resources of the government", he said. The Ministry of Maritime Affairs is based in Islamabad at Pakistan Secretariat. Currently, there are four offices for the Minister for Maritime Affairs; one in Islamabad and three in Karachi - each in KPT, PQA and Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC). In a b...

Police take Gill’s driver’s wife, relative into custody

ISLAMABAD: Police on Thursday took wife of PTI leader Shahbaz Gill's driver into custody during raid at the house of latter in a bid to recover his mobile phone for investigation purposes. Izhar, the driver of Gill, had already fled away when police conducted raid to arrest him. However, the police took his wife and a relative into custody. According to the police, Gill told them that he handed over his mobile to his driver at the time of arrest. They said that Izhar’s wife and brother-in-law attacked the personnel of law enforcement agency and tore their uniform. Both Izhar's wife and relative were also booked with the Aabpara police over charges of creating hurdles in the official work during the raid. Earlier, the police secured two-day physical remand of Shahbaz Gill who was book...

National Karate team departs for Iran

ISLAMABAD: A 24-member National Karate team was scheduled to leave for Iran on Thursday to participate in the second IKD Asia Karate Championship. The 2nd IKD Asia Karate Championship will be held in the city of Isfahan in Iran from 14 to 19 August. The teams from Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Oman and other countries are participating in the championship. The national team will participate in the Asian Championship under the supervision of its President/Chief Instructor Jalaluddin. The national squad includes five female and 19 male players and officials. The national team includes Hamza Nawaz minus 30 kg weight category, Tanzeela Nawaz minus 35 kg weight category, Hamad minus 35 kg weight category, Z...

Awais appointed AG Punjab for third time

LAHORE: A senior lawyer of the Supreme Court and Lahore High Court Ahmad Awais has been appointed Advocate General of Punjab (AGP) for the third time, it emerged Thursday. According to the report, Punjab Governor Balighur Rehman approved the government’s summary of the appointment of Ahmad Awais as Advocate General Punjab. After the approval of the Punjab Governor, the notification of the appointment of Ahmad Awais has been issued by the Secretary of Law. Awais is a Managing Partner of Awais Law (company) since its inception in 1972. He has a broad and extensive practice in complex litigation and arbitration matters, including the constitution, civil, criminal, securities, banking, labour, services, corporate criminal investigations, and white-collar crime. He got a degree of B.A,...