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SC allows Mir Badshah Qaisrani to contest the polls from NA-189

The Supreme Court allowed on Monday Mir Badshah Qaisrani to contest the elections from NA-189 as an independent candidate. The court said that in case Qaisrani wins the elections, the notification declaring him the winner will be subject to the court’s decision. Justice Azmat Saeed said the court will examine the case in detail after…

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State Bank tells banks to help pay for dams

  Pakistan’s central bank has instructed commercial banks to work with domestic and overseas donors who are willing to send money to the government fund that will finance the construction of Diamer Basha and Mohmand dams. On Tuesday, the State Bank of Pakistan directed financial institutions to use all transfer channels, including wire transfers, internet…

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SC summons Summit Bank, Sindh Bank and UBL heads in money laundering case

The Supreme Court has ordered the heads of Summit Bank, Sindh Bank and UBL to appear before it in a case involving fake bank accounts. Chief Justice Saqib Nisar asked FIA Director General Bashir Memon to give the court the investigation files. Memon informed the court that the case involved 29 fake accounts on seven…

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SC orders NAB to probe into Nandipur project scam

The Supreme Court has ordered National Accountability Bureau to investigate reports of corruption in Nandipur power project. Chief Justice Saqib Nisar ordered this while hearing a case in Islamabad today (Thursday) pertaining to irregularities in the multi-billion-rupee project. The inquiry should be conducted in the light of former Supreme Court judge Rehmat Hussain Jaffery’s report….

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Affidavit mandatory with nomination papers: SC

The Supreme Court has observed that submission of an affidavit along with nomination papers is mandatory for candidates in upcoming general elections. It was declared by a five member larger bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar. The bench heard a case pertaining to changes in nomination papers….

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SC orders ex-CAA chief’s name be put on ECL

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court Tuesday directed the authorities concerned to put the name of former Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) chief Shujaat Azeem on the Exit Control List (ECL) for his alleged mismanagement in the affairs of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). A three-member SC bench headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar issued the directives in a…

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SC suspends PU syndicate decision to hand over land for grid station

LAHORE: The Supreme Court Saturday has suspended a decision of the Punjab University’s syndicate of handing over of 80 kanals of university land for the construction of a grid station. The court also summoned members of syndicate along with record for April 22 (Sunday). The two-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, passed…

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Incorrect reporting on Nawaz, Maryam speech ‘ban’ angers CJ

Reported by: Zulqarnain Iqbal ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar expressed anger at the incorrect reports ran by some news channels that Lahore High Court had placed a ban on Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz’s speeches.  “Everyone is busy providing his analysis but no one is reading the court order,” said Justice Azmat Saeed. “Where…

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Top court summons Nawaz, Maryam over “anti-judiciary speeches”

The Supreme Court took suo motu notice of the “anti-judiciary speeches” of former PM Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, Maryam Nawaz and issued summons. The Lahore High Court had directed Monday the electronic media watchdog to monitor “anti-judiciary speeches” and decide on complaints filed against Mr Sharif, his daughter and other leaders of the PML-N….

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SC removes Marriyum Aurangzeb from PEMRA chairperson selection body

Ahmed Waleed & Shehzad Ali The Supreme Court removed State Minister for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb from a committee that selects the PEMRA chairperson on Monday. “She is very busy giving statements to the media,” said Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, heading the three-member bench, while hearing the media commission case. “What does the information minister have to…

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Shots fired at Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan’s house in Lahore

Reported by; Zulqarnain Iqbal LAHORE: Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan’s house came under attack as multiple gunshots were fired at his residence two times.  Gunshots were fired twice at Justice Ijaz’s house–once during the previous night and again on Sunday morning. Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar arrived at Justice Ijaz’s house and summoned IG Punjab there. The chief…

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Politicians have feelings too, they deserve to be respected: Saad Rafique

LAHORE: Politicians have feelings and they deserve respect as well, said Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique on Saturday, after attending a hearing at the apex court.  “I am very disheartened today–politicians have feelings too and they deserve to be respected as well,” he said while speaking to media. The chief justice had taken…

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Present Husain Haqqani in one month, Supreme Court tells govt

Reporting by Zulqarnain Iqbal and Shehzad Ali The Supreme Court gave a month’s deadline to the government Wednesday to produce Husain Haqqani The three-judge bench warned that strict action will be taken if the former ambassador to US is not presented before the court within a month. CJP Mian Saqib Nisar is presiding over the…

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SC sends notices to 445 officials whose wives have dual nationality

PHOTO: FILE Reporting by Shehzad Ali The Supreme Court issued notices to 445 officials whose wives have dual nationality The court was hearing the dual nationality suo motu case. The Federal Investigation Agency told the court that the wives of 691 government officials have dual nationality. The CJP asked if the dual nationality clause applies…

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SC orders private medical colleges to return fees exceeding Rs 850,000

LAHORE: The Supreme Court ordered medical colleges across Pakistan to return fees exceeding Rs 850,000 to students, on Saturday.  A two-member bench of the Supreme Court was conducting proceedings of the suo moto case on exorbitant fees charged by medical colleges in Pakistan at the Lahore registry. Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar ordered all medical…

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SC disposes of heart stent case

ISLAMABAD: A three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has disposed of the case pertaining to quality and price of stents used in the treatment of cardiac related diseases. Azhar Kiani, the head of Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology informed the court that the stents will be made available to…

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No legal value of verbal divorce, observes SC judge

Report by: Irfan ul Haq   KARACHI: There is no legal value of verbal divorce, observed Justice Sajjad Ali Shah of the Supreme Court Tuesday. Justice Shah observed this while hearing a divorce case at Karachi Registry of the Supreme Court. The case was filed by a woman seeking expenditure from her former husband Rasheed…

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Contempt of court: SC to indict Daniyal Aziz on March 13

Reported by: Zulqarnain Iqbal ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has decided to indict state minister Daniyal Aziz on March 13 for contempt of court.  Not satisfied with arguments presented by the senior PML-N leader and state minister, the apex court announced its decision to frame charges against Daniyal Aziz. Daniyal Aziz, among other PML-N…

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SC demands response from Imran over allegedly fake NOC

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan demanded a response from PTI chief Imran Khan within one week regarding the alleged fake No Objection Certificate for his Bani Gala land. Proceedings were being conducted at the Supreme Court pertaining to the illegal construction on Bani Gala land during which the chief justice inquired whether Imran Khan…

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Will not respect those who don’t believe in sanctity of vote: Nawaz

KOT MOMIN: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said on Wednesday that his party would not respect those who did not believe in the sanctity of vote and upheld it.  Speaking to party workers after offering his condolences to the family of former MPA Tahir Sindhu, Nawaz Sharif said that it took only five people to…

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SC orders transfer of all cases regarding Hajj policy to IHC

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) decided to transfer all cases regarding Hajj policy to Islamabad High Court (IHC). A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar heard the case on Monday. The court ordered all the cases to be transferred to IHC by this week and ordered the High…

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