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LHC bars interior ministry from chairing NADRA meetings

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LAHORE: Interior Ministry Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan was on Tuesday barred by the Lahore High Court (LHC) from chairing meetings of National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) until further notice.

According to a senior official of the interior ministry, the court also restrained deputy chairman of the authority from working.

“The orders came as Chief Justice of Lahore’s top court Syed Mansoor Ali Shah heard a petition filed by Awais-ur-Rehman Advocate regarding the deputation of eight members at NADRA authority board,” the official said adding, “Justice Shah remarked that the court would not let [anyone] undermine the independence of institutions.”

The petitioner upheld that NADRA Ordinance does not allow the interior minister to chair meetings of the board.

“Despite this, meetings of the board are held with Nisar in the chair,” Rehman stated in the petition.

The petitioner also maintained that Chaudhry Nisar was using NADRA for his “political purposes and influencing the authority by chairing its meetings.”




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Absar Alam relinquishes charge as Pemra Chief after LHC decision!

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ISLAMABAD:  Following LHC decision today Absar Alam has relinquished charge as chairman PEMRA.

According to details, announcing the judgment over a petition filed by a citizen challenging appointment of Absar Alam as Pemra chairman LHC held that his appointment as was illegal.

Sources privy to Newspakistan.tv have informed that earlier LHC had dismissed Pemra counsel’s request apropos time to present records apropos legality of Absar Alam’s appointment.

Court has ordered that new PEMRA chairman be appointed within thirty days.

It is pertinent to mention here that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had appointed Absar Alam back in 2015 as Pemra chairman.

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COAS to brief Senate over security situation!

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ISLAMABAD: COAS will be briefing *Senate’s Committee of the Whole apropos the emerging national security paradigm for Pakistan with respect to recent (foreign) visits/developments on Tuesday (19th of December) at 10am.

It is pertinent to mention here that the scheduled in-camera meeting that would be the first in the country’s parliamentary history was scheduled after senators expressed concern over the ToRs of the IMCTC and demanded that lawmakers should be apprised about details of the alliance.

According to details Director General Military Operations will also brief the committee.

* The entire Senate will be acting as a committee.

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IS claims responsibility of suicide bomb attack/firing on Quetta church that killed ten, injured 57

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M. M. ALAM

QUETTA: A  tragedy of colossal nature was evaded today when police effectively stopped four suicide bombers outside Bethel Memorial Methodist Church harboring a congregation of some 400 here on Zarghoon Road.

According to details four suicide bombers attempted to enter the church but vigilant policemen prevented them from going inside as a result an encounter took place. One of the bombers was shot dead while another blew himself up.

Ten people (including three women) were killed and 57 injured (ten critically) as a result of firing and explosions. Police has declared the Church clear after neutralizing the bombers.

Two terrorists were reportedly seen bolting  the scene of crime with police in hot pursuit. IS has claimed responsibility of the attack holding two plungers from the group had attacked the church.

 

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