LONDON: Son of Maryam and Safdar Junaid and son of Hussain Nawaz Zakaria were taken into custody by the Police here when they scuffled and punched (reportedly PTI activists) raising slogans in front of Avenfield House o Thursday (12th of July).
They were released after three hours following interviews by police. Taking to the twitter Maryam Safdar claimed that PTI workers manifesting outside their London flat shouted ‘son of a bitch’ every time they saw Junaid. “Hence anyone would have reacted”:
It is pertinent to point out here that Junaid’s father Captain (R) Mohammad Safdar, who was convicted by the accountability court in the Avenfield Scam case on Friday (6th of July) had been arrested by NAB on 11th of July from Rawalpindi. He is presently incarcerated at Adhiala Jail.
Relevant pieces published earlier:
i) NAB has arrested Captain (R) Safdar from here today when he surfaced at a PML-N rally. He will be taken to the NAB office in Islamabad (G-6 Markaz) and produced before the court tomorrow. It is pertinent to mention here that NAB had conducted a number of raids in the last two days but failed to nab Captain (R) Safdar. Today he himself opted to surrender before the NAB authorities on the advice of PML-N leadership. But NAB claimed that it was its incessant raids that forced the convict to surrender. (Published on 8th July 2018).
ii) Captain (R) Safdar, the son-in-law of disposed and convicted prime minister of Pakistan Mian Nawaz Sharif, has surfaced at the PML-N election rally here today. Claiming that the NAB reference against the Nawaz clan was fabricated, Safdar said that he was there to surrender himself before (NAB) authorities (at Liaquat Bagh). He said today was the time to decide how the country should be governed and does nation want to live in darkness or come out of it. Safdar held that conspirators did not want the nation to prosper and deprived Pakistanis did not get anything in the last seven decades. It is pertinent to mention here that earlier today he had sent an audio message to Media saying that he would surrender as ‘honor demanded that’.
Sources informed that party leadership had decided that Safdar should turn himself in. According to sources, a team headed by Deputy Director NAB Mahboob Alam has reached Rawalpindi to arrest Safdar. Assistant Director Adnan Butt and Imran Dogar are also part of the NAB team that along with local police is present at Teli Mohallah. NAB team, while pointing out that Captain (R) Safdar is a convict, has also warned that action would be taken against those abetting him. Meanwhile, Maryam Nawaz, while talking to Media in London spoke about the Sharif clan’s ‘sacrifices’ and said that while people – afraid of incarceration in Pakistan – flee to London, they were going back to face jails. (Published on 8th July 2018)
SC directs to shift Anwar Majeed from hospital to jail
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court today directed authorities to shift Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed his son, Abdul Ghani Majeed, from the hospital to jail.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar passed the directions after examining the medical report of Mr. Anwar Majeed. The court had formed a committee under the Surgeon General of Pakistan for the medical examination of the accused, in a money laundering case. Additional Attorney General submitted the medical reports of Majeed and his son, before the bench stating that the Omni Group chairman can be made part of investigations. The Chief Justice remarked, “Is he an official guest? shift him to the jail, he has been enjoying for over a month.” After examining the report, the Chief Justice observed that the accused were in good condition so they should be in jail instead of a hospital.
Former president Asif Ali Zardari’s close aide and Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed and his son, Abdul Ghani, were arrested by FIA in August in relation to a Rs 35 billion money laundering case. The FIA is investigating 32 people in relation to money laundering from fictitious accounts, including Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur. Zardari’s close aide Hussain Lawai was arrested in July in connection with the probe.
Over 20 ‘benami’ accounts at some private banks were opened in 2013, 2014 and 2015 from where transactions worth billions of rupees were made, according to the sources. The amount, according to FIA sources, is said to be black money gathered from various kickbacks, commissions, and bribes.
Traffic violations: E-ticketing from 24th Sept in Lahore
LAHORE: The Lahorites would receive electronic challans at their addresses given at the time of registration of vehicles over violation of traffic rules from Monday (24th September).
A spokesman for Punjab Safe Cities Authority (PSCA) said that a test run had already been conducted regarding electronic ticketing to ensure optimum efficiency after its launch.
The e-ticketing contains real-time violation graphics, type, and corresponding penalty numerics initially to be paid to the branches of Bank of Punjab, whereas similar arrangements were underway with National Bank of Pakistan along with various other deposit facilities, the spokesman said.
He said that these operations would be executed from the PSCA electronic ticketing center, in coordination with the City Traffic Police (CTP) and in compliance with the Motor Vehicles Ordinance and the rules, Section 116-A. The back side of E-tickets depicted all the violations, fines, and relevant instructions, he added.
The fine would have to be paid in 10 days; otherwise, the amount would double, the spokesman said and added that frequent violations or non-payment of fines would lead to impounding of vehicles. The PSCA urged people to observe traffic rules and take extra caution to avoid getting ticketed. More information can be obtained by calling at universal emergency helpline 15, the spokesman added.
Malaysia pardons three Mexicans on death row
MEXICO: The Sultan of the southern Malaysian state of Johor has commuted the death sentences of three Mexican brothers who were set to be hanged for drug trafficking crimes, Mexico said.
After years of lobbying by Mexican diplomats, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar of Johor – one of Malaysia’s most powerful and wealthiest state rulers – commuted the men’s death sentences to life in prison, Mexico’s foreign ministry said Thursday.
“This was the result of a long process and intense dialogue with Malaysian federal authorities,” it said in a statement.
The brothers — Simon, Luis Alfonso, and Jose Regino Gonzalez Villarreal – were arrested in a raid on a methamphetamine lab in Johor in March 2008.
The brothers, who hail from the Mexican state of Sinaloa — home to jailed drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel — insisted they were innocent, saying they had been hired to clean the building and were unaware what was being made inside.
But a Malaysian court sentenced them to hang to death in May 2012. The conviction was upheld on appeal the following year.
Mexico, which does not use capital punishment, neither accepted nor rejected the court’s guilty verdict, but pushed for the death sentence to be commuted.