ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice, Mian Saqib Nisar on Thursday said that court neither summoned Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and Faryal Talpur in personal capacity nor ordered for their names to be placed on the Exit Control List (ECL).
A two-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, resumed hearing of a suo moto case pertaining to money laundering of Rs35 billion through fake bank accounts. The top court also directed Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to hold its probe against Asif Zardari and his sister till upcoming general election in the case. During the course of proceedings, the chief justice remarked that the summon was issued to the company directors, which was respondent in the case and not in personal capacity of any politician.
However, while barring the FIA from investigation against the politicians directed them to continue the probe against non-political persons involved in the case. Subsequently, the bench while seeking a reply from all respondents in the money laundering case, including Zardari and Talpur, adjourned further hearing of the case till August 6. Advocate Aitzaz Ahsan, Advocate Farooq H Naek, and Advocate Latif Khosa appeared before the court as legal team of the former president.
Meanwhile, Farooq H Naik raised the objection that his client had reservations regarding Najaf Mirza head of the FIA investigation team and requested the bench to change him. but the court rejected his plea and said the court would deal with the matter after July 25. It may be added that a report compiled by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), Director General of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Bashir Memon had briefed the apex court that SBP had reported the opening of 29 suspicious bank accounts in January this year.
A relevant piece published earlier: Newspakistan.tv has been informed by reliable sources that contrary to the reports in various sections of Media, the names of Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur have not been placed on ECL. (Published on 10th 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.