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LHC hints at Hafiz Saeed’s release due to ‘lack of evidence’

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LAHORE: Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) Chief Hafiz Saeed’s house arrest will be set aside if the authorities do not submit evidence against him, High Court here said Tuesday.

Saeed is under house arrest since January 31.

LHC had summoned the interior secretary for the hearing along with complete record of the case related to Saeed’s detention along with four others.

However, he did not appear on the mentioned date. Irked by his absence, the court observed that “no citizen can be detained for an extended period on the basis of merely press clippings”.

“The conduct of the government shows it has no substantial evidence against the petitioners. The detention of the petitioners will be set aside if no concrete evidence is presented before the court,” Justice Syed Mazhar Ali Akbar Naqvi said.

The judge adjourned hearing till October 13.

Saeed and his four aides – Abdullah Ubaid, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Hussain – have been placed under house arrest in Lahore under the anti-terrorism act.

On September 25, the house arrest of Saeed and others was extended for another 30 days by the Punjab government.

Education

(VIDEO AND TEXT) VC Altaf Hussain all set to transform FUUAST into a world-class university!

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M. M. ALAM

KARACHI: Venue was the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) where journalists from all over the Metropolis converged to be part of a Presser addressed by the recently appointed (on 7th of December, 2017) Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. S. Altaf Hussain.

Speaking on the occasion he drew a parallel between a Mosque and a University and held that both should be equally revered.

He said that for him the students’ education and interests were of ultimate importance and any failing in this respect would not be tolerated.

Maintaining that teachers’ job was to edify and concentrate on research work, VC held that it was not appropriate for them to demonstrate on the roads and hold press conferences.

Pointing towards the ongoing agitation by teachers of the University, VC said that there were not more than 15 teachers involved in the manifestation against administration for their own agenda risking the academic future of thousands of the University students.  

Dr. Altaf Hussain, while elaborating that few teachers who are receiving hundreds of thousands of rupees under the tenure track system told that they also wanted to encroach upon the administrative posts instead of teaching.

He told that legally such teachers could not hold any administrative posts.

According to the VC Dr. Hussain due to inappropriate stance of such teachers students are continuously suffering, rate of admission is diminishing and the University is facing financial losses.

He said that as the VC of Allama Iqbal Open University for almost five years he had managed to transform the institution into one of the world’s best universities.

Dr. Altaf Hussain said that he wanted to act in the same dynamic way to ameliorate the standards of Urdu University as well.

He held that fearing the accountability and imminent transformation, ten to fifteen teachers were trying to create hurdles and pressurize the administration in order to protect their own interests.

Vice Chancellor, while warning those involved in politics of severe actions, assured the teachers and non-teaching staff that with their support the university would soon come out of the present tribulations and progress towards a brilliant future.

 

 

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Crime

Militants shot two female polio workers, two cops dead in Quetta!

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QUETTA: A mother-daughter polio-virus vaccinating duo was gunned down by unidentified militants when they were administrating polio drops in Shalkot area today.

In a separate attack earlier today, two policemen were shot dead in the Zarghoon Road area. Assailants in both the attacks bolted from the scene. 

It is pertinent to mention here that a mole disguised as a polio worker managed to get tissues of OBL family that ultimately enabled the Seals attack and kill him.

Hence Talibaan reckon the drops as: i) A facade for espionage; ii) an attempt to sterilize Muslims. 

 

 

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SC: A.D. Khawaja to continue functioning as IGP, Sindh

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ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar has stated that IGP Sindh A. D.  Khawaja would keep his post until the trial apropos his removal concludes.

According to details a three-judge SC bench has granted leave of petition of PPPP Govt in Sindh challenging the SHC order dated 7th of September to allow A. D. Khawaja continue as Province’s IGP.

The former PPPP law minister and a senior lawyer Farooq Naek, while pointing out that Constitution guaranteed provincial autonomy, has maintained in the petition  that federal government’s interference in respect of appointment and removal of the IGP violated the basic structure of the Constitution.

It is pertinent to recall here that since A.D. Khawaja was appointed the police chief of Sindh  by federal government a couple of years ago  (in 2016) the PPPP government has been trying to get rid of him. It has been the NGOs like PILER etc that managed to thwart its plans.

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IG Sindh tells CM how police is being paralyzed as an organization

 

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