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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.

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NA-4 by-poll: ECP has finalized arrangements!

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ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has completed all the arrangements for holding by-election on the vacant seat of National Assembly, NA-4 (Peshawar IV) on Thursday 26th of October in a transparent, free, fair, and peaceful manner.

An ECP’s official stated that 15 candidates (six from different national political parties & nine independents) were taking part in the election.

The seat fell vacant due to the death of MP Gulzar Khan of PTI, August this year.

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Sharjeel Memon arrested by NAB from the SHC gate

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KARACHI: Former information minister has been arrested by NAB officials when he emerged from Sindh High Court building here after 5PM.

Sharjeel Memon appeared before the two-judge bench today that rejected his application for the extension of  interim bail.

Memon remained inside the court till 5PM trying to escape arrest. But had to exit at 5PM. As soon as he emerged from the court he was arrested by NAB officials who were assisted by paramilitary Rangers. 

PPPP lawyers raised slogans in Memon’s support and a bit of scuffle was seen at the time of his arrest. 

Sharjeel Memon is accused of inflicting losses (to the extent of Rs. 5.7 billion) to the national exchequer by resorting to corrupt practices in granting (SID) advertisements – related to awareness – to the electronic media between July 2013 till 2015.

Readers may recall that Sharjeel Memon is also facing charges in-connection with illegal allotment of land.

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CJ of LHC inaugurates special court to deal with harassment of women cases

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LAHORE: Chief Justice of LHC has inaugurated a special court here today that will solely deal with harassment of women cases.

One fourth of all the (four hundred) cases of torture and harassment that are being heard presently at different courts have been transferred to the special court.  

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