LAHORE: London Mayor Sadiq Khan has spent a busy day in the Walled City after arriving from India through Wagah border yesterday (6th of December).
Khan, alongwith a delegation of British investors, called on Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and voiced their interest in investment in CPEC projects.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister held that CPEC had opened new horizons of foreign investment in Pakistan.
Punjab chief minister said that the British investors should take full advantage of the ‘golden opportunity’ by investing in Economic Corridor projects.
Mayor Sadiq Khan said London would welcome as many Pakistanis as possible. When told that many visa applications from Pakistan were rejected recently, he countered that much more were granted visas.
Khan said London, that attracted the largest number of tourists in the world, was the capital of global education.
Holding that Arts and Culture were embedded in London’s society he told that every sixth job there was occupied by art creators.
London Mayor noted that Pakistan was an emerging market – not only for UK but also for the whole world.
When asked to name one thing that he liked the most about Pakistan, he replied that was ‘Pakistanis’ who he found very caring and loving.
Sadiq said he was proud that his roots are from Pakistan. He told his parents migrated to the UK some 60 years ago.
At that time, he said, they faced racial discrimination, as colored people were not allowed in many places and clubs.
He said the discrimination reduced substantially when he was studying. Now, he noted, his children enjoy equal rank in society, expressing the hope that things would also ameliorate gradually in Pakistan.
Productive and constructive day in Islamabad meeting political and business leaders, including the Prime Minister. We’re leaving Islamabad with stronger business ties that will benefit both cities. #LondonIsOpen pic.twitter.com/cU8JqXPSP8
— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) December 7, 2017
Zainab’s killer hanged to death
LAHORE: Imran Ali, the convicted of molesting and murdering seven-year-old Zainab Amin of Kasur City, was hanged to death at Central Jail Kot Lakhpat in Lahore early this morning.
An Anti-Terrorism Court Judge, Sajjad Ahmad on Friday had issued black warrants for Imran Ali. An Anti-Terrorism Court on February 2, had awarded death sentence to Imran Ali, on the charges of kidnapping, rape and brutal murder of Zainab Amin of Kasur after completing the trial in a record seven days time.
He was executed in the presence of Magistrate Adil Sarwar and the Zainab’s father, Muhammad Amin Ansari. Talking to media on the occasion, the father of Zainab, Muhammad Amin said that such kind of criminals should be hanged publicly for giving a lesson to all such evil minds.
Later, the dead body of Imran Ali was handed over to his heirs after completing formal legal proceeding.
Ex-IGP indicted in Model Town case
LAHORE: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Tuesday indicted former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab Mushtaq Sukhera in Model Town case.
Earlier, Mushtaq Sukhera appeared before ATC-II Judge Ejaz Awan and requested to adjourn the indictment proceedings for a week.
However, the court rejected the request and indicted him in the case. But, Sukhera pleaded not guilty and contended to contest the charges.
At this, the court, adjourning the matter till Oct 10, summoned the prosecution witnesses for recording their statements.
The court had already indicted 115 police officials on a private complaint filed by Idara Minhajul Quran, a sister organization of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), for their trial on charges of killing its workers during the 2014 Model Town incident.
In 2017, the court partially admitted the complaint against 125 officials of police and the district government while rejecting it to the extent of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, former chief minister Shahbaz Sharif and 10 others including the then federal and provincial ministers.
Consequently, Jawad Hamid, an official of Minhajul Quran International, filed the appeal challenging the ATC decision for not summoning the said 12 people whereas former IGP Mushtaq Sukhera challenged summons by the trial court before the high court.
In April, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar took a Suo Motu notice of the unnecessary delay in the proceedings of the trial court and the high court related the Model Town incident cases. The CJP had ordered the trial court and high court for early disposal of the cases.
On Sept 26, a Lahore High Court full bench dismissed a petition against non-summoning of former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, former chief minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif and 10 others, by a two-one majority vote.
The bench also dismissed a petition filed by former inspector general of police (IGP) Mushtaq Sukhera against ATC’s order of summoning him. After the decision, Sukhera had approached the ATC.
Motorcyle company scam: NAB files corruption reference
LAHORE: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore has filed a corruption reference against Muhammad Ahmed Sial, the chief executive officer (CEO) of M/s MNM Motorcycles (Pvt) Limited and 39 employees of the company over alleged fraud of Rs 17 billion.
According to NAB spokesman, the accused got registered his company with Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) on 7th Feb 2017 with the declaration of Muhammad Arshad Ali and Irum Shehzadi as shareholders. Whereas the company was actually authorized to do the business of import and export of motorcycle spare-parts, it violated its memorandum clause and started collecting huge investments with the promise of selling motorcycles. Subsequently, it misappropriated amounts in billions of rupees.
More than 11,000 affectees approached NAB Lahore with their claims amounting to Rs 17 billion (approx). Among them, the verified claims turned to be Rs 10.7 billion. Subsequently, 10 of the accused persons opted for a plea bargain, out of them four plea bargains have been approved by the accountability court.
A reference under sections 18(g), 9(c) has been filed in the accountability court vide 78/2018 for
the court proceedings.