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Pak Railways initiate 42 corruption cases in four years

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ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Railways has initiated as many as 42 cases of corruption, misappropriation, and fraud in its attached departments, subordinate offices, and corporations during the period of last four years.
According to available document, with this initiative, the earnings of the ministry was increased as compared with the earning of previous years and there was also decline in corruption, misappropriation cases was reported during last four years.
The officers and officials involved in corrupt practices were duly taken up and given strict punishments including major punishment of dismissal from services.
The public sector in the country is substantially struck with corruption and to curb corrupt practices in government functionaries was a priority at all levels.
The document said the Directorate of Vigilance was restored for ensuring internal checking mechanism to stop corrupt practices proactively and vigilantly.
It added in its fight against corruption, the Ministry has adopted a holistic and pronged approach to achieving integrity and maintaining standards.
The Ministry has also adopted a number of safeguarding measures to prevent corruption both at the macro and micro level by introducing ethos of transparency, accountability, and efficiency in administration and financial management of its departments.

 

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Malaysia pardons three Mexicans on death row

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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.

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Journalist murdered in Mexico, ninth of 2018

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Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico: Gunmen shot and killed a Mexican journalist as he left his home in the southern state of Chiapas, his newspaper said Saturday, at least the ninth reporter murdered in the country this year.
Mario Gomez, a reporter with El Heraldo de Chiapas, is the latest victim in a wave of violence against the press in Mexico, the second-deadliest country in the world for journalists after war-torn Syria, according to the watchdog group Reporters Without Borders.
“He had recently filed a complaint because he was receiving threats,” a colleague at the paper told AFP on condition of anonymity.
The newspaper said Gomez, a general news correspondent in the town of Yajalon, was leaving for work when two unidentified men arrived and “murdered him in cold blood” with a series of shots to the abdomen.
Gomez, 35, was taken to the hospital but died of his wounds, it said.
“We call for an exhaustive investigation to find those responsible for this crime,” his colleagues wrote in an editorial published on the newspaper’s website.
The state prosecutor’s office said in a statement it would “follow all lines of investigation to shed light on this reprehensible crime and bring those responsible to justice.”

 

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Pakistan condemns terror attack on military parade in Iran

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ISLAMABAD, Sep 22 (APP):Pakistan on Saturday strongly condemned a terrorist attack on military parade in Ahvaz province of Iran in which several lives were reportedly lost.
“Our deepest condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones in this heinous attack. Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” said the Foreign Office spokesperson in a statement.

 

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