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SC directs depts to cooperate with FIA in Asghar Khan case

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LAHORE: The Supreme court on Tuesday ordered all departments to cooperate with Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in Asghar Khan case.

The court also directed FIA Director General Bashir Memon to continue work on his post till the completion of investigations. The three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar passed the orders while hearing an application filed for implementation of the verdict in Asghar Khan case. At the outset of proceedings, the Chief Justice observed that investigations should be completed without any wastage of time, saying that no further delay would be tolerated in the matter.

DG FIA Bashir Memon submitted that statement of former premier Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had been received, in response to a court query. At this, the Chief Justice observed that persons who had been summoned by FIA must appear before it. He then directed all departments including Defence Ministry to cooperate with FIA.

The Chief Justice also remarked that former president Gen. (retd) Pervez Musharraf should show how brave he is by returning to the country as the obstacles in his path have been removed. Politicians Javed Hashmi, Mir Hasil Bizenjo, Abida Hussain, Ghulam Mustafa Khar and former ISI chief Asad Durrani were also present in the court.

A relevant piece published earlier: The court sought written reply from 31 respondents, including Nawaz Sharif and Javed Hashmi, in the Asghar Khan case by June 9. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar resumed the hearing of the implementation of the landmark judgment in the Asghar Khan case. During the course of proceedings, Chief Justice questioned why former prime minister Nawaz Sharif failed to appear before the court even after being issued notices. Attorney General informed the court that Nawaz Sharif would be represented by his lawyer as he was looking for a legal counsel to represent him. However, the court granted time to Nawaz Sharif to seek legal counsel and to submit reply. The court also took back the notice issued to Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Khursheed Shah saying Shah has received a notice by mistake. Subsequently, the court while directing all respondents to submit written reply till June 9 adjourned further hearing till June 12. On October 19, 2012, the apex court had issued a 141-page verdict, ordering legal proceedings against Gen (retd) Beg and Lt Gen (retd) Durrani in a case filed 16 years ago by former air chief Air Marshal Asghar Khan. (Published on 6th June 2018) 

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PM for indiscriminate action against corruption!

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LAHORE: Prime Minister Imran Khan Sunday directed the officers of the Punjab Anti-Corruption Department to take indiscriminate action against corruption and expose the corrupt elements.
Chairing a meeting of the Directors of the Punjab Anti-Corruption Department here during his visit, the prime minister said the government was prioritizing the revival of public trust on government departments that had been undermined by the corruption.
He viewed that the corruption was one of the major reasons behind the current economic condition of the country. The country had been dragged to the debt-trap by executing some of the projects in the past which had not been aimed at public welfare rather get the kickbacks.
The prime minister directed the anti-corruption department to improve its working and assured them of government’s all-out cooperation in their crackdown against corruption.
He also directed the department to reform the prosecution system as he desired them to support the poor man who is oppressed everywhere.

 

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Anti-polio campaign to start in Karachi from today

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KARACHI: Mass immunization campaigns, known as National Immunization Days (NIDs), would be started from today to administer anti-polio drops along with the supplement of Vitamin A to over 2.3 million children up to five years of age in all 188 union councils in the metropolis during seven days.
More than 9000 polio teams will perform their duties in the campaign, it was decided in a meeting chaired by Commissioner Karachi Muhammad Sualeh Farooqui, at his office, said a statement on Sunday. Briefing about security arrangements it was told the meeting that foolproof security arrangements have been made to ensure the security of polio teams. The meeting was attended among others by Municipal Commissioner KMC Dr. Saifur Rehman, all Deputy commissioners, all district and town health officers, officials of Police, Pakistan Rangers, Health
Department, Emergency Operation Centres (EOC). The Commissioner stressed the need to work with the focus based strategies addressing issues specifically in all areas.  He said that there is a great need to work for the improvement of micro plan and communication strategy. He asked the Deputy Commissioners to make all-out efforts to make the campaign result oriented. He urged the parents to cooperate with the polio teams to ensure their children are safe as a vaccine, given to them multiple times, can protect them for life. The Commissioner also stressed the need that efforts should also be made to administer polio drops to school going children of up to five years of age.
It was informed to the meeting that the Education department’s private school secretariat has instructed the concerned private schools to help the administration and cooperate with the polio teams in carrying out their duties for providing children the protection from the crippling decease. It was decided in a meeting that awareness campaign of teachers, as well as parents, would be initiated with the support of school administrations in coordination with the Directorate of the Private Schools. He said that polio eradication was a national cause and it would be the top priority of city administration to carry out its efforts for the elimination of poliovirus.

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MAJU, Azerbaijan’s varsity sign MoU for academic cooperation

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Fee-free university to open in Pakistan

KARACHI: Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Karachi (MAJU) and Khazar University, Baku, Azerbaijan have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for academic cooperation with each other.
MAJU Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences, Dr. Kamran Azim and Rector, Khizar University, Dr.Hassan Niknafs have signed MoU.
This agreement is based on the reciprocity principle and expresses the genuine interest of both universities in exchanging students, scholars, academic information and dual degree programs, said a statement here on Sunday.
As per MoU, MAJU and Khazar University besides exchanging students and faculty/ staff will encourage the development and implementation of visiting scholars/tutors, cultural exchange, cooperative /collaborative research projects, cooperative (joint and double) degree and joint summer programs at respective campuses.  The term of this agreement shall be five academic years that is 2018 to 2023.
Both Universities will cooperate for short term training programs/ projects and service – learning programs, cooperative and exchange lecturing plans and lecture content, conferences and seminars, academic supervision of graduate /post-graduate students.
As per MoU in the event of students exchange, specific arrangement for payment of related expenses, including round-trip travel, board, lodging, tuition and health insurance will be agreed upon by both universities in advance.

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