Daily Archives: January 20, 2018

Chief Justice of Pakistan hears different cases at Lahore and issues directions

Islamabad, January 20, 2018 (PPI-OT):Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard different cases today at Supreme Court Branch Registry Lahore and passed following directions:

HUMAN RIGHTS CASE NO.505 OF 2018 regarding action taken by HCJ on the conditions of Government Hospitals of Lahore. Pursuant to order dated 6.1.2018, the Medical Superintends of the public hospitals filed their reports along with affidavits. The same was sent to Ad-hoc Committee of PM and DC for its reply/report.

SUO MOTU CASE NO.1 OF 2010 AND C.M.As.NO.2878-L OF 2017, 1-L, 17-L AND 25-L OF 2018 AND HUMAN RIGHTS CASE NO.27813-P OF 2017 AND C.M.A.NO.3020-L OF 2017

The court was informed that as per the order dated 6.1.2018, the inspection of the Lahore Medical and Dental College has been conducted by the Committee constituted for this purpose and the reports have been submitted, one by Ms. Ayesha Hamid, the Commission of the Court, whereas others by the members of the Committee. Copies of these reports were ordered to be handed over to Mr. Munawar-us-Salam, learned counsel appearing for PAMI and Lahore Medical and Dental College for their response to be filed by 22.1.2018. The reports along with the replies were sent to Ad-hoc Committee of PM and DC for their opinion.

Moreover vide order dated 6.1.2018, the court had directed all the private medical colleges in Pakistan, particularly in Punjab, to provide a list of all those candidates who had applied, finalized and finally been admitted to their respective colleges along with the merit list. Pursuant to the said order, PAMI submitted reports on behalf of Rawal Institute of Health Sciences, Islamabad, HBS Medical and Dental College, Islamabad and Islamabad Medical and Dental College, Islamabad. The remaining medical colleges have been directed to do the needful positively within a period of one week.

C.M.A.No.1-L/2018:

It is directed by Court that a copy of this application be provided to Mr. Ashfaq Bhullar, learned counsel for PAMI so that he can obtain and file comments on behalf of Multan Medical and Dental College, Multan and Bakhtawar Amin Medical and Dental College, Multan.

C.M.A.No.26-L/2018:

Mr. Munawar-us-Salam, learned ASC filed reply to the report submitted by LDA. According to him the matter of regularization/conversion of the building is under consideration by the LDA. The court directed that the same be done in accordance with law.

C.M.A.No.24-L/2018:

With regard to the issue of illegal Marriage Halls/Marquees, the court was informed by the learned counsel for LDA that the notices have been issued to all the Marriage Halls/Marquees highlighting the violations. Mr. Aitezaz Ahsan, learned Sr. ASC appeared before the Court and submitted that the LDA rules provide that the minimum area for a marriage hall must not be less than 4 kanals and for marquees must not be less than 8 kanals which is highly unreasonable because there are certain areas in Lahore where due to heavy urbanization no space is available as such it is not possible to acquire 4 kanals of land for the purpose of a Marriage Hall. The court directed the Director General, LDA to consider this aspect of the matter and adjourned the case for tomorrow 21.1.2018 (Sunday).

CIVIL MISC. APPLICATION NO.1864 OF 2010 IN CONSTITUTION PETITION NO.9 OF 2005 AND CONSTITUTION PETITION NO.134 OF AND CIVIL MISC. APPLICATIONS NO.5325 OF 2013, 1939 OF 2014 AND 5959 OF 2016

M/s Hamid Khan, Anwar Kamal, Ahsan Bhoon and Azam Nazir Tarar, learned counsel pointed out certain irregularities in the legal education system which include non-availability of infrastructure, fake faculty, attendance of students, admission of students having 3rd division as well as failure of the Universities to supervise the affiliated law colleges. It was further informed that the committees are required to be constituted in other provinces on the lines it has been constituted in the province of Punjab. They were directed to provide a list of nominees to be included in the committees.

Furthermore, Vice Chancellor, Punjab University submitted that there are 35 law colleges affiliated with the university. According to him the requirements for affiliation include availability of library, computer lab with at least 50 computers not more than five years old, campus having at least 2000 sq. yards of area with minimum of three classrooms with capacity of 100 students and at least moot-room. Surprise visit of the affiliated colleges has been made once a year.

However, it was highlighted by Mr. Anwar Kamal, learned Sr. ASC that there is only one Inspection Committee of the University for inspecting all the affiliated colleges in all disciplines which is insufficient to have proper inspection. In view of the above, the court directed that all the Universities in Pakistan which are entitled to grant affiliation to any Law College are prohibited to do so from today i.e. 20.1.2018.

The court also directed that all the Vice Chancellors of the respective Universities, present in Court, to submit the particulars and details of the faculty of the respective colleges affiliated with them, to provide the particulars in writing whether the requirements of affiliation as mandated by Pakistan Bar Council are fulfilled or not, and the teaching staff remains available all the times with the Universities or not. The Court observed that the information must be supported by affidavits on oath to be submitted by the Vice Chancellors, who were cautioned that in case the affidavits were found to be either false or deficient in any manner, strict action shall be taken against them as mandated in the law.

They (Vice Chancellors of the respective Universities) must also provide the information as to how many colleges affiliated with the Universities are permanent or on provisional basis. This must be done within a period of 10 days from today .The affidavits and particulars/information submitted by the Vice Chancellors shall be bounded in the shape of paper-book and a copy whereof shall be provided to Mr. Hamid Khan, learned Sr. ASC for making his recommendations after considering the same. The case was adjourned for tomorrow 21.1.2018 (Sunday).

CIVIL PETITION NO.2374-L OF 2016, C.M.As.NO.3580-L and 2702-L OF 2016, 554-L and 961-L OF 2017 AND 30-L OF 2018, SUO MOTU CASE NO.4 OF 2017 AND HUMAN RIGHTS CASES NO.4412 AND 11066-G OF 2017 AND C.M.A.NO.3-L OF 2018

Water: Mr. Noor-ul-Amin Mengal, D.G., PFA appeared and stated that about 150 samples were taken from different companies of bottled water and sent to PSCIR and about 24 reports have been received , mostly showing that the water is not fit for human consumption. As such the concerned filtration plants have been sealed. The court directed, let a complete report be filed.

Sewerage Waste: Chief Secretary, Punjab admitted that most of the sewerage water of Lahore is flowing into Ravi River without any treatment. However, six treatment plants shall be installed at various places and working in this regard is going on.

Hospital Waste: Ms. Ayesha Hamid, learned ASC submitted that there are some discrepancies in the report submitted by Secretary, EPA with regard to the incinerators installed in the public sector hospitals for disposal of hospital waste. Secretary Health, Punjab submitted that the process of installation of state of art multifunctional incinerator plant is under way which shall be completed in future. Secretary EPA was directed to submit fresh report in this regard.

Air pollution: Secretary EPA was directed to measure the level of pollution at six different locations of Lahore city and submit a report in this regard.

The bench headed by Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Justice Mian Saqib Nisar will also hear Zainab Murder Case tomorrow 21.1.2018 (Sunday) along with other cases.

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Public Relations Officer
Supreme Court of Pakistan
Tel: +92 51 9204184, 9220581
Fax: +9251 9213452
Email: mail@supremecourt.gov.pk

Our enemies are joining hands together in hatching conspiracies against Pakistan but they will always fail: Air Chief

Karachi, January 20, 2018 (PPI-OT):A unique ceremony was held at PAF Museum, to pay tribute to Air Commodore Sattar Alvi (Retd), a renowned war veteran of 1974 Arab Israel war. He shot down an Israeli Air Force Mirage aircraft during an aerial combat in Syria. In this ceremony he presented flying coverall (suit) of deceased Israeli pilot (Capt Lutz) to PAF Museum.

Addressing the occasion, the Air Chief said that our enemies are joining hands together in hatching conspiracies against Pakistan but they will always fail. This is the ideological state made in the name of Allah and nobody dare to cast an evil eye on it. PAF together with sister services and the nation would thwart their nefarious designs and they would meet the same fate as always, Insha Allah. PAF stands ever ready for the aerial defence of motherland on the strength of supreme sacrifices and professionalism of its valiant predecessors who paved the path of glory for this elite organization.

Addressing the occasion, the Air Chief paid rich tribute to Air Commodore Sattar Alvi (Retd) and said that the heroics of legendary fighter pilot not only brought laurels to PAF but were also a source of pride for the entire nation. He termed the flying coverall of the deceased Israeli pilot as a ‘War Trophy’ and was of the opinion that it was a valuable addition to the historic archive of PAF Museum.

Lauding Group Captain Hussaini’s art, the Air Chief said that his world-renowned aviation paintings manifest his earnest efforts towards preserving PAF’s accounts of professionalism, journey towards progress and supreme sacrifices made by our heroes for defence of the country. He further added that the illustrious history of PAF depicted by Group Captain Hussaini would be a source of inspiration for the future generation and instil in them the spirit of nationhood.

Air Cdre Sattar Alvi (Retd) is a celebrated fighter pilot of PAF who singlehandedly shot down the Israeli mirage aircraft while flying a vintage Syrian Air Force Mig-21 aircraft, during 1974 Arab Israel war, and thus became the one and only pilot in the history with this rare feat. On this act of gallantry, he was awarded with Sitar-e-Jurat by Govt of Pakistan, and Wisaam Faris and Wisaam Shujaat by Govt of Syria.

Governor Sindh, Mr Mohammad Zubair was the chief guest at this historic occasion. On arrival, he was received by Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force. On this memorable occasion, the chief guest also inaugurated the “Aviation Paintings Exhibition” with the theme “Pakistan Air Force – Defenders of Aerial Frontiers”. More than 300 pieces of Aviation Art painted by internationally acclaimed aviation artist of PAF, Group Captain Hussaini (Retd), would be on display for the general public.

Addressing at the occasion, Governor Sind said, “The nation must know the history and the contribution of the great heroes and we must acknowledge their courage towards this noble cause of bringing honours to the country. In 1967 and 1973 Arab- Israel wars our air force had participated with valour and I am honoured to be here to recognize our heroes like Air Commodore Alvi who bravely fought and shot down the Israel air force aircraft. My special felicitations to Group Captain Hussaini for capturing the great history of Pakistan. It’s not just service to Pakistan Air Force but also for our country and future generations, who would be able to see the history as you have captured it brilliantly”.

Senior retired and serving officers of PAF, families of shuhada, war veterans and prominent artists of Karachi also attended the ceremony. The exhibition will remain open for the general public till 23 January, 2018.

For more information, contact:
Director Media Affairs
Pakistan Air Force
E-mail: pafdpr@paf.gov.pk
Tel: +92-51-9507751, +92-51-9261300
Fax: +92-51-9260868

Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry for a “powerful” Trade Policy

Lahore, January 20, 2018 (PPI-OT):The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry has expressed the hope that upcoming Trade Policy will be focused on enhancement of export competitiveness of the country. In a statement, the LCCI President Malik Tahir Javaid, Senior Vice President Khawaja Khawar Rashid and Vice President Zeeshan Khalil said that economic challenges, particularly low exports and high trade deficit have underlined the need for a well-consulted and powerful trade policy which can perform as driving force for the economy.

The LCCI Office-bearers said, government should realize that the country needs a paradigm shift to enable local businessmen to become globally competitive and can export those products which are valued more in the international market. The LCCI President Malik Tahir Javaid said that today the country’s industry is facing multiple challenges including high input cost, poor innovation, low productivity, little foreign investment, lack of product and geographical diversification.

They said that the high utility prices are the major factor therefore the government should focus on the issue that has not only jacked up the cost of doing business in the country but also fast making us uncompetitive. They said that the government would have to tackle pressing supply side constraints including cost of capital on priority basis for enhancing competitiveness as Pakistani merchandise are fast losing their due place in the global market only because their high prices.

The LCCI Office-bearers also urged the government to focus on South America and African Union where competition is low and profits are high. They said that country’s exports can become an engine of growth and prosperity in Pakistan, if relevant institutions, both in public and private sectors implement a well tailored, well consulted and widely discussed strategy. They also suggested introduction of a new scheme for exports under which zero-rated import of some inputs should be allowed. They said that a little attention towards to identification of new markets for Pakistani merchandise can do a lot for the country and in this regard, Pakistani missions abroad and the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry is ready to play a proactive role.

They said that oil import bill is one of the major reasons of high trade deficit therefore, alternative fuels and resources should be promoted. They said that duty-free import of plants, machinery and equipment should be allowed for establishment of new industries. They said that machinery and spare parts should be imported from the nearest countries while institutions should be established to produce skilled manpower for mining sector. They said that Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) should support Pakistani delegations visiting abroad. They said that garments cities should be established in Lahore, Karachi and Faisalabad while expo centres in other cities should also be established.

For more information, contact:
Information Department
Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI)
11-Shahrah-e-Aiwan-e-Tijarat,
Lahore – 54000, Pakistan
Tel: +92-42-111-222-499
Fax: +92-42-36368854
Website: www.lcci.org.pk

SSP Anwar suspended over Naqeeb’s murder

Karachi, January 20, 2018 (PPI-OT):An enquiry was entrusted to a committee comprising of ADDL IGP CTD Dr. Sana Ullah Abbasi (Chairmen), DIGP East Zone Sultan Ali Khuwaja and DIGP South Zone Azad Khan, to ascertain the facts related to the reported encounter in the jurisdiction of PS Shah Latif Town, District Malir resulting in death of one Naseem Ullah @ Naqeeb Mehsood.

The committee has submitted its initial enquiry report today. The committee is of unanimous opinion that in order to ensure fair and transparent enquiry of the incident and investigation of the case, SSP Malir Rao Anwar and SP Investigation-II East Malik Altaf Sarwar may be transferred and placed under suspension. The committee further recommended that SSP Malir Rao Anwar and the Police Party in the Reported encounter may be placed on the Exit Control List (ECL).

On such recommendations of the committee, following actions have been taken by the office of Inspector General of Police, Sindh.

i. SSP Malir Rao Anwar and SP Investigation-II Malik Altaf Sarwar have been transferred from their respective places of posting and directed to report to Central Police Office (CPO).

ii. Letter has been written to the Chief Secretary, Government of Sindh with a request to place both above-named officers under suspension as recommended by the committee.

iii. A letter has been written to Ministry of Interior, Government of Pakistan for placement of the names of SSP Rao Anwar and the police party on Exit Control List (ECL) immediately as recommended by the committee.

iv. Additional IGP Karachi has been directed to take necessary action against the police party in accordance with rules in the light of recommendation of the committee.

v. Additional IGP Karachi has been directed to ensure that the incumbent SSP Malir and SP Investigation-II East shall finalize the investigation of the case strictly on merits in a professional manner.

Enquiry is under progress and the enquiry committee has been directed to complete the enquiry after examining heirs of the deceased and the police party and submit its conclusive finding within (05) days.

For more information, contact:
Sindh Police
Inspector General of Police, Sindh
Tell: +92-21-99212626-27
Fax: +92-21-99212051
Email: webmaster@sindhpolice.gov.pk
Website: www.sindhpolice.gov.pk

ICCI lauds the services of MD Pakistan Bait Ul Mal for society

Islamabad, January 20, 2018 (PPI-OT):Muhammad Naveed, Senior Vice President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry along with Baser Daud, former President ICCI called on Barrister Abid Waheed Sheikh, Managing Director, Pakistan Bait Ul Mal (PBUM) and lauded his valuable services for the nation. He said under the leadership of Barrister Abid Waheed Sheikh, Pakistan Bait Ul Mal was taking good initiatives for poverty alleviation from the country by providing various social safety net services to vulnerable and under-privileged people. He said it was encouraging that Barrister Abid Waheed Sheikh has promoted transparency, efficiency and accessibility in Pakistan Bait Ul Mall by introducing IT integrated system and e-governance that has greatly facilitated the needy people including those in need of urgent medical treatment.

He appreciated Barrister Abid Waheed Sheikh for running some valuable projects to provide various social safety services to orphans, widows, disabled and other needy persons. It said it was laudable that PBUM has established hundreds of vocational schools for women empowerment and national centers for rehabilitation of child labour to provide free education. He said PBUM was disbursing a huge sums of money to the needy persons including cancer patients which was highly laudable. He hoped that under the dynamic leadership of Barrister Abid Waheed Sheikh, Pakistan Bait ul Mal would launch many new projects for the welfare of needy and deserving persons.

Speaking at the occasion, Baser Daud, former President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry appreciated the role of Barrister Abid Waheed Sheikh for bringing innovation and transparency in Pakistan Bait Ul Mal and said it was encouraging that government has appointed a dynamic and highly qualified professional from the private sector to lead Pakistan Bait Ul Mal. He said that Pakistan Bait Ul Mal was playing vital role in combating poverty and stressed that all well-to-do people should extend maximum cooperation and support to PBUM so that it could work more effectively to uplift the people from poverty and enable them to play a constructive role in our society.

For more information, contact:
Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI)
Chamber House, Aiwan-e-Sanat-o-Tijarat Road,
Mauve Area, G-8/1, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-2250526, 2253145, 8432676
Fax: +92-51-2252950
Email: icci@brain.net.pk
Website: www.icci.com.pk

Mayor Karachi chairs meeting on Fayzee Rahamin Art Gallery and Aiwan-e-Riffaat

Karachi, January 20, 2018 (PPI-OT):Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhtar said that all legal requirements will be taken into consideration in the making of Faizee Rehameen Art Gallery operational for holding of various recreation activities and hurdles in its construction project will also be removed. He said this in a meeting on Faizee Rehameen Art Gallery and Aiwan-e-Riffat. Municipal Commissioner Dr. Asghar Abbas Shaikh, senior director coordination Masood Alam, senior director Culture and Sports Saif Abbas, director technical to Mayor Karachi S.M Shakaib and other officers and consultant were also present on this occasion. Mayor Karachi said the construction work of this art gallery will be started after removal of legal obstacles. He said to officers to form a advisory committee that would work in this connection.

He said was an important cultural heritage of the city and this land was gifted by renowned personality of education and culture Begum Atiya Faizee to KMC for the citizens of Karachi and as sole trusty of this land KMC will under the trust deed continue to maintain and run this cultural center and organize cultural and literary activities here. The land and building of the Faizee Rehameen Art Gallery will only be utilized in accordance with the trust deed signed in 1952. He said a huge modern auditorium with the name of Aiwan-e-Riffat was also under construction with over 1800 seats adjacent to this gallery and this project will also be completed.

For more information, contact:
Administrator Secretariat
Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC)
City District Government Complex, 1st Floor, Civic Centre,
Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi
Tel: +92-21-99232400-01
Fax: +92-21-99232406
Email: administrator@karachicity.gov.pk