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Petition in LHC to deploy Rangers in Punjab2017/07/26
LAHORE: In the wake of Lahore blast that left over 26 people dead and dozens others injured, a petition calling for enforcement of the National Action Plan (NAP) and deployment of paramilitary troops in Punjab province was filed in Lahore High Court on Tuesday.
Judicial Activism Panel petitioned the high court, contending that the Punjab government has failed to implement the NAP in letter and spirit. As a result, incidents like the one that occurred yesterday took place, it added.
The petitioner said the civil and military leadership had unanimously devised the NAP to counter extremism and terrorism, but the Punjab government was not implementing it in violation of the Constitution.
It said Law Minister Rana Sanaullah and other ministers remained focused on the Panama Papers case while the people of the province were left at the mercy of terrorists. The petitioner pleaded with the court to issue directives to the government to strictly implement the NAP and deploy paramilitary troops in the province so that lives and properties of people could be secured.
Following the Army Public School Peshawar massacre in which approximately 132 children and nine others were killed, the civil and military leadership had devised a counter-terrorism strategy in the shape of the National Action Plan (NAP) to deal with the menace of terrorism.
Establishing military courts for speedy prosecution of terror suspects, reforming the madressahs, censoring hate literature, banning organisations which incite sectarian violence were the key points of the NAP. - NNI

Imran submits his income tax returns in SC2017/07/26
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan's ineligibility case was heard by the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday in which Imran's counsel Naeem Bukhari said his client did not have any source of income besides professional cricket, and submitted income tax returns as well.
Naeem Bukhari added that Imran also earned money through ads and news articles ...

Supreme Court intentionally defamed, says Justice Ejaz2017/07/26
ISLAMABAD: Hearing the false reporting case against Jang and Geo group at Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan said the court was intentionally defamed.
Hearing contempt of court case against Jang group for publishing incorrect report regarding the fourth and final report submitted by the Panama Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to the court, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan remarked, "The apex court was defamed on purpose."
"Fake news was published by Jang Group by merely citing sources to vilify apex court and joint investigation team," he said.
Addressing the counsel of Jang and Geo group, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed observed, "The story you published in your newspaper against the Panama JIT bounced back and you had to tender apology over the false reporting."
Justice Sheikh also said the Jang group published some incorrect news stories regarding stock market as well.
During Monday's proceedings, Jang Group and its reporter Ahmad Noorani submitted their replies.
In his reply, Noorani stated that he had sent the questions to the registrar via WhatsApp before contacting the SC judge. He also stated that he then tried to contact the house servants when he was unable to speak to the judge.
"The judge picked his first call which was made at 08.11 pm. The judge said that he speaks in courts and the verdicts," Noorani stated.
The reporter added that when he contacted the judge for the second time at 08.14 pm, the judge said that the affected person should contact the court regarding the matter.
Jang Group Owner Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman and Mir Javed-ur-Rehman, in their replies, stated that many news channels along with Geo News aired the content of the news leak in the wrong context.
They pleaded that a single news channel should not be accused of contempt of court. He added, 'Whatever happened, we express our repentance over it.'
They pleaded the Supreme Court of Pakistan to take back the contempt of court notice which was issued to them. 
Expressing exasperation over half-finished reply, the SC instructed Jang Group to submit additional documents and complete reply in the court. The hearing was adjourned till August 22.
SC had issued contempt notice to Jang Group over news published by English daily The News International.
While quoting the sources close to the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the Panama Papers case against Sharif family, The News International stated that the JIT has not held Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif responsible of any wrongdoing.
"The JIT has cast some doubts about the prime minister in absence of any reasonable evidence but at no place has held the Prime Minister responsible of doing any illegal thing," the paper reported. - NNI

Pakistan, Afghanistan are victims of terror: COAS2017/07/26
LAHORE: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday said that concurrent blasts at Kabul and Lahore are testimony of our stance that both Pakistan and Afghanistan are victims of terrorism and will continue to suffer if these actors are able to use Afghanistan territory with impunity. 
He reiterated that, "Pakistan is ready to help Afghanistan to eliminate terrorist safe heavens in their border areas as we have done on our side."
According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the COAS expressed these views while chairing a security meeting at Headquarters Lahore Corps. 
Detailed update on Operation Raddul Fasaad and Monday's blast was given. Expressing his grief with victims and their families, the COAS said, "Such incidents cannot lower our resolve to eliminate terrorism from its roots. We are making gains in breaking connectivity between terror masterminds and their facilitators/ executors." 
He said, "The Army fully supports and stands with police and other Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) towards performance of their role as first responders. We have fought against terrorism as a nation and key to success is national participation by reporting every suspicious activity to security forces." 
The COAS said, "Regional actors and hostile intelligence agencies are fully involved to use terror as policy tool." 
Later, the COAS visited injured of the blast at General Hospital. Lieutenant General Sadiq Ali Commander Lahore Corps and Inspector General Police Punjab were also present.
Meanwhile, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday visited General Hospital in Lahore at inquired about the health of those injured in the tragic Ferozepur Road blast.
He was also briefed at the Corps Headquarters on Old Sabzi Mandi blast and current security situation in the provincial capital. Police officials also met with the army chief to discuss the terrorist attack in the district.
It is expected that General Bajwa will analyze security policy to avoid such incidents in future. The law enforcement agencies will formulate a plan to enhance security and punish those involved, including the accomplices.
As many as 26 were killed and 58 persons received severe injuries in the aftermath of blast near Arfa Karim Software Park. Many of those people were transferred to Lahore General Hospital which is located near the blast location on Ferozepur Road. - NNI

Ambassador of Denmark to Pakistan, Ole Thonke called on Adviser to Prime Minister2017/07/25
ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Denmark to Pakistan, Ole Thonke called on Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, here Monday. - PID photo

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