Gas, water, economic crisis hit Balochistan due to CM’s “lukewarm attitude”, no confidence motion says.
There has been unemployment, unrest, and frustration in the province during his three-year tenure, it says.
Disgruntled members seek a new chief minister who has the backing of a majority, he says.
QUETTA: The disgruntled members of the provincial assembly (MPAs) have submitted a no-confidence motion against Chief Minister Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani.
The disgruntled members, in the motion submitted to the speaker, said during the three years of Alyani’s term as the chief minister, there has been unemployment, unrest, and frustration in the province.
The motion claimed that the provincial cabinet members had informed the chief minister about the issues of Balochistan, but he did not pay heed to them.
“Due to Jam Kamal’s lukewarm attitude, there has been gas, water, electricity, and economic crisis in [Balochistan],” the motion said.
Speaking about the internal rift within the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), the chief minister said that all the members of BAP and its allied parties are supporting him except for a few BAP members who tendered their resignations to the Balochistan governor.
CM Alyani said that some of his “companions” have tried to remove him from the post of the chief minister before too, adding that he would not let this “void” persist within the party.
“We are trying that the ministers take their resignations back,” said CM Kamal. “If they don’t take their resignations back, we would have to appoint new ministers.”
NCOC urges concerned individuals, bodies to strictly implement coronavirus SOPs when organising religious events.
Makes it mandatory for religious scholars and naat reciters to be fully vaccinated before attending Rabi ul Awal events.
Only licensed and government approved rallies will be allowed to conduct religious events and activities.
The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has issued guidelines for holding Milads and Seerat-un-Nabi (PBUH) conferences in the month of Rabi ul Awal.
A meeting of the NCOC, under the chairmanship of the Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Asad Umar, decided that only licensed and government-approved rallies and events will be allowed.
The meeting urged the individuals and organisations concerned to strictly implement the coronavirus Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) throughout the holy month.
The NCOC made it mandatory for religious scholars and naat reciters to be fully vaccinated before attending Rabi ul Awal events and suggested the government and private media houses hold the events live so that more people could partake in the celebrations without having to physically attend them.
According to the SOPs defined by the NCOC for milads and other religious events, the venues should be open and spacious where a six-feet distance in the seating arrangement must be ensured.
Events organised at mosques and other spots should have thermal screening, sanitisers, and arrangements for washing hands at the entrances while the availability of face masks should be ensured at every venue. The NCOC also directed people to avoid physical contact with sacred objects.
Authorities concerned have been directed to set up special vaccination camps on the 10th Rabi ul Awal (October 17).
The moon for the holy month of Rabi-ul-Awal had been sighted in Pakistan on October 7, with the Eid Milad un Nabi (PBUH) falling on October 19.
Supreme Court asks prosecution to present evidence against prime suspect Zahir Jaffer’s mother Ismat Adamjee at next hearing.
Justice Umar Ata Bandial says no mention of Ismat Adamjee in IHC order.
Hearing adjourned till October 18.
The Supreme Court (SC) ordered the prosecution to present its evidence against Ismat Adamjee, the mother of Zahir Jaffer, the prime suspect in The Noor Mukadam murder case, at the next hearing scheduled for October 18.
The apex court was hearing the bail pleas of the parents of Zakir Jaffer and his wife Ismat Adamjee, which the couple had filed separately in the SC after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had earlier rejected their bail pleas.
Justice Mansoor Ali Shah asked where mention of Ismat Jaffer had been made in the order by the IHC.
Ismat Jaffer has not even been mentioned by the IHC in its order [denying the couple bail], Justice Umar Ata Bandial said. We are just trying to understand the case, Justice Bandial explained.
Zakir and Ismat’s counsel Khawaja Haris argued that the murder case had been registered against Zahir Jaffer and that his parents were in Karachi at the time of the murder.
Justice Qazi Amin later stated that the Noor Mukadam murder case is very sad and extended his sympathies with the family of the victim.
He, too, said that the court was seeking information only to understand the facts of the case.
Justice Bandial said that he found out during the recess that there had been a death in his family and that he immediately had to leave for Lahore.
The apex court then ordered the prosecution to present its evidence against Ismat Zakir at the next hearing.
Haris, however, responded that the forensic reports had not been received yet.
The right to a fair trial is mandatory but delay in disposing a case adds to anxiety, Justice Bandial said, explaining that the purpose of a speedy trial is to give immediate relief to the innocent people named in the case.
All forensic reports have been received except for the reports on six mobile phones, the advocate-general said.
The hearing was adjourned till October 18.
Noor Mukadam, a 27-year-old woman, was raped and murdered with a sharp instrument on July 20 within the limits of the Kohsar police station in Islamabad. A case of murder was later registered at the same police station by Noor’s father, former Pakistani ambassador Shaukat Ali Mukadam.
Zahir Jaffer is the prime suspect in Noor Mukadam’s murder case. The grisly murder, in which Mukadam was beheaded, took place on July 20 in Islamabad’s F-7 area.
The Islamabad police arrested suspect Zahir Jaffer on the night of July 20 from his house where, according to Noor’s parents, he killed her with a sharp instrument and severed her head.
The gruesome incident sparked a nationwide campaign seeking justice for her, with #JusticeforNoor becoming a top trend on Twitter.
Islamabad court rejects bail pleas of Zahir Jaffer’s parents
Earlier, the IHC had rejected the bail pleas of Zakir Jaffer and Ismat Adamjee in the Noor Mukadam murder case.
The IHC also ordered the trial court to complete the trial within eight weeks. IHC’s Justice Aamer Farooq initially delivered a brief verdict. A detailed verdict was released later.
Zakir and Ismat had filed bail petitions in the Noor Mukadam murder case stating that they had nothing to do with Noor’s murder, while the police challan presented in court said that if Zahir’s parents had informed the police in time, Noor could have been saved.
What did the Islamabad High Court’s detailed verdict say?
In its detailed verdict, the IHC ruled that Zahir Jaffer’s parents committed the crime of aiding and abetting Noor’s murder.
The court said that Zahir’s parents knew their son had taken Noor hostage and despite having this information, they did not share it with the police. The watchman had clearly stated that he had informed Zakir Jaffer, the court added.
The detailed judgment also refers to the decisions of the SC.
The SC has said that aiding and abetting murder is as serious a crime as murder, the IHC said, adding that aiding and abetting a crime can also be direct, for which there is sufficient factual evidence.
According to the Black’s Law Dictionary, not doing one’s duty is also aiding and abetting, the IHC verdict said.
Zahir Jaffer, the court said, had said in his confessional statement that he had informed his father about Noor. Whether Zahir’s statement is acceptable or not is to be decided by the trial court, the IHC said.
Zahir’s parents challenge IHC bail rejection in SC
The parents of Zahir Jaffer then approached the SC for bail.
The petition, filed in the apex court by Advocate Khawaja Harris on behalf of Zahir’s parents Zakir Jaffer and Ismat Adamjee, asks whether not reporting the “incident” counts as aiding the crime.
The text of the petition stated that the Islamabad High Court (IHC) wrongly reviewed Section 107 of the Pakistan Penal Code.
The petition further stated that there is no evidence to suggest that Zahir’s parents knew the intentions of their son and that their bail application cannot be dismissed on the basis of the statement of a co-accused.
The petition said that a complete challan of the case has not yet been presented in the trial court, while the high court went beyond its jurisdiction by directing to complete the trial in two months.
The petition filed in the SC further said that delivering a verdict in two months goes against the rights of the suspects and the principles of a transparent trial.
The police investigation in the Noor Mukadam murder case was one-sided and not impartial, the petition stated further. The defendants will not be able to defend themselves properly in prison, it argued, adding that it is very difficult for them to communicate with their lawyers in prison.
These arbitrary arrests and detentions by the Indian forces are prime example of New Delhi’s state-terrorism, says FO spokesperson.
Surge in extra-judicial killings and arbitrary arrests in occupied Kashmir are a source of serious alarm for the world, says FO.
“Nor will India’s illegal and unlawful actions be able to mislead the world into accepting its false narrative against the Kashmiris,” he adds.
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday strongly condemned the arrest of over 1,400 Kashmiris on orchestrated charges by the Indian occupied forces in one of the biggest ever crackdowns in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJK).
In a statement, Foreign Office spokesperson Asim Iftikhar said that these arbitrary arrests and detentions by the Indian forces are prime examples of New Delhi’s state terrorism and trampling of fundamental human rights in IOJK.
He maintained that the recent surge in extra-judicial killings, staged cordon-and-search operations, and arbitrary arrests in IOJK are a source of serious alarm for the international community.
Last month, Pakistan unveiled a comprehensive dossier comprising irrefutable evidence of gross and systematic human rights violations, war crimes, and false flag operations in the occupied valley being carried out by Indian occupation forces with impunity.
The spokesperson said that India must recognise that no amount of brutalities committed against the Kashmiris can suppress their voice and their legitimate movement to achieve their inalienable right to self-determination.
“Nor will India’s illegal and unlawful actions be able to mislead the world into accepting India’s false narrative against the Kashmiris,” he added.
DIG Shariq Jamal Khan says the audio recording, found from Rambo’s mobile phone, has been made a part of the case.
According to the audio recording, Ayesha Akram and Rambo were planning to take money from all the suspects who have been arrested.
Rambo is currently in police custody on a four-day physical remand.
LAHORE: A new development has taken place in the Minar-e-Pakistan case as an audiotape between TikToker Ayesha Akram and suspect Rambo has reportedly surfaced.
During an investigation with TikToker Rambo, the police seized his phone and found a recording of a telephone conversation between him and Akram.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Shariq Jamal Khan said that the phone call recording has been made a part of the case.
According to the audio recording, Akram and Rambo were planning to take money from all the suspects who have been arrested so far.
The two TikTokers discussed the number of suspects arrested and how much money should be taken from them. They reportedly also discussed that most of them belong to a low income group.
In the audio, Akram told Rambo that people can hardly pay Rs550,000.
Rambo is currently in police custody on a four-day physical remand, during which many details have come to light.
Akram had nominated Rambo and 12 others in a statement, holding them responsible for the incident.
Meanwhile, Rambo had told media during a court appearance on Saturday that he had tried to save Akram’s life. “This is how one is repaid for saving someone’s life. The lesson here is that one should not help anyone.”
He alleged that Akram wanted to take Rs500,000 from each of the suspects in the case.
“When I tried to convince her not to do so, she used foul language and threatened me that if I did not accept her demands, I may have to face jail,” he further alleged.
Rambo is the person seen defending Akram in numerous videos following the incident going viral.
According to the police, of the 104 suspects initially taken into custody for allegedly assaulting Akram, six have so far been identified by the victim, while three have confessed to the crime.
The suspects identified include Shehryar, Mehran, Abid, Arsalan, Sajid, and Iftikhar.
A local court had ordered the release of the rest of the 98 suspects, as Akram could not identify them during an identity parade.
On August 14, a female TikToker in Lahore’s Greater Iqbal Park was assaulted by hundreds of men.
The incident came to light after a video went viral on social media, showing hundreds of men attacking her as she went to the park with four of her friends to celebrate Independence Day.
Police had initially registered a case against 400 people allegedly involved in the incident.
The victim, along with her friends, was making a TikTok video in the park when hordes of men of all ages climbed a fence and attacked the woman.
The victim told the police that the men groped her, tore off her clothes, beat her, and tossed her in the air. In addition, they robbed her of Rs15,000, snatched her mobile phone and took off her gold ring and studs.
As part of security arrangements for Rabiul Awwal 12, Sindh has imposed a ban on pillion ridding in all cities on October 19.
Ban not applicable on women, children below the age of 12 years, senior citizens, personnel of law enforcement agencies, etc.
Moon for month of Rabiul Awwal sighted in Pakistan on October 7.
KARACHI: The Sindh government imposed on Monday a ban on pillion riding in the province as part of security arrangements for Rabiul Awwal 12.
According to a notification issued by the home department, a ban has been imposed on pillion riding in all cities on October 19.
“In the back drop of numerous threat alerts of disruption of law and order during various events of Rabi ul Awal there is a need for imposing ban under Section 144 Cr.PC on pillion riding for one day on 12th Rabi ul Awal 1443 Hijri i.e. October 19, 2021,” the notification read.
The home department further added that the ban won’t apply to women, children below the age of 12 years, senior citizens, personnel of law enforcement agencies/security agencies in uniform, employees of essential services and journalists subject to showing their press card/service card.
The moon for the holy month of Rabiul Awwal had been sighted in Pakistan on October 7, with Eid Miladun Nabi (PBUH) falling on October 19.
Imran Khan inaugurates official celebrations of Rabi ul Awal
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday inaugurated the official celebrations for the month of Rabi ul Awal with a special message for the Pakistani youth and said that countries, where the rule of law reigns supreme, are bound to progress.
Speaking during the Rehmatul-lil-Alameen Conference in Islamabad, the premier had said that societies that face moral decline are unable to move towards advancement.
The conference was attended by government officials, civil society members, journalists, and members of minority communities. Federal Minister for Science and Technology Shibli Faraz, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry, and Minister of Education and Professional Development Shafqat Mehmood were also in attendance.
PM Imran Khan also announced the establishment of a Rehmatul-lil-Alameen Authority in the country to ensure the implementation of the teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) in society.
The premier had said that he will be the patron-in-chief of the authority, while the government has already started searching for a chairman to head the authority, who will be a top scholar.
Imran Khan had said that the authority will monitor the curriculum being taught at schools and organise research in universities regarding the true message of Islam in light of the teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). He stressed the need to undertake research on Muslim heroes.
The prime minister had said a cartoon series will be made to introduce Islamic culture to our children. He said Islam has its own cultural values that need to be taught to our children to protect them from evils like sex crimes.
National hero Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, a few days before his death, wrote a letter to Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on October 4, thanking the CM for sending him a bouquet.
“Extremely grateful to you for your kind wishes and for the beautiful bouquet of flowers which I received today. Alhamdulillah, I am much better and recuperating to the satisfaction of the doctors,” Dr AQ Khan’s letter read.
In his letter, Dr Khan expressed a feeling that the Prime Minister and chief ministers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Punjab were “waiting to hear the good news” of his demise. “…the CM of my province, of my city, remembered me in this difficult period,” he wrote, expressing that he was grateful.
Renowned nuclear scientist and national icon Dr AQ Khan, 85, passed away early Sunday morning after his health deteriorated.
He was given a state funeral at Faisal Mosque in Islamabad before being laid to rest at the H-8 graveyard. A large number of people were in attendance during the funeral prayers, despite the heavy rainfall.
Among those who attended the funeral were cabinet members, parliamentarians and the military leadership.
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