Saturday, 11 August, 2018
CDA uNDertAkes oPerAtioN to vACAte PArLiAMeNt LoDGes FroM ForMer LAwMAkers DOZENS OF FORMER PARLIAMENTARIANS RELUCTANT TO LEAVE OFFICIAL RESIDENCES, GIVEN FINAL NOTICE TILL MONDAY ISLAMABAD
SHAH NAWAZ MOHAL
APITAL Development Authority (CDA)’s Enforcement and Security Directorate, along with district administration and police, conducted an operation to vacate the Parliament Lodges from former lawmakers on Friday but achieved little success as only 20 out of 52 lodges were vacated. On the directives of Senate Deputy Chairman Saleem Mandviwalla, the CDA Enforcement and Security Directorate had undertaken the task of vacating Parliament Lodges – the official residence allotted to parliamentarians in the red zone – from former lawmakers. It is worth mentioning that the interim government issued notices to
92 former lawmakers to vacate the premises by July 31 so that the lodges could be allotted to newlyelected parliamentarians. CDA Director Security Faheem Badshah, along with Magistrate Abdul Hadi
Quaid’s grandson Nusli wadia lays claim to Jinnah House in Mumbai Industrialist Nusli Wadia has been allowed to step in as petitioner in place of his mother Dina, who died last year, in a decade-old claim for ownership of Jinnah House by the Bombay high court, the Times of India reported on Friday. The bungalow at Mumbai, Malabar Hill belonged to Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Dina’s father. Wadia had approached the high court in 2017 following his mother’s death. His counsel Darius khambata said the son should be permitted to substitute the mother as the petitioner in the 2007 writ filed by her since he is her legal heir and representative. Dina died on November 2, 2017, leaving behind her last will of April 2009 relating to her properties in India. A M Sethna, counsel for the central government, said that since he has not obtained probate, he cannot be substituted as her legal heir and representative. A bench of Justices Ranjit More and Anuja Prabhudessai said: “We are keeping this issue open to be agitated at the time of hearing of the petition.” NEWS DESK
eidul Azha likely on August 22, says Met department LAHORE: The Pakistan Meteorological Department has forecast that Eidul Azha will fall on August 22. The Department said on Friday that the Zil-Haj moon will likely be sighted on August 12. The month’s moon “will be born on Saturday afternoon” and can be viewed on Sunday evening, said the department. Eidul-Azha is likely to be celebrated on August 21 in Saudi Arabia. Eidul Azha is celebrated by Muslims across the world on the 10th day of Zil-Haj and commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son under obedience to God. STAFF REPORT
and police, conducted the operation. Out of 92 parliamentarians to whom notices were issued by CDA, 52 continued to hold possession of the lodges they were allotted. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s
(PML-N) Tallal Chaudhary, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan’s (MQM-P) Farooq Sattar, Mehmood khan Achakzai, Ghulam Rabbani, Aftab Ahmed Sherpao Pir Ameenul Hasnaat, Zafar Ullah Jamali Major Tahir Iqbal, Bilal Virk, Maulana Ameer Zaman, Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, Raja Matloob Mehdi, Sheeza Fatima Sardar Jaffar Leghari, Chaudhary Jaffar Iqbal, Abdul Ghaffar Dogar are among the those who continue to hold possession of the lodges. CDA staff faced resistance when they tried to vacate the lodge allotted to former MNA Aslam Bhootani. At the time of filing of this story, CDA had managed to retrieve 35 out of 52 lodges while the staff is planning to continue the operation on Saturday as well. Sources told Pakistan Today that former lawmakers have been given a final notice to vacate the premises by August 13 when the new National Assembly (NA) is expected to take oath. It is also worth mentioning that around 80 parliamentarians who have been re-elected will retain the same lodges.
Establishment Division issues directives for regularisation of govt employees ISLAMABAD ONLINE
Establishment Division has ordered to regularise the employees of federal ministries, divisions and departments. As per media reports, Establishment Division, while taking the notice of non-regularisation, of the civil servants of federal ministries, divisions and departments has ordered to regularise officers and employees. According to the directives of Establishment Division, it has come to notice that federal ministries, divisions and departments are not taking any steps to regularise their officers and low-grade employees on the jobs after the completion of probation period. Ac-
cording to the Employees Act 1973, employees have the right to be regularised in the federal ministries, divisions and departments. They should be regularised on better performance as per clause 7 of the Act. The order has been issued to regularise the officers and employees whose probation is completed. Establishment Division has issued the final seniority list of Grade 20 officers of Pakistan Administrative Services group. The final seniority list of 131 officers has been sent to related officers and ministries. Number one on the seniority list Ahmed Yar khan will retire on January 3, 2019, and the term of service of most junior officer Abdul Wahid Sheikh will complete on August 1, 2029.
MoHR yet to receive names of HR committees’ focal persons from provinces ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Human Rights (MoHR) has not received the names of focal persons from any province who were to present progress reports of district Human Rights (HRs) committees in order to facilitate the masses. The district committees have started working in Punjab and Sindh while the names of committee members in Balochistan and khyber Pakhtunkhwa (kP) are yet to be finalised. An official of MoHR informed that it had
been decided that a focal person would be nominated from each province who would then share the progress of these committees with the ministry, however, not a single province has followed the procedure yet. “We cannot get the information of their progress unless the focal persons are finalised. The selected persons were supposed to contact all the district bodies of their respective province and prepare a final report”, she told APP. APP
PHC dismisses appeal by indian prisoner seeking cut in jail term PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Friday rejected the appeal of an Indian national who has been imprisoned since 2012, seeking a reduction in his sentence. The petition was filed by Indian national Hamid Nehal Ansari through senior lawyer Qazi Muhammad Anwar and human rights activist Rukhshand Naaz after being awarded the ‘three-year rigorous imprisonment (RI)’ sentence awarded by a military court. In his petition, Ansari informed the court that he travelled to Pakistan via Jalalabad using a fake identity to meet a girl he had met online and was arrested from a hotel in kohat in 2012. “In 2012, Ansari was arrested by a security agency and was found guilty of spying as authorities’ recovered maps and photographs of sensitive installations from his possession,” the prosecution said, adding that, he was provided full security in the jail. Following the hearing of the case, the court observed that the sentence could not be reduced. “The law states that people involved in anti-state activities were not entitled to benefits under Section 382-B of the CrPC,” it was reported. However, PHC directed authorities concerned to deport Ansari immediately after completion of his jail term on December 15, 2018. STAFF REPORT
saudi Arabia to grant scholarships to Balochistan students Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki on Friday announced that his country would sponsor 50 scholarships which will be granted to the students of Balochistan. The announcement was made during a meeting with Senate Chairman Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani. According to the Senate spokesperson, the scholarships will be granted to students wishing to pursue undergraduate and graduate studies. The spokesperson said all expenses incurred by the students during the course of their education will be paid for by the Saudi government and the students will also be provided a monthly stipend. In January 2018, during the 11th session of the Pakistan-Saudi Arabia Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC), it was agreed between the two countries to encourage cooperation in the fields of scientific research, exchange of scholarship and experiences in health teaching and medical staff and exchange of student visits. NEWS DESK
Police arrest father, brother of Mastung suicide bomber Police on Friday claimed to have invested the father and brother of the suicide bomber behind the July 13 terrorist attack in Mastung that left149 people including election candidate Nawab Siraj Raisani martyred. The duo was arrested in an intelligencebased raid by Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) at Banaras area, CTD SSP Pervaiz Chandio said at a press conference here on Friday. Chandio said that both the relatives were hiding since the terror incident and were planning to flee to Afghanistan with the rest of family members. The suicide bomber, Hafiz Nawaz, was reportedly part of Daesh and had been affiliated with the Lashkar-eJhangvi as well. Authorities said the suicide bomber detonated in the middle of a compound where the political meeting was taking place. The blast wounded around 150 people, a senior provincial government official confirmed. NEWS DESK
Queen Elizabeth praises Pak Army major NEWS DESK A platoon of cadets at Uk’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS), led by a Pakistan Army major, has been declared as the best platoon of the course for demonstrating outstanding skills, with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth praising the Pakistani officer for “outstanding achievement,” reported a private media outlet. Major Umar Farooq from Pakistan Army joined British Army’s military academy last year as an instructor — taking over from Major Uqbah who returned to Pakistan in 2017 after serving as the first Pakistani military instructor. According to media reports, Sovereign’s Parade of Commission Course 173 was held on Friday at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, with Uk’s Chief of
General Staff General Mark Carlton Smith as the chief guest. Major Farooq was platoon commander of the course and trained cadets for over a year. Out of eight platoons, his was declared the best platoon of the course at the ceremony, which was attended by a large number of people, including retired and serving military officers, families of cadets and ambassadors from dozens of countries. Pakistan High Commissioner Sahebzada Ahmed khan attended the parade and congratulated Major Farooq and his platoon for achieving this coveted position. In recognition of his outstanding performance, the Pakistan Army officer has received a letter of appreciation from Her Majesty the Queen. His name has been written on the Sovereign’s platoon board in Royal Military Academy library,
which is an honour for Pakistan Army. An appreciation letter was also sent by the Buckingham Palace to Major Farooq. In it, Queen Elizabeth wrote that she was “delighted to learn that Number 12 Platoon The Somme Company has won the Sovereign’s Banner Competition this term.” “I send my warm congratulations to you, Colour Sergeant R. kirkbrigght THE YORkSHIRE REGIMENT and all members of the Platoon on this outstanding achievement.” Major Farooq is from 44 SP Artillery. Before coming to RMAS, he has served in Pakistan Military Academy kakul as Adjutant and Platoon Commander. At the parade, 173rd Commission Course passed out and two cadets from Pakistan Army were also among the ones completing the course.