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Islamabad High Court Bar Association (IHCBA) has cancelled the membership of 10 lawyers for attending the oath-taking ceremony of new high court justice Amir Farooq. The High Court Bar Association (HCBA) and District Bar Association (DBA) had boycotted the oath taking ceremony of Justice Amir Farooq which took place on January 1, 2015. Earlier on December 20, 2014 the HCBA and DBA and had presented a resolution in its joint meeting that no lawyer would participate in the oath taking ceremony of Justice Amir Farooq and whoever so would participate his membership would be cancelled. The lawyers whose membership has been cancelled include Chaudhry Abdul Majid Gujjar, Rashid Hanif, Riaz Hanif Rahi, Siraj Ahmed, Sadiq Kazim Saeed Ahmed Khursheed, Khawaja Shahid Rasool, Amanullah, Ami Latif Gill and Syed Kazim Hussain Kazmi.





VER a month has passed since the incident of police brutality against the blind but both federal and provincial governments have not taken meaningful steps to protect and promote rights of persons with disabilities. Centre for Peace and Development

Initiatives (CPDI) in a statement Thursday said that Pakistan has yet to enact laws at federal and provincial levels to protect rights of the disabled keeping their special needs into consideration. In the absence of law to protect their rights, persons with disabilities have to face discriminatory and degrading treatment as students, teachers, and employees and in all spheres of life. What is even worrying is that the federal and provincial and governments are going to enact disability laws which will look good on paper but will not bring about any qualitative change in protecting rights of the disabled. Pakistan Disability Act 2015, developed in consultation with World Health Organisation (WHO), is under consideration of federal and provincial governments for

enactment. Lack of enforcement mechanism will largely remain ceremonious if not improved. The statement said that the CPDI has grave concerns about the utility of this law in protecting and promoting rights of persons with disabilities. In the name of rehabilitating persons with disabilities, Councils at federal and provincial level will be created with powers only to make recommendations which not be binding on public bodies. The CPDI suggested that the law to protect rights of the disabled should contain list of rights that are not resource dependant or require less resources and such a list should be developed after consultation with organisations of persons with disabilities. The proposed councils should be em-

powered to impose penalty on officials for not getting these rights implemented. Furthermore, the proposed council is vested with executive authority but it has not been elaborated upon. The CPDI said that it believes that the proposed council for the rehabilitation of disabled persons should be given powers of civil court so that it could get data from public bodies pertaining to the issues of the disabled. The deputy chairperson of the proposed council will be a disabled person but the process of the nomination of the disabled person has not been elaborated in the law. The CPDI demanded the federal and provincial governments to strengthen the role of the councils so that the rights of persons with disabilities could be protected.


An FIR has been registered against four people for making a nude video of a child and blackmailing his father for extorting money. The incident occurred in the premises of Thana Chatli. Akhter Hussain informed police that his son was deceived and was taken to undisclosed place by four people namely Saddique, Touseef, Asad and Aftab. He told the police that his son was stripped and forcefully a video was made of him.


Islamabad High Court (IHC) has sought report from Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) chairman containing details of Afghan SIMs being used in Pakistan and record of non-registered SIMs. The court has also sought reasons from PTA chairman for non implementation of its orders. The petition filed against use of Afghan SIMs in Pakistan came up for hearing before IHC Thursday. The petitioner Saimul Haq Satti appeared before the court and took the plea Afghan SIMs are being used in Pakistan illegally through mobile companies since the last several years. Consequently, terror-related incidents such as Peshawar army public school carnage are taking place in the country. No record is available of these Afghan SIMs. All the mobile companies are tax defaulters to the tune of Rs 26 million. He pleaded no action has been taken by Interior Ministry and PTA chairman against use of these SIMs and illegal and nonregistered SIMs. The hearing of the case was adjourned indefinitely.


Three dead bodies have been found in different sectors of the capital city on Thursday. According to police, a man committed suicide while two others were the addicts of drugs. Police started investigation after filling the case. Muhammad Arshad son of Muhammad Aslam, resident of Rawalpindi was told to be a drug addict and his dead body was found from Fatah Jang Road Tarnol. Second one, Faiz Ahmed Faiz son of Khushi Muhammad committed suicide in his house in Zia Masjid and his case was registered in Shahzad Town Police Station. Third dead is identified by the name of Amanullah son of Faiz Bukhsh and he was the resident of I-10/2. He is also told to be the addict of drugs and his dead body is found from I-10/4. His case is registered in Police Station Peer Wdhai.

ISLAMABAD: A woman buying clothes from a roadside vendor in the capital. INP


posal and the PR is expected to earn additional revenue of Rs 43 million on annual basis. The sources said that the railways has also revised the land leases of the past and the earning from it has increased from seven million to thirty five million rupees. The land would be leased in phases to get maximum return. About 176 acres of land will

be leased out during the current month and the authorities expect Rs 27 million from it. The remaining land would be leased out in February, 2015. Meanwhile, the authorities are also devising a comprehensive plan to remove encroachments from railways land and take action against those who would resist the removal of encroachments.

PR TO LEASE 313 ACRES OF LAND IN PINDI FOR 3 YEARS Polyclinic denies 20 arrested during death of two search operation children at NICU INP

The Pakistan Railways (PR) has decided to lease out 313 acres of its land in Rawalpindi division for three years to make some earnings for the loss running organisation. According to reports, Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq has approved the pro-



Federal Government Polyclinic (FGPC) Executive Director Dr Zahid Hussain has denied death of two children at hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) due to non-functioning of ventilators. Talking to journalists on Thursday, the FGPC ED contradicted a news item appearing in a section of press regarding death of two children and said that the news story was based on incorrect facts and without having accurate information. He said that only two ventilators are available in NICU instead of five or seven as quoted in the news story published

on January 6. He added there was no shortage of oxygen in NICU. He said that there is a system of entertaining complaints in NICU, adding, no complaint of any sort of matter was lodged by relative of any patient in NICU on said date mentioned in the news item. He said that on that day six children were admitted in NICU and all were on medication not on ventilators so there was no requirement of ventilators for them. He said that there is a set procedure as before admission in NICU, parents are properly briefed about the condition of patient and in case of referral, patients are shifted to tertiary care hospital with a doctor through ambulance.


The Islamabad Police have arrested 20 suspects during search operation in various areas of the city, a police spokesman said. Islamabad IGP Tahir Alam Khan directed all SDPOs and SHOs to enhance patrolling as well as checking in various areas of the city and conduct search operation at slum areas, Afghan habitats, under construction buildings, workshops, bus stands and inns. Following his directions, sub-divisional police officer performing in Islamabad headed this search operation in the areas of Saddar Zone. Tarnol Police Station SHO along with police team conducted search in the

area of under construction buildings and plazas. They succeeded in nabbing 20 suspects who are being investigated further. SSP Islamabad has said the purpose of this search operation and high vigilance is to ensure foolproof security in the city and he further directed all SHOs to continue it. He has also appealed the citizens to remain vigilant and inform police in case of any suspicious activity around them. FIVE DETAINED FOR PHOTOGRAPHING SECURITY INSTALLATIONS: In the meanwhile, the security personnel arrested five suspects for taking photographs of sensitive buildings in Rawalpindi on Thursday. The nabbed suspects were shifted to Westridge Police Station where they were being interrogated.

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