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Nawaz Trial: Justice Be Done, But Should Also Be Seen Being Done

“Truth is about perception and what we believe shapes what we perceive” ― Alan B Jones JUN 13, 2018 — The Supreme Court has extended the deadline given to the accountability court of Islamabad for the completion of trial in corruption references against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law. A two-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, on Sunday while taking up an application moved by judge Mohammad Bashir of the accountability court, granted one-month extension to the trial court. The previous deadlineRead More


Supreme Court Declares Bahria Town Karachi (BTK), Bahria Town Rawalpindi Projects ‘Illegal’

Supreme Court finds massive illegalities in lands acquired by Real Estate Tycoon Malik Riaz and his firm Bahria Town Ltd. for housing projects in Karachi and Rawalpindi and declares them illegal; The court also considered the interests of those people (includes overseas Pakistanis) Bahria Town has already sold the land to. May 4, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court on Friday barred country’s renowned real estate development enterprise “Bahria Town” from selling or allotting land in the Bahria Town Karachi (BTK) project off the Super HighwayRead More


916 Govt Officers Hold Dual Nationality, Supreme Court Informed

May 3, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — The number of government officers holding dual nationality has reached 916, of them 487 belonged to federal departments while 232 are working in four provinces, reveals a report submitted in the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Earlier in Marach, the top court was informed that as many as 758 government officials hold dual nationality. The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had submitted the report. According to the latest report, of the 758 civil servants holding dual nationality, 611 have declared their dual status while 147 have concealedRead More


SC Seeks Report On Foreign Currency Transactions Above $50K

Hopes dashed for ill-gotten assets and wealth recovery from abroad; Supreme Court seeks details within 7 days of all transactions above $50,000 from Pakistan during 2017-18. April 27, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — The Supreme Court has sought details of all transactions above $50,000 from Pakistan during the year 2017-18, and instructed the State Bank of Pakistan on Thursday to submit a sealed report on the matter within seven days. Headed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, a three-judge bench passed the instructions during a suo motu hearing ofRead More


Supreme Court Removes Politician from PEMRA Chairman Selection Committee

(DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — The Supreme Court of Pakistan has removed State Minister for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb from a committee constituted to select the head of Pakistan Media Regulation Authority (PEMRA). The decision was taken on Monday during a court hearing related to media and PEMRA matters. The media commission case is based on petitions filed by senior journalists Hamid Mir and Absar Alam in 2013 regarding issues faced by the media and the government’s use of ‘secret funds’ to influence media. Alam was later appointed the PEMRA chairman but removed lastRead More


Chief Justice of Supreme Court Orders ‘Independent Forensic Audit’ of Pakistan Railways

The Pakistan Railways annual earning has increased from Rs18 billion some five years ago to Rs50 billion though the losses also rose from Rs30bn to around Rs35bn annually. (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — The Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered an independent forensic audit of Pakistan Railways during the suo motu hearing in Lahore on Rs60 billion (US$545 million) losses due to alleged corruption and mismanagement in the state-run railways. During the court proceedings, Chief Justice Saqib Nisar queried the Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique on the recurring losses. Mr.Read More