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Supreme Court orders release of Daniel Pearl’s killers

A three-member bench headed by Justice Mushir Alam and comprising Justice Sardar Tariq Masood and Justice Yahya Afridi heard the criminal application for leave of appeal filed by the Sindh government and Daniel Pearl's parents under Section 185. The Sindh High Court (SHC) passed the Constitution on April 2 against the improper decision.

"An appeal from the Sindh government and the criminal plea of ​​Daniel Pearl's parents has been rejected and the appeal of defendant Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh has been accepted and if there is no need in any other case, the respondents will be released soon. ۔ " Order.

A member of the bench opposed the decision.

Ahmed Omar's lawyer, Mahmoud A. Sheikh, said his client had also appealed against the SHC's order, where he was convicted of kidnapping Daniel Pearl and sentenced to seven years in prison. ۔

"The court accepted his appeal, saying he had no role in the abduction of Daniel Pearl and that all the charges against him were false and fabricated, and no evidence was found." The court.

The lawyer said the court had given his client a clean chit and ordered his immediate release unless he was wanted in another case.

He said that the Sindh government had filed three appeals against the acquittal of three accused besides Ahmed Omar, which was dismissed by the court.

"Clearly acquitting the accused means that the court has upheld the decision of the Sindh High Court," said Mahmood Sheikh.

He said that the best part of his life (accused persons) had been spent in jail for 19 years and today the court came to the conclusion that he should not have spent a single day in jail.

"We expect the Sindh government to live up to its constitutional and legal obligations to comply with the orders of the land high court and soon release the accused as directed by the court," said Mahmood A. Sheikh.

Immediately after the verdict, Daniel Pearl's parents reacted to the verdict in the media. According to a statement issued by Pearl's family through their lawyer, it was alleged that today's decision was a complete blow to justice and that the release of the killers endangered journalists and the people of Pakistan everywhere. I am putting

During the proceedings on Thursday, the court expressed dissatisfaction over the Sindh government's response to the CMA filed by Daniel Pearl's lawyer. Faisal Siddiqui, a lawyer for the Daniel Pearl family, had filed a petition in the court the next day with a request to bring some news on record in the court.

The documents were mainly newspaper techniques and a news item published in a newspaper in 2008, entitled "Militant scam in India drives India away". According to news reports, Ahmed Omar Sheikh had betrayed then President Asif Ali Zardari and Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani to escalate tensions after the Mumbai terror attacks.

The court asked Sindh Prosecutor General Fayyaz Shah, "Give us concrete evidence that the accused have made fraudulent calls from jail." However, the prosecutor general told the court that the intelligence agencies were gathering evidence and asking for some time to file the report.

However, a member of the bench, Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, asked the Prosecutor General that he had not collected evidence for the last 12 years.

On April 2, a two-judge bench of the High Court headed by Justice Muhammad Karim Khan Agha quashed the death sentence of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, a British national who was sentenced by an anti-terrorism court 18 years ago. Kidnapping and beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl.

The defendants had filed an appeal in the High Court against Pearl's conviction after he was convicted of kidnapping and murder.

The court also quashed the sentences of three others, Fahad Naseem, Syed Salman Saqib and Sheikh Muhammad Adil, in the case. The court ruled that three of the four were "not guilty" while the death sentence of key accused Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh was commuted to seven years in prison.

However, the Sindh government, through Prosecutor General Fayyaz Shah, challenged the SHC's decision in the Supreme Court on April 22, claiming that the High Court had erred in dealing with the legal question of the burden of proof. Because the prosecution had safely removed the burden. Prove the guilt of the accused / respondents by presenting the accused and sufficient evidence.

News Desk further said: Meanwhile, the Sindh government has announced to file a review petition against the decision.

Spokesman for the Attorney General for Pakistan Khalid Javed Khan said that the federal government was in touch with the Sindh government. News

Corruption gone up in Pakistan TI

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has dropped four points in the International Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) to 124th position from 120th position in 2019.

According to national media, the rating was released by Transparency International (TI), which also praised the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

According to the TI report, Pakistan's score is 31 out of 100 and the country is ranked 124th out of 180 countries, and the score has quadrupled since 2012. The Berlin-based nonprofit issues a CPI every year, ranking 180 countries and regions according to their perceptions of public sector corruption, according to experts and businessmen. Pakistan lost four positions in 2020 compared to 2019 and seven positions compared to 2018. In 2019, Pakistan ranked 120th in the global corruption list and 117th in 2018.

In neighboring countries, India, Iran and Nepal also lost by one point and Malaysia by two points. On the other hand, Afghanistan's corruption score improved by 3 and Turkey's by 1 to 1.

This year, Denmark and New Zealand top the index with 888 points. Syria, Somalia and South Sudan are at the bottom of the chart with 14, 12 and 12 points, respectively.

In CPI 2020, Pakistan's score has decreased from 32/100 in 2019 to 31/100 and in 2019 from 120/180 to 124/180.

Sohail Muzaffar, chairman of TI Pakistan, says Pakistan has doubled its numbers since last year: rule of law index and types of democracy. He said that the questions asked about the rule of law index and the types of democracy are about the corruption of government officials by the legislature (parliament), executives (bureaucracy), judiciary, police and army. Muzaffar said the government needs to improve its performance in all four areas.

The CPI uses a scale of 0 to 100 to rank the world, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. Pakistan's score - 31/100 - is lower than last year's score and 2020's CPI is lower than average.

Prime Minister Imran Khan welcomed the report, saying that Transparency International had obtained the figures for 2017-18.

He said that PML-N and Occupy Mafia are one and they will not forgive Qaba Mafia. Addressing the party spokespersons, the Prime Minister said that only Justice (Retd) Azmat Saeed would inquire into the matter of Broadsheet.

Information Minister Senator Shibli Faraz said that 30 years of corruption could not be cleared in 30 months. Talking to Geo News, he said that the Prime Minister is clean and tidy and his clean record is now having an effect on the ministers as well.

Reacting to the report, PML-N spokesperson Maryam Aurangzeb said that the TI report was a global proof of corruption in the Imran Khan government.

"The elected government has failed on all fronts and only the corruption commission and theft have made progress. Congratulations Imran Sahib, "he added.

PPP Senator Sherry Rehman said that Prime Minister Imran Khan's claims to end corruption were based on lies. He said that corruption was on the rise under this government and losing Pakistan in some places in the global corruption index was a question mark on the performance of the PTI government. "Since this government came to power, Pakistan has slipped seven places on the list," he said, adding that the world was now watching the story of the government's rage for corruption. "The focus is on the NAB and the government's political opponents, not corruption," Sherry said.

Shazia Ata Murree, information secretary of the PPP parliamentarians, said that in the past, Imran Khan used to wave reports of transparency and ask governments to go home. "Until 2018, Imran Khan never tired of crying over Transparency International's reports," he said.

PPP Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar said that the report of Transparency International has exposed the false claims of Imran Khan's government.

Ameer Senator Sirajul Haq of Jamaat-e-Islami expressed further concern over Pakistan's deterioration in the Global Corruption Perceptions Index, saying it showed Prime Minister Imran Khan's commitment to ending corruption and enforcing board accountability. Claims are to reduce voters.

Defending the government, Dr. Shahbaz Gul, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Political Communications, said that the TI had once again exposed Pakistan's leaders and their corruption. The aide to the prime minister said that if one were to extract the source of the data, he would know that the historical data had been used to calculate Pakistan's ranking.

He gave an example of WB data cited by TI which was published in 2017. This means that the 2017 publication data should be collected before 2017, he said. He revealed another source of data from 2018. He said that this idea of ​​corruption was reported from the last period of PML-N government.

Payment to Broadsheet NAB’s mistake inflicts heavy loss to national kitty

ISLAMABAD: The Broadsheet case has taken another turn when it was revealed that the National Exchequer had incurred a loss of millions of rupees due to an alleged error by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in paying damages on the orders of the London Arbitration Court. ۔

Paying 28.7 million in damages in the Broadsheet case, the NAB did not deduct 15% holding tax. The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has sent a notice to pay RS 60.9 million.

According to credible sources, a notice was sent to the NAB for payment of RS 60.9 million (.3 40.3 million) to the FBR. The notice has been sent to the DG NAB Headquarters under Section 152 of the FBR Ordinance by the International Tax Department of the FBR.

The notice states that the tax department has learned that NAB has paid 28 28.7 million in damages to Broadsheet LLC. The notice also said that under the Income Tax Ordinance, the NAB had to pay 15% withholding tax and the national exchequer at the time of payment of Rs.27.7 million, but this was not complied with.

Under the Income Tax Ordinance, if the holding agent does not deduct the tax, the holding agent has to pay the tax. This means that the NAB, as a holding agent, will have to pay tax deductible. The FBR directed the NAB to deposit RS 60.9 million with the national kitty.

Earlier, a London arbitral tribunal imposed a million 20 million fine on the NAB in a broadsheet case. However, due to non-payment on time, the NAB had to pay an additional 9 million under markup. In London, the court froze the accounts of the Pakistan High Commission and partially recovered more than 28 28 million. 

Plane to be sent for procuring first corona vaccines from China

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Health Dr. Faisal Sultan on Thursday said that the government would soon send a plane to China to get the first batch of corona virus vaccine.
The development follows a meeting at the National Command Operations Center (NCOC) chaired by Dr. Sultan. The provinces shared their plans for the vaccine. "We are ready for this important step and united for this mission," the Special Assistant said in a statement. He added that the government had "come a long way through co-operation".

The day before, Dr. Sultan reiterated that the government-backed coronavirus would be free for all citizens of the country.

Speaking during an online workshop, the aide to the prime minister said providing quality health care to the people was the government's top priority. "It's very important that we raise awareness about the corona virus," he said. What was "

China has donated 500,000 doses of the vaccine to Pakistan, while 400,000 health workers have already registered for the vaccine, the special assistant said.


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