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  1. Workers hang up a Swiss flag on the Swiss parliament building in Bern, Switzerland, November 24, 2015. REUTERS/file ZURICH: The Swiss government proposed on Friday allowing house arrest for people seen as posing a security threat even if they are not suspected of a specific crime. The step is part of an anti-terrorism package the country is drawing up to plug what it sees as gaps in its legal system when it comes to people it calls ?potential threats?. ?At the moment police and justice officials have their hands tied in acting effectively against such people as long as no criminal investigation is under way,? Justice Minister Simonetta Sommargua told a news conference. She cited the example of three Iraqis convicted in 2016 of supporting banned jihadist group Islamic State who are now free after being released from prison even though authorities still view them as a security threat. Under the proposals, which are open for comment before they go to parliament, the state could require such people to report regularly to authorities as some soccer hooligans now do, and restrict their movements and contacts. House arrest would be the last resort and require a judge?s approval. Sommaruga said the government would carefully balance the need for security against protecting the rule of law. ?If we would put whole groups under blanket suspicion, for instance via sweeping surveillance of mosques or demanding preventative custody for as many as possible, we would only be creating red tape and spinning our wheels, which costs a lot and in the end brings nothing,? she said. Switzerland on Monday released a national plan to prevent violent extremism, including training teachers and sports coaches to recognize warning signs. The Swiss so far have avoided the kind of attacks that have hit neighboring Germany and France, but the Swiss Intelligence Service said last month it was tracking 550 people deemed a potential risk as part of its ?jihad monitoring program,? up from 497 at the end of 2016. Last month, Swiss and French police combined in a cross-border anti-terrorism swoop in which 10 people were arrested. Several high-profile criminal prosecutions have targeted people accused of supporting banned groups such al Qaeda or Islamic State. Neutral Switzerland has not fought in the conflicts in the Middle East, but some fear domestic policies could put it in the crosshairs of militants. Voters in 2009 banned the construction of new minarets, and the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino banned facial coverings. Bern is also tightening anti-terrorism laws, a push that could toughen sentences for people who support militancy and boost cooperation with foreign intelligence services.
  2. A federal judge in Argentina indicted former President Cristina Fernandez for treason and asked for her arrest for allegedly covering up Iran?s possible role in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community centre that killed 85 people, a court ruling said. As Fernandez is a senator, Congress would first have to vote to strip her of parliamentary immunity for an arrest to occur. The judge, Claudio Bonadio, also indicted and ordered house arrest for Fernandez?s Foreign Minister Hector Timerman, the 491-page ruling said. Fernandez called a news conference in Congress to deny wrongdoing and accuse Bonadio and President Mauricio Macri of degrading the judiciary. ?It is an invented case about facts that did not exist,? she said, dressed in white. Timerman?s lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment. While removing immunity from lawmakers is rare in Argentina, Congress voted on Oct. 25 to do so for Fernandez?s former planning minister Julio De Vido and he was arrested the same day. De Vido is accused of fraud and corruption, which he denies. Argentina?s legislature has entered a period of judicial recess until March but can be convened for urgent matters. Fernandez and her allies have been the focus of several high profile cases with arrests and indictments since centre-right Mauricio Macri defeated her chosen successor and was elected president in late 2015. Fernandez left office just a few months before the Congress in neighbouring Brazil impeached another leftist female leader, Dilma Rousseff for breaking budget laws. The cover-up allegations against Fernandez gained international attention in January 2015, when the prosecutor who initially made them, Alberto Nisman, was found shot dead in the bathroom of his Buenos Aires apartment. An Argentine appeals court a year ago ordered the re-opening of the investigation. Nisman?s death was classified as a suicide, though an official investigating the case has said the shooting appeared to be a homicide. Nisman?s body was discovered hours before he was to brief Congress on the bombing of the AMIA centre. GRAINS-FOR-OIL Nisman said Fernandez worked behind the scenes to clear Iran and normalise relations to clinch a grains-for-oil deal with Tehran that was signed in 2013. The agreement created a joint commission to investigate the AMIA bombing that critics said was really a means to absolve Iran. Argentine, Israeli and US officials have long blamed the AMIA attack on Hezbollah guerrillas backed by Iran. Tehran has denied links to the attack. Earlier on Thursday, two lower level allies of Fernandez were arrested based on the same ruling from judge Bonadio: Carlos Zannini, a legal adviser, and Luis D?Elia, the leader of a group of protesters supporting her government. Zannini?s lawyer, Alejandro Baldin, told local media the detention was ?arbitrary, illegal and ran over constitutional and individual rights,? after leaving a police station in Rio Gallegos, where Zannini was held. D?Elia?s lawyer, Adrian Albor, told radio Del Plata that Bonadio had no respect for the law, rights, justice. ?They are coming for everyone in the previous government.? Bonadio wrote in his ruling that evidence showed Iran, with the help of Argentine citizens, had appeared to achieve its goal of avoiding being declared a ?terrorist? state by Argentina. The crime of treason is punishable by 10 to 25 years in prison, Argentina?s maximum sentence. The next step in the case would be an oral trial and sentences can be appealed on first instance, which could be a long process. Macri?s leader in the Senate, Federico Pinedo, said on Twitter that Congress would analyse the request to strip immunity ?with sincerity and responsibility.? Macri?s coalition performed better than expected in Oct. 22 mid-term elections, gaining seats in Congress, but it is not clear if lawmakers will vote to strip Fernandez?s immunity. Fernandez, who governed from 2007 to 2015, finished second to a Macri ally in the Buenos Aires province Senate race but won a seat under Argentina?s list system. She was sworn in last week. She was also indicted in late 2016 on charges she ran a corruption scheme with her public works secretary. Fernandez has admitted there may have been corruption in her government but personally denies wrongdoing.
  3. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/cd338ef2d21552a18d2789d877b916d5.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTIvNi8yMDE3IDEyOjU5OjUwIFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9WFN4SU1lY0VwSXcyMDA0TjlQZ1VLQT09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] ISLAMABAD: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Tuesday issued non-bailable arrest warrants for MQM's founder in the Imran Farooq murder case. The warrants were issued during a hearing of the Imran Farooq murder case and the court further instructed the police to arrest and present the accused during the next hearing. The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) prosecutor, during the hearing, asked for more time to prepare documents in the case. Earlier, the ATC issued permanent arrest warrants for the suspects in the murder case. The warrants were issued against Iftikhar Hussain, Mohammad Anwar and Kashif Kamran. Their arrest warrants were received by the FIA anti-terrorism wing. Scotland Yard had named former All Pakistan Mohajir Students Organisation (APMSO) activists Mohsin and Kashif as the suspects who assassinated Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Dr Imran Farooq outside his home in September 2010 in London. A key suspect in the murder case claims the London-based party founder gave him directions to assassinate Farooq in a telephonic speech to workers in Karachi. The shocking revelation was made in a confessional statement to a magistrate by Khalid Shamim, one of the key suspects in the investigation of Farooq's murder in Edgeware in 2010. Shamim is believed by investigators to have planned the assassination and provided material support to the killers. Shamim claims he regrets his actions and has not made the confession under any form of duress. 'Assassination was birthday gift for Altaf' In the statement, Shamim said that after suspending party membership of Dr Farooq, the MQM founder said during a telephonic speech that he "could be assassinated near a park", A copy of the statement obtained by Geo News revealed that after the MQM founder?s speech, party leader Mohammad Anwar told him, ?Listen to the speech carefully, the Quaid has left a message for you for the future?. The suspect in the statement quoted Anwar saying that Imran Farooq was establishing another group in the party and it was necessary to stop him. He claimed that September 16 was chosen for Farooq?s assassination to present a ?gift? to the party's ofunder on September 17, his birthday. 'All planning took place at Nine-Zero' Shamim said that he, along with other suspects of the case Moazzam and Kashif, planned the murder. He claimed that all the planning took place in MQM?s headquarter Nine-Zero. However, funding was an issue. Shamim said that the MQM founder sent 25,000 pounds through his nephew Iftikhar Hussain. The suspect said that they were introduced to Mohsin Ali, another suspect in the case, who agreed to go to London and provide aid for the murder. Shamim further said that he and Mohsin were arrested from Chaman border when crossing into Pakistan from Afghanistan in 2015. Farooq, 50, a founding member of the MQM, was stabbed and beaten to death in Edgware, northwest London, as he returned home from work on September 16, 2010.
  4. MADRID: Spain has withdrawn a European arrest warrant for Catalonia's sacked leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his deputies, who fled to Belgium after the regional parliament declared unilateral independence, the Supreme Court said Tuesday. In a ruling, Judge Pablo Llarena decided to withdraw the warrant as the five "appear to have shown their intention to return to Spain" to take part in regional elections on December 21. But Llarena, who is in charge of the case, has retained the Spanish arrest warrant, which means they will be detained upon arrival in the country, court sources said. The judge said the European warrant would complicate the overall probe into the region's leaders. Some of them are still in Spain - either in jail or out on bail - and are facing charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds. He said Belgium could reject some of the reasons for the warrant, meaning it could agree to the extradition of Puigdemont and the four others -- but with restrictions, and only for certain offences. This, in turn, would stop Spain from investigating the restricted offences, thereby creating inequalities with those already held in Spain who would be probed on the full charges, Llarena argued. It is unclear what charges would have posed a problem, but there has been controversy in Spain over the offence of rebellion, which carries up to 30 years in jail and has been criticised as "disproportionate" by some critics in the legal world. Llarena also said he had dropped all other "international" warrants, without giving further details. Electioneering The unexpected decision comes a day after Puigdemont and his four colleagues attended an extradition hearing in Brussels, with the Belgian judge due to give a decision on December 14. Jaume Alonso Cuevillas, one of Puigdemont's lawyers, told Catalonia's TV3 channel he was pleasantly surprised. "This means yesterday's hearing went much better than we thought," he said. "It pushed Spain's judicial authorities to withdraw the European warrant to avoid getting a slap from Belgian judicial authorities." Paul Bekaert, another of his lawyers, told Belgium´s L'Echo daily the Catalan leader would "not leave Belgium." The decision also comes after the Catalan election campaign kicked off, with Puigdemont speaking to supporters in Catalonia on Monday night via video link. The Madrid authorities "want to raise as many difficulties as possible so we can't campaign on an equal footing with the other candidates," he told a party rally in Barcelona. Madrid called the new elections after the independence declaration on October 27, while dismissing Catalonia´s government and suspending the region´s autonomy. It hopes the polls will restore normality to the region. Twelve of the 13 members of the sacked Catalan government are standing in the election, with Puigdemont and his deputy Oriol Junqueras - who is still in jail - competing to head the separatist camp. In the last regional election in 2015, separatist parties captured 47.8 percent of the vote, giving them an absolute majority of 72 seats in the 135-seat Catalan regional parliament. A house divided A poll published Monday by the central government's Sociological Research Centre (CIS) predicted the three pro-independence parties would get 44.4 percent of the vote and 66 to 67 seats this time - just short of the absolute majority of 68. The three parties firmly opposed to independence would get 44.3 percent and gain 59 to 60 seats, the poll suggested. While the separatists are united against what they say is "repression" from Madrid, they are divided over the future of their region, which itself is deeply split over independence. Puigdemont's PDeCAT party and Junqueras´ ERC ran on a joint list two years ago but are running separately this time around.
  5. KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court on Saturday issued an arrest warrant of founder Muttahida Qaumi Movement in July 5,2016 hate speech case. The ATC accepted MQM-Pakistan leader Dr Farooq Sattar's request for exemption on his appearance before the court today due to health reasons. MQM leaders Qamar Mansoor, Shahid Pasha, Amjadullah, and few other party leaders have been charged for listening to, organising, and facilitating a hate speech by the then-MQM leader. The case has been adjourned until January 6. Altaf Hussain hate-speech case: British authorities confirm seeking Pakistan's help Scotland Yard has made it clear that the MQM leader is under investigation but currently there are no charges against him. Earlier, Scotland Yard confirmed that an ?International Letter of Request? has been sent by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to the Pakistani authorities, seeking help in its investigations in relation to at least two speeches made by the MQM founder. Speaking to The News, a spokesman for Scotland Yard said that a letter under ?Mutual Legal Assistance? has been sent to Pakistan?s ?competent authorities? in relation to two speeches made by the MQM leader on March 11, 2015 and Aug 22, 2016. ?We have written to Pakistan in connection with an ongoing Metropolitan Police Services (MPS) investigation into speeches by an individual associated with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in Pakistan. Due to the nature of the investigation, the content of the request is confidential and therefore we are unable to provide specific details,? the spokesman said, referring to the London-based MQM leader.
  6. WASHINGTON: A US official on Friday said Washington is ?deeply concerned? at the release from house arrest of Hafiz Saeed who is accused of masterminding the 2008 assault in the Indian city of Mumbai. Hafiz Saeed, who had been under house arrest since January, was ordered freed by the Lahore High Court this week. US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Saeed?s organisation, Lashkar-e-Taiba, was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of civilians, including American citizens. ?The Pakistani government should make sure that he is arrested and charged for his crimes,? Nauert said in a statement.
  7. Soldiers are seen on the armoured vehicle outside the parliament in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 16, 2017. ? Reuters HARARE: President Robert Mugabe is insisting he remains Zimbabwe?s only legitimate ruler and is refusing to quit after a military coup, but pressure is mounting on the 93-year-old former guerrilla to accept offers of a graceful exit, sources said on Thursday. A political source who spoke to senior allies holed up with Mugabe and his wife, Grace, in his lavish ?Blue Roof? Harare compound said Mugabe had no plans to resign voluntarily ahead of elections scheduled for next year. ?It?s a sort of stand-off, a stalemate,? the source said. ?They are insisting the president must finish his term.? The army?s takeover signaled the collapse in less than 36 hours of the security, intelligence and patronage networks that sustained Mugabe through 37 years in power and built him into the ?Grand Old Man? of African politics. A priest mediating between Mugabe and the generals, who seized power on Wednesday in what they called a targeted operation against ?criminals? in Mugabe?s entourage, has made little headway, a senior political source told Reuters. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai called for Mugabe?s departure ?in the interest of the people?. In a statement read to reporters, Tsvangirai pointedly referred to him as ?Mr Robert Mugabe?, not President. The army appears to want Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, to go quietly and allow a smooth and bloodless transition to Emmerson Mnangagwa, the vice president Mugabe sacked last week triggering the political crisis. The main goal of the generals is to prevent Mugabe from handing power to his wife Grace, 41 years his junior, who has built a following among the ruling party?s youth wing and appeared on the cusp of power after Mnangagwa was pushed out. The last of Africa?s state founders from the heyday of the struggle against European colonisation still in power, Mugabe is still seen by many Africans as a liberation hero. But he is reviled in the West as a despot whose disastrous handling of the economy and willingness to resort to violence to maintain power pauperised one of Africa?s most promising states. Once a regional bread-basket, Zimbabwe saw its economy collapse in the wake of the seizure of white-owned farms in the early 2000s, followed by runaway money-printing that catapulted inflation to 500 billion percent in 2008. Millions, from highly skilled bankers to semi-literate farmers, emigrated, mostly to neighbouring South Africa, where an estimated 3 million still live. After a brief revival under a 2009-13 power-sharing government, when Mugabe was forced to work with the opposition, the economy has once again cratered, with dollars scarce, inflation surging, imports running out and queues outside banks. Doors blown off A fighter, both literally and figuratively during a political career that included several assassination attempts, Mugabe now appears to have reached the end of the road. With the army camped on his front door and the police - once seen as a bastion of support - showing no signs of resistance, force is not an option. Similarly, he has no popular backing in Harare, where he is widely loathed, and his influence in the ruling ZANU-PF party is evaporating. ZANU-PF youth leader Kudzai Chipanga, a vocal Mugabe supporter, publicly apologised for opposing the army after being marched by soldiers into the state television headquarters to read out a statement, sources at the broadcaster said. He was then taken back to the army?s main KGVI (pronounced KG Six) barracks in Harare, where Finance Minister Ignatius Chombo is also being held, an army source said. Video footage obtained by Reuters from the houses of two key allies of Grace Mugabe - cabinet ministers Jonathan Moyo and Saviour Kasukuwere - indicated that the army was also prepared to use force if necessary. Moyo?s front door was blown open with explosives, scattering glass across the entrance hall, while the inside walls of Kasukuwere?s house were pocked with bullet holes. The pair managed to escape on the evening of the coup and make it to Mugabe?s compound, where they remain under effective house arrest, one political source said. Zimbabwean intelligence reports seen by Reuters suggest Mugabe?s exit was in the planning for more than a year. Mnangagwa, a former security chief and life-long Mugabe confidant known as ?The Crocodile?, is the key player. According to the files and political sources in Zimbabwe and South Africa, once Mugabe?s resignation is secured Mnangagwa would take over as president of an interim unity government that will seek to stabilise the imploding economy. Fuelling speculation that this plan might be rolling into action, 65-year-old Tsvangirai, who has been receiving cancer treatment in Britain and South Africa, returned to Harare late on Wednesday. ?Solid hands? Ex-finance minister Tendai Biti added to that speculation, telling Reuters he would be happy to work in a post-coup administration as long as Tsvangirai was also on board. ?If Morgan says he?s in, I?m in,? said Biti, who earned international respect during his time as finance minister in the 2009-13 government. ?The country needs a solid pair of hands so one might not have a choice.? South Africa said Mugabe had told President Jacob Zuma by telephone on Wednesday that he was confined to his home but was otherwise fine. The military said it was keeping him and his family, including Grace, safe. Despite admiration for Mugabe among older African leaders, there is little public affection for 52-year-old Grace, an ex-government typist who began an affair with Mugabe in the early 1990s while his first wife Sally was dying of kidney failure. Dubbed ?DisGrace? or ?Gucci Grace? on account of her reputed love of shopping, she enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks of ZANU-PF in the last two years, culminating in Mnangagwa?s removal. Zimbabweans, including the Mnangagwa camp and the military, interpreted the vice president?s ouster as a move to clear the way for her to succeed her husband. In contrast to the high political drama unfolding behind closed doors, the streets of the capital remained calm, with people going about their daily business, albeit under the watch of soldiers on armored vehicles at strategic locations.
  8. Late Dr Imran Farooq. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad anti-terrorism court (ATC) issued on Thursday permanent arrest warrants for the suspects in the Dr Imran Farooq murder case, sources informed Geo News. The warrants have been issued against Iftikhar Hussain, Muhammad Anwar and Kashif Kamran. Their arrest warrants were received by the Federal Investigation Agency's (FIA) anti-terrorism wing. The court directed the FIA to contact Interpol for the arrest of the suspects within a week, as two of the suspects; Iftikhar Hussain and Muhammad Anwar, are in the United Kingdom. In light of the court's verdict, FIA has completed all its documents for the extradition request to Interpol authorities, sources confirmed. Moreover, sources said that there are unconfirmed reports of Kashif Kamran's death. Scotland Yard has named former All Pakistan Mohajir Students Organisation (APMSO) activists Mohsin Ali Syed and Kashif Khan Kamran as the suspects who assassinated Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Dr Imran Farooq outside his home in September 2010 in London. A key suspect in the murder case claims the London-based party founder gave him directions to assassinate Farooq in a telephonic speech to workers in Karachi. The shocking revelation was made in a confessional statement to a magistrate by Khalid Shamim, one of the key suspects in the investigation of Farooq's murder in Edgeware in 2010. Shamim is believed by investigators to have planned the assassination and provided material support to the killers. Shamim claims he regrets his actions and has not made the confession under any form of duress. 'Assassination was birthday gift for Altaf' In the statement, Shamim said that after suspending party membership of Dr Farooq, the MQM founder said during a telephonic speech that he "could be assassinated near a park", A copy of the statement obtained by Geo News revealed that after the MQM founder?s speech, party leader Mohammad Anwar told him, ?Listen to the speech carefully, the Quaid has left a message for you for the future?. The suspect in the statement quoted Anwar saying that Imran Farooq was establishing another group in the party and it was necessary to stop him. He claimed that September 16 was chosen for Farooq?s assassination to present a ?gift? to the party's ofunder on September 17, his birthday. 'All planning took place at Nine-Zero' Shamim said that he, along with other suspects of the case Moazzam Ali and Kashif Khan Kamran, planned the murder. He claimed that all the planning took place in MQM?s headquarter Nine-Zero. However, funding was an issue. Shamim said that the MQM founder sent 25,000 pounds through his nephew Iftikhar Hussain. The suspect said that they were introduced to Mohsin Ali, another suspect in the case, who agreed to go to London and provide aid for the murder. Shamim further said that he and Mohsin were arrested from Chaman border when crossing into Pakistan from Afghanistan in 2015. Farooq, 50, a founding member of the MQM, was stabbed and beaten to death in Edgware, northwest London, as he returned home from work on September 16, 2010.
  9. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/5ffdb74fb3bdab801892d395bfcecf5d.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTEvMTIvMjAxNyA1OjU0OjMwIEFNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9RXdiM2Z0SnluSVp3c1pCa0sxUlh0Zz09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] BADIN: Police have arrested a 40-year-old man for attempting to marry a 10-year-old in the city?s Quaidabad area, after raiding the wedding ceremony. Police said they raided the Nikah ceremony on a tip-off where the minor was being forced to marry a man identified Abdul Khaliq, and arrested him and the nikhakhwan (cleric). Khaliq, married and a father of three, told the police that he had paid Rs20,000 to the girl?s father for wedding expenses. Various cases of child marriage have surfaced this year despite the practice being outlawed. Geo.tv: Latest News Breaking Pakistan, World, Live Videos Geo TV provides latest news, breaking news, urdu news from pakistan, world, sports, cricket, business, politics, health. watch geo news on live.geo.tv. In August, a minor girl fell victim to the barbaric practice of ?vani? when a jirga ordered to marry off a 10-year-old to an 80-year-old man in Rahim Yar Khan. The decision was taken to 'punish' the girl's grandfather, Hanif, who chose to enter into a love marriage with a woman three years ago, angering the elders of the family. The jirga, as a result, decided to compensate for the ?love marriage? by declaring ?vani? for the minor girl.
  10. File Photo KARACHI: Nine suspects were detained following a search operation carried out Thursday night in the metropolis' Gharbi District, law enforcement agencies (LEAs) said, adding that three of their accomplices managed to escape arrest. The raids were conducted in different areas, including Orangi Town and Pakistan Bazaar, police stated. Weapons were recovered from the detainees, who were identified as Ameen, Saddam, Azeem, Jameel, Habib, Rafiq, Latif, Ali, and Shehzad, police added. Rangers' raids Numerous other suspects were taken into custody following operations carried out by Rangers Thursday night in Faisalabad, LEAs seized, adding that alcohol and weapons were recovered from the arrestees. The detainees, as well as the alcohol seized from them, were handed over to Gulberg police station, Rangers sources stated. Suspects detained in Hyderabad, Mianwali One suspect was detained during an operation conducted late last night at Islamabad Railway Crossing, near Phuleli area, police sources said, adding that two hand grenades were recovered from him. The arrestee ? identified by LEAs as Siddique Soomro ? is said to belong to a banned terrorist outfit, police explained. Another suspicious man was detained Thursday night during a search operation in Mianwali's Mochh area, police said, adding that weapons were recovered from his possession.
  11. KARACHI: Provincial lawmaker and former Information Minister Sharjeel Memon challenged his arrest in an accountability court on Monday. Memon said that his arrest warrants weren?t issued on October 23, the day he was taken into custody, hence his detention should be declared illegal. During the hearing, counsel said that his client?s arrest was not ordered by the honorable court and the National Accountability Bureau has misdirected the judiciary on Memon?s arrest. He added that in the document provided to the court, NAB falsely stated in the court that Memon was arrested near the passport office whereas quite contrary to it, his client was taken into custody from the court?s premises. NAB has cut deal with Nawaz Sharif, claims Sharjeel Memon Memon questioned why there is no uniform policy for putting names on the Exit Control List Memon?s counsel requested the court to immediately give its decision on his client?s petition against his arrest. The Pakistan Peoples' Party leader was arrested by the NAB on October 23, after hours of being holed up in court premises. He was taken into custody as he left the court. The former minister was escorted from the court premises by Rangers and NAB personnel and was surrounded by his lawyers and other supporters. As he was leaving the court, resistance was offered by his supporters leading to an exchange of hot words with NAB officials. Eleven other accused in the case were also arrested by the accountability bureau. The former information minister is expected to be produced before an accountability court on Tuesday. Memon was shifted to NAB headquarters Sindh after being escorted from the court. "The accused persons are charged for embezzlement of Rs. 5,766,479,766 purportedly paid to seven advertising agencies for awareness campaigns between 2013 and 2015," said a press release by NAB. "The accused persons jointly and severally in connivance with each other have been alleged for awarding the contracts to favor certain advertising agencies and to their own favor, in violation of relevant laws and rules and against exorbitant rates," added the release. Memon was attempting to avoid being arrested by NAB after the cancellation of his bail extension plea by the Sindh High court earlier today. The SHC rejected the bail pleas of Memon and 12 others in a graft case. Hearing the Rs5.76 billion corruption case, filed by NAB, SHC Chief Justice Ahmed Ali Shaikh dismissed the request of the suspects to extend their bails in the case.
  12. Sacked Catalan President Carles Puigdemont makes a statement in Brussels - Reuters MADRID: Spain on Friday issued an arrest warrant on sedition and other charges against Carles Puigdemont, tightening the judicial net around the former Catalan leader who went Brussels after his government was sacked over a declaration of independence. A Madrid High Court judge asked Belgium to arrest Puigdemont and four associates after they ignored a court order to return to Spain on Thursday to answer charges of rebellion, sedition, misuse of public funds, disobedience and breach of trust relating to their secessionist campaign. The judge rejected a request from Puigdemont to testify via video conference from Belgium. In Brussels, a federal prosecutor said Belgian authorities would study the warrant before handing it to a judge. "We will give it to an investigative judge maybe tomorrow or the day after," Eric Van der Sypt told Reuters. Puigdemont, who is considering standing in a snap election in the region on Dec. 21, has said he did not trust Spanish justice but would cooperate with the Belgian courts. Embroiled in Spain's gravest political crisis since the return of democracy in the late 1970s, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called the election when he took control of Catalonia in response to last week's declaration of independence by its parliament. Belgium, where a European arrest warrant can be blocked for several mainly procedural reasons, will have a maximum of three months to decide whether to send Puigdemont back to Spain. On Thursday, nine members of his sacked cabinet were ordered by the High Court to be held in custody pending an investigation and potential trial. "We consider ourselves a legitimate government," Puigdemont told Belgian state television RTBF on Friday. "There must be a continuity to tell the world what's going on in Spain ... It's not with a government in jail that the elections will be neutral, independent, normal." "... I am ready to be a candidate ... it's possible to run a campaign from anywhere." General strike call The detention of the secessionist leaders and Puigdemont's journey to Belgium have given a new boost to the secessionist camp after cracks had appeared in its ranks. In protest at the jailings, Catalan civic groups Asamblea Nacional Catalana and Omnium Cultural -- whose leaders were imprisoned last month on sedition charges -- called for a general strike on Nov. 8 and a mass demonstration on Nov. 11. Another six Catalan leaders are due to testify on Nov. 9 on the same charges. One member of the dismissed cabinet, Santi Vila, was released after paying bail of 50,000 euros ($58,300) on Friday. The other eight could remain in custody for up to four years. Vila stepped down from the Catalan cabinet before the independence declaration. While he remains a supporter of an secession he has advocated a negotiated solution with the central government. He has said he wanted to stand as the leading candidate for Puigdemont's PdeCat (Catalan Democratic party) in the regional election. Thousands of people staged pro-independence protests on Thursday night in several Catalan towns, and parties forming the current coalition Junts Pel Si (Together For Yes) are pushing to run again on a joint ticket at the election. An opinion poll published on Tuesday showed Junts Pel Si would win in December with 35.2 percent if the vote was held immediately and would likely reach a parliamentary majority if it stuck with its current pact with far-left party CUP. The Spanish government said on Friday it would have no option but to open talks within the law with those who held a majority. "We could offer a new dialogue so that we can fulfil Catalans' aspirations for more autonomy and look into reforming the constitution," Foreign Affairs Minister Alfonso Dastis told French newspaper Le Figaro in an interview. "Some even mention the idea of a federal model so that regions can have more autonomy, including financially."
  13. MADRID: A judge in Madrid was set Friday to issue an EU arrest warrant for Catalonia's deposed leader over his region's tumultuous independence drive, in a move likely to take tensions to a new level in Spain´s worst political crisis in decades. The warrant for Carles Puigdemont, who is holed up in Belgium, was expected a day after a Spanish judge threw a large chunk of Puigdemont's axed regional government behind bars over their role in Catalonia´s secession push. Students blocked roads and a railway line in Catalonia as demonstrators geared up for more protests after tens of thousands took to the streets on Thursday waving Catalan flags and chanting in anger over the detentions. Puigdemont, 54, dismissed last week as Catalan president by Spain's government, failed to show up on Thursday to be grilled by the judge over alleged sedition, rebellion and misuse of public funds, accusations he calls politically motivated. Judge Carmen Lamela, who on Thursday had Puigdemont's deputy Oriol Junqueras and seven other deposed regional ministers detained pending a potential trial, will issue the warrant "during the day Friday," a judicial source told AFP. Puigdemont's Belgian lawyer Paul Bekaert, who in the past has helped Basque separatists militants challenge Spanish extradition requests, told Flemish television channel VRT on Thursday his client would appeal the move. Puigdemont also said on Catalan TV from an undisclosed location that the situation "is no longer an internal Spanish affair" and called on the international community to wake up to the "danger". Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who wants independence from Britain, said Friday the standoff "should be resolved democratically - not by the jailing of political opponents". But otherwise, Puigdemont's appeal for foreign sympathy is likely to fall on deaf ears, with the international community overwhelmingly so far backing the central government. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said Friday that "what is important to us is that the unity and constitutional order of Spain are maintained". A European Commission spokeswoman said the warrant for Puigdemont "is a matter entirely for the judicial authorities whose independence we respectfully". 'Dictatorship not justice' Late Thursday, as television footage showed images of police vans with flashing blue lights driving Puigdemont's former ministers to different prisons, Catalans took to the streets in anger and disbelief. About 20,000 people, according to police, demonstrated in the regional capital Barcelona, while others gathered across the region. They held up mobile phones like candles, waved separatist flags - red and yellow stripes with a white star - and chanted "Free political prisoners" and "This isn't justice but dictatorship". "There are political prisoners! This exacerbates things but this will also open the eyes of lots of people in Europe as well as in Catalonia," retiree Josep Manel Boix, 63, told AFP. "The Spanish state is a failed state, a state that has failed democratically," Catalan lawmaker Marta Rovira said in Madrid, fighting back tears. "I´m convinced we won´t surrender, we won't, we will fight until the end." "We are one step from the abyss," Catalan daily La Vanguardia said in an editorial. The campaign for the December 21 election in Catalonia, called by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy when Spain moved to impose direct rule in the wealthy region, "faces the serious risk of catching fire". Boycotting in Belgium A total of 20 people including Puigdemont, Junqueras and the Catalan parliament speaker had been summoned for questioning on Thursday. Puigdemont and four others thought to be with him in Belgium - likely also the subject of a warrant - failed to turn up. Bekaert said his client did not see the climate as "conducive to testifying". In her ruling, Lamela said she had ordered preventive detention because of the danger they might abscond like Puigdemont. Catalan demands for independence date back centuries but have surged in recent years, in part due to a difficult economic situation compounded by corruption. The crisis escalated over the staging of a Catalan independence referendum on October 1 despite a court ban. Spanish police tried and failed to stop it, in some cases firing rubber bullets. A declaration of independence by the Catalan parliament followed last Friday, but Rajoy responded by dismissing the regional government, imposing direct rule on Catalonia and calling the December election. The 7.5 million people of Catalonia, which until this week had considerable autonomy, are fiercely proud of their language and culture but are in fact deeply divided about independence, polls indicate. Spain´s central bank warned Thursday of a possible recession in Catalonia. Statistics on Friday showed a higher-than-usual rise in unemployment in October, and Barcelona hotel bookings are down. Close to 2,000 firms have moved their legal headquarters outside Catalonia, helped by Spain last month tweaking the law making it easier to do so, separatists complain. There are signs of growing divisions among separatists, with many unhappy with Puigdemont. Peter Ceretti at the Economist Intelligence Unit said there is a "serious risk" that pro-independence parties will win the December election, with the ministers in prison "important propaganda".
  14. ISLAMABAD: Security forces in Balochistan, along with intelligence agencies, conducted an intelligence-based operation in Zhob and arrested a TTP facilitator, said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Forces also recovered a sizeable amount of ammunition and explosives which was "dumped to carry out terrorist activity in Quetta". In a separate operation carried out in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, security forces recovered a large cache of weapons and ammunition, including guns, mortars, rocket launchers, IEDs, communication equipment and extremist literature, added ISPR. The IBO was carried out in the Mandi Khel area of North Waziristan agency. Pakistan Army had launched a nationwide military operation 'Radd-ul-Fasaad' in February 2017, which was based on broad-spectrum security and counter-terrorism operations in Punjab, and continuation of ongoing operations across the country.
  15. NEW DELHI: A man accused of raping a toddler in front of his own children has been arrested in India, police said Friday, the latest in a series of *** attacks against minors in the country. The 18-month-old girl had gone to play with her neighbours' two children aged two and four on Wednesday when she was allegedly raped by their father in their one-room home, police said. The girl, who is recovering at a New Delhi hospital, was found dumped outside her house bleeding and in pain by her mother after the alleged assault. The suspect was arrested on Thursday, said Harinder Singh, an officer in the Aman Vihar neighbourhood where the assault apparently took place. He has been charged under India's Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, which means he could face life imprisonment. The head of the Delhi Commission for Women Swati Maliwal met the child and said she was in a stable condition after undergoing surgery. "The poor child cannot even speak, she is just laying there," Maliwal said. The attack adds to a grim record of sexual assaults on women and children in India. Nearly 11,000 cases of child rape were reported in 2015, according to the National Crime Records Bureau´s latest figures. About three children are raped everyday in Delhi alone, it said. A UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in 2014 said one in three rape victims in India was a minor and expressed alarm over the widespread sexual abuse of children.
  16. KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court once again issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Muttahida Qaumi Movement founder and other absconders in a case pertaining to the incendiary speech by the founder on August 22 and the violence that followed on the day in the city. The court has directed authorities to arrest the absconders and present them before court by November 25. Investigation officer in the case said a request for a joint investigation team has been sent to the interior ministry and will be formed after permission is granted. The team will probe MQM-P chief Farooq Sattar and party leader Amir Khan. Courts have issued arrest warrants for the founder and declared him an absconder on various occasions. An ATC in Islamabad on September 6 found him an absconder and issued permanent arrest warrants. The cases against MQM leaders were registered after the violent incidents of August 22 last year during and after a telephonic speech by the party's founder. MQM workers were staging a hunger strike outside Karachi Press Club when the founder addressed them, made anti-state remarks and urged party workers to attack media over what he claimed was less coverage to him.
  17. Leader of Opposition in NA Khursheed Shah/ file photo ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah said on Wednesday that the arrest of former Sindh information minister Sharjeel Memon tarnished the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) itself. The veteran Pakistan Peoples Party member and opposition leader, while criticising the arrest, said that those who have non-bailable arrest warrants get bail within an hour. ?Memon was not charged by the NAB, he returned to the country to face courts, yet he was arrested in a shameful manner,? said Shah. Shah has also questioned why the arrest was carried out in that way and whether this was meant to be a message. He called on the NAB chairman to take notice of the way the arrest was carried out. The opposition leader added that in some institutions there was discrimination on the basis of Lahore and Larkana and it was essential to stop this way of thinking. Shah emphasised that history is a witness that parties were forced to change overnight, but the PPP was safe in this regard because it brought forward old party workers. Sharjeel Memon arrested by NAB in corruption case Memon, 12 others accused of Rs5.76 billion corruption in award of government advertising contracts He stressed that there are ups and downs in politics, but it is essential to ensure that democracy is not derailed. On October 24, an accountability court sent Memon, along with 11 other suspects, to jail till November 4 in a Rs5.7bn corruption case. On Monday, after being holed up for hours in the Sindh High Court following his bail dismissal in a corruption case. Memon was taken into custody by the NAB along with the other suspects. The former minister was escorted from the court premises by Rangers and NAB personnel and was surrounded by his lawyers and other supporters. As he was leaving the court, resistance was offered by his supporters leading to an exchange of hot words with NAB officials.
  18. Seven people were arrested Tuesday at a protest at the Moscow premiere of "Matilda", a controversial biopic of the last tsar that has drawn threats from religious extremists, police said. Alexei Uchitel's film has outraged hardline Orthodox believers, who view tsar Nicholas II as a saint and object to the depiction of his affair with a ballerina. The film's trailer triggered a wave of attacks in the country, including Molotov cocktails thrown at the filmmakers' offices in Saint Petersburg. In Moscow, two cars were set alight outside the offices of Uchitel's lawyer last month. Police said the arrests at the premiere were for disturbing public order. All of those held were Orthodox activists, some singing religious songs and one holding a banner describing the film as "slander", TASS news agency reported. Around a dozen other demonstrators, some holding pictures of the tsar, were not arrested. "I am praying to God instead of insulting him. This film insults a holy family," one told AFP. Earlier in the day Alexei Ryazantsev of the Karo Premiere distribution company said at screenings there would be "increased security measures, but so far just for the first weekend of release". Distributors were still receiving messages about possible disruptions at screenings but they were being handled by police, he told reporters. Uchitel said he had not expected such controversy and would not wish it on anyone. "It's been very hard psychologically," he said. "As you know there have been threats... but the authorities have reacted and these people have been arrested". In the Urals city of Yekaterinburg -- where the royal family was killed by firing squad -- a man drove a van filled with gas canisters into a movie theatre and set it on fire in apparent protest against the historical drama. Last month, Russia's two biggest cinema chains Cinema Park and Formula Kino said they would drop the film from their lineup after threats, but later reversed their decision. The attacks on the period drama have shaken Russia's liberal artistic community, which has long felt itself under pressure during President Vladimir Putin's conservative rule. Putin has in recent years played up traditional values in a bid to win backing from everyday Russians and the powerful Orthodox Church. But critics say the Kremlin's focus on Christian values has empowered religious hardliners and that they may not be able to control the outcome. Mixed response Nicholas II and his family were denounced in the Soviet period but are now viewed as holy martyrs by the Russian Orthodox Church. The visually luscious, erotically charged "Matilda" focuses on the emperor's relationship with ballerina Mathilde Kschessinska before his marriage and ascent to the throne. German actor Lars Eidinger -- who is known for playing in steamy art house films -- stars as the last tsar. Eidinger declined to travel to Russia for the film's premieres, citing security concerns. Moscow ads describe "Matilda" as "the most anticipated film of the year" but the movie has received a mixed response, with journalist Marina Akhmedova writing: "Watching the fuss around the film has been much more interesting than watching the film itself".
  19. PTI Chairman Imran Khan. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) suspended on Tuesday the non-bailable arrest warrants issued against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). Hearing the PTI chief's appeal against the ECP's warrants, a larger bench of the IHC dismissed the warrants and issued notices to the respondents. The hearing was then adjourned until November 7. The PTI chairman was represented through his counsel Babar Awan. On October 12, the ECP issued non-bailable arrest warrants of Imran in relation to a contempt of court case against him. A five-member ECP bench, headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (retd) Sardar Raza Khan, ordered police to arrest Imran and present him before the commission on October 26. On October 18, the PTI chairman challenged the non-bailable arrest warrants issued by the ECP in the IHC. The petition stated that the ECP has made him a target of political victimisation and exceeded its jurisdiction. It also stated that the commission has violated his basic rights by issuing the warrants. PTI chief petitions IHC against ECP's warrants in contempt case ECP has ordered police to arrest and produce Imran Khan on Oct 26 On September 14, the ECP had issued bailable warrants against Imran to ensure his presence in the case but the IHC, on September 20, suspended the bailable arrest warrants. ECP's contempt notice The ECP had issued the contempt notice to Khan on January 24 over his ?scandalous remarks? about the commission. Akbar Babar, the petitioner who had filed the foreign funding case against the PTI leadership, had informed the ECP that the PTI chief had accused it of being biased in the foreign funding case following which his counsel tendered an apology with the commission. Babar is also one of the founding members of the PTI. Several times since then, Imran has accused the ECP, among other government bodies, of being compromised and working for the benefit of Nawaz Sharif, the former prime minister and head of the ruling party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.
  20. JERUSALEM: Israeli police have mistakenly arrested then released a Palestinian who posted "good morning" in Arabic on Facebook after software mistranslated it as "attack them," police and a media report said Sunday. Police only confirmed that a Palestinian had been mistakenly arrested then released following suspicions of incitement, but a report in Haaretz newspaper provided further details. According to the report, which police would neither confirm nor deny, the Palestinian man posted a picture of himself leaning against a bulldozer at the Israeli settlement of Beitar Ilit, where he works, in the occupied West Bank. Along with the picture, an Arabic phrase meaning "good morning" was also posted. Facebook´s translation software interpreted the post to mean "attack them" in Hebrew and "hurt them" in English, Haaretz reported. It was unclear how such a translation error could have been made as there are no apparent similarities between the Arabic expression used for "good morning" and the phrases in Hebrew or English. Police were notified and the man was arrested last week, the report said. He was released after a few hours when police realised the mistake, it said. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP "a few days ago, a Palestinian was detained for questioning on suspicion of incitement through his Facebook page." She said he was "immediately released" after the suspicions turned out to be false. Haaretz reported that the Facebook post has since been deleted.
  21. File Photo KARACHI: An alleged drug smuggler was taken into custody Friday night in Malir during a raid conducted by the law enforcement agencies, Rao Anwar ? the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) for Malir ? said. The raid was conducted after authorities received a confidential tip, the police officer explained. Almost 250 grammes of heroin, as well as a mobile phone and cash, were recovered from the detained suspect, who, according to the police, was involved in supplying drugs to the city's numerous areas, including Patel Para and Old Sabzi Mandi.
  22. LAHORE: Pakistan Peoples Party Co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari on Friday demanded the immediate arrest of Sharif family members, saying there are serious charges of corruption against them. In a statement issued on Friday, Zardari stated accountability proceeding against the Sharifs was being held in an unjust manner despite them being indicted. However, he added, when it came to the PPP leaders, they would first be arrested, put behind bars and then cases against them would be dug up. While referring to the instance of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif?s son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar ? who was freed after a day of being arrested ? Zardari said if one is a member of the Sharif family they can get bailed out in a day. ?But our people get bail after a year and a half ? what sort of accountability is this?? The PPP co-chairperson said they would not accept any proceedings until they are held in the same manner as the previous proceedings. About being allies with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Zardari said: ?The godfather sends us secret messages for reconciliation from London, but we have rejected them.? It should be mentioned here that the new chairperson appointed for the National Accountability Bureau ? a federal organisation ? is the one whose name was suggested by PPP. Zardari addressed a meeting of PPP Manifesto Committee earlier in the day and said his party?s first priority is to make the country a welfare state.
  23. ISTANBUL: Turkish authorities issued arrest warrants for 110 people from a seized company over alleged links to the US-based cleric who Ankara says orchestrated last year?s attempted coup, Dogan news agency and other media said on Friday. It said the police operation to seize the suspects, who were managers, partners and employees of the publishing group Kaynak Holding and related companies, was focused on Istanbul but spread across 24 provinces. Kaynak Holding was seized by the state in 2015 over links to the movement of Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999. He has denied involvement in the July 2016 abortive putsch. Hundreds of firms like Kaynak, many of them smaller provincial businesses, were seized by authorities in a post-coup crackdown and are now run by government-appointed administrators. Under the crackdown, more than 50,000 people have been jailed pending trial over alleged links to Gulen, while 150,000 people have been sacked or suspended from jobs in the military, public and private sectors. In a separate operation centred in Ankara, 38 former employees from schools owned by the Gulen network were arrested on Friday, according to Turkish media. The schools were closed by a decree after the failed coup. The government dismisses rights groups? concerns about the crackdown, saying only such a purge could neutralize the threat represented by Gulen?s network, which it says infiltrated institutions such as the judiciary, army and schools.
  24. WASHINGTON: Police arrested a gunman suspected of killing three people and wounding two Wednesday at a suburban Maryland business park before shooting another man in neighbouring Delaware. "The suspect in this incident has been located and is in police custody," the Wilmington, Delaware police department said of Radee Prince, 37. Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy earlier told reporters that Prince "is a dangerous individual. This person shot six people in one day" in attacks that were not random. Prince had been sought "in connection with both multiple shooting incident early this morning in Edgewood, Maryland and another shooting incident at mid-morning today" in Wilmington, Delaware, a statement from police said. Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said three people died in the first incident at a granite business just before 9am. He confirmed a handgun was used and two other victims were transported to trauma centres in serious condition. When the shooter was still at large, several Edgewood-area schools were placed on lockdown, officials said, while the nearby set of popular Netflix show House of Cards was also reportedly secured. Gahler said Prince was associated with the company, Advanced Granite Solutions, where the first shooting occurred, near Baltimore. "This does appear to be a targeted attack, limited to that business," he said. Latest mass shooting Police were investigating Prince's connection with the firm, where all five victims of the first shooting were employed, Gahler said, declining to give further details about them. He said other people besides the five victims were on the premises when the shooting took place. Tracy said the victim in the second shooting identified the gunman. "They're known to each other and they've had some past history," he told a news conference. The suspect fled the first attack in a car registered in Delaware, Gahler said. Variety magazine reported that the set of House of Cards, which is partly filmed in Maryland, was placed on lockdown while police searched for the shooter. The executive producer of the series, Dana Brunetti, addressed the incident in a Facebook post. "Shooting near House of Cards set," Brunetti wrote. Some of the school lockdowns were later lifted, according to Harford County Public Schools. The incident was the latest mass shooting in a country where such killings have become tragically commonplace. On Oct 1, a gunman in a 32nd-floor casino hotel room rained fire down on concert-goers in Las Vegas, killing 58 and wounding more than 500. It was the deadliest shooting in recent US history. To date in 2017 there have been 286 mass shootings ? nearly one per day ? according to the online Gun Violence Archive.
  25. Mufti Abdul Qavi. Photo: File MULTAN: A sessions court on Wednesday dismissed the bail request of Mufti Abdul Qavi and ordered police to arrest him in connection with the murder of model and social media star Qandeel Baloch. Qavi appeared in the hearing conducted by Sessions Judge Chaudhry Amin and applied for bail through his lawyer, who also presented his arguments in the case. The court then reserved the verdict in the case and after resuming the hearing, dismissed Qavi?s bail application and ordered the police to arrest him. However, Qavi had left for home during the break and police have yet to arrest him. Talking to Geo News in the premises of the court, Qavi said that he has nothing to do with the murder and "the judge is also aware of that". He, however, added that he will accept the court?s decision. Qandeel Baloch murder: Investigation officer dismissed CPO Multan dismissed sub-inspector Noor Akber upon failure to submit charge-sheet to the court The court on Tuesday had adjourned the hearing to today after Qavi appeared without legal counsel and was asked to appear again on Wednesday with legal representation. Qavi told journalists following his appearance that he appeared today, will appear tomorrow and will continue to cooperate with the police and the courts. Earlier non-bailable arrest warrants had been issued for the cleric on request of the investigation officer who informed the court that the cleric was not cooperating with the police. Qavi had at the time told Geo News, that he was always present in his seminary and was available for any cooperation the police wanted, adding that he had obtained interim bail and therefore could not be arrested. Other accused in the case are Haq Nawaz and Qandeel's brother Muhammed Waseem. Qandeel Baloch murder case: Police gains access to Mufti Abdul Qavi's mobile data The records also showed that telephonic contact between the two took place even before June 22 Qandeel Baloch Baloch, who shot to fame for her "bold" selfies that polarised Pakistan, was allegedly strangled in July by her brother Muhammad Waseem. In his confession, Waseem claimed she had brought shame on the family and owned up to his crime in a press conference after his arrest. Prior to her death, Baloch, whose real name was Fauzia Azeem, spoke of worries about her safety and had appealed to the interior ministry to provide her with security. She had faced frequent abuse and death threats. The so-called 'honour-killing' had sent shockwaves across the country and triggered an outpouring of grief on social media for Baloch.