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  1. KARACHI: The Supreme Court ended the legal battle between the Sindh government and the Ayesha Bawany Trust on Thursday and handed over the custody of Ayesha Bawany Government College to the provincial government till 2019. A two-member bench, headed by Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh, heard the case on Thursday. The bench handed over the custody of the college to the government till May 2019, after which the educational institution will be handed over to the trust. Moreover, the Sindh government also gave a cheque worth Rs8.5million to the trust. The court also ordered that further admissions to the educational institute be stopped till 2019. The SC bench ruled that Ayesha Bawany Trust can be registered under another name, adding that after two years, the name of the trust will be removed from college?s name. The bench further directed the provincial government to hand over three of the 17 classrooms of the college to the trust by May 31. Sindh High Court orders opening of Aisha Bawany College Court instructed the concerned authorities to continue teaching activities at the educational institution Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh warned both the parties of dire consequences if they fail to abide by the apex court's orders. ?Both sides would face severe consequences if they fail to abide by the court's orders," he remarked. The college was closed earlier in September after its trustees approached a lower court to seal the premises until its ownership was determined. The government claimed that the trustees, who allegedly own the school, want to use it for commercial purposes and thus approached a lower court to grant a stay on educational activity. However, the school administration and government officials petitioned the Sindh High Court, which ordered its reopening after suspending the lower court?s order. Despite the SHC order, the college was not opened on September 18 and resulted in a protest by students outside the institution's premises and the staff of the education department and trustees. Following this, the matter was referred to the Supreme Court.
  2. Najam Sethi/File photo Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi will meet Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Tuesday to discuss preparations for hosting Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches in Karachi. Sethi took to Twitter to announce the news and asked fans to wish him luck. ?I am meeting Sindh CM tomorrow to start preparations for PSL matches in Karachi. Wish me luck!? The PCB chairman was a jubilant man on Monday following an announcement from Sri Lanka Cricket which confirmed that the Sri Lankan team will tour Pakistan for a T20I match later this month. ?This is a historic moment,? he said of the upcoming T20I in Lahore between the two sides, as Pakistan beat Sri Lanka in the second ODI to give fans even more to celebrate about. ?Great win! Great news too about the Lahore T20. Hope the fans are smiling :) Pakistan Zindabad,? Sethi tweeted. Sri Lankan team will play the T20I match, the third of three-match T20I series, on October 29, after playing the first two matches in UAE. The match is yet another step towards restoration of International cricket in Pakistan, which last month hosted a star-studded World XI side led by South Africa?s Faf du Plessis. This is also the first tour by a major cricket team since an attack on the bus carrying Sri Lankan team in 2009, barring a brief tour by Zimbabwe in 2015. PCB mulls lower ticket prices The PCB is considering keeping ticket prices for the Lahore T20I lower than the ticket prices for the recent World XI matches. According to sources, the board has instructed its marketing department to keep the ticket prices within the range of Rs500 to Rs4,000.
  3. KARACHI: Former president and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari prevented the Sindh government from availing the proposed raise in the salaries of lawmakers. The former president took notice of the increase of 300 percent in the salaries of the MPAs and provincial ministers. Zardari directed Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah that under the ongoing financial condition, the raises would be an extra burden on the national treasury. Provincial minister Nasir Hussain Shah said that the decision to increase the salaries will be reviewed now, following the notice taken by the PPP co-chairman. On October 15, Murad Ali Shah had approved a summary to increase salaries and privileges of provincial lawmakers, including the CM Sindh. According to the bill, there was an increase of around 150 percent in the salaries of cabinet members, advisers and special assistants. The salaries of the CM, speaker and deputy speaker were to be raised by a hefty 300 percent.
  4. Pakistan Rangers Sindh. Photo: File KARACHI: The provincial government on Wednesday approved the extension of Rangers' special powers in Karachi for another 90 days. After the request is approved by the Ministry of Interior, the paramilitary force ? requisitioned under Article 147 of the Constitution and operating under clause 1 of subsection 3 of section 4 of Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 ? will be able to prevent the commission of terrorist acts and scheduled offences in notified areas. The paramilitary force's tenure for aiding the police and civil administration will expire on October 12. Sindh govt approves summary on Rangers' extension of powers The paramilitary force's tenure for aiding police and civil administration will expire on July 19 The paramilitary force was granted certain special powers including arrests and raids when the Karachi operation started back in 2011, Ghani said in a statement to the media. Under the National Action Plan and the Anti-Terrorism Act, the federal cabinet granted special powers to the Rangers to lead a targeted joint operation with the police against criminals involved in targeted killings, kidnappings for ransom, extortion, and terrorism in Karachi. The operation was launched in September 2013 in Karachi.
  5. Sindh High Court. Photo: File KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Wednesday once again rejected the bail plea of former Sindh Assistant Inspector General of Police (Finance) Syed Fida Hussain Shah on charges of alleged embezzlement of Rs70 million from police funds. Moreover, the bench headed by SHC Chief Justice Justice Ahmed Ali Shaikh directed the trial court to a give decision on the case in three months. Corruption charges: NAB seeks inquiry against ex-AIG Fida Hussain Shah NAB said that there are irrefutable proofs against Shah for embezzling funds, allocated for the food and other such necessities for personnel deputed on special duties The Supreme Court and Sindh High Court had earlier rejected the suspects' bail before arrest pleas in separate cases. In another case, Supreme Court rejected Shah?s bail petition in a reference alleging Shah's involvement in a Rs 50 million scam. The reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau against Shah alleged that he generated bogus bills to get huge funds in name of fuel allowance for vehicles of the Sindh Police. Earlier, in June 2017, Fida Hussain escaped from the Sindh High Court premises after his request for bail was rejected.
  6. Sindh Rangers. Photo:File KARACHI: Sindh Rangers on Friday claimed to arrest a man posing as an army major to con people during snap checking in Gulistan-e-Jauhar area, said a press release issued by the paramilitary department. Muhammad Rafiq, the con man introduced himself as Major Ali affiliated with an intelligence agency when stopped by the Sindh Rangers. The paramilitary troops started inspection of his car when Rafiq failed to provide his departmental identity card. During inspection one illegal 9mm pistol, narcotics and fake property papers were recovered. The man was immediately taken into custody. Initial investigation with the suspect revealed that the man posing as an army official used to take bribes from the families of arrested suspects, and was also involved in land grabbing. Two of his accomplices, Ghulam Fareed and Ali Hasan were arrested by the law enforcement authorities after Rafiq?s disclosure. The suspects have been handed over to Police.
  7. The sixth Housing and Population Census began after a period of 19 years on March 15. Photo: file ISLAMABAD: Federal government refused to provide Sindh government with census records on Monday, deepening the rift between the two governments over census results. According to Geo News, Consultant to Pakistan Bureau of Statistics on Census Asif Bajwa said that the record cannot be provided to the Sindh government until the law is amended. He explained that Sindh government had asked for records of Form II and census blocks. ?We will abide to keeping the census record a secret,? he remarked. People of Sindh have reservations against census results, says CM Shah Shah said that the federal government should announce elections in due time Sindh government had rejected the provisional results of the sixth population census by terming the results as a conspiracy against the province by the federal government. Speaking over the issue, provisional Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said that it is very much clear that the people of Sindh have reservations against the census results; the statistics department should share the details of blocks with the Sindh government so that it could be counter-checked. He said that the Sindh government would like to see the next elections based on the provincial results of the census, and for it, amendments need to be done in the Constitution. The federal government rejected the reservations raised by the Sindh's political parties and said the process of conducting the census was transparent. It added that all provinces had monitoring committees which were briefed on a regular basis while the census was being conducted. The government further said that additional time was given to address all reservations and complaints. Results released for the citywide population in the provisional census conducted by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics show that Karachi?s population has ballooned to 14.9 million people in 2017 as compared to 9.39 million in 1998. Thirty-three percent of Sindh?s 47.9 million-strong population lives in the province?s two major cities, Karachi and Hyderabad. Pakistan?s population reaches 208 million: provisional census results The annual growth rate has been recorded at 2.4pc over a time period of 1998 to 2017 While the provincial capital?s population grew by 59pc in nineteen years, Hyderabad?s population only grew by 0.6 million during the same time. The sixth Housing and Population Census began after a period of 19 years on March 15. The census was conducted in 16 districts of Punjab, eight districts of Sindh, 14 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 15 districts of Balochistan, five districts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and five districts of Gilgit-Baltistan.
  8. Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah. Photo: File KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah said on Sunday that extra strict security measures had been put in place due to the visit of Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin ? the head of the Bohra community ? to the city. Shah was addressing media personnel after monitoring the Ashura procession in the city. He said that around 27,000 foreign nationals were visiting the city?s Saddar area in the last two weeks due to the presence of the Bohra community leader. The chief minister also apologised for the inconvenience caused to the public due to the security arrangements and alternative traffic route plan. The security measures have been put in place due to the persisting threats, he said. Ashura processions began all around the country on Sunday morning to mark the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions at Karbala, Iraq on Muharram 10. Cellular and internet services remain suspended in Karachi. In Karachi, the main jaloos (procession) began in Nishtar Park with a majlis recited by Allama Shahenshah Hussain Naqvi. The procession then planned to proceed to Numaish Chowrangi, from where it will follow MA Jinnah Road towards Regal Chowk, and pause at Tibet Centre from Zuhr prayers. Following this, the procession will head towards Bolton Market and conclude at Irania Hussainia Imambargah.
  9. KARACHI: Home Minister Sindh Sohail Anwar Khan Siyal has approached the interior ministry to suspend mobile phone services in major cities across the province on 9th and 10th Muharram, Geo News reported. The home minister is awaiting a decision by the interior ministry on suspension of mobile phone services in major cities including Karachi, as part of security arrangements for Ashura, which will be observed on Sunday. Media will be notified as soon as a decision is made by the interior ministry in this regard, he said. Meanwhile, the Sindh home minister has issued directives to police to ensure deployment of heavy force under Muharram Contingency Plan 2017 in order to ensure extraordinary security measures in the province. According to the Muharram contingency plan, police is ensuring strict security cover at over 1,520 Imambargahs, 12,700 Majalis, 4,150 mourning processions and 1,400 Tazia processions in the province. Electronic and visual surveillance and use of sniffer dogs for explosives detection and sweeping of routes and venues will be carried out by Bomb Disposal Unit, especially at under-construction buildings.
  10. Shahid Afridi speaks about his plans for a cricket academy in Karachi MIRANSHAH: Pakistan's former all-rounder Shahid Afridi on Thursday said he wants to set up a cricket academy in Karachi but received no response from the Sindh government when he sought its help in this regard. Afridi, who starred in the Peace Cup match organised by the Pakistan Army, PCB and Peshawar Zalmi in North Waziristan, shared his future plans with senior journalist Hamid Mir. Asked why the Sindh government failed to respond to his request, the former captain said the provincial government might not be interested. ?I had requested Sindh government for a cricket academy, but received no response. My plan is to build an academy where English, mathematics and other subjects are also taught along with cricket,? he said. Afridi said he intends to select 50 to 60 youngsters from across the country and bring them to his academy, where they would receive education and cricket training. ?@SAfridiOfficial need some attention from Sindh Govt @BBhuttoZardari @MuradAliShahCM,? Hamid Mir tweeted in a bid to draw the attention of Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah and PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to Afridi?s plans.
  11. KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Thursday ordered the immediate opening of Aisha Bawany Government College and instructed police officials to accompany officials to ensure the same. The decision was taken by a two-member bench of the SHC and the court said the college should be opened till the final verdict is passed in the case. Additionally, the court also instructed the concerned authorities to continue teaching activities at the educational institution. Notices were also issued to IG Sindh, secretary education Aisha Bawany Trust and others in the case and a reply has been sought by the court by September 25. The college was closed earlier in September after its trustees approached a lower court to seal the premises until its ownership is decided. The government claims the trustees who allegedly own the school, want to use it for commercial purposes and thus approached a lower court to grant a stay on educational activity. However, the school administration and government officials petitioned the Sindh High Court which ordered its reopening after suspending the lower court?s order. Despite the SHC order, the college was not opened on September 18 and resulted in a protest by students accumulated outside and staff of the education department and trustees.
  12. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/7649644cf2bb2f4138832647bad18586.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9OS8xOS8yMDE3IDc6NTE6NDMgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1wLytQdVNDaC8rNTlsbUlrQkJZbjV3PT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] KARACHI: Governor Sindh Mohammad Zubair said on Tuesday that the environment of Karachi is a lot safer than before, revealing that back in 2010, he also received a "chit" from unknown persons demanding extortion money. The governor was addressing to the media in Karachi after visiting the Kharadar hospital, where he spoke regarding the law and order situation in the city. After receiving the extortion chit, the governor said he approached a minister, who was also his friend, to help resolve the situation. He termed ?law and order? Karachi?s biggest issue, adding that in the past Karachi was riddled with killings and firing incidents. ?The government is trying to make Karachi more peaceful,? Zubair said, adding that financial activities have flourished in the city. PM Abbasi announces Rs25bn package for Karachi following first visit to metropolis Rs5bn package was announced for Hyderabad He said that a steering committee would be formed regarding the ?Karachi package?. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, in his first official visit to Karachi in August, had announced a Rs25 billion development package for the metropolis and a Rs5bn package for Hyderabad during the current fiscal year.
  13. AD Khawaja speaks to media in Sukkur SUKKUR: Inspector-General Police Sindh AD Khawaja on Monday vowed to bring improvement in the police department with the cooperation of the Sindh government. Speaking to media here earlier today, AD Khawaja said it was not possible for the IG to operate without the support of the provincial government. ?IG is part of Sindh government. We have full backing of the Sindh government, that is why we are able to operate,? he said. The IG Police further pointed out that the powers of his position are set by the Sindh High Court. ?I want to honestly give my 100%, will bring improvement in the [police] department with the cooperation of the [Sindh] government.? Khawaja said the police force will ensure strict security arrangements for the month of Muharram. Not disappointed by court's verdict in IGP case: CM Sindh 'We have a few reservations [with the IGP's case] but consultations are underway, Last week, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah had said he was not disappointed with the verdict in AD Khawaja's case, according to which the Sindh High Court had dismissed the provincial government's order to remove Khawaja as Sindh Police?s top boss.
  14. Syed Murad Ali Shah talking to media in Sukkur SUKKUR: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah has expressed resolve to bring international cricket to Karachi. Responding to a question during media talk here on Saturday, the chief minister said the Sindh government will approach the Pakistan Cricket Board for hosting of international cricket matches in major cities such as Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur. ?We are fully prepared. The security situation [in Karachi] is also much better,? he said, adding that he had approached the board ahead of the Pakistan Super League final in Lahore as well. On the matter of IG Sindh AD Khawaja, Shah expressed his reservations over the Sindh High Court?s ruling but said the order is being implemented. ?We have our reservations [on the ruling] but we are following the court?s orders,? he said. The chief minister said Imran Khan was politically immature and still had a lot to learn. ?He [Imran Khan] may be good at cricket but he has yet to learn politics. After winning a few seats in Sindh, he thinks the whole nation is with him,? Shah remarked.
  15. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/438c5760f3c6e261528d722f3b69c05c.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9OS8xMy8yMDE3IDEyOjEyOjQ2IFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9NktCdGJoZmtpZmlBNEg2Rm9JNzJxUT09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah on Wednesday said that he is not disappointed with the verdict in the Inspector General of Police Sindh AD Khawaja's case. In a verdict passed on September 7, the Sindh High Court (SHC) dismissed the provincial government's order to remove Khawaja as Sindh Police?s top boss. Sindh IG AD Khawaja to continue on post, rules SHC IG AD Khawaja had been removed by the provincial govt earlier this year The two-judge SHC bench also restored the IGP?s powers of transfers and postings within the police department, declaring all postings and transfers carried out in the province after July 7 as illegal. "We have a few reservations [with the IGP's case] but consultations are underway," Shah said while talking to the media in Tando Allahyar. The court, on April 3, had dismissed the provincial government?s decision to remove the Sindh police chief after a group of activists approached the SHC challenging his controversial removal. The legal wrangling between civil rights activists and the provincial government, which lasted for over ten months, ended with the court's orders, but the ruling party remains disgruntled with the verdict. Appearing on Geo News' program Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath after the verdict was announced, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Senator Saeed Ghani said, "If courts will decide the transfers and postings of IGPs, then the provincial government shouldn't be held accountable for any situation that may arise, for which the Sindh government is constitutionally responsible." The senator added that despite no apparent issue with Khawaja's performance as the police chief, the 'uncomfortable relationship' between the IGP and Sindh government higher ups has made it seemingly impossible to maintain a smooth working relationship. Ghani lamented that while on one side, the province's former IGP Ghulam Hyder Jamali was removed at the Supreme Court's behest, the SHC has imposed the decision for Khawaja to continue as the IGP on the Sindh government. The federal government sacked the Sindh police chief last year on March 12 ? a day after he conceded before the Supreme Court that illegal appointments had been made in the police department. The apex court gave the provincial government a choice to remove the police chief either during the inquiry or after it. Following the court's orders, the federal government on the recommendation of Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah transferred Jamali and appointed Khawaja ? then AIG Special Branch ? as his replacement.
  16. KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah said on Monday that there exists no contention between the provincial government and Inspector General of Police Sindh AD Khawaja. The CM Sindh along with Governor Sindh Mohammed Zubair was visiting Mazar-e-Quaid, upon the occasion of Pakistan founder?s death anniversary. While speaking to media personnel, Murad Ali Shah said that the issue of IG Sindh is in the high court and it has the authority to pass verdict only. He said that the leaders should envisage Jinnah?s vision and work upon it. CM Sindh Murad said that issues of administration exist everywhere and it?s not a new thing. Governor Sindh Zubair also spoke to media and said that today is an important historical day and wished that Pakistan fulfills Jinnah?s vision. He said that for the progress of the country economic progress is very important.
  17. Inspector General of Police Sindh AD Khawaja. Photo: File KARACHI: Sindh's Inspector General of Police (IGP) AD Khawaja on Saturday cancelled all transfers and postings ordered by the Sindh Government from July 7 onward. A notification issued by the IGP's office directed all officers transferred and posted to new assignments after July 7 to resume their previous duties. In a verdict passed on Thursday, the Sindh High Court (SHC) dismissed the provincial government's order to remove Khawaja as Sindh Police?s top boss. Sindh IG AD Khawaja to continue on post, rules SHC IG AD Khawaja had been removed by the provincial govt earlier this year The two-judge SHC bench also restored the IGP?s powers of transfers and postings within the police department, declaring all postings and transfers carried out in the province after July 7 as illegal. The court, on April 3, had dismissed the provincial government?s decision to remove the Sindh police chief after a group of activists approached the SHC challenging his controversial removal. The legal wrangling between civil rights activists and the Sindh government has ended with the court's orders, but the ruling party remains disgruntled with the verdict. Appearing on Geo News' program Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath after the verdict was announced, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Senator Saeed Ghani said, "If courts will decide the transfers and postings of IGPs, then the provincial government shouldn't be held accountable for any situation that may arise, for which the Sindh government is constitutionally responsible." The senator added that despite no apparent issue with Khawaja's performance as the police chief, the 'uncomfortable relationship' between the IGP and Sindh government higher ups has made it seemingly impossible to maintain a smooth working relationship. PPP making efforts to improve relations with AD Khawaja: sources CM Sindh also held a one-on-one meeting with Sindh IG, reveals sources Ghani lamented that while on one side, the province's former IGP Ghulam Hyder Jamali was removed at the Supreme Court's behest, the SHC has imposed the decision for Khawaja to continue as the IGP on the Sindh government. The federal government sacked the Sindh police chief last year on March 12 ? a day after he conceded before the Supreme Court that illegal appointments had been made in the police department. The apex court gave the provincial government a choice to remove the police chief either during the inquiry or after it. Following the court's orders, the federal government on the recommendation of Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah transferred Jamali and appointed Khawaja ? then AIG Special Branch ? as his replacement.
  18. KARACHI: Sindh Rangers Director General Major General Mohammad Saeed said on Saturday that an Al-Qaeda member formed Ansarul Shariah. Speaking to a news channel, Major General Saeed said that the students affiliated with Asarul Shariah did not come from any one specific university. He said well-educated students from different academic institutes were members of the group, adding, as many as three members of the group have Masters degree in Applied Physics. Maj Gen Saeed reiterated that no security institution including Sindh Rangers have demanded student records from Karachi University. Major General Saeed said that as an intensive operation is underway against the militant group the paramilitary cannot share further information about the group. Ansarul Shariah Pakistan chief was in contact with Al-Qaeda member: sources Dr Hashmi informed that due to Abdullah Baloch?s proximity with the banned oraganisations, Ansarul-Shariah contacted him. He said that as many as seven members of the group have been arrested and according to the initial investigation the militant group was limited only to Karachi. The paramilitary chief informed that Ansarul Shariah were focused on attacking police personnel and the authorities have identified the target-killers of the group. The paramilitary chief urged parents to keep an eye on the activities of their children as parents of the two group members had no idea of what activities their son was involved in. He added that the teachers must take into account why students are being attracted towards radical ideas. Ansarul Shariah The group has been involved in multiple terrorism incidents in Karachi and Mastung, security sources have said. The group first made headlines in Karachi in April this year in the targeted killing of a retired army colonel. Police officials also believe the group is behind several attacks on police officials in Karachi in the past few months and an IED blast targeting security forces in Mastung. The outfit was not inspired by Daesh's ideology, but instead, it was influenced by al Qaeda's Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri. Initially, it did operate under Daesh's umbrella, however, differences led to the parting of the ways later. The group comprises of militants from Al Qaeda Subcontinent, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and Daesh, sources said.
  19. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/9934b25c89f1bcca401e37d2f89c8279.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9OS83LzIwMTcgNjozOTowOSBQTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPXFvQThFdmVmTEpZWFpKMFRnT2s5eXc9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] KARACHI: The Sindh government would not be comfortable in holding talks with IGP AD Khawaja now that the high court has imposed its decision regarding his stay, said senior PPP leader Saeed Ghani. While speaking on Geo News' show Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath on Thursday, Ghani said if courts will take decision over keeping or removing the inspector general of police then the provincial government should not be held responsible for the consequences. Sindh govt should decide if IGP stays or not, says Saeed Ghani Earlier, SHC had ordered that IGP AD Khawaja will continue on his post till his due term He added the decision of transfers and postings should remain with the provincial government as it is the one held responsible when law and order disrupts. Ghani was talking about the Sindh High Court's decision announced earlier in the day declaring illegal all notifications issued against AD Khawaja. He added it was odd that issues were taking place between the Sindh government and its police head at a time when operation against terrorists were under way in the province.operation against terrorists were under way in the province. SHC order in Sindh IG AD Khawaja case The court has ordered the dismissal of the Sindh IG's removal by the provincial government Earlier in the day, the Sindh High Court announced that AD Khawaja shall continue to work as the IGP of Sindh. The high court ordered the provincial government to hold discussions and bring reforms in the police department. However, the PPP government stated that they would continue their legal fight against the issue.
  20. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/9934b25c89f1bcca401e37d2f89c8279.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9OS83LzIwMTcgMTI6MjE6MTAgUE0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT0wVFFXNjZYYXY3OVNZaHhJakd1SjhBPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party?s Saeed Ghani remarked on Thursday that the Sindh government has the power to decide whether the incumbent Inspector General Police AD Khawaja should continue on his post or not. ?It seems as if Sindh is on another island where a different law is in place,? he said while reacting to Sindh High Court?s verdict which dismissed the provincial government's order to remove AD Khawaja and ordered that he will continue on his post till his due term. Moreover, in its verdict, the court directed the federal government to draft rules regarding the tenure and appointment of the IG. Ghani also claimed that no one praised the Sindh government when AD Khawaja was appointed as the inspector general. Tackling criticism against the Sindh government after the recent spell of monsoon rains, Ghani said that Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar is responsible for the city?s drainage system. However, the mayor claims that he has no powers. On May 30, a two-judge SHC bench, headed by Justice Muneeb Akhtar, had reserved its decision in the case challenging Khawaja's removal. The court, on April 3, had dismissed the provincial government?s decision to remove the Sindh police chief after a group of activists approached the SHC challenging his controversial removal. In its judgment on Thursday, the court also declared all postings and transfers carried out in the province after July 7 as illegal. The judges observed that the complete command of the provincial police remains with the IG and that anyone found taking orders from elsewhere may be proceeded against by the police chief. Sindh IG AD Khawaja to continue on post, rules SHC IG AD Khawaja had been removed by the provincial govt earlier this year The court, termed farcical the ?rapid turnover in, and bewildering rapidity with which, postings and transfers are made in the police force at all levels? and observes that this is wholly inimical to the stability of, and any meaningful performance by, the police. The judgment also presses for an end to ?outside interference, whether by the Provincial Government or any body or authority thereof or otherwise (including any minister of any rank)..?. With regards to the sidelining of the provincial police chief, the court held that any attempt to sideline or marginalise the inspector general or circumvent him or to otherwise curtail his powers would be contrary to law. ?It could, among other things, expose any police officer concerned to appropriate disciplinary or other proceedings, whether by way of misconduct or otherwise,? the court observed, stating additionally that the command structure of the police hierarchy is clear: It flows from, to and through the IG. ?There can be no autonomy of command, nor independence of operation without this.?
  21. Sindh High Court. Photo: PPI The order of the Sindh High Court in the AD Khawaja case is spread over 98 pages. Its operative part is reproduced below: 101. It will be convenient, before concluding, to set out in one place some of the orders made and directions given above (and also make certain additional orders and directions). We emphasize that this paragraph is not intended to be self-contained, and must be read in the light of, and conformably with, what has been stated in this judgment as a whole. Thus, e.g., any view, observation, order, direction or conclusion not included herein is not for that reason to be ignored or disregarded. All orders made and 94 directions given herein above must be given full, due and proper effect. Sindh IG AD Khawaja to continue on post, rules SHC IG AD Khawaja had been removed by the provincial govt earlier this year Subject to the foregoing, the following orders and directions may be noted: a. There is associated with the post of Inspector General a term or tenure as set out in the Sindh Government Rules of Business, 1986. b. The term is part of the law of the land insofar as this Province is concerned. It cannot be disregarded, disobeyed or flouted by the Provincial Government. It has mandatory and binding effect. It must also, as explained herein above, be given due recognition by the Federal Government. c. The present incumbent of the post of Inspector General, the Respondent No. 7, is therefore entitled, subject to what is said below, to have the benefit of the term associated with the post. d. The manner in which PSP officers are to be appointed to the post of Inspector General has been considered in detail herein above. e. Since the post of Inspector General has a fixed term associated with it, the rule laid down by the Supreme Court in the Anita Turab case is applicable. Therefore, if at all an incumbent can be removed during the term that can only be for compelling reasons within the meaning of the rule. f. If at all the Provincial Government (meaning the Provincial Cabinet) is of the view that the continuation in office of the Respondent No. 7, on account of his having been appointed on OPS basis, is contrary to the law enunciated by the Supreme Court in the Ghulam Fareed case, and that this constitutes a compelling reason it must follow the proper procedure in accordance with law, as explained in detail herein above. The role to be played in such circumstances by the Federal Government has also been elaborated. g. Since the proper procedure in accordance with law has not been followed, the correspondence addressed by the Provincial Government to the Federal Government on 31.03.2017 and the follow up notification of 01.04.2017 are quashed as being contrary to law and of no legal effect. The endorsement by the 95 Sindh Cabinet of the foregoing at its meeting held on 05.04.2017 (vide agenda item No. 6) is also set aside as being contrary to law. h. There is a need for reforms of policing and the police force for law and order to be properly established, which is a sine qua non for the rule of law and which, in turn, enables fundamental rights to be fully and properly enjoyed. In order for fundamental rights to be effectively enforced in this Province, suitable directions can, and should, be given and appropriate orders made under Article 199 of the Constitution. One problem in particular that has been identified by the Petitioners is the rapid turnover in, and bewildering rapidity with which, postings and transfers are made in the police force at all levels. This farcical situation is wholly inimical to the stability of, and any meaningful performance by, the police. i. In order to redress the situation, there must be autonomy of command and independence of operation in the police force. The police hierarchy, acting through the Inspector General, must have control over its own affairs especially insofar as postings and transfers are concerned (but certainly not limited to that) and outside interference, whether by the Provincial Government or any body or authority thereof or otherwise, (including any minister of any rank) must come to an end. j. For purposes of giving directions and making orders for enforcement of fundamental rights, the Police Act ought to be interpreted and applied by adopting the approach articulated by the House of Lords in the Ghaidan case, in applying the (UK) Human Rights Act, 1998. Sections 3, 4 and 12 of the Police Act in particular have been so interpreted and applied, keeping in mind at all times the objective identified above, namely that there must be autonomy of command and independence of operation in the police force. k. With specific reference to s. 12, detailed directions have been given for the formulation of rules to properly regulate postings and transfers in the police force in accordance with law. l. Pending formulation and adoption of such rules, and with immediate effect, the power of transfers and postings in the 96 police force, at all levels and including that of PSP officers, shall be exercised only by the Inspector General, and any orders issued by him in this regard shall be self-executing. Without prejudice to the foregoing, such orders will also be forthwith given full effect by the Provincial Government, including all Departments and authorities thereof. m. The order/notification that appears to be currently in the field in relation to postings and transfers, dated 07.07.2017, is quashed as being contrary to law and of no legal effect. Any and all other such orders, notifications, circulars etc. (including any issued subsequent to 07.07.2017) are likewise quashed and declared to be of no legal effect. n. In terms of s. 4 of the Police Act, as interpreted and applied herein above using the Ghaidan approach, the administration of the police force vests in the police hierarchy acting through the Inspector General. His role is a key and central one. His position is at the apex of the force. Any attempt therefore to sideline or marginalize the Inspector General or to circumvent him or to otherwise curtail his powers directly or indirectly (by, e.g., holding meetings with police officers to which the Inspector General is not invited) would be contrary to law and of no legal effect. It could, among other things, expose any police officer concerned to appropriate disciplinary or other proceedings, whether by way of misconduct or otherwise. The command structure of the police hierarchy is clear. It flows from, to and through the Inspector General. There can be no autonomy of command, nor independence of operation without this. o. If at any time the Provincial Government (here meaning the Provincial Cabinet) amends or alters the 1986 Rules in relation to the term or tenure of the Inspector General, such term cannot under any circumstances be reduced to less than three years. Furthermore, no authority or body can be given any power to curtail, reduce, suspend or otherwise dispense with the stipulated term. However, any such change, if ever made, shall apply also to the incumbent for the time being of the post of Inspector General. 97 102. We would also like to emphasize that in this judgment we have touched upon only some aspects of the very many problems relating to policing, the police force and the law and order situation. The reform of the police force, the revival of proper and effective policing, the regaining and restoration of law and order, and the enforcement of fundamental rights in the fullest sense is an on-going exercise and a work-in-progress. The problems and issues are many, and may need to be treated again in fresh petitions and other proceedings. However, even if this judgment proves to be but one link in that chain, it is hopefully a step in the right direction (if we may mix metaphors a bit). 103. In view of the foregoing discussion and analysis, these petitions are disposed off in the following terms: a. It is declared that the legislative competence of ?Police? is in the exclusive Provincial domain. b. It is declared that the Sindh (Repeal of the Police Order, 2002 and Revival of the Police Act, 1861) Act, 2011 is intra vires the Constitution, and that therefore the Police Act, 1861, as revived and restored by the said Act is the law in force in this Province and not the Police Order, 2002. c. The Respondents, and all authorities and bodies of the Provincial Government, and also as appropriate the Federal Government and all authorities and bodies thereof, are directed to give full and immediate effect to the orders made and directions given in this judgment and to act only in accordance and conformably with the same. d. Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, the Respondents as aforesaid are directed to give full and immediate effect to the orders made and directions given in para 101 of this judgment and to act only in accordance and conformably with the same. e. The Respondents as aforesaid are restrained from acting in any manner that is inconsistent with, or which contradicts, any orders made or directions given in this judgment and, without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, from issuing, acting upon or giving effect to any circular, notification, guideline, instruction, order or direction that is inconsistent with, or contradicts, this judgment. 98 f. There will be no order as to costs
  22. KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Wednesday once again expressed his reservations against the provisional census results. Chairing a high-level meeting ahead of the Council of Common Interests meeting, the chief minister said that it is very much clear that the people of Sindh have reservations against the census results; the statistics department should share the details of blocks with the Sindh government so that it could be counter-checked. He said that the Sindh government would like to see the next elections based on the provincial results of the census, and for it, amendments need to be done in the Constitution. Shah said that the federal government should announce elections on due time. The meeting was attended by provincial ministers: Jam Mehtab Dahar, Dr Sikandar Mandhro, Dr Asim, CM Sindh Principal Secretary Sohail Rajput and Sindh Chief Secretary. Sindh government rejected the provisional results of the sixth population census by terming the results as a conspiracy against the province by the federal government. Senior PPP leader Nisar Khuhro said the PPP government will not let the province be treated in an unfair manner. ?We will not let the federal government treat the province unfairly and we will take what is rightfully ours,? said Khuhro. The provisional government also alleged that Sindh?s population was shown to be less than its actual number in order to not increase the province?s share in the National Finance Commission (NFC) award. The PPP-led government has also decided to call an all party conference to discuss the reservations. Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, when asked if his party will attend the conference, said that the issues raised need to be discussed and MQM-P is willing to attend dialogue on the issue. He added that the MQM-P will attend any dialogue if it concerns Karachi and added that Karachi's population was also shown to be less than what it was during Zia's regime. Questioning the census, he said if the people of the metropolis can not be counted properly, how would the issues of the city be resolved. The MQM-P leader further alleged that certain localities of Karachi were excluded from the census and said the party had already petitioned the court before the provisional results were released. Federal government rejects reservations The federal government rejected the reservations raised by the Sindh's political parties and said the process of conducting the census was transparent. It added that all provinces had monitoring committees which were briefed on a regular basis while the census was being conducted. The government further said that additional time was given to address all reservations and complaints. The PPP is not the only major political party in the province to raise reservations over the census results, MQM-P leader Farooq Sattar on Sunday announced to lead a protest rally in 72 hours against the provisional census results. Speaking at the party's general workers? convention at PIB Colony football ground, Sattar said by understating the population of Karachi census results have done injustice to all ethnic communities living in the metropolis. He said that Karachi's population in actual is around 30 million - whereas according to the census it is 10.6 million. Leader of the Opposition Khursheed Shah had also raised reservations over the provisional report of the population census and said the records of the Statistics Division and the Pakistan Army should be compared. Results released for the citywide population in the provisional census conducted by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics show that Karachi?s population has ballooned to 14.9 million people in 2017 as compared to 9.39 million in 1998. Thirty-three per cent of Sindh?s 47.9 million-strong population lives in the province?s two major cities, Karachi and Hyderabad. While the provincial capital?s population grew by 59pc in nineteen years, Hyderabad?s population only grew by 0.6 million during the same time. Pakistan's total population has been recorded at 207.774 million, according to the provisional summary results of the sixth population and housing census. The sixth Housing and Population Census began after a period of 19 years on March 15. The census was conducted in 16 districts of Punjab, eight districts of Sindh, 14 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 15 districts of Balochistan, five districts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and five districts of Gilgit-Baltistan.
  23. Sindh Cheif Minister Murad Ali Shah while speaking with the press on Sep 6. Photo: Geo News KARACHI: Sindh Cheif Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah disclosed on Wednesday that three groups involved in attacks on police personnel in the metropolis have been arrested yesterday night. Speaking to the press, Shah said, "last night we have arrested the three-four gangs involved in police killings. Together with the institutions and people of Pakistan we will defeat the terrorists." Meanwhile, security forces arrested Sheheryar, the head of Ansarul Shariah in Pakistan from Kaneez Fatima society on Monday night, sources told Geo News on Tuesday, in the latest breakthrough against the terrorist organisations linked to recent attacks in the city. Sources said the Ansar ul Shariah chief went by the alias Dr Abdullah Hashmi. According to sources, Sheheryar aka Abdullah Hashmi, worked as an IT (Information technology) expert and was employed in computer department of NED University. He received his Master?s degree in Applied Physics from the University of Karachi. A high-level security source confirmed the arrest, claiming that more than six suspected terrorists were arrested in an intelligence-based operation (IBO) conducted by security forces and intelligence agencies in Karachi on Monday night. Those arrested are said to be previously affiliated with Daesh, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and al-Qaeda. Sources further added that one of the arrested individual was a graduate of a British university and the group comprised of highly educated militants. The organisation had between 10 to 12 militants within its ranks, sources further added.
  24. KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah expressed his displeasure at the failure of municipal officers to fulfill their responsibilities to clear water-logged roads and minimise rain-related incidents in the provincial capital. Chairing a meeting here, Shah said that the city?s Yousuf Goth and other areas were submerged in water during the recent torrential rains because of the "laziness" of the District Municipal Corporations. He also directed Minister for Local Government Jam Khan Shoro to take action against ?thieves? and submit a report in this regard. The chief minister expressed his displeasure over the performance of the Karachi Water & Sewerage Board and said that the department failed to do its work despite having a workforce of 12,000 employees. Local government officials also updated Shah about their respective departments? performance during rain. At least 13 dead as rain batters Karachi; Army contingents deployed for assistance The highest rainfall was recorded in Nazimabad at over 130mm At least 13 people, including four children, died after the metropolis was battered with heavy rainfall on Thursday which saw Army contingents being deployed to assist in rescue efforts. A breach in Thado dam, a rainwater retention dam situated on Malir river, flooded two nearby villages and Saadi Town. The situation prompted the deployment of Pakistan Army and Sindh Rangers contingents to carry out rescue efforts in the affected localities. The northern areas of Karachi were the worst affected, with rainwater flooding homes and other structures in low-lying areas. The downpour not only resulted in closing down of around 90 per cent of the city's markets but also led to a halt in traffic on the link road of National Highway and Super Highway as the Goods' Transport Association decided its vehicles would stay put till the situation improves. Traders suffered losses worth Rs100 million, according to All Karachi Trade Union Chairman Ateeq Mir. Blaming the government, he said that the losses occurred due to the local government being woefully unprepared.
  25. KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said on Monday that the entire nation needs to develop consensus on the issue of eliminating terrorism. He was addressing the media after a meeting with Khawaja Izharul Hassan, the opposition leader in the provincial assembly. Hassan, a senior leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), survived an attempt on his life on Saturday in an attack which left his police guard and a passing-by child dead, along with one of the attackers. The chief minister, accompanied by several Pakistan Peoples Party leaders and provincial ministers, called on Hassan and was received by MQM-P's Faisal Subzwari and Hassan as the latter's residence. Expressing grief at the loss of life during the attack on Hassan, Shah said no one expects to be attacked after Eid prayers. "We all need to find a solution [to combat this menace]," said the chief minister. Replying to a query, he said the provincial government had asked the federal government to put several organisations and seminaries on a watch list but that is yet to be done. CM Murad Ali Shah (left) with MQM-P's Khawaja Izharul Hasan at the latter's residence. Photo: Geo News When asked about recent cases where terrorists come from educated backgrounds, he said, "we will see if educational institutes have become breeding grounds for terrorists". Talking about the issues surrounding the recently completed census, he said they have reservations about the provisional results. "We can?t comprehend the meagre growth shown in Karachi?s population. We will consult other parties and come up with a united stance," he said. Shah also delved into measures the census teams could have taken to make the exercise more transparent. Addressing the media, Hassan thanked people for their well wishes and asked for prayers for the deceased and injured. "This was a deliberate act of terrorism," he said, adding that the chief minister should head a collective movement against terrorism to get to the ?masterminds?. Search for 'mastermind' of MQM leader's attack under way Malir SSP Rao Anwar said Sarosh Siddiqui escaped after killing a policeman during raid earlier today Earlier today, the Malir police raided a suspected terrorist hideout in the city's Kaneez Fatima Society which resulted in the death of a police official. Malir SSP Rao Anwar, who headed the operation, said the suspect, Sarosh Siddiqui, escaped during the raid and a search for him is under way. Anwar claimed Siddiqui is a senior figure of banned militant outfit Ansarul Shariah in Karachi and masterminded the attack on the MQM-P leader.