In an important development, the names of 820,165 beneficiaries of BISP have been removed from the list being found undeserving. The data was re-evaluated after complaints from various cabinet members that the program was benefiting the supporters of PPP and was not meant for PTI supporters. The tools used for checking whether the women fell in the deserving category were as follows:
1. Beneficiary or Spouse job status (Govt employee)
2. Spouse income
3. No. of Vehicles owned by the family
4. Land owned by the family
5. Any foreign tours made by the beneficiary or her spouse
6. Telephone bill (Mobile or PTCL)
Dr. Sania Nishtar shared that after removing the undeserving beneficiaries from the list, the slot would be filled with truly deserving people. On the other hand Bakhtawar Bhutto criticized Government’s move calling it a political victimization by depriving so many beneficiaries from their rights of getting benefits from the only social safety net for women.
LHC permits PPP to hold rally at Liaqat Bagh Rawalpindi
Finally the Rawalpindi bench of Lahore High Court (LHC) has permitted PPP to organize a rally at Liaqat Bagh Rawalpindi to observe the death anniversary of former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto on 27th December, 2019. PPP earlier had hinted towards organizing a public meeting at the place of her assassination (Liaqat Bagh) that was turned down by Rawalpindi district administration due to security threats. Reacting to this, PPP had filed a petition in LHC to let them use their constitutional right that was acknowledged and approved by the court today. The court had also summoned the Rawalpindi Deputy Commissioner to appear before the court and submit his opinion and narrative in this regard. Remarking about the petition the court said that Police and other law enforcing forces were bound according to the constitution to provide security to the political leaders and safe and secured organization of any public meeting or rally from a political party. Reacting to the said move by PPP, the Railway Minister Sheikh Rasheed has also announced to hold a public gathering at Larkana (PPP home ground) on the same day (27th December) for the same cause.
LHC points out flaws in Rana Sanaullah drug case
In its detailed written verdict of Rana Sanaullah narcotics case, LHC has pointed out several flaws and lapses from prosecution and guided that the case needed a detailed and flawless inquiry. The main points focused and highlighted by the court in this regard included non-preparation of recovery memo, no request for physical remand to identify the alleged network, no appeal against the post arrest bail of co-accused, provision of just 20 grams of heroin out of 15 kg as claimed to be recovered, conductance of all the proceedings and documentation by ANF at the police station rather than at the spot of recovery. The court also said that the chances of political victimization could not be ignored in the said case as the accused is an active vocal leader of the opposition party.
IHC decides in favour of Abrar-ul-Haq
Islamabad High Court (IHC) while hearing a petition against Abrar-ul-Haq’s appointment as Chairman PRCS announced the verdict in favour of Government and Abrar-ul-Haq and removed the stay order; declaring the matter of appointment to fall under the jurisdiction and authority of Prime Minister. The petition had been filed by the former chairman Dr. Saeed Elahi claiming that the appointment of new chairman before the completion of tenure of existing chairman (3 years to end on March 09, 2020) was unconstitutional, illegal and unlawful. The court was informed that the Government had already changed the procedure of appointment.
The government has filed a review petition against SC verdict in Army Chief extension/re-appointment case
The petition includes the request of formation of a larger bench and revocation of the previous verdict. Earlier in the day the Law Minister Farogh Naseem called-on Attorney General in Supreme Court to discuss the various legal aspects of the petition before filing it. He had also told the media that the Supreme Court had ignored and overlooked various constitutional points in its verdict and these had been addressed in this review petition.