In an important development, the IHC has granted bail to the former president Asif Ali Zardari on medical grounds. The court has ordered him to submit surety bonds of worth Rs.10 million. Zardari had been arrested by NAB authorities in Money laundering and fake bank accounts case however he was later admitted to PIMS hospital due to his ailing health. Bilwal had claimed that the family members especially Asifa had convinced their father to file bail petition for which he was not ready earlier.
“Maryam is not going anywhere”, says Ghulam Sarwar
Federal Minister of Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan strictly negated the news of removing Maryam Nawaz’s name from the ECL and permitting her to join the former Premier. Khan further added that Mian Nawaz Sharif had been given a relief on medical grounds and he would have to return to the country to face the cases against him once he recovered from his health issues. As for Maryam Nawaz who had filed an application in LHC to let her fly abroad to look after her ailing father, Khan said that She would remain in Pakistan and there is no second opinion in the cabinet on this particular issue.
Petition filed against secret filming
Renowned activist Salman Sufi has filed a petition in Lahore High Court to declare the “filming of people” at public or private places (without their consent) an illegal act. He also urged the court for issuance of a directive to the concerned departments and authorities to display prominent signage of CCTV cameras wherever these have been installed so people may not be deceptively photographed or filmed as was the case in University of Balochistan where secret cameras were installed for an unethical act of recording videos of female students which were later used as a tool for harassment and blackmailing against them. The petition also demanded for formulation of a committee to legislate on People’s “Constitutional right of Privacy”. The court adjourned its proceedings directing the representatives of both Federal and provincial to submit their replies by December 23, 2019.
Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) hinted to challenge BHC decision of restoring PMDC employees
The Joint Secretary Saeed Ullah Khan Niazi told media about initiating the said move once they would receive written orders from the court. On October 19, 2019 the PMDC was resolved through a presidential ordinance and all the employees were terminated with immediate effect. The sacked employees filed a petition in Balochistan High Court against the Government’s act and the court in its decision ordered to pay their salaries by suspending the article 49 of the ordinance. Replying a question about restoration of employees’ services, Niazi said that how could they be taken back when there was no PMDC anymore. It is important to know that the decision has been made by the division bench of high court and therefore can only be challenged in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
The Federal Cabinet has unanimously decided to impose ban on Media coverage of convicts and absconders
Talking to media Dr. Firdous Ashiq said that it was quite unfair and unjust to invite the culprits on media and give them opportunity to portray themselves innocent by criticizing Government policies and actions. The cabinet was also told about Maryam Nawaz’s petition in LHC for removing her name from ECL and permitting her to go to London to look after his father. Most cabinet members opposed to grant the said permission however PM urged them to wait until the Review committee would make its recommendations after reviewing the case in detail. Talking about extension in Nawaz Sharif stay abroad the PM reportedly said that the matter pertained to the jurisdiction of Punjab Government so let them decide it at their own.
Test Cricket back to Pakistan
The doors of international test cricket in Pakistan have been re-opened today with the start of first test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. Pakistan gave debut opportunities to opening batsman Abid Ali (replacing Imam-ul-Haq) and Usman Shinwari (replacing Yasir Shah). Team green stepped into the ground with all four fast bowlers including Shaheen Shah Afridi, Muhammd Abbas, Usman Shinwari and Naseem Shah. Haris Sohail has been again given a chance in spite of his bad form and therefore Fawad Alam will have to wait further for his comeback in Test cricket.