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Special Court rejects Zafar Hijazi's acquittal plea2017/11/11
ISLAMABAD: A special court on Friday rejected former Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan Chairman Zafar Hijazi's plea seeking acquittal from the Chaudhry Sugar Mills record tempering case.
Hijazi was indicted two weeks ago at a Special Court. Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) maintained that the accused is involved in the tempering of Chaudhry Sugar Mills record. The former SECP chairman challenged the charge.
A case was registered against Hijazi on the orders of the Supreme Court after the three-member Panama Papers case implementation bench acted on the JIT report.
Hijazi is accused of pressuring his subordinates to change dates on documents related to the sugar mills.
Special Court Central Judge Irum Niazi rejected Hijazi's application on the reasoning that solid pieces of evidence are available to initiate the trial. The case is adjourned till November 29 and directed FIA to produce prosecution witnesses in the next hearing.
Hijazi was arrested in the premises of the court by FIA on July 21 after the expiry of his bail before arrest.
The FIA team had submitted a 28-page inquiry report to the Supreme Court on July 9, in which it had endorsed the stance of the joint investigation team probing the offshore assets of then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family in connection with the Panama Papers case.
A lower court on July 17 had granted a five-day pre-arrest bail to Hijazi against two surety bonds worth Rs250,000 each after Hijazi filed for a pre-arrest bail as per Section 498 of the Criminal Procedure Code of Pakistan, citing medical grounds as the basis for the request. - NNI

Five outlaws held; weapons recovered2017/11/11

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad police have arrested five outlaws from various areas of the city and recovered weapons from them, a police spokesman said.
He said that Inspector Basharat Shah from Homicide Unit nabbed two persons Ali Ahsan and Sameul Tariq Mashim allegedly involved in murder case ...

PPP will not allow rigging in next general elections2017/11/11
ISLAMABAD: Former President Asif Ali Zardari has expressed grave concern over the missing 13 million women voters from the voters' list and called upon the government and all relevant state institutions to address the issue in right earnest for the credibility of the 2018 polls.
The former President said this at a briefing by the Free and Fair Election Network 
(FAFEN) in Zardari House Islamabad on voters' registration and other election related issues in the country ...

OGRA allows oil tankers association to hike fares2017/11/11

ISLAMABAD: Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has hiked prices of petroleum products on Friday after conceding to demands of oil tankers association.
The regulatory body has issued a notification of hike in fares of oil tankers prompting the association to reverse the strike call issued for Monday.
Earlier the association had warned the government of protests and strike starting from Monday in case the owners were not allowed to hike fares. It should be mentioned here that protests by oil tankers association have resulted in severe shortage of petrol across Pakistan in the past.
Lahore among other major cities had to bear the brunt of such strikes in the past with commuters stranded without petrol on roads. - NNI

Hudaibiya case: SC forms bench to hear NAB appeal2017/11/11
ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Friday formed Supreme Court bench comprising of three judges to hear National Accountability Bureau (NAB) plea to declare Lahore High Court's (LHC) judgement into Hudaibiya Paper Mills case void.
The three-judge bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Dost Muhammad and Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel will hear the appeal on November 13.
Earlier on November 20, NAB filed an appeal in apex court seeking to invalidate LHC three years old judgement in Hudaibiya Paper Mills case. In 2014 ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif along with his several family members was acquitted by LHC from Rs1.2 billion Hudabiya Paper Mills scam.
According to the NAB, emergence of fresh evidence in the wake of Panama Leaks has given them ground to challenge LHC's verdict.
On September 20, NAB filed a petition in Supreme Court (SC) against Lahore High Court (LHC) verdict to close the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case as Sharifs were cleared in this and Raiwind Assets references.
Awami Muslim League (AML) Chief Sheikh Rasheed had submitted a petition in SC, stating that on July 21, amid hearing of the Panama Papers case, NAB had assured the court to submit reply in seven days on Hudaibiya case but it failed to do so within the mentioned time.
The Hudaibiya Paper Mills is basically about money laundering of Sharif family during 1990s. 
The case was lodged against Nawaz Sharif, his brother and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Shahbaz's son and Member of National Assembly Hamza Shahbaz and other members over Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar's confessional statement on April 25, 2000 before magistrate in Lahore.
The reference was afterwards dismissed by LHC on March 11, 2014 in response to a writ petition filed in 2011, stating that Dar was pressurized to record the statement. - NNI

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