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ISLAMAABD: Special court in Islamabad on Tuesday has sentenced former president and top military official Pervez Musharraf to death in high treason case.
According to details, a three-member bench comprising Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court (PHC) Waqar Seth, Justice Nazar Akbar of Sindh High Court (SHC) and Justice Shahid Karim of Lahore High Court (LHC) has announced the verdict that was reserved on December 5.
During the hearing, Justice Seth said that ex-president has been found guilty of violating the Article 6 of the Constitution by clamping the state of emergency on November 3, 2007.
According to the High Treason (Punishment) Act, 1973, “any biggest impending refugee crisis is about to take place due to the steps taken by Modi government.
Referring to the revocation of special status of occupied Kashmir by India on 5th of August, the Prime Minister said eight million Kashmiris have been confined to their homes. He said the world must realize that the main aim of the Indian government is to change the demographic composition of the territory from a Muslim majority to a Muslim minority. He said this could lead to a refugee crisis and the world community must take notice of the situation and put pressure on India to stop this illegal activity of settling in the Hindu population in the held valley.
The Prime Minister cautioned the world that the situation in occupied Kashmir could also lead to a conflict between two nuclear armed countries.
Imran Khan said the UN Secretary General must also understand the complications of the steps taken by India in Assam to deprive the Muslim population of Indian nationality as well as the recently passed citizenship act. He said this could have unprecedented consequences and impact on the refugee population. He said the world must step in to control the situation as Pakistan is bound to suffer because of these Indian steps. He said Pakistan is already hosting millions of Afghan refugees and it will not be able to accommodate more refugees.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has hailed the generosity demonstrated by different countries including Pakistan and Turkey for hosting millions of refugees.
He was addressing the First Global Refugee Forum in Geneva on Tuesday.
The UN Secretary General said the international community must do more and shoulder the responsibility to address the refugee crisis. He stressed that we cannot abandon the refugees and their protection is imperative. He said there is need to mobilize international cooperation and solidarity to build the resilience of refugees in their host countries.
Addressing the Global Refugee Forum, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi called for a smart and comprehensive plan to address the refugee crisis. For this, he said, we need a broad alliance of governments, aid communities, businesses, civil society and academia.
The High Commissioner expressed the confidence that the global forum will come up with a vast array of initiatives and pledges to truly express solidarity with the refugees.
Prime Minister Imran Khan is attending the moot as a co-convener. In his speech, he will also articulate Pakistan’s perspective, experience and contribution to the Afghan refugees.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan met Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the first Global Refugee Forum World in Geneva.
During the meeting, the prime minister and Turkish president discussed matters related to mutual interests.
PM Imran Khan took Tayyip Erdogan into confidence over his decision to not attend the Malaysia-led Kuala Lumpur Summit, added sources.
The premier has also congratulated Turkish president over giving asylum to the highest number of refugees.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said that the government was committed to uplift health sector.
Talking to World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who called on him in Geneva on the sidelines of First Global Refugee Forum, PM Imran said that the government was taking adequate measures to address the issue of malnutrition.
During the meeting, PM Imran apprised him about the government’s flagship poverty alleviation program ‘Ehsaas’.
The WHO DG lauded the ‘Ehsaas’ program and the government’s efforts for polio eradication. Ghebreyesus assured PM Imran of his full cooperation and added that he will visit Pakistan next year.
Earlier on November 29, Special Assistant on National Health Services Dr Zafar Mirza had said the incumbent government under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan was working hard to improve the country’s health sector by introducing revolutionary reforms. He had made the remarks during his visit to rural health center Sihala, in Islamabad.
“All revolutionary reforms are being introduced in the health sector on the instructions of Prime Minister Imran Khan to provide the best health facilities to the masses,” he had added. -NNI