The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday fixed Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Vice President Maryam Nawaz’s plea seeking her removal from the Exit Control List (ECL) for hearing on February 18. A two-member bench of the LHC headed by Justice Ali Baqar Najafi will hear the plea. Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh will be the other member of the bench.
NAB has summoned PPP head Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Thursday (February 13) in the Joint Venture Opal 225 case. The bureau’s Rawalpindi branch has asked him to bring all Zardari Group records from 2008 to 2019. He has also been asked for a list of the company’s board of directors. NAB says an on-paper company was used to pull out Rs1.22 billion from fake accounts.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided to introduce another Rs. 15 billion relief package to counter the uncontrolled inflation in the country. It was decided during a meeting that Rs. 15 billion will be used to provide an uninterrupted supply of household commodities to utility stores across the country. Along with that, the district and city administrations will be mobilized to keep a check on the prices of grocery items to curb price manipulation.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that his government will announce on Tuesday measures to reduce the prices of basic food items. The premier said in a series of tweets that he understands the difficulties people have to go through due to inflation in the country. He also mentioned that the government is investigating the rise in sugar and flour prices.
At least 70 people were arrested and 50 cases were registered across Faisalabad in the past 24 hours for flying kites in the city despite a ban. As several people get killed or injured every year during the festival, the city police started a campaign against kite flying. The police conducted operations across the city to arrest people involved in flying kites and confiscated more than 200,000 kites.
There are 18 social media gangs such as Triple Three and Tiger Gang that threaten and rob people are operating in Rawalpindi, according to the police. There are 35 to 40 members on average in each gang of ages between 18 and 25 having no previous criminal record, with Triple Three being the largest of all with 250 members.
The Islamabad police have surrounded the Lal Masjid in Sector G-6 and unidentified people are not allowed to enter after Maulana Abdul Aziz reentered the mosque. Aziz headed the mosque at the time of the 2007 Lal Masjid siege. He has been in the mosque for two weeks, talks between him and the government have been under way.
PML-N leader and Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly Hamza Shahbaz has been granted bail in the Ramzan Sugar Mills case. A two-judge Lahore High Court bench granted him bail in the case on Thursday morning but he won’t be released yet. He was arrested in two cases–the Ramzan Sugar Mill case and money laundering case.
The Sindh government and Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar have one week to demolish all ‘illegal’ buildings in the city. The Supreme Court gave the order on Thursday while hearing cases on reviving the Karachi Circular Railway and removing encroachments in the city. The Railways secretary and advocate-general placed the blame on the federal government for causing the delay.
Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is all set to receive the first 12 of 26 dual-seat JF-17B Thunder aircraft in the near future, according to the revelation made by Air Chief Marshall, Mujahid Anwar Khan. The delivery of remaining jets will be completed in 2021. Out of the 12, 4 multirole fighters have been built at the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (CAC) whereas the remaining 8 at Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) in Kamra.