In a landmark judgement concerning ‘honour killing’ cases, the Supreme Court has said that the word ‘ghairat’ must not be used to describe killings in the name of ‘honour’ as murder is ‘never honourbale and it should not be described as such’. “It will help deter such killings if the term ghairat is not used to describe them”, the top court said.
Supreme Court ordered to stop all illegal constructions on Margalla Hills immediately, while hearing a case on the protection of Margalla Hills. A restaurant, Monal has cut down 200 trees for illegal expansion, the CDA chairperson told the court. The bench said that the restaurant should be stopped from doing so and it should plant the trees it has cut.
Pakistan’s shopping malls and markets to stay open on weekends until the Eid, clarified Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed on Tuesday. He added that they are looking out for the entire country and they cant close their eyes and ears to what is happening in the country. On Monday, the court ordered all provinces to open shopping malls so that people can prepare for Eidul Fitr.
All people entering the Supreme Court will be screened for the coronavirus. As part of the court’s measures to prevent the spread of the virus, all employees have also been stopped from using biometric attendance machines. Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed has issued safety guidelines in which he urged that all people entering the court must be screened by taking their temperature. Sanitisers have been installed across the court’s premises.
Pakistan’s top court has declared that the tenure and other service terms of the post of chief of army staff (COAS) shall be determined through simple legislation (act of parliament). The current status of the COAS is to continue for a period of six months after which a fresh legislation (act of the parliament) shall determine his tenure and other terms of his service.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa has suspended the notification of Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa’s tenure extension until the hearing tomorrow, stating that only the president of Pakistan can extend the tenure of the army chief. On August 19, Prime Minister Imran Khan had approved an extension in the tenure of Gen Bajwa for another three years.
For providing swift and sure justice to common people, the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) has introduced a mobile application, and a helpline. Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa inaugurated the new services. The app and the helpline service will keep plaintiffs informed and updated about their cases and their hearing dates as well as the judgements.
A day before Judge Arshad Malik is set to appear before Supreme Court in a case pertaining to investigation of the controversial secretly taped video of him, the judge has requested the law ministry to provide him ‘foolproof security’. Citing life threats to his family and him, Malik pleaded law ministry to not withdraw current security detail assigned to him.
Supreme Court’s order of removing service/maintenance charges on pre-paid mobile scratch cards has now been implemented. Users will now receive Rs88.9 on Rs100 mobile scratch card compared with Rs76.94 previously. Mobile phone service providers were told by the court that they could apply a 12.5 per cent withholding tax. However, they had to abolish 10pc administrative/service charges.