SINDH ROUNDTABLE CONFERENCE

Forwarded by: Khalid Hashmani (McLean, Virginia, USA)

THE SINDH MONITOR IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE A GROUND BREAKING ROUND TABLE CONFERENCE ENTITLED: “SINDH: PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS”

THE CONFERENCE IS TAKING PLACE MAY 5-7 IN LONDON, ENGLAND, AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LONDON’S SCHOOL OF ORIENTAL AND AFRICAN STUDIES (SOAS)

THE NINE TOPIC PANELS ARE:

“GEO-POLITICAL HISTORY AND HERITAGE PRESERVATION”

“EDUCATIONAL DETERIORATION AND CURRICULUM CHOICES”

“CIVICS AND HEALTH” “LEGITIMACY AND POLITICAL RIGHTS”

“ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND PRESERVATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES”,

“ ECONOMIC GROWTH”

“HUMAN RIGHTS: POLITICAL AND CIVIL LIBERTIES”

“ETHICS AND MEDIA FREEDOM”

AND

“INTERNATIONAL NETWORKING: WORKING WITH INTERNATIONAL BODIES OF GOVERNMENT, NGOS AND IGOS”

EACH PANEL WILL HAVE AN EXPERT MODERATOR AND INVOLVE OPEN, INCLUSIVE DISCUSSION. EXPECTED PARTICIPANTS STEM FROM SINDH MEDIA, POLITICAL, ACTIVISM, EDUCATIONAL AND ACADEMIC SECTORS, AMONGST OTHERS.

ADDITIONAL CONFERENCE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND AT WWW.SINDHMONITOR.ORG.

FOR INFORMATION ON ATTENDANCE, CONTACT “THE SINDH ROUND TABLE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE” AT SINDHMONITOR@GMAIL.COM

DG FIA sent to Adiala jail

Source – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Nti6SbO55s&feature=player_embedded

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Add’l DG FIA arrested, sent to jail

ISLAMABAD: Additional DG FIA Ahmad Riaz Shaikh has been arrested from courtroom and sent to Adiala jail after the six-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, restored his conviction in a corruption case for five years imprisonment and Rs 20 million fine.

PPP secretary information Fouzia Wahab while talking to Geo News said Ahmed Riaz has served his conviction and PPP will file an appeal against the decision.

He was taken into custody from the courtroom as ordered by Supreme Court, Geo News reported.

According to the details, six-member bench of SC restored the conviction of Ahmed Riaz Sheikh and ordered NAB to seize his assets and submit report within three days.

On Monday, SC gave the bureaucracy 24 hours to explain the appointment of Ahmed Riaz Sheikh in the FIA in violation of its verdict that had revoked the National Reconciliation Ordinance.

Courtesy: The News, Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Source – http://www.thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=101822

Source – http://www.thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=101810

NAB Chairman ordered to Jail on contempt of court

SC announces to send NAB tops to jail

Courtesy: The News

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court (SC) has ordered to put behind bars the Chairman of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Naveed Ahsan and acting Chairman Irfan Nadeem, Geo News reported Tuesday.

The six-member SC bench headed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammed Chaudhry heard the Court Contempt notices against the NAB, Interior Ministry, the FIA and high-ups of Establishment Division for not implementing the SC’s NRO verdict.

The court also slammed the Swiss cases record’s being kept at Pakistan’s High Commission in London and said in its remarks that the matter relating the President’s immunity could be scrutinized if put before the court.

The NAB counsel Abid Zuberi told the court that Swiss cases record has been taken from the Pakistani High Commission, adding the record is sealed.

Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday wondered who would be responsible if the record is mishandled at the High Commission, adding this is the record which is under the custody of the criminals.

NAB chairman Naveed said the issue of President’s immunity is stumbling block in the matter relating Swiss cases. The CJ responded that if somebody faces problem over the issue, he would contact the court; addressing the NAB top official not to advocate it for nothing, as he (the President) did not claim the immunity.

The CJ Chaudhry told the NAB official that he will remain jailed until the NRO verdict is materialized.

Justice Chadhry Ijaz bristled in his remarks that the Executive is above the court’s verdict stemming its implementation.

NAB chief said he was on leave from March 9th in the wake of court verdict on the NRO.

Ahsan said he unconditionally apologizes to the Court, arguing that he was under wrong impression with regard to presidential immunity. The Chief Justice reprimanded Chairman Nab, saying that if someone has any thing to claim regarding immunity, he or she should come to the court to claim it, and that how could Chairman NAB decide on this matter on his own.

The CJ said if he does not send the responsible persons to the jail then he himself would fail his duties.

Though, the Swiss cases were not opened; but, the 60 million dollars of the country were searched for, he interrogated.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammed Chaudhry addressed the NAB chief, ‘You had 80 days; but, you didn’t take any action before going on vacations. The Court gave you one-day notice tomorrow. Now, we are sending you to jail on one-day notice, as you are the responsible for no implementation.’

‘You will stay in jail until the SC’s verdict on National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) is implemented; the NAB wasted over three months,’ the court scolded.

The CJ Chaudhry told Ahsan that he is being sent to Adiala Jail on contempt of court and the court would see about if the government shows up for his rescue.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Source – http://thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=101804