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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

SINDH : Peace Coalition Resolutions

House demanded that all provincial languages of federating units shall immediately be declared as national languages and all the illegal immigrants shall expelled from Sindh

– Zulfiqar Halepoto

March 18: Leaders of civil society organizations have condemned the spate of terrorist incidents in the country, especially in the Province of Punjab and the NWFP and demanded that serious efforts should be made to get rid of extremist elements from the country.

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Eligiblity of President Zardari challenged in Election Commission

Zardari’s eligibility challenged

Courtesy: The News

ISLAMABAD: A reference was filed on Sunday in the Election Commission of Pakistan, challenging the eligibility of Asif Ali Zardari as president of Pakistan.

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Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari’s assets in Islamabad to be seized

Courtesy: DNA

ISLAMABAD: Action to seize the assets of Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari has begun following a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) order asking the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration to freeze all his assets under its jurisdiction.

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Asif Zardari’s eligibility challenged in Supreme Court

Courtesy: Daily Times

LAHORE: Former Inter-Services Intelligence official Khalid Khawaja resubmitted a petition in the Supreme Court (SC) challenging the eligibility of President Asif Ali Zardari, a private TV channel reported on Wednesday. According to the channel, the petitioner has challenged President Zardari’s eligibility under Article 248 of the constitution. In his petition, Khawaja argued that he was a direct victim of Article 248, as he had been abducted during former president Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf’s tenure. Earlier, the apex court had rejected his petition citing a few objections. daily times monitor.

Source – http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009\12\31\story_31-12-2009_pg7_7

Is it the end of the road for PPP-MQM love-hate affair?

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Is it the end of the road for PPP-MQM love-hate affair?

By Shaheen Sehbai

Courtesy: The News

LONDON: The top MQM leadership strongly believes and fears that its days of continuing a working relationship with the PPP, led by President Asif Ali Zardari, are over and unless a quick and effective remedy is found, Sindh and especially Karachi will slide deep into chaos and anarchy.

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President Zardari : An open declaration of war — now what?

An open declaration of war — now what?

Courtesy: The News

News analysis by Shaheen Sehbai

NAUDERO: Hearing President Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday was a painful experience. All, including the diehard PPP jiyalas, were stunned. Their co-chairman had just declared war on every institution, without telling them who were the enemies, what they were doing and why. It was aptly described by a journalist on Facebook as Zardari’s “farewell address”.

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As a loyal citizen and well wisher of Pakistan I have following concerns on the NRO judgment

By Dr Ali Akbar Dhakan

As a loyal citizen and well wisher of Pakistan I have the following concerns on the NRO judgment.

The decision of the honorable court of Pakistan against NRO is the first of its kind in the judiciary history in Pakistan that was praised and appreciated by all within the country and also in foreign countries. Apparently in a paradigm it has been thought out that it has shown the sense of honesty and justice to establish check and balance and make a lesson for upper class of people to become honest in their dealings and to improve the standard of poor people of Pakistan by rooting out the corrupt practices and make the country and people of Pakistan prosperous and well off.

But there is a perception that due to the specifics of judges towards some individuals, the verdict is creating the following conjunctions :

(1) It means the honorable court has rejected the restoration as CJ of Pakistan because the CJ were sworn by the present President of Pakistan and approved by the present Prime Minister and National Assembly of Pakistan .

(2) It means the honorable court has rejected the present setup of Government which got existence through the NRO which means that the concept of reconciliation has been canceled and the situation of the system of Government before the NRO has been established or the dictator`s regime has been established.

(3) Through NRO , the President was sworn by the then CJ which has also been rejected .

(4) The Prime Minister who was taken Oath by the President has also been rejected.

(5) All the MNAs, MPAs, CMs and Senators took Oath from the PM and Provincial Governors who have been rejected by the decision.

(6) It means that after cancellation of NRO, all the prevalent system of Government and institutions has been canceled and rejected.

(7) All the Political leaders who were in exile returned to Pakistan due to NRO and without NRO, their return would have been impossible .

(8) The elections held in the country through which the organization of the present Governance and democratic institutions would have also been impossible.

(9) How to compensate the political leaders who faced all sorts of media trials, punishment and imprisonment before NRO verdict.

DR ALI AKBAR DHAKAN

CHAIRMAN, SINDH DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION,

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After the NRO

By Ayesha Siddiqa

Courtesy: dawn.com, 18 Dec/09

Now that the NRO problem has apparently been resolved people are jumping with joy. There are some commentators who believe that this represents the strengthening of the system and democracy, that the Supreme Court verdict is a warning for presumptuous, overly ambitious and corrupt politicians.

The decision certainly is a milestone, but what does it mean for the overall learning process of the various stakeholders in the country’s power politics? And will it influence the future of Pakistan’s politics? These are two basic points to ponder.

Although it can be argued that the NRO was always controversial and people were eager to sort the matter out soon after it came into existence, there was always the possibility of the issue getting sidelined due to workable political arrangements.

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Supreme Court of Pakistan struck down the NRO

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has struck down the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), The controversial ordinance granting politicians, bureaucrats and industrialists amnesty was brought in by ex-President Gen. Pervez Musharraf for his own political interests. The court decision opens the way to possible prosecution for President Zardari’s political cronies and other allies, though he remains protected by presidential immunity. A welcome step towards rule of law in Pakistan and hope that the law will even extend across the board to other power corridors of corrupt bearucratics, industrialists, businessmen, politicians, judges, journalists and generals…

Destabilising the democratic system – Dr Manzur Ejaz

WASHINGTON DIARY: Destabilising the democratic system

Courtesy: WICHAAR, Daily Times

No one has any idea how the NRO is going to play out in the courts. But everyone knows that corruption is rampant in Pakistan and there are no effective means to check it. Ousting Zardari will neither fix the system nor validate the continuation of democracy in Pakistan.

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Crises emerged in Pakistan is a result of last 62 years’ policies

Wrong policies gave birth to crises in Pakistan

The Jeay Sindh Mahaz has said that the crises being faced by Pakistan are not the product of one day but the outcome of wrong government policies during the last 62 years. Central executive committee of the party, which met in Radhan on Friday, discussed the political situation of the country. The meeting said the crises that had emerged in the shape of Kerry-Lugar bill, NRO, religious terrorism, bankruptcy of the state institutions, judicial crisis and corrupt practices of ministers and advisers were the logical result of bad governance of the rulers during the last 62 years.

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Opinion- Why Sindh is not part of celebrations of Nawaz sharif revolution?- by K.M. Kolachi

BY K. M. KOLACHI

Nawaz Sharif is against Mushrraf and was not ready even to talk and compromise with him. He wanted Mushraf to be ousted at earliest but Mr Nawaz Sharif could not manage such long march during the tenure of Mushraf. In my view this long march was made successful by hidden forces to convey message to USA that Zaradari has no free hand and can be made under pressure any time. In the situation when March appeared to be getting forceful USA came to compromise by accepting Chief Justice .This is not first time that USA has compromised to keep Pakistan as partner in war on terrorism. Before this unaccounted supply of money, recent favor to help Pakistan in getting loan from IMF and also soft attitude on the time of recent dispute between India and Pakistan are more examples of compromise by USA.

Although there is no declaration of any agreement but the indication in press are very clear that matter of Chief Justice was resolved as result of an agreement whereby chief justice will not touch missing peoples issues. In this way the interests of Zardari and USA has been taken care of. On the other hand when Chief Justice has accepted some conditions how he will be able to retain his title of totally neutral. In my view it was play between the strong lobbies within boundry and each of them know their limits.

Pakistani press, anti Sindhi elements and establishment has been making propaganda against Sindhis and has always been considering them hurdle. As result of long propaganda Punjabi and Urdu speaking brothers have same approach for Sindhis. Since Bhutto was Sindhi and peoples party is some times hurdle being united platform of majority Sindhis every one who will be in better position in PPP may it be Zardari or other will be criticized by those lobbies. As result of that propaganda it has become fashion to talk against Zardari. We want him to take all decisions on merit ignoring the powerful factor in country and international forces. The article of Dr. Manzoor Aijaz few days ago on Zardari also seems to be under same approach and fashion and this too has been focused on limited areas under specific purpose. As referred in article that it was political wisdom of Nawaz Sharif that he came to lead the issue. Look at his wisdom in recent past when he two times decided to boycott elections. Once BiBi and other time Zardari convinced him to change the decisions. Where he had been politically if he had boycotted the election.

March 20, 2009