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SC sets aside Faisal Vawda’s lifetime disqualification

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ISLAMABAD:

The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday set aside the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) earlier decision of lifetime disqualification for former Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) leader Faisal Vawda, and disqualified him under Article 63(1)(c) for the current term.

A three-judge bench led by Chief Justice (CJ) Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Justice Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Ayesha Malik, heard Vawda’s appeal against a decision of the Islamabad High Court (IHC), which had upheld the ECP’s ruling for his disqualification because of dual nationalities.

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In the previous hearing, SC had said that Vawda should either admit his mistake and be disqualified under 63(1)(c), or the court would proceed with the case under 62(1)f. CJ Bandial had also added that there was enough material before the court to disqualify Vawda for life.

The CJ had emphasised that Vawda must admit his mistake in writing, adding that Vawda must appear before the court and say that he changed the date of dual citizenship and directed Vawda’s lawyer to bring the certificate of renunciation of US citizenship by Vawda.

The lawyer had argued that the ECP was not a court of law, therefore; it did not have the power to disqualify anyone for life. The chief justice told the lawyer that there was material before the court that proved that Vawda gave a false affidavit.

Justice Malik had said that if the ECP did not have the authority, then the IHC had the authority to declare lifelong disqualification. Justice Mansoor Shah asked the lawyer why the Supreme Court couldn’t disqualify him for life with the evidence in front of the court.

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The court had observed that Vawda told many lies to cover up one lie, adding that he submitted the affidavit not for a job but for the election. Being honest and trustworthy was a condition for contesting elections, the judge had emphasised. “There is no room for mistake in politics,” he had said.

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During the proceedings today Faisal Wada accepted his mistake and resigned from Senatorship rendering him ineligible for the span of the current National Assembly’s tenure.

Furthermore, Vawda submitted an unconditional apology to the court admitting his wrongdoing in his affidavit.

The court accepted his resignation as a “goodwill gesture” and proceeded to bar him from Senatorship under Article 63(1)(c) revoking his lifetime disqualification. As per court orders, he is eligible to contest the next general or Senate elections.

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PTI granted permission for Faizabad sit-in

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The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Friday was granted permission to hold its sit-in at Faizabad for the party’s Haqeeqi Azadi march scheduled to be held tomorrow.

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According to Express News, the Rawalpindi administration issued a 56-point permit for the PTI to hold a sit-in near Faizabad.

The notification furthered that the British cricket team would soon arrive in Rawalpindi, therefore the venue should be completely vacated after the rally was over.

In the notification, orders were issued to the Rawalpindi police to take all necessary security measures for the rally.

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It clarified that PTI Chairperson Imran Khan could only use the route decided by the PTI, Islamabad administration and security agencies. Moreover, Imran was barred from using a car with a sunroof before and after the rally.

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The permit directed that Allama Iqbal Park could not be used for workers’ stay and should be completely vacated after the procession. Full implementation of the traffic plan by the traffic police was emphasised.

Anti-state sloganeering and the use of drone cameras were prohibited during rallies and sit-ins.

The notification stated that the administration of the rally would be held responsible in case of any untoward incident or loss of life. It maintained that legal action would be taken for violating the terms and conditions.

The Islamabad administration sent copies of the permit to all concerned institutions.

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Due to the PTI rally and sit-in, the Faizabad flyover, which connects the capital and Rawalpindi, has been completely sealed from all four sides. This caused severe problems for citizens travelling to Islamabad through the flyover.

Blocked roads created long queues and vehicles were stuck in traffic jams. The closure of the main highways of Rawalpindi led to severe traffic jams on Rawalpindi Double Road, IJP Road and Rawalpindi-Murree Road. Ambulances were also reported stuck in the rush.

According to the traffic police, a diversion has been set up at Faizabad for those travelling from Islamabad to Rawalpindi via Murree Road, while the old airport road and stadium road can be used to enter Islamabad from Rawalpindi.

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Express Chowk and Nadra Chowk remained closed for entry into the Red Zone. However, alternate routes of Margalla Road, Ayub Chowk and Serena Chowk could be used.

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Police claimed that PTI workers blocked the road by placing a container to prepare for the rally, due to which the road from Faizabad to Islamabad was blocked.

The police have issued guidelines that citizens should take alternate routes and call 15 in the case of an emergency.





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PM Shehbaz leaves for two-day official visit to Türkiye

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ISLAMABAD:

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday left for an official two-day visit to Turkiye at the invitation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

During his visit, alongside President Erdogan, the premier will jointly inaugurate the third of the four MILGEM Class Corvette Ships for the Pakistan Navy, PNS Khyber, at the Istanbul Shipyard, the press statement added.

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Shehbaz is leading a high-level delegation to Istanbul.

In an early morning tweet prior to his departure, the premier said that high-level exchanges are a defining feature of the partnership between the two countries.

“The inauguration of [the] third MILGEM Corvette Ship represents [the] deepening of defence cooperation between our two brotherly countries. High-level exchanges are a defining feature of our partnership,” he said.

The two leaders will also hold wide-ranging discussions encompassing bilateral relations, the regional situation and other issues of common interest, a press release by the PMO said.

Shehbaz is also expected to interact with leaders of the Turkish business community. The president of the ECO Trade and Development Bank (ETDB) will also call on the PM during his stay in Istanbul.

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The statement added that Pakistan and Türkiye enjoy fraternal ties deeply embedded in commonalities of faith, culture and history, and underpinned by exceptional cordiality and mutual trust.

The MILGEM project, based on joint collaboration between the two countries, represents a significant milestone in the Pakistan-Türkiye strategic partnership that continues to progress on an upward trajectory.

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The launching ceremony for the first corvette for the Pakistan Navy, PNS Babur, was performed in Istanbul in August 2021 while the groundbreaking for the second ship, PNS Badr, was held in Karachi in May 2022, added the statement.

Frequent leadership-level exchanges are a defining feature of the eternal bonds of the Pakistan-Türkiye friendship.

The premier had earlier visited Türkiye in May-June 2022.

During the visit, the PM had stated that Pakistan ‘genuinely and sincerely’ wanted to work with the Turkish business fraternity to promote bilateral ties and had emphasised the need to tap into the enormous potential between the two countries.





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NA panel reinstates over 400 sacked employees

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ISLAMABAD:

In a major relief to the sacked employees of the Multan and Peshawar electric companies, a special committee of the National Assembly restored the services of more than 400 employees on Thursday.

The committee met here with its Chairman Qadir Khan Mandokhel in the chair. Officials of the education, overseas Pakistanis and energy ministries participated in the meeting and submitted details of the cases of the employees dismissed during the tenures of the previous governments.

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The committee was informed that 350 employees of the Multan Electric Power Company (Mepco) were dismissed from duty in 2013. After deliberations, the committee ordered their reinstatement along with their salaries from the date of their dismissal.

Meanwhile, the dismissed employees of the Peshawar Electric Supply Company (Pesco) appeared before the committee. They said that 56 subdivisional officers had joined the duty on September 4, 2020 after adopting the due process but a year later, on September 30, 2021, they were terminated from the services.

The committee issued orders for the reinstatement of all the employees and the payment of their outstanding arrears. Emotional scenes were witnessed when the committee announced the reinstatement of all the employees.

The government employees appointed during the period from November 1, 1993 to November 30, 1996 and dismissed during the period from November 1, 1996 to October 12, 1999, were restored under the Sacked Employees (Reinstatement) Ordinance Act 2010.

They were rendered jobless as a result of the Supreme Court’s verdict authored by Justice Mushir Alam on eve of his retirement on August 17, 2021. However, they were restored again by the apex court on December 17, 2021 by exercising its suo motu power under Article 184 (3) of the Constitution.

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