Senate Panel Stresses Need for Speedy Justice in HASCOL Corruption Case

The Senate Standing Committee on Interior took up on Friday the multi-billion rupees corruption scandal in HASCOL and stressed the need for expediting the probe into the case and devising a system to ensure speedy justice.

A meeting of the Senate panel was held at Parliament House with Senator Mohsin Aziz in the chair. The meeting was attended by Senator Samina Mumtaz Zehri, Senator Fawzia Arshad, Senator Azam Nazeer Tarar, Senator Rana Maqbool Ahmed, Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood, Senator Sarfraz Ahmed Bugti, and senior officers from the Ministry of Interior, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), and the Punjab Police.

In the meeting, Chairman Senator Mohsin Aziz took up various Suo Moto notices. Besides, the committee also discussed the cases referred to it by other sources.

With reference to the multi-billion rupees HASCOL corruption scandal, the committee stressed the need for expediting the investigation into the case and devising a system to ensure speedy justice. It was of the view that the law enforcement and intelligence agencies must identify the assets of the accused and ensure that they are not disposed of or transferred.

The committee asserted that it was observed in most cases that after garnering a hefty amount, a settlement of five percent of the embezzled amount was made. “This must be strongly discouraged,” the committee emphasized. The committee stressed the need to disclose the names of big wigs involved in the case and put them on the Exit Control List. It issued directions for a detailed briefing in this regard within two months. The same decision was made in the case of financial bungling in the Caymen Islands against a major bank in Pakistan.

The FIA and the Punjab Police briefed the committee on the cases that were referred to them by the committee. They also informed the committee of the challenges facing them in terms of funding and scarce human resources. The FIA stressed the need for revamping the Agency in order to handle the pendency of cases. The committee emphasized that a mechanism to ensure timely reportage and case disposal must be devised.

The committee was of the view that tenure security must be provided to ensure progress on cases as this was the only way to improve the system of justice in the country.

The committee also discussed the suicide case of a human trafficking suspect and expressed concerns over the possibility of custodial killing. It recommended an in-depth investigation into the matter.

About the case of the issuance of fake identity cards, the committee was informed that 103 aliens were identified. Besides, it was told, out of 41 nominated persons, 22 officials including 11 from NADRA had been arrested, and an investigation was being conducted. The committee was of the view that in such cases law enforcement must initiate crackdowns on facilitators.

The committee discussed the case of overstay of a Somalian national in Islamabad, and it was informed that her visa had been extended. The committee directed that details of the case must be reviewed minutely and a report be submitted.

In the Suo Moto case of the viral video of a dog attack on a poor balloon-selling boy that was initiated deliberately by the dog owner, the committee stressed that the case must be referred to the court was of the view that if no concrete development was seen. It was asserted that laws needed to be amended to ensure speedy justice.

Regarding the case of sectarian violence in Daska on a procession on the occasion of Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS), which was referred to the Committee by Chairman Senate, the committee listened to the stakeholders and watched the video. The Punjab Police identified certain issues that contributed to the attack. The committee was of the view that nobody could be left free to attack a human being in such a way. Amidst a high-security risk, the processions must avoid new routes to ensure remaining within the ambit of security forces assigned for this purpose, the committee stressed.

The Punjab Police was directed to probe the case thoroughly and ensure that the accused were taken to task. The committee ordered an inquiry against the Station House Officer present at the attack site.

The committee considered the cases related to age-old animosities and stressed the need to beef up ‘human intelligence’ for proactive action.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Martyred Naik Hakim Ali Mangi laid to rest with military honors

A Pakistan Army's soldier, Naik Hakim Ali Mangi, who was martyred in a terrorist attack in North Waziristan was laid to rest with full military honors at his ancestral graveyard in Larkana city today [Saturday].

The funeral of Naik Hakim Ali Mangi was attended by the Officers from Pano Akil Garrison and other military, Police and civil administration officials.

A smartly-turned-out contingent of the Pak Army jawans presented the guard of honour to the martyr.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Covid19: Reach Every Door vaccination campaign to start across Punjab from Monday

Punjab Health department will start Reach Every Door vaccination campaign across the province from Monday, to vaccinate people against Covid-19.

This was stated by Punjab Secretary Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department, Imran Sikander Baloch while chairing the monthly CEOs conference in Lahore today [Saturday].

He said the performance scorecard of CEOs (Health) has been linked with ratio of coronavirus vaccination in their respective districts.

He said 14,000 new vaccination centers would be set up in the province to vaccinate more and more people.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Here’s Pakistan’s Full T20 World Cup Schedule After Completion of Qualifying Round

The first round of the 2021 T20 World Cup came to a close on Friday with Sri Lanka’s convincing 8 wicket victory over the Netherlands. Sri Lanka along with a surprise package, Namibia, qualified for the next round from Group A of the first round while Bangladesh alongside Scotland qualified from Group B. The four teams will now join the other top eight teams in the Super 12s stage of the competition.

Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have been placed in Group 1 alongside Australia, England, West Indies, and South Africa while Scotland and Namibia have been placed in Group 2 alongside Pakistan, India, New Zealand, and Afghanistan.

The Super 12s stage of the mega event is set to commence on Saturday with powerhouses Australia and South Africa going head to head at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium at Abu Dhabi. The highly-anticipated encounter will be followed by the defending champion West Indies taking on current ODI World Champion England at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Pakistan will play its first match of the competition against arch-rival India on 24 October at Dubai International Cricket Stadium while their last match of the Super 12s stage will be played against Scotland on 7 November at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

The Men in Green will be determined to win all five of their matches in the Super 12s stage and qualify for the semi-finals of the competition for the first time since the 2012 T20 World Cup.

Source: Pro Pakistani

NADRA to Activate Biometric Verification of Dollar Buyers Tonight

The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) will activate the compulsory biometric verification of dollar buyers without any lapse of time.

Sources told ProPakistani that despite requests from the exchange companies to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) for extending the deadline for application of the new system, the database regulator will deploy this restriction by tonight at all costs.

Earlier this month, the central bank promulgated biometric verification as a mandatory filter for screening individuals or entities buying $500 or more from the open market. This injunction was drawn to halt dollar outflow to Afghanistan which heavily subverted the exchange rate amid media reports that millions of dollars were being bootlegged to Kabul, particularly after the Taliban takeover.

With immediate effect, the central bank directed the concerned exchange companies to biometrically verify currency sales in dollars by 22 October, owing to a rising outflow of US dollars from Pakistan to Afghanistan which, in retrospect, was a major contributor towards the depreciating PKR.

Struggling with the sudden paradigm shift, exchange companies on Thursday penned a skittish letter to the SBP as a last resort to seek an extension in the deadline for application of the biometric verification. There is a little chance the central bank would reconsider it at a time when the Pakistani Rupee so callously struggles to hold its shape against the rampant dollar.

On Friday’s market close, the Rupee sank to a fresh all-time low against the US Dollar. It hit its previous record low on Thursday when it closed at 173.96.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Customs Foils Bid to Smuggle Luxury Gadgets at Islamabad Airport

Pakistan Customs has foiled an attempt to smuggle a large number of costly imported phones and drone cameras at the Islamabad airport.

Sources told ProPakistani that the confiscated items, included over 350 luxury phones and drone cameras worth Rs. 90 million, which were being smuggled from Dubai to Islamabad.

According to details, two passengers namely Nabeel Ahmad and Shahzad made the attempt to smuggle imported “I phones as well as Pro Max” and five “drone DJI cameras” on Thursday night through flight no. ER702 coming from Dubai to Islamabad. However, the Customs officials deputed at the airport foiled the bid and confiscated the goods. Sources said the Customs officials registered a case against the passengers, adding that further investigation was underway.

It is pertinent to note that the incumbent government has imposed taxes on the import of phones to promote the local industry. Nonetheless, the smuggling of imported phones is still being carried out.

Source: Pro Pakistani