17th Amendment: Parliamentary body urged to focus on early repeal
A group of prominent legal and political experts on Monday called upon the parliamentary committee on constitutional reforms to focus on repealing 17th amendment in the first phase. more... (D)
Supreme Court orders FIA to arrest Hamesh Khan 'Rs9bn Bank of Punjab loan scam'
Supreme Court of Pakistan directed FIA Monday to issue arrest warrant of Hamesh Khan, former president Bank of Punjab in Rs9 billion BoP loan scam. A three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Chaudhry Ijaz Ahmed and Justice Jawad S Khawaja adjourned the hearing of the case till August 10. The apex court again directed the three main accused in the case Hamesh Khan, Sheikh Afzal, owner of Haris Steel and his son Haris Afzal to appear before the court and also directed that appearance of the accused was a must as their non-appearance was creating a wrong message. The Chief Justice directed Director General FIA, Tariq Khosa to use diplomatic channels for the arrest of Hamesh Khan. more... (FD)
PCO-oath judges to face SJC: Gilani
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani told the National Assembly on Monday that the so-called “PCO judges” still in office would face the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) which could call for their removal, as the government seemed moving fast to implement last week’s Supreme Court ruling that nullified former president Pervez Musharraf’s controversial Nov 3, 2007, emergency. more... (D)
Supreme Court judgement to stop usurpation of people's right to governance: Gilani tells National Assembly
Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday expressed confidence that the judgement of the Supreme Court in judges confirmation case would strengthen the democratic institutions and block the way of any unconstitutional usurpation of the people's right to governance. more... (BR)