CJ quits bench hearing son’s case
Kamran Khan appears in SC, denies having documentary proof against Dr Arsalan
Islamabad—Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Thursday stepped down from the bench hearing the suo moto notice over allegations that Arsalan Iftikhar, son of the chief justice, had received Rs300 to 400 million from the owner of Bahria Town.
The Supreme Court also resumed its hearing of the suo moto notice which was now being heard by a two-judge bench comprising Justice Jawwad S Khwaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain.
During the hearing, Zahid Bukhari, the counsel for Malik Riaz, requested the court for more time.
US losing patience with Pak: Panetta
Kabul—Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday the United States was reaching the limits of its patience with Pakistan because of the safe havens the country offered to insurgents in neighboring Afghanistan.
It was some of the strongest language used by a U.S. official to describe the strained ties between Washington and Islamabad.
Seven infants die in Services Hospital fire
Lahore—Seven infants died while 19 others sustained serious burn injuries after fire erupted in the nursery of Services Hospital here on Thursday. Eye witnesses claimed that the fire, which erupted suddenly at the nursery of children ward, engulfed the whole ward all of sudden.
They further claimed that as the ward caught fire, medics on duty ran away from the nursery.However, the hospital spokesperson said that the staff ran away to save their own lives. Eye witnesses claimed that fire started after wires of the air conditioners were burnt by fire. At least 25 infants were present in the nursery at the time of the incident.
SCO rejects mily interventionism
Beijing—When the leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states concluded their latest summit on Thursday, they unanimously rejected military intervention as a way to resolve international hotspot issues.
According to a statement that came after the summit, all SCO member countries oppose military intervention in Syria and reject the idea of a regime change in the country.
The leaders also rejected the idea of using military means to solve the Iranian nuclear dispute, instead choosing to support dialogue and other diplomatic methods.