Contempt of court bill adopted
Govt respects judiciary from the core of heart: PM
Sharafat KazmiIslamabad—The National Assembly on Monday passed “The Contempt of Court Bill‚ 2012”, which was moved by Law Minister Farooq H Naek amid protest and walkout from the main opposition party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.
The bill will provide a shelter to top government officials against contempt of court proceedings.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) staged protest against the bill and walked out from the session. Earlier, the party also protested the resumption of Nato supplies before the start of the session.
Consensus reached on Fakhruddin as new CEC
Islamabad—Parliamentary Committee on the Appointment of Chief Election Commissioner on Monday developed consensus on the name of Fakhruddin G Ibrahim as CEC.
A 12-member parliamentary committee headed by federal minister Syed Khurshid Shah reached consensus on Justice (Retd) Fakhruddin G Ibrahim’s name out of six nominees as the head of the Election Commission of Pakistan.
The meeting was attended by Senators Islamuddin Sheikh, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Raja Zafarul Haq, Haji Adeel, MNAs Dr Muhammad Farooq Sattar, Chaudhry Ghias Ahmed and Abdul Qadir Baloch.
Young doctors resume work
Lahore—The Young Doctors Association (YDA), Punjab, has called off its strike and resumed treatment of patients in all departments of public sector hospitals in the province in compliance with orders of the Lahore High Court.
“The normal functioning of indoor and outdoor wards resumed in hospitals on Monday”said YDA, Punjab, office-bearers including its president Dr Hamid Butt, Dr Nasir Abbas, Dr Kashif Bilal and many others, while addressing a press conference after holding general council meeting at the Admn Block of the Jinnah Hospital.
Bid to ‘grab’ or ‘kill’ Dr Shakeel Afridi feared
Peshawar—A foreign power and an anti-Pakistan terrorist network may be planning to launch a “surprise operation” to take “custody of” or “do-away with” Dr. Shakeel Afridi who is now serving a jail term for his alleged role for leading American CIA to Osama bin Laden’s compound and his links with militants in Khyber Agency.
Fears are growing that a foreign power may try attempt to “free” Dr. Shakeel for his “great services” while an Afghan-based terrorist group was reportedly eager to get hold of Dr. Afridi to punish him for his “crimes.”