Contempt Act: SC issues notices to federation, PM
Notices also issued to Chairman Senate, NA Speaker, Law Minister, Cabinet Secretary and AG
Staff ReporterQuetta—The Supreme Court on Friday issued notices to the federation, Prime Minister, Chairman Senate, Speaker National Assembly, Law Minister, Cabinet Secretary and the Attorney General to file their response, during a hearing on a petition filed against newly legislated Contempt of Court Act 2012. A three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry and comprising other two members Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain heard the petition filed by Baz Muhammad Kakar.
ANP provincial VP among 8 killed in Quetta blast
Quetta—Six people were killed and 10 injured in a powerful bomb which went off in a busy market on the outskirts of Quetta city Friday morning.The bomb went off at Kuchlak Bazar this morning near the venue of a rally organised by Awami National Party (ANP). ANP‘s provincial vice president Malik Qasim was among dead. Witnesses said the blast was followed by firing. It could not immediately be ascertained who was responsible for the firing.
Fakhruddin G Ebrahim formally appointed CEC
Islamabad—Justice (Retd) Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim was formally appointed the Chief Election Commissioner on Friday. Ebrahim was appointed the CEC after President Asif Ali Zardari, on the advice of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, approved and signed the summary pertaining to his selection. Ebrahim is expected to soon take the oath to serve as the CEC.
NAB asks AC to reopen three references against Sharif brothers
Islamabad—The NAB Chairman Admiral (Retd) Fasih Bokhari has signed an application asking the Accountability Court to reopen three references against Sharif brothers to contest quashment petition filed by them in Lahore High Court in October 2011. These cases include Hudaibia Paper Mills, Assets beyond known sources of income and Ittefaq foundry (wilful loan default).