May 21

PTI’s Abrar challenges Narowal’s election results

PTI’s Abrar challenges Narowal’s election resultsISLAMAABD: PTI leader Abrar-ul-Haq on Monday filed a petition in the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP), seeking a probe into alleged rigging in NA-117, Narowal. 

Haq, in his petition, accused rival candidate Ahsan Iqbal of carrying out rigging in the election.

He alleged Iqbal was engaged in casting of votes through illegal means. Bogus votes could be identified through NADRA, he argued.

The PTI leader pleaded that apex court order inquiry into rigging by suspending notification of Iqbal’s win. – SAMAA

Sep 30

Petition filed in Supreme Court against Google, YouTube

Islamabad: An IT expert has filed a petition in the Supreme Court of Pakistan urging Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry to take a suo motu notice against illegal activities of Google and YouTube in Pakistan.Google YouTube

Properties worth million have been damaged after a video on YouTube, a Google’s subsidiary, was uploaded insulting Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).

It is urged in the petition that Google should pay compensation for the losses incurred in Pakistan due to the video and action for illegally using ‘Pakistan’ on its web portal without being registered in the country, Pakistan local English newspaper ‘The News’ reported.

The Google was earning six million dollars per year but did not pay a single rupee in taxes in Pakistan, the petitioner Dr. Kamil Tarar, an IT expert and research editor of TelecomPlus, said, adding that Google was not legally permitted to do business in Pakistan.

“Google is generating business annually without any financial benefit to FBR since years in the form of central leviable taxes and duties which are being evaded with impunity,” reads the application, according to the daily.

“It is worth mentioning that Google is operating in Pakistan without any lawful authority and due to this government has no check and balances in place.”

It said that by using the word ‘Pakistan’ in the title of its web portal (, Google is creating the impression that the portal is carrying out its operations with the approval of the government.

“It appears that, by using the word ‘Pakistan’ in the title of its web portal, Google has violated intellectual property rights,” said the petition.

The petitioner has made party to Google’s representative in Pakistan, Secretary Ministry of Information Technology, Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, DG Intellectual Property Organization, Chairman FBR, Chairman Pemra, Chairman Board of Investment and Chairman Security Exchange Commission of Pakistan, the report said.


Jul 13

Supreme Court Directs PM to Write Swiss Letter

Islamabad—The Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to write the letter to Swiss authorities to reopen cases against President Asif Ali Zardari without seeking advice.SC Directs PM to Write Swiss Letter

The orders were issued by a seven-member bench of the apex court that resumed hearing on the contempt case  Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf against  on Thursday.The apex court directed the Attorney General to inform Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf about their order.

The bench directed Raja Pervez Ashraf to write to the Swiss authorities and submit an implementation report by 25 july.

The court has already formally charged the Prime Minister for contempt of court. The government has so far refused to write to Swiss authorities as the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) insists the President enjoys immunity under the constitution.Zardari has repeatedly stated that writing to Swiss authorities will amount to putting the grave of his slain spouse on trial.

The apex court said in its orders that the contempt hearing would continue against the Prime Minister as he is reluctant to obey the court’s previous orders.

The judges ordered the Attorney General to keep the court informed about any progress on the orders.

Jul 12

Supreme Court to take action against PM Raja if Swiss letter not written till 25th

Islamabad: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to write letter to Swiss authorities and submit compliance report to the court till July 25.Supreme Court

A three-judge bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa on Thursday in its order warned the new PM, whose predecessor Raza Gilani was sent packing for defying court orders, that the court court take could appropriate action if the letter was not written.

The court said Attorney General Irfan Qadair’s statement was not satisfactory. The AG had prayed the court that the hearing be adjourned for two months till the end of summer vacation as he was going abroad.

The AG told the court that the the law ministry was asked to give its recommendations and decision would be taken as per constitution after the cabinet approved the ministry’s suggestions over the letter.

The court said it had also taken note of Information Minister’s press conference after a cabinet meeting that the constitution didn’t allow to write such a letter.

The apex court also reproduced its previous orders which it had pass for the ex prime minsiter Raja Pervez Ashraf, ruling that he was asked to write with out seeking suggestions from his advisers.

Jul 10

Balochistan law and order case

QUETTA: The Supreme Court has summoned the Inspector General Frontier Corps (IGFC) and Commandant Chaghi Militia in the Balochistan Law and Order case.Balochistan Law & Order Case

A three member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry resumed hearing the case at its Quetta registry on Tuesday.

During proceedings of the case, FC lawyer Raja Irshad informed the court that there was not a single person in the custody of the FC, to which the Chief Justice replied that there was evidence contrary to this

The FC lawyer asked for time for an in-camera briefing, while the court said it was giving a last chance to the FC as there was evidence against them of picking up people.

The advocate general informed the court that 18 missing persons had been recovered, while the bodies of seven others had been found.

The Chief Justice also asked the provincial home minister to inform the court of the number of target killings during the months of June and July. The home minister informed the court that 101 people in June became victims of target killing in the province out of which 86 were ordinary people and 16 were policemen.

The apex court was also informed that during an operation three members of the Laskhar-e-Mehdi were arrested who had admitted to murdering 24 Ulema.