Apr 10

3G and 4G licenses in Pakistan will be held on April 23

3G 4G Suprem Court PakistanIslamabad: Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Ismail Shah told the Supreme Court of Pakistan that auction of 3G and 4G licenses in Pakistan will be held on April 23.

He informed the apex court during the hearing of 3G and 4G auction, headed by Justice Jawaad Khuwaja.

During the hearing, Ismail Shah informed the apex court that the country would earn around rupess 1.3 trillion which would help the deteriorating economy of Pakistan.

The SC adjourned the hearing of 3G and 4G license auction case till April 16.

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 (www.google.com.pk), 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.

(source thenewstribe.com)

Jul 25

NRO Implementation: SC orders PM Ashraf to write letter by August 8

The Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing of NRO implementation case till August 8.NRO Implementation

The Supreme Court extended till August 8 the deadline for Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to approach Swiss authorities to revive graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari, a case that had cost the Prime Minister’s predecessor his job.

During today’s hearing, Attorney General Irfan Qadir requested that the case be put off till after Eid-ul-Fitr but a five-member bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa rejected his plea and adjourned the matter for two weeks.

Attorney General also objected to Justice Khosa’s presence in the bench, claiming that he was prejudiced.

He asked Justice Khosa to distance himself from the case but the bench rejected this request too.

Justice Khosa said he would immediately quit the bench if he had any prejudice.

The judges will not do anything that can harm the country or derail the democratic system, he said adding that the judges stand for democracy and want it to be strengthened.

“How can you level charges of prejudice against me?” Justice Khosa asked. He further said the judges respected the President as much as anyone else.

But the Attorney General said he was concerned at the apex court’s order of July 12 to the Prime Minister to revive the graft cases and to file a compliance report to the court.

The Attorney General further said the government intends to file a petition seeking the review of July 12 verdict.

Justice Khosa remarked that the federation can file an appeal by August 8.

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.

Jun 27

NRO implementation case: SC seeks reply from PM

ISLAMABAD:The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave the new prime minister two weeks to indicate whether he would ask Swiss authorities to reopen corruption cases against the president. NRO implementation case The apex court ordered the Attorney General to consult Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and inform the court regarding NRO implementation case on Wednesday. A three-member bench headed by Justice Nasir ul Mulk was hearing the case. The judicial bench has asked the prime minister to submit his reply on the issue of corresponding with the Swiss authorities. During the proceedings, Abdul Basit, the counsel for Adnan Khawaja and Ahmed Riaz Shaikh, informed the court that his clients have been fired and paid the fine. The court enquired, Wasim Sajjad, former AG’s counsel, if National accountability Bureau (NAB) has filed any reference against Malik Qayyum. Sajjad informed the court that former AG is under treatment in London, the details of which were verified from Pakistan’s High Commission. The court’s order said that the previous prime minister was disqualified as he did not comply with the orders, hoping that Raja Pervaiz Ashraf will follow the orders. The hearing was adjourned until July 12. The move indicates that the judiciary is unwilling to end a showdown with the government that could force elections before February 2013, when the administration would become the first in Pakistan to complete a full five-year mandate. The court on June 19 dismissed Yousuf Raza Gilani as prime minister after convicting him of contempt in April for refusing to reopen the multi-million-dollar cases. The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) coalition elected Raja Pervez Ashraf as premier on Friday, after judges issued an arrest warrant for its first suggested replacement. Five days later, Justice Nasir ul Mulk directed the attorney general to find out how the government intended to deal with the Swiss cases and report back on July 12. “The new prime minister was elected last week and we trust that he will honour the direction given by this court,” Mulk said. “In the meantime we direct the attorney general to obtain instructions from the prime minister and inform the court… on the next date of the hearing on July 12,” he said. The allegations against Zardari date back to the 1990s, when he and his late wife, former premier Benazir Bhutto, are suspected of using Swiss bank accounts to launder $12 million allegedly paid in bribes by companies seeking customs inspection contracts. The Swiss shelved the cases in 2008 when Zardari became president. The government insists the president has full immunity. But in 2009 the Supreme Court overturned a political amnesty that had frozen investigations into the president and other politicians, ordering that the cases be reopened. Ashraf faces his own corruption allegations from his tenure as water and power minister, and many believe he will be forced out soon — either by elections or the judiciary.