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ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court, declaring the Sindh government responsible for the Thar situation, has said that had the media not highlighted the issue, it would have been swept under the carpet.

Two-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Tasadduq Hussain Jilani, heard the case on Monday. A total of 67 deaths of infants and children occurred in Tharparkar in the last three months, stated a report submitted by the Sindh chief secretary in the Supreme Court during the hearing of the Tharparkar suo motu notice case. However, the death toll reported by the media was above 200.

The official report stated 26 infants and children died in December, 18 in January and 23 in February. “Most of these deaths were caused by pneumonia, sepsis, birth asphyxia and very few from malnutrition. Sepsis is mainly due to use of unhygienic methods of delivery used by midwives and untrained local women,” the report stated further.
During the proceedings, the Sindh advocate general told the court that children in Tharparkar died due to cold.

Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh remarked: “You are blaming them for not getting treatment whereas proper medical facilities are not available there.”

The chief justice remarked the Sindh government was responsible for whatever happened in the Tharparkar district.

Answering a question, Advocated General Fateh Malik told the court that two children expired in the last two days. He said in view of the gravity of the situation, the provincial cabinet held meeting in Mithi district.

Justice Azmat said the Sindh government came into action when 60 children had lost their life. He remarked the administration should have taken action immediately after the death of one child.

Justice Azmat Saeed said people in the district did not need the prime minister or the chief minister, but they needed food.

“We should bow our heads out of shame over what is happening there,” Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani said about the situation in Tharparkar.
The court sought a detailed report from the Sindh government about the total number of deaths caused by drought and causes of a famine-like situation in Tharparkar. It also directed the provincial government to fix the responsibility and adjourned the hearing till March 17.


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Former CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry and GEO Network


Former CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry and GEO Network ” Love Story ” – Now The Former Chief justice again gave a proof of his “loyalty” to Geo Network by allowing only his most favorite media group to cover the Full Court Reference Event, while shunning all other media outlets including PTV out in the dark. This is in clear violation of Article 25, which will be remembered as the last salutation of affection from CJP to Geo Network.

Former CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry and GEO Network

While people give examples of Romeo & Juliet, Raam Leela and Laila Majnoon as examples of selfless love, we get a mind-boggling and eye raising example of such devotion between the soon-to-be-retired Chief Justice of Pakistan Supreme Court, Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry and GEO Network, the undoubtedly most controversial media group of the country. Such is the extent of this undying affection for each other that the media coverage of Full Court Reference event was allowed to be covered by only one media group, Geo Network. All other channels among the Government-owned Pakistan Television PTV was not allowed to cover the entire event among all other private channels with the exception of CJP’s favorite, GEO News.

The ‘prem katha’ between GEO Network and Justice (Retd) Iftikhar Chaudhry is not actually a hidden one. Both the parties have given proofs of their “utter devotion” being above any law or ethical dilemma on various occasions. Whether it is running a full-fledged media campaign for the restoration of Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry against then-ruling government or trying to pivot the angle of the story when CJP’s son, Arsalan Iftikhar was found involved in a mega corruption scandal. GEO Network has always been eager to prove its loyalty to retired chief justice through potraying overly-positive news reports and forged public reviews about judiciary in their shows every now and then. Now at his departure, while the countrymen is celebrating “Youm-e-Nijaat” (The Day of Relief) on CJP’s retirement, Geo/Jang group regards their beloved’s tenure “a shining performance” and commend him by saying “Well played” – like being the supreme position holder of judiciary of the country is merely a silly game for them.
Here, Chief Justice (Retd) Iftikhar Chaudhry’s role should not be belittled, who has more than reciprocated every favor given to him by Geo News, Mir Shakil ur Rahman and Mir Ibrahim Rahman. Whether it is turning a blind eye to all the evidence against GEO Network and the Mirs, including:

Tax Defaults of more than Rupees 731 Million

Foreign Funding received of more than £4.6 million

airing foreign content 400% in Excess of permitted limit by PEMRA Laws on Geo Kahani as well as Geo Entertainment despite warning served to GEO Network
The Retd. Chief (in)Justice not only turned a deaf ear to much talked-about Media Commission Report, in which the findings and warnings made by PEMRA against GEO Network putting its editorial board on sale for the price of foreign funding; but also “reprimanded” PEMRA for daring to make such “allegations” against beloved GEO Network. Today, once again the honorable Chief Justice (Retd.) Iftikhar Chaudhry has given the final ode to this wretched love story by giving the airing rights of him bidding farewell to his seat only to GEO Network while showing discrimination to all other media networks. This incident agonized the officials and advocates of free & unbiased media all over Pakistan. Reacting on the incident, Justice (Retd) Saeed uz Zaman Siddiqui also said that Supreme Court staff does not have prerogative to provide footage to only one channel. He reminded that under Article 25 of the Constitution every citizen enjoys equal rights. But has Iftikhar Chaudhry backed out from “public display of affection” with GEO Network ever for upholding the sanctity of law? Never!

Hence, this love between Justice Chaudhry and GEO Network conquers all – yet the questions raised on sanctity and supremeness of law and judiciary due to the discrimination and biasness as well as the pleas of PEMRA, media & public alike against the violations of media ethics by Geo Network. The silver lining in today’s event is that this hopefully is the last favor made by the Ex-CJP for GEO Network. One can hope and pray that the new Chief Justice of Pakistan, Tasadduq Hussain Sadiq would prove to be a true judge of right and wrong and address the issues deliberately neglected by his predecessor.

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Night Packages

The National Assembly was informed today that the mobile companies had been directed to discontinue such night packages which were considered against the norms of social structure and moral values of the society.Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House during question hour that a number of complaints had been received against these packages from various quarters.

On a supplementary question‚ he said the issue of foreign SIMs has been referred to the provincial governments and the Ministry of Interior is also considering taking measures against them.

To a question‚ Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique on behalf of Minister for Information and Broadcasting told the House that Pakistan Television follows the policy of truth with responsibility and only gives authenticated and verified news and views to audiences. He said moreover PTV’s editorial policy ensures diversity of opinions to enrich viewers’ experience.

The Minister said the Media Commission constituted by the Supreme Court in its report has recommended reconstitution of their Board of Directors. He said Information Ministry is currently reviewing the composition of existing Board of Directors and is contemplating the expansion to bring in diversity of views by incorporating representatives from various sectors.

Replying to a question‚ Minister of State for National Health Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar said that 2.61 billion rupees were allocated by the Higher Education Commission to public sector universities for research purposes during the last five years.

She said in order to check the mushroom growth of private medical colleges in the country and their deteriorating standards a new system will be introduced in Pakistan Medical and Dental Council soon.

To a question‚ Minister of State for Education Muhammad Baleegh ur Rehman said formation of a national curriculum commission is under consideration to teach uniform curriculum in the country.

Replying to a call attention notice moved by Tahir Iqbal regarding appearance of government servants in Radio and TV programmes‚ Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad said government rules clearly stipulate that no public servant can appear in media unless given clear permission by the competent authority.

He‚ however‚ said they can appear in non-political programmes such as those dealing with science and religion with prior permission.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan while paying rich tributes to former Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and former Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said they played a key role in enhancing the image of their respective institutions.

He said when General Kayani assumed his duty as Chief of Army Staff the country was facing a number of problems. He said General Kayani restored the respect of the army and fully supported the democratic process.

Similarly‚ the Minister said‚ Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry raised the prestige of the judiciary. He held powerful segments involved in criminal activities accountable‚ which was unprecedented in the history of Pakistan.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad laid before the House report of the Federal Public Service Commission for the year‚ 2012 as required by section 9(1) of the Federal Public Service Commission Ordinance‚ 1977.

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Tassaduq Hussain Jillani
ISLAMABAD :  President Mamnoon Hussain Thursday administered oath of office to the new Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani. The impressive oath taking ceremony here at the President House was witnessed by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq, cabinet members, senior officers and diplomats besides the former Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. The President administered the oath to the new Chief Justice after the recitation from the Holy Quran at the event that was also attended by Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah,Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah and parliamentarians.
According to the profile available from the Supreme Court of Pakistan Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani was born on July, 6, 1949; did Masters in Political Science from Forman Christian College, Lahore, L.L.B. from the University of Punjab Lahore and a course in Constitutional Law from the University of London in the Institute of Advance Legal Studies.
He started practice at District Courts Multan in 1974; enrolled as an Advocate of the High Court in 1976; elected as General Secretary District Bar Association Multan in 1976; elected Member Punjab Bar Council in 1978; appointed as Assistant Advocate General Punjab in July, 1979; enrolled as an Advocate of the Supreme Court in 1983; promoted as Additional Advocate General Punjab in 1988; appointed as Advocate General Punjab in 1993.
He took oath as a Judge of Lahore High Court on August 7, 1994 and was elevated as Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan on 31st July,2004 where he served till the imposition of the state of Emergency on the 3rd of November, 2007.
As he refused to take fresh oath, he was made dysfunctional as a Judge of the Supreme Court. After the restoration of democracy and elected Government in Pakistan, he joined as Judge of the Supreme Court in September, 2009 and appointed Chief Justice of Pakistan on December 12 2013.
Chief Justice Tassaduq has participated in a number of international meetings, conferences, seminars, colloquiums and dialogues. Naming a few amongst many are 3rd Malta Judicial Conference on Cross-Frontier Family Law Issue held from 24-26 March 2009 in St.  Julian’s Malta; International Family Justice Judicial Conference for Common Law and Commonwealth Jurisdictions at Cumberland Lodge Windsor, England from 4th to 7th August; in 2009; the Conference on Religious and Cultural Freedom under a Bill of Rights (13-15 August, 2009) organized by the University of Adelaide, Canberra, Australia ; World Justice Forum-II from 11-14 November, 2009; in 2010, 10th Congress International Association of Supreme Administrative Jurisdictions held in Australia from 7th to 11th March, 2010 and the International Judicial Conference on Cross-Border Family Relocation held in Washington, D.C. from 23-25 March, 2010.
The Chief Justice was awarded “Key of the City of Detroit (Michigan)” by the Mayor at a function; on 12 October, 2007, conferred “Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters” at a special Convocation held in Southern Virginia University, Washington; he was conferred the Honorary Chair by the American Bar on its “The World Justice Project” – an Initiative to promote the rule of law the world over.
In July, 2008, he was invited by the American Bar Association to receive the “2008 Rule of Law Award” on behalf of those Judges of Pakistan who demonstrated courage in upholding the “Rule of Law” in the country.He is Co-chair of the Hague Conference Mediation Committee in Family International Law.

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ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry retires today leaving behind a legacy of broken myths, shaking the archaic political order and bringing into public spotlight the spy chiefs who had remained shrouded behind the wall of secrecy, never to be questioned.

Hardly any high and mighty was not held to account under the watch of Justice Chaudhry. He broke the record of turning predictions of media pundits untrue by summoning and sentencing the top guns, who used to consider themselves to be above the law.

Right from the army top brass to the top guns of government, all of them were in the line of fire facing the music for their misdeeds. The Asghar Khan Case used to be considered a litmus test for judging the independence of judges. Name anybody who did not challenge the court on this case. And when it was taken up finally by Justice Chaudhry-led bench of the Supreme Court, it reached a logical conclusion.

Former army chief Gen (retd) Aslam Beg and ex-DG ISI Lt. Gen. (retd) Asad Durrani had to submit before the court and confess the dirty tricks of engineering the political process by bribing politicians. The court then ordered criminal proceedings against them in addition to an investigation of politicians who received cash from them.

This court order followed no compliance by the-then PPP government, which was more interested in pointscoring than taking any concrete action. An inquiry has recently been initiated by the FIA, a decision greeted by guarded optimism as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is also facing the charges.

Likewise, the recently-retired army chief Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and his DG ISI Lt Gen (retd) Shuja Pasha had to submit before the court in the Memogate as they were directed to deposit their statements. The story does not end here.

The DG Rangers (Sindh) was summoned after his force was caught red-handed in the killing of a youth in Karachi. Legal action followed against the Rangers officials held responsible for this murder who had to be sacked from the service, something unheard of before.

The IGFC Balochistan, a serving major general, had to appear before Justice Chaudhry’s court in connection with the missing persons’ case. When he did not comply with the court’s order recently, a contempt notice was issued. It is another story that he excused himself citing illness.

The missing persons’ case saw many ups and downs. Proving their presence in the custody of ISI and MI remained a daunting challenge in the absence of any solid evidence. However, Justice Chaudhry forced them to produce 11 prisoners picked up from the Adiala Jail after the chief secretary Punjab submitted an affidavit that the prisoners were taken away by none other than the ISI.

Trouble for Justice Chaudhry started after he initiated hearings on the missing persons case that followed his forced removal by Pervez Musharraf, culminating at the dictator’s removal and restoration of the top judge. But it did not see any let-up in his determination.

Incidentally, he is retiring while hearing the cases of forced disappearances.Civvies too were not out of Justice Chaudhry’s reach. Corruption allegations against former president Asif Zardari brought his case to the court. His government was not ready to write a repeatedly-ordered letter to the Swiss authorities for reopening the cases against him, among others.

Defiance of this directive cost former prime minister Yusuf Raza Gilani his job. Finally, his successor, Pervez Ashraf, had to write the letter. One of Gilani’s ministers, Hamid Saeed Kazmi, was sent behind the bars in the Haj corruption case. Two others, Rehman Malik and Babar Awan, were served contempt notices for defying directives and ridiculing the court rulings.

Three NAB chiefs were sent home either for dilly-dallying the judicial orders or on eligibility grounds. Several top executives of different corporations also faced the music as they were sent behind the bars on corruption charges.

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