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CJP terms SCBA’s role in Punjab CM’s election case ‘biased’

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  • CJP Bandial recalls Punjab chief minister election case. 
  • Govt’s request to form full bench in case was not in line with law.
  • “The law is equal for all,” chief justice says.

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial Monday termed the Supreme Court Bar Association’s (SCBA) role in the Punjab chief minister election case “biased”.

Addressing a full court reference on the eve of the beginning of the new judicial year, CJP Bandial recalled the Punjab CM election case, which drew criticism from political parties.

The CJP said that the federation requested a full court bench which was not in accordance with the law, while the role of the SBCA was also “biased”.

In July, the SC had termed the ruling of the former Punjab Assembly deputy speaker, Dost Mazari, “illegal” and announced Pervez Elahi as the new CM of the province.

The ruling coalition had demanded that a full bench hear the case and the government’s demands were also backed by the top court’s bar association.

“Patience was shown despite the political parties’ strong reaction to the annulment of the ruling of the then Punjab deputy speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari,” the chief justice said.

CJP Bandial added: “We are aware that the country is facing a serious economic crisis, but the law is equal for all.”

Referring to the Judicial Commission of Pakistan’s (JCP) meeting in which the body had rejected Bandial’s nominated judges of high courts for their appointment to the Supreme Court, the CJP asked, did the federal government’s response respect the judiciary?

CJP Bandial said that when he assumed the office, there were challenges related to the provision of inexpensive and speedy justice, a backlog of cases and usage of suo motu power.

Highlighting the achievements, the CJP said that the number of cases pending with the judiciary reduced to 50,265 from 54,134.

“The respected judges sacrificed their yearly vacations and decided 6,458 cases during a short period of June-September.”

Stressing the need for new appointments to the top judiciary, he urged the SCBA to assist the court.

Talking about speedy justice, the CJP said that he, after consultation with other judges, took notice of the then NA deputy speaker Qasim Suri’s ruling and declared it illegal after a five-day hearing and issued the verdict within three days.

A large number of cases were lodged with the apex court following the political events in March 2022, he noted.

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Chief of Staff of the Turkish Army, called COAS

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Chief of the Turkish General Staff General Metin Gürak met with Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir, NI (M), Chief of the Air Staff, and Chief of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu

The Turkish General Staff Chief paid General Syed Asim Munir a visit at GHQ. During their conversation, they covered a wide range of subjects of common concern, including defense, training, and programs meant to support peace and stability in the region. Recognizing their strong alliance, both parties pledged to increase defense cooperation.

The COAS emphasized how critical it is to advance the military cooperation that already exists between their armed forces.

The dignitary who was in Pakistan praised the country’s efforts to promote peace and stability in the region and the role played by the Pakistan Army in fighting terrorism.

The Turkish Army’s Chief of General Staff had earlier laid a floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada as a sign of respect after arriving at GHQ. A smartly uniformed contingent of the Pakistan Army provided the distinguished guest with a guard of honor.

At Air Headquarters in Islamabad, General Metin Gürak also paid a visit to Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu, the Chief of the Air Staff.

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Rain cancels out Pakistan vs. New Zealand’s opening Twenty20 international

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As the rain returned, Shaheen Shah Afridi’s expertly timed in-swinger to dismiss Tim Robinson left only a two-ball match going on at the Pindi Cricket Stadium.

On-field umpires Aleem Dar and Ahsan Raza shook hands with the players and decided to call off the contest as soon as the rain started up again. Additionally, there was a thirty-minute delay in the planned fixture toss. Then, after winning the coin toss, Michael Bracewell, the captain of New Zealand, decided to bat first.

The players from both sides assembled shortly after for the national anthems, but more rain caused the proceedings to be postponed.

The match appeared likely to be called off before a ball was played due to the intensity of the second spell of rain. But after the rain stopped, the ground crew worked extremely hard, and the game might go into five overs.

The second game, which takes place at the same location on April 20, will pit the two teams against one another.

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The inaugural flight of Azerbaijan Airlines is between Baku and Karachi.

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The national airline of Azerbaijan launched direct flights from Baku to Karachi today. There will be two weekly flights on this route, on Thursdays and Sundays.

The first flight will land in Karachi, and Azerbaijan’s ambassador, Khazar Farhadov, will be there to greet it.

This evening also marks the departure of the inaugural flight from Karachi to Baku, in addition to the arrival of the flight from Baku.

Azerbaijan Airlines said last month that it would be growing its network and flight operations in Pakistan.

Aviation insiders have verified that Azerbaijan Airlines is preparing to launch service to Karachi in the coming month of April.

In addition to its current services in Islamabad and Lahore, the airline plans to launch its Karachi route on April 18, with the inaugural flight anticipated to depart on that date.

Azerbaijan Airlines has been given permission to operate flights on the Karachi route, according to sources within the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Following a bilateral agreement between the two nations, Azerbaijan Airlines has been given permission to extend its operations in Pakistan.

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