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Notice issued on PTI founder’s plea against physical remand in May-9 cases

LHC division bench sought details of cases against the PTI founder

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Lahore: A Lahore High Court (LHC) division bench on Tuesday issued notices to the prosecution and others on a petition filed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder challenging his 10-day physical remand in 12 cases related to the May 9 riots.

The bench also sought details of cases against the PTI founder, besides summoning the prosecutor general of Punjab and the advocate general of Punjab for July 24.

The bench, comprising Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh and Justice Anwaarul Haq Pannun, heard the petition filed by the PTI founder. His counsel argued before the bench that an anti-terrorism court had illegally granted a 10-day physical remand of his client in 12 cases related to the May 9 riots, as he was not physically produced in the court for obtaining the remand.

He further submitted that the physical presence of the accused was mandatory as per law so that he could present his case before the court. He pleaded with the court to declare the PTI founder’s remand illegal.

Subsequently, the bench issued notices to the prosecution and others and sought their reply by July 24. On July 15, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) granted police a 10-day physical remand of the PTI founder in 12 cases related to the May 9 riots. He has been remanded in five cases registered at Sarwar Road police station, three cases at Gulberg police station, and one case each at Race Course, Shadman, Mughalpura, and Model Town police stations.

 

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Israeli cybersecurity firm Wiz calls off $23 billion deal with Google

Wiz CEO Assaf Rappaport says the company would now focus on an initial public offering

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London: Israeli cybersecurity startup Wiz has ended talks with Google-parent Alphabet on a reported $23 billion deal in which it would have become the US tech giant's largest-ever acquisition, according to a Wiz memo seen by Reuters.

Wiz CEO Assaf Rappaport said the company would now focus on an initial public offering, as it had planned earlier, and aims to achieve an annual recurring revenue of $1 billion.

"Saying no to such humbling offers is tough, but with our exceptional team, I feel confident in making that choice," Rappaport said in the memo, referring to an acquisition offer.

Neither Alphabet nor Wiz have officially acknowledged deal talks. The Wiz memo did not name Google or Alphabet.

Google did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment, while Wiz declined to comment.

Wiz provides cloud-based cybersecurity solutions that help companies identify and remove critical risks on cloud platforms, powered by artificial intelligence.

Wiz's decision to call off the deal will be a setback for Google, which has been investing in its cloud infrastructure and focusing on winning clients for the cloud business that generated more than $33 billion in revenues last year.

The fallout is a second blow for Alphabet in the M&A space in recent times, after reports of its decision to walk away from a deal for online marketing software company HubSpot.

Wiz would have been Alphabet's second big acquisition in the cybersecurity space, since its $5.4 billion purchase of Mandiant in 2022.

(Curtsy Reuters)

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IHC removes objection on Bushra Bibi’s plea

Chief Justice Aamer Farooq heard the petition

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Islamabad: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday removed the objection of Registrar Office on a petition seeking cases’ details against Bushra Bibi and barring her arrest in any other case.

Chief Justice Aamer Farooq heard the petition filed by Bushra Bibi. The court instructed the office to fix the case for hearing on Wednesday.

The petitioner has prayed the court to direct the respondents for provision of details of cases, inquiries and notices against Bushra Bibi, and stop her arrest in any other case.

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