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Malala expresses despair at atrocities on Palestinians

This week’s news of mass graves discovered at Gaza’s Nasser and Al-Shifa hospitals is yet another reminder of the horrors Palestinians are facing, Malala stated.

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Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani student who won the Nobel Prize, said: “We have all watrched the atrocities against Palestinian people for more than six months now with anger and despair”.

Turning to Instagram, she wrote: ‘I wanted to speak today because I want there to be no confusion about my support for the people of Gaza’.

This week’s news of mass graves discovered at Gaza’s Nasser and Al-Shifa hospitals is yet another reminder of the horrors Palestinians are facing, Malala stated.

The Pakistani student added that it is hard enough to watch from afar. ‘I don’t know how Palestinians bear it in their bones. We do not need to see more dead bodies, bombed schools and starving children to understand that a ceasefire is urgent and necessary’.

I have and will continue to condemn the Israeli government for its violation of international law and war crimes, and I applaud efforts by those determined to hold them to account, she continued.

Malala further said that publicly and privately, she will keep calling on world leaders to push for a ceasefire and to ensure the delivery of urgent humanitarian aid.

She was determined to stand against any form of violence against innocent civilians, including the taking of prisoners and hostages. And I stand in solidarity with the people in Gaza whose voice and demands must be heard.

When we see alarming signs of genocid, we cannot wait to take decisive action. We must work together to urge our leaders to stop these war crimes and hold preparators to account, stated Malala.

 
 
 
 
 
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SC reinstates Speaker Balochistan Assembly Abdul Khaliq 

PML-N leader Abdul Khaliq Achakzai challenged the Election Commission's decision in the Supreme Court.

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Islamabad: The Supreme Court Thursday annulled the Election Commission of Pakistan's (ECP) decision to suspend the Speaker and reinstated Speaker Balochistan Assembly Abdul Khaliq Achakzai.

A three-member bench of Supreme Court headed by Justice Aminuddin Khan held a hearing. Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar remarked that the ECP looked at 12 polling stations but ignored others.

Justice Aminuddin remarked that the Election Commission had neither conducted an inquiry nor observed any rules. Director General (DG) Law told the court that only those 12 polling stations where high turnout was requested were observed.

On which Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar said that ECP should have re-enquired the entire constituency, if the Election Commission had done its work, people would not have had to come to court.

The Supreme Court also annulled the Election Commission's order of re-polling at 12 polling stations of PB-51 Chaman.

With the consent of all the candidates, the Supreme Court again sent the matter to the ECP and ordered that the Election Commission hear all the candidates and take a decision within 10 days.

It is pertinent to note that the Election Commission had ordered re-polling on the request of Asghar Khan Achakzai. The Election Commission had withdrawn the notification of the success of the Speaker while ordering re-polling.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Abdul Khaliq Achakzai challenged the Election Commission's decision in the Supreme Court.

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IHC suspends notification of low-cost naan, roti

The court ordered to suspend the notification till the next hearing, directing the parties to submit detailed answers to the court on the next hearing.

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Islamabad: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Thursday suspended the notification of reduction in the prices of naan and roti in the federal capital till May 6.

Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri heard the petition of the president of Nanabi Welfare Association.

On this occasion, the petitioner's lawyer Umar Ejaz Gilani and representatives of the district administration appeared in the court.

The representative district administration told the court that the law had been amended, empowering the DCOs.

Barrister Umar Ijaz took the stand that the federal price control was under the supervision of the Prime Minister.

The representative district administration told the court that the Controller General of Prices and Supplies will be appointed by the Federal Government. The Assistant Controller will be appointed by the authorized officer of the Government, and the Controller General has been empowered to determine the prices.

Barrister Umar Ijaz argued that the power of the Controller General is not under Section-III, which the notification issued, no reference was made in the notification.

The court inquired if 120 grams of roti in Punjab costs 25 rupees, to which the representative district government said that it is another provincial government.

Barrister Umar Ijaz Gilani said that flour is expensive here and rent is high here.

The representative district government requested the court that the concerned officer is not present, they need adequate time to present appropriate comments.

Justice Tariq Mahmood remarked that they asked sellers about the flour price or they are issuing orders to please people.

The court ordered to suspend the notification till the next hearing, directing the parties to submit detailed answers to the court on the next hearing.

Later, the court adjourned the hearing till May 6.

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