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Bushra Bibi approaches LHC against expected detention in hidden cases

Wife of Imran Khan asks court that all the relevant agencies be directed to provide details of the cases

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Lahore: Bushra Bibi, the wife of PTI founder Imran Khan, on Monday challenged her potential detention in undisclosed cases at the Lahore High Court (LHC).

Justice Tariq Saleem Shaikh is due to hear the petition on Tuesday.

According to the petitioner's lawyer, the details of the cases registered against Bushra Bibi are not being disclosed.

Besides it, information regarding inquiries involving Bushra Bibi in anti-corruption, NAB, and FIA-related cases is also being withheld, as stated in the petition.

Bushra Bibi asked the court that all the relevant agencies be directed to provide details of the cases.

Moreover, she asked the court to stop her arrest in any undisclosed case.

 

 

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Police arrest suspects involved in kidnap of playwright Khalilur Rehman

Key suspect confessed that they trapped the scriptwriter under the pretext of a drama-related project

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Lahore: The Lahore police claimed on Monday to have arrested the culprits involved in the kidnapping of eminent playwright Khalilur Rehman Qamar. 

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Imran Kishwar in a presser with Khalilur Rehman Qamar said that the kidnappers had demanded Rs 10 million from the scriptwriter.

He said that the statement of the woman suspect, who invited Khalilur Rehman Qamar with an interest in producing a drama, has been recorded. She revealed that they used to trap high-profile people and were doing so for the past two years.

Earlier a day, Qamar had lodged a complaint against his abductors and requested the law-enforcement officials for help. 

Among those arrested are Amna Urooj, Mamnoon Haider, Zeeshan Qayyum, Javed Iqbal, Tanveer Ahmed, Falaksher, Qaiser Abbas, Rashid Ahmed, Mian Khan, Babar Ali, Shamail Bibi and Maryam Shahzai.

The DIG said that Amna confessed that they trapped the scriptwriter under the pretext of a drama-related project. The police also claimed to have recovered weapons, including Kalashnikovs, SMGs, pistols, and wireless sets, from the gang’s possession.

DIG Kishwar said that the suspects had deleted Khalilur Rehman Qamar mobile phone’s data in a bid to avoid their arrest, adding that the police were able to recover the data. “We arrested the prime suspect Amna Urooj by re-covering the data and later caught the rest of the accused,” said the DIG.

He continued that the suspects detained Khalilur Rehman Qamar for two hours, blindfolded, and dropped him at Nankana Sahib.

The Lahore police on Sunday registered a case on the complaint of eminent writer Khalilur Rehman Qamar that he was kidnapped and tortured.

According to the details, a woman named Amina had called Qamar to her house saying she wanted to make a drama and when he reached the woman's house, the armed men kidnapped him.

In the FIR, it is mentioned that the accused kept on torturing Qamar and kept moving him to different places, the accused threatened to kill him and asked him to request for more money from his relatives.

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Pakistan urges full implementation of ICJ’s opinion on Palestinian territories

Mumtaz Zahra Baloch says ICJ's ruling clearly establishes that Israel's unlawful policies and practices in the Occupied Palestinian territory are in breach of Israel's obligation to respect the right of Palestinian people to self-determination

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Islamabad: Pakistan on Monday called for the immediate and full implementation of International Court of Justice's Advisory Opinion regarding Occupied Palestinian Territories.        

In a statement, Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said the Court's ruling would be an important step towards ending the Israeli occupation, realization of the inalienable right of the Palestinians to self-determination, and creation of a viable, secure, contiguous and sovereign State of Palestine on the basis of the pre-1967 borders and with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.       

Welcoming the ICJ's Opinion, she said the ICJ's ruling clearly establishes that Israel's unlawful policies and practices in the Occupied Palestinian territory are in breach of Israel's obligation to respect the right of Palestinian people to self-determination.

The Foreign Office spokesperson said Israel is under an obligation to end its unlawful occupation, cease its illegal settlement activities and to make reparation for the damage caused.

It may be recalled that Pakistan had made a written submission to the ICJ on the case in July 2023, and later also shared a rejoinder with the Court.

Pakistan also participated in the oral public hearing held by the ICJ on the case in February 2024.  

In its submissions to the ICJ, Pakistan reiterated its strong and unwavering support for the right to self-determination of the Palestinians and highlighted the illegality of the Israeli occupation.

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