SC voids SHC verdict of transferring triple murder case to ATC
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday annulled the Sindh High Court (SHC) order of transferring the Mehar triple murder case to an anti-terrorism court (ATC).
A three-member SC bench headed by Justice Mushir Alam announced the verdict, which was reserved on May 29 on an appeal in the open court.
The petitioner, Advocate Umme Rubab Chandio, had sought transfer of the case pertaining to murder of her father, uncle and grandfather allegedly by two former members of Sindh Assembly, from the ATC to an ordinary court.
The 31-page judgment authored by Justice Yahya Afridi stated: "This petition for leave to appeal is hereby converted into appeal, and the appeal is allowed in terms that the judgment dated 21.02.2019 passed by the bench of Sindh High Court at Sukkur in Criminal Miscellaneous Application No. D-998 of 2018 is hereby set aside, and the order of the Anti-Terrorism Court dated 13-11-2018 is restored."
"In regard to the contention of the counsel to delay the decision of the transfer of the case till evidence is recorded in the case, we are not convinced to agree therewith. Once we conclude that anti-terrorism court =had legally requisite material available to decide the issue of transfer of the case, and that the decision so taken was legally correct to hold that it lacked jurisdiction to try the case, it would be against the cardinal principle of safe administration of criminal justice to then clog the authority vested in the anti-terrorism court under section 23 to transfer the case or for that matter direct it to proceed with the trial."
The Sindh High Court in February 2020 had ordered hearing of the Mehar triple murder case by an anti-terrorism court.
Umme Rubab’s father Mukhtiar Chandio, grandfather Karamullah Chandio and paternal uncle Kabil Chandio were gunned down on January 17, 2018, within the remit of Faridabad police station, Mehar taluka of Dadu district.
Umm-e-Rubab is pursuing the case of her slain family members by herself. - APP

Those responsible behind
petrol crisis will not be spared: LHC
Statesman Report
LAHORE: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan Tuesday said Pakistan faced a major petrol crisis and those who were responsible behind it will not be able to escape from the law.
Attorney General Khalid Jawed Khan, OGRA Chairperson Uzma Adil, petroleum secretary and additional attorney general appeared before the LHC in a case pertaining to petroleum crisis in the country.
The LHC chief justice said in his remarks that Prime Minister Imran Khan and the OGRA should apprise the court of the steps taken to overcome the crisis.
Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan proposed to form a committee comprising members from both the treasury and the opposition benches to prepare a report regarding fuel storage, crisis and prices.
The committee will submit its findings to parliament as well as to the court, he added.

MCI cleanses major nullahs to prevent urban flooding in monsoon
ISLAMABAD: The Metropolitan Corporation of Islamabad (MCI) has cleansed multiple nullahs of the federal capital to prevent urban flooding in the fast-approaching monsoon season.
“In the wake of monsoon, we have launched a ‘Nullah Cleansing’ drive under the ‘Clean and Green Pakistan’ campaign to remove waste and blockades from the natural streams in phases,” MCI Director Sanitation Sardar Khan Zimri told APP on Tuesday.
In the first phase of the drive, he said the sanitation department conducted a survey to analyze situation of the city’s nullahs. So far, the sanitary workers had removed major blockades such as fallen trees, green waste and big stones from 20 streams, located at various sectors including F-6, F-7, F-10, F-11, G-10 and others.
“The drive has entered into second phase under which minor streams will be cleansed,” he added.
The director said the department had set a target of cleaning the streams before the monsoon. Rest of the nullahs would be cleared shortly, he added.
To a query, he said the smart lockdowns, imposed in the capital city to stem the coronavirus spread, had provided an ample opportunity to the MCI Sanitation Wing to utilize its several workers in making the drive successful. - APP

Forest in Fatehjang to be developed as national park:
Amin Aslam
ATTOCK: Adviser to Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam said the forest area near Fatehjang would be developed as a protected national park.
Talking to media persons here, he said that the forest located in Kala Chitta Mountain range, known as Kheri Murat forest area spread over an area of 8740 acres.
The advisor said that after establishment of national park, it would provide excellent recreational activities to the people and provide employment opportunities to the locals.
He said that after establishment of the park , any sort of hunting, shooting and poaching of wild species would be declared illegal in the area. This would be enforced within three miles radius of its boundaries, he added.
Amin disclosed that a new department with the title "National parks service for Pakistan" would be established and all the six national parks would act as launching pad for the service.
He said the parks would be established under “Green Stimulus Program” launched by the government for protected area initiative across the country aimed at nature conservation and the provision of jobs.
He said that the parks would be established in Kheri Murat area of Attock, KP, Sind, Baluchistan, GB and Azad Kashmir.
The adviser further revealed that the national parks would be developed across the country under 10 Billion Tree Tsunami (10BTT) programme to conserve the dwindling ecological, wildlife and biodiversity habitats which were rapidly depleting due to human activities and climate change.
While unveiling details of the newly launched program of MoCC, the adviser said the project would increase production of plants, nurseries, revival of forests, honey generation, fruits and olives production beside ensuring employment initially through the green guard scheme.
He added that according to millennium development goals 2015, the size of protected areas should be at least 12 per cent of the total area of any state, adding that with the declaration of new national parks, the size of protected areas in the country would be increased. - APP