IHC summons secretary Defense, Interior ministry in Faizabad dharna case

Islamabad (Monitoring Desk): Islamabad High Court Justice Shaukat Siddiqui hearing the Faizabad dharna case has summoned the secretaries of Defense and Interior ministry.

Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the IHC also directed the federal government to submit by Feb 9 the report of Raja Zafarul Haq-led committee that had investigated the change made in the Khatm-i-Nubuwat declaration.

The judge warned the federal secretaries that the court would initiate contempt of court proceedings against them if they failed to comply with its orders.

The court expressed annoyance over the lethargic attitude of the officials concerned and said that neither the report nor para-wise comments had been submitted in the case.

In a previous order, Justice Siddiqui had observed that “there is serious need for our sensitive institutions to dispel the impression that activity of Faizabad Interchange (dharna) is sponsored by the intelligence agencies”.

He said the twin-cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad had remained paralysed because of the sit-in, adding that “this is not freedom of expression rather anti-state activity” and calling judges of the superior judiciary and others with names is “intolerable”.

National Assembly demands exemplary punishment for Zainab killer

Islamabad (Monitoring Desk): National Assembly of Pakistan has demanded the authorities to give exemplary punishment to little angel Zainab Ameen killer.

The lower house of parliament, which was adjourned on Monday, will continue its debate on the tragic incident of Kasur to pass a unanimous resolution for taking tough measures to prevent such incidents in future.

Speaking on the floor of the house, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb stressed the need for incorporating specific chapters in the curriculum to provide awareness to children regarding sexual abuses.

“After the 18th Constitution Amendment, education is now a provincial subject, but unfortunately not a single provincial government has made any effort to provide such awareness to children,” she regretted.