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A pedestrian in his 20s dies following an early morning road traffic collision in Londonderry.
LAHORE: The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) claimed on Saturday that superintendent police (SP) Mujahid Raheem Sherazi had given incorrect figures regarding the shots fired and the number of police officials present during the Lahore Model Town incident, Express News reported on Saturday.
In his statement, the SP had claimed that he had only fired 10-15 bullets. However, the JIT contradicted this statement with footage showing that Sherazi had fired about 200 shots.
On June 17, clashes between the supporters of Dr Tahirul Qadri’s Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and the police in Lahore left at least 14 people – including two women – dead and dozens of others injured.
The JIT holding an inquiry into the Model Town incident on Thursday had detained nine policemen for their alleged role in the deaths of the PAT workers.
Victoria Wilcher — the 3-year-old Mississippi girl whose family claimed was asked to leave KFC because of her appearance — will be fitted for a prosthetic eye.
HYDERABAD: Three policemen were killed, while two others including a passerby were injured when armed men opened fired on them in Hyderabad late Sunday, Express News reported.
According to Express News correspondent Abdullah Sheikh, four policemen were busy routine snap checking when unidentified armed men fired on them killing three on the spot and injuring the fourth on the unit no. 7 roundabout in Hyderabad, while a passerby was also injured in the incident.
One of the bullets hit a passerby on the hand whereas all the policemen were hit on the head.
The bodies and injured were shifted to Bhittai hospital.
So far 10 policemen have been killed in different incidents in Hyderabad since December 2013.
LAHORE: The abrupt decision of a one-man judicial tribunal comprising Justice Ali Baqar Najfi, holding an inquiry into the Model Town incident in Lahore, of holding the proceeding in his chamber on Friday cast serious doubts over its performance among the audience waiting for him in his court room.
The court room was filled to its seating capacity by 2pm with expectations to attend the proceedings of the tribunal. However, it was 2:10 pm when the registrar of the tribunal called medical superintendent of Jinnah Hospital and sent him to the chamber of the judge.
After seven minutes, the registrar called additional IG Altaf Hussain and sent him into the chamber of the judge as well. When he came out of the court room, the registrar of the tribunal made an announcement saying that the proceedings of the tribunal were adjourned till July 9, which the audience – comprising lawyers, members of civil society and journalists – expressed reservations over.
Abdullah Malik, a member of the civil society who used to appear before the tribunal for its assistance since the tribunal had started, told The Express Tribune that the judge must have come into the court room to issue the order of the day.
He said the act of the tribunal shocked them, adding that the act made its proceedings doubtful.
Malik said the aggrieved party had already expressed no confidence in the tribunal, thereby it should act clearly and carefully – not only to establish its impartiality, but also to establish the authenticity of its proceedings.
Malik said on the request of the tribunal, through newspaper advertisements, he used to appear before it. However, if the tribunal continues to go into a huddle with officers of the establishment, he said he would seriously weigh options to not appear before it.
He said on Friday he had valuable points to assist the tribunal, but in vain.
Advocate Rana Ijaz told The Express Tribune that the participants felt negatively about the tribunal’s move, adding that the judge should have at least come into the court room if only to adjourn the proceedings.
He said adjourning the proceedings till five days means that the tribunal also wants to prolong the matter and let it die down.
A journalist, on condition of anonymity, told The Express Tribune that there are already two judicial inquiries pending before two judges of the Lahore High Court (LHC), and no reports have been released in either so far.
He said in May 2013, Justice Ali Akbar Naqvi was appointed as judicial tribunal to hold an inquiry into the killing of Indian spy Sarabjit Singh in jail. In December 2013, Justice Mamoon Rasheed Sheikh was appointed as the inquiry tribunal to investigate the matter of the sectarian clash in Rawalpindi. Both tribunals have not issued any report in these inquiries. Now, a third judge of the LHC is engaged with another inquiry and what can be expected from him?
Advocate Aftab Ahmed Bajwa told The Express Tribune that on Wednesday he had requested the tribunal not to hold proceedings on Friday and Saturday, but he refused saying that they could not stop proceedings. He said on previous Friday the tribunal did not hold the proceedings even after fixing the proceedings for that day.
The public relations department of the LHC issued a statement about the proceedings after 4pm. The statement said CCPO Lahore informed the tribunal that the injured persons have been served notice. The MS Jinnah Hospital has stated that four injured patients cannot come to the court to record their statement as their movements outside the hospital can be dangerous.
The tribunal appointed a district and sessions judge Lahore as a local commissioner to record their bedside statements and to present the record along with his report before this tribunal on July 14, the statement said.
The Additional IGP has submitted the interim report on the fact finding inquiry, according to which the inquiry is underway. He is directed to submit a report about the proceeding against the responsible police officials on July 7.
An additional district and sessions judge on Monday disposed of a petition that sought registration of cases against officials of the Punjab government and police for their alleged role in the deaths of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) activists on July 17. The court directed the petitioner to approach a “proper forum” for his petition.
Petitioner Nauman Attique had claimed that the Punjab police attacked PAT members on orders of the Punjab chief minister and former law minister Rana Sanaullah.
The petitioner claimed that CCPO Shafique Ahmed Gujjar, Operations DIG Rana Abdul Jabbar, Cantonment SP Malik Awais, Model Town SP Tariq Aziz were also responsible for the deaths.
The petitioner sought registration of cases against the Punjab CM, Rana Sanaullah, the CCPO, the Operations DIG and others 600 unidentified policemen.
On Monday, Faisal Town Police submitted a response on the petition in court. Police said the petitioner was not an eyewitness and was not present at the scene of the Model Town incident.
They also said that a case had already been registered on the June 17 incident with the Faisal Town police.
“The contents of the application moved by the petitioner are identical to the FIR already registered in the case. Hence there is no reason to register a second FIR into the incident,” the police officers said.
The court said a tribunal, led by a Lahore High Court judge, had already been constituted on the request of the Punjab government to investigate the incident. “The applicant could avail this opportunity by appearing before the tribunal to record his version,” the court said.
The court said the matter was disposed of because a judicial inquiry into the issue was being conducted by the LHC.
“The petitioner is at liberty to approach the proper forum for redress of his grievances,” the verdict read.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 1st, 2014.
Uruguay’s Luis Suarez says he lost his balance and did not bite Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 Fifa World Cup.
NATAL: The world football governing body Fifa have said they will be looking into the matter of Italy centre-back Giorgio Chiellini being bitten by Uruguay striker Luis Suarez during the World Cup clash between the teams in Natal on Tuesday, which resulted in Italy crashing out of the tournament after a 1-0 loss to the South Americans.
“We are awaiting the official match reports and will gather all the necessary elements in order to evaluate the matter,” said a Fifa spokesperson.
However, Chiellini is adamant that Suarez should have been sent off because of his violent behaviour.
“It is clear that he [Suarez] bit me, I still have the mark,” Chiellini told Italian television station Rai after the match.
“The referee should have blown his whistle and given him a red card, also because he was simulating,” added the Juventus player.
Italy finished the match with 10 men after Claudio Marchisio was sent-off for a stamp on Uruguay’s Eligio Alvarelo.
But Italy felt Suarez, who twice previously has served lengthy bans for biting incidents, should have followed him down the tunnel after a controversial later incident.
Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said he hadn’t seen it.
“I don’t have anything to say about it. During the game we’re concentrating on other things,” he said.
“It’s a World Cup, we don’t do cheap morality.”
Suarez and Chiellini came together in the area, after which both tumbled to the ground, Chiellini holding his shoulder and Suarez his face.
Meanwhile, Suarez could be seen sitting on the ground holding his teeth. Television replays suggested Chiellini was definitely bit.
If taken up by Fifa disciplinary chiefs it will almost certainly mean the end of the tournament for Suarez, painted as a villain at the 2010 World Cup for his deliberate goal-line handball which denied Ghana a famous quarter-final victory.
If Suarez is found guilty of another biting incident, it is inconceivable he will face anything other than a lengthy ban.
Our players deserve recognition: Pinto
Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto felt his side proved their worth by qualifying for the World Cup last 16 as group winners following Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with England.
“We have proved we can play good football and this makes me feel proud,” said the Colombian, whose side finished unbeaten at the top of Group D after previous shock wins over Uruguay and Italy.
“It means our players deserve recognition. We’re going to keep this style and this philosophy, so people say it’s not luck.
“Some people had doubts after the Uruguay game (a 3-1 win). People started believing after the game against Italy (1-0) and with this match, we have proved that Costa Rica can do a lot.”
Costa Rica were widely predicted to finish bottom of the group and their sensational performance carries echoes of their tournament debut in 1990, when a similarly unheralded side also reached the last 16.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 26th, 2014.