Shujaat rules out conspiracy against SC

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League (Q) President Senator Ch. Shujaat Hussain has dispelled the impression that the PPP-led coalition government was involved in any conspiracy against superior judiciary.

“Since Malik Riaz has produced evidence against a person, it would be unjust to term this as a government conspiracy. If any matter of the government was in the Supreme Court, this cannot be linked with the government,” said the PML-Q chief while talking to media here.

He said that the dispute was between two individuals (Malik Riaz and Dr Arsalan). But, he added, some elements were trying to give an impression that there was something going on between Malik Riaz and the judiciary.

“Some people are continuously launching a one-sided propaganda to create an impression that there is confrontation between the state institutions instead of individuals,” he said.

Calling for the need to amicably resolving the dispute between Dr Arsalan and Malik Riaz, Shujaat said it was necessary that a commission be set up at the earliest to decide the matter once and for all. Continue reading

Riaz fears for life, moves SC for security

ISLAMABAD: Former chairman of Bahria Town, Malik Riaz has demanded protection from the Supreme Court, claiming that his life is in grave danger, DawnNews reported.

Riaz conveyed his concerns and demands in a plea submitted to the apex court on Monday.

The business tycoon claims that during the previous hearing when he had appeared in court, some lawyers had threatened him with dire consequences.

Riaz fears that he may be attacked during the upcoming hearing on June 21 when he has to appear before the SC judges again.

The five-page application also alleges that a ‘planned campaign’ is being carried out against Riaz in the electronic and print media, which has raised the risks to his life.

Riaz argues in his application that he is a tax-paying Pakistani citizen and should be provided with complete security during the court hearings so that he may continue to contest his case in the apex court freely. Continue reading

ACE (Pvt) Limited, Lahore

“Nature does not supply all things to man, but merely offers opportunity to secure all things, and a condition where man controls the element is inestimably superior to a condition where the elements control man” (late K. Azeemuddin).

Such had been the vision of a man who helped change the course of mighty waters. Mr. Khaja Azeemuddin, a renowned engineer of the subcontinent, was the mind behind what is known today as Associated Consulting Engineers – ACE (Pvt) Ltd. He conceived the idea in 1958 and fashioned a team of highly dedicated and skilled professionals to create a world class engineering consultancy organisation.

Now after almost half a century of operations, ACE has established itself as the oldest and premier consulting house of Pakistan in the private sector, offering a complete range of services in almost all the engineering fields. ACE is a multidisciplinary and multisectoral organization and is proud of having an enviable record of successfully completing more than 1200 projects valued over US $ 25.0 billion, both within the country and abroad, in various engineering, rural development and social sectors.


ACE’s professional and support staff permanently employed in Pakistan and abroad currently number over 600. In addition ACE has a large number of Associate Consultants who work with the firm as and when required. Specialization of technical and support personnel employed by the company include:

  •  Engineers
  •  Hydrologists
  •  Geologists
  •  Architects
  •  Town Planners
  •  Agricultural Experts
  •  Soil and Water Scientists
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via HOMES PAKISTAN :: ACE (Pvt) Limited, Lahore.

Ombudsman for strict action against illegal construction

The skyline of Karachi

The skyline of Karachi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Staff Report

KARACHI: The Sindh Ombudsman Asad Ashraf Malik on Sunday directed legal action to be taken against officers, owner as well as the builder involved in unauthorised construction, allegedly being raised on plot No 163/4, Street No 16, ‘E’ Road, Bihar Colony of Lyari Town, Karachi.

He also directed the concerned departments and agencies not to issue a no objection certificate for such illegal buildings.

A man, Javaid Mushtaq had complained before the Sindh Ombudsman of a building being constructed on a plot in Lyari Town in violation of the Karachi Building Control Authority (KBCA) by-laws. He stated that the original permission was given for ground +2 floors however the builder was constructing six floors on the said plot. He also complained that the adjacent house No 163-A had developed a crack due to illegal construction and the builder converted the Plot No 163/4, Street No 16, ‘E’ Road Bihar Colony into a commercial place. Continue reading

Finally H-8 students get overhead bridge

English: National Monument of Pakistan in Isla...

English: National Monument of Pakistan in Islamabad. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ISLAMABAD – When the students of Commerce College, H-8/4, would resume their classes after brief summer vacations, they would find much-awaited pedestrian bridge installed on Islamabad Highway, at a site where three and a half years ago one of their fellows was crushed to death by a speedy vehicle.

Though the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has pledged the aforementioned facility in January 2009, following the violent protests of students of H-8 college in the backdrop of their colleague’s death, it took city managers more than three years to materialise the same.

However, the good news is, the workers of Heavy Mechanical Complex (HMC) have installed the super structure of pedestrian bridge at the site and “it would be completed today or day after tomorrow,” said an official.

On January 21, 2009, Mohammad Zubair, a student of H-8 Commerce College had lost his life in a hit-and-run incident while crossing one of the busiest artery, Islamabad Highway, of the federal capital. It was the time when CDA announced the installation of pedestrian bridge to facilitate the students and to avoid any such untoward incident in future. Continue reading

Shahbaz chairs meeting on Ring Road

LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif chaired meetings on the Ring Road project and the forests of Changa Manga at his Minar-e-Pakistan Tent Office on Saturday.

Minar-e-Pakistan, Lahore

Minar-e-Pakistan, Lahore (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

During the meetings, the pace of progress on the Ring Road project and matters related to the forests of Changa Manga came under review. Also, Shahbaz will formally inaugurate the land record computerisation project on Sunday (today).

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Land record computerisation project today


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PUNJAB Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif will formally inaugurate the land record computerisation project today.

According to a press release issued here on Saturday, this project had been pending for a long time. It is being started formally from Lahore with the efforts of Punjab government in the first phase.

After the completion of this project, all process of registered deeds and transfer of land will be completed in a computerised manner and people would get rid of forgery and patwari culture. Continue reading

CDA likely to face problems due to delay in land acquisition

location of Islamabad

location of Islamabad (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Delay on part of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) in starting acquisition of land would create problems for it to open and develop two new sectors — C-15 and C-16 — in near future.

Sources in the civic body said that CDA Chairman Farkhand Iqbal wanted to open two new sectors during the financial year 2012-2013, but there was lack of planning to take possession of open land, the award of which was announced about five years back.

“The CDA should acquire open land as early as possible to avoid construction of Built-up Property (BuP) there,” a senior official of the CDA said, adding that otherwise these two sectors would also face the fate like that of sectors D-12 and G-14. Continue reading

Forged bails scam blows apart the foundations of legal system

Since the last week of May, at least three cases have surfaced in which under-trial prisoners were granted bail on forged documents. While subsequent investigations saw the capital police close in on one large gang involved in such forgeries, unsurprisingly, it emerged that serving police officers and lower court officials were active part of this net.

The most high-profile of these cases involved the release of an accused in the 2008 robbery at the residence of Sardar Tanvir Ilyas, president of Pak-Gulf Construction Company and the builder of Centaurus in Blue Area.

Ashiq Hussain along with a dozen accomplices was an accused in the robbery – described as one of the biggest in the history of Islamabad – carried out on July 29, 2008 at Mr Ilyas’ home in F-8/4. The robbers had looted jewellery, cash and cellphones worth more than Rs25million.

After the arrest of the culprits, Mr Ilyas had famously given cash awards of nearly a million rupees to the two investigating team, namely the Margalla police station and CIA.

The case had been progressing in the lower courts for the last few years, and on June 10 when the sitting judge enquired about the whereabouts of Ashiq Hussain, he was informed by the co-accused that he had been bailed out from Adiala Jail on June 9.Interestingly, Ashiq Hussain’s bail order carried the signature of Additional District and Session Judge (ADSJ) Pervez Qadeer Memon but his bail application had never been submitted in his court nor was the judicator hearing a bail case of the accused. It quickly emerged that Judge Memon had not issued the bail order.

On the other hand, when the record of the court was looked into, the forged robkar (bail order) had been entered in it, and the official court record-keeper had accompanied a police constable to Adiala Jail on June 9 to submit the release papers.“An FIR was then lodged with the Margalla police and seven people were arrested, including the police constable, the court record-keeper, a court entry clerk and an assistant of the lawyer of the accused,” a senior police officer told Dawn.

“The other three individuals are touts who had arranged the forged bail order and surety bonds for the release of the accused on bail,” the officer claimed, adding, “the investigators also recovered official documents from them, including robkars, and stamps.”

Subsequent investigations by the police have revealed that the main mastermind of the gang is a police constable stationed at the Industrial Area police station.

“He called the court record-keeper on June 9 and told him that he had the bail orders for the accused, and needed him to complete the official formalities. The record-keeper, who had left the premises, came back and recorded the robkar in the court with the help of an entry clerk of the court,” the investigating officer revealed.

Later, both the constable and the record-keeper went to the jail where they submitted the robkar to the prison administration and the accused was released in the evening.

“Immediately after his release, Ashiq Hussain flew to Dubai to avoid being arrested,” the police officer claimed.

According to the police officer, who requested anonymity, the police constable in question had acquired a reputation for such dubious work. Continue reading

NAB asks DCO to take over possession of Qasr-e-Zauq property

Lahore - The National Accountability Bureau has exercised its powers in the Qasr-e-Zauq case.

The NAB has appointed the Lahore DCO as the ‘receiver’ with directions to take over the possession of the property owned by Qasr-e-Zauq, situated in Gulburg, to secure public interest. The NAB chairman also directed the DCO to fulfill all legal formalities with the required actions, including the preparation of an inventory of all the items in possession of the present owners or their authorised representatives; to ensure proper maintenance of all accounts of income derived from the property; to remit the revenue generated in the name of the NAB chairman with proper bank receipts and record and submission of weekly progress report for the reconciliation of income and expenditure derived from the property.

The chairman also directed the DCO to furnish the compliance report by tomorrow (Friday). The NAB has also filed a reference against Sheikh Muhammad Ayub and Mohsin Ayub which is pending before the accountability court. The accused people had cheated the public and embezzled a huge amount belonging to the general public. It is worth mentioning here that the subject property was frozen by the Accountability Court on the request of the NAB on April 15, 2008. The accused were asked to pay the whole liability of around Rs 600 million by June 15, 2012 otherwise all the accused will be arrested and prosecuted under the law. Continue reading