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IHC bars private schools from charging summer vacation fees

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday restrained private schools operating within the Federal Capital Territory from charging summer vacation fees for the months of June and July.

A single bench comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui gave this restraining order while hearing a petition against private schools for collecting fees for the summer vacation months.

The bench ordered adjustment of the fees already collected by private schools after the summer vacations.

The judge was informed that the Sindh High Court, the Lahore High Court and the Peshawar High Court have already passed such directives, precluding private schools from charging fees for the months of June and July.

When the judge asked a counsel, representing Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (PIERA), about what it has been doing to address the issue concerning collection of summer vacation fees, he said the authority has been rendered toothless after being stripped of powers by a single bench of the IHC.

He said an appeal is pending in this regard.

The hearing of the case was adjourned till June 20.

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IHC bench hearing Sharifs’ bail pleas, appeals breaks

ISLAMABAD: A division bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) seized with the hearing of appeals filed by former premier Nawaz Sharif and members of his family against their sentences dissolved after a judge went on summer vacation, ARY News reported. 

Justice Aamer Farooq of the IHC went on summer vacations after which the registrar of the court referred the case to the chief justice to constitute another bench to hear and decide it.

Meanwhile, the former premier, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar filed a miscellaneous application seeking an amendment in their petitions by nominating as respondent the accountability court and National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Earlier this week, the bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Miangul Hassan Auranzeb had allowed a request by Amjad Pervaiz, the counsel for Safdar, seeking to file amended petitions.

NAB deputy prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi pointed out that the petitioners have not named the accountability judge and NAB as respondents in the petition. He said the petitioners have only nominated NAB chairman as respondent.

On July 6, the PML-N supreme leader was awarded 10 years in prison, while his daughter Maryam and her spouse Capt Safdar were handed seven years’ and one year’s prison term, respectively.

Accountability Judge Muhammad Bashir ordered forfeiture of their properties in the Avenfield Apartments and Park Lane of London. He imposed a fine of £8 million (approximately Rs1,292m) on the former premier and £2 million (approximately Rs323m) on his daughter.

Besides, three convicts were awarded an additional one-year imprisonment, which will run concurrently for not cooperating with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

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IHC reserves verdict on petition against Imran Khan’s oath-taking

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday reserved its verdict on a petition seeking to restrain Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan from taking oath as the new prime minister of the country.  

Justice Aamir Farooq of the IHC reserved the verdict after hearing arguments from the petitioner about maintainability of his petition. He is likely to announce the ruling shortly.

Petitioner Gulzar Hafiz Ihtesham approached the high court pleading with it to restrain Mr. Khan from taking the oath as prime minister.

Earlier, a two-judge bench of the IHC seized with the hearing of a petition seeking disqualification of the PTI chief was dissolved.

The division bench comprising – Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb – was hearing the petition filed by Abdul Wahab Baloch, secretary general of the Pakistan Justice and Democratic Party, seeking disqualification of the likely prime minister under Article 62 of the Constitution over the Sita White case.

The bench dissolved after the petitioner raised objection on its composition and the matter was referred to the IHC chief justice to constitute another bench to take up the case.

The petitioner argued that Mr. Khan didn’t disclose details about his alleged daughter Tyrian from Sita White in his nomination papers for the 2018 general elections.

He, therefore, doesn’t fulfill the requirement of Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution and is ineligible to be a member of Parliament.

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SJC issues show-cause notice to IHC judge over startling allegations

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) on Wednesday issued a show-cause notice to Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to explain his position over his speech in which he levelled serious allegations about the prime intelligence agency’s meddling in judicial affairs.

Justice Siddiqui is required to come up with his explanation by Aug 28.

While addressing a gathering of lawyers at the Rawalpindi Bar Association on July 21, Justice Siddiqui levelled serious allegations about the intelligence agency’s interference in judicial matters.

After his startling remarks made headlines, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar took notice of them and summoned complete record of the judge’s speech from the Pakistan Electronic Media and Regulatory Authority (Pemra).

Aside from the top adjudicator, the Pakistan army had also expressed concern over the speech delivered by Justice Siddiqui and asked the Supreme Court to launch an appropriate inquiry to ascertain the veracity of these allegations.

In a statement, ISPR said: “An honourable judge of Islamabad High Court of Pakistan has leveled serious allegations against state institutions including honourable judiciary and the premier state intelligence agency.”

“In order to safeguard the sanctity and credibility of the state institutions, honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan has been requested to initiate appropriate process to ascertain the veracity of the allegations and take actions accordingly,” it added.

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