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Commander Royal Saudi Naval Forces meets Chief of the Naval Staff

Islamabad, January 22, 2018 (PPI-OT):Commander Royal Saudi Naval Forces, Vice Admiral Fahad Bin Abdullah Al Ghofaily visited Naval Headquarters Islamabad and called on Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi. Upon arrival at the Naval Headquarters, Commander Royal Saudi Naval Forces was received by Chief of the Naval Staff. A smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Navy clad in ceremonial dress presented him Guard of Honour. The visiting dignitary was then introduced to Chiefs of Staff and Principal Staff Officers at NHQ.

Later, Vice Admiral Fahad Bin Abdullah Al Ghofaily called on Chief of the Naval Staff in his office, where discussions on professional matters and bilateral naval collaboration were held. Various avenues of cooperation between the two Navies were focused. A comprehensive brief was also given to the visiting dignitary.

Visit of Naval Headquarters was followed by an impressive Investiture ceremony held at Aiwan-e-Saddar, where Vice Admiral Fahad Bin Abdullah Al Ghofaily was conferred with Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Military) by President Mr. Mamnoon Hussain; one of Pakistan’s highest military awards, in recognition of his distinguished services and significant contributions towards further strengthening fraternal ties between Pakistan and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in general and Navies of both the brotherly nations in particular.

In the second leg of his visit, Vice Admiral Fahad Bin Abdullah Al Ghofaily is scheduled to meet Naval Field Commands at Lahore and Karachi. Pakistan Navy and Royal Saudi Naval Forces enjoy a long-standing and brotherly relationship. In the formative years of Royal Saudi Naval Forces, training facilities and technical advice rendered by Pakistan Navy laid solid foundation for the development of close ties between the two Navies.

A number of senior officers of Royal Saudi Naval Forces were trained in Pakistan.It is pertinent to highlight that Vice Admiral Fahad Bin Abdullah Al Ghofaily, is the third consecutive Commander Royal Saudi Naval Forces who is a graduate of Pakistan Naval Academy.After assuming the office of Commander Royal Saudi Naval Forces, this is his first official visit to any foreign country which reflects his close association with Pakistan. This visit is expected to strengthen the bilateral collaboration between the two Navies.

For more information, contact:
Directorate of Public Relations,
Pakistan Navy
Naval Headquarters, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-20062326
Cell: +92-300-8506486
Website: www.paknavy.gov.pk

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جامعات چین میں جدت طرازی کی دوڑ میں پیش پیش

ہانگچو، چین، 19 جنوری 2018ء/سنہوا-ایشیانیٹ/– مہلک ایچ 7این9 برڈ فلو وائرسے سمیت متعدی امراض سے تحفظ کے لیے کیے گئے کام کو تسلیم کرتے ہوئے پروفیسر لی لانجوان کی زیر قیادت ٹیم کو 8 جنوری 2018ء کو چین کے نیشنل سائنس اینڈ ٹیکنالوجی پروگریس ایوارڈز کے موقع پر گرینڈ پرائز سے نوازا گیا۔ چائنیز اکیڈمی […]

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Security forces foil arms smuggling bid

Security forces have foiled a bid to smuggle arms and ammunition from Afghanistan into Pakistan for terrorist attacks.On a tip off, the FC personnel chased smugglers in Kaarawan who went back to Afghanistan leaving behind their vehicle.A huge quantity ...

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Security forces foil arms smuggling bid

Security forces have foiled a bid to smuggle arms and ammunition from Afghanistan into Pakistan for terrorist attacks.On a tip off, the FC personnel chased smugglers in Kaarawan who went back to Afghanistan leaving behind their vehicle.A huge quantity ...

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Prospect of More Denaturalizations Worries Immigrant Advocates

Immigrant adovocates are alarmed after last week's Department of Justice announcement that Baljinder Singh had been stripped of his U.S. citizenship � the first under an Obama-era program.

They worry that more denaturalizations are to follow and are critical of the "aggressive" manner in which the government is seeking to denaturalize individuals as the pace of the investigations appears to have picked up over the past year.

"It's a very alarming thing to do because [when] you become a U.S. citizen, you know, you belong here. You're part of the fabric of our society," said Sirine Shebaya, a senior staff attorney at Muslim Advocates, an advocacy group.

Operation Janus, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) probe, identified 315,000 immigrants whose fingerprints were missing from government databases, of which 1,000 have been referred for further investigation.

Shebaya told VOA that her group has filed a Freedom of Information Actto find out what policies are guiding the denaturalization case, fearing that the probe will be used to discriminate against Muslims or people from Muslim or South-Asian communities.

"Which is why we want more information about the decisions that are being made to go after denaturalization cases this way and to publicize it in this way," said Shebaya.

Operation Janus was started after DHS identified some 858 individuals who obtained U.S. citizenship under aliases after they had been ordered deported or removed. They were discovered when no digital fingerprint records were available.

"Although US Citizenship and Immigration Services procedures require checking applicants' fingerprints against both the Department of Homeland Security's and the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) digital fingerprint repositories, neither contains all old fingerprint records. Not all old records were included in the DHS repository when it was being developed," according to a DHS document.

Fighting denaturalization

The government had Pavaez Manzoor Khan's fingerprints, according to his lawyer, but he is under threat of denaturalization in the U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida.

"[My client] has been fingerprinted three separate times that we can count," said attorney James Lavigne, who is contesting the case on Khan's behalf.

Federal prosecutors claim that Khan, 60, of Pakistan, entered the U.S. in 1991 with a Pakistani passport in the name of Mohammad Akhtar. At the time, officials determined the photo in the passport had been altered.

Lavigne said his client "immediately" disclosed the passport "wasn't him."

The Pakistani man then applied for asylum and gave his name as Jaweed Khan.

When Khan failed to appear in immigration court, he was ordered deported in February 1992.

His client also did not know about the removal order, said Lavigne.

"The government knew who he was and where he was going to be. ... He doesn't have anything to hide," the attorney said.

As Parvez Manzoor Khan, Khan married a U.S. citizen, received permanent residency in 2001 and naturalization in 2006.

"He's been paying taxes. He's a taxpayer. He's been working... which is exactly what we want immigrants to do. [My client] has U.S. citizen children here. And they wait 25 years to do something to him?"

Once common practice

According to SCOTUS blog, a blog written about the Supreme Court, 50 years ago the Supreme Court put a stop to the government's once-common practice of denaturalization, and in the process "redefin[ed] the country's understanding of sovereignty and citizenship."

Amanda Frost, a law professor American University Washington College of Law writing for the website, said through "much of the 20th century" government could end someone's citizenship, either native-born or naturalized citizens, for a variety of reasons.

"Between 1907 and 1922, women who married foreign men automatically lost their citizenship, and the government could also denationalize U.S. citizens for voting in foreign elections or deserting from the armed forces. Naturalized citizens were at even greater risk," Frost wrote.

But after a "series of decisions starting in the 1940s" the Supreme Court ended the practice.

In 1967, Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black wrote for the majority in the Afroyim v. Rusk and said, "In our country, the people are sovereign and the Government cannot sever its relationship to the people by taking away their citizenship," therefore it would be "completely incongruous to have a rule of law under which a group of citizens temporarily in office can deprive another group of citizens of their citizenship."

Since the 1967 case, SCOTUSblog reports that about 150 people have been denaturalized, most for committing fraud in the naturalization process.

The Singh case

In a January 5th 12-page decision, federal judge Stanley Chesler of the District of New Jersey granted the government's request to revoke Baljinder Singh's naturalization saying the government "has met its heavy burden in demonstrating, by clear and convincing evidence, that defendant's naturalization was illegally procured."

The judge said the U.S. Supreme Court has enumerated four requirements for denaturalization set by previous cases.

The government must show that the naturalized citizen misrepresented or concealed some facts, whether the misrepresentation or concealment was willful, whether the fact was material, and whether the naturalized citizen procured citizenship as a result of the misrepresentation or concealment.

Using the Supreme Court's independent requirements, Chesler sided with the Justice Department saying Singh "deliberately" willfully misrepresented information when he was applying for his U.S. citizenship.

Chesler wrote: "Defendant did not disclose his previous arrival in the United States under a different name, his previous application for asylum, or the removal proceedings and 'in absentia' exclusion order against him."

Singh did not respond to the complaint within the time allowed by law. There is no attorney information immediately available for him and he could not be immediately reached Thursday.

But Lavigne said, unlike Singh, his client plans to fight until the end. "We still have the right to a trial which we will attend as well," he said.

Singh's immigration status was reverted from U.S. citizen to lawful permanent resident. He could be subject to removal proceedings at the DHS's discretion, according to the Justice Department.

Source: Voice of America

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Chief Justice of Pakistan hears different cases at Lahore and issues directions

Islamabad, January 20, 2018 (PPI-OT):Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard different cases today at Supreme Court Branch Registry Lahore and passed following directions:

HUMAN RIGHTS CASE NO.505 OF 2018 regarding action taken by HCJ on the conditions of Government Hospitals of Lahore. Pursuant to order dated 6.1.2018, the Medical Superintends of the public hospitals filed their reports along with affidavits. The same was sent to Ad-hoc Committee of PM and DC for its reply/report.

SUO MOTU CASE NO.1 OF 2010 AND C.M.As.NO.2878-L OF 2017, 1-L, 17-L AND 25-L OF 2018 AND HUMAN RIGHTS CASE NO.27813-P OF 2017 AND C.M.A.NO.3020-L OF 2017

The court was informed that as per the order dated 6.1.2018, the inspection of the Lahore Medical and Dental College has been conducted by the Committee constituted for this purpose and the reports have been submitted, one by Ms. Ayesha Hamid, the Commission of the Court, whereas others by the members of the Committee. Copies of these reports were ordered to be handed over to Mr. Munawar-us-Salam, learned counsel appearing for PAMI and Lahore Medical and Dental College for their response to be filed by 22.1.2018. The reports along with the replies were sent to Ad-hoc Committee of PM and DC for their opinion.

Moreover vide order dated 6.1.2018, the court had directed all the private medical colleges in Pakistan, particularly in Punjab, to provide a list of all those candidates who had applied, finalized and finally been admitted to their respective colleges along with the merit list. Pursuant to the said order, PAMI submitted reports on behalf of Rawal Institute of Health Sciences, Islamabad, HBS Medical and Dental College, Islamabad and Islamabad Medical and Dental College, Islamabad. The remaining medical colleges have been directed to do the needful positively within a period of one week.

C.M.A.No.1-L/2018:

It is directed by Court that a copy of this application be provided to Mr. Ashfaq Bhullar, learned counsel for PAMI so that he can obtain and file comments on behalf of Multan Medical and Dental College, Multan and Bakhtawar Amin Medical and Dental College, Multan.

C.M.A.No.26-L/2018:

Mr. Munawar-us-Salam, learned ASC filed reply to the report submitted by LDA. According to him the matter of regularization/conversion of the building is under consideration by the LDA. The court directed that the same be done in accordance with law.

C.M.A.No.24-L/2018:

With regard to the issue of illegal Marriage Halls/Marquees, the court was informed by the learned counsel for LDA that the notices have been issued to all the Marriage Halls/Marquees highlighting the violations. Mr. Aitezaz Ahsan, learned Sr. ASC appeared before the Court and submitted that the LDA rules provide that the minimum area for a marriage hall must not be less than 4 kanals and for marquees must not be less than 8 kanals which is highly unreasonable because there are certain areas in Lahore where due to heavy urbanization no space is available as such it is not possible to acquire 4 kanals of land for the purpose of a Marriage Hall. The court directed the Director General, LDA to consider this aspect of the matter and adjourned the case for tomorrow 21.1.2018 (Sunday).

CIVIL MISC. APPLICATION NO.1864 OF 2010 IN CONSTITUTION PETITION NO.9 OF 2005 AND CONSTITUTION PETITION NO.134 OF AND CIVIL MISC. APPLICATIONS NO.5325 OF 2013, 1939 OF 2014 AND 5959 OF 2016

M/s Hamid Khan, Anwar Kamal, Ahsan Bhoon and Azam Nazir Tarar, learned counsel pointed out certain irregularities in the legal education system which include non-availability of infrastructure, fake faculty, attendance of students, admission of students having 3rd division as well as failure of the Universities to supervise the affiliated law colleges. It was further informed that the committees are required to be constituted in other provinces on the lines it has been constituted in the province of Punjab. They were directed to provide a list of nominees to be included in the committees.

Furthermore, Vice Chancellor, Punjab University submitted that there are 35 law colleges affiliated with the university. According to him the requirements for affiliation include availability of library, computer lab with at least 50 computers not more than five years old, campus having at least 2000 sq. yards of area with minimum of three classrooms with capacity of 100 students and at least moot-room. Surprise visit of the affiliated colleges has been made once a year.

However, it was highlighted by Mr. Anwar Kamal, learned Sr. ASC that there is only one Inspection Committee of the University for inspecting all the affiliated colleges in all disciplines which is insufficient to have proper inspection. In view of the above, the court directed that all the Universities in Pakistan which are entitled to grant affiliation to any Law College are prohibited to do so from today i.e. 20.1.2018.

The court also directed that all the Vice Chancellors of the respective Universities, present in Court, to submit the particulars and details of the faculty of the respective colleges affiliated with them, to provide the particulars in writing whether the requirements of affiliation as mandated by Pakistan Bar Council are fulfilled or not, and the teaching staff remains available all the times with the Universities or not. The Court observed that the information must be supported by affidavits on oath to be submitted by the Vice Chancellors, who were cautioned that in case the affidavits were found to be either false or deficient in any manner, strict action shall be taken against them as mandated in the law.

They (Vice Chancellors of the respective Universities) must also provide the information as to how many colleges affiliated with the Universities are permanent or on provisional basis. This must be done within a period of 10 days from today .The affidavits and particulars/information submitted by the Vice Chancellors shall be bounded in the shape of paper-book and a copy whereof shall be provided to Mr. Hamid Khan, learned Sr. ASC for making his recommendations after considering the same. The case was adjourned for tomorrow 21.1.2018 (Sunday).

CIVIL PETITION NO.2374-L OF 2016, C.M.As.NO.3580-L and 2702-L OF 2016, 554-L and 961-L OF 2017 AND 30-L OF 2018, SUO MOTU CASE NO.4 OF 2017 AND HUMAN RIGHTS CASES NO.4412 AND 11066-G OF 2017 AND C.M.A.NO.3-L OF 2018

Water: Mr. Noor-ul-Amin Mengal, D.G., PFA appeared and stated that about 150 samples were taken from different companies of bottled water and sent to PSCIR and about 24 reports have been received , mostly showing that the water is not fit for human consumption. As such the concerned filtration plants have been sealed. The court directed, let a complete report be filed.

Sewerage Waste: Chief Secretary, Punjab admitted that most of the sewerage water of Lahore is flowing into Ravi River without any treatment. However, six treatment plants shall be installed at various places and working in this regard is going on.

Hospital Waste: Ms. Ayesha Hamid, learned ASC submitted that there are some discrepancies in the report submitted by Secretary, EPA with regard to the incinerators installed in the public sector hospitals for disposal of hospital waste. Secretary Health, Punjab submitted that the process of installation of state of art multifunctional incinerator plant is under way which shall be completed in future. Secretary EPA was directed to submit fresh report in this regard.

Air pollution: Secretary EPA was directed to measure the level of pollution at six different locations of Lahore city and submit a report in this regard.

The bench headed by Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Justice Mian Saqib Nisar will also hear Zainab Murder Case tomorrow 21.1.2018 (Sunday) along with other cases.

For more information, contact:
Public Relations Officer
Supreme Court of Pakistan
Tel: +92 51 9204184, 9220581
Fax: +9251 9213452
Email: mail@supremecourt.gov.pk

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