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LAHORE: Justice Khalid Mahmood Khan of the Lahore High Court (LHC) has issued notices to Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and the federal government on a petition seeking legal action against Altaf Hussain for allegedly speaking against the ideology of Pakistan in his speech on May 12.

Although the petitioner had not made the PTA a respondent in the petition, the judge advised him to do so as it was also responsible for providing the opportunity of live speech in Pakistan from abroad.

Along with including PTA in the petition, the petitioner also filed a civil miscellaneous application for interim stay on Hussain’s speeches.

The application would be taken up on the next date of hearing which would be decided by the registrar’s office of the LHC within two weeks.

Advocate Fayyaz Ahmed Mehr had filed a petition on Wednesday, stating that Altaf Hussain is a foreigner claiming to be the chief of MQM and his demands are against the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and also against the ideology of the country.

On May 12, during Altaf Hussain’s address to his party workers, he had threatened the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), establishment, media, workers of the political parties and politicians and also demanded that Karachi be detached from Pakistan, said the advocate in his petition.

The petitioner termed it a “conspiracy” and a move to destabilise and create unrest in the country.

He said according to the Political Party Order 2002, only an individual belonging to Pakistan or association of citizens of Pakistan can form, organise, continue or set up a political party in the country.

The petitioner stated Altaf Hussain is not a citizen of Pakistan and cannot claim to be the chief of a political party.

He added that the MQM Chief’s speech was anti-state and amounts to treason, therefore he [Altaf] should be brought back to Pakistan and be punished in accordance with the law. He also said that those working for Altaf should also be punished in accordance with the law.

He had also urged to stop all media outlets from giving coverage to the speeches of Hussain.


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NEW DELHI: India on Friday denied that an Indian man freed after serving three decades in a Pakistani jail on espionage charges was a spy working for New Delhi.

The denial came even though the released prisoner, Surjeet Singh, 69, had told Indian media on Thursday that he was spying for India when he was arrested by Pakistani authorities in the 1980s.

Singh, who was sentenced to death after being convicted by a Pakistani court on spying charges, returned to India on Thursday after being freed.

“We do not accept this (that Singh was a spy). It is completely wrong,” Indian Home Secretary R.K. Singh told a news conference in New Delhi.

“We deny it (because) we do not do this kind of thing,” he said in response to reporters’ questions about whether the freed man worked for government agencies.

“Neither do we do spying, nor we send spies,” the home secretary added.

The two Singhs are not related.

Surjeet Singh had told Indian reporters after returning home that he had gone to Pakistan for “spying” and named the Research and Analysis Wing, India’s espionage agency, as his paymaster.

In April 2011, Gopal Das, one of Pakistan’s longest-serving Indian prisoners, was released after Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari intervened in his case.

Upon his release, Das admitted he was an Indian spy and lashed out at the Indian authorities for abandoning him during his 23 years in jail.

Muslim-majority Pakistan and Hindu-majority India have fought three wars since the division of the subcontinent in 1947 and came to the brink of another conflict as recently as 2002.

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LAHORE: Indian prisoner Surjeet Singh was released Thursday from Kot Lakhpat jail after serving his lifeterm for 27 years, Geo News reported. He, along with 311 fishermen were handed over to Indian authorities at Wagha border.

In his brief talk after being released, Surjeet Singh said that he had a pleasant time while being jailed in Pakistan but he kept on missing his home and family.

Surjeet said that he will go to Golden Temple as soon as he will reach India to express his gratitude.

Upon his arrival in India, Surjeet admitted to being sent for spying in Pakistan.

He said Indian prisoners in Pakistan are treated well, adding that he met Sarbjit as well.

Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna on Thursday said it was time for Sarabjit to be set free.

“I welcome this decision (on Surjeet) and further renew our request to the president of Pakistan to release Sarabjit who has been in custody for well over two decades and is serving a death sentence,” Krishna said.

Surjeet Singh, son of Sucha Singh, was originally given death sentence that was commuted in 1989 by then president Ghulam Ishaq Khan on the advice of then premier Benazir Bhutto.

Surjeet Singh was held at Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore. He was captured near the border with India on charges of spying during the era of military ruler Zia-ul-Haq.

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has given President Asif Ali Zardari “one more chance” to comply with the court’s order, adding that the court will begin contempt proceedings if this was not done, Express News reported on Wednesday.

On May 12, last year, a full bench of the LHC had ruled that Asif Zardari could not continue as co-chairman of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) while sitting in the Presidency.

The bench had asked him to either step down as co-chairman of the PPP or stop using the presidency for politicking.

During the hearing of the dual offices case in the LHC, the court said that it was the president’s duty to implement the order of the full bench which he had violated earlier.

The court had earlier issued a notice to Zardari  for holding two offices in violation of its earlier order.

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Lahore: Nasreen Begam,  widow of Shauqat Jan who had been killed in a blast carried out by Indian secret agent Sarabgit Singh, said the release or pardoning of the agent would spark new wave of terrorism in Pakistan.

The widow had said this on June 11 last year. She had said the release of Sarabjit  would trigger nonstop terrorism in Pakistan.

A petition had also been been moved in the Lahore High Court, seeking orders against any move by the government to release or pardon the Indian agent.

The LHC sought an explanation from the government as to why it wanted to release the Indian agent.

The  government had told the court that it had no such plan.  President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday ordered release of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, converting his death sentence to life term.

Law Minister Farooq H. Naik has signed a summary for the release of the Indian prisoner .

The law minister forwarded the summary to the Interior Ministry with the instructions that the Indian prisoner be immediately released as he had completed his jail term.

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Court hopes President would disassociate itself from political activities.

LAHORE: The Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court on Friday issued a notice to President Zardari for simultaneously holding the offices of co-chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and that of the President, in violation of an earlier order of the full bench of the court

Justice Umar Ata Bandial issued the notice through the President’s principal secretary.

CJ also decided that a larger bench will hear the case from next hearing as a Constitutional and legal issue has been raised in the petition.

CJ also decided that a larger bench will hear the case from next hearing as a Constitutional and legal issue has been raised in the petition.

The petitioner’s counsel AK Dogar argued that the court should summon the President to explain his position, just as the Supreme Court called former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in contempt case.

At this, the CJ said the court had issued a notice to principal secretary and court will decide future course of action after the submission of reply by principal secretary. The CJ added that the court may summon the President if it so required.

Justice Bandial went on to say that the office of President is respectable and the LHC full bench had hoped that the President would disassociate himself from political activities, but this has not happened.

Prima facie contempt proceedings are initiated for not following courts’ orders.

The court will resume hearing by June 27.

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