Chief Justice of Punjabi Taliban Khawaja Muhammad Sharif of Lahore High Court blocks deportation of terror suspects to the USA

Chief Just of Lahore High Court Khawaja Muhammad Sharif, an ex-employee and loyalist of Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif of PML-N, and a secret member of Jamaat-e-Islami and Hizbut-Tahrir, has once again shown his true colours. Not unlike certain other pro-Jamaat-e-Islami and pro-Taliban judges in Pakistani Courts, this man is a supporter of Punjabi Taliban. He is a close associate of the former ISI-agent (asset) Khalid Khwaja.

LHC orders against detainees deportation
Updated at: 1315 PST, Monday, December 14, 2009

LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) issued order against any possible bid to deport the five Pakistan-origin US nationals detained in Pakistan, Geo News reported Monday.

These people were arrested from Sargodha on a tip-off and later shifted to Lahore for interrogations.

The LHC Chief Justice directed Interior Ministry and the concerned authorities to submit report in this connection on December 17.

The Chief Justice issued this order on the petition filed by Khalid Khawja Advocate, who opined in his plea that the five detainees have not been made to appear before any court in the country; while, it was legally binding to present them in court within 24 hours following their arrest.

The petitioner, fearing that these detainees would be handed to any other country, requested the court to take notice and order their trial here in country in accordance with the Pakistani law.

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) ordered on Monday that five Americans detained from Sargodha who officials said were seeking to join up with militant groups should not be deported. The Chief Justice LHC has also asked the Punjab government to submit a report by December 17.

The petitioner Khwaja Khalid’s lawyer told the court that five American nationals have been questioned by the FBI. He said that they don’t know their whereabouts. He told the court that they might be kept at the Police Traning School Chohang and it is possible they will be deported to America.

The petition by Khwaja Khalid stated that FBI wants to take the detained suspects to America. The suspects were arrested on December 9 and they are still kept in habeas corpus. The detainees are not presented in front of any magistrate yet.

The petitioner has pleaded the court that the suspects should be interrogated by Pakistani authorities rather than FBI. The court blocked any such attempt and stated, “they should not be handed over to the FBI or America or any other country until this petition is decided.” The court has also asked the government to submit a report on December 17. SAMAA

The five men in their 20s from the US state of Virginia were arrested in Sargodha, about 160 km west of Lahore, days after they travelled to Pakistan in a group.

One of the suspects left behind a videotape that appeared to be a farewell statement, accompanied by references to the conflict between the West and the Muslim world.

Pakistani investigators alleged that the five university students were planning to participate in jihad in Afghanistan, and were trying to contact militant outfits for basic training in Pakistan’s restive tribal region near the Afghan border.

Interior minister Rehman Malik hinted over the weekend that the country might extradite the five men to the US, if they were found not guilty of violating any Pakistani law.

The US nationals – of Pakistani, Egyptian, Yemeni and Eritrean origin – were questioned by officials of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US embassy in Islamabad.(DPA)

The man is a conspiracy theorist
“Road accident conspiracy against CJP”: Justice Sharif

LAHORE/MUZAFFARGARH: Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Khawaja Sharif has said a recent accident of escort cars in the convoy of Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was actually a conspiracy against him, a private TV channel reported on Monday.

Referring to the accident that occurred as the CJP was returning to Islamabad after celebrating Eidul Azha in Lahore, Justice Sharif added, “Perhaps it was a warning because the CJP is tightening the noose around powerful mafias.” He said problems facing the country could never be solved until the country’s leadership originated from the
middle class.

Urging the nation to unite against terrorism, the LHC CJ said those who commit suicide bombings could not be called Muslims, APP reported. He praised the armed forces for rendering sacrifices for the country. Justice Sharif said the judiciary would come up to the expectations of the people regarding swift dispensation of justice. He said under the new judicial policy, commissions consisting of young lawyers had been formed at each district.

On the issue of financial trouble being faced by bar associations in South Punjab, the LHC CJ announced setting up of a committee headed by Multan High Court Bar President Qamaruz Zaman Butt to prepare a detailed report in consultation with all the bars. daily times monitor/app

Lahore High Court: Subservient to the interests of Sharifs and Taliban?

LHC dismisses appeals against by-poll postponement

Thursday, 26 Nov, 2009

LAHORE: A division bench of the Lahore High Court dismissed on Wednesday three intra-court appeals against the postponement of by-elections in Punjab, upholding an earlier decision by a single-judge bench.

However, the bench comprising Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Ijazul Ahsan ruled that the provincial government had no constitutional right of hearing before the announcement of the election schedule. The court observed that the provincial government could only assist the election commission about the situation on ground and suggest when and under what arrangements an election might be held.

The provincial government, the bench added, had no right to block announcement of an election schedule by Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan and insist on its right of hearing.

The court ruled that the writ petition filed by the Punjab government before the single-judge bench was maintainable and the issuance of election schedule by the CEC was justifiable. However, material and views of the provincial government should have been considered by the CEC before announcing the new schedule.

The intra-court appeals were filed by Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmad and Advocates Mohammad Azhar Siddique and Manzoor Ali Gillani.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Rashid announced that he would move the Supreme Court against the decision. He told reporters that the decision was according to his expectations, adding: ‘I expect the same justice from the Supreme Court which it rendered to Nawaz Sharif (PML-N chief).’



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