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COIED is a burden on exchequer, must justify its existence: IHC

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The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has said the Commission on Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances (COIED) had not been able to effectively achieve its object of bringing an end to the impunity against ‘enforced disappearances’ despite a decade of its existence.

NADRA holds no legal authority to cancel, suspend CNICs: IHC rules

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May 24th, 2021; By Ahmed Saeed; LAHORE; In a landmark verdict, IHC CJ Athar Minallah ruled NADRA has no authority to block/cancel CNICs of citizens & render them stateless. The court said that citizenship can only be revoked under the Citizenship Act, & that too after completing all legal procedures

IHC issues contempt notices to 17 lawyers as Bar Council gives strike call

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February 9th, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; The Islamabad High Court on Tuesday issued contempt notices to 17 lawyers for their role in Monday’s ransacking of the high court premises as the Islamabad Bar Council called for a strike on Wednesday, rallying behind accused lawyers.

Kiln workers not bound to repay vicious debt: Athar Minallah

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February 3rd, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; Observing that the State has presently failed to abolish bonded labour, Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court Athar Minallah has remarked the labourers of brick kilns were not bound to repay vicious debt (peshgi) taken as advance payment of work. The court was hearing a case related to juvenile bonded labourers on Tuesday (February 2) in Islamabad. Chief Justice Athar Minallah said loaning of vicious debt was an illegal act according to a Supreme Court judgment. The court ordered the Islamabad district administration to launch an awareness campaign for the labourers at brick kilns informing them that they were free to switch jobs and were not bound to work against their will.

IHC reprimands FIA over misuse of cyber crime law

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October 15th, 2020; Bureau Report; LAHORE; Islamabad High Court (IHC) has reprimanded the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) over misuse of powers under the cybercrime law during the hearing of a journalist’s petition against the raid on his house.

Rise in missing persons’ cases alarming: IHC

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September 15th, 2020; Bureau Report; LAHORE; The Islamabad High Court has termed the rise in the number of missing persons as alarming saying police were investigating 50 such cases in the federal capital alone.

IHC dismisses petitions against halting of mandir construction

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Jul 08, 2020: After a suspenseful silence, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) has finally dismissed the petitions filed against the construction of the Shri Krishna Temple, and has directed the Islamabad ...
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Hindu community stands firm in face of fatwa and petition against temple

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Jul 2, 2020: Just a few days after the groundbreaking ceremony of the capital’s first Hindu temple being constructed, a fatwa was issued by Jamia Ashrafia declaring the act ‘un-Islamic and illegal’. The fatwa came from Mufti Ziauddin of Jamia ...
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IHC Gives Landmark Judgement In Favour Of Animals

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Recognizing the rights of animals, Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Athar Minallah on Thursday, May 21, ordered the prompt relocation of the wildlife held in captivity at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad to sanctuaries within or ...
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Rights Watch | 6th May 2020

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CPJ Urges Release Of Journalists: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) urged in a letter penned to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to secure the release of 250 journalists imprisoned in 33 countries across ...