The News – Toshakhana case: NAB court summons Nawaz, Zardari, Gilani

Obaid Abrar Khan

Islamabad – Pakistan, 16 May 2020. The accountability court, Islamabad on Friday summoned former president Asif Zardari, former prime ministers Nawaz Sharif and Yusuf Raza Gilani and on 29 May in the Toshakhana case.

During the hearing, NAB prosecutor said that Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif got cars from Yusuf Raza Gilani through illegal way.

He told the court that Zardari had paid only 15 percent of the total cost of the cars through fake accounts. He also received cars as a gift from Libya and the UAE as president and used them himself instead of depositing them in the treasury.

He further told that Abdul Ghani Majeed paid for the vehicles through fake accounts whereas Anwar Majeed made more than Rs 20 million illegal transactions using Ansari Sugar Mills accounts.

NAB prosecutor said that Nawaz Sharif was not holding any public office in 2008 but was given a vehicle without any justification. According to National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the former leaders have been charged with corruption under sub-sections 2, 4, 7 and 12 of Section 9 (A) of the NAB Ordinance.

According to Toshakhana (gift depository) gift from any country to head of the state remain the property of the government unless sold at an open auction.

Rules allow officials to retain gifts with a market value of less than Rs 10,000 without paying anything. NAB court has summoned accused to appear before the court and adjourned the hearing till 29 May. – More victim families start turning up against Sumedh Saini

Sikh24 Editors

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 15 May 2020. After the indictment of Ex-DGP Sumedh Saini in Balwant Singh Multani’s enforced disappearance case, the families of other Sikhs eliminated by Saini have also started turning up to lodge criminal complaints against him.

Another such case pertaining to the abduction and elimination of a Mohali resident father and son has surfaced against Sumedh Saini. A daughter of this family has come forward to depose against Sumedh Saini as an eyewitness.

Similarly, Panthak Vichar Manch’s president Baljit Singh Khalsa is also ready to depose against Sumedh Saini in Court.

However, Professor Devender Pal Singh Bhullar’s family has not come forward to lodge complaint against Sumedh Saini about the enforced disappearance of Bhullar’s father and uncle.

More victim families start turning up against Sumedh Saini

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Hindustan Times – Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee prepares meals for people in quarantine centres in Kashmir

After the gurdwara committee received complaints about poor quality food being served at quarantine centres in the district, they decided to do something about it.

Idrees Bukhtiyar

Srinagar – Jammu & Kashmir – India, 15 May 2020. Amid the Covid-19 nationwide lockdown, the Sikh community in Kashmir have started serving langar to people admitted in the quarantine centres.

Strict food hygiene practices such as maintaining social distancing and using face masks and gloves were observed while the food was prepared.

“We have started serving meals to the Muslim community at various quarantine centres in different districts of the Valley,” said Navtej Singh, secretary of Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (GPC) Srinagar.

He said that to date, they have provided meals to around 250 people in Srinagar district on Friday. “We will continue serving food to people in the coming time as well,” he said.

After the gurdwara committee received complaints about poor quality food being served at quarantine centres in the district, they decided to do something about it. “There were many people in such centres who were not getting food on time, so we decided to provide food packets to them,” said Balbir Singh, secretary of GPC in Budgam.

“A team visits the quarantine centres twice a day to deliver the food packets. They are happy with our service,” said Salinder Singh, president GPC Chatrogam, Tral.

The food is also being served at quarantine centres in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district and more than 300 people have been covered under the initiative so far.

Pardeep Singh Dardi, a social activist said that Sikhs have always been the front runners in the troubled times across the world. “The community has provided personal protective equipment (PPE) kits, sanitisers, masks, medicines, dry ration and other essential items to the needy people in the valley so far,” he said.

“We have been following government guidelines to carry out the relief work. We don’t want anyone to suffer,” said Balwinder Singh, chairman of Sikh Welfare Trust, Kashmir.

A student who has been quarantined at a hotel in the city’s Lal Chowk area said, “We have always received a heart-warming response from the community.”

The Print – Government preventing Indian media from criticising it, reporting on pandemic: IPI

The ‘International Press Institute’, in a statement issued Friday, cited several instances of cases filed against journalists, said there is a blatant attempt to stifle press freedom in India.

Fatima Khan

New Delhi – India, 16 May 2020. The Modi government has “resorted to various tactics” to prevent independent media from criticising it and reporting about the coronavirus pandemic, the International Press Institute (IPI) has said in a statement released Friday.

The statement cites multiple cases of police registering cases against journalists in the last few weeks for their news reports. The IPI is a global network of editors, media executives and journalists for press freedom.

The group, in its statement, has taken cognisance of journalist Dhaval Patel being charged with sedition for writing an article about Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani being possibly replaced by the BJP high command, due to criticism over increasing number of corona-virus cases in the state.

Patel published this news report in ‘Face of Nation’, a Gujarat-based news portal he is the editor of.

The statement also takes note of a reporter from The Indian Express, Mahender Singh Manral, being summoned by the Delhi police on 10 May for a report stating that police investigations found the possibility of the audio clip of Tablighi Jamaat leader Maulana Saad being doctored.

The IPI has expressed “grave concern over the misuse of the law by authorities in India to intimidate journalists and curtail press freedom”.

‘Government has no tolerance’

The IPI also quotes the statement issued by the Editors Guild of India against these charges being slapped on journalists.

“The Editors Guild of India condemned the police actions and urged the governments to stop using legal tools to harass the press. It described the case against Patel as a misuse of the Indian Penal Code and special laws relating to disaster management,” the IPI said.

The Editors Guild, in its statement issued Wednesday, had said that there is “a growing pattern of misuse of criminal laws to intimidate journalists” in different parts of the country, which is “deeply disturbing”.

The statement also cites a Newslaundry report stating that the Himachal Pradesh police registered 10 FIRs against six journalists for reporting on “government failures” during the lockdown.

“The rapid decline in India’s press freedom is alarming”, IPI Director of Advocacy Ravi R Prasad has said in the statement.

“A democracy like India can only thrive if media pluralism is allowed to flourish, but the government appears to have no tolerance for criticism and fears objective, independent journalism.”

The statement criticises a petition filed by the Modi government on 31 March urging the Supreme court to bar the media from publishing Covid-19 related news that hasn’t been confirmed by the government, a petition turned down by the court.

“In a blatant attempt to stifle press freedom, on 31 March the government unsuccessfully petitioned the country’s Supreme Court to bar the media from publishing information about COVID-19 that had not been cleared by the government. The court refused to intervene but directed the media to “refer to and publish” the official version of the developments,” the statement said.

Govt preventing Indian media from criticising it, reporting on pandemic: IPI