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Gen (retd) Bajwa wanted ‘clear-cut’ neutrality, claims SAPM Malik Ahmed Khan



  • Malik claims Bajwa believed Khan failed to perform despite support. 
  • Says he has proof of how Khan was saved from disqualification because of Bajwa. 
  • He adds Bajwa felt Khan did bad to country. 

ISLAMABAD: Former army chief Gen (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa wanted “clear-cut neutrality” because he believed Imran Khan and his team failed to perform despite complete support, claimed Special Assistance to Prime Minister (SAPM) Malik Ahmad Khan, The News reported. 

Speaking during the Geo News programme “Jirga“, the special assistant said that he has proof of how Khan was saved from disqualification because of Gen (retd) Bajwa, adding that Khan’s former aide Jahangir Tareen became a target due to that. 

Malik further said that the former army chief had felt that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief did bad to the country. 

He said that the money trail was not provided in the Bani Gala case, rather details of Niazi Services and Jemima Khan’s gift were submitted. 

He said that former chief justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar changed the 70-year-old jurisdiction [of the apex court], adding it’s Nisar’s own verdict in the Rana Aftab case that penalty would be imposed only after recording witness, but then the penalty was given by him while he sat in the Supreme Court.

“The Supreme Court has rewritten the constitution. I also object to [verdict] in the case of Punjab assembly members.” 

The SAPM questioned the ex-CJP about what former Punjab chief minister Usman Buzdar did for Lahore.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader said that there is a need for grand dialogue and reconciliation. Speaking about Punjab Chief Minister Parvez Elahi, Malik said that the CM has lost confidence and he does not have a majority by his side. 

Bani Gala issue

Last month, Malik also claimed that the former COAS had influenced Nisar to favour the PTI chief in the Bani Gala house case.

However, the former CJP termed the claim rubbish and completely baseless. He stated that the former army chief never influenced his decisions directly or indirectly.

Saqib said that the entire Bani Gala was built illegally, and the case was about regularising all the properties on the premises.

PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry also rejected the SAPM’s claim, saying the COAS controlling the CJP was a serious allegation. He demanded that the Supreme Court registrar take notice of the claims.

On regularising Imran Khan’s Bani Gala residence, he said the PTI chairman built his home in the area when there were no rules regulating such constructions. He explained that the apex court in the case had directed the CDA to make rules to regulate construction in the Bani Gala area.

A source close to the retired COAS said that Gen (retd) Bajwa never contacted Nisar or the judiciary in this case. However, he alleged that a key intelligence officer saved Khan from disqualification.

NRO to Imran Khan

Malik also made claims that Gen (retd) Bajwa had given an NRO to Khan. When asked about the nature of the alleged NRO, he said that the former premier should come forward and say under oath that he had not been given the NRO in the Bani Gala residence case when it was being heard by the court of the then Justice (retd) Saqib Nisar.

Malik claimed to have all the evidence on how and when it happened, the people involved, and who sent messages to whom. To a question, Malik said: “I stand by it [my statement] and I have complete evidence [to back it up.” He added that Jahangir Tareen was the collateral victim of this case.

It is relevant to mention that Malik was among those PML-N leaders who have been close to the retired army chief. 


Three education board chairmen, several officers sacked in Sindh




KARACHI: Sindh caretaker Chief Minister Justice (retd) Maqbool Baqir Thursday approved the removal of three chairmen of education boards and ordered the sacking of several officers, Geo News reported, citing notifications from the CM House.

The interim chief executive removed the chairpersons of the Board of Intermediate Karachi, Sindh Technical Board, and Larkana boards. He also ordered the sacking of secretaries and controller examinations of BIEK, Nawabshah, Mirpurkhas, Sukkur, and Larkana boards.

Moreover, Larkana, Sukkur, Nawabshah, and Board of Secondary Education Karachi’s audit officers were also removed from their posts.

The Sindh government has also sought permission from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to appoint new personnel to the now-vacant positions — as interim rulers need the body’s approval for hiring people.

In the letter addressed to the commission, the government has also said that in several education boards across the province, top posts are being operated on “stop-gap” arrangements and in order for these departments to function better, permanent appointments need to be made.

According to the notifications available with Geo News, Justice (retd) Baqir has removed BIEK Chairman Dr Prof Naseem Memon and appointed him as the Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education Larkana’s (BISEL) chairman — where he will serve till June 30, 2024.

Zaheeruddin Bhutto, interim controller of examination of BIEK, was removed from his post effective immediately, while BIEK Secretary Kashif Siddiqui was also sacked — and he will return to his previous position.

Zahid Lakho, the audit officer of BIEK, was also stripped of his additional charge of the board’s secretary.

BISEL Chairman Sikandar Ali Miraj has also been removed with immediate effect, and he will be returning to his original post of Inspector of Instruction.

BISEL Controller Examination Nadeem Soomro has been removed from his position and directed to report to the Human Settlement and Social Housing Department.

On the instructions of the caretaker CM, Syed Aqash Shah was relieved of the charge of BISEL’s acting secretary.

Hyderabad board’s secretary Shaukat Khanzada was also removed from his post and directed to report to the college education department. Zahiruddin Sheikh, the audit officer of the Hyderabad board, has been sacked and asked to report to the board’s head office.

Ghulam Mustafa was removed from the post of BISEL’s audit officer and directed to report to the post of deputy controller.

Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Sukkur (BISES) Secretary Mohammad Salman has been removed and asked to report to the deputy secretary’s office. BISES Controller Examination Dr Abdul Fateh Mehr has been removed and asked to report to the secretary’s office.

The caretaker chief minister has also removed Ghulam Qadir Dharijo, the audit officer of BISES, and directed him to report to the chairman’s office.

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Punjab to shut down school, colleges in Punjab’s smog-hit areas on Friday, Saturday




  • Lahore, Gujranwala among cities hit by smog.
  • Markets and restaurants to open for work at 3pm on Fri and Sat.
  • Govt offices to remain open on Fri; will start work at 3pm on Sat.

LAHORE: All schools, colleges and universities will remain closed on Friday and Saturday, as Punjab on Thursday notified measures to curb smog across the province as it impacts the daily life of citizens.

Punjab Caretaker Chief Minister Syed Mohsin Naqvi, who chaired a high-level meeting of the Punjab Cabinet Anti-Smog Committee today, announced the provincial government’s decision during a presser in Lahore.

The smog-hit cities include Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Multan, Sahiwal, Sargodha, Kasur, Sheikupura, Hafizabad, Narowal, Nankana Sahib and Sialkot.

Markets and restaurants, he added, will open for work at 3pm on Friday and Saturday, while all kinds of businesses will have to be closed on Sunday. 

“Markets can remain open till night. We don’t want anyone to suffer loss, but they will have to adjust according to the situation.”

CM Punjab said offices will remain operational on Friday but will open for work at 3pm on Saturday. These measures, the chief minister added, are being taken as Air Quality Index (AQI) levels are higher in the morning and decrease with time.

The government will also install towers to clear smog in Lahore for which, CM Punjab said, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed.

He added that the government will also provide electric bikes to 10,000 students on subsidy to curb the use of regular motorcycles which cause air pollution for which a committee has been formed to finalise suggestions. Meanwhile, government employees will also be provided e-bikes on lease.

CM Punjab said the government is considering measures for artificial rain if clouds approach Lahore on November 29. 

However, that will only happen if a “specific kind of cloud” moves towards the city. The government has also decided to double the amount of water being sprinkled on the streets.

The chief minister said the main Mall Road on Sunday will only be open for bicycle users from morning till 5pm. Some of the measures, CM Naqvi said, have been taken symbolically, some are long-term, while others have been taken to break the peak of pollution in the city and province.

He also urged people to wear masks to protect their health.

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Govt set to remove Islamabad IG, DC on ECP orders




  • Govt says there’ll be no delay in expediting matter.
  • ECP directed govt to remove  IG, DC from posts.
  • Khan was appointed as IG Islamabad by PDM govt.

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has decided to remove Islamabad Inspector General Police (IGP) Dr Akbar Nasir Khan and Deputy Commissioner Irfan Nawaz Memon from their posts following orders from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), The News reported on Wednesday.

The government also maintained that there would be no further delay in the matter. Dr Khan is a grade 20 officer, while Memon is serving at grade 19 in the Pakistan Administrative Service.

The government had earlier not promptly implemented the orders, despite the ECP’s directive on October 26, conveyed to the Secretary Establishment Division, urging the removal of both officials.

In a letter sent by the Election Commission to the Establishment Division, it was directed to remove the IG and the deputy commissioner from their posts, but the instructions were not implemented by the federal government.

But now there has been progress in this regard and the Ministry of Interior has written a letter to the Establishment Division to change them.

Dr Akbar Nasir Khan was appointed as the police chief of the capital city by the Shehbaz Sharif government on May 21, 2022. He was serving in the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) then.

In October last year, the IG Islamabad was embroiled in a graft issue after the Anti-Corruption Establishment Punjab registered a case against him.

ACE Punjab summoned him multiple times, seeking a reply on corruption charges, accusing him of tampering with documents to award contracts and causing Rs30.5 million loss to the government. However, the IG Islamabad did not respond to the notices.

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