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In a first, Islamabad courts to mark attendance of prisoners online

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  • Decision has been taken in view of the current price hike of petroleum products.
  • Court directs authorities to utilise best available sources such as internet and laptops.
  • “As and when challan/report is received, the accused may be summoned for production before the court,” order reads.

ISLAMABAD: After an unprecedented hike of Rs60 per litre in fuel prices in nearly a week, Islamabad District and Session court, for the first time in its history, on Saturday directed all authorities concerned to make arrangements for marking attendance of prisoners online.

According to a statement issued in this regard, District and Sessions Judge-East Islamabad, Muhammad Atta Rabbani, said: “Keeping in view the current price hike of petroleum products and in order to save the government exchequer, all Judicial Magistrates working in East-Division, are directed to arrange marking of attendance through online video link/Skype in respect of under-trial prisoners, whose challans/reports U/S 173 Cr P.C are yet to be submitted and their physical attendance is not required for any substantial proceedings in the cases.”

“They are further directed to utilise best available sources such as internet and laptops already provided to them for the purpose,” the letter read.

However, the order mentioned that as and when the challan/report is received, the accused may be summoned for production before the court.

The decision has been taken to save fuel used in vehicles utilised for the commutation of prisoners, the letter stated. 

S.noName of CourtPolice stationTime of connecting of video link in court Jail’s I.D
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1.Muhammad Aamir Aziz Khan, 
SCJ-I/Judicial Magistrate-East
Shahzad Town11 – 11:20amCentral Prison Rawalpindi
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2.Qudratullah,
SCJ/Judicial Magistrate-East
Bani Gala11:20 – 11:40amCentral Prison Rawalpindi
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3.Mubasher Hassan,
Judicial Magistrate-East
Sihala and Lohi Bhair 11:40am – 12pmCentral Prison Rawalpindi 
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4.Malik Muhammad Imran,
Judicial Magistarte-East
Koral and Nilore12 – 12:40pmCentral Prison Rawalpindi
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5.Adnan Rasheed,
Judicial Magistarte-East
Bhara Kahu, and Khanna12:40 – 1pmCentral Prison Rawalpindi
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PMD: Isolated rain is expected, although humid weather is expected to persist.

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The majority of the country is predicted to have hot, muggy weather during the next 24 hours, according to the Pakistan Meteorological Department’s (PMD) prediction.

Nonetheless, isolated locations in Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir, Potohar Region, Islamabad, Punjab, southeastern/upper Sindh, and northeastern Balochistan are likely to see rain, windstorms, or thundershowers.

The upper and central regions of the country are being affected by monsoon currents originating in the Arabian Sea, as per the synoptic scenario. A westerly wave is presently over the upper regions and is expected to impact the central and upper regions starting tonight.

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With a high of 47 degrees Celsius over the past 24 hours, Sibbi has continued to be the warmest location in the nation.

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In four months, FBR found Rs 800 billion in fraudulent tax refunds.

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Over the last four months, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has discovered a Rs800 billion tax refund scam.

The Inland Revenue and Customs reforms were considered at a review meeting that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif convened. During this time, the board allegedly discovered the Rs800 billion tax refund fraud.

According to the conference, there are 83,579 outstanding tax cases totaling Rs3.2 trillion, of which about 63 cases, or Rs44 billion, have been settled as a consequence of various government measures.

In an effort to speed up the resolution of tax issues, the prime minister also ordered the creation of 100 tribunals.

The gathering also featured the identification of around five million new taxpayers, of whom fifteen thousand retailers have enrolled since April 1, 2024.

View more:More than 46,000 traders have signed up for the Tajir Dost Scheme: FBR.

The prime minister has instructed the tax authorities to promptly include the five billion tax evaders in the tax system and has placed a strong emphasis on working with merchants to improve system efficiency.

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LHC requests a federal government response to the increase in fuel costs.

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Regarding the increase in the cost of gasoline and diesel, the Lahore High Court (LHC) has asked the federal government for a statement.

Hearing the application from the Judicial Activism Panel was Justice Shahid Karim of LHC.

During the case hearing, arguments were made by petitioner Azhar Sidddique.

The petitioner’s attorney claimed that the general public was no longer able to obtain gasoline or power. Inflation has been made worse by the increase in gas costs, he continued.

According to the applicant, there was no justification provided by the government for raising the price of petroleum.

The rise in petroleum products was carried out at prices that were in line with the world market, according to the Assistant Advocate General.

The federal government’s approach for fixing gasoline prices was questioned by the court, which also ordered clarification of the process.

The federal government’s response to the court’s request to postpone the case hearing on the rise in petroleum prices was obtained.

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