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March 15, 2019

Ali Zafar files plea for early disposal of case


March 15, 2019

LAHORE: Noted singer Ali Zafar on Thursday filed an application before an additional district and sessions court, seeking early disposal of his defamation suit against singer Meesha Shafi.

Ali Zafar filed applications through his counsel Rana Intizar to decide his case against Meesha Shafi in one month. The counsel pleaded that Meesha and her lawyers should not be given more adjournments to waste court’s precious time. He requested the court to decide the case within the next 30 days as it had already been almost a year since the inception of the case. The court after hearing the arguments of Ali’s counsel adjourned the hearing by March 19.

Remand extended: An accountability court on Thursday extended for 14-day the judicial remand of former vice-president of Foreign Exchange Department of National Bank of Pakistan, Usman Saeed, an accused arrested by the NAB on charges of embezzling billions of rupees.

According to the NAB, the bureau was digging into the embezzlements worth billions of rupees allegedly being committed in Foreign Exchange Department of NBP, Lahore Branch. During the course of investigations, the involvement of accused Usman Saeed was unearthed in which different private mega business groups were also known to be involved in the business of evading the letter of credit (LC) amounts.

Moreover, NAB officials conducted a raid on the said branch and confiscated all the required record and the record showed involvement of 13 mega business groups and NBP officials to cause a loss to the tune of two to three billion rupees to the national kitty.

Meanwhile, an accountability court on Thursday extended for 14 days the judicial remand of three accused, including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hafiz Muhammad Nauman, in Lahore Parking Company case.

Accused Hafiz Nauman, Usman Qayyum and Taseer Ahmad were presented before the court on expiry of their judicial remand. During the hearing, the accused were handed over the copies of the reference in the case. The court ordered the officials to present them before the court again on March 28. The accused are likely to be indicted on the next hearing.

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