NGOs’ registration in the charity Punjab act 2018 left
Lahore:the Lahore High court on Monday restrained the Punjab government from taking coercive measures against civil society and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from the point of view of their registration in the charity Punjab act 2018.
Justice Shahid Kareem passed the order on a joint motion filed more than a dozen organisatins civil society and NGOs, including the Commission on human rights of Pakistan, Aurat Foundation, South partnership-Pakistan Asia, ASMA Jahangir, legal aid and women’s rights Association.
Representing the applicants lawyer Hina-si stated before the court that the Assembly of the Punjab on 28 February 2018, passed a law, the charities Act Punjab 2018. According to her, the government or MPs do not consult with civil society organizations and organizations before the entry into force of the legislation. She noted that article 12 of the law makes it mandatory for all charities to get them registered with the “Commission of charities” established in accordance with the law. She said that the Department of the interior published an advertisement in several Newspapers on different dates in July 2020 to give not later than August 15 online registration for all charities with the Commission. Later, the lawyer said the Department has sent the instruction to the district administrations to make the registration process and some NGOs have received letters from bodies of social protection of the population. She claimed that registration “charity” was set arbitrarily and the requirement of notice in accordance with section 12 of the impugned law was not implemented. Thus, the MS-si said that the registration process was officially initiated and the time limit on 15 August hinted through an ad in the newspaper was without legal basis and no legal consequences. She said that assigning time for emergency medical care for COVID-19 pandemic, when most of the NGO offices were closed or only partially working, not justified by any standards of reasonableness. As immediate assistance, the lawyer asked the court to restrain the respondents from complying with the deadline for re-registration process and also suspend the challenged act, which she called a draconian law. After hearing the arguments, judge Shahid Karim restrained the government from taking coercive action against the applicants/organizations and sought replies from the respondents of the next date of hearing shall be installed in the office.
PSM: an accountability court on Monday adjourned the hearing of the help of cast iron against the officials of Pakistan Railways and Pakistan steel mills on August 10. The court extended the judicial remand of the accused, Jwad Ahmad, on the same date in the same case. Reference was pending in the court for the last five years.
In 2015, the National accountability Bureau (NAB) filed a reference of corruption against former officials of the Pakistan Railways and others allegedly involved in the RS of 48.2 million Scam, also known as ‘iron Scam’.
According to NAB, the reference was filed against Khattak Zahoor, Pakistan Railways former General Manager (sales), Saeed Akhtar, the former Director-General (operations), Sameeullah Khan, former chief controller (stores), Behzad Mahmood, former chief mechanical engineer (Loco), Yavar Abbas, a former financial Advisor and chief accounts officer, Tariq Maqsood, a former financial Advisor and chief accounts officer, with Amin-UD-DIN, a former Deputy Manager accounts Pakistan steel mills, zonal office, Lahore Suhail Sana Qazi, former Deputy chief engineer-head of PSM Jawad Ahmed, Manager of m/s Pak metal traders, Lahore, and Zeeshan Ahmed, the contractor/entrepreneur Pak metal traders, for abuse of authority, violation of public procurement rules 2004 and award a contract without advertising. Railways officials allegedly in collusion with the contractor contracted to PAK metal traders for the purchase of 500 tons of cast iron, which led to the loss of millions of rupees to the national Treasury. Pledge: the anti-corruption court on Monday extended the interim bail of one engineer Imtiaz Akbar Bhatti and representatives of the Department of irrigation to 20 Aug accused of stealing millions under the head purchase of diesel fuel. The judge Sohaib Ahmed Rumi also sent to the investigator anti-corruption establishment (ACE) to submit the investigation report to the next meeting. As in the case details, the ACE had registered a case against Imtiaz Bhatti and others on charges of embezzlement of millions through bogus purchases of diesel fuel.