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Pakistani journalist goes missing in Sweden

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KARACHI: A journalist Sajid Hussain, formerly associated with The News in Karachi, has been missing since March 2 in Uppsala city of Sweden and his whereabouts are unknown yet. Swedish Police have also been informed about Hussain’s disappearance and he was added on a missing person database on March 5. Stockholm Police’s spokes- person told […]

Leading businessmen demand release of Jang-Geo Editor-in-Chief

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ISLAMABAD: Leading businessmen and office-holders of different chambers of commerce have condemned the arrest of Editor-in-Chief of Jang and Geo Group Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman and demanded his immediate release. Former senior vice president of FPCCI, Secretary General United Business Group (SZ) and Chairman Baig Group Mirza Ikhtiar Baig said the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman has […]

PM Imran Khan says free media must for democracy

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Friday that independent media is necessary for democracy. He said that the independent media has a crucial role in democracy, as it worked as a watchdog and if he was sincere, he would take action against a minister, pointed out to be involved in corrupt practices. He said […]

How NAB chairman demolishes his own case against Mir Shakil!

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ISLAMABAD: On November 9, 2018, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had issued a press release conveying incumbent NAB Chairman Javed Iqbal’s direction for initiation of Bureau’s action against “frivolous complaints” received by the anti-graft body. The press release clearly read, “During the Inquiry process, accused and complainant are called for recording of their statements in […]

Industrialists, traders, economists slam Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman’s arrest

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KARACHI/ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: A cross-section of country’s top industrialists, traders and economists have expressed their serious concerns over the arrest of Jang-Geo Group’s Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman and demanded his quick release. Talking to the Geo News reporter, Riaz Andy they said that by arresting Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, who was present in the country and his assets are also […]

Ishtiaq Baig expresses concerns over extension of Mir Shakil’s remand

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KARACHI: President PML-N Business Forum Mirza Ishtiaq Baig has expressed his concerns over extension of 14-day physical remand of Jang/GEO Group Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman by Lahore Accountability Court. Baig said Islamabad High Court has ordered to release over 408 prisoners in the view of coronavirus, however, keeping Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman behind bars and extending his physical […]

NAB summons Nawaz on 31st in case involving Jang group owner

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LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau has sent a questionnaire to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in a land case involving Jang Group’s Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman and summoned him to the bureau office on March 31 to record his statement. Earlier, NAB’s Lahore office had summoned Mr Sharif to appear before the bureau in the case […]

LHC seeks reply from NAB in Jang chief editor’s bail plea

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Thursday sought a reply from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on post-arrest bail petition by Jang group editor-in-chief Mir Shakilur Rehman in a case of 54-kanal land allegedly allotted to him by then Punjab chief minister Nawaz Sharif in 1986. Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan represented the petition before a two-judge […]

NAB law, procedures prove Mir Shakil is in illegal custody

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ISLAMABAD: Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, Editor-in-Chief of the Jang-Geo Group, is in the illegal custody of NAB as the National Accountability Ordinance 1999 does not authorise the NAB chairman to arrest anyone at the complaint verification stage. A source who closely works with the NAB told The News that Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman’s arrest is a serious chargesheet against […]

Akhtar Mengal condemns arrest of Mir Shakil

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KARACHI: The Chairman Balochistan National Party (Mengal), Sardar Akhtar Mengal, reiterated his condemnation over the arbitrary arrest of Jang-Geo Group Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, saying media played a vital role to strengthen the democratic institutions of any country. Talking to Geo News programme, the Baloch leader said the free press always acted as a bridge between […]

Jang chief editor’s physical remand extended

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LAHORE: An accountability court on Wednesday extended physical remand of Jang group editor-in-chief Mir Shakilur Rehman to the NAB in a case of 54-kanal land allegedly allotted to him by then Punjab chief minister Nawaz Sharif in 1986. A NAB prosecutor assisted by the investigating officer submitted an application to the court seeking another remand […]

Opposition’s multiparty moot condemns Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman’s arrest

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KARACHI/ LAHORE: The participants of a multiparty conference, called by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Tuesday condemned the growing atmosphere of media coercion and the restrictions on the freedom of speech. While speaking at the conference through video link, the opposition leaders severely criticised the arrest of Jang/Geo Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman by […]

Media gag

At a time when the cooperation of the media could play a vital role in defeating the corona crisis which has crippled us, NAB continues its vendetta against Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman and the Jang/Geo group. The accountability body has been unable to produce evidence in court, in its case involving land purchase which dates back 34 […]

Protests for release of Editor-in-Chief Jang-Geo: Group Action Committee appeals to postpone demos

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KARACHI: The Jang-Geo Group Action Committee has appealed to journalists, trade unionists and civil society to put off the country-wide protest for the release of the Jang Geo Group Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman and against his victimization at the hands of the NAB in a 34-year-old case. In a statement issued on the occasion of the […]