KARACHI: The National Accountability Bureau on Tuesday informed the Sindh High Court that a recommendation had been made to close an inquiry against former Sindh chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah in an illegal land allotment case. Mr Shah had obtained interim pre-arrest bail after NAB issued a call-up notice to him in December regarding alleged illegal allotment of land in the Malir riverbed during his tenure as chief minister. When the matter came up for hearing before a two-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ahmed Ali M. Shaikh on Tuesday, a NAB prosecutor informed the bench that the petitioner was no longer required for a probe since investigators had recommended to the competent authority to close the inquiry. The prosecutor further submitted that the allotment in question was later cancelled. Thereafter, the bench disposed of the petition and issued directive to return the surety amount. The lawyer for the petitioner, Barrister Zameer Ghumro, submitted that since the allotment of land in question was cancelled by the former chief minister no loss was caused to the national kitty and the offence was not made out. NAB had issued a call-up notice to former chief minister, then land utilization secretary Ghulam Mustafa Phull, then deputy commissioner-Korangi Kazi Jan Mohammad and others on Dec 18, 2018 for alleged illegal allotment of land to six allottees within the Malir riverbed in Korangi district in 2011-12. The allotment was prima facie against the Sindh Land Grant Policy 2006 and done at a price lower than the realistic market value, NAB alleged in the notice. It maintained that the petitioner was the chief minister at that time and approved the summaries of allotment of land within the riverbed/delta area for which there was no law. Notices issued on plea for offal disposal Another division bench of the SHC on Tuesday issued notices to the Sindh chief secretary and others on a petition seeking regulations for slaughtering of sacrificial animals and proper disposal of their offal. The bench, headed by Justice Syed Hasan Azhar Rizvi, put federal secretary of the national health services, chief secretary, local government secretary, Karachi mayor and cantonment board Karachi on notice directing them to file comments on the next date. Jazib Aftab and others moved the SHC stating that they filed the petition due to unhealthy and unhygienic atmosphere created in the province after Eidul Azha on account of unregulated and unorganised slaughter of animals on roads, footpaths, residential areas and other public spaces. They argued that such practices had caused various diseases and the respondents failed to implement adequate steps to ensure public safety and proper disposal of offal and waste material. They sought directives for respondents to make effective rules for slaughtering of sacrificial animals, ensure adequate measures for healthy environment and proper disposal of offal and waste material.

PESHAWAR: Vacating a stay order, the Peshawar High Court on Tuesday restored a notification of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Peshawar to hold the board examination for eighth grade and composite examination for ninth and 10th grades instead of separate examination.

The court had suspended the notification two months ago.

A bench consisting of Justice Qaiser Rasheed and Justice Abdul Shakoor issued the order to vacate the stay order after elementary and secondary education secretary Arshad Khan and additional advocate general Syed Sikandar Shah contended that the government had made public its decision to holding the board examination for eight graders long ago.

The secretary said most private schools didn’t follow eighth grade course and that the eighth graders were taught ninth grade course, so they had to introduce board examination for that grade.

The bench, however, observed that making abrupt changes to examination system and curriculum created problems for students and parents.

The court had granted interim relief in July on a petition, which challenged the board’s notification on May 17, 2019.

Vacates stay order issued against Peshawar BISE’s notification two months ago

It had ruled that action on the impugned notification should remain suspended until next order.

The petitioner, a student of the Peshawar Islamia Collegiate School, has moved the court through his lawyer father, Mian Asadullah Jandoli.

He requested the court to declare the notification issued by the BISEP chairman illegal and in violation of an earlier high court order.

Currently, the education department conducts separate examination for both parts, ninth and 10th grades, of the secondary school certificate, while eighth graders sit the internal examination conducted by the administration of the respective schools.

The secretary also informed the bench that the government had also decided to conduct composite examination for intermediate classes.

The bench observed that the government often made changes to curriculum, medium of instruction, and examination system.

Irshad Mohmand, lawyer for the petitioner, said usually, local schools taught the students of Class VIII the Class IX course as it couldn’t be completed in the due period of time.

He added that the examination of Class VIII was held in those schools, including the petitioner’s, as ‘home examination’.

SCHOOLBAG WEIGHT: The bench also asked the secretary about progress on the enactment of a law to fix weight limit for schoolbags.

The secretary replied that a law for the purpose would be enacted by Oct.

The bench observed that it had learned that private schools got commission for selling stationery to students from specific booksellers.

The bench ordered the clubbing of the petition with another, which was filed against heavy schoolbags.

The high court had directed the provincial government on Apr 10 to enact a law within four months for fixing the schoolbag weight limit.

The directions were issued on a petition, which sought the court’s intervention for legislation on the matter.

Justice Qaiser Rasheed observed that though the carrying of heavy schoolbags badly affected the physical and mental growth of students, the government had turned a blind eye to the important issue.

 

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