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PTI leader arrested after bail rejection in fake news case

By Our Correspondent 2020-02-13
CHITRAL: Pakistan Tehreek-iInsaf leader Irshad Mukarrar was arrested from the courtroom on Wednesday after District and Sessions Judge, Chitral, Javed-urRahman rejected his application seeking confirmation of bail-beforearrest in a case of spreading fake news of a Chinese national getting affected by coronavirus and creating panic in the public.

The police had booked the PTI leader under section 505 of PPC, section 25 of Telegraph Act and 16 MPO, but he had obtained BBA from the court of senior civil judge.

The Chinese national, working in Lavi hydropower project near Drosh, was rushed to hospital due to severe stomach ache. But Mr Mukarrar posted on his Facebook page that he was suspected coronavirus carrier.

The court observed that confirmation of BBA would stifle the prosecution case.The PTI leader was shifted to Drosh police station for investigation.

LETTER OF FACILITATION: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have thanked the district administration for making `excellent` arrangements during their daylong trip to Chitral on Oct 17 last year, thus making it a memorable one.

A letter issued from the Kensington Palace by Zoe Ware, the private secretary to Duke of Cambridge and addressed to the deputy commissioner, Chitral, Naveed Ahmed , said: `The D uke and D uchess of Cambridge have asked him to tell you how delighted they were to have the opportunity to visit Chitral during their recent visit to Pakistan.

`The Royal Highness would have me thank you and your team in the civil administration in Chitral for providing security and coordination in the run up to their visit on the day itself.

JUI-F TO MOVE COURT: Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl leader Qari Jamal Abdul Nasir has announced to movecourt seekingarulingforthe doctors to serve in their home district for at least 10 years following completion of education from the medical colleges against reserved quota of Chitral.

Talking to mediapersons on Wednesday, he said quota system for the backward areas was meant to ensure availability of doctors and engineers in their home districts as those from the developed areas did notopttoserve there.

He regretted that every year six doctors from Chitral got completed their education from Khyber and Ayub Medical colleges, but preferred to stay in Peshawar instead of serving in their own district, as a result Chitral was facing acute shortage of doctors.

He said over 70 per cent posts of medical officers were lying vacant in Chitral hospitals.

The JUI-F leader said on the demand of people, four doctors from Chitral posted in Peshawar hospitals were transferred to the tehsil headquarters hospital, Drosh, but they managed to get the orders cancelled.