New CJ dissolves bench hearing PML-N cases

LAHORE: The new Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court, Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan, has dissolved a division bench that was hearing National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) several cases, including those involving Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders Mian Shehbaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and others. A new division bench, led by Justice Sardar Ahmed Naeem, was constituted and will start hearing NAB-related cases by March 24. The other member of the bench is Justice Farooq Haider. The dissolved bench was headed by Justice Ali Baqar Najafi. Legal experts say that NAB had apparently…

Iranian General Killed in Air strike

The 62-year-old was the commander of the Iranian Elite Quds Force in the Middle East. He was killed early Friday in a strike ordered by US President Donald Trump at the Baghdad airport together with other Iranian-backed militia figures. Mr Trump has said that the general is “directly and indirectly responsible for millions ‘ deaths.” The assassination of Soleimani marks an escalation of Washington and Tehran tensions. Under his leadership, Iran has strengthened Hizbollah’s military presence in Iraq and Syria in Libya and in other pro-Iranian militancy groups, and in…