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In landmark decision, cabinet waives death penalty for extradition of wanted people

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  1. Clutch

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    Tax amnesty plan approval deferred amid reservations

    Syed Irfan RazaUpdated April 17, 2019
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    The federal cabinet on Tuesday deferred the approval of the much-awaited tax amnesty scheme after some of the ministers opposed it, expressed their reservations and sought further clarification. — Photo courtesy Radio Pakistan

    ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet on Tuesday deferred the approval of the much-awaited tax amnesty schemeafter some of the ministers opposed it, expressed their reservations and sought further clarification.

    To deliberate on the issue in detail, Prime Minister Imran Khan convened a special meeting of the cabinet on Wednesday.

    Read: PTI govt’s first tax amnesty scheme ready for launch

    Inside sources told Dawn that some cabinet members objected to the 15 per cent tax rate proposed under the scheme and some raised questions about its effectiveness.

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    • Special meeting convened to discuss scheme today • Cabinet approves changes to law for extradition of wanted people • CTD empowered to deal with money laundering cases • Fawad says govt to open more cases against leadership of opposition parties

    Federal Minister for Communications Murad Saeed said he wanted to know the difference between the proposed scheme and the similar ones which had been launched by the previous government, according to the sources privy to the details of the cabinet meeting held at PM Office.

    Expressing his reservation over the 15pc rate, Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda called for its reduction to facilitate taxpayers, the sources said.

    They said Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry was of the opinion that there was a need for reforms in the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and the Pakistan Customs department before launching an amnesty scheme.

    According to the sources, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak also opposed the idea, saying the scheme would give no benefit to the government as well as to the people because all such previous schemes had remained useless.

    Extradition of wanted people
    In a landmark decision, however, the cabinet approved a proposed amendment to the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) to meet conditions of some countries and the European Union (EU) by waiving the death penalty for extradition of wanted people, including Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain, former finance minister Ishaq Dar, former premier Nawaz Sharif’s sons, Hassan and Hussain, and others.

    “The cabinet approved proposed amendment to Section 302 of the PPC to meet reservations of the EU and countries like the United Kingdom which do not extradite wanted people to Pakistan because of the death penalty,” said Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry while addressing a press conference after the cabinet meeting.

    The minister did not explain whether the proposed amendment would be implemented through an act of parliament or through an ordinance. “We are waiving the condition of capital punishment to catch our big thieves and robbers,” he added.

    Mr Chaudhry said people such as Altaf Hussain, Ishaq Dar, and Hassan and Hussain Nawaz would be brought to the country for trial.

    However, the minister told Dawn after the press conference that the name of retired Gen Musharraf was not under government’s consideration for extradition.

    Asked about the fate of Mr Musharraf who had been declared absconder in a treason case, Mr Chaudhry said: “What wrong Musharraf has done and the case made against him was totally a political one. Many members of Musharraf’s cabinet are still here and none of them has so far been made answerable.”

    CTD to deal with money laundering cases
    In another major decision, the cabinet empowered the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) to deal with money laundering cases as the information minister told the media that more cases against the leadership of major opposition parties were likely to be opened.

    Mr Chaudhry said the cabinet empowered the CTD to deal money laundering cases. He said more cases against ex-premier Nawaz Sharif, incumbent leader of the opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif, their family members and former president Asif Ali Zardari would be opened soon. “The cases they have been facing were made before the PTI government. Now we are going to open more cases against them on the basis of our own investigations,” he added.

    The meeting also approved revamp of Pakistan Steel Mills (PSMs) through a public-private partnership, the minister said, claiming that six top steel giants of the world had shown interest in the PSM.

    He said a special committee comprising Finance Minister Asad Umar, Information Technology Minister Khalid Maqbool, Revenue Minister Hammad Azar, Commerce Adviser Razzaq Dawood and PM’s special assistant Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari was formed for renewal of licences of cellular phone companies.

    The cabinet decided to offer jobs from grade 1 to 5 through open ballot and removed a quota system. The meeting also gave three-month extension to acting chairman of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) Amir Ahmed Ali.

    Besides, the cabinet discussed complaints against the National Testing Service (NTS), Mr Chaudhry said, adding that the Federal Public Service Commission would also be revamped.

    The minister said PM Khan would launch the first phase of Apna Ghar Housing Scheme for building of 135,000 housing units on Wednesday.

    About the last week attack in Quetta, the information minister said some external hands were involved in terrorism in Balochistan and implementation of the National Action Plan was the only way to eradicate the menace.

    Published in Dawn, April 17th, 2019

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    Clutch: I guess in order to extradite corrupt Zardari's, Sharif's, and Altaf Hussains from the West - this change will allow for those countries to meet their requirements of no death penalty for destination countries if they have the death penalty.
     
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    I guess I am okay with no-death-penalty as long as these corrupt are brought back to Pakistan.
     
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    I think we should give them Novichok chai.
     
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    wake me up when west handover you someone wanted
     
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    So they changed the law for Mushraf...Good going Naseem sahib proving beneficial for his client..
     
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    How is it any different from any of the previous governments scheme and scam to loot and pillage? The trend is the same even in the smallest DNA analysis.
    If the Information Minister cannot speak with authority on the matter, he should wait till he has more credible information. Blaming external hands will not put your house in order.
    Mazel Tuv !!

    Why even bother !!
     
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    No problem with that but they should substitute death penalty cases with life imprisonment without parole. Thus the person must die in Jail if he or she is convicted. I cannot digest that they could be out on street especially if they are convicted of offence which carries death penalty.


    When there is a will there is a way.

    We have been handing over British most wanted without a formal extradition treaty so if we take a stiff stand and make it give and take or 1 for 1. ie we will hand over 1 to you and at the same time you must hand over one to us or else we will not accept any request for extradition.
     
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    even if guilty why do you want to hang the corrupt bastards ?? let them rot in a prison cell for rest of their lives