KARACHI (PPI) - Sindh High Court Monday issued notice for February 24, 2009 to Sindh Home Secretary, Superintendent Central Prison Karachi & another on petition of two convicts seeking pardoning sentence, fine amount. Petitioners, Haji Allah Noor & Qais Khan approached SHC through Advocate Ghulam Akber Khan Jatoi who submitted Special (CNS) Court Karachi convicted petitioners to life imprisonment & imposed fine of Rs 1 million to each when found guilty in narcotics case lodged against them by Additional Director ANF-II in 1999. Counsel stated both served term of 9 years, 7 months, besides earning remission of four years. They also passed necessary Nazra Quran-e-Pak and Urdu Adeeb examinations & would not opt to indulge in such activity in future. He prayed to pardon remaining sentence & fine amount, as being poor they could not arrange it. SHC division bench comprising Justice Khilji Arif Hussain & Justice Arsahd Noor Khan after hearing arguments issued notice to respondents for February 24, 2009. Hearing of bail plea in ZAB's land case put off Justice Faisal Arab of Sindh High Court Monday adjourned till February 12, 2009 hearing bail application of accused who fraudulently obtained lease rights of land of former Prime Minister late Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in Karachi. According to prosecution, Muhammad Boota got power of attorney of land in question by preparing fake documents based of wrong sale deed dated November 17, 1981 and entry (No. 1650 VF-VII) to record of land. Co-accused Mushtaq Ahmed Solangi, Mukhtiarkar, District Malir, Karachi, was alleged of verifying documents & issuing NOC for sale of property. Boota later transferred power of attorney of land in name of his son Ali Asghar. Anti-Corruption Establishment registered case (FIR 28/2008) US 161, 420, 468, 471, 477-A/34 PPC R/W Section 5(2) Act-I 1947 on behalf of state against Mushtaq Ahmed Solangi, Mukhtiarkar Malir, Abdul Samon, Tapedar Deh Mehra, Sub-Registrar Azizur Rehman, beneficiary Boota & his son Ali Asghar. Boota and his son Asghar were arrested by ACE police on September 4, 2008, while Mukhtiarkar Mushtaq Solangi obtained pre-arrest bail. Boota moved SHC seeking his release on bail. His son is already released on bail. Justice Faisal Arab adjourned till February 12, 2009 hearing due to want of time. KU Registrar, others noticed Sindh High Court Monday issued notice for February 12, 2009 to Registrar Karachi University, Director General Dr. A Q Khan Institute of Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering, six private respondents on petition challenging new appointments in KIBGE despite federal government's ban. Petitioner Dr. Muhammadi approached SHC through Advocate Mirza Sarfaraz Ahmed, submitting despite ban by Federal Government on appointments, Director General KIBGE got advertised posts of Senior Scientific Officer/ Lecturer (BPS-19) & Scientific Officer (BPS-17) between October 11 and 12, 2008. Respondents previously informed SHC that Federal Government had banned fresh appointments in institute. In another case pertaining to salaries, up-gradation of posts in institute, respondents submitted six people working as Senior Scientific Officers/ Lecturers and Scientific Officers left job. Counsel stated administration of KIBGE violated Federal Government ban & hoodwinked apex court, as six private respondents were working on regular posts. Petitioner, a Ph.D Scholar written over 17 national, international research publications, applied for Senior Scientific Officer's post. But, despite being eligible, respondents issued letters to candidates, who were appointed for same post despite having lesser qualification. He prayed to pass interim order, staying tests and interviews announced by Selection Board to be held on February 12 & 14 and direct official respondents to consider petitioner's name for post. SHC division bench comprising Justice Khilji Arif Hussain & Justice Arshad Noor Khan after preliminary hearing issued notice to respondents for February 12, 2009. Status quo on lawsuit Justice Gulzar Ahmed of Sindh High Court Monday directed defendant Karachi Stock Exchange, Arif Habib Bank Limited & others to maintain status quo in respect of shares owned by a investor company. Plaintiff M/s Sind Engineering Pvt Ltd instituted lawsuit in SHC citing Karachi Stock Exchange (Guarantee), State Bank of Pakistan, Central Depository Company Ltd, M/s Ismail Abdul Shakoor Security Pvt Ltd & Bank Arif Habib Ltd as respondents. Advocate Arshad Hussain submitted plaintiff company signed agreement with broker firm, M/s Ismail Abdul Shakoor Security Company Ltd, through KSE for sale, transaction of its shares. It made transaction of 435962 shares of two companies to broker firm for sale through account maintained by plaintiff and Central Depository Company. But, M/s Abdul Shakoor Securities Ltd informed plaintiff in October 2008 that its membership was cancelled by KSE. Resultantly, broker firm & KSE held 178,500 shares of plaintiff, valued Rs 98,17,500. Counsel stated subject 178,500 shares of Bolan Corporation Ltd owned by plaintiff, were kept in Sub CDC account maintained by defendant broker firm M/s Abdul Shakoor Security Pvt Ltd, who pledged same with Arif Habib Bank, without authority from plaintiff. He apprehended bank was likely to sale plaintiff's shares for recovery of dues from broker firm. He prayed to declare pledging security/ subject shares of his client to defendants was void ab initio. He also prayed to grant injunctions & direct defendants to release shares without fee from all charges. Justice Ahmed after preliminary hearing issued pre-admission notice to defendants for March 04, 2009 & directed parties to maintain status quo. missing man's relative directed to file affidavit A division bench of Sindh High Court Monday directed petitioner, seeking release of his missing son, to file affidavit on his alleged arrested by Rawalpindi Police. Petitioner Mohammad Abrar Khan moved court against disappearance of his son, Sarfaraz Khan, citing Federal, Provincial Interior Ministries, Sindh & Karachi Police Chiefs, Makli DSP, SHOs of Al-Falah, Dhabeji and Thatta police stations as respondents. His counsel, Mohammad Rashid Bhoyo, submitted Sarfaraz's car was attacked by unknown persons when coming to Karachi from interior Sindh on Oct 16, 2008. He lodged FIR at PS Makli, where DSP Nooruddin Sanjrani on following day called complainant to identify some arrested dacoits. Sarfaraz with his friend Mohammad Arif went to police station but did not return. A case on their disappearance was lodged at Al-Falah police station, Karachi on Oct 18, 2008. Arif reached home next day & disclosed about Sarfaraz's detention law-enforcement agencies. Counsel submitted detenue might be among those recently arrested by Rawalpindi, declaring them to be terrorists. SHC division bench comprising Justice Khilji Arif Hussain & Justice Arshad Noor Khan directed detenue's relative to file affidavit on his arrest by Rawalpindi police and adjourned matter to date in office.