Asad Kharal

Media Category: Print
Media Organization: The Express Tribune

Currently, I’m associated with The Express Tribune. I started my career with Daily Khabrain in 1999. I also worked with Daily Chattan, The Post, Daily Aaj Kal, Daily The News, Geo News, Daily Times as Correspondent, Investigative Reporter, Chief Reporter, Chief News Editor. Presently I’m associated with The Express Tribune, a partner of the International Herald Tribune (IHT), global edition of The New York Times, since 2010.
Author of six books including “Top Secret” (about terrorism and the role of intelligence agencies), “Raiwind Saazish” (about the corruption of the Sharif brothers), “Princess and Playboy” (about Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari’s corruption), “Chauhryoon Ki Chouriaan” (about corruption of Chaudhries of Gujrat), “Sacha Koun?” (Comparison between Nawaz Sharif and Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf), “Pakistan Kaisey Tuta?” (hidden facts relating to separation of Pakistan) .
Many of my investigative reports, features and interviews have been published in Pakistan’s leading newspapers and also been quoted by the international media, including Reuters, The Telegraph etc. Chief Justice of Pakistan has taken Suo Moto notice on several my published news including misappropriation in a spy agency-Intelligence Bureau (IB)’s Secret Funds, multi-billion-rupee NICL scandal, why and how terrorists acquitted from high profile cases of terrorism. Apart from it, I’m also part of one member who filed petition in SC regarding Media Corruption and abolishing of secret funds from all ministries and department. Senor journalists Hamid Mir and Absar Alam are other petitioners in this case.
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Nominated Work

Title: Protecting justice: Panel calls for better security for judges

Judges of the higher judiciary, especially those hearing high-profile terrorism cases should be provided bullet-proof vehicles with pre-installed jammer systems, documents obtained by The Express Tribune said on Sunday. According to recommendations of a commission mandated by the federal government to review the security of Supreme Court and high court judges, protective arrangements for superior court judges as well as court premises was “not satisfactory” in light of the current wave of terrorism. The commission, headed by the chief justice of the Balochistan High Court, has forwarded its recommendations to the federal government, calling for quick implementation. The report was also referred to all provincial governments, urging them to take necessary steps to beef up judges’ security.

Protecting justice: Panel calls for better security for judges By Asad Kharal Published: April 25, 2011 Share this article Print this page Email Says superior court judges, especially ones hearing terrorism cases, should get bullet-proof vehicles. PHOTO: FILE LAHORE: Judges of the higher judiciary, especially those hearing high-profile terrorism cases should be provided bullet-proof vehicles with pre-installed jammer systems, documents obtained by The Express Tribune said on Sunday. According to recommendations of a commission mandated by the federal government to review the security of Supreme Court and high court judges, protective arrangements for superior court judges as well as court premises was “not satisfactory” in light of the current wave of terrorism. The commission, headed by the chief justice of the Balochistan High Court, has forwarded its recommendations to the federal government, calling for quick implementation. The report was also referred to all provincial governments, urging them to take necessary steps to beef up judges’ security. Personnel deployed on judges’ court security detail were not adequately trained, the report said, adding that they were “incapable of facing the current level of terrorism”. Stressing the need for closely monitoring people visiting court premises, the report said that proper identification papers should be issued to court staff, and all lawyers should be issued credentials by respective bars. Calling for adequate surveillance to thwart terrorist threat, the report emphasised the need for the installation of closed-circuit television cameras (CCTVs) inside the court premises, besides calling for establishing control centres for monitoring and storage of video data, enabling the law-enforcement agencies to identify attackers in case of an incident. The report insisted that bullet-proof vehicles with jammer systems already installed should be provided to judges, especially those who “receive threats or hear high-profile terrorism cases”. The Punjab chief secretary has sent a circular to the home secretary and the provincial Inspector General of Police, directing them to immediately implement the commission’s recommendations regarding provision of fool-proof security to judges as well as court premises. Another circular issued by the ministry of interior, the Punjab home department and the Inspector General of Police, Punjab, ordered the Capital City Police Officer (CCPO), all Regional Police Officers (RPOs),City Police Officers (CPOs) and District Police Officers(DPOs) to provide fool-proof security to judges, including the ones of anti-terrorism courts hearing high-profile cases “even if they are transferred or retired”, adding that such judges should be provided infallible security even two months after their retirements to avoid any untoward incident. Published in The Express Tribune, April 25th, 2011.

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