Nigeria’s former Minister for Environment, Amina
Mohammed, has been officially sworn in as Deputy Secretary-General of the
Transgenders Tortured To Death in Riyadh
Tells Court Has 'Gifted' All Property to Wife, Daughter
Female Anchor Resigns amid 'Harassment' Controversy
to Become Maybank’s First Woman Chairman
by New Age Islam News Bureau
Mohammed sworn in as UN Deputy Secretary-General
Nations, (IANS): Amina Mohammed, the new Deputy Secretary-General, has said
that Security Council reform is a priority for the world body.
Council reform is a critical part of what we do in the next few years and
somehow we have to balance that if we are to address the (conflict) prevention
agenda,” Mohammed told the media after being sworn in on Tuesday.
was answering a reporter’s question if she considered reforming the Council to
make it more representative a part of her mandate to work for the overall
reform of the UN.
Security reform, that is something that I will work to support the
Secretary-General,” she said.
has invested heavily in Council reforms and is lobbying for a permanent seat on
process has failed to make progress in over nearly two decades.
a former Environment Minister of Nigeria, was appointed by Secretary-General
Antonio Guterres to the second highest job at the UN.
lobbying by nations and civil society organisations failed to elect a woman as
appointments of Mohammed and of Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti of Brazil as the
Secretary-General’s chief de cabinet and Kyung-wha Kang of South Korea as his
special adviser on policy are efforts by Guterres to compensate for this
setback to the cause of women and as the first step in his promise to bring
about gender parity in the top rungs of the UN.
about US President Donald Trump’s threatened cuts to Washington’s funding of
international operations that could hit the UN, Mohammed acknowledged that it
was a matter of “great concern”.
she said: “The important thing that we need to do is to continue to engage with
our partners and to show how important it is not to decrease but to increase,
and find different ways of doing so.
believe that we can find a way of leveraging other resources. Same member
states, different ways, different means,” she added.
transgenders tortured to death in Riyadh
Two transgender persons, both natives of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP), died on
Tuesday after being subjected to torture allegedly by Saudi police in Riyadh
for dressing up as women in public.
transgender people were arrested by a law enforcement agency for
cross-dressing, which is a punishable offence in the kingdom.
rest house was raided where a 'Guru Chela Chalan' gathering, a formal meeting
of Khuwaja Sara in which they choose their Guru (leader) and Chelas (Students),
was taking place. Amna, 35, who belonged to the Mingora area of Swat and Meeno,
26, who was from Peshawar died in police custody. The police allegedly stuffed
them into sacks and beat them with sticks in prison.
Fawaz bin Jameel al Maiman, the police's media spokesperson in Riyadh, told a
local news agency that the field-control management had the site under constant
surveillance. Women's clothing and jewellery were also recovered from the rest
added that the 35 people inside had been apprehended.
majority of those arrested belong to K-P and the others from other cities of
Pakistan. Torturing humans after throwing them into bags and beating them with
sticks is inhumane," said Qamar Naseem, a transgender rights activist.
While 11 were released later after paying a fine of 150,000 riyals, 22 are
still in police custody, Naseem added.
tells court has 'gifted' all property to wife, daughter
The special court has fixed objections regarding the attachment of former
president Pervez Musharraf's property in a high treason case with a hearing on
March 11th, sources said.
objections are jointly filed by Musharraf's wife, Sehba Musharraf, daughter
Ayla Raza, and Huma Khaishgi, the deceased sister of Sehba and shareholder of
July 19, 2016, a three-member bench comprising of Justice Tahira Safdar and
Justice Yawar Ali, led by the then-Chief Justice(CJ) of the Peshawar High Court
(PHC), Mazhar Alam Miankhel, had attached Musharraf's moveable and immovable
property in the high treason case.
after the elevation of Miankhel to the Supreme Court, the special court will be
headed by PHC CJ Yahya Afridi.
objections, filed by Musharraf's family through their counsel, Faisal Chaudhry,
had stated that the immovable properties of Musharraf had been gifted to his
wife and daughter before the litigation of the high treason case and therefore
these were owned by them.
objections had stated that the farm house located at Chak Shahzad had been
gifted to Musharraf's wife Sehba in 2008 - a suit was also filed in the
Islamabad High Court (IHC) but the court had disposed of the said suit with the
observations that there was no dispute with regard to the gift deed.
had further stated that a plot in Phase VIII of Defence Housing Authority (DHA)
Karachi was under the joint ownership of Musharraf and his sister-in-law Huma
Khaishgi, adding that Musharraf had gifted his shares to Sehba and daughter
Ayla Raza in 2009. "Therefore, as it stands today, the said plot is
jointly owned by Mrs. Sehba Musharraf, Mrs. Ayla Raza, and the legal heirs of
the late Mrs. Huma Khaishgi," objections further stated.
another two plots located in DHA Islamabad and DHA Karachi, Musharraf's family
had stated that both of them were gifted to Sehba and Ayla in 2009.
has been conclusively settled by the superior courts of our country, that upon
a declaration of oral gift, the subject properties belong to those who were
gifted them, without any legal requirement of effecting registration," it
moveable property comprises of bank accounts in which Musharraf's pension as
the former chief of army staff and president are received, the document stated.
terms of section 11 of the Pensions Act, 1871 pension is not liable to be
seized or attached by any process or order of the Court," it had stated.
requested the court to lift the attachment order. She also requested the court
not to treat her husband as an absconder because he left the country solely on
female anchor resigns amid 'harassment' controversy
Pakistan Television (PTV) anchor Tanzeela Mazhar, whose account of harassment
and unwanted advances by a senior, aired in a TV show earlier this year, rocked
the media, on Wednesday announced she had resigned from the TV channel.
wrote in her resignation, which she also tweeted, that: Things were made very
difficult for me to work and I was facing huge psychological torture every day.
the environment at this office had become absolutely non-conducive and I was
being threatened in every possible way to submit to that environment to secure
my job and career," she alleged.
she wrote, happened as a result of her constant complaints against PTVs current
affairs director, who made unwelcome advances to her in 2009.
my resistance/confronting [my abuser] on his attitude, I was exploited and put
off screen for [a] few months," she alleged.
Ministry of Information, which oversees the PTV, was unable to comment on the
matter as it was unaware of the development.
resigned because the man in question was reinstated," Tanzeela Mazhar
though our contracts were renewed, we were not being given air time. To take a
government salary but not work was unacceptable to me," Mazhar said.
saddens me that the government did not take this matter up committees are made
for the smallest of matters, but no one came forward to help us on this
matter," she continued.
I raised my voice, people responded with [degrading] comments about women, and
our character and personal lives, without understanding that what we do in our
private lives is a private matter," Mazhar said while speaking of the
reprisals to a social media campaign she ran against the man in question.
plan to raise awareness about what harassment is, as most people do not take it
seriously until a person has been beaten up or raped," Mazhar added.
was one of two female anchors from PTV, the other being Yashfeen Jamal, who had
lodged a formal complaint with the PTV management last year about the current
affairs director making sexual advances and harassing the two.
and Malik were taken off air for 'defaming' the organisation by PTV through a
notification issued on Jan 23.
a TV show aired by a private channel on Jan 22, Mazhar had expressed extreme
dissatisfaction with the way PTV had investigated the case and failed to take
'sufficient' action against the abuser.
January 29, media had also reported that a committee probing the sexual
harassment case against the director of current affairs at PTV had failed to
finalise its inquiry report within the prescribed time period.
to the timeline provided under Section 4(4) of the Protection against
Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2010, the inquiry committee should have
submitted the report by the end of Dec 2016 or early Jan 2017.
senior PTV producer had earlier claimed that three key figures, including a
federal minister, wanted the abuser to get a clean chit.
said that the inquiry report had been amended at least six times to make it
favourable to the accused, which was why it had not been finalised in time.
of South Asian Women in Media (SAWM) a regional forum for women working in the
media industry had also demanded a fresh inquiry into the sexual harassment
criticised the PTV management for favouring the accused and demanded that the
current inquiry committee be dissolved and replaced with an external inquiry
committee, which must include representatives from the National Commission on
the Status of Women and the National Commission for Human Rights.
to become Maybank’s first woman chairman
LUMPUR: Mohaiyani Shamsudin will become the first woman to helm Malayan Banking
Bhd on April 1, after current chairman Megat Zaharuddin Megat Mohd Nor steps
will step down on March 31, Maybank said in a filing to Bursa Malaysia today.
who was appointed a director of Maybank on Aug 22, 2011, also serves as a board
committee member of the Credit Review Committee and Risk Management Committee.
was with Amanah Chase Merchant Bank Bhd and Seagrott & Campbell Sdn Bhd
before starting her own stockbroking company, Mohaiyani Securities Sdn Bhd, in
1985 and assumed the role of managing director.
her involvement in the stockbroking industry, she was appointed as deputy
chairman of the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (now known as Bursa Malaysia Bhd)
and chairman of Association of Stockbroking Companies Malaysia.
had also been appointed a member of several high-level national working groups
such as the National Economic Action Council, National Economic Consultative
Council II and National Information Technology Council.
current directorships in companies within the Maybank Group include chairman of
Maybank Investment Bank Bhd and Maybank Kim Eng Holdings Ltd.
was appointed director and chairman of Maybank, the country’s largest
public-listed company, on Oct 1, 2009.
leave the group heartened that it has stronger capabilities to pursue its
vision, and I would like to thank my fellow board members, as well as the
management and staff, for their overwhelming support and commitment to
strengthening the Maybank brand and reputation, and maintaining its stature as
Malaysia’s top public-listed company.
will treasure these memories, and am confident that Maybank will achieve even
greater success in the years ahead through the teamwork and dedication of all
its people in its various geographies around the world,” Megat said in a
group president and chief executive officer Abdul Farid Alias said the board
and management were grateful to Megat for his strong leadership, especially
over the last seven and a half years.
is a visionary leader who constantly challenged us to scale greater heights,
and successfully steered the Group through some of the most challenging global
economic situations,” Abdul Farid said.
Farid said the appointment of Mohaiyani as chairman augured well for Maybank
and would ensure continuity at the board, given that she has been serving as a
director of Maybank for over five years.
Mohaiyani has had an impressive career and extensive experience not only in the
financial services industry but also in public service.
a member of the current board, she will already have insights into all aspects
of the group and we are confident she will lead Maybank effectively as she
takes up the new position,” he said.
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