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PRETEXT. The reasons assigned to justify an act, which have only the appearance of truth, and which are without foundation; or which if true are not the true reasons for such act. Vattel, liv. 3, c. 3, 32.

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The fraudsters generally impersonate as officials of State Bank of Pakistan, army officer or representative of superior courts of law on pretext of biometric verification of accounts.
Israel has been blamed at times for using the pretext of building without a permit to carry out demolitions of Palestinian-owned homes on a regular basis.
According to media reports, gold traders were on their way to Sargodha to sell the gold while near the 33 railway gate armed dacoits in police uniform stopped them on the pretext of checking and kidnapped them.
MP for the Fatah bloc, Karim Aliawi Mahmudawi warned from attempts to target the repeated mobilization forces by America under various pretexts.
He stated the agency randomly shut down brick kilns of the petitioners on the pretext of causing smog.
Abdul Jabbar, writing head constable, confirmed the incident and told this scribe that suspect Mumtaz Ali Badani Jatoi with the help of his real brother Abdul Jabbar killed his wife (Khani) and thrown her body into river on the pretext of karo-kari (honour killing) and ran away from place of incident.
This development occurred as the Russian Defense Ministry accused the United States, the United Kingdom and France of preparing to carry out new strikes against Syria under the pretext of the Syrian government forces using chemical weapons.
Michael Unah alleged that the accused, under false pretext, obtained 800 bags of Lafarge cement valued at N2 million, the property of Kazab Heritage Ltd.
According to Mutaz Bisharat, the official in charge of the Jordan Valley settlements file, IOF handed over 18 notices to 21 families to evict their homes between the hours of 6:00 am to 8:00 pm today, under the pretext of military exercises.
In January this year, DG ISPR had asked public not to share any personal and bank account information to anyone over the phone even someone impersonating army officer on the pretext of census verification.
Gulzar Ahmed Buriro, told this scribe that a woman identified as Ms Rani Khatoon, of 30, wife of Nazeer Jamali was axed to death allegedly by brother-in-law with the help of his abettors over pretext of Karo-Kari when she was collecting green food for her cattle at her agricultural land, which resulting, she was killed on the spot and accused fled from place of incident.