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Sherpao rejects Imran’s call for early elections

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Chairman Qaumi Watan Party Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao has said that QWP has rejected the demand of PTI’s Chairman Imran Khan for early polls

He said this in a statement issue here on Monday from the party’s office that QWP is staunch supporter of democracy and it longed for the competition of the constitutional tenure of the parliament

“Strengthening of the democratic institutions would be instrumental in political stability and financial prosperity and we want that present government must complete its term. The statement of Imran Khan reflects his political immaturity and PTI doesn’t have any plan except for disturbing system”, Sherpao said.

He disagreed with the PTI chairman demand for fresh mandate by holding early general elections in the country and deplored that it is an unwise and a non serious move which would further alienated the democratic process in the county. He said that the incumbent government must complete its five-years-term.

Sherpao said that due to the hasty acts of Imran Khan he losses everything and PTI chairman should learn from his past mistake that resulted in serious difficulties for the KP and country and slowed the pace of the progress, so that he did not repeat them,

He said that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf led government had failed to deliver during the last four years in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa despite its tall claims of change. He said that PTI had obtained votes by making false commitments of bringing change in the province, but its leaders fail to do practical work in this regard.

He said that the ruling party KP could not bring any change in the lives of the people and PTI chairman had admitted to incompetency and inability of his government in the province. He said that the provincial government had not paid attention to the problems of the people of the KP.

He said his party wanted the national and provincial assemblies to complete term as the continuation of democratic process would ensure the provision of due share in national resources to all federating units.

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Rabbani for due role by parliaments to bring positive results for democracy

ISLAMABAD (NNI): Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani has said that the two Houses of Parliament and the Provincial Assemblies, if assert their due Constitutional space, it will bring about positive results for democracy in the country.

He further said that if we abdicate our space, then other stakeholders will enter the Parliamentary domain as and when they like.

Chairman Senate made these remarks while talking to a delegation of Chairpersons of Committees, members and secretariat of Provincial Assembly of Balochistan headed by Speaker Balochistan Assembly Ms. Rahila Hameed Durani.

Chairman Senate said that legislature is the weakest of the three links in the trichotomy of power provided for in the Constitution and its mandate is often overstepped by the other two pillars.

While emphasizing upon the importance of linkages between the House of Federation and Federating Units, he said that a proper mechanism for institutional linkages can help in experience sharing at the level of members as well as Secretariats where both sides can learn Parliamentary practices. He also said that the basic spirit of Parliamentary form of Government is Committees system which is an extension of House.

Speaker Balochistan Assembly praised the initiatives and guidance of Chairman Senate and told the meeting that a Council of Chairpersons Committee has been set up in Balochistan Assembly too on the patterns of the same in Senate. She also sought advice in making a procedure of following up on Committees’ recommendations.

During the interactive session members of the Balochistan Assembly most of whom were Chairpersons of Committees narrated the issues and their possible solutions being faced in the provincial assembly. Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani and Secretary Senate Amjed Pervez Malik while giving details of the initiatives undertaken at Senate to make Committees’ work effective, institutionalizing linkages with provincial assemblies and other areas also extended the proposal of training of members and Secretariat of Balochistan Assembly by the same of Senate to share and learn from experiences.

Mian Raza Rabbani also praised the efforts of Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services for arranging the workshop for members of Balochistan Provincial Assembly with emphasis on how Committees can be made effective. He said that learning never stops for Parliamentarians whether it is about politics, handling of issues of public interest or information about Parliamentary procedures.

He further said that we can observe and take information from international Parliamentary practices but the basic principles have to be adopted considering the ground realities of our country and people which can be best learned through such workshops. Chairman Senate directed Senate Secretariat to evolve a mechanism for improving the interaction between Chairmen of the Committee of the Provincial Assemblies particularly Balochistan and those of the Senate Standing Committees to learn from the experiences and improve the parliamentary practices.

The meeting was attended among others by MPAs Nasrullah Khan Zayray, Zmarak Khan, Agha Syed Liaquat Ali, Manzoor Ahmed Khan Kakar, Dr. Shama Ishaq Baloch, Dr. Rukaiya Saeed Hashmi, William John Barkat, Spozmai Achakzai, Hussan Bano, Arifa Siddique, Anita Irfan, Secretary Senate, ED PIPS and officials from Balochistan Assembly.

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Nawaz’s policy to defame army, judiciary not to work, says Shujat

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GUJRAT: Pakistan Muslim League (PML) President and former Prime Minister Ch Shujat Hussain has said that heinous conspiracy of Nawaz Sharif to undermine army and judiciary will fail.

He was addressing a public rally on the occasion of death anniversary of Chaudhay Zahur Elahi on Monday.

He said that he has not seen such bad time in Pakistan till now, for personal ego Nawaz Sharif is trying to cross every limit, even go against the national institutions as well as country.

Shujat Hussain said that Supreme Court and the army are two such institutions on which the nation can take pride but Nawaz Sharif is trying his level best to defame both these institutions, Supreme Court deserves due appreciation for withstanding everything with courage.

“Everywhere slogans of against Nawaz Shairf were chanted everywhere in the country but what would be more insulting than it that the catchphrase are even being raised in Masjid-e-Nabavi, which is shameful . I am predicting today that new days are coming and circumstances will change soon”.

On the occasion Ch Parvez Elahi said that Shehbaz Sharif and Rana Sanaullah are accused in Model Town massacre and if they are punished then in future nobody will dare to drop blood of innocent people.

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FATA members set Oct 9 as deadline for reforms

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BARA BARQAMBARKHE: Parliamentarians belonging to Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and the parties favouring FATA reforms have on Monday set October 9 as the deadline date for finalising the roadmap for the implementation of the reforms.

They also threatened of a sit-in in Islamabad in case the demand wasn’t met.

A public meeting was held today in Khyber Agency’s Tehsil Bara Barqambarkhel where the parliamentarians belonging to FATA gave government the deadline for finalising the implementation roadmap.

The members said that if the government failed to give a practical roadmap for merging FATA into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and other reforms before the deadline, a sit-in will be held in Islamabad by the tribal people and the parties in the favour of the reforms.

Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) member from FATA Shahabuddin urged Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to not be ‘blackmailed’ by Maulana Fazl ur-Rehman and told him that he could win the hearts of the people of FATA by merging the tribal areas with KP.

The orators at the public meeting said that more delaying tactics would not be acceptable to them.

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Imposing emergency was Musharraf’s decision: Col (retd) Rahim

ISLAMABAD (INP): The last witness presented by the prosecution in the judges’ detention case against former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf on Monday said that imposing emergency in 2007 was the former president’s personal decision.

The ATC on Monday resumed hearing of the high-profile case during which the prosecution’s witness, Colonel (retd) Inamur Rahim, recorded his statement.

Rahim, who served as a lieutenant colonel during time when emergency was imposed, said Musharraf “misused his uniform in imposing emergency in the country on November 3, 2007, and hence caused damage to the credibility of the armed forces.”

Musharraf has been facing terrorism charges in the case, based on a first information report (FIR) registered against him on August 11, 2009, by the Secretariat Police for detaining over 60 judges.

The former military ruler was indicted in the case in June 2013. According to the charge sheet, the former president had imposed a state of emergency and detained the judges.

The witness, in his statement before the court, said the then corp commanders did not consent to detain judges, adding that lawyers and former servicemen also protested against the imposition of emergency in the country.

Rahim further said the lawyers, who were active in the movement for the restoration of judiciary, were sent to prison as they were opposed to the move.

After Rahim recorded his statement, prosecutor Amir Nadeem told the court that all testimonies by the witnesses have been completed.

However, Musharraf’s counsel, Akther Shah, requested the court to grant time for arguments in the case. The ATC accepted the request and adjourned the hearing of the case until October 5.

Earlier in 2014, the head of the FIA probe team Khalid Qureshi had informed the special court that Musharraf imposed emergency as chief of army staff (COAS).

Qureshi too had appeared in the court as a prosecution witness in the case and had further said that Musharraf had issued the PCO affidavit as the president. Qureshi added that the FIA probe team had reached the conclusion that Musharraf was guilty of violating the constitution by suspending it.

He had also said he showed Musharraf the November 3, 2007, emergency order, PCO and documents for the removal of judges which had his (Musharraf’s) signatures. According to Qureshi, Musharraf had refused to give his statement on these documents.

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Imran gets 14 days to respond in Shahbaz defamation suit

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LAHORE: A local court on Monday directed the counsel for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan to respond to Rs10 billion defamation suit of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

Shahbaz sued the PTI chairman for Rs10 billion damages for accusing him of offering bribe to stay silent over the Panama Papers allegations against the Sharif family.

During hearing, Additional District and Session Judge Azfar Sultan directed Advocate Babar Awan to submit comments of the PTI chief on the next hearing on Oct 09.

In his lawsuit CM Shahbaz said, “The defendant (Imran Khan) leveled maliciously false, baseless and unfounded allegations against him.” “He also leveled the same allegations no less than three times in television programme ‘Off the Record’ aired on ARY News on April 26 this year.”

The plaintiff said that he had served a legal notice through his counsel on the defendant on May 8, 2017 under Section 8 of the Defamation Ordinance, 2002 calling upon him to tender a proper apology within 14 days of the receipt of the notice. Upon failing, he warned, he will initiate legal action against the defendant for recovery of Rs10 billion as damages under the law. However, Khan failed to tender apology.

Sharif’s lawyer said that considering the seriousness of defamatory allegations and consistency with which he leveled allegations, his client is entitled to a claim of compensation.

With the Panama Papers revelations about the first family’s London properties having triggered political storm in Pakistan, the PTI chairman went to claim that the Punjab CM had offered him Rs10 billion through one of his close associates to stay silent over the Panamagate case.

Subsequently, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders had demanded Khan to disclose the name of the person who conveyed offer to him. To which the PTI chairman said that over disclosure of the name, the person could face the wrath of the rulers, as what he had said, the ruling party was not a democratic party but a group of fascists scape-goating others to safeguard their personal interests.

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LHC full bench retains single bench order to make Model Town report public

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LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) full bench on Monday retained the single bench order to make Model Town report public.

LHC new bench rejected the petition filed by Punjab government to annul single bench order.

Moreover, the full bench has decided to hear the Model Town case on daily basis. It announced that no contempt of court action will be taken even if Punjab government decides against making Model Town report public.

Justice Yawar Ali had earlier recused himself from hearing any case regarding the Model Town incident that took place in 2014 due to personal reasons and the full bench, comprised of three members, has been dissolved.

The bench also included Justice Abdul Sami Khan and Justice Syed Shahbaz Ali Rizvi. It is worth mentioning here that it is the third time that the tribunal has been annulled.

A new bench to hear the case has therefore been formed which will be headed by Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh, and Justice Aminuddin Khan and Justice Shahbaz Rizvi will be the other two members.

Let it be known that LHC had ordered Punjab Home Secretary Azam Suleman to release the judicial inquiry report of Model Town incident on September 21.

The verdict was announced by Justice Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi. LHC had also accepted the petition filed by Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT).

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No difference in vision: Kamal, Pir Pagara agree

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Pakistan Sarzameen Party (PSP) chief Mustafa Kamal on Monday met Pakistan Muslim League – Functional (PML-F) chief Pir Pagara and discussed various political issues with him.

Talking to media after the meeting with Pir Sadaruddin Shah at Kangri House, Mustafa Kamal said that he had longstanding relations with PML-F and there was no difference in the thinking of both the parties.

He said that the situation was worrisome as children were dying in Thar. He added that both the parties agreed on raising their voices together for the solution of the problems facing the province.

“Political differences should not turn into enmities. Whoever believes that Pakistan’s flag is his flag is our friend”, Kamal stated.

Pir Sadaruddin Shah said on the occasion that Mustafa Kamal had a good track record. He added that it was election commission’s duty to announce the election but his party was ready no matter when it took place.

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Nawaz meets Nisar, PM Abbasi, discusses future line of action

ISLAMABAD (Monitoring Desk): Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday held meetings with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and other senior leaders of his party at the Punjab House in the federal capital to evolve the future course of action in wake of the corruption references filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Sources said that Law Minister Zahid Hamid, senators Pervaiz Rashid and Asif Kirmani and the prime minister’s aviation adviser Mehtab Khan Abbasi were in a meeting with Nawaz when Chaudhry Nisar reached the premises.

“Nisar first enquired after the health of Nawaz’s wife, Kulsoom, who is undergoing treatment for lymphoma in London. Later, a one-on-one meeting began between the two,” the sources said, adding that Nisar reposed his full confidence in Nawaz Sharif’s leadership, but expressed his grievances as well. After meeting Nisar, Nawaz held a meeting with Prime Minister Abbasi.

The two discussed matters related to the party and the political situation of the country, the sources said, adding that Abbasi also discussed development projects with the former premier. Nawaz returned to the country early on Monday after spending over three weeks in London.

He is set to appear before an accountability court on Tuesday which is hearing three corruption cases against him and his family.

Last week, Chaudhry Nisar had criticised fellow party leaders, including Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif and Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, over their statements following a series of scathing criticism by international and regional powers on Pakistan for providing safe havens to terrorists.

The ministers acknowledged the existence of banned outfits in the country and said that the country needs to set its own house in order.

Nisar, in response, had advised the prime minister and ministers to “fix the matters of the house” but avoid making the country a laughing stock before the world.

He had also lashed out at the government over its failure to condemn a US drone strike in Kurram Agency this month. Earlier, Nisar made public his disagreement over the heightened role of Maryam Nawaz in the party affairs.

Nisar Ali Khan had said that he cannot accept Maryam Nawaz, daughter of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, as his leader; instead, he only considers her as his friend’s daughter.

 

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CPEC to help boost economic activities in region: President

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LAHORE: President Mamnoon Hussain has said that the bright and prosperous future of the region is linked with China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.

He was addressing the concluding ceremony of Maritime Security workshop as Chief guest at Pakistan Navy War College in Lahore on Monday.

The topic for the 15-day workshop is “Safe Sea-Prosperous Pakistan”.

Mamnoon Hussain has said that Armed forces were capable of tackling any type of challenges. He said that utilisation of sea resources would not only strengthen economy but also help protect sea routes. He said, “Maritime workshop has great importance with regard to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the future of the region”.

The President said that Allah Almighty has blessed the country with countless resources and sea was one of those and he hoped that country’s sea resources would be a great source of development. He said that seas had always played a vital role in economic situation but at present their importance had increased manifold now.

Mamnoon said that keeping in view the realities of the future, it was important to determine priorities of the sector with the help of substantial study and comprehensive planning. He said that set priorities would help Pakistan in getting more benefits when international trade and naval routes would pass through the waters of Pakistan.

“In order to utilise the naval resources effectively, proper strategy should be in mind as this matter was not confined to land and sea transportation. “When the economic corridor would become operational, we need to pay attention on other important departments which include Ship Yard, Ship manufacturing industry, engineering sectors, fishing, transshipment, ports and many others.”

Mamnoon Hussain said that it was significant to ensure progress of the above mentioned departments keeping in view the stability of national economy and protection of sea boundaries.

The president appreciated the participants in the workshop for presenting healthy recommendations and hoped that relevant departments would make proper decisions in the light of these recommendations. He said that Pak Navy deserves appreciation for the efforts it made for the progress of maritime sector and he hoped that Pak Navy and its associated departments would keep rendering their services with same spirit in future as well.

Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, Pakistan Navy War College Commandant Rear Admiral Moazzam were also present on the occasion.