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Imran thankful to God for his case, slams NAB Hudaibiya case

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Imran Khan, who was in Karachi on Friday, shared three different reactions in the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s judgments in Islamabad.

“I’m thankful to God for clearing me in this fake case filed by a drug dealer,” Imran told reporters after the court handed down its judgment in the case filed by Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz leader Hanif Abbasi. “How fitting that money launderer Nawaz Sharif came after me through a drug dealer,” Khan said, adding that he had presented a clear money trail and sixty documents in the case despite never having been a public office holder.

“I’m really happy of the decision in my favor, which has happened after a year of tough investigation,” Imran said, and added “I condemn that NAB has protected Nawaz Sharif in Hudaibiya paper mill case.

The PTI leader slammed a TV Channel and its owner and said that he will lodge a case against it for misreporting in favor of Nawaz Sharif and against him. “It was very painful for me when my comparison would be made with a person who has looted the money of poor masses,” Imran further said.

“Nawaz Sharif is the country’s big money launderer and they way Hudaibiya case has decided I condemn NAB for it. The NAB has tried to protect Nawaz Sharif by avoiding present the case in a proper way,” Imran said while refereeing to Supreme Court dismissal of NAB case against Nawaz Sharif.

“Former Chairman NAB Qamar Zaman Chaudhry was part of the Sharif Mafia. The Sharif family is unable to tell as from where has the money came. They are compelled to present fake Qatari letters,” he further said.

As he was happy on verdict regarding him and unhappy regarding Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan’s response regarding judgment about Jehangir Tareen was moderate. “Jehangir Tareen has been disqualified on technical grounds, he has committed nothing wrong but we will appeal in the case,” he said.

Notwithstanding the verdict, he said, Tareen should also not be compared to the “corrupt mafia” of the Sharif family, who Khan again accused of taking Rs300 billion out of the country. Compared to the Sharifs, Tareen conducted all his legitimate business in the country, Khan said.

Khan said that he was satisfied with the verdict because people trust him with their money for his charitable work and they now know that he is completely clean. He added that he was happy because he had been cleared by the SC before the 2018 General Elections.

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Will make new province in southern Punjab, says Bilawal

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MULTAN: The PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that the PPP will make a new province in southern Punjab as the region has been denied its fair share of resources by those who rule from Raiwind.

Addressing a public meeting here on Friday, he said the people of the region have been treated unfairly and almost no development has taken place in southern Punjab.

Bilawal also alleged that the budget for flora in Lahore is more than the budget of southern Punjab. He criticised PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif by questioning his ideology and asked what ideology does Nawaz follow.

“Is it the ideology that he swore to defend while he was at Zia’s grave?” He further said that if the parliament has weakened, its due to the politics of Nawaz and his party.

The PPP chairperson also said Shehbaz Sharif, the incumbent chief minister of Punjab, is responsible for the conditions in Punjab, specifically southern Punjab.

“Shehbaz Sharif, you will have to pay for your corruption, you will be held accountable for the martyrs of Model Town, you will be held accountable for Multan Metro project and you will be held accountable for Hudaibiya Paper Mills.”

‘Imran should learn etiquettes of politics’

Turning his criticism towards Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, Bilawal referred to him as a “soldier of Maulana Sami-ul-Haq”.

He also said that Imran should learn the etiquettes of politics, as the language used by PTI can only be “matched by those who did a sit-in at Faizabad”.

Bilawal added that Imran’s politics revolves around bringing back funds stolen from the country but he is surrounded by those who keep their funds abroad.

“Imran Khan, this will be my first election and it will be your last.”

Agriculture friendly policies

Focusing on the issues facing the farmers of the region, Bilawal said if the PPP comes to power, there will be no GST on agriculture input.

He added that as part of his party’s favourable policies towards farmers, the price of agriculture would be set before harvest and there would be an equal distribution of water.
“We want to further the agriculture agenda to better the lot of farmers,” said Bilawal and added that the party has always supported farmers through its policies. “We will not let Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan to ruin the agriculture industry of the country and we will introduce cooperative farming.”

The people are getting poorer while power is concentrated in the hands of a few, said the PPP chairperson. Praising the people of Multan, Bilawal said he can always count on the city to support PPP.

Earlier, Bilawal and Zardari reached the rally venue in Multan to address party supporters and workers in another apparent show of political strength.

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Clean-chit to Imran proves Nawaz’s unjust judicial treatment: Maryam Nawaz

LAHORE (NNI): Maryam Nawaz, daughter of disqualified premier Nawaz Sharif has said on Friday that the verdict of the top court on petitions against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan and secretary general Jahangir Tareen proves that president of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was served an unjust verdict.

Maryam stated her remarks on Twitter after Tareen was disqualified today while Imran Khan was acquitted in corruption probes.

She stated that the verdict today proves partial accountability towards Nawaz Sharif and that residential permit (iqama) was a mere reason, the purpose was to oust Nawaz Sharif.

She claimed that there is no two ways about it that all the sit-ins and conspiracies were hatched to oust Nawaz Sharif.

Reaction of the PML-N leader has come in hours after Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) disqualified Tareen while acquitted Imran on petitions filed by PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi around a year ago.

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Imran Khan should be disqualified: Ayesha Gulalai

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ISLAMABAD: Estranged PTI leader Ayesha Gulalai said on Friday that party chief Imran Khan should be disqualified since there were quite discrepancies in his case.

Speaking to a private television channel, Gulalai said that Imran Khan was a habitual liar. “First he lied about his offshore company and then he told the court that there was no such thing as a loan between husband and wife,” she said.

Gulalai said that Imran Khan should have been disqualified a long time ago since his words and actions are always in contradiction with each other.

All eyes are on the Supreme Court of Pakistan today (Friday) as the decision of the Imran Khan, Jahangir Tareen disqualification case will be announced.

After the disqualification of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif due to the Panama Papers scandal, this is the most important case that political experts and pundits have been keeping a keen eye on.

Imran Khan and Jahangir Tareen can both be disqualified on grounds of the existential evidence. However, that is not the only decision that may be announced. The court can also dismiss petitions against Imran and Tareen citing lack of evidence.

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Everything happened according to script: Daniyal Aziz on SC’s verdict

ISLAMABAD (NNI): The Federal Minister for Privatization Daniyal Aziz said on Friday that everything occurred according to the pre-written script, claiming that drama has been staged only to pretend justice by disqualifying Jahangir Tareen and saving Imran Khan.

The Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan today dismissed plea to disqualify Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan while disqualified PTI General Secretary Jahangir Tareen for life, stating that the reply submitted by Tareen was a confession in itself, thus, he stands disqualified under Article 62 of the Constitution.

Talking to media today, the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader claimed that the statement of Imran Khan’s lawyer was published in all newspapers. “His lawyer confessed to the crime,” he added.

“The aim was to save Imran Khan and PTI by sacrificing Jahangir Tareen. This is all according to the script.”

He justified his opinion by saying that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) was restricted to take any further notice of the foreign funding of PTI. He recalled the PTI Chairman’s statement of relieving his party of the debt by gambling.

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Sheikh Rasheed advises Imran Khan to remarry Jemima

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LAHORE: Awami Muslim League’s Chairman Sheikh Rasheed came out with a bizarre suggestion after the top court gave a clean chit to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan in disqualification case on Friday.

The lawmaker, who is perceived as a ‘political buddy’ of Imran Khan, suggested him to remarry his former wife, Jemima Khan.

In a jubilent tone, Rasheed talked to multiple news channel after the top court’s decision expressing that he was impressed with how Imran Khan’s former wife Jemima collected all the documents and furnished before the court.

“It is impossible for any politician to do and the way Jemima did this to help her former husband was impressive’ said the legislator.

The Pindiite maintained that he would personally insist Imran Khan to remarry his first wife but hastened to add that the religious injunctions should be kept in mind.

The politician declared that he was happy to see Imran Khan escaping SC’s axe. “It would have been a black day for both Pakistani politics and Pakistani people, had Imran Khan been disqualified,” noted the AML chief.

Sheikh Rasheed made another startling claim that after Friday’s verdict, political figures from PML- N would rush to join PTI as many were waiting for the decision, handed down by a three-member bench of the apex court.

To a question, Sheikh Rasheed said that he did not foresee elections anytime soon due to delimitation of constituencies which is yet to be passed from Senate.

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Top court disqualifies Tareen for life

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday disqualified the PTI Secretary General Jahangir Tareen for life in the petitions filed against him by PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi.

Chief justice Mian Saqib Nisar announced the decision and remarked that Jahangir Tareen used doubtful terms in his documents and announced his disqualified for life.

According to the short verdict, Tareen was disqualified on the basis of article 62-1-F of the constitution as he was found involved in insider trading scandal.


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SC rejects PML-N petitions to disqualify Imran Khan

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ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan rejected the Hanif Abbasi petition seeking the disqualification of PTI Chief Imran, on Friday.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar announced the decision and rejected the PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi petition and Imran Khan narrowly escaped disqualification in an anxiously awaited verdict.

The verdict was handed down by a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, comprising Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Umar Ata Bandial on petitions filed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi against PTI Chief and General Secretary.

Party members of both the parties including Naeem Bukhari, Senator Shibli Faraz, Ch Sarwar, Firdous Ashiq Awan, Naeemul Haq from PTI whereas the petitioner Haneef Abbasi along with his fellows Talal, Ch, Mussadiq Malik and Mariyum Aurangzeb besides scores of the party workers reached the court.

In the petitions, which had been filed in November last year, it was accused that the PTI leader covered their assets and offshore companies, and received foreign funds.

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PTI blames NAB for deliberately failed its case before SC: Fawad Chaudhry

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ISLAMABAD: Leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Fawad Chaudhry has criticized the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the way it was presenting its appeal before the Supreme Court, then it is obvious that the decision would be this.

He said that NAB deliberately weakened the case and didn’t present actionable evidence in NAB’s plea to reopen the Rs1.2 billion Hudaibiya Paper Mills reference against the Sharif family as it squashed by the Lahore High Court.

Fawad said this while talking to media outside the Supreme Court. He showed serious reservations over the NAB’s prosecution department in the case.

PTI leader claimed that the apex court judges were not guided in the right way and basic documents of the case were presented in the court.

He added that the party will review the detailed order of the case once the detailed judgment is released.


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Delimitation bill to be presented again in Senate on Dec 19

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ISLAMABAD: The parliamentary leaders agreed to support the bill regarding the delimitation of constituencies which will be presented in the Senate on December 19.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday chaired a meeting of the parliamentary leaders and all the complaints regarding the delimitation bill were addressed in the meeting.

The meeting formed a committee regarding the delimitation and FATA reforms and it will comprise Senators Mushahidullah Khan, Hasil Bizenjo, Taj Haider and Mushahid Hussain.

After the meeting, Senator Aitzaz Ahsan told media that the government accepted the opposition objection and the government will randomly select five per cent of census blocks for a re-audit within 30 days.

Regarding the FATA reforms issue, Senator Ahsan added that a four-member committee to monitor the issue was also formed and adding that PM Abbasi has assured to personally look into the matter.

Senator Mushahidullah of ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) said that in the democracy difference of opinions is very common and it is routine and these issues were resolved through dialogues after Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi intervened in this matter and finished the opposition reservations over the issue.

Senator Mushahidullah Khan the bill will be presented on December 19 and if it passed then elections would be held on time.

The meeting was held to discuss concerns about the delimitation bill and delays in the introduction of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Reforms Bill.

The prime minister was also expected to take the leaders into confidence on matters related to the recently held Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit on Jerusalem.

Leaders from the Pakistan Peoples Party, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan, Awami Muslim League, Jamaat-e-Islami were in attendance. Representatives from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl, however, were missing from the huddle.