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Shafqat Mehmood foresees early election in country

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LAHORE: Leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Shafqat Mehmood has said that it is very difficult that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz will complete its tenure.

Mehmood said that PML-N is scattered after the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif and they didn’t able to collect the party members and workers after the Supreme Court verdict.

This he said while talking to private news channel.  Imran Khan is the chairman of national political party and it is not appropriate that Maryam Nawaz given statements against him on social media, PTI leader added.

He added that Sharif family is exposed to the public and they are in stressed because their 30 years old corruption cases and money laundering was exposed.

In a new wave of tirade against PML-N, PTI Spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry remarked on Sunday that government is completing its mourning period not tenure.


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PAF wins CAS challenge Polo Cup

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LAHORE: 26th Chief of Air Staff Challenge Polo Cup 2017 concluded at Lahore today. Pakistan Air Force won the final match by defeating Pakistan Rangers (Punjab) with 5 goals to 9. Air Marshal Farooq Habib, Acting Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, was the Chief Guest at closing ceremony of the tournament, held at Pakistan Park Lahore.
The Chief Guest awarded CAS Challenge Cup to the winning team and gave away prizes amongst the players. In the enthralling 04 chakkar final match, 5, 2, 1 and 1 goals from the winning team were scored by Shah Qubali Alam, Flight Lieutenant Hamza, Squadron Leader Humayun and Air Vice Marshal Amir Masood Respectively.
Whereas for the runners-up team, Sub Inspector Amanat and Zarrar Abbasi scored 2 and 1 goals respectively, and two handicapped goals were given. Six polo teams including Pakistan Rangers (Punjab), Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Air Force (Blue), Zacky Farms, Stallions and Archers participated in the seven-day long tournament which started on 13 November, 2017. High ranking military and civil officials and a large number of polo enthusiasts witnessed the match.
CAS Challenge Cup Polo Tournament was introduced in 1985 and ever since it has been a regular feature in the Sports Calendar. Acting Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, Air Marshal Farooq Habib awarding CAS Challenge Cup to the winning team, Pakistan Air Force, at the concluding ceremony of 26th Chief of Air Staff Challenge Polo Cup 2017 at Pakistan Park Lahore Cantt.

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Nawaz keeps on insulting Supreme Court judges

M. Bilal Baseer Abbasi

ABBOTTABAD: President of the PML-N and ousted Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said that the persons who are saying minus Nawaz should know that Nawaz Sharif is not just a personality but, he is a name of an idea. The idea for the development, peace and prosperity of Pakistan.

This he said while addressing a party gathering in Abbottabad, a  City of Hazara of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. From this gathering Pakistan Muslim League (Noon) is starting its public contact drive which is part of pre-poll preparation of the general election 2018.

Nawaz Sharif said that during his premier-ship he was doing politics of development, peace and prosperity for Pakistan and other were doing the politics of sit ins and jalsas which badly affected the progressing programme of Pakistan, though KP chief minister and Dr. Tahir ul Qadri were also present in these dharnas. Nawaz Sharif said as he started his address to the mammoth crowd in Abbottabad. “I have never seen anything like this before.”

“You made me a prime minister, and some four people had disqualified me,”  he said,

“Tell me, is their verdict acceptable to you?” he asked to the crowd.

“I have come to you to file a review petition because you some 200 millions people of Pakistan are my judges. I know everyone in Pakistan is protesting Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification,” he told his supporters.

“Nawaz Sharif was not involved in any corruption or any misappropriation. The courts can not proved even a single penny of corruption on me but,they disqualified me for not taking a salary from my son. You people had seen the dramas of Panama and Whatsapp calls in which your prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and his whole family was presented before the court. When I reviewed petition in apex court judge of the court had written to me “Mujhe rahzanoon sy gilla nahin teri rehbari ka sawal hai” its my question in 70 years of the history is anyone was bring in the court? Had you questioned to Parvez Musharraf? he enquired.

That’s why tribes get ruined. This is what our constitution unrespected and the country decentralized. The judges of supreme court can just give answer of these questions, he said.

Now you people have to take the decision despite courts because you are my judge 200 millions of Pakistan are my judges.

Recalling that he was elected on promises that he would end electricity load-shedding and initiate development projects, Nawaz Sharif asked his supporters  he had fulfilled it or not? . O’ Abbottabadians, though I had not promised with you of motorway but I build it for you which will be completed in next some weeks.

“When so many good things are happening in the country, is this how your prime minister should be treated?”

“No! This is unacceptable to us!” he said.

“Its just done in Pakistan and no other country has experienced upheavals in its democratic process like we have,” he claimed.

“Nawaz Sharif will make this happen for you,” he roared.

“Nawaz Sharif has never deceived you,” he continued. Despite everything – the dharnas and the conspiracies against our government – we have delivered on our promises, you people loved me that’s why I love you too. I will work for you since my last breathed. He asserted.

“You will have to support me,” he said. “I am no longer a prime minister, but you have to support me.”

“I have come out for justice to you,” he continued. “I want your rule over this country.” “O’ people of Abb-ottabad, will you stand with me as we bring positive cha-nge to Pakistan? Will you go with me for this? He asked.

Turning his guns on KP government Nawaz Sharif said The PTI led coalition government of KP who had claimed for elimination of corruption within 90 days, had they fulfilled? No. They also claimed they will generate electricity in KP they had not done though we had done pragmatically,he claimed. They further said that they will grow Arab trees in KP, though they cannot grow Arab trees but engulfed Arab rupees of the public.

People of Abbottabad had showed that they are with me they will support and they had rejected panama and other verdicts. I love you’ people of Abbottabad and will come back to you in upcoming general elections of 2018

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PM says govt fully focused on Sindh development

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KARACHI: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Sunday said every effort was being made for permanent peace in the port city of Karachi as the government was fully focused on the implementation of development projects.

He assured that the federal government would continue its cooperation in the progress and development of Sindh province.

The prime minister expressed these views during a meeting with Sindh Governor Muhammad Zuabair at the Governor House, PM office media wing said in a press release.

During the meeting, overall law and order situation in the province, progress on the federal government’s projects, matters pertaining to the economic and business activities, besides other significant issues were reviewed.

The prime minister compared Karachi to the jugular vein of the country with respect to its significance in generating the overall economic and development activities of the country.

He said the federal government was implementing its vision of uniform development and prosperity of the whole country.

To safeguard lives and properties of the people and provision of all facilities was the priority of the government, he added.

The Sindh governor said a sustained increase in the economic, trade, business, social and cultural activities was being witnessed after restoration of peace and tranquility in the city.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi apprised the prime minister that consultations with regard to development and prosperity of the province continued with all the stakeholders, including political and religious parties, industrialists and businessmen etc.

The prime minister expressed his confidence that the completion of development schemes with assistance of the federal government would help raise standard of life of the residents of province.

Zubair said that economic policies of the federal government were benefitting the province of Sindh.

He also spoke of the significance of the assistance of the federal government for the on-going projects in the province.

Earlier, On his arrival at the airport Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was received by Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair and Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah.

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JCC meeting to kick off today

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ISLAMABAD: The two-day meeting of 7th Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) between the two countries will kick off here on Monday (November 20).

Ministry of Planning and Development Spokesman Asim Khan Sunday said on the inaugural day, high officials from both countries would not only review progress on various projects being carried out under the umbrella of CPEC but also finalize proposals regarding future projects.

He said Secretary for Planning Commission Shoaib Saddiqui and his Chinese counterpart would jointly preside over the meeting and it would finalize agenda for the 7th Joint Coordination Committee meeting.

The formal meeting of 7th JCC would be held on Tuesday (November 21), the spokesman said.

He said the 7th Joint Coordination Committee meeting would jointly be presided over by Minister for Planning Commission Ahsan Iqbal and his Chinese counterpart.

The JCC would give approval to joint projects under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)  for future.

He said the meeting would further deepen mutual cooperation between the two countries under the framework of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)  and would pave a way for Pakistan to enter the phase of Industrial Cooperation.

The Joint Coordination Committee is the apex decision-making forum on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which is jointly chaired by the planning and development minister and the vice chairman of National Development and Reform Commission of China.

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Imran Khan scared of PML-N: Pervez Rasheed

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ABBOTTABAD : Senator Pervaiz Rasheed on Sunday said Imran Khan was scared of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), and said his party PTI was in the process of elimination.

He said it seemed that Imran Khan also wanted to avoid general elections in 2018.

Talking to media, he said that in upcoming elections, PTI would be wiped out of the political scenario while PML-N has emerged as stronger than ever, as not a single PMN-N worker did leave the party and they fully support Nawaz Sharif.

Senator Pervaiz Rasheed said that Imran Khan’s politics has completely failed and people would get rid of the his politics since PML-N was founder party of the country and it had brought the country on the track of progress and development.

He expressed the optimism that in the forthcoming general elections, PML-N would convincingly win, and eventually form federal and provincial governments in the country.

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Justice delayed is justice denied: Session judge

Hafiz M Aziz Ur Rehman

HAFIZABAD: The saying that “justice delayed is justice denied” ,and there is no doubt that it has been biggest dilemma in the present judicial system that justice in most of the cases has been often delayed due to several reasons, as cases remained continued pending for adjudication through generations, that is why that Chief Justice of Lahore High Court Syed Mansoor Ali Shah has taken revolutionary step to establish Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) Centres in all the districts of the Punjab to provide cheap and speedy justice through mediation between the parties, District and Session Judge Muhammad Nawaz said here.

The D&SC invited a team of senior journalists to visit the ADR centre to see for themselves the mediation being carried out by the Mediator/Incharge of the centre being run by Ilyas Raza, who was sitting in the centre by adoring civilian dress mediating with the parties in a calm, polite and friendly atmosphere. The parties are also being served with tea and refreshment.

The D&SC further said that all the compoundable criminal cases and civil cases particularly Family Law Cases and money disputes are being sent to the centre with the mutual consents of the parties.

The centre was playing a vital role in early mediation between the parties in disposing of the prolonged pending cases for building up trust in the judicial system and the parties are being saved from unnecessary wastage of time, energy and money.

He disclosed that so far 210 cases have been referred to the centre, out of which 189 cases have been successfully mediated and the parties particularly children and families have heaved a sigh of relief. Most of the cases have been adjudicated within 15 days and one of the cases was disposed of within 10 minutes with the consent of a spouce, which has proved that the establishment o f the centre proved fruitful.

In family cases, the centre has saved the lives of scores of  families and their children from ruination.

To a question, he said that the parties are not being forced but convinced and motivated to agree upon solution of their disputes so that they do not grow into conflicts and prolonged family feuds. He further said that a Sahulat Centre has also been set up in the judicial complex to facilitate the concerned people to get free of cost copy of FIR promptly. He said that ADR centre will shortly be opened at tehsil headquarter.

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Militancy-hit schools rehabilitated: DDAC Chairman

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TIMERGARA: Chairman District Development Advisory Committee and MPA Saeed Gul on Sunday said that over 100 educational institutions in Lower Dir were damaged by militants in 2009-10 that badly affected education in Maidan.

Addressing a parents’ day function at government higher secondary school Bagh Maidan as chief guest he said that all the damaged schools in the area had been made functional during the present government in the province.

He said the incumbent government had prioritized education at the top as it was spending billions on education.

The function was also addressed by school’s principal Muhammad Wahab, DEO Hafiz Ibrahim, Maidan tehsil nazim Bakhtiar Khan and others. Parents, students, teachers and area elders were present on the occasion.

Saeed Gul said that nations could only progress and develop through education.

He said that provision of basic and missing facilities to schools, reward and punishment policy and the formation of independent monitoring unit for schools had brought positive changes in education sector.

The MPA announced construction of 4 additional rooms, provision of clean drinking water, black topping of the school road and play ground for the school.

The DEO Hafiz Ibrahim announced Rs 30,000 for players of the school gymnastic team for their best performance.

The DEO and school Principal Muhammad Wahab stressed upon parents to keep close contact with school for better future of their children. They said the combination of teachers, parents, students and syllabus if coordinated could bear good fruits in students learning process.

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400,000 undocumented Afghan refugees registered in 4 months

F.P. Report

Islamabad: Around 400,000 undocumented Afghan refugees have been registered by the National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) through the new Afghan refugees’ registration policy which was launched on August 16, 2017.

The International Organization of Migration, which assists and monitors the movement of migrants across the world, reported that 248,189 undocumented Afghan nationals had returned or were deported from Pakistan in 2016.

An official source of Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) here on Sunday, he said that International Organization for Migration (IOM) looking this process of registration.

He said that the process of registering of one million Afghan refugees to be completed by January 16, 2018 and in this regard 21 registration centers had been established in the different parts of the country.

He said that including the registered Afghan refugees process, two hundred and thirty thousand refugees had been registered in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The country has some 1.5 million registered refugees, one of the largest such populations in the world, according to the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR). More than a million others are estimated to live here unregistered.

The government is issuing Afghan Citizen Card (ACC) to them after their registration that will legalize their stay in Pakistan for indefinite period without getting refugee status. The process is part of 20-point National Action Plan that was unveiled in early 2015. Over 200,000 unregistered Afghan nationals went back to Afghanistan in 2016 when law enforcement agencies launched crackdown against them.

“Approximately 40 to 45 per cent of the applicants are Afghan passport holders,” he said. He said that most of the Afghan citizens wanted to obtain ACC because of instability and fighting in their war-torn country. He said that Afghan nationals did not show their passport when they visited registration centres.

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President for collective efforts to promote, protect child rights

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain said the protection of child rights and ensuring equal opportunities to them required a strong and robust partnership between public and private agencies and called for collective efforts to protect and promote their rights.

“I, therefore, call upon the parents, teachers, members of the civil society, NGOs, volunteers, philanthropists, international development partners, media and corporate houses to play their constructive role towards promotion and protection of the rights of children,” he said in his message to the nation on Universal Children Day being observed Monday (November 20).

He said as Pakistan joins the international community to celebrate Universal Children Day, we re-affirm our commitment and determination to safeguard the rights of our children.

He said the observance of the Children Day today should serve to remind us of our obligation to the children as ordained in the injunctions of our religion and also in the Constitution.

Being a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Pakistan remains in the forefront to advocate, protect and promote child rights. For this, the government has undertaken all necessary measures to ensure better livelihood, education, healthcare and protection of children, he added.

President Mamnoon said Islam enjoins upon us the sacred task of care, protection and development of our children. Pursuant to our religious and international obligations, the government is fully cognizant of the need for protection and development of children, who are our greatest asset, he maintained.

“As an Islamic Republic, we are obligated to promote best interests of children and provide them with access to equal opportunities without any discrimination. Let us reiterate our commitment to provide our children with a conducive environment to enable them to become useful citizens of the country as well as productive members of the world community. Our resolve towards child welfare continues to reflect in our state policies,” he stated.

He commended the efforts of Ministry of Human Rights for promulgating the Criminal Law (Second Amendment) Act, 2016, which explicitly provides for stringent and deterrent punishment for offences against children including exposure to seduction, child pornography, sexual abuse and human trafficking.

He also admired the efforts of the ministry for promulgating the National Commission on the Rights of the Child 2017 which is mandated to address the issues of child rights violations in the country.

The president appreciated the NGOs for advocating and highlighting the child rights as well as related issues and hoped that they will continue to pursue this important mission with the same zeal and spirit.