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Imran Khan gambles to collect funds for PTI, claims Marriyum Aurangzeb

ISLAMABAD (APP): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairperson Imran Khan gambled to collect funds for his party under the guise of giving advice to his former brother-in-law, alleged State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb.

Marriyum was referring to the statement made by Imran during an interview with a private news channel where he spoke about a deal he made with his former brother-in-law.

During the interview, the PTI chief said he had to pay a debt of Rs2 million for expenses incurred during the 2002 elections and he had also sold his vehicle for this purpose.

The PTI chairman had claimed that his brother-in-law was losing about Rs1 million in betting when he offered advice on the condition that he (brother-in-law) will help him in paying the debt if he won over Rs1 million.

Imran said he gave advice to his brother-in-law for about three or four hours for betting during which he not only removed the Rs1 million deficit but won Rs2 million more as well.

Imran insisted there was nothing wrong with the deal as the funds were not transferred to the party as it was his personal loan and he had returned the loan of Rs2 million won through gambling. While speaking to the media, Marriyum also called Imran a fugitive, saying he was on the run from the court.

“Those raising slogans of corruption in the Supreme Court are themselves evading the court.” About Imran’s government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the information minister said he did nothing but weaken institutions during his rule in the province.

“Imran Khan put a padlock on the KP Ehtesab Commission to conceal his corrupt practices in the province,” she maintained.

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Four wanted terrorists killed in Balochistan operations: ISPR

RAWALPINDI (INP): Security forces in Balochistan conducted operations in various areas of the province and killed four wanted terrorists affiliated with BRA and UBA, said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations.

In the Dera Bugti district, Thango and Keleri affiliated with BRA were killed. They were involved in the abduction of civilians and attacks on security forces.

Mohammad Khan and Jalal Deen, affiliated with UBA, were killed in Sibbi district of the province. The terrorists were involved in blasts targeting railway lines, planting IEDs and destroying power lines.

A suicide bomber, belonging to the proscribed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), was also arrested along with 23 other suspects in the operations conducted by FC Balochistan, added ISPR.

Security personnel recovered light machineguns, sub-machineguns, rifles, pistols, IEDs, rockets, hand grenades, 16kg of explosives, a mortar shell and 15,032 rounds of different caliber ammunition were also recovered in the raids.

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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

F.P. Report

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

F.P. Report

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.