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We reject verdict in Benazir Bhutto murder case: Bilawal

F.P. Report

DADU: PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said he and his family rejected the court’s verdict in the Benazir Bhutto’s murder case, which had sentenced two police officials and declared General (retd) Pervez Musharraf an absconder.

While addressing a public rally in Dadu, Bilawal applauded the crowd, saying people of the town have endeavoured to strengthen democracy, even a dictator like Zia-ul-Haq feared their vigour.

“New politicians who are talking about democracy, they do not know the meaning of the word,” he said. “They do not know what happened in September of 1983.” Bilawal was referring to the movement started in Sindh against the dictatorship of Zia.

The PPP chairperson refuted allegations regarding the lack of development work in Sindh, saying those who make such claims cannot see improvement in the province. The party chief was accompanied by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and Leader of the Opposition Khursheed Shah among others at the rally.

People started flocking to the rally ground after the preparations were completed. Work to clean the streets and markets of the town was also under way during preparation for the rally.

However, a day earlier the people of Dadu were asked to boycott the rally. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader and former chief minister of Sindh, Liaquat Jatoi, held a news conference on Friday, asking people to not attend the event as he believed PPP had caused immense damage to the province.

Jatoi added there was also a needed to conduct census afresh in Sindh as that was the basis on which allocations for the province would be decided in the National Finance Commission Award.


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PML-N has destroyed country’s future: Imran

F.P. Report

KHUSHAB: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman, Imran Khan on Saturday said the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) has destroyed future of the country.

Addressing party workers in Khushab he said that the “lies of the Sharif clan have come to the forefront”.

The PTI chief questioned the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz’s motive to lie to the nation, after an audio recording of the latter was played in which she denied owning any properties in Pakistan and abroad.

“The Sharif family lies because it has looted your [the nation’s] money,” Imran insisted. Lashing out at the PML-N, Imran claimed the party tried to bribe the top brass of the country for their ‘corrupt motives.’

“Voters in Lahore must decide if they support the judiciary or not,” he said, referencing to the Supreme Court’s decision to disqualify Nawaz Sharif from holding public office on the basis of Constitution’s article’s 62 and 63.

“Pakistanis pay the most for electricity in South Asia because of the billions that corrupt leaders have borrowed from the International Monetary Fund,” Imran said, insisting that Nawaz Sharif and his family have profited from corruption while the nation suffers from poverty.

Citing the example of African countries, he said despite having diamond mines, the countries couldn’t progress due to deep-rooted corruption, adding that Pakistan needs to rid itself of corrupt leaders in order to make significant strides in development.

He compared the economic development of Singapore with Pakistan, stating that one honest prime minister changed the country’s standing in the world.

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Teenage maid found dead in DHA house

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Father of a teenage maid, who was found dead in a house in Defence Housing Authority upper class neighborhood of the metropolis on Saturday, claimed that his daughter couldn’t commit suicide as claimed by the employer.

In formal application he submitted with Gizri police station father of the deceased teen, Abdul Haq, said his daughter couldn’t committee suicide. No formal FIR was, however, registered till filing of this report. Gizri police station officer, Abdul Latif told that the father, in his formal statement to the police, had not leveled any allegations against the employers.

Earlier, the investigating officer from the Gizri police station said that the employers claim the domestic help had committed suicide. The police also said that the employers, Syed Hassan Mazhar, and his wife, said they found Fatima hanging from a fan in her room.

The mother also said that Fatima had called her uncle and asked to talk to her mother last night However; he was unable to answer the call. The maid’s family lives in Korangi while she would stay at her employer’s residence. According to Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Clifton Dr Asad Malhi the deceased had been living on the first floor of the house while her employers, a couple, resided on the ground floor.

She did not turn up in the morning to the lower floor as per her routine, and one of her employers found her hanging by a ceiling fan her room. Her corpse was shifted to the Jinnah Post-Graduate Medical Centre for a post-mortem examination. According to police it appeared to be a suicide case.

The owner of the property, Syed Hasan Mazhar, said in his statement that the girl generally tended to wake up at around 11:30am. He said they had installed a bell on the first floor of the house where she lived and she tended to wake up with the bell.

Mazhar, who works at a cement factory located on Super Highway, said that he had been getting late for work on Saturday and had left home in his car in a hurry. He had travelled only a short distance when he received a phone call from his wife saying that she had gone to the first floor of the house and found the girl hanging from the ceiling fan.

The owner said he returned home, informed police about the incident and shifted the body to the JPMC for a post-mortem examination. According Doctors the incident seems to a suicide as there were no apparent injury marks on the girl’s body. However, the doctor had reserved the cause of death pending the chemical examiner’s report.

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FIA arrests DG KDA for concealing dual nationality

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Saturday arrested Syed Nasir Abbas, Director General of the Karachi Development Authority (KDA), for concealing facts about his dual nationality.

An FIR no 320/2017 has been registered in FIA AHT Circle, Karachi on the complaint of Azhar Hussain Kalwar, Deputy Assistant Director Regional Passport Office, Karachi.

“Consequent upon Enquiry No. 45/2017 dated of FIA ANT Circle Karachi it transpired that accused Syed Nasir Abbas s/0 Syed Alamdar Hussain Director General (BPS-20), Karachi (Development Authority (KDA) being a Government servant obtained Pakistani Passports by misdeclaration, concealment of facts,” reads FIR, a copy of which is available with The Frontier Post.

According to FIA the accused declared his profession as business instead of Government Servant.

According to FIR, the complainant submitted that that Syed Nasir Abbas had applied for grant of subsequent passport and while processing his case it transpired that Syed Nasir Abbas obtained his previous passport reported lost with profession as Business Owner, whereas he has mentioned his current job as government employee.

“From the Enquiry conducted / available evidences on record, it has been established that accused Syed Nasir Abbas s/o Syed Alamdar Hussain, Director General (BPS-20), Karachi (Development Authority (KDA) Karachi obtained manual Pakistani Passport No. A193877 dated 23.10.1995 from Toronto as well as MRP KQ1013821 dated 15.04.2015 from RPO Sadder Karachi by mis-declaration / concealment of facts”, according to the FIR.

These facts, according to FIA, constitute the commission of offence punishable under section 6(1)(a)(c) Passport Act 1974. “Hence, registration of the case against accused Syed Nosir Abbos s/o Syed Alamdar Hussain, Director General (BPS-20), Karachi (Development Authority (KDA) resident of D-32, Rizvia Society F.B. Area Karachi with the approval of competent authorities”.

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Ahsan’s statement against top institutions condemnable: Fawad

ISLAMABAD (Online): Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Fawad Ch. has severely criticized Federal Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqba on his negative remarks against country top institutions.

“Ahsan Iqbal’s statement against country top institutions including apex court and national security departments is absolutely regretful and condemnable” he stated this in response to Ahsan Iqbal’s press conference.

He advised Ahsan Iqbal to immediately leave lament, call back the sons of deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from abroad and present them before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

He reiterated that interior minister Ahsan Iqbal should tell the nation who is making conspiracies and who is pressurizing for the opening of Hudibiya Paper Mills case?.

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SC decision does not fulfil requirements of justice: Maryam Nawaz

ISLAMABAD (INP): Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz has said the Supreme Court’s verdict did not fulfil the requirements of justice.

Speaking private Tv channel the daughter of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said the apex court’s decision had not only astonished the PML-N but the entire world as well.

“We were not given the opportunity of a fair trial and the verdict did not fulfil the requirements of justice. The world is astonished over that verdict. When our judges who are experts and understand the law, when they give such a verdict which not only astonishes the PML-N but the entire world, questions will be raised,” she said.

Maryam said that keeping in view the treatment meted out by the judiciary over the last year and a half, it was not possible to hope for justice, yet “we decided to test the judicial system once again” by filing the review petitions against the Panama case verdict.

“The way we were treated in the last year and a half and the way court proceedings of cases were held, the way verdicts came, after that, it was not possible to hope for justice. With this in mind, we decided to once again test the judicial system of the country.

We wanted to fulfil the legal requirements and the world should know that we approached the court repeatedly and tried repeatedly to have our voice heard. Now the result is in front of everyone.”

We were subjected to the worst media and judicial trial over the last year and a half, she lamented.

“I believe there is no bigger injustice than what was done with us for the last one and a half years. We were subjected to the worst media and judicial trial. What happened in the JIT, I do not want to go into those details. We stayed within the system and fought for our rights and are now raising our voice for our rights.”

On the issue of Dawn Leaks, Maryam said that the reality of it should have been revealed. “According to my personal opinion, the truth should have been brought forward.

“Mian Nawaz Sharif made several compromises in his four and a half years which, in my opinion, he should not have done,” she added.

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SHC orders immediate reopening of Ayisha Bawani College

KARACHI (PPI): The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Saturday suspended the order of lower court to seal Ayisha Bawani Government College in Karachi and ordered its immediate re-opening.

A day earlier, the lower court had directed the authorities concerned to seal the college building while hearing a case regarding its ownership on Friday. Later on the court’s directives, the college was sealed after the students were forced to vacate it.

On Saturday, the SHC was informed by the administration that the future of 30,000 students is on the stake due to the closure of the college. The counsel stated that ownership case has also been filed in the Supreme Court, requesting the SHC to restrain the authorities concerned from sealing it.

While suspending the order of low court, the SHC bench directed the authorities concerned to re-open it forthwith.

The court also issued notices to all parties, seeking their respective comments by September 23.

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Ministers should stop making statements, start finding solutions: Nisar

ISLAMABAD (NNI): Spokesman of former Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that the duty of ministers should not be to just give statements but to find solutions of problems at hand.

He questioned that isn’t Pakistan’s internal security better than what it was in June, 2013. “This was not possible due to foreign funding or pressure but due to Allah’s blessings and joint efforts,” former interior minister’s spokesman said. He further said that federal and provincial governments, Army, police and all other agencies were involved in this joint effort. “If ministers are now seeing any weaknesses, they should find a solution for that,” spokesman asserted.

He said that if a certain minister had an issue he should have raised it in the cabinet or the national security committee meeting. He further said that important and crucial issues should not be discussed based on hearsay. In reality, Pakistan has given 26,000 lives and bore a loss of 100 billion. “After so many sacrifices, the world still raises fingers on us,” he said.

He further said that it is a peculiar situation right now; Army chief said that the world should do more now, but our interior minister and foreign minister said that we still need to do more. “Both of them are ministers for four years now, did they say anything related to this in cabinet or national security committee meetings,” he questioned.

He questioned whether the minister knows how popular his statement became in India. “In India people used this statement and built a narrative that all the problems are in Pakistan,” he said. The spokesman further said that after so many successes, there are still some problems in national security. “These problems should be solved with mutual consent and hard work and not through statements that your enemy enjoys,” he said.

The spokesman said that national security is a sensitive issue so the ministers should place national interest before making a statement. “These statements are targeted towards security agencies and Pakistan Army,” he said. He said that if one has to give such statements they should have the courage to make those statements clearly.

Nisar’s spokesperson also clarified that a statement which is being attached to Begum Kulsoom Nawaz is false and based on treachery and lies. “It is bewildering how it took 17 years for the anchor to break this news,” he said. “Begum Kulsoom Nawaz is ill these days and to attach such controversial news with her is indecent,” he said.


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Dr Imran Farooq’s murderers should be brought to justice: Farooq Sattar

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement – Pakistan (MQM-P) Leader Farooq Sattar on Saturday said Dr Imran Farooq’s murderers should be brought to justice.

Scotland Yard has failed for over six years in bringing killers of British national and MQM leader Dr Imran Farooq to justice. Sattar said the party has not compromised on its principles in the past and nor will it do so in the future.

“We want meritocracy to prevail,” he said.

Dr. Farooq, aged 50, was on his way home from work on September 16, 2010, when he was murdered on Green Lane, Edgware outside his London home. A post-mortem examination disclosed that he died from multiple stab wounds and blunt trauma to the head.

The MQM leader had claimed asylum in Britain in 1999. He was wanted in Pakistan on scores of charges, including torture and murder, but always claimed the accusations were politically motivated.

Dr. Farooq was twice elected as a lawmaker in Pakistan but went into hiding in 1992 when the government ordered a military crackdown against MQM activists in Karachi.

On December 5, 2015, the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) registered a case against MQM’s self-exiled chief and other party leaders for their alleged involvement in the murder.

The FIA’s counter-terrorism wing had registered a case under the relevant clauses of the Anti-Terrorism Act and clauses pertaining to conspiracy, assistance, abatement and assassination/murder have also been incorporated in the FIR.

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PM Abbasi to attend 72nd UNGA Session

ISLAMABAD (APP): Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will lead Pakistan delegation to 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York from September 18.

The Annual gathering of the 193-member body will give Pakistan an opportunity to engage multilaterally and bilaterally to advance its priorities in diverse areas. The Prime Minister will hold bilateral meetings with a number of world leaders and the Secretary General of the United Nations, the Foreign Office announced.

The Annual Session of the General Assembly has special significance as is attended by a large number of Heads of State and Government. The regular session of the UNGA began on September 12, and the General Debate will open on September 19, with a focus on the theme, “Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet.”

On the sidelines of the General Assembly Session, the Prime Minister will address the Council on Foreign Relations besides interacting with the US Pakistan Business Council. The Prime Minister will also have extensive interaction with the international media.

On the margins of the session, Ministerial level meetings of many regional and sub-regional organizations will be held, including OIC, G-77, ECO, SAARC, Commonwealth, D-8 and others. A meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir will also be held. Pakistan is a great advocate of multilateralism and the United Nations to promote collective responses to the multifaceted challenges of global peace, security and development.

The statement said Pakistan would continue its constructive role and engagement at the UN with a view to protecting and promoting its national interests, including on core issues such as Jammu and Kashmir, reform of the Security Council, counter-terrorism, human rights, peacekeeping, and a host of development and other matters.