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Nawaz Sharif, Maryam, issued notice for using state protocol

LAHORE (INP): Lahore High Court (LHC) issued notice to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Mayram Nawaz for using state protocol despite former minister’s disqualification by the apex court.

Justice Shahid Kareem heard the petition seeking return of the 40 vehicles which were deployed with him as state protocol when he was prime minister.

The petitioner has the stance that Nawaz Sharif was still using the state protocol and Punjab House despite SC had declared him disqualified. He pointed out that 40-car motorcade with the disqualified person just the wastage of nation exchequer.

The petition has also requested the ban on former PM meetings in Punjab House and having such a huge protocol.

On November 23, the contempt of court petition against Maryam Nawaz over her anti-judiciary remarks has been filed in Lahore High Court (LHC) requesting action against her.

The contempt of court plea? filed by Amna Malik saying that Maryam Nawaz has issued statements against the judiciary after appearing before accountability court as she was also posting anti-judiciary messages on social media on regular basis.

The plaintiff has the stance that every citizen poor or rich should have been respect the judiciary, however Maryam statement against the judiciary can create unrest in the country.

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Bilawal extends support to UN initiative ‘Unite to End Violence against Women’

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that torture and violence against women and girls won’t be accepted and pledged that his Party will always be in the forefront for protection of our mothers and sisters across the country.

The United Nations is observing ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women’ all over the world on Saturday. UN has found that Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today.

In his message on the eve of the Day, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that PPP has always brought, encouraged and passed legislation aimed at strengthening protection of women and girls. “PPP is the only Party where women feel more protected, respected and rewarded without any gender discrimination,” he pointed out.

With the support of masses, the PPP elected women as Prime Minister, Speaker, Ministers, Judges, Police Officers etc. First Women Bank was launched by Prime Minister Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and she also established separate police stations manned by the women for women, the PPP Chairman stated.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also extended support to the worldwide campaign led by UN Secretary General’s initiative UNiTE to End Violence against Women. Former President Asif Ali Zardari chairs meeting of Party Parliamentarians, leaders from Tharparker, Umerkot

Meanwhile, a joint meeting of Pakistan Peoples Party office-bearers, Parliamentarians, Local Bodies heads, and notables from Tharparker and Umerkot districts was presided over by the former President of Pakistan and President PPPP at Bilawal House Friday evening. PPP Women Wing President MNA Faryal Talpur was also present on occasion.

Meeting was attended by President PPP Sindh Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Home Minister Suhail Anwar Sial, Ziaul Hassan Lanjar, Member Central Executive Committee MNA Nawab Yousuf Talpur, PPP Mirpurkhas Division President Aftab Hussain Jillani, President PPP Tharparker Senator Gianchand, President PPP Umerkot Syed Ali Mardan Shah, Ministers Sardar Ali Shah, Special Assistant to Chief Minister Dr Khatumal Jeewan, Nawab Taimoor Talpur, MPAs, Party office-bearers, the elected Chairmen and Vice Chairmen of the District Councils, Municipal and Town Committees and notables from both districts.

PPP leaders from Tharparker and Umerkot apprised Asif Ali Zardari about the political landscape of both the districts and the development projects carried out by PPP government in their respective areas.

Addressing the Party leaders, former President Asif Ali Zardari said that both Tharparker and Umerkot districts will immensely benefit from Thar Coal Project, which is going to change the fate of every soul in the area. He said that Thar Coal Project was the dream of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and hoped that it would be completed within schedule and start feeding coal-fired power to national grid by the end of 2019.

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LHC reserves Model Town report verdict on Punjab govt appeal

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LAHORE: A Lahore High Court (LHC) full bench on Friday reserved its verdict on an Intra-Court Appeal (ICA) filed by the Punjab government challenging a LHC single bench order for making the Model Town inquiry report public.

Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh headed the full bench with Justice Syed Shahbaz Ali Rizvi and Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmad. The bench reserved the verdict after hearing the arguments of Punjab government’s counsel Khawaja Haris in rebuttal of contentions raised by the counsel of respondents-heirs of the Model Town incident victims.

Contradicting the respondents’ arguments including provision of information under Article 19 (A), Khawaja Haris submitted that right to information was subject to reasonable restrictions.

He submitted that it was feared that the public and social order would be disturbed if the report was made public whereas the government was duty bound to maintain it. Justice Sheikh said that if the implementation of fundamental rights affect the other rights then the fundamental rights could be suspended.

He said that two FIRs were registered in connection with Model Town incident and these were pending before an anti-terrorism court. If the Model Town report was made public then it would definitely affect the right of fair trial of the parties, he added.

He submitted the government ordered the Model Town inquiry for its use and it was his discretion to make the report public or not.

He also submitted that the respondents did not approach the single bench with clean hands as they did not move application for provision of Model Town inquiry report to the concerned authority first as an alternate remedy.

He said that the heirs failed to point out that the identical petitions were being heard by a full bench and claimed that it was first petition on the subject.

Haris further submitted the single bench ordered to release the Model Town report despite the fact that six identical petitions were pending before a full bench. Three of the said petitions were referred to full bench by different single benches on knowing that identical petitions were being heard by it, he added.

He questioned then why the single bench did not refer the matter to full bench after the law officer pointed out that identical petitions were pending before full bench.

He said that the single bench held in its detailed order that the petitions pending before the full bench were filed by petitioners who were not aggrieved persons. He contended that Idara Minhaj ul Quran was an aggrieved party as the incident took place at its premises and it was included among the petitioners who had filed the said six petitions. Then how it could be said that the petitions pending before full bench were not filed by the aggrieved parties, he added.

He further questioned silence of the heirs of the victims saying that why they did not file the petition for two years.

Haris observed that no notice under Article 27 A was issued to the advocate general for assistance whereas it was a mandatory step for hearing such matter. He pleaded with the bench to set aside the single bench orders for release of the report.

The bench after hearing arguments reserved its verdict on the appeal. It is pertinent to mention here that Barrister Ali Zafar, Advocate Khawaja Tariq Rahim and Advocate Muhammad Azhar Siddique represented the respondents and pleaded with the bench to set aside the appeal and upheld the single benchorders.

A single bench comprising Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi had, on Sept 21, ordered the Punjab home secretary to make the Model Town report public while allowing a petition filed by heirs of Model Town incident victims.

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Siraj for joint strategy to revive Khilafat

LAHORE (INP): Ameer, Jamaat e Islami Pakistan, Senator Sirajul Haq, has said that the real message of Rabi ul Awwal is to establish the supremacy of the Shariah Muhammadi all over the world and the enforcement of the all-embracing Nizam e Mustafa in the Muslim states.

Addressing a big Friday congregation at Mansoora mosque, he impressed upon the Muslim world to forge unity in its ranks and adopt a joint strategy for the revival of the Khilafat.

Sirajul Haq said that the life of the noble Prophet (pbuh) was a model for the mankind till the doomsday and the last and Final Prophet of Allah had given the best system of politics, economy, trade and governance to humanity and the Islamic system provided the solution to all human problems and ailments for all times.

The JI chief said that Pakistan came into being in the name of Islam. However, for the last seventy years, the country was being ruled by elements who had revolted against Allah and were slaves of the secular forces.

He said the enforcement of Deen would help eliminate exploitation, tyranny, immorality, interest based economy and also the violation of the women rights.

Sirajul Haq said that the elite ruling the country considered Islam as the biggest threat to their interests although Islam was the blessing for mankind. Islam disallowed maltreatment to others, burning of trees and crops whereas the followers of Kufr were even setting living human being on fire.

He said that the mental slaves of the west in the country had welcomed the advance of Soviet and the US forces in an Islamic country with clapping and these people were the biggest hurdle in the Islamic culture and system in the country.

Referring to the international Women protection Day on Nov 25, Sirajul Haq said that Islam has given respect and dignity to the womenfolk in the relationship of a mother, a sister and a daughter.

On the other hand, the west was exploiting the women by projecting them as a market commodity and treating her as source of advertisement.

In the western countries, the women were being forced to work in factories in extreme cold with short dress. Islam, he said, was the greatest protector of women rights and had granted them the right of inheritance from the property of their father, brothers and husbands.

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FATA youth delegation visits ISPR

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RAWALPINDI: A youth delegation from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) visited the Inter-Services Public Relations.

The delegation, from the seven tribal area, acknowledged Pakistan Army for their sacrifices and bringing peace to the tribal areas, said the ISPR.

Director General ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor thanked the delegation for support by the “brave Pakistanis of FATA and conveyed them assurance on behalf of the army chief that achievements gained through great sacrifices made by people of FATA and the security forces shall not go waste”.

The army chief also said that efforts are now focused on moving from relative peace to enduring peace and stability and the Army will continue to play its role in support of state institutions in line with the aspirations of the people from the tribal areas.

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Zardari will be responsible if polls get delayed: Saad Rafique

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LAHORE: Federal Minister and the PML-N leader Saad Rafique on Friday said that PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and his party will be responsible if the elections get delayed.

Rafique’s statement referred to the presentation of a constitutional amendment to the delimitation bill in the Senate, where the PPP has a majority. The bill was earlier passed by the lower house as the PML-N holds a majority.

He added that the decision on who will lead a political party should be made by the party workers and not “behind closed doors”.

Elaborating on his statements, the PML-N leader said the law to bar a disqualified individual from leading a political party was first formulated during former president Ayub Khan’s era and was then introduced during Musharraf’s tenure.

“Both the dictators wanted to bar popular politicians of their time from contesting the elections, hence they introduced the law,” said Rafique.

The PML-N stalwart further said that all political parties were on the same page regarding the bill. He also criticised the PPP for voting against the founding leader of their party.

Referring to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf’s Chairman Imran Khan, Rafique said Imran does not understand politics and is using lies and accusations to try and come into power.

“I am very clear about Imran, he will shake hands with the devil for coming to power,” added the PML-N leader. The Senate has twice postponed the voting on the bill for delimitation of constituencies due to low attendance.

At least 69 votes are required to get the Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2017 approved, which pertains to the fresh delimitation of constituencies in line with the provisional results of the latest census in light of the general elections next year.

According to the new delimitation of constituencies, Punjab’s seat share in the National Assembly will decrease by nine seats, while Islamabad will get one more seat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa five and Balochistan three more. NA seats for FATA and Sindh will remain unchanged.

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Girl killed in Karachi bus incident

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Four year old girl was killed and her father was critically injured when a over speeding bus hit a motorcycle on MA Jinnah Road early Friday morning.

As per details, two busses were racing down on the MA Jinnah road near the school when it crashed into motorcycle in which eight year girl was killed and her father was injured.

The enraged people torched the two buses after witnessing the unfortunate incident

The crowd refused to let members of rescue forces and fire brigades pass through and douse the flames. According to police sources, the body of the child and injured father were immediately shifted to a nearby hospital. The driver of the bus managed to flee from the site of the incident.


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Imran cannot be compared to Nawaz: Abid Sher Ali

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ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Power, Abid Sher Ali has said that there is no comparison between Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif because Imran Khan is not a politician he is tool of someone in conspiring against democracy.

Abid Sher Ali said this while talking to media persons on Friday as he was reacting to Imran Khan statement after appearing before the ATC court in PTV attack case.

He added that how can u compare Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan as one end you have Nawaz Sharif the true leader of public and three times elected prime minister and on the other hand Imran Khan, a drug addict and promoter of abusive language in the politics.

Earlier, Imran Khan told that don’t compare me with Nawaz Sharif as he is a Sultana Daku and I am not like to compare with anyone like him.


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Pakistan keen to boost ties with friendly, brotherly countries, says President

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ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday said Pakistan was keen to further strengthen its relations with all friendly and brotherly countries.

He was talking to the envoys designate of Nigeria, Switzerland, UAE, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Egypt, who separately called on him after presenting their credentials to him during a ceremony held here at the Awan-e-Sadr.

He emphasized that Pakistan strictly followed the principle of peaceful coexistence and was a responsible member of international community.

The President stated that Pakistan was the biggest victim of terrorism and extremism and had rendered great sacrifices in the fight against this menace which were being recognized by the international community.

He reiterated that the operation against the miscreants would continue till the elimination of last terrorist.

The President stated that Pakistan was making headway in all fields including economy. He pointed out that the pragmatic and well planned strategy devised by the present government had brought back the economy on right track.

He added that several mega projects in the fields of energy and infrastructure were in the development stage, which would further produce a salutary impact on the economy after their completion.

He underscored that the liberal investment policies adopted by the government offered vast opportunities to the foreign investors due to which Pakistan was now one of the most sought after destination for investment in South Asia.

The President felicitated the newly appointed High Commissioner/Ambassadors to Pakistan and wished them a comfortable and pleasant stay in Pakistan. He hoped that all the envoys designate would work for advancing the bilateral relations of their respective countries with Pakistan especially in the field of trade and investment.

Earlier, each envoy-designate arrived at the main gate of the Awan-e-Sadr in a horse driven carriage. National anthems of Pakistan and their respective countries were played on the occasion and the envoys designate were also presented Guard of Honour.

The envoys who presented their credentials included Maj Gen (R) Ashimiyu Adebayo Olaniyi High Commissioner-designate of Nigeria, Thomas Kolly Ambassador-designate of Switzerland, Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Salem Al-Zaabi Ambassador-designate of UAE, Brig. Gen. (R) Sakib Foric Ambassador-designate of Bosnia & Herzegovina and Ahmed Fadel Yakoub Ambassador-designate of Egypt to Pakistan.

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Amendment in NEPRA Act to benefit consumers: Leghari

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Power Division Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari has said that the new law after amendments in the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) Act will open door for potential private power supply companies and create a healthy competitive environment and better service delivery for the electricity consumers”.

Talking to a delegation of WAPDA Hydro Electric Worker Union (CBA) here Thursday, the Minister said that existing public sector electric supply companies must improve its service delivery or they would face tough competition from the private sector companies.

He said that in order to provide better service delivery, the public sector electric supply companies (DISCOs) have to work hard in reducing the losses, bring in innovative modern technological solutions, train its manpower to face the challenges and must be consumer oriented.

The Minister while taking note of the high losses feeders said that the government was also considering the option of providing incentives for the staff and officers who succeed in reducing the losses to given targets. He said that Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) and the Ministry were already tasked to work out the proposals and gave it final shape.

The Minister said that he had already directed the concerned authorities to allocate sufficient funds for procurement of equipment necessary for ensuring safety of the workers at different levels. He said that it was our priority to provide secure environment to the electricity workers.

Sardar Awais Leghari informed the Union representatives that directions have been passed to lift ban on necessary recruitment in the distribution companies (DISCOs).

The Minister said that policy was also under consideration to evaluate the existing position of the public sector generation facilities. The Minister thanked the Union representatives for their unequivocal support to the initiatives against over billing and wrong billing across the country.

The Union General Secretary Khursheed Ahmed thanked the Minister for his personal interest in the affairs relating to the welfare of the employees. He informed the Minister that the employees were willing to work even better given they are provided with better work related equipment.

He expressed gratitude over the directions to lift ban over death cases recruitment for the employees heirs. The Union representative also presented various suggestions relating to improvements of working of DISCOs and GENCOs.