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Maryam takes a swipe at Imran over London flat money trail

ISLAMABAD (NNI): Daughter of Prime Minister Maryam Nawaz on Saturday mocked at Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan for failing to submit complete money trail and details of his county cricket income and schedule in the Supreme Court.

Maryam Nawaz shared screen grabs of different TV channels which had tickers breaking court news that Imran has no record of his salary because county cricket in England, from where he claims to have earned huge money, does not keep record older than 20 years.

Maryam wrote on her Twitter account, “While you (Imran) were busy conspiring against others, you left your closet open and your skeletons fell out. God has His own ways.” As a bottom line, she said, “Don’t attack others with a LIE when you can be destroyed with the TRUTH.” Advocate Naeem Bukhari, the counsel for the PTI chief, submitted the financial record of Imran’s London flat following the orders of the apex court in a petition filed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Hanif Abbasi.

The court had asked Imran Khan to submit money trail regarding his London flat and details of his county cricket income in the past hearing. Khan had earlier admitted he formed an offshore company namely Niazi Services Limited, to buy flat in South Kensington, London.

In his latest reply, the PTI chief denied allegations of his complicity in money laundering to buy the flat and admitted that some record of his earnings from cricket couldn’t be produced since county cricket clubs do not keep the record older than 20 years.

Khan said he played county cricket from 1971 to 1988 for New South Wales, Worcestershire and Sussex and used the earned money to buy the flat. He said he initially paid 61,000 pounds as first installment in 1984 and paid the rest sum of 117,500 pounds later in 1989. He said that he earned $75,000 by playing for Kerry Packer Series and $50,000 by playing for New South Wales.

Hanif Abbasi had moved the court seeking disqualification of the PTI chief and Secretary General Jahangir Tareen over non-disclosure of assets, ownership of offshore companies and receipt of foreign funds for the party.

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Oil tankers association calls for nationwide boycott of oil supply

KARACHI (NNI): All Pakistan Oil Tankers Owner Association has announced a strike from coming Monday according to which no tanker owner will participate in oil distribution throughout the country.

Whiile talking to Dunya News, All Pakistan Oil Tankers Owner Association Chairman Shams Shahwani claimed that motorway police and traffic police officials have caused hurdles in their distribution process by implementing the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) safety regulations.

He told oil was distributed through the same tankers in several villages, but the owners are now being forced to spend Rs 10 lac on every tanker in the light the new OGRA safety regulations. The oil transporters have planned a strike for indefinite period following the strict policies of government, Shahwani stated. He said, “85,000 tankers are used to supply oil throughout the country.”

It is worth mentioning that 12 incidents of oil tanker accidents occurred in the past month whereas the Ahmedpur Sharqia oil tanker inferno alone cost the lives of over 200 people. Many of the injured are still under medical treatment.

The motorway and traffic police had decided to implement on OGRA safety rules after the dreadful incident. Their strict screening has caused worries for the oil tanker owners.

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PML-N not considering new PM, Nisar rift mere assumption: Kh Asif

SIALKOT (NNI): Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader and Defence Minister Khawaja Asif held a media talk in his hometown on Saturday where he stressed that the ruling party is not considering a new Prime Minister.

“The option of a new prime minister is not under consideration,’ he said and added that that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was being held accountable when the names of his children were mentioned in the scandal.

Khawaja Asif added that the reports of rift between PML-N and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar were mere assumptions as nothing as such happened in real. The Supreme Court of Pakistan has admitted there is no corruption scandal on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and now it is the turn of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan to prove his innocence, he said.

He took a shot at the PTI Chief and said Nawaz Sharif has already presented his documents before Supreme Court twice and now Imran Khan is the one who is running from accountability. “Imran Khan should also explain to nation how divorced wives send millions and billions for buying property,” he stated. While recalling his conflict with Imran, Kh Asif said he had filed a Rs 10 billion defamation notice against me and his counsel was absent from the hearing till date.

He made it clear that PML-N is not expecting PM’s disqualification in Panama implementation case. Kh Asif said the PML-N government had delivered in its tenure and relies on the public support for 2018 general elections. The defence minister stated, “PTI leaders Imran Khan and Jahangir Tareen should present their fathers for accountability like Nawaz Sharif did. They will also have to present record of three generations as well.”

He asked, “Is the money not being used for NAMAL University and other institutions. Where is the money coming from and where is it going?” He called for the investigation of the institutions. Asif said, “If Khan inherited money from his father he should bring forth the evidence.”

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Submitted Bani Gala money trail in court, allayed PML-N concerns: Fawad Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD (Monitoring Desk): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Fawad Chaudhry said on Saturday that the money trail for Imran Khan’s Bani Gala residence was submitted to the court after gathering details from London, adding that the party has now allayed the concerns of rival Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.

The PTI leaders were addressing a press conference in Islamabad. While making a comparison between Prime Minister’s children and the PTI chief, Chaudhry said that Nawaz’s son has a Rs6,000 million flat while Imran owned a five million rupees flat.

“Whether it’s Nawaz Sharif, Fazl-ur Rehman or Zardari they need to submit a money trail similar to that of Imran,” said the PTI leader.

In 1980, Imran Khan was the county’s most expensive player, said Chaudhry, adding that the cases against the PTI would go to dustbin.

Accountability will make democracy strong: Shafqat Mahmood

PTI leader Shafqat Mahmood said that the accountability of powerful people is a favourable thing and this will also make democracy strong.

PTI’s central Secretary Information was addressing a press conference in Lahore.   He said that this time around it seems that the country is going toward betterment.

Mahmood said that out country did not progress because the rich have made separate laws for themselves.

Imran Khan submits details of money earned by playing cricket abroad

Earlier today, Imran Khan’s counsel submitted to the Supreme Court details of his flat in London and cricket contracts, defending him in the foreign funding case. In 1984, the documents read, Imran mortgaged a one-bedroom apartment in London through Royal Trust in the name of Niazi Services Limited.

The apartment was purchased for GBP 117,500 on mortgage on 20 years and initial down payment of GBP 61,000 to Royal Trust. As per the statement, Imran made the payment from his savings and earnings he got while playing for Sussex Country Cricket and Kerry Packer series.

According to the documents submitted to the Supreme Court, Imran managed to pay off the mortgage well before its due date as he had a benefit year in 1987 when he earned GBP 190,000 and his savings.

Since Imran made all the money while playing as a professional cricketer, the statement reads, there could be no money laundering at any time.

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Ch Nisar not to leave Nawaz, PML-N: Saad Rafique

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LAHORE: Federal Minister for Railways Khwaja Saad Rafique on Saturday said that Chauhdry Nisar Ali Khan would be at front line in difficult and testing times.

In a message on social media sites Twitter, the minister said that Chaudhry Nisar back off in difficult times rather he would be at the frontline.

He said that Nisar affiliation with Nawaz Sharif and the party spanned over 23 years, and he was with PML-N and would remain associated with the party in future too. Rafique said that everyone had the right to differ on issues. He added that the right of having different opinion on issues was the credit of those having difference of opinion and those tolerating it.

Earlier Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique and another important member reached Punjab House to persuade him not to go the extreme end.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) members requested the interior minister to not hold the presser, and told him that he is an asset of the party. Chaudhry Nisar told PML-N leaders that he is still bound to party discipline, and any sort of irresponsible behavior or statement should not be expected from him during the presser, however, he possesses the right to express his complaints.

According to a private TV channel, Chaudhry Nisar said there is a limit to endure anything, and his resentment increased when his loyalty for the party was doubted. He said if things were said against him to the premier then it was his responsibility to clarify them by talking to him in person.

Let it also be known that the interior minister is strongly against the party policy regarding the Panama case and the Joint Investigation Team (JIT).

Sources have revealed that the interior minister has openly said to Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Khawaja Saad Rafique and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif that he cannot accept Defence Minister Khawaja Asif or Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal as the prime minister if Nawaz has to leave his office.

It has further been learnt that if any of these two will be appointed as the premier then Chaudhry Nisar will resign from his ministry, but will not quit PML-N and support the party just as a Member National Assembly (MNA).

After different rumors started floating regarding the press conference of Ch Nisar, another statement from the interior ministry came which said Nisar’s stance will only be clarified in the presser, therefore, all the gossips must stop.

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Aizaz invites US firms to explore investment opportunities in Pakistan

WASHINGTON DC (NNI): Pakistan’s Ambassador to US Aizaz Chaudhry has invited the US multinational firms to explore the countless investment opportunities in Pakistan by taking advantage of favourable investment climate.

He was talking to the representatives of the US multinational firms during a luncheon reception hosted in his honor by the Potomac Exchange, Washington DC, said a press release issued here on Saturday.

Ambassador Chaudhry briefed the participants about the tremendous economic turnaround witnessed by Pakistan in recent years. “All the economic indicators are projecting upward trend in various sectors of the economy,” he added.

He stated that, “the security situation in Pakistan has improved considerably. As a result of Pakistan’s counter terrorism operations, without any discrimination, the terrorists are on the run and their infrastructure dismantled. The improved security situation is having a dynamic effect on our economy and Pakistan is attracting foreign investment from all over the world.”

Ambassador Chaudhry also narrated the salient features of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project and said, “CPEC would benefit not only Pakistan but the entire region. In an era of changing economic alignments, regional connectivity is the key to progress and prosperity.”

He underscored the need for bringing the US travel advisory in consonance with the positive reality of today’s Pakistan. In the follow up discussion, participants asked a number of questions focusing on different sectors of the Pakistan’s economy and the investment opportunities available to foreign investors.

President of the Potomac Exchange, Katherine Moss, thanked the Ambassador for his participation and stated that, “The business community is delighted to know about the improvement in the economic and security situation in Pakistan and the members are looking forward to benefiting from new investment opportunities in Pakistan.”

The Potomac Exchange is a Washington, DC based business forum which facilitates meaningful dialogue between US businesses and foreign missions in the United States.

Its members are some of the largest multinational companies of the US, including Aetna, 3M, Bank of America, BMW Group, Boston Scientific, Kodak, Fluour, General Mills, Google, Lockheed Martin, McGuire Woods, Oracle, Pernod Ricard USA, TE Connectivity, Coca Cola and Viacom. Senior executives from these companies attended the lunch.

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SC decision on Panama case to end ambiguity: Sherpao

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PESHAWAR: Chairman, Qaumi Watan Party, Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao has has said that Supreme Court will soon give its verdict on the Panama case as it would help bring an end prevailing deadlock.

Addressing a meeting of Party’s Core Committee at Watan Kor Peshawar, he expressed the satisfaction that the earliest disposal of Panama case was vital for removing uncertainty.

He said that QWP was part of the opposition and it backed all demands. He said that the verdict of the Supreme Court on Panama should be acceptable to all and sundry and it must be implemented in its true spirit.

He said that any political confrontation on post Panama verdict would result in political chaos and negative impact on country. Therefore, he added that any such move should be avoided as it would have disastrous consequences. He said that justice should be done in Panama case and whoever had misused the authority should be brought to book.

He said that QWP was the staunch supporter of democracy and it longed for the completion of the constitutional tenure of the parliament. He contended that the strengthening of the democratic institutions would be instrumental in political stability and financial prosperity.

He regretted that the longstanding issues of Pukhtoons had been put on back burner that intensified their sense of deprivation. He said that issues such as loadshedding, merger of FATA-KP, CPEC, rehabilitation etc had been ignored which aggravated their conditions.

He expressed grave concern over the escalating spate of terrorism in the country which badly hit Peshawar and Quetta.  He demanded that proactive and concrete measures should be adopted to arrest the grim situation.

He said that Pukhtoons had rendered meritorious sacrifices for the cause of the country but they had not been compensated accordingly.

He lashed out at the Federal government for having paid no attention to the Pukhoons problems which deepened their sense of deprivation which was no healthy sign for federation.

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JIT report proved corruption took place, says Bilawal

KARACHI (PPI): Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Saturday that his party was waiting for the Supreme Court verdict but the JIT report had proven that corruption had taken place.

Bilawal spoke to party workers here following the inauguration of the Drigh Road underpass.

“Apart from corruption they have committed perjury, forgery and attempts to subvert justice,” Bilawal said in a clear reference to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family.

The PPP chairman said his party was “hopeful that the Supreme Court would provide justice and remove them.”

On Friday, the Supreme Court of Pakistan reserved its judgment in the Panama Papers implementation case with the bench observing that matters related to the prime minister’s disqualification would be evaluated.

The PPP is expected to announce its future course of action after the verdict of the Supreme Court.

National Assembly Opposition Leader, Khursheed Shah has called upon Nawaz Sharif to make a decision regarding his resignation from the post of Prime Minister by Saturday night and select a new premier from the PML-N.

Shah has reaffirmed the party’s commitment to democracy by stating that PPP wants Parliament to continue working and the PML-N to continue its tenure.

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Man arrested after selling his newborn son for Rs15,000 in Tando Allahyar

TANDO ALLAHYAR (Monitoring Desk): A man has been arrested by Tando Allahyar police for selling his one-day-old son for Rs15,000 to a couple, who are also in police custody.

The boy was born to Kazbano Qambran and her husband Abdul Ghafoor in a private hospital on July 17. A day later, the father sold the baby to a maid named Sobia and her husband Allah Dita Baloch through a female servant, Khadija. Khadija has also been arrested.

According to police, Ghafoor sold the boy to cover his wife’s medical expenses.

After the mother reported her son’s kidnapping at A-section Tando Allahyar police station, the police conducted raids in Sheedi Mohallah and Al Medina colony. The baby was recovered from Sheedi Mohallah on Friday night and was handed over to Qambran.

A case has been lodged against the accused under Sections 363 (abduction and kidnapping), 371 (selling people for prostitution or other unlawful purposes) and 506/2 (criminal intimidation) vide crime no 7/17. They are to be produced in court by police for remand.

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PM Nawaz should decide to step down by tonight: Shah

SUKKUR (Online): Opposition Leader in the National Assembly, Khursheed Shah said on Saturday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should decide to step down from his post by tonight.

Shah, speaking to reporters here, stated that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) should choose a new prime minister from the party.

“We want the Parliament to continue working and the PML-N to complete its tenure,” Shah emphasised, adding that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should be smart and select a new premier to lead the country.

The Opposition leader said he agreed with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar’s objections.

“[My] differences with Nisar aside, his objections are correct that Nawaz Sharif consulted with the junior members of his party and ignored the senior leadership,” Shah remarked, adding that whether Nisar decides to resign or not is the minister’s decision to make.

Shah also took aim at Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan. “It’s not just Nawaz Sharif who will be going. Imran Khan will also go with him,” he said.