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Asif Zardari asks party ticket holders to start preparations

F.P. Report

LAHORE: Pakistan Peoples Party’s ticket holders from Lahore Division called on former President of Pakistan and President Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians Asif Ali Zardari at Bilawal House Lahore.

Former Prime Ministers Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Mian Manzoor Wattoo, Chaudhry Manzoor Ahmed, Chaudhry Islam Gil, Rana Farooq Saeed Khan and Rana Shahjahan were also present during this meeting.

Asif Ali Zardari asked about the political situation in their constituencies from these ticket holders and instructed them to start preparations for next General Elections and in this regard begin trainings for polling agents.

He said that party workers should continue working till the announcement of results of their polling stations. He said that Party has provided a young leadership in Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to the nation and Bilawal will hold public gathering all over Pakistan. He also said that Party has valiant and dedicated workers and no other party can claim this in Pakistan.

Pir of Taunsa Sharif Khawaja Ataullah Khan Taunsvi also called on former President Zardari.

Former PML-N provincial minister from Swat Dost Muhammad Khan and a PML-N office holder from Swat Rohail Amin called on former President Zardari and announced joining PPP. Former Deputy Speaker National Assembly Haji Nawaz Khokhar was also present on the occasion.

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SHC extends interim bail of Dr. Asim

KARACHI (Online): Sindh High Court (SHC) has extension in the interim bails of co-accused of PPP leader and former Petroleum Minister, Dr. Asim Hussain in corruption reference worth Rs 462 billion.

The hearing of the case was at Sindh High Court on Thursday. During the hearing, NAB adopted stance that the accused misused their powers while solid proofs also exist.

The court warned the NAB that petitions were pending since 2016 and urged the NAB to complete arguments.

The Court made it clear that no further delay would be tolerated. SHC extending interim bails of accused Ijaz Chaudhry, Azhar Hussain, Safdar Hussain and Abdul Majid instructed NAB prosecutor and investigation officer to ensure attendance during the next hearing.

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Imran opposes rights of women, claims Bilawal Bhutto

TANDO MUHAMMAD KHAN (NNI): Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Thursday said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan opposes the rights of women.

“My reservations are with Imran’s policies,” Bilawal said as he spoke at the media after attending a Deepawali ceremony.

The PPP Chairman added that he has no personal differences with the Imran.

He further added that democracy can’t survive without accountability, and claimed that Imran’s fate will be similar to that of Asghar Khan, the founder of Tehreek-e-Istiqlal who was placed under a five-year long house arrest after General Zia postponed the elections in 1979.

In an earlier remark on Wednesday, Bilawal had criticised the PTI chief, alleging that people like Imran use corruption as a ‘mere slogan.’

Addressing a political rally in Hyderabad, he spoke against Imran’s policies, stating that some politicians were yet to ‘come out of the cricket ground.’

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Respect for judges, judiciary a must says CJP

ISLAMABAD (Online): Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar has remarked that those criticizing the judiciary should become conscious that respect for judges and judiciary is a must.

He made these remarks during hearing of Jehangir Tareen, a leader of Pakistan Tehrik Insaaf (PTI) disqualification case. CJP further said that due to criticism, his reputation was being distorted. He further said that interest of the country was foremost other than making decisions on sentiments.

CJP observed that there were lots of things, which needed to be improved in the society. A three member bench led by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising of Justice Umar Atta Bandiyal and Justice Faisal Arab conducted hearing of Jehangir Tareen disqualification case. He remarked that the apex court is conducting the proceedings of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Jahangir Khan Tareen’s ineligibility case very cautiously.

Mian Saqib Nisar said during the hearing that observation does not mean decision has been taken, it is for understanding the matter. He commented that corruption is also one aspect of dishonesty.

The CJP asked the counsels of both parties to assist the court on Article 62 (1), and said each and every word of this article should be studied. The article can be examined from case to case, he added.

Justice Saqib Nisar said I have to keep in front the interests of this country as well as the court, and those who are criticizing us should realize that this is also their own institution. He further added that he does not become emotional while working.

The Supreme Court (SC) also issued notice to the attorney general regarding Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) law.

At the outset of the hearing, Sikandar Bashir counsel for Jehangir Tareen adopted the stance that his client wanted to wind up issue of SECP, adding for this purpose he (Jehangir) has paid money as compensation. He said Jehangir Tareen has lots of matter for his defence. He said article 62 (F) regulates a honesty.

Justice Faisal Arab remarked that Jehangir Tareen was shareholder of JDW and being the director he purchased shared after getting internal information. Lawyer of Jehangir Tareen said that SECP’s section 15 and 15 B was repugnant to the constitution.

Upon this CJP remarked that notice would has to be served to Attorney General for challenging section of the law. The counsel of Jehangir Tareen replied that notice was already served for the assistance of Attorney General. CJP said Jehangir Tareen was facing allegations that shares were purchased through his employees while employees had no money for purchasing shares.

He said the court has to take stock of honesty. He said it was necessary to look what was criteria to determine the disqualification of the Members of the Parliament. He added corruption was another kind of dishonesty.

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Supremacy of Constitution is basis of Constitutional, Political System: Babar

ISLAMABAD (NNI): The Senate Standing Committee on Law & Justice while considering “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (Amendment of Article of 63-A)” introduced by Senator Farhatullah Babar in the Senate, unanimously approved the amendment in sub-paragraph (iii) of paragraph (B) of clause (1) of Article 63-A.

The Committee was presided over by Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi and was attended among other by Senators Saleem Zia, Farooq H. Naek, Nihal Hashmi, Mrs. Zahida Khan and Farhatullah Babar.

Senator Farhatullah Babar in his statement of objects and reasons said that supremacy of the Constitution is the basis of Pakistan Constitutional and Political system and Parliament exercises supremacy within the jurisdiction assigned to it by the Constitution.

He said that existing provision under sub-paragraph (iii) of paragraph (B) of clause (1) of Article 63-A, does not allow members to vote according their conscious on a constitutional amendment. It negates the spirit of the constitution and supremacy of the parliament, the Committee latter on unanimously approved amendments.

The Committee was given a detailed briefing on the rising trend in litigation pertaining to decisions of the Centre Selection Board (CSB) which can be otherwise avoided by due implementation of Civil Servant Act 1973, adding to the pendency of cases before the courts.

Establishment Division informed that a number of officers who are either deferred or superseded, approach the courts for redressed of their grievances. It was informed that Federal Services Tribunal has the jurisdiction to hear the cases of Civil Servants. The only guaranteed right for a Civil Servant to be considered for promotion has been provided in eligibility and relevant service criteria.

The Committee directed the Establishment Division to evolve a judicious mechanism in this regard and overcome the short coming resulting in the rising trend in litigation with regard to CSB decisions.

A Sub-Committee has been constituted to review the Civil Servants Act, federal Services Tribunal Act and other relevant laws to ensure less burdening of courts with regard to promotion matters. The Sub-Committee will fair and equitable mechanism for promotions avoided discretion given to the CSB. The sub-Committee will be headed by Senator Farooq H. Naek.

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Mufti Qavi on four-day physical remand

F.P. Report

MULTAN: Controversial cleric Mufti Abdul Qavi was hand-cuffed after he took to heels in Qandeel Baloch murder case.

The cleric was presented before District & Sessions court in Multan where judicial magistrate granted his four-day physical remand and sent him into police custody.

Mufti Qavi fled to Jhang after his bail plea was dismissed by the court tomorrow; however, he was apprehended by police on highway.

Mufti Qavi was fleeing to Muzaffargarh when he was arrested on the Highway, informed official sources from SP Cantt Dr Fahad Mukthar.

Earlier, defence and prosecution counsels argued on the case but District and Sessions judge Ameer Muhammad Khan denied the bail application and directed action against the suspect under sections 302 and 109 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

Non-bailable arrest warrants were issued for Mufti Abdul Qavi in Qandeel Baloch murder case.

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PM Abbasi leaves for Turkey to participate in D-8 summit

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbassi leaves for Turkey to participate and represent Pakistan at D-8 summit which will be held in Istanbul on Friday.

This will be the ninth summit of the eight developing countries D-8 including Pakistan, Turkey, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, and Nigeria. Currently Pakistan is chairing the D-8 and it has been chairing the summit beyond the period of two years.

PM Shahib Khaqan Abbassi will hand over the chairmanship of the organization to Turkey and the coming meeting on Friday; it is likely that D-8 will adopt a declaration and plan of action after the summit.

Members of D-8 will discuss many mutual interest issued especially industry, agriculture and food security, energy, trade, transportation, and tourism.

PM Abbasi is also expected to interact with the leaders of D-8 member states on the sidelines of the summit.


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Rule of Constitution, law are alive in country: Sheikh Rashid

Monitoring Desk

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Awami Muslim League (AML), Sheikh Rasheed appreciated the accountability court’s indictment of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar on Thursday.

While talking to media outlet after the indictment of the three in the Avenfield properties case, He said such decisions are witnessed only when the constitution and law are alive and courts are working freely in the better interest of the law.

I was always sure about the Sharif family corruption and NAB references against them, Rasheed added.

He claimed that not a single country had said that Nawaz Sharif was treated unfairly in the cases because they all knew the facts and corruption of the Sharif family.

The accountability court hearing corruption cases against the Sharif family indicted Nawaz Sharif, Maryam and Safdar after dismissing pleas of the three to suspend proceedings and halt their indictment.


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NAB special team to collect evidence against Sharif family in London

Monitoring Desk

LONDON: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team arrived in London on Thursday to starts their investigations in corruption filed against the Sharif family.

The special team of NAB will meet different officials of private and government departments to collect evidence against the Sharif family and present in the court.

NAB wrote a letter to the British authorities before the arrival of special NAB team and requested cooperation in the investigation.

Meanwhile, Nawaz continues to remain in the UK along with his sons Hasaan and Hussain who had earlier been declared proclaimed offenders by the accountability court.





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Sharif family respects law, courts: Marriyum Aurangzeb

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Marriyum Aurangzeb said that former prime Nawaz Sharif had requested immunity from the court because of his wife illness.

This she said while talking to media persons outside the accountability court on Thursday. She said that despite registering false cases still Sharif family appearing before the court which is the biggest example of how the Sharif family is giving respect to the legal institutions.

She added that Maryam Nawaz appeared before the court on the direction of her father as he also respect the court despite that her mother Kulsoom Nawaz is ill and she needs to be with her mother.

She rejected the rumors that Sharif wanting to escape from the cases and adding that PML-N believes in rule of law and supremacy of constitution.