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Geo’s reporting incorrect: Interior Minister’s spokesperson

ISLAMABAD (APP): Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar’s spokesperson has on Thursday said that Geo’s reporting about him was incorrect and it was against all journalistic norms.

The minister reacted strongly to the reports on Geo about his remarks during the cabinet meeting. He said that it was extremely unethical to attribute some statement to the interior minister that he hadn’t even uttered.

Interior Minister’s spokesperson said that the media channels must never report anything untrue. The spokesperson said that the statement on the record of cabinet meeting was completely different to the one reported by Geo. “Interior Minister said nothing of what Geo was reporting”, the spokesperson said.

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Five target killers of MQM-London arrested: CTD

KARACHI (PPI): As many as five target killers, including a serving policeman, affiliated with Muttahida Qaumi Movement (London) were arrested in a raid conducted in the metropolis` area of Korangi on Thursday, claimed Counter Terrorism Department.

The men are suspected to be involved in May 12 killings and other incidents of violence.

SSP CTD Munir Sheikh informed that weapons used for the attacks were recovered in the raid.

He said that during the investigation the suspects confessed to killing 19 people including five policemen, further adding that they used to receive directions from the party`s London and South Africa chapter.

Sheikh said that a serving policeman, Rizwan was also affiliated with the group, he added that as many as six cases have been previously registered against the accused.

He informed that the department will carry out a thorough check of police personnel recruited during the time when MQM was in power in the province.

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Heavy rainfall adds to locals’ woes in twin cities

RAWALPINDI (NNI): Heavy rainfall in parts of the country including twin cities have created immense difficulties for the locals, badly affecting their routine life.

The rain that started at night continued till 7.30 on Thursday morning. The water level in Nullah Lai has risen to 17 feet whereas shops, houses, streets and roads are inundated with rain water.

The authorities have also issued red alert regarding possible flood in River Soan.

On the other hand, At least nine people including a minor girl have been killed in various roof collapse and electrocution incidents in parts of the country.

Meanwhile, Peshawar and Charsadda have also witnessed severe rain that caused damage to the houses and shops.

According to Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), rain-thunderstorm with isolated heavy to very heavy falls expected at scattered places in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad, FATA and Kashmir. Rain-thunderstorm with isolated heavy falls expected at scattered places in southern Punjab (D.G.Khan, Multan, Bahawalpur, Sahiwal divisions), Quetta, Zhob, Kalat, Sibbi divisions and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Light rain/drizzle is also expected at a few places along Sindh coast.

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SP among four policemen martyred in Quetta

QUETTA (Monitoring Desk): Four policemen, including Quaidabad SP Mubarak Shah, were martyred when unidentified gunmen targeted the SP’s official vehicle near Killi Deeba area of Quetta on Monday, Geo News reported.

Three policemen guarding the SP died on the spot, while Shah succumbed to wounds later in the hospital.

Following the incident, the police cordoned off the area and began investigation. Initial reports said 9mm shells were recovered from the site of the attack.

Sources said the SP had just left his residence when unidentified gunmen riding a motorcycle fired on his vehicle and fled.

Quetta DIG Abdul Razzaq Cheema confirmed that the SP passed away at Civil Hospital Quetta where he was taken for treatment following the attack.

One of the SP’s gunman was injured in the attack and is undergoing treatment at the civil hospital’s trauma centre.

On July 10, Qilla Abdullah District Police Officer SSP Sajid Khan Mohmand was martyred in a terrorist attack after a suicide bomber targetted his convoy on Boghra Road, Chaman.  Over a dozen policemen were injured in the attack on the SSP’s convoy.

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Former JC Iftikhar Chaudhry asks Nawaz to step down

LAHORE (Online): Chairman Pakistan Justice and Democratic Party and former Chief Justice of Supreme Court, Iftikhar Chaudhry, also joined the list of political leaders demanding resignation from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the JIT report.

Iftikhar Chaudhry said that Nawaz Sharif has lost moral and legal justification to remain prime minister after the JIT investigation.

He further said that a reference should also be filed against Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq as he failed to fulfil his responsibilities.

Iftikhar Chaudhry also said that the current bench of the Supreme Court formed to hear Panama Papers case has powers to disqualify the Prime Minister.

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Govt imposed Section 144 in Islamabad out of fear: Babar Awan

ISLAMABAD (Online): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Babar Awan has Thursday taunted on government and said it has imposed Section 144 in Islamabad out of fear.

The PTI leader said Finance Minister Ishaq Dar is accused of money laundering, he should resign along with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif. He said that only one case has opened against the Sharif family, and it has made all of them are thieves.

Babar Awan added that there is no institution in this country which has not demanded the resignation of these officials. He asked the Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan to take notice of the threats that were made by Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) Chairman Zafar Hijazi, and asked why is Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), that detained Ayyan Ali, not arresting him.

PTI spokesperson Naeem-ul-Haque also talked to the media and said if the premier does not resign, his political end will not be good.

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Naeem Bukhari to defend Imran in ineligibility case before SC today

ISLAMABAD (NNI): After the Panama Papers, another high-profile case regarding Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s ineligibility will be heard by the Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan today (Thursday).

In the absence of Imran’s counsel Anwar Mansoor, who has gone abroad, Naeem Bukhari will defend PTI chairman regarding his money trail before the three-member bench that will be headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar. Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Umar Ata Bandial are the other two honorable members of the bench.

CJP had remarked on the previous hearing that the apex court issued notices on some miscellaneous applications but their replies were not submitted. Justice Saqib Nisar further asked that when will Imran Khan’s lawyer be available for the case.

Advocate Naeem Bukhari then requested the court to given him two-day time and took the stance that he has to submit some important documents in the Supreme Court.

It is worth mentioning here that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi had filed the petition against PTI chief for his ineligibility.

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Show of goodwill: Edhi Foundation helps 78 Indian fishermen return home

KARACHI (Monitoring  Desk): With incidents of cross-border firing occurring frequently across the Line of Control, and with hostilities continuing to rise between the South Asian arch rivals, one seldom sees gestures of goodwill between the two countries.

But this animosity has witnessed a rare show of amity as Islamabad, in a gesture of goodwill, released 78 fishermen who had been detained in Pakistan for the past two years. After the fishermen’s release, the Edhi Foundation took the responsibility of returning the fishermen home.

According to a report published in the Times of India, 78 fishermen were arrested by Pakistan’s maritime security agency after trespassing into Pakistani waters two years back. On Monday, the fishermen were released. The fishermen say that they can forget their years of captivity thanks to the efforts of the Edhi Foundation.

The prisoners had been released from Karachi jail on Sunday, after which the Edhi Foundation took their responsibility. Volunteers of the Edhi Foundation won the hearts of these fishermen by giving them food, cash and gifts upon their release. A fisherman expressed how he had felt surprised at the act when he had actually expected himself to be handed over to some unknown people. He said, “I wish the governments of both countries would behave like the volunteers of the Edhi Foundation.”

Another fishermen, Karsan, also expressed feelings of gratitude towards the foundation and said, “I may forget the time spent in jail but not the love and affection shown by Edhi Foundation volunteers. They didn’t  know us and yet they gave us Rs 5,000 each along with gifts. They were generous.”

If this wasn’t enough, to help the fishermen reach home, the Edhi Foundation booked an entire train compartment on a Karachi-Lahore train for the fishermen since there were no tickets available for the required date.

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PML-N being used to hide illegal gains: Fawad Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD (Online): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Fawad Chaudhry on Wednesday claimed that the PML-N is being used to hide the illegal gains of the Sharif family.

Chaudhry added that there is a discrepancy between the accounts of the PML-N and Nawaz Sharif.

“When you hold press conferences on public money, then how are party funds being utilised?” he said.

The PTI leader also alleged that pro-government Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman gets funds from Libya.

‘Nawaz party to every conspiracy’

PTI leader Murad Saeed claimed that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was party to every conspiracy within Pakistan.

Earlier today, PTI leaders had reiterated their demand for resignations from Prime Minister Nawaz and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for alleged money laundering after a report by the Panama case JIT revived the opposition’s calls for the premier to step down.

Asad Umar said it was in the best interests of the prime minister and Ishaq Dar to resign, given the quagmire they are facing.

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Allegation of no cooperation with JIT is baseless: PM

ISLAMABAD (APP): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Wednesday the allegations of not cooperating with the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) for Panama case are baseless.

In an address to the party leaders, it was said no one will be allowed to hurt the public mandate. The attendees including legal experts and senior Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) members showed confidence in the premier. He has summoned a cabinet meeting for Thursday.

The Prime Minister made it clear that he will neither dissolve the assemblies nor resign from his position in a meeting to discuss course-of-action of the ruling party after JIT report
Nawaz Sharif has demanded that contradictions in JIT report should also be brought forth in the Supreme Court.

JIT had earlier recommended the apex court to lodge case against Nawaz Sharif and his sons in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). The PML-N leaders said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was the most popular leader in Pakistan and people had elected him for five years, adding that they will make sure the public mandate remains intact.

On the occasion, the ministers and representatives of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) reiterated their confidence in the party leadership and branded the JIT report a compilation of documents based on hypotheses and lies. The participants of the meeting observed that the probe team relied upon media coverages and accusations only that made it a political report.

They also stated that PM’s hands are clean as he is not having any offshore company, therefore, he will not resign, adding Panama Leaks is a conspiracy whose directors are abroad and actors are in the country.

Addressing a press conference along with Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) leader Daniyal Aziz, Marriyum Aurangzeb said that the opposition tried to build a narrative out of the court’s 5-member decision earlier. “Now they are doing the selective reading again into the JIT’s report and demanding PM’s resignation”, she said.

“The JIT itself states that Maryam Nawaz Sharif is ‘probably’ the beneficial owner of the offshore companies. What is this ‘probably’? They tries to assassinate the characters of Sharif family by using words like ‘fraud’, ‘lying’ and that was why Sharif family had raised the questions over their integrity earlier in a legal manner”, said Marriyum.

Marriyum added that all the elements involved in the conspiracy, living in Pakistan and abroad, will be exposed. “I’m making it clear that they will not be given this government on contract under any condition”, she said.

“The organisation given the contract to do Maryam Nawaz’s letter’s forensic ordinance is owned by a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) card-holder and he has been raising funds for them in UK” Talking on the occasion, PML-N leader Daniyal Aziz said that the organisation given the contract to do Maryam Nawaz’s letter’s forensic ordinance is owned by a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) card-holder and he has been raising funds for them in UK.

He asked why was the UAE justice department’s letter leaked to media when Volume-10 of the report was to be kept secret. Aziz said that JIT’s report was baseless. “The annexure submitted had clearly mentioned that the LC was of Sharjah port while the letter made public says that Dubai ports authority didn’t confirm any transaction. This is shocking”, he said.

Aziz added that the ownership of the flats wasn’t discussed at all in the report. “The JIT report said that the minister in UK had confirmed the letters of Maryam Nawaz Sharif but they were still rejected by the forensic company on fictitious grounds”, he said.

If JIT has stated that PM Nawaz Sharif is the owner of 63-A because he used to stay there then should we also declare Nathia Gali Guest House as Imran Khan’s residence, because he stays there too often”, said Daniyal Aziz.