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Former premier Nawaz Sharif indicted in third corruption case

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has been indicted in the third corruption reference of Flagship Investment Ltd filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against him on the directive of Supreme Court.

The accountability court judge began reading the charges against Nawaz Sharif as the hearing of the accountability court went under way. Nawaz Sharif lawer Zafir Khan heard the charges.

Nawaz Sharif’s sons Hussain and Hasan are declared proclaimed offenders as they were failed to appear before the court in any hearing. Zafir, on behalf of Nawaz, rejected the charges and vowed to contest the case.

The charges stated that Nawaz Sharif remained chairman of FZE capital from 2007 to 2014. Nawaz was disqualified by the Supreme Court over his involvement with the foreign company.

Former premier Nawaz Sharif was indicted in Azizia Steel Mills and the Avenfield properties references on Thursday, in which his daughter Maryam Nawaz and his on son-in-law MNA Safdar were also indicted.

Nawaz, through his representative Zafir Khan, Maryam and Safdar rejected the charges by pleading ‘not guilty’ and vowed to contest the case.

The court has adjourned the hearing of the Avenfield properties and Azizia Steel Mills references until October 26 and directed the prosecution to produce its first witness at the next hearing.

Meanwhile, the former premier, who is presently in London, will be returning to the country on October 22.

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US drone strike ‘kills Jamaatul Ahrar chief Omar Khurasani’

PESHAWAR (Monitoring Desk): A spokesman of terror group on Thursday confirmed death of Omar Khalid Khurasani, leader of the banned Jamaatul Ahrar (JuA), a breakaway faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.

Khurasani, a hardcore terrorist, was wounded in a US drone strike on Afghan side of the border.

“Our leader, Omar Khalid Khorasani, was wounded in one of the recent drone strikes in Afghanistan. He was wounded badly, and today he was succumbed to his injuries,” Asad Mansoor, a JuA spokesperson, told a British news agency by telephone.

The JuA spokesperson’s version comes amid conflicting reports that Khurasani was among the people who were killed or injured in Monday’s US airstrike and subsequent drone attack in Paktia province of restive Afghanistan.

The militant commander hailed from village Qandari of Tehsil Safi in Mohmand Agency. He later made his splinter group JuA after the killing of TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud in 2014.

The JuA has claimed responsibility for some of the deadliest suicide bombings in the country, and has in the past also supported Middle East-based Islamic State.

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Army chief commends role of medical corps in saving lives: ISPR

RAWALPINDI (APP): Chief of Army Staff Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday said the Army Medical Corps role in saving lives in the war on terror is commendable, said a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations.

General Bajwa made the remarks while visiting the Army Medical Center in Abbottabad.

The army chief further added that the corps provides the best possible medical care to soldiers and civilians, added ISPR.

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Pakistan welcome positive statements emanating from US: FO

ISLAMABAD (INP): Foreign Office has welcomed positive statements emanating from the United States about relations with Pakistan.

At his weekly news briefing in Islamabad Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakariya said there has been positive developments recently in our relations with the US. The Prime Minister held a meeting with the US vice president on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly which was followed by the foreign minister visit to Washington and the US delegation visit to Islamabad.

He said during these talks both the sides agreed to stay engaged to address the common challenges. He said that another US delegation is also expected to soon visit Islamabad. He said the recovery of Canadian-American family has added optimism to the relations.

The spokesperson also appreciated the recent statement of US President Donald Trump in which he stated that his country is beginning to develop better relations with Pakistan.

Responding to a question, Nafees Zakariya said Pakistan has taken indiscriminate action against all the terrorist groups. He said we have also assured that based on actionable intelligence we will take action against any terror entity.

He, however, once again reminded that the terrorist groups such as Haqqani are operating from the ungoverned places in Afghanistan.

To a question, Nafees Zakariya said that discovery of mass graves and fake encounters in occupied Kashmir belie the Indian allegations of cross border infiltration. He said the Indian claims have also been rejected by the world community. The spokesperson condemned the ongoing Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir and illegal detention of APHC leaders.

Responding to a question about China Pakistan Economic Corridor Project, the spokesperson said the project is aimed at enhancing connectivity. He said it is the flagship project of One Belt One Road landmark initiative of Chinese President Xi Jinping. He said the Chinese project has won the support of one hundred countries and organizations.

When asked about US-Iran tension on nuclear program, the spokesperson said Pakistan believes it is important that all the sides honor their commitments and work out the issues through peaceful means.

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At least 15 injured in Mastung grenade attack: police

MASTUNG (Monitoring Desk): At least 15 people were injured in a grenade attack in Balochistan’s Mastung on Thursday, according to police.

The attack took place in main market of Mastung city this evening, when unknown miscreants lobbed a hand grenade, police said, adding that it also partially damaged four shops and two vehicles.

Rescue teams immediately rushed to the area and shifted the injured to two local hospitals.  Two of the wounded persons, said to be in precarious condition, are being shifted to Quetta.

A large contingent of police and Frontier Corps also reached the vicinity, and launched a search operation for miscreants.

Balochistan – Pakistan’s largest province in terms of land area – has long been plagued by an insurgency and sectarian killings. However in the recent years, security forces have conducted effective operations cracking down on militants across the province.

Following the beginning of Op Raddul Fasaad, security forces intensified intelligence-based and combing operations in the province in an effort to establish peace in the province.

This has led to a considerable drop in militancy in the province but scattered attacks are still reported at times. On Wednesday, eight people, including seven policemen, were martyred in provincial capital Quetta.

The attackers rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a truck carrying Elite Force personnel in New Sariab area of the city around 8:30am  on Wednesday while it was transporting them for duties. The incident left over 20 others wounded.

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Nawaz terms NAB proceedings as ‘murder of justice’

LONDON (Monitoring Desk): Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Nawaz Sharif termed the National Accountability Bureau proceedings against his family as ‘murder of justice’ on Thursday.

While speaking to media, he remarked “You tell me if this is justice or murder of justice” when asked about his indictment in corruption cases.

He reiterated his earlier claims that the Supreme Court’s verdict in which he was disqualified and had to step down as country’s prime minister was given on Iqama (work permit) and not Panama.

“First there was Panama case, which went on for a long time, then Iqama came in front,” he remarked, adding that “decision was not given on Panama but Iqama.”

So many people in Pakistani have iqamas, but because “they couldn’t give a verdict on Panama so they used Iqama,” he added.

“Today’s verdict [of the accountability court] is also related to the initial verdict” he claimed.

“I would have accepted the decision had it exposed any corruption or government taking kickbacks,” but nothing came to the forefront, former prime minister remarked.

Criticising the Joint Investigation Team, which was formed to probe his assets, he claimed that “JIT tried its best [to incriminate me] and my opposers were handpicked to become members of the JIT.”

“Of course, they had to give such a report,” he said referring to his earlier claims that the JIT’s report was biased against him. “I think that if our justice system continues like this then we will get nothing but embarrassment.”

On his wife’s health, he remarked that he is in London just because of his wife’s treatment. “She’s in pain so I am with her.”

However, he did promise that he will return to Pakistan soon. “I will go back to Pakistan.” Sharing his travel plans, he said: “I will travel before October 26.”

Earlier in the day, Nawaz, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar were indicted in the Avenfield properties case.

The accountability court hearing corruption cases against the Sharif family indicted the three accused after dismissing their separate pleas to suspend proceedings and halt their indictment.

Nawaz, through his representative Zafir Khan, Maryam and Safdar rejected the charges by pleading ‘not guilty’ and vowed to contest the case.

The charges state that the 2006 trust deed of the London properties is fake as it used the Calibri font before it was made publicly available while the accused also submitted bogus documents in the Supreme Court.

The court also adjourned the hearing of the Avenfield properties and Azizia Steel Mills references until October 26 and directed the prosecution to produce its first witness — Jamshed Ahmed — at the next hearing.

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Corruption cases: Former PM Nawaz, Maryam and MNA Safdar indicted by accountability court

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law MNA Safdar were indicted in the Avenfield properties case by accountability court on Thursday.

Accountability court after rejecting their separate requests of suspending the proceedings and stop their indictment in the corruption reference against Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and MNA Safadar.

Maryam and Safdar were appeared before the court and rejected the charges while Nawaz Sharif rejected the charges through his representative namely Zafir Khan and vowed to contest the case and declare it baseless case against them.

The charges said that trust deed of the London flats of 2006 is fake and in the trust deed the Calibri font was used and it was not available publicly in 2006 and the accused also submitted fake and bogus documents in the court.

The court hearing was adjourned until 26 October and prosecution will produce its witnesses in the area. Moreover, former premier Nawaz Sharif is likely to be indicted in two more references filed against him when the hearing resumes today.

Earlier, during the hearing of the corruption references, Ayesha Hamid requested the court to halt proceedings until the Supreme Court decision on her client’s plea regarding the re-filing of references.

Similarly, Maryam and MNA Capt (retd) Safdar’s counsel, Amjad Pervez, argued before Accountability Judge Mohammad Bashir that his clients were not provided with the complete documents of the case and thus the indictment process should be halted.

However, the judge dismissed both pleas after which Nawaz filed another plea requesting the court to combine the three references but that too was dismissed.

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At least 43 ANA soldiers killed in Taliban attack

Monitoring Desk

KANDAHAR: As many as 43 solder of Afghan National Army (ANA) were killed and nine other were injured in a Taliban suicide attack on the army base camp in Maiwand district in Kandahar province.

Security officials told that as many as 43 soldiers of ANA were killed and nine others were injured when two suicide attackers detonated their explosive-laden vehicles. Following the suicide attacks, the Taliban fighters also attacks the bases and gunfire was started between the Taliban fighters and security forces.

The sources said that despite the heavy attack of Taliban; however they did not managed to capture the base because the foreign forces carried out carried out an airstrike in which 10 Taliban fighters were killed.

Provincial police chief of Kandahar, Gen. Abdul Raziq, has confirmed the attack on the base but did not provide further details.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Organized terrorism is a threat to Muslim countries: Raheel Sharif

Monitoring Desk

DUBAI: Former Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan, General (Rtd) Raheel Sharif has said that the Muslim world has been facing several challenges and the biggest threat to our foundation is the organized terrorism.

He said while addressing to the Middle East Military Alliances and Coalitions Conference (MEMAC) as it is the part of the Bahrain International Defence Exhibition and Conference (BIDEC) 2017.

Raheel Sharif, head of the Islamic Military Counter-Terrorism Coalition, said that it is a great honor to be part of this military coalition and leading it from the front.

He claimed that Al-Qaeda are paying $400 while fighters of Daesh are getting $700 and adding that terrorist organization like Al-Qaeda, Daesh and Boko Haram are targeting Middle East, South Asia and Africa.

Regarding the Pakistan sacrifices in war against terrorism, Raheel Sharif said that Pakistan has done more than any other country and in the fight against terrorism to ensure the regional security and global peace.

 

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Three terrorist killed in CTD operation in Quetta

F.P. Report

QUETTA: As many as three alleged members of banned organization were killed in an operation conducted by Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) and Security forces near East By-pass area of Quetta.

As per details, security forces and CTD personnel started a joint operation in East Bypass area of Quetta after receiving intelligence report regarding the presence of terrorists present in the area and when the forces reached the site , the terrorists opened fire on them and in exchange of fire all three terrorists were killed.

The security forces also recovered explosive material and a huge cache of weapons arms from the terrorists’ hideout. The bodies of terrorists were handed over to police.