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Shahbaz unlikely to compete in NA-120 by election

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LAHORE: Sources within PML-N claimed that Shahbaz Sharuf will not compete in the by-election in NA-120 Lahore which was vacant after the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif by Supreme Court in Panama case and this is also the confirmation that he will not become a prime minister of Pakistan which was earlier decided by the party leadership.

There had been a long debate in the media over the PML-N decision for replacing the former PM with the young brother Shehbaz after Nawaz dismissal. But now the party leadership realizes that Shahbaz is important to remain in Punjab as CM as Punjab is the more than half seats of pakistan is there and it will affect in the upcoming election.

A senior PML-N figure in Lahore established that the chief minister would not be contesting the seat, a move likely to leave Abbasi in power until the next general elections, likely to be held in mid-2018.

PML-N officials say the main reason why Shehbaz may not take over is linked to the general elections and the party s fears that its grip on the vital Punjab province will weaken if he steps down as chief minister.

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Four Army personnel martyred during operation in Lower Dir

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ISLAMABAD: Inter Service Public Relation (ISPR) has said four personnel of Army including a major were martyred when they were trying to foil a terrorists attack in Lower Dir district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the earlt hours of Wednesday.

ISPR issued a press release in this regard, it said that Major Ali Salman, who belong to intelligence agency along with officials carried out an Intelligence based operation (IBO) against hideouts of the terrorists in Sherotkai area of Timergara in lower Dir.

The suspected militants opened fire on the soldiers and on the suicide bombers blew himself who was present in the hideout, while the other was killed in the exchange of fire with soldiers. One suspected terrorist was arrested during the operation, ISPR added.

The martyred officer and soldiers were identified as Maj Ali Salman, Havaldar Ghulam Nazir, Havaldar Akhtar and Sepoy Abdul Karim.



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Nawaz kicks of rally to Lahore

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ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister Nawaz has left the Punjab House in Islamabad and started the much debated journey back to his hometown Lahore on GT road after the disqualification by Supreme Court in Panama verdict.

He held a meeting with party leadership before starting his journey including PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and others.

At least 5,000 people are expected to accompany the former premier throughout the journey, whereas thousands are expected to receive and see off their leader at the borders of their respective constituencies.

A large number of supporters have already arrived at D-Chowk in Islamabad, the first stop of Nawaz’s procession, the PML-N said on its official twitter account.

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Shehbaz Sharif to be appointed PML-N president: Raja Zafarul Haq

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LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shehbaz Sharif is to be appointed president of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), chairman of PML-N’s central working committee Raja Zafarul Haq reported on Tuesday.

The senior party member laid bare decision of the party leadership in an interview with British Broadcasting Agency (BBC) and asserted that formal announcement is to be made soon.

He said that majority of the party members favour CM Shehbaz to take place of PML-N’s former president after he was issued notice today by the election commission to give up the seat. He said that Shehbaz Sharif was appointed president of the political organisation earlier when ex-premier Nawaz Sharif was living in exile in Saudi Arabia.

Decision of the organisation to appoint Shehbaz as party chief has come in hours after Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) served a notice to the former premier to relinquish party president’s seat as a disqualified leader could not hold a party office.

The notification was issued in lines with Political Parties Act 2002. The commission has served the notice a day ahead of former premier Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Lahore along with cavalcade via GT Road in an apparent power show that opposition parties have branded an act to pressurise state institutions.

Nawaz Sharif was disqualified by the election commission on order of the apex court on July 28 under Article 62 and Article 63. Opposition parties had lodged petitions against the then premier over Panama Leaks demanding trial of the first family for the assets and properties they owned, alleging that the premier and his children resorted to money laundering and graft.

The top court took up the case in October and formal hearings of the petitions began in November. After around four months, a verdict was reserved by the top court in February and was delivered on April 20 that ordered for formation of a six-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe the first family.

Then Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif appeared before the team to answer the questions and so did his children, Hassan Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz and Maryam Safdar.

After 60 days, the probe committee filed its report in the court and within two weeks, a verdict that was delivered on July 28 ordered the elections authority to disqualify Nawaz Sharif.

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Judge monitoring NAB proceedings will decide as per his wishes: Nawaz Sharif

ISLAMABAD (Monitoring Desk): Former PM Nawaz Sharif said on Tuesday that the judge appointed by the top court to monitor National Accountability Bureau (NAB) proceedings against him would not just decide cases as per his wishes but also listen to appeals against his own verdicts.

Speaking to foreign media correspondents at the Punjab House in Islamabad, the former premier, who was disqualified by the Supreme Court last month for not being ‘honest’ and ‘trustworthy’, said no prime minister had been allowed to finish their full term in the country’s history.

The top court has appointed Justice Ijazul Ahsan to oversee the proceedings of the references that NAB has been directed to file against the ousted premier, his family members and former finance minister Ishaq Dar.

Sharif said Yousuf Raza Gilani, who was disqualified by the court during the Pakistan People’s Party government’s tenure in 2012, also should not have been ousted in such a manner.

“Prime minister are deposed, assassinated or forced to go into exile. How long will the public’s mandate be undermined this way?” he asked.

He pointed out that Pakistan had never gone to war during the tenure of democratic governments, which had sought to resolve issue through talks instead.

“It was Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who had stabilised the country after the 1971 war,” he added.

The former PM said he too sought peace in region, especially a solution to the Kashmir issue.

He added that the atrocities against the people of Indian-occupied Kashmir at the hands of the Indian forces must stop.

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Imran anticipates elections soon, claims PTI is ready for polls

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Terrorism a conspiracy to weaken Pakistan: CJP

QUETTA (Online): Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar said on Tuesday that terrorism is a conspiracy to weaken Pakistan and disrupt its peace.

“If we let this conspiracy be successful, we won’t be able to give anything to our future generations,” Justice Nisar said while addressing a condolence reference in Quetta marking a year from the deadly Civil Hospital bombing where more than 70 lawyers were killed.

He said the Quetta blast wasn’t an isolated event, and similar incidents happened in Peshawar and Lahore. “This war has to be fought, and with patience and strength,” the CJP said. “The entire, institutions, law enforcement agencies and intelligence agencies, and even the judiciary has to fight the war and make contributions.”

Mentioning a child who lost her father in the incident, Justice Nisar said as the Chief Justice of the country he felt ashamed to explain to her why ‘the system and country were unable to protect her father.’ Speaking at the event, he said his colleagues who lost their lives in the incident can never be forgotten. The chief justice also touched upon security issues faced by judges and lawyers.

Talking about the monetary compensation for the victims’ families, Justice Nisar said ‘money or compensation in terms of money is no compensation at all; it is only a sustenance allowance, which one needs [to survice].’ In his address, the CJP said terrorism in Pakistan is lesser than it used to be, due to collective effort and sacrifices, with the highest contributions made by Balochistan lawyers who were martyred in the incident.

‘Security arrangements in courts are still not appropriate,’ Justice Nisar said, adding that he has been in contact with the Ministry of Interior regarding the security of courts to create a comprehensive plan for the protection of lawyers and courts.

“An independent institution is responsible for the security of courts and judges in America and we have been working on developing a similar system in Pakistan since some time,” he said. The event was attended by senior judges and lawyers of the Balochistan High Court Bar Association (BHCBA).

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PM meets COAS, lauds army’s role in countering terrorism

ISLAMABAD (APP): Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi lauded on Tuesday the role of armed forces in counter-terrorism operations, including Radd-ul-Fasaad and Khyber-IV, during a meeting with army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

“The entire nation is proud of the sacrifices rendered by security personnel in ridding the motherland from the menace of terrorism”, a statement of the Prime Minister’s Office quoted Abbasi as saying.

Professional matters pertaining to Pakistan Army were discussed in the meeting, the communique read.

Abbasi was sworn in as the new PM of the country following Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification by the Supreme Court in a landmark judgement in Panama Papers case last month.

On Friday, President Mamnoon Hussain swore in a 43-member federal Cabinet as the ruling party’s top leadership – retaining most of the old faces – made some unexpected reshuffle at the crucial slots while appointing fulltime foreign and defence ministers.


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Abbasi, Ghani agreed to eliminate terrorism from the region

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani agreed to work together against the menace of terrorism but also to meet the challenge of energy in the region; it was the telephonic contact between the two leaders on Monday.

President Ashraf Ghani phoned PM Abbasi and congratulated him on his election as the new prime minister of Pakistan said by PM office statement.

President Ghani expressed pleasure over the smooth transition of power within the parliament and adding that it is a good sign for democracy in Pakistan.

It added that the Afghan leader expressed satisfaction over the smooth transition and said that it was good for democracy in Pakistan. PM Abbasi thanked the President Ghani and said that terrorism is the common enemy of both the neighboring countries and now it is become biggest threat for our survival and development.

Both the leaders agreed on the cooperation in eliminating the menace of terrorism from the region and also join hands to fulfill the energy requirements in the region.

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Indian forces killed five kashmiris in attacks

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SRINAGAR:  Indian Forces killed another five Kashmiri in the Kuprwara district of occupied Kashmir on Tuesday during a violent military operation in Macchil area of the district.

The recent killing was not the first in the past some days, Ishatiaq Ahmed Wagay being found in Aalam Gunj area of Shopian, several other persons were injured in violent action by Indian forces against the innocent civilian at Sombre in Pampore

Furthermore, Javed Zargar was also manhandled and made a victim of the brutality of Indian forces while protesting against the actions of Indian police.