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Pakistan military congratulates Chinese army on PLA’s 90th anniversary

ISLAMABAD (NNI): Pakistan military has congratulated China on the 90th anniversary of the Chinese army.

China celebrated the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) at Zhurihe training base in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, on Sunday.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, inspected the troops and deliver an important speech.

On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army, Major General Asif Ghafoor of the ISPR, on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistani Army General Qamar Javed Bajwa, expressed heartfelt congratulations to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.

“Pakistan and Chinese militaries have a very special bondage. Both forces are committed to continue with strong military-to-military cooperation,” DG ISPR said in a message sent to Chinese Guangming Daily. The PLA’s 90th anniversary falls on Aug. 1.

Meanwhile Chairman defence committee of the senate, Mushahid Hussain Syed has said t0he Peoples Liberation Army is one of the finest & most professional fighting forces in the world, which today is contributing to peace, security and stability in Asia and also playing a global role under United Nations Peacekeeping Operations in various trouble spots.

“It’s humanitarian mission will be reinforced by its presence in Djibouti, especially anti-piracy operations and also protecting, saving and evacuating civilians as it did during the 2015 Yemen Crisis,” he told Guangming daily.

He said under President Xi Jinping, the PLA has combated corrupted, countered terrorism and reinforced camaraderie with its ‘Iron Brothers’ like Pakistan, by taking part in the March 23 National Day Parade of Pakistan.

“The PLA has a glorious past, having liberated China from the yoke of feudalism and defended China in the War of Resistance Against Japan, and a great future in the context of Asian peace, security and stability,” Mushahid said.

He said Pakistan fully supports China and the PLA in its struggle to protect Chinese sovereignty against the provocations from the Indian Army in the situation of standoff vis a vis Bhutan, where Indian Army has illegally intervened.

President Xi Jinping told the military parade Sunday China needs a strong military more than ever, urging building the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) into world-class armed forces with confidence and capability to “defeat all invading enemies” and “safeguard world peace,” Xinhua reported.

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Proposed Interim PM accused in Billion dollars LNG Scam

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who is set to become Pakistan’s interim prime minister, is one of seven “expected accused persons from record” in billion dollar LNG scam, it has been reliably learnt.

Name of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, former federal minister for petroleum and natural resources, and owner of the private Airblue airline, emerged as consensus candidate for the post of Prime Minister for transitional term of 45 days after which one of the Sharif family members and younger brother of PM Nawaz, Shehbaz Sharif, will take over as Prime Minister for the remaining term in Pakistan extremely dynastical politics.

Abbasi is expected to become Prime Minister of Pakistan in a vote to be held on Tuesday.

But interestingly, Abbasi, who will be elected to the office vacated by Nawaz Sharif over corruption charges, himself faces a pending NAB inquiry in the national accountability bureau’s Karachi office.

The inquiry started on the complaint of Mr. Shahid Sattar, an energy expert, ex-member of the planning & energy commission, SSGC Board, was initiated on July 29, 2015 against the offence committed in 2013 and till date of the initiation of the inquiry, NAB inquiry reports reads.

According to the column of official/officer prima facie actively found involved, Shahid Khaqan Abassi, minister petroleum & natural resources Islamabad is one of the seven expected accused.

According to investigation authorized by Director General NAB, Karachi and carried out by Senior Investigation Officer Abdul Fateh, the accused have caused a loss to national exchequer by extending favor in tender of LNG terminal and payment against LNG gasification.

The accused have misused authority in award of LNG tender to ETPL by violating the PPRA & Relevant rules and laws due to which huge loss of $2billion (approximately) to national exchequer have happened in 15 years

Educated in the US at George Washington University, Abbasi was born in Karachi but is a member of the National Assembly from Murree, a recreational hill point near Islamabad.

Abbasi worked in the US and Saudi Arabia as an electrical engineer before joining politics after his father, a minister in General Zia ul-Haq’s government, was killed in Ujri camp blasts. Abbasi himself survived despite going in the same car when missile hit them, killing in father and taking his brother in coma for nearly two decades before he passed away.

Abbasi has been elected six times as a member of the National Assembly since then, and has previously served as minister for commerce and defence production.

He was the chairman of national flag carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) from 1997 to 1999, until General Pervez Musharraf overthrew Sharif´s second government.

Abbasi was nabbed after the coup and imprisoned for two years before being set free.

In 2003, he setup his own airline, Airblue.


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PPP starts efforts for joint opposition’s candidate

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Opposition leader in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah has started contacted the opposition to bring one candidate with consensus for prime minister Position against the PML-N and adopt a joint strategy in the voting for premiership.  

Shah arrived in Islamabad on Saturday and made contact through telephone woth PTI senior Leaders Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, Senator Siraj-ul-Haq of JI and with leaders of PML-Q to discuss the political scenario which were made after the disqualification of Nawaz and trying to agree all the parties to adopt a strategy against the PML-N candidate for premiership. Meeting of political is expected today (Sunday) and likely they will announce their candidate for the prime minister slot.

While talking to journalists in Islamabad, Khursheed said that nomination of Shahbaz Sharif for the premiership from PML-N is the clear example that they have no candidate for the slot in the National Assembly that why it brings Shahbaz from Punjab assembly. It is attempt of dishonoring the elected members of PML-N, Shah claimed.

“PPP leaderships had been asking Nawaz from the start to strengthen the parliament and give it respect but he was ignoring it and now he paid the price for it” Shah added.


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Two youth martyred in IHK

F.P. Report

SRINAGAR: Indian security forces martyred two Kashmiris in Pulwama district on Sunday.

The martyred youthw were identified as Irfan Sheikh and Abdi Mgray during a search operation conducted by Indian troops in Indian Held Kashmir.

The local media reported that the internet service were shut down during the search operation and killing the youth. After the incident people cam to streets and protested against killing of two innocent youths. The Indian security fired at the protestors to disperse them.

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PTI finalize arrangements to celebrate Youm-e-Tashakkar today

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: All the arrangements were finalized for the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) rally to celebrate Youm-e-Tashakkar (Thanksgiving) at Parade Gorund area in Federal capital today.

The Youm-e-Tashakkar celebration rally was announced by Imran Khan after the SC verdict in Panama in which the apex court disqualified him on Friday. As per the order of the administration, the rally is expected to be start around 6pm to 11pm today.

Strict security will be provided to the gathering and as many as 1600 security personnel are expected to be deploying to maintain the peaceful environment and three ways were set up for the participants to enter in the ground and walkthrough gates have been installed at the entry points to ensure security of entrants. Similarly, separate entry point has been made for women, where female security personnel will be deployed.

PTI chief and other senior leaders will address to the gathering today.


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Shahbaz wants Hamza as CM Punjab

F.P. Report

LAHORE: CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif was announced on Saturday as the successor of his brother for the PM office and now he is looking towards his son Hamza Shahbaz for his replacement as chief minister of Punjab.

Source within the party said that Shahbaz wants to keep the position in family to hold the Punjab province as it was very important for any political party to get the government in center, as Punjab is the biggest province of the country.

However, the final decision will take the ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in this regard as he was trying to hold the party in Punjab because PML-N cannot afford to lose the grip on Punjab at this time especially when the general election will be held within a year.

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PTI announce to expel QWP from KP govt

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) decided to expel Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) from the provincial coalition government from the second in last four years.

This was announced by Provincial Information Minister Shah Farman at Islamabad. Farman said that PTI formed coalition with QWP with good intentions but the party differed with PTI over many issues and it did not support our stance over the Panama case.

Provincial Minister added that CM Pervez will take legal action against for the two parties to part ways.

Meanwhile, provincial president of QWP Sikandar Khan Sherpao told media persons that the move of PTI is a violation of an agreement which was signed by the two parties in 2015.

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Shehbaz to succeed Nawaz as PM, Khaqan nominated as interim PM

ISLAMABAD  – Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leaders have agreed to nominate former Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as interim prime minister of the country after Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification by Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case.

Meanwhile Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leaders have agreed to nominate former Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as interim prime minister of the country after Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification by Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case.

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Interim prime minister
The decision was taken in a meeting of PML-N parliamentary leaders at Punjab House in Islamabad today (Saturday), the parliamentary party meeting and Nawaz Sharif himself confirmed. Abbasi will serve as an interim PM for the next 45 days. Later on, the existing Punjab Chief Minister will take over and continue as the PM till the interim government for 2018 elections is formed. He will take outh as premier after taking majority votes from PML-N lawmakers as well as coalition members.

Young Sharif as PM after 45 days
The participants have also approvedShehbaz Sharif’s name to permanently take over as the premier, which had already been foreseen yesterday. The young Sharif is currently chief minister of powerful Punjab province — the Sharif family stronghold. Shehbaz Sharif has controlled Punjab — Pakistan’s most populous and prosperous province — for much of the last decade, presiding over a series of big ticket infrastructure projects, including Pakistan’s first metro bus service. PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafique called him an exemplary chief minister and praised his services for the development of Punjab.

According to details, existing Punjab CM will resign from his provincial assembly seat and contest in by elections for NA-120, from which Nawaz Sharif was disqualified by the apex court. He will become PM after the success in polls and receiving votes in NA after Abbasi s resignation.

PML-N trusts Abbasi
It should be recalled that Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Chairman when Pervez Musharraf ousted Nawaz Sharif in 1999. He was also arrested in plane hijack case. It is often said that Abbasi was pressurised to become an approver against the derailed Sharif government.

He had refused to approve against Nawaz Sharif in the corruption cases which escalated the confidence of senior leadership in him. After PML-N victory in 2013 general elections, he was made a part of federal cabinet by alloting him the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources. He conducted various projects for the discovery of fossils in Sindh and elsewhere.

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Pak Army court will decide on Jadhav’s ‘mercy petition’: Abdul Basit

NEW DELHI (INP): Outgoing Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Saturday said that the Pakistan military court would take a decision regarding alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has filed a mercy petition against his death sentence in the court.

“Kulbhushan Jadhav is convicted. There is a mercy petition filed and the Army court will take a decision,” Basit, who had earlier maintained silence over the issue, told ANI.

When asked about the future of the downhill relations, the outgoing envoy said, “Never give up. Keep trying; things will get better.”

Jadhav was sentenced to death on April 10 this year after being accused of espionage and working for the India’s external intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW). He was arrested from Balochistan on March 3 last year.

He said a dialogue between India and Pakistan was a “pre-requisite” and a “necessity” to mend relations between the neighbours, which might require “give and take” from both sides.

“Both the countries need to decide that they need to be engaged…as was decided at Sharm El Sheikh, where we took a considered decision to separate talks from terrorism. We should not be hostage to forces that do not want progress,” he said.