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Every party bound to provide its funding sources under law: CJP

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ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Mian Saqib Nisar Monday remarked that according to the law every political party is bound to provide its funding sources.

A three-member bench head by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising on Justice Umar Bandiyal and Justice Faisal Arab conducted the hearing of the case regarding foreign funding to Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI). CJP remarked that every political party is accountable before Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). Justice Umar Atta Bandiyal remarked that ECP has the right to scrutinize the accounts.

PTI lawyer, Anwar Maqsood said that audited bank accounts details were submitted in Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). Upon this CJP inquired can ECP not make decision on prohibited funds?. The PTI counsel said entire law has been changed in political parties order 2002 and ECP cannot hear the case.

Justice Umar Atta Bandiyal further remarked that ECP has the powers to accept or reject the reports of accountant. He said will ECP ignore if it comes into knowledge few years later. He said information regarding foreign funding would come from other sources.

PTI lawyer argued that all political parties are practicing the same. Upon this CJP remarked what would be the reaction of PTI if declarations of Imran Khan proved wrong? Upon this PTI lawyer said the court can constitute commission on this. Justice Faisal Arab remarked that whether foreign funding be called as audit. PTI lawyer replied that audit could not be conducted in inquiry.

Hanif Abbasi’s lawyer Akram Sheikh argued that false documents have been submitted in Supreme Court by PTI, adding PTI leaders himself prepared these documents. He alleged less funds have been showed as compared to real income. He further added Haram has been spent on administrative affairs while Hilal sent to Pakistan.

Justice Umar Atta Bandiyal remarked that proper word is prohibited not Haram. CJP inquired whether all details must be provided at FARA website. PTI lawyer argued that less 50 dollars information are not displayed on FARA website. Akram Sheikh lawyer of Hanif Abbasi said it was a sensitive matter, which is also related to security of the country. He said documents are 100% fake and bogus. Justice Faisal Arab remarked prohibited funds were spent abroad and legitimate funds were shifted to Pakistan.PTI lawyer said that Imran Khan was not aware of these prohibited funds.

Akram Sheikh said that it was stance of Imran Khan that only legitimate funds were sent to Pakistan. CJP remarked that investigation would be required regarding use of prohibited funds. He said prohibited fund raising was done in the absence of Imran Khan. The hearing of the case was adjourned till today (Tuesday).

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Djokovic drops a place to fifth in ATP rankings

PARIS (AFP): Novak Djokovic dropped one place to fifth with Stanislas Wawrinka moving up to fourth in the ATP rankings published on Monday.

Former world number one Djokovic will likely fall further by the end of the year as he has already announced he will not play again this season due to an elbow injury.

The main move saw German Alexander Zverev climb three places to a career high eighth. Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer was the biggest mover, up 89 places to 49th following his victory in the Hamburg Open.

And there was consolation for German beaten finalist Florian Mayer, who still moved up 45 spots to 56th. Briton Andy Murray ramins top ahead of Rafael Nadal with Roger Federer third.

ATP rankings as of July 31:

1. Andy Murray (GBR) 7,750pts

2. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 7,465

3. Roger Federer (SUI) 6,545

4. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 5,780 (+1)

4. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 5,325 (-1)

6. Marin Cilic (CRO) 5,155

7. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 4,065

8. Alexander Zverev (GER) 3,150 (+3)

9. Kei Nishikori (JPN) 3,140 (-1)

10. Milos Raonic (CAN) 3,130 (-1)

11. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 3,070 (-1)

12. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 2,805

13. David Goffin (BEL) 2,560

14. Tomas Berdych (CZE) 2,480

15. Pablo Carreno (ESP) 2,350

16. Roberto Bautista (ESP) 2,335 (+2)

17. Lucas Pouille (FRA) 2,255

18. John Isner (USA) 2,250 (+2)

19. Jack Sock (USA) 2,200

20. Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 1,930 (+1).

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Salman Khan expresses wish to adopt child

MUMBAI (AFP): Bollywood star actor Salman Khan has expressed wish to adopt a child.

In an interview, Salman Khan said that he loves kids a lot and his parents love him. He said that his parents want to see his children in their life therefore, he has planned to adopt a baby in two to three years.

Earlier, Salman Khan opened up to media about suffering from Trigeminal neuralgia, which is a painful facial nerve disorder.

It is often called the ‘suicide disease’ because the person suffering from it develops tendencies to commit suicide. He said, “The disease has the highest rates of suicides and I suffered from so much pain.

At that point, I realised that I need to work really hard. No matter how much pain you are going through,” he further told during his talk at the Dubai launch of Tubelight’s song Radio. He had first revealed about the disease way back in 2001.

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Death toll in Gujrat floods rises to 213

NEW DELHI (AFP): Severe monsoon flooding has killed 213 people in western India, an official said on Sunday, as rescuers continue to sift through villages devastated by torrential rains, reported The Guardian.

The death toll in Gujarat state jumped from Wednesday’s total of 123 to 213, the government said, as waters receded from low-lying areas, allowing rescue workers to reach remote spots. Overwhelmed authorities, which expect the toll to rise further, said they had struggled to cope with the number of bodies needing identification and postmortems, resulting in delays in confirming the latest deaths.

According to Times of India, the maximum deaths have happened since July 21 in Banaskantha district that was pounded by incessant rainfall and due to release of massive quantity of water from the local dams later. Control room sources said that 61 deaths, mostly due to drowning, have been reported from Banaskantha alone.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has announced that he would be camping in the district for next five days to oversee relief and rehabilitation work. On Sunday, Rupani met the relatives of the 17 people from a family who died in Khariya village of Kankrej taluka. At least 28 bodies have been recovered from the Banas river in Khariya and nearby villages alone. He also interacted with family members of the victims and distributed compensation cheques.

“This is the worst flood of the century in Banaskantha,” Rupani said. He also visited Dhanera, which was the worst-affected and met farmers and traders at the Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC), which has been forced to dump nearly 4,000 tonne rotten grains into a 10 hectare government wasteland. The APMC has sought INR 80 crore as assistance from the state government to start everything afresh.

“Assured them of proper and timely assessment of the damage caused due to the devastating flood,” Rupani tweeted. Smarting under severe criticism over party MLAs cooling their heels in Bengaluru resort, senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, state Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki, state Congress affairs incharge Ashok Gehlot and others also toured the flood-hit areas of Banaskantha on Sunday and met relatives of the deceased.

Congress hit back at the BJP for spitting venom against its MLAs for not being there in the floods. “Where was Ahmedabad (East) MP Paresh Rawal when majority of the areas were inundated? Where was local MP (Mohan Kundariya) when Morbi district was flooded,” the party’s spokesman Manish Doshi said.

Hitting out at Patel, Rupani said it was out his greed to win the Rajya Sabha poll, that he sent 40 Congress MLAs to Bengaluru. “Some of them belonged to those districts which are badly hit by flood. Patel forced them to leave their constituencies, as he was only concerned about his Rajya Sabha seat,” the chief minister alleged.

Talking to media persons in Palanpur, Patel refuted Rupani’s allegation that leaving Gujarat and moving to Bengaluru shows the ‘insensitive approach’ of the Congress MLAs, at a time when the state is facing flood-like situation. He alleged that Congress MLAs from Banaskantha and other flood-affected regions were forced to leave the state.

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Attack on Iraqi embassy comes to end as four suicide bombers killed

KABUL(AIP):The coordinated attack on the embassy of Iraq in Kabul came to an end at around 3 pm as all the four suicide bombers were killed, the interior ministry announced on Monday .

According to a press release issued by the interior ministry, only an Afghan cop was injured in the attack. The Afghan forces and Iraqi diplomats did not suffer any casualties.

The press release said a suicide bomber exploded himself near the Iraqi embassy in Shahr-e-Naw area. Later, three more attackers entered the embassy building.

The police reached the area in time, it said, adding all the four attackers were killed after a gunfight of about four hours.

It was learnt that three Iraqi citizens were working in the embassy. One of them was acting ambassador and two were ordinary employees. Spokesman for the foreign ministry of Iraq, Ahmad Jamal said on his formal Twitter account that their ambassador had been shifted to the Egyptian embassy. Efforts were also put to save the other two employees.

The press release issued by the interior ministry did not give accurate information about casualties. However, the AIP correspondent in Kabul said he saw three ambulances, taking injured people to the hospital.

Some sources said two Afghan police personnel providing protection to the embassy were killed in the attack. The emergency hospital in Kabul said on its Twitter account that they have received two injured people from the site.

Meanwhile, the foreign ministry of Afghanistan condemned the attack and said in a press release that attacks on diplomatic facilities could not be justified in any law.

On the other side, the Islamic State or Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack on their social accounts and Amaq News Agency. It stated two persons launched the attack. One of them blew himself up while the other conducted armed attack.

The acting ambassador of Iraq in Kabul recently told reporters that the Islamic State or Daesh gunmen have been expelled from Mosul city of Iraq. He said there were no fears about the traveling of Daesh gunmen to Afghanistan.

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Opposition parties fails to bring joint candidate for PM’s slot

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ISLAMABAD: The opposition political parties failed to bring a joint candidate for Prime Minister Slot as it is to be contested on Tuesday.

Leaders of opposition parties held a meeting in this regard on Monday in Opposition leader, Khursheed Shah Chamber but they were failed to build any consensus to finalize a joint candidate for the premiership.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed have submitted Rasheed’s nomination papers.

Qureshi while addressing the media later said that the opposition must allow a chance to Rasheed who was one of the petitioners in the Panama Papers case.

Meanwhile, MQM-P’s Sheikh Salahuddin, PPP’s Khursheed Shah and MNA Naveed Qamar also submitted their nomination papers following the meeting.

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Qadri to return to Pakistan on Aug 8

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LAHORE: Chairman Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), Dr Muhammad Tahir Qadri announced to return to Pakistan on 8 August from Canada with the aim to start campaign against the CM Shahbaz Sharif who was nominated by PML-N for the premiership slot.

Qadri appreciated the SC verdict in Panama case and terms it a historic one and adding that for the first time the powerful person was punished for his crime and it will pave way for the corruption free Pakistan. After the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif now all the attention were converted to Shahbaz Sharif and PAT will now raise slogan of Go Shahbaz Go, Qadri said

“The PM was punish for the crime, is just a tip of the iceberg and adding that the list of crimes the ruling elite committed is very long and now it is to make them punishable for their crimes”, Qadri added.

Regarding the Model Town incident in Lahore, PAT chief said the people will not forget the atrocities committed by the PML-N leadership and adding that all the criminals of the incident will be in jails soon for their crimes. He demanded that the report of Model Town Commission and documents in the volume 10 of the JIT should be made public now that people can recognize the real face of sharifs.

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Pakistan Stock market gains momentum

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KARACHI: Pakistan Stock Market recorded appreciable gain on the first day of the new week and also after the Supreme Court’s verdict in Panama Papers case where index comfortably broke two important levels of 46000 and 47000 points.

The first hour of the trading session was ruled by the bulls where 248 companies’ shares landed in the green territory and only 33 shares showed negative signs. The Pakistan Stock Exchange index, commonly known as KSE-100 index recorded a significant increase of 1100 points.

The index showed mammoth recovery under the lead of steel, gas and textile companies.

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PTI chief doing politics with negative mindset says Shahbaz Sharif

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LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif criticized the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman, Imran Khan and adding that he is doing politics negative mindset which will bring anarchy in the country.

He added that Imran Khan was a puppet of some elements and he is busying in conspiring against the development and prosperity of the country. People has now recognized the real face of Imran’s negative politics as he is master in lies and trying to misguide the masses with negativity but he will gain nothing from it except bringing anarchy in the country, Shahbaz added.  

“Those who claiming of building a new Pakistan are actually destroying the old one with their negative approach towards getting the government in center” he claimed.

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NAB to discuss implementation of SC verdict

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ISLAMABAD: Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Qamar Zaman Chaudhry will head the important meeting today to discuss the strategy after the Supreme Court verdict in Panama case on Friday referring the panama case to NAB.

The SC on 28 July announced the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif and also ordered NAB to file references against him and his family members and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. The SC given six weeks to NAB to file cases against them and trial court will have six month to announce their final decision in the cases.

Moreover, a nominated judge of the Supreme Court will supervise and oversee the implementation of the verdict as well as the trial court proceedings and NAB will also be file any additional reference if and when any other asset found.

NAB will be filing a report on the businesses of the Sharif family, including Azizia Steel Mills’, Hill Metals Establishment and ownership of Azizia Steel Mills apart from other cases.