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Govt should complete its tenure, let democracy flourish: Bilawal Bhutto

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman made a request to all institutional powers in the country on Thursday, asking them let the federal government complete its tenure and thus helping the democracy flourish in the country.

He was talking to an event organised in Islamabad for the 50th anniversary of PPP. Bilawal said that their party is working to strengthen democracy in the country and they will keep doing so. “We should recall our weakness throughout these 50 years,” he suggested.

While recalling the services of his party, he mentioned Benazir Income Support Programme and sacrifices to ensure democracy in the country. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said, “The use of innovative technology is in line with our vision of a technologically-advanced Pakistan. We Are Trend Setters.”

He said that despite braving worst onslaughts, conspiracies and media trials by three dictatorial regimes and their puppets, the PPP was here to stay and continue to make history, stressing that in the struggle for a democratic and invincible Pakistan with an egalitarian society, we lost our founder Chairman Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and thousands of workers. “But the struggle is on and the convoy of democracy and downtrodden masses is still marching towards our mission,” he added.

The son of ex-President Asif Zardari called for timely elections. On Faizabad sit-in and operation, Bilawal expressed disappointment at the federal government. The PPP chief announced to hold rally in Islamabad’s Parade Ground on December 5.

The PPP chief expressed concerns on the annual census saying that Sindh faced unequal treatment as shown in results. He declared the census controversial. People of Sindh, Balochistan and South Punjab have also complained about the census. Even the people of FATA are not happy with the census, he added.

The 50th anniversary of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is being celebrated across the country today. The PPP has decided to arrange week-long ceremonies to mark the golden jubilee celebrations.

Main ceremonies to celebrate golden jubilee of the PPP will be held in Karachi and Islamabad. The PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari will cut the cake in Karachi while PPP chairman Bilawal Bhuttoo Zardari will cut the cake in Islamabad.

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Khawaja Asif Iqama case adjourned till end of winter vacations

ISLAMABAD (NNI): Islamabad High Court (IHC) adjourned plea seeking disqualification of Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif for possessing an Iqama (foreign work permit), till end of winter vacations.

A larger bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq, Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, adjourned the petition due to non-availability of the senior lawyer of the petitioner Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Usman Dar.

However, associate lawyer of Dar’s senior counsel appeared before the bench and submitted reply (Jawab ul Jawab) before the court.

Khawaja Asif earlier through his counsel Rashdeen Nawaz submitted reply in compliance with court orders rejecting the allegations levelled against him by the petitioner.

In his reply Foreign Minister has said that Usman Dar approached the IHC against him over the” Iqama” issue after he could not digest his 2013 election defeat and subsequent dismissal of his petition by the election tribunal and the Supreme Court, challenging the respondent’s victory.

Asif said the petitioner relied upon all the documents appended by him along with his nomination papers prior to the 2013 elections.

He contended that Usman Dar was trying to achieve his malafide objectives by seeking re-adjudication of the election dispute indirectly through filing of the current petition, which was contrary to the principal of law that “what cannot be achieved directly cannot be achieved indirectly.”

He added that Usman Dar’s petition was bound to fail as the conduct, motive and intention of the petitioner were malafide, and that the petition had been filed after four years of litigation and after having exhausted all his legal rights.

The grounds chosen by the petitioner were old facts which were available prior to the elections of 2013 and no new fact or details had been discovered which gave right to a fresh cause of action to the petitioner to invoke jurisdiction of the IHC.

Asif said the petitioner had consciously concealed the material fact that he had filed an election petition and failed till the Supreme Court.

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Pakistan Navy ships arrive in Iran on friendly visit

ISLAMABAD (APP): Two Pakistani Navy (PN) ships, PNS Dehshat and PNS Rahnaward, made a port call to the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, said a statement released by the PN.

The port visit, scheduled from November 20 to 24, is the second visit by PN ship within a span of a year. Rahnaward, a tall training ship and Dehshat, a fast attack craft-missile docked into port under the command of Commander 10th Patrol Craft Squadron Captain Khalid Pervez.

“The visit was aimed to promote peace and’ security in the region, enhance maritime collaboration and open new avenues of bilateral cooperation between the two friendly regional navies,” said the PN statement.

During the visit, the PN delegation held meetings with the naval and military leadership of Iran on matters of mutual interest.

A reception dinner was also hosted during the visit by Capt Pervez onboard PNS Rahnaward which was attended by Ambassador of Pakistan Asif Durrani, senior Iranian military and civil officials along with military attaches from China, Poland, Germany and Japan.

The visit of the PN flotilla to Iran demonstrates strengthening of cordial relations between Pakistan and Iran based on mutual respect, shared history and culture, added the statement.

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Pakistan demands probe into chemical attacks against Kashmiris: FO

ISLAMABAD (APP): Pakistan has demanded probe into chemical attacks against the Kashmiri protesters. In FO’s weekly press briefing, Foreign Office’s spokesperson said that India’s repeated disregard to let the unbiased independent agencies for investigation and Human rights agencies to enter Kashmir, raises serious concerns because if chemical attacks are proven in Kashmir then it will be the violation of Chemical Weapon convention and International law.

Spokesperson Dr Faisal said that joint military exercises and cooperation was being considered in the first meeting of defense ministers representing various countries of the Islamic military counter terrorism coalition (IMCTC) where Pakistan highlighted its experience and learned strategies to combat terrorism.

Responding to a question regarding Iran, the spokesperson said that Pakistan remains in close contact with the Iranian leadership at all levels. The latest contact was when the Chief of Army Staff visited Iran on 06 November 2017 and had detailed consultations.

Responding to a question regarding Hafiz Saeed’s case, the FO spokesperson informed that Foreign Secretary told the Anti-terrorist court that investigations are halted due to failure of Indian witnesses to record statements in Hafiz Saeed’s case.

“Hafiz Saeed was only in protective custody under Maintenance of Public Order (MPO). We have sought details from M/o Interior which is the line Ministry in the case and will revert as soon as we hear anything”.

On a question regarding 57 Pakistani migrants recovered by Turkish police, the spokesperson responded that their Consulate in Istanbul has informed that the Turkish authorities have recovered 57 Pakistani illegal immigrants from the human traffickers in Istanbul.

The Turkish police have also arrested 3 human traffickers within the same group in this operation. Our Consulate is in touch with the Turkish authorities, who have been requested to properly look after the recovered Pakistanis.

They will be repatriated to Pakistan after completion of formalities. Details of the recovered Pakistanis shall be shared by our Consulate as soon as they are received from the Turkish side.

Responding to a question regarding the unemployment of Pakistani laborers in Saudi Arabia and the expiry of their Iqamas, the spokesperson said that the efforts made by their Missions in Saudi Arabia to facilitate Pakistani laborers are already on record. However, for this particular case, we have requested our Mission for a detailed report, he added.

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Faizabad operation: Police, agencies submit reports in Supreme Court

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan hearing the Islamabad sit-in case on Thursday and officials of the police, Intelligence Bureau and Inter Services Intelligence submitted their reports regarding the Faizabad sit-in.

The Deputy Attorney General submitted the reports of the intelligence agencies and adding that there were no death in the incident and 173 policemen were injured in the incident.

He informed the court that they have received unsigned documents from the Punjab government regarding the losses during the sit-in and according to it more than 146 million were lost during the protest.

According to the report, a total of 418 protesters were sent to Adiala Jail on remand, with 107 nominated in the 27 FIRs lodged against them. However, a number of protesters were released from custody as part of the agreement between the government and the protesters.

Also on Thursday, the judicial remand of 47 protesters still in jail was extended.

Justice Isa then remarked where Islam permits damaging public and private property?

On November 21, Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Isa had taken notice of the Islamabad protest sit-in while hearing a separate case.


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Pak-India cricket series: PCB sends legal to ICCC

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KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) sent a legal notice to the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday to set up a Dispute Resolution Committee for judging the matter of Indian cricket board for not fulfilling its promise of playing bilateral series with Pakistan.

As per the PCB source, he added that after it is likely that a three-member dispute panel to be formed, with Hon Michael Beloff QC, the chairman of Disputes Resolution Committee in chair, and the other two members to be nominated by claimant (PCB) and defendant (BCCI) and the matter will be governed by British law.

The PCB is claiming up to $70 million for missed series in 2014 and 2015.

Earlier in 2014, the PCB and BCCI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) according to which the two rivals were to play eight bilateral series between 2015-2023.

However, the BCCI repeatedly rejected the Pakistan’s request for revival of cricket ties, with the MoU commitment remaining subjected to clearance from the Indian government.

Earlier this year, the PCB sent a legal notice to its Indian counterpart for failing to honor the MoU and said it would initiate legal action against the BCCI for not fulfilling its promise.


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PM Abbasi rejects US accusations of terrorists sanctuary in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi rejected United States of America accusations of providing safe havens to terrorists in Pakistan and adding that Afghanistan land was using by terrorists and US should take appropriate steps in this regard.

PM Abbasi said this while giving a interview to International new outlet. He said that Pakistan will take action against all terrorists groups including Haqqani network with our borders but it is also responsibility of neighbor countries to stop their using against Pakistan.

He added that Pakistan is being under attack from the Afghanistan side and the US and NATO forces needs to stop these attacks.

Regarding the US accusations of providing safe havens to terrorists, he added that both the civil and military leadership are on the same page and adding that both the leadership have denied the accusations in this regard on several occasions.

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Three killed in firing during Eid Miladul Nabi rally in Khairpur

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KHAIRPUR: As many as three persons were killed and five others injured in a firing during an Eid Miladun Nabi rally in Kot Diji Fort area of Khairpur on Thursday.

Police and Rangers personnel reached the site after the incident and cordoned off the area and started search operation in the surrounding area.

The injured were shifted to nearby hospital by Rescue officials.

The reasons behind the incident are yet to be identified.

Muslims across the world celebrate the birth of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the third month of the Islamic lunar calendar (Rabi-ul-Awwal).

On the occasion, rallies are held by the Muslims with the start of the month across the world. This year Eid Milad-un-Nabi is to be celebrated across the country on December 1 (tomorrow).


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Relation of Pakistan, PPP will continue for centuries: Zardari

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KARACHI: Former president and Co-Chairman of Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari hoisted the party flag to start the celebration of the party’s foundation day on Thursday at Bilawal House.

Asif Zardari said on the occasion that PPP is the only political who have roots in all the four provinces and relation between Pakistan and PPP will continue for centuries.

He added that we are follower of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto dream and policies and it’s the guarantor of Pakistan’s development.

Senior PPP leaders Faryal Talpur, Aftab Shaiban Meerani, former Sindh cheif minister Qaim Ali Shah, PPP MPA Saeed Ghani, Javed Nagori, Waqar Mehdi and provincial minister Mukesh Chawla, and others, were present in the ceremony.

Earlier, Zardari congratulated workers in and outside the country on the occasion of the party’s 50th foundation day.

In a message on the occasion, Zardari said PPP has made massive sacrifices for the sake of ideology and there was no match for the efforts the party has made for democracy.


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West Indies is ready to surprise New Zealand in test series: Holder

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WELLINGTON: West Indies Skipper, Jason Holder has said that the morale of the team is high ahead of the New Zealand series.

He added that West Indies team is in a very good position to win the two mathc series as we starting to the series at Wellington on Friday and he are hopeful that we will win the first away against New Zealand since 1995.

Holder said that we not a finished product and we are heading in the right direction to improve our ranking and perform well in the international circuit.

This he said while talking to media persons on Thursday.

Earlier in August, the West Indies took a upset win over the England when the talented Shai Hope became the first player to score a century in each innings of a test at famous Leeds grounds which boosted the morale of the team.

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Holder does not have good memories of his last visit to Wellington when the West Indies were beaten by an innings and 73 runs four years ago.

On a typical green Basin Reserve wicket, Holder won the toss and elected to bowl only to see New Zealand post 441 and then roll the West Indies for 193 and 175.