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Nawaz was told to take motorway instead of GT Road rally by party: Nisar’s spokesperson

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ISLAMABAD: The suggestion to Nawaz Sharif to take motorway in his bid to reach Lahore after the ouster was given by the majority party, spokesperson of ex-Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar issued a clarification on Wednesday.

After the press conference of Nisar in Taxila in which he announced to not want to work under PML-N president’s daughter Maryam Nawaz, the spokesperson claimed that Nawaz was originally destined to take motorway to reach Lahore, instead of GT Road. He said the decision was made in a top-level PML-N meeting attended by PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and other dignitary leaders.

Nisar’s spokesperson affirmed that except one or two leaders, all the PML-N members during Murree session agreed that Nawaz Sharif should take motorway to reach Lahore. “The change of decision to take motorway wasn’t made on the advice of any politician,” he added.

He told that Nawaz Sharif had met media persons including Mujib-ur-Rehman Shami at Punjab House after his ouster in which he was advised to take GT Road instead of the motorway. It was further informed that Nawaz Sharif then directed Chaudhry Nisar to convey his message to Shehbaz Sharif about making arrangements to hold the rally on GT Road.

The spokesperson clarified that a simple incident was given wrong meaning through the use of a media clip. “Only Nawaz Sharif can elaborate who advised him to go by plane,” he said.

He suggested that the person who suggested Nawaz Sharif to take the plane should be immediately highlighted so that further drama can be avoided.

On Wednesday, PML-N chief rhetorically asked where was the politician who had recommended him to return Lahore via motorway instead of leading a GT Road rally, to which the participants replied that he was angered with party leadership. He made the remarks while presiding an informal meeting of PML-N leaders.

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Libya shipwreck tragedy: Bodies of 11 Pakistanis reach Islamabad

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ISLAMABAD: The bodies of 11 Pakistanis, who drowned in a shipwreck off Libya coast on January 31, reached Pakistan on Wednesday.

The bodies of the deceased in the tragedy were shifted to Islamabad through a private airline from Jeddah.

The deceased have been identified as Ikram-ul-Haq, Tanzeel-ur-Rehman, Azmat Bibi, Waleed Ikram, Farhan Ali, Muhammad Qasim Baig, Muhammad Aziz, Kashif Jamil, Mirza Ghulam Farid, Mazhar Hussain.

On Feb 9, the Foreign Office had said that it planned to bring back the bodies of the Pakistanis who drowned when a boat carrying migrants capsized off the coast of Zuwara.

Earlier, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had apprehended the central character of a human smuggling network that facilitated illegal transportation of Pakistani nationals.

The prime suspect, Mehboob Shah, was apprehended along with an accomplice, Mudassir, during a raid in Gujrat, said Mufakhir Adeel, deputy director of the FIA.

An embassy official earlier said victims are mostly from Gujrat in northern Pakistan.

Libya is the main gateway for migrants trying to cross to Europe by sea, though numbers have dropped sharply since July as Libyan factions and authorities – under pressure from Italy and the European Union – have begun to block departures. Zuwara was a top departure point until a local backlash against smuggling in 2015.

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PML-N to win next general election with majority: Talal

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ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Interior, Talal Chaudhry said Wednesday that former prime minister, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was the most popular political leader in the country and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) would win the general election 2018 with majority.

Talking to a private news channel, he said people had unbreakable association with their beloved leader and the PML-N’s victory in the Lodhran bye-election was proof of that.

Nawaz Sharif would remain the central point of the country’s politics in future, he added.

Talal said the PML-N leadership had always adopted a legal way and worked for strengthening the national institutions. Nawaz Sharif and his family members presented themselves before the courts for the supremacy of law, he added.

The minister said the PML-N would bring reforms in the judicial system after winning the next general election and run the country as per the desires of the people.

He said the parliament was the supreme institution of the country, which had the powers to legislate and amend the existing laws.

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After NAB ECL request against Nawaz, Shah says law should be equal for all

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ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah on Wednesday said, alluding to the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) request to add Sharif family members name to the Exit Control List (ECL), that the law and rules in the country should be the same for everyone.

NAB formally requested the Ministry of Interior to place former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar’s names on the ECL.

“There is no reference against Sharjeel Memon, yet he presented himself in the court. Others have had references presented against them, yet they are free to roam around,” said Shah.

The opposition leader further said rules and regulations should be the same for those caught in similar cases.

“If now they are being treated like everyone else, let it be,” added Shah while indirectly referring to Nawaz and family.

When asked if Sharif family members should be added to the ECL, the opposition leader maintained his stance and added that if the accountability body has asked for it, then the interior ministry will have to act.

“If they do not act, then they should also free Sharjeel Memon and remove his name from ECL.”

NAB dispatched two letters to the ministry, one asking for Nawaz Sharif to be placed on ECL citing him being an accused in the Azizia Mills reference, Flagship reference and Avenfield properties reference.

In the second letter, it requested to place Maryam Nawaz Sharif and her husband Captain (retired) Safdar to on the ECL as both are accused in the Avenfield properties reference.

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SBP issues Shariah Compliant Long Term Financing Facility for Exporters

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KARACHI: In order to provide Shariah compliant alternative of conventional Long Term Financing Facility (LTFF) to meet long awaited demand of exporters, State Bank of Pakistan has issued Islamic Long Term Financing Facility (ILTFF) based on Mudarabah, spokesman said here on Wednesday.

“State Bank of Pakistan since 2008 has been offering long-term refinance facility for plant and machinery through commercial banks and development finance institutions to allow exporters an opportunity to avail concessional financing for imported and locally manufactured plant & machinery”, reads a statement issued by the central bank head office.

“However, such facility could not be availed through Islamic banking institutions in absence of a Shariah compliant alternative”.

ILTFF will allow exporters an opportunity to avail long-term refinance facility of State Bank of Pakistan for purchase of imported and locally manufactured new plant and machinery from the eligible Islamic banking institutions.

The facility shall be available to the export oriented projects if their annual export is at least equivalent to US$ five million or fifty percent of their sales constitute exports, whichever is lower. The period of financing under the ILTFF shall not exceed more than ten years including a grace period of maximum two years while maximum limit for obtaining financing under this facility by a prospective customer shall be Rs. 1.5 billion.

The participating Islamic banking institutions shall undertake due diligence process in accordance with their respective financing policies before sanctioning the facility subject to the respective prudential regulations prescribed by State Bank of Pakistan for each type of customer.

Islamic banking institutions may participate in the scheme by submitting an application to the concerned department of State Bank of Pakistan. Under the scheme, Islamic banking branches of conventional banks may also apply to State Bank of Pakistan for allocation of limit subject to a maximum of 20 percent of the limit under LTFF for utilization under ILTFF.

This is another manifestation of commitment of State Bank of Pakistan, which has been playing an instrumental role for promotion and development of Islamic banking in the country on sound foundations.

Due to continuous efforts of State Bank of Pakistan and relevant stakeholders, the market share of Islamic banking industry’s assets and deposits in the overall banking industry has increased to 12.4 percent and 14.5 percent, respectively by end December 2017.

Assets and Deposits of Islamic banking industry have been consistently growing with a compound annual growth rate of over 25 percent for the last 10 years. At present, 5 full-fledged Islamic banks and 16 conventional banks having standalone Islamic banking branches are providing Shariah compliant products and services with a network of over 2,581 branches spread across the country.

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Girl subjected to sexual abuse by MQM lawmaker refutes she had taken money

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KARACHI: A woman who had alleged that Muttahida Qaumi Movement – Pakistan (MQM-P) lawmaker Salman Mujahid Baloch had sexually abused her has claimed she had never taken any money from the legislator.

“He stalked me for some time when I would visit Jinnah Garden with my mother and eventually forged a bond with my mother by saying she was his sister and I, his niece,” Aleena told news channel.

A lawyer of a girl, 17 years old Alina Nadeem Khan, has approached to a local Court, praying to order recording statement of his client, who has been harassed and sexually abused by Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s Lawmaker Salman Baloch for last several years.

The applicant has accused that the respondent DIG police Central Zone, Senior Superintendent of Police Central and Station House Office Police Station Taimuria haven’t taken action against the accused, Salman Baloch, despite written statement and First Information Report (FIR) being lodged by the victim girl.

According to the petitioner the girl was approached by MNA while she was walking in Jinnah Park and was 16 years old. The MNA then approached the family and befriended her and would take her to Islamabad where she was sexually abused in MNA hostels in Islamabad.

When she complained to the family, Baloch promised to marry the girl, according to statement issued by her lawyer. The accused after subjecting her to sexual abuse and harassment for more two years started hurling threats.

“The Applicant is orphan girl and there is no any to support her except her mother and brother and the said Salman Mujahid is trying to create sexual relation with the applicant due to which, he is trying to threat the applicant, so he may accept the evil design,” according to the application.

According to lawyer, the applicant had approached to the concerned police station but the SHO refused to receive the application, as the proposed accused is very influential person and there is no any action had been taken by the authorities on the earlier application of the applicant. “Thereafter, there is no choice left for the applicant top move these applications through currier to the concerned authorities,’ according to the lawyer, according to the lawyer,” the applicant has submitted.

According to Sarim Burny the family waited for two years but the lawmaker refused to do justice, they have to come out in public.

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Taapsee Pannu starts shooting for Manmarziyan

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MUMBAI: Bollywood actress Taapse Pannu started the shooting Manmarziyan after completing the promotion of her next release, Dil Juunglee.

 

Taapse started the shooting her next big film Manmarziyan of Anurag Kashyap and she working for the first time with the acclaimed filmmaker.

 

Taapse Pannu will be seen for the first time opposite Abhishek Bachchan and Vicky Kaushal. The film is produced by Aanand L Rai, Manmarziyan is a love story set in Punjab.

 

According to report, earlier the film had Bhumi Pednekar, Ayushmann Khurrana and Vicky Kaushal. They had started shooting it as well under the direction of Sameer Sharma in 2016 but producer Aanand L Rai, reportedly, wasn’t happy with the outcome.

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Amy Jackson to be seen in Salman Khan’s Kick 2

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MUMBAI: Amy Jackson confirmed that she will be part of Kick-2, the sequel of to Kick starring Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez.

According to Indian media the work is on in full swing with Kick 2.  Sajid Nadiadwala made his directorial debut with Kick which went on to do wonders at the box-office.

Now the reports claimed that Amy Jackson became the part of the Kick-2 and she will be performing with the Dabang Khan.

 

Earlier, Amy has worked closely with both Salman’s brothers, Sohail and Arbaaz Khan. Sohail had written and directed Freaky Ali, in which Arbaaz Khan and Amy has acted along with Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

 

 

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Corruption case: NAB to file supplementary reference against Ishaq Dar

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ISLAMABAD: An Accountability court hearing corruption reference against former finance minister Ishaq Dar, was informed by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) that it plans to file a supplementary reference in the case.

Ishaq Dar, former finance minister and close aide of Nawaz Sharif, is facing corruption reference which was filed by NAB of possessing assets disproportionate to his declared sources of income.

The case was filed against Dar on the directives Supreme Court after the Panama case verdict on 28 July last year.

As the hearing, NAB prosecutor informed the court that they require some time to present investigation officer (IO) Nadir Abbas in court, who was to record his statement today.

The hearing was then adjourned until 11:30am.

Later the hearing resumed and the NAB prosecutor informed the court that they plan to submit a supplementary reference against the accused, adding that it will be better if the Investigation Officer records his statement after that.

At the last hearing on February 12, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Additional Director Wajid Zia, who headed the Panama case Joint Investigation Team (JIT), appeared before the court. Zia presented the volume one and nine of the JIT report and also recorded his statement.

Zia also informed the court of the work of the JIT related to the former finance minister, stating that Dar’s assets were shown to be Rs9.1 million according to his wealth statement in 1991 and Rs831.6 million in the 2008-09 statement. He added Dar failed to prove the enormous growth in his assets before the JIT.

Dar has been a no-show in the proceedings after he departed for London in October last year seeking medical treatment. He has since been declared a proclaimed offender.

 

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Chairman NAB approves two supplementary references against Sharif family

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ISLAMABAD: Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal on Wednesday approved to file two supplementary references against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family in Al-Azizia Steel Mills, Flagship Investment and Hill Metal Establishment cases.

The NAB sources claimed that NAB will likely submit the supplementary reference on Wednesday (today) in accountability court, hearing corruption references against Sharif family.

Earlier, in January NAB has also filed a supplementary reference regarding the London properties case.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family members  including Hasan Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz, Maryam Nawaz and Captain (retd) Safdar are facing corruption cases which were filed against them on the directives of Supreme Court after the historical verdict in Panama case on July 28, 2017.

On Feb 10, the NAB summoned the former prime minister to record his statement in two supplementary references to fulfill legal requirements.

The latest references have reportedly been prepared in light of an interview given by Nawaz Sharif’s son, Hussain Nawaz, to a private news channel.