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Fawad wants court to take notice of Sharif’s presser

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf spokesman Fawad Chaudhry Tuesday called on the judiciary to take notice of deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s presser saying it attempted to discredit and hold the superior court in contempt.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, the PTI spokesman has said that Nawaz Sharif has returned not to face accountability but to salvage his politics. “Nawaz Sharif has returned not to face accountability but to strengthen this politics,” he said,

“Nawaz Sharif has charge-sheet the judiciary in the press conference,” he said adding that it was unprecedented the manner in which the superior judiciary was being mocked by the former president.

“What is the JIT members enmity with you,” he questioned. “Is held being held accountable for your money a conspiracy,” he asked adding that Sharif’s son bought a house worth over Rs6 billion and should be held answerable.

“It is heartening that dad has returned home,” he said adding it is now time that Nawaz and his children faces accountability and return public money. “We know all sort of delaying tactics will be used to avoid accountability,” he said adding that Sharif has returned but his children are still present in London.

He decried the use of public funds over the brief presence of Sharif in an accountability court saying a suspect arrived in a cavalcade of 45 cars. ” You can travel alone in London, but in Pakistan you need a grand appearance with protocol,” he sad.

He said Nawaz Sharif cannot even answer journalists let alone judges. “If you had answered over the money then you would not have asked the reason for your ouster,” he said adding that Sharif was also asked previously over the source of funds but was never held accountable.

Furthermore, he assailed Nawaz’s excuse of his wife’s treatment in London to escape accountability. He said that Nawaz Sharif had also cited health reasons when he was overthrown by Pervez Musharraf, and ultimately moved to Saudi Arabia.

He asked whether there was conspiracy over the transaction in which Rs88 milllion was transferred to Maryam Nawaz. There is proof in the Hill Metal case that money was moved, and transactions were conducted in the Hudaibiya Paper Mill case. “There were fourteen companies formed which are involved in transactions worth Rs3000 crores,” he claimed.

He said Nawaz was elected prime minister thrice, while Shahbaz Sharif was also consecutively elected as chief minister. “If you have returned back then you should face accountability,” he said adding there the court should not have soft corner for them.

“The courts should not discriminate others over them,” he said adding that Yusuf Raza Gillani and Raja Pervez Ashraf were also former prime ministers facing accountability. “The court should not be pressurised, we are there to support the judiciary,” he said.

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Army chief to visit Afghanistan this week

F.P. Report

KABUL: Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa is expected to visit Afghanistan this week for talks on counter-terror efforts and measures to involve the Afghan Taliban in peace talks.

The Afghan defence ministry announced Bajwa’s upcoming visit on Tuesday, saying he will hold talks with top Afghan officials. Peace talks with the Taliban will be among the issues to be discussed during the visit, it said.

The Afghan government will reiterate its call to Pakistan to act against terrorist hideouts and safe havens in Pakistani territory, defence ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri told the media.

“We will ask Pakistan to act honestly, otherwise these trips will not have results,” Waziri said.

A number of Afghan lawmakers have called on officials to provide the Pakistani side with “solid evidence” of Islamabad’s support for the Taliban. They said the Afghan government should pressure Pakistan to abide by its commitment to fight terrorism.

“Pakistan should be asked to hand over the leadership of the Afghan Taliban to the Afghan government and act solidly for the elimination of terrorist hideouts,” MP Fatima Aziz told Tolo News channel.

“The Afghan government should hand over all evidence to the Pakistani side and categorically tell them this action is no longer acceptable to us,” said MP Abdul Hai Akhundzada.

Bajwa’s visit comes ahead of his trip to Russia, which is also scheduled to hold a meeting of delegates from 50 countries to discuss the crisis in Afghanistan.

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IHC seeks Khawaja Asif’s reply on UAE iqama

ISLAMABAD (NNI): A larger bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday issued notice to Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on a petition seeking his disqualification under Article 62 and 63 for concealing details of his foreign work permit.

The larger bench, headed by Justice Aamer Farooq, and also comprising Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, and Justice Mian Gul Hassan Aurangzeb.

The petition was filed by PTI leader Usman Dar, who claimed that the foreign minister was an employee of a UAE-based company. In his arguments, Dar’s counsel Sikandar Bashir said that Khawaja Asif was a permanent employee in a foreign firm and his iqama (work permit) was valid till June 2019.

The petitioner alleged that Asif did not disclose details of his employment with a Dubai-based company and his salary. Asif did not declare his employment with the foreign company in his nomination form for the 2013 general elections, he added.

Khawaja Asif, he said, was no longer ‘Sadiq and Amin’ as he had concealed his assets and facts in his nomination papers. The court sought a response from Khawaja Asif, ECP and National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq.

Speaking to media persons after the court’s hearing, Usman Dar said that how could Pakistan’s full-time foreign minister be an employee of a foreign company abroad.

“Khawaja Asif will be disqualified like his ousted leader Nawaz Sharif and he too will take out his own container in Sialkot to ask why he was ousted,” he taunted.


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Maleeha urges Kabul to take decisive action to eliminate terrorist safe havens

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NEW YORK: At the United Nations, Pakistan called for support to a peace process between the Afghan Government and the Afghan insurgency that can bring the war to a political end.

Speaking in the Security Council debate on Afghanistan, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Dr. Maleeha Lodhi said that the Secretary-General has affirmed the strong international consensus that there was no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan. Pakistan has long advocated this.

She also called upon the Taliban to shed violence and agree to resume talks in one or more negotiating formats. “An agreed de-escalation of the conflict and a negotiated settlement offers the best chance to end the suffering of the Afghan people and restore peace and tranquility within Afghanistan and the region”, Ambassador Lodhi said.

She reiterated what Pakistan’s Prime Minister had stated in the General Assembly last week, “What Pakistan is not prepared to do is fight the Afghan war on Pakistan’s soil.” The Pakistani envoy also said: “We cannot endorse any strategy that has repeatedly failed in the past and would only prolong and intensify the suffering of the people of Afghanistan as well further destabilize the entire region”.

Ambassador Lodhi outlined three components of a strategy that she argued could restore peace in Afghanistan, namely, a coordinated effort to contain and defeat Daesh and Al Qaeda and their associates, including the TTP, JUA, ETIM and IMU; a sustained dialogue between the Afghan Government and Afghan Taliban and other insurgents willing to negotiate a peaceful settlement and effective measures to prevent cross border attacks by terrorists and militants from or to Afghanistan.

The fundamental sources of insecurity in Afghanistan lie inside and not outside, Ambassador Lodhi said and pointed out that the Afghan government would be better advised to focus more seriously on its persisting challenges and embark on a course correction. Ambassador Lodhi warned the Council about Daesh’s expanding reach in Afghanistan, including in Kunar and Nangarhar provinces and its increased influence in the northern and western provinces. “These are worrying signs for Afghan security and for regional stability”, she remarked.

She said that the more than 20 terrorist organizations operating from its soil has been acknowledged by Afghan government, including the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and Jamaat Ul Ahrar. “These organizations are conducting terrorist attacks inside Pakistan and pose a threat to Afghanistan’s other neighbors”, she added. Urging the Afghan Government and Coalition forces to take decisive action to eliminate terrorist safe havens in Afghanistan, she said that Pakistan continues to face terrorist attacks from across the Pakistan-Afghanistan border conducted by the TTP, JUA and IS-related groups.

Pakistan, she said, has supported all regional and international efforts to promote a peaceful settlement to the internal conflict in Afghanistan and added, “We will continue to do so”. Ambassador Lodhi told the 15 member council that Pakistan has fought a successful war against terrorism. “Our military operations, involving over 200,000 troops, have crushed and eliminated terrorist groups in our frontier regions and our towns and cities. We have paid a heavy price: 27,000 civilians and soldiers have been martyred; 50,000 injured. Our economic losses are estimated at $120 billion”.

Pakistan expressed its commitment to extending all possible assistance to Afghan brothers and sisters, including by facilitating the transit of Afghanistan’s imports and exports through our ports, helping in construction of infrastructure projects through the utilization of the 500 million dollar commitment we made in Brussels and extending our assistance to the Afghan forces in securing their country.

Pakistan, Ambassador Lodhi said, has struggled together with the Afghan people to uphold their freedom from foreign occupation and intervention. “We strongly support Afghanistan’s sovereignty. We strongly oppose its use in geo-political power games” She concluded by commenting that while others can afford to orchestrate a proxy war to destabilize Afghanistan and its neighbors, for Pakistan a stable Afghanistan is vital for our own peace, stability and progress.

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Nawaz believes in supremacy of law: Mushahidullah

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD:  Federal Minister for Climate Change, Senator Mushahidullah Khan has said former prime minister Nawaz Sharif accepted the decision of Supreme Court to ensure the supremacy of law in the country.

This he said while talking to media persons on Tuesday. He added that PML-N believes in the institutions and Nawaz Sharif appearance in the court is the clear example of it.

He claimed that during the premiership of Nawaz Sharif, the government introduced several uplift schemes in the country and still after disqualification from the SC in panama case; he (Nawaz) is the most popular leader of the country.

He said people from Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are also looking towards as they were disappointed from the PPP and PTI because they were failed to deliver in the better interest of the provinces.




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Peace must for development says Ahsan Iqbal

Monitoring Desk

BEIJING: Interior Minister, Ahsan Iqbal has said that peace is very important for the development of any country and without maintaining the peace no country can achieve the dreams of development.

Iqbal said this while talking to media after attending an opening  ceremony of the 86th Interpol’s General Assembly held in Beijing on Tuesday.

He also appreciated the China efforts for maintaining the peace in the region and adding that Chinese leadership playing important and positive role in maintaining the peace in the region.

“In a globalised world, no country can keep itself aloof from what happens in other parts of the world,” he added.

Meanwhile, the interior minister, along with Pakistan Ambassador to China Masood Khalid and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Director General Bashir Memon held a meeting with his Russian counterpart.

During the meeting, both the sides expressed a need to further promote cooperation against the menace of corruption and cybercrime.

Ahsan Iqbal is on an official five-day visit to China.


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Dragging army in politics is shameful: Ayesha Gulalai

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf MNA, Ayesha Gulalai has said it is very unfortunate that some elements in the country trying to dragging Army in the politics without any consideration that it will destroy our powerful institution.

She said this while addressing to media persons outside the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday. Ayesha Gulalai said that Army is the only institution working in the country and performing its responsibilities.

She added that our soldiers are fighting against the terrorists for the sake of country and ensuring the peace in the area but still it is very unfortunate that some politicians trying defaming the army for their political benefits.

Ayesha Gulalai thanked the World Bank for announcing aid of $114 million for the people of tribal belt and she also criticized the government for the creating hurdles in implementing the FATA reforms in the tribal belt and also rejected the idea of appointing a COO to supervise the process. She termed it that this is another trick of the bureaucracy to loot the funds.

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Trump asks Ghani to close Taliban office in Qatar

Monitoring Desk

WASHINGTON: United States President Donald Trump has asked the Afghanistan President Muhammad Ashraf Ghani to close the Taliban office in Qatar and apparently its is move of increasing the pressure on the Taliban group as part of the new US policy to counter the terrorism in the region.

President Trump has discussed the new US policy and its implementation with Afghan counterpart President Ghani.

The international newspaper reported that it is likely that President Ashraf Ghani will agree on the closure of Taliban office in the Doha, capital of Qatar. The decision was taken in the light that after several years since the Taliban office was opened no positive results were came from it.

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Former jihadi commander shod dead in Nangarhar province

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JALALABAD: The unknown gunmen shot dead a former jihadi commander in Nangarhar province.

Nangarhar governor’s spokesman Attaullah Khugiyani told local media that the unknown gunmen opened fire on a former jihadi commander identified as Ewaz Khan in Chaparhar district, leaving him dead on the spot.

The criminals managed to escape from the crime scene after committing the crime and police registered case and started investigation in this regard.
Meanwhile, Chaparhar Chairman District Development Council Malik Mohkam said that the deceased was the brother of Malik Nawab and resident of Chaparhar.

No one has claimed responsibility for the incident so far.

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Accountability court issued arrest warrants for Nawaz’s children, MNA Safdar

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The accountability court hearing corruption cases on Tuesday against the Nawaz Sharif and his children issued arrest warrants for Nawaz Sharif children including Maryam, Hussain and Hasan, and son-in-law MNA Capt Safdar in order to ensure their presence on the next hearing.

Three corruption references were filed against the Nawaz Sharif and his children and the accountability court had summoned the Nawaz Sharif and his children however, the Maryam, Hussain, Hasan Nawaz and MNA Safdar were not appeared before the court.

Accountability Court Judge, Muhammad Bashir ordered the Sharif children to make sure their presence on the next hearing on October 2

Moreover, the Sharif family members have been directed to submit surety bonds worth Rs1 million each.