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Sheikh Rasheed predicts court decision against Sharif by Dec

F.P. Report

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Awami Muslim League (AML), Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed has criticized the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for appearing before the court under the official protocol which is very unfortunate that a disqualified persons appearing in the court in the procession of more than 40 vehicles.

This he said while talking to local news channels on Tuesday. He accused that the Sharif family is deliberately trying to delay the trial in corruption cases which were filed by National Accountability Bureau  (NAB) against the sharif family.

He claimed in the month of December two verdicts will came against the Sharif in Model Town incident and these expected decision will affect the result of the upcoming general election.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz is on the verge of collapse and soon people will witness that the elected members of the ruling party will leave it because they were disappointed towards their leadership, he predicted.

Rasheed added that Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law MNA Safdar were failed to provide any documents in the accountability court and soon the decision will be given against them.


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Bilawal criticizes lack of consensus on bill on across the board accountability

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that his party wants accountability of all people including general and judges but it is very unfortunate that parliamentary committee rejected the suggestions.

This he said while sharing his views on Tuesday at twitter. Bilawal said that PPP wants across the board accountability in the country but the parliamentary committee rejected our suggestions in this regard which is unfortunate.

The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, also had promised to table a bill but it was backtracked from its stance in the meeting.

Earlier on Thursday, Chairman Senate, Mian Raza Rabbani said that if there is no provision of accountability of judges and general than there is no need to bring such a law.

PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar also said PPP wants the accountability of generals and judges and it is very unfortunate that the party backtrack at the last minute and agreeing that military and judiciary should not be made accountable.

No agreement, however, was reached on the issue.


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TV station in Kabul comes under attack

F. P. Report

KABUL: The unknown attackers entered in the compound of Shamshad TV, a private TV Channel office in Kabul and started firing in the office and gunshots can be heard.

The local media reported that one person has been killed and three others were injured when a suicide bomber reportedly detonated his explosives and later the three gunmen entered the Shamshad TV compound and stormed the building.

Director News Shamshad TV, Abid Ehsas told media persons after the attack that such coward attacks will not stop them from doing our work and raising voice of the poor masses.

Ehsas added that attacker detonated explosive at their gate and two attackers entered the building and started shooting on Staff.

This attack on media and on the voice of people to stop them from raising voice for their rights but we will not stop our jobs of doing in the better interest of the masses, Ehsas added.

Local media reported that at least two persons were killed including a woman and 20 others were injured in the attack

As per the local media, Taliban has denied any involvement in the attack.


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SC to resume hearing of Jahangir Tareen disqualification case today

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court will resume hearing of the disqualification case on Tuesday against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Secretary General Jahangir Tareen.

The case was filed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi in the supreme court seeking the disqualification from Parliament of Tareen and PTI Chairman Imran Khan for not declaring the assets and ownerships of offshore companies.

Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar headed the three-member Supreme Court bench and the last hearing of the case was held on October 25when the Chief Justice observed that PTI leader Jahangir Tareen has yet to submit document in the court regarding his UK property.

Tareen submitted the trust deed in the court in the last hearing regarding the 12 acre property he owns in the UK and according to it the trust owns 12 acres in UK and Tareen is a settlor of the trust through its company Shiny View limited and it was created in 2011 for a period of 150 years.

As per the documents Jahangir Tareen and his wife have also been listed as the trust discretionary lifetime beneficiaries and it stated that Tareen can direct the trustees to transfer the income from the trust fund to any of the discretionary beneficiaries including him.

The documents also elaborate that in case Tareen dies, his wife, children and grandchildren will be named as discretionary beneficiaries.

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Hearing underway: Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar in court to face corruption references

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law MNA Safdar arrived at the accountability court to hear a corruption cases against them.

Khawaja Harris counsel of Nawaz Sharif seeking to club the three references as per directives of Supreme Court and the regular proceedings will resume once the request is settled.

On November 3, accountability court Judge Muhammad Bashir adjourned proceedings in the light of Islamabad High Court’s order directing the accountability to club the three references into one.

Nawaz Sharif along with Hussaina, Hasan, Maryam and Safdar, face corruption charges in the Avenfield properties case.

Moreover, Nawaz has been accused in two other references alongside his sons: Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investment Limited.

Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar have been indicted in the cases whereas Nawaz’s sons have yet to appear before the court and will soon be declared proclaimed offenders.

Several cabinet members and leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz are at the court complex in support of Nawaz Sharif.


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Pakistani consulate official shot dead in Nangarhar

JALALABAD: (AIP): An official of the Pakistani consulate was shot dead in Nangarhar province on Monday (November 06).

Unidentified armed motorcyclists gunned down an official of the Pakistani consulate in Golai Araban area in Jalalabad city, an eyewitness Noorul Haq told Afghan Islamic Press (AIP).

The deceased used to buy various necessary items from the local shops at times, he said, adding he spoke in Punjabi language. Some sources confirmed the incident and told Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) that the official was known as Iqbal.

Officials in Nangarhar have not said anything in this regard so far. No one has claimed responsibility for the incident till the filling of this report.

Meanwhile, Pakistan has strongly condemned the killing of its diplomatic staff in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Spokesman of Foreign Office Dr Faisal has demanded increased security to the diplomatic staff of Pakistan in Afghanistan.

Afghan Charge d’affaires was also summoned by the foreign secretary to lodge protest against the gruesome murder of Pakistan diplomatic official.

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FBR to investigate Pakistanis named in Paradise Leaks

ISLAMABAD (INP): The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is examining the Paradise Leaks papers, said a spokesperson from the organisation on Monday.

The papers mention the names of 135 Pakistani nationals, including former prime minister Shaukat Aziz.

Pakistanis, whose name has appeared in the latest data dump of financial papers, will be issued a notice in the regard.

The spokesperson added that the list of names is extensive and all those Pakistani nationals named in the papers will be investigated, added the FBR statement.

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People remember their well wishers only: Imran Khan

F.P. Report

ATTOCK: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan has said that people remember their well wishers only and those work for removing their grievances.

Addressing a public rally in Attock on Monday, Imran Khan said among the politicians few come into politics to serve the countrymen and majority comprises those struggling for sake of personal interests, but people hate such individuals.

He was of the view that people remember the ones who worked for them, therefore, only those would join his party, who would serve the people. The PTI chairman said they would induct only those in their cabinet, who would think of the nation.

“Nawaz and Zardari bat for themselves, they never played for the country. Where did they stand before they rose power?” he asked. “Where did they get all this money from? This is your money.” Imran Khan also criticized Ahsan Iqbal for “innocently admitting that corruption exists all over the world.”

Taking exception to Nawaz Sharif, he said the former prime minister says people will hold him accountable, and added: “A doctor is supposed to treat his patients, judge to deliver justice and people to only cast vote.”

“The people of Pakistan will not allow looting of their money from now on. Nawaz says the country’s progress will be hindered if corruption is prevented,” the PTI chairman said, questioning how will the country flourish if someone plunders its wealth after coming into power.

Lamenting high taxes in the country, he said, “There is 35 per cent tax on phone and petrol, and 50 per cent on diesel. Back in 2008, when Zardari and Nawaz came into power, so much could be purchased for a thousand rupees and now see what you can purchase for the same amount.”

Khan also blasted the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz for making a “silly legislation to make a criminal its president.” He urged the masses to take to streets with him if the PML-N made a law aimed at weakening the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

“We have to make the country stand on its own; we are not to bow before anyone or ask for loans,” the PTI chief said. “The one who lends you money takes your freedom in return.”

He said Iran initiated gas pipeline project and Pakistan would get LNG on cheaper rates, had the government availed the offer. “But the ones who provided us loans did not allow us to take gas from Iran.”

Khan vowed that his party, if it rose to power, will design a policy to rid 100 million down-trodden Pakistanis of poverty. Imran Khan assured that foreign policy in the ‘new Pakistan’ will be made in the best interest of the nation, adding that a country in debt cannot be free to make policies for external affairs.

He said that PTI will not come under external pressure. He promised to improve the situation of environment in the country by growing trees like in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He outlined the priorities of PTI if the party comes to power in next elections.

Imran Khan talked about the rising poverty, unemployment, and insufficient facilities in the public hospitals. “In the Western world, the weak are employed by suitable policies … Pakistan has 100 million people under poverty line,” he said, stressing that only the rich thrive in existing policies.

Imran Khan demanded the supporters to protest against the corrupt politicians including the Sharif family to save the future of the country. “Our judiciary has stood up and gave verdict on merit … Pakistan Army’s two officials in (Panama case) JIT on merit,” he added. He asked for support if the ruling party kept criticising the institution and anti-graft body NAB is weakened by reforming laws.

He congratulated Major Tahir Sadiq on joining PTI and said he will be happy with his decision in future. Imran Khan said that the PTI workers have already expressed their love for Maj. Tahir during the Attock rally.

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Anti-Corruption body seeks case against Kamal for allotment of illegal 1,200 plots

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: A day after he witnessed huge show of power by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan – his competitor for Mohajir vote –, Chairman Pak Sarzameen Party Mustafa Kamal got upset by anti-corruption report, which has alleged him of allotting 12,00 illegal plots during his tenure as Mayor Karachi.

According to reports citing an anti-corruption inquiry report, Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) Chairperson Mustafa Kamal has allotted 1,200 illegal plots of land in the metropolis.

The plots, according to reports, were allotted in the Mehmoodabad area of the metropolis when Kamal was the mayor of Karachi. The land was marked to be used for the construction of a treatment plant.

According to reports, permission has been sought to register a case against the PSP chairman. The request to register the case against Kamal is part of the inquiry into the TPT project.

The land meant to be used for the construction of a treatment plant was allotted illegally to residents of Lines Area, with the project still not functional.

Sources added that the total area of the land was 61 acres, which was divided into 1200 residential plots and the design of the project was also changed.

The change in design pushed the cost of the project upwards to Rs18 billion.

In June last year, Former MQM’s mayor of Karachi, Mustafa Kamal, became chairman whereas former Rabita committee convener, Anees Qaimkhani, president of the Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP), the MQM disgruntled leaders had formed on Pakistan Day.

The party was launched by duo – Kamal and Qaimkhani – and both have secured top slots as expected.

Addressing a news conference here at Pakistan House, Karachi spokesperson of PSP, Iftikhar Alam, said Mustafa Kamal will be chairman whereas Anees Qaimkhani will be president of the party. Raza Haroon, former MQM minister, will serve as General Secretary of the party. The party’s affairs will be looked after by central executive committee and national council.

“Dilawar Khan, Saif Yar Khan, Muhammad Hafeezuddin and Asia Ishaq will be member of the national council,” he said, adding that the number of both the committee and council will increase with the passage of time.

He said union committees, media cell, women cell and other department will also be setup. “All office bearers will serve the party for four years after which elections will be held,” he said. Alam, however, didn’t disclose as what was the criterion of selecting the current leadership.

On March 23, 2016 the dissidents of the Altaf led Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), led by Mustafa Kamal and Anees Qaimkhani unveiled the name of their new party, and that’s ‘Pak Sarzamin Party’.

Mustafa Kamal, who launched the dissident movement on March 3, had stated in several news conferences – where several MQM stalwarts joined hands with Kamal-Qaimkhani duo – that he will announce the name of his party on Pakistan Day, with its manifesto.

Though claim to accommodate people from all over Pakistan, the focus of his speech remained on Karachi and delegation of powers to lower tiers of the government – an aimed which is shared by MQM with him.

Kamal didn’t touch important national issues, like electoral reforms, power crisis and ending corruption.

Addressing a handful of workers, the leader of newly formed political party said he and his fellows had no intention to grab powers from anyone.

“We have left powers and offices behind,” he said, adding that he had no contact with Iftikhar Alam, an MPA elected from MQM’s stronghold Nine Zero.

He said that he had flag and his workers will wave the flag of Pakistan for the unity of the nation. “But if election commission declares it prerequisite, we will make one for it,” he said.

“Our system has not given anyone a sense of participation,” he said. “What are you going to do with new provinces? Today there are four, tomorrow there will be 20, but powers will not be devolved to the lowest level and people will not be empowered. A purely devolved local government system should be in place to achieve this,” Kamal said.

Though Kamal had then claimed his party will be Pakistan based political clique, representing people of all ethnic units, however, the top leadership announced yesterday was comprised of former senior leaders of MQM.

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Army chief welcomed in Iran, to discuss regional security, stability

TEHRAN (APP): Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa was welcomed by top Iranian military officials on Monday, including Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri.

The army chief is on a three-day visit to Iran where he is expected to discuss establishing stability and security in the region, among other topics of mutual interest between the two countries.

General Bajwa will also discuss border security and defence relations with his Iranian counterpart and other officials.

The army chief earlier on Sunday arrived in Tehran on an official visit, said the Inter-Services Public Relations.

On October 31, Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Honardoost called on General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the General Headquarters.

The two figures had discussed regional security, Pakistan-Iran border management, visits and exchanges in the defence realm.

“The visiting dignitary acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan Army’s contributions for peace and stability in the region and pledged to keep working for better relations between two brotherly countries,” the ISPR had said in a statement following the meeting.