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Karachi won’t accept another Altaf in form of Imran, says Bilawal

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Chairman Pakistan People’s Party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, has said that Karachi will not accept another Altaf Hussain in form of Imran Khan.

The PPP chief, who was addressing gathering in connection with May 12 incident, came hard on PTI and said his party, had to change the venue.

“Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Muttahida Qaumi Movement were two sides of the same coin”, the PPP chief said while addressing a rally at Bagh-e-Jinnah ground.

“The PTI members fired shots and injured PPP workers during a clash at Hakeem Saeed ground in Karachi, a few days back,” Bilawal alleged.

“We chose Hakeem Saeed ground to pay tribute to our martyrs. On May 12, 2007, Musharraf’s cronies martyred our workers,” he said. “The people of Karachi will never accept a new MQM-P under the name of PTI. This is our city and we can do our gathering anywhere in the metropolis.”

Bilawal said that on May 12, the dictator of the time was laughing while the people of Karachi were picking up bodies.

“PPP workers were attacked in Karachi on May 12. Awami National Party activists, lawyers of the city were killed. The people of Karachi were praying for their life,” he said. They were praying for life from a political party’s militant wing.”

The PPP leader blamed MQM-P leader and Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhtar to be the man behind May 12 violence. “The man who is now Mayor Karachi was Home Minister at that time, he is the one responsible behind the carnage on that day,” he said.

Taking further jibes at the MQM-P, the PPP leader said that soon after the party’s Liaquatabad rally all of MQM-P’s factions got united.

“Had I known MQM-P would unite, I would’ve held the rally way before,” he said.

Bilawal said that the PPP served the metropolis at the best of his abilities, but the MQM is continuously disrupting the developmental works due to their political interests.

“Why K-4 projects were not initiated during the Musharraf’s tenure when MQM had complete hold of the city,” he said.

Bilawal said that even the MQM-P leader Farooq Sattar has alleged that Mayor Karachi is involved in financial embezzlement.

PPP leaders Sherry Rehman, CM Murad Ali Shah, Taj Haider, Qaim Ali Shah are also present at the venue along with party chairman.

Excited workers started gathering at the venue last night. Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah also visited Bagh-e-Jinnah last night to oversee preparations ahead of the rally.

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FIA bars US diplomat from leaving Pakistan

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) on Saturday barred US Defense and Air Attaché Colonel Emanual Joseph from leaving the country.

Sources said that a special aircraft had arrived at the Noor Khan Airbase earlier today to fly back the US diplomat to Washington but the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) obtained his passport for clearance.

The FIA didn’t allow Joseph to leave the country until the officials get orders from the federal government.

Sources said that the US diplomat wasn’t present at the airbase but would reach there after being allowed to leave the country.

Earlier on Friday, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had ruled that US Defence and Air Attaché Colonel Emanual Joseph does not have absolute immunity.

The court directed Interior Ministry for putting US diplomat Colonel Joseph’s name in the Exit Control List (ECL) in case pertaining to killing a youth in road accident.

Colonel Joseph Emanuel Hall, Defence and Air attache at the US Embassy in Pakistan had ran down three persons in Daman-e-Koh, north of Islamabad, ratcheting up the ongoing visa/diplomatic rift between the two countries.

He was reportedly sloshed while driving the white Land Cruiser that hit three motorcyclists at a traffic signal. One of the riders was dead, while the other two were critically wounded, who were taken to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS).

The diplomatic tiff between the United States (US) and Pakistan is brewing up like coffee, gradual-yet-strong and perhaps tad bitter.

Meanwhile, on Friday, Pakistan had also imposed travel restrictions on US diplomats in the country following a similar decision by the US administration.

Pakistan and the United States had announced restrictions on diplomats after a US embassy vehicle driven by Colonel Joseph Emanual Hall, defense and air attache of the US embassy in Islamabad, killed a Pakistani motorcyclist in Islamabad on April 7.

Pakistan on Thursday had confirmed that its diplomats in the United States will face travel restrictions from May 11. The United States had earlier planned to counter attack the curbs from May 1, but deferred the move for 10 days.

The relations between the two sides have been under pressure after US President Donald Trump accused Islamabad in January of lying to the United States and offering “little help in hunting terrorists.” Washington later suspended its security assistance to Pakistan.

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NAB summons Shehbaz’s son-in-law in Saaf Pani Company case on May 21

F.P. Report

LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has again summoned Imran Ali Yousaf, son-in-law of Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, with regard to a corruption inquiry against the management of Punjab Saaf Pani Company on May 21, according to a notice issued by NAB Lahore.

The Punjab government established the company to conceive, plan, design, execute and manage projects for the provision of safe drinking water, in terms of both access and quality, to the communities living in unserved and underserved areas i.e. rural and peri-urban areas of the province.

The notice mentions that Yousaf failed to appear before the anti-graft watchdog on multiple occasions.

“You (Yousuf) were served with a questionnaire on 24.04.2018, you were required to submit reply through your personal appearance on 03.05.2018. However, you failed to appear on the given date. Furthermore, you were again summoned on 7th May vide this Bureau’s letter of even number dated 04.05.2018, however, you failed to appear on given date again.”

NAB said that Yousuf has been summoned to submit his reply to  questionnaires sent by the authority on April 24, 2018.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s son Hamza Shehbaz has also been summoned by the NAB on the same case on May 18.

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Farooq Sattar calls May 12 carnage ‘a conspiracy against MQM’

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan leader Dr Farooq Sattar on Saturday called the May 12 incident “a conspiracy against MQM”.

On May 12, 2007, at least 27 people were killed and over 140 injured after a major portion of Shahrah-e-Faisal turned into a battlefield as opposing political groups clashed with one another after the arrival of former Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry to Karachi.

Speaking in a press conference earlier today, the MQM leader said that as many as 14 people affiliated with the party were killed in the violence.

“It was a dark day. It left many bitter memories. Political parties tried to put the entire blame on MQM,” he said. “MQM was the target on the day. It was a conspiracy against us.”

Sattar said no one benefitted from the violence on that day.

“It was a loss for all parties. High Court’s Commission report is in the court. No other party has submitted its list of martyrs.”

The MQM-P leader regretted that even after 11 years, the state has been unable to identify the perpetrators behind the tragedy.

Earlier today, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar summoned the case file of the May 12 carnage and also ordered a Qurankhawani to be held for the deceased.

fateha was also offered for the victims of the May 12 violence at the apex court’s Karachi Registry today.

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World’s best goalkeeper Mansoor Ahmad passes away in Karachi at 49

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Former Olymian and hockey goalkeeper Mansoor Ahmad passed away in Karachi on Saturday. He was 49.

The former Olympian was suffering from heart disease for the past few months and was undergoing treatment at National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD).

Pakistan’s celebrated goalkeeper was admitted to hospital today after his condition deteriorated.

Earlier, all-rounder Shahid Afridi had announced to bare all the expenses of Olympian Mansoor Ahmed’s medical treatment.

In a video message the Olympian, who played a vital role in Pakistan’s victory at the Hockey World cup 1994 thanks to his brilliant goal keeping, had appealed to the government and the Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for medical assistance.

The 49-year-old was a Goalkeeper and Captain Pakistan hockey team and played 338 International matches. Ahmad played three Olympics and won Bronze in the 1992 Olympic.

Ahmad was declared All Asian Stars Hockey Team member in 1996 and also declared World Eleven Hockey team member in 1994.

His glories made him rise above the sky by becoming World s best goalkeeper and declared by FIH in 1994.

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Justice Qazi Faez Isa expresses reservations after being separated from SC bench

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court’s Justice Qazi Faez Isa has expressed reservations over the procedure of his separation from an apex court bench hearing a case pertaining to disposal of hospital waste at Supreme Court Peshawar Registry on May 8.

Justice Isa said the chief justice of Pakistan interfered before Article 184 (3) was read out during the hearing.

The article pertains to original jurisdiction of the apex court.

The chief justice said that he was reconstituting the bench and then stood up, he added.

Justice Isa said the bench was reconstituted, while he was not sent any order pertaining to it, adding that the reconstitution of the bench was without any reason and unprecedented.

He said that by doing so, damage was done to the transparency of the system, which may have serious repercussions.

Justice Isa said that he was compelled to write this, for he would have felt burden on his conscience had he not done so.

When contacted, a spokesman for the apex court said he had no knowledge of the matter.

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Money laundering allegations: PML-N contacts Supreme Court to sack NAB chairman from his post  

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) filed petition against the Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Saturday for leveling baseless allegations and initiating money laundering case against the party supreme leader Nawaz Sharif.

PML-N leader, Noor Ahmad Awan, submitted the application in the Supreme Court and demanded to remove the incumbent NAB chief Justice (Retd) Javed Iqbal for ordering probe against Sharif in a baseless money laundering case.

Earlier on May 8, NAB chief had ordered to initiate probe in the money laundering allegations against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif after taking notice of the media reports regarding alleged transfer of $4.9 billion to India by the ex-PM and others outside the country.

The applicant said that the controversial press release was issued in a move to defame the former prime minister, adding that the State Bank of Pakistan had earlier refuted the allegations.

The applicant pleaded the court to order investigations into the matter, besides directing NAB chief to tender unconditional apology. It also asked the court to issue an order for removing the Iqbal.

Later on Thursday, Nawaz Sharif had responded strongly and demanded the NAB chairman to present proof of the charges within 24 hours or go home, however, NAB clarified that it was not a crime to question corrupt practices.


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Corruption allegations: CM Khattak submits detailed response in NAB

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pervez Khattak has submitted a detailed response to National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the corruption allegations on Saturday.

The private news channel reported that CM Khattak submitted responses to at least 30 questions raised by NAB over corruption allegations.

Earlier, NAB had earlier sent two questionnaires and was asking details about his alleged involvement in corruption cases.

The reports added that NAB asked details about the illegal lease of a huge tract of KP forest department land in Malam Jabba and the unofficial use of provincial helicopter.

On April 24, NAB had summoned Khattak after it emerged that the KP government had illegally leased 275 acres of land in Malam Jabba, a tourist attraction in Swat district, which belonged to the provincial forest department.


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Naqeebullah murder case: Suspended SSP Rao Anwar files bail petition

F.P. Report

KARACHI: The main accused in Naqeebullah murder case and suspended SSP Rao Anwar has filed his bail petition in the anti-terrorism court on Saturday.

He claimed that geo-fencing and JIT reports and charge-sheet have contradictory information.

The ATC issued a notice and directed the government’s counsel to appear before the court on May 14.

Suspended SSP Rao Anwar is the main accused of killing Naqeebullah Mehsud in a fake encounter and later claimed that he was member of banned TTP organization.

The investigation done so far has revealed that Anwar is the central character in the extrajudicial killing, states the charge-sheet.

The court has ordered authorities concerned to ensure Anwar’s appearance on next hearing on May 14 as he was not appeared before the court because of ill health and the court warned of summoning his doctor if the suspended SSP does not show up.



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Top judge summons May 12 Karachi killing case file

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar has summoned the file of May 12 2007 killing case in which more than two dozen people were injured and injured in Karaci.

Earlier the Chief Justice ordered for a Qurankhawani to be held for the victims of May 12 and later offered Fateha for the victims of violence at the apex court’s Karachi Registry.

CJP Saqib Nisar asked whether the case has been investigated or not. To which, the court was informed that the case is currently being heard at the Sindh High Court (SHC).

Later the CJP summoned the case to review it.

It is to mention here that on May 12, 2007, at least 27 people were killed and over 140 injured after a major portion of Shahrah-e-Faisal turned into a battlefield as opposing political groups had clashed with one another after the arrival of former chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry to Karachi.