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SC orders legal actions against witnesses for false testimony

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued its detailed judgement over the legal status of false testimony and ordered legal proceedings under perjury against any witness found to have resorted to deliberate falsehood.

The verdict was authored by Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa in reference to a case of false testimony of Assistant Sub-Inspector Khizar Hayat.

The SC in its judgement ordered courts not to allow any leniency against those resorting to false testimonies and to reject testimonies if even a part of them were based on lies.

The order stated,”A judicial system, which permits deliberate falsehood, is doomed to fail and a society, which tolerates it, is destined to self-destruct. Truth is the foundation of Criminal Miscellaneous Application No. 200 of 2019 31 justice and justice is the core and bedrock of a civilized society and, thus, any compromise on truth amounts to a compromise on a society’s future as a just, fair and civilized society.”

The apex court said the judicial system had suffered a lot as a consequence of the above mentioned permissible deviation from the truth and it was about time that such a colossal wrong might be rectified in all earnestness.

“Therefore, in light of the discussion made above, we declare that the rule falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus shall henceforth be an integral part of our jurisprudence in criminal cases and the same shall be given effect to, followed and applied by all the courts in the country in its letter and spirit,” the order stated.

The judgement further stated, “It is also directed that a witness found by a court to have resorted to a deliberate falsehood on a material aspect shall, without any latitude, invariably be proceeded against for committing perjury.”

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Kabul summons Pakistani diplomat over remarks by Prime Minister Khan

(Reuters) – Afghanistan summoned a senior Pakistani diplomat on Saturday to account for remarks by Prime Minister Imran Khan speculating about a new government in Kabul following a possible peace settlement.

The summons by the Afghan foreign affairs ministry marked the second time in just over three weeks that Kabul has demanded an explanation from Pakistan, illustrating the longstanding tensions between the two neighbors at a sensitive time. 

Khan, at a rally in Bajaur, in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, predicted “mutual peace” in Afghanistan as an outcome of recurring talks between the United States and the Taliban to end the country’s 17-year-old war.

“A good government will come in Afghanistan,” Khan said. “I mean a government will come in which all will be represented. War will end and there will be peace.”

The Afghan ministry summoned Pakistan’s counselor to clarify the remarks, spokesperson Sibghatullah Ahmadi tweeted.

“Afghanistan expressed its grave objection on Pakistan’s government and deemed such remarks a flagrant interference in its internal affairs,” he said.

In February, the ministry summoned Pakistani ambassador Zahid Nasrullah Khan over his remarks that Afghan peace talks could be affected if India resorted to violence against Pakistan.

The summons to Pakistan comes a day after a top official in President Ashraf Ghani’s government voiced frustration about what Kabul regards as Afghanistan being sidelined during talks between Taliban and U.S. negotiators, drawing a rebuke from Washington.

The latest round of peace talks ended on Tuesday, with both U.S. and Taliban officials saying progress was made.

Tensions have been building between Kabul and Washington over U.S. efforts to forge a peace pact with the Taliban that includes a U.S. troop withdrawal, something that Kabul fears could weaken its own negotiating position.

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Silkbank declares operating profit of Rs.3.146b

F.P. Report

KARACHI: The Board of Directors of Silkbank Limited in their February 28, 2019 meeting declared an Operating Profit of Rs. 3.146 billion, with a Profit After Tax of Rs. 1.330 billion for the year ended December 31, 2018, reflecting a growth of 17% over the previous year.

Net interest income grew by Rs. 1.119 billion reflecting a growth of 20% whereas Non Funded Income increased by 16% over the corresponding period last year. Gross advances increased by Rs. 13.43 billion reflecting a 15% growth for the year.

Deposits substantially increased by Rs. 22.39 billion versus last year, taking the total deposit base to Rs. 132.66 billion. CASA deposits significantly improved from 61.5% in Dec 2017 to 67.3% in Dec 2018, reflecting continued customer confidence in the Bank.

Silkbank maintains an upward trajectory in its growth and profitability and the Board is optimistic that Silkbank will maintain a strong growth momentum going forward.

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Asadullah Khalid met with his US counterpart in Kabul

Monitoring Desk

KABUL: The Acting Minister of Defense of Afghanistan Asadullah Khalid met with his US Counterpart Patrick Shanahan in Kabul, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said.

According to a statement related by the Ministry of Defense, the meeting was held in the Special Operations Corps Headquarters this morning in which the two sides held comprehensive talks regarding security and defense related issues.

The statment further added that the Acting Minister of Defense of Afghanistan Asadullah Khalid pointed towards the recent achievements of the Afghan Army and hailed the United States for the all-out support to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.

He also urged Mr. Patrick to further expand cooperation with the Afghan forces in the fields of training and equipping of the armed forces of Afghanistan. In his turn, Mr. Patrick reaffirmed US support to the Afghan forces specifically to Afghan army and promised that the United States remains committed to support Afghanistan with the training and equipping of the Afghan forces and in the fight against terrorism.

The Acting US Secretary of Defense arrived in Afghanistan in an unannounced visit earlier today. (Khaama Press)

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PTI government is a remnant of dictatorship-Nafisa Shah

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Secretary Information of Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians, Nafisa Shah, MNA, in a reaction to Prime Minister-select speech, has said that the current government cannot mislead the nation by telling tall tales.

In a statement she said whosoever has attempted to tarnish Asif Ali Zardari’s reputation has always faced embarrassment and defeat. No case has been proved against Asif Ali Zardari in the courts of London and Switzerland, whereas PM select Imran Khan has inherited the art of corruption from his father who was dismissed from government employment on corruption charges, she said.

She said the Prime Minister-select along with his sisters has been accused of mismanagement of charity funds. She further added that the current government is a constant reminder of the eras of dictators Zia-ul-Haq and Pervez Musharraf.

She concluded by saying that the nation has been betrayed by the PM select as he is busy distributing millions of rupees among his corporate friends while the country is crippling under the financial crisis.

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Islamic studies institute opens doors in Australia

MELBOURNE (AA): A Muslim-Turkish association in Melbourne opened an institute for Islamic studies.

The Islamic Community National View (IGMG) opened the institute which will be part of the Ilim College based in Melbourne.

A total of 10 students — six female and four male — took a placement test on Thursday. The successful students will be trained for three years at the institute.

Celal Varsan, coordinator of the Institute of Islamic Sciences, told Anadolu Agency that the training will begin on Monday.

Varsan added that the institute aims at training well-equipped staff who will serve the Islamic community in Australia.

He said that the course will fulfill an important function for future generations to learn Islam from the right sources.

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WI flay Jason Holder’s ban

TRINIDAD (BBC): Cricket West Indies president Dave Cameron has hit out at the “crippling decision” to ban captain Jason Holder from the third Test against England. Holder has been given a one-match suspension for his side’s slow over-rate during their second-Test victory. Cameron says the rule “ought to be modified”.

 “We will of course abide by the ruling, but have to wonder if such punitive action at a pivotal stage of the series is good for cricket,” he said. “What a shame if the series is remembered not for the sparkling play of the reinvigorated West Indies players but for a crippling decision made by a rule that ought to be modified.” West Indies were ruled to have bowled two overs fewer than their target number during the second Test at Antigua. As it was the second time Holder’s West Indies had committed the offence in the past 12 months, having also been found guilty in a Test against Sri Lanka last June, the 27-year-old was given a one-match ban by the International Cricket Council.

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DG ISPR rejects Hindustan Times story about COAS Gen Bajwa

F.P. Report

RAWALPINDI: Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor has rubbished a Hindustan Times report, reiterating that Pakistan’s Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa had never approached Indian Army Chief for talks.

Maj Gen Ghafoor on Thursday evening tweeted from his official account, saying that the claim in Hindustan Times report that COAS Gen Bajwa and Indian Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat had served together in Congo was incorrect as the two army chiefs had never served together in UN Peacekeeping missions in the African country.

DG ISPR said that the story was factually incorrect and dialogues were the prerogative of two governments.

Asif Ghafoor, DG ISPR, Hindustan Times,

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Government determined to revive economy, says President

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi Monday said the revival of economy was top priority of the government that  was committed to take every measure to facilitate businesses.

He said the government was committed to developing private sector through investment promotion, improving the ease of doing business, employment generation and fast growth of  manufacturing sector.

The President was talking to chairman Amreli Steels Abbas Akberali, who called on him, a  press release said.

He underscored that investment in value added products where the country enjoyed comparative  advantage, was lifeline for the revival of the economy.

He said despite all the challenges, the incumbent government was working hard to develop an  ecosystem to attract investment in the country.

He stressed that industrial sector should use cutting-edge technology of modern era in order  to further enhance their capacity and quality which would resultantly lead to increase in exports  of the country.

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Amla hits century on slow pitch to set Pakistan 267 target

PORT ELIZABETH (AFP): Hashim Amla hit his 27th one-day international century as South Africa made 266 for two in the first of five matches against Pakistan at St George’s Park on Saturday.

Amla (108 not out) shared a second-wicket partnership of 155 with debutant Rassie van der Dussen (93) but the pair were unable to dominate against steady bowling on a slow pitch.

“It was a tough wicket,” Amla told SuperSport television as he left the field at the end of the innings. “You have to bide your time. I think it’s a good total.”

Although Pakistan were only able to claim two wickets, they bowled well on a windy day, with captain Sarfraz Ahmed juggling his bowlers in short spells.

Scoring was slow during the middle overs with seamer Hasan Ali and leg-spinner Shadab Khan bowling particularly well. They took one for 42 and one for 41 respectively in their ten overs.

Amla and Reeza Hendricks (45) put on 82 off 105 balls for the first wicket before Van der Dussen made a slow start in his first one-day international, taking ten balls to score his first run.

But the scoring rate picked up and Van der Dussen hit six fours and three sixes in a 101-ball innings. Amla made his runs off 120 balls with seven fours and a six.