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  1. Former finance minister Ishaq Dar. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) submitted on Monday its clause-wise response to former finance minister Ishaq Dar?s plea in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to suspend corruption proceedings against him. On December 20, the IHC had stayed the corruption trial against Dar until January 17, when it will take up the case. Dar is accused of possessing assets disproportionate to his declared sources of income and is undergoing a case in an accountability court filed in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 judgment in the Panama Papers case. In its response to the IHC, NAB pleaded the court to dismiss the stay order halting the trial, stating that a proclaimed offender has to present himself before the court to get relief. The NAB has also requested the court to allow the continuation of proceedings against Dar. IHC Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Aurangzeb will take up the plea on Wednesday. NAB court adjourns Dar assets reference hearing till January 18 NAB special prosecutor submitted IHC stay order copy to the accountability court Dar, declared a proclaimed offender by the accountability court due to his continuous absence from the proceedings, had approached the IHC last year against the accountability court?s order declaring him a proclaimed offender and issuance of non-bailable arrest warrants for him.
  2. FILE PHOTO - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks during the meeting of Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition defence ministers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia November 26, 2017./ Reuters RIYADH: Saudi Arabia?s public prosecutor has said he will pursue extradition for corruption suspects living abroad as part of a two-month-old crackdown that has already netted princes and tycoons. Evidence is being collected against ?fugitives? in order to issue indictments against them and request that foreign governments return them to the kingdom, Saud al-Muajab told Arrajol magazine in an interview published on Thursday. It was not clear how many people are being targeted, or in which countries. Saudi security forces have rounded up dozens of members of the political and business elite, holding them in Riyadh?s opulent Ritz Carlton hotel on the orders of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The move was billed as a war on rampant corruption but also widely seen by analysts as helping Prince Mohammed consolidate his grip on power after ousting his cousin as heir to the throne in the summer. Saudi officials are negotiating settlements with detainees, saying they aim to claw back some $100 billion of funds that rightfully belong to the state. Muajab said last month that most detainees had agreed to settlements in order to avoid prosecution while the rest could be held for several more months. He told Arrajol that those who end up in court will be permitted to hire lawyers to defend them during the investigation and trial phases.
  3. PML-N MNA Captain (r) Safdar Awan. Photo: Geo News file PESHAWAR: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday commenced the investigation process into allegations of corruption against Captain (retd) Safdar Awan. Safdar, son-in-law of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, is accused of misappropriation of funds worth Rs2 billion in ongoing development projects in his constituency, NA-21 Mansehra. Sources said that the complaint against Safdar was filed by a resident of the constituency. According to a written order, a copy of which is available with Geo News, NAB Chairman Justice (retired) Javed Iqbal gave the go-ahead for investigating the complaint against Safdar. It has been further learnt that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) wing of the accountability bureau has also appointed an inquiry officer for the case. NAB orders new probe into corruption allegations against Captain (r) Safdar Safdar is accused of awarding contracts worth Rs 3 billion in noncompliance with set regulations Earlier this month, the NAB chairman had taken notice of similar allegations against Safdar for being biased in awarding contracts. According to a notification issued by the apex anti-corruption organisation, Safdar is accused of awarding contracts worth Rs 3 billion in noncompliance with the set rules and regulations. Justice (retired) Iqbal had given a go-ahead to the KP chapter of the federal organisation to commence a probe into the matter. Former premier Nawaz Sharif's family, including his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Safdar are facing corruption references in the Panama papers case. The references NAB, in total, filed three references against the Sharif family and another against the then-finance minister Ishaq Dar in the accountability court, in light of the Supreme Court's orders in the Panama Papers case verdict of July 28. The anti-graft body was given six weeks, from the date of the apex court's order, to file the reference in an accountability court while the accountability court was granted six months to wrap up the proceedings. The corruption references against the Sharif family pertain to the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, their London properties, and over dozen offshore companies allegedly owned by the family. Maryam and Safdar are only nominated in the London properties reference. At an earlier hearing, the court also approved Maryam and Safdar's bail in the Avenfield properties case and ordered them to submit surety bonds worth Rs5 million each. Safdar was also directed to take the court's permission before leaving the country from now on. The judge also provided a copy of the reference ? spread over 53 volumes ? to Maryam and Safdar. NAB's Rawalpindi branch prepared two references regarding the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, and the nearly dozen companies owned by the Sharif family. Its Lahore branch prepared a reference on the Sharif family's Avenfield apartments in London and another against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for owning assets beyond his known sources of income. If convicted, the accused may face up to 14 years imprisonment and lifelong disqualification from holding public office including the freezing of bank accounts and assets.
  4. Indian opposition leader Lalu Prasad Yadav was jailed Saturday for three and a half years over his role in a multi-million dollar corruption case. Photo: Indian media NEW DELHI: Key Indian opposition leader Lalu Prasad Yadav was jailed Saturday for three and a half years over his role in a multi-million dollar corruption case. Yadav, 69, is a former railways minister and ex-chief minister of the impoverished eastern state of Bihar where he enjoys huge popular support for championing lower castes. Last month the anti-corruption court found Yadav guilty of fraudulently withdrawing nearly $140,000 from the state treasury in a larger fraud dubbed the "fodder scam", which was worth about 10 billion rupees ($157 million). Some 60 criminal cases were filed against dozens of politicians and public officials for colluding and defrauding the government in a scheme that was meant to help livestock farmers. They are accused of inventing vast herds of livestock to obtain public money for fodder and medicines for them. Yadav denies the allegations, calling them a "political vendetta" by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). "We are confident that he (Lalu Yadav) will get bail. We have full faith in the judiciary. We are not going to be cowed down," Yadav´s son Tej Pratap told reporters after the sentence. Yadav, a vocal critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was convicted in a first fodder scam case in 2013 and sentenced to five years in jail. After spending two months in jail, he was granted bail. The conviction means he cannot contest an election and he faces at least one more case.
  5. Captain (retired) Safdar Awan. Photo: Geo News file ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (retired) Javed Iqbal on Tuesday took notice of allegations against Captain (retired) Safdar Awan for being biased in awarding contracts. According to a notification issued by the apex anti-corruption organization, Safdar is accused of awarding contracts worth Rs 3 billion in noncompliance with the set rules and regulations. The NAB chairman gave the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) chapter of the federal organisation to commence a probe into the matter. Sharifs will not cooperate with NAB on Avenfield reference: sources Sources quoted Nawaz as saying that if the anti-graft body has any proof it should be presented in court According to information received from sources earlier today, the Sharif family has decided to not cooperate with NAB in the Avenfield reference case. Sources have quoted former prime minister Nawaz Sharif as saying that if NAB has any proof regarding the Sharifs? ownership of the Avenfield apartments, then the anti-graft body should present it before the accountability court. At this point, sources added, Nawaz believes it would not be right for him, his daughter, Maryam, and her husband Captain (retd) Safdar to record any statements with NAB. A team of NAB visited London earlier, after which they issued a notice to the Sharif family asking them to appear before the court. The notice also stated that further information will be sought from Nawaz, his daughter and son-in-law. Earlier today, Nawaz and his family members reached the accountability court to be present at the hearing on three references, which pertained to Al-Azizia Steel Mills, offshore companies including Flagship Investment Limited and London?s Avenfield apartments. After the hearing, Nawaz spoke to the media expressing disappointment at the ?futile attempts? to drag him into court cases. The references NAB, in total, filed three references against the Sharif family and another against the then-finance minister Ishaq Dar in the accountability court, in light of the Supreme Court's orders in the Panama Papers case verdict of July 28. The anti-graft body was given six weeks, from the date of the apex court's order, to file the reference in an accountability court while the accountability court was granted six months to wrap up the proceedings. The corruption references against the Sharif family pertain to the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, their London properties, and over dozen offshore companies allegedly owned by the family. Maryam and Safdar are only nominated in the London properties reference. At an earlier hearing, the court also approved Maryam and Safdar's bail in the Avenfield properties case and ordered them to submit surety bonds worth Rs5 million each. Safdar was also directed to take the court's permission before leaving the country from now on. The judge also provided a copy of the reference ? spread over 53 volumes ? to Maryam and Safdar. NAB's Rawalpindi branch prepared two references regarding the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, and the nearly dozen companies owned by the Sharif family. Its Lahore branch prepared a reference on the Sharif family's Avenfield apartments in London and another against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for owning assets beyond his known sources of income. If convicted, the accused may face up to 14 years imprisonment and lifelong disqualification from holding public office including the freezing of bank accounts and assets.
  6. President-elect George Weah ? of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) ? attends a news conference at party headquarters, after the announcement of the presidential election results, in Monrovia, Liberia, December 30, 2017. REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon MONROVIA: Liberian President-elect George Weah on Saturday declared the country open to investment and pledged to tackle entrenched corruption, in his first speech to the nation since decisively winning an election this week. Speaking in front of reporters and aides packed into a small conference room at his party headquarters, Weah thanked his predecessor, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, for enabling Liberia?s first democratic transition in over 70 years but said he was determined to usher in sweeping changes. ?Those looking to cheat the Liberian people through corruption will have no place,? said Weah, 51, alluding to a series of high-profile scandals that have tarnished Johnson Sirleaf?s 12-year presidency. Weah, a former soccer star who became the only African to win FIFA World Player of the Year in 1995, scored a landslide victory over Vice President Joseph Boakai in Tuesday?s run-off. He faces sky-high expectations from his base of young supporters, who want him to fix rampant unemployment and poverty, but deep scepticism from others who see him as lacking the experience and knowledge for the job. His campaign was thin on policy specifics and he will now be faced with the messy realities of reviving an economy gutted by low prices for chief exports rubber and iron ore and dwindling foreign donor support. Weah said he would assemble his cabinet in the coming days ahead of his inauguration in mid-January and work to expand the country?s revenue base. ?To investors, we say Liberia is open for business,? he said. He also urged Liberians overseas ? whose remittances account for over a quarter of national GDP ? to return home, calling for national unity in a country that was devastated by civil war from 1989 to 2003 and remains riven by divisions based on ethnicity, class, and political affiliation. ?We are not enemies,? he said in comments addressed to his political opponents. ?We welcome you with open arms as we try to build our country.? ?Two days ago the world watched me cry. I did not cry because I won. I cried that many people lost their lives in the struggle for change.? The speech was closely followed across the country of five million people. ?The main thing I took from him was that Liberia is open for business,? said John Davies, a 30-year-old businessman. ?We need Liberians to come home and work for our country.?
  7. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman/File photo RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has released 23 of the 200-or-so powerful individuals detained since November on corruption charges after they reached deals with the government, Okaz newspaper reported on Tuesday. The report did not name those involved in what appeared to be the first large-scale release since the royals, business people and government officials were detained in a crackdown spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The suspects have been held at Riyadh?s luxurious Ritz Carlton hotel since early November and told to hand over assets and cash in exchange for their freedom. Okaz said more detainees would be released in the coming days and trial proceedings would begin soon for those who continue to deny the charges against them. Saudi authorities see the settlements not as blackmail but as an obligation to reimburse money taken illegally from the world?s top oil producer over several decades. Video posted on social media showed a smiling Saoud al-Daweesh, the former chief executive of Saudi Telecom, telling well-wishers he had been treated decently. ?Private Affairs (a unit of the Royal Court) brought us a full lamb dish day and night. They treated us well and did a good job,? he said. Saudi officials did not respond to requests for comment.
  8. TEL AVIV: Thousands of Israelis protested in Tel Aviv on Saturday for the second consecutive week against government corruption and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is under criminal investigation over allegations of abuse of office. Police estimated the number of demonstrators at about 10,000 and they followed last Saturday?s demonstration, which was by far the largest of the recent weekly anti-corruption protests when an estimated 20,000 people participated. The protests have been sparked by corruption allegations against Netanyahu, who denies any wrongdoing. The four-term leader is suspected of involvement in two cases. The first involves receiving gifts from wealthy businessmen and the second involves negotiating a deal with a newspaper owner for better coverage in return for curbs on a rival daily. If charged, he would come under heavy pressure to resign or could call an election to test whether he still had a mandate to govern. Netanyahu?s right-wing Likud party said in a Facebook post that the protest was a left-wing demonstration. It called on all Israelis to back their prime minister as he defends Israel against international criticism following US President Donald Trump?s acceptance of Jerusalem as Israel?s capital. ?Instead of uniting with all the people behind Jerusalem and showing the world a unified front, the left cannot contain itself and it prefers to create division,? part of the statement said. Over weeks of demonstrations, protesters have identified themselves as supporting both left- and right-wing parties. On Saturday they held banners reading: ?Neither left, nor right (we demand) integrity,? ?We are fed up with corrupt (politicians)? and ?Sweep the corrupt away.?
  9. IMF chief Christine Lagarde. Photo: Reuters/File KIEV: The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Thursday said they were concerned about attacks on Ukrainian anti-corruption institutions, joining the United States and European Union (EU) in warning against threats to Ukraine?s efforts to fight graft. The two banks are among the largest financial contributors to a $40 billion bailout package given to Ukraine to shore up and reform its economy after the 2014 Maidan protests ousted the Kremlin-backed president, Viktor Yanukovich. But perceived backsliding on reform commitments has delayed billions of dollars in IMF loans and tested the patience of foreign allies, even as Kiev pushes for closer EU integration and increased foreign investment. ?We are deeply concerned by recent events in Ukraine that could roll back progress that has been made in setting up independent institutions to tackle high-level corruption,? IMF chief Christine Lagarde said in a statement. Ukraine?s backers are particularly concerned about recent actions by prosecutors that they say threaten the independence of the anti-corruption bureau known as NABU, which was set up after the Maidan protests and has been at loggerheads with other law enforcement bodies. ?We urge the Ukrainian authorities and parliament to safeguard the independence of NABU and SAPO (anti-corruption prosecutor),? Lagarde said. In one recent episode, the General Prosecutor?s office unmasked an alleged sting operation being carried out by NABU against suspected corruption in the migration service. It said NABU had overstepped the law. In a separate statement, the World Bank?s office in Ukraine also expressed its concern and said attacks on NABU and on SAPO ?threaten their ability to fight corruption and recover stolen assets.? ?It?s critical they have the legislative framework & resources to fulfill their mandate,? it said. The comments add to a chorus of criticism from Ukraine?s backers this week. Earlier, the US State Department and EU said the attacks on NABU risked eroding international support for Ukraine.
  10. ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court rejected on Monday former prime minister Nawaz Sharif?s plea to club all his National Accountability Bureau references. On December 2, Geo News reported that the two-member bench, comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, will announce the verdict on December 4 (today). The verdict was reserved on November 23. Justice Aamer read out the short order today, and a detailed order will be issued later. Nawaz is facing three corruption references in the accountability court filed by NAB in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case which led to his disqualification. The accountability court on November 8 had again dismissed Nawaz's plea seeking the clubbing of three references into one, which was later challenged in the IHC. At the hearing on November 20, Nawaz's lawyer pointed out similarities between the Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investment references, pleading that they be combined. Nawaz's counsel Azam Nazir Tarar argued before the two-member bench that the accountability court had noted the similarities between the references. IHC reserves decision on Nawaz's plea to club NAB references Prosecution and defence presented arguments, date to be announced in cause list He stated that the three individuals named as accused in both references are the same, adding that of the 13 witnesses in both references, six are the same. The lawyer told the bench that the accountability court had decided against clubbing the three references ? Avenfield, Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investment ? without waiting for the IHC verdict on the matter. The bench then reserved its decision after hearing NAB's version on the matter. On November 14, the IHC had sent notices to NAB on the petition. Nawaz's petition pleads the IHC to direct the accountability court ?to frame one charge and conduct a single trial? against the Sharif family in the three corruption references.
  11. Then finance minister Ishaq Dar after appearing before the Panama case JIT in July. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: Former finance minister Ishaq Dar's counsel submitted to the accountability court today his client's medical report which will be taken up by the judge shortly. Dar, a serving Senator, is accused of owning assets which are disproportionate to his declared sources of income. He has skipped the five hearings of the case owing to his medical treatment in London. Over Dar?s continuous absence in the case, which was filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case, the court had issued non-bailable arrest warrants against him on November 14 and declared him an absconder during on November 21. Later, after a period of 10 days (instead of the usual 30), the court declared Dar a proclaimed offender. Last week, Dar?s legal counsel, Qusain Faisal Mufti, has filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) challenging the arrest warrants against Dar. Dar also sought exemption from appearing before the court on account of his ongoing treatment in London. Dar has also challenged the court?s invocation of Section 17-C of the National Accountability Ordinance to curtail the mandatory 30-day period of the proclamation process to 10 days, on the pretext of the Supreme Court's six-month deadline to wrap up the proceedings. The IHC is yet to take up the petition. Dar declared proclaimed offender On November 21, Dar's continuous absence from the accountability court resulted in the initiation of the process to declare him a proclaimed offender. NAB court declares Ishaq Dar absconder, orders initiating 'proclaimed offender' proceedings Finance Minister Ishaq Dar is accused of possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income During the hearing, Mufti submitted the senator's third medical report and pleaded the judge to grant his client exemption from appearance. The medical report stated that one of Dar's arteries is not functioning properly and the minister will have another medical checkup on November 29. The counsel also requested the court appoint a legal representative (pleader) on the minister's behalf so the proceedings can continue However, NAB prosecutor Imran Shafique opposed the plea and requested the court to begin the procedure of declaring Dar a proclaimed offender due to his continuous absence. The court also issued a notice to Dar's bail guarantor, Ahmad Ali Qudoosi, asking him to submit a written response on November 24 on why Dar's surety bond of Rs5 million should not be confiscated. Dar relieved of finance ministry duties On November 23, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi accepted Dar?s request to be relieved of his duties, reported Geo News. Ishaq Dar relieved of finance ministry duties after seeking 'leave of absence' Sources suggest PM Abbasi will accept Ishaq Dar's request to be relieved Dar was relieved of his three roles, including his portfolio in the finance ministry, and was informed of the decision. The matter and the contents of the letter, earlier sent by Dar, were also discussed by the premier with former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, said sources. He would remain a federal minister and a leave of absence of three months has been granted to Dar.
  12. ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif accompanied by his daughter Maryam Nawaz appeared on Monday before the Federal Judicial Complex, which is hearing corruption references against the three. Captain (retd) Safdar also appeared before the court. The court will resume the case at 1pm. Nawaz is facing three corruption references in the accountability court filed by NAB in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case which led to his disqualification. Maryam and Safdar are named in one reference. The accountability court in the the hearing on November 28 had not conducted any proceedings due to the absence of the defence counsel. Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar had, however, appeared before the court. IHC to announce verdict on Nawaz?s plea The Islamabad High Court will announce the verdict Nawaz's plea to club all his National Accountability Bureau references today. The accountability court on November 8 had again dismissed Nawaz's plea seeking the clubbing of three references into one, which was later challenged in the IHC. At the hearing on November 20, Nawaz's lawyer pointed out similarities between the Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investment references, pleading that they be combined. Nawaz's counsel Azam Nazir Tarar argued before the two-member bench that the accountability court had noted the similarities between the references. The lawyer told the bench that the accountability court had decided against clubbing the three references ? Avenfield, Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investment ? without waiting for the IHC verdict on the matter. The bench then reserved its decision after hearing NAB's version on the matter. On November 14, the IHC had sent notices to NAB on the petition. Nawaz's petition pleads the IHC to direct the accountability court ?to frame one charge and conduct a single trial? against the Sharif family in the three corruption references. Nawaz's petition pleads the IHC to direct the accountability court ?to frame one charge and conduct a single trial? against the Sharif family in the three corruption references.
  13. BEIJING: A senior Chinese military official under investigation for corruption has committed suicide, state media said on Tuesday, the latest development in a sweeping anti-graft campaign that has shaken the armed forces. Zhang Yang, a former member of the powerful Central Military Commission, was being investigated over links to fallen generals Guo Boxiong and Xu Caihou, the official Xinhua news agency said. The probe verified that Zhang Yang ?gravely violated discipline?, was ?suspected of giving and taking bribes? and the origin of a huge amount of assets was unclear, Xinhua said, citing the commission. ?On the afternoon of Nov. 23, Zhang Yang hanged himself at home,? the agency said. Sources had told Reuters that Zhang, who was director of the military?s Political Work Department, had been subject to an investigation, but the government had not announced it. China?s military, the world?s largest and currently undergoing an ambitious modernisation campaign, has been an important focus of President Xi Jinping?s campaign against deep-seated corruption since he took power five years ago. Serving and retired officers have said graft in the armed forces is so pervasive it could undermine China?s ability to wage war. Dozens of officers have been investigated and jailed, including Xu and Guo, both former vice chairmen of the commission, which Xi heads. Guo was jailed for life last year. Xu died of cancer in 2015 before he could face trial. A commentary carried on both the Defence Ministry and military?s official websites said the CMC decided on Aug. 28 to investigate Zhang, who had ?lost his moral bottom line? and used suicide as a means to ?escape punishment from the party and country?, an ?extremely abominable action?. ?This former general of high position and great power used this shameful way to end his own life,? the commentary said. ?He would exhort loyalty but be corrupt behind others? backs, a typical ?two-faced person?,? it said.
  14. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/96ea22ba653abe55548faaad226ae617.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTEvMjMvMjAxNyAxOjA3OjI1IFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9Z0VLQmxlMkgvWTlvbERmVkhVVXNNQT09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] KARACHI: The Sindh Education Minister Jam Mehtab Dahar on Thursday accepted that the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) had been at the center of corruption in the hiring of teachers in the province. ?The [relevant] department was bribed to hire teachers by the dozen in 2012, some of whom are not even acquainted with Arabic language,? Dahar said. ?There were 23,000 ghost hirings in the province, with 11,000 in Karachi alone, at a time when there were no vacancies,? he said, adding that the Sindh government has decided to take retests of all the teachers. The provincial minister?s statements came after teachers protesting non-payment of salaries since 2012 on Thursday marched towards the Sindh Assembly and protested at its gates. Teachers protesting non-payment of salaries since 2012 on Thursday marched towards the Sindh Assembly and protested at its gates. The protesters claimed that Secretary of School Education Abdul Aziz Uqaili had assured two months back that their salaries would be paid but he had failed to keep the promise. In a statement to media, Dahar also claimed that the protesters were planted. [embed_video2 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/69c196dc0645364fe9ed060f936606b8.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTEvMjMvMjAxNyAxOjA4OjA4IFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9dFZKYmJtclkxL2pJR0dHZlNna0FOZz09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] A heavy contingent of the police was deployed outside the Sindh Assembly earlier today and roads leading to the building were blocked prior to the arrival of the protesting teachers. Commuters faced inconvenience on the route from Sindh Assembly to I.I. Chundrigar Road due to the protest, as a traffic jam halted the flow of traffic in the area. Indian SIMs used in leaking exam papers: Sindh education minister Jam Mehtab Dehar says all agencies are on alert and the CTD and FIA have been involved in the investigation In September this year, the police had baton-charged and injured teachers who were protesting non-payment of salaries outside Karachi Press Club. Three teachers were arrested during the protest, after the police tried to disperse the protesters with the use of water cannons. The protesters had claimed that the authorities had assured them that they will be paid before Eid. They called a strike when their salaries were not released after Eid. The protesters also threatened to surround Chief Minister House if their demands are not met. Following the incident, provincial Information Secretary Nasir Hussain Shah reached the protest site and discussions with the protesters are under way. On July 25, around 300 government school teachers renewed their demand for salaries outside KPC. A similar protest was held earlier as well, which ended in front of Sindh Assembly on June 5, the same day provincial budget was announced. The protest ended after Uqaili had assured the protesters that their problems will be resolved within a week. Teachers across the provinces have been protesting non-payment of salaries since the last five years.
  15. imran criticised the PM for not removing Dar, who is ?Sharif mafia's front man & absconder from justice facing multiple charges of corruption & money laundering? Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan said on Sunday that the ruling party is not removing Ishaq Dar as minister finance because ?Sharif mafia? is afraid he would spill beans on alleged money laundering done by him for the family. Imran in a tweet called Prime Minsiter Shahid Khaqan Abbasi a puppet of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Nawaz Sharif, and criticised him for not removing Dar, ?Sharif mafia's front man & absconder from justice facing multiple charges of corruption & money laundering?. Various parties have demanded that the finance minister step down in light of a corruption probe against him in money laundering and corruption cases. Reports of Da0'sr resignation surfaced again on Saturday before being rubbished by PML-N. Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb in a media talk said that such reports are baseless, while a PM house statement said that in light of Dar's health and him seeking treatment abroad, as per cabinet rules, the finance ministry portfolio had already come under the prime minister's control. Corruption reference A corruption reference pertaining to Dar's owning assets disproportionate to his known sources of income was filed by NAB in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 judgment in the Panama Papers case. The accountability court hearing the corruption case against Dar ? who is in London to receive medical treatment for his heart condition ? issued non-bailable warrants after the minister failed to appear in court for the fourth time on November 14. The court also issued a notice to Dar?s guarantor for failing to ensure the presence of the minister and adjourned the hearing until November 21. The anti-graft body has also announced that it would reinvestigate Dar in the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case.
  16. Federal Courts Complex, Islamabad. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: The accountability court hearing the corruption case against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar will resume its proceedings shortly. The minister, who has skipped the previous three hearings on account of medical treatment in London, is accused by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) of possessing assets disproportionate to his declared sources of income. During today's hearing, the NAB is expected to seek endorsement of seizure of two more assets of the minister ? two plots on Lahore's Raiwind Road. At the last hearing, Dar's secondary counsel, Ayesha Hamid, requested the court to grant her client exemption from appearance on medical grounds and continue with the case by approving the appointment of a legal representative (pleader). However, Judge Mohammad Bashir dismissed the request and ordered the continuation of the bailable warrants. Court rejects Ishaq Dar's exemption request; bailable warrants continue The finance minister's counsel requested the court to exempt his client on medical grounds He also ordered Dar's guarantor to ensure the minister's presence at the next hearing or be prepared to have the Rs5 million surety bond confiscated. Dar's assets frozen At the Nov 2 hearing, the accountability court approved NAB's request to freeze Dar's assets. All accounts belonging to Dar, except those operated by accountant general revenue, were to be frozen after the court order. The bureau froze the assets after its chairman ordered to do so on October 18 but it needed the court's endorsement as according to NAB laws, the order is only valid for 15 days. NAB was seeking the freezing of Dar's six bank, properties and vehicles in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates as well as investments in both countries. Court approves NAB request to freeze Dar?s assets Finance minister is accused by NAB of possessing assets beyond his known sources of income NAB has listed the properties and assets of Dar as follows: A house in Gulberg, Lahore, a two-kanal plot in Parliamentarians Enclave, Islamabad, a two-kanal plot with Ayaz Builders (Pvt) Ltd, a plot in Senate Cooperative Housing Society, Islamabad, a two kanal and 19 marla plot in the name of Mrs Tabassum Dar, three plots in Alflah Housing Society, Lahore owned by Dar, his wife and son Ali Mustafa Dar and six acres in Mouza Milot owned by him and his wife. In the list of foreign properties and assets, the NAB mentioned a flat in Emirates Hills Dubai, owned by Dar, an apartment in Palm Jumairah Dubai, a 2003 Bentley Arnage car, a 2006 Mercedez, two sets of shares/investment in Baraq Holdings (Pvt) Ltd and shares/investments in Al-Nahayan owned by Ishaq Dar. The list of cars in Pakistan include a 2004 Land Cruiser owned by Mrs Dar, a 1999 Land Cruiser, a 2004 Toyota Corolla, a 1998 Mercedez Benz, a 2008 Mercedez and a 2014 Land Cruiser. Moreover, Dar and his wife have made an investment of Rs3,453,060 in Hajveri Holdings (Pvt) Ltd and Rs2,700 shares by in Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd. NAB, in its application, had informed the court of serious apprehensions that the accused, his dependents/benamidars might dispose of, alienate, sell, create charge or change the status of the properties/investments.
  17. Lawyers defending three former soccer officials at trial on US corruption charges strove to distance their clients from a scandal that has engulfed the sport as they delivered opening statements to jurors on Monday. Juan Ángel Napout, formerly president of the South American soccer governing body CONMEBOL and Paraguay?s soccer federation, Manuel Burga, former president of Peru?s soccer federation and José Maria Marin, the former president of Brazil?s soccer federation are on trial in federal court in Brooklyn. The three men are the first to stand trial since US prosecutors unveiled a corruption case against soccer officials around the world more than two years ago. Of 42 people charged by US prosecutors in the FIFA probe, 24 have pleaded guilty and two have been sentenced so far. Assistant US Attorney Keith Edelman told jurors that the three men were part of a conspiracy to take bribes from sports marketing companies in exchange for lucrative marketing rights to soccer tournaments, including the Copa America and Copa Libertadores. ?The defendants cheated the sport in order to line their pockets with money that should have been spent to benefit the game, not themselves,? Edelman said. The money they pocketed could have been spent by soccer organizations to build fields, buy equipment and fund women?s teams and youth leagues, he said. None of the lawyers for the former officials denied that there was corruption in international soccer, but all told jurors that their clients had not taken part. ?This case is not about FIFA,? said Napout?s lawyer, Silvia Pinera. ?It?s about one man, Juan Angel Napout, and his fight for justice.? Pinera told jurors that the case against Napout would rely on testimony from Alejandro Burzaco, the former head of sports marketing company Torneos y Competencias. Burzaco, she said, ?cut a sweetheart deal with the government and began telling stories? after he was indicted. Burga?s lawyer, Bruce Udolf, also said he expected prosecutors to rely on cooperating witnesses who might be motivated to ?get pretty doggone creative? to avoid prison. Marin?s lawyer, Charles Stillman, likened corruption in international soccer to a children?s soccer game in which Marin did not participate. ?He was kind of like the youngster standing off to the side, picking up daisies and looking around while others are running full steam ahead,? Stillman said.
  18. Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. Photo: Reuters/File RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's Attorney General Sheikh Saud Al Mojeb said on Sunday that the government and private officials recently detained over corruption charges will not get special treatment because of their status. According to a report in the Asharq Al-Awsat Newspaper, Mojeb said the newly-formed anti-corruption body of the Kingdom is undertaking its measures in accordance with the law. On Sunday, Saudi Arabia detained 11 princes, four ministers and tens of former ministers, including the head of the national guard, the navy chief and economy minister. Mojeb, who is also a member of the supreme anti-corruption committee formed by King Salman on Sunday, said in a statement: "The committee has initiated a number of investigations as part of the state?s judicial duty to combat corruption.? ?The government of Saudi Arabia is undertaking these measures in accordance with its laws and regulations in a manner appropriate to the nature of the crimes,? he stressed. Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed among several detained in corruption probe Alwaleed's company holds the largest shares in Citigroup CN, and stakes in Rupert Murdoch?s News Corp and microblogging site Twitter ?The suspects are being granted the same rights and treatment as any other Saudi citizen. A suspect?s position or status does not influence the firm and fair application of justice. During the investigation, all parties retain full legal privileges relating to their personal and private property, including funds.? ?There is an independent judicial process underway, which will be fully respected,? he declared. ?Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty, and everyone?s legal rights will be preserved," he added. ?These actions were taken as a result of widespread consultations among the committee?s relevant bodies that comprise the heads of the National Anti-Corruption Commission; the Control and Investigation Board; the General Auditing Bureau; as well as the Attorney General at the Public Prosecutor?s Office; and the head of the Presidency of State Security. Committee membership stretches across all relevant government offices to ensure proper checks and balances," he said further. ?This is part of an overhaul to ensure transparency, openness and good governance,? concluded the statement.
  19. A stock exchange information is seen on a screen is seen as a man works on the trading floor at the Dubai Financial Market April 29, 2012. Photo: Reuters DUBAI: Saudi Arabia?s stock market fell in early trade on Sunday after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman moved to consolidate his power and crack down on corruption with a cabinet reshuffle and a string of detentions of prominent figures. The Saudi equities index (TASI) was down 1.0 per cent after 25 minutes of trade as declining stocks overwhelmed advancers by 155 to 15. Investment firm Kingdom Holding, owned by billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who was one of those detained, plunged 9.9 per cent. Shares in National Industrialization Co (Tasnee), in which Kingdom holds a 6.2 per cent stake, fell 1.3 per cent and Banque Saudi Fransi, in which Kingdom bought a 16.2 per cent stake in September, sank 2.8 per cent. However, much of the market escaped panic selling and some blue chips were little changed, with top petrochemical producer Saudi Basic Industries down only 0.2 per cent. Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television reported a new anti-corruption committee chaired by Prince Mohammed had detained 11 princes, four current ministers and tens of former ministers, as well as several senior businessmen. Analysts said the news worried the stock market because businessmen implicated in the probe might end up having to sell some of their equity holdings, which could temporarily at least weaken prices. New investment in the market by the businessmen could shrink. However, they said local investors might ultimately welcome the prospect of Prince Mohammed increasing his power and reducing uncertainty about his authority. Economic reforms such as privatisation and development projects could potentially now move faster. Elsewhere in the Gulf, Dubai?s stock market fell 0.9 per cent as the most heavily traded stock, Deyaar Development, lost 1.9 per cent. Qatar?s stock index dropped 0.6 per cent in a broad-based decline, with nine of the 10 most active stocks weaker.
  20. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who owns investment firm Kingdom Holding. Photo: File/Reuters RIYADH: One of Saudi Arabia?s most prominent businessmen and a former finance minister are among dozens detained in a probe by a new anti-corruption body, a senior Saudi official said on Sunday. The official, who declined to be identified under briefing rules, said billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who owns investment firm Kingdom Holding, and former finance minister Ibrahim al-Assaf had been detained. Neither man nor Kingdom Holding officials could be reached immediately for comment. Aside from being one of the largest shareholders in Citigroup CN, Kingdom owns stakes in Rupert Murdoch?s News Corp and microblogging site Twitter. Saudi King Salman announced late on Saturday the creation of a new anti-corruption committee chaired by his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said the body had detained 11 princes, four current ministers and tens of former ministers. The crown prince is spearheading an ambitious economic reform programme that aims to draw more foreign and private sector investment into the kingdom, which is the world?s top oil exporter and the most powerful country in the Gulf Arab region. King Salman also appointed two new ministers on Saturday to key security and economic posts, removing one of the royal family?s most prominent members as head of the National Guard. Prince Miteb bin Abdullah was replaced as minister of the National Guard by Khaled bin Ayyaf, while Economy Minister Adel Fakieh was removed in favor of his deputy Mohammed al-Tuwaijri, according to a royal decree carried by state-run media. Prince Miteb, the preferred son of the late King Abdullah, was once thought to be a leading contender for the throne before the unexpected rise of Prince Mohammed two years ago. The cabinet reshuffle helped to consolidate Prince Mohammed?s control of the kingdom?s security institutions, which had long been headed by separate powerful branches of the ruling family. Prince Mohammed, who has pledged to go after graft at the highest levels, will head the new anti-corruption body, which was given broad powers to investigate cases, issue arrest warrants and travel restrictions, and freeze assets. ?The homeland will not exist unless corruption is uprooted and the corrupt are held accountable,? the royal decree said.
  21. PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ehtesab Commission on Monday dismissed a petition against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf MNA Ayesh Gulalai, saying the commission only probes corruption of over Rs5 million. The commission said that Gulalai has accusations of only Rs1.2 million against her. PTI leaders Noor Zaman and Saleem Khan submitted the petition in the commission on August 8 accusing Gulalai of corruption and asking it to launch an inquiry into the matter. Addressing a news conference, Zaman had claimed he had evidence of Gulalai misappropriating from the amount she received for development work in KP. Zaman was shot dead in Lakki Marwat on Sunday. He was shot dead due to personal enmity, police said. The police said that Zaman was killed when gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on him near Tajori. The suspects managed to escape from the scene. Gulalai should return embezzled money, says her former assistant He said would take the issue up with NAB, KP Ehtesab Commission Zaman had claimed that Gulalai embezzled funds in a video message on August 3. Zaman introduced himself as Gulalai's political assistant and alleged that she received Rs7.2 million as a kickback in the construction of Bannu Link Road-Saddakhel Road. He said that he himself got Rs. 4.75 million out of the total amount. The former MNA?s assistant said Gulalai pressurised him for receipts of the amount, but he refused. He added the counter terrorism department also detained him for two days in Gulalai?s call. However, Gulalai had denied the charges and that Zaman was her personal secretary. Relations between Gulalai and party leadership turned sour when she announced to leave the party, blaming the party chairman?s inappropriate attitude as the main reason.
  22. Brazilian President Michel Temer attends the award ceremony of the Order of Aeronautical Merit at an air base in Brasilia, Brazil, October 23, 2017. AFP/Evaristo Sa BRASÍLIA: Brazilian President Michel Temer on Thursday said "the truth won" in a congressional vote sparing him from going on trial on corruption charges. "Brazil is always stronger than any challenge and it is even stronger now that its institutions have been put to the test in such dramatic fashion these last months," Temer said in a video message. Polls show Temer is Brazil's most unpopular leader on record and among the most unpopular in the world. However, allies in the lower house of Congress managed to block a push Wednesday to force Temer to stand trial in the Supreme Court on two corruption charges. The first sitting president in the country to face criminal charges, Temer is accused of racketeering and obstruction of justice. He has retained key political support in the elite by championing austerity reforms ? particularly a reduction of the pension system ? seen by investors as helping Brazil to regain its economic footing after a deep recession. "The economy has returned to growth after the worst recession in our history," Temer said. "That will be the biggest achievement of my government."
  23. PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif should be placed on the Exit Control List (ECL), argued Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Fawad Chaudhry on Wednesday. Speaking to the media outside the Supreme Court, Chaudhry said Nawaz's frequent travels are delaying the corruption proceedings against him. "The people of Pakistan need a logical conclusion of the case," he said. Giving the example of Pakistan Peoples Party leader Sharjeel Memon's comments on his arrest that Nawaz's son-in-law is given bail by a trial court but he isn't, Chaudhry commented that a commoner feels that the Sharif family is given preferential treatment after hearing such things. PML-N leaders' press talk Addressing the media separately, Federal Privatisation Minister Daniyal Aziz said there is no deadline in the PTI leader Imran Khan and Jahangir Tareen disqualification case in the Supreme Court. "We were told that investigations have been completed but now the respondent is searching for evidence," he claimed. Later, State Interior Minister Tallal Chaudhry said Tareen is a specialist in white-collar crime. "If he is not punished by the court for corruption and misdirection then no one in Pakistan should serve any criminal sentence," he added.
  24. ISLAMABAD: Chairman National Accountability Bureau Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal slammed Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif over latter?s comments regarding corruption in the organisation. ?People who call NAB corrupt have finally opened their eyes to corruption. Why couldn?t they see the corruption when they were in power,? he remarked while speaking to media after taking a round of NAB Headquarters on Friday. ?What?s the point of calling NAB corrupt when its chairman has taken charge?? He asked. NAB has played an integral role in the elimination of corruption from the country, the chairman remarked. ?Zero tolerance policy will be implemented towards corrupt officers and officials.? ?No officer including me is above the law,? he said, adding NAB is on a mission to obliterate corruption from the country. Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal appointed NAB chairman The former Supreme Court judge will serve as NAB's chairman for a 'non-extendable' period of four years Speaking about the organisation, he said that promotions will be on the basis of merit, seniority and performance. ?No one will be treated unjustly.? After the indictment of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar on Thursday, Shehbaz had remarked that NAB was the most corrupt institute of the country. NAB is being used for political reasons, he claimed, adding that the accountability bureau was inactive during the regime of former president Pervez Musharraf. "What was NAB doing during the tenure of Musharraf?" he asked. "They ask me to hold people to account when it is their job to do so," he added.ISLAMABAD: Chairman National Accountability Bureau Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal slammed Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif over latter?s comments regarding corruption in the organisation. ?People who call NAB corrupt have finally opened their eyes to corruption. Why couldn?t they see the corruption when they were in power,? he remarked while speaking to media after taking a round of NAB Headquarters on Friday. ?What?s the point of calling NAB corrupt when its chairman has taken charge?? He asked. NAB has played an integral role in the elimination of corruption from the country, the chairman remarked. ?Zero tolerance policy will be implemented towards corrupt officers and officials.? ?No officer including me is above the law,? he said, adding NAB is on a mission to obliterate corruption from the country. Speaking about the organisation, he said that promotions will be on the basis of merit, seniority and performance. ?No one will be treated unjustly.?
  25. PESHAWAR: Two senior officials of the KP Oil and Gas Company have resigned after reports of corruption in the organisation. The provincial-government owned company's chief financial officer has blamed the company's chief executive officer of corruption and embezzlement. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Senator Noman Wazir, who is heading a committee investigating the corruption, said their inquiry is ongoing and as of now there are no results. In a letter to the chairman of the board, the CFO says the CEO has not conducted any new exploration of oil and gas in the province and is instead using exploration of other companies by showing it as his own initiatives. Moreover, the letter claims there is serious mismanagement in the company's human resources section as well as embezzlement in the purchase of cars. The officers who have resigned are the board chairman Tariq Iqbal and technical committee chairman Khursheed Anwar.