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  2. Saudi authorities are striking agreements with some of those detained in an anti-corruption crackdown, asking them to hand over assets and cash in return for their freedom, sources familiar with the matter said. The deals involve separating cash from assets like property and shares, and looking at bank accounts to assess cash values, one of the sources told Reuters. Dozens of princes, senior officials and businessmen, including cabinet ministers and billionaires, have been detained in the graft inquiry at least partly aimed at strengthening the power of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. These include billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the kingdom?s most prominent businessmen. One businessman had tens of millions of Saudi riyals withdrawn from his account after he signed. In another case, a former senior official consented to hand over ownership of four billion riyals worth of shares, the source said. The Saudi government earlier this week moved from freezing accounts to issuing instructions for ?expropriation of unencumbered assets? or seizure of assets, said a second source familiar with the situation. There was no immediate comment from the Saudi government on the deals and the sources declined to be identified because these agreements are not public. Reuters could not immediately verify a Financial Times report that in some cases the government is seeking to appropriate as much as 70 percent of suspects? wealth to channel hundreds of billions of dollars into depleted state coffers. A third source familiar with the matter said if people are willing to return ?ill-gotten gains? then their punishment will be ?time served? in the Ritz Carlton hotel, where they are being detained. The Saudi authorities have help from international auditors, investigators and people with experience in tracing assets. Bank representatives are on hand to execute the decisions immediately, one of the sources said. Saudi authorities have said they have questioned 208 people in an anti-corruption investigation and estimate at least $100 billion (75.64 billion pounds) has been stolen through graft, an official said last week as the inquiry expanded beyond the kingdom?s borders into the United Arab Emirates. Those detained include other high-profile businessmen such as Mohammad al-Amoudi, whose wealth is estimated by Forbes at $10.4 billion, with construction, agriculture and energy companies in Sweden, Saudi Arabia and Ethiopia; and finance and healthcare magnate Saleh Kamel, whose fortune is seen at $2.3 billion. Bankers and consultants had told Reuters that Riyadh may strike deals with detained tycoons and princes that in effect legalise their fortunes in exchange for a share of their money.
  3. [embed_video1 url= style=center] ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Babar Awan Thursday claimed snap elections could certainly be held in the country and challenged opponents to hold a dialogue with him on it. Speaking to media outside the Supreme Court, Awan maintained that elections should be held early and said the constitution also has room for it. Awan's statement reflected his party's stance that the incumbent government has failed to deliver and the country should go for early elections. "The parliament has been rendered meaningless and timely elections are a need of the hour," he said. The PTI leader said everyone knows how many people came out to welcome Nawaz Sharif; no one is supporting his corruption. Commenting on Balochistan incidents, he lamented the prime minister does not have time to comment on it. "Someone else's orders are being obeyed in the name of another person," he added.
  4. PSP leader Raza Haroon addressing the media on Thursday. Photo: Geo News KARACHI: Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) leader Raza Haroon said on Thursday that the Khan of Kalat recently held a meeting with the founder of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement at the party's international secretariat in London. Addressing a press conference, Haroon said the new wave of terrorism in Balochistanis worrisome, adding that an anti-Pakistan movement is ongoing in the province. He also condemned the posting of anti-Pakistan banners in London. Khan of Kalat, one of the leading leaders of Balochistan, is in self-imposed exile in the UK after leaving Pakistan following the killing of Nawaz Akbar Bugti in an army operation in 2006. "If you speak on Balochistan unrest without taking into account Karachi, then you are deceiving yourself," he said, adding that Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav's confessional statement is available on YouTube, wherein he says his network included Karachi as well. Jadhav, an official of India's spy agency RAW, was caught by the security forces from Balochistan in March last year and later confessed to funding and organising subversive activities inside the country at the behest of the Indian state. Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti - File 'RAW funding terrorists in Balochistan' Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti said on Thursday that India?s intelligence agencies are funding terrorist activities in the province. He said a wholesome strategy is being devised to deal with the issue. He said the government is conducting intelligence-based operations against terrorists, including the insurgents.
  5. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday quashed the ongoing rumours about the possibility of an early election. Photo: Geo News file QUETTA: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday quashed the ongoing rumours about the possibility of an early election. ?The government will complete its duration in June 2018 and elections will be held two months later,? Abbasi said while addressing a press conference in Quetta. ?This is how democracy works,? he said, ?Government runs as per the constitution and the law should always be above everything else.? The premier was in Quetta to announce a 10-year development package for Balochistan. ?A ten-year package for Balochistan will be made, which will include natural gas, electricity, and water schemes,? he said, as he announced the installation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants in each district of the province.
  6. ISLAMABAD: Funeral prayers of Captain Junaid Hafeez, the soldier martyred in an attack on a border post of the Pakistan Army by terrorists from Afghanistan, were held on Tuesday. Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Tariq Fazal Chaudhry attended the prayers. Along with Captain Hafeez, Sepoy Raham also embraced martyrdom in the attack. Four other Army troops were injured in the assault on the border post. At least eight terrorists were also killed in the attack and others were injured in retaliatory fire from the Army. The Army's media wing added that remaining terrorists withdrew across the border after sustaining casualties. "Absence of Afghan writ on Afghan side of the border like many other areas facilitate terrorists to undertake such attempts," said the ISPR. More efforts required on Afghanistan's side of border DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor, in a series of tweets, said Pakistan has done its part and has cleared areas on its side of the border from terrorist presence. He referred to the martyrdom of the soldiers as the price Pakistan is paying for the security vacuum on the Afghan side of the border. Elaborating further, he said more efforts and enhanced presence along the border is required by all stakeholders, including establishments of new posts, border fencing and increased patrolling.
  7. ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday reserved its verdict on a petition challenging Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf?s (PTI) intra-party elections. The commission said it would announce its verdict on Nov 28. The ECP reserved its verdict after hearing arguments from the counsel representing the petitioner and Babar Awan advocate, the counsel representing the PTI before the commission. During the proceedings, the petitioner?s lawyer told the ECP that the PTI had arranged fake intra-party polls in violation of the party constitution. He said the elections were held on June 12 and the party had amended its constitution on May 13. The petitioner counsel said that the PTI had not completed the necessary legal formalities while amending the constitution. He said the party?s constitution can only be changed if there is a two-thirds majority of the Central Executive Council supporting it. As per the amended constitution, 2.7 million voters had to decide between PTI Chairman Imran Khan or party leader Naik Muhammad Khan. No party member was allowed to choose anybody besides the two panels, the Insaf panel and the Ehtesab panel. Babar Awan, advocate, argued that the petition could not be heard by the ECP as intra-party elections could not be challenged via an election petition. He said that the petitioner had nothing to do with the PTI?s intra-party elections and that the elections were held in a transparent manner. Yousaf Ali, former general secretary of the PTI?s Swabi chapter, had filed the petition before the ECP and asked the commission to declare the election null and void on the grounds that the polling process had violated the party?s constitution.
  8. BEIRUT: Lebanon believes Saad al-Hariri, who resigned as prime minister on Saturday while in Saudi Arabia, is being held by Riyadh, and Beirut plans to work with foreign states to secure his return, a top Lebanese government official said on Thursday. A second source, a senior politician close to Saudi-allied Hariri, said Saudi Arabia had ordered him to resign and put him under house arrest. A third source familiar with the situation said Saudi Arabia was controlling and limiting his movement. Hariri?s shock resignation, read out on television from Saudi Arabia, pitched Lebanon into a deep political crisis and pushed the country back to the forefront of a regional struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
  9. Rupert Murdoch?s Twenty-First Century Fox film and television conglomerate has held talks to sell most of the company to media giant Walt Disney Co, CNBC reported on Monday, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter. Fox?s shares jumped 7.1 percent to $26.76 in afternoon trading in response. Disney shares climbed 1.7 pct to $100.33.The two sides are not currently talking, CNBC said, but had held talks in the last few weeks, reflecting a view among Fox executives that the media company could not reach the size needed to compete with Inc, Netflix Inc and other major media players. A Disney spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A Fox spokesman had no comment. For Disney, a deal could bring additional programming it could use to lure audiences as the company tries to navigate consumers? rapid migration to digital viewing and spending by technology companies pushing further into Hollywood. Disney, which under US rules could not own two broadcast networks, would not purchase all of Fox, CNBC reported. It would not seek to buy Fox?s sports programming assets for fear of running afoul of antitrust laws with its own ESPN network, and would also not buy Fox News or Fox?s broadcast network or local broadcasting affiliates, the report said. It did discuss buying Fox?s movie and TV production studios, cable networks FX and National Geographic and international assets such as Star and B Sky B, CNBC said. Fox has bid $14.5 billion to acquire the remaining 61 percent it does not own of Sky Plc, but the acquisition has been delayed by British regulators. Disney has been struggling with subscriber declines at ESPN, its biggest network, and is planning to launch direct-to-consumer video streaming services to reach younger audiences that have shunned traditional cable and satellite offerings. Much of Fox?s revenue has come from its cable division, which houses Fox News, FX and other channels. Fox said in August that it expects to see high single-digit domestic affiliate fee growth every quarter in fiscal 2018. Fox and Disney are co-owners of Hulu, a streaming service that offers on-demand and live TV packages. Hulu also is partially owned by Comcast Corp and Time Warner Inc.
  10. KARACHI: The District South police on Sunday claimed to have arrested a suspect who made the hoax bomb call to the Sindh High Court three days ago, from Sawan Goth. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) District South Javed Akbar Riaz stated that the team investigating the incident traced the call?s location to Sawan Goth in Gadap Town, situated in District Malir. The police then carried out a raid and arrested the man, identified as Pir Bux, added SSP Riaz. During the preliminary interrogation, the accused confessed to have made the call ?as a joke?. The police also collected the call record from Madadgar 15 since it could prove helpful in further investigation, added the police official. Requesting the citizens to not make prank calls to the police?s helpline, as they create a sense of panic in the public, SSP Riaz warned that whosoever made such calls the would be dealt with sternly and strict legal action would be taken against them. Further investigations are underway. It was on November 3, at around 2:50pm, that the Madadgar 15 received an anonymous call informing the police of a bomb having been planted inside the Sindh High Court?s premises. A Bomb Disposal Squad team was immediately summoned. After inspecting the premises thoroughly, officials of the Bomb Disposal Squad declared the building clear at around 4:20pm. Later, a first information report was registered at the Preedy police station under sections of the Telegraph Act and section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.
  11. LAHORE: Police on Wednesday arrested two suspects, who are blood brothers, for allegedly raping and murdering a seven-year-old girl. The minor, who is a daughter of a rickshaw driver, went missing three days back from the city?s Sabzazar area. According to the police, the suspects raped the minor before killing her. Their father then dumped the body near Jinnah Hospital. Raped minor girl found from stream in Karachi According to details available to Geo News, her body bore severe torture marks around the neck and hands. The father is still at large and efforts for his arrest are under way, the police said. Multiple cases of rape of minors have emerged this year. A 13-year-old gave birth to a child in March after being raped at her Quran teacher's house in Rajanpur. In another harrowing case, an eight-year-old girl was found near a stream in Karachi after being sexually assaulted.
  12. ATHENS: Barcelona must wait to confirm a place in the Champions League last 16 after dropping points for the first time in Group D in an absorbing 0-0 draw at Olympiakos Piraeus on Tuesday. On his return to his former club, Barca coach Ernesto Valverde watched his in-form side dominate for long spells and create some great chances, but the determined home team held on for their first point as they bid for a Europa League spot. Olympiakos goalkeeper Silvio Proto was a prominent figure in a frenetic and surprisingly open match at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium, coming to the rescue to deny Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez on several occasions. Barcelona top the section with 10 points, having extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 15 matches with 13 wins and two draws, ahead of Juventus on seven points after their 1-1 draw at Sporting who have four. Takis Lemonis? Olympiakos team, who are also struggling in the Greek SuperLeague, finally opened their account as Barca were held to a goalless draw for the first time since April. Valverde, who won three league titles as Olympiakos coach in two spells at the Piraeus club between 2008 and 2012, was given a rousing welcome by the home fans who held up a giant banner which read ?Ernesto thanks for everything?. ?I was very moved by the whole experience of coming back here tonight,? said Valverde. ?I love the fans here and they appreciate my work; it was amazing to see such a reception for an opposing coach ? it speaks volumes for them really.? ?Olympiakos is a very strong team and with the help of their fans they have achieved a great result and we congratulate them for that. I would love to see them qualify to the next stage but there is a long way to go yet.? FAST START Barca started at breakneck speed with right back Nelson Semedo racing clear and forcing a fine low save from Proto. Olympiakos, with midfielder Kostas Fortounis in a lone striking role, were pushed back in the early stages but the Greece international looked lively when he broke forward. Barca came close to scoring in the 20th minute when Messi struck a shot that was parried clumsily for a corner by Proto. His strike partner Suarez missed Barca?s best chance of the half three minutes later, sending a low shot into the side-netting with the outside of his right boot from a tight angle. Messi?s first real run at the defence came in the 28th when the Argentine raced through a flurry of bodies into the box before his shot was saved by Proto?s outstretched left boot. Messi then had a shot blocked before seeing his curling free-kick, won by Suarez, beaten away by Proto. Fortounis should have done much better from Alaixys Romao?s lobbed pass on the counter but volleyed straight at Marc-Andre ter Stegan who gathered it comfortably. The visitors forged their best chance just after the hour but Messi uncharacteristically scuffed a poor first-time effort wide after a neat one-two with Suarez. Barca exerted more pressure as the second half wore on but had little to show for their efforts apart from a couple of blocked and wayward shots by a below-par Suarez, who also lobbed an effort on to the top of the bar with 10 minutes left. Proto made two more stops to thwart Messi, one from a free-kick and another from a powerful low shot, to ensure Olympiakos secured a creditable draw against their illustrious opponents.
  13. PCB Chairman Najam Sethi while speaking to media on October 31, 2017. Photo: Geo News screen grab LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board Chairperson Najam Sethi shared that it is currently being reviewed if the final of Pakistan Super League season three will be held in Karachi or not. While speaking to media, Sethi remarked that discussions are being held pertaining to PSL season three. It was also advised that two playoffs of PSL should be held in Lahore, he shared. The schedule of West Indies tour of Pakistan will be announced in coming days, PCB chairman shared on Tuesday. When asked if India will play in under 19 tournament, Sethi replied: ?I don?t know if India will play in Pakistan or not. If India doesn?t, it can forfeit the match.? However, the tournament will for sure be held in Pakistan, he added. On the other hand, Director Cricket Operations Haroon Rashid remarked that only Quaid-e-Azam Tournament shouldn?t be counted as domestic cricket. Speaking about the necessity of hosting international matches and teams, he said that it would considerably reduce the financial burden from the cricket board. ?When we play with other countries in their home grounds, it meant us having to reciprocate that. However, many international players did not want to come to Pakistan. Now, that the country?s security situation has improved, we are trying that at least juniors teams come play in Pakistan,? he explained. On October 27, reports emerged that PCB is still waiting for a final word from Cricket West Indies (CWI) on the proposed tour of Pakistan by the West Indies team for a series of three T20Is. A source in PCB had confirmed to that PCB has sent the proposed itinerary and the related plans to the CWI and the board is now waiting for the final approval. ?We are hoping for a reply from them by Wednesday,? the source had remarked. A joint statement from PCB and CWI had stated that Cricket West Indies and Pakistan Cricket Board were advancing discussions that would see the West Indies team play three T20 matches against Pakistan in Lahore in late November. However, the statement then had said that the proposed tour will be subject to the ICC World XI team's visit to Pakistan and affirmation of manageable security by ICC-sponsored security experts.
  14. ECP Secretary Babar Yaqoob. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Secretary Babar Yaqoob said on Tuesday that after holding the new census, it is not possible to conduct polls on the old constituencies. Talking to the media, Yaqoob said the ECP is worried about the delimitation of constituencies in light of the new census. He informed that the delimitation and work on voters? lists would be undertaken simultaneously, but added that he feared there will be more room for error if the ECP is given less time for these exercises. Yaqoob said even if by November 10 the government is able to complete the legal formalities with regard to the new constituencies, the ECP will be able to make it work. Earlier, Yaqoob said the ECP has not kept any facts from the media. He also praised the recently passed Elections Act, 2017, saying it has truly empowered the commission. Moreover, ECP officials have said the present assemblies will complete their tenure on June 5, 2018 and the ECP will finalise the voters? lists on May 5, 2018. Officials said in December this year a door-to-door verification of voters will take place whereas the electoral rolls will display the voters? lists in January 2018. Similarly, in February, the objections to the lists will be fixed and from March to April the new lists will be published.
  15. LAHORE: The rescheduled Medical and Dental College Admission Test 2017 is being held in examination centres across Punjab on Sunday. Students are taking the examinations in 28 centres of 13 cities of the province. It was learnt that around 41,000 female students and 24,000 male students are giving the test today. In Bahawalpur, more than 3,500 students are attending the test. Strict security measures have been put in place to avoid any untoward incident. Around the examination centres, Section 144 has been imposed. The candidates are not allowed to take along digital devices. Minister for Law Rana Sanaullah had said on Friday that intelligence officials, besides authorities concerned, will monitor the medical entry test in Punjab. Intelligence officials to monitor medical entry test in Lahore: Rana Sanaullah Medical and Dental College Admission Test 2017 is due on October 29 While speaking to Geo News in Lahore, the provincial law minister said it was unfortunate the papers were leaked despite the vice chancellor of University of Health Sciences Lahore being hired on merit. The medical entry test is on the same day as the T20 match with Sri Lanka in Lahore. Addressing the matter, the law minister had assured that the test would not be affected due to the match. An accused was caught in Multan, after the Punjab government submitted a report to the Lahore High Court mentioning that the employees of University of Health Sciences were found involved in leaking the papers for Medical and Dental College Admission Test 2017. The high court had declared the results invalid and demanded new test should be taken for the admissions, after which the test was rescheduled for October 29.
  16. A view of the Lahore airport. Photo: File LAHORE: The Airport Security Force (ASF) arrested a suspect on Sunday for attempting to smuggle foreign currency out of the country. According to sources, ASF officials seized Rs2 million in foreign currency from a passenger who was travelling to China on a Pakistan International Airlines flight. ASF officials have taken the passenger, identified as Shahid Alam, into custody. Further investigations are under way. In another operation, the ASF seized 1.5kg heroin from a suspect. Sources said that the suspect, identified as Latif, a resident of Narowal, Punjab, was travelling to Karachi. He has been taken into custody and is being investigated.
  17. RAWALPINDI: Passing out parade of 136th PMA Long Course, 36th Graduate Course, 29th Technical Graduate Course and Integrated Course 55 was held at the Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul on Saturday. Cadets from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Turkmenistan and Libya were also among those who successfully completed the courses. General Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter Chief of General Staff (CGS) of the British Army, General Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter was the chief guest on the occasion. The CGS reviewed the parade, gave awards to distinguished cadets and addressed the parade. The coveted Sword of Honour was awarded to Company Senior under Officer Abdul Hanan Mustafa of 136th Long Course. The President?s Gold Medal to Company Senior under Officer Muhammad Iqbal of 136th Long Course, the Overseas Gold Medal to Gentleman Cadet Hudayberenov Eresh from Turkmenistan of 136th Long Course, the Chief of Army Staff Cane to Gentleman Cadet Muhammad Arslan Yousaf of Graduate Course 36th and Company Junior under Officer Saad Hamid of Technical Graduate Course 29th and the Commandant?s Cane for the best cadet was awarded to Gentleman Cadet Taimoor Azam Khan of Integrated Course 55. Major General Abdullah Dogar, Commandant Pakistan Military Academy was also present on the saluting dais. A large number of senior serving and retired armed forces personnel and parents and relatives of passing out cadets witnessed the parade.
  18. Islamabad airport. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: Authorities on Thursday seized 786 grams of heroin from a passenger at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport (BBIA) and arrested a suspect. Officials of the Airport Security Force (ASF) said Islam Gul, a resident of Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, was travelling to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from a private airline. Officials said the contraband, locally known as 'ice', is worth hundreds of thousands of rupees. It had been hidden in secret compartments in the suspect's luggage. The suspect has now been handed over to the Anti-Narcotics Force for further investigation. Exactly a week ago, media reports stated that the ASF foiled another heroin smuggling bid at the airport. The suspect, identified as Lal Bahadur and hailing from Mardan, was travelling to Riyadh through a private airlines' flight. A kilogramme of ice was recovered from him.
  19. US student Otto Warmbier speaks at a news conference in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, February 29, 2016. REUTERS/KCNA/Files An American student ? who had been imprisoned in North Korea for 17 months ? died from lack of oxygen and blood to the brain, an Ohio coroner said on Wednesday. Otto Warmbier?s death on June 19 was due to an unknown injury that occurred more than a year before his death, Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco said at a news conference. ?We don?t know what happened to him and that?s the bottom line,? Sammarco said. Warmbier?s parents could not be reached for comment on the coroner?s report. Warmbier ? the 22-year-old University of Virginia student ? was held by North Korea from January 2016 until his release on June 15. He was returned to the United States in a coma. The coroner and a September 11 report by her office cited complications of chronic deficiency of oxygen and blood supply to the brain in Warmbier?s death. Only an external examination of the body rather than a full autopsy was conducted at the request of Warmbier?s family. North Korea had blamed botulism and the ingestion of a sleeping pill for Otto Warmbier?s problems and dismissed torture claims. Warmbier died days after arriving back in the United States. The native of Wyoming, Ohio, had been arrested at the airport in Pyongyang as he prepared to leave the reclusive communist country. He had been travelling with a tour group. Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour for trying to take from his hotel an item bearing a propaganda slogan, North Korea?s state media reported. "As we looked at him and tried to comfort him, it looked like someone had taken a pair of pliers and rearranged his bottom teeth,? Fred Warmbier ? the deceased student's father ? told Fox News in an interview on Tuesday, alleging his son had been tortured. ?Great interview on @foxandfriends with the parents of Otto Warmbier: 1994 - 2017. Otto was tortured beyond belief by North Korea,? President Donald Trump said on Twitter following the interview?s broadcast. In response to a question at the news conference, the coroner said there was no evidence of trauma to Warmbier?s teeth nor was there evidence of broken bones. The coroner?s report said that Warmbier?s body had multiple scars varying in size, including a large irregular one measuring 4.3 by 1.6 inches on the right foot.
  20. PML-N leader Talal Chaudhry speaking to media in Islamabad ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Interior Talal Chaudhry on Tuesday dismissed calls for an early election by a certain section of the opposition, saying the polls will be held on schedule in 2018. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader, flanked by other party leaders, said this while speaking to media ahead of party chief Nawaz Sharif?s appearance in the accountability court today. ?Nawaz Sharif can?t be removed using this kind of accountability,? said Talal. NAB references: Nawaz?s indictment on Oct 2; warrants issued for children Around 1,500 security personnel were deployed to secure the route from Punjab House to Sector G-11, where the court is located, as well as the courts complex Senator Mushahidullah said that PML-N is being specifically targeted, warning, however, that their adversaries in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkwa couldn?t do anything [to bring down the party] either. Expressing his disappointment at recent developments against Nawaz, Memon said she is still hopeful of justice in the case against Nawaz by the judiciary. The accountability court hearing corruption cases against the Sharif family ordered on Tuesday that former premier Nawaz Sharif will be indicted on October 2. The court also issued bailable arrest warrants for Nawaz's daughter Maryam, sons Hussain and Hasan, and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar as they failed to appear in court today despite two earlier summons. Nawaz and his family members had been summoned to the court with regards to three corruption references filed against them by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in light of the Panama Papers case verdict by the Supreme Court. A number of PML-N workers, lawyers and government officials were at the courts compound to greet the former premier. ?
  21. ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court today will resume hearing Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Hanif Abbasi?s petition seeking Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan?s disqualification. The petition was filed by Abbasi and is being heard by a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Umar Ata Bandial. PTI funding case: Hanif Abbasi submits Imran?s asset details in SC The documents submitted by Abbasi in the PTI party funding case include financial details of the sale of Imran?s London apartment in 2004 The petition asks for the disqualification of Imran Khan and PTI Secretary General Jahangir Tareen for the non-disclosure of assets, ownership of offshore companies and for PTI being a foreign-funded party. On September 23, Abbasi submitted documents in the Supreme Court containing tax returns provided by Imran to the Election Commission of Pakistan in his nomination papers for the 2003-2006 period. The documents submitted by Abbasi included financial details of the sale of Imran?s London apartment in 2004. The documents also do not have any mention of loan taken from Imran?s former wife Jemima Khan for the PTI chief's Bani Gala residence. The Supreme Court in the last hearing on September 12 had said that the PTI chairman's counsel Naeem Bukhari has yet to submit complete details of Bani Gala property purchase. The chief justice inquired about the details of funds sent by Jemima for the Bani Gala property purchase, adding that the reply does not include details of how the property was purchased in Jemima's name. You need to satisfy the court regarding the 160,000 pounds, the chief justice said. Justice Bandial observed that a discrepancy exists between documents submitted by the PTI chairman earlier and now. Moreover, the chief justice observed during the course of hearing that the PTI chairman has submitted copies of documents that are unverified.
  22. NEW YORK: Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said on Thursday Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi?s held positive meetings with world leaders along the sidelines of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly. The FO Spokesman said that the meeting between the prime ministers of Pakistan-India PMs is not in the schedule. Moreover, Zakaria said that Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa will leave for Moscow in the first week of October. The visit is a continuation of high-level contact and a reflection of wish to improve bilateral ties. The army chief?s visit to Russia will contribute to defence cooperation between the two countries. He said that last week?s joint statement by Japan and India was disappointing. The FO spokesman condemned the detainment of Kashmiri leaders and said that Indian forces martyred four more innocent citizens. He demanded that the international community needs to take notice of the atrocities. The statement had unnecessary references to Pakistan, said Zakaria, adding that India is involved in spreading terrorism in neighbouring countries and occupied Kashmir. On Sept 19, PM Abbasi arrived in New York to lead the country's delegation to the 72nd session of the UNGA and meet world leaders. The Premier's address to the UNGA ? slated for September 21 (today) ? will be his debut into the highest international diplomacy after being sworn in as the Prime Minister last month.
  23. Romelu Lukaku's signing from Everton continues to pay off as he scored and created a goal in Manchester United's 4-0 drubbing of his former club on Sunday with United joining Manchester City on top of the league. United -- whose record goalscorer Wayne Rooney endured a miserable return with his Everton team-mates -- are only second in the table by virtue of C coming before U as both the Manchester clubs share exactly the same statistics after five matches. Champions Chelsea are on 10 points, three adrift of the leading duo, after being held 0-0 at home to Arsenal -- the first scoreless draw at Stamford Bridge under Antonio Conte's tenure. United were slightly flattered by the final scoreline -- three goals coming in the final 10 minutes after Everton had largely dominated the second-half -- but manager Jose Mourinho was more than satisfied. "I think the performance was very good, especially in the first 30-35 minute, it was probably our best performance of the season," Mourinho told Sky Sports. "We pressed them and they did not have a chance to get out, they did not have a shot, it was very impressive." For Everton and manager Ronald Koeman -- who spent £152million ($207million, 173million euros) in the close season -- it is fast becoming a crisis as this was their fourth successive defeat and in which they have failed to score to boot. The Dutchman grasped at whatever straw he could to see a positive side. "From what I saw today from the team it made me happy," he told Sky Sports. "More happy than Thursday (they lost to modest Serie A side Atalanta in the Europa League). "We grew in the game and in confidence and not many teams will get two big chances like we got today. We didn't score the goal and after a personal mistake (Everton central defender Ashley Williams) it was 2-0." 'An intense game' There was little cheer for Chelsea's Italian manager Antonio Conte -- or indeed for watching Hollywood star Channing Tatum and former Chelsea skipper John Terry -- where Arsenal ran the match for large portions of it. The hosts also ended the encounter like the previous two against the Gunners without a full complement of players as David Luiz was red carded three minutes from the end. Conte, though, felt that the referee Mike Dean should have blown for a foul just before Luiz clattered Sead Kolasinac. "It's very important to see what happened before the David Luiz tackle. For sure there was a foul," said Conte. "The referee has to use the whistle. If he stops the play before I think it (wouldn't) happen." For Arsene Wenger and Arsenal there was something rare as it was the first time they have left Chelsea with even a point in their last six visits. Indeed Arsenal should have won it but their record signing Alexandre Lacazette missed an open goal after man of the match Aaron Ramsey's shot had come back off the post to him. Wenger, though, took pleasure out of the character his players had shown following their last away day when they were whipped 4-0 by Liverpool. "It was about mentality and a response from our last away game," said Wenger, whose side are six points adrift of the top two. "We could have won it. It was an intense game. "The battle was total. We are not in a transfer period and on the day we played Liverpool that affected us. We are all human beings. "We were focused and determined."
  24. Manchester City's Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring his third and the team's fifth goal during the English Premier League football match between Watford and Manchester City at Vicarage Road Stadium, Watford, London, September 16, 2017. AFP/Ben Stansall LONDON: Manchester City stormed to the top of the Premier League as Sergio Aguero's hat-trick inspired a 6-0 demolition of Watford, while Philippe Coutinho's return couldn't lift Liverpool in a 1-1 draw against Burnley on Saturday. With previous leaders Manchester United not in action until Sunday's clash with Everton, City had a chance to move three points clear of their title rivals. Aguero ensured they did just that as the Argentine forward maintained his mastery of Watford at Vicarage Road. Pep Guardiola's side took the lead in the 27th minute when Aguero headed in from Kevin de Bruyne's free-kick for his seventh goal in five games against the Hornets. Aguero wasn't finished inflicting pain on Marco Silva's men and he struck again four minutes later, tapping in after Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes couldn't hold David Silva's cross-shot. Having notched his fifth goal of the season, Aguero turned provider in the 38th minute, slipping in Gabriel Jesus for a nonchalant finish. It was City's 12th goal of a memorable week that also included a 5-0 thrashing of Liverpool and a 4-0 win at Feyenoord. Nicolas Otamendi added to that tally when he headed in the fourth from Silva's cross in the 63rd minute before Aguero completed his 10th City treble with nine minutes left. There was still time for Raheem Sterling to win and convert an 89th-minute penalty to cap City's swaggering display. "It was so good. Especially after an away game in the Champions League. The way we played as a team, we are so happy," Guardiola said. "I was lucky to manage Barcelona with many outstanding performances but this week has been a lot of goals. We have found our game." At Anfield, with Sadio Mane suspended, Coutinho made his first Liverpool start since his failed attempt to force a move to Barcelona. Brazil forward Coutinho missed the first five games of the season with a back injury before coming on in Wednesday's 2-2 Champions League draw against Sevilla. But despite his return, Jurgen Klopp's team were rocked when Scott Arfield put Burnley in front in the 27th minute. Liverpool drew level three minutes later through Mohamed Salah's cool finish from Emre Can's pass, but the Reds couldn't find a winner with Coutinho substituted in the closing stages. "I'm not happy, I'm angry with the result but pleased with the performance," Klopp said. "It's our fault. We were dominant but only scored one goal." Tottenham Hotspur failed to win for a third successive league match at Wembley as Swansea City held on for a 0-0 draw. After a midweek Champions League victory over Borussia Dortmund at Wembley, which serves as Tottenham's home while White Hart Lane is rebuilt, Mauricio Pochettino's team were frustrated as Harry Kane hit the woodwork, while the hosts also had three penalty appeals turned down. Historic low Roy Hodgson was unable to stop Crystal Palace hitting a historic low as Steven Davis sealed Southampton's 1-0 win at Selhurst Park. Former England boss Hodgson was taking charge of Palace for the first time following his appointment on Tuesday as successor to the sacked Frank de Boer. But Hodgson couldn't inspire an immediate upturn in Palace's fortunes, with Davis's goal condemning the Eagles to a piece of unwanted history. Palace sit bottom of the table after becoming the first English top-tier team to lose their opening five fixtures without scoring a single goal. Jamie Vardy rescued Leicester City as his second-half penalty secured a 1-1 draw at Huddersfield Town, who took the lead through Laurent Depoitre in the 47th minute. Jamaal Lascelles was Newcastle United's hero again as he clinched a 2-1 win over Stoke City at St James' Park. Rafael Benitez's side took the lead through Christian Atsu and Xherdan Shaqiri equalised for Stoke. Newcastle captain Lascelles, who also bagged the winner at Swansea City last weekend, earned the hosts' third successive victory with a 68th-minute header. West Bromwich Albion midfielder Gareth Barry equalled the Premier League appearance record in a 0-0 draw against West Ham at the Hawthorns. Barry, 36, is now level with Ryan Giggs' mark of 632 games, having made his top-flight debut in 1998.
  25. RAWALPINDI: An event to commemorate Defence Day is underway at the General Headquarters (GHQ). The event started with children presenting a tableau. Later, the crowd stood up to the national anthem. Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who is also present at the event, will also address the attendees.