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  1. LAHORE: Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique on Thursday said his statement regarding the Army earlier was presented out of context by certain media channels. The senior PML-N's leader's statement comes after Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor termed the federal minister's statement regarding the army as irresponsible. ?The statement is very irresponsible and unwarranted as you are targeting the chain of command and the subordination system of Pakistan Army,? said the military spokesperson at a press conference earlier today. Rafique also said that DG ISPR is a sincere individual and he was saddened by Gen Ghafoor's statement and added that he plays a silent role for cohesiveness among state institutions. He further stated that it is not appropriate that out of a 27-minute long speech only a few words are picked and played up and he has never adopted an irresponsible or unconstitutional stance. The railways minister also said that he has never targetted the subordinate system and can neither think of doing so. If we have complaints, we either absorb them or discreetly inform the relevant authority, said Rafique. Elaborating further, the PML-N leader said those creating misunderstandings between state institutions are doing a disservice to the nation. The military spokesperson had added earlier the Army is a very disciplined and organized institution and ?if this discipline and subordination is not present in the Army, it would not be the best in the world?. ?Pakistan Army is an institution which takes pride in its institutional mechanism.? ?If the Army is determined and confident to stay within the bounds of the Constitution, it is the responsibility of every citizen to respect the law and the Constitution and stay within its bounds.?
  2. Ishaq Dar - File Photo ISLAMABAD: An accountability court resumed hearing of the corruption reference against Ishaq Dar and was presented with details of the accused?s bank accounts. Dar, a serving senator, is accused of possessing assets disproportionate to his declared sources of income. The case was filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case. Dar has been declared a proclaimed offender in the case owing to his continuous absence from the proceedings owing to the medical treatment in London. As the hearing resumed on Thursday, Lahore-based bankers Faisal Shehzad and Muhammad Azeem, appeared before the court. The court had also re-summoned Masoodul Ghani and Abdul Rehman Gondal but later allowed the witnesses to leave as their statements were already recorded. However, Azeem submitted details of accounts of Dar and his family. He informed the court that NAB had asked for the details in August this year. He said Dar?s first account was operated from 2001 to 2012, second from Aug 2012 to Dec 2016 and third from Jan 2017 to Aug 2017. The witness also presented details of Hajvery Holding Company?s account in court as well as the record of the locker operated in Dar and his wife?s name. As the hearing went underway, the court was informed that Shehzad was unable to appear in court due to the wedding of his sister. Later, recording his statement, Rehman provided the income records of Dar from the years 2005 to 2017. The court then adjourned the hearing until December 18, when it has summoned five more witnesses: Cabinet Division Deputy Secretary Wasif Hussain, Commerce Deputy Director Qamar Zaman, former NADRA official Qaboos Aziz, National Assembly Director Sher Dil Khan and private bank official Faisal Shehzad. The court also ordered Dar's bail guarantor, Ahmed Ali Qudoosi, to appear before it at 12:30pm today and submit the Rs5 million surety bond as it now stands forfeited due to Dar's absence. As Qudoosi failed to appear in court, the judge ordered the investigation officer to gather details of his properties and assets to submit in court. Failure to submit the surety amount results in confiscation of the guarantor's assets and properties. The NAB?s prosecution team has submitted a list of 28 people as witnesses in the case, and have up till now recorded statements of as many as five witnesses in the case. On November 23, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi accepted Dar?s request to be relieved of his duties as the finance minister, reported Geo News. Dar was relieved of his three roles, including his portfolio in the finance ministry, and was informed of the decision. Sources had said Dar would remain a federal minister as a leave of absence of three months has been granted to him.
  3. ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah Thursday said the reports regarding appointment of a new chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) did not have substance, adding that no name had yet been proposed for the key slot. Shah, in his statement issued to media, said he was in touch with all political parties and would expedite consultation after Ashura Muharram. "I have held consultation with Tehreek-e-Insaf, besides meeting the prime minister. But neither the premier, nor the opposition has yet proposed a name for NAB chief," he said, adding that only Jamaat-e-Islami has proposed a name for the post. The leader of the opposition said that he would suggest a unanimous name to the prime minister after consultation with all opposition parties. "People's party decides on national affairs through consultation, while in the past too we took opposition parties into confidence on such matters." He further said if the government and opposition failed to reach a consensus on appointment of the NAB chairman, then the matter would be forwarded to concerned parliamentary committee. Shah said the 12-member committee, which had six members each from the government and opposition, would appoint the NAB chief through voting. Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) member Naeemul Haq said he had heard that the Intelligence Bureau (IB) director general was being made the NAB chief. "If this happened, we would oppose it," he added.
  4. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi while speaking in his press conference at New York. Photo: Geo News NEW YORK: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Friday that he had 27 meetings on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) 72nd session in New York, where he presented detailed stance of Pakistan with clarity on various issues to the members of international community. Speaking in a press conference, along with Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York Maleeha Lodhi, PM Abbasi said that he also had an informal meeting with US President Donald Trump. PM Abbasi said that he informed the world that there are no terror safe havens in Pakistan, adding that in the entire world only Pakistan is engaged in the war against terrorism. The premier said that in his meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence, he informed him that Pakistan wants to see peace in Afghanistan. "We want Afghan leadership to settle their disputes," he said. He said Pakistan's viewpoint clearly and impactfully presented before the international community has been appreciated all across the board. Prime Minister Abbasi said that a dossier of 300 pages documenting human rights violations in Kashmir has been presented to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Responding over a question he said that there will be no re-shuffle of portfolios of his cabinet members in coming days. PM's address in UNGA rime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi during his address to the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on Thursday, highlighted the persistent human rights violations in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK), terming India's role in the region the "most intense example of foreign occupation". In what marked his debut at the highest international diplomacy ? after taking over the office last month following former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's ouster in July ? Abbasi delivered a crisp and concise speech that touched upon almost every key factor positive for or detrimental to Pakistan's growth and development. The premier made it clear that Pakistan "is not prepared to be anyone's scapegoat", noting that Pakistan has been consistently active in the war against terrorism and has lost more to the cause than any other nation. During his 20-minute speech, he said that while Daesh has been decimated in most Middle Eastern regions, including Yemen, the group's creeping global influence is evident through the recent events around the world. Abbasi mentioned to the attendees that the UN charter has over time been eroding slowly, with unresolved conflicts taking a much larger part of the headlines than before, the rampant Indian aggression in occupied Kashmir a stark example of that.
  5. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/6cdba119f09488f46b64141b48d510d5.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9OC8zMC8yMDE3IDc6MjA6NDIgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1WQi91bXdmS05lVGd0bENMd243OC9nPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] KARACHI: The former special public prosecutor of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Zahid Jamil said that the case against Axact was very strong due to massive proofs against it but interestingly the pieces of evidence were not included in the challan either presented before courts. Speaking in Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Saath on Tuesday night, Jamil said that courtesy the tremendous work of FIA forensic experts and anti-money laundering experts, it was a combined opinion of the prosecution team that it was an ?open and shut case?. ?For some reasons I had to disassociate myself, later other prosecutors also left and then you can see the fate of all the Axact cases,? he said, ?As many as 61 witnesses were dropped in the case.? Jamil said that the new prosecution team did not object to the bails given to the suspects, didn?t freeze financial assets of Axact as directed by the Supreme Court and didn?t present the original FBI letters to the courts. US court sentences Axact VP to 21 months in ?international diploma mill? case Hamid pled guilty on April 6 this year to conspiracy to commit wire fraud He added that Umair Hamid, the Axact official now arrested by the US authorities, was never arrested and was given permission to fly abroad from Pakistan. On Tuesday, a US court sentenced Axact Vice President Umair Hamid to 21 months in prison and levied a fine of $5,303,020 "for his role in an international diploma mill scheme operated through the Pakistani company?. Axact defrauded hundreds of students in Bahrain, local media reveals Axact, already at the centre of an international diploma mill scandal, has been targeting students in Bahrain According to the US Department of Justice?s website, Hamid pled guilty on April 6 this year to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. ?He entered the guilty plea before a US District judge who imposed today?s sentence?. Hamid, an executive of Axact, was arrested on Dec 19, 2016, according to a statement by former Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara. He was produced in a federal court in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, the following day. According to the department of justice, Hamid was involved in running a ?massive diploma mill? through Axact. The mill tricked people from across the world into enrolling in supposed high schools, colleges, and universities. ?Consumers paid upfront fees, believing that in return they would be enrolled in real educational courses and, eventually, receive legitimate degrees. Instead, consumers received no instruction and worthless diplomas,? the website says.
  6. ISLAMABAD: The much-awaited Election Bill 2017, aimed at further strengthening the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and ensuring credible polls, is likely to be presented in the National Assembly on Monday. The government had formed a parliamentary committee on electoral reforms headed by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in 2014, which drafted the bill after deliberations for more than two years. The electoral reforms bill had been finalised after 118 meetings, 25 of the main parliamentary committee and 93 of its sub-committee headed by Law Minister Zahid Hamid. Some 631 proposals were received from various political parties and citizens. The Business Advisory Committee of the National Assembly, which met last Tuesday, decided that the draft electoral reforms bill would be presented in the House. The parliamentary committee has prepared the Election Bill 2017 with an amalgamation of previous eight different laws, proposing new measures in different areas of electioneering to further empower the ECP for holding free, fair and transparent elections in the country. A number of initiatives have been suggested in the new bill regarding preparation of voters' lists, delimitation, simplification of nomination papers, installation of surveillance cameras, penalties of violations, women voters turnout, powers of polling day officials, expediting election disputes, implementation of Code of Conduct and vote counting. Under the bill, the ECP will have full administrative powers to control and transfer election officials during elections and take disciplinary action against them for misconduct. The commissioner shall have full financial powers including powers to create posts within approved budgetary allocations. The ECP is also being empowered to make rules without prior approval of the President or the government; as such rules will be subject to prior publication, seeking suggestions within 15 days of such publication. Furthermore, the ECP shall prepare a comprehensive action plan six months before the elections specifying all legal and administrative measures that have been taken or are required to be taken. It is also being authorized to redress complaints and grievances during various stages of the election process (other than challenge to the election itself under Article 225), its decisions will be appealable to the Supreme Court. The ECP shall establish a transparent Results Management System for expeditious counting, compilation and dissemination of the election results. It has also been empowered to delegate its functions to its members and officers. The ECP is also being empowered to install surveillance cameras in highly sensitive polling stations for remote monitoring of activities in such polling stations. Persons with any physical disability will be able to cast their votes through postal ballot. Every Member of an Assembly or Senate will be required to submit annual Wealth Statement in the same form as submitted under the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001. In case of failure to file Wealth Statement, the ECP may suspend membership of the defaulting Member and if the default continues beyond 60 days, it shall issue show cause notice for termination of his/her membership. The Commission shall scrutinize the wealth statement and incase it is found to be false, the Commission may direct prosecution of the Member for the offence of corrupt practice. For election disputes, the system has been made more expeditious and result-oriented by including provisions like case management; day-to-day trial; mandatory costs for adjournments; suspension of the member for deliberate delay; and decision within four months. The ECP may, in consultation with political parties, issue a Code of Conduct for political parties, candidates and election and polling agents. It may also issue Code of Conduct for media, security personnel and election observers. ECP may grant accreditation to domestic and international election observers, who will be required to submit reports of their observations and suggestions to the ECP relating to the conduct of elections. The ECP shall take special measures to encourage participation of women in the electoral process, including registration of women voters and actual voting on polling day. The ECP shall conduct awareness media campaigns for registration of women voters, and their participation in elections. If the variation in the number of men and women voters in a constituency is more than 10 percent, special measures will be taken by the ECP to reduce such variation. Political parties shall encourage women membership and award at least five percent party tickets to women candidates on general seats.
  7. LAHORE: The DNA report in the stabbing case of Khadija Siddiqui was submitted in court on Thursday. The report states that the blood found on the helmet of Shah Hussain (the man accused of stabbing Khadija) belongs to the victim. Hair samples also found in the helmet belong to the accused. ?Our arguments have been completed. We request the court to include the DNA report on grounds of ensuring a fair trial,? said Khadija's counsel Barrister Hassan Niazi, further adding, ?the opposing lawyers have shamelessly stooped low. They have indulged in character assassination of Khadija and now they are changing their statements as first they said that their client was not involved ? now they are saying that no such incident happened.? Niazi said that if her client did not get justice from this court, the counsel would appeal in higher courts, however, he added that the counsel is disheartened to see that the Chief Justice of Pakistan didn?t take notice of the case. He said that her client has around 60 stitches on her neck due to the murder attempt by Hussain. Survivor of brutal stabbing terrorised by thought of facing attacker in school exam Khadija Siddiqui, a law graduate, was stabbed by her classmate, Shah Hussain, on Lahore's Davis Road, on May 3, 2016 On May 3, 2016, Khadija was allegedly stabbed 23 times by Shah Hussain in Lahore. Over a year since the horrific incident, Khadija still awaits justice and appeals to society to raise its voice for her. Khadija' attacker, Shah Hussain stabbed her repeatedly on Lahore's Davis Road. He managed to flee from the scene of the crime but was captured on a mobile camera by an eyewitness. A few days later, Khadija identified her attacker and got him booked on charges of attempted murder. Ironically, Khadija's younger sister, whom she had gone to pick from school, was also there when she came under the brutal attack and witnessed the entire episode. She was somehow saved by her driver, who tried to take control of the attacker, forcing him to flee from the scene. The attack was witnessed by hundreds of people in front of a hotel on Davis Road. After the registration of a case, the accused, Shah Hussain, requested a sessions court for bail before arrest, which was turned down. Hussain, whose father happens to be a renowned lawyer, was aided by a number of other lawyers to flee from court premises after his request was turned down. Khadija vs the bar Is it justified when unity is used to endorse acts which are inherently immoral? In September 2016, Hussain's lawyer once again challenged the sessions court verdict in the Lahore High Court, but the court maintained the earlier verdict. Three days later the accused surrendered himself to police and was sent to prison. He remained behind bars for nearly two months and was subsequently released on December 1, 2016, after the sessions court granted him bail. Khadija filed an appeal against the court's decision, but it was dismissed.
  8. KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) MPA Khairunisa Mughal on Tuesday presented a resolution in the Sindh Assembly demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif?s resignation. Opposition parties ? Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz and Pakistan Muslim League - Functional ? walked out of the assembly as the bill was presented. PPP leader Saeed Ghani came down hard on the ruling party in a statement during the session stating ?we want a respected leader as our PM.? [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/d1183a43c557167792f7846caace991d.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ny8yNS8yMDE3IDEwOjQ1OjA1IEFNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9Rk9meGtYenhKd3JlSjh5Z00wbThaQT09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] Muttahida Quami Movement - Pakistan lawmaker Faisal Subzwari also demanded accountability and end of corruption. "Joint investigation teams should probe all of the 179 mega corruption cases pending with the National Accountability Bureau," Subzwari said. [embed_video2 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/0c1837ce3eb50ce409c11f4e3f303c4f.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ny8yNS8yMDE3IDEwOjQ1OjM3IEFNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9a2dlUVlwT3NETmZjWUNZMHIyMjVDZz09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center]
  9. Qatar's Prince Hamad Bin Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani has replied to the letter. ISLAMABAD: Qatar's Prince Hamad Bin Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani has answered the letter by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) and the same will be presented before the team today, reported Geo News on Friday. A source close to the Sharif family, present in Doha for the past two days, confirmed the same to Geo News. In its last communication to Al-Thani, the JIT considered the verification and investigation of Qatari prince?s letters important for Hussain Nawaz and Hasan Nawaz. The latest JIT?s communication dated July 4 and addressed to the Qatari prince did not mention any relevance of Thani?s probe with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/bf532d127b27cc83f7ee605f7ced0332.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ny83LzIwMTcgMTA6NTY6MzMgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1WOVRIU2pSdytKMWc0b0g3VGRKMHBBPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] The JIT conveyed to the Qatari prince that the JIT intends to go beyond mere verification of Thani?s letters. ?The scope and remit of the investigation and recording of your statement as intended and sought by the JIT is therefore materially broader and different than that which has been offered in your latest letter. This is also self evident from the contents of our letter dated 22-6-2017," said the JIT. On the question of jurisdiction as was raised by the Qatari prince in his letter written to the JIT, the team responded that the Al-Thani has accepted the jurisdiction of Supreme Court of Pakistan as well as that of the JIT by voluntarily signing and providing letters for submission before the apex court in support of the replies and stance adopted by Hussain Nawaz and Hasan Nawaz.
  10. KARACHI: The Sindh government is expected to table a bill seeking to repeal the applicability of the National Accountability Ordinance of 1999 during provincial assembly session today (Monday). The bill seeks to curtail NAB?s powers and give it the mandate to probe and hear cases related to federal institutions after a formal endorsement from the Sindh Assembly. Over the matter, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leaders informally met Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari at Zardari House in Nawabshah on Sunday. Meeting participants included Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah, law minister and advocate general. During the meeting, Zardari was advised on the legal aspects of repealing the NAB ordinance. CM Sindh said that all PPP members of the assembly have been instructed to attend the session today (Monday). Interestingly, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has already curtailed the powers of NAB in the province and established their own Ehtesab Commission. However, the move to make a similar move in Sindh has led the opposition to question its maintainability. The opposition members also pointed out that most of the ministers and officials affiliated with the party are currently being investigated by the NAB. Moreover, they expressed their fears that NAB?s role will be taken up by Anti-Corruption Establishment, which is controlled by the Sindh government. On Friday, the Sindh cabinet gave its approval to repeal the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) ordinance in Punjab. Sindh cabinet approves repealing of NAB ordinance Provincial cabinet also approved a proposal to impose restrictions on the establishment of new sugar mills The approval was given in a high-level meeting chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Murad at the CM House, after a briefing on the subject by Advocate General for Sindh Zamir Ghumro. According to Sindh?s advocate general, corruption cases related to provincial institutions will now be probed by the Provincial Ehtesab Bureau. A committee has been constituted by the cabinet to give recommendations for changes in the anti-corruption laws within a month.
  11. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday he would present options on Afghanistan to President Donald Trump "very soon," adding the strategy would take a regional approach rather than looking at the war-torn country in isolation. The situation in Afghanistan, which US military officials acknowledge is in a stalemate almost 16 years since the war started, has deteriorated in recent months. A truck-bomb explosion in Kabul last month killed more than 150 people, making it the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital since the ouster of the Taliban in 2001. In some cases, Afghan security forces have been forced to abandon more scattered and rural bases, and the government can claim to control or influence only 57 percent of the country, according to US military estimates earlier this year. "We are taking a regional approach to this," Mattis told the House Armed Services Committee. "We will take that forward to the president for a decision very soon." Mattis said a request by General John Nicholson, the head of US and international forces in Afghanistan, for additional troops would mostly be made up of troops who would train, advise and assist Afghan forces, potentially putting them with Afghan forces at the brigade level. "It's a fundamental change to how we bring our, what I would call our real superiority, in terms of air support," Mattis said. At the same hearing, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford said he had gone to Mattis and Trump with "some options that might be considered" in order to help improve the security situation in Afghanistan. Reuters reported in late April that Trump's administration was carrying out a review of Afghanistan and conversations were revolving around sending between 3,000 and 5,000 US and coalition troops there. Deliberations include giving more authorities to forces on the ground and taking more aggressive action against Taliban fighters. Some US officials questioned the benefit of sending more troops to Afghanistan because any politically palatable number would not be enough to turn the tide, much less create stability and security. To date, more than 2,300 Americans have been killed and over 17,000 wounded. On Saturday, three US soldiers were killed when an Afghan soldier opened fire on them in eastern Afghanistan.