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  1. Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif will resign before starting his election campaign for a National Assembly seat, sources informed Geo News on Wednesday. Furthermore, the high-level leadership of Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) is also taking into consideration the option of nominating Shehbaz to contest from two other national seats along with Lahore's NA-120 constituency. However, Shehbaz has expressed his desire to contest the by-polls only from NA-120. The seat was vacated after Nawaz Sharif was disqualified as the prime minister by the Supreme Court last week. The PML-N, in a meeting following Nawaz's dismissal, agreed that Shehbaz would become the premier once he becomes a member of the National Assembly. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has announced by-polls on Lahore's NA-120 constituency for September 17. As per the schedule issued by the ECP on Tuesday, the nomination papers may be submitted between August 10 and 12. The scrutiny of the papers will be held between August 15 and 17, while the final list of candidates will be issued on August 26. Pakistan Tehreek Insaf has nominated Dr Yasmin Rashid as candidate contesting by-polls for NA-120.
  2. File photo of PM spokesman Musadik Malik ISLAMABAD: The spokesman for the prime minister Musadik Malik said on Monday that Nawaz Sharif would not resign from his post. Speaking to media here, Malik reaffirmed the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. ?Three names have been decided for the prime minister. Nawaz Sharif, Nawaz Sharif, Nawaz Sharif,? Malik said. The spokesman also spoke on reports of Chaudhry Nisar, stating that the interior minister would neither resign from his post nor would he leave the party. Malik said the PML-N was a democratic party and it was Chaudhry Nisar's right to express his opinions. The statement from the PM?s spokesperson came hours before Chaudhry Nisar?s news conference at the Punjab House. Nisar during the news conference did not speak on political matters, stating he could not do so in light of the tragedy in Lahore. It was reported earlier, on Friday, that Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar had decided to part ways with the prime minister ending his 35-year-long association with him. All reports, citing close family sources, claimed the interior minister would resign from his post as interior minister and distance himself from the party chairman during a press conference scheduled for Sunday - the presser was cancelled at the 11th hour due to back pain. However, the reports had been shot down by the interior minister spokesman as baseless.
  3. Maryam Nawaz speaks to reporters after appearing before the Panama JIT on July 5, 2017 ? AFP LAHORE: Daughter of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, on Wednesday once again reiterated PML-N's stance that the premier will not resign and will continue with his tenure. The first daughter, in a tweet, questioned the reasoning behind calls for the prime minister to step down. "He will not give it [resignation] God willing! He should resign because not a single penny of government money was stolen during his five terms in power?"
  4. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Monday called on Nawaz Sharif to immediately resign as the prime minister in light of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report. Imran Khan added that the report?s findings have vindicated him and finally the opposition's hard work had paid off. While addressing the media Khan reiterated several times that the prime minister should resign. Imran said the ruling party went all out to obstruct the investigation and in the process discredited state institutions. ?I am grateful that at the end truth has prevailed, whatever we have been saying all along today came out before everyone,? he said. The JIT in its report today recommended that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) file a reference against Prime Minister Nawaz and his sons, Hussain and Hassan Nawaz. The premier?s son-in-law, Captain Safdar, was also included in the names forwarded to NAB. "Significant gap/disparity amongst the known and declared sources of income and the wealth accumulated by the Respondent No. 1, 6, 7 and 8 have been observed," said the investigation team in its closing remarks.
  5. WASHINGTON: Six top health advisors have resigned from Donald Trump´s advisory council on HIV/AIDS, complaining that the US president doesn´t really care about combatting the illness. In a letter published Friday in Newsweek, Scott Schoettes said the Trump administration has "no strategy" on AIDS and that he and his five colleagues will be more effective advocating for change from the outside. Schoettes, counsel and HIV project director at Lambda Legal, resigned Tuesday from the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, along with Lucy Bradley-Springer, Gina Brown, Ulysses Burley III, Michelle Ogle and Grissel Granados. The council can have up to 25 members. "The Trump administration has no strategy to address the on-going HIV/AIDS epidemic, seeks zero input from experts to formulate HIV policy, and -- most concerning -- pushes legislation that will harm people living with HIV and halt or reverse important gains made in the fight against this disease," Schoettes wrote. "If we do not ensure that US leadership at the executive and legislative levels are informed by experience and expertise, real people will be hurt and some will even die," he said. "Because we do not believe the Trump administration is listening to -- or cares -- about the communities we serve as members of PACHA, we have decided it is time to step down." PACHA, which was created in 1995, includes public health officials, researchers, health care providers, faith leavers, HIV advocates and people living with HIV. Its helps inform the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which was last revised in 2015. Schoettes noted that Trump failed to appoint a head of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, a senior advisory position, and took down the Office of National AIDS Policy website the very day he took office -- on January 20 -- and has yet to replace it. He also stressed that changes Trump and his fellow Republicans in Congress are seeking to the sweeping health care reform initiated by former president Barack Obama would be "extremely harmful" to people living with HIV or AIDS. Schoettes cited data showing that only 40 percent of people living with HIV in the United States can access life-saving medications.
  6. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan said on Monday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should resign before the Joint Investigation Team?s session on June 15 (Thursday), for which he has been summoned to record his statement. Imran Khan was speaking to media, where he said that the JIT is facing hurdles. The people who are subordinate to the PM and ruling party would not be able to investigate the matter, said the PTI chief. Imran said that Nawaz Sharif is a criminal and facing allegation of money laundering which is a serious offence. The PTI Chief demanded that the report of the issues faced by the JIT should be made public as well. ?No one trusts a PM abroad, who is facing criminal investigation back at home,? said Imran, adding that the Qatari letter is also a hoax, as the royal family members have refused to appear before the JIT. Meanwhile, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said that PM is due to appear before the JIT on Thursday. Won?t be able to complete probe in time due to hurdles, JIT informs Supreme Court Special bench heard case related to leaking of Hussain's picture, hurdles faced by JIT Today, the Panama case JIT informed the apex court that it will be unable to complete its probe in the given 60-day time period due to ?difficulties? created by some state institutions. In a statement issued to the media on Sunday night, the PM House confirmed having received the summons from the JIT and said the premier would appear before it on June 15. The JIT has already questioned the premier's elder son five times and his younger son, Hassan Nawaz, twice. The decision was hailed by the PTI chief, who took to Twitter to express his views. However, his opinion did not go well with former PM late Benazir Bhutto?s daughter Assefa Bhutto Zardari.
  7. LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May faced pressure to resign on Friday after losing her parliamentary majority, plunging the country into uncertainty as Brexit talks loom. May called the snap election in April in an attempt to extend her majority and strengthen her position, but her gamble backfired spectacularly after she failed to win enough seats to form a Conservative government. Sterling sank against the dollar and the euro as investors questioned who was now going to control the Brexit process. EU Economy Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said May had "lost her bet", while the timetable for Brexit talks, due to begin in 10 days time, has been thrown into disarray, raising suggestions that it could be extended. She also faced pressure to quit from inside and outside her party after a troubled campaign overshadowed by two terror attacks, although British media quoted party sources saying she had "no intention" of doing so. She is expected to give a speech at around 0900 GMT. BRITISH-PAKISTANI WINNERS geo_embedgallery JEREMY CORBYN CALLS FOR PM MAY TO QUIT British Prime Minister Theresa May should step down after losses for her Conservative Party in the general election, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Friday. May "has lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence. I would have thought that´s enough to go," Corbyn said after being re-elected in his Islington North constituency in central London. CONSERVATIVES WILL ENSURE 'STABILITY', PM MAY SAYS Prime Minister Theresa May said her Conservatives would ensure much-needed "stability" for Britain as the party reeled from a string of losses from Thursday´s general election. "The country needs a period of stability and whatever the results are, the Conservative party will ensure that we can fulfil that duty to ensure that stability," May said after being re-elected to her seat in Maidenhead near London. LIBERAL DEMOCRATS SAY "VERY DIFFICULT TO JOIN COALITION Britain's Liberal Democrat party would find it very difficult to join a coalition again after suffering severe damage from its deal with the Conservatives after the 2010 election, former leader Menzies Campbell said on Thursday. "(Party leader) Tim Farron made it very clear. He said no pact, no deal, no coalition. We´ve had our fingers burnt by coalition, I don´t need to tell you that. I find it very, very difficult to see how Tim Farron would be able to go back on what he previously said," Campbell told the BBC. geo_embedgallery REACTIONS Reactions to the outcome on Friday have focused on whether May can stay in office after losing her bet for a stronger majority, and on the ramifications for Brexit: May "is in a very difficult place... she now has to obviously consider her position" -- MP and former minister Anna Soubry, a member of May´s Conservative party. May´s authority has "received a blow from which it is unlikely to recover." -- former Conservative MP Paul Goodman, editor of the influential website ConservativeHome. "It will be difficult to govern and it could mean another election later in the year." -- Wyn Grant, professor of politics at the University of Warwick. "Hard Brexit went in the rubbish bin tonight." -- former Conservative finance minister George Osborne "Theresa May has put Brexit in jeopardy." -- Paul Nuttall, head of the anti-EU UK Independence Party. "If we do get a Corbyn coalition, Brexit is in trouble." -- former UKIP leader Nigel Farage. "I hope we never hold referendums on anything ever again." -- pro-EU former Conservative finance minister Ken Clarke.
  8. LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May faced pressure to resign on Friday after losing her parliamentary majority, plunging the country into uncertainty as Brexit talks loom. May called the snap election in April in an attempt to extend her majority and strengthen her position, but her gamble backfired spectacularly after she failed to win enough seats to form a Conservative government. Sterling sank against the dollar and the euro as investors questioned who was now going to control the Brexit process. EU Economy Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said May had "lost her bet", while the timetable for Brexit talks, due to begin in 10 days time, has been thrown into disarray, raising suggestions that it could be extended. She also faced pressure to quit from inside and outside her party after a troubled campaign overshadowed by two terror attacks, although British media quoted party sources saying she had "no intention" of doing so. BRITISH-PAKISTANI WINNERS geo_embedgallery JEREMY CORBYN CALLS FOR PM MAY TO QUIT British Prime Minister Theresa May should step down after losses for her Conservative Party in the general election, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Friday. May "has lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence. I would have thought that´s enough to go," Corbyn said after being re-elected in his Islington North constituency in central London. CONSERVATIVES WILL ENSURE 'STABILITY', PM MAY SAYS Prime Minister Theresa May said her Conservatives would ensure much-needed "stability" for Britain as the party reeled from a string of losses from Thursday´s general election. "The country needs a period of stability and whatever the results are, the Conservative party will ensure that we can fulfil that duty to ensure that stability," May said after being re-elected to her seat in Maidenhead near London. LIBERAL DEMOCRATS SAY "VERY DIFFICULT TO JOIN COALITION Britain's Liberal Democrat party would find it very difficult to join a coalition again after suffering severe damage from its deal with the Conservatives after the 2010 election, former leader Menzies Campbell said on Thursday. "(Party leader) Tim Farron made it very clear. He said no pact, no deal, no coalition. We´ve had our fingers burnt by coalition, I don´t need to tell you that. I find it very, very difficult to see how Tim Farron would be able to go back on what he previously said," Campbell told the BBC. geo_embedgallery REACTIONS Reactions to the outcome on Friday have focused on whether May can stay in office after losing her bet for a stronger majority, and on the ramifications for Brexit: May "is in a very difficult place... she now has to obviously consider her position" -- MP and former minister Anna Soubry, a member of May´s Conservative party. May´s authority has "received a blow from which it is unlikely to recover." -- former Conservative MP Paul Goodman, editor of the influential website ConservativeHome. "It will be difficult to govern and it could mean another election later in the year." -- Wyn Grant, professor of politics at the University of Warwick. "Hard Brexit went in the rubbish bin tonight." -- former Conservative finance minister George Osborne "Theresa May has put Brexit in jeopardy." -- Paul Nuttall, head of the anti-EU UK Independence Party. "If we do get a Corbyn coalition, Brexit is in trouble." -- former UKIP leader Nigel Farage. "I hope we never hold referendums on anything ever again." -- pro-EU former Conservative finance minister Ken Clarke.
  9. LONDON: Results have started coming in for Britain?s snap election with Prime Minister Theresa May poised for victory but losing her parliamentary majority. The exit poll showed May's Conservatives on course to fall from 330 to 314 seats, short of an overall majority in the 650-seat House of Commons, after a troubled campaign overshadowed by two deadly terror attacks. The main opposition Labour party, led by leftist Jeremy Corbyn, meanwhile is projected to increase its number of seats from 229 to 266, according to the joint exit poll by Sky, the BBC and ITV news. The pound immediately tumbled after the poll. The election came at a pivotal time in British history as it negotiates a complicated exit from the European Union, the first country to leave the six-decade-old bloc. The pro-European Liberal Democrats, who have campaigned for a second referendum that could keep Britain in the EU, were forecast to increase their seats from nine to 14. In Scotland, where First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called for independence to avoid a "hard Brexit", her Scottish National Party was tipped to lose seats but still dominate. All parties urged caution at the shock poll, with the final results not likely until early on Friday morning. An exit poll gives an indication of the outcome, although final results will not emerge until early Friday. In 2005 and 2010, the exit poll accurately forecast the number of seats won by the largest party. In 2015, it slightly underestimated the number of seats won by the victorious Conservatives but got the order of the parties right. The forecast Conservative victory is far smaller than suggested by opinion polls when she called the snap election at a time when her popularity was running high. Analysts had blamed the decline on May´s botched announcement of a reform in funding for elderly care, a strong grassroots campaign by Corbyn and the terror attacks, which have led to scrutiny of her time as interior minister before becoming prime minister. Security for voting day was reviewed following the recent London attack, which left at least eight dead, with the city's Metropolitan Police force implementing a "specialist and highly flexible operation" which it said could be deployed as needed. BRITISH-PAKISTANI WINNERS geo_embedgallery JEREMY CORBYN CALLS FOR PM MAY TO QUIT British Prime Minister Theresa May should step down after losses for her Conservative Party in the general election, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Friday. May "has lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence. I would have thought that´s enough to go," Corbyn said after being re-elected in his Islington North constituency in central London. CONSERVATIVES WILL ENSURE 'STABILITY', PM MAY SAYS Prime Minister Theresa May said her Conservatives would ensure much-needed "stability" for Britain as the party reeled from a string of losses from Thursday´s general election. "The country needs a period of stability and whatever the results are, the Conservative party will ensure that we can fulfil that duty to ensure that stability," May said after being re-elected to her seat in Maidenhead near London. LIBERAL DEMOCRATS SAY "VERY DIFFICULT TO JOIN COALITION Britain's Liberal Democrat party would find it very difficult to join a coalition again after suffering severe damage from its deal with the Conservatives after the 2010 election, former leader Menzies Campbell said on Thursday. "(Party leader) Tim Farron made it very clear. He said no pact, no deal, no coalition. We´ve had our fingers burnt by coalition, I don´t need to tell you that. I find it very, very difficult to see how Tim Farron would be able to go back on what he previously said," Campbell told the BBC. Exit polls suggest the Liberal Democrats will increase their number of seats in Britain´s 650-member parliament to 14. The results of the exit poll show that Prime Minister Theresa May´s Conservative Party looks short of an outright majority. geo_embedgallery Prime Minister Theresa May, who came into power without a national vote last year after David Cameron´s resignation following the Brexit vote, called for a three-year-early election for June 8, saying she needed to strengthen her hand in divorce talks with the European Union by bolstering support for her Brexit plan. If May does not handsomely beat the 12-seat majority her predecessor Cameron won in 2015, her electoral gamble will have failed. When she called the election, polls showed she was as much as 23 percentage points ahead. However, the lead has shrunk substantially since then. CORBYN SAYS HIS CAMPAIGN 'CHANGED POLITICS' The head of Britain´s Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, on Friday said the country´s political landscape had been upended in a general election forecast to result in a hung parliament. "Whatever the final result, our positive campaign has changed politics for the better," Corbyn said in a tweet. An exit poll predicted unexpected gains for Labour in Thursday´s vote, causing Prime Minister Theresa May to lose her overall majority. MAY, CORBYN CAST VOTES Earlier today, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn cast his vote at the Pakeman primary school in Holloway, North London. The politician appeared to be in an amiable mood as he smiled and waved to the media. Corbyn waved, smiled and posed for the media as he came to cast his vote. Photo: AP Speaking to the press, he said ?Thank you very much, all of you, for coming here today. It?s a day of our democracy. I?ve just voted. I?m very proud of our campaign. Thank you very much.? On the other hand, clad in white-and-black May also cast her vote at a polling station in Sonning, Berkshire. According to media reports, she just greeted the media with a simple ?hello? unlike her opponent. Theresa May cast her vote at a polling station in Sonning, Berkshire. Photo: Reuters She was also holding a polling card in her hand even though voters didn?t need to show up with one to vote. 'LITTLE CONFIDENCE' It is the third time Britain has gone to the polls in two years, twice for a general election and once for the EU referendum, and voter fatigue appeared to be an issue among the early voters. "I don´t think it has really been a campaign, we don´t know anything about what they are going to do about Brexit, it´s been pointless really," said Joe Kerney, 53, at a polling station in Hackney, east London. "I have little confidence in anybody," added voter Simon Bolton, 41. "I think we lack quality in terms of who we can choose, it is very limited." The election was May's first since taking office after Britons voted by 52 percent to leave the European Union.
  10. ISLAMABAD: Former Chief Justice Supreme Court Iftikhar Chaudhry has demanded the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign in light of the Panama case verdict, which ordered formation of Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe money trail. He warned that the JIT should not end up under the prime minister. “Asghar Khan case is before everyone,” Justice (retd) Chaudhry said. He also said that Nawaz Sharif has many connections and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is ruling two provincial governments too. The former CJ said that Nawaz Sharif himself made a deal with Musharraf to escape the country in the 1990s. “Mian Sahab himself made an ‘NRO’ and escaped the country.” The Supreme Court issued the highly anticipated Panama Papers case decision last week following a months-long hearing on a leak last year that linked PM Sharif´s children to offshore businesses. The court ordered further investigations into corruption allegations levelled by the opposition against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, saying there was insufficient evidence to order his removal from office. "A thorough investigation is required," Justice Asif Saeed Khosa said. The verdict ordered the formation of a JIT to carry out an investigation into how Gulf Steel Mill came into being, its sale and liabilities, how the sale proceeds ended up in Jeddah, Qatar and the UK. How the prime minister's children at their tender age had the means to purchase the flats in the early nineties.
  11. KARACHI: Chairman Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) Mustafa Kamal has said that he will stand ‘unconditionally’ with Muttahida Qaumi Movement (Pakistan) if the party resigns from all the assemblies. Speaking on Geo News' program 'Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Saath,' Kamal said: “If they (MQM-P) collectively resigns, the government will shake. It will be an international news that lawmakers from a party resign for the rights of a city. “I will then unconditionally stand with them,” he said, “I will be with them in every movement for the rights of Karachi. Even today, they don’t want to give resignation.” Without naming MQM-P, he called the party, “part of the problem”. “It is good that they have to come out but it is because people are buying our ideas. They are forced to do it if they don’t they will become obsolete.” Kamal said that in the million march scheduled on May 14, PSP will present demands to the provincial government. The PSP chairman, however, refrained from disclosing location for the march. Earlier on Sunday, the PSP ended its 18-day protest sit-in over civic issues in Karachi. The protest, which began on April 16, was staged outside Karachi Press Club and had been continuing since. The protesters also included women and children, besides party leaders and activists. A rally was also held from press club to Pakistan House on Sunday. Before the rally started, PSP founder Mustafa Kamal addressed the participants and announced that the party will hold a million march on May 14. “We have to prepare for the next phase starting from tomorrow,” he remarked, adding “Tomorrow [Monday] onwards, we will go to the houses of all the people to campaign for the million march.” He also said, “We can close the entire city again, if we want, but we are peaceful people.” Speaking about the other three rallies in the city on Sunday, he remarked that those political parties are just trying to preserve their false portliness. On Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), he said that the part is holding a rally for the sake of its so-called identity. “MQM never protested over public issues,” he claimed.
  12. ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Tehreeke-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan on Thursday called for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down until an investigation team ordered by the Supreme Court completes its probe. Speaking to reporters following the Supreme Court verdict in the Panama Leaks case, Khan said Sharif no longer had any moral authority to continue as prime minister of the country. "What respect will he have when a government officer calls the prime minister for a criminal inquiry," he said. Terming the apex court verdict "a historic judgment in Pakistan's history", he said that all five members of the bench had has rejected PM Sharif's explanation into his source of income and money trail that led to his children's offshore holdings. "I demand Nawaz Sharif to resign today. Sharif should resign because he will not allow an impartial investigation," he said. "If Sharif is cleared in 60 days after the joint investigation team's report, he can continue to serve as the prime minister, but at the moment he has no ethical right to serve on this position," said the chairman of the PTI, which has been a major stakeholder in the Panama Leaks case. Imran said that only two of the institutions whose members will be part of the JIT fall under the Chief of Army Staff, while the rest come under the prime minister. "Hence, he must resign immediately in order for an impartial investigation to be conducted," said the PTI chairman. View the full article
  13. Pakistan Peoples Party co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari said last night that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should resign from office if the Panama verdict, to be announced today, is not in his favour. The former president, in an interview, remarked that the PM is habitual of not accepting things which go against him, adding if he does not accept the decision it will disrupt the democratic process. On increase in power outages across the country, he remarked that the party will protest until the government resolves the burgeoning problem. The leader also spoke about Hussain Haqqani and remarked, “I consider him [Hussain Haqqani] a traitor. If we [PPP] come in power in the next elections, I assure you Haqqani will be punished in one way or another.” Sharing his plans regarding the elections, Zardari said, “I will contest elections in Sindh on a MNA seat.” On his aides’ disappearance issues, he said those who are involved in the disappearance of my aides would not better why they are being targeted. “During my tenure, I worked on building institutions [for the betterment of the country],” he remarked. “I don’t even consider Shehbaz Sharif as an equal to my wit,” he added. Later, PPP leaders met for a consultative session, which was chaired by Zardari and Bilawal Ali Bhutto.