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  1. PM Abbasi and CM Shehbaz Sharif at Lahore airport Monday morning. Photo: Geo News LAHORE: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi arrived in Lahore Monday morning, after which he called on former premier and Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Nawaz Sharif. Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif received the prime minister at the airport. Following his arrival, the premier departed for Jati Umra, Nawaz Sharif's residence, along with Shehbaz on a helicopter. Sources said the meeting will see discussion on the country's political situation, party affairs and strategy for the upcoming elections, among other issues.
  2. Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif remarked that political opponent Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf caused a 22-month delay in the Orange Line Metro Train project. Photo: file1 LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif remarked that political opponent Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf caused a 22-month delay in the Orange Line Metro Train project. Sharif was speaking to the media during a visit to the construction site of Orange Line Metro Train project early Sunday morning. He also remarked that the work on the project should be expedited and labourers must work around the clock. Punjab CM arrived at the construction site in a coaster without any protocol and visited different sites for the project in his 2-hour long visit. He also reviewed the civil, mechanical and electrical aspects of the project, alongside visiting the underground parts of the project. On October 8, last year, Shehbaz Sharif had unveiled the mega-transport scheme, Orange Line Metro Project, in Punjab?s capital. CM Punjab unveils Orange Line Metro Train project Before the event, Shehbaz Sharif sent messages on social media lauding the project While addressing the event, he remarked that people levelling false allegations are wasting the time of nation. When metro bus project was under construction, our opponents called it 'jangla bus' and claimed that money has been embezzled. Interestingly, our opponents then announced metro bus project in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. "However, there is no sign of metro bus in Peshawar," he claimed. "It was alleged that corruption worth Rs70 billion occurred in metro bus project. However, our opponents could not even prove Rs35 billion corruption," remarked Shehbaz. "If the corruption is proven then the nation can hold me accountable."
  3. LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday expressed displeasure over failure of police in arresting the suspect of brutal rape-murder of eight-year-old Zainab in Kasur. Presiding over a meeting of provincial cabinet's Committee on Law and Order, the Punjab CM said that he was under extreme agony and stress due to this case and only wanted the arrest of the suspect. The meeting was briefed on the brutal rape and murder case by the Inspector General of Police (IGP). Addressing the participants, the chief minister said that facts should be brought before the public after the arrest of the suspect so that the victim's family could get justice. He said the killer should not escape justice and get exemplary punishment. Shehbaz further said that all requirements of justice would be fulfilled pertaining to the death of two persons in the firing incidents during violent protests in the city. The chief minister directed the IGP to daily visit Kasur to review progress on both cases and that he could use helicopter of the chief minister for this purpose.
  4. LAHORE: Chief Minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif said Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz's (PML-N) recent win in the by-election of PP-20 Chakwal-I constituency shows that the people of Pakistan support the party's policies. PML-N candidate Haider Sultan won the PP-20 Chakwal-I by-election, bagging 75,655 votes, as per unofficial and unconfirmed results from all the polling stations. Sultan was followed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) nominee Tariq Afzal, who managed to secure 45,702 votes. The chief minister added that the politics of service were chosen by the people and the negative ones were rejected. Meanwhile, senior PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz said that the court of people has given their verdict on qualification and disqualification today.
  5. Addressing an Ulema convention here, Shehbaz said Pakistan?s sacrifices in the fight against terrorism are unparalleled-File Photo LAHORE: Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Sunday that US President Donald Trump?s statement blaming Pakistan for lying to the US and protecting terrorists is regrettable. Addressing an Ulema convention here, Shehbaz said Pakistan?s sacrifices in the fight against terrorism are unparalleled. Trump on January 1 had said that the US had been rewarded with ?nothing but lies and deceit? for giving Pakistan billions in aid. This was followed by a freeze to security aid by the US. Trump to announce cuts in 'security assistance' to Pakistan today: sources Congressional offices' aides said the State Department called to inform it would announce Wednesday or Thursday that aid was being cut off Speaking on the need for religious and sectarian harmony, the chief minister called upon religious scholars to play their role in the progress of the society, and asked the nations to exercise religious and national unity. The country cannot afford to fall victim to anarchy, he said.
  6. ISLAMABAD: Senator and former information minister Pervaiz Rasheed said that nominating Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif as Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz?s candidate for prime minister in the next general elections was the party?s unanimous decision. The former information minister was speaking to Saleem Safi in Geo News show ?Jirga?, which will be aired tonight at 10pm. When it came to the question about Pervaiz Rasheed?s ouster from office, he denied that he was turned into a scapegoat. Rasheed said he knew that Nawaz Sharif had to take the decision under duress. When the anchor asked which was the side exerting pressure, Rasheed responded: ?We both know who exerts pressure here. If you want me to say something, then I will not to start a new debate.? On Dec 21, PML-N President Nawaz Sharif has nominated his brother Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz as the candidate for the prime minister in the next elections. Shehbaz is Pakistan's next prime minister, says Nawaz Sources say Nawaz announced decision after a meeting of PML-N bigwigs at his Jati Umra residence Nawaz had announced this decision after a meeting of PML-N bigwigs at his Jati Umra residence. In October 2016, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had taken back the portfolio of Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage from Pervaiz Rashid, weeks after the military's top commanders said a 'false and fabricated' newspaper report breached national security.
  7. Suleman Shehbaz Sharif ? the son of Chief Minister of Punjab ? on Friday criticised the Peshawar Metro Line project, saying it is "a tsunami of [PTI chief] Imran Khan's corruption". The junior Sharif went on to allege that the whole venture is a scheme aimed to obtain funding for Khan's party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, with the cricketer-turned-politician and his friends giving Maqbool and Colson ? a blacklisted company ? a contract worth billions of rupees. He also claimed that the aforementioned company Maqbool and Colson had attempted to commit a fraud worth Rs. 1 billion but was subsequently caught and blacklisted.
  8. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/b13de845f0605a28c4cdcf53b61e7b18.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MS80LzIwMTggMToyMDo0OSBQTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPWZRck9rZEp0UmxnaUV6UTJIc25yTHc9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif said on Friday that the United States is targeting Pakistan, which is a cause of concern for everyone including the civil-military leadership. Shehbaz Sharif was addressing a ceremony at Safe City project Lahore, where he said that despite passing of 70 years, the US is still accusing us and the statements are hurting our self-respect. ?Pakistan didn?t come into being so that anyone can ridicule it,? said CM Punjab. CM Punjab said that every stakeholder in Pakistan should make decisions after consultations, asking the US to solve issues with us respectfully, as Pakistan doesn?t need its loans and aid. CM Punjab sends legal notice to two private channels CM Punjab Shehbaz sent legal notice to two private channels through his advocate Mustafa Ramday. According to the legal notice, the channels ran false news during Shehbaz?s recent visit to Saudi Arabia. If the channels didn?t respond to the notice within 14 days then the right to legal action will be preserved, stated the notice.
  9. Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif addressing media in Lahore - Geo News screengrab LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif returned from Saudi Arabia on Tuesday and visited the kidney centre. Speaking to media, Shehbaz said Saudi Arabia was among the best friends of Pakistan. ?During every crisis ? storms, earthquakes, diplomatic, Saudi Arabia has supported Pakistan without any conditions.? Shehbaz Sharif emphasised that both countries had blind faith in each other. He also clarified that he went to Saudi Arabia after being invited for Umrah when asked by reporters that there had been increasing criticism by opposition parties on the visit of the Sharif brothers. Opposition parties have questioned the motive behind visits by the Sharif brothers to Saudi Arabia, and have asked if an agreement is being negotiated to save the Sharifs. Prior to his return, Shehbaz along with former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met with Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman for a 1.5 hour-long meeting on Monday night. Geo News reported, citing sources, that Shehbaz Sharif held a meeting with the crown prince twice in last 24 hours. Matters of mutual interests were discussed by both the leaders. Shehbaz appreciated the role Saudi Arabia played in the ongoing Palestine issue, sources added. Nawaz Sharif is expected to return to Pakistan later on Tuesday.
  10. The Sharifs held a 1.5 hour-long meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman late Monday night, Sharif family's spokesman confirmed RIYADH: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif held a 1.5 hour-long meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman late Monday night, Sharif family's spokesman confirmed. Nawaz then left for Madinah and visited Roza-e-Rasool (PBUH) before leaving for Jeddah. He will now proceed to Makkah for Umrah, after which the PML-N chief will fly back to Islamabad today, the spokesman added. Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of the former premier, posted on twitter that her father would return to Pakistan tonight after performing Umrah. She also shared a picture of Nawaz offering salam at Jannat-ul-Baqee. 'Went to Saudi Arabia on being invited for Umrah' Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif returned to Pakistan on Tuesday after his six-day visit. Later addressing media at the inauguration of a kidney centre, Shehbaz said that he went to Saudi Arabia after being invited for Umrah, in response to increasing criticism by opposition parties on Sharif brothers' multiple Saudi visits. "Saudi Arabia is among the best friends of Pakistan. It has helped Pakistan without any conditions and has been there in times of difficulty. Both countries have blind faith in each other," he said. Shehbaz added that there is nothing unusual about his impromptu visit to Saudi Arabia. Earlier today, Geo News reported, citing sources, that Shehbaz Sharif held a meeting with the crown prince twice in last 24 hours. Matters of mutual interests were discussed by both the leaders. Shehbaz appreciated the role Saudi Arabia played in the ongoing Palestine issue, sources added. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/015017a514343846af6ab969d7660b89.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MS8yLzIwMTggNjowMDo1NSBBTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPXA3aWg5NzF2dlV0NTNhcmN2cURXZXc9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] Meanwhile, Punjab government spokesperson Mohammad Ahmed Khan condemned the allegations levelled against Shehbaz on his visit to Saudi Arabia, saying the statements being spread were baseless. Nawaz will share Saudi visit details if deemed appropriate: Marriyum Aurangzeb 'Nawaz will share visit?s purpose on his return if he deems appropriate,' Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting says According to the spokesperson, Saudi Arabia is an ally of Pakistan and it was an honour for Shehbaz to be sent an aircraft from there. Mohammad Ahmed added that to criticise the Saudi government or the chief minister on the move was tantamount to being against national interests. The Punjab government spokesperson said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have brotherly ties which no ?negative propaganda? can break. Opposition parties have questioned the motive behind visits by the Sharif brothers to Saudi Arabia, and have asked if an agreement is being negotiated to save the Sharifs. On Monday, Pakistan Peoples Party co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari commented on the Sharif brothers? visit to Saudi Arabia, saying an agreement might be ?cooking? in the country. ?No one knows what is cooking. There are a couple of rumours surrounding their visits to Saudi Arabia,? he said while talking to media
  11. RIYADH: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif held a meeting with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud twice in last 24 hours, sources informed Geo News on early Tuesday morning. Matters of mutual interests were discussed by both the leaders. Shehbaz appreciated the role Saudi Arabia played on the ongoing Palestine issue. The chief minister is expected to leave for Lahore today. Meanwhile, Punjab government spokesperson Mohammad Ahmed Khan has condemned the allegations levelled against Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif on his visit to Saudi Arabia, saying the statements being spread were baseless. According to the spokesperson, Saudi Arabia is an ally of Pakistan and it was an honour for Shehbaz to be sent an aircraft from there. Mohammad Ahmed added that to criticise the Saudi government or chief minister Punjab on the move was tantamount to being against the national interest. The Punjab government spokesperson said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have brotherly ties which no ?negative propaganda? can break. Earlier in the day, Pakistan Peoples Party Co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari commented on the Sharif brothers? visit to Saudi Arabia, saying an agreement might be ?cooking? in the country. ?No one knows what is cooking. There are a couple of rumours surrounding their visits to Saudi Arabia,? he said while talking to media. Rumour mill has it that the motive behind the visits could be to negotiate a deal or to save their assets, Zardari added. The former president, however, added ?we respect Saudi Arabia, it is our brotherly state? but added that Pakistan should not take directives from them.
  12. PML-N leaders (from left) Shehbaz Sharif, Saad Rafique and Nawaz Sharif LAHORE: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif leaves for Saudi Arabia today, where he will join his brother, the Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique. Nawaz will depart for Riyadh today afternoon and is expected to return on Jan 2, 2018, in time for his next court hearing, said sources. During the Saudi visit, the PML-N leadership is expected to meet with important personalities including Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. Earlier on Friday, Saad Rafique left for Saudi Arabia along with his family, after Chief Minister Shehbaz reached Saudi Arabia earlier this week. Sources stated that the Sharif brothers are also expected to visit London after concluding their trip to the kingdom. According to Mussadiq Malik ? the prime minister's adviser ? Shehbaz is on a personal visit to the kingdom and will also perform Umrah. ?Nawaz, Shehbaz to discuss Muslim Ummah issues in Saudi Arabia? Speaking in Geo News talk show ?Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Ke Saath?, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said the Sharif brothers will discuss issues being faced by the Muslim Ummah during their visit to Saudi Arabia. ?They [Nawaz and Shehbaz] will not be talking about national matters, they will be discussing issues being faced by the Muslim world,? he said, rejecting speculation by opponents that Nawaz was trying to get another National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO). Nawaz trying for another NRO, claims Imran Imran Khan addressed media in Islamabad ?If Saudi Arabia is getting an NRO done then where is the other party?? Sanaullah remarked. Eluding to PTI chairman Imran Khan, the minister added that if the opponents ?resort to sit-ins again so close to the elections, the opponents will be the ones to bear losses.? Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, during a visit to Quetta earlier, played down the visits to Saudi Arabia saying all year round Muslims gather in Saudi Arabia for religious purposes. "It isn't necessary that the trips are political in nature," he said. Musharraf is a coward: Nawaz During a meeting with party members in Raiwind on Friday, Nawaz Sharif called former dictator Pervez Musharraf a "coward". "If Musharraf has any courage he should come to Pakistan and face the courts," said the former premier, adding that it was "high time those breaking the Constitution were punished."
  13. LAHORE: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said on Friday that Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif is the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz's prime ministerial candidate in the 2018 general elections. In a press conference, Sanaullah said that he supports and endorses Railways Minister Saad Rafique?s recent statement. The statement, made on December 24, turned controversial when army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor on Thursday termed it "irresponsible". On December 24, Rafique had praised the army chief's "confidence-boosting move" of briefing the Senate. However, the minister had said 'others' should also support the army chief's stance on whom "his command is applied to". "They should also follow that order," said Rafique and added that those who do mischiefs should also support the army chief. In a press conference on Thursday, Maj Gen Ghafoor had said "[Rafique's] statement is very irresponsible and unwarranted as you are targeting the chain of command and the subordination system of Pakistan Army?. Later on Thursday, explaining his statement following the army spokesperson's comments, Rafique said his speech was taken out of context and called for unity among state institutions. Saad Rafique?s statement did not require such a response from ISPR: Shah Opposition leader said he did not find anything objectionable in railways minister's Dec 24 remarks Sanaullah said the narrative of the PML-N and Nawaz Sharif is the same ? that institutions should work together. "Khursheed Shah also said the right thing today," said the provincial minister, adding that he agrees that a hype shouldn?t have been created over Rafique?s statement. Earlier today, Opposition Leader in the National Assembly, Khursheed Shah, said he did not find anything objectionable in Rafique's statement. Addressing the media in Lahore, the senior Pakistan Peoples Party leader said: "There was nothing [in Rafique?s statement] to warrant an immediate and such a big reaction from ISPR. This shouldn?t have been done. The institution?s [army?s] each and every word is important".
  14. Shehbaz Sharif left Pakistan on Wednesday in a special Saudi plane. Photo: Geo News Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif is expected to meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, among other senior Saudi officials, during his visit to the Kingdom. Shehbaz, the brother of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, arrived in Medina after leaving Pakistan on Wednesday in a special plane sent by Riyadh. However, according to prime minister's adviser Mussadiq Malik, Shehbaz is on a personal visit to the Kingdom and will also perform Umrah. Malik made the comments at Geo News' programme Aapas ki Baat. Earlier, Geo News reported that the visit takes place after Shehbaz's meeting with the Saudi ambassador to Pakistan on Saturday in Lahore. Shehbaz leaves for Saudi Arabia, expected to hold important meeting: sources Shehbaz's visit comes after his earlier meeting with Saudi envoy Anchor and analyst Shahzeb Khanzada said it is apparent that Shehbaz is considered acceptable for the Sharif family. "If the Saudi prince is sending his jet and inviting Shehbaz especially, then it is a clear message that beyond Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz is acceptable to Saudi Arabia," added the TV anchor and further stated that it is also a message for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). Sources added that envoys from 16 other countries had also visited the chief minister earlier. The development comes after PML-N President Nawaz Sharif nominated Shehbaz as the candidate for the prime minister in the next elections. Nawaz announced this decision after a meeting of PML-N bigwigs at his Jati Umra residence. He praised the chief minister for his hard-working nature and devotion to public service. He had also lauded Shehbaz?s vision of swift progress and development and the success the chief minister had achieved and said there was no harm in consultations with the younger brother. ?Shehbaz Sharif has never disappointed me,? said the PML-N president.
  15. ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau's executive board on Wednesday approved the filing of a reference against deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother, Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif, said a statement released by the bureau. The reference pertains to the alleged illegal construction of a two-way road from Raiwind to the Sharif family home in the year 2000. The construction of the road caused a loss of Rs125 million to the national exchequer. The decision was taken in a meeting of the accountability watchdog's executive board meeting, chaired by NAB Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal. The board also approved an investigation in relation to the Nandipur power project in which former minister Babar Awan, former minister for water and power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and others are included for allegedly causing a delay in the project, due to which the national exchequer incurred a loss of Rs113 billion. During the meeting, NAB decided to pursue six references, four inquiries and 11 investigations., added the statement. The accountability watchdog is already pursuing three other references against the Sharif family after the apex court's verdict in the Panama Papers case. The references The NAB has in total filed three references against the Sharif family and another against former finance minister Ishaq Dar in the accountability court, in light of the Supreme Court's orders in the Panama Papers case verdict of July 28. The anti-graft body was given six weeks, from the date of the apex court's order, to file the reference in an accountability court while the accountability court was granted six months to wrap up the proceedings. The references against the Sharif family pertain to the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, their London properties, and over dozen offshore companies allegedly owned by the family. Maryam and Safdar are only nominated in the London properties reference. At an earlier hearing, the court also approved Maryam and Safdar's bail in the Avenfield properties case and ordered them to submit surety bonds worth Rs5 million each. Safdar was also directed to take the court's permission before leaving the country from now on. The judge also provided a copy of the reference ? spread over 53 volumes ? to Maryam and Safdar. NAB's Rawalpindi branch prepared two references regarding the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, and the nearly dozen companies owned by the Sharif family. Its Lahore branch prepared a reference on the Sharif family's Avenfield apartments in London and another against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for owning assets beyond his known sources of income. If convicted, the accused may face up to 14 years imprisonment and lifelong disqualification from holding public office including the freezing of bank accounts and assets.
  16. Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif. Photo: File LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif is expected to leave for Saudi Arabia today, sources informed Geo News. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader is expected to hold important meetings with the Saudi government officials. The visit of Shehbaz is taking place after his meeting with the Saudi ambassador to Pakistan three days back in Lahore. Seprately, Shehbaz, while speaking in Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Saath said that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's Panama Papers case and Imran Khan's disqualification case are similar but the judgement differed in both the cases. He added that space for a review petition does exist in the verdict passed by the Supreme Court in Imran Khan's case. "The Supreme Court gave its judgment, look at the Panama case and this [Imran Khan's] case, both cases have a lot of similarities," said Shehbaz. The chief minister also said that it is their legal right to expose the loopholes and file a review petition. Shehbaz's remarks come after the Supreme Court disqualified Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Secretary General Jahangir Tareen but ruled in favour of PTI Chairperson Imran Khan in its judgment on the disqualification case against the two party leaders. Further criticising Imran, Shehbaz said the PTI leader is surrounded by those who are "corrupt from head to toe". He also said that Jahangir Tareen benefited from the offshore company and PTI's president in Lahore, Aleem Khan, is ?a master in taking over lands illegally?. "He [Imran] has benefitted from thieves," said the younger Sharif brother.
  17. Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif remarked on Thursday that those levelling false allegations must be unveiled and held accountable. Photo: Geo News screen grab LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif remarked on Thursday that those levelling false allegations must be unveiled and held accountable. While addressing an event, he said that National Accountability Bureau is free to investigate Multan?s Metro project. Punjab government spending billions of rupees for federal government?s national highway projects, said Shehbaz, adding "for the first time in 70 years, the Punjab government is financing the projects of the federal government." He remarked that the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa took a loan for its metro project. On the other hand, ?we are spending from our own pockets on projects worth billions of rupees,? he added. ?We are serving the nation with good intentions and passion." On the development projects in the country, he shared that Pakistan?s first IT university is being built in Rahim Yar Khan, along with a Rs24billion new road in Khanewal. China blacklists company that defamed Shehbaz The fraud of Chinese company Jiangsu Yabaite Technology Co Ltd had a drop scene as the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) blacklisted it forever and awarded the maximum penalties to the company and its owner. On December 17, 2017, the owner of the Chinese company Yabaite published an apology on its official website and confessed that he had defrauded the public and accepted the CSRC decision of penalty and lifetime ban on his entry in the security market. China blacklists company that defamed Shehbaz China awards maximum penalties to Yabaite Technology Co and its owner When contacted, Deputy Chief of Mission Chinese Embassy Lijian Zhao verified that the CSRC had announced its decision and the public apology of the owner of Yabaite was authentic. He said he had already clarified that the said Chinese company was involved in some fraudulent activities and the foreign office of China had also already clarified the matter. The Chinese company?s fraud was highlighted when the Pakistani media reported that Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif was allegedly involved in money laundering and sent a huge amount of kickback money to China through Yabaite. However, Shehbaz not only strongly rebutted the media reports but also sent legal notices to the media organisations which were involved in alleged misreporting. The case of alleged money laundering was then referred to FIA by SECP and now Multan NAB has started its investigation into the Multan Metro Bus project to verify any alleged money laundering.
  18. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Nawaz Sharif has nominated his brother Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif as the candidate for the prime minister in the next elections. Photo: file1 LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Nawaz Sharif has nominated his brother Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif as the candidate for the prime minister in the next elections. Nawaz announced this decision after a meeting of PML-N bigwigs at his Jati Umra residence. According to sources present in the meeting, Nawaz praised the chief minister for his hard-working nature and devotion to public service. ?Shehbaz has always worked to further the party policies for public welfare and this unflagging attitude earned him the opportunity to be trusted for a higher office. We are a democratic political party where everyone is free to voice their mind. Shehbaz has had difference of opinion over some issues yet his commitment to the party overrules all else, which is why he has never violated the party discipline,? said the former prime minister. He lauded Shehbaz?s vision of swift progress and development and the success he has achieved as chief minister and said there was no harm in consultation and/or agreement with the younger brother. ?Shehbaz Sharif has never disappointed me,? said the PML-N president. Putting his foot down regarding the party discipline, Nawaz said those who claimed to be in the PML-N should stand by the party and the party?s stance in testing times instead of creating and fanning discord. ?Such behaviour will not be tolerated,? he warned and added that the dissenting statements were not being appreciated in the party. Nawaz warned that the orchestrators of the religious sit-in would [inevitably] understand the dangerous long-term consequences of this action. Talking about the future, he said the election campaign and movement for non-partisan across-the-board justice and supremacy of civilians in democracy would be run jointly. ?These two principles of civilian supremacy in democracy and sanctity of vote will be the slogans for the 2018 election campaign,? he made it clear. The announcement has huge implications. At the one end, it announces a truce between the two brothers over the disagreements that had been widely reported by the media. The statements given by Maryam Nawaz, Shehbaz and Hamza Shehbaz after several meetings too hinted that both sides were trying to convince each other to adopt their stance. Nawaz?s decision on not nominating Shehbaz as the party head after his disqualification was also seen by some an outcome of the rift and the resultant distrust between the two. This announcement could very well be seen as an announcement of an end to that friction.
  19. PAT leader Dr Tahir ul Qadri addressing press conference. Photo: Geo News LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek leader Dr Tahirul Qadri on Tuesday demanded Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and provincial law minister Rana Sanaullah to step down from their positions by December 31, in light of the Model Town judicial commission report. The judicial commission report also known as Justice Baqir Najfi commission inquiry report was constituted on the killings of at least 14 people in police action against PAT workers during an 'anti-encroachment operation' on June 17, 2014. According to the report, police tried to cover up the facts regarding who gave orders to open fire on protesters. "It is shocking to note that everyone has deliberately but unsuccessfully tried to cover each other from possible adverse legal effects." The commission observed in its report: "The level of cooperation in digging out the truth is that no police official from top to bottom, whether actively participated in the operation or not, did utter a single word about the person under whose command the police resorted to firing upon the PAT workers." Model Town report: Zardari, Tahirul Qadri demand Shehbaz Sharif?s resignation 'Now we will not tolerate Shehbaz; we'll fight and take to streets,' says Zardari after meeting Qadri Qadri, in his press conference, demanded former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, CM Shehbaz and law minister Rana Sanaullah to surrender themselves before law enforcement authorities. The PAT leader said that in case his demands are not met he will announce his next course of action. In the joint press conference with Qadri, Pakistan Peoples? Party leader Asif Ali Zardari has also demanded the resignation of CM Shehbaz. Mustafa Kamal throws weight behind Tahirul Qadri Mustafa Kamal, Raza Haroon and Iftikhar Randhawa will meet Dr Qadri at his residence today ?Enough is enough! Nawaz Sharif?s brother Shehbaz must resign. After this report, he stands condemned, and a condemned man cannot remain the chief minister of the largest province of Pakistan,? Zardari told reporters at a press conference alongside Qadri in Lahore. Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has also demanded the resignation of Shehbaz. In a tweet, he said that after the release of the Justice Ali Najafi commission report, Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Rana Sanaullah should ?immediately resign for [the] killing of Pakistani citizens.?
  20. KARACHI: Chief Minister Punjab Shebaz Sharif on Friday said similarities exist between the Panama Papers case and the Imran Khan disqualification case. "The Supreme Court gave its judgment, look at the Panama case and this [Imran Khan's] case, both cases have a lot of similarities," said Shehbaz. Shehbaz further said that space does exist for a review petition after the apex court's verdict in Imran's case. "It is our legal right to expose the loopholes and go for a review petition," said the chief minister. Shehbaz's remarks come after a three-member Supreme Court bench dismissed National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) appeal to reopen the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case. The chief minister was speaking on Geo News Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada ke sath. Further criticising Imran, Shehbaz said the PTI leader is surrounded by those who are "corrupt from head to toe". He also said that Jahangir Tareen benefited from the offshore company and PTI's president in Lahore, Aleem Khan, is ?a master in taking over lands illegally?. "He [Imran] has benefitted from thieves," said the younger Sharif brother. Shehbaz added that Imran has "wasted the peoples time" and is the master of sit-ins and rallies. The chief minister also took aim at PTI's governance in KP and said that Imran had claimed that KP would produce enough electricity that it would supply the rest of the country, yet, KP has not added a "single megawatt of electricity".
  21. LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif said on Friday that it is a great day in his political career as he has been 'cleared of all the charges'. The chief minister Punjab?s statement cam after the Supreme Court announced its verdict in the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case, dismissing the National Accountability Bureau?s request to re-open the case. ?All trumped up charges were defeated through truth,? said Chief Minister Punjab, adding that the Supreme Court gave a historic verdict. ?Have seen several ups and downs lately, grateful to those who supported me? said Shehbaz Sharif. Earlier on Friday, a three-member apex court bench dismissed the NAB's appeal to reopen the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case. Hearing the case since November 28, the court announced its judgment today in a majority decision. The one-line order, read out by Justice Alam, states that NAB's appeal to reopen the case is dismissed and a detailed verdict will be issued later. The Rs1.2 billion Hudaibiya Paper Mills case, involving money laundering charges against the Sharif family, was initiated by NAB in 2000 but quashed by the Lahore High Court (LHC) in 2014. The NAB had appealed the LHC decision in the Supreme Court. It was in relation to this case that the Sharif family's trusted aide, Ishaq Dar, recorded a confessional statement on April 25, 2000 in front of a magistrate in Lahore accepting his role in laundering money. That reference was struck down by a referee judge of the LHC on March 11, 2014 in response to a writ petition filed in 2011 stating that Dar's confession was coerced.
  22. LONDON: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif will meet the party leader former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in London today, sources informed Geo News on Thursday. In the high-level meeting of the top brass of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Pakistan?s political and economic prevailing developments will be discussed. Nawaz Sharif meets Ishaq Dar in London: sources The meeting was held at the residence of Hasan Nawaz, it has been learnt Earlier, the senior government figures arrived in London after a one-day visit to Turkey for the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation?s emergency summit on the status of Jerusalem. Meanwhile, the PML-N leaders met former premier Shaukat Aziz at his residence yesterday to offer their condolences on the demise of his son. According to credible sources privy to developments in PML-N, Nawaz has also recently met former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in London. The meeting was held at the residence of Nawaz's son, Hasan Nawaz, wherein the present situation of the country came under discussion, sources said. Sources added that Nawaz's daughter, Maryam Safdar, and other members of the family were also present at the meeting.
  23. CM Punjab Shehbaz Sharif met Istanbul mayor on sidelines of OIC summit ISTANBUL: Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif was welcomed to the city by Istanbul mayor Mevlut Uysal on the sidelines of the ongoing special summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which seeks to rally leaders of the Muslim world for a coordinated response to US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. During the meeting, the two leaders condemned US President Donald Trump?s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel´s capital and expressed their solidarity with Palestine. ?Turkey is very close to my heart,? said CM Punjab Shehbaz Sharif CM Shehbaz and Mayor Mevlut Uysal also discussed ideas on expanding cooperation between Punjab and Istanbul. Speaking on the occasion, Shehbaz said Pakistan and Turkey share historical brotherly relations. ?Turkey is very close to my heart,? the chief minister said. CM Shehbaz along with Finance Minister Khawaja Asif is accompanying Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who leads the Pakistani delegation at the OIC summit. The summit is being chaired by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose country holds the rotating chairmanship of the OIC. US recognition of Jerusalem undermines its role as honest peace broker: FM Asif The OIC summit seeks to marshal Muslim leaders towards a coordinated response to US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital Trump's announcement last week prompted an outpouring of anger in the Muslim and Arab world, where tens of thousands of people took to the streets to denounce Israel and show solidarity with the Palestinians. The decision has sparked protests in Palestinian territories, with four Palestinians killed so far in ensuing clashes and air strikes and hundreds wounded.
  24. German Ambassador to Pakistan Martin Kobler (L). Image via Martin Kobler's Twitter account (@koblerinpak); Chief Minister of Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif1 LAHORE: Martin Kobler ? the German Ambassador to Pakistan ? on Saturday declared the Chief Minister of Punjab a "visionary leader", citing his leadership of the provincial government, which has worked swiftly with regard to measures for development. Kobler was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the Punjab Gas Power Plant in Jhang. ?For your vision, chief minister, for your energy, for your dynamism, for making this part of your effort to improve the power situation of this country, thank you very much,? the German Ambassador said. "Congrats for the #jhang power plant of 1263 mw," he wrote about the project "powered by #siemens" on Twitter. "Great day for Pakistan and Punjab. PM #ShahidKhaqanAbbasi and CM #ShahbazSharif graced the occasion. I attended with Chinese ambassador Yao Jing. Historic day!" The German Ambassador said Shehbaz Sharif took a personal interest in the completion of various progressive projects and, under his praiseworthy leadership, Punjab had notably advanced. Sharif's vision, capacity to work, and determination are praiseworthy, he said, adding that the CM Punjab had made a solid effort to eliminate load shedding. Kobler also commented on how German companies should benefit from projects under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The day was a historic one for Pakistan, Punjab, and Jhang, as well as for Germany, he noted. The German envoy said Sharif had a great vision of development in the country and spoke a few words in Urdu, reiterating the slogan of "Long Live Pakistan, Germany, and China". On this occasion, Stefan Halberstadt ? the chief financial officer at Siemens AG (Siemens Aktiengesellschaft) ? mentioned that the best performance turbine would be installed for the project. Halberstadt said Punjab had taken praiseworthy measures to eliminate the power crisis. Yao Jing ? the Chinese Ambassador who was also present at the occasion ? said Sharif was giving excellent support for projects under the CPEC or otherwise and had given a lot of facilities.
  25. JHANG: Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif in an apparent warning to former president Asif Ali Zardari said on Saturday that if the National Accountability Bureau doesn?t hold the Pakistan People's Party co-chair accountable then people will. The CM Punjab was addressing the inauguration ceremony of a power plant in Jhang. ?The NAB should investigate not 56 but 56,000 institutions in Punjab and if they find even one penny of corruption against me then I am here,? said Shehbaz Sharif. The CM Punjab said that if Pakistan was to be in the future as per the vision of Jinnah and Allama Iqbal then all the stake holders will have to be on the same page. ?The politicians, judges, generals, bureaucrats and parliamentarians will have to be sit together and draft a new contract,? said Shehbaz. While mocking Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, Shehbaz Sharif said that the PTI chief is also surrounded by corrupt aides. Earlier today, the CM Punjab visited the Orange Line Metro Train project site to have an overview of the work, a day after the Supreme Court allowed the provincial government to continue construction work on the project. Shehbaz said that the project will provide people with improved transportation services and the delay will be compensated for by hard work and commitment. The chief minister added that the project was to be inaugurated on Dec 25 according to the original plan. When asked when the project would be operational, Shehbaz said he would inform of the date at a later date. On Friday while talking to media the chief minister blamed the PTI for the 22-month delay caused in the construction of the project. "The PTI had submitted an application to the Supreme Court. Then, as hidden enemies strike, they did the same in the Lahore High Court. The revenge they have taken is not from me. They have taken revenge from the poor people of the city," he said.