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  1. PAWS Rescue Qatar say "monsters" threatened their security guards with guns before storming facility, shooting animals
  2. Announcement comes after Pakistan unveiled annual budget aimed at fiscal consolidation as it seeks restoration of IMF's support
  3. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) attends an event in Colchester, Britain, July 13, 2019, and Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani (R) arrives at Khartoum Airport, Sudan, April 2, 2014. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls and Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/FilesLONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Qatari Emir, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, on Thursday spoke on phone, discussing the regional situation after Soleimani's death at the hands of the US. According to a press release issued Friday by 10 Downing Street, the two "discussed the situation in the region following the death of Qasem Soleimani and the Prime Minister reiterated the need for calm on all sides. Read more: Pakistan asks US, Iran to 'give peace a chance' "The Prime Minister underlined the UK’s continued commitment to the JCPoA and to ongoing engagement to reduce tensions and find diplomatic solutions". The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is more commonly known as the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which US President Donald Trump on Wednesday had urged the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China to pull out of. Also read: Iraq PM says Soleimani was in Baghdad as mediator for Saudi Arabia, Iran Johnson and Al Thani also spoke about "the importance of Coalition forces’ continued presence in the region to tackle the shared threat from Daesh." Related:What has transpired since US killed Iran's Soleimani? Death toll in Soleimani's funeral rises to more than 50 Who was Iran's General Qassem Soleimani?
  4. The buying rate of the Qatari Riyal in the open market was Rs 42.51 while the selling rate of Qatari Riyal (QAR) was Rs 42.68 in Pakistan on January 03, 2020 Below you can see the rates of the last seven days for the Qatari Riyal compared to the Pakistani Rupee. DateSymbolBuyingSelling02 January, 2020QAR to PKR42.5242.6831 December, 2019QAR to PKR42.5142.6830 December, 2019QAR to PKR42.5642.7229 December, 2019QAR to PKR42.5242.6828 December, 2019QAR to PKR42.5242.6827 December, 2019QAR to PKR42.52 42.6824 December, 2019QAR to PKR42.5242.68
  5. Qatar's royal family has put its luxury jet up for sale and it could sell for as much much as £500,000,000 (that's 500 million). The Royal Family has a whole fleet of Business Jets often called as the Qatar Amiri fleet. There are almost a dozen planes, and one of them is the Boeing 747-8, the world's largest business jet. The Royal Family has two of these Boeing 747-8s and is now looking to sell one of them. To be more precise, the one up for sale has a registration code VQ-BSK and was delivered just recently in December 2012. The interior redesign was completed in December 2014, and the aircraft finally entered service in January 2015. © Controller The aircraft has logged just 436 flight hours along with 200 cycles and is equipped to transport 76 passengers in an extremely luxurious cabin. Onboard facilities include a large bedroom with a double bed, a living room, staterooms and meeting rooms, a bathroom and even its own special hospital. © Controller The Boeing 747-8i, also known as the 747 Dreamliner has a list price of US$ 370 million and is designed to carry more than 400 passengers in a three-class layout. Currently, airlines like Lufthansa and British Airways operate this aircraft and it is among the most popular aircrafts in the world, thanks to the legacy of 747 series. © Controller Right now it remains unclear as to why the Royal Family is open to selling this crown jewel, the other 747-8 in their fleet is a lot more subtle from the outside though. Keep in mind, even though there are numerous pictures available online about the interiors, there are still many features and additions on board the aircraft that are not meant for everyone's eyes. © Controller The Qatar Amiri Fleet also includes a three widebody Airbus A340s and two A330s. For more routine and short turnaround work, it has around eight narrow-body A320s as well as a single A310. Basically yes, the Royal Family has its own mini airline that is waiting round the clock for them. © Controller It's unclear who the new buyer will be, or whether there will be one in the first place. Business Jets are a huge liability, and the 747-8 burns fuel and requires maintenance like a monster. In fact, the American President is also going to get a new aircraft, often referred to as the "Air Force One", and its obviously going to be a heavily customized Boeing 747-8. If you're actually thinking of getting one, the Qatar Royal Family is also looking to sell its 40-year-old Boeing 747SP for a considerably lesser US$ 9.5 million. Source: The Guardian
  6. The United Arab Emirates said Qatari fighter planes intercepted a civilian aircraft carrying 86 passengers to Bahrain on Sunday, UAE state news agency WAM reported. DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates said Qatari fighter planes intercepted a civilian...
  7. US President Donald Trump in a joint news conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in White House, Washington on February 23. Photo: Reuters. WASHINGTON: Senior Saudi, Emirati and Qatari leaders will meet with US President Donald Trump in the next couple of months, US officials said, amid efforts by Washington to try to resolve a dispute between the Gulf neighbours. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates and Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani are all planning to have bilateral visits with Trump in March and April, a senior US official said. The agenda will include setting up a Gulf Cooperation Council summit, the official said, which Washington hopes will be held later this year, as well as Middle East peace and Iran. The UAE, along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, cut off travel and trade ties with Qatar last June, accusing it of supporting terrorism and their arch-rival Iran. Doha denies the charges and says the countries aim to curtail its sovereignty. Washington is hoping to lay the groundwork for a summit by the summer. "We would hope the dispute is resolved before the summit to allow maximum focus on other strategic concerns like Iran," another US official said. Qatar is host to US and international forces at Al Udeid Air Base, which is home to the Combined Air Operations Center. The center coordinates an array of data and intelligence from satellites, drones, radar and US planes flying over hot spots in the Middle East and bombing Desh positions.
  8. File photo of Saudi King Salman, left, with Qatari Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al-Thani DOHA: A controversial member of Qatar´s royal family says he is being detained in the UAE, media reported Sunday, sparking a quick denial by Emirati officials. Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al-Thani, a little-known royal, emerged as a key figure in the dispute between the Gulf states in the weeks after Riyadh and Abu Dhabi cut ties with Doha in June. He is seen by some as a potential challenger to the Qatari leadership. A video circulating online, also broadcast by Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television, shows the sheikh warning that he was "afraid something could happen to me that will be blamed on Qatar". "I am now in Abu Dhabi, where I was a guest of (UAE crown prince) Sheikh Mohammed" bin Zayed al-Nahyan, said Sheikh Abdullah. "That is no longer the case. I am now detained." "I want to make clear that the people of Qatar are innocent," the sheikh said. "Sheikh Mohammed bears full responsibility for anything that happens to me." The UAE denied that Sheikh Abdullah was being held against his will, with state news agency WAM reporting he was in the country "at his own behest". "Sheikh Abdullah has had unrestrained mobility and freedom of movement during his stay in the UAE," WAM cited an unnamed foreign ministry official as saying. "Subsequently Sheikh Abdullah had expressed his desire to leave the UAE following which all measures were taken to honour his desire without any reservation." ´Free to leave´ Ali Rashed al-Nuaimi, who heads the UAE´s Hedayda counter-extremism centre, meanwhile tweeted that Sheikh Abdullah had asked to stay in the Emirates "for his own safety". "For the record, a trusted source confirmed that Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al-Thani is free to leave the United Arab Emirates as he likes and to whatever destination he likes," Nuaimi wrote. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain severed diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar in June over allegations that Doha supported extremists and had close ties to regional rival Iran. Doha denies the accusations. In response to the video, Qatar´s foreign ministry spokeswoman, Lulwa al-Khater, said Doha was monitoring the situation. "The state of Qatar observes the situation closely, and due to the total severance of ties with the UAE it is difficult to clearly establish the circumstances surrounding the situation," she said in a statement. "Despite that, the State of Qatar principally stands with the protection of rights for every individual and affirms the entitlement of his family to pursue all legal means for the protection of his rights." In August, Sheikh Abdullah met powerful Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to mediate on reopening a land border to allow Qatari pilgrims to perform the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Makkah. It was the first public high-level encounter between the two nations since the diplomatic crisis erupted. Doha was quick to point out that he was in Saudi Arabia in a personal capacity and did not represent the government. Qatari officials also accused Gulf rivals of seeking regime change in Doha and replacing Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani with Sheikh Abdullah -- who belongs to a branch of the Al-Thani family that has seen its power eroded but is still well-connected in the Gulf.
  9. Qatari envoy Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali bin Jassim al-Thani meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (R), Jeddah, August 16, 2017. AFP/Handout via SPA/Files DOHA: A controversial member of Qatar's royal family said Saturday that Qatari authorities have frozen his bank accounts over his role in Doha's crisis with its neighbours. "The Qatari regime has honoured me by freezing all my bank accounts," Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al-Thani tweeted. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt severed ties with Qatar on June 5 over its alleged support of extremism ? charges that Doha denies. In August, Sheikh Abdullah met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to mediate on reopening a land border to allow Qatari pilgrims to perform the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. It was the first high-level public encounter between the nations since the diplomatic crisis erupted. Doha was quick to point out that he was in Saudi Arabia on a "personal" mission, not for the government. Sheikh Abdullah belongs to a branch of the Al-Thani royal family, which has seen its power eroded but is still well-connected. "I wish Qatar? to return to its Gulf brothers as there is no one else to count on," he tweeted on Saturday. Gulf media reports have speculated over the possible formation of a Qatari government in exile headed by Sheikh Abdullah.
  10. Female Qatari jockey Maryam Al-Subaiey (L) participates in a horse race at the Racing and Equestrian Club in Doha, in February 2017. Photo: AFP A Qatari woman who created ripples by appearing on television without a headscarf has broken new ground as a jockey in the conservative Gulf country, where men usually hold the reins. Maryam al-Subaiey has defied expectation and tradition ? as well as any fear of controversy ? to pursue her "dream" of racing horses, which even a nasty fall this year could not crush. "I don't have to do things that society expects from me as a woman," Subaiey, 31, told AFP. "I am expected to be a businesswoman and eventually get married and have kids." She adds: "But being a female athlete, this is not something that is considered Qatari. "It's just not expected. It's very different." Racing against tradition Subaiey's dream came true on February 24 at Qatar's pastoral Racing and Equestrian Club, a green oasis on the western fringes of the capital Doha. There, on the undercard of an eight-race meeting, she took to the track for the very first time. Subaiey didn't win ? she finished eleventh out of 14 runners in the "Thoroughbred Handicap" on her mount "Comedy Night". But more notable than her final position was the fact she competed at all. Women have raced before in Qatar ? indeed there was another non-Qatari female jockey in the same handicap and there are local media reports dating back to 2008 about a 14-year-old amateur riding at the equestrian club. But although records are not conclusive, officials told AFP that Subaiey was the first ever Qatari female jockey to take part in such a ranking event. "I still can't believe that I am here," she said immediately afterwards. "The importance of my presence here isn't just the fact that I am the first female Qatari jockey ? I am here for all female Qataris and all female Khaleejis," she said, referring to women from the Gulf. Backlash Her groundbreaking ride also took many in attendance by surprise. "To be honest, I didn't think there were female jockeys here," said one Western racegoer. Subaiey is well-known among some Qataris. Last year, she appeared on France 24 Arabic television to discuss how Qatari women view their role in society. There was a backlash though as she appeared on screen not wearing a headscarf. One online commenter called her "a bad example" for Qatari women. Another more vehement poster wrote: "Education is no good if it results in disobeying God's orders." Subaiey ? speaking at the racetrack without a headscarf -- responded simply: "I have the freedom to choose what and what not to wear." 'Not prestigious' Subaiey's gallop into history began back in August 2014 during what she described as a "very difficult time in my life". She had lost her job as a video director for a local television station and wanted a change of direction. Although she had ridden horses as a child she had no experience as a jockey. But she said: "This is something I wanted to do for a very long time. I love horses and I thought, why not?" One of those why nots was social convention in Qatar. Being a female jockey was seen by some as "not prestigious" in such a traditional society, admitted Subaiey, who wears the same style of racing silks to compete in as her male jockey counterparts. But although her desire to become a jockey may have raised a few eyebrows, Subaiey said she has the support of her family, who had no prior involvement in the horse racing world, and many compatriots -- "even Qatari men". "All I hear is positive comments," she added. "A lot of young girls tell me that I inspire them. That's what I want to do." Another "why not" would be the number of female sports stars in Qatar. Despite using sport to brand itself globally, including in horse racing where Qatar sponsors major events in France and Britain including the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and the Goodwood Festival, there are few homegrown female sports stars. Qatar took just two female athletes to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, even fewer than the four in London in 2012, the first time Qatar had taken female competitors to the Games. Disaster strikes As part of her training to become a jockey, Subaiey has trained with noted British jockey Steve Smith Eccles at his school in the British "racing capital", Newmarket. She was training hard for up to six hours a day. However, disaster struck in her second race back home in March. She fell from her horse, sustaining severe injuries, including a double fracture to her pelvis. "My family was so devastated, but they know I am going to go back to racing. They know I am stubborn and they know I can never say no," she said. Subaiey plans to get back in the saddle and continue her training in Newmarket in October. "If anything, more than ever before, I have something to prove."
  11. A picture taken on September 9, 2016 shows a general view of Muslim pilgrims from around the world circling around the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in the Saudi city of Mecca. PHOTO: AFP The Qatari authorities have accused Saudi Arabia of jeopardising the annual Haj pilgrimage to Mecca of Qatari pilgrims by refusing to guarantee their safety. Saudi Arabia and its allies have been boycotting Qatar since June 5, accusing it of backing extremist groups and of ties to Iran, in the region's worst diplomatic crisis in years. On July 20, Riyadh said that Qataris wanting to perform this year's Haj would be allowed to enter the kingdom for the pilgrimage, but imposed certain restrictions. The Saudi Haj ministry said Qatari pilgrims arriving by plane must use airlines in agreement with Riyadh. They would also need to get visas on arrival in Jeddah or Medina, their sole points of entry in the kingdom. The Qatari Islamic affairs ministry, in a statement published by the official QNA news agency on Sunday, said the Saudi side had ?refused to communicate regarding securing the pilgrims safety and facilitating their Haj?. The ministry accused Riyadh of ?intertwining politics with one of the pillars of Islam, which may result in depriving many Muslims from performing this holy obligation?. According to the statement, 20,000 Qatari citizens have registered to take part this year. The ministry said it denied Saudi claims that Doha had suspended those registrations. ?The distortion of facts is meant to set obstacles for the pilgrims from Qatar to Mecca, following the crisis created by the siege countries,? the Qatari ministry added, referring to Saudi Arabia and its allies. Some Gulf media claimed the Qatari statement was a call for the ?internationalisation? of the management of the Haj season, which is run by the Saudi authorities. ?Any call to internationalise (the management of) Haj is an aggressive act and a declaration of war,? Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told Arabiya news channel on Sunday. But Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani described the claims as ?media fabrications.? ?There has not been a single statement by a Qatari official concerning the internationalisation of Haj,? he told Al-Jazeera news channel. The Haj, a pillar of Islam that capable Muslims must perform at least once in a lifetime, is to take place this year at the beginning of September. Saudi Arabia and its allies Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic ties and imposed sanctions on Doha in June, including the closure of their airspace to Qatari airlines. The four Arab states accuse Qatar of supporting extremists and of growing too close to Iran, the regional arch-rival Saudi Arabia. Qatar denies the allegations and accuses the Saudi-led bloc of imposing a ?siege? on the tiny emirate.
  12. Men stand near an artwork depicting Qatar?s Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani after it was unveiled by Qatar Airways in Doha, Qatar, July 13, 2017. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon DOHA: Qatar's ruler has amended the country's anti-terrorism laws in a royal decree issued on Thursday, state news agency QNA reported, in a move that appears aimed at countering charges the Gulf Arab state supports terrorism. The move comes less than a week after Doha signed an accord with the United States to bolster measures aimed at curbing terrorism financing. Qatar has been under pressure from four Arab states, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Egypt, over allegations it supports terrorism ? a charge it denies. QNA ? citing a decree issued by the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani amending a 2004 anti-terrorism law ? said the amendments set rules for defining terrorism, acts of terrorism, freezing funding, and terrorism financing. It also creates two national terrorism lists and set rules for listing individuals and groups on each list. Qatar has been struggling to dispel charges it supports terrorism since the four Arab countries imposed sanctions on it last month. Last week, Qatar signed an accord with the United States that provided for measures to work together to fight terrorism financing. Details of the accord had not been released but sources said it provides for the United States to post officials at Qatar's state prosecutor's office.
  13. KARACHI: A new letter from the Qatari Prince Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabor al Thani was brought to light late Wednesday night in Geo News? program Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Saath ? this time marked with authentic state credentials. In the letter ? written on July 17, 2017 ? obtained by Geo News, the Qatari Prince promises a meeting in Doha with the Panama Papers? Joint Investigation Team (JIT) by the end of this week but on the condition of being provided immunity from any court-related matters and resulting investigation. The prince also vows to verify in the meeting the authenticity of two prior letters sent to Pakistan with regard to the Panama Papers case. The letters in question were slammed as bogus by certain political leaders, who alleged that it only surfaced to help the incumbent Prime Minister escape money laundering charges. The letter from Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabor al Thani, the Qatari Prince ? as obtained by Geo News ? wherein he promises a meeting with JIT in Doha to verify two prior letters against a promise of immunity from court-related matters. GEO NEWS/Handout via 'Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Saath' The latest proposal for a meeting will only be applicable, according to the Qatari Prince?s letter, ?once I obtain acknowledgement from [the Panama case JIT] that I am not subject to the Jurisdiction and the laws of Pakistan, and that [the Panama case JIT] confirm that I am not subject to any investigation or required to appear before any court of law or tribunal for any purpose whatsoever?. As per the text of the letter, the prince also awaits a response in the context of the previous communication. The letter is written on the letterhead of Qatar?s Ministry of Law and is ratified by Qatar?s Foreign Ministry. According to sources, it has reached the JIT and been submitted to the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) as well.
  14. KARACHI: Awami Muslim League leader Sheikh Rasheed remarked that the letters from Qatar, which were provided as evidence by the Sharif family in the Panama papers case, have no legal value. The politician was speaking during Geo Pakistan transmission on Friday. He also said that hearsay has no legal value in the court. However, the ruling Sharif family had still spun the Panama case around the letters from Qatar. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/52e2c90d2dd7f7da3b4f1550a979886b.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ny83LzIwMTcgNzoxNjo0NyBBTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPU1VZ2xld05uem8vT1YyYk16b2Z3N3c9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] On Maryam Nawaz, he remarked that she made an impressive entry into politics on July 5. ?She [Maryam] claimed that she has nothing to do with the case. What will happen when proof against her is surfaced during the investigation?? Speaking about the Panama verdict, he remarked that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leaders distributed sweets even though two of the judges had called party leaders ?Godfather.? He added, that the case is likely to come to an end before Eid-ul-Azha.
  15. Qatari Prince Hamad bin Jassim. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: In its latest and last communication to Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al-Thani, the JIT considers 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. However, on the question of jurisdiction, the letter candidly conveyed to the Qatari prince, ?Submission to jurisdiction once conceded or volunteered cannot subsequently be unilaterally withdrawn. Moreover, please also note that should your Excellency now seek to assert this position, it will impact on the admissibility, evidentiary, probative value and standing of the contents of your letters dated 5-11-2016 and 22-12-2016, which otherwise remain unsubstantiated.? Referring to its earlier communication, the JIT said, ?The stated purpose and background was to enable the JIT to ?verify? and ?investigate? the contents of your letters dated 5-11-2016 and 22-12-2016, which have been submitted with your expressed acquiesce by the Respondents No 7 (Hussain Nawaz) and 8 (Hasan Nawaz)?.. before the Honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan and to ?record your statement? in relation thereto and not merely for ?verification? of both your ?letters submitted to the JIT? as mentioned in your letter under reply.? The JIT conveyed to the Qatari prince that the JIT intends to go beyond mere verification of Thani?s letters. It said, ?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.? 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 dated 5-11-2016 and 22-12-2016 for submission before the SC in support of the replies and stance adopted by Hussain Nawaz and Hasan Nawaz. ?You have already formally and irrevocably accepted and submitted to the jurisdiction of the honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan and concomitantly the jurisdiction of the JIT,? the JIT wrote to the Qatari prince, adding, ?As a corollary, you have also accepted extension and application of the relevant laws of Pakistan. This conclusion flows inevitably not only from your aforementioned acts and conduct but is further reinforced by the contents of both of you aforementioned letters of 5-11-2016 and 22-12-2016, which have been formally placed on the record of the Supreme Court.? Upset with the delay of probing the Qatari prince, the JIT wrote, ?The delay in receipt of your replies has led to unnecessary loss of the very limited time granted to the JIT by the honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan to complete its investigation and report thereon. We, therefore, again request you to kindly respond via facsimile transmission or email which may be followed up by couriering signed originals.? The Qatari Prince is told, ?Submission to jurisdiction once conceded or volunteered cannot subsequently be unilaterally withdrawn. Moreover, please also note that should your Excellency now seek to assert this position, it will impact on the admissibility, evidentiary, probative value and standing of the contents of your letters dated 5-11-2016 and 22-12-2016, which otherwise remain unsubstantiated.? The JIT told the Qatari Prince that it is also unable to provide the confirmation regarding his appearance before any court of law or tribunal for any purpose because ?a) the JIT, which has been constituted for a specific investigative purpose is not legally competent nor has the jurisdiction to provide such an all encompassing confirmation, and (b) without prejudice to the foregoing, for your guidance and information, kindly take note that, should the SC pass any order(s) for the filing of the criminal reference against any person(s) connected with alleged crime under NAB law, the possibility of your Excellency being required to appear before the concerned accountability court undertaking the trial of the alleged offences cannot be ruled out.? However, the JIT added, as clarified above this could be a matter for the court of competent jurisdiction and the prosecution and defence in any such trial. The JIT cannot therefore furnish any definitive confirmation in this regard, nor it would be appropriate or within its remit to do so. With reference to the Prince Al-Thani?s letter 22-6-2017 to meet the JIT in Doha in order to verify in person the contents of both of his letters submitted to the JIT, the JIT said, ?The JIT originally requested you to make it contingent to record your statement before it through letter dated 13-5-2017. This was followed up by further requests through its letters of 24-5-2017 and 22-6-2017. The stated purpose and background was to enable the JIT to verify and investigate the contents of your letters dated 5-11-2016 and 22-12-2016, which have been submitted with your expressed acquiesce by the respondents No 7 and 8 before the SC. In these circumstances, we respectfully again urge you to kindly clarify your position vis-a-vis the matters explained above by return fax or by return email, failing which in view of the impending terminal date for submission of its final report to the SC, the JIT shall proceed further without any further recourse to your Excellency and shall report accordingly to the SC.? This report was published in The News.
  16. ISLAMABAD: The Panama Joint Investigation Team (JIT) had refused to provide the questionnaire Qatari Prince Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al-Thani had asked for before recording his statement before the team, the letter written by JIT to the prince has revealed. Sources told Geo News that Jasim had requested the JIT to provide a copy of the questionnaire. ?We are in receipt of your letter dated 11 June, 2017?. Although the JIT would have appreciated your appearance in Pakistan, we understand your compulsions and prevailing circumstances, owing to which we accept the offer to the Members of JIT to visit you at Doha to investigate the contents of the two letters submitted by you voluntarily in the?Supreme Court?,? reads the letter, dated June 22. The letter, a copy of which has been obtained by Geo News, mentions June 29 or 30 as possible dates the team could visit Doha. The JIT letter clarifies to the Qatari prince that no questionnaire will be provided and that the proceedings will be recorded for the accuracy of the transcription. Qatari prince says will affirm letter to SC in toto if JIT visits Qatar Prince Hamad is reportedly very upset over the way his issue was handled in Pakistan ?No persons shall accompany/assist the witness during the investigation including lawyers/accountants,? it adds. The JIT requests for confirmation of the dates by June 26 so that the team can make travel arrangments accordingly. The statements will be recorded and no lawyer, accountant or anyone else would be present with the prince during the recording of the statement, the letter reads. Geo News had reported on June 14 that JIT had received a second letter from Qatari Prince. Sources had said that the detailed letter informed the JIT that the royal family member has no qualms if investigators visit him in Doha to record his statement. Prior to that, the JIT had written twice to the prince to record his statement regarding the prime minister?s family?s business dealings abroad. The Sharif family had earlier submitted a letter by the Qatari prince in the Supreme Court aiding the premier?s defence of his money trail during the Panama case hearing. Letter from Qatari prince delivered to JIT: sources JIT had recently written again to Qatar's royal family asking them for their statement Sources in the premier?s inner circle had confirmed the contents and delivery of the letter and said the Qatari prince?s statement will help their case profoundly.
  17. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan - File image ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on Friday said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had lied over the Qatari prince's letter to the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) and National Assembly (NA). ?Had the Qatari letter been true there would have been at least a banking transaction. When Nawaz Sharif addressed the assembly, there was no mention of the Qatari prince ? but the name was suddenly mentioned in the Supreme Court,? said the PTI chief while addressing a press conference to announce the inclusion of former PPP leader Imtiaz Safdar Warraich. He further added:?Starting from one factory and then expanding it to 30 factories while remaining in power is corruption. Nawaz Sharif is accused of corruption, money laundering, concealment of assets and tax evasion.? ?Our demand from Nawaz Sharif is to disclose the source of income from which he bought the London flats and the proof of how the money was transacted abroad,? Khan said. The PTI chairman said that PM Nawaz should swear upon his children that the Qatari letter is true. Taking further jibes he said that the ruling party is making the JIT controversial as they failed to manage and bribe it. ?Those who were distributing sweets on the Supreme Court`s verdict for JIT are now calling it controversial,? adding, ?They have every time given bribe to people. They have never been accountable; during the time of General Musharraf they fled away and later they signed Charter of Democracy with Asif Ali Zardari. It is the very first time they are being probed.? Khan threatened that in case the government would not follow the Supreme Court`s decision in true letter and spirit he will bring people on streets. ?Pakistani nation is standing with the Supreme Court and JIT. There are some who are scaring that if the decision doesn?t come in our favour ? people will not accept It ? does that mean whoever wins elections have a license to steal. Richard Nixon had a mandate but he was forced to resign because of obstruction of justice,? Khan said. The PTI Chairman reiterated that the Supreme Court should order resignation from PM Nawaz until the end of JIT probe against him.
  18. ISLAMABAD: A six-member Qatari delegation reached the federal capital late Wednesday night, sources said. The delegation that will meet high-level officials at the Prime Minister House is expected to discuss the recent situation in the Gulf region. Before reaching Islamabad, the officials had landed in Lahore where they met Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. They conveyed to him the King of Qatar's message that asked Pakistan to play its role to resolve the diplomatic crisis in the Gulf. The delegation is headed by the Qatar ameer's secretary, Abdul Hadi Mana Al Hajri. Recently, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, among other states, cut off all ties with Qatar over its alleged support of terrorism and extremism. The four countries have also suspended all flights to and from Qatar, pulled their ambassadors from Doha and ordered Qatari diplomats to leave.
  19. DOHA: The ongoing diplomatic rift between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours has resulted in huge disruption of flights to and from Qatar, forcing its official airline to fly around airspaces of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt. The Qatar Airways, following disruption of flights departing and arriving at the Qatari capital of Doha, has been making for longer routes, the Al Jazeera reported. The airspace controversy originates from a bigger diplomatic dispute between Qatar and several other nations. Image shows rerouted Qatari flight paths. ? Al Jazeera On Monday, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Egypt, among other countries, cut off all ties with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism and meddling in the internal affairs of its fellow members in the GCC - something Qatar denies. In the meantime, several airlines have suspended flights to Doha, a major international transportation hub. Etihad, Emirates, Saudi Arabian Airlines, flydubai and Air Arabia have all cancelled their flights to the Hamad International Airport, one of the biggest airports in the Gulf region. Qatar Airways offices in Saudi Arabia have been closed and the Qatari national airline no longer flies to the UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt, according to the Doha-based, state-funded broadcaster.
  20. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday announced that he would produce before the Supreme Court the money trail for the purchase and sale of the London flat. In a series of tweets, the PTI chief said he would also show proof that his Bani Gala house plans were approved by Union Council of Mora Noor before construction. I will not only show money trail of purchase & sale of London flat & money brought back to Pak before the SC 1/2 — Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) May 10, 2017 2/2 I will also show before SC proof that I had my Bani Gala house plans approved by Union Council of Mora Noor before starting construction — Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) May 10, 2017 Taking aim at the country’s ruling family, the cricketer-turned-politician said there would be no “Qatari letter drama” in both the London flat and Bani Gala house cases, eluding to a letter by former Qatari prince which the ruling family presented in the Supreme Court during the hearing of Panama Papers case. And in both London flat & Bani Gala house cases it won't be a Qatari letter drama! https://t.co/1n9VfYhIV2 — Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) May 10, 2017 On Tuesday, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) declared the construction of Imran Khan's Bani Gala residence illegal, stating in its report to the apex court that the authority had declared 122 buildings illegal which included Imran Khan’s Bani Gala residence. It further said that the construction was against the regulations of Islamabad Capital Territory. The apex court had earlier issued a notice to Imran Khan, asking where he got the amount from to buy his Bani Gala house.
  21. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Saturday accused Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of lying in court, saying that all five judges on the bench of the Panama Papers case had rejected the Qatari letter presented by the legal team of the PM's family. In a message sent out to his 5.3 million Twitter followers, Imran thanked party workers and supporters for "the record crowd that participated in launch of PTI's Go Nawaz Go campaign". Imran claimed that all five judges of the Supreme Court on the bench of the Panama Papers case had rejected the letter by the Qatari prince presented by the defense, claiming that it meant that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had lied to the court. Want to thank the record crowd that participated in launch of PTI's Go Nawaz Go campaign. All 5 SC judges rejected Qatari letter. pic.twitter.com/OCjVM8iFMn — Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) April 29, 2017 Rejection of Qatari letter by all 5 SC judges means Nawaz Sharif lied before the court . A liar cannot be our PM. https://t.co/CaK4Mp7ZNs — Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) April 29, 2017 Imran's tweet follows a large public meeting by the PTI on Friday evening at the federal capital's Parade Ground. Addressing the gathering, the party chairman warned PM Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) that, if called to the court, he would tell the name of the person who, according to him, made him an offer of Rs10 billion for remaining silent on the Panama issue. Imran also hinted that names of relatives of the rulers will also come to surface in this regard. The PTI chief vowed to disclose the name of the person before the court, but said he would request the court to protect him first, as the Sharifs would attack him and ruin his business. "It is good they are now taking me to the court. The person, who came with the offer, was also assured of Rs2 billion payment, if he managed to convince me to stay silent on the Panama issue," he noted. The PML-N has rejected Imran's claims as lies. "If Khan is unable to validate his allegation of the Rs 10bn offer with proof, we will take the liar not only to the court of justice but also to the people's court," said PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafique.
  22. DOHA: Twenty-six kidnapped men, including members of Qatar’s royal family, were freed on Friday after being held for 16 months in Iraq, Iraq’s interior ministry said. The men had been handed over to a Qatari delegation and left for Doha, a ministry spokesman said in a statement. It gave no details. In December 2015 about 100 armed men seized a hun­ting party, including Qataris and other nationals, from a desert camp in southern Iraq. A Qatari royal and a Pakis­tani man were later freed. The release of the remaining hostages comes days after a deal was announced for the evacuation of civilians and fighters from four besieged Syrian towns. Britain’s Guardian newspaper said Qatar had helped mediate the deal in exchange for the freeing of the hunters. The abduction led to months of negotiations between Iran, Qatar and the Lebanese group Hezbollah, according to an Arab diplomat in Doha. Discussions about the Syria evacuations, involving Iranian officials and Syrian rebel group Ahrar al-Sham, were held in Qatar when Iran’s foreign minister visited on March 8, according to the diplomat. Those discussions tied the deal to the freeing of the Qatari hostages, he said. No one has claimed responsibility for the abduction of the hunters. They were seized in a largely desolate expanse of territory close to the Saudi border which is dominated by militias who work closely with neighbouring Iran and have accused Doha of meddling in Iraq’s affairs.
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