Jul 312017
 

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) announced on Monday that it would file four references against the Sharif family for their offshore assets in light of the Supreme Court’s July 28 verdict. The references would be filed in the Islamabad/Rawalpindi accountability courts within six weeks of the top court’s judgement. The references would be related to the following assets: 1) Avenfield Properties (Flat No.16 and 16-A, 17 and 17-A Avenfield House, Park Lane, London, United Kingdom). 2) Establishment of the Azizia Steel Company and the Hill Metal Company. 3) Companies mentioned in paragraph 9 of the judgement. 4) A reference relating to respondent No.10 for possessing assets beyond his known sources of income. Damning indictment: JIT suggests filing NAB reference against Sharif family The Supreme Court had disqualified the prime minister and ordered a probe into his and his family’s offshore assets. At a meeting of the NAB Executive Board at its headquarters, it was decided that the references would be prepared on the basis of the material collected by the joint investigation team (JIT) probing the Sharif family’s offshore assets in its report. Some other material may also be used including that “available with the Federal Investigation Agency and NAB having nexus with the assets in the mentioned cases or which might subsequently become available including material that may become available in pursuant to the Mutual Legal Assistance requests sent by JIT to different jurisdictions”. The officers concerned have been directed to efficiently and professionally handle the entire process in the laid down time limit, NAB said [Read More…]

Jul 152017
 

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Qamar Zaman Kaira demanded on Saturday that either Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should reveal who was “conspiring” against him or step down immediately. “Who is hatching these ‘conspiracies’ against you?” an infuriated Kaira asked while addressing a news conference on Saturday. “If you’ll not name those who you claim are conspiring against you, you are committing a crime,” he added. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leaders have been claiming that the probe into the Sharif family’s offshore assets was a conspiracy and a politically-motivated move against the incumbent government and the country’s stability. Kaira said the premier should summon a meeting of the parliamentary parties to explain to them about the conspiracies allegedly being hatched against him. PPP launches series of protests in South Punjab “We don’t see any such conspiracy against you,” he added. According to the politician, the prime minister also needed to reveal how he became wealthy so fast during his rule from 1990 to 1993 and why he had befriended Indian premier Narendra Modi. “There is still time,” Kaira said. “You should step down and we will save democracy.” Kaira reminded the Sharif that two of the top court’s judges had issued a verdict against him, followed by the Joint Investigation Team’s (JIT) report which had held his family responsible of hiding assets and forging  documents. Panamagate: Refrain from criticising SC bench, Punjab CM urges PML-N leaders The JIT formed by the Supreme Court to probe Sharif family’s offshore assets had concluded on July 10 that the Sharif and [Read More…]

Jul 142017
 
Media and sensibility

Democracy, freedom of speech, transparency and accountability are necessary for the development of a society and nation. But, in this country, even the universally acclaimed values are used to promote vested interests. In the aftermath of the JIT report, the confrontation between the government and the opposition is absolutely immature. What is even more childish is the division of media outlets: some media outlets are pro-government while others are pro-JIT. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that these media outlets are offering space to the enemy – both internal and external – to further exploit the situatio In their fight for power, both the government and the opposition shouldn’t forget our motherland. We need a neutral and impartial media. These days the media, which is the fourth pillar, is behaving irresponsibly. In a volatile situation like this, the media hold importance because everyone looks up to it. It moulds public opinions. Politicians and the media need to work towards the harmony and integration of society. The path they tread at present is, in fact, a dangerous one that will harm everyone. Haider Ali (Swat) Click for detailed story

Jul 142017
 

ISLAMABAD: Most of the opposition parties, except two smaller groups, were convinced that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would abdicate his office after the report submitted by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the Sharif family overseas assets, but the assemblies should complete their full term. Opposition parties represented in parliament convened their first huddle after the report of six-member probe team constituted by the Supreme Court became public on July 10. Is JIT report the end of Maryam Nawaz’s political ambitions? Held in the chamber of Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah, opposition parties agreed to Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) proposal that current assemblies should complete their full five year term, ending by mid of next year. Opposition groups further said they believe accountability and democracy should move simultaneously. They also vowed to support the Supreme Court. The post Democracy, accountability should go hand-in-hand: Opposition appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Jul 122017
 
The JIT report

After the JIT report was put in the public domain, an unwarranted political commotion had been created. While the JIT’s report is being subjected to surgical dissection, the chairman of the PTI, without waiting for the due process to be completed, had started his mantra of demands. This isn’t the first time he had demanded the resignation of the PM. As a matter of fact, ever since the 2013 elections, he had been persistent in this demand. Now instead of waiting for the SC to assess the evidence, the impatient politicians have banded together repeating the PTI’s chief’s mantra. The political parties will be well advised not to repeat the politics of the 1980’s and 1990’s that derailed the strengthening of the civilian rule. It would be in their interest to let the due process takes its course and wait for the final judgment of the SC before making illegitimate demands at this point. My reading of the contents of the JIT report leads me to the conclusion that there are major gaps in this report. I am sure the SC and the bench investigating this case will be in a position to make a final objective judgment. But was the JIT supposed to make any recommendations? The answer is no. Its mandate was to find the truth about the case and present the facts sans any recommendation to the SC. With regard to the PTI, it is now becoming clear that the politicians surrounding its chief are all leftovers [Read More…]

Jul 122017
 
The JIT report

Every supposedly learned discussion on the JIT report begins with the unspoken assumption that the JIT report is correct, and concludes that the PM should therefore resign or be removed. If the SC, after it has given both the parties an opportunity of being heard, does indeed conclude that the report is correct, the PM will surely either resign or be removed and possibly even be tried on criminal charges. So what is the hurry? Why do so many seem so desperate that the PM either resign or be removed right now? The SC will hear the matter in less than a week. Why do so many not want to wait for the judgment of the SC in this very important matter? Ali Khan Karachi Click for detailed story

Jul 122017
 
?JIT report affects economy?

LAHORE : Uncertainty and political instability will increase in the country after JIT report which will affect the economy and commoners by creating inflation and other issues while CPEC project is… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Jul 112017
 

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Tuesday said that Nawaz had lost all moral grounds to remain in power and should resign. Speaking to the media in Islamabad, Bilawal said that PPP is considering all its options and he has tasked Khursheed Shah to approach heads of all other parties to take them on board regarding the matter. Bilawal joins Imran to demand PM’s resignation In response to a question, the PPP chairman said that if Nawaz resigns his cabinet has to go with him. “When I say the PM should resign his entire government needs to go,” he added. He went on to say that PPP has been closely following the JIT report and went on to say that indicting the premier is a decision that lies with the Supreme Court. The post JIT report: Bilawal tasks Khursheed Shah to approach other parties appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Jul 092017
 
Internal affairs

Pakistan is, once again, heading towards a political crisis. The rift between the JIT and the government is widening day by day. As a whole, the uncertainty in the country is increasing at a fast pace. It seems that the country’s neighbours do not want stability in the country, but the country is ready to please them. Internal threats are more dangerous than the external ones. We should learn lesson from other countries that have turned from being an underdeveloped country to a developed one. All shareholders of the country should let go of their differences for the sake of country. They should improve the conditions of health and education. They should try to eliminate poverty and unemployment in the country. They should work to improve the country’s exports. All shareholders must work for the country and not for political gain. Tariq Hussain Khan Karachi Click for detailed story

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