Sep 152017

It was expected that Sharifs’ appeal will be rejected but some decisions should be left for the history to decide, said JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, hours after the top court rejected the plea to review the landmark Panama Papers verdict. “Some decisions [of the judiciary are not referred to as examples in the world,” Fazl told journalists in Islamabad on Friday. According to the veteran politician, the decision to hang [Zulfiqar Ali] Bhutto was termed a judicial murder. “One should not go towards confrontation; avoiding confrontation will not cause the system any harm and it will keep functioning. Panamagate case: Top court throws out Sharifs’ review petitions Fazl, however, said that people will still vote for the PML-N; both the Centre and Punjab have PML-N’s governments in place. “Punjab plays an important role during elections,” he added. On August 25, Salman Akram Raja filed a review petition on behalf of Nawaz’s daughter Maryam Nawaz, sons Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar, as he requested the top court to suspend operation of its July 28 order. The case against the former prime minister stemmed from the Panama Papers leak last year, which spurred a media frenzy over the extravagant lifestyles and high-end London property portfolio of the Sharif dynasty. The post Fazl advises Nawaz to avoid confrontation after review appeal rejected appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Sep 142017

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has said that the rule of the Sharifs will be over after September 17, hours after Maryam Nawaz said the election in NA-120 was a war against anti-democratic forces. “September 17 [day of the election] will mark the end for Sharifs,” Imran told supporters on Thursday evening. The NA-120 seat fell vacant after the disqualification of Nawaz as prime minister for concealing assets in his nomination papers. The by-poll is scheduled for September 17, and the main contest is between Kulsoom Nawaz and PTI’s Yasmin Rashid. PAT chief announces support for PTI in NA-120 by-poll On the other hand, Maryam Nawaz, while addressing her supporters, called Imran a puppet, saying [Nawaz Sharif’s] political rivals were cowards and liars. “Sharif’s rivals resort to conspire [against the government] despite being constantly defeated,” she added. The former PM’s daughter went on to call the Panama Papers probe a farce, saying it only focused on Sharif’s Iqama. She called upon her supporters to remain vigilant on the day of the election, saying the poll needs to be won with a wide margin. The post Sharifs’ rule will be over after Sep 17, Imran tells supporters appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Sep 142017

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) observed, on Thursday, that deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif did not submit any documentary evidence in the apex court to substantiate his ‘oral’ claim of not using any salary from his son’s UAE-based company Capital FZE. “When it is mentioned in the agreement that Nawaz Sharif will be entitled to a salary then how can we determine through an oral submission that he had no intention to withdraw it,” top court judge Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan questioned Khawaja Haris, the counsel for deposed PM, during the hearing of two review petitions filed by the ruling family. “There should be a document in black and white under Article 103 of Qanoon-i-Shahadat 1984 that he had no intention to withdraw the salary.” Accountability court summons Sharif family in two more graft cases Referring to a document attached in Volume IX of the investigation report compiled by a six-member joint investigation team (JIT), another judge Justice Ijazul Ahsan said: “An account was opened by the company to disburse his remuneration and in August 2013 the salary was transferred [into the account].” However, Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh observed that under Article 184 (3) of the Constitution, the top court only decides cases on the basis of admitted facts and it would not go beyond the admitted facts. In his arguments, Haris contended that Sharif did not open the account to get salary. “The SC cannot disqualify a member of National Assembly under Article 62 (1) (f) on the basis of [Read More…]

Sep 082017

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has said that the elections in NA-120 constituency is not about just one electoral seat, rather it will decide the fate of the country. The seat fell vacant after the apex court’s landmark July 28 verdict, disqualifying Nawaz Sharif as the prime minister. According to the judgement, the PML-N leader failed to declare a salary, which he had not withdrawn as an executive of Dubai-based company, as an asset when filing his nomination papers in 2013. The power of the vote of the masses can help empower Supreme Court,” Imran told supporters gathered at Qurtuba Chowk in Lahore on Friday evening. The judges, he added, disqualified the powerful who had been looting the country. “The people of Lahore have made their decision and there is nothing the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) can do to change it.” Dar is Pakistan’s economic hitman: Imran “[PTI] candidate Yasmeen Rashid will be competing with the state in NA-120,” he remarked. The PTI chairman went on to urge the people of the constituency to “seek former prime minister’s daughter Maryam Nawaz’ advice as to how one can become a millionaire.” He claimed that the oft-quoted billion-tree project in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa generated employment opportunities for 500,000 people of the province. The post NA-120 elections will determine Pakistan’s fate, Imran tells supporters in Lahore appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Aug 082017
Deposed Pakistani PM Calls Ouster ‘Insult To Voters’

Addressing a rally in Rawalpindi, deposed Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said the Supreme Court’s decision to disqualify him from office last month over undeclared wealth was an “insult to voters.”The speech late on August 9 marked the first time Sharif has publicly commented on the court’s ruling and came after he launched a defiant procession from Islamabad to his party’s stronghold in Lahore to demonstrate that the court ruling hadn’t diminished his influence.“I was not allowed to complete my third term,” Sharif said. “No prime minister in Pakistan has ever been allowed to complete his term. This joke has been repeated for 70 years and Pakistan can no longer bear it. It’s an insult to the voters.”Sharif asked supporters to stand up for the “rule of law” and said he wanted to start a debate over why no elected prime minister had completed their full term in Pakistan, which has been ruled by army generals for more than half of its 70-year history.“This mammoth crowd in Rawalpindi is in fact the start of a revolution,” he said, speaking from his fortified vehicle behind bulletproof glass. “This is the court of the people.”Sharif’s “caravan” took 12 hours to travel the 20 kilometers from Pakistan’s capital to Rawalpindi due to big crowds estimated as large as 30,000 that were walking and driving alongside his car.The former prime minister’s spokesman said he would stay the night there before continuing to Lahore, where Sharif hopes tens of thousands of supporters will take [Read More…]

Aug 082017
Pakistan’s Sharif Holds Controversial Rally Following Ouster

ISLAMABAD � Pakistan’s former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, held a rally Wednesday to demonstrate political power, just days after the country’s highest court disqualified him from holding office for concealing his assets.Critics, however, are questioning an action they say defies the rule of law and demonizes the Supreme Court.Sharif left the national capital, Islamabad, for his native eastern city of Lahore in a luxury car, leading a caravan of around 800 private and government vehicles. Political aides say thousands of supporters are expected to join the rally on the way.The caravan is expected to travel nearly 300 kilometers along the historic Grand Trunk Road in three days because the 67-year-old deposed leader plans to make stops on the way and address activists of his ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, or PML-N party.Tight securityAuthorities put in place tight security for the rally, including cell phone signal jammers in their effort to deter subversive acts.The bigger a leader is, the bigger the threat is, Interim Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told a private television station.Abbasi, a longtime Sharif associate and party member, was elected the new chief executive of Pakistan shortly after the judicial ruling removed his predecessor from office.Opposition parties and rights activists have criticized the government for spending taxpayer money to facilitate the rally of a person the Supreme Court has disqualified on corruption charges.A five-member panel of judges on July 28 unanimously declared Sharif not honest for failing to disclose a monthly salary from a Dubai-based company owned by his [Read More…]

Aug 082017

A day ahead of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz’s (PML-N) planned rally on Grand Trunk (GT) Road, Imran Khan has said he sees early general elections, asking his supporters to begin preparations. “If the PML-N is bent upon saving one family and hide its corruption, and has planned a rally at GT Road, then I can see early elections taking place,” Imran told reporters in Islamabad on Tuesday evening. “I have given directives to the central executive committee to prepare for elections [which may take place] in November or December.” According to the PTI chief, time was ripe for PML-N, after the Supreme Court verdict, to separate itself from Sharif family’s corruption. “But it seems a collective effort on their part to discredit a supreme institution of the country,” he said. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Imran said, by announcing the rally, had openly come out in defiance of the judiciary. PM meets COAS, lauds army’s role in countering terrorism In a landmark verdict last month, the apex court unanimously disqualified Nawaz from office due to his failure to disclose his ‘un-withdrawn receivables, constituting assets’ in his nomination papers filed ahead of the 2013 polls. “Is the PML-N setting a tradition of refusing to accept the verdict of the apex court,” he asked. Army chief, he added, has also clearly stated that the armed forces were standing with the Constitution. Imran said he would have given Nawaz tips on making a rally successful, had the latter been planning it for “good purposes”. He also announced a party rally in [Read More…]

Aug 072017

Are there any judges in the country who will hold a dictator like Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf accountable, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who has  recently been disqualified by the top court, asked on on Monday. “Is there any court which will hold former dictators responsible for crimes like breaking up the country accountable for their crimes,” Sharif told reporters in Islamabad. In response to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan’s allegations, the former PM said he did not intend to exert pressure on the judiciary and he was travelling by GT Road from Islamabad to Lahore only because he wanted to go home. Sharif, who stepped down as the prime minister when the Supreme Court disqualified him under Article 62 for not being honest and trustworthy, said only he was aware of how he managed to survive as the premier for four years. “If one state institution will not respect another, how will we run the country?”he added. Nawaz’s planned protests are a conspiracy against Panama verdict: Imran The former premier insisted that there should be a “grand” debate in and outside parliament over why he had been disqualified merely over not disclosing salary from his son’s firm which he had not even withdrawn. Sharif said he did not want to create an impression that he and his family were trying to dodge accountability. “I was advised that I shouldn’t appear before the joint investigation team [probing into the Sharif family’s offshore firms on the top court’s orders] but I did because I respect [Read More…]

Jul 302017
PTI celebrates, PPP lauds, PML-N upset in UAE

DUBAI: Pakistani expatriates living in the UAE are divided over the Supreme Court’s decision disqualifying Nawaz Sharif as the country’s prime minister in Panama Papers case. Local… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

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