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

Jul 282017
 

The Supreme Court has disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on “disputed facts”, leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) claimed, hours after the top court’s verdict in Panama Papers case. “The court’s verdict has been bifurcated into two parts. The first part is about Panama Papers but the Supreme Court didn’t touch it and asked NAB to file a reference instead. The court cited a certificate of a company in the Middle East owned by the prime minister’s son as the reason for his disqualification,” Law Minister Zahid Hamid told reporters in Islamabad on Friday. Panama Papers case: SC disqualifies PM Nawaz Sharif “The company had ceremoniously chosen Nawaz as a director whose AED10,000 salary was payable to him, however, he never received it,” the minister added. The top court’s five-judge larger bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa disqualified the PM for failing to disclose his un-withdrawn salary as chairman of UAE-based offshore company Capital FZE. ‘WhatsApp as evidence’ Earlier, lamenting that the digital message application WhatsApp was used as evidence in the case Barrister Zafar Ullah said: “We have not seen in the human history that WhatsApp was used as evidence.” Claiming that the apex court didn’t find any embezzlement of even a single rupee against the premier, the PML-N leader said the allegations, which were put forward by the petitioner, were not found eligible by the apex court. PM Nawaz resigns after SC order to disqualify him Zafar Ullah went on to disparage Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), saying [Read More…]

Jul 282017
 

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from holding office in a landmark decision after a corruption probe into his family wealth, cutting short his third stint in power. The top court five-judge larger bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa has unanimously disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for not disclosing his employment in UAE based offshore company  Capital FZE. “He [Nawaz] is no more eligible to be an honest member of the parliament, and he ceases to be holding the office of prime minister,” said Judge Ejaz Afzal Khan in court. The apex court has ordered NAB to file a reference against the accused in an accountability court in six weeks and directed for the trial to be concluded within six months. The bench further requested Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar to nominate one judge who will oversee the proceedings of the accountability court. Meanwhile, the Election Commission of Pakistan was ordered to immediately denotify Nawaz and the president of Pakistan has been asked to take necessary measures after Nawaz’s disqualification. The SC also ordered filing of reference against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. SC judges arrived in court room 1 after a brief consultation in the chambers, while a large number of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz workers converged outside the SC. No Pakistani prime minister has ever completed a full five-year term. Most have seen their tenures cut short by the military or interference from the Supreme Court. Others have been ousted [Read More…]

Jul 102017
 

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing PM Nawaz Sharif and his family’s offshore assets submitted on Monday its fourth and final, 256-page report to the Supreme Court. Following is the full report drafted by the six-member probe body: <iframe style=’width:945px; height:1223px;’ src=’//e.issuu.com/embed.html#1886216/51033469′> </iframe> The post Complete JIT report on Sharifs’ offshore properties appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Jul 032017
 

A visibly distressed Finance Minister Ishaq Dar wiping sweat off his face with a handkerchief after being interrogated in the Panama Papers case was just what political rival Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan needed to take a dig at him. Talking to reporters outside the Federal Judicial Academy, Dar had called Imran “a coward and gambler, who’s involved in tax evasion”, saying “his assets should be scrutinised to find out how he became rich overnight.” “A picture is worth a thousand words! Guilt written all over his face,” Imran tweeted minutes later. A picture is worth a thousand words! Guilt written all over his face. pic.twitter.com/ouvO9uVrj7 — Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) July 3, 2017 And no amount of hysterical gutter language is going to get him off the hook. https://t.co/xUxH22vXBT — Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) July 3, 2017 The PTI chairman also hit out at Dar for his remarks relating to donations for Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital, saying: But Sharifs & henchmen don't care abt fate of poor patients in Pakistan because they rush off abroad even for mere checkups. https://t.co/SVxWu013EQ — Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) July 3, 2017 Even in wars hospitals are not targeted by enemy but here Sharifs & their henchmen targeting SKMTCH providing cancer treatment for the poor — Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) July 3, 2017 Lastly, Imran put up a ‘happy’ picture of himself accompanied by party leader Jehangir Tareen and others. When there is no guilt it shows on the faces pic.twitter.com/9luVLbtiOo — Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) July 3, 2017 In his media talk, Dar had downplayed [Read More…]

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