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Make-or-break verdict for Nawaz Sharif today

ISLAMABAD: All eyes are on Courtroom No. 1 today , where a five-judge Supreme Court bench is set to announce the much-awaited verdict in the Panama Papers case, which will not only decide the fate of a thrice-elected prime minister, but is also likely to chart the country's political future.The ...

PM holds last-minute consultations with aides

ISLAMABAD: On the eve of a judgement that could upend the political fortunes of the Sharif family, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held informal consultations with close aides and key ministers.PM Sharif returned from his trip to the Maldives at Nur Khan Airbase at 4pm on Thursday, where he was received ...

Hijazi ordered closing of sugar mills case, say SECP officials

MAHEEN Fatima says she was locked in a room for giving statement to JIT. ISLAMABAD: Senior offi­cials of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan on Thurs­day accused its suspended chairman Zafar Hijazi of harassing and pressurising them to close the case of Chaudhry Sugar Mills. One of ...

Opposition finds Nisar's warning meaningful

PML-N response ISLAMABAD: In their reaction to the press conference held by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday, opposition parties said it had indicated severe external threats to the country and cracks within the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz .Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf vice ...

US, Pakistan both want talks with Taliban

WASHINGTON: In a rare display of agreement on the Afghan issue, the United States and Pakistan have both reiterated the need for including the Taliban in the Afghan peace process. Yet differences over the alleged presence of militant safe havens in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas continue to ...

Amjad Sabri murder case being sent to military court, ATC told

Two suspects remanded in police custody KARACHI: The murder case of renowned qawwal Amjad Sabri along with two dozen other cases against two suspected militants of Lashkar-i-Jhangvi is being sent to military courts for trial, an antiterrorism court was informed on Thursday.The LJ suspects, Ishaq ...

Panamagate verdict to be announced by Supreme Court on Friday

April 20 order and JIT investigation The Supreme Court will announce its decision on the Panamagate case around 11:30am on Friday, according to a notification issued by the registrar of the Supreme Court. The landmark verdict will be announced in Courtroom 1 of the Supreme Court building in ...

Panamagate verdict to be announced by Supreme Court tomorrow

April 20 order and JIT investigation The Supreme Court will announce its decision on the Panamagate case around 11:30am on Friday, according to a notification issued by the registrar of the Supreme Court. The landmark verdict will be announced in Courtroom 1 of the Supreme Court building in ...

Nisar to give up NA seat, ministry once Panamagate verdict is announced

Key updates The falling out 'Never compromised on civilian supremacy' Will resign on day of Panamagate verdict Parting advice to the premier PML-N in damage control Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar finally held his much-awaited press conference on Thursday to announce that he would leave his ...

PHC transfers Mashal Khan murder case to Haripur ATC from Mardan

Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Yahya Afridi on Thursday ordered the transfer of the Mashal Khan murder case from Mardan to an Anti-Terrorism Court in Haripur jail after Khan's father requested the move fearing 'influential adversaries'.A two-judge bench comprising Justice Afridi and Justice ...

PSX closes nearly flat for second consecutive session

The Pakistan Stock Exchange ended nearly flat on Thursday, with the benchmark KSE-100 index shedding only three points, or 0.01 per cent, by the close of the trading session to reach 45,906.The index touched the day's low at 45,758 points an hour after trading opened. However, it soon recovered, ...

Nisar announces exit from politics; will give up NA seat, ministry on day of SC verdict

Key updates The falling out 'Never compromised on civilian supremacy' Will resign on day of Panamagate verdict Parting advice to the premier PML-N in damage control Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar's much-awaited press conference on Thursday was marked by the announcement that he will leave his ...

Lawyers fail to produce required documents in Jahangir Tareen disqualification case

Progress in Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf General Secretary Jahangir Tareen's disqualification case remained sluggish as lawyers of both sides were called out by the Supreme Court on their lack of preparation.A three-member bench was hearing a petition filed by PML-N's Hanif Abbasi, seeking ...

Pakistani diplomatic staff recovered in Afghanistan reach Islamabad

Two Pakistani diplomatic officials, recovered by Afghan security forces a day earlier, arrived at Benazir International Airport Islamabad via flight PK 205 on Thursday.Jan Khan and Mohammad Aijaz, members of staff of the Consulate General of Pakistan in Jalalabad, had been kidnapped while travelling ...

Chief justice takes suo motu notice of teenage girl's sexual assault on panchayat's orders

CM angry at 'criminal delay' in case Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Thursday took suo motu notice of the sexual assault of a teenage girl, which reportedly took place on the orders of a panchayat in the Muzaffarabad area of Multan tehsil. The chief justice took notice after media ...

Elections Bill 2017 calls for imprisonment of lawmakers submitting incorrect asset details

The Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms has approved the draft of Elections Bill 2017, which proposes up to Rs0.1 million fine or three years imprisonment for lawmakers if irregularities are found in the details of their assets.The proposed law also suggests that the membership of lawmakers ...

Which is superior — Supreme Court or parliament?

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Finance on Wednesday was the scene of heated debate on a unique and pertinent question — which is superior, the Supreme Court or parliament?The argument was triggered by a resolution submitted to the committee by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Senator Azam ...

Ahsan Iqbal fourth minister to have foreign work permit

ISLAMABAD: After Panamagate, another scandal has surfaced as one more member of the federal cabinet, Ahsan Iqbal, who oversees the $54 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project, is found to be a holder of Iqama of Saudi Arabia. He is said to be the fourth cabinet member to have held a ...

CII's opinion sought on petition against death by hanging

PESHAWAR: A Peshawar High Court bench on Tuesday directed the Council of Islamic Ideology and attorney general for Pakistan to respond to a petition seeking its orders for the government to introduce a less painful mode of execution than hanging.Justice Lal Jan Khattak and Justice Abdul Shakoor ...

Imran wants early verdict in Panama Papers case

'Double standards' ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan has requested' the Supreme Court judges to announce the verdict in the Panama Papers case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's family as early as possible so that the country could move forward.I, on behalf of the whole ...

IMF to launch new form of aid—with no money

WASHINGTON: The International Monetary Fund announced on Wednesday it will launch a new tool to support governments in financial trouble — but one that involves no money — formalising a step it took last week for Greece.Instead of providing cheap loans to member countries, the new IMF tool will ...

Man acquitted in Dr Auj's murder case for lack of evidence

'Banned outfits after my father' Video message KARACHI: An antiterrorism court on Wednesday acquitted a man of killing Prof Dr Shakeel Auj, Karachi University's Dean of Islamic Studies, for lack of evidence.Prof Auj was on his way to the Iranian Cultural Centre in Clifton on Sept 18, 2014 when he ...

Nisar was excluded from PML-N's consultative meetings, wants to know why: interior ministry

An interior ministry spokesperson on Wednesday, speaking on behalf of Chaudhry Nisar, dismissed media reports stating that efforts were being made to placate the interior minister and that he is angry with the PML-N leadership. 'The truth is that the interior minister had adopted a contrary position ...

US politician Wasserman Schultz fires Pakistani-origin IT staffer arrested for fraud

United States Democratic Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz fired a Pakistani-origin information technology staffer following his arrest on a bank fraud charge at a Virginia airport where he was attempting to fly to Lahore.Wasserman Schultz spokesman David Damron said Imran Awan was fired by ...

Pakistani diplomatic officials abducted in Afghanistan rescued in operation

Two Pakistani diplomatic officials abducted in Afghanistan last month were recovered in an operation conducted by Afghan security forces, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani told Pakistani officials in Kabul on Wednesday. The two were members of staff of the Consulate General of Pakistan in Jalalabad. ...

Protesting Neelum-Jhelum power project employees demand induction into Wapda

Some 300 non-gazetted employees of the NJHP Company, a subsidiary of the Water and Power Development Authority executing the Neelum-Jhelum Hydroelectric Project , have been protesting non-fulfilment of their demands, including their induction into Wapda, for three days near the project site. ...

Abducted Balochistan higher education secretary returns home

Balochistan's higher education secretary, Abdullah Jan, who was abducted from Quetta four months ago returned home Wednesday evening, family members told DawnNews.Unidentified gunmen had picked the official up from Quetta's Sabzal Road area at gunpoint when he was on his way to work. He was ...

Pakistani diplomats abducted in Afghanistan safely rescued in operation

The two Pakistani diplomats who were abducted in Afghanistan were recovered in an operation conducted by security forces, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani told Pakistani officials in Kabul on Wednesday. The two officials of the Consulate General of Pakistan in Jalalabad went missing on June 16 while ...

CM Sindh criticises NAB ordinance, vows to stand by accountability bill

A visibly irritated Murad Ali Shah criticised the National Accountability Ordinance 1999 in his Sindh Assembly speech on Wednesday, vowing to press for the bill repealing the ordinance.Earlier in the Sindh Assembly, Muttahida Qaumi Movement lawmaker Faisal Subzwari had questioned the provincial ...

Altaf Hussain 'congratulated target killers' for PSP men's murder: Sindh Rangers

'Alarming that S. African, British soil used to plot attacks in Karachi' Muttahida Qaumi Movement founder Altaf Hussain allegedly congratulated target killers on the murder of two members of the Pak Sarzameen Party in Karachi's Orangi Town area, a Pakistan Rangers Sindh spokesperson said in a press ...

Police arrest 20 Panchayat members who ordered 'revenge rape' in Multan

A search operation is underway to arrest the members of a panchayat who fled after ordering a man to rape a 17-year-old girl, police said on Wednesday.According to SHO Malik Rashid, the search operation began after two cases were registered against the members of the council at a police station ...

Altaf Hussain 'congratulated target killers' for PSP men's murder: Sindh Rangers

Muttahida Qaumi Movement founder Altaf Hussain allegedly congratulated target killers on the murder of two members of the Pak Sarzameen Party in Karachi's Orangi Town area, a Pakistan Rangers Sindh spokesperson said in a press conference Wednesday.According to an earlier news report, the two workers ...

Supreme Court to focus on Jahangir Tareen's offshore company in disqualification case

The Supreme Court on Wednesday initiated proceedings on PML-N stalwart Hanif Abbasi's petition seeking the disqualification of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Secretary General Jahangir Tareen over the alleged non-disclosure of assets, existence of offshore companies, as well as receiving foreign funding ...

SC expresses displeasure at progress on Quetta carnage report

Key recommendations of the commission's report Admonishing Balochistan police and health officials, the Supreme Court on Wednesday expressed severe displeasure on the lack of progress made on recommendations made in the Quetta Inquiry Commission report.A three-member bench, headed by Justice Asif ...

Oil tankers' operators agree to end strike after successful talks with govt

The second session of talks between government authorities and All Pakistan Oil Tankers Association on Wednesday reportedly proved successful after the APOTA members were assured that their demand for an increase in freight fares will be considered, DawnNews reported.The oil tankers' operators ...

Pakistan's military industrial base is better than India's: Gen Sarath Chand

Pakistan's military industrial base is 'better' than India's, said India's Vice Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Sarath Chand, as he 'slammed' the performance of ordnance factories at home, Times of India reported.According to the Indian daily, Chand said on Tuesday that 'Pakistan probably has ...

Police to file case against Panchayat members who ordered 'revenge rape' in Multan

A search operation is underway to arrest the members of a panchayat who fled after ordering a man to rape a 17-year-old girl, police said on Wednesday.According to SHO Malik Rashid, the search operation began after two cases were registered against the members of the council at a police station ...

Al-Aqsa Mosque dispute poised to become a religious conflict, UN envoy warns

The UN envoy on Middle East peace has warned that the developments over the past 11 days in and around the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem have demonstrated the grave risk that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could become a religious one that could ultimately engulf the rest of the ...

New TTP wing of trained suicide commandos behind Lahore attack

LAHORE: Law enforcement agencies have identified a new militant network, an offshoot of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan , as the group responsible for Monday's attack on Lahore's Ferozepur Road.The suicide attack near the Arfa Karim IT Tower was the first deadly assault by the Taliban Special ...

Rs102bn laundered through 'gift back arrangement'

ISLAMABAD: In a major development, the Federal Board of Revenue issued notices to over 2,785 wealthy Pakistanis who have allegedly laundered Rs102 billion during the outgoing fiscal year by describing the money as gift'. An official told Dawn on Tuesday that these individuals had been asked to ...

Khawaja Asif also holds UAE work permit

ISLAMABAD: Following Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's confession that he had obtained Iqama of the United Arab Emirates, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif was also found to be a holder of such permit of the Gulf state. The defence minister claimed on Tuesday that he had submitted details of his Iqama to ...

Article 62 applies if crime is committed: PTI lawyer

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf , which usually prefers to quote the decision of the dissenting judges in the Panama Papers case judgement, on Tuesday referred to the majority ruling to emphasise that Article 62 of the Constitution, which deals with the disqualification of parliamentarians, ...

No victory in Afghanistan without Pakistan's support: US military chief

WASHINGTON: Recent experiences indicate that the United States cannot win the war in Afghanistan without Pakistan's support, says US military chief Gen Joseph Dunford. And US Defence Secretary James Mattis has said that a recent decision to stop reimbursements to the Pakistani military was not part ...

SC orders govt to block CNICs, freeze bank accounts of absconders

KARACHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the interior ministry, the National Database and Registration Authority and the provincial home authorities to block the computerised national identity cards of all absconders in order to secure their custody.A three-judge bench, headed by Justice ...

'Qataris among foreigners issued houbara hunting permits'

KARACHI: The federal government had issued at least 13 permits to foreigners to hunt the migratory houbara bustard in the province during hunting season 2016/17, said Sindh Parliamentary Affairs Minister Nisar Khuhro on Tuesday.He was responding to legislators' queries during Question Hour that ...

SECP ordered to audit all foreign companies

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Tuesday ordered the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan to carry out an audit of all foreign companies operating in Pakistan.The directives were issued following the receipt of the report of a joint investigation team formed to probe ...

S. Asia policy: US team likely to visit Islamabad soon

WASHINGTON: A US delegation is likely to visit Islamabad in the first week of August to discuss the new US strategy for South Asia with Pakistani officials, says Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed. The delegation would include officials from the US State Department and the National Security Council, ...

Oil transporters' strike: Talks fail as protesters refuse to budge from demands

The nationwide oil transporters' strike seemed headed towards developing into a crisis after a meeting on Tuesday between state officials and the All Pakistan Oil Tankers Association , an umbrella organisation for the oil transporters, fell through. On July 24, APOTA had announced a countrywide ...

Punjab govt constitutes high-powered JIT to investigate Lahore blast

The Punjab government on Tuesday issued orders for the constitution of a high-powered joint investigation team to investigate the Ferozepur Road bombing in Lahore. At least 26 people, nine policemen among them, were killed and 54 others injured in a suicide bomb explosion near the Arfa Karim IT ...

Govt appoints new IGP Punjab ahead of court deadline

Profile of retired Capt Arif Nawaz Khan In compliance with the Lahore High Court's orders, the federal government on Monday appointed retired Captain Arif Nawaz Khan as Punjab's Inspector General of Police . The appointment was announced a day before the court's July 26 deadline for the matter to be ...