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KP CM underscores need for collective efforts to eliminate corruption   

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mehmood Khan on Thursday underscored the need for collective efforts to eliminate corruption from the society. Addressing a ceremony on the eve of anti-corruption week in Peshawar, Mehmood Khan said the provincial government has made legislations to eliminate the menace of corruption in public offices. He said that the government has established compliant cells at all government departments for good governance and to ensure accountability. Mehmood Khan said that strict action…

Accountability court extends Shehbaz Sharif’s remand by 14 days

LAHORE: The accountability court on Saturday approved 14-day extension in physical remand of former chief minister Punjab, Shehbaz Sharif, as requested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in Ashiana Housing scheme case, ARY News reported. During the hearing today, the accountability watchdog requested extension in physical remand of Sharif, stating that it couldn’t ‘properly’ investigate the former CM because of his frequent participation in the assembly sessions after his production orders were issued. The NAB…

Adiala Jail employee says he’s getting death threats for ‘exposing’ corruption

LAHORE: An employee of Adiala Jail, who unearthed corruption of the jail administration, says he is being given death threats for coming out as a whistle-blower, ARY News reported. Javed Iqbal, who is a senior clerk in the jail, claimed through a video message that he had pointed out corrupt practices within the jail and now proofs of all wrongdoings were being erased. He said family was being threatened with abduction and some elements were trying to frame him in false cases. He appealed the chief justice of…

FIA, NAB to probe corruption in all mega projects

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability Barrister Shehzad Akbar has said the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) would investigate embezzlement of funds in metro bus, Orange Line and other projects launched by the last government. Talking to a private news channel, he said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government was given the mandate by the people to carry forward the process of accountability and it was already taking the steps to achieve that goal. To a question, he said FIA, NAB,…

Pakistan wants US military forces to continue presence in Afghanistan: FO

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan wants the military forces of the United States to continue with their presence in Afghanistan till completion of the agenda of peace, said Foreign Office spokesperson at a weekly press briefing here. When asked if Pakistan’s stance could invite the ire of Taliban, he said Pakistan in fact did not want to experience the same chaos as it did after the USSR abruptly left Afghanistan in late 90s. He said the presence of American and other allied forces in Afghanistan were under the mandate given by the…

NAB probes another graft scandal of Sharif brothers

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has launched investigation into another corruption scam involving Sharif brothers - Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif. According to details, the scam is related to embezzling Rs 600 million from the national exchequer to construct a nullah for the drainage of polluted water from Sharif brothers-owned Ramzan Sugar Mills. The NAB team has procured the records from Baldia Chiniot as a part of probe. On July 6 this year, the accountability court had sentenced former…

‘Corruption country’s biggest issue’: Imran Khan responds to suspension of Sharifs’ sentences

ISLAMABAD: In his first response to Islamabad High Court order regarding release of members of Sharif family, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that government fully respects all orders and verdicts of courts of the country, ARY News reported. During a consultation meeting at his Bani Gala residence, the PM said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) doesn't believe in politics of revenge, adding that the courts enjoy full independence under the party's government. The PM said that corruption is country's biggest issue…

Court orders arrest of Shahid Masood in PTV corruption case

ISLAMABAD: A court here on Friday threw out a bail petition of television anchorperson Dr Shahid Masood in a case pertaining to the alleged financial irregularities in the state-owned PTV. Special Judge Central Irum Niazi directed police to arrest and produce him in court on next hearing. The judge was seized with the hearing of an application filed by Mr Masood seeking bail before arrest in the case. His counsel Khawar Shah appeared before the court. The judge rejected his plea over his failure to appear in person,…

Archbishop who called on Pope to resign says corruption reaches the top

VATICAN CITY: The archbishop who sparked a crisis in the Catholic Church by calling on Pope Francis to resign has denied he was motivated by personal vendetta and said he sought to show that corruption had reached the top levels of the Church hierarchy. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano has gone into hiding since conservative media published an 11-page statement in which he alleged the pope knew for years about sexual misconduct by an American cardinal and did nothing about it. Vigano has been communicating through Aldo…

Curbing corruption, retrieving wealth abroad biggest challenges for govt: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said that curbing corruption and retrieving wealth of the country, amassed through illegal means and laundered abroad, are among the biggest challenges for the government. PM Imran made the remarks during a detailed briefing on the Ministry of Interior and its attached department at Prime Minister’s Office. Adviser to PM on Institutional Reforms Dr Ishrat Hussain, Secretary Interior Yousaf Naseem Khokhar, Secretary to Prime Minister Azam Khan, Special Assistants…