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High treason case against Nawaz, Abbasi and Almeida adjourned until Nov 12

LAHORE: Erstwhile prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and journalist Cyril Almeida on Monday appeared before the Lahore High Court (LHC) in a treason case, whereas ousted premier Nawaz Sharif did not show up during the hearing.  A three-judge bench of the LHC, headed by Justice Mazahir Ali Naqvi, took up a petition seeking registration of a high treason case against two former premiers - Nawaz Sharif and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi - and journalist Cyril Almeida. At the outset of the hearing, Justice Naqvi asked why did Nawaz…

Arrest warrants issued for former PM Shahid Abbasi

LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday issued bailable arrest warrants for former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in a case pertaining to sedition and violating his oath of office as PM, ARY News reported. According to ARY News correspondent, a LHC bench headed by Justice Mazahar Ali Naqvi, ordered to issue arrest warrants of the former PM after he failed to appear in the court during the hearing. The court also ordered Abbasi to pay Rs one million in surety bonds. The petitioner had sought action against…

What are the ‘Dawn Leaks’? A look into Pakistan’s headline-making news scandal

The news story, highlighting alleged confrontation between the civilian government and the military at a meeting in October 2016, published by Dawn newspaper last year erupted with a storm in national politics and shortly it transformed into a news leak scandal before becoming a mainstream media fodder.  It all started when the Dawn journalist Cyril Almeida “broke confidential minutes” of a meeting among the government and military officials on ‘national action plan’ in which the civilians reportedly apprised the military…

Tariq Fatemi says has nothing to do with Dawn leaks

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi has said that he is not resigning over the Dawn Leaks inquiry report which termed him and Principal Information Officer Rao Tehsin responsible for feeding of the sensitive news story, sources told ARY News on Tuesday. ARY News' Islamabad Bureau Chief Sabir Shakir reported that Fatemi attended at least three meetings in the foreign office today and he claimed that he has nothing to do with Dawn Leaks and none has demanded his resignation. Tariq Fatemi…

Dawn leaks’ inquiry report finds no ‘solid proofs’ against Pervez Rasheed

ISLAMABAD: After submission of the Dawn leaks inquiry report to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the next came orders from the premier approving removal of his aide Tariq Fatemi and Principal Information Officer Rao Tehsin from their posts, ARY News reported. The inquiry report said the investigation body couldn’t find ‘solid proofs’ against then information minister Pervez Rasheed who was believed to have hand in leaking sensitive information to the newspaper reporter Cyril Almeida. The inquiry commission headed by…

Bilawal insulting senior politicians by calling them ‘Chacha’: Nisar

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan  on Friday criticised Pakistan People's Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto by claiming that the young politician knows little about country's politics, ARY News reported. "Bilawal insults veteran politicians and his elders by calling them Chacha (uncle). The boy knows nothing about country's politics," said Nisar said while addressing a press conference in Islamabad. "A non-serious kid who is unaware of the basics of politics and doesn't even know how to speak Urdu…

PTI snubs government’s commission to probe ‘News Leaks’

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan on Tuesday rejected a commission of inquiry into the ‘News Leaks’ set up by the government, saying the Sharif family could impose its influence into the probe. The decision taken after a party meeting in the capital termed the planted news a security risk for Pakistan at a time when forces were tackling Indian aggression at the border. Imran Khan, during the meeting, took the view that Justice Amir Raza, the head of the commission, had strong and close terms…

Inquiry committee formed to probe controversial news story

ISLAMABAD:  The government on Monday constituted a commission headed by a retired high court judge for investigation into the controversial news regarding the high-level security meeting, ARY News reported. Former Lahore High Court Judge Amir Raza Khan will head the inquiry commission which will also include Secretary Establishment Tahir Shahbaz, Senior Muhtasib Punjab Najam Saeed and Director Federal Investigation Agency Dr Usman Anwar. The commission will also have one representative from each of Inter Services…

Committee to probe controversial news story soon to be formed: Nisar

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan on Saturday said inquiry committee to probe publication of a controversial news story about national security meeting will be constituted within two days. Talking to newsmen in Islamabad on Saturday, he said a retired High Court Judge will head the committee. He said the committee will comprise senior honest officers who have excellent professional career. Read More: Newsleak used Modi and Israel’s language: Imran Khan Earlier, Nisar Ali Khan has…

Newsleak used Modi and Israel’s language: Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Friday said that the October 6 news leak regarding the high-level security meeting is a sensitive issue and action must be taken against all those who are responsible for the news item which breached national security, ARY News reported. In an interview with ARY News, Imran Khan claimed that the news item used the same language 'Modi' and 'Israel' uses against Pakistan's armed forces. "People belonging to a certain political class are pretending as if this…