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Court sums up entire Panama saga against Sharif in couplet: Khursheed Shah

ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader in the National Assembly (NA) Khursheed Shah said on Wednesday that the Supreme Court’s ruling on ex-PM Nawaz Sharif’s review petitions was peculiar in its nature.   Talking to journalists, the senior PPP leader said the top court summed up the entire accountability saga against former PM Sharif after reciting a couplet. ادھر ا ُدھر کی نہ بات کر یہ بتا کہ قافلہ کیوں لُٹا مجھے راہزنوں سے گلہ نہیں تیری رہبری کا سوال ہے “Sharif should have not fooled the people of Pakistan after…

We expected this outcome: Rafique reacts to Panama review petitions’ rejection

ISLAMABAD: Reacting to the Supreme Court’s verdict dismissing the review petitions of members of the Sharif family, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said on Friday that they expected their petitions would be rejected. “We expected this outcome, yet we approached the Supreme Court to have our reservations redressed and the record set straight through the review petitions,” the railway minister said while addressing media hours after the apex court dismissed the petitions filed by Nawaz Sharif, his children, and…

Corruption and state can’t go parallel, says Siraj ul Haq

QUETTA: Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Pakistan Siraj ul Haq on Sunday said that everyone should be held accountable for their actions as corruption and the state cannot go parallel. Addressing a public gathering here, he said ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would have never spoken against the judiciary if the verdict had come in his favour. “We reject all forms of dialogue with the ruling party which aimed to protect corruption in the country,” he remarked. Haq said his party would further intensify its anti-corruption…

Apex court permits JIT report’s ‘Volume X’ access to NAB

ISLAMABAD: Following the Nawaz Sharif’s ouster as Prime Minister in the Panamagate case, the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday granted the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) access to Volume X of the report compiled by Joint Investigation Team (JIT), unveiling stashing of Sharif family’s offshore wealth. The apex court’s orders came at a time when anti-corruption watch dog has summoned deposed PM and his two sons to turn up before the NAB investigators in Lahore. Previously, the top court had asked the NAB to…

PTI nominates Sheikh Rasheed for premiership

ISLAMABAD: Expressing reservations on Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N)'s candidate Shahbaz Sharif for the seat of prime minister, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has nominated Chairman Awami Muslim League Sheikh Rasheed for premiership, ARY News reported on Saturday. Following long deliberation in a party’s parliamentary meeting today, the PTI has announced to support Sheikh Rasheed in the National Assembly’s voting session for new leader of the house. On the other hand, the PML-N has announced the former state minister…

Sharif’s disqualification: ECP expected to announce schedule for holding by-polls

LAHORE: After the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif from his Prime Minister post, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is expected to announce schedule for holding by-polls on NA-120 (Lahore) by next week, sources said.  The seat for National Assembly has been left vacant after the de-notification of Sharif. The by-election is likely to be held in the second week of September as the ECP is enforced to hold by-election in a constituency within 60 days after any legislature seat left vacant, sources further said.…

PML-N to devise future strategy after consulting legal experts: Marriyum

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb on Friday said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) will devise a strategy in the wake of Supreme Court’s verdict in the Panama Papers case after consulting with legal experts. She was speaking to reporters outside the Supreme Court when she said that the apex court’s judgment with regard to disqualification of the premier has disappointed her. Calling PML-N as one of the mainstream political parties in the country, she said nobody…

Panama verdict: Imran Khan not be attending Supreme Court session today

ISLAMABAD: As the Supreme Court of Pakistan is due to announce its reserved verdict in Panama Papers Case on Friday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan – who is also the main petitioner in the case – will not be attending the top court’s session today. Talking to media outside the court, spokesperson to PTI Chairman Naeem ul Haque said that Imran Khan has cancelled his visit to the top court due to security concerns. Anticipating a fair judgment upholding justice, Haque said that Supreme Court’s verdict…

Nisar postpones his presser after Lahore tragedy

ISLAMABAD: Condemning the Lahore blast, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Monday has yet again postponed the much-awaited press conference in wake of the terror attack in Lahore, claiming at least 25 lives and injuring many others. Talking briefly to media, the interior minister said that he wanted to hold an important press conference but the tragic incident makes difficult for him to speak on political issues. “I could not hold a presser yesterday (Sunday) due to severe back pain. I am still not feeling…

PML-N suffers throes of uncertainty after court verdict reserved

KARACHI: In the aftermath of the Supreme Court reserves its verdict of the Panama Papers Case, the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) experiencing a turmoil in its ranks. The party's stronghold Lahore sees emergence of banners advising Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down and vacant the top seat for his brother and Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif. The ruling party witnessing fissures in its ranks at the high level with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali's disapproval of the government's tackling…