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General Elections: ECP starts collection of nomination papers from candidates

LAHORE: The Election Commission of Pakistan has started collection of nomination papers from the aspiring candidates of the upcoming general elections from Monday (today), after the Supreme Court suspended a ruling of the Lahore High Court (LHC). Following the court decision, the ECP announced revised dates for collection of nomination papers. The ECP announced that returning officers would accept nomination papers from candidates from June 4 to 8. According to the previous schedule, the candidates were required to…

All five judges unanimously disqualified Sharif: bench

ISLAMABAD: A five-member bench of the Supreme Court is hearing the Sharif family’s review petitions against the July 28 judgment in the Panama Papers case. The bench, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and comprising Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Azmat Saeed, Justice Ijazul Ahsen, is seized with the hearing of the review petitions filed by deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his children – Hussain, Hassan, Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law retired Capt Safdar. At the outset, Advocate Khawaja…

SC to hear Rasheed’s plea for re-investigation of Hudaibiya Paper Mills case today

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court is likely to take up today a petition of Awami Muslim League (AML) Chairman Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed  against the national anti-graft watchdog for failing to file an appeal before the apex court for re-investigation into Hudaibiya Papers Mills case. Sheikh Rasheed petitioned the apex court, pleading it to order the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to re-investigate the corruption case against Sharif brothers. Speaking to media on Wednesday, the AML chief said the NAB had given an assurance…

Justice Ijazul Ahsan to oversee NAB proceedings against Sharif family

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court's Justice Ijazul Ahsan was appointed on Wednesday to monitor the filing of references by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and proceedings in accountability courts against Sharif family, ARY News reported. According to a notification issued by the apex court, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar appointed Justice Ijazul Ahsan as monitoring judge to supervise the implementation of the judgment in the Panamagate case. Since Justice Ahsan is abroad, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan will perform the…

Incomplete transcript of Hashmi’s incendiary speech irks SC

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) director general and Attorney General of Pakistan on Monday earned the ire of the Supreme Court for submitting incomplete transcript of former PML-N loyalist Nehal Hashmi's incendiary speech aired on different news channels, ARY News reported. A three-judge bench, headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, was seized with the suo moto case against the senator for a bitter diatribe against the judiciary and members of Panama Joint Investigation Team (JIT), formed to…

SC to resume hearing about hurdles faced by Panama JIT today

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court will resume its hearing today on an application of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) complaining about hurdles faced by it in carrying out investigation into the Sharif family’s alleged involvement in money laundering, ARY News reported. A three-judge bench of the apex court headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan – a special bench constituted to oversee the implementation of the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Panama Papers – would take up the matter around 1:00pm. During previous hearing, the…

PML-N, PTI celebrate Thanksgiving Day today

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) separately have been celebrating Thanksgiving Day on Friday (today) across the country, however PTI also observing Day of Deliverance as Panamagate verdict came out last day, ARY News reported. The split-judgment of the Supreme Court in Panama Papers case carried an order seeking formation of joint investigation team to probe offshore wealth sources of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family cheered by both the ruling and opposition parties…

Panama case verdict invokes famed quote of Godfather

The Supreme Court’s verdict on the Panama case might have left many puzzled after the ruling and opposition parties held celebrations by separately perceiving the court ruling as triumph but the 540-page-long judgment on corruption allegations against the Sharif family began in an interesting way with a reference to Mario Puzo’s 1969 novel, The Godfather.  ‘The Godfather’, a crime novel written by Italian American Mario Puzo recounting the tale of a mafia family and the epigraph picked by the author was fascinating which…

SC orders denotification of four NAB officials

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday ordered de-notification of four National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials whose initial appointments could not be justified by their qualifications, ARY News reported. A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Amir Hani Muslim heard the case. The bench ordered the competent authority to de-notify Director General (DG) NAB Lahore, Burhan Ali, DG NAB Quetta Tariq Mehmood, DG NAB Karachi Shabbir Ahmed and the accountability bureau’s DG Awareness and…