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Rulers must step down on moral grounds: Siraj

LAHORE: Jamaat-e-Islami chief Senator Sirajul Haq on Wednesday said that the government had lost moral grounds to stay in power after the Panama leaks issue.

Talking to the media after the Supreme Court hearing, he said that the ship of the ruling junta had become entangled in the Panama leaks’ mire, while the only way out was through “truthfulness”.

Siraj said that by the grace of God, the case was moving in the right direction. He said that from the very beginning, the JI had called for setting up a commission for enquiry into the Panama leaks. He said the JI wanted accountability of all those mentioned in the leaks, but the process should begin with the prime minister and his family because the premier had admitted that his children owned offshore companies, and had also offered himself for accountability.

He said that after the setting up of the enquiry commission, the premier should stop using executive powers so that he could not influence t....... Read more

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Parties asked to choose between commission or SC decision By Sohail Khan in The News,December 08, 2016

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday observed that an investigation of the evidence is needed in the PanamaLeaks case after questions were raised on the genuineness of the documents submitted before the court and asked the parties whether a commission should be formed first or the apex court should decide the matter itself.

A five-member larger bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and comprising Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, Justice Ameer Hani Muslim, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice IjazulAhsen, resumed hearing in the petitions filed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and others seeking a probe in the Panama Papers as well as disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Continuing his arguments, Salman Aslam Butt, counsel for Nawaz Sharif, expressed his inability to produce before the court the documentary record on the money trail through which the Sharif famil y had purchased the London properties....... Read more

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PML-N unlikely to back inquiry commission By Sardar Sikander in The Express Tribune,: December 8, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Feeling the heat of the Supreme Court’s proceedings in Panamagate case, the ruling party on Wednesday held marathon meetings to review options against the formation of an inquiry commission to probe the mega scandal.

In these crucial and classified huddles, held at the PM House under the chair of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the PM’s counsel in Panamagate case Salman Aslam Butt, Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf, the PM children’s counsel Akram Sheikh, Anusha Rehman and Raza Zafarul Haq took part.

According to sources, the lawyers for the PM and his family members argued against the commission’s formation and in support of maintaining status quo in the case. The ruling party is not likely to reach a consensus with the PTI on the commission’s formation fearing “too many repercussions,” reliable sources in the ruling PML-N shared with The Express Tribune.

“The formation of commission means all the respondents would have to appear before the inq....... Read more

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SC proposes setting up Panamagate probe commission NASIR IQBALin Dawn, December 8th, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Dissatisfied with the way parties to the Panama Papers leaks hearing developed their case over nine days of proceedings, the Supreme Court on Wednesday proposed constituting a commission to hold an extensive inquiry into the matter.

When the five-judge larger bench resumed hearing in the courtroom No.1 after the morning tea-break, Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali asked the counsel for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan to come up with their stance after seeking instructions on forming the inquiry commission.

The last time the court advanced a similar proposition was on Nov 1, a day ahead of the PTI’s proposed lockdown of Islamabad, though earlier on May 13 it had declined to accept the federal government’s plea to appoint a commission to probe the allegations levelled in the case.

“Can the Supreme Court disqualify a person in a summary manner and on contradictory facts after going through voluminous doc....... Read more

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Did Pak London High Commission issue undue visa letters? By Zahid Gishkori in The News, December 08, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan High Commission London is embroiled in a huge controversy over issuing sponsorship letters to individuals and a commercial organization for the British visas.

Geo News/The News has a copy of the visa request letter issued by Pakistan High Commission (PHC) in London on 6th of October 2016 to the British High Commission requesting visas for many individuals for “participation in musical event scheduled to be held in the PHC for London (UK) last week”.

The letter added: “This is to introduce that Mr Zahoor Ahmad, Mr Riyasat Ali and Mr Muhammad Mushtaq, Pakistan singers/composers, are required to visit London, for participation in a musical event, scheduled to be held in the High Commission for Pakistan London UK during November 2016. It would be appreciated, if the esteemed British High Commission endorses appropriate visas on their passports on presentation,” read an official letter written on 6th October 2016.

Well informed diplomats told....... Read more

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Samiul Haq accuses federal, Sindh, Punjab govts of enacting ‘un-Islamic laws’ By Mushtaq Paracha in The News, December 08, 2016

NOWSHERA: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Sami (JUI-S) chief Maulana Samiul Haq on Wednesday criticised the federal and provincial governments for enacting what he argued were un-Islamic laws.

He was speaking as chief guest at a meeting of the consultative council of the JUI-S Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter at the Darul Uloom Haqqania in Akora Khattak. He said the passage of a bill by the Sindh Assembly making “forced conversions punishable” was un-Islamic.

He felt the rulers were determined to damage the Islamic identity of the country. The Sindh Assembly had passed a law making “forced conversions” punishable with life sentence and forbidding anyone under the age of 18 from changing their religion. The Sindh government said this was done to protect the minorities in the province.

Samiul Haq said the federal and provincial governments did not care for the feelings of 200 million Muslims in the country and were doing whatever seems right to them.

He said the Punjab....... Read more

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PM’s Upcoming Visit to Delhi: Deal likely on use of Ctg, Mongla ports by India Rejaul Karim Byron in The Daily Star, Dec 8, 2016

Dhaka and New Delhi are expected to sign 30 to 35 primary and final agreements, including that for the use of Chittagong and Mongla ports by India and its fresh commitment for project loans, during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s four-day official visit to India later this month.

Initially, 20 to 25 projects have been identified for which India may offer over $10 billion in credit, a finance ministry official said, asking not to be named citing diplomatic protocol.

The MoUs are likely to be project-based, similar to those inked with China in October during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Dhaka visit.

At the time, Dhaka and Beijing signed 27 deals worth about $24.45 billion in soft loan for various key development projects. In addition, 13 Bangladeshi entities and as many Chinese companies signed 13 joint venture agreements involving $13.6 billion of Chinese investment in Bangladesh.

Together, the sum of $38.05 billion is the biggest ever assistance....... Read more

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5 ‘Huji militants’ held with arms, bombs in Ctg: report in The Daily Star, Dec 8, 2016

Ctg: Law enforcers today claimed arrest of five militants of the Harkat-Ul-Jihad in Chittagong’s Pahartali area and seized arms and explosives from them.

They were primarily identified as: Taijul Islam, Nazim Uddin, Md Hafez Abu Zafar, Nur-e-Alam, and Ibtisham Ahmed, our local correspondent reports.

Twelve improvised explosives (IED), two pistols, nine magazines, 167 rounds of ammunition, and religiously inciting books in large volumes were seized from them.

“They are all aides of Huji chief Mufti Mainul Islam,” said Mufti Mahmud Khan, director of Rapid Action Battalion’s media wing, in a press briefing held after the haul.

Taijul and Nazim were caught from AK Khan intersection around 5:00am. Based on information from them, Rab raided a “militant den” in Pahartali’s Uttar Katatali area.

After four hours of drive, three “Huji militants” were detained from there. The explosives and arms-ammunition were seized from the flat they were re....... Read more

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Bilawal warns of ‘long march’ if demands not accepted AMJAD MAHMOOD in Dawn, December 7th, 2016

LAHORE: Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has threatened to launch a ‘long march’ if the Nawaz government does not accept his four demands by Dec 27.

He has also announced making the Punjab capital his abode for his future political activities.

His demands are: forming a parliamentary committee on national security, adopting the PPP-drafted bill on Panama Leaks probe, implementing decision of the multi-party conference chaired by Asif Zardari on CPEC and appointing a full-time foreign minister.

“I’m forming a committee [for holding talks with the government] on the four demands and if the demands are not met by Dec 27, I’ll announce a long march against the government,” he told participants of the 7th and concluding day ceremonies of the party’s foundation day here on Tuesday.

“Then they will learn about the power of Bhutto and of the masses,” he said, adding a dash of Punjabi to his Urdu speech.

Hurling anoth....... Read more

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‘Burden of proof’ now on PM, says Imran: REPORT in Dawn, December 7th, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has claimed that the Supreme Court has put the “burden of proof” on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family members in the ongoing Panama Papers leaks case.

“The judges have made it clear that now the burden of proof lies with them [the PM and his family members],” he said while talking to reporters after the SC hearing of the case on Tuesday.

Accompanied by the party’s vice chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi and secretary general Jahangir Tareen, the PTI chief said the judges had clearly told the government’s team of lawyers, headed by Salman Aslam Butt, that now it was up to them to respond to questions about the ownership of offshore companies and Mayfair apartments in London.

“Now they are required to come out clean. We have finished our work and are now waiting for the government’s reply,” he said. He claimed that the PTI had successfully proved before the court that the prime minist....... Read more

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