ECP to reprint ballot papers removing Maryam Nawaz, Safdar’s name

ECP to reprint ballot papers removing Maryam Nawaz, Safdar’s name
ECP to reprint ballot papers removing Maryam Nawaz, Safdar’s name
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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan will reprint ballot papers to remove the names of Maryam Nawaz and her spouse retired captain Safdar after both were sentenced by an accountability court.

The spokesman for the election commission released a statement after both were declared ineligible to contest the upcoming general elections after the guilty verdict in the Avenfield reference case.

The statement said the a candidate is deemed ineligible to contest after being declared guilty by a court of law, and that ineligibility does not affect the general elections which will be held as scheduled.

He added that new ballot papers will be printed after both were declared ineligible and sentenced by the accountability court.

It may be mentioned that Maryam Nawaz was contesting from NA-127 Lahore, while captain Safdar was contest to NA-14 in Mansehra.

Maryam was sentenced to seven years in the Avenfield reference case, while Safdar was sentenced to one year. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to ten years in prison and fined right million pounds.

 

NAB decides to arrest Nawaz, Maryam on return from London

NAB decides to arrest Nawaz, Maryam on return from London
NAB decides to arrest Nawaz, Maryam on return from London
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KARACHI: The National Accountability Court (NAB) has decided to arrest the convicts, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz, on their return from London, ARY News reported.

NAB sources said the relevant authorities of the institution had issued order to arrest Nawaz and Maryam upon their landing in Pakistan.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police will also be contacted to arrest former MNA and Nawaz’s son-in-law captain (retd) Safdar as the authorities have decided to arrest all those who have been convicted by NAB court, the sources said.

Read more: Red warrant to be issued for Nawaz’s extradition: Farogh Naseem

An accountability court handed Nawaz Sharif 10 years as jail time for owning assets beyond income and 1 year for not cooperating with NAB in the Avenfield properties corruption reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

His daughter Maryam Nawaz was given 7 years for abutment, and 1 year for non-cooperation with the anti-graft authority.

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Red warrant to be issued for Nawaz’s extradition: Farogh Naseem

Red warrant to be issued for Nawaz’s extradition: Farogh Naseem
Red warrant to be issued for Nawaz’s extradition: Farogh Naseem
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KARACHI: Legal expert Farogh Naseem on Friday said help will be sought through red notice and red warrant to extradite former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, if he does not return to Pakistan, ARY News reported.

An accountability court handed Nawaz Sharif 10 years as jail time for owning assets beyond income and 1 year for not cooperating with NAB in the Avenfield properties corruption reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

His daughter Maryam Nawaz has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment for abetment, and one year for non-cooperation with the anti-graft authority.

Explicating the court verdict, the counsel Farogh said Maryam’s disqualification term will begin after she would have served her jail term, which means that she has in total been disqualified for 17 years. While, he said, likewise Nawaz has been disqualified for 20 years.

A red notice is a request to locate and provisionally arrest an individual pending extradition. While, a red notice is the closest instrument to an international arrest warrant. Interpol (the International Criminal Police Organization) circulates notices to member countries and the required person can be extradited through formal application, after he has been found.

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Nawaz gets 10 years in prison and Maryam 7 in Avenfield case

Nawaz gets 10 years in prison and Maryam 7 in Avenfield case
Nawaz gets 10 years in prison and Maryam 7 in Avenfield case
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ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Friday sentenced former premier Nawaz Sharif to a total of 10 years in prison and directed him to pay a fine of £8 million after finding him guilty on different charges in the Avenfield properties case.

Judge Muhammad Bashir found Mr. Sharif guilty of accumulating assets beyond his known sources of income.

He handed out seven-year imprisonment to the former premier’s daughter Maryam Nawaz and a fine of £2 million. She has been awarded an additional one year’s imprisonment on charges of using Calibri font to fabricate Avenfield properties trust deeds.

Whereas, her husband Captain retired Safdar has been awarded one year’s jail term.

Highlights

  • Nawaz Sharif handed out 10-year imprisonment and £ 8m fine

  • Maryam Nawaz gets seven years in prison and a fine of £ 2m

  • Captain Safdar to undergo rigorous imprisonment of one year

  • Avenfield properties to be confiscated

Moreover, the judge ordered confiscation of the Sharif family’s London properties in question in the case.

Four members of the Sharif family ─ Nawaz, Maryam, Hasan and Hussain ─ who have been named in the case – are in London, while Captain Safdar is in Pakistan, but didn’t appear in court to hear the verdict.

The judge earlier rejected an application filed by the former prime minister seeking a seven-day postponement of the verdict.

He reserved the verdict on the application after hearing arguments from the Sharif family’s lawyer Amjad Pervez and NAB prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar.

At the outset of the hearing, the lawyer argued that the former premier and his daughter are not proclaimed offenders and added they will show up in court upon return from London after seven days.

Opposing the plea, the NAB prosecutor contended a reserved verdict is not deferred and pleaded that the application be dismissed for being non-maintainable.

Security has been beefed up in and outside the court to avoid any untoward incident.

The accountability judge had earlier set July 6 (today) for pronouncement of the verdict in the Avenfield case against Mr. Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain retired Safdar.

A day earlier, the former premier’s lawyer filed the application, stating that the ex-PM wanted to hear the judgment while standing in the courtroom with his people whom he wanted to hold as witnesses.

He said Mr. Sharif and his daughter traveled to London on June 14 for tending to ailing wife Kulsoom Nawaz, who is undergoing cancer treatment there. Upon arrival in London, they discovered that she suffered a cardiac arrest and was put on a ventilator.

He said the former premier wanted to return to Pakistan if his wife had recovered sufficiently.

Not only is delay in the interest of justice, but in consonance with the spirit and requirement of Section 366 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1989, the counsel argued.

He pleaded that the announcement of the order in the reference be postponed for a minimum period of seven days so that Mr. Sharif and his daughter could return home.

A report about the condition of ailing Kulsoom Nawaz was also attached to the application, which stated, “she continues to be ventilator-dependent. Whilst last week it did look as if she might be able to [be] weaned, her respiratory indices deteriorated and she has required pressure control ventilation.”

Background

The Avenfield reference is among four corruption references filed against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his three children and former finance minister Ishaq Dar in compliance with the July 2017 Supreme Court verdict in the Panama Papers case.

On July 28, the apex court disqualified Mr. Sharif in a unanimous verdict, thus cutting short his third stint in power.

The court directed the anti-graft watchdog to file references against the former premier and members of his family in the wake of the Panama Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report leveling serious corruption allegations against them.

Subsequently, three references were filed against Sharifs, which pertained to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment, Flagship Investment Ltd, and Avenfield properties of London.

Nawaz sharif and his two sons – Hussain and Hasan – have been named in all three references whereas his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Capt. Safdar have been nominated in the Avenfield reference only.

As per Avenfield Properties reference, Sharif, his brood and his son-in-law had purchased four flats in Park Lane, UK, without legitimate financial means. However, the former premier and his family members have consistently claimed that the apartments were purchased with legal means.

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‘Feeling humiliated’: Judge whose cellphone was thrown by CJP resigns

‘Feeling humiliated’: Judge whose cellphone was thrown by CJP resigns
‘Feeling humiliated’: Judge whose cellphone was thrown by CJP resigns
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LARKANA: The additional district and sessions judge in Larkana who made headlines after the chief justice of Pakistan reprimanded him and threw his cellphone for keeping it in the courtroom, has tendered his resignation saying he “suffered deep anguish and injury to his self respect” after the incident.

Gul Zameer Solangi submitted his resignation to the registrar Sindh High Court. He wrote: “Due to humiliating behavior of honourable…which was widely aired in the electronic, print and social media. I have suffered deep anguish and injury to my self-respect and dignity therefore I am unable to continue my job with your esteemed organization.”

‘Feeling humiliated’: Judge whose cellphone was thrown by CJP resigns
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On June 23, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar had expressed anger at a sessions judge and threw his mobile phone onto the desk during his visit to district courts in Larkana, asking him to leave his phone in his chamber.

While witnessing the proceedings in the courtroom of Second Additional Sessions Judge Gul Zameer Solangi, the CJP who was standing next to him asked a couple of questions and upon getting unsatisfactory reply called Larkana District and Sessions Judge Abdul Naeem Memon, and expressed his resentment.

He also asked the judge about number of cases he had heard from the morning. The additional judge replied with ‘three’.

Justice Nisar expressed his displeasure and said how justice could be ensured when the judicial process was this slow.

He asked the judge to swiftly wrap up cases and ensure dispensation of justice speedily.

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PML-N’s Talal Chaudhry asset details, worth Rs50 lac

PML-N’s Talal Chaudhry asset details, worth Rs50 lac
PML-N’s Talal Chaudhry asset details, worth Rs50 lac
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LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Talal Chaudhry is not filthy rich as compared to other key members of the party.

According to the revealed asset details, he is found to be a poor man.

The affidavit submitted in Election Commission, Talal is an owner of assets worth Rs. 50 lac.

He does not own his personal residence nor a car. His 20-kanal acre agricultural land and insurance is worth Rs7.5 lac.

Besides this, the former minister has cash amounting Rs. 33,67,000 and took a loan of Rs. 50 lac to start business.

However, his residence on 4-kanal land is in the name of his wife. She is the owner of 200-tola gold jewelry and a boutique.

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Karachi ranked among top five cheapest cities to live in the world

Karachi ranked amongst top five cheapest cities to live in the world
Karachi ranked amongst top five cheapest cities to live in the world
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Karachi in named one of the five least expensive cities to live in according to an annual cost of a living report produced by consultancy Mercer. 

Islamabad is ranked 19th on the world’s cheapest cities.

Karachi ranked amongst top five cheapest cities to live in the world
Islamabad

The survey takes into account factors such as costs of housing, food, recreation, public transport, schools and other daily facilities to draw conclusions.

Others in the 5 cheapest cities list include  Banjul, Bishkek, Tunis, and Tashkent.

On the other hand, Hong Kong is listed as the world’s most expensive city to live in followed by Tokyo in second place, Singapore fourth, Seoul fifth, Shanghai seventh and Beijing in ninth place.

The finance hub tops an Asia-dominated list with Outside of Asia, European and African cities were among the priciest cities for employees. Zurich ranked third and Luanda came in sixth.

“Asia’s cities, especially Chinese cities, have shown strong performance in terms of cost of living rankings, mainly due to currency fluctuations. Companies are moving top talent around the globe in response to skills shortages,” Mario Ferraro, Mercer’s Global Mobility Practice Leader for Asia, Middle East, Africa and Turkey, said in a release.

Dubai is listed as the  26th most expensive city to live in for Expats while Abu Dhabi is on 40 and Riyadh is on 45.

Karachi ranked amongst top five cheapest cities to live in the world
Dubai

India’s film city Mumbai is listed at 55 whereas its capital New Delhi is on 103 in the list of the most expensive cities to live in.

Karachi ranked among top five cheapest cities to live in the world
Mumbai

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FIA arrests youth for blackmailing girl in Lahore

FIA arrests youth for blackmailing girl in Lahore
FIA arrests youth for blackmailing girl in Lahore
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LAHORE: Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) have arrested a youth accused of blackmailing a woman over cellphone, and sending her objectionable pictures and messages, ARY News reported.

The youth, identified as Usman, is a resident of Gulshan-e-Ravi. He was arrested after the federal agency conducted a raid at a restaurant located on Jail Raid.

The suspect is accused of blackmailing a woman named Zainab, and pretending he had objectionable videos and pictures of her.

The women lodged the complaint with the cyber-crime wing of the FIA, which acted swiftly to arrest the suspect, and also retrieved data and the objectionable pictures from his possession.

In April, police in Gujranwala arrest a college student who made fake accounts on social media in the names of girls and blackmailed them. The accused identified as Mudassir Ibrahim also spread pictures of female college friends on the internet.

Earlier a youth hailing from Quetta named Hamad Azam was arrested in a Lahore market. He was a mobile phone dealer who purchased a used cellphone from Umair and retrieved pictures from the gadget, and then blackmailed a female victim.

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NAB to approach Interpol against Hussain and Hasan Nawaz, Ishaq Dar

NAB to approach Interpol against Hussain and Hasan Nawaz, Ishaq Dar
NAB to approach Interpol against Hussain and Hasan Nawaz, Ishaq Dar
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LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau has decided to approach Interpol to bring back former finance minister Ishaq Dar and the sons of deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif,  Hussain and Hasan Nawaz, to the country to face corruption cases.

Well-informed sources reveal NAB will request the interior ministry to initiate the process of issuing red warrants against the trio who are facing corruption references and are involved in multiple pending cases. The decision was reportedly taken in a meeting chaired by NAB chairman Justice retired Javed Iqbal.

Hussain and Hasan Nawaz have already been declared proclaimed offenders in the Avenfield reference case. Both are currently in London alongside their mother Begum Kulsoom Nawaz who is in frail health and has been placed on ventilator.

Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and her spouse captain retired Safdar, are currently facing the ongoing cases and a verdict is expected soon. They have also been granted exemption from court proceedings and are also present in London.

Dar also faces several cases including possessing assets beyond known sources of income, and left for London last year on the pretext of medical treatment and has not returned ever since.

NAB will also take similar action against Ali Imran, son-in-law of former Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who is also facing corruption case. Ali Imran left for London in April after he was summoned in the Saaf Pani Company case for alleged embezzlement and illegal assets.

It has also been decided to place the name of former principal secretary Fawad Hasan Fawad on the Exit Control. He faced several inquiries and has skipped several NAB summons. Fawad was transferred after caretaker Prime Minister Justice retired Nasir-ul-Mulk took over and is currently serving as Director-General Civil Service Academy in Lahore.

Former secretary Primary and Secondary Healthcare Punjab Ali Jan and former secretary Najam Ahmed Shah will also be placed on the ECL. Director-General NAB Operations has been tasked to write to the interior ministry to initiate proceedings against the accused.

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Sindh education dept seeks extension in summer vacation

Sindh education dept seeks extension in summer vacation
Sindh education dept seeks extension in summer vacation
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KARACHI: The Sindh education department Monday recommended an extension in the summer break of schools, colleges and universities till July 27 in view of the forthcoming elections.

The provincial education department maintained that school teachers would be busy discharging election duties hence it would not be possible for them to hold regular classes.

The recommendation will be forwarded to caretaker federal government for approval.

The Sindh government had announced early summer vacations for public and private schools across the province from May 14 to July 16.

The vacations were announced early due to the blistering heat and start of the holy month of Ramazan.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has scheduled the polls on July 25.