Sharif trial, conviction and now Hanif Abbasi conviction;All smells rat, apparently to generate sympathy for N-League, reinforcing Sharif’s narrative. Hanif Abbasi conviction raises serious doubts about the role of people within judiciary and establishment. Sharif trial, conviction and now Hanif Abbasi conviction;All smells rat, apparently to generate sympathy for N-League, reinforcing Sharif's narrative. PML-N’s Hanif Abbasi gets life imprisonment in ephedrine quota caseA ruckus was witnessed outside the court as PML-N supporters chanted slogans following the announcement of the verdict. The ANF in the investigations had declared that Hanif Abbasi obtained 500kg ephedrine for manufacturing medicines in 2010 but instead sold the chemical to narcotics smugglers.

July 21, 2018 19:30 UTC

Dar is curren­tly in London receiv­ing medica­l treatm­entISLAMABAD: On request of the National Accountability Bureau, the Ministry of Interior has issued red notice for the arrest of former finance minister Ishaq Dar. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader is currently in London receiving medical treatment as the interior ministry has initiated process to bring him back through the Interpol to face trial in the assets beyond income case. Earlier this month, Attorney General for Pakistan Khalid Javed Khan had informed the Supreme Court that the interior ministry on request of the Federal Investigation Agency had issued red warrants and was waiting for a response from the Interpol. On May 8, the top court had suspended the notice conferring Dar as a Senator, ordering that the former minister cannot be a member of the Upper House. On March 3, the former finance minister won a Senate seat as a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) backed independent candidate.

July 21, 2018 19:29 UTC

SEHWAN: Six polling officers were arrested on Saturday after they were found to have allegedly tampered with postal ballot papers in PS-80 Sehwan. Caretaker Sindh Chief Minister Fazlur Rehman took notice of the matter and sought a report from Jamshoro Deputy Commissioner Shazia Abbasi and SSP Bashir Brohi. Meanwhile, Jamshoro District Returning Officer Jahangir Ahmed Dayo submitted a report to the provincial election commissioner in which he stated, “It has been brought to my notice..that a video has become viral…envelopes of Postal Ballot Papers and some Postal Ballots have been found lying on the table of Taluka Education Officer Sehwan Qurban [sic] Memon ARO making the process of Postal Ballots suspicious and is in violation of oath of his office of ARO, being election official.”According to Rasheed Channa, the CM’s spokesperson, SSP Brohi arrested the following officers found involved in the tampering:Qurban Ali Memon, ARO/TEOMuhammad Sualeh, Assistant, TEO officeAbid Ali, Senior Clerk, TEO officeMuhammad Aslam, Junior Clerk, TEO officeGhulam Mustafa Solangi, primary school teacher and union memberAbdul Aziz Rahopoto, primary school teacher and union memberChanna while speaking to a local news outlet said that the police have launched an investigation into the incident. He said that the Sindh chief minister has sought a report from DC Abbasi and SSP Brohi by Monday.

July 21, 2018 19:18 UTC

Haroon Chakan­suri confir­med a report, that the govern­ment is consid­ering truce during Eid-ul-AdhaKABUL,: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani may offer the Taliban a ceasefire during next month’s Eid holiday after the truce in June which saw unprecedented scenes of unarmed fighters and soldiers mingling on the streets of Kabul, a spokesperson said on Saturday. The announcement came amid growing speculation about the possibility of peace talks with the Taliban, following Ghani’s offer in January of talks without preconditions and the three-day truce during last month’s Eidul Fitr holiday. That ceasefire, which saw unarmed Taliban fighters on the streets of Kabul and other Afghan cities taking selfies with soldiers and police, raised visions of longer-lasting peace 17 years after the US-led campaign that ousted the Taliban. Ghani’s main spokesperson Haroon Chakansuri confirmed a report in the Wall Street Journal this week that the government was considering a repeat of the truce during Eid-ul-Adha, the second Eid holiday which this year falls on Aug. 22. Afghan president announces ceasefire with Taliban insurgents“There is the possibility that a ceasefire may be announced over Eid-ul-Adha,” he told a news conference in Kabul.

July 21, 2018 19:18 UTC

Assuring China’s full support to Pakistan to safeguard its national sovereignty, the Chinese military officer said that China fully acknowledges and appreciate Pakistan’s efforts to fight out terrorism. “Pakistan army and people of Pakistan take great pride in our deep rooted brotherly relationship with China,” he said. He lauded the ongoing reforms to strengthen the Chinese armed forces. He assured that the Pakistan Army would continue to provide complete security to the Chinese workers, who are engaged in the CPEC’s projects. Citing Pakistan’s resolve towards peace and stability, he said they will keep up their efforts, combating the three evils, separatism, terrorism and extremism.

July 21, 2018 19:07 UTC

ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Saturday said that the work on printing and dispatch of ballot papers has been completed. Briefing media, ECP Secretary Babar Yaqub said all relevant election material has been dispatched to the Returning Officers (RO). ECP secretary said eight hundred thousand security personnel deployed for security of polling stations will completely follow the code of conduct. Replying to a question, ECP secretary said the Commission has issued notices to those candidates whose names were included in UN sanctions list to appear before the ECP on Monday. The ECP secretary said various steps have been taken to facilitate the voters in the election process.

July 21, 2018 19:07 UTC

In science group for boys, Talal bin Tariq, student of the Cadet College of Hassanabdal, secured 1087 marks and first position. In general science group for boys, Shehryar Ali Khan, student of the Government MC Islamia Higher Secondary School of Jhelum, secured first position with 986 marks. In general science group for girls, Ramisha Shahzadi, student of the Government Girls High School Number-I of Jhelum, got first position. Safrina Bibi, student of the Government Girls High School, Chura Sharif, Tehsil Jand, got second position with 1009 marks and Zaneera Kalsoom, student of the Government MC Girls High School of Gujar Khan, declared third in the group with 1005 marks. The minister congratulated top position holders and other students who grabbed positions and passed in SSC exams.

July 21, 2018 19:07 UTC

On January 4, 1966, Hanif Abbasi was born in Rawalpindi to Muhammad Khalil Abbasi. As a member of the right-wing Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Abbasi defeated Sheikh Rashid Shafiq in the 2002 by-elections for the NA-56 (Rawalpindi VII) constituency. In 2008, Abbasi joined the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) and again defeated Sheikh Rasheed, uncle of Sheikh Rashid Shafiq in the general election. Imran Khan defeated Hanif Abbasi with the difference of 13356 votes in the 2013 pols. EPHEDRINE CASE:Mocked by his political rivals as ‘Ephedrine Abbasi’, he owns a pharmaceutical business, Gray Pharmaceutical, and was alleged of smuggling drugs and using public office to commit corrupt practices.

July 21, 2018 19:07 UTC

Following an anti-narcotics court’s decision of awarding life sentence to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi in ephedrine case, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) termed the verdict as suspicious while Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) welcomed it as a symbol of the judiciary’s independence. Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed said, “A man reaps what he sows.”Meanwhile journalists also took to Twitter to express disdain over the verdict. Marvi Sirmed said, “The way Hanif Abbasi has been eliminated from the electoral race in Rawalpindi, bears witness to the fact that making Sheikh Rasheed win had become an impossible challenge for those manipulating electoral process right now. Just like CNAK, whose competition was also eliminated.”The way Hanif Abbasi has been eliminated from the electoral race in Rawalpindi, bears witness to the fact that making Sheikh Rasheed win had become an impossible challenge for those manipulating electoral process right now. — Marvi Sirmed मार्वि ماروی (@marvisirmed) July 21, 2018Hamid Mir said, “This court verdict against Hanif Abbasi just 3 days before the election directly affected the credibility of the whole election process.”

July 21, 2018 19:05 UTC

Former president Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday stated that the leadership and workers of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) have rendered great sacrifices for restoration of democracy in the country democracy has strengthened because of the pro-democratic policies of his party. He said this while addressing party workers at the residence of Zulfikar Khadim Zardari in Shahdadpur. He said that political autonomy was promised by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Shaheed and PPP fulfilled that promise too. He said that PPP has always provided employment to the youth of the country whenever it has come into power. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has come out to complete the mission of his mother Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.

July 21, 2018 18:22 UTC

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Saturday suspended four officials including a deputy superintendent police (DSP) over the misuse of power and violation of the code of conduct. The four officials were suspended over using their position for personal gains and participating in the electoral campaigns, ECP sources said. Those who have been suspended included Punjab Police DSP Shehbaz Ahmad Dhaku, Deputy Secretary of Population Welfare Department Allah Yar Dhaku, Chiniot DHQ Surgeon Dr Muhammad Ali Haral and School Health and Nutrition Supervision BHU Chiniot Muhammad Imran Khan Haral.

July 21, 2018 17:48 UTC

LAHORE: More than 35,000 policemen, 50 DSPs and 200 inspectors under the supervision of 25 SPs will perform duties to maintain law and order besides ensuring a peaceful environment during the general elections in the provincial capital. The policemen along with personnel of the Pak Army and Rangers will perform security duties at all polling stations in the city whereas polling stations would also be monitored through CCTV cameras and aerial surveillance. All policemen from the CCPO rank to a constable would remain in the field to protect people and ensure a peaceful environment during polling. These viewed were expressed by Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) BA Nasir while presiding over a meeting regarding security arrangements for general elections at Qila Gujjar Singh on Saturday. DIG Investigation Khurram Ali, DIG Operations Shehzad Akbar, SSP Admin Usman Akram Gondal, SPP Headquarters Atif Nazir and other senior officers were also present.

July 21, 2018 17:37 UTC

It’s the weekend before the elections and we have still somehow not decided who is eligible to contest the polls and who is not. The decision on Abbasi aside, the near-rabid scrutiny of league leaders has become a pattern of this election and the timing is making no difference. League leader after league leader has been shown the door by the judiciary while their opponents received clean chits that they now wear like prize medals. Rabbani made a point to question the caretakers’ deafening silence regarding the deployment of army personnel inside polling stations and ECP’s silence over the victimisation of two political parties in particular. Was it a sign of warning regarding what was going to come on the larger scale?

July 21, 2018 17:03 UTC

Dostum’s expect­ed return adds to an alread­y volati­le mix ahead of separa­te parlia­mentar­y electi­ons in Octobe­rKABUL: Afghanistan’s Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum, who left the country last year amid allegations of sexual abuse and torture, will return home on Sunday after more than a year in exile and resume his duties, officials said. Government spokesperson Haroon Chakansuri confirmed on Saturday that Dostum would return home on a chartered aircraft on Sunday and would be given an official reception. The return of Dostum followed days of sometimes violent protests by supporters in northern Afghanistan over the arrest of a militia commander loyal to him. Officials said that negotiations for the return have been going on for weeks. Dostum’s expected return adds to an already volatile mix ahead of separate parliamentary elections in October that are seen as a dry run for the more important presidential elections next year.

July 21, 2018 17:03 UTC

Trends Monitor published its first report after monitoring 37 trending hashtags on Twitter in Pakistan from 23rd to 30th June. Terming it an “extremely unfair practice”, the report indicated that such accounts were directly involved in inciting violence against political rivals and journalists. Media Matters for Democracy Founder Asad Baig termed it “a political cyber-war” where opposing political fronts target each other. Moreover, he highlighted that the process involved manipulating narratives by igniting political and religious violence against political rivals. Sadaf Khan, Director of Media Matters for Democracy, said, “The hate speech against women journalists and women politicians is often heavily sexualised.

July 21, 2018 16:56 UTC