DATE: 07-11-2016                       


Supreme Court has directed all concerned parties to Panama Paper case to present documentary evidence on next hearing.


Planning Minister says Gwadar-Quetta Road will be completed next month ahead of schedule.


Chief of Army Staff inspected field exercises of Pakistan Army near Kharian and Gujranwala on Monday.


Over two hundred Farraries surrendered to the government in Quetta on Monday afternoon.


UNHCR has suspended repatriation of Afghan refugees during the winter season.





The children of Prime Minister submitted their replies before Supreme Court on Monday in the case of Panama Papers.


Submitting replies on their behalf, Counsel Salman Butt said Maryam Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz are not public office holders.


Presenting the reply of Maryam Nawaz, the counsel said that her client is not dependant of the prime minister.


Denying the allegations leveled in the petitions as contrary to facts and figures, Maryam Nawaz said she is not the beneficiary owner of Nielsen and Nescom companies but only the trustee.


Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz also rejected the allegations leveled in the petitions. They said they are not dependant of  the prime minister and that they are non- resident Pakistanis and conducting business outside the country over the last many years.


The apex court directed all the parties to place on record all the documents on the next hearing on 15th of this month in support of their case as no other opportunity will be given in this regard.


The bench said that it will go through the documents before the constitution of the commission.


In his remarks, Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Zaheer Jamali said every step and order of the court will be fully in accordance with law and the constitution.


He said the prime minister has presented himself for accountability. He said the court will not give any message of discrimination or pick and choose in the case.


The Chief Justice also urged the media to demonstrate responsibility and avoid comments in the case that are not in the interest of the country.               



Minister of State for Information Maryam Aurangzeb has expressed the confidence that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will get clean chit in Panama Papers case.


Talking to newsmen outside Supreme Court in Islamabad on Monday, she said the prime Minister does not own any off shore company but he presented himself for accountability.


Maryam Aurangzeb urged media to cover proceedings of the Supreme Court and avoid speculations.                 



Minister for Planning and Development, Ahsan Iqbal has said that the second part of Western Route of China-Pakistan Economic will be completed by 2018.


He was talking to newsmen after inauguration of a conference in Lahore on Monday afternoon.


He said that the Gwadar-Quetta Road will be completed by next month, ahead of its scheduled time.


Ahsan Iqbal said work on Dera Ismail Khan-Quetta Road has also been initiated while the Dera Ismail Khan-Burhan Road will be completed by year 2018.


He said that C-PEC will bring prosperity to the backward and far off areas of country. He said that special attention has been given to Sindh and Balochistan in CPEC projects as the raw coal for the coal-run projects can easily be provided to plants in these two provinces.


He said that he had provided CPEC related documents to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak at the All Parties Conference and is ready to visit Peshawar again to clear any point in that regard.


Earlier, addressing the inaugural session of an International Conference and Exhibition Expo in Lahore, Ahsan Iqbal has said that the government is paying attention to capacity building of students to prepare them for challenges of modern age.


The Planning Minister said the government has successfully tackled the challenge of terrorism and now terrorists are on the run.


He said that he said that we are witnessing unprecedented changes in every sector in modern times as it is the century of innovative ideas.



Speaker Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Asad Qaiser on Monday filed a writ petition in Peshawar High Court for timely completion of Western Route of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.


Later talking to newsmen, he said CPEC is a big development project and it will change the destiny of the nation.


He said we are not against CPEC but we wants the rights of the province. He lauded the role of China in the development of Pakistan.


Asad Qaiser urged the federal government to fulfill its promise made in the All Parties Conference in Islamabad a few months back.


He said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA have been badly affected by terrorism. Therefore special incentives should be given for its rehabilitation.



Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif visited Exercise Area around Kharian and Gujranwala on Monday and witnessed troops engaged in the ongoing Army Field Exercise.


The Army Chief was briefed in detail about objectives and conduct of the Exercise from newly inducted hi-tech net enabled virtual war room.


He also witnessed field military exercises at night. 


Army field exercise is being conducted in Central and Southern Command to enhance preparedness of troops.


Raheel Sharif appreciated excellent standard of training and high morale of the participating troops.



Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has directed all officers, former ministers and advisors to return government vehicles in their use within twenty-four hours otherwise action will be taken against them.


Addressing the cabinet meeting in Karachi on Monday, he ordered Chief Secretary to take action against those ministers, advisors and special assistants who run the vehicles without number plates.



Over two hundred Farraries surrendered to the government of Balochistan in Quetta on Monday afternoon.


They surrendered their arms at a ceremony in Quetta.


Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri was chief guest on this occasion.


The Farraries announced to accept the writ of law and join the national mainstream.            



UNHCR has temporarily suspended the repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan due to winter season.


UNHCR officials told our Peshawar correspondent that repatriation of Afghan refugees will be re-launched from 1st March 2017.


More than three hundred and thirty four thousand Afghan refugees were repatriated to their country under UNHCR repatriation programme this year.                                                                                         



The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Syed Shakeel Hussain visited the Northern part of Sri Lanka to review the progress on a Pakistani-funded Housing Project for war affected families of District Mannar.


Sri Lankan Minister for Commerce and Industry, Rishad Bathiudeen was also present on the occasion.


Addressing the gathering at Puthukudiyiruppu village, the High Commissioner said that the Government of Pakistan has sponsored many projects in health, education and livelihood sectors in Sri Lanka.


He said Pakistan’s contribution to several projects in Sri Lanka reflects the desire of the people and Government of Pakistan to assist the people at the grass root level in Sri Lanka.



In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops and Special Task Force personnel raided the house of Chairperson of Muslim Khawateen Markaz, Yasmeen Raja in Pampore.


They ransacked the house goods and violently harassed the family of the leader.


Meanwhile, Indian forces in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred a Kashmiri youth in a siege and search operation in Shopian district of south Kashmir on Monday.



In Syria, US-backed alliance has launched operation "Euphrates Anger" against Islamic State militants to retake the northern city of Raqqa.


The operation is aimed to isolate and surround Raqqa before any move to seize it.


US President Barack Obama's counter-Islamic State envoy, Brett McGurk, told reporters during a stopover in Amman that the campaign will proceed in phases.



In Somalia, twenty-nine people were killed and more than 50 wounded when fighting erupted between rival militia in GalKay area on Monday.



Death anniversary of last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar is being observed on Monday.

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