DATE: 18-07-2017                          


Prime Minister's counsel prays the Supreme Court that no judgment can be made on the basis of incomplete JIT report on Panama Papers.  


Minister of State for Information says JIT or political opponents could not present any solid evidence of corruption against the Prime Minister.


Punjab Chief Minister says energy and other development projects are being swiftly completed in the country.


Accession of Kashmir to Pakistan Day will be observed on both sides of the Line of Control on Wednesday.


Chinese newspaper Global Times has said China tries hard to avoid a military clash with India, but will not compromise its sovereignty.





Prime Minister's Counsel Khawaja Haris has pleaded before the Supreme Court that report of the Joint Investigation Team is incomplete and the investigation does not conform to the norms of justice.


He said this while submitting his arguments before the three-member bench of the apex court in the Panama Papers implementation case in Islamabad on Tuesday. The bench is being headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan. 


Raising legal objections to the JIT report, the counsel prayed that evidences provided by the incomplete report cannot be made basis of judgment. On this, the judges remarked that any order or judgment will be made after analyzing whether the evidence provided therein is admissible or not.


The Counsel also objected to the credibility and the validity of the documents collected by the JIT through informal sources. He said documents collected from foreign countries cannot be admitted without having the verification of concerned embassies or the governments.


On this, the bench observed that validity of any documents can be challenged by the defence counsel by filing a separate plea. The court also remarked that any decision will be made on the basis of the content and not the findings of the JIT report.


The hearing has been adjourned till on Wednesday when Khawaja Haris will resume his arguments.                          



Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will emerge victorious in Panama Papers case.


Talking to media outside the Supreme Court building in Islamabad on Tuesday, she said Nawaz Sharif's counsel on Tuesday raised legal points on the validity of documents obtained by the Joint Investigation Team through informal channels.


The Minister of state for Information said the documents obtained through informal sources are liable to scrutiny and verification.


Marriyum Aurangzeb said neither the JIT nor our political opponents have presented any solid evidence to prove corruption, commission, or kickback against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.


She said a deliberate attempt is being made to form bogus cases against the prime minister. 


The Minister of State expressed the hope that the Supreme Court will reject the baseless allegations against the three-time elected prime minister.


She said Prime Minister has sincerely served the people and hoped that people will again elect him with overwhelming majority in general elections next year.                         



Minister of state for Capital Administration and Development Division Tariq Fazal Chaudhry has said no one can contest with Nawaz Sharif in the politics.


Talking to media in Islamabad on Tuesday afternoon, he said the Supreme Court knows what they have to do.


PML-N leader Talal Chaudhry said opposition leaders come to Supreme Court not for justice, but for power.  He said that public gives power and justice is received from the Courts.


He said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief is getting funds from enemies of Pakistan in foreign countries. He said that conspiracies are being hatched to destabilize the energy projects and CPEC. Talal Chaudhry said PTI and PPP is following the agenda of the enemies.


Daniyal Aziz said that Imran Khan has been declared proclaimed offender by an anti-terrorism court. He should come to courts and election commission to face the cases against him.



JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Tuesday.


Development projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and political matters came under discussion during the meeting.



Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that some political elements have not learnt lessons from their failure in past.


In a statement in Lahore on Tuesday, he expressed surprise that those parties are demanding accountability who have corrupt elements in their ranks.


The Chief Minister said there is no corruption scandal against the present government.


Shahbaz Sharif said energy and other development projects are being swiftly completed, which is the real cause of the worries of enemies of development in the country.



The outgoing Consul General of Bahrain Yaser Isa Ajlan Al-Heddi paid a farewell visit to the Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah in Karachi on Tuesday.


During the meeting, matters related to investment opportunities in various sectors including energy came under discussion.


The Chief Minister lauded his services for strengthening relations between the two countries.   



Abdul Ghani Khilji Advocate sworn in as Provincial Ombudsman during a ceremony in Quetta on Tuesday.


Governor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai administered the oath.


The ceremony was attended by high ranking officials and notables.



Accession to Pakistan Day will be observed on both sides of the Line of Control on Wednesday.


The day is observed on 19th July to commemorate the resolution adopted at the platform of All Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference in Srinagar in 1947 demanding Kashmir’s accession to Pakistan.



In Occupied Kashmir, a complete shutdown is being observed in Islamabad and Tral areas on Tuesday against the martyrdom of youth.


Six youths were martyred during military crackdown and fake encounters in Tral and Achabal areas.


All shops, business establishments and educational institutions are closed while public transport is off the roads.


Meanwhile, an Indian army officer Major Shikhar Thapa of 71 Armed Regiment was gunned down by a frustrated soldier in Uri area of Baramulla district.



A leading Chinese newspaper Global Times has said China tries hard to avoid a military clash with India, but it will not hesitate to go to war to safeguard its sovereignty.


The newspaper said in a report on Tuesday that one important reason, which prompted India trigger the border dispute this time, is its worry over China's development in recent years.


It urged both the countries to exercise restraint and avoid the current conflict spiraling out of control.



In Syria, four people were killed when a suicide car bomber struck a checkpoint in Kurdish-controlled Ras al-Ayn town on Tuesday.                       



The 90th birth anniversary of legendary singer Mehdi Hassan is being observed on Tuesday.


Mehdi Hassan was given the opportunity to sing on Radio Pakistan, primarily as a thumri singer, which earned him recognition within the musical fraternity.  


He earned fame as ghazal and playback singer. "Gulon mein rang bharay, baad-e-naubahar chale" gave him a major breakthrough in his professional career.


He was recipient of many awards including Nigar, Hilal-e-Imtiaz, Nishan-e-Imtiaz and Pride of Performance.



Radio Pakistan will broadcast in its National Hook-up at 1605 hours a special feature programme in connection with the birth anniversary of legendary singer Mehdi Hassan.

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