DATE: 21-04-2017                              


Interior Minister says government will implement judgement of the Supreme Court in Panama papers case in letter and spirit.


Balochistan Assembly through a unanimously passed resolution has expressed full confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister.


President says Pakistan supports all regional and international efforts to combat the scourge of terrorism.


Election Commission has decided to introduce Internet Voting System for Overseas Pakistanis as a pilot project.


The death anniversary of poet philosopher Allama Muhammad Iqbal was observed on Friday with due reverence.


In occupied Kashmir, people staged massive anti-India demonstrations on Friday to protest against the worst state terrorism by Indian forces.


South Korea is on high alert fearing another nuclear test by Pyongyang.


First cricket Test between Pakistan and West Indies is being played at Kingston.





Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan says the government will implement the judgement of Supreme Court in Panama papers case in letter and spirit.


Talking to media persons in Wah Cantt on Friday afternoon, he said the decision by the apex 

Court must be accepted by everyone and there should be no trial of the verdict.


He regretted that people are giving strange and illogical arguments on the verdict. 


Chaudhary Nisar said that case is still sub judice, as the JIT is being formed for further investigation. He said the court will give its final verdict on the basis of evidence and not allegations. He said all the five judges were unanimous about formation of the JIT.


The minister said the opposition has repeatedly been demanding formation of the JIT but now some of them are objecting to it. He expressed surprise that leader of a party with proverbial corruption record is giving sermons on corruption.  


Replying to a question, Ch. Nisar expressed the hope that he will get report of the Dawn Leaks on Monday or Tuesday next and it would then be submitted to the Prime Minister.



Leader of House in the Senate Raja Zafar-ul-Haq has said that Supreme Court's decision in Panama case has vindicated stance of the prime minister.


Talking to media persons outside the parliament house in Islamabad on Friday, he expressed the confidence that our opponents will continue to face humilitation in future as the PML (N) will emerge victorious at every forum. 


Raja Zafar-ul-Haq regretted the PPP's attitude during the proceedings of the upper house on Friday.


Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali said PPP has never accepted judgments of the apex court.



At the outset of the proceedings of National Assembly, Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah speaking on a point of order demanded that the Prime Minister may resign on moral grounds for transparent investigation by Joint Investigation Team. 


Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad said that all the political parties should honour the decision of the apex court and avoid creating hurdles in the path of investigation by JIT.


He said the demand of the opposition is reflective of their disappointment on the decision.


Despite repeated warnings by the chair to follow the rules of the business of the House, the opposition members continued to raise slogans.


Later, the chair prorogued the House.



Balochistan Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution expressing full confidence in the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Friday afternoon.


Chief Minister, Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri tabled the resolution in the House.


Speaking on the floor of the House, Nawab Sanaullah Zehri said they fully accept the verdict of the Supreme Court in the Panama Leaks case and they would also whole heartedly accept the report of Joint Investigation Team constituted by the apex court in its verdict.


Later, the session of the House was adjourned for an indefinite period.   



On the other hand, the Sindh Assembly during its session on Friday unanimously passed a motion demanding the Prime Minister to resign in view of the Supreme Court’s decision in Panama Papers case.  


The motion that was presented by PPP Senior Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro cited the note of the two senior judges of the apex court in the decision.


Several member of the House made speeches in favor of motion after which it was passed unanimously.


The House has now been adjourned to meet again on Monday afternoon.



Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb says the prime minister has set an example by presenting himself for accountability before the apex court. 


Talking to media persons in Islamabad on Friday, she said the Supreme Court has rejected the pray of the petitioners.


Marriyum Aurangzeb said the Prime Minister will also answer all the questions of Joint Investigation Team. She said those negating JIT are doing contempt of court.



Advisor to the Prime Minister Engineer Amir Muqam has hailed the verdict of Supreme Court about Panama Papers case.


Talking to our Peshawar correspondent, he said this historic decision will help strengthen democracy in the country.


He said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leadership tried to mislead people by making hue and cry about the Panama Papers.


Amir Muqam said that PML (N) is a national party and it is popular all over the country. He said workers of different political parties are joining PML (N) due to pragmatic policies of the Prime Minister.



Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra says the Supreme Court decision about Panama Papers has proved the stand of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that he and his family members are not involved in corruption. 


Talking to newsmen in Peshawar on Friday, he said the family of the prime minister is doing business even before the partition of the sub-continent.


He said the opposition should raise national issues in the parliament and provincial assemblies and desist from issuing statements just for the sake of opposition.



Gilgit Baltistan Minister for Information Iqbal Hassan has welcomed the Supreme Court verdict in Panama papers case.


In a statement, he said the prime minister has set an example by presenting himself for accountability.


He said the Supreme Court has rejected the view point of those who were leveling baseless allegations against the Prime Minister.



Lawyers and members of legal fraternity have hailed the decision of Supreme Court in Panama Papers and called it a good omen for the country's future. 


They said that Supreme Court in its verdict has not asked the Prime Minister to resign.


In an interview with our Karachi representative, renowned legal expert Barrister Shahida Jameel said it is for the first time in the judicial history of the country that respondents have been provided ample opportunity to clear themselves.  


Justice retired Khawaja Naveed said Supreme Court in its decision with majority has declared that Mian Nawaz Sharif will continue to discharge his duties as Prime Minister.


Talking to Radio Pakistan Sargodha representative, senior lawyer of Supreme Court Malik Rab Nawaz said the decision of Panama Papers is according to rule of law.


Former member Bar Council Punjab Noornug Hayat Said it was a golden chance for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif  and his family to clear their names from these allegations.


In an interview with our Faisalabad representative, Advocate Supreme Court and Member Pakistan Bar Council Maqsood Hussain Buttar said there is no provision in law to disqualify the prime minister by Supreme Court on the base of verbal allegations. 


Advocate High Court and Member Punjab Bar Council, Rana Intezar said that Supreme Court judgment is a landmark in the history of Pakistan and the constitution of JIT is a wise decision of bench.


In an interview with our Abbottabad correspondent, a senior lawyer from Supreme Court Bar Muhammad Ayub termed the verdict historic and said that it will lead to uphold the rule of law in the country.


Talking to Radio Pakistan Larkana Correspondent, Deputy Attorney General Larkana High Court Nisar Abro said the evidences presented by petitioners to Supreme Court had no value in the eyes of law.                         


Renowned Lawyer and Former President Lahore High Court Bar Association, Bahawalpur Bench, Ch Riaz Ahmed told Radio Pakistan Bahawalpur correspondent Sajjad Parvez that the decision has saved the country from big crises.


Renowned intellectual Wajahat Masood said the verdict shows that Prime Minister could not be disqualified from his office.



President Mamnoon Hussain has said Pakistan supported all regional and international efforts to combat the scourge of terrorism.


He was talking to Ambassador-designate of Pakistan to Saudi Arabia Khan Hasham Bin Saddique in Islamabad on Friday.


The president hoped that ambassador-designate would work for further deepening and expanding already close bilateral relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia by utilizing his capabilities.


The president said both countries had convergence of views on all regional and international issues and support each other on international fora which reflected friendly relations between the two states.


He directed the ambassador-designate to urge the Saudi entrepreneurs to invest in different projects in Pakistan and work for further enhancing bilateral trade.    


Mamnoon Hussain urged the envoy-designate to take special interest in the education of children living in Madina.     



Pakistan's Ambassador-designate to Saudi Arabia Khan Hasham also called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Friday. 


Talking to him, the Prime Minister directed to provide maximum facilities to Pilgrims during the upcoming Hajj.


Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have always stood by each other in testing times. The people of Pakistan have deep emotional attachment with the Kingdom being the custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. 


The prime minister said the two countries have maintained cordial and brotherly relations marked by commonalities on all issues of mutual interest at regional and international level.



The Senate was informed on Friday that the government is providing incentives to local industry to improve international competitiveness and local productivity. 


Minister for Industries and Production Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi told the House during question hour that investors in Export Processing Zones are also availing the incentive of duty drawback.


He said ten years income tax holiday and one time exemption on import duties on machinery plant and equipment is also being offered.


To a question, Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan told the House that total amount of agricultural loans of 21.5 billion rupees waived off to 313,392 borrowers during last ten years.


To another question, Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal said that special security division comprising nine army composite battalions and six civil armed forces wings have been raised to provide security to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project.


He said all the security personnel are Pakistani citizens as no foreigner could be employed in the security force.


The House has now been prorogued. 



Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has announced that Orange Cab Scheme will soon be launched in the province to enhance employment opportunities.


He stated this while addressing a high level meeting in Lahore on Friday.


The meeting reviewed recommendations regarding inauguration of Orange Cabs Scheme and digital system of payments.


Shahbaz Sharif said one hundred thousand Orange cabs will be distributed among the unemployed youth.


He directed to present recommendations for the improvement of small and medium enterprises.


The Chief Minister said Punjab government has improved the culture of e-governance and transparency.



A meeting chaired by Chief Election Commissioner Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza in Islamabad on Friday decided to introduce Internet Voting System for Overseas Pakistanis on pilot project basis.


NADRA informed the participants that the system would be introduced in three phases. In the first stage, voters' verification and registration would be carried out followed by internet vote casting in the second stage and results in the third phase.


Most of the participants opined that the system should be introduced only after assessing its drawbacks during pilot project.                             



In Balochistan, four hundred and fifty Ferrari commanders have entered the mainstream after surrendering their weapons. 


A ceremony in this regard was held in Quetta on Friday with Chief Minister Balochistan Sanaullah Zehri as chief guest.


The Chief Minister presented national flags and flowers to the Ferrari commanders.


Addressing the ceremony, Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri said that government is giving top priority to restoration of peace to put the province on the path of progress and prosperity.   


In his address, Commander Southern Command Let: General Aamir Riaz said that all the state institutions are ready to extend every type of cooperation to the Farraries who have joined the national main stream on Friday.


He invited the other misled elements to come back to their motherland and take part in constructive activities.             



One person was killed and two injured in a bomb blast in Shinkoot area of Bajaur Agency on Friday afternoon.


The injured have been shifted to agency headquarters hospital Khar.                  



A-ten member parliamentary delegation headed by Speaker, National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq is in Tehran. 


The delegation during its stay will hold talks with the Speaker, Islamic Consultative Assembly of Iran and Iranian Leadership on ways to boost bilateral relations in diverse fields.



The 79th death anniversary of national poet and philosopher Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal was observed on Friday.


Allama Iqbal promoted Two-Nation Theory and gave concept of a separate state for Muslim of Subcontinent where they called independently live in accordance with their religion and cultural traditions.  


Born on 9 November 1877 in Sialkot, he breathed his last on 21 April 1938 in Lahore.



In Occupied Kashmir, people staged massive anti-India demonstrations on Friday to protest against the worst state terrorism unleashed by Indian forces on students across the territory.   


Call for the demonstrations were given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.


People, including students, took to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Sopore, Baramulla, Bijbehara, Tral, Islamabad, Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam and other areas.

The demonstrators raised high-pitched pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans. They also waved Pakistani flags at various places. Police personnel fired teargas shells to disperse the protesters injuring several people.


Meanwhile, in the Indian city of Hyderabad, the Maulana Azad National Urdu University Students' Union, took out a protest march to condemn the unchecked state terrorism unleashed by Indian forces upon the students and the people in occupied Kashmir.                              



In Afghanistan, eight Afghan army soldiers were killed and several wounded when Taliban gunmen attacked a military headquarters in Mazar-i-Sharif on Friday.   


The attack occurred when soldiers were leaving a mosque after the Friday prayers.                            



South Korea is on heightened alert ahead of another important military anniversary in North Korea and fear of nuclear test by Pyongyang.


South Korea's Unification Ministry spokesman Lee Duk-haeng said in Seoul that the nighboring country will mark the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its Korean People's Army on Tuesday. 


Meanwhile, top envoys from the United States, South Korea and Japan are due to meet on Tuesday to discuss plans to maximize pressure on the North and to ensure China's constructive role in resolving the nuclear issue with Pyonyang.                          



The evacuation of Syrian civilians and fighters from four besieged towns resumed on Friday after a two-day halt.


State-owned news channel Ikhbariyah said five buses carrying rebels and their relatives from towns near Damascus left a transit point.


Meanwhile, ten busloads of people from the rebel-encircled towns of al-Foua and Kefraya arrived in Aleppo city, which is under government control.                             



U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Syria has dispersed its warplanes in recent days and retains chemical weapons.


He was speaking during a press conference alongside his Israeli counterpart in Tel Aviv on Friday.


Mattis said the United States believes Syria has retained some chemical weapons which is a violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions.


He said his country will take up this issue diplomatically.                          



Kenyan troops killed fifty two al Shabaab fighters in an attack on the militants' camp in southern Somalia on Friday. 


Spokesman for Kenya Defence Forces Colonel Joseph Owuoth said the incident happened in Badhaadhe in Lower Juba.


Kenya has thousands of troops in the African Union Mission in Somalia to help curb al Shabaab and improve security.

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