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Supreme Court will announce verdict in Panama Papers case at 1130 am on Friday.

 

Pakistan will sell ten Mushshak aircraft to Azerbaijan.

 

Islamabad has reaffirmed its continued support to reconciliation process in Afghanistan.

 

Kashmiris will stage protest demonstrations in Occupied Kashmir on Friday against Indian atrocities.

 

US Senate has approved new sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea. 

 

Pakistan has defeated Hong Kong in the Asian Senior Men Volleyball Championship being played in Indonesia.

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SC

The Supreme Court will announce its verdict in Panama Papers case at 11:30 a.m. on Friday.

 

A three-member implementation bench of the apex court headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan reserved its judgement in the case on 21st of this month.

 

According to the cause list issued by the Supreme Court, the decision of the Panama Papers case will be announced by a larger bench comprising Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan.

 

It is the same bench, which heard the Panama Papers case and ordered formation of a Joint Investigation Team with majority decision on 20th April to further probe the matter.

 

The JIT submitted its report before the three-member implementation bench of the apex court on 10th of this month.

 

Following the report's submission, the bench heard the case for five consecutive days.

 

SECURITY

The Capital Administration has made special security arrangements for the city in the wake of Supreme Court's decision .

    

A spokesman of the capital police said entry in the apex court premises would only be allowed through passes, which were being issued by Registrar of the Supreme Court.

     

The media will also be issued special passes for the coverage, while no unauthorized person would be allowed to enter the red zone.

     

Employees of government offices, located in red zone, have been directed to bring their office cards with them to avoid any

inconvenience.       

 

SAAD

Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique says the Supreme Court will give its decision as per law and constitution.

     

Talking to a private news channel, he said decision of the apex court will be implemented.

     

The minister said the PML-N had seen ups and downs in its political career and it is not worried regarding the decision.

 

AHSAN

Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said collective efforts are needed to address the challenges being faced by the country.

 

Talking to a news channel, he said it is responsibility of every citizen and leader to foil conspiracy being hatched to destabilize Pakistan.

 

To a question he said the situation in the region is changing due to Afghanistan, American-Indian nexus, and Middle East problem.

    

Replying to another question, he said PML-N would win the gerenal election 2018 with thumping majority.

MIFTAH

Chairman Board of Investment, Miftah Ismail, says no corruption case had surfaced during the four years of  PML-N government.

    

In an interview, he said even the Joint Investigation Team could not prove any kickbacks or corruption against the prime minister.

    

Miftah Ismail said Imran Khan has all along been talking about accountability but failed to present his money trail in the court..    

 

MUSHSHAK

Pakistan will sell ten Super Mushshak aircraft to Azerbaijan.

 

The agreement to this effect was signed at Azerbaijan

 

Chairman Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra, Air Marshal Arshad Malik, represented Pakistan while Azerbaijan was represented by Air Force Commander Lieutenant General Ramiz Tahirov.

         

The contract includes operational training and technical support and assistance to Azerbaijan Air Force.

 

The landmark agreement will further strengthen the bilateral ties between the two brotherly countries.

         

Indigenously produced Super Mushshak aircraft is equipped with most modern equipment and capabilities which makes it one of the best military trainer aircraft. 

 

MoU

Pakistan and Australia have agreed to enhance collaboration  in the field of technical and vocational education and training.

 

Executive Director NAVTTC Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema and CEO Australian Technical and Further Education Craig Robertson signed the Memorandum of Understanding in this regard in Canberra.

 

Tens of thousands of Pakistani youth will benefit from collaboration between the two countries. 

 

KHATTAK

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak says improved law and order situation has encouraged foreign investors to invest in the province. 

   

He was talking to the outgoing Danish Ambassador to Pakistan Ole Thonke, who called on him at Pakhtunkhwa House in Islamabad.

 

The Chief Minister welcomed Danish  government's decision to invest in the province and assured his government all out support to the Danish companies.

    

The Ambassador said that Danish companies were keen to invest in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa particularly in the Reshakai Industrial Zone.

 

AIZAZ

Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Chaudhry has said Pakistan will continue to support an inclusive political reconciliation process in Afghanistan.

 

Speaking at a gathering in Washington, he said it is the only viable path towards obtaining lasting peace in the region.

 

He said there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan. 

 

Ambassador Chaudhry identified key steps for restoring peace and stability in Afghanistan, including intra-Afghan reconciliation, robust border management, repatriation of Afghan refugees and close cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

 

He briefed the audience on Pakistan's economic turnaround and successes in the fight against terrorism.  

 

DAY

World Hepatitis Day is being observed across the globe on Friday to raise awareness about the disease.

 

KASHMIR

In occupied Kashmir, peaceful demonstrations will be held, on Friday, after Juma prayers to protest against the suspension of life sentences by a military court to five Indian soldiers, involved in the murder of three innocent Kashmiri youth.

 

Call for the demonstrations has been given by the joint resistance leadership.

 

The resistance leaders, in a joint statement, issued in Srinagar termed the suspension of life imprisonment to Indian soldiers involved in the Machil fake encounter as murder of justice.

 

The demonstrations are also aimed against arrest of pro-freedom leaders by Indian agencies.

 

ARAB LEAGUE

The Arab League has urged Israel to learn lessons from latest crisis of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

 

This was stated by Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit at an emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo.

 

He said Al-Aqsa mosque is Islam's third most sacred site and no Muslim in the world accepts tarnishing Al-Aqsa or its closure or placing it under Israeli control.

 

US SANCTIONS

The US Senate has unanimously approved the bill imposing new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea.

 

The House of Representatives has already passed the sanctions.

 

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow would retaliate against illegal new sanctions.

 

VOLLEYBALL

Pakistan has registered second successive win in the Asian senior men volleyball championship beating Hong Kong being played in Indonesia.

 

Pakistan exhibited its best form to outshine Hong Kong after losing two sets.

         

Pakistan beat Iraq on Wednesday and will play its next match against Thailand on Saturday.

 

TEST

Sri Lanka will resume their first innings on third day of the first test against India at the overnight score of 154 for five at Gale.

 

Earlier, India were all out for 600 in their first innings.

 

WEATHER

 

Rain-thunderstorm with few heavy falls is expected at scattered places in Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar divisions, Islamabad and Kashmir.

 

Rain-thunderstorm is also expected at isolated places in Kohat, Bannu, D.I.Khan, Lahore, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, D.G.Khan, Zhob, Mirpurkhas divisions and FATA during the next twelve hours.

 

Hot and humid weather is expected elsewhere in the country.

 

Temperatures of major cities recorded this morning:

 

Islamabad and Lahore twenty seven degree centigrade, Karachi twenty nine, Peshawar twenty eight, Quetta and Muzaffarabad twenty two, Gilgit twenty and Murree seventeen degree centigrade.


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