Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
Nawaz Sharif has stepped down as Prime Minister following his disqualification by the Supreme Court in Panama Papers case.
The five member larger bench in a unanimous verdict has directed National Accountability Bureau to file references against Nawaz Sharif, his children, Ishaq Dar and Muhammad Safdar.
The apex court has asked president to take forward democratic process as per constitution.
Peaceful demonstrations are being held in occupied Kashmir to protest against Indian brutalities.
Saudi Arabia has shot down a ballistic missile fired by Houthi rebels from Yemen.
A three day annual Shandur Polo Festival begins in Chitral on Saturday.
Supreme Court has disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Panama Papers case.
In a unanimous verdict, the five member larger bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, asked the Prime Minister to step down and directed the Election Commission to de-notify Mian Nawaz Sharif as Member of the National Assembly with immediate effect.
He has been disqualified for failing to mention in the nomination papers of 2013 the UAE based Capital FZE company.
The court asked National Accountability Bureau to file references against the Prime Minister, his children, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Muhammad Safdar on the basis of JIT report in six weeks time.
The accountability court has been directed to complete trial of the cases in six months.
All material relating to Panama Papers would be sent to the National Accountability Bureau.
The apex court asked the President to take forward the democratic process as per Constitution.
The bench prayed the apex court chief justice to nominate a judge to monitor the implementation of the judgment.
It may be recalled that the same larger bench had earlier constituted a Joint Investigation Team. After receipt of the report of the JIT, a three member implementation benched led by Justice Ejaz Afzal heard the case and reserved the judgement last Friday.
Nawaz Sharif has stepped down as the prime minister of the country following the judgment of the Supreme Court in Panama Papers.
This has been stated in a statement issued by the PML (N) spokesperson on Friday.
Giving his reaction on the judgment, he said despite reservations regarding different phases of the Panama case proceedings, the decision of the apex court will be implemented.
The spokesperson pointed out that during the course of the proceedings of the case, new precedences were set which we have not seen in the history of the country.
The spokesperson said all the legal and constitutional options will be exercised regarding our reservations on the judgment.
Talking to the media, Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf urged the media to demonstrate responsibility and do not hold any discussion on the court judgment without reading it.
Elections for a general seat of the Senate from Sindh would be held on 17th of next month.
The seat fell vacant due to election of ex-Senator Saeed Ghani as member of the Sindh Assembly in recent bye-elections for PS-114 constituency.
Nomination papers would be received by Provincial Election Commissioner Sindh on 3rd of next month and their scrutiny would take place on the 5th.
Work on the construction of Rapid Bus Transit System in Peshawar will be started next week.
Official Sources told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that the project will be completed at a cost of about fifty billion rupees in eight months
The Asian Development Bank is providing financial assistance for the project.
Under the Rapid Bus Transit System, four hundred and eighty air conditioned buses will ply on twenty-seven kilometer long route between Chamkani and Hayatabad.
Said Nawab Gul of Awami National Party (ANP) has been elected district Naib Nazim of Torghar.
According to Election Commission office, Said Nawab Gul of the ANP secured fourteen votes and was PTI candidate Fazal Khan Tazarai secured only six voted.
Three councillors, including two of ANP and one from Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl, remained absent from the session during the polling.
PTI leads in the 23-member council with eleven councillors and ANP follows it with nine councillors while JUI-F has three councillors.
PTI had formed coalition government in the district following the local government elections in 2015.
The Thar Foundation has inked an agreement with the Charter for Compassion Pakistan to run three more primary schools in the villages of Bitra, Mansingh Bheel and Tharyo Halepoto under Thar Coalfield's Block-II.
Official sources told Radio Pakistan Hyderabad Correspondent, the English-medium schools will have nine rooms each and equipped with all modern basic facilities.
Sindh government is paying special attention towards preserving the historical spots and promoting the cultural aspects so as to make the province a tourist friendly place.
According to official of the Culture, Tourism and Antiquities department, the government has chalked out several new schemes for the purpose for which 210 million rupees have been allocated in the budget of 2017-18.
In Occupied Kashmir, All Parties Hurriyet Conference says that India through a well-thought-out plan is pushing the Kashmiri people and resistance leadership to the wall.
In a statement, the APHC rejected the allegations leveled by Indian National Investigation Agency against resistance leadership. It is a ploy to suppress freedom sentiments of people and through these arbitrary measures Indian authorities are harassing the leadership.
The statement said that India is facing an awkward situation on international fora and to overcome this it is resorting to extreme barbarism against people and resistant leadership.
Meanwhile, peaceful demonstrations are being held in the held valley 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.
Saudi led coalition have successfully intercepted a ballistic missile launched towards Makkah by the Houthi militias.
According to a statement issued by the alliance, the interception operation took place over Al-Wasliya area in Al-Taif province, without causing any harms.
US Senate Republicans have failed to overturn the healthcare law known as Obamacare.
Three Republicans crossed party lines and joined Democrats to kill the bill.
It was voted down 51 votes to 49.
Senator John McCain cast the decisive vote to defeat the measure.
Japan will impose additional sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear capable intercontinental ballistic missile program.
This has been stated by Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida while talking to newsmen in Tokyo on Friday.
He said Japan will be taking steps to freeze the assets of five groups as well as nine individuals.
In China, at least eight people have been killed due to heavy rains in the northern parts of Shaanxi.
In Nigeria, more than forty people have killed during an ambush by Boko Haram in Borno State in northeast of the country.
A three day annual Shandur Polo Festival begins in District Chitral on Saturday.
According to a press release of Tourism Development Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, all the necessary arrangement has been finalized for the festival.
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak will inaugurate.
Polo teams from Chitral and Gilgit- Baltistan will participate in the event.
In the Asian senior men volleyball championship Pakistan will play against Thailand on Saturday in Indonesia.
In the earlier two matches, Pakistan defeated Hong Kong and Iraq.