Text Bulletin 1800 hrs
JULY 28, 2017
Supreme Court has disqualified Nawaz Sharif as Prime Minister in Panama Papers case.
Election Commission has denotified Nawaz Sharif as MNA with immediate effect in light of Supreme Court's verdict.
PML-N leaders have regretted that elected prime ministers are not allowed to complete their constitutional term.
Forceful demonstrations were held in Occupied Kashmir today against suspension of life sentences to five Indian army personnel involved in a fake encounter.
Sri Lanka will lease Hambantota port to China as part of One Belt One Road initiative.
Three-day annual Shandoor Polo Festival begins in Chitral tomorrow.
The Supreme Court has disqualified Nawaz Sharif as Prime Minister in Panama Papers case.
A five-member Larger Bench of the Apex Court, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, pronounced its unanimous verdict in Islamabad today.
The Court declared that Mian Nawaz Sharif failed to disclose his un-withdrawn receivables constituting assets from Capital FZE of UAE in his nomination papers filed for 2013 general elections. It observed that having furnished a false declaration under solemn affirmation, Nawaz Sharif is not honest in terms of Section 99(1) of Representation of Peoples Act and Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution. Therefore, he is disqualified to be a Member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament).
It asked the Election Commission of Pakistan to issue a notification disqualifying Mian Nawaz Sharif as a member of National Assembly with immediate effect. After that, he will cease to be the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
The Supreme Court asked the President to take all necessary steps under the Constitution to ensure continuation of the democratic process.
The Bench directed National Accountability Bureau to prepare and file within six weeks of the judgement references against Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz, Hassan Nawaz and retired Capt. Muhammad Safdar.
It also directed filing of a reference against Ishaq Dar for possessing assets and funds beyond his known sources of income.
Election Commission of Pakistan has denotified Muhammad Nawaz Sharif as Member of the National Assembly from NA-120 Lahore-III with immediate effect.
The Commission issued denotification following his disqualification by the Supreme Court.
PML-N leaders say Nawaz Sharif was disqualified not for committing any corruption but on the basis of not accepting money from his son.
Addressing a joint news conference in Islamabad this evening, Khawaja Saad Rafiq said we want civilian supremacy in the country.
He said it is unfortunate that elected prime ministers have never been allowed to complete their constitutional tenure in Pakistan.
He said Nawaz Sharif was punished for revamping the country's economy, restoring order in Karachi, bringing the people of Balochistan to national fold, and making Pakistan a nuclear power.
Barrister Zafarullah said requirements of justice have not been fulfilled in the Supreme Court judgement to disqualify an elected prime minister.
Ahsan Iqbal said Nawaz Sharif will continue leading PML-N to make Pakistan a real democracy. He said Nawaz Sharif was disqualified on the basis of heresy instead of in light of solid evidence.
He said PML-N workers should be proud of their leader as no corruption has been proved against him even in a minutely held accountability.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said we will challenge the verdict legally and constitutionally.
He said PML-N will keep facts before the people of Pakistan.
Anusha Rehman said Nawaz Sharif is popular leader of the people of Pakistan and he will comeback with public support.
Talking to media persons outside the Supreme Court, PML- N leader Marriyum Aurangzeb said the party will decide its future course of action vis-a-vis the court judgment following consultations with legal experts.
She said whosoever becomes the prime minister, Nawaz Sharif will continue to live in the hearts of the people of the country.
Marriyum Aurganzeb said corruption of not a single penny has been proved against Nawaz Sharif in his official capacity.
JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has commended Nawaz Sharif for accepting court's verdict and preventing any crisis in the country.
Talking to media persons in Islamabad today, he expressed hope that PML-N will ensure continuity of democracy and democratic institutions.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman said he will continue supporting PML-N as an ally.
AJK President Sardar Masood Khan says all tourist spots would be interconnected through Tourism Corridor in Azad Kashmir.
Talking to Member National Assembly, Tahir Iqbal Chaudhary in Muzaffarabad today, he said tourists, both from home and abroad would be provided modern facilities in line with international standards.
AJK President said the government has included mega projects in public sector development program for Azad Kashmir.
On this occasion, MNA Tahir Iqbal Chaudhary said wrapping the bodies of martyrs in Pakistani flags reflect their sentiments and loyalty with Pakistan.
In occupied Kashmir, people staged forceful anti-India demonstrations today, against suspension of life sentences by a military court of five Indian army personnel involved in Machil fake encounter and persecution of pro-freedom leadership.
Call for the demonstrations was given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.
The protesters raised high-pitched pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans. They also waved Pakistani flags at various places. Indian police resorted to brute force on the protesters in many areas, injuring several of them.
Sri Lanka will sign a 1.1 billion dollars deal to lease the southern Hambantota port to China, tomorrow.
Leader of the United National Party told reporters in Colombo today that located near the main shipping route from Asia to Europe will play a key role in China's "Belt and Road" initiative.
In India, widespread flooding has killed more than 120 people in western industrial state of Gujarat.
Officials said more than a million households had been affected and losses to farmlands were being assessed.
Saudi led coalition has successfully intercepted a ballistic missile launched towards Makkahtul Mukarramah by the Yemeni Houthi rebels.
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.
The statement called the missile launch a desperate attempt to spoil the haj pilgrimage, due to begin next month.
Libya's UN-backed unity government chief has denied that an agreement has been struck with Rome to deploy Italian vessels in Libyan waters to combat human trafficking.
In a statement, Government of National Accord said that Tripoli and Rome had agreed to save migrants' lives and to confront the criminal trafficking gangs.
In Turkey, seven people, including five children, have drowned after a boat carrying refugees to a Greek island capsized at Aegean coast near Cesme district in the western province of Izmir.
A three day annual Shandoor Polo Festival begins in District Chitral tomorrow.
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak will inaugurate.
Polo teams from Chitral and Gilgit- Baltistan will participate in the event.
Rain-thunderstorm (with few heavy falls) is expected at scattered places in Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Lahore, Faisalabad, Malakand, Hazara, Mirpurkhas divisions, Islamabad and Kashmir.
Rain-thunderstorm is also expected at isolated places in Kohat, Bannu, D.I.Khan, Bahawalpur, D.G Khan, Hyderabad, Sukkar, Shaheed Benazirabad, Zhob, Naseerabad, Sibbi, Kalat divisions and FATA.
However, hot and humid weather is expected elsewhere in the country during the next twenty four hours.