Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
JULY 28, 2017
Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has stepped down as Prime Minister after being disqualified by the Supreme Court in Panama Papers case.
Apex court has directed NAB to file references against Nawaz Sharif, his children and son-in-law Muhammad Safdar based on JIT report within six weeks.
Supreme Court has asked President to take forward democratic process as per constitution.
PML-N leaders have regretted that elected prime ministers are not allowed to complete their constitutional term.
JUI-F Chief says constitutional and legal experts are surprised over the basis on which Nawaz Sharif has been disqualified.
Indigenously constructed Fast Attack Craft PNS Himmat has been inducted in Pakistan Navy fleet.
Forceful demonstrations were held in Occupied Kashmir today against suspension of life sentences of five Indian army personnel involved in a fake encounter
The United States has expressed strong disappointment over Russia's decision to cut US diplomatic staff in Moscow.
Three-day annual Shandoor Polo Festival begins in Chitral tomorrow.
Pakistan's Muhammad Huzaifa Ibrahim has won Japan Junior Open International Squash championship in Yokohama.
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The Court declared that Mian Nawaz Sharif failed to disclose his un-withdrawn receivables constituting assets from Capital FZE of UAE in his nomination papers filed for 2013 general elections.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 judgment 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.
The references will be filed on the basis of material collected and referred to by the JIT in its report and other material as may be available with FIA and NAB.
The Accountability Court will be required to decide these references in six months from the date of filing of the reference.
The Bench requested the Chief Justice of Pakistan to nominate a judge of the Apex Court to supervise and monitor implementation of the judgment in letter and in spirit. It will also oversee the proceedings conducted by the NAB and the Accountability Court.
For background of the Panama Papers case, we have report by our correspondent Zahid Hameed.
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 says constitutional and legal experts are surprised over the basis on which Nawaz Sharif has been disqualified.
Talking to media persons in Islamabad today, he said perhaps no legal expert in the country was expecting disqualification of Nawaz Sharif on this basis by the apex court.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman commended Nawaz Sharif for accepting the court's verdict and preventing any crisis in the country.
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.
Naval Chief Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah says Pakistan’s defence policy is based on peaceful coexistence, but the country cannot lower its guard keeping in view prevailing geo-strategic environment.
He was addressing induction ceremony of Fast Attack Craft (Missile) PNS HIMMAT at Pakistan Navy Dockyard in Karachi today.
The Naval Chief said it is a landmark occasion when second indigenously constructed Fast Attack Craft (Missile) is being inducted in Pakistan Navy Fleet.
He said successful construction of PNS HIMMAT at Karachi Shipyard is a proud moment for Pakistan Navy, Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works and China State Shipbuilding and Offshore Company.
It may be recalled that PNS HIMMAT is a 63-meter long Fast Attack Craft fitted with state of the art weapons and sensor.
Election for a general seat of Senate from Sindh will 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.
Sindh Excise, Taxation and Narcotics Control Department has introduced online system of collecting property, motor vehicle and professional taxes.
According to an official of the department, a tax payer can get detail of his tax by visiting the website www.excise.gos.pk.
The Punjab government has initiated a programme to deliver medicines of hepatitis free of cost to registered patients via couriers.
In a statement issued today, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said establishment of Pakistan Kidney and Liver Transplant Institute and Research Center in Lahore will prove to be a milestone for kidney and liver transplant in the country.
Punjab Provincial Development Working Party has approved four schemes in various sectors with an estimated cost of sixteen point four three billion rupees.
The approval was given at a meeting of the PDWP in Lahore today.
The schemes include Capacity Building of Planning and Development Department and construction of roads under Khadam-e-Punjab Rural Roads Program Phase V North, Central, and South Zones,
Counter Terrorism Department of police has apprehended three terrorists of banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan in Multan.
Arms and ammunitions were also recovered from them.
Work on construction of Rapid Bus Transit System in Peshawar will begin 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.
The Balochistan government will upgrade five hundred primary schools to elementary level during current fiscal year.
Talking to Radio Pakistan Quetta correspondent, Director provincial Education Department said seven hundred and twenty-five new primary schools will be established in the province.
Over one hundred and three million trees will be planted across the country in next two months.
According to the Ministry of Climate Change, a formal afforestation campaign has begun to recover the tree cover lost over the last few decades.
Like other parts of the country, arrangements are also being made in Faisalabad Division to celebrate Jashn-e-Azadi Week in a befitting manner.
Gilgit-Baltistan Minister for Water and Power Muhammad Akbar Taban says the government is focusing on energy sector to overcome its shortage.
Talking to Radio Pakistan Gilgit correspondent, he said 3.53 billion rupees have been allocated for energy sector in the current budget.
He said work on one hundred and nineteen projects is underway, which will be completed by 2021 and generate a total of 94MW electricity.
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 demonstrations were led by Hurriyet leaders including Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Zahoor Ahmed Butt, Umar Aadil Dar and leaders of Awami Action Committee as well as ulema and imams of various mosques.
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.
The puppet authorities had imposed curfew and other restrictions in Srinagar to prevent people from holding anti-India demonstrations. Juma prayers were not allowed at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, today, for the sixth consecutive week.
The authorities also continued to place Hurriyet leaders including Syed Ali Gilani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest and Muhammad Yasin Malik in jail to stop them from leading the protests. They were not even allowed to offer Juma prayers.
Sri Lanka will sign a 1.1 billion dollars deal to lease the southern Hambantota port to China,
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 Syria, IS extremists have carried out a deadly attack against U.S.-backed forces near the northern city of Raqqa.
Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said IS fighters used motorcycles in their attack.
It says they were able to kill and kidnap dozens of Syrian Democratic Forces fighters and civilians.
The four Arab states, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will meet in Manama tomorrow to discuss latest developments on their blockade of Qatar.
Egypt's foreign ministry said that in two-day meeting, the four countries will press Qatar to comply with their demands, which include stopping interference in their internal affairs.
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.
United States has expressed strong disappointment over Russia's decision to cut U.S. diplomatic staff in Moscow.
A State Department official said in Washington today that Russia's moves came a day after the U.S. Senate voted to slap new sanctions on Russia.
United Nations' human rights office has expressed concern about the risk of further violence in Venezuela as the country prepares for a vote to start rewriting the constitution.
A spokeswoman for U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Liz Throssell said in Geneva that wishes of Venezuelan people to participate or not in this election need to be respected.
She urged the government to manage any protests in line with international human rights norms and standards and also called on those opposing the election to do so peacefully.