Text Bulletin 2100 hrs
July 28 2017
Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has stepped down as Prime Minister after being disqualified by the Supreme Court in Panama Papers case.
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.
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
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The Court declared that Mian Nawaz Sharif failed to disclose his un-withdrawn receivables constituting assets from Capital FZE of UAE in his nomination papers filed for 2013 general elections.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).
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.
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 judgement in letter and in spirit.
It will also oversee the proceedings conducted by the NAB and the Accountability Court.
Meanwhile commenting on the Supreme Court verdict renowned legal expert Asma Jenhangir has said
Nawaz Sharif has stepped down as Prime Minister of the country following the judgment of the Supreme Court in Panama Papers case.
This has been stated in a statement issued by PML-N spokesperson today.
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.
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.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said we will challenge the verdict legally and constitutionally.
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 defense 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 successful construction of PNS HIMMAT at Karachi Shipyard is a proud moment for Pakistan.
PNS HIMMAT is a 63-meter long Fast Attack Craft fitted with state of the art weapons and sensor.
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 were 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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
Pakistan's Muhammad Huzaifa Ibrahim has won Japan Junior Open international Squash championship in Yokohama.
He defeated Japanese Youjin Okaida by 3-1.
Rain-thunderstorm (with few heavyfalls) 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.