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Five ex-SC judges refused to lead Panama leaks inquiry: Nisar

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday said the government had contacted senior former judges of the apex court, including former chief justices, to head the inquiry commission that will probe the Sharif family post-Panama data leaks. Nisar read out five names of former Supreme Court justices – Justice Nasirul Mulk, Justice Tasadiq Jilani, Justice Amirul Mulk Mengal, Justice Sahir Ali and Justice Tanvir Ahmad Khan – all of whom he said had been contacted by the government to head the Panama Papers probe. “But all of theseRead More

Investigation is executive’s responsibility, says CJ

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali said on Tuesday that the responsibility for conducting investigations rests with the executive and not the judiciary. His words are being perceived by many as an apparent answer to the demand for an investigation into the Panama leaks by a chief justice-led commission. “We are under pressure to take notice either on a suo motu or order the setting up of a judicial commission, but is it the job of the judiciary or of the executive to appoint commissions? The latter has all theRead More

Controversial Cyber Crime Bill approved by NA

NA Committee on cricket

ISLAMABAD: The controversial Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015 was approved in the National Assembly (NA) on Wednesday. The bill must also be approved by Senate before it can be signed into law. The draconian bill ─ which has been criticised by the IT industry as well as civil society for curbing human rights and giving overreaching powers to law enforcement agencies ─ was submitted to the NA for voting in Jan 2015 by the Ministry of IT. It was then referred to the NA Standing Committee on Information TechnologyRead More

RAW runs special cell to sabotage CPEC, says secretary defence

ISLAMABAD: Indian intelligence agency RAW has established a special cell at its Head Quarters in New Delhi to sabotage China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project and the plan is executed via Afghanistan, said Secretary Defence Gen (retd) Alam Khattak on Wednesday. “RAW and Afghan NDS have launched joint secret operations against Pakistan by using three Indian consulates in Jalalabad, Kandahar and Mazar e Sharif,” said secretary defence. “The three consulates in Afghanistan are providing weapons, money, training and other logistical support to agents for subversive activities in FATA, Balochistan and Karachi,”Read More

PPP Party organizations in all provinces dissolved

ISLAMABAD, APR 13 (DNA) – All Party organizations down to the district level in all the provinces and South Punjab have been dissolved and replaced with a five member organizing committee at the provincial level in each province to recommend to the Chairman PPP on the re-organization issues of the Party within three months. Spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the decision was taken today taken when a delegation of senior party leaders called on the Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in Zardari House Islamabad to welcome the Party Chairman inRead More

PM Nawaz departs for London, holds meeting with top aides at Lahore airport


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif left for London from Lahore’s Allama Iqbal Airport on Wednesday for a ‘personal and medical visit’. The PM’s plane made a brief stop in Moscow for unknown reasons. Before departing, the PM held a meeting with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif among other senior aides to discuss the implications of the Panama Papers scandal and the current political situation in the country, according to sources. “It’s just a personal visit and Nawaz Sharif will not hold political meetingsRead More