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Is this the end of Nawaz dynasty in Pakistan?

1396/8/25 | 15:18
    Two prosecution witness statements were recorded against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law retired captain Muhammad Safdar in an accountability court as a trial pertaining to three National Accountability Bureau (NAB) references against them went underway on Wednesday.   As the trial began, the NAB prosecution presented its first two witnesses in court ─ Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) Joint Registrar Sidra Mansoor and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Inland ...

Non-bailable arrest warrants: Has Nawaz Sharif abandoned Ishaq Dar?

1396/8/24 | 15:18
  An accountability court in Islamabad on Tuesday issued non-bailable arrest warrants against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in response to his prolonged absence from court.   The court had been in session for the proceedings of a corruption reference against Dar, who is accused of amassing assets of an approximate value of Rs831.7 million; disproportionate to his known sources of income.   The court also dismissed once again Dar's petition for exemption from accountability hearings.   The hearing had been delayed as NAB’s ...

Tightening noose around Sharifs: The awakening of NAB in Pakistan

1396/8/22 | 15:18
    With the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) references slowly engulfing the entire Sharif family into their fold, ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif held a considerably long meeting on Friday to discuss the current situation with Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif.     The meeting taking place at Jati Umrah discussed the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) political strategy as well as the alliances that they would form in the future.     NAB references were discussed at length during the meeting, ...

Hudaibiya revived: The quagmire around Nawaz Sharif

1396/8/20 | 15:18
  Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Friday ordered the formation of a Supreme Court (SC) bench to deliberate a reference pertaining to the Sharif family's Hudaibiya Paper Mills.   The three-judge bench will be headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa — who headed the five-member Supreme Court bench that issued the decisive Panama Papers verdict — and will also include Justice Dost Muhammad and Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel.   The bench will begin hearings pertaining to the reference on Nov 13.   The National ...

If convicted, will Nawaz get a presidential pardon?

1396/8/19 | 15:18
   If Nawaz Sharif is formally convicted in the Panama corruption References, chances of which are bright after his indictment Wednesday, the disqualified former Pakistani Prime Minister's loyalists might be hoping against hope that President Mamnoon Hussain comes to their leader's rescue by exercising his "discretionary powers" to pardon him.     All over the world, including Pakistan, it is not unusual for Presidents to ultimately use their powers to grant clemency to people convicted in a wide range of crimes.   Let ...

How will history judge Nawaz Sharif?

1396/8/19 | 15:18
  Irrespective of the final outcome of trial against the three-time prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, it is now more than clear that he has taken the superior judiciary head-on in what looks like a last ditch effort to rescue his sinking political titanic.   With a strong worded detailed judgment of the Supreme Court on his review petition, which was earlier dismissed, Sharif himself termed it as biased and now has six months to ensure his acquittal from the accountability court or prepare himself for an unfavourable verdict. During ...

Last nail in coffin: Diminishing hopes of Nawaz Sharif

1396/8/19 | 15:18
  Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif came down hard at the country's judiciary on Wednesday, saying, "The anger and grudges of judges have come out in their words".   He was addressing the media after leaving the accountability court which indicted him in person today in the three corruption references against him.     Referring to the detailed order of the Supreme Court rejecting Nawaz's review petitions in the Panama Papers case which was released on Tuesday, Nawaz said, all this will be read as a dark chapter in ...

Detailed judgment:  A befitting reply to “ Mujhe Qn Nikala”

1396/8/18 | 15:18
  The Supreme Court concluded that denying an asset or defending a trust deed — supposedly written in 2005 in a font that became commercially available in 2007 — was below the dignity and decorum of the office of the prime minister.   The court could not have shut its eyes when an asset, arising out of “Iqama” (work permit), surfaced during the investigation of the Panama Papers case, especially since a much higher level of integrity was expected from the holder of the highest elected office in the land, the apex court said, ...

Can the Sharif brothers maintain their united front going into the 2018 polls?

1396/8/17 | 15:18
  Nawaz has reportedly agreed that Shahbaz will be his candidate for prime minister in 2018. This is the party’s only manageable option, but it isn’t a done deal.   Those who know Nawaz’s politics say the real plan may still be to fast-track Maryam’s grooming process. This would be a disaster and could bring Nawaz-Shahbaz relations to a head to the party’s detriment.   It would make 2018 a do-or-die scenario for Shahbaz. He would somehow have to make prime minister or else accept that he and Hamza will continue ...

Shafaqna Insider: How Nawaz Sharif gave in to younger brother?

1396/8/15 | 15:18
  Amid widening gulf within the ruling camp, efforts are afoot to arrange a meeting between the two Sharifs in Lahore in a bid to iron out their “differences”.   Currently in London, Shehbaz Sharif – the Punjab Chief Minister – is expected to arrive in Pakistan soon while Nawaz Sharif – the deposed PM and PML-N President – is in Islamabad, having returned from the British capital on Thursday to face the courts.   Reports suggest that the elder Sharif is set to leave for London soon, and has been asked to meet his ...

Will Zardari and Sharif reconcile?

1396/8/15 | 15:18
  As political tension is building up, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, for the first time, has hit back at former president Asif Ali Zardari, saying he (Zardari) wants to please someone by abusing him.      But, this is exactly what happened when two years back Asif Zardari wanted a meeting with Nawaz, a day after his controversial speech against the establishment and the PM House had regretted it. So, it is now tit-for-tat situation. What led to this situation and if the two leaders would ever reconcile in near future, ...

Changing strategy: Has Nawaz Sharif chosen a sane path?

1396/8/14 | 15:18
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that he’s returning to Pakistan to appear before the NAB courts at a time when his wife Kulsoom Nawaz needs him by her side the most.     He declared that he was ready to face any court and didn’t shy away from facing the Whatsapp JIT and the Supreme Court bench that, shockingly, made references to ‘Sicilian Mafia’ and ‘Godfather’.     By creating an us v them paradigm, Nawaz loses all hopes of winning judiciary, which he would have had, as evidenced by a positive ...

 Did Shahbabaz broker a deal between Nawaz Sharif and Establishment?

1396/8/14 | 15:18
  Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif denied on Friday any deal with the establishment for his return and also dismissed the possibility of a technocrats’ government in the country.   In a brief chat with journalists inside the courtroom on the occation of hearing of corruption references against him, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president said that after Nov 3, 2007 emergency he stood for the cause of independence of the judiciary.    “I am not the supporter of a judiciary which welcomes dictators, endorses ...

Saving the princes: Why Ch.Nisar is trying to save Maryam Nawaz?

1396/8/14 | 15:18
  Former Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that decisions taken by courts should be followed fully and politics of opposition should come to a halt.     He also went on to say that there should be “no confrontation between state institutions”. “To avoid any conflict or misunderstanding within the party, such decisions should be taken with consensus,” he added.   He then went on to say that the Dawn Leaks report should be made public and that it does not contain any allegations against Maryam Nawaz. ...

Changing strategies: Would London plan work?

1396/8/12 | 15:18
  The London meeting of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) top leadership has decided to put forward Shahbaz Sharif as prime ministerial candidate after the 2018 elections if party president Nawaz Sharif remains ineligible to run for office.   The decision “coincided” with a full-page result of a “national opinion survey” published in an Urdu daily in which 60 per cent of respondents declared Shahbaz Sharif as the best choice for the prime ministerial job.   According to the survey, conducted by a little known ...

What is PML-N’s London Plan?

1396/8/11 | 15:18
  The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leadership's high-level huddle in London reiterated its support for former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and said a minus Nawaz formula is not acceptable.        Nawaz, speaking to the media after the meeting, said the Panama Papers trial was not fair and he understands what is going on currently.      He also rubbished rumours of any rifts within the party and added that there is no divide in the PML-N. He further said he would return to Pakistan on November 2 to ...

Is Nawaz Sharif looking for another NRO?

1396/8/10 | 15:18
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan alleged that ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wants another National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) in his favour so that he can avoid being convicted for money laundering.     It is a fact that Nawaz is desperate for NRO to avoid conviction on money laundering and save his Rs300 billion stashed abroad from being frozen    Nawaz wants to retain control over his party and call the shots from abroad. “Nawaz will malign NAB, judiciary and military to pressure them for another NRO.       Nawaz ...

Challenge of survival: Can PML-N fight out fault lines?

1396/8/9 | 15:18
  Differences within the PMLN continue to simmer meanwhile. A sizeable number of party leaders and parliamentarians remain opposed to the policy of confrontation with the courts and the army  being pursued by  Nawaz Sharif, Maryam  Nawaz and a group of advisers around them.      While interior minister Ahsan Iqbal   maintains that a  troika  comprising a handful of journalists, retired army officers and failed politicians are  fueling a ‘standoff’ perception, important party leaders including Shahbaz Sharif, Ch ...

Can Maryam Nawaz save the drowning boat of PML-N?

1396/8/9 | 15:18
  The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), which is already reeling from rumours of a split in the wake of the ouster of Nawaz Sharif, was thrown another curveball on Saturday after the daughter of the former prime minister hinted that she might be given a leadership role in the party.     Although Maryam Nawaz Sharif — who celebrated her 44th birthday on Saturday — told the New York Times in a recent interview that there were people who thought she was “meant for a certain role”, she denied ever saying that ...

Would Hijazi become an approver against Sharif family?

1396/8/6 | 15:18
  A special court of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) indicted former Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) chairman Zafar Hijazi for tampering with records related to the Sharif family's Chaudhry Sugar Mills on Friday.   Hijazi was taken into FIA custody earlier this year after a report released by the Panama Papers case joint investigation team (JIT), probing then prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family's wealth, alleged that the former SECP chairman had altered records related to Chaudhry Sugar Mills.     A ...

Did Shahbaz Stab in elder brother’s back’?

1396/8/3 | 15:18
  Troublesome times for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) show no signs of abating anytime soon.   The party may have survived eight long and hard years of Pervez Musharraf’s military rule but the recent turn of events at it helms poses, as what many believe, an ‘existential’ threat to it.   Not very long ago, serious differences cropped up between the ruling party’s central leadership and its powerful Punjab chapter. And in a short span of time, the fault-lines have become apparent, as the cracks widen.     Informal ...

Saudi Yatra: Would Kingdom play a role of negotiator between Nawaz and establishment?

1396/8/2 | 15:18
    Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived here on Monday from London on a two-day visit to perform Umrah and spend time with his mother who is already in Jeddah.   The former prime minister was received at the airport by his family members, party leaders and Saudi officials.Later, Nawaz left for his son Hassan Nawaz's residence, where he met with his mother.   Though apparently Nawaz Sharif is in Saudia to perform Umrah yet it is quite evident that Nawaz Shari is at point of no return with establishment after his accusation ...

Sharifs twice planned my murder: Zardari

1396/7/30 | 15:18
Former president Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday said he would not shake hand with the Sharif brothers this time round, alleging they twice planned his murder in the past. “The Sharif brothers twice planned my murder in captivity in 1990s...but by God’s will they could not succeed,” Mr Zardari was quoted as having said by PPP information secretary Chaudhry Manzoor. Before leaving for Karachi on Saturday, he held a meeting with the party leaders at Bilawal House and told them to work hard as not much time was left before the general election. Talking ...

Differences in the blood: PML-N’s another split

1396/7/30 | 15:18
  A day after a senior PML-N legislator criticised the election of a disqualified Nawaz Sharif as the party head and suggested Shahbaz Sharif lead the ruling Muslim League instead, more people on Friday appeared to be willing to embrace the idea.     Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordina­tion Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada told reporters at the National Press Club in Islamabad on Thursday that Shahbaz Sharif should lead the party — apparently since Nawaz Sharif was facing trial in corruption cases.     Differences ...

Divided PML-N: And finally Shahbaz Sharif shows his cards

1396/7/29 | 15:18
  Around 40 sitting and former members of the Punjab Assembly have resolved, that PML-N President Nawaz Sharif, should step aside and let Shehbaz Sharif lead the party against the backdrop of growing fear of the party president being taken down by the court, again.     Forty members of PML-N gathered at Shaukat Lalika’s residence for strengthening Shehbaz SHarif’s role in the party in the absence of Nawaz Sharif. In view of suspected differences among the Sharifs, which is leading to anxiety in party leaders and legislators, ...

Nawaz Sharif trial: What is the way out for Ex-Prime Minister?

1396/7/29 | 15:18
  An accountability court on Friday indicted ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif in a reference related to Flagship Investments and other offshore companies.   The court charged Sharif in absentia for holding assets beyond his known sources of income, and read out a charge-sheet to his pleader.       Khan pleaded not guilty on behalf of Sharif, who is currently in London tending to his ailing wife. According to the charge-sheet, Sharif told the joint investigation team that he was a shareholder in 15 companies, ...

Meeting the uncle: Did Maryam Nawaz try to dispel family rifts?

1396/7/28 | 15:18
  Ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz held an important meeting with her uncle Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and cousin MNA Hamza Shehbaz after a period of six months.     Former PM’s daughter was called after the Punjab CM’s meeting with senior party leaders, where she was apprised of all the circumstances.The meeting included discussion on running political affairs in the absence of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.     Whether it is Sharifs or Bhuttos, the biggest dilemma of ...

Mayhem in Court: Is PML-N trying to alter the verdict?

1396/7/24 | 15:18
Friday provided yet more proof of the chaos that has descended upon Islamabad, as if permanently. Pro-PML-N lawyers were roughed up — with some of them suffering injuries — for pressing their right to be in court.     There were reports of senior policemen also being physically confronted in what was a continuation of the ugly face-off between law enforcers and PML-N activists at hearings attended by members of the Sharif family.     The damning indictments postponed, an excellent opportunity gained for more grumbling over ...

Is Shahbaz Sharif trying to reconcile between establishment and Nawaz Sharif?

1396/7/24 | 15:18
  Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said on Saturday that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) needs to work in an honest and impartial manner instead of expanding its realm over the army and the judiciary.       In a statement, Shehbaz said that the judiciary and army already have their own system of transparency and accountability in place.NAB has previously failed to hold accountable all the corrupt people and looters who were involved in money laundering, it seriously needs to work more honestly and impartially, ...

Cracks in the party lines: Why PML-N is at the verge of disintegration?

1396/7/23 | 15:18
    In an effort to scotch rumours regarding a split within the ruling party, former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday categorically stated that no ‘forward bloc’ was being formed within the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).     Addressing a press conference at the Kohistan secretariat in his traditional stronghold of Taxila, the senior PML-N leader rejected reports of a rift within the party and said that he was not planning to leave the party either.   Chaudhry Nisar advised the former ...

Old tactics: PML-N repeats history by assailing the court

1396/7/22 | 15:18
  An accountability court was forced to adjourn the proceedings in a graft case against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Muhammad Safdar, after PML-N lawyers and supporters tried to forcibly enter the building and create mayhem.     Just as the accountability court judge, Justice Muhammad Bashir, entered his courtroom, a number of lawyers associated with the PML-N forced their way inside and surrounded the judge's bench, loudly complaining that they had been manhandled by security forces ...

Pakistan’s path to sanity

1396/7/22 | 15:18
  Pakistan remains mired in its own follies. There is not one but several examples that one can quote when its policies have been self-destructive. But the most frequent, damaging and obvious is the civil-military divide.   This is no ordinary matter that can continue to be overlooked and accepted as fait accompli for it has cost the nation grief, lowered its international image, reduced national power and allowed foreign powers to exploit the weakness. The latest manifestation of this is when Ahsan Iqbal was denied entry into the ...

PML-N's policy debacle: Rana Sanullah stirs new controversy on Ahmedis

1396/7/21 | 15:18
  After Capt (retd) Safdar’s recent diatribe against Ahmadis which met with severe criticism by opposition parties and on social media, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) appears to be in a fix again after Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Thursday made a controversial statement favouring the minority community. Sanaullah’s statement that “Ahmadis (also) act upon ‘Namaz’ (prayer) and ‘Roza’ (fast); they go to mosques and recite Azan” incited countrywide protests. The Punjab minister, while talking to a private channel, ...

Sharif’s trial: The ticking clock for PML-N

1396/7/20 | 15:18
  An accountability court in Islamabad on Monday accepting a plea to declare the sons of former prime minister proclaimed offenders issued perpetual arrest warrants for Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz.   The court also separated their trial from other members of the Sharif family.NAB officials had submitted a plea to declare Hassan and Hussain Nawaz proclaimed offenders as they did not appear before the court, despite issuance of non-bailable arrest warrants.      The court has declared Sharif’s sons Hassan and Hussain ...

Opportunity in Crisis: How Maryam Nawaz is trying to cash corruption cases against her?

1396/7/18 | 15:18
  Maryam Nawaz, daughter of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, and her husband retired Captain Muhammad Safdar appeared before an accountability court in Islamabad on Monday in connection with a reference prepared against them by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).     Maryam arrived at the court amid tight security Monday morning, accompanied by senior PML-N leaders and ministers. Her husband, who was taken into custody by NAB upon his arrival to Pakistan, was brought to the court later.   The son-in-law of Nawaz Sharif ...

PPP’s new stance: PML-N’s political isolation

1396/7/17 | 15:18
  The under-trial PPP leader had gone to London after the Apex court ordered removal of his name from the ECL. On arrival at Karachi airport on Friday, Asim warned former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif against criticising the establishment.     While criticizing the government Dr. Asim said, “If you don’t stop what you are doing against army then you will have to face what PPP will      He further stated that PML-N leadership wants to push back the progress of Pakistan, and there is a clear difference between ...

Is PML-N trying to instigate military for Martial law?

1396/7/16 | 15:18
  The ruling PML-N’s leadership and ministers’ statements are inviting martial law. This was the opinion of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan when asked for his opinion on the current political situation.     Khan said he doesn’t believe the military intend to do any such thing, but the PML-N’s constant attacks on institutions such as the army and judiciary may force its hand.     He also referred to the interior minister’s statement in light of the bubbling interior ministry-Rangers feud ...

What is Nawaz Sharif’s come back strategy?

1396/7/14 | 15:18
  A few senior PML-N leaders are not in agreement, to say the least, with Nawaz Sharif’s rather gung-ho comeback strategy.    He raised a small storm on the GT Road long drive immediately following the disqualification. And ever since, he’s been steadily raising the pitch of his rhetoric. As mentioned before in this space, the change from “why was I disqualified?” to “I know why I was disqualified” and “I was going to be disqualified anyway” is particularly telling. The front-foot approach was most likely fine-tuned ...

Why Nawaz Sharif's return to party chairmanship comes at a heavy cost

1396/7/13 | 15:18
  Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is once again the president of the PML-N, elected unopposed a day after the government ensured passage of the Elections Bill, 2017, in the National Assembly.     The PML-N argues that it has corrected a legal distortion that was introduced by a military dictator to separate legitimate civilian leaders from their parties.     But that argument is vastly undermined by the fact that the PML-N had to change the party constitution as well in order to re-accommodate Mr Sharif and ...

Marathon huddle: What is cooking inside power corridors?

1396/7/13 | 15:18
  A special corps commander’s conference that reportedly lasted around seven hours was held at the military’s General Headquarters (GHQ).   Chaired by Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, the huddle reviewed the security challenges facing the country, as well as the preparedness of the armed forces to deal with any situation that may develop.     But in a rare move, the army’s PR wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) did not issue any official statement following the marathon special meeting of ...

State within state: The inside story of fighting among institutions

1396/7/12 | 15:18
  The “state within state” narrative sadly became very intense after the Punjab Rangers, having no orders from relevant authorities armed with powers to issue them, took control of everything when an Islamabad accountability court held its proceedings against deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif.   This also thickened the plot the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is harping on in relation to the Panama case to humiliate, humble and target Nawaz Sharif and his family members.   It was a disgraceful day as even Interior ...

Shafaqna Exclusive: What Nawaz Sharif conveyed to Asif Zardari thorough Business Tycoon?

1396/7/11 | 15:18
  Leader of the opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah said the most suitable person for the Chairmanship of National Accountability Bureau would be nominated by the opposition.     While speaking to media today Khursheed Shah said, “Pakistan Peoples Party has authorized him for nominating NAB Chairman.”     He assured that the name proposed by the opposition would be before every one. They were looking into their service record of thirty to forty years.   While before this announcement ...

Shafaqna insight: Curios link between case against business tycoon and meeting with Nawaz Sharif

1396/7/10 | 15:18
   Police have registered an FIR against property tycoon Malik Riaz, his son Ali Riaz, and the Bahria Town management in a land-grabbing case more than a week after a local court issued orders to this effect.     Additional district and sessions judge (ADSJ) Sikandar Khan had ordered local police on Sept 21 to book the accused on the complaint of a widow and other residents of Phulgran, located in the suburbs of the federal capital.   Bhara Kahu police registered the FIR on Sept 29 under sections 109, 341, 379, 427 ...

Is Khawja Asif trying to appease US at the cost of national interests?

1396/7/7 | 15:18
  Khawaja Asif, who is attending the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, had said, “Nawaz Sharif paid a political price for peace efforts with India,” during his talk at the Asia Society forum on Tuesday.     Earlier on Tuesday, Asif had asked the US to stop blaming Pakistan for the Haqqani Network and for the Hafiz Saeeds [referring to the head of banned Jamaatud Dawa].     Further clarifying Islamabad's position, Asif had said: "It is very easy to say Pakistan is floating the Haqqanis and Hafiz Saeed and Lashkar-e-Taiba ...

Analysis: Will early elections benefit PTI?

1396/7/6 | 15:18
  Imran Khan’s latest demand — that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi call for early elections and obtain a fresh mandate for himself — has not only baffled most political stakeholders, but has also divided opinion within his own party.   The consensus seems to be that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief was ‘shooting from the hip’ when he made this demand, since it does not make political sense for his, or any other opposition party, at this point in time.     According to PTI leaders, the move is ...

In hot waters: Is Nawaz Sharif going to make Ishaq Dar a scapegoat?

1396/7/6 | 15:18
  Finance Minister Ishaq Dar pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to owning assets beyond his means, an official from the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz said, amid a corruption investigation into former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.     The Supreme Court in July disqualified Nawaz for not declaring a small source of income and ordered an investigation of the ruling family and Dar. Dar did not speak to the media after his appearance in court in Islamabad but has dismissed all the allegations against him.     Issuing ...

In deep trouble: Is Supreme Court ready to disqualify Imran Khan?

1396/7/5 | 15:18
  Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, during Tuesday's hearing of Imran Khan's disqualification case, said that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief's failure to declare his London flat as an asset can have legal consequences.     The proceedings of the case, being heard by a three-member SC bench headed by Chief Justice Nisar, resumed today after being suspended on September 7.   Explaining why Khan had not declared his London flat as an asset in his nomination papers, Khan's lawyer Naeem Bokhari said that since the apartment ...

Why did Nawaz Sharif ignore Maryam's advice and return to Pakistan?

1396/7/5 | 15:18
  Pakistan Muslim League insiders say there is a solid reason why ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif ignored advice from his daughter Maryam Nawaz and returned to Pakistan to face corruption and money laundering cases against him in the accountability court: to stop the party birds from flying over to the ‘opposite’ camp.     It may be recalled that Ms Nawaz’s message to her father through Twitter was that he “must not be a part of political and personal victimisation in the garb of accountability”. This was quickly ...

A surprise come back: Is Nawaz Sharif ready to face accountability?

1396/7/4 | 15:18
  Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif returned to Pakistan from London on Monday, putting to rest all speculation by political rivals. He had left for the UK about a month ago to see his wife Kulsoom Nawaz, who is undergoing cancer treatment.     All other members of his family, including daughter Maryam and sons Hussain and Hassan, are also in London and none of them accompanied the ex-PM on his return.   PML-N Senator Asif Kirmani told reporters that Sharif will appear before the accountability court in Islamabad tomorrow ...

Is Nawaz Sharif giving another lollipop to younger brother?

1396/7/3 | 15:18
  Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif might become the next prime minister of Pakistan, according to the reports coming from London where an important meeting of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders, including Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, with ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, took place on Saturday.     It was also reported that Kulsoom Nawaz won’t be coming back to the country for six months at least due to her health condition while the ex-PM will stay in London for three to four months as well.   It ...