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nawaz sharif


Allama Raja Nasir lashes out at Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif

1396/10/29 | 12:34
  Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen secretary general Allama Raja Nasir Abbas Jafari has lambasted ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif and incumbent Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif over their anti-Pakistan and anti-people statements and actions.     Addressing a mammoth public meeting of the Opposition parties under the aegis of Pakistan Awami Tehreek in Lahore, Allama Raja Nasir said that Nawaz Sharif was becoming a security threat as he was making statements like the separatist Sheikh Mujibur Rehman.   “If Nawaz Sharif ...

The secret behind Sharif's electoral success and popularity

1396/10/26 | 12:34
  The result of the Punjab provincial assembly by-elections in the city of Chakwal once again confirmed that Sharif and his party PML-N has not lost its vote bank.   The margin of victory was around 30 thousand votes. It was expected that PML-N would retain the seat but no one expected such a wide margin victory for the PML-N.   Sharif’s vote bank seems to have increased despite the fact that he is being targeted allegedly by the establishment and their political allies. Even the ongoing media trial of his corruption and ...

Threat to spill the beans: Saudi visit and change in Nawaz Sharif’s tone

1396/10/15 | 12:34
  With Washington and Islamabad engaged in a worsening war of words over United States (US) President Donald Trump's recent tweets in the backdrop, Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday took the opportunity to claim that a civilian government would never have "sold itself" to the US in the post-9/11 scenario.   The former premier also threatened to lift the curtain on "what has been happening in Islamabad for the past four years" if "they" do not stop their "propaganda".   Addressing a press conference in Islamabad upon his return from ...

Nawaz Sharif could go into exile under Saudi Arabia deal: report

1396/10/11 | 12:34
  Pakistan’s former prime minister would escape a corruption trial and be allowed to live in exile under a potential deal being brokered by Saudi Arabia.   Nawaz Sharif is expected to visit Saudi Arabia as the kingdom appears ready to intervene in the stand-off between the head of Pakistan’s longest ruling political dynasty and the military establishment.   he article quoted sources and claimed that the ex-PM only requires permission to leave the country and quit politics in order to survive the corruption references against ...

Shafaqna exclusive: The inner story of Nawaz and Shahbaz Sharif’s snub

1396/10/11 | 12:34
  Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday arrived in Saudi Arabia where he would hold meetings with the royal family on what his party said “matters of national interest and not for personal reasons”.     The ruling party also dismissed the reports as “absurd” that said efforts were under way to have another National Reconciliation Order (NRO). “Those claiming that an NRO is being prepared should at least know that it is signed secretly and not so openly,” a close aide to Mr Sharif, Senator Pervaiz Rashid, ...

Did Nawaz challenge establishment once again?

1396/10/9 | 12:34
Vowing to bring former president Pervez Musharraf to the court soon, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday said, "The time has come for those who violated the Constitution to be punished".   While speaking to PML-N workers and leaders following the Friday congregation, Sharif said: "The courts will have to be awakened on Musharraf's cases."   Sharif, whose second term as the prime minister ended as a result of the then army chief Musharraf's coup in October 1999, said that the former president is a "coward" and is making ...

Wrong in the bottom:  Is Saudia going to hack Pakistan’s next election?

1396/10/9 | 12:34
  Leader of the Opposition Khursheed Shah, while holding a press conference in Lahore on Friday, raised questions over Nawaz Sharif's impending visit to Saudi Arabia.   "Today, the nation is watching. The people are interested in knowing why Shahbaz Sharif is in Saudi Arabia and why Nawaz may be visiting soon."   According to a party source, Nawaz may depart for the Gulf kingdom on Saturday. His younger brother is already in the Gulf state on an “official” visit. The chief minister had been flown by a special plane of ...

Wary of Imran Khan:  Is Saudia planning to install Shahbaz Sharif as next PM?

1396/10/8 | 12:34
  Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif left for Saudi Arabia on Wednesday evening, sources informed media. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader is expected to hold important meetings with Saudi government officials. Shehbaz will also perform Umrah while visiting the kingdom.   The visit of by the chief minister of Punjab takes place after his meeting with the Saudi ambassador to Pakistan on Saturday in Lahore. Saudi authorities sent a special plane for Shehbaz.   Anchor and analyst Shahzeb Khanzada said it is apparent ...

Deobandi JUI Samiul Haq fans sectarianism through malicious statement

1396/10/6 | 12:34
  In a rejoinder to his rival Fazalur Rehman group of JUI, the Deobandi party JUI’s Samiul Haq group has issued a malicious stance in which he defended his alliance with Imran Khan-led PTI saying that it was better than an alliance with corrupt politicians such as Zardari and Nawaz Sharif.     However, he called Zardari a Shia while he didn’t mention sectarian identity of Nawaz Sharif. Samiul Haq, is the godfather of banned terrorist outfit Taliban of Deobandi takfiris who have destroyed Pakistan and Afghanistan by thousands ...

The lollipop of Premiership: Would Nawaz Sharif’s trump card work?

1396/10/4 | 12:34
  Two days after TV channels flashed the news that former premier Nawaz Sharif had named Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif as the party’s nominee for the office of prime minister in 2018 general elections, the elder Sharif is said to be reluctant to publicly nominate his younger brother for the coveted office as he wants to keep his cards close to his chest till the last minute, it emerged on Saturday.   While Shahbaz Sharif’s camp in the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has been running a vigorous campaign to see their leader ...

Campaign against Judiciary: Is Nawaz Sharif on self destructive mode?

1396/10/3 | 12:34
  Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday observed that though he was recently criticised for visiting Mayo Hospital, he does not care about criticism as it is his duty to ensure that the fundamental rights of the people are protected.   Since the opening of the Panama Case, the judiciary of the country is being involved in several political matters. Cases upon cases are being filed in an attempt to bring the other party down. What this does is politicises the institution which should remain objective in all ...

The next PM: Why did Nawaz Sharif choose Shahbaz Sharif for premiership slot?

1396/10/1 | 12:34
  Putting an end to confusion surrounding the future leadership of the embattled PML-N, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif told party aides on Wednesday that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif would be the party's candidate for premiership in the upcoming General Election.   Expressing confidence in his younger brother, Nawaz said that Shahbaz had never disappointed him or the party, and had risen to prominence because of his hard work and performance.   The former prime minister made the remarks during a meeting at his ...

Is the political chapter of Nawaz Sharif over?

1396/9/30 | 12:34
  In his recent remarks Pervez Rasheed has asserted that Sharif does not need to enter into a competition with Imran Khan in holding public rallies.   PML-N is not as united as it was in 2013. A number of party lawmakers from South Punjab expressed reservations about Sharif’s support for a law to remove the barrier on his assuming the office of party president and failed to turn up to vote for the law.    The party leadership first threatened action against all of them but then expelled only two for fear of desertions. ...

Would decision on Imran Khan’s case give a new life line to Nawaz Sharif?

1396/9/28 | 12:34
  This harsh criticism of the judiciary is a series of a campaign against the Panama decision, where Nawaz and some of his PML-N leaders have constantly spoken against the judiciary, and hinted at conspiracies and threats on democracy.   Some expected this strategy to soften after the Supreme Court gave a positive verdict in the Hudaibiya Mills Case but it seems Nawaz has strategised that going back now would weaken his political position.    There is still the spectre of accountability courts to contend with, but perhaps ...

Fall of Takht.e.Lahore: Can Nawaz Sharif stop crumbling PML-N?

1396/9/21 | 12:34
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that the government will complete its tenure in June 2018, and elections will be held no later.   He claimed that all anti-government alliances would come to nought, and that there was no need for efforts to form a forward bloc within the government.   Meanwhile Five lawmakers of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the ruling party in the province and centre, Sunday announced to have rested their political future with Pir Khawaja Hameeduddin Sialvi.      The one-point ...

Hudaibya Paper case: A joint battle of survival for Sharifs

1396/9/17 | 12:34
  The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) may be facing a crisis, but the Supreme Court’s move to reopen the Hudabiya Paper Mills case last month has brought the Sharif brothers closer.     On Tuesday, Sharif left for London. Before his departure, the PML-N chief held a crucial meeting with his younger brother in which party issues were discussed and it was decided to chalk out a joint strategy in defence of cases pending against the Sharifs in courts, reliable party sources said. Prior to this, all was not well between ...

Dark future: Why PMLN members are parting ways?

1396/9/11 | 12:34
  These are difficult times for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) which has had to take yet another U-turn on the situation arising from the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYRA) saga, and will now try and placate its fractious members rather than initiate punitive action against them for openly violating the party line.   On Thursday, disqualified prime minister Nawaz Sharif constituted a committee comprising Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Railways Minister Saad Rafique and National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq to meet ...

Face saving: Why is Nawaz Sharif trying to distance himself from Faizabad operation?

1396/9/10 | 12:34
  Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said that recent events had damaged the country’s repute at the international level, he showed great displeasure over way of handling of Faizabad protests.   Yet, on Saturday, when the police-led operation to try and end the Faizabad protest was under way and protests had begun to erupt in cities across the country, Mr Sharif was pictured in a meeting in his Raiwind residence with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.   In ...

Why is China concerned over Islamabad violence?

1396/9/9 | 12:34
  Upset by the mishandling of the Faizabad sit-in and the total surrender of his party’s government to the protesters, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said that recent events had damaged the country’s repute at the international level.   A senior party leader and a close associate of Mr Sharif’s told Dawn that the PML-N chief was perturbed because of the negative message this protest and its aftermath sent to foreign capitals, especially Beijing.   The PML-N leader who was privy to ...

End of a showdown: The political fall outs of Islamabad protests

1396/9/7 | 12:34
Life in the federal capital and Rawalpindi started limping back to normality soon after the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan leader called off a three-week-long protest sit-in on Monday.   Cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi also called upon his supporters elsewhere in the country to end their protests as the government has acquiesced to fulfill the group’s key demands.   Hamid tendered his resignation to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi “to take the country out of a crisis-like situation.   Though the episode of horror is over ...

Divorce to Nawaz Sharif: What is Zardari’s game plan?

1396/9/7 | 12:34
  Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has urged former president Asif Ali Zardari to not initiate a war of words.   The Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) leader was responding to Pakistan Peoples Party’s father and son duo’s strong criticism of Nawaz Sharif with Zardari reportedly refusing to meet with the PML-N chief.   “Zardari and his son [PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto] should not taunt Nawaz Sharif,” Asif wrote on social networking site Twitter. “If we replied to them, it may have negative repercussions for the ...

MMA Again: The light in the end of tunnel for Fazal ur Rehman

1396/9/2 | 12:34
  Over the revival of six-party MMA after the lapse of 10 years, various political parties have given their reaction.   Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has described the restoration of MMA as a feat of the establishment. It has expressed fear about the MMA and said that it is an alliance of outlawed parties under the patronage of the establishment.     PPP Secretary General Senator Farhatullah Babar said that restoration of MMA is a part of the plan to covertly exploit Taliban.  He added that restoration of MMA and ...

Why Nawaz Sharif is hesitant to remove Ishaq Dar?

1396/8/30 | 12:34
   Amid reports of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar’s resignation circulating in the federal capital, credible PML-N sources have denied that party’s financial guru is quitting.   Sources confided to Geo News that Dar still is the finance minister and there are several options available to him. There’s no resignation at this stage, they added.   Earlier, media has reported Ishaq Dar has resigned from the ministry and a committee has been constituted to look after economic affairs of the country.   The PML-N government ...

Would Nawaz seek a presidential pardon?

1396/8/28 | 12:34
   The National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Lahore, on Friday initiated the process to place ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and four of his family members on the Exit Control List (ECL). According to the NAB Isla¬mabad spokesman, the other members of the family who may face travel restriction are Mr Sharif’s sons Hussain and Hassan, daughter Mar¬yam and son-in-law retired Capt Mohammad Safdar. An accountability court had earlier declared Hussain and Hassan proclaimed offenders for skipping court proceedings in references pertaining ...

Is this the end of Nawaz dynasty in Pakistan?

1396/8/25 | 12:34
    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 | 12:34
  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 | 12:34
    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 | 12:34
  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 | 12:34
   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 | 12:34
  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 | 12:34
  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 | 12:34
  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 | 12:34
  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 | 12:34
  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 | 12:34
  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 | 12:34
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 | 12:34
  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 | 12:34
  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 | 12:34
  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 | 12:34
  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 | 12:34
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 | 12:34
  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 | 12:34
  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 | 12:34
  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 | 12:34
  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 | 12:34
    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 | 12:34
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 | 12:34
  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 | 12:34
  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 | 12:34
  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, ...