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Dodging accountability courts: Did establishment give a safe passage to Nawaz Sharif?

1396/6/30 | 09:56
  In the wake of the rejection of his review plea, Sharif summoned to London the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, NA Speaker, Ishaq Dar, and a number of other confidants for consultations on several problems.       The former PM cannot continue to dodge the proceedings of the accountability court while the possibility of his being arrested on return to Pakistan cannot be ruled out. A decision has to be taken urgently to appoint a permanent PML-N chief.   The party has to work out a strategy to come out of the blind ...

Defying Courts: What is next for Nawaz Sharif?

1396/6/30 | 09:56
  Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz and her husband retired Captain Muhammad Safdar left for London on Monday, a day before they were scheduled to appear before Islamabad’s accountability court in connection with corruption references, and according to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders, the family is likely to skip all the proceedings.     Mr Sharif and his sons — Hassan and Hussain — had been summoned, along with Maryam and her husband, in the accountability court on Tuesday.     A ...

Nawaz Sharif must not appear before NAB court: Maryam

1396/6/28 | 09:56
LONDON: PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz said that former premier and her father Nawaz Sharif must not appear before the accountability court. Her statement came hours after the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) gave former premier Nawaz Sharif and other family members another seven days to appear before the accountability court in connection with the Supreme Court-mandated corruption references.    Follow Maryam Nawaz Sharif    ✔@MaryamNSharif He should not. Must not. Should not be a part of political & personal ...

Nawaz Sharif, children fail to appear in court; summons reissued

1396/6/28 | 09:56
ISLAMABAD: Accountability court adjourned on Tuesday a case pertaining to Sharif family’s assets in London, as ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his children did not turn up, Samaa reported. Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam, sons Hussain and Hassan Nawaz, son-in-law retired Captain Mohammad Safdar and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar were asked to appear today in connection with three references filed by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) last week on the directions of Supreme Court. No one from the Sharif family appeared in the court ...

Did PML-N verbal attacks on Judiciary affected the Panama review appeal?

1396/6/25 | 09:56
  The Chief Justice  ended his silence since the Panama decision and responded to the constant criticism the court has been the target of from Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N).    Addressing the opening ceremony of New Judicial Year 2017-18, Chief Justice Saqib Nisar reminded the public that the judges do not write judgments to settle scores but hand them out as an aspirational symbol of justice. These statements come after a month of increased verbal attacks on the judiciary and the Supreme Court, especially by PMLN and ...

Who is pressurising NAB to file appeal in Hudaibiya case?

1396/6/24 | 09:56
The National Accountability Bureau is under tremendous pressure to file an appeal in the Supreme Court of Pakistan against the Sharifs in Hudaibiya Paper Mills case.     A credible source confided to this correspondent that early this week a meeting was held in an office in Islamabad where a few senior officials of NAB were invited. They were reprimanded as to why NAB has not yet prepared the appeal in the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case against the Sharifs in the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Venue and other details of the meeting including ...

Deepening rift: Would PML-N meet the same fate of MQM?

1396/6/24 | 09:56
  Though Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif along with his son MNA Hamza is apparently ensuring they stay out of the country till the NA-120 by-poll, his niece Maryam Nawaz insists “the whole family” is supporting her in the campaign for her mother Begum Kulsoom Nawaz. An official told Dawn that Shahbaz Sharif would be returning from London on morning and leaving for Turkey probably the same day.     Shahbaz had extended his stay in London in connection with a health conference there, but the sources believe he did ...

Saudi Arabia’s role in removing Nawaz Sharif revealed

1396/6/23 | 09:56
  Media sources announced the Saudi government has played a key role in recent Pakistani political developments especially in dismissal of its prime minister.   Saudi Arabia planned to replace Sharif with one of his ministers temporarily and then, his brother Shahbaz Sharif to be his successor. According to media reports, Sharif who was once “the number one man in the kingdom” is now not trusted by the Saudis. Because he proved that he has no use, any more.   Saudi Arabia asked for help from Pakistan in a number of vital ...

The cold war between Ch.Nisar and Maryam Nawaz

1396/6/21 | 09:56
  Some PML-N politicians close to ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday took exception to Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan’s recent TV interview and questioned its timing, making it clear that Mr Sharif cannot be `intimidated’ and he would continue to strive for the sanctity of the ballot.   Although some senior PML-N leaders told Dawn that they would speak their heart out over the issue at an appropriate time, a few of them aired their sentiments.     In his characteristic style, Minister of State for Interior Talal ...

Volume X carries new evidence against Sharifs

1396/6/20 | 09:56
  The government received more than a dozen documentary files from six countries, which were clubbed by the National Accountability (NAB) with its four interim references filed against the Sharif family and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Friday.   “Around 17 communications have been received from six countries -- these are actionable evidence (against the Sharifs)," a senior official of NAB confided to this correspondent. The Central Authority of Switzerland responded to two requests providing all details the Joint Investigation ...

References against Nawaz: The backdoor deal amid fake accountability

1396/6/19 | 09:56
  Four references against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family have been placed before a judge who had acquitted former President Asif Ali Zardari in five corruption references.   The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday filed the references against Mr Sharif, his sons Hussain Nawaz, Hassan Nawaz, daughter Maryam Nawaz, son-in-law retired Capt Mohammad Safdar and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.     Registrar Accountability Court Ahmed Mushtaq Qureshi produced the references before the accountability judge, ...

Why NAB chief did not order to freeze properties of Nawaz, children

1396/6/16 | 09:56
The order of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Qamar Zaman freezing the assets of deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his three children and Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar was to remain in force only for a maximum of 15 days if he had passed it.     If such order was to further remain operative, it had to be endorsed by the concerned accountability court. But this decision was appealable before the high court. Apparently, it was because of the short life that a freezing order of the NAB chairman was going to have, ...

Saudis direct role in Nawaz Sharif dismissal, leaked letter revealed

1396/6/9 | 09:56
Ahsan Iqbal informed that the removal of Nawaz Sharif was the request of Saudi Arabia because when Pakistan Army dismissed Nawaz Sharif in less than a week when it understood Saudi Arabia does not support him anymore.   Dr. Abdul Karim, Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan stated that a letter from the Saudi Embassy in Islamabad to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Riyadh shows that in a meeting with the Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan, Ahsan Iqbal, Interior Minister of Pakistan, expressed his positive evaluation regarding the participation ...

Saudia Nawaz inner conflict: Kingdom to reveal Nawaz Sharif’s assets in Saudi Arab

1396/6/4 | 09:56
  Returning Hajis may have the honour of returning on the same flight as some very important documents, the contents of which could make or break the Sharif family’s political careers.       This is because the Saudi government is likely to respond to a mutual legal assistance (MLA) request regarding Azizia Steel Company and Hill Metal Establishment made by the Joint Investigations Team that probed the Sharif family’s offshore assets.   Recently an official of the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interior had made ...

Kulsoom Nawaz has 'a kind of blood cancer', doctors confirm

1396/6/1 | 09:56
Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's wife, has contracted “a kind of blood cancer” and she has been referred to cancer specialists. Geo News had reported on Tuesday that Begum Kulsoom Nawaz has been diagnosed with throat cancer but a medical source, aware about Brgum Kulsoom Nawaz’s health situation, has informed this scribe that she has contracted “a kind of blood cancer”. The source said that her treatment includes chemotherapy. He said that further tests and investigation is to be carried out “for devising ...

Defying NAB: Can Supreme Court order to arrest Nawaz Sharif and family?

1396/5/31 | 09:56
  Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his two sons have decided not to appear before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) till his petition seeking a review of the Supreme Court’s verdict that disqualified him from office is decided.     The former premier and his sons — Hussain and Hasan Nawaz — did not visit the NAB’s Lahore office on Friday where a team from the bureau’s Rawal­pindi office waited for them until 3pm so that they could join investigations into the Al-Azizia Steel Mills case.     If ...

Last nail in Coffin: A deeper conspiracy against Nawaz Sharif

1396/5/30 | 09:56
  The media went haywire on Saturday as the news of National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq filing a reference against Supreme Court judge Asif Saeed Khosa picked up traction.     National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq and other PML-N loyalists should know that loyalty to the party also entails staying true to the government and looking to complete their term in power.     Nawaz Sharif is not the be-all and end-all of their party and their government. Other leaders of the party need to ensure that the PML-N comes ...

Odd men out: NAB’s urgency to hear corruption cases against Zardari

1396/5/27 | 09:56
    The references against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif may be dominating headlines, but an accountability court in Rawalpindi has expedited proceedings in the last pending corruption reference against former president Asif Ali Zardari.     The court will initiate day-to-day proceedings against the PPP co-chairperson today (Thursday) over his allegedly illegal assets, both in Pakistan and abroad.   In the reference, Mr Zardari and his wife, the late Benazir Bhutto, had been accused of acquiring assets through ...

Backdoor deals: Is PML-N going to make Zardari new president?

1396/5/26 | 09:56
Former president Asif Ali Zardari arrived in Lahore from Dubai on Tuesday amid speculations of ‘some big political development’ as ousted premier Nawaz Sharif looked up to the Pakistan People’s Party for help.   Close aides to the PPP Co-chairman told The Nation that Zardari was not likely to meet Nawaz Sharif but telephonic contacts could not be ruled out. “There can be secret contacts and secret agreements but an open meeting is hardly possible since the PPP has already announced not to come to Nawaz Sharif’s rescue this time. ...

New party chief: Why Nawaz Sharif is heistant to handover party to Shahbaz Sharif?

1396/5/26 | 09:56
Leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) have been unable to arrive at a decision over who would replace former prime minister Nawaz Sharif as the party chief in accordance with a notice from the top electoral watchdog following Mr Sharif’s disqualification from office.   “We did discuss all available options for a new party chief but could not arrive at a decision...we decided to hold huddles for a couple of more days keeping in view various legal and political sensitivities involved with the issue,” Mr Rafiq told reporters ...

Unusual activism:  Is Nawaz Sharif trying to to avert imprisonment by public shows?

1396/5/24 | 09:56
    Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, camped in his Jati Umra residence to run the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) and the affairs of the federal government, is going over suggestions to hold a series of rallies in the second phase of his public contact campaign after his disqualification under a Supreme Court order.   After getting an overwhelming response of the people during his homecoming from Islamabad, Mian Nawaz Sharif is thinking about holding another round of rallies in his mass contact campaign to ensure respect of their ...

PTI’s pamphlets: Nawaz Sharif’s blunder of GT road rally

1396/5/23 | 09:56
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has prepared the answer to Nawaz Sharif's question that what was the reason of his disqualification. The party has prepared a pamphlet named ‘Kyun Nikala’ in which there are various reasons behind the disqualification of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.   The pamphlet includes the points taken from both JIT report and Supreme Court’s final judgement.      Mr Sharif has drawn criticism for his increasingly blunt attacks against the superior judiciary, and more specifically the Supreme ...

Shafaqna Special: Is Nawaz Sharif inviting international powers to intervene?

1396/5/23 | 09:56
Nawaz Sharif’s march proved not more than show of criticism. He not only lamented Judges but also pointed towards establishment for destabilizing the democracy.    In his speeches he said, "My government is gone now. Five judges sent me packing in one minute despite the votes of millions of people. Is this not an insult to the millions who voted for me?"   He said, you made me the Prime Minister with the power of your vote but five people sent me packing. Do you think that the monopoly of a few people should undo the power of 200 ...

In hot waters:  Can Zardari pull out Nawaz Sharif from the political quagmire?

1396/5/21 | 09:56
  The political scenario has been shooting up since the disqualification of the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif bythe Supreme Court.    Now, the former premier Nawaz Sharif has contacted former president Asif Ali Zardari recently to defuse the tension and normalise the political situation, sources close to PPP claimed.   Sharif was disqualified by the SC in a verdict criticised widely by civil society and the media. There were voices, including that of this newspaper, seeking a review of the judgement by the full court ...

The secrete message: Why Nawaz suddenly left for Jehlum?

1396/5/21 | 09:56
On the second day of Nawaz Sharif's rally, the ousted prime minister's convoy suddenly sped up soon after leaving Rawalpindi on Thursday, creating confusion and fuelling speculations.     While some reported that Nawaz, unhappy with the thin crowds at Rawalpindi and outskirts, picked up speed to reach places where a greater number of party workers were awaiting to welcome him, others suggested that security threats forced Nawaz to move ahead of his rally.     BBC Urdu hinted that a secret message led to Nawaz moving ...

Show of power: What is the covert message Nawaz Sharif giving to Establishment and Judiciary?

1396/5/20 | 09:56
Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, while addressing a charged crowd at Committee Chowk in Rawalpindi late Wednesday night, said that millions of people had voted to elect their leader but unfortunately a few had conspired to overthrow the democratic government.   It happened with me for the third time. Is this not an insult to your vote?" Nawaz asked his gathered supporters. “This gathering here serves as a referendum. The court of the people of Pakistan has given its verdict in my favour,” the PML-N leader claimed. Sharif, ...

End of Nawaz's era: The changing political dynamics of Pakistan?

1396/5/19 | 09:56
  ECP has ordered the PML-N to replace Nawaz Sharif as the head of the party, arguing that a disqualified member of parliament can no longer serve as the head of a political party.  If successful this will have a profound change on the national political dynamic and when added to the detail that the new proposed legislation brings to the electoral process the state will have taken a significant step along the democratic road.   The change process has taken a little over three years to formulate and the sitting of the House that saw the ...

Downplaying the warnings: Is someone trying to assassinate Nawaz Sharif?

1396/5/19 | 09:56
  Despite concerns about his security y former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was adamant that he will leave for Lahore via the historic Grand Trunk (GT) Road on Wednesday morning.   “I will not wait for the situation to calm down because I have every right to go home,” he told reporters at the Punjab House on Tuesday, referring to the recent bombing in Lahore and the heightened security threats there. Reports suggested that his brother Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and his predecessor Chaudhry ...

Talks of conspiracies: Is Establishment playing against Nawaz Sharif?

1396/5/18 | 09:56
  Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday said that he was not in favour of confronting institutions, but he was determined to uncover the “conspiracy” hatched against him.     The Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz on his failure to disclose his ‘un-withdrawn receivables, constituting assets’ in his nomination papers filed ahead of the 2013 general elections. It also ordered filing of references against him, his children and son-in-law.   “I will not yield to pressure despite the fact that I was subjected to exploitation ...

Family politics: How Nawaz Sharif ditched his brother?

1396/5/16 | 09:56
  A number of PML-N leaders in Punjab believe that Nawaz Sharif has ‘smartly deprived’ his younger brother of an opportunity to become prime minister in this tenure of the party and at the same time shattered the dreams of his nephew (Hamza) to take up the reins in Punjab.     According to them, Shahabaz has missed or made to miss a “golden opportunity” to succeed his elder brother as there is no guarantee he will make it to Islamabad to don the premier’s cap in 2018 in case the PML-N wins the election as more players ...

Is Nawaz Sharif’s life under threat?

1396/5/15 | 09:56
  Security agencies were investigating an incident which could have possibly proved dangerous for ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif.   The officials were looking into TV footage that showed the prime minister's motorcade being surrounded by his supporters as he travelled from Murree to the federal capital where he was to attend a key party meeting.   According to Geo News, the security agencies have launched an investigation to ascertain the identity of a man who put  his hand around Mr Sharif's neck as he came out of his ...

Did Nawaz reward blue eyed in new cabinet?

1396/5/14 | 09:56
  The new federal cabinet that took oath friday includes several new faces among them who were on the front line during the Panama controversy and defended the Sharif family on media and outside courts.     There are 28 ministers and 19 state ministers in the cabinet.MNAs Daniyal Aziz, Muhammad Tallal Chaudry and Mohsin Shah Nawaz Ranjha who have been vocal in support of Nawaz Sharif and criticizing Imran Khan have been made state ministers in the cabinet of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. However, Daniyal dis not took oath ...

Sidelining Shahbaz Sharif: Cracks within PML-N

1396/5/13 | 09:56
  Back-to-back PML-N consultative meetings on Thursday held at Shahbaz Sharif's Donga Gali residence apparently concluded without the party agreeing on the names of new cabinet members or a candidate to contest the NA-120 by-poll ─ a seat left vacant by ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif.     Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, earlier proposed as a successor to his brother, Nawaz, was expected to contest the NA-120 by-poll in order to acquire membership of the National Assembly, and then go on to become prime minister.     The ...

Lewd text messages : Did PML-N use Ayesha Gulali?

1396/5/12 | 09:56
    Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) MNA Ayesha Gulalai announced her exit from the party amid a flurry of scathing allegations against party chairman Imran Khan and other top party members.     Gulalai made the announcement moments before the election of a new prime minister earlier today, citing 'ill-treatment' of women in the party as the reason behind her decision, saying she had communicated her grievances to the party leadership but no action had been taken.   Meanwhile a reference was filed with the election ...

References against PM and Family: Would Nawaz Sharif be sent behind bars?

1396/5/12 | 09:56
  The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday decided to file references against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his three children, son-in-law and former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.     The references would be filed under orders from the Supreme Court as part of the verdict which disqualified Nawaz from the office of prime minister.   NAB chief was earlier upbraided by the SC for showing laxity by not filing an appeal against the Lahore High Court ruling dismissing it, and which poses a grave threat to the ...

 Disqualification sword: Is establishment trying to put Imran back into the bottle?

1396/5/11 | 09:56
Imran Khan avoided taxes via an offshore company, Pulitzer prize winning journalist Frederik Obermaier said in a tweet on Monday.     "Just for the record: Mr Khan avoided UK-taxes via an offshore-company," Obermaier, who was also a part of the team that unearthed Panama Papers, tweeted on Monday.     Niazi Services, the offshore company mentioned in the tweet, is already under discussion in an ongoing case against Khan in the Supreme Court.   On the other hand  Senator Mohammad Ali Saif of the Muttahida Qaumi ...

How Capital FZE popped up in Panama case?

1396/5/11 | 09:56
  How did the Dubai-based Capital FZE, a company owned by deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s son, Hassan, crop up in the Panama case?     It is incorrect that this firm was detected by the Panama Joint Investigation Team (JIT). Rather its name found mention in paragraph 87 of the April 20 note of Justice Ijazul Ahsan for the first time.   It reads there is yet another company under the name and style of Capital FZE, Dubai, presumably registered under the laws of the UAE. Funds also appear to have been routed through ...

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi elected as new prime minister of Pakistan

1396/5/10 | 09:56
PML-N's nominee Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was elected prime minister of Pakistan after he bagged 221 votes during the voting carried out to elect a short-term successor to the ousted prime minister, Nawaz Sharif. Following the Supreme Court's disqualification of Nawaz Sharif, the PML-N had agreed upon Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the former petroleum minister, as its candidate for interim prime minister. As the session started, NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq took oath from JUI-F lawmaker Usman Badini who was elected from NA 260 constituency. The members prayed ...

The Economic fall outs of Nawaz Sharif’s ouster

1396/5/10 | 09:56
  The Supreme Court disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from his job on Friday under the controversial articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution for mis-declaring his assets.     His sacking has indeed ratcheted up political uncertainty in the country but the markets appear to have already factored it in — at least for now.     Many believe that the market will make a quick recovery in the days and weeks to come to return to its May 24 peak since the court decision has cleared the uncertainty about Mr Sharif’s ...

The role of establishment in disqualifying Nawaz

1396/5/10 | 09:56
  The Supreme Court of Pakistan has finally disqualified Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, the third time elected Prime Minister of Pakistan. In 2015, Nawaz landed in hot waters when Panama Papers exposed so many ‘leaders, criminals, celebrities’ of the world. Imran Khan, Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Nawaz’s nemesis, took up the issue and threatened the sitting PM to lock down the federal capital if an independent committee was not formed to probe into the matter. Nawaz Sharif used almost all available forums like PTV (Official ...

Panama judgment: Key points that missed public attention

1396/5/9 | 09:56
  Friday’s additional judgment of the five-member bench of the Supreme Court in the Panama case contained two vital points, which skipped the public attention.     One, the verdict did not order ‘reopening’ of the Hudabiya Paper Mills case. It became clear when the judgment noted that the argument of Nawaz Sharif’s lawyer that the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) overstepped its authority by reopening the Hudabiya Paper Mills case when this reference was quashed by the Lahore High Court (LHC) does not appear to be correct ...

A scripted Show: Who handled Ch. Nisar’s press conference?

1396/5/8 | 09:56
  The one aspect of this stor is that Nawaz Sharif has been ousted by the Supreme Court on Friday while the second aspect was the press conference of Interior Minister Ch.Nisar Ali khan just a day ahead before the verdict.         Chaudhry Nisar was undoubtedly the star of this show. He chose his timing well. Despite claims of having been pressured into calling off this press conference time and again — he seemingly threw caution to the political wind and chose the eve of the expected deliverance of justice to ...

Does Nawaz's ouster mean chaos for Pakistan?

1396/5/8 | 09:56
  The ousting of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has left a power vacuum at the top of the nuclear-armed country, yet experts say that in the long run it is unlikely to be destabilising.     Nawaz’s disqualification Friday by the Supreme Court over corruption allegations denies him the chance of becoming the country’s first prime minister to complete a full five-year term.   Yet despite the country’s history of military rule, power will likely remain within the hands of a civilian government — and probably ...

Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification: An end of dynastic politics in Pakistan

1396/5/8 | 09:56
  The prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, leader of the party that bears his name, has been disqualified.   This is the third time he has failed to complete a constitutional tenure. It is now for parliament to select by election a new prime minister.   The SC found that the PM and his family had assets whose origins they could not satisfactorily explain and which exceeded their known income.    It is interesting that not only PM but his daughter Maryam Nawaz and both sons Hassan and Hussain Nawaz are also facing criminal ...

Dynasty continues: Shahbaz Sharif named as next Prime Minister

1396/5/7 | 09:56
An informal meeting, headed by ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, on Saturday deliberated the PML-N's political strategy after Sharif's disqualification and decided to rally behind Nawaz's younger brother, Shahbaz Sharif, after discussions that stretched over four hours. The meeting came ahead of the PML-N's parliamentary party meeting, to be convened at Punjab House, Islamabad, at 4pm later the same day. If the parliamentary party validates this decision, Shahbaz will have to resign from his seat in Punjab Assembly and a new chief minister ...

Why Nawaz Sharif is axed: The complete picture you need to know

1396/5/7 | 09:56
The Supreme Court of Pakistan constituted a five member bench to make a decision on the Panama Paper leaks and whether Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family were eligible for government offices. Today, the bench released its final decision on the subject after a 60-day investigation from the SC appointed JIT. It is now public knowledge that the decision came against the Sharif family. Members of the family have been disqualified and Nawaz Sharif has been forced to relinquish his office as the Prime Minister of Pakistan. However, there’s ...

The story which led to Nawaz Sharif's disqualification

1396/5/7 | 09:56
  What culminated yesterday in disqualification of Nawaz Sharif started on April 4, 2016, when The News in collaboration with International Centre for Investigative Journalism (ICIJ) and German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung exposed hundreds of Pakistani politicians, businessmen, bankers as well as judges having offshore companies.     The findings were based on a year-long investigation of The News that obtained access to the otherwise best-kept secrets of the world.     Our correspondent, Umar Cheema, who is ...

Who will be the Next Prime Minister?

1396/5/6 | 09:56
A question arising from prevailing uncertain atmosphere after the Supreme Court today declared Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif disqualified that who will hold the reins of PML-N led government if Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is disqualified.     The 5-o verdict was announced by a five-judge bench, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa – the same judge who had commenced his dissenting note in the April 20 judgment with a quote from Mario Puzo’s novel The Godfather and declared Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ‘disqualified’ for not being ...

Key points of Panama case verdict: Nawaz Sharif has been disqualified for life

1396/5/6 | 09:56
  Here are key points of Panama case verdict:   Prime Minister is not Sadiq and Amin, therefore he should quit his post as soon as possible. President Mamnoon Hussain should take steps for the continuation of democratic process. Election commission must issue notification of PM’s disqualification. NAB must file a reference against Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Captain ® Safdar within Six months. A reference regarding London flats should also be filed. Three references will be filed against Hassan and Hussain Nawaz. Ishaq ...