Sharif absent at court hearing

Nawaz Sharif, the ousted Prime Minister of Pakistan failed to appear before the court on a hearing of corruption cases against him. According to the TOI, he was in London taking care of his ailing wife hence couldn’t come before the court.

The accountability court is hearing the corruption cases filed against Sharif after the Supreme Court on July 28 and was disqualified in the Panama Papers scandal.

The court had summoned Sharif, his daughter Maryam, sons Hussain and Hasan and son-in-law Muhammad Safdar for the first hearing on September 19.

Sharif’s political advisor, Asif Kirmani  was present in the court on his behalf.”I informed the court that my leader (Sharif) was in London along with the entire family due to illness of wife,” he said. Sharif’s wife is undergoing cancer treatment in London.

The court accepted the plea and the case was adjourned till September 26. Fresh summons to be issued for Sharif’s family to appear on the next hearing ordered court.

According to the SC, the accountability judge should resolve the case with in six months.

Sources: TOI, Hindu

Terror and politics to join hands in Pakistan

Terror and politics seem to be joining hands in Pakistan as, Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed‘s political party Jammat-ud-Dawah will contest 2018 general elections as a political outfit, according to reports from the party soon after their candidate finished third in a crucial by-poll.

In the previous month, Jamaat-ud-Dawah, a front for the Lashkar-e- Taiba terrorist group that was involved in the heinous 2008 Mumbai attack, announced that it was launching the Milli Muslim League.

Sheikh Yaqoob, a JuD-backed candidate who was humbly defeated by ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif‘s wife Kulsoom Nawaz from a parliamentary seat that fell vacant after Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court due to corruption charges. Yaqoob said the new front “will field candidates in every constituency in the country in next year’s election.”

Yaqoob also wanted to contest Sunday’s election from Milli Muslim League, launched just before the NA-120 by-poll, but could not do so as the Election Commission of Pakistan is yet to register it as a political party.

Yaqoob was placed in 2012 on a US Treasury sanctions list of those designated as leaders of international terrorist organizations.

“We have got a very good response in NA-120. It was our first election and people have welcomed us,” said Yaqoob, who contested as an independent candidate.

Sources-

  1. TOI-http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/hafiz-saeeds-jud-to-contest-2018-general-elections-in-pakistan/articleshow/60732475.cms
  2. INDIA TV- http://www.indiatvnews.com/news/world-will-contest-all-seats-in-2018-general-elections-says-hafiz-saeed-s-jud-as-its-candidate-finishes-third-in-pakistan-bypoll-401999

 

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  1. FINANCIAL EXPRESS- http://images.financialexpress.com/2017/09/Hafiz-Saeed-l-ani.jpg

 

 

 

Nawaz Sharif’s wife Kulsoom wins by-election in Lahore

Kulsoom Nawaz, wife of ousted Pakistan Prime minister Nawaz Sharif won the crucial Lahore by-poll elections on Sunday.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Begum Kulsoom won Na-120 seat by defeating Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Dr. Yasmeen Rashid of Pakistan in a tough election contest.

The parliamentary seat fell vacant after Mr. Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court on July 28 stating him to be dishonest in the Panama Paper case. The election was seen as a test for the PML-N party as it comes ahead of the general election in Pakistan scheduled the next year.

In the absence of Begum Kulsoom, who was undergoing cancer treatment in London, the election campaigns were all managed by Kulsoom’s daughter Maryam Nawaz. The election was seen as a test for the PML-N party as it comes ahead the next year’s general election in Pakistan.

The Election Commission spokesperson said that Begum Kulsoom won the by-poll elections gaining 59, 413 votes while her competitor Dr. Yasmeen Rashid attained 46,145 votes.

The polling process was supervised by the Pakistani Army personnel. The voters’ turnout was relatively low in the morning but increased in the afternoon. Minor cases of clashes were reported during the election process between PTI and PML-N workers but nobody got injured.

Sources: The Hindu, Indian Express

Maryam Sharif speaks in support of father Nawaz

Outsted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Sharif described the Supreme Courts rejection of her fathers review petition as severe injustice. The Supreme Court had dismissed the review petitions filled by Nawaz Sharif, his children- Hussain, Hasan and Maryam and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar against the Panama Papers judgment.

With this rejection Sharifs disqualification as a member of Parliament remains. Also now all his legal options are over, ending any chances of him to stage a political comeback. His family and Dar will now face a corruption charge filled by the National Accountability Bureau in court. According to Maryam, her father was disqualified because he did not take any income from his son.

At present Maryam is handling the Lahore election campaign, while her mother Kulsoom Nawaz is undergoing treatment for throat cancer in London. There will be a by election on the seat which was left vacant after the disqualification of Mr. Sharif on September 17. A total of 44 candidates will be contesting in this election.

Maryam Nawz said to the supporters, “Do you accept this unjust verdict? If you are vote against the verdict then vote for lion”.

News Source: The Hindu, Business Standard

Image Source: Indian Express

Pakistani ex-PMs wife to contest elections regardless of sickness

According to a Pakistani official, former PM Nawaz Sharif’s better half will keep running for a seat in the parliament in spite of her sickness. 

Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb said Kulsoom Nawaz is being dealt with at a hospital in London and is likely to return to Lahore for the upcoming elections. 

In a conversation with The Associated Press, Aurangzeb said that Kulsoom was diagnosed with an early stage of cancer and termed her as a “courageous woman”. 

Earlier this month, Sharif’s party confirmed Nawaz’s participation for the upcoming elections, running for the same seat left vacant after her husband was precluded from office on account of corruption charges against Sharif and his family. The disqualification came after an investigative panel’s finding which stated that his family possessed disproportionate assets which exceeded their income. These assets were disclosed during the Panama Papers leak in 2016.  

According to the Pakistani military, army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa spoke to Sharif over the telephone, wishing his significant other a fast recuperation. 

Sources – Times of India, Miami Herald

End comes for Nawaz Sharif’s political career

The Supreme Court of Pakistan in its landmark judgement disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from holding any public office for life. The inglorious departure of Sharif came after an investigation into his and his family’s wealth following the Panama Papers leak in 2015 which linked to Sharif’s children. The five judges bench lead by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan unanimously reached the judgement. The court deemed Sharif unfit for holding any office and also ordered an accountability court to open references against Sharif and his family.

Shortly after the ruling, a statement was released from the PM house stating, “Following the verdict, Nawaz Sharif has divested himself of his responsibility as prime minister.” The statement also added that Sharif had “serious reservations” on the SC’s proceedings.

The Panama verdict has also broken the popular perception that Sharif hailing from Punjab province was untouchable compared to leaders coming from Sind and other smaller provinces who could easily be dispensed with.

The judgement has unceremoniously brought Sharif’s third term in the office to an end but one is not sure about the future of Sharif’s political dynasty as it is now passed down to Shehbaz Sharif, Nawaz’s brother who is now named to become the next Prime Minister of Pakistan. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has become the interim Prime Minister till Shehbaz Nawaz can take over the National Assembly election. Shehbaz is currently the Chief Minister of Punjab.

On one hand, Nawaz Sharif defined the turbulent era of Pakistani politics. But on the other, with a deep grudge against the Pakistan’s military, he moved quickly in order to establish civilian authority in areas which were long dominated by the generals. This especially included foreign policy.

Interestingly, Pakistan has repeated history. Nawaz Sharif was the 18th Prime Minister and now a single out of the 17 Prime Ministers before him succeeded in completing their full term in office.

Pakistan Prime Minister disqualified by Supreme Court on account of corruption charges

The Supreme Court of Pakistan disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on account of corruption charges against him and his family. As a result, he has been barred from contesting elections for the next five years. “He is no more eligible to be an honest member of the Parliament, and he ceases to be holding the office of prime minister,” said Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan during the court’s ruling. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Captain Safdar were among the other prominent leaders who had been disqualified from their seats in the parliament.

The disqualification came after an investigative panel’s finding which stated that his family possessed disproportionate assets which exceeded their income.These assets were disclosed during the Panama Papers leak in 2016.

Following the leak, opposition parties and leaders had placed an emphasis on the need for a panel which would investigate Sharif and his family over their alleged offshore accounts.Former cricketing legend and leader of the opposition PTI, Imran Khan described the ruling of the court as a major victory for the people.”Nations are not destroyed by wars, bombs or natural disasters. They are destroyed when their institutions have been destroyed. “This is the beginning. Now all of us have to protect our resources and not let the corrupt exploit them,” he added.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on account of corruption charges against him and his family. As a result, he has been barred from holding public office for life. “He is no more eligible to be an honest member of the Parliament, and he ceases to be holding the office of prime minister,” said Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan during the court’s ruling. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Captain Safdar were among the other prominent leaders who had been disqualified from their seats in the parliament.

The disqualification came after an investigative panel’s finding which stated that his family possessed disproportionate assets which exceeded their income.These assets were disclosed during the Panama Papers leak in 2016.

Following the leak, opposition parties and leaders had placed an emphasis on the need for a panel which would investigate Sharif and his family over their alleged offshore accounts.Former cricketing legend and leader of the opposition PTI, Imran Khan described the ruling of the court as a major victory for the people.”Nations are not destroyed by wars, bombs or natural disasters. They are destroyed when their institutions have been destroyed. “This is the beginning. Now all of us have to protect our resources and not let the corrupt exploit them,” he added.

Following Nawaz’s resignation, his brother Shehbaz Sharif is expected to be declared as the next prime minister.

 

News Sources- NDTV, Hindustan Times