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.

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  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

India to file memorial at ICJ in Jadhav Case today

India will file a written argument at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, today.  India Today reported that, The ICJ will resume the hearing and India will hand over the memorial declaring violations of International law committed by Pakistan and reasoning the arguments for relief for Jadhav and will also highlight that the former Senior Navy Official was denied the consular access. It will also stress on the fact that Jadhav’s case was tried and fought on military court, not a civil one without any given legal help.

On May 15, 2017 India put forward the fear that Pakistan will execute Jadhav before the verdict of the apex court following which on May 18, UN top court passed the orders for Pakistan to not to execute Jadhav before they pass any judgment.

In June, the United Nation’s Judicial Body in The Hague gave India time till 13th September to submit its arguments against Pakistan’s charges.

Pakistan claims that they arrested  Kulbhushan Jadhav in March last year from the Balochistan province and had found him guilty on the account of Espionage and subversive activities. However India maintains that the former Indian Naval officer was kidnapped from Iran when he was touring the country for business purposes.

Pakistan, after denying consular access to India over 18 times, still maintains the stand that the ICJ has no Jurisdiction over Jadhav’s case. It has time till December 13 to present the counter-memorial.

SOURCES: India Today , Economic times

UK govt. freezes Dawood Ibrahim’s assets

The United Kingdom government recently confiscated the property owned by the underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, making it a major diplomatic victory for India. His total assets are reported to be worth $6.7 billion.

According to Times Now, a massive crackdown has been initiated by the UK government against the India’s most wanted. In 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his tour handed over a dossier concerning the underworld gangster to his then British counterpart David Cameron.

This move by the UK government has been appreciated and welcomed by the Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir.

As per PTI’s reportage from August 22, Dawood remains the only “Indian national” on an updated list of financial sanctions released by the UK which also listed 21 aliases for the underworld don.

Dawood is said to be based in Pakistan currently. He is the main accused in the 1993 serial bomb blasts case in Mumbai that killed over 260 people and injured more than 700. He fled the country post the bombings and is understood to be hiding in Pakistan.

However, Pakistan has repeatedly denied his presence in the country.

Sources: Economic times and Times Now 

 

 

 

Pak violates ceasefire along LoC in Poonch 

Pakistan early today violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LOC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. It resorted to firing on forward posts, reported PTI.

The firing from across the border in Debraj, Krishna Ghati and Ishapur in Mendhar sector started at around 10.30 am, resulting in retaliation by Indian troops guarding the border, a police official informed PTI. The fire continued for a significant time until the last report was received by the police official. However, no immediate casualty was reported.

On September 7, two Army porters were injured in Pakistani firing, which lasted for 10 minutes. In similar event on September 1, assistant sub inspector (ASI) Kamaljit Singh of Border Security Force (BSF) succumbed to death after suffering from bullet injuries. He was provided medical aid but could not make it.

Similar events of Pakistan violating the ceasefire have occurred earlier this month on September 4 and September 3. The timeline of Pakistan violating ceasefire continues late in August, on August 30 and August 26. On August 26, BSF troops had retaliated against violations and killed three Pakistani Rangers. On 25 August, a BSF Jawan was injured in sniper fire by Pak Rangers along the IB in Jammu.

Source: PTI

 

 

China-Pakistan agree to enhance anti-terrorism co-operation on CPEC:

China and Pakistan have come together and agreed upon strengthening their co-operation on anti-terrorism and security along the 50 billion USD economic corridor that connects the volatile regions of both countries through a rail and road network.

The CPEC or the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, connects Xinjiang province in north-western China with Gwadar port in south western Pakistan. The corridor faces threats from Islamic militants from regions of both countries.  The CPEC, which is under Chinese President’s Belt and Road (B&R) initiative, goes through Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and hence India objects to this part of the project.

An agreement on security co-operation was reached when Meng Jianzhu, head of the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs of the Communist Party Central Committee, met with Pakistani foreign minister Khawaja Asif and Pakistani National Security Adviser Nasser Khan Janjua in Beijing on September 8, 2017.

According to Indian Express, reports have stated that Pakistan has deployed more than 15,000 military to protect Chinese workers who are working on projects related to CPEC. The total force includes 9,000 Pakistan Army soldiers and 6,000 para-military forces.

Meng praised Pakistan’s efforts and called for increased anti-terrorism and security cooperation to build the CPEC project. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s foreign minister, Khawaja Asif stated maintaining friendly relations with China is the cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy.

Sourced from The Wire and Indian Express