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Pak SC clears Maryam Nawaz in Panama Papers case
ISLAMABAD, Apr 21 (Agencies): The Pakistan Supreme Court has cleared Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif`s daughter Maryam Nawaz in the Panama Papers case, a media report said on Friday. Last year`s Panama Papers leaks, which documented the offshore dealings of many of the world`s rich and powerful, alleged that Maryam was the beneficial owner of the London properties owned jointly by her brothers as well, Dawn online reported. The petitions claimed that since Maryam was a dependant of Sharif, the Prime Minister had to declare the Mayfair properties in the wealth statement. However, the Supreme Court bench late Thursday concluded that sufficient material was not available on the record to establish that Maryam was a dependant of the Prime Minister, in a legal sense. "We do not feel the necess...
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Believe it or not! Mystic who predicted Donald Trump's victory reveals World War III will begin on May 13
TEXAS, Apr 20 (Agencies): Amid growing tension and ongoing war of words between US, Russia and North Korea, a self-proclaimed messenger of God has claimed that he knows the exact date when the World War III will begin. He is the mystic who claims to have accurately foretold Donald Trump's presidency. The self-proclaimed 'supernatural being' has revealed that his visions and study of the Bible and prophecies have resulted in a date on which the nuclear war will fall, according to a report in Daily Star. Clairvoyant Horacio Villegas envisioned Donald Trump becoming US president as far back as 2015. Also, he predicted that Trump would become the “illuminati king” who will “bring the world into WW3”, the report added. He also prophesied that Trump would attack Syria. Moreover, he prophes...
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Sharif narrowly survives Panamagate jolt
ISLAMABAD, Apr 20 (Agencies): Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today narrowly managed to save his premiership after a Pakistan Supreme Court bench declared there was "insufficient evidence" to remove him from office but ordered setting up of a Joint Investigation Team to probe the graft allegations against his family. The court ordered Sharif, 67, and his two sons - Hasan and Hussain - to appear before the JIT, which would include officials from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Military Intelligence (MI). The JIT has been given two months to complete the probe. It will present its report before the bench after every two weeks and wil...
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China needles India again, announces 'standardised' names for 6 places in Arunachal
BEIJING, Apr 19 (Agencies): Upping the ante, China has for the first time announced "standardised" official names for six places in Arunachal Pradesh, days after it lodged strong protests with India over the Dalai Lama's visit to the frontier state. The state media here said the move was aimed at reaffirming China's claim over the state. China claims the state as 'South Tibet'. "China's Ministry of Civil Affairs announced on April 14 that it had standardised in Chinese characters, Tibetan and Roman alphabet the names of six places in 'South Tibet', which India calls 'Arunachal Pradesh', in accordance with the regulations of the central government," state-run Global Times reported today. The official names of the six places using the Roman alphabet are Wo'gyainling, Mila Ri, Qoidngarbo ...
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Kulbhushan sentencing row
PIL filed in Delhi HC seeking ICJ intervention to secure his release from Pak
ISLAMABAD, Apr 18 (Agencies): A PIL was filed in the Delhi High Court on Tuesday seeking international court's intervention in securing the immediate release of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death over spying allegations by a military court in Pakistan. The PIL seeks response from the Centre on exploring remedies via International Court of Justice (ICJ) for securing Kulbhushan Jadhav's release. The move comes a day after Pakistan's Army categorically ruled out consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav despite the Indian government making a strong case for gaining access to the Indian prisoner on death row. Jadhav, 46, was awarded death sentence by the Field General Court Martial last week, evoking a sharp reaction in India which warned Pakistan of consequence...
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‘US in 'best position' to defuse Tensions between India, Pak’
NEW YORK, Apr 17 (Agencies): The US is in the "best position" to defuse tensions between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue and it can play a "leadership" role before crises between the two neighbours explode, Pakistan's top diplomat to the UN has said. "Somebody needs to play this role and the United States is in the best position to do that," Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi told the Washington-based think-tank World Affairs Council, in a television programme broadcast yesterday. She said the US was in a unique position to defuse the rising tensions between India and Pakistan over the decades- old Kashmir issue as it has good relations with both India and Pakistan, according to a press release of her remarks issued by Pakistan's Permanent Mission to the UN. She added that such a role r...
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Very little scope to better India-Pakistan ties: Report
ISLAMABAD, Apr 17 (Agencies) Praying for "better sense", a Pakistani newspaper on Monday moaned there was "very little scope for an immediate improvement" in India-Pakistan relations. Commenting on New Delhi`s reaction after a Pakistan military court sentenced an alleged Indian spy to death, The News International said in an editorial: "Good intentions aside, there seems to be very little scope for an immediate improvement. "Ever since Narendra Modi has come to power, he has torn to shreds whatever scraps of a peace process were left." The daily said Modi had warned that he would try to isolate Pakistan internationally, "something it seems he is still intent on doing. "The plain truth is that we do not have a partner in peace right now and for the foreseeable future. May better sens...
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After hinting at tougher stand on Pak, Donald Trump's envoy visits Islamabad
ISLAMABAD, Apr 17 (Agencies): US President Donald Trump`s national security adviser HR McMaster has suggested that Washington may take a stronger line on Islamabad. A day after making the comments in Afghanistan, he arrived in Islamabad on Monday on an unannounced visit. McMaster in an interview to Afghan television channel ToloNews had said - "As all of us have hoped for many, many years, we have hoped that Pakistani leaders will understand that it is in their interest to go after these groups less selectively than they have in the past" - as per The Times of India. "The best way to pursue their interests in Afghanistan and elsewhere is through the use of diplomacy, and not through the use of proxies that engage in violence," McMaster had added. At the same time, describing Afghanist...
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Balochs will never become India's slaves: Balochistan CM
ISLAMABAD, Apr 17 (Agencies): Pakistan's Balochistan province Chief Minister has said that Balochs can never become "slaves" of India at the behest of a handful of "elements". Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, while addressing a gathering at Anjera Kalat, Balochistan, yesterday said: "Balochs live in Pakistan as brothers." Zehri said people in Balochistan can never become "slaves of India" at the behest of a handful of "elements propagating enemy's agenda" in the province, Dawn News reported. He was quoted as saying that elements "sitting abroad" were trying to use the youth for their nefarious designs. "Social media is not the criteria for liberation, in fact, the Baloch people stand for prosperous and peaceful Pakistan," Zehri said. He said that if the suspected militants shun ...
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Pak to submit new dossier on Jadhav to UN: Report
ISLAMABAD, Apr 16 (Agencies): Pakistan has prepared a new dossier about alleged militant activities of Indian prisoner on death row Kulbhushan Jadhav and will share it with the UN and foreign envoys stationed here, media reports have said. The new dossier is based on Jadhav's early testimonial and statements given in front of the Field General Court Martial about his alleged involvement in espionage and sabotage activities in Karachi and Balochistan, reports said. The document contains the attested report of Court Martial General, as well as the court proceedings timeline, The Nation reported. Jadhav, 46, was tried through Field General Court Martial (FGCM) under the Pakistan Army Act (PAA) and was awarded the death sentence. Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa confirmed the death sentenc...
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Nepal, China hold first-ever joint military exercises
KATHMANDU, Apr 16 (Agencies): Nepal and China on Sunday began their first-ever joint military exercise with a special focus on combating terror, a move that could make India uneasy. The 10-day-long military drill "Sagarmatha Friendship 2017" that will last till April 25 is being organised by the two countries as part of their preparedness against terrorism that has posed as a serious security threat globally, the Nepal Army said. Sagarmatha is the Nepali name of Mt Everest, the world's highest peak. The Chinese People's Liberation Army's squad has already arrived in the capital to participate in the military exercise that will focus on counter terrorism and disaster response, it said. The joint training with China marks Nepal Army's extension of military diplomacy. The Nepal Army has l...
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China delivers third maritime patrol ship to Pak
BEIJING, Apr 16 (Agencies): China has handed over to Pakistan a 600-tonne patrol ship, the third of its kind, to safeguard the country's maritime interests at a time when both nations are pushing forward with the CPEC project. The ship which was handed over to Pakistan's maritime safety authority in Guangzhou, Guangdong province is the third of its kind, was built by China Shipbuilding Trading Company Ltd (CSTC) and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) Xijiang Shipbuilding Co Ltd. Previous two ships have already demonstrated their reliability and excellent performance during visits and exchanges, joint drills, maritime rescue and other missions in Pakistan, state-run People?s Daily reported. Pakistan's maritime safety authority expressed great appreciation for the quality of the...
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India stands totally exposed on issue of terror financing: Pak
KARACHI, Apr 15 (Agencies): Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakariya has said that India stands totally exposed on the issue of terror financing and perpetrating subversive acts in Pakistan. He said India has been blowing the trumpet on the issue of terrorism since long but the fact is that the country's intelligence agency itself is involved in terrorism. He also referred to the incidents in occupied Kashmir as well as the one taken on the Indian soil including Samjhota Express. He said Kulbushan Yadav was an agent of RAW and serving officer of Indian Navy. The agent has been awarded death sentence after due judicial process. US lauds Pakistan's efforts in fighting terrorism-government is committed to weed out terrorism from the country with the support of nation-Pakistan believes ...
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Pak warns India against rhetoric over Jadhav's death sentence
ISLAMABAD, Apr 15 (Agencies): Pakistan today rejected India's accusations that there were no credible evidence against Kulbhushan Jadhav and warned that "inflammatory" statements over his death sentence would only result in escalation of tension in the bilateral ties. Pakistan Prime Minister's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that due process of law was followed in the trial of 46-year-old Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged spying and terror activities. Aziz in a detailed statement read out to the media at the Foreign Office said that India through its reaction was aggravating the situation. Rejecting the Indian accusation of unfair trial, Aziz said that the first FIR against was lodged on April 8, 2016 by police's Counter Terrorism ...
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