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5 killed in militant attack on Afghan PS

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HERAT: Gunmen stormed a police station in western Afghanistan Saturday, killing at least five people and wounding two others, officials said, in the latest violence targeting the war-torn country’s beleaguered security forces.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the raid in the provincial capital of Herat, near the Iranian border, but the Taliban have been relentless in their assaults on Afghan police and soldiers.  Two police officers and three civilians, including a child, died in the attack that ended less than two hours after it began, the provincial governor’s spokesman Jelani Farhad said. Another two officers were wounded. Both attackers were killed.
Police special forces were deployed to the area, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said. The latest violence follows a wave of Taliban attacks on Afghan forces, who have been dying in record numbers as the 17-year war grinds on. The bloodshed comes as US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad visits the region for meetings aimed at bringing an end to the war in Afghanistan, which by some estimates was the world’s deadliest conflict zone in 2018.

 

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SHC grants bail to Sharjeel Memon

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KARACHI: SHC has today granted bail to Sharjeel Memon (former Sindh Information Minister) in a corruption reference.

The reference pertains to abusing power by means of awarding advertisements at exorbitant rates. However, the IO had conceded during today’s hearing before the court that it had not been proven that Memon had received kickbacks from the deal.

The two-member bench after hearing the arguments granted bail to Sharjeel Memon against a surety of Rs. 5 million. One may recall that a NAB team nabbed Memon on 23rd October following SHC’s rejection of his bail application. 

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Grant of advt at exorbitant rates: SHC rejects Sharjeel Memon’s interim bail plea!

KARACHI: A two-judge SHC bench has rejected the interim bail application of former information minister Sharjeel Inam Memon and other 12 co-accused in a graft case here today.

According to details, following the NAB special persecutor’s arguments regarding the corruption case against Sharjeel Memon and others, the court has accepted the bail of one of the thirteen accused only.

Sharjeel Memon is accused of inflicting losses to the national exchequer by resorting to corrupt practices in granting (SID) advertisements – related to awareness – to the electronic media between July 2013 till 2015.

He will be arrested by the NAB team as soon as he emerges from SHC building as legally one could not be detained from the premises of the court.

Readers may recall that Sharjeel Memon is also facing charges in connection with illegal allotment of land.

It is pertinent to mention here that Memon fled the country in 2015 when NAB commenced an inquiry against him regarding five billion rupee corruption. But he returned to Pakistan last March and managed to obtain interim bail.  

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Sharjeel Memon produced before NAB court in corruption case

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Pak role in Afghan peace process lauded by SG of NATO

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BRUSSELS: Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg during a meeting with Pakistani FM Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi has noted that Pakistan had played a positive role in regional peace. 

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO wanted to work with Pakistan on bilateral understanding. 

GS NATO and FM Pakistan profoundly discussed security matters being faced by Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Kashmir. 

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Pak Foreign Minister arrives in Brussels

BRUSSELS: Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Foreign Minister (FM) of Pakistan, has arrived here today on a two-day official visit. 

Here he will be signing a comprehensive strategic plan with EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini. He will also meet NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at its headquarters in Brussels.

Strategic plan agreed with EU: FM Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi has informed that a strategic plan had been agreed with the European Union (EU).

FM said this while talking to the journalists here today before leaving for Brussels. FM further told that he would sign this agreement with EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini. Terming it a positive development Qureshi said it would begin long-term cooperation with the EU. 

Qureshi, who is scheduled to meet NATO General Secretary at its headquarters in Brussels, said Pakistan had been cooperating with NATO and extended unprecedented help to US and NATO forces in matters pertaining to Afghanistan.  FM reiterated that Pakistan had played a key role in the war against terrorism and NATO had acknowledged that fact.  

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Asset declaration scheme: No extension to be granted!

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ISLAMABAD: PM has warned that there would be no extension in the 30th of June deadline, therefore, people should legalize their undeclared assets.

He was speaking on Monday (24th of June) about the asset declaration scheme. He said that the country stood at the crossroad and every citizen would have to play his role in ameliorating the economy of Pakistan. Maintaining that the country could not move forward unless taxes were collected, Imran Khan held that nation and government could work together for the success of the scheme. 

He told that modern technology would be introduced in the tax system and a helpline would also be set up for facilitation of public.  PM pointed out that the first time Baynaami laws had been enacted to bring the undeclared wealth into the tax net.

He said measures were being taken to augment income and reduce loans. He further pointed out that Govt. was implementing austerity drive to reduce expenditure. He lamented that half of the income goes to repay interest on loans. 

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