ISLAMABAD: Pakistan believes in that intra Afghan dialogue can play the key role in making Afghan peace process result oriented as it was equally important for all stakeholders to play their significant roles, Foreign Office (FO) Thursday said.
Foreign Office Spokesperson, Dr Muhammad Faisal, addressing the weekly media briefing here said Pakistan has been playing a facilitating role in the Afghan peace process as a shared responsibility but has not been part of the last rounds of dialogue between the United States (US) and Taliban in Doha.
“There was no such thing as “Doha Process”. Ongoing talks between the US and Taliban is a positive development and Pakistan hopes that this will lead to durable peace and stability in Afghanistan”, he added.
Dr Faisal said Pak-India talks on Kartarpur corridor covered the technical level discussion over its opertionalisation designs for hydrology including passage of flood water.
To a question, he said authorities concerned are being probed Quetta blast and any involvement of external elements will be shared with the nation.
Dr Faisal said Pakistan has taken detailed measures to come out of the grey list of Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and foreign ministry has worked hard on the issue.
He said Indian occupation forces during the so-called cordon off and search operations in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) has martyred four Kashmiris including Shah Jahan Mir, Abid Hussain Wagay, 11th class student Owais Ahmad Mir and a 13-year old boy Sajjad Ahmad in Langate, Shopian and Poonch areas.
“We urge the international community, to call upon India, by all possible means, to immediately halt the human rights atrocities in IoK and seek their help in resolving the Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” he added.
NAB to investigate Nawaz in bullet proof vehicles matter
ISLAMABAD: An Accountability Court (AC) Tuesday permitted National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to meet convicted Nawaz Sharif in jail for an investigation related to personal use of bulletproof vehicles imported for South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) conference 2016.
AC-II Judge Arshad Malik heard the case. NAB pleaded that 34 bulletproof vehicles were purchased from Germany and imported without paying duty for the guests of the SAARC conference. However, 20 vehicles were used in the motorcade which had been kept in his and his daughter Maryam Nawaz’s personal use.
It further said the anti graft body had recorded the statement of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, ex-principal secretary to prime minister Fawad Hassan Fawad and other officials. NAB said the foreign office officials had misused their powers in a matter of bulletproof vehicles.
Rawalpindi CPO visits Ramazan Sasta Bazaar
RAWALPINDI: City Police Officer (CPO) Capt (R) Muhammad Faisal Rana visited Ramazan Sasta Bazaar set up in Chungi no 22 to review the security arrangements, informed police spokesman here Tuesday.
CPO termed the security arrangements satisfactory, he directed to further enhance the security of Bazaars, mosques, Imambargahs and worship places to protect the people during the sacred month.
He directed the police officers to curb crime and to provide foolproof security to the masses during Ramazan.
He made it clear that it was the prime duty of the police to protect the lives and properties of the people.
He said that strict action would be taken against those who found negligent in performing their duties.
SC dismisses NAB appeal against acquittal of accused
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) plea against acquittal of a bank cashier in a corruption case.
The trial court had awarded some 30 months imprisonment to a local bank cashier Sabir in 2008 over allegations of corruption and a failed attempt of robbery in the bank in 2004. The accused remained in jail for 34 months, four months extra in jail when he was acquitted by the Peshawar High Court (PHC) for lack of evidence. Later, NAB challenged his acquittal in the SC.
A three-member SC bench by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa and comprising Justice Sardar Tariq Masood and Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel, which heard the case, maintained the PHC verdict dismissing NAB’s appeal.
During the course of proceedings, the chief justice remarked that according to the high court verdict there was no solid evidence against the accused. He observed that bank branches prepared cash balance sheets on a daily basis.