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SC has ‘nothing to do with Memogate scandal’, says CJP Khosa

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has wrapped up a case regarding the 2011 Memogate scandal, saying it is the responsibility of the state to arrest and try former Pakistani ambassador to the United States Hussain Haqqani if it so wishes.

Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, who was heading a three-member bench, observed during the hearing that the Memogate Commission had issued its report on the matter in 2012 and a case was registered in light of it against Haqqani, the central character of the ‘scandal’.

Justice Khosa remarked that the SC had no link with the case for the time being. “No one has ever appeared from the applicants. We are surprised after going through the case,” he ruled.

He remarked that Armed Forces, democracy and the constitution are very strong in Pakistan and there is nothing to worry.

The apex court subsequently wrapped up the proceedings of the Memogate case, throwing the ball in the government’s court to decide on the matter.

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NAB files reference against couple for blackmailing

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ISLAMABAD: NAB prosecutor has filed a reference here on Saturday (25th May 2019) against a couple for attempting to blackmail its chairman and defrauding six others.

Recently some footage surfaced showing a man in conversation with a woman. It was insinuated that voice was that of NAB chairman. But according to the Bureau, it was the blackmailers’ propaganda.

The couple (husband in jail and female out on bail), allegedly linked with blackmailing group will appear before the court on 17th of June after Eid-ul-Fitr.

It is pertinent to mention here that 36 witnesses recorded their statements with the bureau against the two suspects.

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PML-N wants removal of NAB chief, says Sheikh Rasheed

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LAHORE: Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed on Saturday blasted the opposition Pakistan Muslim League–Nawaz (PML-N) for criticising the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman in the wake of leaked tapes showing purported conversation between him and an unnamed female.  

Addressing a press conference, he said the PML-N desired removal of NAB chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal from his post in order to halt filing of references against party leaders.

Responding to a question about the leaked audio and video tapes of the NAB chief, the minister said, “Leave the audio and video aside, see corrupt elements’ screams.” He said this in a reference to PML-N leaders’ reaction to the controversy.

“Look at their past, whenever they find themselves trapped, they target institutions,” he said, claiming Shehbaz Sharif is begging for an NRO-like deal to get scott-free in graft cases filed against him.

Sheikh Rasheed said the PML-N and PPP are responsible for inflation in the country.

 

 

 

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Three Eid special trains on tracks from June 2: Minister

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LAHORE: Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed has said the Pakistan Railways would run three Eid special trains from June 2 to facilitate passengers.

Addressing a press conference at PR Headquarters on Saturday, he said if more trains would be arranged then five Eid special trains would be run to facilitate passengers.

He said a tender had been awarded to Railway Constructions Pakistan Limited (RAILCOP) for improvement of Tando Adam railway track.

The minister said Sir Syed Express train would soon be inaugurated, adding that required target would be achieved in freight area.

To a question, Sheikh Rashid said those who plundered the country’s wealth were targeting the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

He said due to lack of health facilities, AIDS had become severe in Larkana and demanded the resignation of Sindh health minister.

 

 

 

 

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