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Discrimination of NAB against PPP leaders blasted2017/08/16

LAHORE: Pakistan People's Party (PPP) central leader and former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Tuesday lamented what he described discrimination against him and former premier Yousuf Raza Gillani, saying their names were still on the Exit Control List (ECL) but Nawaz Sharif not being placed on ECL in the wake Panamagate verdict.
Speaking to media persons, the PPP leader said Nawaz Sharif had been committing contempt of court by repeatedly criticizing against judges of the Supreme Court for disqualifying him.
The PPP leader said his party had called for repealing Article 62 and 63 of the constitution, which were introduced by a military ruler, but no heed was paid to the demand. In fact Sharif opposed the demand, but when he himself fall prey to these laws, he now calling for amendment in the constitution, he added. The former prime minister was talking to media after an accountability court's hearing of illegal appointments case against him. The court adjourned hearing of the case till Sept 19.
Ashraf is facing the NAB case for allegedly misusing his authority as water and power minister to make illegal appointments in Gujranwala Electric Power Company (GEPCO).-NNI

Trump's aide invites Asif to visit Washington2017/08/16

ISLAMABAD: A foreign policy aide of US President Donald Trump has extended invitation to Pakistan's newly-appointed Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif to visit Washington.
According to Foreign Office, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke to Asif during a telephonic conversation and invited him to the US capital in first such high level contact ...

ECP likely to announce PTI funding case verdict today2017/08/16
ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is likely to announce the verdict regarding Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) funding case on Wednesday.
The five-member bench, headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) retired Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan, will announce the decision.
It is worth mentioning here that the petition against PTI was filed by Akbar S. Babar in 2014 accusing the party of wrong use of funds. - NNI

Pak Independence Day ceremony held at United Nations2017/08/16
UNITED NATIONS: A ceremony pertaining to 70th Independence Day of Pakistan was held in General Assembly of United Nations.
Besides hundreds of Pakistanis, the ceremony was attended by ambassadors from more than 100 countries including China, Turkey, Russia and Iran.
"The story of Pakistan does not begin in 1947. My country is home to one of the world's oldest civilizations. In fact, the ancient civilizations of Mohen jo Daro and Taxila among others stand in abiding testimony to the indelible imprint that my land and his people have left over the ages on humanity's march towards progress and development," said Pakistan s Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi in her welcome address.
UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed paid tribute to Pakistan and said, "We celebrate Pakistan's commitment to multilateralism and diplomacy. We recognize Pakistan's outstanding contributions to the work of United Nations including being elected seven times for Security Council. We commend Pakistan's remarkable dedication to UN's peacekeeping with more than 7000 Pakistanis serving as blue helmets today and more than a 170,000 who have served over the decades. And of course we will forever honour the ultimate sacrifice of the 146 Pakistani peacekeepers who gave their lives for the cause of peace."
UN ambassadors of China, Turkey and Britain congratulated Pakistanis on their Independence Day and wished them good fortune. - NNI

Bullets, abuses not to help resolve issue of Kashmir: Modi2017/08/16
NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said bullets or abuses will not resolve the Kashmir issue.
Addressing the nation on the 71st Independence Day from the historic Red Fort, he asserted that his government is committed to restoring the lost glory of Kashmir and its status as 'heaven on earth.'
"Na gaali se samasya sulajhne wali hai, na goli se, samasya suljhegi har Kashmiri ko gale lagane se [Kashmir problem cannot be resolved by either bullets or by abuses. It can be resolved by embracing all Kashmiris]," Modi said in his fourth Independence Day speech.
He said only a "handful of separatists" were resorting to different tactics to create problems in the State and asserted that there will be no soft approach towards 'terrorism'.
The government is committed to make Kashmir a paradise once again, Modi asserted.
"Not only the J&K government, but the entire country is with the people of the State in helping them realise their dreams of development," Modi said.
He said violence in the name of faith was not acceptable and termed casteism and communalism as poison.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat (M) chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Tuesday welcomed the statement of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in which he said that love, not bullets will resolve Kashmir issue. The Indian PM stated that Kashmir's resolution will become a reality if humanity and justice replaced bullet and abuse.
"Welcome @narendramodi also believes"Goli&gaali will not help resolve Kashmir issue"if insaniyat & insaaf replace them Resolution can become a Reality (sic)," Mirwaiz tweeted while reacting to Modi's statement on Kashmir. Modi had, in his Independence Day speech, on Tuesday said that "only love and not bullets or abuse can help resolve the dragging problem in Jammu and Kashmir".
"We are committed for the development of Jammu and Kashmir and this is also the resolve of every Indian," Modi said in his speech from the Red Fort in Delhi.
Modi said the issue cannot be resolved by "gaali se" (abuse) or "goli se" (bullet) but by embracing every Kashmiri.  "But I am clear in my belief on how to win the war against separatism, which is spread by a handful of people. The problem will be solved neither by abuse or bullets - it will be solved by embracing all Kashmiris. Such is the legacy of 125 crore Indians. Hence, neither by abuse nor by bullets, change will come by embracing all. And we are moving forward with this resolve," he said. - NNI

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