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SJC to review reference against NAB Chairman2017/04/29
ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Friday summoned meeting of the Supreme Judicial Council on May 16 to review Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Fawad Chaudhry's reference against Chairman of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Qamar Zaman Chaudhry.The meeting will decide whether the reference is admissible for hearing or not. The council has also summoned the plaintiff on at 2:00 pm on May 16.
PTI's Fawad Chaudhry on Monday filed reference against the NAB chairman few days after the Supreme Court announced Panama case verdict, ordering formation of a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe the prime minister and his sons' wealth.
Fawad Chaudhry warned that if the NAB chairman was not removed from his post, it would amount to mockery of the apex court's order. He claimed that Qamar Zaman Chaudhry has failed to carry out his responsibilities as NAB chairman. - NNI

CPEC to go long way in prosperity, regional uplift2017/04/29
ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will go a long way in the prosperity and development of the region.
Addressing an international conference in Islamabad on Friday evening, he said CPEC will become hub of the international trade, economic and industrial activities in the world ...

Body considers bill on ratification of Int'l treaties2017/04/29
ISLAMABAD: The 37th meeting of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs was held in Meeting Hall, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad Friday under the Chairmanship of Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari, MNA to Consider and discussed the Ratification of International Treaties Bill, 2013(Private Member, Bill) moved by Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, MNA.
The Chairman explained that this meeting was specifically called for consideration of private member bill moved by Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, MNA and before starting the discussion and view point of Hon. Members I would like to invite the mover and the other Members beside the views of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cabinet Division and Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights. 
All the participants were given opportunity to comment and present their considered opinion on the proposed bill throwing light on its importance, objectives as well as its legal implications if any. Moreover, the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cabinet were specifically asked to explain the present procedure and steps in details at each stage and their opinion about the proposed bill in order to understand the scope and intention of the mover for increasing the parliamentary oversight on this particular aspect of the foreign policy/relation in the best public interest.
Later on, the Chairman while concluding the debate requested the mover to correct the text of the bill which was highlighted during the meeting and submit the same for further consideration in the next meeting.   
The Members who attended the meeting are: Sahibzada Muhammad Nazeer Sultan, Muhammad Khan Daha, Ch. Salman Hanif Khan, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Ghous Bux Khan Maher, Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan and Senior Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cabinet Division and Ministry of Law & Justice also attended the meeting. - NNI

Petrol, high speed diesel prices likely to reduce2017/04/29
ISLAMABAD: The prices of petrol and high speed diesel are likely to be reduced from May 1 while the prices of light diesel and kerosene oil are expected to increase, Dunya News reported on Thursday.
Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) of Pakistan will send its recommendations regarding petroleum prices to the Ministry of Petroleum on April 29 ...

China holds maiden flight of dual-seat JF-17B jet2017/04/29
BEIJING: China has conducted the maiden flight of its dual-seat JF-17B trainer and fighter jet, aiming to seize a bigger share of the global military aircraft market.
The event took place at an airport of Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group, the maker of the plane and a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC), China Daily reported on Friday ...

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