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Judges make decisions on provided evidence2017/11/09
Says Riaz Pirzada 
ISLAMABAD: Reacting to ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif's anti-court remarks, Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada on Wednesday said that the judges make decisions on the provided evidence.
In a media talk, Riaz Pirzada said that courts are expected to handle the cases with justice and honesty and that you can only go against them and establishment when you pretend like Nelson Mandela ...

Afghan President calls PM, condoles killing of diplomat2017/11/09
ISLAMABAD: The Afghan President, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, made a phone call to the Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to express condolences on behalf of the government and people of Afghanistan, on the assassination of Nayyer Iqbal Rana, a diplomatic official serving at the Pakistan's Consulate General in Jalalabad.
The Prime Minister conveyed to the Afghan President that people of Pakistan were deeply saddened at the killing of the Pakistani diplomatic official in Jalalabad. While thanking the Afghan President for condolences on this tragic incident, the Prime Minister stated that Pakistan expected that urgent steps would be taken by the Afghan government to apprehend the culprits of this heinous crime and bring them to the justice at the earliest possible.    
The Prime Minister underlined the need for thorough investigation by the Afghan government to expose the forces behind this abhorrent act.
The Prime Minister emphasized the need to promote harmony and cooperation among the two countries through sustained engagement. He said, to realize this objective, it was important that our two governments should collectively work for deepening the conducive environment of relations between the two brotherly countries.
The Prime Minister, while appreciating the steps taken so far by the Afghan government to apprehend the perpetrators of this sad incident, requested the Afghan President that the security of our nationals in Afghanistan including diplomats and diplomatic premises may be strengthened.
The Afghan President assured that the Afghanistan would undertake thorough investigation into the incident to bring the perpetrators to justice and would take all possible measures to ensure safety and security of Pakistani diplomats and nationals working in Afghanistan. - NNI

Upcoming elections unlikely on basis of 1998 census: Ayaz2017/11/09
ISLAMABAD: The parliamentary leaders at a meeting on Wednesday sought clarification from the government whether or not it wants to take the matter of delimitation of constituencies to the Council of Common Interests (CCI).
The meeting was chaired by Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq at the parliament house in Islamabad on Wednesday.
It was the demand of the PPP to get the approval of the CCI on the constitutional amendment for delimitation of constituencies before its approval by the parliament.
Later talking to the media persons, Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said according to the light of experts opinion, it was also decided that the general elections could not be held on the basis of 1998 census due to legal implications.
The speaker said the elections will be held on time as timely elections are in the interest of every political party.
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that opinion of political parties even having only one seat in the parliament has been given weightage on the matter of delimitation of constituencies.
Meanwhile, leaders of parliamentary parties in the National Assembly during a meeting on Wednesday again failed to reach a consensus on the bill seeking delimitation of constituencies.
Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq chaired the meeting at the Parliament House. 
The parliamentary leaders have sought clarification from the government whether or not it wants to take the matter of delimitation of constituencies to the Council of Common Interests (CCI).-NNI

CJ says money trail in question as it was in Panama case2017/11/09
ISLAMABAD: The Chief Justice of Supreme Court Mian Saqib Nisar heard the Jahangir Khan Tareen disqualification case on Wednesday where he remarked that money trail is in question in this case similar to Panama case.
CJ said Jahangir Tareen made a trust and transferred money through legal procedure. How one can call matters carried out within law dishonesty, he asked.
Tareen's lawyer told that his counsel isn't the owner of trust. He added that trustee will give him check whenever it uses powers related to trust funds. He submitted further documents regarding lease and land and agricultural income.
Justice Umar Ata Bandial told that this is exactly the receivable salary.
Hanif Abbasi's lawyer argued that there is contradiction in Tareen's stance over agricultural income to which CJ responded that provincial authority didn't take any action against the tax matter. Abbasi's lawyer Azid Nafees told that Tareen and his wife are lifetime beneficial owners of the trust which they have not mentioned in their nomination papers.
CJ remarked that the trust is not part of his assets while Tareen only had to present his assets in the papers. The court asked Hanif Abbasi's lawyer to submit written pleas with respect to their arguments.
Justice Saqib Nisar mentioned that the same question of money trail as occurred in Panama case is relevant here. Abbasi's lawyer argued that it should be answered whether legal and honest means were used. He argued that the court ruled ineligible based on conduct.
The next hearing of Jahangir Tareen disqualification case will be held today (Thursday). - NNI

Many MQM-P members likely to join PPP2017/11/09
ISLAMABAD: In the wake of MQM-P and PSP alliance, certain disgruntled MQM-P leaders have met ex-President Asif Ali Zardari for probable inclusion in PPP, according to sources on Wednesday.
MQM-P lawmakers Salman Mujahid and Dr. Fauzia Hameed arrived at Islamabad's Zardari House where the two discussed political matters with the PPP Co-chairman ...

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