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Chandio asks PM to quit than facing shame2017/04/24
HYDERABAD: Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Information Secretary Maula Bux Chandio on Sunday said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has no moral reason to stay in the power and should instead resign rather than face further embarrassment.
Addressing a huge gathering sitting in front of HESCO office in Hydrabad to protest against load-shedding, Chandio wondered why the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) was celebrating and distributing sweetmeats, and advised to instead read the Panama case verdict clearly as it has not exonerated the prime minister.
He said that the verdict states that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has lied to the nation, and two honourable judges had called for him to resign, while three others had called for further investigation.
He reiterated that sooner or later the prime minister will have to step down. "The prime minister should feel ashamed and step down himself," he reiterated.
"The PML-N has been the weapon of choice of every dictator," he said calling on the premier to set an example and cement his name in the history of the country.
"It is shameful that the prime minister is saying that his government was not dismissed following the verdict of the case," Chandio stated.
Chandio turned towards Interior Minister Chauhry Nisar and asked why the minister didn't say that the Prime Minister has been completely absolved of all wrongdoings. He also said that the Prime Minister has no idea how to run a country. 
"His own ministers have said that PM is like Zulfiqar Mirza and Uzair Baloch. Slogans were raised by the protestors that this dacoit government should be sent home."
Criticizing State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali, Chandio claimed that the PML-N minister is against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He accused Ali of spreading prejudice and bigotry.
"Their faith is only aroused on the mention of Ayaan Ali," he said repeating his demand for resignation or running the institutions of the nation. Chandio also asked what PML-N's relationship with Ayaan Ali was.
"Even the Qatari prince might be disappointed as his letter was in vain," he said referring to the letter which was declared as bogus and unnecessary in the Panama case verdict.
He strongly condemned the load-shedding in Sindh which was imposed by the federal government, and said a 'viceroy' was sent to head the Hyderabad Electric Supply Corporation (HESCO).
Speaking on the prolonged power outages, the PPP leader stated that action should be taken against only those people who are not paying their electricity bills. 
"If the Prime minister wants democracy to flourish then he should abide by the institutions," he advised.
Chandio stated, "Prime Minister has to resign at any cost. The prime minister has many relatives and anyone of them can become premiers." "We do not want to remove PM Sharif in an undemocratic fashion," he added.
He also criticised Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan and said that change does not come with the raising of a finger, and that they were more concerned about Punjab.
Chandio has said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has struck a deal with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for seats in Punjab.
Chandio said that Khan made a deal with the premier for seats in Punjab. "The PTI chairman is fearful of the 2018 election results from Punjab," he further stated.
"I advise my friends in the PTI to teach Imran Khan the basic tenants of politics," he said accusing the PTI of secretly colluding with the PML-N.
Meanwhile, Pakistan People's Party (PPP) General Secretary Syed Nayyar Hussain Bokhari and Information Secretary Chaudhry Manzoor have on Sunday demanded Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign from his post in order to ensure the transparent investigation of Panama scandal.
The PPP leaders said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) ministers will get strong answers if they do not stop their foul language. They further added that PM Nawaz should keep a check on his workers' verbal abuses.
Nayyar Hussain Bokhari made it clear that nobody will be able to stop PPP jialas (diehard party workers) if they get out of control.
Chaudhry Manzoor unearthed the alleged corruption in Neelum-Jhelum hydropower Project and said that national treasure has been given a shock of 'Rs 250 billion volts'.
The PPP leaders continued that PM Nawaz could not prove himself innocent in front of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. 
Two judges of the apex court have declared that Nawaz Sharif is not honest and righteous and three have demanded further investigations, PML-N is celebrating God knows which verdict, they added.
PPP also staged a sit-in in Hyderabad against load-shedding where Information Secretary Maula Bakhsh Chandio provoked people to raise anti-government slogans.
Maula Bakhsh Chandio said that the judges of apex court have said that Nawaz Sharif is dishonest, it is better for him to resign now. 
He strongly condemned the load-shedding in Sindh which was imposed by the federal government, and said a 'viceroy' was sent to head the Hyderabad Electric Supply Corporation (HESCO).
He also accused Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan of making secret alliance with PML-N. - NNI
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North Korea ready to sink American aircraft carrier2017/04/24
Monitoring Desk

ISLAMABAD: North Korea said on Sunday it was ready to sink a US aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might, as two Japanese navy ships joined a US carrier group for exercises in the western Pacific.
US President Donald Trump ordered the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group to sail to waters off the Korean peninsula in response to rising tension over the North's nuclear and missile tests, and its threats to attack the United States and its Asian allies.
The United States has not specified where the carrier strike group is as it approaches the area. US Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday it would arrive "within days" but gave no other details.
"Our revolutionary forces are combat-ready to sink a US nuclear powered aircraft carrier with a single strike," the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the North's ruling Workers' Party, said in a commentary. The paper likened the aircraft carrier to a "gross animal" and said a strike on it would be "an actual example to show our military's force". The commentary was carried on page three of the newspaper, after a two-page feature about leader Kim Jong Un inspecting a pig farm.
North Korea will mark the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its Korean People's Army on Tuesday. It has in the past marked important anniversaries with tests of its weapons.
North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests, two of them last year, and is working to develop nuclear-tipped missiles that can reach the United States. It has also carried out a series of ballistic missile tests in defiance of United Nations sanctions.
North Korea's growing nuclear and missile threat is perhaps the most serious security challenge confronting Trump. He has vowed to prevent the North from being able to hit the United States with a nuclear missile and has said all options are on the table, including a military strike.
North Korea says its nuclear programme is for self-defense and has warned the United States of a nuclear attack in response to any aggression. It has also threatened to lay waste to South Korea and Japan.
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday North Korea's recent statements were provocative but had proven to be hollow in the past and should not be trusted. "We've all come to hear their words repeatedly, their word has not proven honest," Mattis told a news conference in Tel Aviv, before the latest threat to the aircraft carrier.
Japan's show of naval force reflects growing concern that North Korea could strike it with nuclear or chemical warheads. Some Japanese ruling party lawmakers are urging Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to acquire strike weapons that could hit North Korean missile forces before any imminent attack.
Japan's navy, which is mostly a destroyer fleet, is the second largest in Asia after China's. The two Japanese warships, the Samidare and Ashigara, left western Japan on Friday to join the Carl Vinson and will "practice a variety of tactics" with the US strike group, the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force said in a statement.
The Japanese force did not specify where the exercises were taking place but by Sunday the destroyers could have reached an area 2,500 km south of Japan, which would be waters east of the Philippines. From there, it could take three days to reach waters off the Korean peninsula. Japan's ships would accompany the Carl Vinson north at least into the East China Sea, a source with knowledge of the plan said.
US and South Korean officials have been saying for weeks that the North could soon stage another nuclear test, something the United States, China and others have warned against.
South Korea has put is forces on heightened alert.
China, North Korea's sole major ally which nevertheless opposes Pyongyang's weapons programmes and belligerence, has appealed for calm. The United States has called on China to do more to help defuse the tension.
Last Thursday, Trump praised Chinese efforts to rein in "the menace of North Korea", after North Korean state media warned the United States of a "super-mighty preemptive strike".
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Govt provides power to industry despite crunch: Ahsan Iqbal2017/04/24

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal says government has provided power to industry on preferential basis despite recent crunch in the energy sector.
In a statement, he said local industry has stood on its feet to a great extent due to provision of electricity ...

Shujaat claims PM will resign before JIT probe begins2017/04/24
LAHORE: President of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid-e-Azam, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has claimed on Sunday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would resign before Joint Investigation Team starts Panama Leaks probe.
A four-party conference was chaired by Chaudhry Shujaat in Lahore during which he asserted that the premier would tender his resignation before JIT begins its probe ...

Nawaz, Zardari equally responsible for destruction of Pakistan: Imran2017/04/24
DADU: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has said that Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari have both been looting Pakistan for the last 30 years, and both are equally responsible for destruction of the country.
The PTI chairman expressed these views on Sunday while talking to media in Dadu and said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should have resigned on moral grounds after the verdict of Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Imran Khan has said that the judges of the Supreme Court have rejected all the evidences presented by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) including the Qatari letter and remarked that Nawaz Sharif is dishonest.
The cricket-turned politician also said that the two judges who asked to disqualify the prime minister are future chief justices of Pakistan.
He stated, "The judges hearing the case have said that the prime minister is neither 'Sadiq' nor 'Ameen'. How will the institutions function under him?" "Those distributing sweets following the Panama Case verdict are stupid," the Tehreek-e-Insaf chief said.
The PTI chief said that PM Sharif and Co-Chairman of Pakistan People's Party (PPP) are corrupt individuals. "Both of them have been looting the country for the past 30 years," Khan said.
Imran invited all the people to the rally that PTI is going to hold in Islamabad on April 28, and announced to conduct a big public gathering in Sindh as well.
He said that Zardari is corrupt but not a hypocrite. He urged the nation to take to the streets for the future of their children. Awami Muslim League (AML) Head Sheikh Rashid also talked to media and said the case is not over yet, it is difficult to understand that why PML-N is distributing sweets. 
He said that people of Sindh are also against corruption and want to get rid of this dishonest leadership.
Sheikh Rashid also claimed that Liaquat Jatoi's procession was the biggest ever that he witnessed in the history of interior Sindh. - NNI
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