Imran calls for Sadiq’s resignation over ‘reference’ against judge

Following a ‘reference‘ against Supreme Court’s Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and the subsequent denial by National Assembly speaker’s office, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has called for Ayaz Sadiq’s immediate resignation.

The complaint against the top court’s judge was reportedly filed with the Supreme Judicial Council under Article 209 of the Constitution for questioning Sadiq’s neutrality.

“Ayaz Sadiq had revealed his bias earlier and now it is clear he is not fit to occupy Office of Speaker NA. He must resign immediately,” Imran tweeted.

Ayaz Sadiq had revealed his bias earlier & now it is clear he is not fit to occupy Office of Speaker NA. He must resign immediately. https://t.co/yy4f1qmgj2

— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) August 19, 2017

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Imran added, “Ayaz’s comment that his Office is not an investigative agency begs the question how he forwarded reference against me and Jahangir Tareen while rejecting reference against Nawaz Sharif?”

Ayaz's comment that his Office is not an investigative agency begs the question how he forwarded ref ag me & JKT while rejecting ref ag NS? https://t.co/15AiQ1AbOY

— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) August 19, 2017

The reference, a copy of which is available with The Express Tribune, read: “…unfortunately Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa in his judgement has attributed ‘the failure on the part of the Honourable Speaker to inquire into or investigate the matter or to refer the matter to the Election Commission of Pakistan.”

It went on to add that if Justice Khosa continued to be part of the top court, it would be ‘injurious’ to the judicial institution.

In its April 20 judgment, the top court had declared that Nawaz Sharif and his family failed to justify how they accumulated their offshore assets. The five-judge apex court bench hence ordered the formation of a joint investigation team to settle the saga that started with the Mossack Fonseka leaks just over a year ago.

Following the JIT investigation, the five-member bench on July 28 disqualified Nawaz from the PM’s office for failing to declare a salary, which he had not withdrawn as an executive of Dubai-based company, as an asset when filing his nomination papers in 2013.

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New bishop brings hope to some of Syria’s Christians

HASSAKE: Syriac Orthodox Christians in Syria’s northeastern city of Hasakeh celebrated the inauguration of the community’s new bishop on Saturday, four years after the last one left the country.

Six years of conflict have ravaged Syria and displaced more than half of its population, including millions who have become refugees.

Christians in some parts of the country have been particularly targeted by the militants of the Islamic State group, who have torn down and desecrated churches and Christian icons.

In the Saint George Cathedral in Hasakeh city, worshippers said Archbishop Maurice Amseeh’s arrival was a sign that their community remained resilient despite the war.

“It’s true that many have left, but we’re still here, and what happened today is the proof that we’re still here in this country and that we will stay,” said 23-year-old student Jenny Hakop.

Congregants ululated as Amseeh walked down the aisle, dressed in white and blue robes richly embroidered with gold thread.

Christian female fighters take on Islamic State in Syria

“To have a flock without a bishop is difficult, it loses its way,” said Georgette, a 37-year-old schoolteacher, expressing the hope that Amseeh would help revitalise the church.

Amseeh’s official mandate extends to the Syriac Orthodox community throughout the Jazeera and Euphrates region, including neighbouring Deir Ezzor province, which remains largely under IS control.

“As soon as Deir Ezzor is freed from terrorism, I will make a blessed trip there to start rebuilding both buildings and people,” he told AFP.

Much of Hasakeh province and Hasakeh city are under the control of a Kurdish “autonomous administration” with smaller parts of both controlled by the central government.

IS frees 37 kidnapped Syrian Christians: NGO

Among the pictures and bunting adorning the church exterior on Saturday was a large poster of President Bashar al-Assad.

Syriac Christians belong to the eastern Christian tradition and pray in Aramaic. They include both Orthodox and Catholic branches, and constitute around 15 per cent of Syria’s 1.2 million Christians.

Before the conflict began in March 2011, Christians from some 11 different sects made up around five per cent of the population.
More than 330,000 people have been killed in Syria since the country’s war began in March 2011 with anti-government protests.

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Fierce clashes rock Palestinian camp in Lebanon

SIDON: Palestinian security forces on Saturday battled militant gunmen in Lebanon’s largest Palestinian refugee camp near the southern port of Sidon, for the third consecutive day.

The clashes first broke out Thursday when gunmen from the small Badr group opened fire on a position of Palestinian security forces inside Ain al-Hilweh camp, a Palestinian source said.

Two people were killed in that fighting. An AFP reporter said the clashes eased on Friday before intensifying again on Saturday, forcing dozens of families to flee the camp and seek shelter in Sidon mosques.

The sound of fierce gunfire and rocket fire could be heard outside the camp as black smoke billowed over Ain al-Hilweh, said the reporter.
The fighting shook the Al-Tiri district a few metres away from a Lebanese army position.

By longstanding convention, the Lebanese army does not enter Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, leaving the factions themselves to handle security.

Clashes in Lebanon Palestinian camp kill two: medics

The group is linked to Bilal Badr, a militant wanted in connection with “terrorism” who has refused to surrender, according to a Lebanese security official.

In April, his supporters also clashed intermittently for a week with Palestinian security forces, in violence that left nine dead and more than 50 wounded.

A joint Palestinian security force, comprising members of the key Fatah and Hamas factions, has for months strived to rein in Badr fighters.

Ain al-Hilweh — the most densely populated Palestinian camp in Lebanon — is home to some 61,000 Palestinians, including 6,000 who have fled the war in neighbouring Syria.

Several armed factions including extremist groups have a foothold in the camp which has been plagued for years by intermittent clashes.

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Trolls getting under Nargis Fakhri’s skin, ‘it’s not going to happen’

Actor Nargis Fakhri, who was recently trolled for her weight gain, has said she does not let online vitriol affect her.

The 37-year-old, who revealed last month that she had gained 40 pounds, said she liked to stay away from the limelight when she was not working, according to The Times of India.

“I don’t care or give a damn about criticism. We are too much in the limelight. So, during my downtime, I like to be relaxed and not focus on these things,” she added.

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“If someone thinks that I will get busted with trolls or criticism… Sorry, but it’s not going to happen.

The actor, who was last seen in Azhar, said she was fine with fewer but interesting films.

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“I like being in an incognito mode until I have an opportunity to be back with a bang.” Nargis walked for designer Anushree Reddy on the fourth day of the fashion extravaganza.

Nargis Fakhri gives a shout out to Peshawar Zalmi

Titled “Niloufer”, the collection was inspired from the princess of Hyderabad, Niloufer. The garments had traditional zardozi work translated into contemporary silhouettes.

Love this Look! But I turn into a pumpkin after midnight "beauty doesn't last for ever but a Beautiful personality does!" #Styling @alliaalrufai . #makeup & #hairdo @endlessbeautystudio . #dress @gauriandnainika . #jewelry @isharya . Just incase you want to know what we used to make me look pretty for #iifa2017 . @eyerisbeauty @wakeupandmakeup #fearless . @hudabeauty #3dhighlighterpalette (Tahití &Seychelles) Eyes – Rose Gold Palette @shophudabeauty Lips – Huda liquid lipstick #bombshell ??

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Nargis, however, prefers casual dressing but says she would surely go traditional on her wedding day.

“I am not married yet but I would definitely go classic whenever I get married. I experiment, but for my wedding, I’ll prefer traditional.”

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Casualties as train derails in India

NEW DELHI: At least a dozen people were injured when an express train derailed in north India on Saturday, media reports and authorities said.

Police said the casualties were being rushed to hospital, but they were unable to give numbers or say whether any had died.

One media report said 15-20 people had been injured and there were fears of fatalities.

“There are certainly casualties but right now the focus is on evacuation,” senior police officer Jitender Kumar told AFP by phone from the accident site.

“We are shifting everyone to the hospital. We are trying to take out those trapped inside the coaches.”

A spokesman for Indian railways said five coaches had derailed early on Saturday evening.

Deadly India train accident kills over 100

Photographs from the scene in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh showed people climbing onto upended carriages to try to pull passengers out.

The accident is the latest disaster to hit India’s most populous state and comes just a week after dozens of children died at a hospital that had run out of oxygen.

India’s railway network is still the main form of long-distance travel in the vast country, but it is poorly funded and deadly accidents often occur.

Less than a year ago 146 people died in a similar disaster in Uttar Pradesh.

A 2012 government report said almost 15,000 people were killed every year on India’s railways and described the loss of life as an annual “massacre”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has pledged to invest $137 billion over five years to modernise the crumbling railways, making them safer, faster and more efficient.

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US army delegation visits North Waziristan Agency

A delegation of the US armed forces, headed by CENTCOM Commander General Joseph L Votel, visited North Waziristan Agency on Saturday.

The delegation was briefed about Pakistan Army’s operations in NWA and about the Pak-Afghan border security mechanism through enhanced surveillance measures, according a press statement issued by the ISPR.

Peshawar Corps Commander Lieutenant General Nazir Ahmad Butt received the delegation upon its arrival in the agency.

US greatly appreciates efforts undertaken by Pakistan in fighting terrorism: General Joseph L Votel

The delegation was also briefed on the progress of the socio-economic developments in the agency, including the return of Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs).

Members of the delegation lauded the local tribes’ and army’s sacrifices and efforts to re-establish peace in the region.

Later, the delegation visited Army Public School Miranshah and interacted with students.

Earlier in the day, the delegation called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Islamabad and discussed bilateral relations between Pakistan and the US pertaining to cooperation and the regional situation.

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Fazlur Rehman condemns US move to sanction Hizbul Mujahideen

MUTLAN: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman condemned on Saturday the United States’ move to sanction Hizbul Mujahideen.

“The US wants to crush freedom movements by declaring freedom fighters as terrorist groups,” he remarked.

Rehman added that the Hizbul Mujahideen stood with the people of Kashmir in helping them achieve their right to self-determination.

Reiterating his stance on Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution under which deposed PM Nawaz Sharif was disqualified for not being ‘honest’ and ‘trustworthy’, the JUI-F chief said there was no justification for repealing them. However, he added that the law should not misused for personal gains.

Basis of disqualification baffling, says Fazl

The JUI-F chief said he would support the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in the upcoming NA-120 by-election.

Rehman said his party had never opposed the merger of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) with Khyber-Pakhtunkha, however, holding a referendum on this issue was necessary to reach a consensus.

“We tried to form a grand alliance of politico-religious parties but the Jamaat-e-Islami was reluctant to party ways with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf,” he lamented.

He said the JUI-F had reservations over the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) as it formed by a military dictator.

“The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the PML-N have made a major mistake by giving it [NAB] legal cover,” he added.

Rehman also dispelled rumours that Sharif had tasked him to convince PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari to engage in a dialogue with the PML-N.

 

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‘They’re our neighbours’: Hometown of Spain attack suspects in shock

RIPOLL: In the Spanish border town of Ripoll, everyone knows each other — making it all the more shocking to residents that militants believed responsible for this week’s deadly twin attacks lived among them.

“You are neighbours your entire life and they end up doing this,” said Maria, a waitress in the town of around 10,000 inhabitants, who declined to give her full name.

The attackers killed 14 people and left 120 others wounded, using vehicles to mow down pedestrians in Barcelona on Thursday and in the nearby Catalan seaside resort of Cambrils several hours later.
At least seven of the 12 suspects grew up or lived in Ripoll.

Most were children of Morrocan immigrants, including Ripoll-born Moussa Oukabir, 17, one of five “suspected terrorists” shot dead after the Cambrils attack.

Likewise, his neighbour Mohamed Hychami, 24 and Said Aallaa, 18, who were in the car turned into a deadly weapon, called Ripoll home.

At least three of four other suspects detained were also inhabitants of the little town that attracts skiers en route to the Pyrenees mountain range bordering France.

Spain police say suspects planned bigger attack

And on Saturday, officers raided the apartment of an imam in Ripoll, according to his flatmate who gave his name only as Nourddem.

“The last time I saw him was Tuesday and he told me that he was going to see his wife in Morocco,” Nourddem told AFP.

But Spanish daily El Pais, quoting police sources, said the imam may have been one of those killed in an explosion in a home in Alcanar, some 200 kilometres south of Barcelona, where the alleged militants were believed to have been building bombs.

Everywhere across town, the dismay that one of their own had carried out the deadliest attack in Spain since 2004 was palpable.

Stunned locals looked on as heavily armed officers raided several homes on Friday, including one next to the central Plaza Grande square filled with cafe terraces.

A waiter at one of the cafes told AFP he had served beers to the suspects numerous times, most recently just two days ago.

“They came to have beer at another bar in the square where I used to work. Two days ago they came, two of them and a child. They had a Heineken, a cafe au lait and the child had a juice,” said the waiter, who declined to give his name.

The suspects behaved normally, and gave no reason to be watchful of them, he added.

“Of course it is surprising,” a customer of one of the bars, Alberto Batlle, told AFP of the attacks.

“You usually see these things on television happening in other countries and you always believe it will continue to happen to others. And it really affects you, when it happens in Barcelona and it is the work of people from Ripoll.”

Yasmila, the neighbour of one of the alleged attackers, also said that the suspect, Said Aallaa was a hardworking and good youth.

“A friend apparently called him on Thursday at 3pm and he went out for a drive,” she said, recalling the event two hours before the Barcelona attack.

A mosque that opened in 2008 has also been subject to controversy in the town which is also home to a monastery that dates to 888, according to media reports.

More recently, a column in a local newspaper had urged state authorities to “check the speech of some imams who were preaching during Ramazan”.

“Those who know these north Africans are not surprised,” said a man of around 60.

Spanish emergency service claims Pakistanis among dead, injured in attacks

“You can’t say that, there’re not all the same,” was the retort of a woman, who lived next door to Moussa Oukabir.

She added that Moussa’s younger brother, Driss, is a “very well-raised boy”.

Driss Oukabir was arrested on Thursday. He told officers that his identity papers, which had been used to rent the van that ploughed into pedestrians in Barcelona, had been stolen by Moussa, police sources said.

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Nawaz’s street power threats bid to exert pressure on state institutions: Bilawal

Chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto said that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is threatening to bring people to streets in an attempt to pressurise institutions against his disqualification.

“The masses will not be fooled, no matter how much hue and cry you raise against your ouster from power,” Bilawal said while addressing a public gathering in Mansehra on Saturday.

“You have looted this country and you are a criminal, not an innocent,” the PPP chief said while referring to the deposed PM. “You have been disqualified for life by Supreme Court.”

Shehbaz Sharif stops PML-N leaders from speaking against state institutions

Criticising Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, the PPP chief said the former had not done anything for the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He reiterated that 2018 general elections will be his first and Imran’s last.

On Thursday, while addressing a news conference in Lahore, Bilawal said PPP will not extend any sort of support or provide relief to the deposed PM, and added that there were no threats to democracy. Addressing the presser, party’s co-chairman Asif Zardari said he doesn’t see Nawaz or his family in Pakistan’s future politics.

Nawaz has been addressing supporters in various cities against his disqualification by the top court and is expected to address a public meeting in Multan soon to intensify his campaign.

The former premier was disqualified for failing to declare unclaimed wages earned as an executive of a Dubai-based company owned by his son in the assets statement he filed alongside his nomination papers for NA-120 in 2013 general election.

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Islamic State claims Cambrils attack: propaganda agency

BEIRUT: “Soldiers” of the Islamic State group carried out a deadly attack in the Spanish seaside resort of Cambrils, the militant organisation’s propaganda outlet Amaq said on Saturday.

“Attacks by the soldiers of the Caliphate in Spain… led to the deaths and wounding of more than 120 people from the states of the Crusader alliance,” it said in a statement on its Telegram account.

It said its fighters “ran over several Crusaders with a truck in the coastal town of Cambrils.”

Eight hours after a deadly attack on Thursday afternoon that left 13 people dead in Barcelona, an Audi A3 car rammed into pedestrians in Cambrils, 120 kilometres (75 miles) south of Barcelona.

Spain police say suspects planned bigger attack

Police killed the five attackers, some of whom were wearing explosive belts.
Six civilians and a police officer were wounded in the attack and one woman later died of her wounds, authorities said.

IS, which once controlled a self-declared “caliphate” across large parts of Iraq and Syria, has suffered major losses in recent months.

It has called for attacks against states taking part in the US-led coalition fighting against it.

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Dr Ruth Pfau laid to rest in Karachi after state funeral

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A state funeral with full national honours was held in Karachi for Dr Ruth Pfau, a symbol of selflessness and devotion who ,passed away at the age of 87, earlier this month.

Pfau, a German-Pakistani doctor who dedicated her life to helping leprosy patients in Pakistan, was one of the founders of the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre (MALC).

Armed forces personnel carried her casket into St Patrick's Cathedral in Karachi's Saddar area on Saturday. The coffin was draped in the Pakistani flag and covered with rose petals.

Three services chiefs attend the funeral.— DawnNews

Three services chiefs attend the funeral.— DawnNews

After her final rites were performed at the church, the ,'Pakistani Mother Teresa', was laid to rest in Gora Qabaristan, Karachi's oldest graveyard.

The burial ceremony was attended by many state dignitaries, including President Mamnoon Hussain, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair, Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Operations) Vice Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, each of whom laid floral wreaths on her grave as a mark of respect.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had earlier announced a state funeral for Dr Pfau, saying: "The entire nation is indebted to Ruth Pfau for her selflessness and unmatched services for eradication of leprosy."

Dr Pfau's final rites took place at a Christian cemetry.— DawnNews

Dr Pfau's final rites took place at a Christian cemetry.— DawnNews

This was the second state funeral to have taken place in Pakistan over the past 29 years, with the last one accorded last year to late philanthropist and renowned humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi.

Members of civil society and hundreds of admirers also attended the service and paid tribute to Dr Pfau. After dignitaries departed, the graveyard was thronged by thousands of citizens whose lives she had touched.

Martha Fernando, who worked with Dr Pfau at MALC, said the physician's death was a great loss to humanity.

“There is no one like her and there won't be any replacement to her. We pray to God to send people like her again to this world so that they can continue serving people,” she said.

Civil Hospital renamed after Dr Pfau

Following the state funeral, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah announced the renaming of Civil Hospital Karachi after Dr Ruth Pfau.

"Dr Pfau was the pride of Sindh and the pride of Pakistan," Shah said.

"In recognition of services in the medical field rendered by Dr Ruth K.M Pfau, the name of Civil Hospital Karachi" is changed as "Dr Ruth K.M. Pfau, Civil Hospital Karachi", a notification issued by the provincial health department on orders of the chief minister read.

A remarkable legacy

Dr Pfau, who was German by birth, had been sent to Pakistan in 1960 by the Daughters of the Heart of Mary — a congregation of nuns that she was a member of — for a medical service for students.

After witnessing the plight of leprosy patients, she decided to settle here. She was granted Pakistani citizenship in 1988.

In 1979, she was awarded the Hilal-i-Imtiaz, the second highest civilian award of the country. In 1989, Dr Pfau was presented the Hilal-i-Pakistan for her services.

Due to Dr Pfau's persistent and selfless efforts, Pakistan was declared 'leprosy-free' in 1996 by the World Health Organization.

Members of the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre mourn the death of Ruth Pfau.— AFP

Members of the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre mourn the death of Ruth Pfau.— AFP

Pakistan Army personnel and others gather around the coffin of Ruth Pfau before her funeral ceremony in Karachi. — AFP

Pakistan Army personnel and others gather around the coffin of Ruth Pfau before her funeral ceremony in Karachi. — AFP

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NA Speaker’s ‘reference’ against Justice Asif Saeed Khosa: real or planted?

  • ,Unusual criticism of Justice Khosa,
  • ,Inconsistencies in the document,
  • ,The Supreme Judicial Council,

National media kicked up a storm on Saturday afternoon after it was reported that National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq had filed a complaint against Justice Asif Saeed Khosa in the Supreme Judicial Council, alleging that the judge had violated the sanctity of the Speaker's office.

However, the attorney general and the Speaker's office refused to comment on the matter, the former saying that he had no knowledge of such a complaint being filed and the latter stating that no complaint had been filed "yet".

The 'reference', as it was reported in media, was filed on the basis of a section of Justice Khosa's April 20 judgement on the Panama Papers case, in which the judge had observed that the Speaker had failed to file a reference against the then prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, with the Election Commission of Pakistan.

Read the full text of the judgement ,here,.

The paragraph in question from Justice Khosa's judgement reads as follows:

"… It is practically he [the Chief Executive of the Federation] who appoints the heads of all the institutions in the country which could have inquired into or investigated the allegations leveled against respondent No. 1 [Nawaz Sharif] and his family on the basis of the Panama Papers. Even the Speaker of the National Assembly who could refer the matter to the Election Commission of Pakistan belongs to his political party and is his nominee ."

"These petitions had been entertained by this Court in the backdrop of an unfortunate refusal/failure on the part of all the relevant institutions in the country like the National Accountability Bureau, the Federal Investigation Agency, the State Bank of Pakistan, the Federal Board of Revenue, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan and the Speaker of the National Assembly to inquire into or investigate the matter or to refer the matter to the Election Commission of Pakistan against respondent No. 1 [Nawaz Sharif].

According to copies of the 'reference', the Speaker had allegedly complained that Justice Khosa's labeling of him as a "nominee or loyalist of the prime minister is a misstatement and contrary to the facts. It [is] also tantamount to disparagement and breach of privilege of the august house of the National Assembly comprising of 342 members and the speaker elected by those members as custodian of the House."

In the document, the Speaker was also quoted as taking strong exception to the judge's observation that the former 'failed' to file a reference against the prime minister, rebuking it by saying that "the Office of the Speaker is not an investigating agency".

Unusual criticism of Justice Khosa

The reference used unusually harsh language against Justice Khosa, including the statement that the honourable judge "miserably failed to comprehend and appreciate" the Speaker's powers under the Constitution; that he "is either totally ignorant of the provisions of the Constitution [...] or he has been prejudiced by his pre-inclination to condemn the constitutional offices of the state"; and that the judge's continuation in office would give him "further opportunity to write such biased, ill-founded and disputed judgements."

Other accusations included Justice Khosa's alleged contempt for the Speaker's position according to the Warrant of Precedent and the insinuation that the honourable judge "tarnished the noble image and reputation enjoyed by the judiciary in Pakistan and the comity of nations."

Inconsistencies in the document

However, there seemed to be inconsistencies in the circulating document: the first paragraph quoted from the judgement — from page 9, the part Justice Khosa authored — does not exist in the form it was represented in the Speaker's complaint.

Furthermore, page 2 of the document, which seemingly detailed Justice Khosa's alleged misconduct, was missing from nearly all copies of the document circulating on digital and social media.

Lastly, the document carried no signatures or stamps to suggest where it originated from.

The Supreme Judicial Council

The Supreme Judicial Council consists of the Chief Justice of Pakistan; the two next most senior judges of the Supreme Court; and the two most senior chief justices of High Courts.

It deliberates on matters related to judges' conduct and without its recommendation, no judge can be removed from office.

Under the Supreme Judicial Council's Procedure Of Inquiry, 2005, the punishment for a frivolous complaint against a sitting judge is detailed as follows:

"Whenever the Council finds that the information or evidence provided to it was false in material particulars or with the sole intention to malign a Judge, or scandalizing the Court or to undermine it in any form whatsoever, it may direct action against all those who are found to have provided the said information, or evidence as the case may be."

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Chaudhry Nisar to hold press conference Sunday evening

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  • ,Targeting state institutions,

Former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar on Saturday said he will address a press conference on an as yet undisclosed matter on Sunday evening.

The news accompanied media reports that PML-N leader and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif had appealed to other party leaders to desist from attacking state institutions in their speeches and avoid any confrontation with organs of the state.

Criticism of Nisar

While it is not clear what Nisar's press conference will be about, senior Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz politician Pervaiz Rashid's criticism of the former interior minister on Friday had caused the latter to hit back, saying he did not know why “some people have put the burden of all their mistakes and blunders on the ministry of interior and the establishment”.

In a TV interview, the first salvo was fired by Rashid who sounded a upset with Nisar on what the interior ministry could and could not have done during Nawaz Sharif’s third term as prime minister.

Without providing any details, he spoke of decisions taken by the interior ministry headed by Chaudhry Nisar that went against the PML-N.

Nisar responded within no time and issued a statement through his spokesperson, saying Rashid should have explained as to what kind of help he expected from the interior ministry to “cover up their deeds”.

The former interior minister, through his spokesperson, also advised Mr Rashid to ask “his government” to make public the news leak report — which led to Rashid's ouster from office as information minister — to prove his innocence.

Targeting state institutions

The PML-N has been upping the ante in its rhetoric surrounding Nawaz Sharif's ouster by the Supreme Court, framing the decision as part of a long-running conspiracy against democracy perpetrated by the 'usual suspects'.

The party's criticism of the legacy of dictatorships as the root cause behind Nawaz's ouster has sometimes blurred the distinction between past dictators and the people heading state institutions.

For example, during his 'homecoming' rally from Islamabad to Lahore, Nawaz had accused the judiciary of being complicit in the military's toppling of his preceding government while challenging it to hold dictators accountable the way, he said, civilian rulers are taken to task.

In a later interview, he also said he alone could not be held responsible for creating friction between state institutions.

Some party stalwarts, including Nisar and Shahbaz, have previously warned against such posturing, with the former interior minister saying at one point that there is too much at stake for Nawaz to create a situation that might result in conflict between institutions.

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Elected govt is actual establishment, no confrontation among institutions: Abbasi

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Saturday tried to dispel the impression regarding the confrontation among state institutions and said all the institutions were on the same page regarding development and prosperity of the country.

Talking to media persons after chairing a meeting in Quetta, the prime minister said, "The elected government is the actual establishment."

"When I read the newspapers, only there I see news items regarding the confrontation between state institutions," he said when asked about the impression about confrontation among institutions.

When asked about the references filed against Nawaz Sharif by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Abbasi said it was the right of institutions to file a reference.

"Let them file the references, we will respond to them," the premier maintained.

Regarding Balochistan, the premier claimed that law and order situation has improved in the province following the steps taken by the incumbent government.

He said all development projects initiated by Nawaz Sharif would be completed accordingly.

Abbasi said a strategy has already been evolved with regard to the reservation of water resources and that tube wells would be shifted on solar energy.

Earlier, Governor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai, Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and other senior officials attended the meeting presided by the prime minister.

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Bilawal accuses PTI of corruption in KP

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, while addressing a political gathering in Mansehra on Saturday, accused the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and PTI chief Imran Khan of being involved in widespread corruption in the province.

"Whenever you take up the stage, you tell the people a new lie," he said, referring to Imran Khan repeatedly as "Naya Khan Sahab".

"Your own ministers are alleging that Imran Khan's kitchen and Jehangir Tareen's plane operate [financially] on KP's contracts," Bilawal said, accusing the KP government of financial corruption.

Criticising Imran Khan for closing down the Begum Nusrat Bhutto Cancer Programme initiated by the PPP government, Bilawal said: "Name it after Shaukat Khanum if you have an objection on its name. This was a programme for those who cannot find a place in your [cancer] hospital."

"Khan Sahab, 2018 will be my first and your last election," Bilawal claimed.

The PPP chairman strongly criticised Nawaz Sharif's recent rally on the Grand Trunk Road. "You can be a conspirator, you can be mischievous but you cannot be a revolutionary."

"Nawaz Sharif is talking about destroying institutions to protect himself," he said, adding that Sharif only looked towards the parliament when he got in trouble.

Reminding the people of Mansehra and Hazara in general of PPP's efforts for the betterment of the region, Bilawal asked the people to vote for the PPP in 2018 elections, promising to not let them down.

He promised employment for the young, equal opportunities for women and a progressive Pakistan if PPP is led into power by the people.

The PPP chairman's visit to Mansehra is a part of his mass contact campaign ahead of the 2018 general elections. The PPP would not lend the Sharifs a supportive shoulder, ,he had said in Chiniot, last week.

Senior PPP leaders, Sherry Rehman, Nayyar Bukhari and Faisal Karim were also accompanying the party chairman on the occasion.

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PTI challenges Kulsoom Nawaz’s nomination papers in LHC

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) on Saturday challenged in the Lahore High Court (LHC) a returning officer's acceptance of PML-N candidate Kulsoom Nawaz's nomination papers for the upcoming NA-120 elections.

The Election Commission of Pakistan's (ECP's) returning officer for the constituency had ,accepted Kulsoom's nomination papers, on Thursday after Senator Asif Kirmani appeared in her place to respond to reservations.

The application, filed on behalf of PTI leader Andaleeb Abbasi, alleges that Kulsoom's nomination papers contain a lot of contradictions and were accepted despite her not appearing in person.

Numerous laws were violated while accepting Kulsoom's nomination papers, which is why they should be rejected by overturning the returning officer's decision, the application says.

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Mark Zuckerberg to take two months of paternity leave

Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday he would be taking two months of paternity leave after the birth of his second daughter.

Zuckerberg said he would be taking advantage of Facebook’s option to take leaves in parts.

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“I’ll take a month off to be with Priscilla (Chan) and the girls at the beginning, and then we’ll spend the whole month of December together as well,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post.

“Our new daughter is coming soon, and I’m planning to take two months of paternity leave again. This time, I’m going to take advantage of Facebook’s option to take leave in parts. I’ll take a month off to be with Priscilla and the girls at the beginning, and then we’ll spend the whole month of December together as well. I’m looking forward to bonding with our new little one and taking Max on adventures,” he further shared saying.

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Zuckerberg had also taken a two-month paternity leave following the birth of his first child, Maxima Chan Zuckerberg, in 2015.

The billionaire internet mogul said in March that the couple was expecting a second child.

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