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Dar says public servants seeking plea bargain to be barred for life

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ISLAMABAD (JAN 07, 2017): Following National Accountability Bureau (NAB)’s move to accept Balochistan’s former finance secretary Mushtaq Raisani and his aide’s plea bargain, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar today announced introduction of an ordinance which will impose lifetime ban on public servants involved in corruption.

Mushtaq Raisani was taken into custody on May 6, 2016 after NAB recovered sensitive documents and Rs603m in cash in a raid at his residence.

“The ordinance will impose a lifetime ban on public representatives involved in corruption if they opt for plea bargain under the NAB ordinance,” the minister told journalists in Islamabad. “The ordinance will come into force from Saturday midnight and will be implementable without delay.”

The finance minister further explained that the ordinance will be immediately introduced as the introduction of a bill in this regard could delay the matter.

“The Supreme Court had earlier sought government’s stance on plea bargain,” Dar said adding, “therefore government decided to introduce harsher punitive measures against those involved.”




 

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Muslims can mark Qibla direction today!

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KARACHI: Muslims around the globe will have an opportunity to mark exact Qibla direction, at 14:18 PST today (on Monday 28th of May).

On this day, the sun will shine overhead Qibla Shareef (Khana e Kaba) enabling the ummah to ascertain their exact Qibla direction, in their respective areas of residence, met office reported.

For the purpose, fix a stick on the ground vertically and the shadow of the stick will indicate the Qibla direction above mentioned time.

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Pakistan conducted nuclear tests on 28th May!

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ISLAMABAD: May 28 (2018) marks Youm-e-Takbeer – the 20th anniversary of the nuclear tests conducted by Pakistan.

In 1998 as Pakistan was forced to take that decision as a response, in self-defence, to the nuclear tests and accompanying hostile posturing by its neighbour.

These developments, unfortunately, put an end to the prospect for keeping South Asia free of nuclear weapons – an objective which Pakistan had actively pursued.

Notwithstanding these facts, Pakistan has remained steadfast in its commitment to non-proliferation and global peace and strategic stability.

 Since 1998, Pakistan has demonstrated utmost restraint and responsibility in the stewardship of its nuclear capability. It is committed to the principle of Credible Minimum Deterrence and has persistently sought deterrence stability in the region.

This objective has driven Pakistan to offer and conclude several Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) in the nuclear and conventional domains, including the 2004 Pakistan-India Joint Statement which recognized the respective nuclear capabilities of the two countries as a factor for stability.

Pakistan has consistently signalled its willingness to consider further measures for risk reduction and avoidance of arms race in the region, it added.

At the same time, Pakistan remains confident of its ability to deny space for any misadventure against the backdrop of rapidly expanding nuclear and conventional forces in its neighbourhood, deployment of BMD and pursuit of aggressive security doctrines and developing force postures.

The nuclearization of the Indian Ocean and canesterization of ballistic missiles in our neighbourhood should be a matter of concern for the international community as well since these developments have extra-regional ramifications.

Cognizant of its responsibility as a state with nuclear capability, Pakistan has over the years developed robust command and control systems led by the National Command Authority, effective nuclear safety and security regimes and export controls which are at par with the contemporary international standards.

Pakistan has taken significant measures to ensure comprehensive nuclear security which has been acknowledged internationally.

Pakistan is also proud of its accomplishments in harnessing nuclear technology for peace, progress, and prosperity. Nuclear technology has been successfully employed for the benefit of the people in areas of medicine, health, agriculture, industry, food preservation, water management and power generation.

Being one of the most affected countries due to the impact of climate change, Pakistan plans to increase its nuclear power generation capacity to 40000 MW by 2050, as a clean and cost-effective alternative to fossil fuel.

Pakistan looks forward to expanding the scope of its international collaboration in nuclear power generation for meeting the legitimate socio-economic development needs of its people. As a country with advanced nuclear technology, Pakistan seeks to play its role as a mainstream partner in the global non-proliferation regime.

President PML-N and Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has congratulated the nation on the occasion of Youm-e-Takbeer. In his message issued in connection with Youm-e-Takbeer, he said, May 28, 1998, held a significant position in Pakistan’s political and defence history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gandapur video: Minhaj varsity expels 320 pupils from hostel!

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LAHORE: Some 320 female students have been expelled today from Minhaj University’s Hostel here reportedly for leaking the video featuring an infuriated Secretary General Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Khurram Nawaz Gandapur reprimanding them in a fiery mood.

 

Secretary-General Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Khurram Nawaz Gandapur has misbehaved with the girls and shouted at them at the Minhaj-ul-Qur’an Girls Hostel here on Friday.

It is pertinent to mention here that many girls, reacting to the 18th May scolding and shouting of Gandapur, had already left the hostel.

The contents of the footage that went viral on social media prima facie give an impression that Gandapur was misbehaving with female students using threatening tone and using words like shut up: “You have not seen my other side. Have your parents not taught you any manners? Whoever raises a voice would be thrown out of the hostel.”

Students claim that they were protesting against the administration while Gandapur stated that the girls were misbehaving with the hostel administration when they stopped them from attending the Iftar party outside the hostel.

Gandapur maintained that according to the rules, no girl was allowed to leave the hostel after 6 pm.  If anyone wanted to go outside after that time, she should be accompanied by a female staff member.

Minhaj University announcing that the hostel had been closed expelled the lodgers that numbers over 320. PAT while confirming the closure of hostel stated: “After last week’s incident, it is impossible to maintain discipline. Because of this, the administration has no other option other than to close the hostel.” HEC, while terming the Gandapurian behavior as unjustified, is all set to probe into the matter.  

Today parents of the expelled pupils condemned the Gandapurian behavior and held that closure of hostel was an unwise way to handle the situation. Moreover, the affected parents pointed towards the fee they had paid.

 

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