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.”
Nawaz Sharif condemns disappearance of PML-N’s social media supporters
LAHORE: Deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif in a tweet here yesterday (20th of October) condemned the disappearance of PML-N’s social media supporters.
He demanded that the interior ministry should ensure recovery of the missing activists.
“Respect for the freedom of speech, including on social media, is the constitutional responsibility of the government and quelling political views of opponents is condemnable”, Sharif held.
مسلم لیگ (ن) کے سربراہ اور سابق وزیر اعظم نواز شریف کا سوشل میڈیا پر مسلم لیگ کے حامیوں کو ہراساں کرنے پر رد عمل pic.twitter.com/U1yXxQWDnS
— PML(N) (@pmln_org) October 21, 2017
Justice (R) Javed Iqbal reacts to Shahbaz Shareef’s NAB-Bashing comments!
ISLAMABAD: Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Justice (R) Javed Iqbal has responded aggressively to PM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif’s comments concerning corruption in the Bureau, here on Friday (20th of October).
Stating that NAB has played an effective role in the abolition of corruption from the country, the Chairman remarked: “Zero tolerance policy will be implemented against corrupt officers and officials. No officer, including me, is above the law”.
Talking about the organization, he said that promotions would be on the basis of seniority, merit, and performance: “No one will be treated unjustly”.
Harboring on the subject he claimed that NAB was on a mission to eradicate corruption from the country.
It is pertinent to mention here that Shahbaz Shareef has termed NAB as the most corrupt institute of state.
Taliban say kidnapped Canadian-American family was held in Paktia and not in Pakistan
M. M. ALAM
ISLAMABAD: One of the Taliban spokesmen Zabiullah Mujahid has negated the CIA Chief Mike Pompeo’s claim that recently rescued Canadian-American family was held in Pakistan for five years.
According to Zabiullah Mujahid the family that was in Paktia for five years was taken to Kunar province when they were rescued.
On the contrary Afghan Ministry of Defense spokesman while talking to Afghan TOLONews has insinuated that most of those kidnapped in Afghanistan were held in Pakistan.
It is pertinent to remind here that Pakistani forces, while acting on the actionable information shared by US intelligence agencies, have intercepted Taliban when the kidnapped family was being moved across to Pakistan via the border of Kurram Agency.
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