LHC orders to make Model Town inquiry report public

A three-member bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) ordered on Tuesday the Punjab government to release the Model Town inquiry report within 30 days. 

The order came on the appeal of the Punjab government against the LHC’s earlier directives to disclose the report on the incident.

The three-member full bench, under Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh, had reserved the decision on the government’s appeal on November 24.

The Punjab government had filed an intra-court appeal against the September 21 decision of a single-bench ordering the release of the inquiry report, authored by LHC Justice Baqar Najafi.

In its Tuesday’s order, the full-bench directed for an impartial and transparent trial into the Model Town incident. 

On September 21, Justice Mazahar Ali Naqvi ordered the Punjab home secretary to make public the report on the Model Town killings and provide a copy to the families of those killed and injured in the 2014 incident.

Sharif brothers will be behind bars soon- Qadri

Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri said on Tuesday that God willing, both Sharif brothers will be behind bars soon.

Talking to Geo News after the Lahore High Court (LHC) ordered the release of the inquiry report into the Model Town incident, which had left several PAT workers dead and scores injured, Qadri said, “to kill innocents is meaningless for [our heartless leaders]”. At least 14 people were killed and 100 others injured in police action against PAT workers during an ‘anti-encroachment operation’ on June 17, 2014.He said the provincial government will be challenging the report in the Supreme Court. 

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97% of Terrorists attacks on Pak conducted from Afghanistan

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said on Monday that 125 out of 128 recent attacks in Pakistan were coordinated from Afghanistan.

The statement was made during the foreign minister’s appearance on Geo News’ programme ‘Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath’ aired on Monday night.

He added that the civil-military leadership stressed, in its meeting with  US Secretary of Defence James Mattis, on effective border management with Afghanistan and repatriation of Afghan refugees.

He said the US defence secretary was told that Pakistan’s fight against terrorism was greatly hindered by non-provision of F-16 fighter jets by the United States and that such measures limited their capacity [to fight terrorism].

“It was quite a frank exchange overall, in which there was no hostility,” the minister said of the Pakistani leadership’s meetings with the top US official.

ARMY to follow up on govt choice on Islamabad sit-in: DG ISPR

The Director General (DG) of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said on Wednesday the army would act upon whatever decision the government makes on the ongoing sit-in in Islamabad.

General Ghafoor, however, said it is better to diffuse the situation through mutual understanding, adding that whatever decision the government makes in this regard would be acted upon.

The DG ISPR said it is the obligation of the armed force for whatever assignment the administration calls it.”For the security of Pakistan, the regular citizen and military initiative are in agreement,” he said.Talks between the administration and nonconformists on Saturday and after that on Monday fizzled with not a single leap forward to be seen as challenge pioneers keep on demanding the renunciation of Federal Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid.The administration, in any case, has shaped another board of trustees under senior priest Pir Haseenuddin Shah for transactions with the nonconformists and to recommend a far reaching answer for the issue.

PM Abbasi Wants timely completion of CPEC project

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has directed the authorities concerned to complete all development projects initiated under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) for Gwadar in time to ensure that a fully functional Gwadar port emerges as a major trade hub on the world map. 

Speaking after performing the groundbreaking of the Rs17 billion East Bay Expressway in Gwadar on Wednesday, he said the completion of these development projects would change the small fishing town into a global shipping port very soon. 

The prime minister said there was no opposition to the CPEC and parties were on one page for completion of this mega project. He said that as far as difference of opinion was concerned it was part of democracy. “No party was opposing the CPEC,” he said. Mr Abbasi said the infrastructure projects would go a long way in generating economic activity and ensuring Pakistan’s progress. He said a number of power projects under the CPEC had been inaugurated and were playing a significant role in the nation-building activities.

CPEC’s new stage to guarantee innovation exchange: Ahsan Iqb

Minster for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal on Tuesday said cooperation in industrial sector under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would ensure transfer of technology, knowledge and skills to Pakistan.

“CPEC is also helping promote knowledge-based economy in Pakistan, which is a need of the new age,” the minister said while addressing the 7th meeting of Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) on CPEC. The meeting was called to review and approve various development projects under CPEC.

Ahsan Iqbal and his Chinese counterpart jointly presided over the meeting. Around 150 high officials from Pakistan and China attended the meeting, along with chief ministers of all the provinces and Azad Jammu  and Kashmir prime minister.He said CPEC had now entered the main period of its finish and seventh JCC was of recorded centrality to conclude the long haul design of task. “The long haul design will give new measurements to two-sided participation amongst China and Pakistan,” he included.Ahsan Iqbal said that long haul design would grow the extent of collaboration in different new regions incorporating participation in social divisions alongside the monetary fields. Alongside framework advancement and upgradation, instruction and wellbeing divisions would likewise be focused for their change and upgradation under CPEC, he guaranteed.The pastor said private part had been given portrayal in the seventh JCC meeting to accept it. He said the two nations would sort out trade of exchange and business appointments on official level to accelerate the pace of task.

Pakistan rejects use of Chinese currency- Pro Pakistani

Pakistan has turned down China’s demand to allow its currency to be used in the Gwadar Free Zone under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor framework, arguing any such move would compromise its ‘economic sovereignty’.

Pakistan conveyed its final position on the use of the foreign currency in its territory to the Chinese authorities during the Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) that was held on Monday in Islamabad, according to officials who were engaged in talks.

Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal would take up the issue (KCR) with Vice Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission today (Tuesday) during the JCC meeting.

“If a consensus is achieved on the KCR at the political level, only then will both the sides sign the Framework Agreement,” said the officials.

“China wants to introduce its currency in Pakistan as part of its policy to internationalise the renminbi (RMB) – the official name of its currency,” according to the Pakistani officials.

The Chinese authorities wanted to avoid currency exchange risks attached with the use of the US dollar and the Pak rupee.

The Ministry of Finance and the State Bank of Pakistan contradicted the Chinese request to permit utilization of RMB.In any case, both the sides concurred that every money related plan would be made under the current respective Currency Swap Arrangement. The present swap game plan will terminate one month from now and both the nations chose to broaden it, notwithstanding growing the present swap restrict which is equivalent to $500 million.”China needs Pakistan to acknowledge its cash request and influence it to some portion of the last draft of the Long-Term Plan (2014-2030),” said the authorities, including, “Pakistan has passed on its restriction to the request a couple of months prior yet the Chinese side squeezed it once more.”The last position was passed on Monday.”Pakistan might advance the development of the Gwadar Port Free Zone by drawing on the experience of China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone and other Pilot Free Trade Zones in China, and investigate RMB seaward money related business in Gwadar Free Zone,” as per the first LTP draft that Islamabad sent to Beijing for reviewing in March this year.The marking of the last draft of the LTP by China and Pakistan on Tuesday (today) is as yet subject to settlement of some pending issues.Beijing additionally requested that Islamabad ought to set up the Customs Special Supervised Areas along the CPEC course for assistance of its interests in Special Economic Zones (SEZs), said the authorities.Pakistan acknowledged the request, they included.The LTP is the most basic component of the China-Pakistan monetary relationship, as it establishes the framework of participation in all monetary and money related territories for a considerable length of time to come.Arranging Minister Ahsan Iqbal has reported to make the LTP last record open after the seventh JCC meeting.

PM Abbasi plans to send Ishaq Dar on holiday

Prime Minister (PM) of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has apparently solved the enigma of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar’s resignation and decided to send him on a holiday.

The development was unearthed by Dunya News president Kamran Khan in his program Dunya Kamran Khan Kay Sath. He told that the announcement of this decision is likely to be made within 48 hours.

According to details, the ministry will be given to a close friend of PM Abbasi following Dar’s elimination. After the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) cases, Ishaq Dar is being criticized continuously for holding his office both by political as well as journalist fraternities.

source: dunyanews.tv

Renault formally announces entry into Pakistan

Pakistan is set to see the entry of another major auto player with the announcement of Groupe Renault and Al-Futtaim that they have signed definitive agreements for the exclusive assembly and distribution of Renault vehicles in Pakistan.

Renault, which was earlier also involved in talks with Ghandhara Nissan, will now be in partnership with the UAE-based conglomerate, stated a press release issued on Monday.

“By partnering with Al-Futtaim, Groupe Renault aims to become a major player in Pakistan. We aim to bring our latest products and cutting-edge technology and set new benchmarks of safety and quality in the market.

The parties expect that the plant will be built starting the first quarter of 2018 in Karachi as per Groupe Renault standards, and car sales are planned to start in 2019, ramping up in 2020.

Meanwhile, the president of Al-Futtaim Automotive, Len Hunt said that Pakistan’s 200 million population, growing economy and “vibrant” middle class will make it an important strategic growth market.

Al-Futtaim’s global automotive operations extend to 11 markets across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, and Pakistan represents one of the most dynamic opportunities in these regions, in particular due to the new Automotive Development Policy.

The finalisation of the transaction remains subject to a number of conditions, mainly relating to relevant regulatory approvals from Pakistani authorities.The announcements and plans of global carmakers come after years of Japanese domination in Pakistan’s auto sector that has resulted in capacity constraint issues for Suzuki, Indus Motor and Honda Atlas. Delivery times for new vehicles stretch as much as six months, and called for new entrants in the domestic market.

Abdullah blames Pakistan for Taliban return

Chief Executive of the Government of National Unity of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah blames Pakistan’s two-faced game for the return of the Taliban insurgency.

Speaking at the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada, Abdullah said the Taliban group returned and resumed its insurgency in Afghanistan due to the two-faced games of neighbouring Pakistan.

Abdullah further added that the decision to withdraw forces from Afghanistan in 2014 also had a negative impact on the country’s security.

Afghan and US officials have been suggesting for some time that the leadership of both the Taliban and the Haqqani network are based in the key cities of Pakistan, from where they plan attacks in Afghanistan.

The US has also increased pressure on Islamabad to take immediate steps for dismantling safe havens of the Taliban and Haqqani network on its soil and in its latest move restricted future military aid to Pakistan to certification of the country’s steps against the two groups.

However, he added that shelling has increased in line with the new anti-terrorist operations launched along the Durand Line.

Gen Khel also said that Pakistani forces have abandoned the fencing work in Spin Bari area of Goshta district of Nangarhar.