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SECP Case: More in-depth investigation needed

SECP record tampering case: Judge questions Zafar Hijazi’s sole liability A special court of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has noted that the alleged tampering with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan’s (SECP) record related to a sugar mill of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s family was not an individual’s act. In a detailed order on former SECP chairman …

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Pakistan’s democratic loop

Caught Between the Military and the Courts The 2016 Panama Papers leaks were supposed to be a tool for the forces of democracy. They were meant to expose corruption and reinvigorate institutions. By one reading, the resignation of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after the country’s Supreme Court declared him guilty in a corruption trial relating to the papers seems …

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Nawaz Sharif fails to impress Zardari

The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s hopes to spark a ‘grand debate’ over a new social contract and to strengthen the position of democratic forces by amending the Constitution appear to have been dashed as the Pakistan Peoples Party has refused to become party to such an exercise. “We will not become a part of any such grand national dialogue,” PPP co-chairman and …

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Pakistan Politics: Accountability is the first step towards stability

Pakistan Politics: Accountability is the first step towards stability

Last year in April 11 million documents were leaked to the public revealing many illicit financial transactions between political and business leaders around the world.  The documents became known as the Panama Papers after the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca the documents were leaked from.  In short, the papers showed how the world’s elites illegally funneled assets into secret accounts.  …

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Pakistan President asks for stability in governance

President Mamnoon Hussain has called for halting experiments with the systems of governance in Pakistan and urged the nation to get united under the Cons­titution to ensure its supremacy which is vital for the country’s development. Speaking at a flag-hoisting ceremony to commemorate the country’s 71st Independence Day at the Convention Centre here on Monday, the president said the nation’s …

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August 11 – National Minorities Day

Call to include Quaid’s Aug 11 speech in Constitution The participants in a convention on Thursday called upon the federal and provincial governments to take measures to include Quaid-i-Azam’s Aug 11 speech in the Constitution to accord it a statutory status. They said a law should be passed for prosecution and punishment for acts of discrimination, particularly on the basis …

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Dasti asks for across the board accountability

MNA Jamshed Dasti has said that justice has prevailed, ending the dominion of the Sharifs, adding that all politicians must be held accountable for their misdeeds. Talking to media-persons at the Quetta Press Club on Thursday, Dasti said the era of Nawaz Sharif’s GT Road politics had ended. Appreciating the Supreme Court verdict, he said that disqualifying a serving prime …

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For power and ego, Nawaz Sharif ignores the threat

Pakistan: Nawaz Sharif ignores security warning, takes road to Lahore Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif left for Lahore via the historic Grand Trunk Road on Wednesday morning, despite security concerns following a bombing in Lahore. Amid fears for his safety, Pakistan’s deposed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday left Punjab House in Islamabad for his residence in Lahore …

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Shehbaz Sharif gets stronger within PML-N as Nawaz falls

Shehbaz Sharif gets stronger within PML-N as Nawaz falls

Raja Zafarul Haq, leader of the House in the Senate, has said that it has been decided that Shehbaz Sharif would be the new president of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). The decision would be announced soon, Haq told BBC Urdu. According to consultation so far done in the party, most members are of the opinion that the party’s presidentship should …

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Analayzing the Panama verdict

Imperfections of accountability BEYOND the instinctual demand for review or celebration and the search for conspiracies or judicial superiority, there is little discussion on why the Supreme Court in its July 28 judgement took such a strict view of electoral disqualification and accountability. What and how questions: First, in the beginning on April 20, there were five separate detailed judgements …

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