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Thursday, May 10th, 2018


China State-Owned Company Bids For Two Railway Projects Under CPEC

The Chinese government is providing loans to Pakistan on CPEC projects at 2.39 percent payable over 25 years, with Chinese state-owned companies bidding and building these projects May 10, 2018 — China’s state-owned railway construction enterprise wants to carry out initial feasibility study on upgrading Main Line (ML-II Kotri-Attock) and ML-III Rohri-Chaman railways tracks, and aims to complete these projects under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a statement said on Wednesday. Yang Jinjun, the vice president of state-owned China Railways Construction Corporation (CRCC) expressed keen interest in the projects duringRead More

Eight Ruling Party Lawmakers From Punjab, Balochistan Jump Ship

In a related note, former Chief Minister of Punjab, Dost Muhammad Khosa has decided to join Imran Khan-led PTI. May 10, 2018 — A day after 15 former Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders under the banner of “Janubi Punjab Suba Mahaz” (JPSM) shook hands with Imran Khan, eight more ruling party lawmakers defected to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) and Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) on Thursday. According to details, six MNAs, including two from Punjab and four from Balochistan, and two Punjab MPAs announced their decision to quit the PML-N. MNAsRead More

Supreme Court Says Judicial Council May Hold Public Trial of Judges

May 10, 2018 — The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday ruled that the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) can hear a case against a judge in an open court — given that the judge on trial waives the right for in-camera proceedings. A five-judge SC bench, while hearing petitions filed by Islamabad High Court (IHC) Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui and Lahore High Court (LHC) Justice Farrukh Irfan, said that the judicial council may still decide to hold proceedings in-camera even if the accused waives the right. It asked the council toRead More

Accountability Court Issues Arrest Warrant Against Ex-Sindh IG In Corruption Case

May 10, 2018 — An accountability court on Thursday issued arrest warrant against former Sindh police chief Ghulam Haider Jamali in a corruption case. Jamali had disappeared on Tuesday after the Sindh High Court canceled his pre-arrest bails and of other police officers accused in the illegal recruitment case. As the trial court began its hearing on Thursday, other accused police officials Tanveer Ahmed, Fida Hussain and others appeared in court. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB), which had filed a reference in the case last year, pleaded before the courtRead More

Former CM Punjab, Lawmaker From Gujranwala Join PTI

May 10, 2018 — The former Chief Minister of Punjab, Dost Muhammad Khosa has decided to join Imran Khan led Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf. According to media reports, the veteran politician from Dera Ghazi Khan district of the Punjab province will announce his inclusion in PTI at a meeting with Imran Khan in Bani Gala. Khosa will contest next election as an independent candidate with PTI’s support. His brother Saifuddin Khosa has already joined Imran’s PTI . Sardar Dost Muhammad Khosa was first elected as MPA when his father vacated provincial assemblyRead More

Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad Invited to Form Next Govt.; To Become World’s Oldest Leader

The 92-year-old had a shock victory over his one time protege, Najib Razak. He’s 21 years older than President Donald Trump, a year older than Queen Elizabeth II and twice the age of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. May 10, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Veteran Malaysian politician Mahathir Mohamad is set to become the world’s oldest leader after a shock victory in the country’s election, after he upended six decades of control by the ruling coalition, promising, “we’ll go back to the rule of law and be more open”. Official pressRead More

Fake Degrees, Conflict Of Interest: Supreme Court Summons PM Abbasi as ‘CEO of AirBlue Airline’

The Chief Justice remarked that being prime Minister and President/CEO of Air blue, a private airline, at the same time was a grave conflict of interest. May 10, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Thursday, summoned heads of all Pakistani airlines as well Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to appear in the next hearing on Saturday at the top court’s registry in Karachi. Justice Nisar was hearing a case pertaining to fake degrees of commercial pilots– 24 pilots and 67 crew-members belonging to the nationalRead More

‘China Most Likely To Fill the Shoes Of The U.S.’ In Iran Nuclear Deal

May 10, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — After pulling the United States out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday his administration plans to put strong sanctions on Iran “very soon.” “We have terminated a terrible, terrible deal that should have never, ever been made,” he said. “And we will be putting on among the strongest sanctions that we’ve ever put on a country.” Trump told reporters about the plan about 24 hours after officially withdrawing from the Obama-era agreement, calling it “defective at its core.” TrumpRead More

BMW Recalls 312,000 Vehicles in U.K. Due to Electrical Fault

The cars were first recalled after Narayan Gurung died on Christmas Day 2016 while driving with his wife. His Ford Fiesta crashed into a tree to evade a stalled BMW in Surrey May 10, 2018 (BE2C2) — BMW announced an expanded recall Wednesday on 312,000 cars in the United Kingdom due to an electrical flaw that can cause the engine to stall while moving. The recall is an expansion of an existing B+ battery connector recall impacting the BMW’s 1 Series, 3 Series, Z4 and its X1 petrol and dieselRead More

Saudi Arabia Will Seek To Develop Its Own Nuclear Weapons If Iran Does: FM Al-Jubeir

May 10, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Saudi Arabia will seek to develop its own nuclear weapons if Iran does, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir told CNN on Wednesday. “If Iran acquires nuclear capability we will do everything we can to do the same.” Jubeir’s renewed vow came after US President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of an accord designed to prevent Tehran’s alleged quest for the bomb. The Saudi Foreign Minister welcomed Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a landmark nuclear agreement stillRead More

Islamic Scholar Tariq Ramadan Loses Bid For Release Ahead of Rape Trial

May 9, 2018 (DESPARDES) — The Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, who is being held in France over rape allegations by three women, has lost his bid for early release ahead of trial, his lawyer told AFP. Judges had already refused bail for the 55-year-old Ramadan, who is being treated behind bars for multiple sclerosis, as well as a request for release on health grounds. “We were informed of the decision today and I immediately lodged an appeal,” his lawyer Emmanuel Marsigny said late Monday, calling the decision “incredible”. The prominentRead More