Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) is hearing the Panamagate Case

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) is hearing the Panamagate Case on Thursday.A five-member bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, also including Justice Azmat Saeed, Justice Ijaz Afzal, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Ijaz-ul-Hasan, is hearing the case against the family members of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) lawyer Taufiq Asif will conclude his arguments in the high-profile case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s children Maryam, Hassan and Hussain Nawaz. In Monday’s proceeding, the bench asked the prime minister’s counsel Makhdoom Ali Khan to submit prime minister’s reply at the earliest over Jamaat-e-Islami’s deliberations. Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) counsel pointed out that ministers were coming to the court in a bid to defend the premier in the infamous case.

Asif reiterated that PM Sharif lied in the parliament over Panama scandal while the apex court told Taufiq Asif to complete his arguments in the proceedings of the case during the next hearing before adjourning the case until Tuesday. Justice Khosa maintained that accusations in the case were against a family and not the government, but the entire government was trying to protect that very family. “Accusations are not against the entire government, but the entire government is being defensive,”remarked Justice Khosa. Justice Khosa asked politicians to have patience and wait for the verdict instead of making statements and speeches outside the top court. “Let the case proceed and wait for the verdict,”stressed Justice Khosa. He added that the premier’s counsel did not mention evidence when he made arguments in the case on his turn, rather presented only legal points.

Meanwhile, a German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung released new documents on social media showing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz as a beneficial owner of the companies in Saudi Arabia While hearing of the Panama case was underway.

Tribute to be paid to Ustad Shaukat Hussain on Jan 26 at Lok Virsa


ISLAMABAD: National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) will pay tribute to renowned folk artist Ustad Mian Shaukat Hussain on January 26. Ustad Mian Shaukat Hussain, a renowned Tabla player who belonged to the Punjab gharana of tabla-playing music artists. Mian Shaukat Hussain was born to a family of professional musicians. His father, Mian Maula Bakhsh, was a professional singer. But young Shaukat was drawn to percussion instruments from an early age.

He began his career from All India Radio, Delhi at the age of 18. His family migrated to Pakistan after its independence in 1947. In Pakistan, he was employed by Radio Pakistan, Lahore as a staff artist. Mian Shaukat Hussain retired in 1992 and died 4 years later in 1996 of kidney failure. He is survived by his son Raza Shaukat Hussain, a tabla player of merit himself who will also participate in the programme. The programme includes performances by Raza Shaukat Hussain, renowned singers Shafqat Salamat Ali and Israr Chishti who will also share their views and perform on the occasion.

Ishaq Dar reviews matters related to privatization

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar chaired a meeting which reviewed matters related to privatization here at the Ministry of Finance. Chairman Privatization Commission Mohammad Zubair briefed the minister on the status of the ongoing privatization transactions. He apprised the minister about the status of various state-owned entities including Pakistan Steel Mills and SME Bank Ishaq Dar emphasized that the government’s utmost priority with respect to privatization was to ensure that transactions were conducted in an open, fair and transparent manner.

He said that the government was actively working to resolve the financial bleeding caused to the national exchequer by loss-making state-owned enterprises.  He stated that the government made a decision regarding the restructuring or privatization of each loss-making entity on a case-by-case basis while keeping in view the specific circumstances of each entity, and in the best interests of the people of Pakistan. He urged the Privatization Commission to complete the ongoing transactions in a timely manner whilst ensuring full compliance with the applicable laws and regulations. The meeting was attended by senior officials of the Ministry of Finance and Privatization Commission.

Iran expresses condolences for Parachinar terrorists’attack

ISLAMABAD:  Islamic Republic of Iran has expressed deep sorrow and condolences over the terrorist incident in Parachinar, which resulted in death of 25 people, injuring over 87 citizens. According to a press release of the Iranian Embassy here, Iran embassies offered condolences to Government and people of Pakistan over this sad incident. They prayed that the departed souls may rest in eternal peace and members of the bereaved families bear this loss with fortitude.

Mamnoon Hussain stressed formulating an education system keeping in view its coherence with national objectives

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain stressed formulating an education system keeping in view its coherence with national objectives. Addressing the National conference on examination system here at the Allama Iqbal Open University, the President said a strong educational foundation could help the students effectively deal with the challenges of life. The President said Matric and Intermediate are an important stages in a student’s life and can make or break his or her future. He pointed that prevailing examination system in the country was based on testing the children’s capability by their memory instead of judging them by their knowledge and skills. He observed the current education and examination system were disseminating information only rather than encouraging the students find new avenues of knowledge by using research methods.

He called for in-depth analysis of the current examination system and stressed the need to point out its weaknesses and bring forward proposals for its improvement. The President emphasized on addressing the issues faced by students every year during examinations, particularly complaints about post-result alterations, sub-standard checking and missing of roll number slips. He said avoiding resolution of such issues could create despondency in students, the negative effects of which does not restrict to education and examination system only, but also leaves impact on national life as well.

President Mamnoon termed the educational experts dealing with the sensitive matters of examinations and results as equally important as doctors and soldiers. He called for making continuous improvement in examination system by learning from the experiences of modern world and to make it more practical. The President said the objective of education is to groom the new generation in a way so as to prepare them serve the country and nation. Those nations were successful that kept national objectives foremost in the upbringing of their children, he added. He regretted that the current syllabus lacked giving knowledge to students about national and global history, geography and values.

The President said earlier governments wasted precious time of the nation by paying no heed to development projects particularly related to energy, education and health. He said the country’s internal and external debt amounted to Rs 6,700 in 2008 which climbed upto Rs 14,800 billion at the time present government assumed office. He said a bright future was awaiting Pakistan as the government had launched several development projects of dams, nuclear energy and alternative energy of wind and solar.

The President gave away shields to Federal Minister for Inter- provincial coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Secretary Ministry of Inter-provincial Coordination Raja Nadir Ali, Vice Chancellor Allama Iqbal Open University Dr Shahid Siddiqi and Secretary Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) Muhammad Ramzan Achakzai.