Regional Police Officer inspects the route of procession in Rawalpindi

Regional Police Officer, Capt. (R) Ehsan Tufail inspects the route of procession at Chour Chowk, SSP Operations Tariq Walait gave briefing on the security arrangements made for the procession. SSP Operations told that according to the security plan issued by CPO Faisal Rana, extraordinary measures have been taken and security personnel are deployed at the sensitive points on route.

The Regional Police Officer was told that, the sensitive points on the route of procession have been identified and timings of arrival, stay and departure from these points have been determined. The procession can neither arrive at a sensitive point in advance nor can stay there for more than the specified time. The RPO was told that the route of the procession will be provided a three tier security cover. The markets and shops on the route will remain closed while watching the procession, standing on the rooftop of houses or from the windows will not be allowed. The CPO has issued strict directions that the security personnel will report at their duty point two hours prior to the start of the procession and the security will remain deployed after the end of the procession till the orders of stand down are issued by the competent authority. The Regional Police Officer, Muhammad Ehsan Tufail while expressing his satisfaction over the security arrangements said that, no untoward incident occurred during Muharram ul Haraam, Chehlum and on other events due to the security duties which Rawalpindi police performed under the command of City Police Officer, Muhammad Faisal Rana.

NAB responds to Maryam’s bail plea in Chaudhry Sugar Mills case, hearing to resume tomorrow

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday gave PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz’s counsel till tomorrow to prepare his arguments after the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) submitted its response to her petitions seeking post-arrest bail in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case.

The PML-N vice president had approached the high court on September 30 seeking post-arrest bail in the case, which is being investigated by NAB. Following the sudden deterioration in the health of her father, Nawaz Sharif, she then filed a miscellaneous petition on Oct 24 seeking immediate bail on the basis of fundamental rights and humanitarian reasons.

The accountability watchdog had on Friday sought time to submit its reply to the petitions. Adjourning proceedings, the court had granted the plea and directed NAB to submit the response by Monday (today).

The LHC heard both the main petition and the miscellaneous petition together today.

During the hearing by a two-member bench comprising Justice Ali Baqar Najafi and Justice Sardar Ahmad Naeem, the court asked whether the PML-N vice president was meeting her father former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

The former premier was rushed to Services Institute of Medical Sciences (SIMS) last week after his personal physician raised alarm about his deteriorating health. He is currently admitted at the hospital.

Her lawyer, Azam Nazir Tarar, confirmed today that she had been granted permission to meet Nawaz.

The court asked if NAB had submitted their reply to Maryam’s petition, after which the reply was presented in court.

Maryam’s lawyer requested time for preparation after receiving a copy of the accountability watchdog’s response. Proceedings were adjourned till tomorrow.

Maryam and her cousin Yousaf Abbas had been arrested by NAB on August 8. Later, on Sept 26, they were sent to jail on judicial remand.

NAB suspects Maryam of involvement in money laundering through investments of variable heavy amounts being the main shareholder of the CSM. It has alleged that she was involved in money laundering with the help of some foreigners during the period of 1992-93, when her father Nawaz Sharif was the prime minister.

Netherlands crush Pakistan’s Olympic dreams with 6-1 demolition

AMSTERDAM: Pakistan came into the game hopeful and optimistic. The Netherlands left them bruised and battered.

A day after stunning the hosts with a 4-4 draw in the first leg of their Olympic qualifier, Pakistan came crashing down to earth on Sunday as the Netherlands thrashed them 6-1 to seal a 10-5 aggregate victory and punch their tickets to Tokyo for next year’s Games.

The Dutch were devastating on Sunday, racing into a 4-0 lead at halftime with Mink van der Weerden scoring twice and Bjorn Kellerman and Mirco Pruijser both firing home glorious backhand efforts.

Terrance Pieters and Jip Janssen then scored in the space of four minutes in the third quarter to effectively end the contest altogether before Rizwan Ali’s drag-flick conversion gave Pakistan a consolation goal seven minutes from time.

“It is a bad day, we have missed out on the Olympics,” said Pakistan’s Rashid Mehmood, as the three-time Olympic champions missed out on reaching the Games for a second successive time.

“We couldn’t make it [happen] in the second game. The Dutch team defended very well in the game today and we didn’t start very well, we made a lot of mistakes. In the first half they took advantage of that. We couldn’t match their pace in the first half.”

Kellerman has scored with a sensational backhand strike on Saturday and he was at it again on Sunday. Robbert Kemperman cut in from the right before finding Kellerman on the left, who smashed a stunning backhand strike into the bottom right corner from an ever-narrowing angle to give the Netherlands a ninth-minute lead.

Van der Weerden, who scored twice on Saturday including the last-gasp leveller for the Dutch, doubled their advantage in the 17th, firing in a penalty stroke after after a rapid attack was cynically cut short by the Pakistani defence.

It was 3-0 five minutes later with Pruijser breaking into the circle and finishing clinically before Van der Weerden’s powerful drag-flick all but extinguished Pakistan’s hopes in the 28th.

“I think the tempo we played today was a lot better, and I think that made the difference,” said Van der Weerden. “Our tempo on the ball was a lot better, there was a lot more energy and that is a big difference. It means a lot [to qualify for the Olympics]. It is the event that we all play for. Winning really means a lot.”

Pakistan started brightly in the second half but failed to test the Dutch defence. Pieters struck a field goal in the 39th and it was soon followed by Janssen’s penalty corner conversion. Rizwan got Pakistan on the scoresheet but it was too little, too late.

OPPOSITE PERFORMANCE

Pakistan’s performance was totally opposite to the one 24 hours earlier.

Netherlands had started the tie as strong favourites but Pakistan took the lead on Saturday in the fifth minute through a drag-flick from Mubashar Ali.

Van der Weerden pulled the Dutch level when he slotted home a penalty stroke in the 20th minute and Kellerman scored in the very next minute to give the hosts the lead.

Ali Ghazanfar’s penalty corner conversion in the 25th minute saw the teams go into half-time tied 2-2.

Pakistan stepped on the gas in the second half and in the 38th minute, Rizwan scored from a penalty corner to give Pakistan the lead but Kepperman’s field goal in the 52nd levelled the game again.

Mubashar Ali though he’d scored the winner for Pakistan in the 58th but Van der Weerden’s drag-flick snatched a draw for the Dutch.

The result, though, was a big boost for Pakistan who had come into the game following 6-1 and 6-2 thrashings at the hands of Germany in their warm-up matches for the Olympic qualifier.

Unfortunately for them, though, they couldn’t take that form into the second game.

Pakistan won Olympic golds in 1960, 1968 and 1984 but they have fallen on hard times recently and haven’t medalled since claiming bronze at the 1992 Games in Barcelona. They now have to build again towards the 2024 Paris Olympics.

FATF report highlights dubious role of shell firms

WASHINGTON: Anonymous shell companies are one of the most widely used methods for laundering the proceeds of crime and corruption, says the latest report by the Paris-based international financial agency Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

Its latest report identifies “best practices” to help countries “get rid of the cloak of secrecy” concerning the ultimate owner of a company, foundation, association or any other legal person, and prevent their misuse for crime and terrorism.

“Transparency of beneficial ownership is essential to prevent the misuse of companies, associations or other entities for money laundering or terrorist financing,” the report says.

A beneficial owner is a legal term to describe a person who enjoys the benefits of ownership even though the title to that property or business is in another name.

FATF recommendations require countries to ensure that authorities can obtain up-to-date and accurate information about the person(s) behind companies, foundations and other legal persons.

In early 2016, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists published the so-called “Panama Papers” — documents showing the beneficial ownership of several thousands of offshore corporations. While many were used legally, the papers showed that some beneficial ownership was hidden for nefarious or illegal motives.

The papers also identified several influential Pakistani citizens as beneficial owners who violated FATF recommendations by not disclosing their association with offshore companies.

Cannot give a guarantee about anyone’s life, PM Imran says on Nawaz’s health

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said he could not give a guarantee about anyone’s life, referring to the Islamabad High Court proceedings last week in which the bench had asked government representatives to “take responsibility” for incarcerated former premier Nawaz Sharif’s health.

Prime Minister Imran, while addressing the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Baba Guru Nanak University at Nankana Sahib, said: “Today I read a news that the court has asked the federal and provincial governments whether they can guarantee Nawaz Sharif’s life by tomorrow.

“I cannot even guarantee my life by tomorrow, so how can I give a guarantee for someone else’s life?”

On Saturday, the IHC granted Nawaz Sharif post-arrest interim bail until Tuesday (tomorrow) in the Al Azizia reference. Nawaz is currently under treatment at Lahore Services Hospital for his low platelet count.

During the proceedings, the federal government had refused to take responsibility for Nawaz’s physical well-being.

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah had observed that if the provincial and federal governments had performed their duties, the matter would have not come before the court.

When the interior secretary had informed the IHC that the federal government would not take any responsibility of the former premier’s health, the court expressed displeasure and remarked “don’t play politics with [the] court” as the law defines certain responsibility of the state.

Prime Minister Imran today said that life and death are in God’s hands and humans can only try.

“The federal government, especially the provincial government, has fully tried. We provided the best medical care to Nawaz Sharif,” he said, adding that a doctor had been brought from Karachi and he had also sent the chief executive of Shaukat Khanum Hospital to check on Nawaz’s health.

“We can only try. Humans cannot give a guarantee of life and death. We can try [and] we fully tried,” he reiterated.

Azadi march

Commenting on the opposition’s ‘Azadi March’, led by JUI-F, Prime Minister Imran recalled that he had earlier said that a time would come when the all the “corrupt elements” of Pakistan would come together.

“What is the purpose of the Azadi March […] their purpose is not that the government is failing, they are scared that the government is succeeding.

“Have you ever heard [this]: ‘Azadi March is coming to seek the prime minister’s resignation’,” he said, questioning why they wanted his resignation in the first place.

“I want to give all of them [opposition] a message: whether you all come together and stage this march or you want to use any other method of blackmail […] until I am alive, you will not get a National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO).”

Following the premier’s address, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb condemned his remarks, saying they were coming from a scared and unsuccessful individual. It is the prime minister who requires an NRO, she said in a statement.

Kartarpur

Addressing the ceremony after laying the foundation stone of the Baba Guru Nanak University, Prime Minister Imran said that today a very symbolic step had been taken.

The premier said that opponents had questioned why Pakistan was opening the Kartarpur Corridor in light of India’s brutality in occupied Kashmir.

“Kartarpur is the Madina of [the] Sikh community. Nankana is their Makkah.

“No matter how bad our relations may be, we should never stop those who admire Guru Nanak.”

On Thursday, Pakistan and India signed the agreement on the Kartarpur Corridor, paving the way for its inauguration next month ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of the founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak Dev.

Foreign Office spokesman Dr Faisal had said that as per the initiative of the premier, the agreement had been signed while a formal inauguration of the project will be held on November 9.