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NAB chief enraged over incomplete inquiries2017/10/18
Our Correspondent

ISLAMABAD: New National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (retd) JavedIqbal has expressed concerns over incomplete inquiry regarding corruption cases despite the passage of 17 years.
He appeared furious at the sub-ordinates for not completing the inquiry for more than a decade ...

PML-N in hot water as Khosa accepts PPP invite2017/10/18

LAHORE: Veteran politician and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senator Sardar Zulfiqar Khosa has accepted the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari’s invitation to join PPP.
Speaking to media at his residence late on Tuesday night, both the leaders wished each other well. Khosa appreciating Zardari’s visit, said that he had never heard of a national level party visiting the residence of a rival party’s leader.
“I am very grateful that Zardari has shown confidence in me. If it were up to me, I would make an announcement for joining the PPP right now, but I will make a formal announcement after I consult my like-minded friends.
“I have a long relationship standing relationship with Zardari and we have known each other for a very long time,” Khosa said adding that owing to his strong connections in all provinces, Zardari will not be disappointed by his decision.
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Khosa reiterated that this was not the same PML-N for which he had faced hardships or made sacrifices. “I side lined myself from the party’s affairs after the general elections in 2013. I have suffered and struggled for the party more than even the Sharifs themselves. I was facing jail time while they were living in palaces abroad. They still pushed me out of the party,” he said.
Master of reconciliatory politics, Zardari, said he wanted to work with Khosa and use his experience for the country’s best interest. “I do not want to speak against anybody but the damage being done to the country will be difficult to repair. I believe all political parties have to team up to put the country back on track. The current rulers have ruined the economy,” he said.
“We belong to this country. Our forefathers are buried here. The future of our children is linked to this country. So we have to work together for a brighter future,” said Zardari.
Responding to a question, he said he is not trying to break the PML-N, and that it is already broken. “I extended cooperation to the PML-N just to strengthen democracy in the country. I never asked for any privileges but supported the PML-N in the greater national interest. I did not want early polls. I supported the PML-N just to stop Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairperson Imran Khan, as he can be a great threat to democracy,” he said.
Zardari said that he had told his friends that he would give a free hand to the PML-N to do its job and only start his politics during the last year of their tenure. The PML-N has completed its four years and everyone knows what the rulers have given to the country. “I am trying to gather all my good friends under one platform. There are several other friends who are ready to join the PPP,” he said.
He said that the establishment and other state institutions are very well aware of what is happening in the country, while adding that the Pakistan Army had issued the statement in the national interest of the country. PPP is not in the favour of early polls and will try to defeat the ruling party in the Senate elections, he concluded.-Agencies
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Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chairing a meeting2017/10/18
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chairing a meeting of National Implementation Committee on FATA Reforms.-APP

Prof. Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Interior and Planning, Development and Reforms addressing2017/10/18
ISLAMABAD: Prof. Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Interior and Planning, Development and Reforms addressing during a dinner in hounor of visiting delegation of Chinese Experts Group on Industrial Cooperation.-APP 

FATA reforms: Body discusses setting up courts, NFC share2017/10/18
Our Correspondent

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chaired a meeting of National Implementation Committee on FATA reforms yesterday and discussed to establish high court and Supreme Court bench in the region, adding to allocate share of National Finance Commission (NFC) Award.
The implementation of FATA reforms was overviewed and it was briefed that the bill to establish high court in FATA had already been presented in National Assembly. The committee is working for the completion of ten programmes in FATA related to social and economic development. Also, the procedure of return of people who left FATA is also underway.
The committee asked to direct Law Minister Zahid Hamid to speed up process to approve the bill. They ordered to make arrangements to take legal and administrative steps for court proceedings.
The meeting was attended by committee members, i.e. Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General QamarJavedBajwa, Minister for SAFRON Lt. Gen (R) Abdul QadirBaloch, Federal Minister for Law Mr. Zahid Hamid, Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Sartaj Aziz, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor IqbalZafarJhagra, KP Chief Minister Mr. Pervez Khattak and other senior civil as well as military officials.
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