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Sharif family not to appear before NAB till review decision2017/08/19
ISLAMABAD: The Sharif family has decided to not appear before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) until the top court decides the review petitions filed by former PM Nawaz Sharif against his disqualification.
Despite being summoned, deposed PM Nawaz Sharif and his sons Hussain and Hassan Nawaz did not appear before NAB investigators in Lahore on Friday for recording their statements.
A seven-member NAB team has reached Lahore from Rawalpindi to record the statements of Sharif and his sons. Besides, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Tariq Shafi were also summoned but they too did not show up.
Sources said the Sharif family's counsel reached the NAB office and informed the team that the family would not appear before them until the Supreme Court reached a decision on the review petitions filed by the former PM against his disqualification.
The political adviser to the PM and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) spokesperson Asif Kirmani said Sharif and his sons had not received any notice from NAB.
The sources said the deposed PM would not be provided with any protocol while recording his statement before the NAB investigators. NAB rules provide for recording statements of accused before filing any corruption reference against them.
The graft watchdog has sought complete details of the bank accounts of the Sharif family from the State Bank of Pakistan.
Besides, it has already written a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan seeking details of some seven companies - Hajveri Holdings, CNG Pakistan, Spencer Distribution, HDS Securities, Gulf Insurance Company, Spenser Pharmacy, and Hajveri Hodarba Management Company - all owned by relatives of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. Also on Thursday, the SC granted access to the confidential tenth volume of the JIT report to NAB investigators.
NAB has assigned and dedicated 14 officers to investigate the allegations and consequently file four separate references against Sharif family members in light of the SC judgement.
The four probe teams each comprise three officers - an investigation officer, a case officer, and a director. They will be under the direct supervision of the directors-general of NAB Rawalpindi and Lahore.
These teams will conduct inquiries and recommend whether or not corruption reference should be filed.
The National Accountability Ordinance provides that if an investigation officer deems it necessary in the light of the available material evidence, they can order the arrest of an accused at any stage of an investigation.

NAB believes in zero corruption: Chairman2017/08/19

ISLAMABAD: Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman NAB chaired a meeting to review performance of all wings of NAB Headquarter. He said that there is no shortcut to hard work, commitment and honesty as NAB believes in "Zero corruption, 100% Development".
Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman NAB said that NAB's proactive National Anti-Corruption Strategy remained very successful. He said that the feedback received about the initiatives taken by the present management of NAB is very encouraging as today NAB's conviction ratio is about 76 percent which is a remarkable achievement in investigation of White Collar Crimes. NAB has not only established state of the art Forensic Science LAB for investigation of all cases especially cases of collar crimes by using modern technology/techniques.-NNI

NADRA shares voters data for BVM use in NA-120 by-poll2017/08/19
ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has formally received the picture and thumb impression data of voters of constituency NA-120, Lahore-III from National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA). 
According to an official of ECP, the data was essential for use of Biometric Voting Machines (BVM) in bye-election in the said constituency on trial basis ...

Murad to launch Karachi improvement project2017/08/19
KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that he has short and long terms plans to transform Karachi to a beautiful city by developing its roads, restoring old buildings, developing its parks and evolving a proper traffic management system. 
"This is why I am going to launch the world Bank-funded Karachi Neighbourhood Improvement Project (KNIP)-which is bound to give this city a new look and a new face- the face of development, the face of peace and prosperity."
This he said while presiding over a meeting on World Bank-assisted Karachi neighbourhood Improvement Project (KNIP) here at the CM House. The meeting was attended by provincial ministers, Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, Jam Khan Shoro, Syed Nasir Shah, Syed Sardar Shah, Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon, Chairman P&D Mohammad Waseem, Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput, Secretary Finance Hassan Naqvi, Secretary Transport Saeed Awan, Adl IG Traffic Mushtaq Maher, Secretary Local government Ramzan Awan, PD KNIP Khair Mohammad Kalwar and others.
The chief minister said that the World Bank on the request of the Sindh government carried out Karachi City Diagnostic (KCD) to support provincial government for implementation of Karachi Transform Strategy (KTS) through short term and long-term engagements. He added that KCD estimated that at least $10 billion would be required in the next 10 years to close the city's infrastructure's gaps.   
Chairman P&D Mohammad Waseem said that in short term the World Bank has agreed to support KNIP focusing on fast, low cost and high impact interventions to respond to the emergent city needs. He added that KNIP serves as a strategic entry point for reengagement by the World Bank and a building block for long term partnership with Sindh government to transform the city. "At present KNIP stands approved from the ECNEC & Loan Agreement has already been signed by WB and the government," he said.-NNI

Saad terms Panama Papers int'l conspiracy2017/08/19
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique on Friday said that the Panama Papers issue was nothing but an international conspiracy to hamper the development process in the country.
Talking to the media here, the minister raised specific reservations on the report, recently 
submitted by Joint Investigation Team (JIT).
Currently, the party's legal team was examining the report and would present its stance before the court, he added.
He said it seemed that an international conspiracy was being hatched to derail Pakistan's economic development process as some elements did not want to see the country as a prosperous and powerful one.
He said the politics of allegations was not serving national interests in any manner.
"Let us do politics on the basis of performance, instead on the basis of just allegations", he said. "We are engaged in pulling each other's legs which is serving the interests of enemies of Pakistan," he added.
He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was determined to taking the country's economic strength to new heights, however, Chairman PTI Imran Khan was creating hurdles in his way. - NNI

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