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Haroon talks tax reforms with visiting UK minister2017/09/19

ISLAMABAD: A UK delegation led by Minister of State for Trade and Investment Rt Hon Greg Hands visited FBR House on Monday and held a meeting with Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Revenue Senator Haroon Akhtar Khan.
Chairman FBR Tariq Mahmood Pasha and Member (IR) Policy and FBR's Official Spokesperson Dr ...

Turkish envoy to Pakistan calls on COAS2017/09/19
RAWALPINDI: A delegation comprising members of Defence Committees of the Senate and National Assembly headed by Senator Lt Gen Abdul Qayyum, Retd visited GHQ on Monday. 
The delegation laid wreath at GHQ's Shuhada Monument and was given a detailed briefing on evolving security environment including situation on the borders and Pakistan's Army efforts for peace and security ...

Yasmin demand ECP to withhold election result till party reservations settled2017/09/19
Monitoring Desk

ISLAMABAD: A day after her defeat in the NA-120 by-poll, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)'s Dr Yasmin Rashid has demanded the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to withhold the election results until the party's reservations are addressed and settled.
"We had pointed out the discrepancies in the votes when the election was announced and we have so far submitted 25 petitions with the ECP against these discrepancies," the PTI leader told reporters in Lahore on Monday. "I am the one who has suffered this. We were not given a level-playing field by the ECP."
According to unofficial results, Kulsoom secured 59,413 votes in all, while Dr Yasmin got 46,145.
Vowing to take the top electoral body to court, Rashid said her party wanted to know what action the ECP took over numerous violations of its code of conduct by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). "We will not back out until our petitions in the ECP are settled. I'm going to take the ECP to court," she threatened.
The beleaguered PTI leader said some of the voter record was missing in the ECP data. "This makes some 29,000 votes controversial and no official results should be announced until these are cleared," she upheld. "Government's machinery, including the state-run PTV, was used in the buildup to the NA-120 polls."
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IHC seeks larger bench in Asif disqualification case2017/09/19
ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) forwarded a request regarding formation of a larger bench to IHC Chief Justice for hearing the disqualification case against Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif.
Justice Amir Farooq of IHC heard the petition seeking Khawaja Asif's disqualification ...

Corruption is cancer, a silent killer: NAB chief2017/09/19
QUETTA: Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman NAB has said that NAB is committed to root out corruption and recover looted money from corrupt with iron hands by using all its resources. He said these remarks while visiting NAB Balochistan during his farewell visit on Monday.
The Director General NAB Balochistan Irfan Naeem Mangi in his welcome address said that it is indeed a great pleasure and honour for NAB Balochistan to warmly welcome the Chairman NAB Qamar Zaman Chaudhry during his farewell visit to NAB Balochistan. 
He said that Chairman NAB has always been remained a guiding force for officers/officials in discharge of their duties without any fear and favor. He said that it is a great privilege and proud for us that under your dynamic leadership from 2014 to 2017, NAB Balochistan has been actively perusing the cause of arresting corrupt and has recovered billions of rupees in order to eliminate corruption and corrupt practices through a holistic approach of Awareness, Prevention and Enforcement by adopting Zero Tolerance Policy across the board. He said that it seems that it was yesterday when you Mr. 
Worthy Chairman NAB joined as head of esteemed body, NAB. Memories of last four years remind us the professionalism, transparency, hard work, honesty, commitment, dedication and merit. He said that every beginning has an end and every end has a new beginning. He said, due to your dynamic leadership, today NAB has rejuvenated, strengthened and working with the realization that eradication of corruption is our national duty. 
He said that our success as the apex anti-corruption agency inspires us to work more vigorously and double our efforts to achieve the goal of Zero Corruption, 100 Percent Development in Pakistan. He said that strong leadership like yours led the organization in right direction with proactive Anti-Corruption Strategy which was implemented in letter and spirit, due to which NAB Balochistan's performance remained excellent. We have nabbed the corrupt and deposited millions of looted money of people in the national exchequer. He lauded the remarkable services of Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman NAB and the measures he has taken during his tenure as Chairman NAB which have started yielding positive results.
The Chairman NAB while addressing as chief guest to officers/officials of NAB Balochistan said that the valuable time I have spent in NAB during my responsibilities as Chairman NAB, I have tried my level best to rejuvenate NAB by taking new initiatives, Internal Accountability and eradication of corruption from the country as Corruption is cancer which is a silent killer. 
He said today NAB is absolutely committed to root out corruption in all its forms and manifestations with iron hands. He said that corruption is major hurdle in the way of progress and prosperity of the country which creates injustice, poverty and depriving a deserving person of its due right on merit. 
He said that due to number of new initiatives taken during my tenure, PILDAT, Transparency International and World Economic Forum appreciated Pakistan due to NAB efforts. He said that NAB under his guidance and supervision perfected its procedures to make NAB more effective and proactive in order to come up to expectations of the nation. Our overall performance remained excellent as compared to other Anti-Corruption Organizations. 
Today NAB has rejuvenated and the hard work being put in by NAB officers/officials is commendable. He said nation is proud upon you as you are performing your duties even in odd hours with absolutely professionally, transparently according to law. NAB during the last four years has recovered Rs. 50/- billion from corrupt and deposited in the national exchequer which a record achievement as no other Anti-Corruption agency in Pakistan has recovered such a huge amount in short span of three years. 
He said that the figures of complaints, inquiries and investigations are almost double as compared to the same period of 2014 to 2017. He said that NAB since its inception, has recovered Rs. 288 billion and deposited in the national exchequer which is indicative of hard work, dedication, professionalism and transparency of all ranks of NAB officers/officials in an atmosphere of renewed energy and dynamism.
He said that NAB in collaboration with HEC established 45, 000 Character Building Societies (CBSs) in Universities/Colleges in order to aware youth about the ill effects of corruption at an early age. He said NAB has set target for 2017 that the number of Character Building Societies (CBS) should be reached at least at 55 thousands due to its importance and excellent feedback received so far. He said that today, NAB is the chairman of SAARC Anti-Corruption Forum. NAB is the only Organization in the world to whom China has signed MoU in order to streamline cooperation in the field of anti-corruption and oversee projects to be undertaken under CEPC.
He said that NAB has established its first Forensic Science Lab (FSL) in Islamabad which has facilities of Digital Forensics, Questioned Documents and Fingerprint Analysis. 
He said that NAB has rationalized its workload and timelines have been prescribed for efficient, effective and expeditious disposal of cases putting a maximum limit of 10 months - from complaint verification-to-inquiry-to-investigation and finally to a reference in the Accountability Court. NAB has also introduced a new System of Combine Investigation Team (CIT) in order to benefit from the experience and collective wisdom of senior supervisory officers, a system of CIT comprising of Director, Additional Director, Investigation Officer and a Senior Legal Counsel has been put in place. This will not only lend quality to the work but also ensure that no single individual can influence the proceedings. The results of CIT are very encouraging.
He said that NAB has devised monitoring and evaluation System to track implementation and outputs systematically, and measure the effectiveness of performance which helps in enhancing the operational, monitoring and evaluation capabilities of NAB. He said that Monitoring and Evaluation System provide the necessary data to guide strategic planning and helps improving performance and achieving results to improve current and future management of outputs, outcomes and impact. He said that Monitoring and Evaluation System (MES) is an important management tool to track progress and it facilitates in decision making as well as establishes links between the past, present and future actions. He said that after implementation of MES in NAB, the performance of NAB Officers/officials has improved. 
The Chairman NAB said that NAB Balochistan is one of the important Regional Bureaus of NAB. It plays prominent role in contributing towards the overall performance of NAB. He   appreciated the performance of NAB Balochistan and directed to arrest all corrupt, proclaimed offenders (POs) and absconders in line with NAB's enforcement policy. He also directed all ranks of officers of NAB Balochistan to work more vigilantly, diligently and honestly in order to curb corruption and corrupt practices from the country. He said performance of all wings of NAB Balochistan under the supervision of Irfan Naeem Mangi, General NAB Balochistan is appreciated and hoped that NAB Balochistan will continue its excellent performance in future.
Earlier, on arrival in NAB Balochistan, Chairman NAB reviewed guard of honour and held a meeting with Irfan Naeem Mangi, DG, NAB Balochistan who highlighted NAB Balochistan performance. - NNI
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