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General/Politics:

  • Toppled:
    ISLAMABAD: In what is being dubbed the final nail in Nawaz Sharif’s political coffin, the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday disqualified the prime minister from holding the public office, after months of hearings in a case instigated by Panama Papers leaks. (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-07-29/lahore/13134/98847)
  • Jubilant PTI sees early elections:
    ISLAMABAD – After the Supreme Court verdict in the Panama Papers case, the jubilant Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf is seeing early general elections keeping in view the “political instability” in the country. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-07-29/page-1/detail-4)
  • PTI to observe ‘Youm-e-Tashakur’:
    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Friday announced to celebrate ‘Youm-e-Tashakur’ by holding a large public gathering on Sunday in the federal capital to celebrate the momentous verdict of the Supreme Court, disqualifying Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. (http://epaper.brecorder.com/2017/07/29/2-page/893276-news.html)

Law & Order:

  • Ex-pm, others can file only review petition:
    LAHORE – Nawaz Sharif and others have just one option of filing review petitions before the Supreme Court against the Panama case verdict, legal experts say. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-07-29/page-3/detail-6)

Economy:

  • Panama verdict ends uncertainty: Businessmen:
    LAHORE – Rejecting any apprehension of negative or positive impact on economy, the business community has welcomed the Supreme Court’s final verdict to disqualify the Pakistan elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Panama case, observing the decision will give political and economic stability to the country. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-07-29/page-8/detail-1)

Opinion/Editorial:

  • PM’s judicial ouster and ‘selective’ accountability:
    The Supreme Court has delivered the final judgment in the Panama Leaks case. The Court has disqualified PM Nawaz Sharif by a majority of 5-0. Nawaz Sharif stands disqualified and the matter against him and his children, Ishaq Dar, and Cap (r) Safdar, has been sent to NAB in the light of JIT report presented before the SC on July 10. NAB has been directed to file reference within six weeks and a one-member bench of the Supreme Court shall monitor the proceedings of the accountability court. The accountability court shall be bound to decide the matters in six months’ time. (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-07-29/lahore/13137/98850)
  • ‘Lahore lore aye’:
    The Lahore we grew up is no more the Lahore we live in. The landscape, skyline, people and culture have disappeared with the deluge of concrete, asphalt and migrants. The rich of the walled city have since moved to posh areas replaced by migrant tenants. The walled city and beyond, that was once a melting pot of cultures continues to snowball and reshape like a black hole of antimatter or shall I say a star. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-07-29/page-6/detail-5)

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  • General/Politics:
  • Abbasi the placeholder, Shahbaz PM-in-waiting:
    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders on Saturday named former federal minister for petroleum and natural resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as the interim prime minister of Pakistan. (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-07-30/lahore/13172/99036)
  • Nawaz misses opportunity to become national hero: Dr Fowzia:
    Karachi: Aafia Movement Pakistan’s leader and noted neurophysician of the country Dr Fowzia Siddiqui has said that former Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif missed an opportunity to become a national hero by securing the release of the daughter of the nation, Dr Aafia Siddiqui. (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-07-30/lahore/13155/99147)
  • Nawaz prefers to stay at PM House:
    ISLAMABAD : Although the Chief Minister and Governor’s annexes at Punjab House were at the disposal of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif but he preferred to stay at Prime Minister’s House. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-07-30/page-2/detail-2)
  • Law & Order:
  • Crime incidents on the rise in capital:
    ISLAMABAD: The incidents of robberies and snatching at gunpoint registered an upward trend during the last week in federal capital, belying tall claims of police regarding comprehensive security arrangements in the city. (http://epaper.brecorder.com/2017/07/30/2-page/893508-news.html)
  • Economy:
    Poultry export can fetch 15pc share of $300b halal market:
    LAHORE – As trade deficit of the country has reached all-time high of $30 billion for the first time in the history of Pakistan in the last fiscal year, the Pakistan Poultry Association has proposed the government to allow at least 50 percent freight subsidy on air as well as sea freight cost incurred on exports of poultry and its products to enhance exports so that the huge gap between import and export could be bridged as a short time measure, as poultry has great potential of export. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-07-30/page-8/detail-1)
  • Opinion/Editorial:
  • Perils of selective accountability:
    The deed is done. The Supreme Court has finally given its verdict in the Panama Papers case, and has disqualified Nawaz Sharif from holding public office. It has also filed references with the accountability courts against Sharif and his family, with the expectation that allegations of corruption levelled against the family will be investigated over the next six months. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-07-30/page-6/detail-5)
  • Of Iqama, tax evasions and disqualification:
    Life-time disqualification of Nawaz Sharif by five-member bench of Supreme Court unanimously has proved the point that process of real accountability has started. In Pakistan, the rich and mighty — greedy politicians, unscrupulous businessmen and dishonest civil-military bureaucrats — keep on singing the mantra of ‘patriotism’ (sic) but shamelessly indulge in rent-seeking and tax evasion. The recent reports of acquiring work permits (Iqamas) by sitting Prime Minister, ministers and many other politicians, w… Read more
    [11:54 AM, 7/31/2017] Rizwan SB SHAMROCK: News: Monday July 31, 2017
  • General/Politics:
  • Zardari, Shahbaz, you’re next: Imran:
    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday paid rich tributes to the Supreme Court judges who gave verdict against Nawaz Sharif. (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-07-31/lahore/13194/99320)
  • PML-N to move people’s court if appeal right denied: Saad:
    LAHORE – Strongly criticising the Supreme Court judgment that disqualified Mian Nawaz Sharif as prime minister, former railways minister Khwaja Saad Rafiq said on Sunday that the decision would remain controversial in history. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-07-31/page-1/detail-4)
  • Election for PM: PPP to field own man if PTI persists with Sh Rashid:
    ISLAMABAD – Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) will field its own candidate, if the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) persisted with the nomination of Sheikh Rashid Ahmed for the vacant position of the prime minister, top party leaders said. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-07-31/page-2/detail-2)
  • Law & Order:
  • Four killed, 3 injured in violent incidents:
    KARACHI: At least four people were killed and three others injured in separate incidents of violence in different localities of the metropolis city Karachi on Sunday. More than dozen were held with arms. (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-07-31/lahore/13175/99326)
  • Economy:
  • Fisheries exports contribute $276m to national kitty:
    ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has exported around 103,277 tons of fish and fish preparations during first three quarters of last fiscal year which contributed $276.269 million precious foreign exchange to national exchequer. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-07-31/page-8/detail-2)
  • Opinion/Editorial:
  • What should Nawaz Sharif do:
    So the judgment has come. The thrice-elected Prime Minister has been disqualified not on the basis of the London flats or offshore companies uncovered in Panama Leaks but for the fact that he did not receive the 10,000 dirhams per month that was owed to him under contract with his own son’s company Capital FZE. (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-07-31/lahore/13191/99244)
  • Judges, military, and the urban middle class:
    Probably the most shocking aspect of Panama verdict is the disdain with which the judges treated an elected Prime Minister during the hearing. Far from the unbiased adjudicators that they are supposed to be, the judges showed public contempt for the entire Sharif family by equating them with the Sicilian Mafia. Such behavior forced some observers to suspect an active collusion between the military establishment and the judiciary culminating in the ouster of Nawaz Sharif form office. While it is difficult to ascertain for a fact whether a conspiracy was hatched against the PML-N government, it is certain that the members of these two institutions are bound by ties of class and ideology which led to this decision. (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-07-31/lahore/13191/99243)
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