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General/Politics:

  • PPP, PTI back army’s position:
    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on Saturday announced that it supports the position of Pakistan Army on Dawn Leaks probe notification (http://epaper.brecorder.com/2017/04/30/1-page/871540-news.html)
  • I will not be bullied into resigning: PM:  OKARA: Rejecting calls by opposition parties to resign, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said that critics would not slow down the development process going on in the country. (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-04-30/lahore/11317/82570)
  • Nawaz rejects PTI’s resignation demand:
    OKARA – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif yesterday rejected PTI’s demand for his resignation on account of the verdict of the five-judge bench in the Panama leaks case (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-04-30/page-1/detail-2)
  • Role of Rangers shouldn’t be made controversial: Nisar:
    KARACHI: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Saturday said, “The role of Rangers in Karachi should not be made controversial every three months”. (http://epaper.brecorder.com/2017/04/30/2-page/871338-news.html)
  • Law & Order:
  • Former IG Jamali, others likely to be indicted on May 6 in corruption case:
    KARACHI: An accountability court is expected to indict former inspector general of police Ghulam Haider Jamali and other senior police officers in a corruption reference on May 06 (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-04-30/lahore/11297/82485)
  • Reforms package: Fata lawmakers threaten to lock Center’s public offices:
    ISLAMABAD: The parliamentarians from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on Saturday threatened to march on the federal capital and lock the public offices in the Red Zone if the government fails to show any progress on the FATA reforms package by May 20, 2017. (http://epaper.brecorder.com/2017/04/30/3-page/871354-news.html)

Economy:

  • Political uncertainty keeps index performance in check:
    KARACHI: The outgoing week witnessed profit taking as investors shied away from fresh investments amid growing political uncertainty (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-04-30/lahore/11307/82541)
  • Govt taking steps to promote industry:
    ISLAMABAD: The government has taken a number of steps for promotion of industrial sector of the country (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-04-30/lahore/11307/82550)
  • Dar vows to boost economic growth to 7pc by 2019:
    ISLAMABAD – Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Saturday vowed to take Pakistan’s economic growth to 7 percent by 2019.( http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-04-30/page-8/detail-1)

Opinion/Editorial:

  • No more ad hoc criminal justice:
    There has been an outpouring of public grief and rage over Mashal’s brutal killing since the tragic incident took place earlier this month. This collective expression of disgust and horror is important. It tells us that there is a major public demand for justice. Contrary to what some may say, there is yet this silver lining, this humanity within us as a society, that makes us call out for a swift righting of such gruesome wrongs. Alas, we cannot and should not remove the affective and the emotional from our reactions to crime. But what is within our control is to channel our reactions in a way that will actually bring about social change. I hope you will allow me, then, to grieve for Mashal – and many others before him – by thinking about our criminal justice institutions (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-04-30/lahore/11316/82532)
  • Time of reckoning:
    They trespassed upon my thoughts. They were intruders whose knowledge of life was to me an irritating pretence, because I felt so sure they could not possibly know the things I knew. Their bearing, which was simply the bearing of commonplace individuals going about their business in the assurance of perfect safety, was offensive to me like the outrageous flauntings of folly in the face of a danger it is unable to comprehend. I had no particular desire to enlighten them, but I had some difficulty in restraining myself from laughing in their faces, so full of stupid importance.” — Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-04-30/lahore/11316/82533)
  • Ehsanullah Ehsan must stand trial:
    Earlier this week, a friend of mine observed that Pakistan was now home to a unique category of person, namely the ‘patriotic terrorist’. How else could you describe Ehsanullah Ehsan, erstwhile spokesman for the murderous Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and current media sensation whose reported surrender has been followed by the release of a confession in which he links the TTP to hostile foreign agencies including India’s RAW and Afghanistan’s NDS, and in which he renounces the activities of the organization that he spent years defending and promoting. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-04-30/page-6/detail-5)
  • Sports:
  • Nadal one win away from 10th Barcelona Open title:
    BARCELONA: Rafael Nadal moved to within one win of a 10th Barcelona title on Saturday when he swept past Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos 6-3, 6-4 in the semi-finals of the clay court event. World number five Nadal, who captured a 10th Monte Carlo Masters last weekend, will face Dominic Thiem in the final after the Austrian stunned world number one Andy Murray 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. Nadal, 30, who will be playing in his 106th career final on Sunday, won the Barcelona title in 2005-09, 2011-13 and 2016. Despite his straight sets win, on a centre court which is named after him, Nadal was far from pleased with his week’s work in the Catalan capital where rain has made the conditions heavy. “In weeks like this, the one who manages to cope with the conditions we’ve had, which have been significantly different (than normal), is the one that survives,” said the Spaniard (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-04-30/lahore/11302/82467)
  • PSF wants action against India over Asian Squash Championship snub:
    ISLAMABAD-Pakistan Squash Federation senior vice president Air vice Marshal Shahid Akhtar Alvi says the PSF will not settle until justice is being provided to Pakistan over India’s failure to issue visas to Pakistan players for the 19th Asian Individual Squash Championship (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-04-30/page-16/detail-1)
  • PCB to offer jobs to Misbah and Younus after retirement:
  • PCB to offer jobs to Misbah and Younus after retirement
    RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan Saturday said Misbahul Haq and Younus Khan would be offered top roles by the board after their retirement from Test cricket at the end o the ongoing series against West Indies. Test skipper Misbah and ace batsman Younus announced their retirements earlier this month. Last week Younus became the first Pakistan batsman to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket while Misbah also completed silver jubilee of victories as Test captain in the first Test against West Indies. Speaking at a press conference at Pindi Stadium here, Shaharyar said after both Misbah and Younus return from the West Indies, the board would give the duo a proposal in this regard and hopefully they would accept it (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-04-30/lahore/11303/82474)
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