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General/Politics:

  • Zardari remains in power race:
    ISLAMABAD –  Bilawal Bhutto Zardari may well be leading the Pakistan People’s Party but his father Asif Ali Zardari could take oath as the prime minister, if the party wins the 2018 general elections. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/lahore/2017-12-07/page-2/detail-2)
  • PM gives nod to set up Capital Mass Transit Authority:
    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi principally approved a proposal for the establishment of Capital Mass Transit Authority to plan, operate and maintain the Metro Bus Service.( https://dailytimes.com.pk/154453/pm-gives-nod-set-capital-mass-transit-authority/)
  • PPP greatest political force, claims Zardari:
    ISLAMABAD –  Former president Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday claimed that the Pakistan People’s Party public gathering at the parade ground had proved that the party was the greatest political force in the country. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/lahore/2017-12-07/page-2/detail-1)

Law & Order:

  • SC issues notice to NAB on Sharjeel Memon’s bail plea:
    ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a notice to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on the pleas of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader and former information minister Sindh Sharjeel Inam Memon and five others seeking bail in a mega corruption case.( https://dailytimes.com.pk/154179/sc-issues-notice-nab-sharjeel-memons-bail-plea/)
  • Economy:
  • Islamic banking industry profits up by 44 percent: SBP:
    KARACHI: The profit of Islamic banking industry has shown substantial increase of 44 percent or Rs 5.4 billion, to Rs 17.6 billion, in the first quarter of current fiscal year FY 17, as compared to Rs. 12.2 billion in the previous quarter, State Bank of Pakistan said in its Islamic banking bulletin issued on Wednesday. (https://dailytimes.com.pk/153992/islamic-banking-industry-profits-44-percent-sbp/)

Opinion/Editorial:

  • Expectations from the new CII:
    After one year of dormancy, the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) came back to life with the appointment of a new council and a chairman by President Mamnoon Hussain on November 3, 2017. The previous council, chaired by the much spotlighted MNA of JUI (F), Molana Muhammad Sherani, had attracted unprecedented public outcry for its controversial statements on women and child marriage. On the prima facie, the image of the council has been tarnished not just nationally but also on the international front as well. Western media relished on covering these controversial and ultra-conservative pronouncements of CII on all things women. So the newly appointed council, unlike its predecessors, is left with little room to maneuver the legislations it deems repugnant to the injunctions of Islam, and to freely move its tentacles in the polity of Republic. However, the appointment of its new chairman Dr Qibla Ayaz has been hailed as a step in the positive direction both by the left and right wings of the society.
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