Daily Archives: October 2, 2017

PAKISTAN TEAM TO PARTICIPATE IN BFA ASIAN BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

A 16-member Pakistan team will participate in 28th BFA Asian Baseball Championship, commencing in Taiwan on Monday.

Talking to APP, President Pakistan Federation Baseball, Syed Khawar Shah said eight teams will take part in the event.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Former Pakistani Prime Minister’s Indictment Postponed

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif left an anti-corruption court Monday without being indicted after his children, who are co-defendants in the case, failed to appear.

The court ordered Sharif, his two sons, his daughter and a son-in-law to appear in court on Oct. 9 to face corruption charges.

The children are currently in London with Sharif’s wife – Kulsoom Nawaz – who is undergoing treatment for throat cancer.

Last month, Sharif’s wife won his former parliamentary seat in a by-election. Her victory was expected, since the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party is dominant in the central Lahore constituency. The former prime minister had held the seat since the mid-1980s, when he first entered national politics.

Earlier this year, Pakistan’s High Court ordered Nawaz Sharif to step down from office because he had not reported monthly earnings he received from an overseas company owned by his son. The former prime minister has denied that he received any salary, or knew anything about the payments, which first were discovered after he was elected prime minister for a third time in 2013.

Sharif’s first term as Pakistan’s prime minister, in the early 1990s, also ended abruptly when he was dismissed by presidential decree after being accused of corruption. Back in office a few years later, he was overthrown by a military coup in 1999 and exited to Saudi Arabia along with other family members.

Source: Voice of America

QUEEN BATON RELAY CEREMONY FOR 21ST COMMONWEALTH GAMES TO BE HELD IN LAHORE ON MONDAY

Queen Baton Relay ceremony for 21st Commonwealth Games will be held at Hazoori Bagh, Lahore on Monday to mark the arrival of the Queen baton from Cypress.

The ceremony will be attended by leading athletics who had won medals in various international events.

The four-member team, which brought Queen Baton of the Commonwealth Games will also grace the ceremony.

The Commonwealth Games are scheduled to be held in Australia in April next year.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Pakistani Christian On Death Row Among Nominees For Sakharov Prize

BRUSSELS — Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have presented their nominations for this year’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought — including Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death in 2010 under Pakistans blasphemy law.

Polish MEP Anna Fotyga of the conservative ECR group in the European Parliament said on October 2 that Bibi’s “behavior in prison, the dignity she has shown during all these years is the best proof of her being able to represent the dignity of a defender of human rights in the face of the worst fate.”

Fotyga spoke at a joint meeting of the foreign affairs, development, and human rights committees in Strasbourg.

Bibi has been on a death row for almost seven years and her appeal to Pakistan’s Supreme Court has been postponed to an undetermined date.

She was convicted and sentenced to hang after an argument with a Muslim woman over a bowl of water. Her supporters maintain her innocence and insist it was a personal dispute.

Under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, anyone found guilty of insulting Islam can be sentenced to death. Rights groups say blasphemy laws are often abused to carry out personal vendettas, mainly against minority Christians.

Bibi is among six nominees for the European Parliament’s prestigious Sakharov Prize, which honors individuals and organizations defending human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The others nominees are Guatemalan human rights defender Aura Lolita Chavez Ixcaquic; Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag, co-chairs of a pro-Kurdish party in Turkey; a group of people representing the Venezuelan opposition; the Swedish-Eritrean prisoner of conscience Dawit Isaak; and Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, a human rights defender from Burundi.

On October 10, the European Parliament’s foreign affairs and development committees are scheduled to vote on a shortlist of three finalists and the laureate is to be announced on October 26. The award ceremony will take place at the parliament in Strasbourg in December.

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PAKISTAN TEAM TO PARTICIPATE IN BFA ASIAN BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

A 16-member Pakistan team will participate in 28th BFA Asian Baseball Championship, commencing in Taiwan on Monday.

Talking to APP, President Pakistan Federation Baseball, Syed Khawar Shah said eight teams will take part in the event.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Pakistan Corruption Court Postpones Indictment Of Ex-PM Sharif

A Pakistani court has postponed the indictment of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for seven days after his children, who are co-defendants in the case, did not appear in court.

The court in Islamabad on October 2 set an October 9 date for the indictments against Sharif, his two sons, and a daughter and son in-law.

Attorney Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha, who is also a lawmaker from Sharif’s party, said that Sharif’s children are in London with their mother, who is undergoing cancer treatment. Sharif was present in the court.

The Sharifs face indictment in a corruption case ordered by the Supreme Court following an investigation into documents that were leaked from a Panama law firm and indicated Sharif and the others had undisclosed assets.

The Supreme Court disqualified Sharif in July, forcing him to step down. Sharif has denied any wrongdoing.

During his first appearance in court, on September 26, Sharif condemned the anticorruption court’s actions as politically motivated.

The allegations against the three-time former prime minister and three of his children date back to one of his previous stints in power, in the 1990s.

His political adversaries accused Sharif and his family of laundering money from Pakistan and using the wealth to buy properties in London.

Known as a strong supporter of civilian rule, Sharif has a difficult relationship with the military, and his supporters and some political commentators suggest the powerful military was behind his ouster.

His family says the London properties were acquired as a settlement for investments they made with Qatar’s royal family in the 1980s.

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