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UNSC emphasizes responsibility of Afghan parties to create conditions necessary for credible elections

The United Nations Security Council on Monday noted the conclusion of the voter registration process in Afghanistan on July 18, in which 8.9 million people registered � including more than 3 million women � to vote in parliamentary and district council elections on October 20, and in presidential elections in 2019.

In a presidential statement on Afghanistan, read out by Olof Skoog, permanent representative of Sweden to the UN and the president of the Security Council for July, the 15-member body recalls that the Afghan government, political leaders, the Independent Electoral Commission and the Electoral Complaints Commission carry the primary responsibility to create the conditions necessary for credible elections to take place.

The Council statement called on all parties to adhere to the requirements of the electoral law as well as all other relevant regulations, stressing the importance of addressing sexual- and gender-based violence against female voters and candidates. It also called on all the stakeholders to uphold the highest standards of integrity throughout this important and historic process, so that the outcome reflects the will of the Afghan people.

In that context, the Council emphasized the central role of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in supporting the organization of elections, condemning in the strongest terms those who resort to violence to obstruct that process, including the Taliban and the affiliates of so-called Islamic State (ISIL/Daesh).

The Council further underlined the need for electoral observation missions to be in place, welcoming the intention of international partners to provide support at the request of the Afghan government.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

Chagai: 25 injured in grenade attack

Twenty five people were injured when unknown motorcyclists hurled a hand grenade on Balochistan Awami Party’s election campaign office in Killi Khuda Raheem area in Chagai district on Sunday night.

The injured were shifted to Prince Fahad and FC hospitals.

Immediately after the attack, security forces cordoned off the area and conducted search operation to arrest the miscreants.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Renowned broadcaster Badar Rizwan passes away

Renowned broadcaster of Radio Pakistan Badar Rizwan passed away in Karachi today after a protracted illness. He was 89.

Born in Hyderabad Dakkan in British India, Badar Rizwan started his career from Hyderabad Dakkan and also worked for All India Radio.

Badar Rizwan produced several documentaries including the award winning documentary on Shahrah-e-Raisham.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Punjab govt announces for Mastung tragedy victims

Caretaker Punjab government has announced financial assistance of ten million rupees for victims of Mastung tragedy.

In a statement from Lahore, Caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Dr. Hassan Askari said this amount will help out our Baloch brothers.

Source: Radio Pakistan

UNSC united on denuclearization of N. Korea: US

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that the U.N. Security Council is united in seeking a final, verified denuclearization of North Korea.

Speaking to reporters after briefing the 15-member Council, Pompeo said that President Donald Trump remains upbeat about the prospects for denuclearization.

He said full enforcement of economic sanctions is key for North Korean denuclearization.

Source: Radio Pakistan

PAKISTAN’S EX-PM CHALLENGES 10-YEAR JAIL TERM – REPORTS

Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who was given a 10-year jail term this month in a corruption case, has challenged his conviction and sought suspension of the guilty verdict, local reports said on Monday.

An anti-graft court had also handed down seven years in prison to Sharif’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz on the charges related to four luxury flats in London, reported Xinhua news agency.

They returned to Pakistan from London on Friday.

Both are currently in Adiyala prison in Rawalpindi city near the capital Islamabad where they will face trial in two other corruption cases.

Sharif was accused of having wealth beyond his income. However, the charges were denied by the three-term prime minister as politically-motivated.

He was also sentenced to one year in prison for “not cooperating” with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Pakistan’s anti-graft body. His son-in-law was also convicted for abetment and sentenced to one year’s jail.

Sharif’s lawyers filed the petition in the Islamabad High Court, which sought his acquittal and dropping all charges framed against him.

The court had imposed a penalty of eight million pounds on Sharif and a two million pound fine on Maryam.

A team of four senior lawyers filed the petition to set aside the judgment, conviction and sentence on July 6, 2018.

The Islamabad High Court has yet to accept the petition. A date for hearing will be announced after the appeal is accepted.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK