USA

USA

India

INDIA

BANGLADESH

BANGLADESH

Nepal

NEPAL

FIJI

FIJI

Pakistan

PAKISTAN

Sada-E-Watan

Pervez Saleem (Producer/Director)

Fawad continues PTI efforts to mend fences with US

Courtesy:Dawn News

ISLAMABAD: Weeks after his party chief announced his desire to mend relations with the US — despite previously accusing it of treating Pakistan as a slave and claiming it conspired to remove him as prime minister — Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Vice President Fawad Chaudhry met US Ambassador Donald Blome at the US embassy in the federal capital on Tuesday.

“It was a routine meeting; nothing special about it,” Mr Chaudhry said when asked by Dawn to confirm the meeting. However, he chose not to respond when asked whether anyone else had accompanied him during the interaction.

According to media reports, Mr Chaudhry’s meeting with Mr Blome lasted for almost an hour and this was reportedly his second meeting with the US diplomat this month.

A few months ago, PTI chief Imran Khan had accused the US of engineering his ouster on the basis of a diplomatic cipher sent by a Pakistani diplomat based in Washington. He is also on the record as asking why legislators from the then-opposition parties had allegedly met US diplomats on different occasions, describing these meetings as ‘unethical’ and ‘unnecessary’.

Asad, Shireen criticise departing army chief, seek total reset in civil-military ties

Mr Khan’s insinuations were greeted with disdain in official circles at the time, as it has been fairly common practice for foreign diplomats to meet politicians from both government and opposition camps. Given their nature, the details of such meetings are rarely shared with the media.

Fractured trust

Meanwhile, PTI Central Secretary-General Asad Umar urged new Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Asim Munir to restore the fractured trust between the army and the nation, which he said had been badly hurt by decisions taken during the last eight months.

In a statement, he criticised the now-retired Gen Bajwa for leaving behind a legacy of political turmoil, a shattered economy and, worst of all, fracturing of the relationship of trust between the army and citizens with his decisions. Mr Umar said Gen Munir’s first priority should be to restore the relationship of respect and love between the nation and the military leadership.

Asad Umar@Asad_Umar
Gen Bajwa leaves behind a legacy of political turmoil, a shattered economy and worst of all a fracturing of the relationship of trust between the army and citizens, with his decisions.
He said the relationship could not be one-sided, nor could it be maintained through the use of force and coercion. Mr Umar also hastened to add that though relations between the nation and the army may have been hurt, the people were still proud of the soldiers who defended their country.
Asad Umar@Asad_Umar
جنرل عاصم منیر کی اولین ترجیح قوم اور فوجی قیادت کے درمیان احترام و محبت کا رشتہ بحال کرنا ہے. نا یہ رشتہ یک طرفہ ہو سکتا ہے اور نہ ہی طاقت اور جبر سے حاصل ہو سکتا ہے. 8 ماہ کے فیصلوں نے اس رشتے کو بری طرح ٹھیس پہنچائی ہے. ملک کا دفاع کرنے والے فوجی پر قوم اج بھی ناز کرتی ہے
PTI’s Senior Vice President Dr Shireen Mazari stressed that the state cannot continue with “business as usual” and that civil-military relations needed a total reset in sync with the Constitution.

In a statement, she said the new leadership at GHQ needed to undertake massive damage control post the departure of Gen Bajwa.

“This will not begin by abductions, assassination plots and protection of suspects by preventing FIRs, custodial torture, blackmailing videos and seeing every critical tweet by an individual as an instigation to mutiny,” she added.

Shireen Mazari@ShireenMazari1
There is massive damage control that the new GHQ set up will have to undertake post departure of Gen Bajwa. This does not begin by abductions, assassination plots & protection of suspects by preventing FIRs, custodial torture, blackmailing videos & seeing every critical tweet by an individual as an instigation to mutiny. An immed end to Enforced Disappearances needed & info given to families of the Missing as to the fate of their loved ones. State can’t continue with “business as usual” & civil-mly relations need a total reset in sync with r Constitution.

Ms Mazari urged an immediate end to enforced disappearances and asked that information regarding the fate of their loved ones be given to the families of the missing. She also asked the military leadership how many of them have stuck to the oath that they take, asking whether anyone has ever held violators accountable for defying their oath.

“Mir Jafars are a reality of our history! But those who ask questions can be abducted, tortured or worse, simply for asking! Let’s hope it will truly be [the] end,” she added.

Talking about the Azam Swati case, Ms Mazari claimed that 21 FIRs have been lodged in Sindh and Balochistan against Mr Swati as the Supreme Court remains “blind” to this mockery of its own judgement.

“The petulance of those doing this is dangerous because this vendetta against Senator Swati can lead to his murder,” she added.

Shireen Mazari@ShireenMazari1
21 FIRs ag Azam Swati in Sindh & Balochistan, & SC remains blind to this mockery of its own judgement! The petulance of those doing this is dangerous bec this vendetta against Senator Swati can lead to his murder. No wonder with 1 man’s departure so many feel.
Courtesy:Dawn News ISLAMABAD: Weeks after his party chief announced his desire to mend relations with the US — despite previously accusing it of treating Pakistan as a slave and claiming it conspired to remove him as prime minister — Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Vice President Fawad Chaudhry met US Ambassador Donald Blome at the US embassy in the federal capital on Tuesday. “It was a routine meeting; nothing special about it,” Mr Chaudhry said when asked by Dawn to confirm the meeting. However, he chose not to respond when asked whether anyone else had accompanied him during the interaction. According to media reports, Mr Chaudhry’s meeting with Mr Blome lasted for almost an hour and this was reportedly his second meeting with the US diplomat this month. A few
Policeman among two dead in suicide blast in Quetta’s Baleli area: police

Courtesy: Dawn News

Two individuals, including a police officer and a civilian, died in a suicide attack near a Balochistan Constabulary truck in Quetta’s Baleli area on Wednesday, police said.

At least 24 other people sustained injuries in the attack, including 20 policemen and four civilians, according to Quetta Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) Ghulam Azfar Mahesar.

“The explosion took place near the police truck […] due to the impact [of the blast], the vehicle — which was on its way to provide security to police workers — toppled and fell into a ditch,” the official said while speaking to media at the blast site.

He said that a total of three vehicles were hit in the blast — the police truck, a Suzuki Mehran and a Toyota Corolla. “Looking at the crime scene and given that the truck toppled, it is estimated that 25 kilograms of explosives were used [in the blast].”

Mahesar added that the wounded have been moved to the Civil Hospital Quetta.

Earlier, Quetta Senior Superintendent of Police (Operations) Abdul Haq Umrani told Dawn.com that the blast site has been cordoned off and an investigation has begun.

Meanwhile, Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo, in a statement, condemned the attack and instructed authorities to provide the injured persons best treatment facilities.

He also promised that such “cowardly acts” would not dampen Balochistan’s determination to establish peace. “All the elements involved in the incident and will be brought under the grip of the law,” Bizenjo added.


This is a developing story that is being updated as the situation evolves. Initial reports in the media can sometimes be inaccurate. We will strive to ensure timeliness and accuracy by relying on credible sources such as concerned, qualified authorities and our staff reporters.6,500

Courtesy: Dawn News Two individuals, including a police officer and a civilian, died in a suicide attack near a Balochistan Constabulary truck in Quetta’s Baleli area on Wednesday, police said. At least 24 other people sustained injuries in the attack, including 20 policemen and four civilians, according to Quetta Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) Ghulam Azfar Mahesar. “The explosion took place near the police truck […] due to the impact [of the blast], the vehicle — which was on its way to provide security to police workers — toppled and fell into a ditch,” the official said while speaking to media at the blast site. He said that a total of three vehicles were hit in the blast — the police truck, a
Pulisic sinks Iran as US advance in World Cup duel

Courtesy: Geo News/AFP

DOHA: Christian Pulisic fired the United States into the last 16 of the World Cup on Tuesday as the Americans downed Iran 1-0 in their politically charged grudge match.

Chelsea star Pulisic bundled home the do-or-die Group B game’s only goal on 38 minutes to set up a second round clash with Group A winners the Netherlands on Saturday.

“The first half we showed what we can do, soccer wise, the second half we showed what we could do determination wise,” US coach Gregg Berhalter said after the win.

“The guys grinded, gave every single ounce and we are undefeated going into the next round.”

Pulisic left the field at half-time after sustaining a heavy knock while scoring his match-winning goal.

“I can’t say enough positive things about Christian,” Berhalter said. “With this new injury it’s stressful. I think I have less hair on my head now. But we’ll take it and move on and go battle against Holland.”

The victory was no less than Berhalter’s youthful side deserved in what was only the third international football clash between the bitter ideological rivals.

The build-up to a pulsating showdown had been marked by steadily escalating tension, with Iran’s Football Federation on Sunday demanding FIFA sanction US Soccer for posting a modified version of their country’s flag on social media.

But despite an electrifying atmosphere at Doha’s Al Thumama Stadium, the game played out without controversy as the US avenged their 1998 World Cup defeat to Iran to send the Asian qualifiers crashing out of the tournament.

Iran’s fans had roared their team onto the field at the start of the game amid a deafening cacophony of air-horns and cheers from the crowd of 42,127.

But despite the intimidating reception it was the Americans who looked more comfortable.

US captain Tyler Adams and Juventus’ Weston McKennie controlled proceedings in midfield to leave Iran struggling to gain foothold.

Attacking ambition

The US signalled their attacking ambition after only two minutes, Pulisic surging forward menacingly before being dispossessed.

That was a shape of things to come as they laid siege to the Iranian goal.

Valencia midfielder Yunus Musah shot over the bar and Pulisic just failed to get enough power on a header after a cross from Antonee Robinson.

Fullback Sergino Dest was a constant threat down the right flank for the Americans, whipping a cross over in the 17th minute that Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand could only parry.

After sustained US pressure, the breakthrough finally came in the 38th minute.

A brilliant crossfield pass from McKennie picked out Dest down the right.

The AC Milan defender headed back across goal and Pulisic was on hand to bravely finish.

There was alarm for US fans with Pulisic needing sustained treatment after a heavy collision with Beiranvand but it was the Iranians and their noisy fans who were left winded by the goal.

The crowd instantly became more subdued and the US twice came close to doubling their lead before half-time.

Josh Sargent and Tim Weah combined well with a dazzling counter-attack but the final ball went astray.

Then in injury time McKennie’s sublime pass found Weah who finished brilliantly past Beiranvand only to be ruled just offside.

Knowing that an equaliser would send them into the second round, the Iranians stepped up the pressure in the second half.

But substitute Saman Ghoddos squandered two gilt-edged chances to get his team into the match, heading over from close range before blazing a shot over the bar on the 65th minute with the whole goal to aim at.

Saeid Ezatolahi curled a long-range shot over the bar soon afterwards as the Americans continued to live dangerously.

Iran threatened again inside the final 10 minutes when Ali Karimi just failed to get on the end of a teasing cross by Ezatolahi.

A diving header from Morteza Pouraliganji whistled just wide in injury time and then Mehdi Taremi had calls for a penalty after a tangle with Cameron Carter Vickers waved away as to leave American nerves jangling before their team hung on for a famous win.

Courtesy: Geo News/AFP DOHA: Christian Pulisic fired the United States into the last 16 of the World Cup on Tuesday as the Americans downed Iran 1-0 in their politically charged grudge match. Chelsea star Pulisic bundled home the do-or-die Group B game’s only goal on 38 minutes to set up a second round clash with Group A winners the Netherlands on Saturday. “The first half we showed what we can do, soccer wise, the second half we showed what we could do determination wise,” US coach Gregg Berhalter said after the win. “The guys grinded, gave every single ounce and we are undefeated going into the next round.” Pulisic left the field at half-time after sustaining a heavy knock while scoring his match-winning goal.
Iran Guards general says over 300 dead in Mahsa Amini unrest

Courtesy: Dawn News/AFP

Iran has for the first time reported that over 300 people have died in over two months of protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini in morality police custody.

The Islamic republic has deployed state security forces against what it labels “riots” that broke out after the 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian died on September 16, three days after her arrest for allegedly breaching Iran’s dress code for women.

“Everyone in the country has been affected by the death of this lady,” said Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in a video published by the Mehr news agency.

“I don’t have the latest figures, but I think we have had perhaps more than 300 martyrs and people killed,” among them some of “the best sons of the country”, said Hajizadeh, head of the Guard’s aerospace division.

The Iranian toll includes those who have taken to the streets as well as dozens of police, troops, and IRGC militia who have died in clashes with demonstrators or who were killed elsewhere.

The latest official death toll is much closer to the figure of at least 416 people “killed in the suppression of protests in Iran” published by the Oslo-based non-government group Iran Human Rights.

The group says its toll includes those killed in violence related to the Amini protests and in distinct unrest in the southeastern province of Sistan-Balochistan, which borders Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Thousands of Iranians and around 40 foreigners have been arrested and more than 2,000 people have been charged, according to judicial authorities.

Among these, six have been sentenced to death, with their appeals set to be heard by the Supreme Court.

One more man, identified as Majid Rahnavard, went on trial on Tuesday accused of stabbing to death two paramilitary officers in the northeastern city of Mashhad on November 17, Mizan Online reported.

He faces the death penalty if found guilty of killing the militia members who, Iranian media reported, had tried to intervene against “rioters threatening businesses to force them to close”.

Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979 that overthrew the monarchy, Iranian law has required all women to wear modest dress and a hijab head covering that conceals their hair, rules enforced by morality police squads that patrol public places.

Over the past two decades, however, many women, especially in Tehran and other major cities, have shown more of their hair, before the rules were tightened again — a flashpoint issue in the protests.

Iran has blamed its enemies for the civil unrest, pointing at the United States, other Western powers, and Israel, as well as exiled Kurdish-Iranian opposition groups based in northern Iraq whom it has hit with repeated missile and drone strikes.

Amid the heightened tensions, Iran’s national football team will play the US side at the World Cup in Qatar from 1900 GMT on Tuesday — a match was seen as highly political between two countries that have had no diplomatic relations since 1980.

Iran’s judicial authorities on Tuesday announced the release of more than 1,100 detainees in 20 provinces, including protesters, following Iran’s World Cup win Friday against Wales, the Mizan Online news agency reported.

Courtesy: Dawn News/AFP Iran has for the first time reported that over 300 people have died in over two months of protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini in morality police custody. The Islamic republic has deployed state security forces against what it labels “riots” that broke out after the 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian died on September 16, three days after her arrest for allegedly breaching Iran’s dress code for women. “Everyone in the country has been affected by the death of this lady,” said Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in a video published by the Mehr news agency. “I don’t have the latest figures, but I think we have had perhaps more than 300 martyrs and people killed,” among them some of
Woman, 3 daughters slaughtered in Karachi’s Shamsi Society: police

Courtesy: Dawn News

A woman and her three daughters were killed — allegedly by her husband — in Karachi’s Shamsi Society on Tuesday, police said.

Korangi Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Abraiz Ali Abbasi told Dawn.com that at 3pm, suspect Fawad, 42, “slaughtered” his wife and children in their house and then attempted suicide.

“The suspect was immediately taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where he is in critical condition,” he said.

According to the officer, the crime took place in the upper portion of the building — the doors of which were locked.

“Upon hearing screams, the mother- and sister-in-law of the accused broke into the portion and found the man in critical condition and others dead,” he said.

SSP Abbasi said that police’s forensic team sealed the crime scene to collect evidence, while the dead bodies were sent for a post-mortem examination.

He added that the murder weapon was recovered while further investigation was underway.

Separately, in a brief interrogation with the suspect’s sister-in-law, the police found that there had been some friction between the couple over a host of problems but ruled out any “serious issues”.

Al-Falah Station House Officer (SHO) Badar Shakeel said that among the deceased was the 40-year-old mother and her three daughters aged 16, 12 and 10.

He added that the suspect was a salesman at a private company in the city.

The first information report (FIR) of the crime is yet to be registered.

Meanwhile, autopsy of the deceased carried out by police surgeon Dr Summaiya Syed revealed that the deaths occurred due to “irreversible hemorrhagic shock leading to cardiorespiratory failures caused by cut-throat”.

She ruled out intoxication and sexual assault, stating that samples had been collected for toxicology screening, semen serology, and DNA.

Syed further opined that it appeared that the wife put up resistance as there were ‘deep defense wounds’ on her both hands. “There were no signs that the teenager daughters have put up any resistance.”

The police surgeon added that the suspect had received life-threatening wounds and his chances of survival were low.

Later in the day, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, Governor Kamran Tessori, and Karachi Administrator Murtaza Wahab took notice of the incident and sought a detailed report from the police.

They also expressed condolences over the deaths.

Courtesy: Dawn News A woman and her three daughters were killed — allegedly by her husband — in Karachi’s Shamsi Society on Tuesday, police said. Korangi Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Abraiz Ali Abbasi told Dawn.com that at 3pm, suspect Fawad, 42, “slaughtered” his wife and children in their house and then attempted suicide. “The suspect was immediately taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where he is in critical condition,” he said. According to the officer, the crime took place in the upper portion of the building — the doors of which were locked. “Upon hearing screams, the mother- and sister-in-law of the accused broke into the portion and found the man in critical condition and others dead,” he said. SSP Abbasi said that police’s
Malala joins campaign group Action for Afghanistan to march for freedom of Afghan women and girls

Courtesy: Dawn News

In a world that seeks to suppress women, Malala refuses to back down and now she is working hard to make sure no woman has to cut her wings to survive. The Nobel laureate and activist joined a march to fight for the freedom of Afghan women.

On Sunday, she shared photos from the march and wrote, “We must stand against the Taliban’s oppression — and against any government or leader who refuses to step up and confront gender persecution while women and girls fight alone. Today I joined Action for Afghanistan in London to march for Afghan women and girls — and to call on the UK and other powerful countries to do more to help them.”

According to The Guardian, thousands of people were expected to take to London’s streets on Sunday calling on the UK government to create a safe asylum route for Afghan women and girls at risk.

The key asks of the march organised by campaign group Action for Afghanistan are listed on their website. They include a global summit for Afghan women, UK negotiations with the Taliban centring the fundamental human rights of Afghan women and asylum and resettlement route for Afghan women at risk.

The march for freedom for Afghan women and girls in London followed members of Parliament (MPs) appealing to foreign secretary, James Cleverly, for a renewed focus on women and girls at risk after Britain’s 20-year campaign in the country.

“The Afghan relocations and assistance policy scheme simply isn’t working, and there isn’t a dedicated route for women and girls,” said the Liberal Democrat MP Wendy Chamberlain. “That programme has been lost in the narrative around Ukraine, but also lost in the narrative around small boats.

“We have gotten to the stage where the Afghanistan situation is in the too-difficult basket and those who worked with and supported the UK and other troops over the last two decades have been left behind.”

Courtesy: Dawn News In a world that seeks to suppress women, Malala refuses to back down and now she is working hard to make sure no woman has to cut her wings to survive. The Nobel laureate and activist joined a march to fight for the freedom of Afghan women. On Sunday, she shared photos from the march and wrote, “We must stand against the Taliban’s oppression — and against any government or leader who refuses to step up and confront gender persecution while women and girls fight alone. Today I joined Action for Afghanistan in London to march for Afghan women and girls — and to call on the UK and other powerful countries to do more to help them.” According to The Guardian, thousands
Pak vs Eng: Ben Stokes to donate match fee for entire Test series to flood victims

Courtesy: Dawn News

England Test captain Ben Stokes announced on Monday that he will donate his entire match fee for the upcoming series against Pakistan to the victims of flood and rebuilding the affected areas.

Earlier this year, rain-induced floods had inflicted an estimated loss of $3 billion on the country, caused over 1,700 deaths and displaced eight million people.

Stokes, in a tweet on Monday, announced to donate his match fees for the floods cause, adding that the game had given him a lot in his life and he feels its only right to give something back that goes far beyond cricket.

Ben Stokes@benstokes38
I’m donating my match fees from this Test series to the Pakistan Flood appeal.
Image

“Hopefully this donation can go towards the rebuilding of areas of Pakistan most affected by the flooding,” Stokes said. “It was sad to see how floods had devastated Pakistan earlier this year that had significant impact on the country and the people.”

Commenting on the upcoming matches against Pakistan, he said it was great to be in the country for the first time to play the historic series.

“To be back here after 17 years as a Test side is very exciting,” Stokes said. “There is a sense of responsibility amongst the playing and support group and to be here is special.”

In August, the Pakistan cricket team donated win bonuses worth Rs4,625,000 ($54,400) to the floods relief effort in the country.

The Pakistan Cricket Board had said in a statement that all players and officials had agreed to pledge half of their personal bonuses from the victory over England in the third Test last week.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif appreciated Stokes’ gesture of donating his fees.

The premier, in a tweet, said that the cricketer’s gesture “epitomises the great British tradition of philanthropy” and that the “empathy for suffering humanity is the greatest of all virtues.”

Shehbaz Sharif@CMShehbaz
We appreciate the kind gesture of England Captain Ben Stokes donating his fees of entire Test series for flood victims of Pakistan. Empathy for suffering humanity is the greatest of all virtues. His gesture epitomises the great British tradition of philanthropy.
Courtesy: Dawn News England Test captain Ben Stokes announced on Monday that he will donate his entire match fee for the upcoming series against Pakistan to the victims of flood and rebuilding the affected areas. Earlier this year, rain-induced floods had inflicted an estimated loss of $3 billion on the country, caused over 1,700 deaths and displaced eight million people. Stokes, in a tweet on Monday, announced to donate his match fees for the floods cause, adding that the game had given him a lot in his life and he feels its only right to give something back that goes far beyond cricket. Ben Stokes@benstokes38 I’m donating my match fees from this Test series to the Pakistan Flood appeal. “Hopefully this donation can go towards the rebuilding of
NAB calls Malik Riaz over £190m settlement

Courtesy: Dawn News

ISLAMABAD: In an apparent attempt to tighten the noose around real estate tycoon Malik Riaz and close aides to PTI Chairman Imran Khan, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has asked Mr Riaz and other beneficiaries to appear before it on Dec 1 in a case related to a 190 million pound (Rs50 billion) settlement.

According to a NAB letter, Bahria Town owner Malik Riaz was asked to appear before a combined investigation team of the anti-corruption watchdog at 11am on Dec 1 at the bureau’s Rawalpindi headquarters.

“Call-up notice to the persons acquainted with facts of the case under section 19 of the National Accountability Ordinance-1999, inquiry against holders of public office and others qua misuse of authority, financial gains and criminal breach of trust in recovery of crime proceeds received from the UK and illegal sealing of its record,” the notice said.

It said the inquiry into allegations of misuse of authority, financial gains and criminal breach of trust had revealed that Ali Riaz Malik and others entered into an out-of-court settlement agreement with Britain’s National Crime Agency for repatriation of funds to the government of Pakistan.

Rana Sana had accused Imran, wife of receiving big chunks of land from Bahria Town owners

“Moreover, M/s Bahria Town donated land measuring 458 acres, four marlas and 58 square feet, situated at Mauza Barkala, Tehsil Sohawa, District Jhelum, for Al Qadir Trust University. Therefore, you are in possession of information /evidence whatsoever, which relates to the commission of the said offence(s),” the notice added.

Malik Riaz has been asked to come up with complete record regarding purchase of 458 kanals at Tehsil Sohawa, the agreement through which Bahria Town donated land to Al Qadir Trust along with revenue documents, and details of other property transferred by him, or by any of his relatives, in favour of Al Qadir Trust or any of its trustees.

According to unconfirmed reports, Imran Khan’s wife is one of the trustees of the trust. “You are advised that failing to comply with this notice may entail penal consequences under NAO 1999,” the real estate tycoon was warned.

In June this year, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah had unveiled a confidential agreement entered between the NCA and members of Malik Riaz’s family (“the counter parties”).

He had accused Imran Khan and his wife of accepting Rs5bn and hundreds of kanals of land from Bahria Town for protecting the real estate firm in a money laundering case.

In December 2019, the NCA had accepted a settlement offer of £190 million, which included a UK property — 1 Hyde Park Place, London, W2 2LH. It was valued at approximately £50 million and all of the funds landed in the frozen accounts of Malik Riaz.

The NCA has been granted freezing orders on eight bank accounts containing a total of more than £100 million, which is suspected to have been derived from bribery and corruption overseas. Approximately, £20m held by a related individual was frozen following a hearing in December 2018.

In March that year, a three-judge Supreme Court bench, headed by Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, had accepted a Rs460bn offer by Bahria Town to implement the court’s judgement which held that grant of land to the Malir Development Authority by the Sindh government, its exchange with the developer’s private land and anything done under the provisions of the Colonisation of Government Land Act of 1912 by the provincial government were illegal and of no legal existence.

Later, former prime minister Imran Khan and his wife were accused of accepting billions in cash and hundreds of kanals of land from Bahria Town in return for the help that Khan’s government gave to Malik Riaz during the NCA investigation against him.

Interior Minister Sanaullah had claimed that Imran’s aide Shehzad Akbar had “settled” the entire case, while the Rs50bn, which belonged to the national exchequer, was adjusted against Bahria Town’s liability.

He alleged that Imran Khan had received a bribe of Rs5bn as “his share” through Shehzad Akbar before the case was wrapped up.

He further said that Bahria Town, after its Rs50 billion was protected by the then PTI government, had allotted 458 kanals of land with an on-paper value of Rs530 million to a trust owned by Imran and his wife.

He further said another 240 kanals were transferred to Farah Shehzadi, commonly known as Farah and believed to be a close friend of Mr Khan’s wife Bushra Bibi.

It is these 458 kanals that have now come under the scrutiny of the accountability bureau.

In the Nov 24 call-up notice served on Malik Riaz, he has been asked to record his statement regarding purchase of 458 kanals of land at Mauza Barkala, Tehsil Sohawa, Jhelum district.

The NAB had earlier sent notices to 21 members of former premier Imran Khan’s cabinet. Prominent among them are: Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Murad Saeed, Pervez Khattak, Shafqat Mahmood, Shireen Mazari, Ali Haider Zaidi and Hammad Azhar.

Courtesy: Dawn News ISLAMABAD: In an apparent attempt to tighten the noose around real estate tycoon Malik Riaz and close aides to PTI Chairman Imran Khan, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has asked Mr Riaz and other beneficiaries to appear before it on Dec 1 in a case related to a 190 million pound (Rs50 billion) settlement. According to a NAB letter, Bahria Town owner Malik Riaz was asked to appear before a combined investigation team of the anti-corruption watchdog at 11am on Dec 1 at the bureau’s Rawalpindi headquarters. “Call-up notice to the persons acquainted with facts of the case under section 19 of the National Accountability Ordinance-1999, inquiry against holders of public office and others qua misuse of authority, financial gains and criminal

Disclaimer:
Sada-E-Watan provides news and opinion articles as a service to our readers. These articles and news items come from sources outside of our organization. Where possible, the author and the source are documented within each article. Statements and opinions expressed in these articles are solely those of the author (reporter/newspaper) or authors (reporters/newspapers) and may or may not be shared by the staff and management of Sada-E-Watan. Sada-E-Watan was created to provide one convenient central location where a user can quickly scan headlines from many news sources. The headlines listed on Sada-E-Watan pages are links to stories on the sites where these stories are located. The goal of Sada-E-Watan is to help readers access stories on web sites that they would normally not have time to view on a regular basis and to add value to the news source sites by mentioning their name on top, so readers can view these sites..

The Sada-E-Watan takes no responsibility for any loss or damage suffered as a result of using the linked websites or as a result of using the information published on any of the pages of the linked websites.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure downloadable content is free from viruses, Sada-E-Watan cannot accept any liability for damages resulting from virus infection. You should take adequate steps to ensure your virus check regularly when using any device.

If you have any questions or comments about Sada-E-Watan, please contact us at: radio@sada-e-watan.com