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Imran instructs govt spokesmen to ‘expose’ Sharifs’ conspiracy

ISLAMABAD: Responding to new Pandora Box in regards to new allegations against former CJP Saqib Nisar, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said the PML-N had a history of influencing the judiciary politically and now they would be trapped by themselves in a new conspiracy launched through former chief justice Rana Shamim against the judiciary.

“This party has attacked state institutions in the past,” remarked the PM while speaking at meetings of senior party leadership including legal experts at the PM Office here on Monday. The legal experts briefed the Prime Minister about the whole episode involving former Chief Judge of GB and former Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar.

Legal experts Barrister Ali Zafar and Shahzad Akbar briefed the meetings about legal aspects of the disclosure of the former chief judge of GB and made it clear that an attempt has been made to free Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz but they would not be exonerated through such cases.

“The purpose of the affidavit submitted by Rana Shamim is to make the cases against Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz controversial,” Shahzad Akbar was quoted as saying by a source.

However, Senator Ali Zafar was of the view that this affidavit by the former chief judge was an attempt to influence the court, therefore, it is contempt of court.

Barrister Zafar Ali said that the PML-N must be held accountable for the contempt of court for affecting the judicial proceedings. “Political mafia could go to any extent to get escaped from cases, however, the matter is with the Judiciary which would look into this,” Prime Minister Imran Khan was quoted as saying in the meeting by the source.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan discussing various projects with Chinese business delegation at PM House.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday expressed Pakistan’s desire to strengthen bilateral ties with Qatar in diverse fields. The prime minister stated this as Ambassador of Qatar to Pakistan Sheikh Saoud Abdulrahman called on him, the PM Office said.

The ambassador conveyed greetings of the leadership of Qatar to the prime minister, which was reciprocated by him.

Prime Minister Imran Khan Monday directed the ruling party’s spokespersons to highlight the past of PML-N and tell the people how Sharif family had divided the superior courts judges and ‘attacked’ the supreme court to save Nawaz Sharif from imminent disqualification in year 1999.

PTI sources told that the directives come following successive allegations by the PML-N against former CJP Saqib Nisar who had fully denied the allegations.

The prime minister said that the Sharif family are a mafia which pressurises judges to take decisions in their favour but they will not be allowed to use such tactics anymore.

He said that the government respects the institutions and will stand by them.

Expressing his resolve to hold the next general elections via electronic voting machines (EVMs), the prime minister directed the party spokespersons to take the nation into confidence over the matter, the sources said.

“We will hold the next elections via voting machines […] the hindrances in the way of overseas Pakistanis’ voting should be removed,” the prime minister said.

PM Imran Khan directed government officials to resolve the issues pertaining to overseas Pakistanis’ National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) and passports. “The government will fulfil its promise made to overseas Pakistanis,” he said.

China welcomes Imran Khan’s positive remarks

China on Tuesday welcomed Prime Minister Imran Khan positive remarks on the Chinese businesses in Pakistan and said it would continue to support Chinese companies to make investment in Pakistan so that they could make their due contribution to the bilateral cooperation.

“We noted the positive remarks by Prime Minister Imran Khan and we appreciate the Pakistani side efforts to support Chinese companies’ development in Pakistan and value the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) construction, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Zhao Lijian said during his regular briefing held here.

In a meeting with a Chinese business delegation led by Chen Yan from Challenge Fashion (Pvt) Ltd. in Islamabad on November 20, the prime minister directed the authorities concerned to facilitate all Chinese investors who were setting up industries in Pakistan on emergency basis by resolving their issues related to road connectivity and the provision of utilities.

“We will support Chinese businesses in Pakistan on the priority basis, and are grateful to them for their keen interest in accelerating their investment in Special Economic Zones,” the prime minister added.

The spokesperson said that the CPEC was a pilot project under Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and since its inception it had vigorously promoted economic development and improvement in livelihood in Pakistan, adding, It has generated positive economic and social effects.

He said that the Chinese side would like to work with Pakistan to implement the consensus of the leadership of the two countries and focus on the cooperation in industries, agricultural, science and technology, social sectors and livelihood.

“Together, we will make sure that CPEC can promote growth and bring benefits to the two peoples and to the local people,” he added. Zhao Lijian remarked that the Chinese side would make CPEC a high-quality demonstration project of the BRI.

It may be mentioned here that OPPO, one of the leading tech manufacturers in the world, will be setting up a local mobile phone manufacturing unit and a research and development center in Pakistan.