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    PML-N senior leader Khawaja Asif arrested by NAB in Islamabad

    PML-N senior leader Khawaja Asif has been arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in Islamabad, a spokesperson for the bureau, Nawazish Ali, confirmed on Tuesday.

    "NAB Lahore has arrested Khawaja Muhammad Asif in assets beyond known sources of income case," Ali told DawnNewsTV.

    According to the bureau's spokesperson, the PML-N leader had earlier been summoned for an inquiry but he failed to provide the required evidence.

    The spokesperson said Asif held an iqama (work permit) from 2004 to 2008, adding that he earned a total of Rs136 million for his services as a consultant legal adviser.

    Earlier this year, NAB and the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) had initiated action against the close confidant of former premier Nawaz Sharif on the allegation of illegally establishing a housing project in his hometown Sialkot.

    According to NAB, evidence shows Asif established the Kent Housing Society, which has been operating illegally.

    In November, NAB had sought records from him regarding sources and local amount of funds invested in the project by him, his family members (wife and son) and other partners/close relatives.

    NAB says the former foreign minister had in collusion with the management of the society illegally occupied various pieces of land owned by individuals who never sold their land to the society.

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    NAB trying to fool the PK public again. When are these cases come to court. The Saad Rafique case has been going on for years, why?

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    @Bewal Express @WhenSultansBowled @Hasan

    I was watching Klasra's Vlog and he gave a very interesting story. He said a while back, before SS got arrested and jailed, Bajwa and all the politicians barring Imran Khan met in the mess hall at ISI HQ. Shehbaz, Bilawal, Khawaja Asif and other senior PPP and PMLN leaders were all there. Bilawal told Bajwa that we are not happy with army meddling and so on and Bajwa listened quietly but when the politicians started saying look what happened in 1971 then Bajwa got angry and told them we never come to you. Its you who always beg us and phone us to rescue you, its you who call us for secret meetings. He then addressed Shehbaz and said you were the one who used to threaten Zardari that you'd drag him in the streets so when PTI picks up on these lies and destroys your credibility why do you come to us and instead you should be careful making threats to each other. He also addressed Khawaja Asif and told him in 2013 when he was losing to PTI's candidate he was the one who called the army to save him. He also said that look at PTI and Imran Khan's speeches where he'd say I'd do this and that and look at him now when he's not done anything. In the end Bajwa said if you do want our help there needs to be a national dialogue.

    This meeting was supposed to be secret but recently Khawaja has referenced this meeting a lot on talk shows especially the last bit about Imran Khan and admitted that such a meeting took place. Apparently Imran Khan's top two targets were Asif and Fazl. Fazl is nearing arrest but Asif has wriggled away but after Imran Khan heard of this meeting he apparently got enraged at:

    -establishment having secret dialogues with the opposition
    -Bajwa's dig about Imran Khan's past speeches
    -and especially hearing that army saved Asif's seat in 2013

    After this meeting we remember the interview where IK said anyone who orders him to step down instead will have to give his resignation. And anyone who gives NRO will be a traitor and will commit treason. These statements were both aimed at the establishment. Klasra said the arrest of Asif also got expediated as a message to the establishment.

    So when this s.cum opposition gives digs at PTI for being selected, we all know who's really begging for the army's interference every time. Some proponents of democracy these rats are. Klasra btw bashes Imran Khan non stop everyday so even for him to reveal all this shows how un-credible the opposition is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakpak View Post
    @Bewal Express @WhenSultansBowled @Hasan

    I was watching Klasra's Vlog and he gave a very interesting story. He said a while back, before SS got arrested and jailed, Bajwa and all the politicians barring Imran Khan met in the mess hall at ISI HQ. Shehbaz, Bilawal, Khawaja Asif and other senior PPP and PMLN leaders were all there. Bilawal told Bajwa that we are not happy with army meddling and so on and Bajwa listened quietly but when the politicians started saying look what happened in 1971 then Bajwa got angry and told them we never come to you. Its you who always beg us and phone us to rescue you, its you who call us for secret meetings. He then addressed Shehbaz and said you were the one who used to threaten Zardari that you'd drag him in the streets so when PTI picks up on these lies and destroys your credibility why do you come to us and instead you should be careful making threats to each other. He also addressed Khawaja Asif and told him in 2013 when he was losing to PTI's candidate he was the one who called the army to save him. He also said that look at PTI and Imran Khan's speeches where he'd say I'd do this and that and look at him now when he's not done anything. In the end Bajwa said if you do want our help there needs to be a national dialogue.

    This meeting was supposed to be secret but recently Khawaja has referenced this meeting a lot on talk shows especially the last bit about Imran Khan and admitted that such a meeting took place. Apparently Imran Khan's top two targets were Asif and Fazl. Fazl is nearing arrest but Asif has wriggled away but after Imran Khan heard of this meeting he apparently got enraged at:

    -establishment having secret dialogues with the opposition
    -Bajwa's dig about Imran Khan's past speeches
    -and especially hearing that army saved Asif's seat in 2013

    After this meeting we remember the interview where IK said anyone who orders him to step down instead will have to give his resignation. And anyone who gives NRO will be a traitor and will commit treason. These statements were both aimed at the establishment. Klasra said the arrest of Asif also got expediated as a message to the establishment.

    So when this s.cum opposition gives digs at PTI for being selected, we all know who's really begging for the army's interference every time. Some proponents of democracy these rats are. Klasra btw bashes Imran Khan non stop everyday so even for him to reveal all this shows how un-credible the opposition is.
    As I said the other day, Kaptaan is not listening to any Muk Muka crap from anyone. The army will lose credibility if it makes up with people looking to cause insurrection and are in cahoots with our enemies. The Kaptaan must move quickly after the Senate elections and use the power to start to bring the mafia under control. If he doesn't he too will be history.

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    Khan can either make history or will become history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Horse View Post
    Khan can either make history or will become history.
    If he destroys the dynasties, he has done a great job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakpak View Post
    @Bewal Express @WhenSultansBowled @Hasan

    I was watching Klasra's Vlog and he gave a very interesting story. He said a while back, before SS got arrested and jailed, Bajwa and all the politicians barring Imran Khan met in the mess hall at ISI HQ. Shehbaz, Bilawal, Khawaja Asif and other senior PPP and PMLN leaders were all there. Bilawal told Bajwa that we are not happy with army meddling and so on and Bajwa listened quietly but when the politicians started saying look what happened in 1971 then Bajwa got angry and told them we never come to you. Its you who always beg us and phone us to rescue you, its you who call us for secret meetings. He then addressed Shehbaz and said you were the one who used to threaten Zardari that you'd drag him in the streets so when PTI picks up on these lies and destroys your credibility why do you come to us and instead you should be careful making threats to each other. He also addressed Khawaja Asif and told him in 2013 when he was losing to PTI's candidate he was the one who called the army to save him. He also said that look at PTI and Imran Khan's speeches where he'd say I'd do this and that and look at him now when he's not done anything. In the end Bajwa said if you do want our help there needs to be a national dialogue.

    This meeting was supposed to be secret but recently Khawaja has referenced this meeting a lot on talk shows especially the last bit about Imran Khan and admitted that such a meeting took place. Apparently Imran Khan's top two targets were Asif and Fazl. Fazl is nearing arrest but Asif has wriggled away but after Imran Khan heard of this meeting he apparently got enraged at:

    -establishment having secret dialogues with the opposition
    -Bajwa's dig about Imran Khan's past speeches
    -and especially hearing that army saved Asif's seat in 2013

    After this meeting we remember the interview where IK said anyone who orders him to step down instead will have to give his resignation. And anyone who gives NRO will be a traitor and will commit treason. These statements were both aimed at the establishment. Klasra said the arrest of Asif also got expediated as a message to the establishment.

    So when this s.cum opposition gives digs at PTI for being selected, we all know who's really begging for the army's interference every time. Some proponents of democracy these rats are. Klasra btw bashes Imran Khan non stop everyday so even for him to reveal all this shows how un-credible the opposition is.
    Very interesting.

    All these anchors/vloggers etc. have their agendas (some are pro opposition and some pro PTI etc etc). In the end, the fact is that slowly and relentlessly all these crooks are getting targeted.


    @Dark_Horse IK won't have any mercy for these crooks, just wait and see. And by that, I mean see actions and don't listen to empty words... be it IK's, Shareefs' or Bhuttos'/Zardaris'.

    These thieves have legions of lawyers and corrupt bureaucrats on their sides so everything will take time.

    The good news for all who have morality and goodness in their hearts is: there is no honor amongst thieves. Zero loyalty. As we have seen with PDM and its clowns' downfall. These people are destined to fail and be dragged to jail, sooner or later.

    Again, I reiterate, Pakistanis shouldn't give TV channels / anchors (pro or against) power over them, otherwise we'll become like USA and will be very easy to manipulate.
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    ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi urged PML-N leader Khawaja Asif to stop hiding behind the excuse of "political vendetta" and face accountability.

    The foreign minister was holding the news conference with Adviser to Prime Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan. He was reacting to Khawaja Asif's arrest in the assets beyond means case and the PML-N's strong reaction against it.

    "Khawaja Asif was invited many times to present himself to NAB and satisfy the bureau," said FM Qureshi. "It seems as if Asif couldn't answer NAB's questions [related to assets beyond means]."

    The foreign minister said that since yesterday evening — when Asif was arrested — a storm has erupted and Opposition parties have been saying that NAB has been exacting revenge on political rivals of the government.

    "NAB is an independent institution and is not subservient to the government," he said. "The laws according to which NAB operares were not introduced by the PTI," added FM Qureshi.

    The foreign minister said that people should refrain from speaking about a PTI-NAB nexus since the accountability bureau was an independent body.

    "Only Khawaja Asif can shed light on why he was arrested," he said. "They say, 'If you asks us questions, we will lay a siege around you,'" said FM Qureshi, hitting out at the PML-N.

    'Now we understand why Opposition wanted to amend NAB laws'
    Continuing his tirade against the Opposition, FM Qureshi said every person was held accountable in respectable societies the world over. "Now we are understanding why they wanted to amend NAB laws," he said. "They had told us [the government] that if NAB laws are relaxed then [Opposition] will hold talks with us," added Qureshi.

    He accused the Opposition of demanding an NRO from the government, adding that Khawaja Asif had been present in the FATF-relaed legislation meetings that took place between the government and Opposition.

    He urged Khawaja Asif and other Opposition leaders to reply to NAB's accusations and expose them if they were indeed filthy. "But they don't have answers to NAB's questions," he said. "Imran Khan brought forth a 40-year-old record and appeared before the court," said Qureshi, adding that after weighing the evidence, the Supreme Court declared PM Imran Khan "Sadiq and Ameen'.

    Babar Awan accuses Nawaz Sharif of laundering money
    Awan spoke next, hitting out at PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz for saying that Nawaz Sharif should not have been punished for holding an Iqamah.

    "I want to explain to people the various advantages that come with holding an Iqamah," he said. "With an Iqamah, you can hold accounts in foreign banks," he added.

    Awan said that Iqamahs are a residency permit that those who work abroad get. He said that money earned through illegal means is sent abroad and then brought back to the country by Pakistan's politicians.

    "People who continuously live abroad become locals in foreign countries," he said. "However, why did Nawaz Sharif and Khawaja Asif felt the need to get an Iqamah?" he asked.

    Awan said that Pakistan was that "unfortunate country" from where billions were stolen and stashed abroad. He accused the Opposition of making the NRO an excuse or their resignations from the parliament to escape NAB's accountability.

    Khawaja Asif blames PM Imran Khan for his arrest
    PML-N leader Khawaja Asif claimed on Wednesday that Prime Minister Imran Khan was "100%" behind his arrest, adding that this was an attempt to weaken party supremo Nawaz Sharif.

    Asif was arrested by NAB Tuesday night in a case pertaining to acquiring assets beyond means of income. The party had gathered at PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal’s house in the federal capital for a huddle which was being attended by PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz.

    Talking to reporters outside an accountability court in Islamabad, Asif had said attempts have been made to break the party in the last two-and-a-half years.

    When a reporter asked Asif to elaborate on a statement made by Maryam claiming that the Asif had been told all cases against him would be written off if he stood against Nawaz Sharif, the ex-defence minister had said: “This is what we are all being told.”

    Asif added that the case has been pending for over two years now. “I was given a charge sheet that assets increased but NAB has so far not investigated the matter. I have been facing this case for over two years, first in Rawalpindi then in Lahore.”

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    He was ready and waiting (bags packed). Saves him from attending future PDM jalsas and watching Maryam dig her own and her fathers political grave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakpak View Post
    @Bewal Express @WhenSultansBowled @Hasan

    I was watching Klasra's Vlog and he gave a very interesting story. He said a while back, before SS got arrested and jailed, Bajwa and all the politicians barring Imran Khan met in the mess hall at ISI HQ. Shehbaz, Bilawal, Khawaja Asif and other senior PPP and PMLN leaders were all there. Bilawal told Bajwa that we are not happy with army meddling and so on and Bajwa listened quietly but when the politicians started saying look what happened in 1971 then Bajwa got angry and told them we never come to you. Its you who always beg us and phone us to rescue you, its you who call us for secret meetings. He then addressed Shehbaz and said you were the one who used to threaten Zardari that you'd drag him in the streets so when PTI picks up on these lies and destroys your credibility why do you come to us and instead you should be careful making threats to each other. He also addressed Khawaja Asif and told him in 2013 when he was losing to PTI's candidate he was the one who called the army to save him. He also said that look at PTI and Imran Khan's speeches where he'd say I'd do this and that and look at him now when he's not done anything. In the end Bajwa said if you do want our help there needs to be a national dialogue.

    This meeting was supposed to be secret but recently Khawaja has referenced this meeting a lot on talk shows especially the last bit about Imran Khan and admitted that such a meeting took place. Apparently Imran Khan's top two targets were Asif and Fazl. Fazl is nearing arrest but Asif has wriggled away but after Imran Khan heard of this meeting he apparently got enraged at:

    -establishment having secret dialogues with the opposition
    -Bajwa's dig about Imran Khan's past speeches
    -and especially hearing that army saved Asif's seat in 2013

    After this meeting we remember the interview where IK said anyone who orders him to step down instead will have to give his resignation. And anyone who gives NRO will be a traitor and will commit treason. These statements were both aimed at the establishment. Klasra said the arrest of Asif also got expediated as a message to the establishment.

    So when this s.cum opposition gives digs at PTI for being selected, we all know who's really begging for the army's interference every time. Some proponents of democracy these rats are. Klasra btw bashes Imran Khan non stop everyday so even for him to reveal all this shows how un-credible the opposition is.
    This is more exciting than House of Cards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderbolt14 View Post
    This is more exciting than House of Cards.
    Honestly our politics would be utterly fantastic as a TV show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderbolt14 View Post
    This is more exciting than House of Cards.
    The army has always tried to manage these crooks so that the country doesnt become unstable, the problem is that these crooks have robbed more and more and left the country unstable. The Army needs to back Kaptaan because in the age of social media you cant just deny and everyone goes quiet. The army cant control the Kaptaan, and if it came to it, Bajwa knows that Kaptaan is not NS and will force him to resign.

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    An accountability in Lahore on Thursday granted the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) 14-day remand of Parliamentary Leader of the PML-N in the National Assembly Khawaja Muhammad Asif.

    The NAB prosecutor informed the court that Asif, who had been arrested from Islamabad on Tuesday, was facing charges of accumulating assets beyond known sources of income.

    Asif had acquired assets in the names of his wife and children as well, the prosecutor said, adding that initially worth Rs5.1 million, Asif’s assets now amounted to Rs812.1m.

    The prosecutor told the court that the PML-N leader had not disclosed the means through which he accumulated these assets and requested physical remand of Asif so that the investigation against the PML-N leader could be completed.


    However, Asif's counsel objected to the request, maintaining that the case against his client was “baseless” and “false”.

    Asif alleged he had been shifted to NAB's custody in Lahore because Prime Minister Imran Khan "couldn’t get the desired result when an inquiry was launched against him by the watchdog's Rawalpindi chapter".

    Asif's counsel told the court that the NAB, Rawalpindi, had summoned his client multiple times and Asif had appeared before the anti-graft watchdog each time. Besides, he appeared before the NAB, Lahore, all five times he was summoned, the counsel added.

    He said all records asked for by the NAB too had been provided, objecting to the watchdog’s request of a physical remand.

    The court, however, sent Asif on a physical remand till Jan 13, directing the NAB to submit a progress report on the investigation at the next hearing. It further directed the watchdog to let Asif meet his relatives, adding that Asif must be presented before the court at the next hearing as well.

    A NAB team had moved Asif from Islamabad to Lahore after obtaining his transit remand from an accountability court on Wednesday. Asif was arrested a day earlier from outside the Islamabad residence of another senior PML-N leader, Ahsan Iqbal, where the former had come to attend a party meeting.

    The dramatic arrest of the firebrand opposition leader had prompted a strong reaction from his party, with PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz alleging that NAB had acted like a “terrorist” and “kidnapped” Asif in the darkness of night.

    PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif, in a tweet, had condemned the arrest and termed it a result of the “nexus between the selectors and the selected”.

    “Such belittle acts reflect the government’s state of panic, but it is moving even closer to its end through such actions,” he wrote.

    On Wednesday, speaking to the media outside the court premises in Islamabad, Asif had claimed efforts PM Imran was behind his arrest and that efforts were underway to create a rift within the PML-N for the past two years.

    Addressing a press conference later in the day, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Asif had been summoned by the NAB several times to come and answer questions to "satisfy" the anti-graft watchdog.

    "It seems that he was not able to satisfy [NAB]. He could not give satisfactory answers to allegations against him regarding money laundering and assets beyond means. If he had given the money trail and an explanation, then maybe it would not have come to the point of arrest."

    Charges against Asif

    According to the NAB, investigations against the PML-N leader were initiated under Clause 4 of the NAB Ordinance 1999 and Section 3 of the Anti-Money Laundering Act 2010.

    “Before assuming the public office in 1991, the total worth of Khawaja Asif’s assets was Rs5.1 million which increased to Rs221m in 2018 after serving on different posts which do not match with his known sources of income,” said a statement issued by the NAB.

    “Accused Khawaja Asif claimed to have received Rs130m from a UAE firm M/s IMECO, but during the course of investigation, he failed to present any solid evidence of receiving this amount as a salary,” it said, adding: “This clearly shows that the accused tried to prove his income through fake sources.”

    Moreover, the NAB alleged that Asif was also running a benami firm 'Tariq Mir and Company' which was registered in the name of his employee. It said that an amount of Rs400m was deposited in the account of Tariq Mir and no sources of this huge amount were disclosed.


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    ISLAMABAD: Advisor to the Prime Minister on Accountability and Interior Barrister Mirza Shahzad Akbar on Saturday said that PML-N parliamentary leader Khawaja Asif and his family have 48 bank accounts into which, since 2009, Rs507 million were deposited.

    Briefing the media regarding the arrest of Khawaja Asif, he said the "method of looting" adopted by Khawaja Asif was same as his quaid (leader) — referring to PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif — and which was also employed by Ishaq Dar and Shahbaz Sharif.

    He was referring to telegraphic transfers of money between Pakistan and countries abroad.

    Akbar said the assets of Asif multiplied in numerous cities of the country, especially during PML-N’s tenure, when he served various ministries.

    "In 1993, Khawaja had only Rs5.1 million in assets, that too in the shape of his inherited house," said the premier's aide.

    Asif's declared assets touched the Rs118-million mark in 2013 but on query he failed to explain any legitimate reason for the increase in assets, said Akbar.

    He said that Asif had been receiving Rs2.2 million per month in salary from a Dubai firm during his stint as Minister for Water and Power and Minister for Defence from 2013-18. He claimed receiving a sum of Rs140 million in five years as salary in cash, Akbar added.

    "Khawaja Asif was perhaps the world’s only employee who received millions in cash as salary," the premier's aide said.

    Later, Asif transferred that amount from his Dubai account to Pakistan through Telegraphic Transfers (TT), Akbar said.

    He said that the salary payment to Asif was stopped with the completion of the PML-N's five-year term.

    "Khawaja Asif purchased a Rs80-million plot in Gujranwala in September 2014 and sold it to the same party after a few months for Rs40 million," said Akbar, also detailing numerous other "bogus" transactions.

    No source was explained for transactions worth Rs507 million from the year 2009 to 2018, he said, adding that proving corruption was difficult in the absence of a documented economy.

    Akbar said "under the law, the unexplained wealth of a public office holder is perceived to be corruption".

    Responding to a question, he lauded the performance of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for making record recoveries as compared to recoveries made by the bureau during the PML-N regime.


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    Tore se grace hone chayi di tore se ethics

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    14 crore at least unexplained. Who was paying him?

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    Khan sahib has changed the game completely.

    Finally Pakistan is back on track


    Alone we are Pathan, Punjabi, Sindhi and Balochi...together we are Pakistan

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    so regarding the meeting that was held, I may be wrong but this was the meeting where they were everyone was given a security briefing on the situation in Gilgit and in the wider northern areas. Once the discussions were over the other discussions kicked off as mentioned above.

    With regards to the army, the COAS also has a constituency of a million to think about. All of these represent a microcosm of our society. However the general opinion in the army is that Nawaz is hated and the PMLN have lost alot of credibility.

    The army's primary job is the defence of the nation and when you have politicians who represent a threat to that it acts. This is the problem we have had over the years. Finally we have a govt that is working well with both the judiciary and the army and there are quarters who are upset? why? well we know why...

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    Quote Originally Posted by the Great Khan View Post
    so regarding the meeting that was held, I may be wrong but this was the meeting where they were everyone was given a security briefing on the situation in Gilgit and in the wider northern areas. Once the discussions were over the other discussions kicked off as mentioned above.

    With regards to the army, the COAS also has a constituency of a million to think about. All of these represent a microcosm of our society. However the general opinion in the army is that Nawaz is hated and the PMLN have lost alot of credibility.

    The army's primary job is the defence of the nation and when you have politicians who represent a threat to that it acts. This is the problem we have had over the years. Finally we have a govt that is working well with both the judiciary and the army and there are quarters who are upset? why? well we know why...
    Yup the army right now is very much so against Nawaz but Durrani is their man doing negotiations. He openly admitted it, it's a slap in the army's face that even Diesel is opening talking rubbish about Bajwa and GHQ.

    Everyone on this sham PDM is an absolute traitor. No doubt at all. Najam Sethi, the Noon league saanp, even admitted it that the purpose is to paralyse the economy. Someone quoted this article that he wrote recently. I mean what more do people want when it comes to these traitors and their intentions.

    Also good to see you back posting

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    Yup the army right now is very much so against Nawaz but Durrani is their man doing negotiations. He openly admitted it, it's a slap in the army's face that even Diesel is opening talking rubbish about Bajwa and GHQ.

    Everyone on this sham PDM is an absolute traitor. No doubt at all. Najam Sethi, the Noon league saanp, even admitted it that the purpose is to paralyse the economy. Someone quoted this article that he wrote recently. I mean what more do people want when it comes to these traitors and their intentions.

    Also good to see you back posting
    yeah I'm back, just going through a bit of a hard time lately so I'm intermittent posting.

    coming onto your statement, I dont understand why the "boys" insist on playing these duffer games, negotiating with shabaz sharif etc..if you are going to do it, then it should be on a simple point agenda, hand back all of your illgotten wealth, hand in your pakistani passports and never ever dream of coming back. oh and if we see you on the western media we will send someone out to deal with you..end of..

    what is this pind style "sirjee twada kee haal hay" bakwaas? No sharif should be allowed anywhere near Pakistan ever again. Put them in Jail or block them from ever involving themselves in the countrys affairs.

    As for the PDM lol, they are finished. Khan has literally taken 11 wickets in an innings against them. When they came to field they dropped catches and then part of their team fixed the result..they are done for..Fazlu is in big trouble, Billoo knows he cant do anything without sindh and maryam bibi is a dumbo who cant spell her name properly..

    The only thing that can stop khan is khan..in other words if he fails to bring tabdeeli by the end of his tenure..even then I reckon he can get into three provinces and rule via coalition again..

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    Quote Originally Posted by the Great Khan View Post
    yeah I'm back, just going through a bit of a hard time lately so I'm intermittent posting.

    coming onto your statement, I dont understand why the "boys" insist on playing these duffer games, negotiating with shabaz sharif etc..if you are going to do it, then it should be on a simple point agenda, hand back all of your illgotten wealth, hand in your pakistani passports and never ever dream of coming back. oh and if we see you on the western media we will send someone out to deal with you..end of..

    what is this pind style "sirjee twada kee haal hay" bakwaas? No sharif should be allowed anywhere near Pakistan ever again. Put them in Jail or block them from ever involving themselves in the countrys affairs.

    As for the PDM lol, they are finished. Khan has literally taken 11 wickets in an innings against them. When they came to field they dropped catches and then part of their team fixed the result..they are done for..Fazlu is in big trouble, Billoo knows he cant do anything without sindh and maryam bibi is a dumbo who cant spell her name properly..

    The only thing that can stop khan is khan..in other words if he fails to bring tabdeeli by the end of his tenure..even then I reckon he can get into three provinces and rule via coalition again..
    The boys are sadly too easily cowed under pressure and unable to react right now. If they arrest anyone openly it will discredit PTI's government completely on the international arena, erode the army's relationship with people. So right now all the sources say they want an end to the fighting. There was a very interesting book I read a while back, all the mills the Sharifs have, they worked with a lot of big generals to secure land, secure leases and a lot of generals benefited from kickbacks so the estb still has a lot of links with people like Shehbaz. Nawaz is a duffer and has burnt all their bridges so apparently he is unacceptable to them but you may have noticed Shehbaz is completely quiet and has openly said to PPP recently that he is not against the estb and not supporting Maryam. So for the army someone like that is good to have contacts with because a) he would completely bend over infront of the army b) Shehbaz still has massive support in Punjab, not enough to beat PTI but enough to be a player in our politics c) many quarters in the army admit there is no alternative except PTI but that there should always be options which is why MQM is still alive, why PPP HAS secured deals (lot of big journos said this yesterday and last few weeks), which is why Zardari's cases have either stopped or his name vanished from a lot of cases. Our army has always operated like this:

    Have 2 parties
    Support one but with a danda in the background and the threat of the other party which can come in anytime
    If someone rebels then coup, like the duffer Nawaz did 2 times

    That's why there was musical chairs of PPP and PMLN for 30 years.

    The problem for them is they can't bully Imran Khan as he won't bend over to any bullying and removing him is not possible for them because PTI has easily got the most support so its in their interest to have contacts with some parties as leverage. Because we all know Imran Khan will full power will have the army under him, he has said many times.

    What Imran Khan has done is very clever, stayed out of the fight between estb and PMLN. Which has led to Nawaz completely cutting his bridges with them and he knows Army has already said Maryam after DAWN leaks is not acceptable and Imran Khan doesn't think Shehbaz is a threat. So your last paragraph is absolutely spot on and Klasara said the same thing, only Khan can cause his own gov to fall.

    All of the above I gathered from most journalists as during the evenings I have become a typical Uncle and all I do is read and listen to everyone on politics. Hope your hard time ends soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakpak View Post
    The boys are sadly too easily cowed under pressure and unable to react right now. If they arrest anyone openly it will discredit PTI's government completely on the international arena, erode the army's relationship with people. So right now all the sources say they want an end to the fighting. There was a very interesting book I read a while back, all the mills the Sharifs have, they worked with a lot of big generals to secure land, secure leases and a lot of generals benefited from kickbacks so the estb still has a lot of links with people like Shehbaz. Nawaz is a duffer and has burnt all their bridges so apparently he is unacceptable to them but you may have noticed Shehbaz is completely quiet and has openly said to PPP recently that he is not against the estb and not supporting Maryam. So for the army someone like that is good to have contacts with because a) he would completely bend over infront of the army b) Shehbaz still has massive support in Punjab, not enough to beat PTI but enough to be a player in our politics c) many quarters in the army admit there is no alternative except PTI but that there should always be options which is why MQM is still alive, why PPP HAS secured deals (lot of big journos said this yesterday and last few weeks), which is why Zardari's cases have either stopped or his name vanished from a lot of cases. Our army has always operated like this:

    Have 2 parties
    Support one but with a danda in the background and the threat of the other party which can come in anytime
    If someone rebels then coup, like the duffer Nawaz did 2 times

    That's why there was musical chairs of PPP and PMLN for 30 years.

    The problem for them is they can't bully Imran Khan as he won't bend over to any bullying and removing him is not possible for them because PTI has easily got the most support so its in their interest to have contacts with some parties as leverage. Because we all know Imran Khan will full power will have the army under him, he has said many times.

    What Imran Khan has done is very clever, stayed out of the fight between estb and PMLN. Which has led to Nawaz completely cutting his bridges with them and he knows Army has already said Maryam after DAWN leaks is not acceptable and Imran Khan doesn't think Shehbaz is a threat. So your last paragraph is absolutely spot on and Klasara said the same thing, only Khan can cause his own gov to fall.

    All of the above I gathered from most journalists as during the evenings I have become a typical Uncle and all I do is read and listen to everyone on politics. Hope your hard time ends soon!
    yeah I agree with a lot of what you have written. Unfortunately the boys are as much from our society as anybody else. I would say more so since anybody can join.

    I also understand their thinking as they need plans within plans and contingencies. Thats just he military mindset.

    However I think they need to change this mindset and re-calibrate. If IK can change the political culture and somehow (and this is a massive "if") ensure we have certain sacred cows that remain the same no matter who is in charge, the boys will eventually become less insecure and back out of the daily nonsense.

    I think you are right about the shabaaz sharif. He is still seen as a patriot by many and a nationalist. (yes a corrupt nationalist but one nonetheless.) He is also playing the long game which will lead to him taking over the party fully at some point.

    The key for the boys atm is that they are on the same page as IK and I dont see that changing. The only way it can is if IK suddenly does an about turn on our sacred cows.

    Jazakhallah for the well wishes, please do Dua, Inshallah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the Great Khan View Post
    yeah I agree with a lot of what you have written. Unfortunately the boys are as much from our society as anybody else. I would say more so since anybody can join.

    I also understand their thinking as they need plans within plans and contingencies. Thats just he military mindset.

    However I think they need to change this mindset and re-calibrate. If IK can change the political culture and somehow (and this is a massive "if") ensure we have certain sacred cows that remain the same no matter who is in charge, the boys will eventually become less insecure and back out of the daily nonsense.

    I think you are right about the shabaaz sharif. He is still seen as a patriot by many and a nationalist. (yes a corrupt nationalist but one nonetheless.) He is also playing the long game which will lead to him taking over the party fully at some point.

    The key for the boys atm is that they are on the same page as IK and I dont see that changing. The only way it can is if IK suddenly does an about turn on our sacred cows.

    Jazakhallah for the well wishes, please do Dua, Inshallah.
    You're absolutely correct especially about a mindset change. I think Imran Khan knew the threat of musical chairs is always there which is why he fought tooth and nail to get Nawaz and Maryam convicted and banned from politics and Shehbaz in jail and also disqualified. So technically even if the army wanted them in they can't as they would have to first challenge all these convictions to overturn the political bans. Which is impossible to the overwhelming evidence. In the 90s neither BB nor Nawaz duffer were convicted or banned. Hence they could be brought back easily. Its not the case now.

    That's why Imran Khan has stayed quiet and let Nawaz be the duffer he is, let Maryam openly challenge the estb so his message is see you can't trust these people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakpak View Post
    You're absolutely correct especially about a mindset change. I think Imran Khan knew the threat of musical chairs is always there which is why he fought tooth and nail to get Nawaz and Maryam convicted and banned from politics and Shehbaz in jail and also disqualified. So technically even if the army wanted them in they can't as they would have to first challenge all these convictions to overturn the political bans. Which is impossible to the overwhelming evidence. In the 90s neither BB nor Nawaz duffer were convicted or banned. Hence they could be brought back easily. Its not the case now.

    That's why Imran Khan has stayed quiet and let Nawaz be the duffer he is, let Maryam openly challenge the estb so his message is see you can't trust these people.
    Yup and don't forget in general other than perhaps showbaaz the nawaz side of the sharief clan are proper duffers. They are literally reliant on grass roots ghunday and high level corruption. Once you block those routes for them they have no leverage.

    With regards to IK, well I think your right and I think at the same time the boys "get" him. They seem to like him as he is a smart cookie and understands their "point of view" so thats why I believe they will remain on his side throughout this tenure and perhaps into another term. If he can give the economy a boost, increase the defence budget and keep India at bay that should satisfy things. And we know for IK that doesnt seem that hard as he has given himself bigger objectives.

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    LAHORE: An accountability court in Lahore on Friday rejected a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) request seeking a 15-day extension in PML-N leader Khawaja Asif's physical remand and issued orders for 14-day judicial remand instead.

    Khawaja Asif had been arrested by the anti-graft watchdog on December 30, 2020 from outside Ahsan Iqbal's residence in Islamabad where he had come to attend a party meeting. NAB said the former defence minister was arrested in a case pertaining to accumulating assets beyond known sources of income.

    Related: Khawaja Asif arrested by NAB in assets beyond means case, says PML-N

    Today's hearing
    The bureau presented Khawaja Asif before the accountability court's Judge Jawad ul Hassan today and sought a 15-day extension in his physical remand.

    Khawaja Asif's counsel argued however that the accountability watchdog has finished the inquiry and is in possession of all records. The counsel further informed the accountability court that his client was cleared by the Supreme Court for holding an Iqamah in 2018 when PTI leader Usman Dar challenged his candidacy for the National Assembly.

    The counsel contended that Khawaja Asif has already admitted to being employed by a company overseas, adding that the NAB should provide in writing what it wanted to investigate.

    NAB prosecutor in turn informed the accountability court about the PML-N leader owning a restaurant abroad and transactions it deemed suspicious. He said Rs20 million were transferred into Khawaja Asif's account by Khawaja Sultan, Rs30 million by Rana Waheed and there was another transaction worth Rs20.8 million.

    Also read: 48 bank accounts in Khawaja Asif and family's names, says Shahzad Akbar

    The prosecutor said both Rana Waheed and Khawaja Sultan had claimed the money was given to them by Khawaja Asif. To this, Khawaja Asif said that he can submit in writing that he received the amounts.

    "Rs1.8 billion was transferred into his account which he said was for selling a plot. There are also transactions worth Rs100 million to foreign countries," said the bureau's prosecutor.

    After hearing arguments from both sides, the bench rejected the anti-graft watchdog's plea for extension in physical remand and sent Khawaja Asif on a 14-day judicial remand instead


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    Veteran politician and PML-N leader Khawaja Asif was taken to Lahore's Mayo Hospital from Kot Lakhpat Jail on Tuesday.

    Hospital chief executive Prof Asad Aslam told Geo News that Asif was brought to the medical facility after he complained of eye-sight issues. "After an examination, we found his eyes have developed cataract."

    He said that the PML-N leader is healthy and he has undergone other necessary tests including one for COVID-19. The reports are expected in 24 hours, following which a decision to carry out a cataract operation would be taken.

    Last year, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had arrested the PML-N stalwart in Islamabad on allegations of him possessing assets beyond known sources of income.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Veteran politician and PML-N leader Khawaja Asif was taken to Lahore's Mayo Hospital from Kot Lakhpat Jail on Tuesday.

    Hospital chief executive Prof Asad Aslam told Geo News that Asif was brought to the medical facility after he complained of eye-sight issues. "After an examination, we found his eyes have developed cataract."

    He said that the PML-N leader is healthy and he has undergone other necessary tests including one for COVID-19. The reports are expected in 24 hours, following which a decision to carry out a cataract operation would be taken.

    Last year, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had arrested the PML-N stalwart in Islamabad on allegations of him possessing assets beyond known sources of income.
    Chalo, so it begins for another chor....

    As soon as you get to the big house, you develops ailments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Veteran politician and PML-N leader Khawaja Asif was taken to Lahore's Mayo Hospital from Kot Lakhpat Jail on Tuesday.

    Hospital chief executive Prof Asad Aslam told Geo News that Asif was brought to the medical facility after he complained of eye-sight issues. "After an examination, we found his eyes have developed cataract."

    He said that the PML-N leader is healthy and he has undergone other necessary tests including one for COVID-19. The reports are expected in 24 hours, following which a decision to carry out a cataract operation would be taken.

    Last year, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had arrested the PML-N stalwart in Islamabad on allegations of him possessing assets beyond known sources of income.
    Why has he taken so long to fall ill?

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    I hope he has a successful operation and is sent back to jail.

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    LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Saturday sought post-arrest bail from the Lahore High Court (LHC) in assets beyond means and a money-laundering inquiry initiated by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against him.

    Asif contended that during his 22-day physical remand with NAB, he was not confronted with any direct or circumstantial evidence that would construct a case of owning assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

    The application, under section 24 (d) of NAO, filed by respondent Assistant Director NAB Muhammad Ikram, for seeking physical remand of the petitioner did not disclose any incriminating material supporting the alleged commission of a crime under section 9 (a) (v) of NAO.

    "Mere ownership of property/assets did not constitute an offence under section 9 (a) (v). It is the failure to explain the source of funds that points towards the commission of the offence. The inquiry is being conducted on conjectures and surmises with a view to rope the petitioner into baseless and unfounded allegations" claimed Asif in his petition.

    "In the absence of any plausible reason to reject the detailed explanation offered by the petitioner regarding his ownership of assets and source of income, this case is one of further inquiry and post-arrest bail should be granted", the petitioner further added.

    Asif further stated that he had provided the respondents with an explanation of the various sources of income that adequately justify the acquisition of the assets presently owned, and which were owned by him in the past.

    "Rejection of the explanation, without any reasonable ground, is itself evidence of the arbitrary exercise of power on part of respondents hence justifying interference by the court and grant of post-arrest bail."

    The senior PML-N leader made the respondents NAB, its DG, and other officials involved in his post-arrest bail.

    He prayed that the court would admit to his petition and that he is granted post-arrest bail in the stated matter.

    NAB Lahore had also summoned the managing director of International Mechanical and Electrical Company (IMECO), a UAE-based international firm, in connection with the assets beyond means case against former federal minister Khawaja Asif, in January earlier this year.

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    The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday prepared a reference against PML-N senior leader and former foreign minister Khawaja Asif in assets beyond means case.

    The reference has been forwarded to the NAB chairman for final approval.

    Asif has been accused of money laundering and amassing assets while holding public offices from 1991 till date.

    Following the probe into his assets, NAB Chairman retired Justice Javed Iqbal had approved an inquiry against Asif in September 2018, leading to his arrest in December last year.

    The reference further said that Asif bought several properties using his family members and also made several investments.

    NAB Lahore said that Asif was elected as senator in 1991, prior to which he had total assets of Rs5.1 million. By 2018, this figure had ballooned to Rs221 million, which is not proportionate to his known sources of income.

    Read PML-N's Khawaja Asif seeks post-arrest bail in NAB inquiry

    The parliamentarian declared salary from International Mechanical and Electrical Company (IMECO), a UAE-based international firm, as the main source of income. However, during the investigations, he could not produce evidence of the transaction from the company.

    The national graft buster had asked Asif to provide the job application he had submitted to a foreign company as well as his iqama agreement (work permit).

    The regional bureau of the anti-graft body asked the managing director Elias Salloum to appear before a combined investigation team (CIT) at NAB Complex Thokar Niaz Beg on January 28 along with all relevant documents. The managing director, however, did not show up.

    NAB reference also added that Asif failed to submit any documentary proof in order to defend himself from the allegations of money laundering.

    The reference, after the approval, will be filed in the accountability court.

    NAB has alleged that the PML-N stalwart has allegedly committed offences of corruption and corrupt practices as defined u/s (v) of NAO-1999 and Section -3 of Anti Money Laundering Act (AMLA) 2010.


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    The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday prepared a reference against PML-N senior leader and former foreign minister Khawaja Asif in assets beyond means case.

    The reference has been forwarded to the NAB chairman for final approval.

    Asif has been accused of money laundering and amassing assets while holding public offices from 1991 till date.

    Following the probe into his assets, NAB Chairman retired Justice Javed Iqbal had approved an inquiry against Asif in September 2018, leading to his arrest in December last year.

    The reference further said that Asif bought several properties using his family members and also made several investments.

    NAB Lahore said that Asif was elected as senator in 1991, prior to which he had total assets of Rs5.1 million. By 2018, this figure had ballooned to Rs221 million, which is not proportionate to his known sources of income.

    The parliamentarian declared salary from International Mechanical and Electrical Company (IMECO), a UAE-based international firm, as the main source of income. However, during the investigations, he could not produce evidence of the transaction from the company.

    The national graft buster had asked Asif to provide the job application he had submitted to a foreign company as well as his iqama agreement (work permit).

    The regional bureau of the anti-graft body asked the managing director Elias Salloum to appear before a combined investigation team (CIT) at NAB Complex Thokar Niaz Beg on January 28 along with all relevant documents. The managing director, however, did not show up.

    NAB reference also added that Asif failed to submit any documentary proof in order to defend himself from the allegations of money laundering.

    The reference, after the approval, will be filed in the accountability court.

    NAB has alleged that the PML-N stalwart has allegedly committed offences of corruption and corrupt practices as defined u/s (v) of NAO-1999 and Section -3 of Anti Money Laundering Act (AMLA) 2010.


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    LAHORE: PML-N leader Khawaja Asif has been released on bail in a money laundering and assets beyond means case.

    The decision to grant the bail was announced by the Lahore High Court a day ago in exchange for bail bonds worth Rs10 million

    Following the court's decision, prison officials on Thursday rushed to Jinnah Hospital where Khawaja Asif is admitted after undergoing surgery and handed over the bail orders to the hospital staff.

    Commenting on the move, Kot Lakhpat Jail Superintendent Kashif Rasool said that the court's orders have been implemented and Asif is free to go.

    Despite the bail orders, however, Khawaja Asif's lawyer Najam Al Hassan said that doctors have advised him to stay in the hospital for two more days for a complete recovery.

    It may be recalled that Khawaja Asif was arrested on December 29, 2020, while he had filed a bail application on March 27, 2021.


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    Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday appeared before a district and sessions court via video link from his office to record a statement in a defamation suit worth Rs10 billion filed against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senior leader Khawaja Asif.

    While appearing via video link before Additional District and Sessions Judge Muhammad Adnan, the premier submitted an affidavit against the PML-N leader for levelling allegations of non-transparency, money laundering and use of anonymous companies in the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust funds.

    On August 1, 2012, PM Imran said: Asif first made the allegations that Imran “had indulged in money laundering or had caused money laundering to be done or has approved the commission of money laundering through SKMT” in his press conference held at the Punjab House and later on the same evening at a private TV programme he repeated the allegations.

    PM Imran said that Asif also alleged that he was said to be a person who played satta [betting] with the charity money.

    “My life from a very early age has been an open book,” PM Imran stated in the affidavit. “The people of Pakistan have loved and admired me as a human being and have believed in my financial integrity despite whatever personal vilification regarding my early life as an international sporting superstar I have faced.”

    The prime minister informed the court that Asif’s statements were “false and were made and published to injure my reputation”, adding that the statements subjected him to unjust criticism.

    Apart from the defamatory tone and tenor of the defendant, the premier said that the PML-N leader alleged that he being the chairman of the Board of SKMT was personally responsible for making investments out of Zakat funds in a non-transparent manner through Benami companies set up to enable the non-transparent investment.

    In the affidavit, the premier said that Asif claimed that he [Imran] had acted in a manner worse than the notorious “Double Shah” who defrauded a large number of people.

    PM Imran added that Double Shah was the alias of a notorious fraudster whose case came to light a few years earlier and who had deprived thousands of people of their hard-earned savings by extracting funds based on false representations.

    “Comparing me to the said Double Shah is the worst form of defamation that has been caused to me by the defendant [Asif],” PM stated. He added that the allegations made against him were pertaining to two sets of transactions made by the Endowment Fund of SKMT which were disclosed in the financial report for the year 2010, and published on SKMT website.

    The first set of transactions made into an issue by the defendant related to ABN-AMRO Bank Notes, the prime minister stated, saying Asif portrayed the deposit of funds by the Endowment Fund in various ABN-AMRO Bank Notes as a suspicious transaction. He added that the deposit of funds yielded a return that is duly reflected in the financial statement for the year ended 2010.

    The second transaction pertained to the investment made out of the Endowment Fund of SKMT of a sum of $3 million in Cinnabar – a company involved in a housing development project in Oman, and details of which were disclosed in the financial statement of SKMT.

    “The investment decision was made by the Investment Committee of the Board of SKMT of which I was not a member,” PM Imran informed the court.

    He maintained that “no Zakat money was utilised in this transaction and neither was any Benami transaction entered into”. Referring to the 2010 financial statement, he said, “Out of Rs807,018,400 that were collected as Zakat in the year 2010, not one rupee of Zakat was transferred to the Endowment Fund.”

    On conveying the impression that an offshore company was equivalent to a Benami company, the PM stated that “this is absolutely not the case”, adding an offshore company is simply a company registered outside the jurisdiction where it is conducting its primary business.

    “I could only have laundered money if, as is falsely alleged by the defendant, the donations and Zakat given by the public of Pakistan to SKMT were the proceeds of crime and that I and SKMT knew that these were the proceeds of such crime,” PM argued over the allegations of money laundering.

    “The statement of the defendant that money laundering took place was completely false,” he said adding the Asif made the allegations knowing fully well that damage to his standing and esteem would hurt SKMT.

    “The Defendant is liable to make good all the losses caused to my reputation and pay damages commensurate with such losses,” PM Imran added. “I conservatively estimate such losses to be a sum of Rs.10,000,000,000/- (Rupees Ten Billion Only) as damages, which may kindly be granted to me.”

    The statement issued from the PM Office stated that running e-courts was a welcoming step as it saves time and money of the court and swiftly helps deciding cases.

    “The judiciary and government agencies deserve commendation for the successful introduction of e-courts,” the primer was quoted as saying. He along with his counsel, Senator Waleed Iqbal, participated in the court proceedings from the PM Office, it added.

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    The army has always tried to manage these crooks so that the country doesnt become unstable, the problem is that these crooks have robbed more and more and left the country unstable. The Army needs to back Kaptaan because in the age of social media you cant just deny and everyone goes quiet. The army cant control the Kaptaan, and if it came to it, Bajwa knows that Kaptaan is not NS and will force him to resign.
    The army haa clearly been backing kaptaan. IK himself did a politcal marriage to garner votes and backing from corrupt parties..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir-fraz View Post
    The army haa clearly been backing kaptaan. IK himself did a politcal marriage to garner votes and backing from corrupt parties..
    IK cannot change a corrupt system from the outside unless a catastrophe engulfs a country and no one wants that. The destruction of all institutions and the growth of the mafia is the legacy of the family businesses. Anyone that's says anything else is a liar.

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    The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday set aside an order of Additional District and Sessions Judge (ADSJ) Mohammad Adnan and issued a notice to Prime Minister Imran Khan seeking his response in a defamation case against Khawaja Asif over the PML-N leader's allegations about misappropriation of funds of Shaukat Khanam Memorial Trust (SKMT).

    The premier had filed the defamation suit against Asif in 2012 for recovery of Rs10 billion as the latter had at a press conference levelled allegations about misappropriation of and money laundering through the SKMT funds.

    In Dec 2021, the prime minister, while recording his statement before the digitally connected court, which was presided over by the ADSJ, said he was the biggest individual donor of the SKMT from 1991 to 2009 and the investments, against which allegations had been made, were fully recovered by the SKMT without any loss.

    The legality of the statement was challenged by the PML-N leader in the IHC on Monday, arguing that the ADSJ had unilaterally closed his right of the prime minister's cross-examination. The petition stated that on December 17 of 2021, before the commencement of proceedings, the court was informed that Asif’s counsel was unable to appear because of sickness, but the ADSJ recorded the premier's statement in the absence of the defence counsel. The petition had requested the IHC to set aside the ADSJ’s order.

    IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah presided over the hearing for the petition today. He questioned that since when the case was pending.

    Asif's counsel replied that the defamation suit was filed in 2012 and questions were formulated in 2021, to which the judge asked who was responsible for the delay when the court had ordered that defamation cases be disposed of quickly.

    "Are you saying that the delay was caused by Imran Khan? The case is being delayed since 2012. It should have been decided in two months," the judge said.

    The counsel responded that both parties had taken adjournments. He said the prime minister had not pursued the case initially and only started doing so later. He added that Asif was in the custody of the National Accountability Bureau for six months — from December 2020 to June 2021 — when the issues were framed.

    He added that during that time Asif was unable to consult his lawyer and the ADSJ decided to proceed ex parte on account of the counsel's absence.

    "The sessions judge's order is illegal, unsustainable and based on not reading the record," Asif's counsel said, adding that the ADSJ had acted without the authority of the law.

    The court was requested to declare the lower court's order illegal and suspend it.

    Subsequently, the IHC stayed the ADSJ from conducting proceedings until the next hearing and issued a notice to the premier. The hearing was adjourned to Jan 12.

    DAWN


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    The Islamabad High Court accepted on Thursday Khawaja Asif's petition challenging the decision to disallow the right to cross-examine Prime Minister Imran Khan with reference to the premier’s defamation case against him.

    The Chief Justice of the IHC Athar Minallah remarked that the case should be heard on a daily basis and decided in due course.

    He further stated that the court would order the trial court to decide the case within two months.

    During the proceedings, the court asked Khawaja Asif's lawyer why he was postponing the case, claiming that he was unnecessarily delaying the case, cautioning him against doing so.

    Referring to the premier's counsel, the court observed that it was the defandant's right to cross-examine the prime minister. It further maintained that the cross-examination should have been held the next day of the statement being recorded.

    “The statement was recorded on December 17. How can the trial court terminate the right to cross-examine on the same day?” the CJ questioned.

    Responding to the IHC chief justice, PM Imran’s lawyer aruged that Khawaja Asif had not appeared before the court for a year.

    Earlier this month, PML-N leader Khawaja Asif had challenged the sessions court’s decision of not giving his counsel the right to present arguments in a defamation suit worth Rs10 billion filed by Prime Minister Imran Khan against him.

    The prime minister last month submitted an affidavit to Additional District and Sessions Judge Muhammad Adnan via video link against the PML-N leader for levelling allegations of non-transparency, money laundering and use of anonymous companies in the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust funds.

    The PML-N leader filed an application in the IHC against the lower court’s verdict and nominated PM Imran and the sessions court judge as respondents.


    https://tribune.com.pk/story/2339616...efamation-case


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    The Islamabad High Court accepted on Thursday Khawaja Asif's petition challenging the decision to disallow the right to cross-examine Prime Minister Imran Khan with reference to the premier’s defamation case against him.

    The Chief Justice of the IHC Athar Minallah remarked that the case should be heard on a daily basis and decided in due course.

    He further stated that the court would order the trial court to decide the case within two months.

    During the proceedings, the court asked Khawaja Asif's lawyer why he was postponing the case, claiming that he was unnecessarily delaying the case, cautioning him against doing so.

    Referring to the premier's counsel, the court observed that it was the defandant's right to cross-examine the prime minister. It further maintained that the cross-examination should have been held the next day of the statement being recorded.

    “The statement was recorded on December 17. How can the trial court terminate the right to cross-examine on the same day?” the CJ questioned.

    Responding to the IHC chief justice, PM Imran’s lawyer aruged that Khawaja Asif had not appeared before the court for a year.

    Earlier this month, PML-N leader Khawaja Asif had challenged the sessions court’s decision of not giving his counsel the right to present arguments in a defamation suit worth Rs10 billion filed by Prime Minister Imran Khan against him.

    The prime minister last month submitted an affidavit to Additional District and Sessions Judge Muhammad Adnan via video link against the PML-N leader for levelling allegations of non-transparency, money laundering and use of anonymous companies in the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust funds.

    The PML-N leader filed an application in the IHC against the lower court’s verdict and nominated PM Imran and the sessions court judge as respondents.


    https://tribune.com.pk/story/2339616...efamation-case
    Islamabad High Court and Lahore High Court should be renamed as Sharif High Court

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    Islamabad High Court and Lahore High Court should be renamed as Sharif High Court
    Minullah is the most corrupt judge in PK. All the drama over the affidavit of corrupt Judge came to tuss yesterday. Minullah apparently said that Geo/Jang weren't looking to influence Maryams case. It has to be most spineless judgement ever given. This crook will rot in hell.

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