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    Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability Shahzad Akbar on Saturday said that the Assets Recovery Unit was referring the case of a new London property belonging to the Sharif family to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

    While bringing attention to a property that he said "had been revealed by the media", Akbar — in a press conference alongside Adviser to PM Iftikhar Durrani — said that investigative journalists were his closest partners in the responsibility he had been given.

    He said that a media channel had broken the news of a property [Frederick Close] located in Central London which "had a current value of 2.2 or 2.3 million pounds".

    Akbar added that the rental income and ownership documents for this property from 2012 to 2016 had been available "but were put away in files".

    According to these documents, the flat in London was under the name of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, the late wife of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

    The special assistant to PM said that as the premier and a member of the National Assembly (MNA), it was Nawaz Sharif's responsibility to declare the ownership of his dependents, including his wife's.

    He said that this declaration could have been made in two ways; on a wealth statement that every citizen is required to submit while declaring his/her spouse's assets — or as a member of the parliament in the Election Commission of Pakistan's (ECP) forms.

    Akbar added that as an MNA, there is also an annual declaration submitted in the assembly.

    While holding up a document of the ECP forms and wealth statement, Akbar said that this property had not been shared anywhere and this made it a new case of assets beyond known income.

    He said that further investigation of assets beyond known income should be carried out by NAB while tax related liability has been given to the Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR).

    While saying that the case will be pursued by both [NAB and FBR], Akbar added that they have also asked Britain for fresh ownership documents of the concerned property.

    Akbar said that according to the land registry, in August 2016 this property was transferred to Hassan Nawaz's name.

    The latest date for its sale is from March 2018, Akbar added.

    "We have asked Britain for all these documents and they might come in a week or two. We will put all of that in front of you, what the whole trail of this was — till when this property was under the Sharif family and when they sold it and for how much."

    "The question comes up again which has remained the question in all the cases: where did these properties come from, what was their source of income, and what is their trail of money.

    "When you don't declare something and get caught, the first question is where did it come from, you have to declare a source of income for it," he remarked.

    He also spoke about the alleged misuse of the Prime Minister's plane, saying three hundred forty million rupees were illegally spent on air travels. He said Sharif's daughter, Maryam Nawaz, used the Prime Minister's aircraft illegally while former Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif spent Rs600 million on air travel.

    In July this year, an accountability court in its verdict in the Avenfield properties corruption reference had handed the ousted prime minister 10 years as jail time for owning assets beyond known income and his daughter Maryam was given 7 years for abetment after she was found "instrumental in concealment of the properties of her father". Sharif's son-in-law retired Captain Safdar was given 1 year jail time.

    NAB had filed the reference regarding the high-end properties in London, along with two others, on the Supreme Court's directives in the landmark Panamagate verdict last year which deseated Nawaz as the prime minister.


    Special Assistant to PM on Accountability Shahzad Akbar (right) and Adviser to PM Iftikhar Durrani hold a press conference on Saturday. —DawnNewsTVSpecial Assistant to PM on Accountability Shahzad Akbar (right) and Adviser to PM Iftikhar Durrani hold a press conference on Saturday. —DawnNewsTV

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    Police have launched an investigation into the roadside blast in Karachi's Quaidabad area, which claimed the lives of two teenagers and caused injuries to a dozen other people late on Friday night.

    The probe was launched by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) after it took over the investigation from the local police.

    The two teenagers were killed and 12 others, most of whom were vendors, sustained injuries when a bomb planted under a vendor’s cart went off on near the Quaidabad flyover.

    The dead and the wounded were shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC).

    Ten injured persons were discharged after being administered first aid, said JPMC Executive Director Dr Seemin Jamali.

    Two others with serious injuries were admitted for treatment. One of them sustained injuries on his head but his condition is improving now. The second person’s leg was amputated to save his life as he was badly hurt in the blast and he was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital, Dr Jamali told Dawn.

    One of the deceased teenagers, Ali Hasan’s funeral was held in the city on Saturday which was attended by politicians and officials. He was stated to be the only brother of seven sisters.

    Preliminary findings

    Sources familiar with the preliminary investigation of the case said the modus operandi and type of explosive material used in the blast indicated the involvement of "sub-nationalist groups", which may belong to either Sindh or Balochistan.

    Speaking about the possible motive of the explosion, a security official on condition of anonymity told Dawn that it has been observed that Sindhi or Baloch sub-nationalist groups tend to carry out terrorist acts on soft targets just “to make their presence felt” whenever an important day or event was expected to take place.

    According to sources, the detonated bomb was a remote-controlled device that contained around two kilogrammes of explosive material.

    Law enforcement personnel also seized another improvised explosive device from the crime scene which was defused by the police’s Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) unit. It was also a remote-controlled device that contained around 2kg of explosive material.

    The security official said they suspected that the second bomb was planted to cause maximum damage to human lives when law enforcers were supposed to arrive there to inspect the site, but fortunately, it was defused by bomb experts in a timely manner.

    'Govt making efforts to maintain law and order'

    Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah earlier today visited the JPMC and inquired about the health of people injured in the Quaidabad blast. He directed the hospital administration to provide better health facilities to the wounded persons.

    Talking to reporters, Shah said incidents such as the explosion were a "conspiracy to sabotage peace".

    He said he has sought an immediate report into the incident from the Sindh inspector general of police. He believed that the kind of explosive material used in the blast would be determined after proper inquiry.

    Shah claimed that the provincial government was making concerted efforts to maintain law and order and such incidents were aimed at destroying the peace.

    To a question about the lack of an adequate forensic lab in Sindh, the chief minister said he hoped that such a facility would be established in the province soon.

    Meanwhile, Sindh IGP Dr Syed Kaleem Imam appreciated the performance of 12 BDS and CTD officials for timely disposal of the second bomb at Quaidabad flyover and announced a cash reward of Rs50,000 for each personnel.

    While regretting the loss of life and injuries caused by the blast, the Sindh police chief vowed that the culprits would be taken to task soon.


    Clothes from roadside vendors strewn about at the site of the blast. —DawnNewsTVClothes from roadside vendors strewn about at the site of the blast. —DawnNewsTV

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    An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Karachi on Saturday awarded a collective sentence of 24 years imprisonment to a suspect associated with the Altaf Hussain-led Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in a case pertaining to dumping of explosives and illicit arms in Karachi's Go Aish amusement park.

    Noman Khan was found guilty of possessing explosive substances and illegal weapons which he had dumped in the park in 2017.

    He was booked in two separate cases of possession of explosive substances and unlicensed weapons registered at the Gulistan-e-Johar police station.

    The ATC-XX judge, who conducted the trial in the judicial complex inside the central prison, pronounced in his verdict that the prosecution had proved its allegations against the accused, and sentenced him to 14 years rigorous imprisonment under Section 7(ff) of the Anti Terrorism Act (ATA), 1997.

    The judge further handed down ten years imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs100,000 in the second case of explosive substances and unlicensed weapons. In case of failure to pay the fine, the convict will undergo an additional jail term of one year. However, all the sentences will run concurrently.

    Examine:The MQM crisis

    According to the prosecution, the Rangers received information that an accused named Imbisat, who belonged to MQM-London, had hidden explosive materials and illegal weapons in the public park with the intention to commit targeted killing and terrorism in the city. The paramilitary force subsequently raided a storeroom on March 21, 2017, and found a huge cache of arms and ammunition.

    Law enforcement personnel later arrested Noman, while the main accused (Imbisat) was shown as an absconder in the report submitted by the investigating officer of the case.

    The defence counsel, Abid Zaman, denied the allegations levelled by the paramilitary force against Noman, arguing that he had been framed in the two cases.

    On the other hand, assistant prosecutor general Jawad Awan argued that the prosecution had evidence available to establish the convict's role in the allegations against him and requested the judge to sentence him in accordance with the law.

    Noman, who had pleaded not guilty to the charges, has decided to challenge the ATC's verdict.

    Meanwhile, the case against Imbisat has been shelved, to be reopened upon his arrest or surrender.


    A view of the central jail in Karachi. —Dawn archivesA view of the central jail in Karachi. —Dawn archives

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    The investigation team probing the murder of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-S leader Maulana Samiul Haq has approached Additional District and Sessions Judge, Nowshera, with a request that they be allowed to exhume the deceased leader's remains and conduct a post-mortem, police officials said.

    The request was filed in the court of ADSJ Hidayatullah Khan by Sub-Inspector Jameel of the homicide unit at Rawalpindi's airport police station.

    The application asserts that a post-mortem examination is necessary to investigate the murder and to fulfil the requirements laid down by the law for a murder investigation.

    An influential religious scholar and former senator, Maulana Samiul Haq was assassinated at his residence in Rawalpindi on November 2. He was buried in his hometown of Akora Khattak in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

    Samples have already been taken from his house by the police, including hair of three lengths, a bed sheet with blood on it, three glasses, fingerprints of three separate individuals and a bloodstained kurta. In all, more than 25 different samples collected from the scene of the murder have been sent to the laboratory.

    Police experts from the IT department are working on retrieving the data of incoming and outgoing phone calls on the maulana's phone. Police have also been questioning people who had been in telephonic contact with Haq during the last month, or if they had been called by the JUI-S chief himself.

    A sessions judge in Rawalpindi had allowed the police to hand over the body of Maulana Samiul Haq to his family, which contended that “Sharia does not allow the post-mortem of a Muslim’s body”.

    Some senior police officers Dawn talked to said as per the law, an autopsy is carried out to know the cause of death in unnatural death (particularly murder) cases but its absence may weaken the case to give the benefit of doubt to the killer(s) in later stages.


    Maulana Samiul Haq's family contended that Maulana Samiul Haq's family contended that "Sharia does not allow the postmortem of a Muslim’s body". —File/AFP

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    ISLAMABAD: Four new cases against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family will be forwarded to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) as a ‘hidden’ property of the Sharifs has been found in the UK, announced special assistant to the prime minister on accountability Shahzad Akbar on Saturday.

    Mr Akbar, who was accompanied by special assistant to the prime minister on media Iftikhar Durrani, told a press conference that one of the properties, which had been sold earlier this year, was located in Central London.

    “It has been revealed by the media that one property located in Central London worth around 2.2 or 2.3 million pounds was owned by the late Begum Kulsoom Nawaz and it was transferred in the name of her son, Hassan Nawaz, in 2016 and it was sold in 2018,” said the special assistant.

    He said the government had collected documentary evidence of the property rent that the Sharif family used to receive from 2012 to 2016. “These files had been put away earlier,” he said. “This is a crime. Nawaz Sharif as a parliamentarian had to disclose the wealth of his spouse to the election commission and to the Federal Board of Revenue while filing his annual returns,” announced Mr Akbar.

    Ex-premier’s hidden property found in UK, says special assistant to PM

    He said the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government had decided to forward the cases regarding this property to the FBR and NAB, as this was a new case against the Sharif family related to assets beyond their known sources of income.

    “We need to know the source of money to buy this expensive flat and the money trail to forward the amount from Pakistan to the UK,” he said.

    The special assistant announced that Pakistan had asked Britain for all the documents, which might be delivered within a week or two. “We will put before you the whole trail of this along with all the details,” he said.

    He added that Pakistan was in the process of signing bilateral information sharing treaties with several countries which were tax havens. “The bilateral treaty with Switzerland is expected to be signed by the year end,” he said. He informed the media that previous governments did not sign the treaty with the Swiss authorities leading to delays in tracing money parked there by the Pakistanis.

    Mr Akbar said the PTI government had decided to take up the matter so that the treaty should cover the past cases, too, or it should at least cover a period of the past five years. “We are in the process of signing this information-sharing agreements with the UK, British Virgin Islands, Singapore, Malaysia and the UAE,” he said, adding that the Iqama regime in the UAE was impeding sharing of information about the Pakistanis who owned properties there.

    Mr Durrani spoke about the alleged misuse of the PM’s plane. He said Rs340 million was illegally spent on air travel. He told the media that Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of Mr Sharif, used the PM’s aircraft illegally while the air travel expenses of former Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif was Rs600 million.

    Mr Akbar said that for personal benefits, the family used the discretionary powers of the prime minister and the chief minister.

    He claimed that one of the task forces was also examining the expenditures of and use of official vehicles by incumbent ministers so that official facilities were not misused as had been done by the previous regime.

    Giving details of the new cases against the Sharifs being forwarded to NAB, Mr Durrani said they included the charges of misuse of funds in erecting a security fence around the Raiwind Palace; plundering of funds allocated for entertainment and gifts; unauthorised use of the Prime Minister’s aircraft by Maryam Nawaz and the then Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, causing irreparable loss to the national exchequer, adds APP.

    He explained that Prime Minister Imran Khan had paid all the expenses for the security fence erected as per the Blue Book around his Banigala residence, while the Sharif family had spent taxpayers’ money for this purpose. About Rs600 million was spent to secure the Raiwind Palace, which was tantamount to misusing the authority and funds, he added.

    Mr Akbar said the record of the Prime Minister and Punjab Chief Minister houses would be handed over to NAB facilitating investigation into the new cases.

    The special assistant to the PM on the media also disclosed that information being shared by China about the Multan Metro Bus Project would soon be released to the media. He said corrupt practices of the former rulers were surfacing one after the other while they were denying possessing any land at home or abroad. They had distanced themselves from the contents of Qatari letters, he added.

    Published in Dawn, November 18th, 2018


    ISLAMABAD: Shahzad Akbar and Iftikhar Durrani, special assistants to the prime minister on accountability and media, respectively, pictured during a press briefing on Saturday.—INPISLAMABAD: Shahzad Akbar and Iftikhar Durrani, special assistants to the prime minister on accountability and media, respectively, pictured during a press briefing on Saturday.—INP

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    LAHORE: Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement on U-turns has generated a debate in political circles, with the opposition coming down heavily on what it called ‘a symbol of weak character’ and members of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) robustly defending their leader’s remarks.

    On Friday, in an interaction with the media at the PM House, Prime Minister Khan said that the real leader of a nation always made U-turns and changed his strategy depending on the situation and the need of the hour.

    “The leader who does not do timely U-turns is not a real leader,” Mr Khan said, giving the example of the ‘failure of German leader Adolf Hitler and French military leader Napoleon Bonaparte in wars in Russia’.

    “Both Hitler and Napoleon faced defeat as they did not change their strategies according to the situation and as a result, their armies were marooned in Russia,” PM Khan said, defending decisions that the opposition called U-turns.

    Reactions range from outrage to jocularity

    Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Asif hit out at the premier, saying it was only a matter of time before he would backtrack on his ‘U-turn’ statement as well.

    PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb tweeted: “(Imran Khan) Pakistan’s first official prime minister.” She also posted a screenshot of the statement by PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif suggesting that instead of a road sign, a picture of Imran Khan should be displayed at every U-turn.

    Pak Sarzameen Party secretary general Raza Haroon tweeted that taking a U-turn was not a good characteristic for any leader. “Whatever one says or believes, ‘U-turn’ is definitely not a good characteristic for any leader, let alone be proud of. Serious misconception of leadership skills. One may need to adopt an alternate plan or path or strategy etc. ... but never #UTurn,” he wrote.

    Speaking to reporters in Karachi, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah joked: “We have moved from U to W which comes after U. It’s now double U-turns.”

    The PTI leadership, including President Dr Arif Alvi, has come forward to defend the party chairman.

    “Decisions should be taken in accordance with the situation. I have taken U-turns on every step of the way in my life,” Dr Alvi told reporters in an informal talk.

    Sindh Governor Imran Ismail said “one cannot become a leader without taking U-turns”, whereas Senator Faisal Javed tweeted that a U-turn was a form of “assessment, rating, estimation, ranking, weighing up, consideration, analysis”.

    He added that it was crucial to have a proper evaluation of results and whether a U-turn was required. He said that there was a huge difference between a U-turn and a blatant lie.

    Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid, however, expressed ignorance about Mr Khan’s statement. At a press conference in Lahore, the minister said that he did not know the context in which Prime Minister Khan made the U-turn statement.

    Published in Dawn, November 18th, 2018


    Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Khawaja Asif hit out at the premier, saying it was only a matter of time before he would backtrack on his ‘U-turn’ statement as well. — APP/FilePakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Khawaja Asif hit out at the premier, saying it was only a matter of time before he would backtrack on his ‘U-turn’ statement as well. — APP/File

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    LAHORE: The Supreme Court has issued notices to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Opposition Leader in National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif and 137 others nominated in a case lodged by the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) regarding the 2014 Model Town incident.

    Bisma Amjad, an aggrieved woman of the incident, filed an application to the chief justice requesting to constitute a new Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe into the killings of innocent workers of the PAT/Idara Minhajul Quran.

    The other parliamentarians and bureaucrats nominated by the PAT include Punjab opposition leader Hamza Shahbaz, former law minister Rana Sanaullah Khan, ex-railways minister Khwaja Saad Rafiq, ex-defence minister Khwaja Asif, former information minister Pervez Rashid, former state minister Abid Sher Ali, former interior minister Nisar Ali Khan, then personal secretary to chief minister Syed Tauqir Shah, former home minister Azam Suleman and then Lahore Commissioner Rashid Mahmood Langrial.

    The [accused] police officers include ex-IGP Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhera, former DIG Operations Lahore Rana Abdul Jabbar and then SP Security Salman Ali Khan.

    A two-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar will hear the application on Nov 19. The court would decide a legal point whether a new JIT could be formed at this stage of the case.

    On Sept 26 last, a three-judge bench of the Lahore High Court with a majority decision by 2 to 1, had dismissed two criminal revision appeals challenging a trial court’s decision on a private complaint by the PAT to the extent of non-summoning of 12 suspects including PML-N’s leaders and bureaucrats.

    The majority decision said, “It may not be proper for this court (LHC) to enter into reasoning for non-summoning the respondents as accused at this point in time when no allegation is made against the respondents and proceeding against them on the basis of such complaint would be abuse of process of court.”

    It ruled that the matter could not be remanded to the trial court for further inquiry in specified manner as the judge of the ATC applied his mind while recording order of non-summoning respondents as accused, therefore, it could not be said that the reasoning given for non-summoning the respondents as accused by the trial judge was illegal and perverse.

    At least 14 persons were killed and over 100 injured during an ‘anti-encroachment’ operation outside the Model Town residence of PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri on June 17, 2014. Jawad Hamid of PAT had filed the private complaint before the trial court.

    Published in Dawn, November 18th, 2018


    This file photo shows policemen clashing with PAT workers during the 2014 Model Town incident.This file photo shows policemen clashing with PAT workers during the 2014 Model Town incident.

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    KARACHI: Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa holds a meeting during his visit to Pakistan Rangers Sindh Headquarters on Saturday.—INP
    KARACHI: Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa holds a meeting during his visit to Pakistan Rangers Sindh Headquarters on Saturday.—INP

    KARACHI: The military establishment on Saturday hinted that the ‘Karachi operation’, which has been going on for the last five years, is not going to end anytime soon and efforts from the armed forces would continue to “further improve the city’s security environment” in the days to come.

    According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), senior officials expressed the resolve during a visit of Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa to the Pakistan Rangers Sindh Headquarters. He was briefed about the progress and ongoing efforts for maintaining peace in Karachi and other parts of Sindh.

    “DG Rangers Sindh Major General Muhammad Saeed gave a detailed briefing about security situation of the province, including law and order in Karachi. The army chief appreciated efforts of Pakistan Rangers Sindh and all other law enforcing agencies towards improving the security environment,” the statement added.

    The Rangers-led operation — which was launched in Sept 2013 — has improved the security situation in the city to a large extent as peace was restored to residential and commercial areas after years of bloodshed on sectarian, ethnic and political grounds. However, the city has witnessed a sudden surge in other criminal activities in recent months with street crimes being the top challenge for the law-enforcement and security agencies.

    The army chief’s message to continue efforts for “further improvement” and sustainable peace in Karachi suggested that the paramilitary force-led exercise, which had already completed its five years, would continue.

    “[The] COAS said that Karachi is the engine of national economy and we shall further improve its security environment so that positive business trajectory is maintained,” the ISPR said, adding that Karachi Corps Commander Lieutenant General Humayun Aziz accompanied the army chief during his visit.

    Published in Dawn, November 18th, 2018


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    KARACHI: Justice Gulzar Ahmed of the Supreme Court on Saturday issued directions for removal of encroachments from railway lines as well as to clear the land of Pakistan Railways (PR) through deputy commissioners concerned.

    Justice Ahmed, who was chairing a meeting at the apex court’s Karachi registry, also asked the authorities concerned for revival of the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) and a tram service.

    The SC judge directed the DCs to remove encroachments to clear the route of the KCR as well as the land in their respective areas after the divisional superintendent of PR said that most of its land was encroached upon.

    Justice Ahmed also directed local administration, cantonment boards and other authorities concerned to also remove the encroachments from Sharea Faisal and other parts of the provincial metropolis.

    Published in Dawn, November 18th, 2018


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    LAHORE: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday met his younger brother and PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif at the National Accountability Bureau’s Lahore office where he is in custody in connection with the Ashiyana-i-Iqbal housing project case.

    Nawaz, accompanied by his daughter Maryam Nawaz, Shahbaz’s wife Nusrat and son Hamza, held a two-hour meeting with the leader of opposition in the National Assembly.

    On Oct 5, NAB arrested Shahbaz in the case in which he is accused of cancelling the contract of the successful bidder, M/S Chaudhry Latif & Sons, instead allegedly obliging M/S Lahore Casa Develo­pers (JV) — a proxy group of M/S Paragon City (Pvt) Limited — and causing losses of millions to the exchequer.

    NAB has also arrested Shahbaz in the Ramazan Sugar Mills case. The former chief minister has been accused of ordering construction of a bridge to benefit the sugar mills and spending public money on the project in Chiniot.

    According to NAB, Shahbaz allegedly approved an amount of Rs200 million for the construction of the bridge.

    NAB has already written to the interior ministry for placing the names of Hamza Shahbaz and his younger brother Salman Shahbaz on the Exit Control List (ECL). They are facing a NAB inquiry in the Ramazan Sugar Mills case.

    Hamza is also facing an inquiry in the Saaf Pani Company case for presiding over some meetings of its board of directors and allegedly issuing orders regarding award of contracts.

    Salman is in London and has skipped the last three NAB hearings.

    Published in Dawn, November 18th, 2018


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    NOWSHERA: Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Sami (JUI-S) on Saturday said it would not allow exhumation of the body of Maulana Samiul Haq for a postmortem as police had got permission from a sessions judge of Rawalpindi in this regard.

    “We have not yet received any official or court order regarding exhumation of the body of Shaheed Maulana Samiul Haq, but why will we allow the postmortem today which was refused yesterday (immediately after the incident),” said JUI-S provincial chief Maulana Yousaf Shah.

    He said that they had not received any notice regarding postmortem, adding it was the right of heirs of a family to allow police to conduct it or not. He said that in this connection the decision of Shariat Court was also available that the government could not force a family for the postmortem.

    The JUI-S leader said that the history showed that the government had never arrested any culprit on the basis of postmortems. He said that the government had failed to arrest the killers so far and now was trying to hide its failure on the pretext of postmortem.

    Mr Shah said that let the government arrest the killers of SP Tahir Dawar as his postmortem had been done by both the governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan. He, however, said that a final decision would be taken after receiving proper notice.

    Published in Dawn, November 18th, 2018


    “We have not yet received any official or court order regarding exhumation of the body of Shaheed Maulana Samiul Haq, but why we will allow the postmortem today which was refused yesterday (immediately after the incident),” said JUI-S provincial chief Maulana Yousaf Shah. — APP/File“We have not yet received any official or court order regarding exhumation of the body of Shaheed Maulana Samiul Haq, but why we will allow the postmortem today which was refused yesterday (immediately after the incident),” said JUI-S provincial chief Maulana Yousaf Shah. — APP/File

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    ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has suggested that lawmakers may consider amending the National Accountability Ordina­nce (NAO) 1999 to enable an accused person to apply for bail to an accountability court.

    “In the changed scenario, the legislature may, if so advised, consider amending the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999 appropriately so as to enable an accused person to apply for his bail before the relevant accountability court in the first instance,” wrote Justice Asif Saeed Khosa in a judgement on the plea of Tallat Ishaq, who had sought leave to appeal against the Jan 31 ruling of the Balochistan High Court in which his post-arrest bail was refused in a corruption reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against him and others under Section 18(g) read with Section 24(b) of the NAO.

    Justice Khosa also recommended revising the unrealistic time frame for conclusion of a trial as specified in Section 16(a) of the NAO. The time frame under the NAB law is 30 days.

    In a judgement, Justice Khosa also recommends revising unrealistic time frame for conclusion of trial

    The intention behind introduction of Section 9(b) of the NAO, which ousted the jurisdiction of the superior courts regarding grant of bail in a case under NAO, already stood neutralised due to opening of the door for bail through exercise of constitutional jurisdiction of a high court, Justice Khosa observed.

    Resultantly, the entire burden was being shouldered by the high courts, which was an unnecessary drain on their precious time, he explained, adding that the high courts and the Supreme Court had always felt difficulty in adjusting the requirements of “without lawful authority” and “of no legal effect” relevant to a writ of certiorari (Article 199(1)(a)(ii) of the Constitution) with the requirements of bail provided in Section 497 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).

    Ishaq was facing the allegation that in his capacity as superintendent in the office of Director Development, Quetta Division, he had acquired assets beyond known sources of income in his own name and in the names of his wife and others.

    According to the prosecution, he had acquired 17 immovable properties worth Rs93 million and six vehicles.

    The same question was highlighted by senior counsel Khawaja Haris Ahmed while defending former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz before the apex court in the appeal moved by NAB against the Sept 19 decision of the Islamabad High Court to suspend the jail term awarded to the Sharifs in the Avenfield apartments reference.

    In this case the Supreme Court has already constituted a larger bench to consider if constitutional jurisdiction to grant bail should be invoked when there is a statutory ouster of courts to grant bail pending appeal against special courts, like the accountability court, particularly in cases involving grant of bail by suspending the sentence and release on bail during pendency of the appeal.

    The larger bench will also ponder over the jurisdiction of the superior courts regarding ouster of Section 426 of the CrPC for suspension of sentences in NAB cases. It will also ascertain the principles regulating bail under sections 497 and 498 of the CrPC while considering the suspension of sentences.

    In his verdict, Justice Khosa observed that the stand taken by Ishaq before the apex court regarding properties in question were ostensibly mutually contradictory.

    “The case against Ishaq is quite distinguishable from the case against his co-accused who had been admitted to bail by the high court since Ishaq is the principal accused in this case whereas the co-accused are alleged to be Benamidars only,” Justice Khosa observed, adding that no reason was cited to show why delay occurred in the conclusion of his trial and who was responsible for it.

    Published in Dawn, November 18th, 2018


    In a judgement, Justice Khosa also recommends revising unrealistic time frame for conclusion of trial. — FileIn a judgement, Justice Khosa also recommends revising unrealistic time frame for conclusion of trial. — File

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    KARACHI: Police have launched investigations into the Quaidabad bomb blast, which killed two teenage boys and wounded 12 other persons on Friday night, and law enforcers said that their assessment suggested involvement of sub-nationalist groups in the deadly incident, it emerged on Saturday.

    Two teenagers were killed and 12 other persons, mostly vendors, sustained injuries when a bomb planted under a pushcart went off on Friday night near the Quaidabad flyover.

    The dead and wounded were shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre.

    CM terms blast a conspiracy to sabotage peace

    Ten of the injured persons were discharged after first aid, said Dr Seemin Jamali, executive director of the JPMC.

    Two seriously injured persons were admitted for treatment. One of them had sustained injuries in the head, but his condition was improving. Another injured person’s leg was amputated to save his life. He was badly injured in the blast and was shifted to the intensive care unit of the hospital, added Dr Jamali.

    The funeral of one of the dead teenagers, Ali Hasan, was held in the city on Saturday, which was attended by politicians and officials. He was stated to be the only brother of seven sisters.

    Probe

    Police’s Counter-Terrorism Department has taken over investigations from the local police and launched their own probe into it.

    Sources familiar with the preliminary investigations of the case told Dawn that the modus operandi and type of explosive material indicated the involvement of sub-nationalist groups, who may be belonging to Sindh or Balochistan.

    Regarding a possible motive for the blast, a security official on condition of anonymity told Dawn that it had been observed that the Sindhi or Baloch sub-nationalist groups tended to carry out terror acts “to make their presence felt” whenever an important day or event was expected to arrive.

    The sources said that it was a remote-controlled device, weighing around two kilograms.

    The law enforcers found another improvised explosive device at the crime scene, which was defused by the police’s Bomb Disposal Squad officials. It also weighed around two kilograms and was also a remote-controlled device.

    The security official said they suspected that another bomb was planted to cause maximum damage to human life when law enforcers were supposed to arrive there to inspect the place, but it was defused on time by the bomb experts.

    ‘A conspiracy to sabotage peace’

    Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Saturday visited the JPMC and inquired about the health of the persons injured in the Quaidabad blast. He directed the hospital administration to provide proper health facilities to the wounded.

    Talking to the media on the occasion, Mr Shah said such incidents were a conspiracy to disturb the peace. He said he had sought an immediate report from Inspector General of Police Dr Syed Kaleem Imam.

    Answering a question about lack of proper forensic laboratory in Sindh, Mr Shah said he hoped that such a forensic lab would be established here soon.

    He said the Sindh government was assessing why Punjab’s forensic lab leaked information to the media about findings of the samples collected from the home of two minor brothers who died from eating “poisonous food” in the city last week.

    He said at this stage, it would be premature to comment on the death of two minor brothers till a complete report is received.

    The CM expressed his concern about the prime minister’s reported statement of taking U-turns and apprehended that it might adversely affect foreign investment in the country.

    Reward

    Meanwhile, IGP Imam praised the 12 BDS and CTD officials who defused another bomb near the Quaidabad flyover on Friday night and announced Rs50,000 for each official.

    While expressing his regrets over the loss of two lives and injuries to others, the police chief vowed that the culprits would be caught soon.

    Published in Dawn, November 18th, 2018


    PEOPLE gather at the blast site on Friday night.—INPPEOPLE gather at the blast site on Friday night.—INP

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    A home-based worker from Mithi displays arts and crafts materials that a cluster of women create and supply to dealers in various parts of the country.—Photo by Sumaira Jajja
    A home-based worker from Mithi displays arts and crafts materials that a cluster of women create and supply to dealers in various parts of the country.—Photo by Sumaira Jajja

    ISLAMABAD: The Inter­na­tional Labour Organisa­tion (ILO) has warned that Asia-Pacific still faces structural weaknesses in its labour markets despite two decades of economic growth.

    In its ‘Asia-Pacific Employ­ment’ and ‘Social Outlook 2018’, released on Friday, ILO pointed out that although the regional unemployment rate is projected to remain 4.1 per cent through 2020, the vulnerable employment rate is expect to creep up towards 49pc, reversing a downward trend of at least two decades.

    The region’s future prospects will require that economic growth go hand in hand with a further expansion of decent work, it says.

    While real wage growth surpassed labour productivity growth between 2010 and 2016 in almost all countries, the increase in wages of employees looked especially strong in China, Thailand and Vietnam. However, negative wage growth was witnessed in Pakis­tan in 2015-16 at minus 4.7pc.

    In Pakistan’s education sector, 6.6pc of the total female employment in 2016 was well behind the 72.9pc share in agriculture and 12.7pc in manufacturing.

    Pakistan stands out with 15.3pc of women working from their homes, and 37pc working on the land (in agriculture) in 2017.

    Structural transformation has been strongly felt in the region, with employment moving from agriculture mainly into services and only to some extent into industry. Most of the loss in agriculture was taken up by the increase in employment in the services sector, where 740 million jobs have been gained since 2000.

    Manufacturing jobs dec­rea­sed slightly from the peak in the mid-2000s, with more job losses accruing to women than men.

    The report says while the Asia-Pacific region has made rapid progress to substantially reduce extreme poverty, one fourth of all workers in the region — 446m workers — still lived in moderate or extreme poverty in 2017 and nearly half of the workforce — 930m people — were still making a living in vulnerable employment as own-account or unpaid contributing family workers.

    With 1.9bn workers — 1.2bn men and 700m women, the Asia-Pacific region represented 60pc of the global workforce in 2017.

    Asia and the Pacific has the most people working, relative to the working-age population. Employment-to-population ratio stands at 59.7pc, compared with 58.6pc at the global level.

    Large numbers of workers in the region, especially those in low-paid jobs, work more than 48 hours per week.

    The average hours worked in Southern Asia and Eastern Asia in 2017 were the world’s highest, at 46.4 and 46.3 hours per week, respectively.

    In Eastern Asia, almost one in five workers worked in excess of 60 hours per week. The regional unemployment rate at 4.1pc is the world’s lowest and well below the global rate of 5.5pc in 2017. But while the global unemployment rate has held steady since 2015, the rate in the Asia-Pacific region has increased slightly by 0.1 percentage point.

    In total there were 80.9m unemployed persons in Asia and the Pacific in 2018.

    At 10.4pc, unemployment rate among youth remained unchanged from 2015, while the global rate increased to 12.6pc. Thirty five per cent of the region’s unemployed were youth (aged 15—24), although youth made up only 20pc of the working-age population.

    In general terms, the labour market gains evident in the Asia-Pacific region in the past few years remain present but fragile.

    Decent work deficits persist in all countries in the region and continue to weigh heavily on development trajectories.

    Over the coming years, economic growth is expected to remain strong in the region, with growth rates of 5.6pc expected for 2018 and 2019, compared with 3.9pc at the global level.

    Yet, there are lingering fragilities in the foundations of growth in the region that have the potential to offset the positive forecasts.

    Recent threats of increased trade protectionism are already having an impact on investment in the manufacturing sector, which many workers in the region continue to rely on for their livelihoods and occasionally their first foray into paid employment. Demographic trends, and in particular the impact of ageing societies, are adding strain to the already-limited social protection systems and call into question the future labour productivity gains.

    Published in Dawn, November 18th, 2018


    A Pakistani labourer makes clay dishes at a factory in Karachi on April 30, 2017. — AFP/FileA Pakistani labourer makes clay dishes at a factory in Karachi on April 30, 2017. — AFP/File

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    Hasan Ali struck twice in five deliveries to topple New Zealand's top order as Pakistan reduced the visitors to 134-4 at lunch on the third day of the first test on Sunday.

    New Zealand, which surrendered a first innings lead of 74 runs, are 60 runs ahead with B.J. Watling batting on 15 and Henry Nicholls unbeaten on 13 at the break.

    Watling survived in the last over before lunch when he successfully reversed an lbw decision against him off Bilal Asif's offspin as the television replays showed the ball would have missed the leg stump.

    Hasan (3-21) used the reverse swing with perfection by nipping Ross Taylor (19) plumb leg before wicket.

    Four balls later Jeet Raval's (46) resistance finally ended when he edged the right-arm fast bowler behind as New Zealand slipped to 108-4.

    Earlier, left-handed Raval was aggressive against leg-spinner Yasir Shah when New Zealand resumed on 56-1 and quickly wiped off the first innings deficit.

    Raval used his feet well against Shah by hitting three boundaries in the leg-spinner's first two overs.

    However, Captain Safraz Ahmed persisted with Shah and the leg-spinner finally got the breakthrough.

    Kane Williamson (37) added 10 to his overnight score of 27 before Shah bowled the New Zealand skipper off a delivery which moved enough and tipped the off stump bail to break the 86-run second wicket stand.

    Taylor was also dominant against Shah by smashing three fours in leg-spinner's one over that included two meticulous cuts and one over mid-wicket.

    But Hasan's twin strikes in his fourth over of the day pegged back New Zealand's progress as the fast bowler provided Pakistan with an edge.


    Hasan Ali strikes twice in five deliveries to topple New Zealand's top order. ─ Photo courtesy ICC TwitterHasan Ali strikes twice in five deliveries to topple New Zealand's top order. ─ Photo courtesy ICC Twitter

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    Pakistan, set a target of 176 to win, were 37-0 at close on the third day of the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

    Imam-ul-Haq (25) and Mohammad Hafeez (8) were at the crease till the end on the third day. Pakistan will need another 139 runs to defeat New Zealand who were all out at 249 in their second innings.

    Medium pacer Hasan Ali took his maiden five-wicket haul with 5-45 while leg-spinner Yasir Shah finished with 5-110 — his 14th five-wicket haul in an innings — as New Zealand lost their last six wickets for 29 runs.

    BJ Watling (59) and Henry Nicholls (55) added 112 for the fifth wicket.

    New Zealand made 153 in their first innings to which Pakistan replied with 227 all out.

    New Zealand, which surrendered a first innings lead of 74 runs, were 60 runs ahead with B.J. Watling batting on 15 and Henry Nicholls unbeaten on 13 at the break.

    Watling survived in the last over before lunch when he successfully reversed an lbw decision against him off Bilal Asif's off spin as the television replays showed the ball would have missed the leg stump.

    Hasan used the reverse swing with perfection by nipping Ross Taylor (19) plumb leg before wicket.

    Four balls later Jeet Raval's (46) resistance finally ended when he edged the right-arm fast bowler behind as New Zealand slipped to 108-4.

    Earlier, left-handed Raval was aggressive against leg-spinner Yasir Shah when New Zealand resumed on 56-1 and quickly wiped off the first innings deficit.

    Raval used his feet well against Shah by hitting three boundaries in the leg-spinner's first two overs.

    However, Captain Safraz Ahmed persisted with Shah and the leg-spinner finally got the breakthrough.

    Kane Williamson (37) added 10 to his overnight score of 27 before Shah bowled the New Zealand skipper off a delivery which moved enough and tipped the off stump bail to break the 86-run second wicket stand.

    Taylor was also dominant against Shah by smashing three fours in leg-spinner's one over that included two meticulous cuts and one over mid-wicket.

    But Hasan's twin strikes in his fourth over of the day pegged back New Zealand's progress as the fast bowler provided Pakistan with an edge.


    Hasan Ali strikes twice in five deliveries to topple New Zealand's top order. ─ Photo courtesy ICC TwitterHasan Ali strikes twice in five deliveries to topple New Zealand's top order. ─ Photo courtesy ICC Twitter

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    At least three security personnel were martyred and three others injured in Quetta's Margate area on Sunday when an improvised explosive device (IED) targeting a security forces vehicle was detonated, DawnNewsTV reported.

    According to Balochistan Frontier Corps (FC) spokesperson Khan Wasey, the roadside IED targeted a security forces vehicle transporting rations to the security personnel.

    The injured FC personnel were transported to Combined Military Hospital Quetta where they were said to be out of danger.

    Earlier on Saturday night, a retired deputy inspector general of police was gunned down in Junior Assistant Colony in Quetta.

    According to police, unidentified armed men riding a motorcycle opened fire on former DIG (crime) Naeem Kakar when he was coming out of a mosque. They said Kakar was taken to a hospital, where he died during treatment.


    Three FC men injured in the blast were transported to Quetta's Combined Military Hospital. ─ File photoThree FC men injured in the blast were transported to Quetta's Combined Military Hospital. ─ File photo

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    Pakistan, set a target of 176 to win, were 37-0 at close on the third day of the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

    Imam-ul-Haq (25) and Mohammad Hafeez (8) were at the crease till the end on the third day. Pakistan will need another 139 runs to defeat New Zealand who were all out at 249 in their second innings.

    Medium pacer Hasan Ali took his maiden five-wicket haul with 5-45 while leg-spinner Yasir Shah finished with 5-110 — his 14th five-wicket haul in an innings — as New Zealand lost their last six wickets for 29 runs.

    BJ Watling (59) and Henry Nicholls (55) added 112 for the fifth wicket.

    New Zealand made 153 in their first innings to which Pakistan replied with 227 all out.

    New Zealand, which surrendered a first innings lead of 74 runs, were 60 runs ahead with BJ Watling batting on 15 and Henry Nicholls unbeaten on 13 at the break.

    Watling survived in the last over before lunch when he successfully reversed an lbw decision against him off Bilal Asif's off spin as the television replays showed the ball would have missed the leg stump.

    Hasan used the reverse swing with perfection by nipping Ross Taylor (19) plumb leg before wicket.

    Four balls later Jeet Raval's (46) resistance finally ended when he edged the right-arm fast bowler behind as New Zealand slipped to 108-4.

    Earlier, left-handed Raval was aggressive against leg-spinner Yasir Shah when New Zealand resumed on 56-1 and quickly wiped off the first innings deficit.

    Raval used his feet well against Shah by hitting three boundaries in the leg-spinner's first two overs.

    However, Captain Safraz Ahmed persisted with Shah and the leg-spinner finally got the breakthrough.

    Kane Williamson (37) added 10 to his overnight score of 27 before Shah bowled the New Zealand skipper off a delivery which moved enough and tipped the off stump bail to break the 86-run second wicket stand.

    Taylor was also dominant against Shah by smashing three fours in leg-spinner's one over that included two meticulous cuts and one over mid-wicket.

    But Hasan's twin strikes in his fourth over of the day pegged back New Zealand's progress as the fast bowler provided Pakistan with an edge.


    Hasan Ali strikes twice in five deliveries to topple New Zealand's top order. ─ Photo courtesy ICC TwitterHasan Ali strikes twice in five deliveries to topple New Zealand's top order. ─ Photo courtesy ICC Twitter

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    A husband and wife were gunned down, while their daughter received injuries as three armed men stormed into a house in Sohrab Goth area of Karachi on Sunday evening and opened indiscriminate fire, police said.

    The incident took place in Lasi Goth are which falls under the jurisdiction of Sohrab Goth police station.

    According to Additional Police Surgeon Dr Saleem Shaikh, the husband, Zamir Ahmed Shaikh, 45, and his wife, Bhagul Bibi, were rushed to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital along with their injured daughter where the couple was pronounced dead on arrival.

    Their daughter, Soomal, in her early 20s was admitted for treatment and is out of danger, added Dr Shaikh.

    Malir SSP Irfan Bahadur said the couple had an old feud with the three suspects from when they lived in their native town of Naudero in Larkana district.

    "The double murder is the outcome of some personal enmity," said the SSP.

    He said police were probing the incident further and the culprits will be arrested soon.

    Five perish in road accidents

    Five youngsters died in separate road accidents in Surjani, Superhighway, and Seaview areas of the metropolis on Sunday, according to police.

    In Surjani, two young boys were riding a motorbike when a dumper hit them near Abdullah Mor. They sustained critical injuries and were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where doctors pronounced them dead. The deceased were identified as Harmain Asif, 14, and Awais, 10.

    Separately on Superhighway, a teenager and a man died while five others were injured, when a car and truck collided near Nooriabad, according to Edhi Foundation's spokesperson.

    The deceased man was identified as Niaz Bakhsh and the teenager, Sahil. Among the injured were three women.

    In another incident in the evening, an underage car driver killed two youths at Seaview, according to Sahil police.

    They added that Aslam and Abdul Basit were riding a motorbike when ostensibly an over-speeding car hit them near Village Restaurant. They sustained critical injuries and died on the spot.

    The police arrested the driver and seized the car.

    Sahil police officer Hamraz said that the errant driver — who is a student aged 17 — was driving without a licence.

    Three persons die, seven become disabled due to accidents daily

    Karachi police chief Dr Amir Ahmed Shaikh said that three persons die, while seven persons lose their legs or hands due to accidents in the city on a daily basis. He cited over-speeding, violation of one-way traffic, and lack of use of indicators while driving as three major reasons behind growing incidents of deaths on the roads.

    Citing a report during a programme held to remember the people killed in fatal accidents, AIG Shaikh said around 1,200 accidents occurred in Karachi every month.

    He disclosed that around 61,000 people were fined over charges of driving on the wrong side of the road during a recent campaign conducted by traffic police in the city.

    The city police chief also revealed that around 60 per cent drivers have no licence in Karachi. He said obtaining a licence was imperative and the citizens must demonstrate this responsibility, adding that driving without a licence was a "crime".

    He also urged bike-riders to wear helmets. The AIG said most of the deceased in such accidents were youths and said that such deaths could be avoided by following the traffic laws.

    Citing a report by the World Health Organisation, the city police chief said that more people die in road accidents than terrorism-related incidents in the world.


    "The double murder is the outcome of some personal enmity," said Malir SSP Irfan Bahadur. —AFP/File

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    KARACHI: “There are tiny bombs exploding all over the place, nothing on the atomic level yet,” said Dr Mehtab Karim, vice chancellor of the Malir University of Science and Technology, while speaking at an event titled ‘Is the population bomb ticking?’.

    The event was organised by the Society for Global Moderation at CMC on Saturday evening.

    “South Asia, with over one-fourth of the world’s population, is the poorest region after the Sub-Saharan region but due to the high population growth rate during the second half of the 20th century, it has suffered from a high infant mortality rate, a low level of literacy and endemic poverty,” said Dr Karim.

    Discussing high fertility in developing countries in the ‘60s, Dr Karim claimed that most social scientists and experts believed that fertility was generally embedded in cultural and religious factors, which encouraged families to have too many children.

    “India and Pakistan have shown concern for their high population growth and have launched family planning programmes in the early 1960s but the current low rate of contraceptive use in South Asia was due to the missing element of proper family planning,” he said.

    He added that Pakistan’s family planning programmes had suffered owing to a change in strategies and lack of political commitment.

    According to Dr Karim, the population planning process in Pakistan was based on a faulty framework and the population explosion might become a threat to the very existence of the nation which will have 342 million people by 2050.

    He claimed that experts had been trying to get the attention of policy makers since there was a dire need for the country to slow down its population growth.

    “Pakistan’s population is growing by 2 per cent a year,” he said.

    Talking about the youth bulge, he said: “Economic gains are not around the corner. The unemployed youth has to be given jobs, otherwise the ticking time bomb will explode. If it is not defused, economic prosperity will become an elusive dream.”

    Published in Dawn, November 19th, 2018


    Resident of Quetta, 43-year-old Jan Mohammad, was expecting two more children. — DawnNewsTV/FileResident of Quetta, 43-year-old Jan Mohammad, was expecting two more children. — DawnNewsTV/File

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