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Nawaz has option of plea bargain: Fawad

LAHORE: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Sunday said that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif might leave the country after entering into a plea-bargain with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

He said the leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) were doing politics on the health of Nawaz Sharif and trying to halt the ongoing accountability process.He said Nawaz Sharif would have to bear the brunt of his deeds and he would be held accountable for them, adding that all the cases against Nawaz Sharif were instituted during the past regimes.Rejecting media reports that Nawaz Sharif was not being provided best medical treatment, he said extraordinary medical facilities are being provided to Nawaz Sharif to treat his cardiac, kidney and diabetes ailments but he had refused to avail himself of the treatment within Pakistan.
He said, recently, Punjab Chief Minister’s spokesman Dr Shahbaz Gill alongside senior journalist Mujeebur Rehman Shami met Nawaz Sharif at Kot Lakhpat Jail to offer him the medical treatment of his choice within Pakistan but he declined.The minister said, despite Nawaz Shairf’s refusal to get treatment in the country, he said the Punjab government had established a mini-cardiac unit at the Kot Lakhpat Jail with three cardiologists and three technicians available round the clock, but Nawaz Sharif had not allowed them any access.

He said, as a matter of fact, Nawaz Sharif did not want to be treated in the country as he did not have faith in the health facilities being provided in the country which he and his brother Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif built over three decades.The minister recalled the past incident when Imran Khan fell off a staircase during the general elections campaign in 2013 and said it was only Prime Minister Imran Khan who refused to go abroad for treatment and preferred to be treated at Shaukat Khan Memorial Hospital (SKMH), although an air ambulance had been arranged for shifting him abroad for treatment.He said, similarly, Imran Khan’s late father also got all treatment from Pakistan instead of going abroad.He said this was the spirit what differentiated between Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and PML-N leadership.

Fawad Chaudhry said that Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his family are insisting that he be sent to the hospital in London where the former premier received treatment before.Fawad alleged that the complications that have come up in Nawaz’ health are because of doctors in London.The information minister presented a review of the various developments in the former premier’s health over the past few months.Fawad Chaudhry said that certain tests including a thallium scan were done after which a doctor recommended that Nawaz be shifted to the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) for further tests.On January 22, Sharif was shifted to PIC where he underwent tests.Following this at 3 30pm on the same day the former premier went back to jail.

The information minister added that on Jan 25 the Punjab Home Department constituted a six-member board including doctors from Lahore and Rawalpindi cardiology hospitals while Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) personnel had also been nominated.On Jan 30, this board met Nawaz in jail and advised that the former premier be shifted to a hospital due to previous ailments he had suffered.He added that in 2001-02 Nawaz underwent an angioplasty and in 2016 he had a bypass surgery.Meanwhile in an interview with a private TV channel, Fawad Chaudhry said that no formal negotiations have been held with the United States regarding release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui and no substantive progress has been made regarding this matter.Fawad said, It is our desire that Dr Aafia should be handed over to Pakistan and she should complete the remaining term in Pakistan which is her right being the Pakistani citizen. Fawad said that Pakistan has signed extradition treaty with Britain but has no such agreement with the United States adding that this depends on the US policy.

Fawad Chaudhry said that Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting is going to be held in June adding, We will fulfill most of the conditions of FATF and will come out from the gray list in September. He said that the meeting of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari with Nawaz Sharif was meeting between the two disappointed persons.
Fawad said that Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari have contested their last elections, however, Bilawal’s politics will continue.Replying a question Fawad said that the investigations into the suicide of Brigadier (R) Asad Munir should be held so that the causes of suicide could be ascertained.He said that the postmortem of Asad Munir’s body should have been conducted and application of Asad Munir’s family for not conducting the postmortem should have been rejected.

Addressing a press conference along with Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasim Rashid here at the Press Information Department (PID), he said the accountability process against Nawaz Sharif would not stop on the pretext of his bad health, adding that Nawaz Sharif would have to return every penny of the masses only then he could be allowed to leave the country.He said the leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) were doing politics on the health of Nawaz Sharif and trying to halt the ongoing accountability process.He said Nawaz Sharif would have to bear the brunt of his deeds and he would be held accountable for them, adding that all the cases against Nawaz Sharif were instituted during the past regimes.

Rejecting media reports that Nawaz Sharif was not being provided best medical treatment, he said extraordinary medical facilities are being provided to Nawaz Sharif to treat his cardiac, kidney and diabetes ailments but he had refused to avail himself of the treatment within Pakistan.He said, recently, Punjab Chief Minister’s spokesman Dr Shahbaz Gill alongside senior journalist Mujeebur Rehman Shami met Nawaz Sharif at Kot Lakhpat Jail to offer him the medical treatment of his choice within Pakistan but he declined.The minister said, despite Nawaz Shairf’s refusal to get treatment in the country, he said the Punjab government had established a mini-cardiac unit at the Kot Lakhpat Jail with three cardiologists and three technicians available round the clock, but Nawaz Sharif had not allowed them any access.He said, as a matter of fact, Nawaz Sharif did not want to be treated in the country as he did not have faith in the health facilities being provided in the country which he and his brother Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif built over three decades.

The minister recalled the past incident when Imran Khan fell off a staircase during the general elections campaign in 2013 and said it was only Prime Minister Imran Khan who refused to go abroad for treatment and preferred to be treated at Shaukat Khan Memorial Hospital (SKMH), although an air ambulance had been arranged for shifting him abroad for treatment.He said, similarly, Imran Khan’s late father also got all treatment from Pakistan instead of going abroad.
He said this was the spirit what differentiated between Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and PML-N leadership.Fawad Chaudhry said that Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his family are insisting that he be sent to the hospital in London where the former premier received treatment before.Fawad alleged that the complications that have come up in Nawaz’ health are because of doctors in London.The information minister presented a review of the various developments in the former premier’s health over the past few months.Fawad Chaudhry said that certain tests including a thallium scan were done after which a doctor recommended that Nawaz be shifted to the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) for further tests. On January 22, Sharif was shifted to PIC where he underwent tests.

Following this at 3 30pm on the same day the former premier went back to jail.The information minister added that on Jan 25 the Punjab Home Department constituted a six-member board including doctors from Lahore and Rawalpindi cardiology hospitals while Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) personnel had also been nominated.On Jan 30, this board met Nawaz in jail and advised that the former premier be shifted to a hospital due to previous ailments he had suffered. He added that in 2001-02 Nawaz underwent an angioplasty and in 2016 he had a bypass surgery.Meanwhile in an interview with a private TV channel, Fawad Chaudhry said that no formal negotiations have been held with the United States regarding release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui and no substantive progress has been made regarding this matter. Fawad said, “It is our desire that Dr Aafia should be handed over to Pakistan and she should complete the remaining term in Pakistan which is her right being the Pakistani citizen.Fawad said that Pakistan has signed extradition treaty with Britain but has no such agreement with the United States adding that this depends on the US policy.Fawad Chaudhry said that Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting is going to be held in June adding, “We will fulfill most of the conditions of FATF and will come out from the gray list in September.” He said that the meeting of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari with Nawaz Sharif was meeting between the two disappointed persons. Fawad said that Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari have contested their last elections, however, Bilawal’s politics will continue.Replying a question Fawad said that the investigations into the suicide of Brigadier (R) Asad Munir should be held so that the causes of suicide could be ascertained. He said that the postmortem of Asad Munir’s body should have been conducted and application of Asad Munir’s family for not conducting the postmortem should have been rejected.

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NAB didn’t accuse Shehbaz of graft: LHC

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has noted that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has not accused Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif of embezzlement in the Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing Scheme case and Issuing separate verdicts in Ashiana and Ramzan Sugar Mills cases on Friday a week after accepting Shehbaz’s bail applications in the two cases the LHC said NAB has not accused the former Punjab chief minister of any monetary corruption.
The 22-page verdict said the Ashiana Housing project was handed over to the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) after approval of the board of the Punjab Land Development Company’s (PLDC).The verdict said Shehbaz Sharif, as chief minister, had the right to transfer the project.In Ashiana case, NAB had accused Shehbaz of illegal project transfer.Govt indecisive over Nawaz Sharifs treatmentIn its 20-page verdict with regard Ramzan Sugar Mills case, the LHC said apart from the drain, which, NAB accused, was built to benefit’s Shehbaz family’s private business, many such schemes were built in the area but NAB did not object to any other scheme.
It said the drain was constructed on the request of former MPA Maulana Rehmatullah but NAB, instead of nominating Rehmatullah as an accused, made him an approver in the case.The verdict on Ashiana also discusses the case of senior bureaucrat Fawad Hassan Fawad, who was also granted bail in  the Ashiana scandal.It said Fawad had no role in cancellation of contract to Abdul Latif and Sons and the contract ended after mutual consensus.Ruckus in National Assembly after ministers traitor remarkIt said Fawad Hassan Fawad was only working as the former CM Punjab’s post office.

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Fawad Khan’s media team rubbishes reports of him denying anti-polio drops to children

LAHORE: Fawad Khan’s media team has come forth denying reports that suggest he refusing an anti-polio team to administer polio drops to his daughter.
Rubbishing the claims, Fawad’s media team has issued a statement saying: It has been widely reported that an FIR has been registered against Fawad Khan stating that he on February 19 interfered with governmental efforts to vaccinate his daughter at his residence.Nothing could be further from the truth as neither of the parents were home at the time of visit by the anti-polio team.The statement added, “Fawad Khan has been outside Pakistan since February 13, where he performed at the PSL opening ceremony in Dubai and is presently in the United States.
His travel history clearly demonstrates the manufactured nature of the FIR and he has just come to know of the FIR through the press.” “Fawad Khan fully supports the anti-polio drive and is very well aware of the guidelines of WHO and CDC.The vaccination of Fawad’s daughter is up to date and the record there to support the same is available,” it stated further.”Fawad reserves the right for appropriate legal redress, including all such remedies against any damages caused by this event, should the FIR not be cancelled,” concluded the statement.
Khan was booked for not letting polio drops to be administered to his children, said the spokesperson of Prime Minister’s Polio taskforce Babar Bin Ata, on Wednesday. “Mrs Fawad thinks getting their daughter immunised from UK will give the child protection against WPV1 strain.Protection against Wild Poliovirus can only be guaranteed with Oral Polio Vaccine,” Ata said.He went on to add that as told by the Lahore Deputy Commissioner, Khan’s driver and family misbehaved with the anti-polio team.”Fawad is our pride, I request him to allow teams to vaccinate the child. Lahore has had a polio case last week, we must protect the child,” Ata further tweeted.

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Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing Scheme case: Fawad owns Rs5b plaza, 14 benami accounts, NAB tells LHC

LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday informed the Lahore High Court that former principal secretary to prime minister Fawad Hassan Fawad owned a plaza in Rawalpindi valued Rs5 billion and 14 Benami bank accounts.
The NAB alleged that Shahbaz being the chief minister of Punjab had issued a directive for the construction of a drain in district Chiniot primarily for the use of the Ramzan Sugar Mills owned by his sons.

It said Rs 200 million were spent on this purpose from the public money.Fawad being then secretary implementation to the chief minister has been accused of being involved in cancellation of a lawful award of the housing scheme to give the same to a company of his choice.
During the hearing of Fawad’s bail, NAB Special Prosecutor Akram Qureshi told the bench that Fawad received Rs 50 million as bribe from the company of Kamran Kayani, brother of former army chief Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, through bank accounts of his brother and sister-in-law. He said Fawad wanted to award the contract of the Ashiana Housing Scheme to Kayani’s company, however, it did not happen later.He said the assets of Fawad were beyond his known sources of income.On the bail petition of Shahbaz in the sugar mills case, the bench posed a query to both the prosecution and the defence, saying how it will be determined whether the drain in question was constructed for personal benefit or for the benefit of public at large.

The bench sought a feasibility report prepared for the construction of the drain and record of drain projects, if any, launched in Chiniot and other districts of the province.The bench deferred the hearing on the bail petitions of both Shahbaz and Fawad on the request of the NAB prosecutor.A two-judge bench headed by Justice Malik Shahzad Ahmad Khan was hearing the bail petitions of NA Opposition Leader Shahbaz Sharif in Ramzan Sugar Mills case and that of Fawad in the Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing Scheme.The NAB alleged that Shahbaz being the chief minister of Punjab had issued a directive for the construction of a drain in district Chiniot primarily for the use of the Ramzan Sugar Mills owned by his sons.
It said Rs 200 million were spent on this purpose from the public money.Fawad being then secretary implementation to the chief minister has been accused of being involved in cancellation of a lawful award of the housing scheme to give the same to a company of his choice.
During the hearing of Fawad’s bail, NAB Special Prosecutor Akram Qureshi told the bench that Fawad received Rs 50 million as bribe from the company of Kamran Kayani, brother of former army chief Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, through bank accounts of his brother and sister-in-law. He said Fawad wanted to award the contract of the Ashiana Housing Scheme to Kayani’s company, however, it did not happen later.

He said the assets of Fawad were beyond his known sources of income.On the bail petition of Shahbaz in the sugar mills case, the bench posed a query to both the prosecution and the defence, saying how it will be determined whether the drain in question was constructed for personal benefit or for the benefit of public at large.The bench sought a feasibility report prepared for the construction of the drain and record of drain projects, if any, launched in Chiniot and other districts of the province.The bench deferred the hearing on the bail petitions of both Shahbaz and Fawad on the request of the NAB prosecutor.

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AAPEC demands reversal of increase in Hajj expenses

ISLAMABAD: Association of All Pakistan’s Enrolled Companies (AAPEC) has asked the government to review the recent hike in the Hajj package and make it reachable for a common man.
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