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Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, left, poses with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations headquarters Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)

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United Nations: Expressing his desire that the United Nations Military Observer Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) should be strengthened, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif once again raised the Kashmir plebiscite issue with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday, reported Pakistani media.

However, Ban’s spokesman said in a statement that during their meeting “the secretary general stressed on the need for continuation of peace talks between the two neighbouring countries.”

The statement further said that both the leaders discussed “the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.” Ban also asked Pakistan “to continue engaging Afghanistan in order to help stabilize the country,” the statement added.

India considers the Kashmir dispute a bilateral issue and is opposed to any international involvement.

However, Sharif in his address at the UN Summit on sustainable development goals, focused only on development and stayed away from bilateral or international issues. He said that “development strategies remain first and foremost national undertakings”.

While most of the speakers stuck to development themes, a few Presidents including Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus, Nicolas Maduro Moros of Venezuela and Rafael Correa made anti-West statements.

Nawaz will have another opportunity to raise the Kashmir issue at the annual general debate of the General Assembly next week. Traditionally the general debate is a forum where leaders of nations express bilateral and other grievances. Every year Pakistan rakes up the Kashmir issue there.

(With inputs from IANS)

 

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Ex-Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif Indicted on Corruption Charges

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Muhammad Safdar, husband of Maryam Nawaz, daughter of ousted Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif, waves from a a vehicle as he arrives at an accountability court in Islamabad. VOA

Islamabad, October 19: Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been indicted on corruption charges stemming from information taken from the so-called “Panama Papers.”

The country’s anti-corruption court indicted the 67-year-old Sharif during a hearing Thursday in Islamabad. His daughter Maryam and son-in-law Mohammed Safdar were also indicted. Maryam Sharif and Mohammed Safdar appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

A lawyer for the elder Sharif, who is in London with his wife as she undergoes cancer treatment, entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. Maryam Sharif angrily dismissed the allegations as “baseless.”

Sharif was disqualified by Pakistan’s Supreme Court and removed from office in July after leaked documents last year from a Panama-based law firm revealed the family held a number of unreported overseas assets.(VOA)

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NAB Court Issues Arrest warrants for Nawaz Sharif’s Children, Son in Law on Corruption Charges

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Islamabad, Sep 26: The National Accountability Bureau court in Pakistan issued arrest warrants for the children and son-in-law of the former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The arrest warrants were issued after they failed to appear for a hearing in the court on Tuesday.

The court also announced that it would indict next week Nawaz Sharif for corruption, reports Efe news.

“Judge Mohammed Bashir issued arrest warrants with the possibility of bail against his children Hasan, Husain and Maryam and her (Maryam’s) husband Mohamed Safdar Awan because they did not appear before the court and ordered them to do so on October 2,” the court’s spokesperson Mohamed Irfan said.

The bail amount was fixed at 1 million rupees ($9,490) for each.

Khawaja Haris, the lawyer of the Sharifs, argued that Sharif’s children could not appear before the court as they were in London with their mother Kulsoom, who is undergoing treatment for throat cancer.

The former Prime Minister, after missing the first hearing on September 19 because he was in London, attended Tuesday’s hearing to request permission to miss the next hearing due to his wife’s illness.

The judge said the court would indict him on corruption charges on October 2, for which his presence would be necessary. After that, it would decide if he was required to continue to appear for the hearings.

The Sharifs had been summoned before the court on September 15 after the National Accountability Bureau, an anti-corruption body, opened three cases against them following an order by the Supreme Court on July 28.

The three cases are related to ownership of the property at an exclusive zone in London, the creation of the firms Azizia Steel and Hill Metal and the Flagship investment firm as well as another 15 companies.

On July 28, Sharif was disqualified from serving as Prime Minister for not declaring income from his son’s company, following investigations into the so-called Panama Papers.

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Sushma Swaraj Speaks Out On India-Pak Relations, Asks Pakistan to Stop Promoting Terror

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Sushma Swaraj Speaks Out On India-Pak Relations, Asks Pakistan to Stop Promoting Terror. Wikimedia

New Delhi, August 4, 2017: Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Thursday asserted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a “good” friend to Pakistan until they dubbed the most wanted regional commander of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Burhan Wani as a “martyr”.

“Prime Minister Modi had been such a good friend to Pakistan that he didn’t even think about protocol. He stopped off in Pakistan on his way back, just because it was Nawaz Sharif’s birthday. Things didn’t even worsen after Pathankot attack. That happened only after Burhan Wani was killed, and Pakistan said he was ‘martyred,” Swaraj said in Parliament.

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Swara spoke on both the burning issues of India Pak relations and boycott of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. She contended that Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) is an integral part of India. ” We boycotted CPEC because it was going through PoK. PoK is an integral part of India. It is a matter of India’s sovereignty, she said. 

However, Sharif said, Pakistan remains shoulder to shoulder with their Kashmiri brethren and will continue their political, diplomatic and moral support in their right to self-determination.

– prepared by Puja Sinha of NewsGram. Twitter @pujas1994


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