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Pakistan explodes with new property details of super-rich Nawaz Sharif
24.06.18 - kanwar manjit singh
Pakistan explodes with new property details of super-rich Nawaz Sharif



AS PAKISTANI POLITICS hurtles and hobbles towards its date with democracy on July 25, the entire political scene has now exploded with the Daily Mail of London publishing details of the mega empire-style properties allegedly bought by Nawaz Sharif with dirty money.

With political field already afire on account of charges of mega corruption and ongoing graft cases against Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, the Daily Mail report has added fuel to the narrative.

£7million - Avenfield House (above), is located in Park Lane, London, and has a view of Hyde Park 

 
If Nawaz Sharif is proven to own the properties that the Daily Mail said he does, and if he is found guilty of the allegations, then he will go to jail for up to 14 years. 

His two sons have already given up their Pakistani citizenship and are now citizens of the United Kingdom.

The Nawaz Sharif family, as per charges he faces, used corruption money to buy the Avenfield flats, and at least 21 other UK properties at grand Central London locations, in Mayfair, Chelsea and Belgravia.
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The Daily Mail report took Pakistan by a storm and television news channels had a field day debating the issue. 
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"The total value of the properties is estimated at at least £32 million," the Daily Mail said. The findings of the Daily Mail took Pakistan by a storm and television news channels had a field day debating the issue. 

Inside plush Avenfield House in Mayfair

 
Every time Nawaz Sharif goes to London, he resides at Avenfield. In fact, he has lived there since 1993, knocking four luxury flats together to make a single mansion, now worth at least £7 million. 

Nawaz Sharif shares the properties with his sons, Hassan and Hussain, his daughter and political heir-apparent Maryam and her husband Muhammad Safdar.  All five are on trial in Pakistan. 

£2.1million - Duke Street mansion. As the four-month trial has unfolded, the Sharifs have not called any witnesses, nor produced fresh documents

 
A three time prime minister, now disqualified for life by the Supreme Court because he is not a good person or morally upright (Sadiq and Amin), Sharif can hold no public office ever, because he did not declare a salary from a Dubai company when he last ran for office in 2013. 

While the Sharifs face a court verdict in the next few days in case of the £7 million Avenfield House, located in Park Lane, London, with a view of the Hyde Park, cases regarding other properties are also pending.

But the Daily Mail has come up with details of yet another property which was so far unknown even to the most ardent opponents of Sharifs – 1, Hyde Park. 

"The family has made huge profits from other sites which have not figured in court – such as the swankiest address of all, at One Hyde Park Place, which Nawaz Sharif’s son Hassan sold for £43 million," the Daily Mail said.
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Daily Mail has come up with details of yet another property which was so far unknown even to the most ardent opponents of Sharifs – 1, Hyde Park. 
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Ayaz Amir, a senior journalist and political analyst and at one time a member of Pakistani Parliament, said Pakistanis will be shocked to see the photographs of the properties published by the Daily Mail. In his comments during a talk show with well known host Syed Aysha Naz on Duniya TV channel, Amir said, "Sharam karo."
 

£800,000 - Drake House, Saint George Wharf, London.

 
The Daily Mail gave details of properties such as the £800,000 Drake House, Saint George Wharf, London; £2.4 million Cadogan Square, London; £2.1 million Duke Street mansion; £7 million Eaton Place, London; and £3 million Eaton Square in London. 
 
Everything is now uncertain. Pakistanis are not sure if the elections will happen on July 25 or of these will be postponed. They do not know if the Sharifs will return from England, where they currently are. Nawaz Sharif's wife is under treatment in a London hospital. Pakistanis are not certain if the Sharifs will be convicted. They are not sure if the Sharifs will go to jail even if convicted. 

The Sharifs, as per claims made by prosecutors, moved their money in and out of Britain, Switzerland, the Middle East and the British Virgin Islands. Details are in a ten-volume dossier submitted to the court. 
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At one stage during the trial, Nawaz Sharif told investigators that his grandfather ‘did not believe in documentation’ and therefore, details of how he came in possession of this money were not documented. 
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Sharif’s two sons, Hassan and Hussain, fled Pakistan and the country does not have any extradition treaty with Britain.

£3million - Eaton Square in London. The Pakistani investigators who assembled the case against the Sharifs told the MoS that far from being co-operative, Britain has provided almost no help

 
The Sharif properties came to be known as a result of the Panama Papers, millions of confidential documents leaked from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca in April 2016.

At one stage during the trial, Nawaz Sharif told investigators that his grandfather ‘did not believe in documentation’ and therefore, details of how he came in possession of this money were not documented.

His claim that the assets were acquired with money gained from their investment in Qatar was found ‘false and concocted’ by investigators.
 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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'I AM NOT A COWARD'
Musharraf resigns as chairman of his party
22.06.18 - TEAM PT
Musharraf resigns as chairman of his party



FORMER PAKISTAN PRESIDENT Pervez Musharraf on Friday resigned from the chairmanship of the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML).
 
Party president Dr. Mohammad Amjad said Musharraf has sent his resignation letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

Dr. Amjad was quoted by the Dawn, as saying that Musharraf had resigned from APML on June 18 in the wake of the Peshawar High Court (PHC) disqualifying him from politics for life.
 
Musharraf, who has been out of Pakistan since March 2016 and now lives in Dubai, had filed a plea in the Pakistan Supreme Court in 2016 against the 2013 high court verdict.

Speaking to journalists via a video link in Dubai, Musharraf said, "The apex order barring the authorities from arresting me till my appearance before the august court has forced me to rethink my plans about my return. There will be no benefit of my return to the country if I am arrested just after my appearance before the court."

"The entire world knows that I am not a coward, but now, I will wait for an appropriate time to return," he added.
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Chief Justice of Pakistan had directed the former military ruler to return to Pakistan and appear before the court by afternoon on June 14, but he failed to turn up.
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Earlier this week, the poll body rejected Musharraf’s nomination papers for NA-1 Chitral, after the Supreme Court withdrew its conditional approval for him to file nomination papers for the upcoming general election after he failed to appear before the court.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar had directed the former military ruler to return to Pakistan and appear before the court by afternoon on June 14, but he failed to turn up.

Amjad, previously the general secretary of the party, has been elevated to the position of chairman. He will now be directing all party affairs and deciding APML’s role in the elections, the Pakistani media reported.
 
Musharraf founded APML in 2010. However, he was barred from contesting in the 2013 general elections due to several cases registered against him.

The 73-year-old leader, who ruled Pakistan for nine years (1999-2008), is wanted in several criminal cases, which also includes the alleged killing of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007.




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PT HOMAGE
This is what Shujaat Bukhari tweeted about, just before he was shot dead
14.06.18 - PT BUREAU
This is what Shujaat Bukhari tweeted about, just before he was shot dead



One of the very senior journalists working in the trouble-torn Kashmir Valley, Shujaat Bukhari, was shot dead today, Thursday, by terrorists. Both his personal security officers were also killed in the attack.

Shujaat Bukhari was widely perceived as a sane voice and his face was familiar to television audiences across India as he was a frequent participant in debates on Kashmir.

His last tweet was about the first-ever UN human rights report on Kashmir that called for international inquiry into multiple violations. The report details a culture of chronic impunity for violations committed by security forces. 

Punjab Today pays homage to the brave journalist working in extremely difficult circumstances who died in harness, doing what was almost a religion to him -- bringing us a view of the Valley much closer to reality than what sarkari calenders of Kashmir tourism reflect, or the doomsday scenario that hotheads portray.

As a tribute to the late Shujaat Bukhari, we bring you the write up on the UN report that he tweeted. The piece was originally published by Rising Kashmir on June 14, 2018.

Incidentally, the UN report was slammed by mainstream political parties across India, including Congress and BJP.

— Editor, Punjab Today

First-ever UN human rights report on Kashmir calls for international inquiry into multiple violations

Published by Rising Kashmir on June 14, 2018 

Geneva, June 14:

There is an urgent need to address past and ongoing human rights violations and abuses and deliver justice for all people in Kashmir, who for seven decades have suffered a conflict that has claimed or ruined numerous lives, a report by the UN Human Rights Office published on Thursday says.

The 49-page report – the first ever issued by the UN on the human rights situation in Indian-Administered and Pakistan-Administered Kashmir – details human rights violations and abuses on both sides of the Line of Control, and highlights a situation of chronic impunity for violations committed by security forces.

"The political dimensions of the dispute between India and Pakistan have long been centre-stage, but this is not a conflict frozen in time. It is a conflict that has robbed millions of their basic human rights, and continues to this day to inflict untold suffering,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

"This is why any resolution of the political situation in Kashmir must entail a commitment to end the cycles of violence and ensure accountability for past and current violations and abuses by all parties, and provide redress for victims,” he said.

"It is also why I will be urging the UN Human Rights Council to consider establishing a commission of inquiry to conduct a comprehensive independent international investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir,” said Zeid.

Noting the continuing serious tensions in recent weeks, including those stemming from a series of incidents in Srinagar, he called on Indian security forces to exercise maximum restraint, and strictly abide by international standards governing the use of force when dealing with future protests, including ones that could well occur this coming weekend.

"It is essential the Indian authorities take immediate and effective steps to avoid a repetition of the numerous examples of excessive use of force by security forces in Kashmir,” Zeid said.

The UN Human Rights Office – which, despite repeated requests to both India and Pakistan over the past two years, has not been given unconditional access to either side of the Line of Control – undertook remote monitoring to produce the report, which covers both Indian administered Kashmir and Pakistan administered Kashmir.
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Indian security forces used excessive force that led to unlawful killings and a very high number of injuries, the report says.
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The main focus of the report is the human rights situation in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir from July 2016 - when large and unprecedented demonstrations erupted after Indian security forces killed the leader of an armed group - to April 2018.

Indian security forces used excessive force that led to unlawful killings and a very high number of injuries, the report says, citing civil society estimates that up to 145 civilians were killed by the security forces between mid-July 2016 and the end of March 2018, with up to 20 other civilians killed by armed groups in the same period.

One of the most dangerous weapons used against protesters in 2016 – and which is still being employed by security forces – was the pellet-firing shotgun. According to official figures, 17 people were killed by shotgun pellets between July 2016 and August 2017, and 6,221 people were injured by the metal pellets between 2016 and March 2017. Civil society organizations believe that many of them have been partially or completely blinded.

 "Impunity for human rights violations and lack of access to justice are key human rights challenges in the state of Jammu and Kashmir,” the report says, noting that the Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act 1990 (AFSPA) and the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act 1978 (PSA) have "created structures that obstruct the normal course of law, impede accountability and jeopardize the right to remedy for victims of human rights violations.”

The AFSPA prohibits prosecution of security forces personnel unless the Indian Government grants prior permission to prosecute.

"This gives security forces virtual immunity against prosecution for any human rights violation. In the nearly 28 years that the law has been in force in Jammu and Kashmir there has not been a single prosecution of armed forces personnel granted by the central government,” the report says.

There is also almost total impunity for enforced or involuntary disappearances, with little movement towards credibly investigating complaints, including into alleged sites of mass graves in the Kashmir Valley and Jammu region.

Chronic impunity for sexual violence also remains a key concern in Kashmir.  An emblematic case is the Kunan-Poshpora mass rape 27 years ago when, according to survivors, soldiers gang-raped 23 women. "Attempts to seek justice have been denied and blocked over the years at different levels,” the report says.

The report also points to evidence that the armed groups that have operated in Jammu and Kashmir since the late 1980s have committed a wide range of human rights abuses, including kidnappings and killings of civilians and sexual violence. Despite the Government of Pakistan’s denial of any support for these groups, the report notes that a number of experts have concluded that Pakistan’s military continues to support their operations across the Line of Control.
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There is also almost total impunity for enforced or involuntary disappearances, with little movement towards credibly investigating complaints, including into alleged sites of mass graves in the Kashmir Valley and Jammu region.
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The report also examines a range of human rights violations in Pakistan-Administered Kashmir which, according to the report, are of a different calibre or magnitude and of a more structural nature. In addition, the report says, restrictions on freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly and association in Pakistan administered Kashmir and in Gilgit-Baltistan have limited the ability to obtain information about the situation.

Among the issues highlighted in the report is the constitutional relationship of these two "distinct territories” with Pakistan. PaK has effectively been controlled by Pakistan throughout its entire history. Pakistan’s federal authorities also have full control over all government operations in Gilgit-Baltistan, and federal intelligence agencies are reportedly deployed across both regions.

The impact of Pakistani counter-terrorism operations on human rights is detailed in the report, which notes the concerns of the UN Human Rights Committee at the "very broad definition of terrorism laid down in the Anti-Terrorism Act.” The report quotes a respected national NGO that found hundreds of people had been imprisoned under the Act in Gilgit-Baltistan, and that it was being used to target locals who were raising issues related to people’s human rights.

Among its recommendations, the report calls on India and Pakistan to fully respect their international human rights law obligations in Indian administered and Pakistan administered Kashmir.

India should urgently repeal the AFSPA; establish independent, impartial and credible investigations to probe all civilian killings since July 2016 and all abuses committed by armed groups; and provide reparations and rehabilitation to all injured individuals and to the families of those killed in the context of security operations.

Similarly, the PSA should be amended to ensure its compliance with international human rights law, and all those held under administrative detention should either be charged or immediately released.

The report urges Pakistan to end the misuse of anti-terror legislation to persecute those engaging in peaceful political and civil activities and those who express dissent.

The sections of the PaK interim constitution that limit the rights to freedoms of expression and opinion, and peaceful assembly and association should be amended. Any political activists, journalists and others convicted for peacefully expressing their opinions should be immediately released.

The constitutions of PaK and Gilgit-Baltistan should also be amended to end the criminalization of Ahmadiyya Muslims.
 
 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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Punjab Today believes in serious, engaging, narrative journalism at a time when mainstream media houses seem to have given up on long-form writing and news television has blurred or altogether erased the lines between news and slapstick entertainment. We at Punjab Today believe that readers such as yourself appreciate cerebral journalism, and would like you to hold us against the best international industry standards. Brickbats are welcome even more than bouquets, though an occasional pat on the back is always encouraging. Good journalism can be a lifeline in these uncertain times worldwide. You can support us in myriad ways. To begin with, by spreading word about us and forwarding this reportage. Stay engaged.

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"WORLD LESS PEACEFUL THAN LAST DECADE"
India stands behind 135 peaceful countries
07.06.18 - HARLEEN KAUR
India stands behind 135 peaceful countries



WE THE PEOPLE, who claim to believe in the concept of Ahimsa Parmo Dharma, today proudly stand behind 135 countries in the matter of peace and tranquillity.
 
According to 2018 Global Peace Index prepared by the international think-tank Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), India ranks at dismal position of 136 out of 163 countries.

The report that covers 99.7 percent of the world's population and uses 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators grouped into three key domains- ongoing conflict, safety and security, and militarisation, noted that "the world is less peaceful today than at any time in the last decade".
 
India’s GPI rank was 137 out of 163 countries in 2017, when the year 2016 was assessed. In 2018, when the year 2017 is assessed, India’s rank moved up to 136. This is in line with the performance of some of the South Asian countries. Nepal moved up from 93 to 84, while Sri Lanka moved up too, from position 80 to 67. Pakistan moved from 152 to 151. "South Asia experienced the largest regional improvement in peacefulness,” the report noted.
 
In the South Asia region, India was ranked lower than Bhutan (19th on the list), Sri Lanka (67), Nepal (84) and Bangladesh (93).
 
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"The concentration of power in the office of Prime Minister Narendra Modi led to a deterioration in India's score for political instability, and the country's scores on the Political Terror Scale and internal conflicts fought, at 4 and 4.7 respectively, remain elevated".
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The only countries which were ranked lower than India in the South Asian region were Pakistan (151 position) and Afghanistan (162).
 
On India, the report said, "Government efforts to tackle violent crime have paid off with an improved score, and falling levels of military expenditure, particularly on weapons imports, resulted in a slight improvement in its militarisation score".

However, "the concentration of power in the office of Prime Minister Narendra Modi led to a deterioration in India's score for political instability, and the country's scores on the Political Terror Scale and internal conflicts fought, at 4 and 4.7 respectively, remain elevated".
 
Iceland continues to remain the most peaceful country in the world, a position it has held since 2008. New Zealand, Austria, Portugal and Denmark also sit in the top five most peaceful rankings.

Syria remains the least peaceful country in the world, a position it has held for the past five years. Afghanistan, South Sudan, Iraq and Somalia comprise the remaining least peaceful countries.
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The only countries which were ranked lower than India in the South Asian region were Pakistan (151) and Afghanistan (162).
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Meanwhile, Europe is still the most peaceful region in the world, but its position has deteriorated for the third successive year.

"In the last decade, 61 per cent of the countries in Europe deteriorated due to higher levels of political instability, increased impact from terrorism, and increased perceptions of criminality. No single Nordic country is more peaceful now than in 2008," the report said.
 
Ongoing conflicts such as those in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Afghanistan have, in the past decade, contributed towards a significant rise in battlefield deaths, a surging refugee population and an increase in terrorism, the report added.
 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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AFTER BEING RAPED, I WAS WOUNDED; MY HONOUR WAS NOT

The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

WE MISSED A REVOLUTION, BUT CAN IT STILL BE A GAME CHANGER?

A POLITICIAN SPEAKS – YOU SHOULD HEAR

ENCOUNTER, JULOOS & SELFIES

SOWING ANGER - NO QUICK FIX - Democracy is an Empty Ritual in Punjab

OUT-OF-BOX SOLUTION TO STOP FARMERS' SUICIDES

WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed

'THORRI BAHUTI EHNA NU SHARAM AUNI CHAHEEDI HAI'

ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON SUICIDE-HIT BATS FOR AARHTIYAS

RANGROOT OFFERS A PEEK INTO PUNJAB'S TRAGEDY

WHAT MAKE NEWS IN INDIA, AND WHAT DOES NOT?

HITLER, MODI & GANDHI: ON THE SAME PAGE?

PUNJAB IS STILL VERY FAR FROM INDIA

APOLOGY – AKALIS BIG LOSER, CONG TOO 

AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

SUPER EFFICIENCY ONBOARD CM’S CHOPPER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties: The Coordinated Silence of Amarinder Singh & Badals

PM MODI VINDICATES PUNJAB TODAY REPORTAGE

NEW DELHI V/S OTTAWA — WILL QUEBEC DEFEAT INDIA?        

A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA - Trudeau came to Punjab, pushed Amarinder closer to BJP, then called him a liar

JASPAL ATWAL CONTROVERSY: Mr. Ujjal, will you throw some light on this too?   

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE

J&K – RAM MADHAV LEAVES SPACE FOR MEHBOOBA’S POLITICS

SHEKHAR GUPTA'S HALF-BAKED TRUTHS 

OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES - Karze Ne Layee Ikk Hor Kisan Di Jaan...

PNB Scam: Who is Nirav Choksi and what he is doing In the name of God?

Congress upset due to Priyanka’s cleavage on calendar 

RENUKA'S LAUGHTER: Thank you for your guffaws. We needed this non-violent weapon.

MR CLEAN to PAKKE DHEETH: How Punjab’s Congress hurt Brand Rahul Gandhi? 

MANJIT SINGH CALCUTTA– THE DISSENTER

PUNJAB FARMERS AND IPL CRICKETERS - Finally, they can stand like equals

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION. My teacher is not alive, but you please call it off!

SUKHBIR IS RIGHT – On 97th anniversary  Panth Khatre Vich Hai. Where does this threat come from?

THE FINAL HONESTY CERTIFICATE: ISSUED BY THE TRIBUNE

NO TIME TO READ THIS STORY? – That’s OK - Please do not feel guilty 

BAD, BAD WOMAN! – Punjab’s top playwright slams woman complainant against Langah

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL – On Amod Kanth’s badge of shame

RELAX! ALL 30 WERE DERA PREMIS – Panchkula says something stinking about its conscience

PUNJAB: AN IDEA IN SEARCH OF WORDS: Punjab, more than a poster boy of progress or a renegade from modernity

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