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Discussion B/w Justice Athar Minallah & Petitioner on PM’s Special Assistants Issue, Court Reserved its Decision

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The Islamabad High Court has remarked that if the Prime Minister is not given the authority to appoint anyone as an assistant, then how will the system work.

Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard the petition seeking removal of special assistants to the Prime Minister with dual citizenship. The court reserved its decision on the admissibility of the petition.

Justice Athar Minallah remarked that where is it written in the constitution that the aides of the Prime Minister cannot have dual citizenship? When the people elect the Prime Minister, they have heavy responsibilities. What’s wrong with asking someone for help? How will the system work if they are not given enough authority to acquire help from someone?

Petitioner’s counsel Akram Chaudhry said that only five advisers could be appointed under Article 93 of the Constitution.

Justice Athar Minallah said that Article 93 deals with advisers, not special assistants, show me where it is written in the constitution that assistants cannot have dual citizenship.

The petitioner said that there is no such thing in the constitution but there is a restriction in the Rules of Business, under Rule 15.

Justice Athar Minallah said that Rule 15 has been erased in 2010.

The court reserved its decision on the admissibility of the petition.

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Investigation Report From the CFO of Sharif Family by NAB Came to Light

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After the arrest of Muhammad Usman, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Sharif family, money laundering investigation has increased the difficulties of the Shahbaz Sharif family.

An investigation report from Shahbaz Sharif family’s CFO  has come to light. The NAB report said that Muhammad Usman, the chief financial officer of the Sharif family, had assisted the Shahbaz Sharif family in money laundering.

NAB has submitted the investigation report of Sharif family’s CFO Muhammad Usman to the accountability court.

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The report states that the FMU has sent a report to the NAB on suspicious transactions in Shahbaz Sharif’s accounts. On October 23, 2018, investigation started on money laundering and assets beyond income. During the investigation, it was revealed that Shahbaz Sharif family created assets worth more than Rs 7 billion.

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According to the NAB report, the Shahbaz Sharif family used fake sources to increase their income and organized money laundering with the help of their employees. The accused Muhammad Usman is involved in corruption and corrupt practices and is a facilitator in money laundering.

The report said that accused Muhammad Usman facilitated money laundering of Shahbaz Sharif and others and played an important role in money laundering. The CFO used to do money laundering on the instructions of Shahbaz Sharif, Hamza Shahbaz, and Salman Shahbaz.

It may be recalled that the accused Muhammad Usman, who was arrested on the day of Eid, is in the custody of NAB on physical remand and further revelations are likely to come to light during interrogation.

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Huge Blast In Beirut Killed 10 People and Injured Hundreds [Watch Live Video] (Updates)

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A bomb blast near the Lebanese capital, Beirut, has killed at least 78 people and injured more than 4,000. The Red Cross fears the death toll could rise sharply.

According to the international news agency, Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan said that a great tragedy has taken place in Beirut. The death toll could rise many times over. At present, all the hospitals in the city are full of injured.

According to the local news agency, the blast took place in a warehouse where the confiscated explosives were kept. Lebanon’s interior minister says a preliminary investigation has revealed that the warehouse contained sodium nitrate seized from a ship a year ago and was to be disposed of. The blast was heard several kilometers away, and buildings shook in the distance.

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A blast near the Lebanese capital, Beirut, has killed at least 10 people and injured hundreds, while hundreds of buildings and vehicles have been destroyed.

According to the International News Agency, a horrific explosion took place in the port area of ​​Beirut around 6 pm local time on Tuesday, as a result of which the surrounding areas shook and buildings and vehicles in different parts of the city were destroyed. According to the British News Agency, the destroyed buildings include the house of former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

According to the local news agency, the blast was caused by a fire in the warehouse of firecrackers, however, this claim has been denied at the official level. The blast was heard several kilometers away, and buildings shook in the distance. However, no details have been released about the cause and severity of the blast at the official level.

Earlier, Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan confirmed that hundreds of people had been injured in the blast. In addition, photos and videos taken from nearby buildings at the site of the blast show the devastation caused by the magnitude of the blast and the smoke billowing into the surroundings.

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Provincial Management Services (PMS) Examination Date Finalized

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According to reliable resources, Provincial Management Service (PMS) examination 2020 is going to be commenced from the 24th of August 2020.

The PMS exams are usually conducted in the months of June-July, but because of COVID-19 the examination date was extended.

According to the reports, PPSC is currently making arrangements for the confirmation of examination centers so that exams can be completed before the 15th of September 2020.

According to the sources, PPSC will make the official announcement in the next coming days.

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