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PM Abbasi to preside cabinet meeting today regarding US policy

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will preside cabinet meeting today to discuss revised foreign policy .

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif will also brief the meeting on the steps taken on the diplomatic level over the matter.

The prime minister has chaired several meetings of the federal cabinet and National Security Committee after the US president in his speech in August took a tough stance against Pakistan and blamed it for providing safe havens to terrorists.

Pakistan has strongly denied the accusations on various occasions and has reiterated its commitment to fight against terrorism.

Abbasi, in an interview to Reuters on Monday, said it would be counter-productive for the United States to sanction Pakistani officials or further cut military assistance, warning it would hurt both countries’ fight against militancy.

SC accepts Sharif family petition for 5 member bench


ISLAMABAD: Sharif pleaded Supreme court of Pakistan for the formation of 5 member bench for their review petition regarding panama scam verdict announced by Supreme court on 28th July 2017.

A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ehsan, was hearing a plea submitted by the former prime minister’s children against the hearing of their review petition by a three-member bench instead of a five-judge bench.

The judges are the same as those on the special implementation bench that oversaw work of the Panama case Joint Investigation Team (JIT).

During the hearing, the counsel for Nawaz’s children, Salman Akram Raja, pleaded the court to form a five-member bench to hear their review petitions. He also pleaded that their review petition against the judgment of the five-member bench be taken up first.

Justice Ejaz observed that the three-judge bench gave the majority verdict in the Panama Papers case and that the decision would not have been different had the three-judge bench given a verdict in the case.

However, the bench accepted Raja’s plea and sent to the chief justice a request seeking formation of a five-judge bench.

The hearing was then adjourned till tomorrow.

During the hearing, the counsel of Nawaz, Khawaja Harris, was also present and presented his arguments.