PM Abbasi appoints Zafar Mahmood Abbasi new Naval Chief

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi appointed Vice-Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi as the new chief of naval staff .

Abbasi has also been promoted to the rank of Admiral.

Abbasi will take charge after the retirement of current Navy Chief Admiral Zakaullah on October 6.

According to details, the prime minister appointed Abbasi as new chief and sent the summary to President Mamnoon Hussain, which was immediately signed.


Some institutions are exercising powers beyond their domain

LARKANA: Pakistan Peoples Party Sindh president Nisar Ahmad Khuhro said that unfortunately some institutions are exercising powers beyond their domain. Deployment of rangers without permission of Interior Minister is unfortunate.

Addressing a press conference at the local press club, Mr Khuhro, who holds the portfolio of Senior Minister for Food and Parliamentary Affairs, asked who had called in the Rangers to court if the judge concerned had not asked for it. Such an order should have come through the interior ministry but ironically even it was unaware about the deployment, he observed.

“Taking over security at the court by them on their own has raised the question about our institutions’ authority to exercise their powers within their domain independently,” said Mr Khuhro.

He said people must know that on whose order the paramilitary force moved to the court.

The occurrence of such incidents after [apex court’s recent verdict in] the Panama Papers case had weakened the federal government, the senior PPP leader claimed.

Commenting on moves to enable Nawaz Sharif to continue to head his ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) through a constitutional amendment, Mr Khuhro said if this happened, it would cause ripples within that party and anyone could challenge the party’s move in court. He advised the PML-N leadership to think twice in this regard.

Mr Khuhro recalled that the PML-N had not lent support to PPP in its efforts to introduce certain amendments to the Constitution in the past, and claimed that it was Nawaz Sharif who had met [the then president] Farooq Leghari in the cover of night and also presented him a wristwatch. He [Sharif] had also met Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, he added.