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Nawaz Sharif meets Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in London

London (Monitoring Desk): Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has met Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, who is currently in London for treatment.

The meeting was held at the residence of Nawaz’s son, Hasan Nawaz, wherein the present situation of the country came under discussion, sources said.

Sources added that Nawaz’s daughter, Maryam Safdar, and other members of the family were also present at the meeting.

Dar, who is presently in London on account of his medical treatment, was declared a proclaimed offender by an accountability court for his continued absence from the proceedings of a corruption reference against him.

The court also ordered Dar’s bail guarantor, Ahmad Qudoosi, to produce the suspect within three days, warning seizure of his Rs5m surety bond if he failed to do so.

The minister is accused of owning assets that are disproportionate to his declared sources of income.

He has skipped the last six hearings of the case owing to his treatment abroad.

Govt. fails to present FATA Reforms Bill in National Assembly

Islamabad (Monitoring Desk): Federal government led by Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz has again failed to present FATA reforms bill in National Assembly.

Lawmakers from the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and those from FATA tore copies of the assembly agenda in protest over the delay.

MNA Shahabuddin, who is also a member of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) from FATA, protested over the change in the assembly agenda. He was joined by other lawmakers from tribal areas.

The protesting members said the agenda included the FATA Reforms Bill and questioned why it was changed.

Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, minister for parliamentary affairs, said a debate on FATA reforms was temporarily postponed and the matter would soon be made part of the assembly agenda.

“There is further consultation required on the bill, which is why it was not tabled,” Aftab explained.

Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah also criticised the government for putting the matter on hold and referred to the entire episode as a “joke”.