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There is no threat to the next general elections

Islamabad (Monitoring Desk): Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has said that there is no threat to the next elections in the country and assemblies will complete their terms.

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif asserted early Thursday that representative assemblies will complete their term and there is no such problem, which may delay elections in the country.

Asif’s assertion followed National Assembly (NA) Speaker Ayaz Sadiq’s statement in which he had expressed fears that assemblies might not be able to complete their tenure. Sadiq had said that uncertainty had been looming and fuelled by instances such as the delimitation bill not being passed.

“The speaker expressed concern over circumstances in the country,” the minister said, while speaking to newsmen upon reaching London.

“Legislation has its own pressures, however, the government and assemblies will complete their term.”

He said that situation in Pakistan is better and soon  will overcome all problems.

Asif said the perception of democracy weakening in the country is wrong and there is no threat to the next elections. “The government has achieved 70-80 per cent of its targets. The promises Nawaz Sharif made are being fulfilled.”

Accountability court resumes hearing of corruption reference against Dar

Islamabad (Monitoring Desk): Accountability court has resumed hearing of corruption reference against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar filed by National Accountability Bureau on the directions of Supreme court of Pakistan.

Dar, a serving senator, is accused of possessing assets disproportionate to his declared sources of income.

The case was filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in light of the Supreme Court’s July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case.

Dar has been declared a proclaimed offender in the case owing to his continuous absence from the proceedings owing to the medical treatment in London.

In today’s hearing, the court had summoned two Lahore-based bankers, Faisal Shehzad and Muhammad Azeem.