Nawaz forbidden from making speech in Davos due to corruption investigation

In contrast, former army chief Gen (r) Raheel Sharif was held in great reverence in the conference as he addressed several forums and participated in many debates

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s failure to make a speech during his four-day stay in Davos has sparked resentment among the people.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif spent millions of rupees on his luxuriant visit during the visit but failed to address any important forum because he was not allowed by the management of Davos Economic Forum to address any function.

The main reason for not allowing the prime minister to deliver a speech on any forum was said to be the alleged involvement of the prime minister in massive corruption in Pakistan. He could only hold a meeting with the Sri Lankan prime minister and no bilateral meeting with the head of any other country took place. The entire nation was desperately frustrated over the country being made a laughing stock by the prime minister during his visit.

In contrast, the former army chief Gen (r) Raheel Sharif was held in great reverence in the conference and he addressed several forums and participated in many debates. The meeting of the World Economic Forum is held every year in Davos in the month of January and world leaders are invited to address it.

Nawaz Sharif had gone to attend the Davos Forum without any invitation from its sponsors and spent millions of rupees on his visit out of the national kitty. But he had to face disappointment when he was not allowed to address the forum. The prime minister stayed in five-star hotels in Switzerland at the cost of the nations’ taxpayers.

Official sources said he spent over four days there just talking to Pakistani journalists before leaving for London in sheer despair. The PM had made special arrangements for his visit to Davos and he had a speech prepared. But he could not present his written speech in the forum.

The official spokesman declined to comment on the matter.




Several social issues disappeared from the site Friday, including a page dedicated to LGBT rights.
A report on the Labor Department’s website on LGBT workers rights was also removed.

Advocates for the LGBT community have worried about what a Trump administration would mean for the progress made on equality issues under President Obama. As a candidate, President Trump said he is opposed to same-s@x marriage and Vice President Pence has taken strong anti-g@y rights stances throughout his political career.
And while it’s standard for the new administration to update the White House’s official website with its agenda as part of the transition it is notable that the Trump administration did not choose to include anything about the LGBT community.
In a statement Friday afternoon, Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said, “If President Trump truly believes in uniting the country, now is the time to make clear whether he will be an ally to the LGBTQ community in our struggle for full equality. We are prepared to do whatever it takes to protect our community and our progress.”


Ahmadi Muslim women paving the Pathway to Peace with Charity Peace Fair


Ahmadi Muslim Women throughout the North West of England are gathering from all walks of life at Darul Aman Mosque in Manchester for an afternoon that will shine a light on a ‘Pathway to Peace’ through fundraising for charities, including Macmillan.

The Charity Peace Fair will be held on Sunday 29 January 2017. The afternoon will show how women can raise funds and give the charities a platform to talk about their work. The community’s own charity Humanity First will showcase how peace can be achieved in the 21st century.

The event will also allow guests to have a guided tour of the mosque and give visitors a chance to get to know and understand the true values and beliefs of Muslim women. Exhibitions will also be available that will showcase the activities of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s auxiliary organisation (Lajna Imaillah).

The Ahmadi Muslim women have worked tirelessly with the greater community and various women’s groups  on multiple charitable endeavours including gifts to hospices, volunteer work at food banks, multi-faith coffee mornings as well as raising funds for various charities including Macmillan, Red Cross, Oxfam, Homeless, Refugees and many more.

Mrs Samina Irfan, Regional President Ahmadiyya Muslim Women Association said: ‘Peace is at the core of our belief and practices and we are reaching out to women in the North West. Members of our community across Britain are engaged in similar local charity initiatives in a show of peace.’

If anyone would like to attend the event then they should get in contact with Press Officer Rubina:  07514450731

Location: Darul Amaan Mosque, 15 Greenheys Ln, Manchester M15 6NQ

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President Akufo-Addo At Ahmadiyya Convention, appeals to Religious Leaders to support nation

President Akufo-Addo At Ahmadiyya Convention, appeals to Religious Leaders to support nation

President Akufo-Addo also urged religious bodies not to allow their religion to be perverted for criminal activities.

President Akufo-Addo has challenged religious leaders to use their calling to impact positively on the economy.

Speaking at the 85th National Annual Convention of the Ahmadiyya Mission Pomadze in the Central region, President Akufo-Addo reiterating the important role religious leaders play in the country called for unity and oneness to build the nation.

President Akufo-Addo also urged religious bodies not to allow their religion to be perverted for criminal activities.

The 85th annual national convention, themed “Engendering Patriotism: The Tole of Religion”, was officially opened by Alhaj Maulvi Mohammed Bin Saliah, Ameer (Head) and Missionary-in-Charge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission in Ghana.

New Ahmadiyya Muslim Baitul Ehsan Mosque opens in Mitcham

 New Ahmadiyya Muslim Baitul Ehsan Mosque opens in Mitcham

The new five-story mosque, emblazoned with the Ahmadiyya slogan ‘Love for all, Hatred for none’, also includes conference rooms, offices, a games room, as well as prayer halls.

Five-story mosque also includes conference rooms, offices, and a games room

A new mosque for the Ahmadiyya Muslim community has officially opened in Mitcham.

The Baitul Ehsan Mosque, which has been built in converted offices in the Willow Lane Trading Estate in Mitcham, was officially opened at a ceremony on Saturday, January 7.

The head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, inaugurated the new mosque by unveiling a commemorative plaque, leading prayers and delivering an address to the gathered Ahmadi Muslims.

The new five-story mosque, emblazoned with the Ahmadiyya slogan ‘Love for all, Hatred for none’, also includes conference rooms, offices, a games room, as well as prayer halls.

Pakistan in danger of not directly qualifying for World Cup 2019

Pakistan is in serious danger of failing to qualify directly for the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) World Cup 2019 in the United Kingdom as it currently sits at eighth position in the One Day International Team Rankings.

Pakistan is at eighth position with 89 points, two behind Bangladesh and two ahead of the West Indies, said an A former world champion, Pakistan has sets its sights on direct qualification for the World Cup 2019 as it takes on the in-form reigning world champion and number-one ranked Australia in a five-ODI series starting in Brisbane on Friday.

To at least maintain its pre-series ranking points, Pakistan needs to win one match of the series, while victories in more than one match will earn it crucial points.

If Pakistan wins two matches, then it will join Bangladesh on 91 points but will be ranked behind its Asian rivals by a fraction.

In the scenario of Pakistan winning the series, it will move ahead of Bangladesh and, as such, will enhance its chances of qualifying directly for the event it won in Australia in 1992.

On the flipside, Australia will retain its pre- series points if it wins the series 4-1, while it will concede one point if it wins 3-2. Australia can fall from the top pedestal but to make it happen, Pakistan will have to win by 4-1 or better.

However, considering that Australia leads Pakistan 33-16 on a head-to-head in its backyard, including 15 wins in 19 ODIs this decade, this looks highly improbable.

The ODI team rankings, unlike the Test rankings, are updated after each match and the ODI predictor function is available here.

Host England and the seven highest-ranked sides on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings as on 30 September 2017 will qualify directly for the event proper to be held from May 30 to July 15, 2019.

The four bottom-ranked sides will be joined by six teams from the ICC World Cricket League in the 10-team ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 and the top two sides will complete the 10-team World Cup line-up.

Meanwhile, third-ranked India takes on fifth-ranked England in a three-ODI series starting in Pune on Sunday, January 15. While India will be aiming to narrow the gap with second-ranked South Africa, England will be targeting an upward movement.

India can rise to as high as 114 points if it sweeps the series, but if the series result is reversed, then England can move up one place to fourth and India can slide to fifth.

Panamagate case: burden of proof lies with PM’s counsel, judges say

Panama case: burden of proof lies with PM’s counsel, judges say

The prime minister’s counsel, as he resumed his arguments before the Supreme Court during hearing of the Panamagate case on Thursday, was quizzed about a money trail for the London flats and asked to prove there were no inconsistencies in the PM’s speech in the National Assembly last year.

Panama-papers-pakistaniThe PM’s counsel, Makhdoom Ali Khan, denied that his client had anything to do with the London flats before the five-judge bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa.

Khan argued that the family business was transferred to Nawaz Sharif’s son, Hussain Nawaz after the death of Mian Sharif, the PM’s father. “Nawaz Sharif had nothing to do with it,” he said.

“If there was no connection, then how does the money trail lead to the London flats?” Justice Khosa inquired. “There are two different money trails before us. How did the money go from Jeddah and then to London? And how did the money go from Dubai to London and then Qatar?”

The PM’s counsel denied Nawaz Sharif had been a director of the family’s Dubai factory.

“How can we believe that he was never the director?” Justice Khosa asked. “No documents have been submitted before us to prove he was never the director.”

Khan told the bench that the Dubai factory was established after taking a loan, upon which he admonished by a judge for presenting documents in court that did not make this apparent.

The counsel in turn asked the court to form a commission “to go to Dubai and review allegations made against the prime minister.”

Justice Ijazul Hassan observed that the prime minister had recognised the Dubai mills and said all records are available. “Now the burden of proof is on you,” he told the PM’s counsel.

Khan was of the opinion that presenting documents and proof is the petitioner’s job.

Justice Khosa reiterated that “the prime minister’s lawyer will have to satisfy the court” regarding the ownership of the Dubai factory.

Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed told Makhdoom Khan that the Panamagate case is based on contradictions in statements made by the prime minister on the floor of the National Assembly after the Panama leaks last year.

The judge, referring to the plaintiff’s allegations that Nawaz Sharif provided incorrect statements, told the counsel, “If you disagree, then you will have to prove it.”

“If there is a small mistake in the speech, it can be overlooked. But if mistakes were made on purpose, there will be serious consequences,” Justice Ejaz Afzal warned.

“We do not believe that the speech was wrong but if something was hidden on purpose, we will consider that to be a half truth,” Justice Khosa said.

The counsel told the judge that the prime minister, in his speech, was providing an overview of his family’s business.

“He was not taking an oath or answering a specific question,” Khan said. “The prime minister’s speech was not a statement in a court.”

Makhdoom Khan said that there are two ways to remove the prime minister: the first is through the submission of a no-confidence motion. The second requires that Members of the National Assembly prove that the PM is dishonest.

“The Supreme Court, however, cannot disqualify him based on the statements and claims of others,” Khan said.

“Did the prime minister tell the truth or did Hussain Nawaz tell the truth,” Justice Ejaz inquired. “If one of them has told the truth, then the other has lied.”

“The record the the prime minister referred to in his address has still not come forth,” Justice Gulzar observed.

Justice Khosa remarked, “The prime minister had said his life is an open book. There seem to be some pages missing from that book.”

Makhdoom Khan finished the days arguments by telling the court that the matter of the money trail has nothing to do with the Nawaz Sharif.

“The business belongs to the [premier’s] children. The record will be presented by their lawyer.”

“The lawyer of Hassan and Hussain Nawaz will present details about the business and the money trail record,” Makhdoom Khan said.

The hearing was adjourned till Friday.

Pakistan to tour West Indies for full series in March

Pakistan to tour West Indies for full series in March

West Indies will host a full series, including three Tests, against Pakistan beginning on March 31, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has said.

Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain will stage two Twenty20s, to be followed by three one-dayers at the Guyana National Stadium.

Kingston’s Sabina Park will host the first test from April 22, followed by matches in Bridgetown (April 30-May 4) and Roseau (May 10-14).

Former giants West Indies rank a lowly eighth in Tests and WICB manager of operations Roland Holder said the series against number five Pakistan would offer an additional opportunity to improve their ranking.

“Any series against Pakistan always poses an interesting contest for the West Indies,” he said in a statement.

There was no word from WICB, however, on the possibility of playing two Twenty20s in Pakistan, which remains a no-go zone for top teams wary of security issues in the country.

“There is an offer (from the PCB) to play two T20 matches in Pakistan, subject to Players’ Association agreement and security clearance,” Holder had earlier told ESPNcricinfo.

Schedule of Pakistan’s tour of West Indies:

Mar 31: 1st T20I, Port-of-Spain

Apr 2: 2nd T20I, Port-of-Spain

Apr 7: 1st ODI, Providence

Apr 9: 2nd ODI, Providence

Apr 11: 3rd ODI, Providence

Apr 22-26: 1st Test, Kingston

Apr 30-May 4: 2nd Test, Bridgetown

May 10-14: 3rd Test, Roseau

Monmouthshire Ahmadiyya Muslims donate to Home-Start

Monmouthshire Ahmadiyya Muslims donate to Home-Start

MONMOUTHSHIRE’S family support charity Home-Start has been presented with a donation of £500.

Home-Start was chosen by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK to be a beneficiary of its flagship Charity Walk for Peace, an annual event that has raised nearly £3m for good causes throughout Britain over the last 28 years.

Monmouth MP David Davies, who has held discussions with Ahmadiyya Muslims in Parliament, presented a cheque on their behalf to Home-Start manager Pam Lloyd.

Based at Bridges Community Centre in Monmouth, Home-Start Monmouthshire offers emotional and practical help to families with young children who are experiencing stress or difficulties.

Mr Davies said: “When Ahmadiyya Muslims asked me if they could support a local charity, I was delighted to mention Home-Start.”

Pam Lloyd added: “It is always lovely when we receive unexpected donations that we haven’t had to canvass for and I would like to thank David for nominating our scheme.

“We are struggling to find funding for 2017-18 so it will be carried forward to boost the budget and used to help families in Monmouthshire.”.

Sindh Governor Saeeuzzaman Siddiqui Passes Away

Sindh Governor Justice (retd) Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui died on Monday at a local hospital at the age of 79. The governor was sworn in on November 11 after removal of Ishtratul Ibad Khan,  longest-serving governor in Pakistan’s history.

He was shifted to a private hospital in Karachi in November after complaining about chest pain and difficulty in breathing.

Siddiqui was the chief justice of Pakistan during the 1999 military coup by General Pervez Musharraf and refused to take oath under the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO) saying that “taking oath under the PCO, in my opinion, will be a deviation from the oath I had taken to defend the constitution of 1973”.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed grief over the death of the governor.

The Prime Minister said the services of Justice (R)Saeed uz Zaman Siddiqui in the field of judiciary and upholding rule of law would be remembered, a statement issued from the PM s Office said.

Justice (R) Saeed uz Zaman was an upright and honest Judge who never compromised on his principles and remained impartial in delivery of justice, he said.

The prime minister  said that Justice (R) Saeed uz Zaman’s contributions regarding resisting and giving sacrifices against undemocratic elements were unparalleled.

He prayed for the departed soul and expressed sympathy with the bereaved family of Justice (R) Saeed uz Zaman.