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Senior jurist SM Zafar passes away at age of 93



LAHORE: Senior Pakistani jurist and former Senator Syed Muhammad Zafar, popularly often known as SM Zafar, handed away on the age of 93, his members of the family in Lahore confirmed on Thursday.

The household revealed that the authorized professional had been ailing for a very long time.

Also referred to as probably the most distinguished Pakistani human rights activist and famous lawyer, Zafar was the daddy of Barrister Ali Zafar — a high chief of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) — and served because the federal minister of Regulation and Justice from 1965 to 1969.

The veteran jurist was born in Burma on December 6, 1930, and commenced his profession as a lawyer within the Nineteen Fifties after graduating from College Regulation School.

After retiring from the federal government in 1968, he began his personal legislation follow and hung the boots as an energetic legislation practitioner in 2014.

His landmark authorized contributions embrace the acquittal of Pakistani Scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, the dialogue and draft of the 1973 Structure, and participation within the drafting of the 18th constitutional modification.

The veteran lawyer had additionally served as a senator as a part of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) earlier than saying his retirement from politics in 2018.

In addition to being a Nishan-e-Imtiaz (2012) holder, Zafar obtained a number of different awards and souvenirs for his companies to the nation.

PM, Data Minister saddened over demise of SM Zafar

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the unhappy demise of eminent lawyer and former Senator Syed Muhammad Zafar.

In a press release on Thursday, the caretaker prime minister prayed for the departed soul to relaxation in everlasting peace.

Anwaarul Haq Kakar additionally commiserated with the bereaved household.

In the meantime, Caretaker Minister for Info and Broadcasting Murtaza Solangi has additionally expressed deep grief and sorrow over the demise of eminent lawyer and former Senator Syed Muhammad Zafar.

The caretaker info minister stated SM Zafar was not solely an eminent jurist but in addition a humble human being. He stated the companies of SM Zafar (Late) will all the time be remembered.

Murtaza Solangi additionally commiserated with the bereaved household.

Expressing grief on the lawyer’s loss of life, President Arif Alvi referred to as Zafar a good friend, an “excellent constitutionalist writer and a superb advocate”. He supplied his condolences to Zafar’s household and prayed for the deceased.

“Once I completed studying his ebook Democracy and Islam in Historical past that he had graciously despatched to me, I […] despatched a message to him on his glorious treatise,” the president stated.

PML-Q phrases demise as enormous loss

Former MNA and PML-Q Girls’s Wing President Mrs Farrukh Khan expressed heartfelt sorrow and grief over the departing of late S.M. Zafar. In a particular message, Mrs Farrukh Khan stated that S M Zafar was an expensive colleague and a mentor whom she would all the time take satisfaction in serving with.

She stated the void created by the demise of S M Zafar wouldn’t be crammed and he or she prayed that will Allah Almighty bless the departed soul in Jannah.

Maleeha Lodhi — former ambassador to the US, United Kingdom and United Nations — described Zafar as an “excellent lawyer” and a “heat and welcoming human being”.


Former MNA Marvi Memon stated the lawyer’s loss of life was a loss for Parliament and politics of Pakistan.

PTI chief Hammad Azhar stated Zafar was a “form and mild soul and filled with knowledge”.



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PM Kakar arrives in Kuwait on two-day official go to



KUWAIT: Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar on Tuesday arrived in Kuwait on a two-day official go to to satisfy the brotherly nation’s management.

Upon his arrival on the airport, Kuwait’s Minister for Electrical energy, Water and Renewable Power Dr Jassim Mohammed Abdullah Al-Ostad obtained the prime minister, PM Workplace stated in a press launch.

Pakistan Ambassador to Kuwait Malik Muhammad Farooq and different senior diplomatic officers had been additionally current on the event.

Throughout his go to, the premier will meet Crown Prince of Kuwait Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmed Al-Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

In the course of the go to, a brand new period of financial and financial cooperation between the 2 international locations will start.

A variety of MoUs will likely be signed for mutual cooperation in numerous sectors together with manpower, data expertise, minerals and mining, meals safety, vitality and defence, it was additional added.

As a standard Kuwaiti welcoming gesture, the caretaker prime minister was additionally introduced “Kahwa” upon his arrival.

Earlier this month, the interim federal cupboard gave the nod to seven memorandum of understanding (MoUs) with Kuwait for an funding value $10 billion.

The MoUs can be signed by PM Kakar throughout the go to.

The MoUs will likely be inked for initiatives in numerous fields, together with growth of water reservoirs, mining amenities, safety and growth of mangrove forests for coastal areas, funding in IT sector and meals safety.

The MoUs between the 2 international locations grew to become potential as a result of efforts made by the Particular Funding Facilitation Council (SIFC), based on a press release issued by the PM Workplace earlier.

It added that the interim premier, who chaired the assembly within the federal capital, and his cupboard members appreciated the efforts of the SIFC and the related ministries.

The caretaker prime minister issued instructions to the federal authorities involved to make sure cooperation with the provinces for early and truthful execution of the initiatives.

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PTI rebuffs ‘claims’ Imran won’t contest intra-party polls



  • Says no resolution but on present chief’s withdrawal or his alternative
  • Marwat had inform media chief had determined to not contest polls attributable to authorized prohibitions

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Tuesday rebuffed ‘claims and speculations’ that chief Imran Khan, who’s at the moment incarcerated at Adiala jail, wouldn’t contest intra-party polls for the slot of social gathering chairman.

The assertion by the PTI was issued in response to 1 by a “senior chief”. Though the social gathering didn’t title the chief, earlier within the day PTI’s Sher Afzal Khan Marwat had said that Imran had determined to not contest the election for PTI chairman attributable to authorized prohibitions and his disqualification within the Toshakhana case.

Marwat, who was appointed a senior vice chairman of the social gathering final week, had made the remarks whereas talking to PTI social media representatives outdoors Adiala jail.

“Khan sahib himself has determined that he won’t contest the polls for the workplace of PTI chairman,” he had stated, including that this resolution was taken with consensus. Marwat stated the choice could be reversed as quickly because the disqualification was put aside.

Nonetheless, hours later, the PTI issued an announcement on social media platform X stating that it “strongly denies” hypothesis within the media on the difficulty. It additionally denied the claims by a “senior social gathering chief” about Imran not operating for social gathering chairman in intra-party elections.

“Discussions are ongoing on all of the vital points concerning the holding of intra-party elections,” the social gathering stated. It stated that no resolution was taken as but concerning withdrawing Imran from the election or nominating one other chief in his place.

The social gathering stated that as quickly because the management reached a conclusion on holding intra-party elections, the date and the number of candidates, the small print could be launched to the media.

In the meantime, Marwat caught by his assertion regardless of the social gathering’s denial. In response to the assertion issued by the PTI, Marwat stated that he had “examined the paradox”.

“No matter I’ve stated in my media discuss in regards to the intra-party election is an accurate assertion. The choices had been taken by the PTI chairman within the presence of Senator Ali Zafar, Barrister Gohar, Umair Niazi and myself,” he stated.

“I fail to know who’s behind the contradiction and why the deceptive assertion was issued. The media are suggested to confirm my assertion with the above individuals if you happen to don’t thoughts,” he added.

ECP verdict

Final week, the ECP dominated that the PTI intra-party polls weren’t clear, ordering the previous ruling social gathering to carry new elections if it needs to retain its “bat” image.

The PTI was by the fee to carry recent elections inside 20 days in a reserved verdict introduced on November 23.

Within the verdict, the ECP said that the PTI failed to carry free and truthful intra-party elections, including that the polls had been objectionable and controversial.

“PTI’s intra-party elections can’t be accepted,” said the decision, directing it to carry polls and submit the file inside seven days.

“If PTI fails to carry elections inside 20 days then it should face extreme penalties. In case of failure to carry [intra-party] elections, the [PTI] won’t be eligible to safe an election image,” stated the decision.

The ECP had issued notices to the PTI for not holding intra-party polls on August 2 and reserved its verdict on the matter on September 13.


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Ticket Distribution: PML-N committee interviews candidates for Pindi seats



RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) has began the method of interviews of potential candidates for the social gathering tickets for provincial and nationwide meeting constituencies for the upcoming common elections scheduled for February 8.

On this connection, the social gathering’s Divisional Coordinator Committee, headed by Senator Pervez Rashid, interviewed candidates for each the provincial and nationwide assemblies seats from Rawalpindi. The committee’s assembly happened on the residence of committee member Tahira Orangzaib.

In attendance on the assembly have been PML-N Rawalpindi Division President Malik Abrar, Ataullah Tarar, and Haneef Abbasi.

Interviews for candidates requesting social gathering tickets from 5 tehsils of Rawalpindi district, together with Metropolitan and Cantt areas, have been performed.

Yesterday, the Divisional Coordination Committee interviewed candidates for 2 nationwide and 5 provincial seats of Attock.

Later, the Divisional Coordination Committee will submit its proposals to the Central Parliamentary Board of PML-N, which resolve the ticket distribution. The committee will full the interviews of the candidates by November 29.


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