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Musharraf says plans return to Pakistan, politics

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WASHINGTON — Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf said he planned to return from exile and re-enter politics, and did not rule out a new bid for the presidency.

Musharraf, who has mostly lived in London since losing power following 2008 elections, visited Washington this week and met quietly with prominent Pakistanis at a ritzy hotel to discuss his future plans.

In an interview with CNN, Musharraf said he intended to return to politics, although he was coy when asked about the time-frame.

“I certainly am planning to go back to Pakistan and also join politics. The question already of whether I am running for president or prime minister will be seen later,” he said.

Officials in Pakistan earlier said Musharraf had applied to register a new party with electoral authorities, setting the stage for a political comeback.

But Musharraf could face a criminal trial if he returns to Pakistan for detaining judges in 2007 as he attempted to cling to power.

Musharraf is also wanted for questioning over allegations in a UN-led investigation that he could have done more to prevent the December 2007 assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

Musharraf disagreed with the UN report, saying, “I think all the security was provided” to Bhutto.

“In fact, it was me who warned her about the threat to her,” Musharraf said.

Musharraf said he had previously stopped Bhutto from going to the venue where she was later killed by Islamic extremist.

“A lot of political aspersions were cast on me that her movements are being restricted. But she decided to go again,” Musharraf said.

Bhutto’s widower, Asif Ali Zardari, replaced Musharraf as president in 2008. Musharraf could face formidable odds in any return to politics to match the political machinery of Zardari and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

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HSY to stage grand finale at PSFW 2015 with ‘INK’

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LAHORE, Pakistan: In the lead up to the 8th PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week (PSFW) being held from the 18 – 21st of April 2015, the Pakistan Fashion Design Council has revealed the names of participating designers, textile houses and high-street brands.

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The iconic courtier Hassan Sheheryar Yasin (HSY) is set to close PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2015 with “INK”; a collection inspired by Asia and specifically HSY’s journeys to The Land of Rising Sun.

INK represents the essence of Langkawi, Indonesia, Nagasaki, and Yunnan with natural and indigenous yarns, hand-woven to perfection. Expect the traditional dyeing techniques of Shibori from Nagasaki, Batik from Indonesia, and Gara from Sierra Leone infused with mackintosh, saffron, aubergine, eggshell, rosette, indigo and ochre. Created with the scorching sub continental summer in mind, INK channels versatile hemlines to suit a diversity of younger, older, working men, women and homemakers alike.

Big names that will be missed in this edition of PSFW are: 

Fashion giants such as Elan, Shehla Chatoor and Ali Xeeshan are missing from the roster. One may wonder why they choose to miss out on one of the biggest fashion showcases of the year. Ali Xeeshan may be boycotting the event after an unpleasant incident last year at PFDC L’Oreal Bridal Week but what about the rest?

PSFW 2015 kicks off on 18 April and will end on 21 April.

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Sharif’s and Company Cleared from Tax Evasions

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Sharif Brothers Cleared in Tax Evasions

Sharif Brothers Cleared in Tax Evasions

ISLAMABAD: Chief of  Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) Nawaz Sharif was cleared of tax evasion in a report submitted by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday 8th April, 2013 – reported by JAGO NEWS.

The FBR further cleared PML-N leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan of tax evasion.

Another report sent by NAB stated that Shahbaz Sharif was also not involved in tax evasion. The report added that Shahbaz paid taxes worth Rs4.947 million in the last three years, and cleared.

 

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ECP Skips Overseas Voting : Elections 2013

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ECP Opposed Overseas Voting

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) steps back and have finalized to oppose an online voting system for overseas Pakistanis, in the resport which they have submitted to Supreme Court on Monday, JAGO NEWS reported.

Election commission stated that allowing overseas Pakistanis the right to vote is a positive and progressive thought. However,  through a non-certified computerised system could be disastrous for the whole electoral process of PAKISTAN.

There should be proper, comprehensive, flawless procedures and measures to be taken for the voting rights of overseas Pakistanis by Law, report stated.

Of the 4.5 million overseas Pakistanis registered to vote, around 1.7 million live in Saudi Arabia, 1.3 million live in the UAE, 277,133 live in Oman, 131,569 live in Kuwait and 80,146 live in Bahrain – importantly these countries not allow such political activities.

The remaining number, 367,989 registered Pakistani voters live the in UK, 131,599 in the US, 90,148 in Canada, 56,495 in Greece, 55,851 in Malaysia, 39,618 in Spain, 23,585 in France and 15,729 live in Australia.

There votes might have impact on their home constituencies. But , we canot deny a threat to electoral process too.

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