29072017-TTC-01.qxd 7/29/2017 1:15 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 saturday, july 29, 2017 late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 103 | 30 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd plea for Pak top court ousts ‘dishonest’ Sharif SCrejectsabortion 10-yr-old’s PANAMA PAPERSPM resigns after disqualification; to face graft case along with children Islamabad, July 28 Pakistan’s Supreme Court today disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for dishonesty and ruled that corruption cases be filed against him and his children over the Panama Papers scandal, forcing the embattled leader to resign. It is the third time that the 67-year-old veteran politician’s term as premier has been cut short. The verdict plunged Pakistan into a political crisis at a time when it is facing a brittle economy and a surge in militancy. As the unanimous verdict by the five-judge Bench was read out, a large number of Opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf workers celebrated outside, chanting “Go Nawaz, go”. The court disqualified Sharif under Articles 62 and 63 of Pakistan’s Constitution that state that an MP should be truthful and righteous. Nawaz Sharif’s opponents celebrate after the Supreme Court verdict in Karachi on Friday. REUTERS “He is disqualified as a member of parliament so he has ceased to be holding the office of Prime Minister,” the Bench said. It ordered the Election Commission to issue a notification for Sharif’s disqualification. Subsequently, Sharif’s election from NA-120 constituency (in Lahore) was denotified. The federal Cabinet also stands dissolved. Shehbaz Sharif, the younger brother of Nawaz Sharif, was most likely to succeed him. No name has been announced for interim PM, who will fill the 45-day vacu- Faceoff, facile win for Nitish Says will not compromise on corruption for secularism Jitendra K Shrivastava Tribune News Service Patna, July 28 Nitish Kumar, who was yesterday sworn in as Bihar Chief Minister for the sixth time, won the floor test today with 131 votes after a vitriolic debate during which he defended his decision to return to the NDA fold, saying he didn’t need any lessons on secularism. The House has 243 members. But with only 239 MLAs present during voting, the BJP-backed Nitish needed only 120 votes to pass the trust vote. The CM moved a confidence motion amid pandemonium. The voting was held as per the division method (each member signs in a register “for” or “against” the motion) with the RJD demand for a secret ballot turned down by Speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhary. Speaking in the House ka ❝ Janatatha,mandate pawnNitish made me a ❝ to build own image. seva ke liye na ki mewa ke liye... I won’t compromise on corruption for sake of secularism... can’t indulge in graft while hiding behind shield of secularism Nitish Kumar, CM before the voting, Nitish said: “The people’s mandate was to serve the people, not a particular family (Lalu’s family). “People (the Opposition) should not teach me lessons in secularism. Secularism is to be practised. I cannot be with people who commit the sin of amassing property through corrupt means while The entire exercise (of seeking resignation) was an excuse to ally with BJP... People will teach you a lesson Tejaswi Yadav FORMER DEPUTY CM hiding behind the shield of secularism,” he said in his 10minute speech. Reiterating that his decision to ally with the BJP was in Bihar’s interest, Nitish claimed that with the NDA government in the state and at the Centre, Bihar would scale new heights of development. continued on page 9 IAF flew 9 unairworthy IL-76s CAG raps Indian Air Force for risking human life, aircraft Vijay Mohan Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 28 In what may have compromised operational missions and posed a high risk to human life as well as aircraft, the Indian Air Force continued to fly its IL-76 heavy-lift aircraft well past the expiry of their prescribed technical life. The IAF has a fleet of 14 IL76s, of which nine continued to fly well past their due date for overhaul because of administrative delays. Low availability of aircraft and old avionics are among other factors ailing the IL-76 fleet. “On an average, these aircraft flew 107 hours without the second overhaul even when their prescribed life had expired and extension of life was yet to be duly approved. IL-76 fleet was procured from erstwhile USSR from 1985-89. By doing so, the IAF had taken an operational risk besides risk to the air assets and human life,” the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) observed in its report tabled in Parliament today. The IL-76 is extensively used to airlift men and material to forward areas, particularly in winter. A ChandigarhLeh sortie takes about an hour. The aircraft is also used to ferry heavy equipment during disaster relief operations and for other strategic tasks. The aircraft were procured from the erstwhile USSR between 1985 and 1989 and their first overhaul was due after five years of induction, which was later extended to 10 years. continued on page 9 J&KCM:Tinker withspecial status,nonewill holdTricolour New Delhi, July 28 Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today warned that any tinkering with the special status granted to the state will have serious ramifications and there will be no one to hold the Tricolour. At a seminar here, she spoke on issues like Article 35A, which gives special status to J&K under Article 370, and said efforts should be made that no one tinkers with it. The CM said while on the one hand efforts are afoot for resolving the Kashmir issue within the framework of Constitution, on the other hand, “we flog it”. “Who is doing it? Why are they doing it (challenging Article 35A)?” she asked as she added candidly, “let me tell you that my party and other parties that carry the national flag there, despite all risks... I have no doubt in saying that no one will hold it if it is tinkered.” Mehbooba said by challenging Article 35-A in the Supreme Court, none of the separatist groups was getting affected as they were on a different agenda all together. “But, you are weakening those powers which are Indian and trust India and participate in elections and who fight to live a life honourably in J&K,” she said. In 2014, an NGO had sought striking down of Article 35A. The PIL said the government has been discriminating against non-residents. — PTI Today’s issue consists of 30 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends and four-page Bathinda Tribune. um until Shehbaz, 65, is elected to the National Assembly. The Supreme Court disqualified Sharif for failing to declare “receivable” salary from a UAE-based company of his son in the 2013 nomination paper. It termed the salary, which was not paid to Sharif, as an “asset”. Following the verdict, a spokesperson of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) said Sharif had stepped down, “despite reservations regarding different phases of the Panama case proceedings”. The SC ordered the National Accountability Bureau to initiate a corruption case against Sharif, his sons Hussain and Hassan and daughter Maryam within six weeks and that the trial be completed within six months of the filing of the case. The court also ordered a criminal investigation into the assets of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Sharif’s trusted aide, and Capt Muhammad Safdar, Sharif’s son-in-law and a member of the National Assembly. Imran Khan of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and a petitioner in the Panama case, hailed the verdict. The cricketer-turned-politician said: “It’s a moment of joy for Pakistan because for the first time the Supreme Court has disqualified the most powerful man in Pakistan, who has been ruling for 30 years.” Former military dictator Gen Pervez Musharraf, now living in Dubai, congratulated the nation. Chairman of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari urged everyone to respect the verdict. No Pakistani PM has ever completed his term. It is the second time in its 70-year history that the SC has disqualified a sitting PM. — PTI Edit: Nawaz Sharif nailed More on pages 11,19 ‘Consider medical boards for such cases’ Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 28 The Supreme Court today dismissed a petition seeking permission for terminating the 32-week-old pregnancy of a 10year-old rape victim from Chandigarh after a board of PGI doctors opined against it. The board, set up on SC orders, said in its report that “abortion is neither good for the girl, nor for the foetus.” The minor is carrying her unwanted pregnancy after being allegedly raped by her uncle. Taking note of an increasing number of petitions seeking permission to terminate pregnancy, a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar suggested to the government to consider setting up a permanent medical board in every district to take quick decisions in such cases. The Bench asked Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar to convey its suggestion to the government. A Bill on the issue is already pending. The suggestion assumes significance in view of the fact that under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, a woman is not permitted to abort her foetus after the pregnancy crosses 20 weeks, unless the mother’s life is at risk. It’s for this reason that pregnant women often move the top court for permission to terminate pregnancy that has crossed 20 weeks. The Bench refused to accede to petitioner counsel Alakh Alok Srivastav for shifting the victim to PGI, saying care being provided to her at a hospital in Sector 32 was satisfactory. It also pulled up the petitioner for directly coming to the top court, bypassing the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
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