Nawaz Sharif expected court to start hearing the appeal and release him, but no


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Nawaz Sharif landed in Lahore on Friday, July 13,. Sharif and his daughter were sent straight to jail near Rawalpindi. Sharif’s legal team said they expected the court to start hearing the appeal from Tuesday, July 17. If a judge lets the challenge go ahead, the three-time prime minister could be released on bail, pending his retrial.


[July 6 “I am coming back to Pakistan,” Nawaz Sharif]

Nawaz Sharif and Maryam are currently in London visiting Kulsoom Nawaz, who is suffering from cancer and is undergoing treatment there. On June 14, both Sharif and his daughter left for the United Kingdom after they were granted a brief exemption from the ongoing trial.

Both Sharif and his daughter were supposed supposed to return to Pakistan by June 27.
They both have denied wrongdoing and are expected to appeal.

“I am coming back to Pakistan,” he said at a news conference aired on Pakistani television. “I am not afraid of jail.”
He fell out with powerful generals after Sharif returned as premier in 2013, partly because Sharif challenged the military over control of foreign policy, which the generals have traditionally seen as their domain. The Sharif family steel business was nationalised under the government of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the beginning of a long political rivalry between the families.

[ June 28  Bilawal Bhutto Zardari for NA-246 Karachi South Committee formed]


Bilawal attends wedding of Sanam Bhutto’s daughter

The Pakistan Peoples Party on Karachi June 24 formed a committee for the election campaign of Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari for NA-246 Karachi South comprising Lyari and the adjoining areas of the city.    [June 5] KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari obtained nomination papers to contest the upcoming elections, the first of his political career, from his party’s traditionally dominant National Assembly constituency in Lyari — NA-246.

Bilawal’s mother, Benazir Bhutto, and his father, Asif Ali Zardari, had emerged victorious in the general elections of 1988 and 1990, respectively, from Lyari.

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Erik Prince gives up phones and computer as to meeting with Russian

Erik Prince

Erik Prince leaves hearing

Erik Prince has turned over his phones and computer to Robert Mueller, Erik Prince met Russian oligarch before Trump’s inauguration between the White House and the Kremlin. The meeting, which took place nine days before Trump’s inauguration, was arranged to establish a covert communication channel between the incoming administration and the Kremlin.

While Prince had no formal role in the Trump campaign or transition, he reportedly presented himself to the meeting attendants as an unofficial envoy for the White House. Prince has vehemently denied those claims.


[ March 17  Erik Prince met Russian oligarch before Trump’s inauguration  ]


EXCLUSIVE – Erik Prince tells Fox News that there was no perjury, no collusion and no attempt to set up a back channel to the Kremlin when he met with a Russian oligarch weeks before President Donald Trump’s inauguration.
“The public reports that George Nader may be cooperating with special counsel and has presented a different version of events, in the sense that this Seychelles meeting was part of an effort to establish a back channel to Russia, that the meeting that Erik Prince had with the Russian banker was not happenstances, is obviously at odds with the testimony we’ve heard in front of the House Intelligence Committee.”


[ May 16 2011 UAE: American-led foreign soldiers could be used to subdue local political unrest? ]

The establishment of the R2 force raises the question of whether American-led foreign soldiers could be used to subdue local political unrest, such as the pro-democracy movements in neighbouring Bahrain. Mr Karasik said that, while the force was located in Abu Dhabi, it would probably serve all of the seven emirates that form the UAE. FT New Yorker
Rep. Jan Schakowsky, an Illinois Democrat who serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is launching an investigation into Prince’s work in the UAE. “The man who brought us Blackwater, a company whose name has become synonymous with the worst of contractor abuses in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been hired to put together a mercenary army that could be used to suppress a revolt or attack pro-democracy protesters,” Schakowsky said. ”

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Noor Wali Mehsud heads TTP after Fazlullah killed by drone


The banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) announced it had appointed a new leader on June 23: Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud.
He hails from Gorgoray area of Sararogha tehsil and belongs to Mechikhel, a sub-clan of the Mehsud tribe. He also remained a qazi (judge) of Sharia court established by Baitullah Mehsud.

“With the appointment of Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud the leadership of TTP has returned to Mehsud tribe in its home base South Waziristan as Fazlullah was from Swat,” said Rahimullah Yusufzai.

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Syria: U.S. has shut down aid to FSA


Syrian rebel fighter near frontlines in rebel-held area in southern Syrian city of Daraa on June 23


The United States has supported the moderate mainstream FSA faction with millions of dollars worth of arms and paid monthly salaries to thousands of rebels in the course of the seven-year war under a military aid program run by the Central Intelligence Agency.

But analysts believe the aid has dropped after U.S. President Donald Trump decided last year to shut down the program.

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Libyan elections by December 10; Jadhran attacks Ras Lanuf



One of two oil storage tanks ignited amid clashes at the Libyan oil port of Ras Lanuf

A militia, led by Ibrahim Jadhran who opposes the army commanded by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, attacked the oil ports of Ras Lanuf. The attack by Jadhran’s militia caused “significant” damage to at least two storage tanks, He lost control of the oil crescent to Haftar’s forces in 2016. AP June 19, 2018

French President Emanuel Macron stressed in a phone call with Head of Government of National Accord (GNA) PM Fayez al-Sarraj the need to commit to the outcomes of the conference held in Paris on May 29 on the preparation of a constitutional basis for parliamentary and presidential elections by December 10.

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Yemen: Emirati troops joined by French special forces




French special forces, file photo

French special forces are present on the ground in Yemen with forces from the United Arab Emirates, The ministry stressed that France at this stage had no military operations in the Hodeidah region and was not part of the Saudi-led coalition.
The US government rejected the coalition’s request for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support as well as the use of an American minesweeper vessel to help clear the area of Houthi mines. The US military has for some time been providing aerial refueling support to coalition warplanes and has provided the coalition with information to help prevent civilian casualties.

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NATO Resolute Support kills TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Mullah Fazlullah was killed in a US drone strike on June 13.   “US forces conducted a counterterrorism strike, June 13,
in Kunar province, close to the border between Afghanistan and
Pakistan, which targeted a senior leader of a designated
terrorist organization,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Martin O’Donnell, a
spokesman for US forces in Afghanistan.

“I confirm that Mullah Fazlullah, leader of the Pakistani Taliban, has been killed in an joint air operation in the border area of Marawera district of Kunar province,” Mohammad Radmanish, spokesman for Afghan defense ministry adding the air strike was carried out at about 9 a.m. on June 13.

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