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♦ Supreme Court rejects appeal to constitute full court; SC decides to hear parties first, lawyers seek time on matter of constituting full court; CJP stresses on parliamentary party’s empowerment; Remarks unless parliamentary party is made autonomous, way of hereditary politics will never be checked; Justice Ahsan remarks parliamentary party is given the right to decide about vote, not the party head according to Article 63-A; Fool-proof security around Red Zone area; Shujaat, PPP, JUI file petitions to become party; Hamza files plea to form full court bench
♦ Maryam comes down hard on the judiciary as allies hold presser ahead of SC hearing. Says contempt of institutions comes from within the institutions: Criticizes 3-member SC bench saying bench-fixing is a crime same as match-fixing: Bilawal says allies want institutions to remain impartial.
♦ Coalition parties including PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz, PPP Chairman and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, JUI Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, ANP leader Aimal Wali and Balochistan Awami Party Chief Khalid Magsi held a joint press conference in Islamabad.
♦ Bilawal says Imran wants to make every institution his Tiger Force; Says some forces are not approved by the people's government, hopefully the conspiratorial elements will not succeed.
♦ Maulana Fazlur Rehman warns people's tolerance will end if institutions continue playing games; Says no interference will be accepted, case should be hared by the full court.
♦ Amel Wali Khan says no one benefits from conflict between institutions
♦ Saad Rafique says Imran Khan is not alone in conspiracy, facilitators are also involved: Says if Imran Khan will not halt, two-thirds majority would have been given to him
♦ Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa presided over the Commands Conference. The Army Chief praised the performance of the security forces against terrorists. The Army Chief also appreciated the help of the people affected by the floods and heavy rains in the country. The forum expressed its determination to support the civil administration in the rescue activities.
♦ Why did Asif Ali Zardari go to Dubai? Bakhtawar Bhutto explained the reason. She said Asif Ali Zardari as a grandfather has come to Dubai to celebrate birthday with his grandson.
♦ Heavy rain leaves Karachi submerged; Roads presenting look of rivers as there is water everywhere in city; University Road, Hassan Square, NIPA, University of Karachi, Safoora and other areas have been inundated with rainwater; Rainwater has also seeped into the houses in Municipality A-25 and City Railway Colony
♦ Sindh areas receive intermittent, heavy showers; Rain continues intermittently in Larkana; Over 20 electricity feeders tripped, crops destroyed in Khairpur; People’s houses flooded in Dadu
♦ Flooding alert issued for low-lying areas; possible landslides in AJK, KP and GB; people advised to be careful while travelling; There is also a risk of landslide in Kashmir, Galyat, Murree, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Chilas, Diamer, Gilgit, Hunza, Astor and Skardu
♦ Finance Ministry sends six names to PM for new State Bank Governor; The names proposed for Governor State Bank include Dr Saeed Ahmed Sabak, President National Bank, Asim Meraj Hussain, Murtaza Syed, acting Governor SBP, Zafar Masood, Muhammad, Jameel Deputy Governor State Bank and Muhammad Ashraf Khan, former Governor State Bank
♦ Quaid-e-Millat Jafaria Agha Syed Hamid Ali Shah Mousavi laid to rest; Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari expressed grief and sorrow on his death
♦ On the second day of the second test match against Sri Lanka, Pakistan scored 191 runs for 7 wickets
♦ Dollar hits Rs230 mark amid political unrest
♦ Rain with gusty winds, thunderstorm likely in most parts of country
♦ Faryal Talpur directs PPP workers to stand by rain-hit people
♦ Pakistani pilgrim’s honesty makes the country proud
♦ Man kills aunt for ‘honour’ in Shikarpur