Thursday Evening News Brief, April 20

Thursday evening brief Apr 20 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Nawaz Sharif will be probed for corruption in the Panama Papers case. The Pakistan Supreme Court today ordered the formation of a Joint Investigation Team to probe country’s prime minister and his family’s involvement in the case. In a split judgment, the court cited insufficient evidence to outright convict and remove Sharif from office. The case was based on several identical petitions by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan and others about alleged illegal assets of Sharif’s family in London.
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The OPS faction put two preconditions for holding talks with the ruling AIADMK. The faction, led by former Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam, wants the AIADMK (Amma) faction to withdraw the affidavits filed with the Election Commission which claimed that V K Sasikala and TTV Dhinakaran are the general secretary and deputy general secretary, respectively. It also wants the Edappadi K Palanisami government to ask the Centre to order a CBI probe into the death of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa. On the other hand, the Amma faction said that it has no preconditions laid down for the much-anticipated merger .
Oil ministry slammed the decision of some operators to close petrol pumps on Sundays. The petroleum ministry has denounced the decision, saying such a move will inconvenience the general public. Already, the All India Petroleum Dealers Association, which claims to represent 80 per cent of the 53,224 petrol pumps of public sector oil firms, has said it is not participating in the closure exercise. Many southern states and some areas of Maharashtra, may see petrol pump owners down their shutters on Sundays beginning May 14 to press for higher commission on petrol and diesel they sell.
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A special NIA court in Mumbai issued a non-bailable warrant against Zakir Naik. Naik, the controversial Islamic preacher is wanted by the agency for his alleged role in a terror case. The National Investigation Agency told the court that Naik didn’t appear before it even after three summonses were issued and it would need to take Interpol’s help to bring him back to India. Naik, 51, left India last year, allegedly to evade arrest after some perpetrators of Dhaka terror attack claimed they were inspired by him.
India is concerned about Kulbhushan Jadhav’s well-being in Pakistan, the MEA said. “It is a matter of concern for India,” the external affairs ministry said today while informing that it had sought consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav for the 15th time. India has also officially sought from Pakistan details of the trial proceedings against Kulbhushan Jadhav as well as the appeal process in the case, the external affairs ministry said.
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