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Nawaz believes in supremacy of law: Mushahidullah

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD:  Federal Minister for Climate Change, Senator Mushahidullah Khan has said former prime minister Nawaz Sharif accepted the decision of Supreme Court to ensure the supremacy of law in the country.

This he said while talking to media persons on Tuesday. He added that PML-N believes in the institutions and Nawaz Sharif appearance in the court is the clear example of it.

He claimed that during the premiership of Nawaz Sharif, the government introduced several uplift schemes in the country and still after disqualification from the SC in panama case; he (Nawaz) is the most popular leader of the country.

He said people from Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are also looking towards as they were disappointed from the PPP and PTI because they were failed to deliver in the better interest of the provinces.




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Peace must for development says Ahsan Iqbal

Monitoring Desk

BEIJING: Interior Minister, Ahsan Iqbal has said that peace is very important for the development of any country and without maintaining the peace no country can achieve the dreams of development.

Iqbal said this while talking to media after attending an opening  ceremony of the 86th Interpol’s General Assembly held in Beijing on Tuesday.

He also appreciated the China efforts for maintaining the peace in the region and adding that Chinese leadership playing important and positive role in maintaining the peace in the region.

“In a globalised world, no country can keep itself aloof from what happens in other parts of the world,” he added.

Meanwhile, the interior minister, along with Pakistan Ambassador to China Masood Khalid and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Director General Bashir Memon held a meeting with his Russian counterpart.

During the meeting, both the sides expressed a need to further promote cooperation against the menace of corruption and cybercrime.

Ahsan Iqbal is on an official five-day visit to China.


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Dragging army in politics is shameful: Ayesha Gulalai

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf MNA, Ayesha Gulalai has said it is very unfortunate that some elements in the country trying to dragging Army in the politics without any consideration that it will destroy our powerful institution.

She said this while addressing to media persons outside the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday. Ayesha Gulalai said that Army is the only institution working in the country and performing its responsibilities.

She added that our soldiers are fighting against the terrorists for the sake of country and ensuring the peace in the area but still it is very unfortunate that some politicians trying defaming the army for their political benefits.

Ayesha Gulalai thanked the World Bank for announcing aid of $114 million for the people of tribal belt and she also criticized the government for the creating hurdles in implementing the FATA reforms in the tribal belt and also rejected the idea of appointing a COO to supervise the process. She termed it that this is another trick of the bureaucracy to loot the funds.

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Siraj, Khursheed Shah oppose Imran Khan’s snap polls demand

F.P. Report

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan’s demand for early elections has been turned down on Monday by two senior leaders from the opposition benches in the National Assembly.

Jamat-e-Islami (JI) chief Siraj ul Haq and Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) senior leader Khursheed Shah stressed that the incumbent government must complete its five-year term.

Speaking to journalists after party’s consultative session at Mansoora, the JI chief said that his party would not let anyone become a political martyr to gain sympathy in the upcoming general elections in 2018.

“The demand would eventually allow the ruling party to solicit support and help to gain the public confidence,” Haq added.

He said that the call for early elections should be given after consent of all political parties over the demand.

On the flip side, Opposition leader Khursheed Shah echoed similar sentiments while talking to media persons at his residence in Sukkur.

He said that he suggested a four-year term for future governments earlier, adding that the designated term of the government should be completed.

Taking a swipe at Imran Khan, Shah said that the PTI chief always acts in haste. “The government must complete its tenure and only then polls should be held,” he emphasized.

It merits to mention here that the PTI chairman called for early elections in the county during a press conference on Sunday. “Fresh mandate is necessary to strengthen democracy in the country,” Khan added.

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MQ-PM suspends senator Ateeq over vote for PML-N

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) on Monday suspended basic membership of Senator Mian Ateeq Ahmed Shaikh after he failed to convince party leadership over his decision to vote for the PML-N’s bill in upper house of the parliament.

While talking to The Frontier Post, spokesman MQM-P, Ameenaul Haq, said that party has suspended basic membership of Mian Ateeq as part of the disciplinary action.

“Senator Ateeq violated party policy as we had decided to support the Pakistan people’s Party,” Farooq Sattar told media after the meeting, adding that his party stands by Aitzaz Ahsan whereas Mian Ateeq had admitted his mistake.

Senator Ateeq gave his vote in support of the amendment in the Political Parties Order 2002. The successful passage of the bill has provided legal justification for former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to head the Pakistan Muslim League –Nawaz.

A consultative party meeting on the issue was convened by MQM-P leader Farooq Sattar, seeking clarification from the lawmaker about his support to the PML-N.

Meanwhile, Senator Ateeq, told media that the policies of Pakistan Peoples’ Party were not clear to him on the issue. He added that Sattar did not inform him of his membership suspension during the party’s meeting. He added that Sattar or the party had no role in his decision to vote for the bill.

MQM-P Chief Farooq Sattar had earlier expressed ignorance over the matter saying that disciplinary measures will be taken against those who violated party policy. Mian Ateeq also played down the matter saying that he should not be portrayed as a villain for the vote.

Two others senators, Tahir Mashadi and Barrister Saif, who had not voted have also been issued show-cause notices as they violated party policy. Farooq Sattar said that the National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq and federal minister Khawaja Saad Rafique had asked for their votes, but they maintained that they have taken a principle stance on the issue.

According to reports the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Saturday had asked Mian Ateeq Ahmad Shaikh for clarification about his support for Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in Senate vote.

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Raza shifted to hospital from Jail after complain of chest pain

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Like many of the corruption accused, Ali Raza, former President of the National Bank of Pakistan also managed to secure a bed in a Karachi Hospital here on Monday.

Ali Raza complained of chest pain just two days after he was sent to central prison on four-day judicial remand.

According to hospital sources, Ali Raza complained of chest pain after which he was rushed to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Jinnah Hospital where his treatment was underway under Dr Nadeem.

Former President National Bank of Pakistan, Ali Raza and four of his other accomplices in Rs18billion plunder, were sent to central prison of the city on four-day judicial here on Saturday.

The accused were presented in accountability court, which after hearing arguments of the NAB’s prosecutor, sent all five accused to jail on judicial remand and adorned the hearing till October 4.

Raza, was arrested after Sindh High Court rejected his interim bail in Rs18 billion scam here a day earlier. On the outset of proceedings, the national accountability bureau’s prosecutor submitted that when this plunder was made Ali Raza was not only President of the national bank but also chairman board of directors and chairman Audit Company and chairman of the human resource department at same time.

He further submitted that the corruption was disclosed in audit report of the NBP in 2009 whereas State Bank of Pakistan has also complained of corruption.

“Ali Raza is accused of Rs18 billion misappropriation and corruption in national Bank Bangladesh Branch whereas Imran Butt, Waseem, Ibrar Baig and Imran besides Bangladeshi staff of the bank is also involved in the corruption with former president of the bank, “ he submitted.

The court ordered the arrest of Raza and the six others in the case.  However, it upheld the pre-arrest bails of two other co-accused Qamar Hussain and Kausar Malik.

Raza was shifted to an undisclosed location and will be presented before NAB court on Saturday.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had filed a reference against the former NBP chief and other officials for allegedly misusing their authority by granting and revising financing facilities in the NBP Bangladesh branch that caused a loss of $185 million to the national exchequer.

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Imran Khan gambles to collect funds for PTI, claims Marriyum Aurangzeb

ISLAMABAD (APP): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairperson Imran Khan gambled to collect funds for his party under the guise of giving advice to his former brother-in-law, alleged State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb.

Marriyum was referring to the statement made by Imran during an interview with a private news channel where he spoke about a deal he made with his former brother-in-law.

During the interview, the PTI chief said he had to pay a debt of Rs2 million for expenses incurred during the 2002 elections and he had also sold his vehicle for this purpose.

The PTI chairman had claimed that his brother-in-law was losing about Rs1 million in betting when he offered advice on the condition that he (brother-in-law) will help him in paying the debt if he won over Rs1 million.

Imran said he gave advice to his brother-in-law for about three or four hours for betting during which he not only removed the Rs1 million deficit but won Rs2 million more as well.

Imran insisted there was nothing wrong with the deal as the funds were not transferred to the party as it was his personal loan and he had returned the loan of Rs2 million won through gambling. While speaking to the media, Marriyum also called Imran a fugitive, saying he was on the run from the court.

“Those raising slogans of corruption in the Supreme Court are themselves evading the court.” About Imran’s government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the information minister said he did nothing but weaken institutions during his rule in the province.

“Imran Khan put a padlock on the KP Ehtesab Commission to conceal his corrupt practices in the province,” she maintained.

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Sherpao rejects Imran’s call for early elections

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Chairman Qaumi Watan Party Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao has said that QWP has rejected the demand of PTI’s Chairman Imran Khan for early polls

He said this in a statement issue here on Monday from the party’s office that QWP is staunch supporter of democracy and it longed for the competition of the constitutional tenure of the parliament

“Strengthening of the democratic institutions would be instrumental in political stability and financial prosperity and we want that present government must complete its term. The statement of Imran Khan reflects his political immaturity and PTI doesn’t have any plan except for disturbing system”, Sherpao said.

He disagreed with the PTI chairman demand for fresh mandate by holding early general elections in the country and deplored that it is an unwise and a non serious move which would further alienated the democratic process in the county. He said that the incumbent government must complete its five-years-term.

Sherpao said that due to the hasty acts of Imran Khan he losses everything and PTI chairman should learn from his past mistake that resulted in serious difficulties for the KP and country and slowed the pace of the progress, so that he did not repeat them,

He said that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf led government had failed to deliver during the last four years in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa despite its tall claims of change. He said that PTI had obtained votes by making false commitments of bringing change in the province, but its leaders fail to do practical work in this regard.

He said that the ruling party KP could not bring any change in the lives of the people and PTI chairman had admitted to incompetency and inability of his government in the province. He said that the provincial government had not paid attention to the problems of the people of the KP.

He said his party wanted the national and provincial assemblies to complete term as the continuation of democratic process would ensure the provision of due share in national resources to all federating units.

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Rabbani for due role by parliaments to bring positive results for democracy

ISLAMABAD (NNI): Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani has said that the two Houses of Parliament and the Provincial Assemblies, if assert their due Constitutional space, it will bring about positive results for democracy in the country.

He further said that if we abdicate our space, then other stakeholders will enter the Parliamentary domain as and when they like.

Chairman Senate made these remarks while talking to a delegation of Chairpersons of Committees, members and secretariat of Provincial Assembly of Balochistan headed by Speaker Balochistan Assembly Ms. Rahila Hameed Durani.

Chairman Senate said that legislature is the weakest of the three links in the trichotomy of power provided for in the Constitution and its mandate is often overstepped by the other two pillars.

While emphasizing upon the importance of linkages between the House of Federation and Federating Units, he said that a proper mechanism for institutional linkages can help in experience sharing at the level of members as well as Secretariats where both sides can learn Parliamentary practices. He also said that the basic spirit of Parliamentary form of Government is Committees system which is an extension of House.

Speaker Balochistan Assembly praised the initiatives and guidance of Chairman Senate and told the meeting that a Council of Chairpersons Committee has been set up in Balochistan Assembly too on the patterns of the same in Senate. She also sought advice in making a procedure of following up on Committees’ recommendations.

During the interactive session members of the Balochistan Assembly most of whom were Chairpersons of Committees narrated the issues and their possible solutions being faced in the provincial assembly. Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani and Secretary Senate Amjed Pervez Malik while giving details of the initiatives undertaken at Senate to make Committees’ work effective, institutionalizing linkages with provincial assemblies and other areas also extended the proposal of training of members and Secretariat of Balochistan Assembly by the same of Senate to share and learn from experiences.

Mian Raza Rabbani also praised the efforts of Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services for arranging the workshop for members of Balochistan Provincial Assembly with emphasis on how Committees can be made effective. He said that learning never stops for Parliamentarians whether it is about politics, handling of issues of public interest or information about Parliamentary procedures.

He further said that we can observe and take information from international Parliamentary practices but the basic principles have to be adopted considering the ground realities of our country and people which can be best learned through such workshops. Chairman Senate directed Senate Secretariat to evolve a mechanism for improving the interaction between Chairmen of the Committee of the Provincial Assemblies particularly Balochistan and those of the Senate Standing Committees to learn from the experiences and improve the parliamentary practices.

The meeting was attended among others by MPAs Nasrullah Khan Zayray, Zmarak Khan, Agha Syed Liaquat Ali, Manzoor Ahmed Khan Kakar, Dr. Shama Ishaq Baloch, Dr. Rukaiya Saeed Hashmi, William John Barkat, Spozmai Achakzai, Hussan Bano, Arifa Siddique, Anita Irfan, Secretary Senate, ED PIPS and officials from Balochistan Assembly.

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Nawaz’s policy to defame army, judiciary not to work, says Shujat

F.P. Report

GUJRAT: Pakistan Muslim League (PML) President and former Prime Minister Ch Shujat Hussain has said that heinous conspiracy of Nawaz Sharif to undermine army and judiciary will fail.

He was addressing a public rally on the occasion of death anniversary of Chaudhay Zahur Elahi on Monday.

He said that he has not seen such bad time in Pakistan till now, for personal ego Nawaz Sharif is trying to cross every limit, even go against the national institutions as well as country.

Shujat Hussain said that Supreme Court and the army are two such institutions on which the nation can take pride but Nawaz Sharif is trying his level best to defame both these institutions, Supreme Court deserves due appreciation for withstanding everything with courage.

“Everywhere slogans of against Nawaz Shairf were chanted everywhere in the country but what would be more insulting than it that the catchphrase are even being raised in Masjid-e-Nabavi, which is shameful . I am predicting today that new days are coming and circumstances will change soon”.

On the occasion Ch Parvez Elahi said that Shehbaz Sharif and Rana Sanaullah are accused in Model Town massacre and if they are punished then in future nobody will dare to drop blood of innocent people.