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Aitzaz: PML-N habitual of blaming others for its problems

F.P. Report

LAHORE: The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader and Senator Aitzaz Ahsan has said that the Speaker Ayaz’s statement, in which he warned that the assemblies can be desolved before completion of their constitutional term, was perplexed.

According to the details, Pakistan People’s Party senior leader Aitzaz Ahsan denounced on Thursday the qualms earlier expressed by Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq regarding assemblies not completing their tenure, saying that the Pakistan Muslim League-N is making statements which are misleading and deceptive.

The senator was speaking to media outside Lahore High Court, where he claimed that the PML-N is habitual of blaming ‘third parties’ for its problems. He said that speaker of the National Assembly looking confused.

“Ayaz Sadiq looking confused as he expressed apprehension of dissolution of assemblies and at the same time he vowed to run the parliament”.

The PPP leader said that the elections will be held on time and problems will be resolved soon.

“The Army isn’t hatching conspiracies against the PML-N, the judicirary is in fact providing it relief,” said Ahsan said. The PML-N is surrounded by the iqama-related issues, he stated.

The PPP leader was of the opinion that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif should be punished apart from being disqualified. Aitzaz Ahsan condemned the recent incident in Multan on Wednesday, in which lawyers protested the shifting of the judicial complex and resorted to vandalising the new building.

He said that the Supreme Court or the LHC should have been approached by the disgruntled lawyers.

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IHC reserves verdict on NAB plea against Safdar’s bail

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ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court reserved on Thursday its verdict on National Accountability Bureau (NAB)’s appeal against grant of bail to MNA Capt (retd) Safdar in a corruption case by an accountability court.

A division bench of the court headed Justice Amir Farooq heard the petition filed by NAB seeking cancellation of bail granted to the PML-N MNA and son-in-law of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Safdar is facing a corruption reference in the accountability court alongside Nawaz.

Safdar appeared in court today after being summoned by the division bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani. During the hearing, the NAB prosecutor presented arguments favouring the cancellation of Safdar’s bail.

Meanwhile, during the hearing, the court came down hard on Safdar for using his mobile phone. The lawmaker’s phone was confiscated and returned only after he apologise following the hearing.

In the previous hearing, NAB had contended that the accountability court did not have the authority to release Safdar on bail, and pleaded that the court’s order rejecting their request to send him to Adiala Jail be rescinded.

On November 3, NAB challenged the accountability court’s order granting bail to Safdar in the Avenfield properties case.

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Nawaz disqualification open doors of accountability of powerful people in Pakistan:Imran Khan

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KARACHI: Chairman, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan has said that after the historic decision of Panama case and disqualification of powerful prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan has changed completely and open the doors of accountability for the powerful people in the country.

This he said while addressing to lawyers at the Karachi Bar Association on Thursday. Imran said that justice is the foundation of strong economy and country and those countries, which have separate laws for the rich and the poor cannot progress in the world.

Imran Khan added the law should protect the poor and weak rather to providing shelter to the corrupt and powerful people and adding that the democracy only persists when there is rule of law.


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Case registered against 40 lawyers for vandalizing judicial complex in Multan

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MULTAN: Police registered a case against 40 lawyers, including President Lahore High Court Bar Multan Bench, Sher Zaman Qureshi, for destroying the newly constructed judicial complex in Multan.

Earlier, on Wednesday, In Multan lawyers were protesting against the shifting of the judicial complex and later they attacked the news constructed building of the judicial complex and destroyed the doors and windows of the complex.

Judicial complex Superintendent registered FIR against the lawyers at Bahauddin Zakariya police station on Thursday. Police registered case under section-7 of Anti Terrorism act and Section 16 of the Punjab Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance.

LHC Multan bench president, Sher Zaman Qureshi was involved in manhandling an LHC justice in Multan during a hearing.

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Police arrest seven suspects in crackdown

F.P. Report

LAHORE: Police arrested seven suspected persons during a search operation conducted by police in different parts of Lahore on Wednesday night.

Police officials told media outlet that the search operation was carried out in Nawankot, Sherakot, Civil Lines, Race Course, Muzang and Cantt Division areas of the city

Official added that the operation was carried out in residential areas around Chinese Consulate, Churches and educational institutions while bus stands, hotels and hostels were also checked and adding that police used biometric device for the identification of the residents and arrested seven persons who failed to provide their identification.

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Police recover cache of weapons in Karachi raid

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KARACHI: Police recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition in a raid conducted on a shop in Orangi town sector area of Karachi on early Thursday morning.

SP Abid Baloch told private news channel that police along with other law enforcers, raided on a shop in Orangi area of Karachi which had been lying closed for a year.

SP added that police recovered three Kalashnikovs, handguns and hundreds of live rounds hidden inside the shop and adding that Police also found flags of a political party inside the shop.

He added that the recovered can possibly could be use in terror activities.


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Govt business excluded from Senate proceeding

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ISLAMABAD: The chairman Senate Raza Rabbani became irritated over the continue absence of government parliamentarians from senate session and ordered to exclude the government business from agenda for two days.

The senate chairman rolling has multiplied government worries over the presenting of delimitation bill in senate, that had already been much delayed and posed threat for delimitation for next election.

During the question hour, chairman senate got infuriated over the reluctance of government ministers from answering the questions and said that one of the minister has gone for offering umrah, no news about interior minister than how can he run the house?

Pointing to federal minister Sheikh Aftab, he said, “Ministers are not serious in running the house as the attacks on parliament can’t be tolerated,” he continued government was cutting its own feet by adopting such kind of non-sense conduct.

Chairman Senate, during the question hour, has adjourned the session for half hour over government’s conduct. As the session resumed, the interior minister Ahsan Iqbal was not present in the house to reply of call attention notice, on which chairman senate aksed whereabouts of Ahsan Iqbal but no one has the answer.

“If government does not want to run the house inform me, however don’t turned the parliament ridiculous and I will not tolerate it as chairman has the right to take action over the making barriers in session proceeding,” he warned.

He ruled, “Government is non-serious in running the senate proceeding, therefore government business will remain excluded from the house agenda for next two days.”

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Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal restored

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Religious parties, including Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan (JI), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam- Fazl (JUI-F), Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan- Noorani (JUP-N) and others announced to restored Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), an alliance that had formed provincial government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2002.

“We have decided to completely restore Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal,” announced Shah Owais Noorani after the religious parties’ leaders’ meeting at his residence in Karachi.

The meeting was attended by Jamaat-e-Islami Chief Sirajul Haq, JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazl Ur Rehman, JUP-N Chief Shah Owais Noorani, Jamiat Ahle Hadees President Alama Sajid Mir, Islami Tahreek Pakistan leader Alama Sajid Naqvi and others.

The meeting deliberated the recommendations of steering committee formed in Lahore. “Next meeting will be held in Balochistan,” he further informed.

Flanked by Maulana Fazlu Rehman, Sirajul Haq and others, Noorani said that the alliance has completely restored with Ulema wing.

A committee has been setup to prepare manifesto for next elections, he further said.

The names of President, general Secretary and other portfolio will announced after the next meeting, said Noorani.


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E-Passport will boost country’s credibility: Ahsan

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal Wednesday said introduction of E-passport system would boost the country’s credibility international level.

He stated this while addressing an inaugural ceremony of E-passport here at the Interior Ministry. Giving the details about the new system, Ahsan Iqbal said in the first phase,  E-passports would be issued to government officials, including staff of Pakistanis embassies abroad in March 2018  and in the second phase to common citizens in the month of August.

He said E-passport was a modern technology that would help overcome the practice of misuse of passports and facilitate the public.

The minister said the Interior Ministry had taken several measures during last two years to improve the passport system, including issuance of online passports, mobile payments and executive passports.

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PML-N to win next elections: Senator

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ISLAMABAD: Senator Mushahidullah Khan has said the people will support the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), in the next general elections on the basis of performance.

Disqualification of Nawaz Sharif could not decrease the popularity of the leader of PML-N, he said while  talking to a private news channel.  The next general elections would be conducted in time, he said. The Senate election would also be held on time, he added.

To a question, he said that Pakistan Peoples Party should play role for completing the delimitation process in the Senate, he said.  To another question regarding reforms in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), he said, “We want to resolve the matter with the consensus of all stakeholders.” Replying to a question, he said that Tahir ul Qadri had no links with democratic system. Tahir ul Qadri wanted to destroy the democracy, he added.