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Ahsan Iqbal to replace Ishaq Dar at CCI meeting today

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning and Development, Ahsan Iqbal will represent finance department in th meeting of the Council of Common Interests (CCI) will be held today to discuss the results of the provisional census conducted this year.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will chair the meeting, which is attended by the four provincial chief ministers as well as the federal ministers for inter-provincial coordination, industries and production, and finance.

The federal government issued a notification on Monday to replaces Ishaq Dar as he was in London, with Ahsan Iqbal to fill the vacant seat of Dar in the CCI meeting.

The CCI meeting, earlier scheduled at noon, will now take place around 4pm.

Sindh claims it was undercounted in the new census, whereas the federal government rejects the charge.

Parliamentary parties have failed to agree, despite several meetings, over the new delimitation of constituencies for the National Assembly.

The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), which is the ruling party in Sindh, demanded in the meetings that the matter must be resolved in a meeting of the CCI.

However, despite the deadlock, all political parties represented in Parliament are in agreement that the next elections should not be delayed.

By that formula, the seats in NA from Sindh and FATA were to remain the same, whereas those Punjab would decrease by nine. Thus, Balochistan would get three more NA seats, Islamabad one and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa five.


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LHC adjourns contempt petition against Maryam Nawaz

F.P. Report

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) adjourned a petition seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, for her disrespectful comments regarding the judges of apex court.

The court adjourned the hearing of petition against Maryam Nawaz till Tuesday because the absence of petitioners lawyer on Monday. Advocate Azhar Siddique field a petition in the LHC, and claimed that Maryam Nawaz was criticizing the judges of apex court after the disqualification of her father in the Panama Papers case.

He claimed in a petitioner that Maryam Nawaz was making derogatory remarks against the judiciary and other state institutions which is a criminal offence.


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Mufti Qavi sent on physical remand for a week in Qandeel Baloch case

F.P. Report

MULTAN: Mufti Abdul Qavi, the main accused in a Qandeel Baloch murder case, was presented in the court of judicial magistrate on Monday after his judicial remand was completed.

As the hearing began both sides presented their arguments and later the court sent Mudti Qavi on physical remand for seven days and ordered the police to present him before the court on November 20 next year.

Mufti Qavi already spent two weeks in police custody and now again he was sent to jail on judicial remand for seven days on Monday. Mufti Qavi was also gone through a polygraph test at Punjab Forensic Science Authority (PFSA) in Lahore. However, PFSA officials said the accused was not cooperative during the lie-detection test.

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Bus accident: 3 killed, 15 injured near Mastung

F.P. Report

MASTUNG: As many as three persons were killed and 15 others injured when a passenger bus travelling to Karachi was turtle down near Mastung district of Balochistan due to rainfall in the area.

The Levies force said that the accident occurred near the Wali Khan bypass in Mastung and the accident occurred due to rain the road was slippery. The rescue officials shifted the injured to Nawab Ghus Baksh Raisani hospital.

In October, at least 15 persons including three security personnel were killed and 29 others injured when a passenger wagon and a bus collided on the Quetta-Sibi National Highway.

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Bilawal alleges Nawaz of trying to escape from Panama Case making it controversial

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LAHORE: Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Sunday said that Karachi’s citizens will not give any importance to ‘puppet politicians,’ adding that Nawaz Sharif is trying to escape after making Panama Case controversial.

Talking to media in Lahore on the eve of death anniversary of senior PPP leader late Jahangir Badar on Sunday, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that Nawaz Sharif is trying to escape from Panama case, but the people of Pakistan are well aware and will not let those escape attempts successful.

He said that justice will also be served in Hudaibia case and Model Town tragedy.

Talking regarding Karachi’s current situation Bilawal said,”Karachi’s political situation is odd,” he said, adding “a strange game is being played with the people of Karachi.”

“We are struggling to give Karachi a sense of ownership and we know Karachi’s citizens won’t pay heed to puppet politicians,” said Bilawal while speaking to media after attending the death anniversary of former PPP Secretary General Jahangir Badar.

Like all the previous puppets in Karachi, these puppets also failed, he remarked. He also shared that if PPP comes into power then it will “bring progress in Karachi along with a clean leadership.”

On political rival Nawaz Sharif, he said that “Nawaz can’t be saved now”.

Earlier in the day, Bilawal Bhutto said in a tweet on Sunday that the recent political developments in Karachi are a farce, adding that the city deserves better.

He was referring to developments this week between the Pakistan Sarzameen Party and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan which announced a political alliance, then proceeded to hurl serious allegations against each other, including that the two were brought to the table by the ‘establishment’.

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Getting rid of Nawaz not solution of confronting crises: Javed Hashmi

F.P. Report

MULTAN: Seasoned politician Makdoom Javed Hashmi has said that getting rid of Nawaz Sharif is not solution to crises faced by the country and its people.

Talking to media persons here on Sunday, Javed Hashmi said that Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) and Nawaz Sharif were being politically victimized prior general election of 2018.

He admitted that despite differences with policies and actions of Nawaz, his personal relation with him remained intact. Commenting over the Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) under General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf, he said that the masses will not accept a person who had ousted a democratic government.

Javed Hasmi said that democratically elected governments always worked for development and progress of country but it is matter of concern we never let them to work.

He alleged that under a conspiracy the constitution of country was being damaged and besides anti-state elements some politicians were also among the conspirators.

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Dr Asim meets Farooq Sattar, ‘conveys Zardari’s special message’

KARACHI (Monitoring Desk): Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Dr Asim Hussain met Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) chief Dr Farooq Sattar on Sunday.

Dr Asim, the PPP Karachi Division chief and former federal minister, met Sattar at the latter’s residence. Sources said the PPP leader conveyed a special message to Sattar from his party chief Asif Ali Zardari.

Dr Asim and the MQM-P chief discussed ways to improve ties between their parties and the overall political situation. The PPP leader said it was necessary to promote the politics of reconciliation and create an atmosphere of mutual understanding.

“It’s important that we work together for the welfare of Sindh’s people,” Dr Asim added. Dr Sattar said “artificial” politicians were being provided space by forcing genuine ones to switch loyalties.

“These tactics of intimidation and coercion must come to an end now,” he added. “The process of accountability must be made transparent so that everybody is treated fairly.”

The meeting between Dr Asim and Dr Sattar chief comes a day after Pak Sarzameen Party chief Mustafa Kamal disclosed the alleged broker of his party’s alliance with the MQM-P that could only last two days.

He claimed that the establishment had helped with the alliance and it was done on the wishes of Dr Sattar.

Earlier on Sunday. former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, in a video message from Dubai, offered the MQM-P and the PSP to unite and join his alliance so that they could defeat the PPP in Sindh.

On Friday, Musharraf announced the formation of a 23-party alliance under the umbrella of the ‘Pakistan Awami Ittehad’.

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Ahsan Iqbal claims of rebellion within Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf

NAROWAL (APP): Interior minister Ahsan Iqbal has claimed of rebellion in Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and said that senators belonging to the political party have told Imran Khan of voting in senate elections according to their will and not necessarily in party’s interest.

While talking to the media in Narowal, Iqbal claimed that PTI chief Imran Khan is stressing premature elections because senators of PTI have decided to vote on will in senate elections and not follow orders.

He asserted that Imran Khan is resorting to negative tactics to hinder democratic process in Pakistan. He warned that there are evidence of immoral and unethical acts from his personal life that he would go in hiding if brought to light.

The interior minister said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has accepted results of fresh census that was carried out this year after some 19 years though Punjab has lost representative worth of nine seats and those of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) provinces have increased.

Sixth census in Pakistan was announced by military and the government in a joint press conference in March earlier this year. If elections were to be conducted in accordance with 1998 census results, KP province would have five lesser seats and Balochistan three, Iqbal added.

Commenting on political crisis in Karachi, Iqbal said that proposed merger of MQMP and PSP was a ‘ventilator alliance’.

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‘No Comments’: Kamal refuses to answer Musharraf question

KARACHI (NNI): Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) founder Mustafa Kamal on Sunday refused to answer a question regarding former President Pervez Musharraf, simply saying ‘no comments’ while responding to the reporter.

Talking to media, Mustafa Kamal said that 18,000 workers were working with the party day in and day out while 48,000 more workers got them registered with the party only yesterday (Saturday). He said that he had set a target of 100,000 workers at the time of the founding of PSP.

Kamal said that his party was just a year and half old yet it was making parties lose sleep. He added that he did have his disagreements but there was no enmity with anyone and the doors for dialogue was always open. He said that his party aimed at resolving the issues faced by Karachi and Hyderabad.

“Our opponents first got confused and then converted. Confusion is the first step towards faith and confusion therefore is a positive signal”, he said.

However, he refused to comment on Pervez Musharraf’s statement.

The PSP chief said that he wouldn’t comment on Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQMP) leader Farooq Sattar’s mother but felt that it was unfair on Sattar’s part to bring her into politics. He said that Dr Farooq Sattar shouldn’t have done it but stuck with whatever he had said previously as well.

Responding to one question, PSP leader Anees Qaimkhani told the reporter to ask Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chief Asif Ali Zardari should be told to see some dreams about his son Bilawal as well.

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PML-N, Pakistan part and parcel: Saad Rafique

LAHORE (INP): Pakistan Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said on Sunday that Pakistan Muslim League-N and the country were part and parcel.

Addressing the meetings of PML-N office bearers in his constituency NA-125, he said that defence of the Constitution and protection of people’s rights were the primary responsibility of the PML-N.

He said that national solidarity, sovereignty, development and stability were possible only through the rule of Constitution and continuity of the democracy.

The minister said that any attempt to defame democracy would be foiled like as was in the past. He said that conspiracies, and compulsion could not stop the PML-N and Muhammad Nawaz Sharif from serving the nation.

He said that the PML-N always set records of development and progress in the country.

“The CPEC, controlling loadshedding, peace in Karachi, war against terrorism, protection of national sovereignty, free foreign policy and economic stability are achievements of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif,” he said.

He urged the PML-N workers to prepare themselves for the next phase of struggle and said that attempt to delay the elections would be foiled.