KARACHI: The workers of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) were all set for the protest rally against provincial census results at Liaquatabad flyover against the provisional census results in which senior party leaders will participate.
Farooq Sattar, Chief of MQM-P distributed invitation of the rally at Jama Cloth Market and said that once the census results are corrected then 500 union committees would be formed.
Party senior leaders including, opposition leader in Sindh Assembly, Khawaja Izharul Hassan, along with another leader of MQM-P, Kanwar Naveed, invited people from different areas of the central district to the rally and Rauf Siddiqui and Kamran Tessori, also visited the rally site to examine preparations.
MQM-P leaders said to the media on the occasion that it is injustice to undercount the population of Karachi in the latest census and adding that Karachi’s population in actual is around 30 million, whereas according to the census it is 10.6 million.
Pakistan’s total population has been recorded at 207.774 million, according to the provisional summary results of the sixth population and housing census.
SIALKOT: Federal Minister for Interior Prof. Ahsan Iqbal on Saturday said that Pakistan, despite all hurdles, was rapidly moving ahead towards the goal of economic development and political stability. He said the PML-N government was fulfilling its all promises made with the public including raising their living standard besides overcoming the energy crisis.
He stated this while addressing the participants after inaugurating the newly established upgraded NADRA office besides launching One Window Operation at NADRA office Narowal. Director General of NADRA Syed Saqlain Abbas, local MPAs Khawaja Waseem Akhtar, Rana Manan Khan, Chairman Narowal District Council Ch. Ahmed Iqbal, Narowal DC Ali Anaan Qamar were also present on the occasion.
The Federal Interior Minister said the PML-N had won the general election of 2013 on the promise of development and it fulfilled its commitment, besides ending terrorism and energy shortage to a larger extent. He said in 2013 Pakistan was considered the most dangerous country of the world due to terrorism and deteriorating law and order situation, and loadshedding was 20 hours long while the industrial activity was badly hampered due to power shortage.
He said that due to its strong policies, the PML-N government had been able to overcome the energy shortage, adding, “In the past, the country was facing 20-hour electricity loadshedding a day.” The Federal Minister said the PML-N government had added around 10,000 MW electricity to national grid in last four years as compared to 16,000 MW which were added in the last 66 years. He said that the national industrial development wheel was successfully moving ahead towards the goal of the industrial stability as well.
KARACHI: Due to the weather conditions (dense fog and smog) prevailing in the country, some of PIA flights operating on Saturday were affected while the timing’s of some domestic flights for Sunday have been revised, few domestic flights cancelled. PIA spokesman said on Saturday. Six domestic flights were cancelled that included PK 390, PK391, PK 536 and PK 537 for sectors Karachi -Sukkur-Islamabad -Sukkur- Karachi and PK 582 and PK 583 Karachi -Rahim Yar Khan – Karachi.
The flight for the sector Lahore- Rahim Yar Khan- Abu Dhabi was rescheduled to operate directly i.e. from Lahore to Abu Dhabi. PIA flight PK 588 for the sector Karachi Bahawalpur was operated as Karachi-Islamabad. The timings of some the domestic flights operating on Sundayhave been revised due to weather conditions.
The revised expected timings are PK 302 for the sector Karachi-Lahore will operate with an expected delay of one hour, PK 341 and PK342 for the sectors Karachi-Faisalabad –Karachi will be operated as Karachi- Lahore -Karachi on the same timings, PK 536, PK 537 for the sector Karachi-Moenjodaro- Sukkur- Karachi has been cancelled.
PK 650 and PK651 for the sector Lahore-Islamabad-Lahore will now operate with a delay of two hours whereas PK 651 and 652 for the sector Lahore-Rahim Yar Khan –Lahore has been cancelled. PK 652 will operate Lahore-Islamabad as per normal timings, PK 580 and PK 581 for the sector Karachi-Multan –Karachi is expected to operate with a delay of more than four hours while PK 503 and PK 504 for the sector Karachi-Gwadar-Karachi is also expected to operate with a delay due to weather.
PIA spokesman said that the weather condition is expected to prevail for the next few days and is beyond the control of the airline. PIA has to adjust the timings of its flights due to such weather conditions, as the airline cannot operate flights with poor visibility and also keeping in view the safety requirements. This, results in either cancellation of the flights or flights operated with delays.
The passengers are being informed by PIA Call Centre. However, the passengers can also confirm the revised timings of their flights before reaching airports from PIA call centre at 111-786-786. PIA regrets the inconvenience caused its passengers. PIA spokesman concluded.
KARACHI: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has emphasized the need to spread the message of peace and love of Shah Abdul Lateef Bhittai for the mankind the world over.
On the occasion of 274th annual Uris of Shah Abdul Lateef Bhittai, the PPP Chairman said that Sindh is the land of Sufism and shall remain the same for future.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari termed his Party as the continuity of Sufi thoughts in the modern times as it has also sacrificed its popular leaders for their struggle for downtrodden.
He said that Shah Abdul Lateef Bhittai was a towering philosopher who promoted brotherhood and tranquility among the society.
PPP Chairman further said though terrorism was trying to attack and defeat Sufi landmarks but cannot because Sufism is ingrained deeply in the Indus valley.
LAHORE (INP): Federal Minister for Pakistan Railways (PRs), Khawaja Saad Rafique has said delay in electoral delimitations will affect the schedule of the general elections 2018.
Talking to media persons in Jati Umra on Saturday, he said that the election authorities have warned the government that they would not be able to conduct elections on time unless the parliament amends the constitutional clause regarding delimitation of constituencies by the November 10 deadline.
He said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is well aware of agenda of chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan but said that PPPP President Asif Ali Zardari was working on an unknown agenda.
Saad Rafique said that attitude of PPP and PTI was not democratic which is matter of concern. The Minister PRs criticized the holding of public rallies (jalsas) by political parties, saying that the holders of such rallies are in a hurry. “Public rallies should be conducted later. Right now, people should work on electoral reforms which will lead to general elections being held on time,” he added.
Speaking about Nawaz Sharif’s appearance before court, he said that the former prime minister returned to Pakistan despite reservations, since there was no question about not appearing before courts. He said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was being treated unfairly while its leadership was being illegally trapped.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) earlier demanded of the government to amend the Constitution to allow delimitations according to the provisional results of the 2017 census. As of now, delimitations can only be done according to the final results of the census, according to the Constitution. So far, the National Assembly has failed to pass the constitutional amendment bill.
ISLAMABAD (INP): Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed has moved the Supreme Court of Pakistan for an early hearing of his petition against Nawaz Sharif holding the presidency of his party.
“There is grave urgency in the matter since Nawaz Sharif notwithstanding the fact that having been disqualified by the apex court, upon the strength of the new law i.e section 203 of the Election Act, 2017, has been elected as a party head,” his application read.
Petition filed by the party chief last month contended that Section 203 of the Election Act, 2017, did not expressly permit any person disqualified by any court of law to remain as or to become an office-bearer of a political party.
“Disqualification recorded by a court of law under Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution cannot be overtaken by sub-constitutional law and if a person cannot become parliamentarian because of the operation of constitutional law, he surely cannot become the head or an office-bearer of a political party, ” the petition had said.
Soon after the Panamagate verdict, the Election Bill 2017 was approved by the Senate and had been subsequently signed into law by President Mamnoon Hussain. A controversial clause in the bill allows disqualified politicians to hold a public office or to lead a political party. Section 203 of the Electoral Reforms Bill 2017 allows every citizen, except for government servants, to form a political party or become its office-bearer.
The AML chief urged the top court to hear his petition at the earliest, saying not doing so will cause losses to the nation.
“It is most respectfully prayed that the chamber appeal may kindly be fixed on 8.11.2017, failing which immense loss, damage and adversity shall be caused to the appellant, so also to the people at large,” the AML chief wrote in his application to SC,” he wrote.
LAHORE (NNI): The session court in Lahore on Saturday adjourned a defamation suit filed by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, till Nov 22.
Shahbaz sued the PTI chairman for Rs10 billion damages for accusing him of offering bribe to stay silent over the Panama Papers allegations against the Sharif family.
The sessions court put off the hearing after a junior counsel representing PTI told it that senior counsel Babar Awan was not in Lahore and sought time to present arguments in the case.
In his lawsuit Shahbaz said,“The defendant (Imran Khan) leveled maliciously false, baseless and unfounded allegations against him.” “He also leveled the same allegations no less than three times in television programme aired on April 26 this year.”
The plaintiff said that he had served a legal notice through his counsel on the defendant on May 8, 2017 under Section 8 of the Defamation Ordinance, 2002 calling upon him to tender a proper apology within 14 days of the receipt of the notice. Upon failing, he warned, he will initiate legal action against the defendant for recovery of Rs10 billion as damages under the law. However, Khan failed to tender apology.
Sharif’s lawyer said that considering the seriousness of defamatory allegations and consistency with which he leveled allegations, his client is entitled to a claim of compensation.
With the Panama Papers revelations about the first family’s London properties having triggered political storm in Pakistan, the PTI chairman went to claim that the Punjab CM had offered him Rs10 billion through one of his close associates to stay silent over the Panamagate case.
Subsequently, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders had demanded Khan to disclose the name of the person who conveyed offer to him. To which the PTI chairman said that over disclosure of the name, the person could face the wrath of the rulers, as what he had said, the ruling party was not a democratic party but a group of fascists scapegoating others to safeguard their personal interests.
NAROWAL: Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Pakistan, Senator Sirajul Haq has said that chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has been appointed after consensus of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) therefore there is no justification for the two to object working of NAB.
Addressing a big public meeting here on Saturday, Sirajul Haq urged the judiciary to ensure an effective accountability so that the nation could get rid of the plunderers. He said those ruing the country considered themselves above the law and accountability. To them, power was a gold mine and they were free to make as much money as they liked.
However, he said it was the responsibility of the courts to set up JITs for probe against the other people named in the Panama leaks and bring them to the dock.
The JI chief said it was unfortunate that while the ruling elite had been enjoying milk and butter, the man in the street was facing the problems of poverty, unemployment and lawlessness.
He said that the rulers had built palaces inside the country and abroad through their ill gotten wealth whereas the masses could hardly pay utilities bills and their children were even deprived of primary education. Due to the scarcity of health facilities, the poor die at the hospital doors, he added.
Sirajul Haq said that according to reports of national and international organizations, around five lakh people were suffering from hepatitis while more than 80,000 were suffering from cancer.
He said that around 35 percent of the Pakistanis were suffering from blood pressure while 88 per cent of the people could not get clean drinking water. Besides, there were only 1167 government hospitals for the 220 million Pakistanis and the patients did not get even aspirin tablet there, he stated.
The JI chief said it was interesting that the rulers spent years in Britain and the US but were not ready to follow the good policies of these countries. He said it was an irony that a person disqualified by the court came to face trial in a process.
He said the JI wanted to open the corridors of power to the common man so that they could represent the masses in the real sense. He said if the masses voted the JI to power, the farmers and factory workers would be made shareholders in the produce of the farms and factories and every form of exploitation would be stopped.
Sirajul Haq said that dozens of JI leaders had been in the assemblies and in the government but there was no corruption spot on them.
KARACHI (INP): The custom officials foiled a bid to smuggle foreign currency to Dubai and arrested three members of a family here on Saturday.
Custom officials said that during search of baggage of a family leaving for Dubai through international airline flight at Jinnah Airport Karachi, foreign currency including 70,000 Saudi Riyals and 3,57,000 Emirati Dirhams worth millions in Pakistan currency were recovered.
The recovered foreign currency was concealed in tiffons used for carrying food items and shoe boxes.
The recovered foreign currency was confiscated by the custom department and the arrested were being interrogated.