Oct 112017
If it were in Quaid?s life, a Hindu would have made Pak Constitution: Aitzaz

LAHORE: Criticising Captain Safdar’s speech in the National Assembly, PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan said on Wednesday if the Constitution were to be made in the life of Quaid-i-Azam, it would have… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Sep 232017

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) agreed on Saturday that there should be a new leader of the opposition in the National Assembly. PTI Vice President Shah Mehmood Qureshi spoke with MQM-P leader Dr Farooq Sattar on the phone and the two leaders decided to meet soon, Express News reported. A PTI delegation headed by Qureshi and including Asad Umer, Imran Ismail and Firdous Naqvi will meet MQM-P leaders on September 26. In the meeting, the two parties will decide who they will opt for as the new leader of the opposition in the lower house of the parliament. Every party has right to replace me, says Shah Sources said the two parties have made the decision in view of National Accountability Bureau Chairman Chaudhry Qamar Zaman retiring next month. A few days ago, Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah, while downplaying reports of talks between the two key opposition parties for his removal, had said every party reserved the right to have its member chosen as the opposition leader. “In politics, there are no [permanent] friends and foes, and every party has the right to have its member elected as the leader of opposition,” he added.     The post PTI and MQM-P agree on a new NA opposition leader appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Aug 302017
The right to know

Recently, the Senate passed the Right of Access to Information Bill and now the same is waiting for the approval of the National Assembly. The Senate’s approval is a commendable step taken in the right direction. This shows that the government is promote the culture of transparency in the country. This bill will also ensure that there is a two-way flow of information. Once implemented, this bill will give the people an access to public records. The limitations that are set by the government relate to documents which might either harm the country’s national security or invade the privacy of citizens. It now rests with the National Assembly to pass the bill at the earliest. The bill will allow citizens to make a request for information in writing to a public body. After following formal procedures, the public organisation will allow citizens to access public records. It is heartening to know that once the bill is passed officials of a public organisation would be required to respond to the request of access to information as soon as possible and any willful obstruction of this process would be considered against the law. It is hoped that through the bill, the government will promote transparency and accountability. Tasneem Yaseen (Lahore) Click for detailed story

May 172017
PTI's Naeemul Haque apologises to Tariq Fatemi over tweet based on 'wrong information'

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Spokesperson Naeemul Haque on Wednesday apologised to the prime minister's former adviser on foreign affairs, Tariq Fatemi, for an earlier tweet in which the former insinuated that Fatemi had not really been removed from his post.Tariq Fatemi's portfolio as the PM's adviser on foreign affairs had been withdrawn in the wake of an inquiry into a story published by Dawn last year. It is as yet not clear what the charge against him had been in connection with the affair. Talking to reporters in Islamabad, Haque, who is PTI Chairman Imran Khan's chief of staff, said his tweet was based on wrong information.He apologised to the former adviser, taking note that that Fatemi is a "very senior diplomat".Haque had tweeted a picture on Tuesday, saying: "Nawaz continues to deceive the nation. Tariq Fatemi accompanying him in China. So his being relieved of his duties was a lie. What a farce."The PTI leader acknowledged that fellow lawmaker Shireen Mazari had also tweeted on the matter, and that, "Shah Mehmood Qureshi even raised the issue on the floor of the National Assembly."Haque told reporters, with a smile on his face, that they were collectively misinformed.The picture they had been outraged about had, in fact, been taken in the past. The tweets were subsequently deleted from the PTI leaders' accounts. Click for detailed story

Apr 192017
Terrorism cost Pakistan Rs6.3 billion in the last 6 years: SAFRON minister

Minister for States and Frontier Regions (Safron) Abdul Qadir Baloch on Wednesday apprised the National Assembly about the human and monetary cost of Pakistan's war against terrorism along the Pak-Afghan border over the past six years.Baloch told lawmakers that the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) secretariat had released Rs6.38 billion to the political administrations of five agencies where locals are returning now that counter-terrorism operations have abated. The conflict in Fata reached a turning point after the 2014 Army Public School attack in Peshawar, when the army launched Operation Zarb-i-Azb targeting militancy in these areas, forcing tens of thousands of locals to flee to other parts of the country.High human cost The Safron minister today said that as a result of the conflict, a total of 5,740 people lost their lives over the past six years, of which 5,332 were civilians. Paramilitary forces on the frontline of the conflict, the Frontier Constabulary and Khasadar forces, each lost 234 and 174 men respectively. Injuries According to Baloch, around 6,427 people were injured during the conflict. Out of that figure, 153 injured personnel belonged to levies forces, while 132 of the injured men were from the Khasadar paramilitary force. A total of 6,142 civilians were also wounded in the conflict. Compensation A total of Rs3,480.55 million were set aside as compensation for families and legal heirs of those who were killed and injured, according to the report presented in the National Assembly today. Out of that, Rs 2,823.6m went to families of [Read More…]

Apr 192017
Current power crisis to end in next '8 to 10 days': Khawaja Asif

Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif announced in parliament on Wednesday that the current power crisis will see its end in the "next eight to ten days", Radio Pakistan reported. Asif was replying to a question raised in the National Assembly on Monday when he said that the electricity shortage that has plagued Pakistan for years, will start to subside in the next few days.The statement comes in the backdrop of the inauguration of a 760 megawatt (MW) power plant in Bhikki, Sheikhupura, where the prime minister spoke today.The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has started its protest drive against power loadshedding, while the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has threatened to take to the street over the issue from Saturday (April 22). Protesters marching against load-shedding in Charsadda. — Dawn News Khawaja Asif informed the house that certain power plants in the country had not been operational due to maintenance, adding that from May 1, there would be no unannounced loadshedding. Asif expressed the government's aim to add 6,400MW to the national grid by the end of the year, surpassing Pakistan's shortfall, which, according to him, stands at 5,200MW.However, speculations are rife over the uncertain future of PML-N's government, as the Supreme Court is scheduled to announce its decision on the Panama case by tomorrow. Opposition on the streets against energy crisis Opposition parties have gone into protest mode over what they deem has been the government's failure to resolve the power crisis.“In 2013, during the election campaign, Shahbaz Sharif claimed he [Read More…]

Apr 082017

President Mamnoon Hussain has summoned Senate session on April 10, reported Radio Pakistan on Saturday. According to details, the president has also convened a National Assembly (NA) session on April 12th. Besides the legislative business, the upper and lower houses of Parliament are expected to discuss the overall political and security situation in the country in their respective sessions. Senate waves through military courts bill On March 28th, the Senate during its session approved the 28th Constitutional Amendment Bill, consummating the parliamentary process to revive military courts for another two years. The NA had earlier passed the legislation and sent it to the Senate for approbation. President Hussain on March 31st gave his assent to an amendment in the Constitution granting legal cover to military courts for two years. The post President summons Senate, NA sessions on April 10 appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Mar 102017
PML-N MNA 'apologises' for lewd remarks

PML-N's Javed Latif, who created a furor in political circles after passing lewd comments about a fellow parliamentarian's family, admitted on Friday that he had used "a few indecent words" which he does not wish to repeat.Talking to reporters outside the National Assembly, Latif said he would not go into the details of whether what he said "was right or wrong", but acknowledeged that he should not have passed indecent remarks.A day earlier, a scuffle had broken out between Latif and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) lawmaker Murad Saeed at the main entrance of the Parliament.Footage of the incident showed Saeed attempting to assault Latif as the latter was leaving Parliament premises.When asked about the reasons behind the scuffle, Saeed claimed that the PML-N parliamentarian had called his leader [Imran Khan] a traitor, which elicited a strong reaction from him.Addressing the press hours after the scuffle broke out, Latif passed slanderous and distasteful remarks about Saeed's sisters.Deflecting criticism for his lewd comments, the MNA also accused PTI Chairman Imran Khan of stoking hatred among his MNAs. "Khan made a statement that he would have gone 10 steps further had he been there. Are these the values he imparts on this workers?”Latif said during his Friday 'apology'. "Instead of teaching Saeed, Khan is justifying Saeed’s actions,” Latif said.Sexism in the National Assembly Insulting behaviour towards women was not always a common occurrence in parliaments of the past.“The one who started it all was Sheikh Rashid Ahmed,” recalls veteran journalist Nusrat Javeed, who has [Read More…]

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