Oct 172017

Veteran politician and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senator Sardar Zulfiqar Khosa has accepted Asif Ali Zardari’s invitation to join the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). Speaking to media at Khosa’s residence late on Tuesday night, Khosa said that he appreciated Zardari’s visit and that he had never heard of a federal party leader visiting the residence of a rival party’s leader. “I am very grateful that Zardari has shown confidence in me. If it were up to me, I would have announced that I am joining the PPP right now, but I will make a formal announcement after consulting other friends,” he said. “I have a long standing relationship with Zardari,” Khosa said, adding that owing to his strong connections in all provinces, Zardari will not be disappointed by his decision of extending the invitation. Khosa reiterated that this was not the same PML-N for which he had faced hardships or made sacrifices. “I sidelined myself from the party’s affairs after the general elections in 2013. I have suffered and struggled for the party more than even the Sharifs themselves. I was facing jail time while they were living in palaces abroad. They still pushed me out of the party,” he said. NRO implementation case: Zardari invites allies ahead of PM’s court appearance Zardari, said he wanted to work with Khosa and use his experience for the country’s best interest. “I do not want to speak against anybody but the damage being done to the country will be difficult to repair. [Read More…]

Oct 132017

Taking a dig at Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan said on Friday that it was a “miracle” that even a person like him had the audacity to speak on corruption. “He [Zardari] is the worst disease and robber in Pakistan. He and his sister [Faryal Talpur] have served me with defamation notices because I don’t respect them,” he told the participants of a PTI rally in Peshawar. “But I will continue to speak the truth. I will go to Sindh to free its people from the chains of fear and the PTI will form the next government in the province,” he added. Beware of politicians like Imran and Sharif, Zardari tells K-P people Khan said Pakistanis had to go to other countries to find jobs because $10 billion was sent abroad every year through money laundering. “People like Zardari and [Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief] Nawaz Sharif steal money from Pakistanis and buy properties and build factories in other countries. Our citizens then go abroad and work at these factories,” he maintained. “If all this money is spent on building factories and universities in Pakistan, we won’t have to seek loans from the IMF and lose our dignity,” he added. The PTI chief said the government begged for IMF loans and then imposed heavy taxes on citizens to pay back their installments.   The post It’s a ‘miracle’ that even Zardari’s speaking on corruption, says Imran appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click [Read More…]

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 192017
If I were to vote

I would vote for a person who is more qualified to work for the community and the people. I would vote for someone who would unite people and not divide them between the PML-N or the PTI or the PPP. While we are fighting among ourselves, dividing the nation and dividing the households, we never once stopped to realise that we, Pakistanis, are the one to lose in this fight. Why can’t we learn to acknowledge the good in others? While focusing on who won and who came second, we have totally ignored the person who came third. A candidate of a party affiliated with the JuD. The candidate is also on the US terror list. The JuD enjoys the following of thousands of people in different parts of the country, although it is banned in Pakistan since 2015. The chief of the party, Hafiz Saeed had been placed under house arrest so many times, but he still comes out squat free. These religious organisations can tap a large vote bank because they run a large network of madrassas. It is a worrisome turn of events because people can be easily swayed in the name of religion. The line between the right and the wrong has never been so grey. This is the time to unite the people – not to divide them. Mehreen Khan (Lahore) Click for detailed story

Sep 172017

In the key electoral showdown, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) proved their mettle against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) by securing 58,821 votes against the latter’s 44,928. Both sides used social media, more specifically Twitter, as an avenue to declare their triumph and defeat. From videos of PML-N’s supposed control room to the bewildered reactions of the PTI voters, all are available for the world to see. Here are some of the reactions seen today: “Extremely proud of PTI [for] putting up an amazing fight against the might of federal and Punjab governments. Well done Dr Yasmin. Future belongs to PTI,” tweeted National Assembly member, Jahangir Tareen. “PML-N was alone on one side and all the other forces were on the other side. People have decided that their prime minister is Nawaz Sharif and have rejected the judgment,” said a tweet by Maryam Nawaz soon after the results were announced. NA-120 by-poll: Kulsoom’s lead over Yasmin continues to grow, unofficial results show Imran Khan, who although remained largely composed, could not resist taking a swipe at PML-N and tweeted “Applaud courage and determination with which Dr Yasmin Rashid fought NA120 elections against federal, provincial and local government backed PMLN.” He also went on to say “Want to thank all our PTI workers, especially our women, who worked tirelessly in the election campaign.” Sindh Governor and PML-N member Muhammad Zubair’s tweet reiterated and dispelled a statement Khan made when the campaigns started. “Imran khan had said NA-120 vote will decide whether Supreme Court (SC) [Read More…]

Sep 172017

HYDERABAD: The murderer of class-X student Tania Khaskheli, who was gunned down at her home in Jhangar Baajara town of Jamshoro district last week for turning down a marriage proposal, continues to remain at large. Despite protests across Sindh and Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah’s assurance to the girl’s family that the murderer would be arrested soon, police are yet to take anybody into custody. “The police have still not arrested the main accused. The CM’s assurance hasn’t given us much hope either,” Ghulam Qadir Khaskheli, Tania’s father, told reporters in Jhangara Baajara on Sunday. The family believes that police are supporting the killer and his accomplices as they are affiliated with the Pakistan People’s Party and supporters of the CM. Three men nominated in the FIR, Khanu Noohani, Mola Bux Noohani and an unidentified person. Khanu is an influential landlord in the area. Tania Khashkeli murder: SHC CJ seeks reports of investigation into teenage girl’s murder The family says that Khanu, along with his armed men, barged into their home and gunned down their 19-year-old daughter in front of them. Khanu murdered her because Tania had turned down his marriage proposal. The family claims that the police did not even secure the crime scene. She was shot dead in the veranda of their home. A bullet, which pierced through her head, hit a wall in a room. The family says Khanu had earlier tried to kidnap their daughter twice. Abdul Majeed Memon, a lawyer in the area, pointed out that sections of the Anti-Terrorism Act and Section 107 of [Read More…]

Sep 042017
Blast from the past

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Zardari has termed the verdict in the Benazir murder case disappointing and unacceptable. May we ask the family of Benazir Bhutto to explain why did not anyone attend even a single proceeding of the case pertaining to the murder of their mother? The cosmetic love rhetoric sounds so hollow. Dr Irfan Zafar (Canada) ***** Bilawal Bhutto has expressed his displeasure over the verdict of the Benazir Bhutto murder case. However, his comments have disappointed many. This is because when the PPP was in power for five years, it did not investigate the case. The party came in power a few months after the death of Benazir Bhutto. Now, the PPP is getting sentimental just to get back in power. It is the same tactic that they used in the 2007 elections to win the confidence of the people. Once again, the PPP is playing a political game over BB’s murder. If the party cannot give justice to its most influential leader, how can general public expect justice under the PPP-led government? Aisha Maheen (Karachi) Click for detailed story

Aug 292017

ISLAMABAD: The ongoing year has been one of relief for the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) as far as the superior courts are concerned. The PPP leaders had faced a tough time at the hands of the judiciary during the era of former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, which also coincided wither their term in the Centre, be it from old corruption cases being revived against the senior leadership or brand new scams. Interestingly, when Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was initially deposed from his post by General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, the PPP played a pivotal role in his restoration. Senior PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan had led the lawyers’ movement and appeared as the CJP’s counsel in the apex court. Top court allows Dr Asim to go abroad for treatment At the beginning of lawyers’ movement, PPP lawyers Sardar Latif Khosa, Zamurd Khan, Aitzaz Ahsan and Haroonur Rasheed were brutally beaten by the police, which intensified the movement. Likewise, several PPP workers were among the 48 people killed in violence in Karachi on May 12, 2007. The first rift between the PPP and superior courts occurred when the apex court suspended the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) on October 12, 2007. Later, the confrontation between the PPP and the superior courts intensified after the court’s December 16, 2009 order declaring the NRO null and void and directing the government to send a letter to the Swiss government to reopen cases against then-president Asif Ali Zardari. I’ve been acquitted after a long legal battle, not because [Read More…]

Aug 282017

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) disgruntled lawmaker Ziaullah Afridi announced on Monday that he was joining the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). Afridi made the announcement at Zardari House in Islamabad following a meeting with PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari. Afridi said Zardari had given identity to the Pashtun people (by giving the province its name Khyber-Pakhtunkwa), devolved powers to the provinces and also delivered the National Finance Commission award. “Asif Zardari’s vision will bring prosperity to Pakistan. More PTI members will join the PPP in the coming days,” he added. Zardari welcomed Afridi’s inclusion in the PPP and said the party would grow stronger under the leadership of his son and chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. Ziaullah remanded in third scam Also present on the occasion were PPP K-P President Humayun Khan and General Secretary Faisal Karim Kundi. Three days ago, Afridi had submitted an adjournment motion in the provincial assembly, asking the K-P Ehtesab Commission to take action against the incumbent government’s corruption. Afridi submitted the adjournment motion at the assembly secretariat on Friday in which he accused K-P Chief Minister Pervez Khattak of illegally appointing Akbar Ayub as the chief executive officer of the Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organisation. The MPA added that Ayub, who was sacked from his post on Thursday, was illegally appointed on the reference of PTI central leader Asad Umar despite lacking the qualification to fill the post. Afridi, a former provincial mines and mineral minister, had also accused PTI chief Imran Khan of trying to protect CM Khattak who he claimed was [Read More…]

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