Jul 282017

Nawaz Sharif, who resigned from his post after the top court disqualified him on Friday over corruption claims against his family, has said he wished to see his brother Shehbaz Sharif appointed the next prime minister. In a meeting with his confidants, Nawaz said though the final decision on who should be appointed the next prime minister would be made in a parliamentary meeting of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, he hoped that Shehbaz, the chief minister of Punjab, would be chosen for the post, Express News reported. Panama Papers case: SC disqualifies PM Nawaz Sharif However, he added that the party would also have to consider options for the Punjab chief minister’s post in case Shehbaz was appointed the prime minister. The Supreme Court on Friday disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from holding public office in a landmark decision after a corruption probe into his family wealth, cutting short his third stint in power. PM Nawaz resigns after SC order to disqualify him The top court five-judge larger bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa unanimously announced the verdict, disqualifying the PM for failing to disclose his un-withdrawn salary as chairman of UAE-based offshore company Capital FZE. The Prime Minister’s office said in a statement that Sharif has “stepped down” despite having “serious reservations” about the judicial process. The federal cabinet also stands dissolved.     The post I wish to see Shehbaz as the next PM: Nawaz appeared first on The Express Tribune.

Jun 112017
PM decides to appear before JIT on Thursday

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will appear before the Joint Investigation Team in the Panama Papers case on Thursday. This was stated by Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb, while talking to PTV on Sunday. She said that the Prime Minister has decided to appear before the JIT to uphold rule of law and the Constitution. She said the third-time elected Prime Minister of the country will present himself for his accountability. Source: Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage.

Apr 272017
Minister of Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Pirzada resigns

Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Pirzada resigned from his post on Friday, citing reservations against the suspension of Director General Pakistan Sports Board Dr Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera as the reason behind his decision, DawnNews reported. The federal government on Wednesday suspended DG PSB for three months, though no charge was mentioned against the DG in the notification of suspension. Ganjera enjoys support from Pirzada, who has decided to take up the matter with the Prime Minister. "I have been disrespected enough by the prime minister's principle secretary," Pirzada said. "I will not be disrespected more and will not retract my resignation." In his resignation to the prime minister, a copy of which is available with DawnNews, Pirzada said: "There has been a continued interference in my ministry and affiliated departments by your principal secretary. This suggests either a lack of confidence in my abilities or a loss of faith and trust. This has not only distressed me but also clipped my powers. As said — clip the wings of the bird and ask it to fly." Pirzada, while visiting the Sports Board in Islamabad, announced that he had officially handed in his resignation. According to DawnNews, Pirzada alleged that there is high-level corruption in all parts of the government, adding, "I will not say anything about the prime minister's situation at the moment."

Apr 262017
PSB DG Ganjera suspended

KARACHI: Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) received a major blow on Wednesday when its Director General Dr Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera was suspended for charges which have not been disclosed. Highly credible sources told ‘The News’ that the Establishment Division had conveyed the order of the Prime Minister’s secretariat about the suspension of the PSB boss to the ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) and the ministry had passed on the order to Ganjera who is due to retire in March next year. A source said that the suspension came in the light of a report submitted by the head of the Prime Minister’s task force for sports. Ijaz Gul, very close to the PM, is the head of the task force which has been formed for developing some indigenous sports disciplines. The source said that Ganjera had been suspended for three months and an immediate inquiry had been ordered. However, the source added, the two letters do not say anything about what mistake(s) Ganjera made. ‘The News’ also learnt that the suspension order has upset the federal minister for IPC Riaz Hussain Pirzada, who is a strong supporter of Ganjera. A source said that Pirzada was trying to meet the PM and if his meeting was arranged the decision could be reversed. There was no statement about who would be given the charge in place of Ganjera. “It is not yet clear who will be made acting Director General,” the PSB source said. This is the second time that Ganjera has been [Read More…]

Mar 212017

LAHORE: The Rescue 1122 launched its ‘Go Green Tree Plantation Campaign’ on Tuesday at the Emergency Services Academy in which volunteers of Rescue Mohafiz Corps will take part. Punjab Emergency Services (Rescue 1122) Director General Dr Rizwan Naseer inaugurated the drive by planting a sapling. Over 3,000 trees would be planted in and around the Emergency Services Academy and Rescue 1122 headquarters. The campaign is a part of the Prime Minister’s Green Pakistan Programme, which aims at planting around 100 million trees across the country, including 14 million trees in Punjab alone. He asked all the officers, staff, cadets and rescue mohafiz volunteers to participate in this campaign in their respective localities. Dr Rizwan directed all the district emergency officers of the province to make all areas clean and green by planting trees inside and outside their operational offices. Published in The Express Tribune, March 22nd, 2017. The post Rescue 1122 starts tree plantation drive appeared first on The Express Tribune.

Mar 192017
Nuclear safety

As a member of the exclusive club of countries that possess nuclear weapons and their delivery systems, Pakistan has all along been shouldering and delivering all the responsibilities of a nuclear power state. Addressing the two-day regional seminar in Islamabad on March 14, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz    assured the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1540 which seeks to ensure the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. While exercising great restraint and responsibility, Pakistan has been quite emphatically telling the world that it uses its nuclear facility only for the peaceful purpose of overcoming the electricity shortage crisis. At the same time, Pakistan has been seeking membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) as it has taken all possible measures, including obtaining internal legislation, to ensure that non-actors do not have access to its nuclear assets. The NSG membership will help Pakistan strengthen its positive role within the nuclear power possessing countries. The country is pursuing a policy of peaceful co-existence with all its neighbours and has developed nuclear devices as a minimum defence deterrent given the not so peaceful atmosphere that prevails in the region. In all fairness, Pakistan should be given the membership of NSG which will allow it to use of nuclear technology for the welfare and well-being of its people. Muhammad Zahid Rifat        Lahore