Oct 172017

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Tuesday dismissed an intra-court appeal (ICA)  which sought to disqualify Member National Assembly Ayesha Gulalai. A division bench comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb dismissed the petition declaring it “without merit”, adding that the petitioner was not an aggrieved person nor has the petition pointed out any legal infirmity or jurisdictional error in the single bench’s order. The court was referring to the September 22 order by the single bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq who had dismissed Advocate Kulsum Khaliq’s petition. At the very outset, while hearing the petition, the court asked the appellant whether the Election Commission of Pakistan had started disqualification proceedings against the PTI MNA after the National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq had forwarded a reference against her to the apex poll body. Khaliq’s reply was affirmative. The division bench then noted that the Constitution outlines a clear procedure for disqualifying a member of parliament and that when the law prescribes that something has to be done in a particular manner, then it has to be done in that manner alone and not otherwise. Admittedly, the order read, that proceedings relating to Gulalai’s disqualification were pending before the ECP and, hence, any adjudication on the constitutional petition filed by Khaliq would be tantamount to interference in the ECP’s proceedings. The bench, subsequently, dismissed the petition. In the petition, Khaliq had contended that Gulalai levelled baseless allegations of harassment against PTI Chief Imran Khan without presenting any evidence and had [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
PTI criticises PMon LNG deal but spares then petroleum secretary

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Sheikh Rashid have criticized Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, accusing him of pocketing millions of dollars in the LNG deal with Qatar, but they… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Oct 032017
MQM, PTI challenge PML-N?s election reforms bill in SHC

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday issued notices to attorney general for Pakistan and others on lawsuit  challenging the controversial Election Reforms  Bill introduced by the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Sep 302017

ISLAMABAD:   The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will soon table an adjournment motion in the National Assembly aimed at seeking an explanation from Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif for making “extremely controversial remarks” during his US tour. PTI MNA Murad Saeed will move the motion under Rule 109 of Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly. Speaking at the Asia Society Forum in New York, Khawaja Asif had said that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif paid the political price for his peace efforts with India. Pakistan was offered to exchange Kulbushan Jadhav with APS attacker: Khawaja Asif   Terming the Haqqani network and Jamat-ud-Dawa’s Hafiz Saeed as liabilities for Pakistan, he urged the US to give Pakistan some time to get rid of them. The draft of the motion to be tabled by the PTI states: “The routine business of the House should be adjourned to make the minister explain (why) he took a position contrary to the national policy dealing with terrorism.” The motion also seeks explanation from the minister on why he had mentioned different causes for Sharif’s disqualification than what the court had written down in its judgment. With Khawaja Asif as foreign minister, who needs enemies: Imran Khan “Why his remarks on Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification should not be taken as the product of a well-thought-out scheme of causing irreparable damage to critical state institutions (such as) the judiciary,” the motion stated. It also wants the foreign minister to explain why Asif did not apprise [Read More…]

Sep 282017
The 2018 elections

The 2018 general elections are round the corner. The political parties are attempting to mobilise public opinion to have more support for their party candidates. The aspirants for the party tickets are switching loyalties. They believe that their chances of getting elected will be high, if they are contesting the election through a ticket of a mainstream political party. For the upcoming elections, the PML-N and the PTI are the main contenders. The result of the elections will depend on how these two political parties manipulate the voter because the Pakistani politics revolves around personality cult, demagoguery, manipulation of public perception and use of money to purchase vote. But the PTI has changed this culture in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to a considerable extent. In the previous elections, the contestants from the platform of the PTI came from divergent social strata. The party also encouraged the young generation and the educated lot from mediocre families to make it to the corridors of power. The PML-N has completed some mega projects in Punjab, but has despicably failed to reform the institutions. The PTI, on the other hand, did a lot for transparency in the institutions to rebuild them on solid foundations. The public perception is that the PTI government quite successfully purged corruption from government institutions. As a result, recruitments on various posts in government departments were made purely on the merit basis. The PTI could conveniently capitalise on all that it has done for the public welfare and convert it into a [Read More…]

Sep 262017

PESHAWAR: The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) has withdrawn its candidate for the NA-4 by-election in favour of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Nasir Khan Musazai — a possible setback for another major contender, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). JUI-F and PML-N provincial chiefs, Maulana Gul Naseeb Khan and Amir Muqam, made the announcement at the JUI-F headquarters in Peshawar. They were flanked by JUI-F candidate Khalid Waqar Chamkani and PML-N’s Musazai. NA-4 by-election: Candidates to submit nomination papers from today Gul Naseeb Khan said after a series of meetings between the leaderships of both parties, his party has decided to withdraw its candidate Chamkani in favour of the PML-N. “We will support the PML-N candidate in winning the by-election,” he added.”The JUI-F has good terms with the ruling party [PML-N] in the Centre.” Talking about the PTI-led government in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), Naseeb said the ruling party had ruined the institutions of the province and now it would take over 10 years to fix them. “They [PTI] promised that it would bring a change in the province but instead of positive development, every institution in the province has been ruined because of malpractices,” the provincial chief of the party said. Speaking on the occasion, Muqam thanked the JUI-F for extending its support to his party’s candidate .”Now we aren’t running in the election on the platform of the PML-N or the JUI-F, but using a joint platform,” he added. The NA-4 seat fell vacant after the death of PTI’s Gulzar Khan, who had secured more than 55000 votes in the 2013 general elections [Read More…]

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

LAKKI MARWAT: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan and his “Jewish lobby” want to destabilise Pakistan by creating political unrest, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman said on Sunday. “The JUI-F is not supporting the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) ousted prime minister; we are standing with democracy and the system,” the veteran politician said while addressing the executive body of his party in Lakki Marwat. He said the PTI-led government [in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa] was planning to bring an ad hoc system in the education department.” “The JUI-F vehemently opposes this ad hoc system and asks the teachers’ community to stand firm for the future generations,” he added. He went on to say that the PTI led provincial government, by design, wanted to snatch job security from teachers in the province. “Through the registration of Imams, they want seminaries under their control and implement the West’s plan,” he maintained. Religious parties may run for next polls on single platform: JUI-F leader The provincial government is considering a proposal to appoint educated pesh imams in mosques across the province and pay them a monthly stipend. According to the JUI-F chief, 9/11 was a conspiracy against the Muslim world and Afghanistan, and the US has fulfilled its plan through former dictator Pervez Musharraf. Musharraf, he said, succumbed to US pressure. We stand with Pakistani Army to protect our homeland,” Fazl remarked. The JUI-F chief asked the central government to play its role in stopping the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. The post PTI’s K-P govt wants to control madrassahs for [Read More…]

Sep 082017

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has, in an open letter to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, expressed serious concern over the ‘genocide’ of the Rohingyas in Myanmar. “We [PTI] find this continuing silence and complete inaction by the UN on the continuing plight and persecution of the Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar a shameful testament to the failure of the UN to fulfil its basic principles of upholding human rights and protecting people from genocide,” the letter written on Friday reads. My open letter to UN SG asking him to act on Rohingya Muslims' plight. pic.twitter.com/fqkNL03LWp — Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) September 8, 2017 It says that the principle of humanitarian intervention was specifically added to the UN mandate in the face of the Rwandan genocide, but the UN has once again failed to protect innocent people from persecution and genocide. In the letter, the PTI chairman writes that the international community seems to have learnt no lessons from the international appeasement that eventually led to World War II. “In the wake of the Rwandan genocide, it was expected that the UN would assert the principle of humanitarian intervention without discrimination wherever people were threatened with massacre and genocide. Sadly, so far the UN has failed to live up to its own Charter.” It lamented that it has been heartbreaking to witness the silence of the UN and the international community on the persecution of the Rohingyas in Myanmar since the 1970s. “The hypocrisy prevalent within the international community on [Read More…]

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