Tag - Politics

Talks with TTP to be held under constitution: Rana Sanaullah

The Pakistani Constitution would be followed in negotiations with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), according to Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah on Wednesday. After a significant meeting on national security that was presided over by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Sanaullah and Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb gave a press conference. The military leadership briefed the committee during a lengthy session on the [security situation], the interior minister told the media.  

Govt. taking strict measures to save country from going bankrupt: Ahsan Iqbal

Ahsan Iqbal, the Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Reforms, stated on Wednesday that the government was taking stringent measures to keep the country from going bankrupt and has taken concrete steps to stabilise the economy. If Imran Khan had lasted for a longer period of time, according to Ahsan Iqbal, the country would have faced disaster. He stated that the previous government had signed deals with the IMF, and that the current government is no longer in a position to bargain, and that we must engage the IMF for the country's benefit.    

PM Shehbaz Sharif to announce ‘relief package’ today in his address

In a speech to the country today (Friday), Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will offer a relief package for the underprivileged, according to Geo News. According to sources familiar with the issue, the premier would reassure the nation about the country's current economic predicament and explain the government's decision to eliminate petroleum product subsidies. PM Shehbaz Sharif will also inform the public of the government's next plan of action, in addition to announcing the relief package for the needy.  

Khan warns Government over polls

Imran Khan, the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, has fired a warning shot across the coalition government's bows, threatening to "sweep everyone away through a sea of people" if a date for new elections is not set. The intensified tone comes as the former ruling party continues to raise the stakes against the current dispensation, which is trying to force snap elections from Khan through the 'Azadi March,' a coalition of major political groups that ousted him from power last month through a vote of no confidence.  

MQM-P to get four ministries in Sindh

According to reports on Friday, the PPP has invited the MQM-P to join the provincial government and has agreed to grant the party four ministries, including local government. According to a report in the Daily Jang, the two parties are discussing the power-sharing formula and the implementation of the deal signed ahead of the no-trust motion against then-Prime Minister Imran Khan in order to garner MQM-P support. On Thursday, the two sides attended a consultative meeting at the MQM-Bahadurabad P's headquarters, where they addressed problems such as the local government law and the current water crisis in Sindh, particularly in Karachi.  

PTI banned from meeting in school grounds, politics to not run in educational institutions,

PTI to hold a meeting in the grounds of CTI Boys High School Sialkot without permission was noted by the Assistant Commissioner Sialkot. Following the publication of the news, the Assistant Commissioner Sialkot took note and confirmed the contents of the letter as well as the school principal's position. According to the letter, the school principal took the position that a political conference organised by PTI will be held on May 14, 2022 on the grounds of CTI Boys High School without the authorization of the school administration. The letter went on to say that the school's administration has entrusted him with informing them about the situation.  

Social Media campaign against army might backfire on PTI

Imran Khan and his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) are pressuring the military to intervene and arrange early elections. The defence forces, on the other hand, appear to be adamant about being apolitical on this matter. The strategies being utilised by a sizable number of Tehreek-e-Insaf social media supporters — recently dubbed "social media warriors" by Imran Khan — may, however, backfire, owing to the malicious campaign waged against the army and its chief.  

IMF agrees to add $2 billion on ongoing programme

  To help Pakistan's balance of payments and foreign exchange reserves, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has agreed to expand its $6 billion loan programme by $2 billion and extend it for another year. Pakistan's Finance Minister, Miftah Ismail, announced on Sunday that the IMF had agreed to increase Pakistan's bailout package from $3 billion to $5 billion.  

Shehbaz Sharif likely to become new PM today

The National Assembly (NA) is scheduled to elect Pakistan's 23rd prime minister today (Monday), after Imran Khan was removed from office in a no-confidence vote on Saturday night. Shehbaz Sharif of the PML-N and Shah Mahmood Qureshi of the PTI are the two candidates running for prime minister, with the former having a better chance of winning. The NA session to elect the new House leader, which was scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., will now begin at 2 p.m.  

PM Khan loses majority as MQMP strikes deal with opposition

In a significant breakthrough, the combined opposition secured an agreement with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan on Tuesday night (MQMP). After the MQMP and the joint opposition delegation reached an agreement, Shehbaz Sharif, the Opposition Leader in the National Assembly and President of the PMLN, former President Asif Ali Zardari, Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, President PDM and Chief of the JUIF Maulana Fazlur Rehman visited Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui at the Parliament Lodges.  

Government determined to promote tax culture: Shaukat Tarin

Shaukat Tarin, the Minister of Finance and Revenue, has stated that the administration is committed to fostering a tax culture in the country by adopting constructive activities such as consumer prize schemes. In Islamabad, he was speaking at the second computer ballot of the Point of Sale prize system. According to the finance minister, the administration is pushing positive exercises to improve tax collection in the country rather than harassing taxpayers.  

LHC declares blacklisting of passports ‘illegal’

According to Baaghi TV, the Lahore High Court (LHC) deemed the blacklisting of passports unconstitutional on Thursday. While ruling on a suit challenging the non-renewal of a blacklisted fugitive's passport, Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh of the LHC found blacklisting to be unlawful. The court stated in its decision that the Passport Act had no provision for blacklisting. The deputy attorney general, on the other hand, warned that stopping the process would have a significant consequence. The court, however, concluded that protecting fundamental constitutional rights from state intrusion based on concerns is a top priority, and that if the law is flawed, Parliament should step in.  

ECP disqualifies PTI’s Faisal Wawda in dual nationality case

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has dismissed PTI leader Faisal Wawda, according to a report by Baaghi TV. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) disqualified PTI Senator Faisal Vawda on Wednesday for allegedly concealing his dual nationality while running for a NA seat in Karachi in the 2018 general elections. The Election Commission has made a decision in the case of Faisal Wawda's disqualification. The case was decided by a three-member commission led by the Chief Election Commissioner. The Election Commission has ruled to permanently dismiss PTI leader Faisal Wawda.  

PM Khan praises Chinese Investment in CPEC

Prime Minister Imran Khan met with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of People in Beijing on Sunday, where he praised increased Chinese investment in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Phase-II, which is focused on industrialization and enhancing people's livelihoods. This was their "first meeting" since the premier's visit to the country in October of last year. The PM emphasised that the two countries' alliance is the "cornerstone" of Islamabad's foreign policy.    

I consider Shahbaz Sharif a criminal, not an Opposition leader: PM Khan

Prime Minister Imran Khan slammed PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday, saying he "does not see him as the leader of the opposition but as a criminal." The prime minister made the statements during a live question-and-answer session with Pakistanis via phone calls. "I want to warn you that if I'm thrown out of power, I'll be even more dangerous," the Prime Minister warned the opposition. "You wouldn't be able to hide if I came out on the streets because the public has seen your true colours."  

Pakistani rupee depreciates against the US dollar

On the open market on Thursday, the Pakistani rupee dropped 15 paisas against the US dollar. The US dollar grew by 0.09 percent, according to the State Bank of Pakistan. It was worth Rs176.23 at the time of writing. The dollar dropped 45 paisas on Wednesday, trading at 176.38 in the interbank and Rs178.38 on the open market. In the meantime, the greenback rose 30 paisas to Rs178.80 on the open market.    

Fawad Chaudhry urges people to postpone Northern plans

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry recommended people to postpone their plans to travel to northern areas for a few days due to major traffic jams. Hundreds of thousands of vehicles are travelling towards these places, according to Fawad Chaudhry, generating challenges for local governments that are unable to accommodate such a big number of tourists. People who had not yet left their homes were asked to postpone their plans, according to the ministry.  

PM Khan convenes three party meetings today

According to the Daily Times, Prime Minister Imran Khan held three high-level meetings of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-(PTI) Insaf's central and provincial leadership on Friday (today). According to sources, the prime minister has called a high-level meeting for Friday at 3 p.m. to review measures related to the OIC's foreign ministers' summit, which will be held in Islamabad.  

UAE Golden Jubilee: Leaders Committed for development

President Sheikh Khalifa, according to the Arabic television news channel Al-Arabiya, has stated that human capital is critical to the UAE's future strategy. It is a flexible set of laws that allows our country to excel in a knowledge-driven economy, world-class healthcare, modern education, integrated modern infrastructure, environmental sustainability, and global competitiveness, allowing us to build a cohesive community.  

Pakistani soldier martyred during UN mission service: ISPR

On Thursday, a Pakistan Army soldier was killed while serving in the UN mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), according to the military's media wing. Havaldar Muhammad Shafiq's burial prayer was held in his hometown of Mian Channu in Khanewal, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). His wife and three boys survive him. According to the statement, "[the martyred] soldier was buried with full military honours," adding that he had joined the UN mission in February.  

Shahbaz Sharif: Govt. failed to secure national interests

According to the Daily Times, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif remarked on Monday that time has proven his prophecy about the mini-budget on IMF terms correct, and that the government has once again proven wrong. Shehbaz Sharif claimed that the government deceived the country and parliament by making false promises. He went on to say that the administration was guilty of criminal negligence by failing to care about the nation's interests. The prospect of submitting a mini-budget to the IMF raises red flags, he noted.    

Woman returning from work shot dead

The woman worked at a five-star hotel and shared a servant's quarters with her mother in the Gulberg neighbourhood. She was said to have turned off advances from the accused, who was posted in her neighbourhood. A police report has been filed by the victim's brother-in-law. According to the FIR, the victim worked at a private hotel and was returning home after work on the night of Saturday and Sunday when a security guard named Arif approached her.  

Former CJP Saqib Nisar denies authenticity of audio clip

Justice (retired) Saqib Nisar, Pakistan's former chief justice, denied the authenticity of an audio tape claimed to him on Sunday. Recently, an audio clip supposedly showing Nisar was leaked, in which the ex-CJP purportedly gave orders that Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz would have to be punished in order to make room for Imran Khan in politics. "Even though there are no cases against Maryam Nawaz, she would still have to be punished," he allegedly said in the audio clip.  

AGP requests not to politicise Kulbhushan issue

On Thursday, Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) Khalid Javed Khan urged opposition parties not to politicise the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. A bill was voted in Pakistan's joint session to provide Kulbhushan Jadhav, a 50-year-old Indian spy, the right to appeal the International Court of Justice's decision (ICJ). Indian attempts to isolate Pakistan, according to Khalid Javed, have failed, and New Delhi intends to take the case to the International Court of Justice and the United Nations Security Council.  

Pakistan: Government gets attacked by the opposition

The government was attacked by the opposition. According to the report, the coalition parties have begun to communicate with the combined opposition. Ayaz Sadiq, the head of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), announced that conversations with the ruling coalition parties had taken place. The ruling coalition parties have also been informed of the concerns, and the opposition has demanded written details of the legislation from the government. Sherry Rehman has stated that they will investigate all of the legislation and ordinances.  

Reduction of Covid-19 cases in Pakistan, due to effective measures

Under the chairmanship of Federal Minister Asad Omar, a meeting was convened in the National Command and Operations Center. The NCOC was briefed on mass vaccination across the country at the meeting. The NCOC reported satisfaction with the vaccination of students aged 12 to 18 years old. According to the NCOC, children' vaccinations should have access to school administration and parents. The NCOC also advocated for expediting the vaccine's second dose. According to the NCOC, the number of corona cases in Pakistan has been steadily decreasing. There have been only 9 corona deaths in Pakistan in the last 24 hours.  

NEPRA: Electricity rates to be increased

The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has surprised the public by announcing an increase in electricity rates. It has decided to raise the price of power for home customers by Rs 1.68 paise and for commercial and industrial customers by Rs 1.39 paise. According to NEPRA authorities, the rise would not apply to clients who use less than 200 units per month, but it will take place on November 1, 2021.  

Jibran Nasir criticizes PM Khan in a recent tweet

M. Jibran Nasir criticizes Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf for still blaming the previous government, when they should focus on the present and ways to make the current situation better. He tweeted,"After 3 years in office the PM Imran Khan is still blaming previous government for the current price hike in food prices. Someone who doesn't share credit for any success and doesn't accept responsibility for any failure is fit to lead a cult, not a country."  

Inflation has gotten out of hand, Imran Khan’s time has ended: Shehbaz Sharif

Shehbaz Sharif, the head of the opposition in the National Assembly and the president of the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), has said that rising prices and poverty have broken people's backs. However, he emphasised that [Prime Minister] Imran Khan's time had come to an end. On Sunday, he spoke at a public gathering in conjunction with the ongoing Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) protest movement against the government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).  

Black ex-cop set to become New York mayor

Eric Adams, a Black ex-cop who fought racial discrimination in the NYPD, is set to be elected as the city's next mayor on Tuesday, with the job of heading the city's post-pandemic recovery. The 61-year-old Democrat and vegan activist will become only the second African American to manage New York City, a job that is frequently regarded as the most challenging in the country after president.