KARACHI: The Shawwal moon has been sighted in different parts of the country and the Eid-ul-Fitr is being celebrated on Tuesday (today).
The formal announcement was made by Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee chairman Mufti Munib-ur-Rehman in a press conference at Met Complex Karachi after convening meeting of the body for sighting the moon and gathering evidences.
The body gathered evidences about moon sighting from all the four provinces of the country and meeting of Zonal moon-sighting committees were held simultaneously in their respective headquarters.
This Ramazan, the Pakistani citizens observed twenty-nine fasts.
Meanwhile Eid prayers were offered in various tribal areas after local Ulema decided to mark the Eid day with Saudi Arabia.
On the other hand, the Shawwal moon was also sighted in India and Bangladesh, while S More details
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has approved to maintain the existing prices of petrol, HOBC, High Speed Diesel for the month of August.
The Finance Minister Ishaq Dar met with the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Medina to discuss the prices of petroleum products for the month of August.
In the light of the recomendations made by the OGRA, PM approved to maintain the existing prices of petrol, HOBC, High Speed Diesel while the government will bear a subsidy of Rs 1.359 billion to maintain the prices of these products in this regard.
It was further decided to pass on the benefit of the decrease of Rs 0.31 in Kerosene Oil and Rs 0.81 in Light Diesel to the consumers with effect from July 29, 2014. More details
ISLAMABAD: PPP has submitted an adjournment motion in the National Assembly against imposition of Article 245 in Islamabad.
MNAs Dr Nafisa Shah, Ms Shazia Atta Marri, Syed Naveed Qamar, Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah & Mrs Beelam Hasnain submitted the Adjournment Motion in the National Assembly:
The motion stated, “Under Rule 110 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007, we request that the proceedings of the house be adjourned to discuss the Government’s decision to impose Article 245 in the capital territory of Islamabad as it reflects the failure of the civil administration, involves the total suspension of the jurisdiction of the high courts and setting up of military courts.
This is a serious issue with grave consequences and requires immediate disc More details
JEDDAH: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif asked Imran Khan on Monday to wait for his turn instead of siding with the anti-democratic forces.
According to a private TV channel in his message, the prime minister said all conspiracies would be foiled with the cooperation of real political forces.
Mr. Sharif said Imran Khan should play his constitutional role in the parliament. He added that all political forces should strengthen the parliament as country’s future is linked with the democracy.
“Masses have elected the PML-N for five years, hence Imran should wait for his turn,” said the PM.
He went on to say that Allama Tahirul Qadri was using religion to spread anarchy in the country. He reiterated that people would foil conspiracies against the democracy.
He said the big development projects have begun in the country. More details
ISLAMABAD: The provinces could summon military troops under Article 245 of the constitution to meet an emergency situation and for maintenance of law and order, the interior ministry said in a letter.
Federal Ministry of Interior in an advisory to the provinces said that a province would have to bear the expenses during the deployment of troops in that federating unit.
The provinces will also be responsible for the arrangements for the deployment of the military, the ministry further said.
The provinces could summon the required strength of the military for assistance to the civil administration, which will be decided with mutual consultation, the advisory added. More details
ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court has summoned the government’s reply over calling the military in the federal capital city.
Chief Justice Anwar Kasi ordered petitioner Naseer Ahmad Kayani and his counsel to submit a copy of the notification of the government decision about handing over the capital city to the military.
The bench called the reply of the federation over the matter after hearing the arguments of the petitioner’s counsel Shaikh Ahsanuddin.
The petition said that the Ministry of Interior could not call the troops under the Article 245 of the constitution. Only the cabinet could summon the military under the constitution, the plea said.
“What is the justification of the government decision when the situation in Islamabad has not been as bad as in Quetta, Waziristan and Karachi”, the chief justice as More details
BANNU: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief (PTI) on Monday rejected reports of any possible deal with the government over his party's call for a million man march to the capital on August 14.
In response to a question asked by a private TV channel correspondent in Bannu, Imran said there would be no agreement between his party and the government for the Independence Day march.
"The time for talking is over. We have waited 14 months and have exhausted all rules within the law," he said." We raised the issue in Parliament as well, while the Election Commission of Pakistan gave us no relief. We requested for a judicial commission to be formed but that demand was also not met. Now the decision will be taken on August 14."
With reference to the government's move to invoke Article 245 in Islamabad, Imran said, "They should not hide behind the army as it is Pakistan's army and not serving th More details
ISLAMABAD: Ruling PML-N has contacted Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and extended offer for talks on its demands to persuade PTI to call off Azadi March.
Imran Khan has said “ Shahbaz Sharif has contacted us that he is ready to accept our demands. If fire is opened on PIT workers , we will register case against the Prime Minister (PM) Mian Nawaz Sharif.
He further said “ Chaudhry Nisar is not lackey and PTI doors are always open to him.
As per private TV channel finance minister Ishaq Dar and chief minister Punjab Ishaq Dar have contacted Imran Khan.
Talking to private TV channel PTI spokesman Naeem ul Haq confirmed the reports about such contacts saying one PTI leader has met finance minister in Saudi Arabia and during the meeting Ishaq Dar has made offer for talks with Imran Khan. Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif visited a PTI More details
BANNU: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan on Monday arrived in Bannu to spend Eid day with thousands of IDPs of North Waziristan living in government-run camps.
Khan, who had promised to offer Eid prayer with IDPs in Bannu, could not arrive timely in the town due to bad weather as his helicopter was landed in Kohat earlier today.
Khan, meanwhile, arrived in Bannu after Eid prayers at around 11:30.
“We are striving to provide all-out facilities to you. Our government is making arrangements for rehabilitation of your families… We pray for your safe return to homes,” Khan said while distributing Eid gifts among IDP families.
Imran Khan said that PTI is determined to make every possible effort to support IDPs of Waziristan.
Imran Khan said that the provincial government is taking steps for education of 0.4 million children of IDPs in their camps.
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ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Senator Pervaiz Rashid has said that the Article 245 has been invoked in the backdrop of terror threat in the country.
In an interview, he said the Article 245 has nothing to do with political activities in the country.
The minister said army will be deployed at important buildings and defence installations. The Article 245 is meant to provide legal cover to it. He said the government has taken this step against any terrorist activities in the federal Capital.
Senator Pervaiz Rashid urged Imran Khan to come to the upcoming session of the National Assembly and give his proposals for improvement in the electoral system.
He said Imran Khan is trying to hide his party's failures in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as PTI has failed to bring any positive change there. More details