Multan: Veteran politician Javed Hashmi Monday said that he has ‘won the war of democracy’ in Multan where he lost Oct 16 by-election on a National Assembly seat.
“I’m happy that I lost the battle but won the war of democracy. It was media war against a guardian of democracy,” said Hashmi at a press conference alongside PML-N’s Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq
Hashmi quitted Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) last month and tendered his resignation from the National Assembly over difference with Imran Khan.
Hashmi contested election on the seat vacated by him, but was defeated by PTI-backed independent candidate Muhammad Amir Dogar.
Hashmi said he has fought his battle all alone and asked no party to support him adding that he was grateful to all political forces which backed him during his campaign.
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Karachi: Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah said Monday that the Sindh government played an important role in improving law and order in Karachi as many notorious terrorists were arrested in the operation carried out under the government.
Speaking at the Sindh Assembly (SA) session, the CM said that the Karachi operation is indiscriminate and not directed against any particular party most wanted criminals have been arrested.
“Our government has arrested many notorious target killers including the members of political parties and I can name the parties and the killers if forced”, he said.
Shah said that more than 250 PPP workers were also killed in the city and the party has rendered sacrifices more than any other political party.
He again asked for better and friendly relationship with MQM.
The chief minister said that 2500 PPP workers have been killed in Karachi asked that who were responsible for these killings.
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Karachi: Muttahida Qaumi Movement's (MQM) provincial ministers and advisers sent their resignations to Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad and Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah respectively.
MQM's lawmakers have also applied for the allotment of seats in section that houses opposition benches in Sindh Assembly.
Earlier, the MQM made headlines by announcing it was parting ways with Sindh government as a protest against Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s insulting its London-based supremo Altaf Hussain.
"We are done with our share of sacrifices. Enough is enough. Henceforth, for MQM, working with PPP is like working against democracy", the MQM leader Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said talking to media at 'Nine Zero', the party headquarter in Karachi.
Meanwhile, calling on Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) to revisit its decision of quitting Sindh government, Pakistan People's Party (PPP) l More details
KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) lawmakers staged a walkout from the ongoing Sindh Assembly session on Monday in protest of the Pakistan Peoples Party .
Statements made by PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto — at the PPP rally in Karachi — criticising MQM chief Altaf Hussain prompted the MQM to quit the PPP-led coalition government.
Members of the MQM walked out of the assembly after fiery speech by its leader Khawaja Izharul Hasan.
In his speech, he lambasted the Sindh government for its discriminatory attitude towards the urban population of the province.
He said that in every provincial budget the Sindh government purposely created division between the rural and urban areas, adding only two percent of the funds were allocated for Karachi.
Earlier in the day, the MQM lawmakers had submitted their resignations to Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul More details
ISLAMABAD: Mother of Editor in Chief Online International News Network, Mohsin Baig, passed away here on Monday morning after protracted illness.
Her Namaz-e-jinaza would be held at H-11 graveyard at 2:30 Tuesday.
Media organizations and prominent political personalities have condoled the loss of mother of Mohsin Baig and prayed for her eternal peace and patience for the bereaved family . More details
ISLAMABAD: The House Business Advisory Committee of the National Assembly decided that the Session of the National Assembly will continue till 31st October, 2014.
The committee met in Parliament House with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the Chair to discuss the business for the 15th Session of the National Assembly.
It was further decided that National Assembly would take up Question Hour, Calling Attention Notices and discuss address of the President of Pakistan to both Houses assembled together on 2nd June, 2014 apart from other legislative business during the current session. More details
LAHORE: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan has said that those days have passed when an elected Prime Minister was forced to resign.
Aitzaz Ahsan, talking to media outside Lahore High Court (LHC), said that that mid-term elections will not take place in the country.
The people’s party senator said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan will have to withdraw his demand of prime minister’s resignation.
Ahsan, commenting on the gathering of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) at Lahore’s Minar-e-Pakistan, said that PAT Chairman Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri should “open his eyes”. He added that there were millions in the gathering but had no enthusiasm.
He said that MQM is a “good guest” which joins and seperates itself from the provincial government whenever they please.
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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly was informed on Monday that all election petitions are expected to be disposed of by the end of the year.
Replying to questions Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Sheikh Aftab Ahmed said in all 403 election petitions were filed after the last general elections. Out of them, 317 petitions have been disposed by the election tribunals and 86 are still pending.
To another question, he said it is effort of the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms to complete its task at the earliest.
The Speaker told the House that the committee formed an eleven members sub-committee in its meeting today to consider recommendations received so far from different stakeholders. He said 4500 pages worth of suggestions have been received by the committee so far.
The Speaker also informed the House th More details
Rawalpindi: General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), left for Indonesia, Monday, on a three-day official visit.
He is visiting Indonesia on the special invitation of Indonesian Defence Authorities. During his visit, the COAS is scheduled to meet senior military leadership of Indonesia.
Earlier, the COAS was seen off at PAF Base Nur Khan by senior military officials. More details