ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Saturday predicted general elections might be held this year if the proposed judicial commission into poll rigging takes up the cases pending in election tribunals.
Khan while talking to media took an exception to the government, former Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and former Supreme Court judge Khalilur Rehman Ramday for alleged fraud in the 2013 election.
“We will prove that Iftikhar Chaudhry and Ramday controlled returning officers,” Khan claimed.
He went on to say that former CJP Chaudhry committed treason against democracy and should be tried under Article Six of the constitution.
Khan once again ruled out the possibility of PTI’s return to National and provincial assemblies and warned that any member who violates party policy will be ousted from the PTI.
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KARACHI: State Bank of Pakistan has reduced interest from 9.5 to 8.5 per cent.
This was announced by State Bank Governor Ashraf Wathra at a news conference in Karachi on Saturday evening.
He said the Bank has also revised downward inflation target for the current financial year from projected 8.5 to 5.5 per cent.
The Governor said the inflation is coming down due to reduction in oil prices and its impact on products, services and transportation.
He said inflation rate in the first six months of the current financial year remained at 6.1 per cent and in the last month 4.3 per cent.
He also anticipated increase in production due to increase in demand for consumer goods as a result of delcine in oil prices.
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ISLAMABAD: Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Saturday said that the judicial commission to probe alleged electoral rigging can be formed in half an hour if Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan wishes.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Saturday he added the government wants the commission to determine whether the rigging took place as organized conspiracy or not, Dunya News reported.
Dar said that Imran Khan wants the word ‘conspiracy’ removed from the agreement draft. He offered PTI lawmakers to come back to the assemblies.
He said the government’s conscience is clear and that Imran Khan also needs to ‘widen’ his heart.
Federal minister said that PTI chairman should not waste nation’s time, adding that the commission can be formed within half an hour if he truly wants. He said the government is willing to accept all demands within the bounds of law and constitution.
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RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has left for China on two day official visit.
During his stay there, he will meet Chinese political and military leadership. More details
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a high level meeting on Saturday upon his return from Saudi Arabia to discuss amongst other priorities, the implementation of the National Action Plan.
According to media reports the PM discussed the request of former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf to travel to Saudi Arabia as well as removing his name from the Exit Control List (ECL).
PM Nawaz during the meeting also ordered funds to be arranged to meet the needs of implementation of the National Action Plan.
The meeting at the PM House was attended by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, as well as other officials. More details
ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Saturday felicitated the newly crowned King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz.
Extending his best wishes to the new King, they said King Salman is a great friend of Pakistan like his predecessor.
Both expressed confidence that during the reign of the new King, ties between the two brotherly countries based upon close cooperation would reach to new heights.
The President said that King Salman bin Abdulaziz had the desire to strengthen unity among Muslims and to end extremism. More details
ISLAMABAD: Ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is likely to clinch 16 Senate seats, which will bring the party’s strength to 24 in the upper house of the parliament, sources said.
According to the sources, PML-N has decided to re-allot tickets to eight retiring senators of the party.
The retiring senators likely to contest elections included Raja Zafarul Haq, Pervaiz Rashid, Mushahidullah Khan, Jaffer Iqbal, Zafar Ali Shah, Sajad Mir, Sardar Yaqoob Nasir and Najma Hameed.
The sources said that PML-N is likely to win 9 seats from Punjab, 5 from Balochistan, while 1 or two from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
It is pertinent to mention here that polling in Senate elections would take place on March 3 for 52 vacant seats. More details
LONDON: Former Interior minister Senator Rehman Malik has said that the petroleum crisis was created by a certain mafia to sell Iranian oil.
Talking to media in London the Senator declared the petrol crisis as a conspiracy against the government and that a judicial commission should be formed to probe the matter.
He said that Saudi Arab and other friendly countries had requested to declare legal the steps taken by Pervaiz Musharaf, and the former COAS should have been allowed to attend the Saudi King’s funeral.
He further said that the current government should complete their term and the People’s Party were wrongly accused of being a friendly opposition.
He also said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf should return to the National Assembly. More details
ISLAMABAD: PML-N has invited applications from candidates for senate polls while PIT is all poised to contest upper house polls amid reports making rounds that KPK assembly is chosen field for PTI to clinch Senate seats.
As many as 52 senators are on the way to bid adieu to senate following their retirement on March, 18 and all the parties have started mulling over the names to pick candidates of their choice for upcoming electoral bout.
PML-N has entered into electoral arena of senate with calling for applications from candidates tagging condition that a bank draft of Rs 50000 is mandatory with every application to be filed by the prospective aspirants lingering around the hopes to be seated in the august house of senate.
PTI is adamant on demonstrating show of power in KPK assembly with the reports circulating that it can win over 7 senate seats by dint of its overwhelming majority in KPK assembly.
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SHEIKHUPURA: A woman was killed after her husband set her on fire here in Sheikhupura on Saturday.
According to Police, the deceased Shazia had left for her family after over a domestic dispute with her husband Samuel Maseeh few days ago.
Maseeh brought Shazia home after reconciling with her and burned her alive by dousing her with oil.
She was a mother of three.
The case was filed by Shazia’s brother whereas Maseeh was arrested shortly afterwards. More details