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  • Govt submits LG polls schedule

    Dated: 2015-03-05

    ISLAMABAD: Abiding by the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s orders of submitting the reply before 8:00pm on Wednesday, the Attorney General apprised the court that the local government (LG) elections in Cantonment Board would be held on May 16.

    A three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja, was hearing the case pertaining to local bodies elections across the country.

    The court had earlier sought the schedule for the LG elections in cantonment board areas, Islamabad, Sindh, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by 7:45pm tonight from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

    The AG during the proceedings said that the local bodies elections in Sindh and Punjab would be conducted in three stages next year. The polling for the first stage would be held on January 16, second on February 20 and the third stage would be held on March 26 in 2016, he added.

    In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, polling for the local government el

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  • Imran is at war with all parties: Khursheed

    Dated: 2015-03-05

    ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan was at war with all political parties.

    Speaking to media persons here on Wednesday Shah said that Imran Khan cannot control people of his own party. “Imran Khan has proved that he doesn’t even trust his own members,” he stated.

    Shah was surprised Khan praised a man who offered Rs150 million to him for Senate’s seat. “I fail to understand how one can praise such a person,” he questioned.

    He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had benefitted from PPP’s politics of reconciliation.

    To a question, he called for holding transparent elections for the Upper House of Parliament on Thursday.

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  • Submit report on foreign-funding madaris in month, Senate body orders ministry

    Dated: 2015-03-05

    ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and privileges Wednesday ordered the Interior Ministry to submit complete information on Madrassa receiving foreign fund within a month.

    The ordered was passed after Inspector General Police (IGP) Punjab Mushtaq Sukhera said that suspected 147 seminaries in the province are financed by foreign funding.

    The committee that met under chairmanship of Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi here in the parliament house expressed its surprise as officials from the ministry and NACTA had no concrete data on the issue of foreign funding.

    Though the IG said that LEAs and Punjab Police are taking action against all those involved in spreading hate speech, following the directives of the federal government under the National Action Plan (NAP).

    The answer of Punjab police was contradicting their previous reply in response to a question by PPP Se

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  • Military courts to start work next week

    Dated: 2015-03-05

    Rawalpindi: The newly-formed military courts will start trials of terrorism cases next week, local media quoting officials reported on Wednesday.

    The interior ministry had forwarded 39 cases to the army for trial by the military courts, out of which 12 have been assigned to the courts for hearing.

    Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asim Bajwa some days ago in a tweet said: “To begin with 12 cases (have been) assig¬ned to military courts. Legal process kicks off.”

    Senate Standing Committee on Rules and Regulations held its meeting with Senator Tahir Mashidi in the chair. Necta coordinator Hamid Ali Khan briefed the meeting that as many as 23,000 seminaries were operating across the country, while according to Madaris Board at least 26,000 seminaries had been operating in the country.

    The Senate body inqu

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  • PM befooled nation on 22nd amendment: Imran

    Dated: 2015-03-05

    Peshawar: Chairman of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan said on Wednesday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif befooled nation on 22nd amendment and visited Saudi Arabia.

    Imran chaired a meeting at the Chief Minister’s House and talking to media persons after the meeting claimed that PTI would not make alliance with PPP, JUI-F, QWP of Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao and PML-N during Senate elections and in case horse-trading was reported, PTI will dissolve the KP Assembly and would hold new elections.

    He said, “If any of his party MPA did not give vote to party candidate he will not be considered a party member anymore whereas strict measures are taken against Javaid Naseem.”

    The meeting was attended by JI Ameer Siraj-ul-Haq and other like minded parties’ leaders and MPAs of PTI and discussed the upcoming Senate elections.

    Meanwhile, Imran stated since 30 years,

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  • Complete end to load shedding impossible: Khawaja Asif

    Dated: 2015-03-05

    Islamabad: Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif has said that duration of load shedding will definitely reduce in the current year but complete end to it is impossible till next three years.

    He was talking to media persons after giving briefing of Indus Cascade projects. Chairman WAPDA Zafar Mehmood and minister of state Abid Sher Ali were also present with him.

    The minister said that PML-N government was working for early completion of 3700 to 3800md hydral power projects for reducing the load-shedding problem in the forthcoming summer season.

    Answering a question he said that agreement of K-electric has been finished on 25 January but electricity was still providing to different localities of Karachi city. Responding an other question he said that Pakistan would rise the issue if India violate the Sindh-Tass accord.

    He said that Nleelum Jhelum power projects were in final s

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  • Qureshi says demand of open balloting exposed all political parties

    Dated: 2015-03-05

    Peshawar: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) vice chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi Wednesday said that PTI’s demand of open balloting has exposed all political parties involved in horse trading.

    Talking to media Shah Mahmood stated that he has visited Peshawar with PTI chairman Imran Khan and met the provincial members to discuss ways to rid horse trading and introduce transparency in Senate elections.

    He said that despite assurances of federal government, nothing serious has been done to curb horse trading in Senate elections.

    Furthermore he stated that Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) want to seek access to Senate employing undemocratic ways whereas both the parties have denounced 22nd amendment which is the proof of keeping inequitable rituals alive.

    He said that PTI was determined to carry out free and fair elections across country and will c

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  • PAF fighter aircraft crashed near DI Khan

    Dated: 2015-03-05

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Air Force reports with regret that a PAF Mirage Aircraft, while on a routine operational training mission, crashed South of Dera Ismail Khan. Search and rescue operation is underway.

    A board of inquiry has been ordered by Air Headquarters to determine the cause of accident. More details

  • Balochistan’s problems cannot be ignored: Saad Rafiq

    Dated: 2015-03-05

    Quetta: Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq on Wednesday said that the problems of Balochistan are serious and the government is determined to resolve the issues of Balochistan people.

    Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq while talking to media on Wednesday outside Sardar Akhtar Mengal house said Nawaz Sharif has great respect and value for Akhtar Mengal.

    He has contacted with various parties’ leader and will move one step ahead to work out for the grievances of people. He said in politics door of dialogues can never be closed

    Security situation of Balochistan, senate elections and to stopping horse-trading were discussed in detail during meeting among Akhtar Mengal and Khawaja Saad Rafiq.

    Khawaja Saad Rafiq said Balochistan problems can only be also resolved through discussion with provincial leaders and people. Our 2 contestants will take part in senate el

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  • Senate elections: 3 MQM candidates withdraw in favor of opposing candidate

    Dated: 2015-03-05

    Islamabad: Three MQM candidates on Wednesday stepped out from the senate race in favor of opposing candidates.

    MQM candidates Zulfiqar advocate, Shumaila and Seema Asif withdrew their papers for the senate elections in support of their opposing candidate.

    On 2 seats of Islamabad, 3 candidates of PPP Imran Ashraf, Nargis Faiz Malik and Nargis Nasir and PML (N) Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Ashraf Gujar, and Raheela Magsi will contest for elections.

    It merits mentioning that on Wednesday the Islamabad High court has given permission to Raheela Magsi of PML (N) to contest the elections.

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