ISLAMABAD: Days after quitting the Pakistan Peoples Party-led government in Sindh, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Wednesday decided to part ways with the government in Azad Kashmir where it has been in an alliance with the PPP.
Addressing a press conference here, he criticized PPP for controversial remarks and criticism of MQM chief Altaf Hussain by PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari recently.
Sattar said his party had decided to part ways with the PPP-led governments in Sindh and in Azad Kashmir, adding that the decision was final and that there was no going back now.
He said resignations of members will soon be sent to Prime Minister Azad Kashmir. Our patience ran out,” he said.
"We have tolerated a number of antics and inadequacies...but things have come to a head now...it is no longer possible for us to be in an alliance with the PPP," Sattar said.
Sattar said that PPP has a long history of having discrimina More details
Sialkot: India once again resorted to unprovoked firing and shelling at Charwah sector, security officials said on Wednesday.
Chenab Rangers responded effectively to the Indian firing and shelling.
Wednesday ceasefire violation came a day after Indian defence minister has given a hard message to Islamabad.
At least 13 Pakistani citizens have been killed in aggression by Indian forces on border areas of Kashmir and Punjab.
Indian forces have been violating ceasefire on LoC and working boundries since two weeks. More details
Islamabad: Opposition Leader in National Assembly Khurshid Shah has said cheap electricity cannot be expected without implementing hydel projects, state media reported on Wednesday.
In an interview, he said coal and hydro resources will have to be explored to the maximum for generation of electricity.
He said continuity of democratic system is prerequisite for economic progress.
Khurshid Shah said Pakistan People’s Party stands for democracy and it will continue its efforts to strengthen the system. More details
Karachi: Two children lost their lives at the hands of famine in Mithi Civil Hospital on Wednesday.
According to the details, the deceased include a 5-year old Jam son of Ardaan habitant of Dabbo Wali Muhammad, a suburban village in Tharpakar and a 5-year old Chauthi daughter of Nibraaj who belonged to the village Mithi Kanar. Both the kids had long been suffering due dearth of food.
At least 53 children are admitted and are being treated in Mithi Civil Hospital whereas 3 out of them are said to be in critical condition. Sindh government has labeled Tharparkar as calamity region but the local administration has not initiated any relief work.
Famine has been consistent in Tharpakar due to lack of rainfalls from past three consecutive years. The situation has now worsened and people are ge More details
Islamabad: Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique has congratulated those political parties who made sincere efforts for ending sit-in of Pakistan Awami Tehreek in Islamabad.
In an interview here on Wednesday, he lauded political parties for extending their support for protection of the Constitution and democracy.
He said that PAT’s step to abandon sit-in in the capital was a wise decision.
The minister said that the government is concentrating on development of the country and to solve problems of masses. More details
Bannu: Director General ISPR, Maj. Gen. Asim Bajwa, said Wednesday that operation Zarb-e-Azb is being conducted successfully in North Waziristan region, adding that no timeframe could be given conclusion of the offensive which started on June 15 this year.
“The operation is going on successfully. The defusing of explosives and clearance of areas is underway in several areas. The army is trying to conclude this operation as soon as possible; however, we can’t give a final date in this regard,” Bajwa said.
He was speaking to reporters in Bannu after witnessing a friendly match between army and IDPs.
Replying to a question, the DG ISPR expressed his satisfaction over arrangements made by the military for temporarily dislocated persons.
“We wish a save return of the affectees to their homes and also providing all-out facilities to them here in camps which are declared best camps by the United Nations,” he said More details
Islamabad: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri said on Wednesday that he hoped his movement would lead to mid-term elections.
“I have called a meeting on Oct 25 in Lahore to discuss the possible measures after our sit-in,” he said while talking to media in Islamabad.
The first meeting in this regard we had on Oct 20,” he added.
Dr. Qadri said: We are reviewing different options and planning for an alliance before Senate elections.”
He said big alliance might also be formed ahead of the next general elections. Inqilab sit-ins and protests would continue. “I hope a situation will develop that will force govt to the elections.”
He, however, added that we would try to ensure that electoral reforms should be in force before the next elections.
He said large participation by people in their sit-ins in Lahore and Fai More details
ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has started the preparations for the Local Bodies (LB) Elections in Punjab.
ECP, in a letter to Secretary of Local Government Punjab, has stated that it is the responsibility of the province to hold LB Elections therefore the details of the Union Councils (UCs), wards and the maps of the province should be provided.
It has also instructed the provincial election commission to provide the details as soon as possible for delimitation of the new constituencies.
Sources have stated that the formation of the constituencies will take upto six months and the elections will not take place before July 2015.
On the other hand, local bodies polls in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) will take place in March 2015 after delimitation of the constituencies. More details
Islamabad: Former prime minister, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has said that it’s a good omen to end sit-in in the holy month of Muharram-ul-Haram.
Talking to journalists outside the Parliament on Wednesday, he said, “we will stand by Tahir-ul-Qadri; only rallies will not make difference; we will start the movement again with new energy after Muharram”. More details
Islamabad: Quran Khawani for the soul of the mother of Mohsin Jamil Baig, Chief Editor and Chief Executive Officer of news agency Online International News Network, passed away on Tuesday. was held near his residence at F-8/2, Islamabad on Wednesday.
A large number of people recited Quran and offered prayers that Allah may rest the departed soul in eternal peace
Bureaucrats, senior journalists and other elite of the city were present on the occasion.
Besides others, Senator Ilyas Bilour, PPP leader Mian Manzoor Wattoo, senior anchor person Mubashir Laqman, Principal Information officer Rao Tahseen and Faisal Sakhi Butt attended the gathering.
Many people called Mohsin Baig and expressed condolence with him on the sad demise of his mother.
She was 70 and was buried in H-11 graveyard on Tuesday. More details
Abbottabad Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) is all geared up to display its political muscle tomorrow (Friday) in Abbottabad, where a big stage is being raised in College Ground for the event.
The organizers claimed that the huge public turnout will make a history.
The PAT’s local leaders asserted the speech of PAT Chief Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri in the Friday’s public rally, will turn out to be a milestone for the establishment of Hazara province.
Provincial PAT president Naseer Khan maintained the workers are busy with mass level preparations for the huge public gathering, claiming the Friday’s rally will be a historic event in the national history.
To further galvanize the workers, PAT Youth Wing took out a rally from Mandian Chowk. The participants of the procession, marched on different roads and later gathered at press club. More details
Peshawar: Peshawar escaped another tragedy as the bomb disposal squad on Wednesday defused a bomb in a building at University Road of Peshawar, officials said.
According to police officials, the bomb was kept in a computer monitor at second floor of computer plaza at Peshawar’s University Road. The bomb disposal squad reached to the spot and defused the bomb device.
The Plaza on the University Road has been the biggest hub of computer dealers in Peshawar.
Police has taken the footage of the closed circuit TV installed in the building in its possession for investigation. More details