LONDON: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said the parliament has played an important role in the current political crisis adding that the government will continue to function without any detraction.
Talking to the media persons here on Monday PM vowed to bring reforms in the system in his five year term.
He said the parliament has played an important role in the current political crisis. The entire parliament and the nation stands on the one side while a handful elements stand isolated on the other.
He said the political leadership has demonstrated maturity in the prevailing situation and all the democratic institutions are working as per their mandate.
The PM said ongoing protests had inflicted large damages on the economy.
“We have not staged rallies so far. When we do, it will be known to public,” he said in an apparent retort to protesters, hinting at the public support PML-N e More details
ISLAMABAD: As the deadline for submission of asset details nears, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday said that only 305 out of 1,174 lawmakers have submitted their details yet.
Chief ministers of Punjab, Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa are among those who have not submitted their asset details so far.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan have also not submitted their asset details to the poll body.
On September 26, ECP had said that it has received the asset details of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
On July 9, the poll body had issued a notification, asking all lawmakers to submit details of their assets by September 30.
ECP had said that if lawmakers fail to submit the details, their membership from the relevant assembly would be suspended More details
KARACHI: Asif Zardari, former president and PPP Co-Chairman, said Monday that his party wants continuity of democracy.
The former president said that the party did not go for protests after Benazir Bhutto’s assassination but saved the country with the ‘Pakistan Khapay’ slogan.
“The problems are solved in the parliament not in the streets during protests”, he said.
He supported the PML-N government, saying his party wants continuity of democracy as it is the only way of Pakistan’s development. Zardari said that the PPP will hold countrywide public meetings from October 18th. More details
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People's Party (PPP) senior leader, Qamar Zaman Kaira, says it's natural for a charismatic leader like Imran Khan to attract a few people towards him, however, unlike Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) the PPP was a party with an ideology. Kaire said this in a statement that was all about singing praises of party patron-in-chief, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari for going down on his knees to win disillusioned sympathizers back.
Kaira analyzed that Bilawal was an up-and-coming politician of this age and his unconventional style had always raised the eyebrows of many an old-school politico.
"Bilawal is new-school, but his coming down to his knees to apologize to those workers, who he had inadvertently hurt, is heartening. He knows it's the workers who make parties and not the other way round", said he.
Responding to PTI bigwig Asad Umer's wishing him and Saeed Ghani to join PTI, a courteous Karai said all he could say was thanks for making him feel worthwhile.
"I can only appreciate Umer for this compliment, but in the same breath want him to know that PPP is my heart and soul", Kaira said. inadvertently More details
ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has said that the government is still ready to hold meaningful dialogue with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf to resolve political issues.
In an interview with a private TV channel, he said the government made serious and sincere efforts to resolve the issues through dialogue.
Commenting on PTI's public meeting in Lahore, the minister said though it was a good show it did not mean that Imran Khan's popularity graph has increased.
Khawaja Asif said three electricity meters each were installed at residences of Imran Khan in Banigala and Zaman Park and eight at the house of his party's Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Multan to reduce bills amount, which is a sheer violation of the law. More details
Peshawar: At least five militants were killed and several others injured in an explosion in the main office of banned Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) in tehsil Bara of Khyber Agency.
Levies Forces said the blast occurred in Nala Khajori area. As a result, five men including central spokesman of the banned outfit Younis Khan alias Abu Rasheed Lashkari were killed and several others sustained injuries.
Those killed included three members of Lashkar-e-Islam and two of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The office of the militants was also badly damaged. More details
Lahore: Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal said governments are not formed by chanting slogans and holding big rallies.
Talking to media after attending a ceremony at University of Engineering and Technology here Monday he said that many parties don’t even contest elections but stage huge rallies. He said that governments are not formed through mere slogans but through elections and 2018 elections would be decisive factor who comes into power or not.
He said Imran Khan earlier gave ultimatum of 48 hours for PM’s resignation and now he is saying that Prime minister should resign later which means grapes are sore More details
LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Punjab MPAs have refused to appear at Punjab Assembly Speaker’s office individually.
Speaker Punjab Assembly had directed all the MPAs to appear in groups of four. Refusing to appear individually, PTI has written a letter to Speaker Punjab Assembly and has maintained that all its MPAs will appear together.
According to Dunya News, PTI has prohibited its MPAs to appear individually before the Speaker. In its letter, PTI has claimed that calling the MPAs in groups of 4 is a conspiracy against PTI. It says that 29 members of PTI had presented their resignations together and they will appear together to affirm them too.
Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Muhammad Iqbal called 4 PTI MPAs on 11 am on September 29 and kept waiting till 2 pm but none of the 4 appeared. Speaker has said More details
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr. Tahirul Qadri said struggle of people against the government would soon be translated into a success story.
Addressing his supporters at D-Chowk, the PAT chief said Punjab was facing debt of Rs 452 billion that accumulated in last seven years. This province has never been in debt in its entire history, added Dr. Qadri.
He castigated the rulers for pushing masses under a pile of debt. They [leaders] are carrying begging bowl, in contrary to their pledges to do away with practice of seeking loan when taking to power, Dr. Qadri said.
In democracy, he said, under-privileged segment can question the privileged, but in “Pakistan no such democratic practices prevail”. We want end to this autocratic rule, said the PAT chief. He claimed the entire national wealth was being spent on private businesses of More details
ISLAMABAD: Secretary Election Commission Ishtiaq Ahmad said that the General Elections 2013 were the most laudable elections in the history of the country.
A meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms was held in Islamabad today under the chairmanship of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. Secretary ECP presented Fact Sheet about the General Elections 2013 before the Committee.
Giving salient features of the Fact Sheet, he said the elections 20013 represented significant milestone and a vital step on a path to a strong, stable and democratic Pakistan.
Ishtiaq Ahmad said that the international and local election observers, organizations and prominent personalities declared the polls free, fair credible and successful. He said the reports of important organizations and statements of international personalities including UN Secretary Ge More details
Multan: Javaid Hashmi said that he had already mentioned that PTI sit-in was a conspiracy against Imran Khan to end its politics and it had been proved”.
Talking to media at his residence on Monday, he said that according to party constitution, neither Imran Khan nor Jahangir Tareen can suspend him from his party designation.
He added that on October 16, people of Multan are going to do an important decision which will change the fate of this country and true democracy will come to country.
“Imran Khan is a simple man; Sheikh Rasheed wants to roll back democratic set up whereas Shah Mehmood Qurashi is after power,” he stated.
Talking about Shah Mehmood Qurashi, he said that why he does not appear in front of Speaker of National Assembly for the approval of resignations whereas the Speaker is summoning him.
“Shah Mehmood Qurashi is taking More details