The National Assembly passed about a dozen bills on Tuesday, possibly its last private members’ day. Interestingly, the government set a rare example by holding private members’ day during the budget session with an agenda of 130 items and passed nine bills of the opposition members and three presented by the government.
Nawaz Sharif said on Wednesday that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was competing neither against Imran Khan nor Asif Ali Zardari, adding that his party was in a constant struggle against the invisible forces.
Addressing a PML-N rally in Sadiqabad, the party’s supremo said, “I and PML-N are competing against neither Imran Khan nor Asif Zardari. Our competition is with the invisible forces. In this fight, the people of Sadiqabad are with me.”
PTI chief Imran Khan addresses a charged crowd in Lahore; says health, education top priorities. Unfolding an 11-point agenda to turn the country into ‘Naya Pakistan’, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan told a rally at the iconic Minar-e-Pakistan that eradication of corruption, self-reliance, health and education are top priorities of his party.
The Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah while addressing the Budget Session chastized the ruling PML-N for trampling upon Nawaz Sharif's slogan demanding respect for the vote by disrespecting it themselves.
He was criticizing the appointment of Miftah Ismail who is not an elected representative as the Federal Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs. Shah said that Rana Afzal a member of the ruling party was available and qualified for the post of finance minister but the party chose to appoint Ismail instead.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan said on Wednesday that his party will introduce a system where poor can have the opportunity to move to the upper strata of the society.
The PTI chairman while addressing a rally to welcome former Pakistan Peoples Party leader Nadem Afzal Chan in his party's fold said that up till now the state has made rich-friendly policies but when his party will come in power it will cater to the interests of poor.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has asked the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to clarify the reason behind banning recruitments in government institutions.
Taking a suo motu notice of the matter on Monday, the chief justice questioned the ECP secretary, who was present in court, about the law under which they banned recruitments by public institutions. The chief justice asked if the ECP’s decision will be implemented on important institutions as well, where appointments of heads were under way.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf women accused of selling their votes in the Senate elections spoke against Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak, calling him a ‘vindictive person’.
The PTI female lawmakers included Naseem Hayat, Nargis Ali, Nagina Khan, who held a joint press conference in Peshawar. During the press conference, three women took an oath on the holy book saying they didn’t sell their votes.
The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday temporarily barred TV channels from airing alleged "anti-judiciary speeches" uttered by PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and other leaders.
President Mamnoon Hussain said on Monday that the General Elections 2018 will be held on time. Speaking to the media after his personal visit to the passport office along with his wife, the president said grievances will be resolved if all the state institutions work under constitutional limits.
He further added that political parties cannot work in harmony even if efforts are made.
"Politicians are not minors who need to be told what should and should not be done," said President Hussain.
Ruling effectively ends any political future of Sharif, who was dismissed last year over corruption charges. Pakistan's Supreme Court has disqualified former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, dismissed from his post over corruption allegations last year, from holding public office for life.
A five-member bench of the country's apex court unanimously ruled on Friday that anyone disqualified under a constitutional clause requiring legislators to be "honest and trustworthy" would be considered banned for life.
All stakeholders except PTI have expressed apprehensions over the use of NADRA’s software to extend voting rights to overseas Pakistanis in the upcoming elections. All of them, however, agree that overseas Pakistanis have a fundamental right to cast their votes.
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Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has put a temporary ban on hirings by public institutions in light of the upcoming general elections. According to the statement issued on Wednesday, there will be a hiring freeze in appointments made by federal, provincial and local governments.
The National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) has handed over the list of 104.26 million voters to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
According to the electoral authority, the voters can confirm their registration and acquire details of their constituency on the mobile phones by sending an text message on 8300. In a statement, Nadra said that voters can contact their nearest display centre to have their voting constituency updated.
Given the vicissitudes of Pakistan’s political situation, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) demands that free and fair elections be held this year, said the organisation in a statement. The statement was issued after HRCP’s 32nd annual general meeting at its office in Garden Town. In the statement, HRCP also highlighted the importance of ensuring an even playing field for all, without interference from any state agency.
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan rejected on Friday the tax amnesty scheme announced by the government and said that after coming to power his party would investigate those who would benefit from it. Speaking to journalists at the residence of Javed Junejo, a prominent citizen of Hyderabad, the PTI chief called for setting up of caretaker governments both at the Centre and in the provinces that were “truly neutral” in character.
PML-N leader says he will ask PM Abbasi to make NAB ordinance ineffective during the caretaker setup to stop misuse of law. Nawaz says PML-N, civil society won’t let elections to be delayed.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is involved in a classic good cop, bad cop routine, with former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz adopting an aggressive attitude towards the powers that be while the younger Sharif feigning a responsible politician. A well-placed source in the ruling party confirmed to The Express Tribune that the difference of opinion between PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif and his brother does not affect the party’s policy line and “in fact, it is united on all issues”.
The leaders of Pakhtun Tahaffuz Movement have said that they have no anti-state agenda as all their demands are in accordance with the Constitution of the country. Addressing a well attended public meeting at Bacha Khan Chowk here on Sunday, they took serious exception to what they called a venomous campaign against them on media, branding them traitors and agents of the enemies of the country.