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  1. LAHORE: Pakistan People's Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari Monday said the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is bent on "destroying the entire system of the country." Speaking to party members at Bilawal House, the former president said there could be no contact with the ruling party under present circumstances, let alone a meeting. He added that he could not even speak to Nawaz Sharif on phone. "Our reconciliation policy was meant for democracy, not for Nawaz Sharif," he said, adding that they had decided to stand against the "evils" of the ousted premier. "People's Party laid sacrifices for democracy, but the PML-N is wasting those sacrifices by harming democracy in the state," Zardari said. "Nawaz-league is negating democracy by confronting institutions." The PPP co-chairman said they even faced false cases in the courts and the PML-N should also do that. "Instead of facing cases, Nawaz-league has resorted to intimidation; Nawaz Sharif is fighting the courts instead of fighting cases." He alleged that for saving himself, Nawaz wants to fail democracy and judiciary. The former president said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was also their brainchild, but the PML-N today wants to take its credit. "The plan of a barter system with China, Turkey and Iran was also ours, but it was not allowed to progress," he added.
  2. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Daniyal Aziz on Monday said the ongoing assets reference case filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has ?nothing to do with the Panama case?. Speaking to media here earlier today, Aziz hit out at the opponents saying the case against Ishaq Dar was not even remotely related to Panama case. ?There is no corruption allegation against Ishaq Dar. All of this is false propaganda created to portray it as a case about corruption,? he claimed. ?No corruption allegation has come forward. The question therefore arises: what is this [Ishaq Dar case] about, then?? he said, pointing out that the petitioner in the case has not even alleged corruption against the finance minister. ?It?s not about corruption. Their [opponents?] motivations revolve around something else. That?s why they are hiding behind the iqama.? ?Reservations about justice? State Minister for IT and PML-N leader Anusha Rehman said her party has reservations that justice might not be meted out due to the oversight from Supreme Court in the reference case. She also questioned why the accountability courts have not taken any action against Imran Khan and former president Pervez Musharraf. Court resumes corruption hearing against Ishaq Dar Finance minister's lawyer Khawaja Harris was not present in court in the morning after which they were adjourned until noon ?Do retired generals have immunity in this country? Do the accountability courts have no authority to take action against Musharraf? Why isn?t Imran khan arrested?? she asked. The accountability court resumed hearing the assets reference case against Dar on Monday. This is the finance minister's fifth appearance in the court of Accountability Judge Mohammad Bashir.
  3. LAHORE: Pakistan People's Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday said Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government always leaves the country in difficulties. Speaking to party members at Bilawal House Lahore, the former president alleged that it is a policy of the Nawaz-league to "provide worst economic situation to the incoming government." He, however, said that the election atmosphere has already been formed and directed members to prepare for polls. "The time has come for us to head out; we will be visiting all provinces," the PPP co-chairman announced. Zardari said his party will face both PML-N and Tehreek-e-Insaf in the next elections. "Neither of the two parties have either an ideology or a manifesto, but the PPP will step in with its people-friendly manifesto and defeat its opponents." He said the present situation is different from that of 2013 and the PPP will fully contest the elections in Punjab. The former president advised his party members not to be disappointed for the circumstances have changed. "Now I will myself visit every city and constituency," he announced.
  4. PTI Chairman Imran Khan. Photo: Reuters/File ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said on Friday that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz attacked the country's judiciary today for the second time. Posting his comments on Twitter, Imran said the commotion in the accountability court today was carried out protect the more that Rs30 billion 'loot' of the Sharif family that is stashed abroad. "Now we know the drama of darbari Ahsan Iqbal over the Rangers' presence in NAB court ? it was to leave the NAB judge unprotected," said Imran. He was referring to the October 2 incident when the Rangers took control of the Federal Judicial Complex and did not allow anyone, including Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, to enter the premises. Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar's indictment deferred until Oct 19 due to lawyers' commotion Maryam Nawaz and Capt (retd) Safdar were both in court today but the judge halted the proceedings after lawyers protested against police high-handedness The Accountability Court-I is hearing three corruption references against the Sharif family and one against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 judgment in the Panama Papers case. Today, as the court was set to indict Nawaz (in absentia), his daughter Maryam and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar, lawyers stormed the courtroom in protest against police action against them, causing the judge to adjourn proceedings. The police had disallowed the lawyers from entering the judicial complex. Continuing his comments, Imran said clearly the PML-N is bent on destroying all state institutions. He asked the public to be "prepared to stand up and defend our state institutions". He said the destruction of state institutions means the disintegration of the state. "This is the Sharif agenda which nation must counter," he added. On November 28, 1997 activists and leaders of the PML-N stormed the Supreme Court, manhandling judges and damaging the premises, while the then Chief Justice of Pakistan Sajjad Ali Shah was hearing a contempt case against then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Reacting to today's incident in the court, PTI Spokesman Fawad Chaudhry called for the resignation of State Interior Minister Tallal Chaudhry ? who was present in the court today ? and placing of Maryam and Safdar's name in the Exit Control List. He claimed that today's ruckus in the court was a thought-out conspiracy by the PML-N to delay the Sharif family members' indictment. PPP hits out at PML-N Pakistan Peoples Party's (PPP) spokesperson Chaudhry Manzoor said the PML-N today has repeated its past of battling the courts instead of facing them peacefully. He said there is no law and order in the country, adding that Nawaz Sharif is taking the country towards a state of anarchy. "He?s [Nawaz] is proving true the Supreme Court?s statement that he is a godfather," said Manzoor.
  5. PESHAWAR: Pakistan People?s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari Thursday said whenever the PML-N came into power, they ruined the country?s economy and brought it on the brink of bankruptcy. Addressing a press conference here, the former president said if the country is weakening economically, then there must have been someone responsible for it. He said his party would create jobs for people if the party was brought to power again by the people. ?Whenever the PPP came to power, it provided jobs to the people, didn?t snatch them.? Commenting on the PTI chairman, Zardari said Imran Khan is lost in his own world and for him Pervez Khattak is the best individual.
  6. PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi. Photo: Geo News ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz wants to give the current accountability process a political shade, said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Monday. In a statement, Qureshi said it is not appropriate for the Sharif family to try to gain sympathy rather than defending the corruption cases against them. Meanwhile, PTI chairman's spokesperson, Naeemul Haque, said Maryam Nawaz's criticism of the ongoing situation is akin to criticising her own self. He said they [Sharifs] themselves are responsible for eradicating the rule of law from the country. Earlier today, the accountability court hearing corruption cases against the Sharif family approved the bail of Maryam and her husband MNA Capt (retd) Safdar after they appeared in court. Judge Mohammad Bashir also approved the National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) plea to declare Hasan and Hussain Nawaz proclaimed offenders and separated their proceedings in the three references filed against them. Their non-bailable arrest warrants, issued earlier, continue. The court has set October 13 as the next date of hearing at which Nawaz Sharif ? regardless of his presence ?, Maryam and Safdar will be indicted. The accountability court is hearing a total of three corruption cases against the Sharif family filed by NAB in light of the Supreme Court's judgment in the Panama Papers case.
  7. PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairperson Imran Khan said that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is using Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz to create a rift between country's institutions. "Nawaz is not fighting for any rights rather he is trying to hide his corruption", alleged Imran while addressing a press conference on Friday. If money laundering allegations are proven against Nawaz then all of his assets abroad would be frozen, he claimed. He added, "an attack on Supreme Court is an attack on democracy." The PTI chief also spoke FATA reforms and said the government has no other option than to integrate FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. "The conditions in tribal areas especially north and south Waziristan are really bad," he remarked, adding "It important that people from those areas also get representation in the provincial assembly." If FATA reforms are not implemented that it would affect people in tribal areas the most, he said, stressing that the process should start by 2018. He also alleged that Mehmood Khan Achakzai is speaking about the benefitting Afghanistan. "Achakzai has nothing to do with FATA", he claimed. During the occasion, former district general secretary JUI-F Mufti Sajjad also announced to join PTI. ?It is necessary to eliminate the menace of corruption for a strong and prosperous nation,? said Mufti Sajjad. Being compared to country's biggest thief: Imran On October 2, PTI chief, while addressing a press conference in the federal capital on Monday, said he is being compared to the most corrupt man in the country. He further said that propaganda is being created and his case is being portrayed in the same light as that of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. "They think that if Nawaz is a thief, then Imran Khan must be one as well," he added. "I am ready for accountability," he said, adding that he is submitted his money trail to the Supreme Court. "I have submitted all the documents pertaining to the money I earned abroad for 20 years," said the PTI chief. On the other hand, Sharif family have failed to provide any details of their properties. "Nawaz Sharif's children became millionaires at a young age," PTI chief reiterated. Imran alleged that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government is protecting the country?s biggest thief. "They are destroying democracy. They have formed a law to protect a criminal" he said referring to the Electoral Reforms Bill 2017.
  8. ISLAMABAD: Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Tuesday that all the provincial chapters of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz elected Nawaz Sharif as president, leaving no chance for the opposition to show resistance. The CM Punjab was addressing general council of PML-N at convention centre Islamabad, where Nawaz was unopposed re-elected president of the party. He said no one opposed the dictator that took over on October 12, 1999 and also introduced Provisional Constitution Order (PCO). ?Is accountability only for the Sharif family?? he said. On the subject of Nawaz's re-election as party president today, the CM Punjab said that the former prime minister was re-elected legally through the power of the parliament. Shehbaz Sharif said that Nawaz worked endlessly to banish dark from the country, adding that 800MW of electricity will be added to the national grid over the next 14 months. In the past, money has been embezzled which were meant for the electricity projects, he said. Today, the PML-N has re-elected former prime minister Nawaz Sharif as the party's president for a period of four years. Nawaz has been elected unopposed as no one else contested against him. On Monday, the PML-N central working committee approved an amendment to the party?s constitution, paving Nawaz?s way to lead the party following his disqualification from the Supreme Court.
  9. ISLAMABAD: The general council of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz will hold intra-party election on Tuesday, where the party leaders will most likely elect disqualified parliamentarian Nawaz Sharif as president. The PML-N leaders will hold a meeting of its general council to elect a new party president ? a day after central working committee approved an amendment to the party?s constitution, paving Nawaz?s way to lead the party. According to the party, the amendment to the party manifesto was aimed at getting rid of the ?dictator?s remnants?. An address by the former prime minister is also expected following the intra-party polls. In its meeting headed by the party?s interim president Senator Sardar Yaqub Nasir at Punjab House on Monday, the committee unanimously accepted the amendment. The party leaders expressed confidence and reaffirmed their trust on the party leader. They also paid tribute to the former prime minister for his services during his tenure. PML-N amends party constitution, allows disqualified member to lead party In its meeting headed by the party?s interim president Sardar Yaqub Nasir at Punjab House, the CWC unanimously accepted the amendment The intra-party election is being held after the National Assembly on Monday passed the Elections Bill 2017, paving way for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to regain chairmanship of the ruling party. The bill was also ratified by President Mamnoon Hussain. A controversial clause in the bill ? which was heavily criticised by the opposition ? allows politicians disqualified from holding public office to lead political parties.
  10. PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif. Photo: Geo News ISLAMABAD: The central working committee (CWC) of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz on Monday approved an amendment in party?s constitution, allowing disqualified member parliament to lead the party. In its meeting headed by the party?s interim president Sardar Yaqub Nasir at Punjab House, the CWC unanimously accepted the amendment. The PML-N members also endorsed a resolution forwarded by Climate Change Minister Senator Mushahidullah Khan. The party leaders expressed confidence and reaffirmed their trust on the party leader. They also paid tribute to the former prime minister for his services during his tenure. Meanwhile, PML-N has also summoned a meeting of its general council on Tuesday to appoint Nawaz as the party's president after his removal from office. Former senator and the party's chief election commissioner, Chaudhry Jafar Iqbal, will apprise the members of schedule for the election of party president. It is quite unlikely for any other PML-N member to file his nomination for post.
  11. Pakistani Federal Minister of Interior Ahsan Iqbal speaks with a Reuters correspondent during an interview in Islamabad, Pakistan, June 12, 2017. REUTERS/Caren Firouz ISLAMABAD: Ahsan Iqbal ? the Federal Minister of Interior ? on Sunday underscored that some unknown people have recently been making negative posts on social media specifically aimed at the military under the banner of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). Iqbal said the fact that some rogue elements ? which are not affiliated with the PML-N ? are publishing these posts on various social media channels under the banner of the incumbent ruling party is condemnable and despicable, especially with regard to the ongoing political scenario. "Such actions are unsettling since people and the Pakistan Army are together in the war against terrorism," the interior minister explained. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, in line with Iqbal's statement, added that some ignoble people through the use of fake social media accounts are trying to create dissent in an environment where the Army is already engaged in maintaining stability in Pakistan. Asif also slammed the actions of these unidentified elements, adding that they worsen an already tense political scenario. In light of Muharram, on the other hand, Asif said, "Thank God, the Ashura processions went by peacefully and there was no untoward event." The foreign minister praised the overall performance of authorities during Ashura and mentioned that the efforts of the provincial governments, police, and other law enforcement agencies are commendable. Earlier today, Iqbal also clarified that the term "in-house cleaning" refers to strength. He was talking with regard to an earlier statement made by Asif. A few days back, Asif had said the civil and military leadership are on the same page with regard to how Pakistan has to make a clean break from its past.
  12. PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry addressing a press conference in London. Photo: Geo News screen shot LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's Fawad Chaudhry lashed on political opponent former Nawaz Sharif and said that the way they [Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz] have ridiculed the Supreme Court's verdict is unprecedented in country's history. Chaudhry was addressing a press conference in Lahore on Tuesday. Referring to Supreme Court's verdict in which Nawaz Sharif was disqualified as country's prime minister, he said that the Nawaz keeps asking why was he was disqualified. Nawaz Sharif failed to prove his innocence during the 134-day hearing of the SC and additional 60-day probe of the Joint Investigation Team, which was formed to probe former PM's assets, added Chaudhry. On Nawaz's appearance before the accountability court on Tuesday, Chaudhry said that government spent millions of rupees for a five-minute appearance of the former premier. He further said that Nawaz Sharif reached the accountability court surrounded by an escort of 45 cars. Fawad also claimed that Nawaz has not returned to the country for accountability but to save his seat. ?How can we expect these people to bring about change?? Chaudhry also claimed that PML-N leaders are employing delaying tactics to escape punishment. Chaudhry said: "Sometimes Nawaz Sharif is not the country, sometimes his children are not. These are ways to waste the court's time." NAB references: Nawaz Sharif to be indicted on October 2 Around 1,500 security personnel were deployed to secure the route from Punjab House to Sector G-11, where the court is located, as well as the courts complex He also demanded that SC should look into the behaviour and speeches of PML-N leaders and take an action against it. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar will be indicted by the accountability court tomorrow [Wednesday]. "But, he has no shame as he did not leave his portfolio as yet," he added.
  13. PML-N Khyber Pakhtunkhwa President Amir Muqam and JUI-F provincial chief Gul Naseeb Khan made the announcement in a joint press conference at the provincial secretariat-Geo News PESHAWAR: Jamaat-e-Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) on Tuesday announced its support for Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz?s candidate for the by-poll in the city?s NA-4 constituency, scheduled on October 6. PML-N Khyber Pakhtunkhwa President Amir Muqam and JUI-F provincial chief Gul Naseeb Khan made the announcement in a joint press conference at the provincial secretariat. Muqam thanked JUI-F and Qaumi Watan Party chief Aftab Sherpao for withdrawing their candidates. ECP sets October 26 for by-poll on Peshawar's NA-4 The seat fell vacant after death of PTI MNA Gulzar Khan The two also criticised Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan for neglecting the province while continuing to slogan for ?change?. Sources told Geo News that Muqam and Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi met JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman and convinced him to support PML-N candidate Nasir Musazai in the by-election and withdraw JUI-F candidate Khalid Waqar. Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leaders Humayun Khan, Faisal Karim Kundi and Sardar Ali had also met with Fazl in an attempt to get him to support its candidate Asad Gulzar but failed, source said. The seat had fell vacant after lawmaker Gulzar Khan of PTI passed away due to a heart ailment. In the 2013 general elections, Gulzar had won the constituency on the PTI ticket by garnering around 55,000 votes. PML-N?s Nawaz's Nasir Khan Moosazai came in second after getting around 20,000 votes.
  14. [embed_video1 url= style=center] ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday issued notices to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) for failing to appoint a party president in stipulated time after Nawaz Sharif was denotified by ECP as an MNA on July 28. ECP has directed PML-N Vice President Ahsan Iqbal to submit a reply by October 3, after the party failed to comply despite 45 days past the stipulated time. The next hearing has been set on October 3. ECP directs PML-N to appoint new party president: sources Nawaz Sharif cannot hold position as PML-N president after disqualification from National Assembly The PML-N can be barred from partaking in any electoral activity if it fails to] appoint a party chief within the designated time. The ECP on August 8 had directed PML-N to appoint a new president of the party. ECP informed the party that according to the Political Parties Order 2002, a disqualified MNA cannot hold any position in the party. ECP denotifies Nawaz as member of National Assembly The de-notification by the ECP comes hours after Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz for failing to disclose his un-withdrawn receivables It had said the party needs to appoint a new president and then inform the ECP of the same. Nawaz Sharif stepped down as the party president after a Supreme Court verdict in the Panama papers verdict disqualified him from holding a public office. ECP does not have authority to denotify a political party: PML-N PML-N chairman Raja Zafarul Haq in his reply in petitions against Nawaz in the ECP said that the commission does not have the authority to denotify any political party. ?The procedure to denotify is detailed in the Article 17 of the Constitution,? Haque told the four-member commission hearing petitions by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and others. Nawaz?s lawyer also submitted his reply in the ECP. ECP directs PML-N chairman to submit reply on PTI, PAT petitions against Nawaz Petition said that as PML-N is registered in the name of Nawaz Sharif, after his disqualification, the party cannot function under his name In the petition, filed under section five of the Political Parties Order 2002 by Dr Yasmin Rashid (PTI) and Khurram Nawaz Gandapur(PAT), it was objected that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif cannot chair party meetings after his disqualification under Article 62 of the Constitution in the Panama Papers case. It said that, Nawaz continued to chair party meetings in which important decisions were made. In the petition it was also said that the PML-N is registered in the name of Nawaz Sharif, hence after his disqualification, the party principally should not function under his name.
  15. ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim league-Nawaz will amend its manifesto to remove parts added by dictators, said Minister of State for Interior Affairs Talal Chaudhry on Monday. While talking on Geo News? show Capital Talk, Talal said the clause which bars a disqualified minister from heading the party was added in their party manifesto by General (retd) Pervez Musharraf when he was in power. The party manifesto is said to be the ?only hurdle? in former prime minister Nawaz Sharif?s way to head the party as the Electoral Reforms Bill 2017 passed on September 22 paves the way for him to do so. When asked why members of Pakistan Peoples Party were absent from the assembly when the bill was being passed, party leader Sassi Palejo said the 37 votes would not have been possible had PPP not been active in the voting process. ?It was us who had created the strength for these many number of votes.? Nawaz?s return About Nawaz?s return to the country despite knowing he could evade punishment during his absence, Talal said the former premier has returned to fulfil the promise he made to the people during his GT Road rally. However, he added, they were not sure on who had created the confusion of Nawaz intending not to return to Pakistan. ?We have to date not been able to find out who leaks photos or matters pertaining to the Whatsapp call,? Talal said. As mentioned on the show, Nawaz?s decision to return to Pakistan was not sudden as he had informed the incumbent premier, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, about it earlier, on September 17. Even Federal Minister for Commerce Pervaiz Malik said on September 20 that Nawaz would return to the country to appear before the court.
  16. LONDON: A 'special' meeting between former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif is expected to be held in London today. Sources said that Nawaz?s future political strategy and the issue of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz president is expected to be discussed in the meeting. Nawaz says NA-120 vindicated him by re-electing Kulsoom Nawaz Top PML-N leadership gathered in London for a consultative meeting with the former prime minister Shehbaz will also apprise Nawaz about the ground realities regarding the political situation in Pakistan as well as discuss the date of Nawaz?s return to the country. Sources said Shehbaz will also apprise Nawaz of his meetings prior to his departure for London, including with JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and disgruntled party leader Chaudhry Nisar. Nawaz off to London to meet ailing wife The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader will be abroad with his wife and sons during Eid-ul-Azha Shehbaz arrived in London, his second trip this month, last night and held a detailed meeting with Nawaz at the latter's son's residence. Nawaz has been residing in London since August 30 to spend time with his wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, who is undergoing treatment for lymphoma. The Nawaz family, presently in London, is wanted by the Islamabad Accountability Court which is hearing corruption cases against it. The next hearing of the case is on September 26 when the family members have been summoned once again. Similarly, the finance minister is also wanted in the same court in a separate case, which has issued warrants for his arrest for the purpose. The hearing for that case is on September 25. The cases have been filed by the National Accountability Bureau in light of the Supreme Court's judgment in the Panama Papers case.
  17. KARACHI: Muttahida Quami Movement-Pakistan Chief Farooq Sattar expressed his reservations on Saturday regarding disqualified prime minister Nawaz Sharif?s political revival, saying that if a person cannot participate in active politics, then how he can lead a party. Sattar was speaking to media in Karachi, where he addressed the issue of the recently approved Elections Bill 2017 by the Senate. The bill rejected opposition?s amendments which favoured continuation of an existing law. According to the clause, a disqualified person cannot be an office-bearer of any political party in case of his disqualification as member of the parliament. According to Sattar, the MQM-P supported the amendments introduced to the bill by the Pakistan People?s Party and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. ?If any MQM-P member supported the PML-N in this case, then action would be taken against that individual,? he said. The MQM-P chief said that the law is against the Constitution and the spirit of the Articles, 62 and 63. On the subject of Karachi package of Rs25 billion announced by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Sattar said that the package is the right of the city and soon work will start on the plan.
  18. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday said PTI candidate for NA-120, Dr. Yasmin Rashid, fought against the government-backed PML-N and applauded her courage and determination. He also said the PML-N was backed by the federal and provincial government, a claim oft repeated by PTI in the run-up to the by-polls. The PTI chief also thanked all PTI workers, especially women, who worked "tirelessly in the election campaign". He had earlier today urged voters to come out and vote as their vote would decide the future course of "our nation and our coming generations". Rashid on Sunday vowed that she would approach the courts against the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) over the alleged registration of 29,000 bogus votes in the NA-120 constituency of Lahore. Alleging pre-poll rigging, the PTI nominee had said "our fight has not ended. It will continue as long as the ECP does not become an independent institution".
  19. SUKKUR: Leader of Opposition Khursheed Shah said on Saturday that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz will have to accept the Supreme Court?s decision in the Panama case issue. The senior Pakistan Peoples Party leader was speaking to media. Shah said that he does not have reservations over the building of ties between the Muttahida Quami Movement-Pakistan and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. He further said that the political parties have the right to bring in their leader to represent opposition. Shah also addressed the subject of Imran Khan?s ongoing case in the Election Commission of Pakistan. ?If Imran doesn?t accept the decision then how will the institutions function?? said Shah. The Opposition leader said that the ECP is a state institution and should be respected. Khursheed Shah said the name for the new chairman of the National Accountability Bureau has not been finalised. Contacted PTI, MQM for selection of NAB chairman: opposition leader NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry was controversial since day one, says Khursheed Shah On Thursday, Shah said that he met Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for the appointment of the chairman NAB, adding that he did not present any grievances before the premier. The incumbent NAB chairman retires in the third week of October and is appointed after consultation between the premier and the opposition leader, as per the law.
  20. PML-N state minister Talal Chaudhry ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader and state interior minister Talal Chaudhry said on Friday that the Supreme Court did not evaluate its pleas against the Panama Papers case judgment. Speaking to Geo News after the court dismissed all the review petitions filed by Nawaz Sharif, his children, son-in-law, and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Chaudhry said, "no review was carried out of our review petition". "All our main points regarding the right to a free trial were not considered," he said, adding that the party will decide on its legal and political options after consultation. "We are seeking a review of the country's judicial system and talking about a 'grand national dialogue' because if a prime minister cannot get justice then how can a common person," he remarked. Earlier today, the five-member bench of the Supreme Court dismissed all review pleas after the petitioners' counsels wrapped up their arguments earlier. The Supreme Court's judgment in the Panama Papers case had resulted in then premier Nawaz Sharif's disqualification and filing of monitored and time bound corruption cases against them. SC dismisses Panama case review petitions Sharif children's lawyer Salman Akram Raja and one of three original Panama case petitioner Sheikh Rasheed presented their arguments today Reading out the short-order, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, who headed the five-member bench, remarked that the court will share reasons for dismissal of the petitions later. The bench was headed by Justice Khosa and comprised Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan ? who along with the latter two headed the special implementation bench in the Panama case that oversaw the work of the Joint Investigation Team. The bench began hearing the petitions on Wednesday after it was decided a day earlier to approve the Sharif family's plea for the formation of a larger bench to hear the petitions rather than the earlier notified three-member bench. After today's decision, the Sharif family and Dar will have to seek justice in the Islamabad Accountability Court, where three references against the Sharif family and one against the finance minister have been filed. Members of the Sharif family have been summoned by the accountability court on September 19 and Dar on September 20.
  21. LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Maryam Nawaz met Jamiat Ulema Pakistan leader Pir Ijaz in the provincial capital on Wednesday. While speaking to the media on the occasion, Ijaz vowed to support PML-N in the NA-120 by-election that is around the corner. He said JUP and Muslim League worked together for the formation on Pakistan. Therefore, he added, they would back PML-N in its endeavours for the country?s prosperity. Maryam spoke to the media after meeting Ijaz, saying she is representing the entire Sharif family as her mother was away for treatment in London and her father and uncle were also there. Speaking about former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar, Maryam said she respected him regardless and what he said was his way of expressing his thoughts. Earlier, Nisar had said Maryam should only be considered Nawaz's daughter. "Children are only children, they cannot be accepted as leaders," Nisar had said, adding that they are "non-political". The ex-minister had stressed that Nawaz's daughter needed to prove her mettle first by engaging in real politics. "Maryam Nawaz should understand and partake in practical politics. Only then can she be considered a leader," Nisar had said.
  22. A survey conducted by a private consultancy firm, Pulse Consultant, has revealed that PML-N's Begum Kulsoom Nawaz is a favourite to win the upcoming by-poll in NA-120. The survey, with a sample size of 1,520 people drawn from all union councils of the constituency, said that 62 per cent of the people favour PML-N while 23pc of the respondents favoured PTI. When asked who will win the by-polls, 69pc said PML-N would win while 23pc said PTI's Yasmin Rashid would emerge victorious. Other deciding factors detailed by the report included the fact that NA-120 has traditionally been a stronghold of the PML-N and the turnout rate is also expected to hover around 94pc as respondents were eager to cast their votes. The local population of the constituency is also satisfied with the performance of the provincial and federal governments (72pc and 62 pc respectively), added the survey report. Regarding corruption allegations levelled against Nawaz Sharif, 55pc of the respondents said the allegations were wrong while 45pc agreed. Majority of the respondents of the survey also disagreed with the disqualification of Sharif, with 59pc against the decision with 41pc in favour of it. When asked if PTI Chairman Imran Khan will also face disqualification, 55pc people agreed and 45pc disagreed. Historically, the constituency has always favoured PML-N candidates. In the 2002 general elections, 47pc voted for PML-N while only 4pc voted for PTI. In 2008, PTI had boycotted the general elections. The PML-N took 69pc of the vote from the constituency while the PPP came in second with 25pc of the vote. Situation for the PTI improved in 2013, with the party taking 35pc of the vote but still did not manage to dislodge the PML-N, which took 69pc of the votes cast. Pulse Consultants describe themselves as being a research partner in strategic decision-making. They carry out research based on in-home visits, in-market observations, opinion polls and segmentation by cover sub0cultural groups spread over different terrains and geographic locations
  23. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) sent notices to members of both Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Monday for violation of the code of conduct for the NA-120 by-election. The PML-N members served notices include former prime minister Nawaz Sharif?s son-in-law, MNA Capti (retd) Safdar, State Interior Minister Talal Chaudhry, MNA Maiza Hameed, Senator Pervaiz Rasheed and MPA Saiful Malook Khokhar. Earlier, the ECP had admonished Punjab Food Minister Bilal Yasin for violating the code. Similarly, the PTI members issued notices for violating the ECP rules include opposition leader in the Punjab Assembly, Mehmoodur Rasheed and Sadia Sohail. Moreover, the ECP has stated that all electoral campaigning will cease on the night between September 15 and 16. Meanwhile, the Jamiat Ahle Hadith has announced its support for PML-N?s Kulsoom Nawaz. The decision came after a meeting between Senator Sajid Mir and Maryam Nawaz ? who is spearheading her mother?s campaign while she undergoes medical treatment in London. Earlier, the Pakistan Muslim League-Q and Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen announced their support for PTI?s Dr Yasmin Rashid. The by-election is due on September 17.
  24. ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal Thursday said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government saved the country from bankruptcy. Iqbal, in his statement to media, said the incumbent government defeated terrorism and ended prolonged outages from the country. "It isn't the job of immature people to run state affairs," he said. Maintaining that the country's economy was back on track, the minister said the opposition does not have anything except for negative agenda. He further stated that the government is determined to completely rid the country of terrorism.