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  1. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana. Photo:File ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq received the resignation letter of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz?s lawmaker Ghulam Bibi Bharwana on Friday, confirmed officials of assembly secretariat. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, elected from NA-87, earlier announced to rest her political future with Pir Khawaja Hameeduddin Sialvi in the Khatam-e-Nabuwwat (PBUH) Conference at Faisalabad's Dhobi Ghat. Sialvi is a spiritual leader and custodian of Sial Sharif Shrine of Sargodha. Already three provincial lawmakers of the ruling party have submitted their resignations to the secretariat of the Punjab Assembly on the directives of Pir Sialvi. Five PML-N lawmakers rest their political future with Pir Sialvi The announcements were made at the Khatam-e-Nabuwwat (PBUH) Conference in Faisalabad In her resignation letter, Bharwana stated: "A member of the Punjab government's cabinet has had a blasphemous attitude towards the finality of Prophet Muhammad's prophethood." She adds that her protest was not taken into consideration hence she is now resigning from the NA-88 seat. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MPAs Maulana Rehmatullah, Ghulam Nizamuddin Sialvi and Muhammad Khan Baloch have tendered their resignations in protest against the government for not sacking Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah. Three PML-N lawmakers submit resignations to Punjab Assembly secretariat Maulana Rehmatullah, Ghulam Nizamuddin Sialvi and Muhammad Khan Baloch gave their resignations on the directives of Pir Khawaja Hameeduddin Sialvi Authorities of the assembly secretariat informed that the resignation submitted by courier have not yet been reviewed by Speaker Ayaz Sadiq.
  2. LAHORE: Pakistan People?s Party senior leader Aitzaz Ahsan denounced on Thursday the qualms earlier expressed by Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq regarding assemblies not completing their tenure, saying that the Pakistan Muslim League-N is making statements which are misleading and deceptive. The senator was speaking to media outside Lahore High Court, where he claimed that the PML-N is habitual of blaming ?third parties? for its problems. The PPP leader said that the elections will be held on time and problems will be resolved soon. ?The Army isn?t hatching conspiracies against the PML-N, the judicirary is in fact providing it relief,? said Ahsan said. The PML-N is surrounded by the iqama-related issues, he stated. The PPP leader was of the opinion that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif should be punished apart from being disqualified. Aitzaz Ahsan condemned the recent incident in Multan on Wednesday, in which lawyers protested the shifting of the judicial complex and resorted to vandalising the new building. He said that the Supreme Court or the LHC should have been approached by the disgruntled lawyers. On Wednesday, in an interview on Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath, the National Assembly Speaker said that he fears assemblies will not be able to complete their tenure. NA speaker expresses fear over assemblies not completing tenure Ayaz Sadiq expresses concern over delimitation bill not being passed yet Sadiq also said uncertainty was looming and has been fuelled by instances such as the delimitation bill not being passed. Also reacting to Sadiq?s statement, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif asserted that assemblies would complete their tenure and there was no problem which would lead to a delay in elections in the country.
  3. Muhammad Khan Baloch, Ghulam Nizamud din Siyalvi and Molana Rehmatullah. Photo:File LAHORE: The assembly secretariat of Punjab Assembly received as many as three resignations of provincial lawmakers on Tuesday. Molana Rehmatullah, Ghulam Nizamud din Siyalvi and Muhammad Khan Baloch tendered their resignations. All three members have stated in their resignations that they are vacating their seats in protest as the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government did not take into their consideration their stance on the Khatam-e-Nabuwwat issue. On Sunday, Dec 10, as many as five lawmakers of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the ruling party in the province and centre, Sunday announced to have rested their political future with Pir Khawaja Hameeduddin Sialvi at the Khatam-e-Nabuwwat (PBUH) Conference at Faisalabad's Dhobi Ghat. Five PML-N lawmakers rest their political future with Pir Sialvi The announcements were made at the Khatam-e-Nabuwwat (PBUH) Conference in Faisalabad The one-point agenda of the speakers at the conference was the resignation of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah. Among the PML-N leaders who announced submitted the power to decide their political future with Sialvi were PML-N MNA Ghulam Bibi Bharwana (NA-87), PML-N MNA Dr Nisar Ahmad Jatt (NA-81), MPA Sahibzada Ghulam Nizam-ud-Din Sialvi (PP-37), and MPA Mohammad Khan (PP-81). Demand for Rana Sanaullah's resignation final, said Pir Sialvi. The son of MPA Maulana Muhammad Rehmat Ullah (PP-74), Qamarul Haq announced the decision to 'sacrifice the provincial assembly seat' on behalf of his father. He had claimed a few days ago that 15 lawmakers of the ruling PML-N are with him and would announce their resignations today.
  4. LAHORE: Railways Minister Saad Rafique on Saturday criticised the alliance of opposing parties demanding resignations from ruling party and said that no party can bring down the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). ?PPP, PTI and other groups can?t bring down PML-N,? he said while addressing media here. Dissolution of assemblies an option if it benefits ruling party politically: Asif 'Ruling parties always have this option. There has been no discussion on this as yet. But if it comes to that, and if we face a situation which calls for it, then we might go for it, the foreign minister said in an interview to a private channel The PML-N leader said that while there is nothing wrong with political alliances, holding rallies, and criticising the government, politics of lies and in the name of religion is saddening. ?Previously there used to be anti-Bhutto politics and now anti-Nawaz politics has become rampant,? he said. Rafique's comments come amid the increasing calls for resignations from political opponents, the latest being demands for Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif to step down. An unprecedented alliance of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and PAT Chief Tahirul Qadri on Thursday demanded Shehbaz?s resignation in the wake of the Model Town inquiry report.
  5. Pak Sarzameen Party Chairperson Mustafa Kamal speaking to media on December 7, 2017. Photo: Geo News screen grab KARACHI: Pak Sarzameen Party Chairperson Mustafa Kamal claimed that a member of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz supported the workers of Muttahida Qaumi Movement involved in china cutting. While speaking to media in Karachi, Kamal also alleged that MQM workers switched around papers and engaged in china cutting on August 22, last year. One party was formed in MQM after china cutting, he added. ?PML-N is supporting MQM,? he said, adding that PML-N leaders like people such as Farooq Sattar as they are important to stay in power. Kamal also alleged that MQM-Pakistan in involved in widespread corruption. ?We found out yesterday that Hyderabad mayor is involved in Rs400 million corruption scandal,? he said, adding Hyderabad mayor takes a six percent share on each tender. He remarked that MQM is spending the nation?s money in their rallies. ?Nation?s money being used to fund rallies.? Municipal authorities are being investigated for many corruption scandals, he said, demanding that Hyderabad mayor should also be investigated. Sattar requested establishment to bring us to the table: Mustafa Kamal Mustafa Kamal tells Farooq Sattar he is ready for talks for the sake of lasting peace in Karachi PSP and MQM had come into limelight last month after they announced to regroup under 'one name, one election symbol.' However, just a day after the announcement, cracks developed in the relations between the two parties. Dismayed at the response over the alliance, Sattar lashed out at PSP chair and announced to quit politic. However, he reversed the decision at the behest of his mother. Sattar kept reiterating that the partnership between two parties is an alliance, however PSP leaders said that it was a merger. Reacting to Sattar's statement, Kamal remarked that he met with Sattar because the latter had requested the establishment to bring the two to the table. Kamal added that Sattar has been giving the impression that whatever decisions PSP takes is at the behest of the establishment. ?Sattar has been meeting us through the establishment since eight months,? he said, saying that the developments are not just 48 hours-long. Since then, the relations between the two political parties have soured.
  6. Leader of Opposition in Senate Aitzaz Ahsan. Photo: File KARACHI: The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has nearly lost its authority in the Centre, while its prime minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, has no individual standing in the party, said Leader of Opposition in Senate Aitzaz Ahsan. While speaking on Geo News' Capital Talk, the senator referred to the sit-in at Faizabad interchange and said decisions regarding dispersing the protesters were not taken at Prime Minister House. He added after talks were held a soldier was seen distributing envelopes to the protesters, ?a site no one had imagined would ever be seen?. However, Aitzaz said, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif claimed to have solved the matter, even though his province was where the issue came from. According to the senator, the protesters came to the federal capital after holding talks with the Punjab government. Nevertheless, he said, his party ? Pakistan Peoples Party ? was clear on their stance throughout the days. ?We were of the view that the entire matter be discussed in the Parliament. About Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi using Article 245 of the Constitution, Aitzaz said it was the right of the federal government, which they used. But, he added, the army came on their own conditions. As per Article 245, the armed forces, under directions of the federal government, shall defend Pakistan against threats and act in aid of civil power when called upon to do so.
  7. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz is united under the leadership of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb on Tuesday. While speaking to media, Marriyum remarked that Nawaz didn?t take any exemption when he could have and has always appeared before the courts as pet the law and Constitution. She also said that nation knows all those who are being a hurdle in the way of Constitutional bill. ?People won?t forgive if the elections don?t occur on time,? she said. She also lashed out at political opponent Pakistan Peoples Party, remarking: ?PPP poses itself to be advocate of democracy.? The state minister also refused to comment on the demonstration in Islamabad, which was staged by a religious party. She said that it?s about time to move on from the last few days, in which protests were staged all across the country. Have a lot to say: Nawaz Sharif Earlier in the day, the accountability court hearing corruption references against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family did not conduct any proceedings on Tuesday due to the absence of the defence counsel. Nawaz, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar arrived at the court for the corruption hearing. Have a lot to say, proclaims Nawaz Sharif as corruption hearing adjourned Former PM, family accused by NAB in three corruption references Nawaz and his family are facing three corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 judgment in the Panama Papers case. Nawaz and his two sons, Hussain and Hasan, are nominated in all three references ? Al Azizia, Avenfield and Flagship ? whereas Maryam and Safdar are only accused in one: Avenfield. As the hearing began, Judge Mohammad Bashir was informed that Nawaz's counsel, Khawaja Harris, cannot make it to court as he is busy in the Supreme Court. The defence then requested the court to adjourn the hearing on grounds that the Islamabad High Court (IHC) is expected to rule this week on Nawaz's request to club the three references against him into one.
  8. Pir Hameed ud Din Sialvi. Photo File ISLAMABAD: In wake of the friction between a religious group and the ruling party, as many as 14 federal and provincial lawmakers affiliated with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz from Punjab have submitted their resignation to Pir Hameed ud Din Sialvi. Speaking in Geo News' show, Capital Talk, Member National Assembly Sheikh Muhammad Akram confirmed that 14 legislators have submitted their resignations to Sargodha-based Pir Sialvi and have given him authority to make any decision on their behalf. "We will not compromise on Khatam-e-Nabbuwat laws and follow whatever decision Pir Silavi will make," Akram informed. Punjab Minister Auqaf & Religious Affairs Zaeem Qadri, who was also present on the show, said that he will immediately meet Pir Sialvi in a bid to resolve his reservations. Meanwhile, Nisar Jutt, another federal legislator from Faisalabad, refuted the news of his resignation and said that there is no truth in any growing demand within the party for the resignation of provincial law minister Rana Sanaullah.
  9. High-level meeting of PML-N underway (Photo: File) LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Nawaz Sharif is chairing a high-level party huddle in the city's Raiwind area. Top party officials and government representatives are attending the meeting, including Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq, ministers Saad Rafique and Marriyum Aurganzeb. Also present in the meeting are Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Hamza Shehbaz. The meeting has been convened to discuss political and national issues and comes amid an operation against Islamabad sit-in by security officials. Islamabad operation: One policeman martyred in clashes with protesters Helicopters, drones, ambulances, and prison vans on the scene; dozens of protesters detained Heavy contingents of police, FC and Rangers were deployed to the interchange, where they are using tear gas and water cannons to disperse the protesters after the capital was paralysed due to the sit-in which has been ongoing for almost three weeks. According to reports, dozens of protesters have been detained.
  10. [embed_video1 url= style=center] LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Leader Shafqat Mehmood remarked that he doesn?t see governing Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz completing its tenure. PML-N has become disappointed after the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif, he said, while speaking exclusively to Geo News. He also remarked that it isn?t appropriate for Maryam Nawaz to give statements against PTI chief Imran Khan on social media. ?Imran Khan is the leader of a national political party,? he added. The children of Sharif family are going to the public in the hopes of saving the party, remarked Mehmood. ?Sharif family is stressed because their 30-year-old corruption has been exposed.? Earlier in the day, Mehmood spent time and assisted patients at the free medical camp of PTI. In a new wave of tirade against PML-N, PTI Spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry remarked on Sunday that government is completing its mourning period not tenure. In a statement, he quipped that Rs10 million will be given to the person who is able to identify the real prime minister and finance minister of the country. Nawaz Sharif thinks that everything against him is a conspiracy, Fawad said. ?The only conspiracy is the way Nawaz got Rs300 billion in his account,? he added.
  11. A view of the site of the rally. Photo: Geo News ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif will address a public gathering of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in Abbottabad today. Sharif, who was in Lahore, reached Islamabad earlier from where he departed for Murree. He will then rest at his house in Murree and depart for Abbottabad later, according to sources familiar with the PML-N chief's plan. At the Islamabad airport, the former premier held a meeting with party ally Mahmood Khan Achakzai, who heads the Balochistan-based Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party. The two discussed the ongoing political situation in the country, according to sources. Preparations are said to have completed for the rally in Abbottabad ? the disqualified premier's first since his indictment by an accountability court hearing corruption cases against him. Visiting the site of the rally, Abbottabad's college ground, Senators Pervaiz Rasheed and Asif Kirmani monitored the arrangements at the venue. Senator Pervaiz Rasheed at the venue Talking to the organisers and party supporters, Kirmani said the rally will set an example in the country?s political history. Rasheed said the lion [PML-N's electoral symbol] will force its opponents to run away in the next elections, adding that "Nawaz Sharif is Pakistan?s asset". Provincial party leaders Sardar Mehtab Abbasi and Ameer Muqam also visited the venue. Talking to the media later, Kirmani said the polls will be held on time, adding that there?s no reason to have early elections ? a key demand of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Rasheed said PTI chief Imran Khan is scared to face the PML-N in the 2018 polls and thus wants early elections. "Those whose own party is being dissolved want the Parliament to be dissolved," he said, referring to the PTI. In Pictures: GT Road rally's third day Friday was the third day of the rally, Nawaz departed from Jhelum around 11:30am In his brief media talk, Abbasi, who hails from the area and was governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said the people are upset with Nawaz'sdisqualification on weak grounds. Nawaz had launched a public mobilisation drive after his disqualification by the Supreme Court on July 28, reaching Lahore via GT Road after making stopovers at various towns and cities. Sources said the former premier is attempting to revive that campaign with the Abbottabad rally serving as the first stop. Nawaz and his family face three corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau.
  12. LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Maryam Nawaz said the party was intact and those who were trying to break it will fail. While talking to journalists during her visit to NA-120 on Saturday, Maryam said it might be someone?s wish to see 72 leaders of PML-N resign from the party, but it was not the case in reality, as she could not see anything like that happening. She said this while answering a question about resignation from 72 PML-N leaders, the statements regarding which were given by opposition parties. About cases against her, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and Hassan and Hussain Nawaz, Maryam said she was hopeful a better decision would be reached. Imran Khan says PML-N govt may dissolve soon 'They don?t have the numbers. Many members are defecting because they don?t want Nawaz to use the party to save himself or hurl attacks on judiciary and army,' he said Recently, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairperson Imran Khan said he believed possibilities of the government to dissolve as a large number of PML-N leaders were resigning. He said this was speaking to the media during his visit to Khanpur. ?PML-N doesn't have the numbers. Many members are defecting because they don?t want Nawaz to use the party to save himself or hurl attacks on judiciary and army.? He said that given the present circumstances in the country, there was no way out besides early elections, adding that only ?a fool? would term the step to be against democracy.
  13. [embed_video1 url= style=center] MURREE: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said that the era of progress initiated by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz should continue while speaking to media in Murree on Thursday. Nawaz also remarked that he feels proud that people have showered him with so much love and respect. ?I love all my supporters equally.? ?Please pray that God blesses Pakistan and PML-N,? he remarked. The PML-N president also said that a programme for the prosperity and progress of the poor will be implemented in the future. Nawaz?s daughter and PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz also tweeted about former prime minister visit to Murree. She wrote: ?Locals gathered outside our Murree house to catch his glimpse. Having breakfast we heard loud chants of 'Mian sb I love u'. Stopped to thank Earlier in the day, the Chief Justice of Pakistan dismissed Nawaz Sharif's appeal on the registrar's decision rejecting his petition which sought an end to the multiple corruption cases against him. On October 13, the former prime minister had approached the Supreme Court seeking an end to the multiple references against him and pleaded that they are combined into one. However, the apex court's registrar had rejected the petition, saying the petitioner needs to approach the relevant forum. Later, Nawaz appealed the registrar's decision which was heard in-camera today by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, who dismissed the appeal. Talking to Geo News, Nawaz's counsel Khawaja Harris said they were not expecting this decision, adding that such appeals are usually heard in open court.
  14. LAHORE: Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday said that the PML-N has been responsible for making the recently conducted census controversial. "The census was made controversial by the PML-N due to the manner they conducted the census in," said the PPP scion. He added that the census was conducted in a non-transpirational manner and the ruling party has not taken any steps to address the reservations raised by the political parties. "Our stance is the same as it was before the Council of Common Interests (CCI) meeting. We had asked for the rechecking of one percent blocks in the Senate from the provisional census," added Bilawal. "The rechecking has not been done yet." The PPP chairman said the reservations of the party were raised in the CCI meeting and till now the PPP is satisfied with the discussion held in the said meeting. "If they do not do it, we will again raise the issue after the elections." He added that the general elections scheduled for 2018 will not be delayed and will be held on time. The PPP chairman also spoke in regards to deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif and said if one sees Nawaz's historical past, he has been involved in every conspiracy against democracy. "Both of PPP's former prime ministers have had their names on the Exit Control List (ECL) and have faced NAB cases." PPP's chairman said that the law should be the same for everyone and there should be "no difference in the cases of PPP, PTI and PML-N". Referring to the ongoing NAB case against Sharjeel Memon, he said the way the case is being conducted is discrimination. Bilawal, condemning the recent disappearance of the deputy secretary general of the Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM), demanded the Punjab government to produce him before the court as he was picked the by province's police. PPP leader said such 'kidnappings' should not take place as no one knows the whereabouts of the missing party leader. "There should be rule of law in Punjab too." Earlier, the Sindh government had rejected the provisional results of the sixth population census by terming the results as a conspiracy against the province by the federal government. Speaking over the issue, Chief Sindh Minister Murad Ali Shah had said that it is very much clear that the people of Sindh have reservations against the census results; the statistics department should share the details of blocks with the Sindh government so that it can be counter-checked. He said that the Sindh government would like to see the next elections based on the provincial results of the census, and for it, amendments need to be done in the Constitution. The federal government had rejected the reservations raised by Sindh's political parties and said the process of conducting the census was transparent. It added that all provinces had monitoring committees which were briefed on a regular basis while the census was being conducted. The government further said that additional time was given to address all reservations and complaints. Results released for the citywide population in the provisional census conducted by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics show that Karachi?s population has ballooned to 14.9 million people in 2017 as compared to 9.39 million in 1998. Thirty-three percent of Sindh?s 47.9 million-strong population lives in the province?s two major cities, Karachi and Hyderabad. While the provincial capital?s population grew by 59pc in nineteen years, Hyderabad?s population only grew by 0.6 million during the same time. The sixth Housing and Population Census began after a period of 19 years on March 15. The census was conducted in 16 districts of Punjab, eight districts of Sindh, 14 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 15 districts of Balochistan, five districts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and five districts of Gilgit-Baltistan.
  15. KHANPUR: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said on Wednesday that judging by the number of members leaving the ruling party, it is possible the government will dissolve soon. Talking to the media here, Imran said that elections should be held within 90 days if the government ceases to exist. ?PML-N doesn't have the numbers. Many members are defecting because they don?t want Nawaz to use the party to save himself or hurl attacks on judiciary and army,? he said. Imran also spoke to the media about reviving tourism in Khanpur. The PTI chief has reiterated the demand for early elections on various occasions. Present circumstances call for early elections: Imran Khan The PTI chairman said this is for the betterment of the country and its people Early elections are called when a ruler?s mandate becomes questionable, he said on Thursday while talking to media in Chitral. He said that given the present circumstances in the country, there was no way out besides early elections, adding that only ?a fool? would term the step to be against democracy. Imran quoted the instances from different countries, saying Theresa May of UK and Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey called elections in their respective countries as the process strengthens democracy. He said the sooner elections take place the better it would be.
  16. [embed_video1 url= style=center] MULTAN: Veteran politician Javed Hashmi said on Sunday the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has its vote bank further increased, despite all efforts to get rid of Nawaz Sharif. Speaking at a ceremony here, Hashmi said Nawaz is being victimised ahead of the general elections, adding that pushing the former prime minister out of politics is not a solution to the crisis. "It has been 70 years replacing individuals; now the system should be allowed to function," he said, maintain that repeating the mistake of imposing a martial law has also ended that option. The veteran politician said that democracy has flaws in it, however, it cannot be thrown away on the basis of those flaws. "We need to carefully make a decision, keeping democracy in view." "In 2014, Imran Khan was conveyed that elections will again be conducted the same year and I told him that no election will be held and you would also be excluded," he claimed. Criticising the former president Pervez Musharraf, Hashmi said who would accept Musharraf as his leader. Commenting on Karachi politics, he said, "There is nothing hidden in Karachi now and only those would resolve this issue who brought the megapolis to this stage." The veteran politician maintained that civilian governments always promoted the country, but they are not tolerated.
  17. [embed_video1 url= style=center] LAHORE: Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique Sunday said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the country are a must for each other and the thinking of turning the nation against democracy will be defeated. The statement was made during the minister's address with PML-N office-bearers from NA-125 in Lahore. "PML-N always set records in terms of development works and national progress," he said. "Defending the constitution and the people's right to rule is our foremost duty." Rafique said that national security and progress are linked to the rule of the constitution and continuity of democracy in the state. He said their powers were curtailed for making the country a nuclear state in the past and bringing improvement in the economy in present times. "This time CPEC, bringing load-shedding under control and fighting terrorism became Nawaz Sharif's crime," the minister said. He urged workers to prepare themselves for "next stage of struggle" and foil efforts to delay general elections in the country.
  18. LAHORE: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is chairing an advisory session of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, which is currently under way. The top leadership of the party are in attendance including Shehbaz Sharif, Saad Rafique, Pervaiz Rasheed, Maryam Nawaz, Rana Iqbal among others. Sources informed that the leadership is deliberating over issues such as Constitutional amendments, delimitation, and upcoming general elections. Moreover, the preparations for PML-N rally in Abbottabad, which will be held on November 20, will also be reviewed. Sources also said that after Abbottabad, Nawaz is expected to address another rally in Sheikhupura. Moreover, the PML-N top leadership has given a green light to PML-N Multan President Bilal Butt to start making arrangements for a rally, sources added.
  19. File photo ISLAMABAD: A high-level meeting of the PML-N, chaired by Nawaz Sharif, rejected the remarks of judges in the Supreme Court's review petition verdict on Wednesday. According to constitutional and legal experts, what was said regarding Nawaz Sharif does not fit judicial language on any level, said a statement issued by the party. The statement further added that contradictory words used against Nawaz should not be a matter of pride for any court and the verdict, from start to finish, is an unfortunate example of "anger and fury". Nawaz Sharif?s plea to club references dismissed; former PM indicted in person Nawaz and his family are facing three corruption references filed by NAB in light of the Supreme Court's judgment in the Panama Papers case Criticizing the apex court's verdict further, the PML-N said that poetry was used to question leadership and the people of the country know that it was people in such positions who made the country. It was the leaders who made sacrifices for the country, made Pakistan into a nuclear power, went through prison sentences, were hanged and exiled and now have been disqualified, elaborated the PML-N. Earlier today, after the dismissal of Nawaz's plea seeking the clubbing of three references into one, the former premier came down hard at the country's judiciary, saying, "The anger and grudges of judges have come out in their words". Nawaz said this will be read as a dark chapter in the country's history and he knew today's decision of the accountability court would not be in his favour. The accountability court hearing corruption cases against Nawaz Sharif and his family dismissed the former prime minister's plea seeking the clubbing of three references into one. After announcing its decision, the court formally framed charges against the former premier in person, as previously his legal representative had appeared on his behalf for the indictment on October 19 and 20
  20. LAHORE: The Punjab Law Minister and senior Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) leader Rana Sanaullah on Tuesday said that the party will not accept the 'minus-Nawaz' formula. "We will not accept the minus-Nawaz formula, this was firmly our stance and shall remain to be so," Sanaullah stressed while talking on Geo News' Programme Geo Pakistan. Responding to a question about a possible change in the party leadership, the provincial law minister said that Nawaz Sharif will continue to be the final authority for all decisions. "Every member has the right to consult and express their opinions, but the final decisions will be taken by Nawaz Sharif," he said. He also denied the rumours of rifts within the PML-N, though former interior minister and senior PML-N leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, on Monday, openly admitted to the existence of issues in the party. ?If [members of the party] rise above personal interests, only then issues that exist within the party and even personal interests can be tended to,? Nisar had said in an informal conversation with the media. PML-N needs to rise above personal interests: Nisar ?If party members rise above personal interests, only then internal party issues, personal interests can be tended to? Sanaullah dismissed Nisar's statement by saying that the latter's opinions were 'his own' and only he could explain his statement best. "The party has shown [good] performance under Nawaz's leadership and shall continue to do so," he said, adding that Nawaz has never resorted to tactics like lockdowns and protests. The provincial law minister said that the party had 'bowed down' to the Supreme Court's July 28 decision to disqualify Nawaz from holding public office but the party leadership had the right to disagree with the verdict. "If Nawaz questions the decision or defends himself, how can that be termed as the politics of resistence?" Sanaullah said, responding to an allegation that the PML-N has resorted to the 'politics of resentment.'
  21. Former PM Nawaz Sharif (left) with brother and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif. Photo: Reuters/File KARACHI: The high-level huddle of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in London decided on Monday that if victorious in next year's general elections, the party's prime ministerial candidate will be Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif. As reported in Geo News' programme Aaj Shahzab Khanzada Kay Saath on Monday night, according to sources, it was also decided in the meeting, chaired by PML-N President and former premier Nawaz Sharif and attended by Shehbaz and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, among others, that statements on party policy will now be given by the Sharif brothers and not their respective children ? Maryam Nawaz and Hamza Shehbaz. During the meeting, which lasted over three hours and was held at Nawaz's son Hasan Nawaz's office, Shehbaz and the prime minister attempted to convince Nawaz to avoid clashing with state institutions, especially so close to next year's general elections. Agreeing with the proposal, sources said Nawaz was of the opinion that one cannot be expected to stay quiet if an injustice has been meted out to them. Moreover, Abbasi and Shehbaz have been directed to improve relations with state institutions and also place the PML-N's grievances before them. During the news show, senior journalist Hamid Mir said the meeting was held in London as Nawaz wanted to speak freely. Mir contended that there is a difference of opinion on the way forward between the party and government. Mir also informed that the meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Asif Khawaja and Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal. 'Minus-Nawaz formula unacceptable' Moreover, after the high-level huddle, it was reported that the party leadership reiterated its support for Nawaz and said a minus Nawaz formula is not acceptable. PML-N huddle in London decides minus-Nawaz formula not acceptable Talking to media after arriving in London, former PM said a weak government results in a weak state It was reportedly said during the meeting that Nawaz?s disqualification on the basis of Iqama [foreign work permit] had rallied supporters around him as the party feels he was not given a fair trial in the Panama Papers case. The participants of the meeting also said that there is no space in the political landscape of the country for any unconstitutional step and there is no support from any quarter for such measures. The huddle also stated that the media was being used to create propaganda. The three corruption references filed against the Sharif family by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) were an important point of discussion during the meeting, sources told Geo News. Speaking to reporters after arriving in London, Prime Minister Abbasi said there is no rift among national institutions and he neither believed in conspiracy theories nor there was any room for those in the country. Didn't get a fair trial: Nawaz Meanwhile, Nawaz, while addressing the media after the high-level PML-N huddle, said he did not get a fair trial in the Panama Papers case. Did not get fair trial in Panama Papers case: Nawaz Sharif There is no rift within PML-N, says former prime minister "If this was a fair trial, then I would not have been disqualified on an Iqama [foreign work permit] instead of Panama [Papers]." Nawaz further remarked that "none of this was fair". The former premier also added that he understands what is going on currently. He also said there was no 'minus-Nawaz' formula in play and rubbished rumours of rifts within the party, adding that there was no divide in the PML-N. Answering a question regarding his return to Pakistan, the former prime minister said he would return to Pakistan on November 2 to appear before the accountability court hearing corruption references against him and his family. Nawaz arrived in London from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia late Sunday to hold the high-level party huddle. Earlier in the day, Nawaz had said that his dismissal caused instability in the country, leading the stock exchange to plummet by 10,000 to 12,000 points. Nawaz further said that if a government becomes weak, then it decreases the strength of the state as well. Bailable warrants issued for Nawaz; hearing adjourned until Nov 3 Warrants issued with regards to Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investment Ltd references against Nawaz; notices sent to former PM's bail guarantor in London flats reference Last week, the accountability court issued bailable warrants for the former premier in the three references against him as he has lately been a no-show in the proceedings. The references against the Sharif family pertain to the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, their London properties and over dozen offshore companies owned by the family. The hearing was then adjourned until November 3, with the last chance for the former premier to ensure his presence in court.
  22. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif disembarking a plane/ file photo JEDDAH: In a series of change of plans, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is likely to go back to London from Jeddah and meet Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz leaders, it emerged on Sunday. The former prime minister, who is currently in Saudi Arabia was expected to return to Pakistan, but now he is likely to go to London early today. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif will leave for London, sources said. It was learnt that Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif and some members of the federal cabinet will also be a part of the PML-N entourage gathering in London. Sources said that Shehbaz Sharif can stay in London for three to four days. The party gathering will discuss political affairs of the country. According to sources, the former premier will arrive in Pakistan at the start of November. Earlier, according Nawaz?s son Hasan, the former prime minister was to return to Pakistan on Wednesday (Oct 25) after a brief stay in Saudi Arabia. Nawaz had been in London to spend time with his wife since October 5 until October 23, when he left for Jeddah. On Oct 26, the accountability court hearing corruption references against the Sharif family issued bailable warrants for former premier Sharif in two references. Bailable warrants issued for Nawaz; hearing adjourned until Nov 3 Warrants issued with regards to Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investment Ltd references against Nawaz; notices sent to former PM's bail guarantor in London flats reference The references against the Sharif family pertain to the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, their London properties and over dozen offshore companies owned by the family. The hearing was then adjourned until November 3, with the last chance for the former premier to ensure his presence in court.
  23. Former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar addressed a press conference in Kallar Syedan on Saturday. Video: Geo News KALLAR SYEDAN: Former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar on Saturday said that there was no division or crisis in the ruling party ? Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N). "There is a difference of opinion within the party and nothing more," he remarked while addressing an event in Kallar Syedan. "And differences of opinion are the essence of democracy." This was the second time, during the day, that the senior PML-N leader hinted at the party's unity while alluding to internal conflicts which have plagued the party of late. During an earlier address in Murree, Nisar had said that he along with the former prime minister and PML-N president Nawaz Sharif had laid the founding stone of the party. Responding to a question about Pak-US ties, the former interior minister said the country's parliament has given a strong message the US. "In a show of unity, the parliament gave a strong message to the US ? talk to us with respect ? and the message resonated well with the recipient," Nisar said, adding that the recent operation to recover a US-Canadian family was not the reason of the improved and more stable relations between the two countries. He stressed that it is the government?s job to also stay united on its resolve in the future too. The former interior minister also expressed his opinion of Pakistan's relations with its eastern neighbour. "I don't like the fact that Pakistan is cosying up to the Modi-government," Nisar opined. "It will be foolish to expect anything good from Modi, whose agenda is based on anti-Muslim sentiments." He said that Modi openly expressed his unity with the Myanmar government ? responsible for Rohingya Muslims' genocide. "Can anything good be expected from such a man," Nisar said, adding that Pakistan should not fight with any country but it is important for the nation to stand united in the face of internal and external threats. Nisar, in response to a question about the recent attack on a journalist Ahmed Noorani, strongly condemned the incident. "It was an inhumane incident and an attack on the freedom of opinion," he said, adding that he was one of the first few people who registered a strong protest against the attack. "The attackers fail to understand that these voices only resurface, they aren?t suppressed, through these tactics," Nisar said.
  24. SKARDU: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Wednesday that the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz government always keeps its promises. He was addressing the inauguration ceremony of the Baltistan University.
  25. ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada reiterated on Monday that Shehbaz Sharif, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif?s brother and Chief Minister Punjab, should take over party control. The PML-N leader while speaking to media in his chambers said that he says simple things but everyone gets cross over them. ?Shehbaz Sharif is an obedient brother and that?s why said that he should take over the party and I still adhere to my statements,? said Pirzada. He said that there is no double meaning or conspiracy behind his words. ?We don?t object to Nawaz?s leadership but we are concerned how the party will win during the next elections,? said Pirzada. Pirzada says Shehbaz should lead PML-N Federal minister says Shehbaz Sharif should be made president of the party until Nawaz comes out of all the problems Earlier in an apparent sign of a revolt, Pirzada suggested that the Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz would be the best choice to lead the party. He said that there will be a vacuum in the party if Shehbaz Sharif was not made the president. Shehbaz Sharif?s advice to the party should be accepted, as he was dealing with the public opinion in a better way, he added.