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APML to issue ‘charge sheet’ against PML-N next week

APML to issue ‘charge sheet’ against PML-N next week

LAHORE: Political scenario has turned more volatile during the last two weeks as All Pakistan Muslim League, founded by former president Pervez Musharraf, intends to issue 40-page charge-sheet against PML-N next week, spotlighting Nawaz Sharif’s 10-year exile agreement, details of his assets in London and alleged misdemeanors
Politicians seem exited to see the charge sheet against PML-N in retaliation to the one issued by PML-N against Musharraf on October 11, 2010. Experts term

F-9 Park case – CDA must report verdict implementation in 3 days

ISLAMABAD: A three-member Supreme Court bench on Tuesday directed the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to submit within three days the report on the implementation of the court’s verdict – ordering the cancellation of land lease for the restaurant of an international food chain- in the F-9 Park.
The bench comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday, was hearing the contempt-of-court petitions

Pakistani rep reaches Argentina for nuclear security summit

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s chief negotiator on nuclear security summit process and Ambassador to China Masood Khan reached Buenos Aires for attending the two-day Nuclear Security Summit Sherpa meeting that started on Tuesday, according to a news release, released by the media department.
Representatives from 47 countries and three international organizations are taking part in the meeting that is being co-chaired by representatives of the United States, host of the first Nuclear

Circular debt issue to be ‘signally resolved’ in 9 months: Hina

ISLAMABAD: Terming the Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) the ‘root-cause’ of the country’s circular debt issues, Minister of State for Finance and Economic Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar said on Tuesday that the government is bringing reforms in the organisation that will most likely signally resolve the problem within six to nine months.
She made these comments in response to a Call Attention notice on the rapid increase in poverty in the country moved by the Pakistan Muslim

PM takes notice of sugar crisis

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Tuesday castigated the ministries of Industries and Commerce for failing to timely implement the October 26 decision of the ministerial committee on sugar.
The industries and commerce secretaries were called by the prime minister to be asked why had sugar prices been increasing and what was delaying the implementation of the decision of ministerial committee on sugar that had directed the TCP to off load 50,000 tonnes of sugar.

Dengue-struck Karachi gets Congo scare

KARACHI: Rumours of Congo virus outbreak in Karachi at the time when a large number of dengue fever cases have been reported across the province have panicked the residents and the Sindh Health Department.
A private TV news channel ran a report quoting Sindh Health Department sources that two Crimean-Congo heamorrhagic fever patients have been admitted to a private hospital. “We have not been able to confirm the news,” said Saleem Khan, the Sindh Health Department’s public

Senate urges world community to write off Pakistan’s debts

ISLAMABAD: The Senate unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday expressing the resolve to make all-out efforts to secure implementation of the resolution adopted by the 123rd Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) meeting, urging the international financial institutions to write off Pakistan’s debt.
The IPU resolution had urged the international community to provide market access to Pakistan to revive its economy and invest in the rehabilitation and reconstruction projects for the

IMF concerned about Pakistan economic reforms

KARACHI: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has expressed concern over slow implementation in Pakistan of energy sector reforms and a revised general sales tax, officials said on Tuesday.
Pakistani and IMF officials are meeting to discuss the release of the sixth tranche of an $11 billion emergency loan agreed in November, 2008, which has kept the economy afloat. “Though things are not very good, it is still too early to say whether the sixth tranche is in danger,” said a

PML-Q parliamentary party to meet tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) has summoned its joint parliamentary party meeting on Thursday at Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain’s residence to discuss prevalent political situation in the country.
Sources told Pakistan Today on Tuesday that party’s top brass particularly the Chaudhry brothers would take the party lawmakers into confidence over the PPP and PML-Q parleys as well as the party’s stance on a PML unification move.
They said a number of party MNAs

Kashmir to be potentially explosive for Obama

WASHINGTON: Any mention of Kashmir by US President Barack Obama during his trip to India can be potentially explosive, a top American strategic expert has said, adding that Pakistan would dominate the topics discussed in Obama’s talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Noting in his latest comment that Obama’s visit would take place against the backdrop of the revival of Kashmir question, Bruce Riedel of Brookings Institute said Pakistan would move to capitalise on the

Qazilbash, Ranjha’s nominations challenged

LAHORE: A petition was moved in the Supreme Court’s Lahore Registry on Tuesday challenging the nominations of former law minister Dr Khalid Ranjha and Justice (retd) Ali Hussain Qazilbash as members of the Judicial Commission.
The petition, filed by Barrister Zafarullah, pleaded that Justice (r) Qazilbash was not fit to perform any job as he was about 85-year-old, adding that his nomination was also in violation of the verdict in the Al Jihad Trust case.
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Controversy over judges’ appointment deepens

ISLAMABAD: The controversy over the formation of the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) deepened further on Tuesday, as the treasury and opposition members in the Senate rejected the nominations for the parliamentary committee to be constituted under Article 175A for the appointment of judges.
Except the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), members belonging to other parties joined hands to reject the nominations of PML-Q chief Chauhdry

Find Adiala Jail prisoners by Nov 10, orders SC

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Punjab chief secretary to positively recover the 11 missing prisoners of Adiala Jail by November 10 and submit a compliance report before it by the set date.
The directives came after a daily situation report (DSR) was presented before the apex court by the Rawalpindi Police Special Branch, which unveiled facts about the whereabouts of the 11 missing prisoners. The DSR also exposed the Punjab police and bureaucracy for hiding

29,000 acres identified for wind power corridor

KARACHI: The federal government has identified around 29,000 acres of land in coastal area of Thatta district in Sindh for setting up a wind power corridor there, President Asif Ali Zardari was informed in a meeting on Tuesday.
The president chaired separate meetings at the Bilawal House on wind energy, flood rehabilitation, Turkey-Pakistan cargo train and mobile telephony to the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) beneficiaries.
Briefing reporters after the meetings,

Justice Qazilbash resigns

ISLAMABAD: Former Supreme Court judge Justice (retd) Ali Hussain Qazilbash, who was nominated member of the Judicial Commission of Pakistan, resigned on Tuesday citing poor health.
In his letter to Chief Justice of Pakistan and Judicial Commission Chairman Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Qazilbash conveyed deep gratitude to the CJ for conferring on him the privilege to be nominated to serve a national cause by being involved in the process of nominating judges of the

Pakistan becomes gateway to Central Asia

ISLAMABAD: The Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) has given membership accession to Pakistan, paving the way to link the landlocked states with the Arabian Sea ports of Gwadar and Karachi.
Asian Development Bank’s Central and West Asia Department Director General Juan Miranda informed this at a telephonic news conference on Tuesday. He said that Pakistan and Turkmenistan were given accession at the ministerial conference of the member states held in Cebu,

No martial law, no mid-term polls: Gilani

ISLAMABAD: Denying demands from various quarters for mid-term elections, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Tuesday said being the protector of the parliament, he would never dissolve the assembly.
“There are two ways of going for mid-term elections… either I dissolve the assembly or martial law is imposed in the country… but none of the two will happen,” a Gilani replied to PML-N MNA Hanif Abbasi’s point of order criticising the government and demanding mid-term elections.

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