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Nawaz has no intention to join this assembly: Sidqiq-ul-Farooq

Nawaz has no intention to join this assembly: Sidqiq-ul-Farooq

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Spokesman Sadiq ul farooq on Friday said that the PML-N chief was not interested in premiership in the sitting National Assembly, adding that they would demand fresh general elections.
Talking to reporters outside Punjab Assembly, he said that there was no restriction on Nawaz Sharif to take part in politics and he was actively participating despite negative propaganda. He said PML-N head was least interested in joining the current

Shirani takes charge as 13th CII chairman

ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl senator from Balochistan, Maulana Muhammad Khan Shirani took charge as the 13th chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) on Friday.
The government had notified him as the new chairman on November 16. The government took five months to appoint the new CII chairman, as the six-year tenure of the former chairman Dr Muhammad Khalid Masud expired on June 14.
The present council consists of eleven members – Muhammad Sadeeq Hazarvi

Appointments to EC – Fehmida seeks formation of body

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly speaker has asked all political parties to send in nominations for the formation of a parliamentary committee which would appoint the chief election commissioner (CEC) as well as members of the Election Commission.
Sources in the Parliament House informed Pakistan Today that NA Speaker Fehmida Mirza on November 25 wrote a letter to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, Opposition Leader in the Lower House Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and other leaders

PCCR okays SC recommendations on judges’ appointment

ISLAMABAD: The Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Reforms (PCCR) on Friday unanimously approved all recommendations given by the Supreme Court (SC) regarding the appointment of judges.
The committee’s recommendations will now be presented in the upcoming session of the National Assembly. The parliamentary committee for judges’ appointment will have eight members – four each from the National Assembly and the Senate.
The four members from the Senate will continue to

SC asks NEPRA to explain position in RPP scam

ISLAMABAD: Taking suo motu notice of a multi-million dollar scam in the rental power plants (RPPs) project, Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry on Friday issued notice to the NEPRA chairman to appear and refute with documentary proof the corruption allegations.
The CJP also issued notices to the proprietors and owners of the Central Power Generation Co Ltd through NEPRA to appear and submit a reply. Notices were also served on WAPDA and PEPCO.
The CJP, however,

SC summons Kazmi and Swati for Dec 6 in Haj scam case

ISLAMABAD: Taking suo motu notice of the alleged irregularities in haj arrangements, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Friday issued notices to the ministers of Religious Affairs and Science and Technology, the attorney general of Pakistan, Religious Affairs secretary, FIA Director General, NAB Chairman and others to appear before a special bench on December 6 and explain the allegations.
Through notices, both Hamid Saeed Kazmi and Azam Swati have

Awan’s plan to manage NAB fizzles out

ISLAMABAD: Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Babar Awan’s maneuvers to mange the accountability courts through amendment in the NAB Ordinance, and acquire the NAB chairman’s powers to transfer cases from one court to another, have failed, as the government decided to withdraw the controversial law after the Supreme Court objected to the procedure adopted in the exercise.
Attorney General Anwarul Haq had told the apex court on Thursday that the government had decided to

Cleric put price on Aasia’s head

PESHAWAR: A hardline cleric on Friday offered a reward of 6,000 dollars to anyone who killed Aasia Bibi, a Christian mother sentenced to death for insulting the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).
Maulana Yousuf Qureshi, the cleric, issued the call at a rally against moves to pardon the woman. Aasia was sentenced on November 8 to death by hanging, under blasphemy laws that human rights activists say encourage extremism.
The government attempted to pardon her after an international

Kashmala’s bid to dislodge Fauzia set to fail

ISLAMABAD: PML-Q likeminded group leader Kashmala Tariq’s bid to dislodge chairperson of the Standing Committee on Finance Fauzia Wahab of the PPP is likely to end in a disappointment, as most of the committee members are unwilling to support Kashmala.
It has become a routine that whenever the committee meets, Kashmala is seen coming with an agenda to attack Fauzia. She has been successful in winning the support of PML-N members – Khwaja Asif and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi – but

WikiLeaks a conspiracy against Pakistan: DCC

ISLAMABAD: In its crucial meeting coinciding with US President Barack Obama’s pre-planned but unannounced visit to Kabul on Friday, the Defence Committee of the Cabinet (DCC) – the highest decision-making forum on national security – decided that Pakistan would continue with its efforts to facilitate the ‘reconciliation process’ in Afghanistan for durable peace in the war-torn country.
The US president arrived in Kabul on an unannounced visit to review the progress in the war

Pakistan set to request 3-month IMF extension

ISLAMABAD: A formal request seeking a three-month extension in the ongoing $11.3 billion stand-by arrangement programme will be soon made to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), an official source informed Pakistan Today on Friday.
The source said there was no chance that the government would abandon the standby arrangement programme and would endeavour to complete it as agreed with the IMF. The three-month extension was already inbuilt in the exiting programme and its approval

PCO judges’ case – SC reserves verdict

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday reserved its verdict until December 6 on a plea against the composition of the bench hearing contempt of court cases against PCO judges.
The five-member larger bench of Justice Muhammad Sair Ali, Justice Mahmood Akhtar Shahid Siddiqui, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Tariq Parvez, was hearing contempt of court cases against superior courts’ judges, who had taken oath under the Provisional Constitutional

Saudi royals divided over relationship with Nawaz: WikiLeaks

ISLAMABAD: Two diplomatic memos leaked by WikiLeaks reveal that the Saudi royal family is divided over its relationship with Nawaz Sharif, leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-N.
The first cable sent by US Charge’d Affaires Michael Gfoeller on November 20, 2007, reveals Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the US Adel al-Jubeir severely criticised Nawaz for not keeping his words.
“He (Jubeir) asserted that the Saudi government had offered Sharif a pledge of protection and asylum in

‘Pak-US ties transactional, based on mutual mistrust’

‘Pak-US ties transactional, based on mutual mistrust’
Wajid Ali Syed
WASHINGTON: The relations between the US and Pakistan have for too long been transactional in nature while at the same time based on mutual mistrust, the former American envoy to Islamabad said in a cable to Washington in 2009.
The document was published Sunday by the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks. Former ambassador Anne Patterson’s communique was sent ahead of Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood

Punjab govt credibility at stake after WikiLeaks exposure

LAHORE: After Wikileaks’ revelation that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif tipped off Jamaatud Dawa (JD), a banned militant outfit, about expected UN sanctions well before time which helped JD empty its bank accounts, a big question mark has been put on the credibility of the Punjab government.
The Punjab government is already in hot waters due to its soft corner for extremist organisations and disclosure by WikiLeaks has strengthened the growing belief that there are close

‘India fears Pakistan’

NEW DELHI: The new secret diplomatic cables exposed by the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks revealed that the US was not happy with India’s response to Pakistan over 2001 parliament attack.
The 3,038 cables sent from the US embassy in New Delhi to Washington have exposed that India was not willing to attack Pakistan even after 2008 Mumbai attacks.
The cables sent from the US embassy said India commenced ‘Cold Start’, a military doctrine developed by Armed Forces, which

Gilani all set to meet hostile Afghan leaders

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani is leaving for a two day visit of Afghanistan on Saturday (tomorrow) in which he will meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai, besides meeting anti-Pakistan Afghan leaders for the first time.
According to sources, Giliani will hold a one on one meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the Presidential Palace and later delegation level talks will be held. The prime minister will discuss the bilateral relations, cooperation in war