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Ministers defying orders to vacate suites in Lodges

Ministers defying orders to vacate suites in Lodges

ISLAMABAD: Some powerful ministers are not only violating laws pertaining to requisition of official residences but have also defied the directions of Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi to vacate suites in the Parliament Lodges.
Following a row over residential suites between PML-Q MNA Marvi Memon and Senator Humayun Khan last month, Deputy Speaker Kundi wrote a letter to the premier, asking the latter to direct those ministers to vacate

Devolution-hit ministers likely to be offered ‘honorable exit’

ISLAMABAD: The devolution of five federal ministries – Local Government, Zakat and Ushr, Youth Affairs, Population Welfare and Special Initiatives – to the provinces has left the bereaved ministers in utter desperation, as most of them see no imminent chance for a re-induction into the federal cabinet.
Of the five ministers, Firdous Ashiq Awan is lucky to have clinched another important ministry, Women Development, which is not included in the list of the ministries being

PPP ministers slam PML-N for negligence

LAHORE: Punjab ministers Raja Riaz and Ashraf Sohna from the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) said on Monday during the 21st session of the Punjab Assembly that the Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has always created hurdles in serving the masses.
It was a routine start of proceeding but just before the question hour session PPP legislator Hassan Murtaza drew the attention of the house over the issue of the exploitation of sugarcane growers by the sugar mill owners. e said that the mill

Two more ministers sworn in

ISLAMABAD: Another two ministers were administered oath on Tuesday by Fehmida Mirza, the acting president.
Khuda Baksh Khan Rajar of the Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) and Istaqbal Khan of the Awami National Party (ANP) were given the ministerial slots, with the former being made federal minister while the latter taking oath as a minister of state (MoS).
An informed source told Pakistan Today that Istaqbal was made MoS as per a deal struck between President Asif

PM snubs ministers, asks Kazmi to withdraw defamation notice

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Monday asked Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi to take back the Rs 100 million defamation notice he had sent to Federal Minister for Science and Technology Azam Swati over corruption allegations pertaining to haj arrangements.
The prime minister telephoned both the ministers and directed them to refrain from issuing statements against each other as an enquiry has already been initiated to fix the

Zardari tells PPP ministers in Sindh to prepare for LG polls

KARACHI: President Asif Ali Zardari has asked his party ministers in Sindh to start preparing for the local government elections slated to be held within six months, Fauzia Wahab told the media after the president’s meeting with the party’s provincial ministers at the Bilawal House on Monday.
The president was briefed on the performance and problems of the Sindh government’s Home, Finance, Irrigation, Education and Excise departments. Giving the details of the meeting, Wahab said

G20 ministers likely to agree on IMF reforms

The G20 finance ministers are likely to reach an outline agreement on reformation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) at their meeting ending on Saturday, a reliable source said.
“We are extremely optimistic about the IMF reform as everyone has shown goodwill,” the source told AFP. Ministers from a group of 20 leading economies are preparing for a summit to be held in Seoul next month.
The summit would discuss IMF reforms and address the issue of providing

PA discusses irrigation in minister’s absence

With no apparent end to the drama, the Punjab Assembly (PA) proceedings on Friday perhaps set a new precedent by holding the general discussion on irrigation in the absence of the minister concerned and the parliamentary secretary as well, which resulted in the treasury’s failure to give its policy statement to open the discussion.
However, the speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal allowed the leader of the opposition instead to speak over the general discussion on irrigation.

Commerce Ministers to sign APTTA

ISLAMABAD: Commerce Ministers of Pakistan and Afghanistan are expected to sign a final draft of the Afghanistan Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA) in Kabul in the next few days.
Official sources at the Commerce Ministry informed that the visit of Commerce Minister, Makhdoom Amin Fahim was being worked out with the Afghan government. They said the agreement was likely to be signed by the two commerce ministers, either this week or next week.
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