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Don’t issue hostile statements against partners, Zardari to PPP ministers

Don’t issue hostile statements against partners, Zardari to PPP ministers

KARACHI – President Asif Ali Zardari has said that lawmakers and ministers of the Pakistan People’s Party should refrain from issuing hostile statements against coalition partners, and expressed hope that misunderstandings between the partners would soon be resolved.
During his meeting with the ministers, advisers and the lawmakers at the Bilawal House, and later talking to Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, President Zardari said reservations expressed by the MQM were being

Qaim, ministers topped outside Quaid’s mausoleum

KARACHI – Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and some of his cabinet members were made to wait a few minutes outside Quaid’s mausoleum on Saturday, as the change-of-guard ceremony by the Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul, was underway at the time.
Officials said the ceremony was due to finish at around 9am and the chief minister and his cabinet ministers were to reach there after the completion of the ceremony. However, some cabinet members, including Agha Siraj Durrani and

Court fines petitioner challenging minister’s degrees

LAHORE: A Lahore High Court (LHC) election tribunal on Friday imposed a Rs 10,000 fine on petitioner Rana Tariq for not producing evidence against Punjab Food Minister Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor whose educational degrees he has challenged. The
tribunal, during the petition’s last hearing, had directed Tariq to produce evidences and witnesses before a local commission for recording their statements but he failed to do so. The petitioner, who contested the 2008 general elections

PM honoured SC by sacking ministers: CJP

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Wednesday said the prime minister had honoured the court by sacking two ministers of his cabinet.
He was heading a three-member SC hearing a suo motu case initiated over the loss of five lives in a drag car race held in Rawalpindi, reportedly without the permission of the district administration.
Addressing the Rawalpindi Regional Police Officer (RPO) Hamid Mukhtar Gondal, the CJP said two “ministers

Sacking both ministers was inevitable, says Gilani

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Wednesday took his cabinet members into confidence on the sacking of their two colleagues, saying changes in the federal cabinet were unavoidable and more decisions would be taken to ensure good governance.
Addressing the cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister’s Secretariat, Gilani said he had sacked Religious Affairs Minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi for mismanagement in the Haj arrangements, and Science and Technology Minister Azam Khan

Removal of ministers: Zardari, Gilani have not differences

ISLAMABAD – Information and Broadcasting Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira denied reports of differences between President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani over the removal of Hamid Saeed Kazmi and Azam Swati from the federal cabinet, a private TV channel reported on Tuesday.
Talking to journalists, the minister defended the sacking of Hamid Saeed Kazmi and Azam Swati as federal ministers, saying that it was the demand of the judiciary and the media. He quoted the

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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