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PPP will be a positive opposition in Punjab, says Firdous

PPP will be a positive opposition in Punjab, says Firdous

LAHORE – Information Minister Firdous Ashig Awan told reporters at Allama Iqbal International Airport on Friday that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) would play a positive role as an opposition party in the Punjab Assembly and will point out any wrong steps by the Punjab government, but it would not do anything to harm democracy.
Criticising turncoat politics, which she called “lotacracy”, the minister said that real democracy was restored to the country after a long struggle,

PMKM voices opposition to Tajikistan electricity deal

LAHORE – Pakistan Muthida Kisan Mahaz (PMKM) Chairman Muhammad Ayub Khan Mayo has voiced opposition to the proposed agreement to import electricity from Tajikistan and indicated it is detrimental to national interest. He added that the government should take advantage of available water resources and construct hydroelectric projects to generate cheaper electricity. According to his reasoning, Pakistan has the capacity to produce 40,000 MW of electricity if it properly utilises its

PPP Punjab may get nod to be ‘genuine opposition’ today

LAHORE – The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) in Punjab is likely to get President Asif Ali Zardari’s nod to play a “genuine opposition” role against Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s provincial government, in its critical meeting scheduled today (Tuesday) at the presidency. Party insiders privy to the situation told Pakistan Today that all seven expelled provincial ministers would seek permission to release a “white paper” along with the “proof” they said they had in their custody against

Opposition leaders vow to pull country out of crisis

ISLAMABAD – Leaders of the major opposition parties in the National Assembly on Friday got together at the residence of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman to discuss the prevailing political situation in the country.
The leaders included PML-Q President Shujaat Hussain and MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar. Talking to reporters after the meeting, Fazl said no grand political alliance was in the offing. However, he said all the political parties were united on

Bahraini opposition continues protests

MANAMA – Protests in Bahrain are starting to make forays away from the central square in Manama and into different parts of the city, pressing the Sunni-led government for swift democratic reform.
Since thousands of protesters took to the streets two weeks ago there has been no formal dialogue between the government and the opposition, mainly majority Muslim Shi’ites, who say they are shut out of good jobs, decent healthcare and housing.
The king has pardoned political

Ch Zaheer will resign from opposition leader’s slot for PPP

LAHORE – Punjab Assembly Opposition Leader Chaudhary Zaheer-ud-Din has announced that whenever Pakistan People’s party (PPP) will join opposition benches, he will resign from the post following the Pervaiz Elahi’s precedent. While talking to the journalists on Monday outside Punjab Assembly building, Chaudhary Zaheer-ud-Din said that lotacracy was a menace and added that the party had prepared references against the lotas of the party as they had not responded to the show -cause

Yemen opposition says no to joining unity government

SANAA – Yemen’s opposition said it will not join a unity government, expected to be offered by President Ali Abdullah Saleh, saying on Monday it was sticking with popular demands that he end his three-decade rule. Saleh had expressed willingness to form a unity government within hours during a meeting with religious leaders on Monday, a government source present at the meeting told Reuters.
The source quoted Saleh as saying: “I am ready to offer a national unity government

PPP will be an effective opposition in Punjab: PM

LAHORE – Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani told reporters at his residence here on Sunday that the Pakistan People’s Party would continue its policy of reconciliation for Pakistan’s security and sovereignty and to strengthen the parliament and democratic institutions.
Gilani said that he had been doing consistent politics and amassing power had never been his target. The PM said the PPP would continue to play its role constructively whether it was in the government or in the

Opposition leader serves show-cause notice on ‘turncoats

LAHORE – Punjab Assembly leader of the opposition Chaudhry Zaheeruddin has issued show-cause notice on the house members elected on the Pakistan Muslim League Quaid (PML-Q) tickets in 2008 with bicycle as their election symbol, and who have been disloyal to their original party to form a ‘Lota’ bloc (a bloc of turn coats).
Parliamentary leader of the Unification Bloc, PML-Q dissident group, Dr Tahir Ali Javaid, said Zaheeruddin had no authority to issue notices. According to a

Greek police clash with anti-austerity protesters

ATHENS – Greek police clashed with protesters on Wednesday as around 100,000 workers, pensioners and students marched to parliament in protest at austerity policies aimed at helping Greece cope with a huge debt crisis. Riot police fired scores of rounds of teargas and flash bombs at protesters hurling petrol bombs, choking the main Syndagma square with smoke and sending crowds of striking protesters running for cover.
Public and private sector employees’ 24-hour strike grounded

Opposition calls for shift in foreign policy

ISLAMABAD – The opposition parties on Monday called for a shift in the country’s foreign policy, saying a faulty and flawed policy was resulting into incidents like the Lahore killings by Raymond Davis.
On a point of order, Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said, “The government has placed Pakistan into a situation where the US is our master and we are its slaves. Had there been no public pressure, the government would have handed over Raymond to the

Iran accuses opposition chiefs of treason

TEHRAN – Iran on Thursday accused two opposition leaders of treason and vowed to block their ability to communicate with their supporters on the eve of a pro-regime “hatred” rally against them in Tehran. Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi are under de facto house arrest but have regularly issued defiant messages to their supporters through their websites, including one which led to anti-government protests on Monday that left two people dead and several wounded.
The protests

Hundreds march in Iranian opposition rally

TEHRAN – Hundreds of Iranians marched toward a Tehran square on Monday in a banned rally supporting popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, but their way was blocked by police and security forces, witnesses said. The march was a test of strength for the reformist opposition, which has not taken to the streets since Dec. 2009, when eight people were killed. But Iranian security forces are still unlikely to hesitate to use all means to stop any protest.
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Iran isolates opposition leader as police deploy

TEHRAN – Iran Monday blocked access to opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi’s house to prevent him attending a rally in support of Arab revolts and also deployed anti-riot police in parts of Tehran, reports said.
Witnesses said anti-riot police on motorbikes armed with riot shotguns, tear gas, batons, paintball guns and fire extinguishers were deployed in parts of the capital to prevent gatherings which could turn into anti-government demonstrations. Police blocked access to the

Opposition wary of Zardari’s agenda

ISLAMABAD – The opposition parties are overwhelmingly convinced that the roundtable conference proposed by President Asif Ali Zardari is an attempt to get their approval on a possible unpopular decision vis-a-vis Raymond Davis to avoid the argument that the government was isolated on the issue against the entire nation.
“There is a dominant impression in our party that the government would release Davis immediately after the roundtable conference by giving a justification to the

‘Q’ denies it applied for new opposition leader in PA

LAHORE – The opposition MPAs in Punjab Assembly asked the Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal to take notice of fake signatures on an application moved by the PML-Q forward bloc members claiming separate status.
The opposition members under the leadership of Chaudhary Zaheer, who is leader of the opposition in Punjab Assembly, visited the speaker office and apprised him of the issue relating to fake signatures.

‘Day of rage’ to go ahead in Yemen: opposition

SANAA – Opposition leaders in Yemen on Wednesday vowed to go ahead with anti-government protests on Thursday – billed as a “day of rage” – despite a pledge by President Ali Abdullah Saleh not to extend his rule.
“Thursday’s demonstration will continue as scheduled,” said Mohammed Kahtan, a member of the Islamist Al-Islah (Reform) party in the Yemeni consultative council.
Mohammed al-Sabri, a leader in the Common Forum, a parliamentary opposition alliance, added, “We will