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Talks end, PML-N sticking to ‘agenda’

Talks end, PML-N sticking to ‘agenda’

ISLAMABAD – Talks on the 10-point agenda with the government have concluded and the PML-N’s support for additional revenue measures is linked to the implementation of its reform agenda within the deadline, the party said on Tuesday.
After lengthy deliberations, the government and the PML-N decided to direct the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to determine within three weeks whether political influence was used in writing off 1,300 loans of 16 public sector financial institutions

Govt, PML-N to finalise recovery of politically-waived loans today

ISLAMABAD – The joint committee of the government and the PML-N will today (Tuesday) finalise a list of loans waived off on political grounds, and sort out differences on the accountability bill. An informed source said the two parties would discuss the mechanism of recovery of waived off loans, as the government was of the opinion that recovery was not possible without bringing in a legislation allowing the recovery of the written off loans.
“At present, there is no law under

PML-N says its patience is running out over PPP’s delay of reforms

ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) categorically told the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) government on Tuesday that its patience was running out on the slow progress on the 10-point reforms agenda.
Talking to media after holding talks with the PPP ministerial team, Senator Ishaq Dar said his party had informed the government their patience was wearing thin. “We have asked the government to come up with a plan to cut expenditure and raise revenues, similar to the

‘PPP Punjab ministers to go if PML-N agenda not implemented’

LAHORE – Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has said that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) ministers would be ousted from the Punjab cabinet if federal government did not act upon Nawaz Sharif’s 10-point agenda. Reiterating the PML-N’s stance on Monday after visiting the Punjab Governor’s House, he said that the party was working on a public welfare agenda and no delaying tactics would be tolerated in this regard.
Commenting on the deadline given by PPP Senior Minister Raja

CBMs – Hafeez to brief PML-N on sacked officials

ISLAMABAD – The government’s financial team, headed by Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, will on Tuesday present to the PML-N a list of corrupt officials that have been sacked by the government, Pakistan Today learnt on Sunday. A source in the PML-N said apart from the list of sacked corrupt government officials, the ministerial committee would also hand over a list of persons and companies whose loans were written-off since 1985.
“After receiving the two lists, the PML-N

PPP to protest outside PA if PML-N ignores 19 points

LAHORE – PPP Punjab Senior Minister Raja Riaz Ahmad said on Sunday that Pakistan People’s Party provincial ministers would stage a sit-in outside the Punjab Assembly on Tuesday if the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Nawaz Sharif did not respond to the 19-point agenda presented by the party.
Talking to the reporters, he said the Pakistan People’s Party had been trying to point out various issues to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for the last three years, but not a single

PML-N to mark Kashmir Day with fervour

LAHORE – The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) will organise a function at its central secretariat in Islamabad today (Saturday) to mark the Kashmir Day. Party leaders, parliamentarians and workers would participate in the function. In his message on Kashmir Day, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif said that solution of the Kashmir issue could guarantee cordial Indo-Pak relations and regional peace.
He said that since regional peace and progress was linked to solution of the Kashmir

NAB allows probe against PML-N MNA for Rs 6b fraud

ISLAMABAD – The executive board meeting of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday approved complaint verification against PML-N MNA Anjum Aqeel for his alleged involvement in a fraud of Rs 6 billion in the non-transfer of land to National Police Foundation (NPF).
The meeting also approved filing of 11 references against corrupt officials while six complaints were also approved for verification. A source told Pakistan Today that there was enough material against the

PML-N won’t give up 10-point agenda

ISLAMABAD – The PML-N on Wednesday said it would try to persuade the PPP government to implement the 10-point agenda until the last minute of the 45-day timeline.
Briefing reporters after a lengthy session that lasted more than four hours, the heads of the two teams, Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh and PML-N’s Senator Ishaq Dar said the meeting comprehensively reviewed progress on the 10-point agenda, but another meeting would take place on February 8 to discuss the sub

PML-N shows flexibility, MQM refuses to budge on RGST

ISLAMABAD – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) team on Tuesday held separate meetings with the PML-N and MQM to garner support for the implementation of the reformed general sales tax (RGST) at the federal and provincial levels.
The IMF team, consisting of Middle East and Central Asia Department Director Masood Ahmed, Mission Chief for Pakistan Adnan Mazarei and Resident Representative Paul Ross, held talks with PML-N and MQM leaders. Both parties linked their support to

PML-N rebuffs charges against its lawmaker

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Siddiqul Farooq on Sunday rebutted the National Police Foundation’s accusation on PML-N Member National Assembly Anjum Aqeel Khan about the alleged fraud of Rs 6 billion, called the accusation baseless and demanded judicial inquiry into the matter.
In a press conference along MNAs Anjum Aqeel Khan, Tariq Fazal Chaudhry and Malik Ibrar, he produced documents in support of his stance and refused the accusations made by National Police

Not a day more to set things right, PML-N tells govt

ISLAMABAD – Dissatisfied with the government’s dilly-dallying, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Thursday decided not to give even one day to it beyond the announced 45-day deadline for the implementation of the reforms agenda.
At a meeting chaired by Nawaz Sahrif, who was also briefed by the PML-N team on the negotiations with the government, the party decided not to panic but agreed to wait for the expiration of the deadline before taking any extreme step.

Court orders police to register FIR against PML-N MPA

LAHORE – An additional district and sessions judge on Thursday directed the police to register a case against PMLN MPA Saif-u-Malook Khokhar on giving a bogus cheque for Rs 20.5 million. The court issued the order on an application filed by a woman, Salamat.
She said that she sold 94.18 kanals of land to Malook who delivered her a cheque for Rs 20.5 million in payment, which was dishonored. She requested the court to pass an order for registration of an FIR against the MPA.

PML-N economic team suggests privatisation of state-owned enterprises

LAHORE – A broad-based committee mandated by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to draw up proposals for economic turnaround has urged the government to focus more on privatisation, deregulation, tax reforms, education, agriculture sector and improving infrastructure.
It has recommended a decrease in the interest rates and that the oil, gas, water, coal and power departments should be brought under one ministry. The recommendations have been prepared by a committee headed by a

PML-N, MQM at each other’s throats in NA

ISLAMABAD – Altaf Hussain’s demand for martial law in Punjab triggered a frenzied standoff between the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in the National Assembly on Tuesday with furious parliamentarians from both sides trading barbs and forcing the deputy speaker to adjourn the House before time.
Responding to MQM chief Asif Husain’s point of order in which he had alleged that the PML-N had turned Punjab into a police state, PML-N’s Ahsan

PML-N rejects transfer of curriculum development to provinces

ISLAMABAD – PML-N spokesman Ahsan Iqbal on Sunday said the transfer of powers pertaining to the curriculum development to the provinces would fail the objective of a uniform syllabi and educational system.
“The educational system is controlled by the Centre in all countries of the world, as it helps promote national integrity. The PML-N dissented from the decision of transferring education to the provinces when the 18th Amendment was being finalised because we believe it would

PML-N and Q workers’ clash spills over

LAHORE – The Punjab Assembly (PA) on Friday witnessed uproar over Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) member of the provincial assembly (MPA) Imran Zaffar remarks that hooliganism exists in Gujrat and he is receiving death threats and the Chaudhry brothers would be responsible if he or his family is harmed. Opposition MPAs chanted slogans and started thumping desks on Zaffar’s remarks.
PA Deputy Speaker Rana Mashood, who was chairing the session, asked women MPAs to calm down