ISLAMABAD – The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs on Friday rejected a proposed bill requiring the president to certify on an annual basis that no compromise had been made on the country’s nuclear programme and the country’s sovereignty. The bill called “Pakistan Sovereignty Act 2010” was moved by the PML-Q last year and was tabled in the National Assembly by PML-Q legislator Riaz Hussain Pirzada, who said it was in response to the US Kerry-Lugar-Berman Act,
PESHAWAR – A spokesman for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas Secretariat on Friday rejected a report circulated by the Online news agency which alleged that NATO was paying Pakistan Army for every container that passed through the Torkhan border checkpost into Afghanistan.
The news agency had claimed that the revelation was made during the session of the National Assembly Committee on SAFRON. “The involvement of security agencies in such activities as reported by a section
ISLAMABAD – The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday rejected two pleas seeking end of the trial of the assassin of former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, Mumtaz Qadri, and a quashment of the FIR registered against him under Section 302 for killing Taseer.
The petitioner, Malik Zafar Awan advocate, in two separate petitions, pleaded before Justice Muhammad Anwar Kasi, that Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code applied to those who committed unjustified murder.
ISLAMABAD – Implementation Commission on 18th Constitutional Amendment chairman Raza Rabbani on Thursday rejected the arguments of Education Minister Sardar Aseff Ahmed Ali against the devolution of the ministry to the provinces and said all the ministries in the concurrent list would be devolved to the provinces.
Education Minister Sardar Aseff Ahmed Ali was, however, confident that the ministry would not be devolved to the provinces as it falls under the federal list and not
TUNIS – Thousands of protesters put Tunisia’s new government under pressure on Tuesday with activists rejecting the leadership just days after the ouster of the Arab state’s former strongman.
Tunisia’s largest trade union and other groups have refused to recognise a transitional government that contains eight ministers from the discredited regime of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Key Islamist leader Sadok Chourou, who was imprisoned for 20 years under the old regime, led one
ISLAMABAD – National Assembly Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs on Monday unanimously rejected Constitutional Amendment Bill 2008 that sought the national language status for regional languages. Member National Assembly Begum Nasim Akhtar chaired the committee meeting at the Parliament House.
The Constitutional Amendment Bill 2008 (Article 251) to give regional languages status of National language moved by MNA Marvi Memon was unanimously rejected by
KARACHI – The Abu Dhabi Group (ADG), one of the largest investment groups in Pakistan, has rejected merger offers from over half a dozen banks, including Silk Bank, Pakistan Today has reliably learnt. The UAE-based investment group has been in the limelight since last week with local media coming up, with what the Group Chairman Shaikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan Monday, dismissed as “baseless, untrue” reports that Bank Alfalah Limited (BAFL) was either on sale or was to merge or
SEOUL – North Korea on Monday officially proposed dialogue with South Korea, less than two months after launching a deadly bombardment of a border island, but a sceptical Seoul quickly rejected the offer.
The South said it was willing to hold government-level talks, but only if the North admits responsibility for a series of provocations and confirms a commitment to scrapping its nuclear programme. The North’s official news agency said three state bodies sent notices to the
ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s strongman President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Friday rejected the idea of extending his term until 2020 through a national referendum that has been flatly denounced by the United States.
The country’s first and only post-Soviet leader did not explain why he was overruling his entire political and business elite in a decision that received almost no attention from state media outlets.
The three-sentence presidential decree said only that Nazarbayev – who
LAHORE – The ICC on Friday made it clear that it has not received any complaint from Cricket South Africa against umpire Steve Davis, reportedly spotted drunk by South African players on the eve of the second Test against India in Durban. “No allegations have been made. The CSA hasn’t told the ICC anything. It’s all nonsense,” Colin Gibson, ICC’s head of media and communications, is reported to have said.
CSA’s media officer Michael Owen-Smith also confirmed that CSA has not
MOSCOW – Russia on Friday rejected the West’s criticism of a court decision to keep Kremlin critic and ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky in jail until 2017 in a case watched as a barometer of the country’s democratic progress.
“The opinions expressed there (in the West) should not and absolutely do not affect the decisions taken by the judicial authorities of the Russian Federation,” news agencies quoted Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying.
“They are independent of both
LAHORE – The hard-line Sunni Ittehad Council leadership on Monday warned the federal government of civil disobedience if it opts for amendments in the blasphemy laws.
They issued this warning while addressing the Tahafaz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat Ulema-o-Mashaikh Convention at the Aiwan-e-Iqbal. The audience endorsed the decision of their leaders by chanting slogans and raising their hands in support.
Speakers said that they were ready to sacrifice hundreds of thousands
LAHORE – The confrontation between suspended Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt and the ICC took a serious turn after it was disclosed that the Butt had expressed his distrust in the ICC chief executive and the head of ICC Code of Conduct commission which will hear his appeal next month.
The Code of Conduct commission returned the reply filed by Butt’s legal team and gave him 24 hours to submit a fresh reply or forgo his right of defence. It was revealed that in his reply, the
ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Agriculture rejected the proposed reformed general sales tax (GST) on agriculture sector on Saturday.
A meeting chaired by Javed Iqbal Warraich was convened to discuss the impact of GST on agricultural commodities, with the members opining that the tax would destroy the agriculture sector. However, officials of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) said the tax would prove beneficial in the long run.
LAHORE: The statements issued by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) against the opening of four new medical colleges by the Punjab government are based on ‘mala fied intentions’, office bearers of the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) said in a statement on Friday.
The statement further read that the PMDC has raised objections to opening government medical colleges, which will provide cheap, quality education, however has ‘turned a blind eye’ to irregularities going
ISLAMABAD: Announcing on Monday its hitherto reserved verdict, the Supreme Court declared objections raised by the lawyer of the PCO judges on the formation of the bench invalid. However, the head of the five-member bench, Justice Muhammad Sair Ali, separated himself from the bench in his personal capacity.
Dr Abdul Basit, counsel for Justice Shabbar Raza Rizvi and Justice Hasnat Ahmed Khan, had pleaded that three judges on the bench were biased, thus if the verdict was
YANGON: Myanmar’s Supreme Court has refused to hear democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawsuit against the junta for dissolving her party ahead of elections, an official in the army-ruled country said Monday.
“The case was rejected by the Supreme Court in Naypyidaw,” a government official, who did not want to named, told AFP.
Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) was disbanded for boycotting the November 7 vote in response to rules that seemed designed to bar the