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Bhootani resigns as BA speaker

Protesting the administrative changes in his constituency, PML-Q’s Balochistan Assembly Speaker Muhammad Aslam Bhootani resigned from office late on Friday. In a resignation letter sent to Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi,

NA deputy speaker accused of nepotism

National Assembly (NA) Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi was accused of nepotism by a Frontier Constabulary (FC) commandant on Tuesday, as the Senate Standing Committee on Interior sought a detailed briefing from

NA speaker on notice

ISLAMABAD – A three-member Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Tuesday issued notices to the Speaker National Assembly and Attorney General on a petition challenging the constitutional validity of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) under the 18th Amendment. The petition was filed by Barrister Syed Ali Zafar on behalf of a TV Anchor Mubasher Lucman stating that the matter involved issues of great public importance.
Barrister Ali Zafar

NA Speaker condemns desecration of Holy Quran

ISLAMABAD – Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Speaker National Assembly has strongly condemned the desecration of Holy Quran.
In a statement, the Speaker expressed her anguish and resentment over the burning of the Holy Quran. She said this incident is worst kind of religious prejudice and conspiracy to start clash of civilizations and destruction of world peace.
The Speaker said this act has greatly hurt the feelings of Muslims around the globe. Therefore, strict action should be taken

Afghan parliament elects lower house speaker

KABUL – Afghan MPs elected a compromise candidate as speaker of the parliament’s lower house on Sunday following weeks of debate and political tension between the two front runners, MPs said. Abdul Raof Ibrahimi, who represents northern Kunduz province and is from the minority Uzbek ethnic group, was elected in a public vote by legislators present at the house, Daud Kalakani, another MP, told AFP.
Former speaker Mohammad Younus Qanooni and warlord Abdulrab Rasoul Sayaf were the

Gilani leaves lodges’ issue to NA speaker, MPs

ISLAMABAD – Disappointed with Leader of the Opposition Nisar Ali Khan’s move to scandalise the issue of construction of parliamentary lodges for political point-scoring, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has decided to lave the matter to parliament and the National Assembly speaker.
“The prime minister will speak on this issue in the National Assembly today to explain why this projected had been undertaken,” a source close to the prime minister told Pakistan Today. He said that

Zaheer asks speaker to disqualify Saba Sadiq

LAHORE – Pakistan Muslim League Quaid (PML-Q) has approached Speaker Punjab Rana Iqbal Ahmad Khan to disqualify defiant MPA Saba Sadiq.
Opposition Leader of the Punjab Assembly Chaudhry Zaheeruddin on Wednesday called on the speaker after the assembly session in his chamber to disqualify member of the house Saba Sadiq, elected from his party (PML-Q), who severed her political affiliation with the party.
PML-Q leader Chaudhry Zaheeruddin provided a copy of the decision of

PM ignores norms, phones Indian parliament speaker

ISLAMABAD – In an unusual diplomatic initiative, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Sunday telephoned India’s Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar to exchange New Year’s greetings.
“The prime minister conveyed his good wishes to her,” an official said. “Meira Kumar had sent a message of greetings to the prime minister on New Year’s eve. Matters of mutual interest were also discussed during the telephonic conversation,” the official said.
Another senior official said: “The prime

Clueless health minister enrages deputy speaker

ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi on Monday lost his temper when Health Minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin failed to apprehend successive questions raised by members of the Lower House of Parliament.
Kundi’s harsh remarks left the minister high and dry and he was speechless. Earlier, when a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) legislator asked the minister whether his ministry was working on some joint public-private venture to install a liver treatment

British parliament deputy speaker comes out

LONDON – A deputy speaker in Britain’s parliament outed himself as gay on Sunday, claiming a former lawmaker was threatening to make his sexuality public.
Conservative lawmaker Nigel Evans, one of three who deputises for speaker John Bercow in the lower House of Commons, declined to name the Labour ex-member of parliament behind his decision.
“The MP was saying to anyone who would listen: ‘Why is it that Nigel Evans leads a life whereby he is gay to some people and not

PA speaker demands Taseer’s removal

LAHORE – Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal on Saturday wrote a letter to the prime minister urging him to advise the president to remove Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer from his office for violating the constitution by leaving the country without informing the authorities concerned.
The letter alleged that the governor remained away from the country from December 5 to 8. The speaker has also sent a copy of the letter to President Asif Ali Zardari. This is the first case

Balochistan Deputy Speaker warns absent MPs

QUETTA: Ministers and members of Balochistan Assembly were warned of a ‘strict action under law’ if they continued to show lack of interest in the sessions by Deputy Speaker Balochistan Assembly Matiullah Agha on Saturday.
“Important session cannot be held because of their non-seriousness,” Agha said while talking to reporters, adding that strict action would be taken against the members who remain absent without a reason.
Explaining his position for proroguing the assembly

Opp protests after NA speaker denies permission to table resolution

ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi on Thursday belied the myth that the speaker was impartial, as he became a party against the opposition by again stopping it from moving a resolution to reject spiraling prices of the petroleum products as well as other commodities.
As opposition parties protested with bench-thumping and sloganeering against what they called anti-people policies of the government, the deputy speaker ignored their protest and hurriedly

PA speaker advises students

Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal advised the students to develop their association with books and said that to meet the challenges being faced by the country everyone should make joint efforts by forgetting all the internal differences.
He expressed these views while addressing students at the Superior University on Thursday. He said that the students were the true assets of the country and the Punjab government was doing it’s best for the promotion of the