Ashraf Mumtaz

  • LAHORE - The PPP’s manifesto for the next election will be based on the party’s original philosophy - socialist democracy or democratic socialism – which makes it obligatory for the state to provide jobs, health and education facilities to people, says the party’s central ...

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  • LAHORE -  The decision taken at a provincial apex committee meeting here yesterday to seek support from the Rangers to combat terrorism in Punjab is indicative of the gravity of the situation and the price the ruling PML-N may have to pay in future in case the scourge is not taken on without ...

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  • LAHORE - The police are fully capable of curbing terrorism and there is no need to deploy Rangers in the Punjab, says former inspector general Shaukat Javed. “Military or paramilitary forces are called in only when there is insurgency or when the enemy has occupied any part of the country, ...

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  • LAHORE - A ban on Jamatud Dawa under foreign pressure will not be an unexpected move for the charitable organisation, JuD chief told senior journalists at a media briefing during the day yesterday, before he was put to house arrest around midnight. Hafiz Muhammad Saeed said the JuD will challenge ...

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  • LAHORE -  As many as 7,050 acres of agricultural land, 4,533 houses and 822 shops of the Punjab auqaf department are under illegal occupation of over 6,300 people. In addition to this, the department employees have set up seven illegal colonies on over 400 kanals in Lahore, provincial minister ...

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  • LAHORE -  The entire nation is anxiously waiting for the Supreme Court’s decision on the Panama papers case as it is likely to bring a qualitative change in political situation in the country. In case the verdict is against the prime minister, the PML-N will receive a serious setback as ...

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  • LAHORE - A controversy has started over the need for allowing the military courts to stay in the field even after they have served out their mandated two-year term. The ruling PML-N is in favour of these courts while the PPP and the government’s coalition partners JUI-F and MkMAP are opposing ...

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  • LAHORE - The long-awaited cat is out of the bag. PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will contest by-election on two National Assembly seats from Sindh and become part of the present parliament. This was the ‘good news’ and the ‘message of ...

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  • LAHORE- The long-awaited cat is out of the bag. PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will contest by-election on two National Assembly seats from Sindh and become part of the present parliament.   This was the ‘good news’ and the ‘message of ...

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  • LAHORE - The PPP is making full preparations to give its Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari a rousing welcome on his return to Karachi on Friday (Dec 23) after staying in self-exile for about 18 months. According to reports, tens of thousands of party supporters will receive the country’s former ...

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  • Lahore - Judges, lawyers, doctors and teachers were the subject of important writ petitions filed in or heard by local courts last week. Also, a PTI petition seeking disqualification of Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif was dismissed during the week. A senior lawyer, AK Dogar approached the Lahore High ...

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  • LAHORE - The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf failed to get Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif disqualified as the Lahore High Court dismissed as “not maintainable” a petition filed by a Lahore-based party leader. Ejaz Chaudhry said in his petition that the chief minister had shifted his ...

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  • LAHORE - Although the Panama papers case lies with the Supreme Court and will be heard afresh by a new bench to be constituted by the incoming chief justice – Mian Saqib Nisar – next month the Qatari prince’s famous letter that helps the prime minister’s family defend their ...

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  • LAHORE - The Lahore High Court’s Thursday’s order for the removal of acting vice-chancellors of four public sector universities in the province was the most important verdict of the week, which came as a setback to the Punjab government and also remained the subject of discussions in ...

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  • LAHORE - Dynastic politics imposed on the people against their will is dishonesty, says Council of Islamic Ideology Chairman Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani. “There is nothing wrong with the dynastic politics if people like it. But it is dishonesty if sons and grandsons are imposed deceitfully ...

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  • LAHORE - While it is premature to say at this stage whether it is the government or the opposition that will win the ongoing fight on Panama papers allegations, the only thing that can be said with certainty is that parliament as a whole has failed to work out a solution to the controversy that has ...

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  • LAHORE - PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s insistence that the party would go ahead with its Nov 2 Islamabad lockdown plan despite Islamabad High Court’s order against the move poses a serious challenge to the PML-N government. It will have to handle the situation very carefully or it may get ...

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  • LAHORE -  Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif is due to retire on November 29 and everybody is waiting for the moment the prime minister exercises his constitutional power to appoint his successor. The Supreme Court has issued notices for Nov 1 to the prime minister and some of his family members ...

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  • LAHORE - Although foreign ministers of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation recently reaffirmed support to the Kashmiri people’s right to self-determination and called for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute between Pakistan and India, and atrocities being perpetrated in ...

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  • LAHORE - The NAB Lahore has filed 142 references against various people during the past 20 months, arresting 254 accused and making direct recoveries of Rs1,763 million. During this period, the NAB received 10,826 complaints, of which 10,106 have been processed. Those against whom references have ...

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  • LAHORE - A former ambassador of Pakistan to the United States has suggested a multi-pronged strategy for the government to draw world attention to the atrocities being committed by India in Occupied Kashmir and to get the Kashmiri people their right to self-determination. Begum Abida Hussain said ...

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  • LAHORE - About two dozen cases of wilful loan default, misappropriation of funds, embezzlement, misuse of authority and corrupt practices involving a total of Rs 7,123.62 million could not be finalised by the National Accountability Bureau Lahore because the superior courts issued stay orders or ...

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  • LAHORE - A week ahead of the Pakistan Awami Tehrik‘s plan to hold sit-ins in some 100 cities of the country to mount pressure for legal action against all those responsible for more than a dozen killings a couple of years ago in what is known as Model Town tragedy, the government sent an ...

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  • LAHORE - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, as expected, did not answer the seven questions the opposition parties had jointly asked him a few days ago. And the opposition parties missed a golden opportunity to grill him over his apparent failure to prove his and his children’s innocence in the ...

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  • LAHORE - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s much-awaited address to the National Assembly today and the opposition parties’ reaction will decide whether political temperature goes up or down in the days and weeks ahead. If he addresses the points raised by the Supreme Court for the formation ...

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  • LAHORE - The political uncertainty in the country is growing by the day as the ruling coalition and the opposition alliance have failed so far to agree to any mechanism to establish whether those named in the Panama papers, released in two parts, had committed any illegality, and if so, how they ...

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  • LAHORE - The government is ready to start the accountability process from the prime minister and his family members, but others mentioned in the terms of reference (ToRs) framed for a commission the Chief Justice of Pakistan has been requested to constitute will also have to prove their innocence, ...

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  • LAHORE - The government had written a letter to the Chief Justice of Pakistan on April 23, requesting him to constitute a commission to examine information relating to involvement of Pakistani citizens in offshore companies in Panama or in any other country; involvement of former and present ...

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  • LAHORE - The Supreme Court cannot set up a judicial commission nor decide its terms of reference (ToRs) under the 1956 Act, says former chief justice of Pakistan Saeeduz Zaman Siddiqui. Talking to The Nation yesterday, he said it was the prerogative of the federal government to constitute any ...

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  • LAHORE - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s mass-contact campaign, at a time when a judicial commission is yet to be set up to look into the Panama papers allegations against his children and others, appears to be a well-calibrated move to relegate this issue of great national importance into the ...

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