Ashraf Mumtaz

  • LAHORE - While Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has repeatedly called for “immediate” elections as it feels the PML-N is politically down after the disqualification of Mian Nawaz Sharif as prime minister, its coalition partner in KP – Jamaat-i-Islami – wants the assemblies to ...

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  • LAHORE - Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s struggle for what he calls civilian supremacy has intensified confrontation between the PML-N and various state institutions – and caused his second ‘martyrdom’ during the last 18 years. In October 1999, the then prime minister ...

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  • LAHORE - Mian Nawaz Sharif is expected to be elected president of the PML-N at a meeting of the party’s General Council slated for October 3. This is despite the fact that Supreme Court disqualified him as prime minister on July 28 after prolonged legal proceedings against him and his ...

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  • LAHORE - The NA-120 (Lahore) was a prestigious seat both for the PML-N and its arch rival PTI. The PML-N could not afford to lose it as it belonged to Mian Nawaz Sharif, the leader who founded the party and then set a new record in the country’s parliamentary history by getting elected thrice ...

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  • LAHORE -  The National Assembly constituency No 120 (Lahore) has always been a stronghold of the PML-N. But whether the voters of the area still support the Sharifs as enthusiastically as before will be seen tomorrow (Sunday), when by-election is held on the seat that fell vacant after the ...

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  • LAHORE - The results of NA-120 (Lahore), election on which is due to be held on September 17, would reflect people’s judgment on the performance of the PML-N government over the past four years and the role of Mian Nawaz Sharif as the leader of ‘revolution’ he wants to bring ...

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  • LAHORE -  Why a number of prime ministers could not complete their constitutionally-mandated term of five years? Will politicians also share the blame? These questions have arisen after the July 28 disqualification of Mian Nawaz Sharif as prime minister as a result of the Panama Papers case by ...

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  • LAHORE - Very strange though it may sound, Mian Nawaz Sharif was thrice elected as prime minister but was removed four times, twice during his first term. Each time he had a different ‘tormentor’. He set on a protest journey from Islamabad to Lahore after being dismissed before the ...

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  • LAHORE - The new federal cabinet, a combination of old and new faces, sworn in yesterday manifests the unity of the ruling coalition and has some visible and implied messages for individuals and the establishment. It also shows the PML-N’s resolve to take its allies along to be able to win ...

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  • LAHORE - Strongly criticising the Supreme Court judgment that disqualified Mian Nawaz Sharif as prime minister, former railways minister Khwaja Saad Rafiq said on Sunday that the decision would remain controversial in history. Addressing a news conference, he said if the PML-N leadership was not ...

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  • LAHORE - Nawaz Sharif would be remembered in country’s history as a leader who rose to unbelievable political heights and then faced an unceremonious ouster at the hands of the Supreme Court, sealing his 37-year political career. The businessman-turned-politician would also be remembered as a ...

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  • LAHORE - Estranged Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan’s complaints against the party leadership might be well founded, but the time he chose to air them could not be worse. This has caused the leadership much embarrassment, especially because the five-judge bench of the Supreme Court ...

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  • LAHORE - The Supreme Court is resuming today the Panama Papers case hearing in the light of the Joint Investigation Team’s report at a time when the prime minister and his cabinet colleagues are consistently alleging that a conspiracy is being hatched against the PML-N government. The alleged ...

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  • LAHORE - The JIT has accused Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of mis-declaration in wealth statement and concealment of Rs 45 million for the tax year 2013. The JIT report states that Mr Sharif’s wealth statement for the said year showed an amount of Rs l00 million as donation given to PML-N. ...

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  • LAHORE - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s popularity graph would have rocketed sky high if he had resigned immediately after the emergence of Panama papers. Leaders of some Western countries followed this course and were appreciated by their countrymen. But the three-time prime minister ...

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  • LAHORE -  While the six-member joint investigation team (JIT) on Panama Papers case is due to submit its final report to the Supreme Court on Monday, a federal minister said on Sunday that the PML-N could challenge the same on legal grounds. Talking to senior journalists and then addressing a ...

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  • LAHORE - In good old days of his previous terms as prime minister, the Lahore reporters covering the PML-N had many opportunities to meet him and ask questions. Sometimes the interaction took place at Lahore’s old airport – where he used to land on arrival from Islamabad before ...

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  • LAHORE - Former information minister Pervaiz Rashid says an elected prime minister can be removed only by the people who brought him to power and any other course to be adopted for the purpose will not be fair. Talking to The Nation on Thursday, he said Mian Nawaz Sharif did not face any corruption ...

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  • LAHORE - The appearance of Mr Rehman Malik, a senior PPP leader who was interior minister during the party’s 2008-13 rule, before the joint investigation team probing the prime minister’s family for their offshore wealth, and what he said while talking to journalists before and after ...

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  • LAHORE -  The late Nawabzada Nasrullah Khan was one of the most capable and intelligent leaders of this country. Though his Pakistan Democratic Party was almost a one-man show, he was the most towering personality of his times. He had special skills for forming opposition alliances against the ...

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  • LAHORE - Senior leaders are parting ways with the PPP and joining the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf. There are also leaders who have been ‘dormant’ for quite some time and are not playing any role, despite the fact that at this stage all leaders are required to work tirelessly to make the ...

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  • LAHORE -  The “lion” remained at what another PML-N leader recently branded as “butcher’s shop” for about three hours on Thursday and at the end of session read out a written speech to the waiting journalists outside the Federal Judicial Academy, Islamabad. The ...

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  • LAHORE - The prime minister’s sons - Hussain and Hassan - are being investigated by a six-member joint investigation team (JIT) selected by none else but the Supreme Court. And the questions the Sharifs are required to answer have been framed by three judges of the apex court, whose ...

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  • LAHORE - The Supreme Court is empowered to seek nomination of any particular officer(s) of any government institution to have a case properly investigated, says a former chief justice of Pakistan. Similarly, Justice Sheikh Riaz Ahmed says, WhatsApp is only a modern means of communication and no ...

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  • LAHORE   -  Was PML-N Senator Nehal Hashmi’s “threat” to those investigating Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his sons in the Panama Papers case an individual act or it had the tacit approval of the party leadership? What is the likely motive behind the outburst? ...

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  • Do the fragmented religious parties have a future in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan? Can they sink their differences to emerge as a force to reckon with? No, perhaps never. They are destined to play second fiddle to the leftist or rightist parties that have a better following. If they could not ...

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  • LAHORE - Constitutionally, the mandated five-year term of the PML-N government completes in June next year – and the elections will be held after another two months. And during that quarter the political parties wanting to contest elections are supposed to present their respective manifestoes ...

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  • CHICHAWATNI -  Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the entire country is progressing except Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where his rival political party Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf is in power. The PML-N government and opposition parties will be audited by the electorate at the end of the five-year ...

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  • LAHORE - A crisis-like situation that gripped the country over the last two weeks because of the ISPR director general’s apparently hostile reaction to the prime minister’s April 29 directive for action against some characters involved in the Dawn leak came to an end on Wednesday after ...

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  • LAYYAH -  Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif hit out at his political opponents yesterday, alleging that they had done nothing for the people and their agenda was confined to “subversion” and false accusations. Compared to them, he said he personally regarded politics as worship and had ...

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