Ashraf Mumtaz

  • 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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  • LAHORE - The allegation was that the national security had been breached as a result of the publication of a report about six months ago in an English language newspaper. The military leadership repeatedly expressed concern over the report and urged the government to take those responsible to task. ...

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  • LAHORE - Former Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali has said that the controversy over the Panama papers verdict will continue unabated because “there’s no one in the country who could dare hold (the accused) accountable”. Answering reporters questions at a luncheon hosted ...

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  • LAHORE - There is no winner or loser in the Panama Papers case judgment, says a former chief justice of Pakistan, who also thinks that the ruling PML-N has no justification to distribute sweets at a time when the Supreme Court has “not” spared Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. In an ...

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  • LAHORE - The PML-N and its coalition partners always insisted that the Supreme Court will not disqualify Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the Panamagate case as in their opinion evidence is not there to prove allegations against him. On the other hand, the PTI, the PPP and some other opposition ...

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  • LAHORE - Some European Union countries’ desire to join China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and promotion of cooperation between EU and Pakistan in various fields are among the subjects likely to come under discussion when a seven-member delegation of EU’s Committee on Foreign ...

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  • LAHORE - US President Donald Trump ordered a massive military strike on a Syrian airbase on Thursday, which was carried out immediately. The reason: The US alleges Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had conducted a “horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians” with a deadly ...

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  • LAHORE - Although former president Asif Ali Zardari claims that his party is prepared to face fresh election even if held during the current year, there is little possibility of the PML-N agreeing to premature poll, no matter what the long-awaited decision in the Panama case. PML-N sources insist ...

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  • LAHORE - It may be just a coincidence but it has raised many an eyebrow that only a day after the passage of a constitutional amendment by the PPP-dominated upper house of the bicameral legislature for the revival of military courts, two important decisions have come in favour of Dr Asim Hussain, a ...

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  • 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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