Mubashir Hassan

  • LAHORE - Though it is no fun having to attend an Assembly session on a Monday after a two-day break, but it was all fun while it lasted. The otherwise boring question hour passed in no time as the Punjab Minister for Zakat & Ushar Naghma Mushtaq amused the house with her funny answers. As she ...

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  • LAHORE - Former president and PPP supremo Asif Ali Zardari is secretly working on a plan to defeat the PML-N in the next general elections, mainly through manipulations and other tactics. The idea is to incapacitate the PML-N to form the next government at the centre by making sure that Nawaz party ...

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  • Nadeem Afzal Chan on Friday resigned as general secretary of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Central Punjab Organisation. Chan, a veteran PPP leader, said there was no justification for him to serve as the general secretary after his younger brother Waseem Afzal joined Pakistan ...

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  • LAHORE - What happened in the Punjab Assembly yesterday has raised questions on the very existence of the legislature which is being used as a rubber stamp to condone the wrong policies of a sitting government. It was a no small matter. The department of colonies had refused to provide answers to ...

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  • LAHORE - Punjab Assembly on Tuesday accepted the explanation of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah over his controversial statement about the status of Qadianis in Pakistan. The matter was actually settled in the meeting of the Business Advisory Committee chaired by the Speaker before start of the ...

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  • LAHORE - While the adjournment of House due to lack of quorum is an accepted norm in the legislatures, the suspension of the Assembly business owing to suspension of a minister is something very rare and a matter of shame for the government. This rarity happened in the Punjab Assembly on Monday. ...

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  • LAHORE - The ruling PML-N and the PTI, two arch rivals in country’s politics since 2008, have reached a rare consensus on the issue of accountability of the judges and the generals. Both the parties have vehemently opposed the idea of bringing the two institutions within the ambit of the new ...

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  • LAHORE - Political experts see challenging times ahead for the political parties as they enter into the elections in 2018. Over the years, the PML-N, the PPP, the PTI, MQM, ANP and JUI-F have been the key players in country’s politics at the national level. While most of the challenges faced ...

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  • LAHORE  -  The way the ruling PML-N is playing its cards on the political chess-board, there is a growing concern in the political circles about the future of democracy in Pakistan.   While it is worrisome for many to see the government on the confrontational course to settle scores ...

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  • LAHORE - Without naming any visible or hidden force, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah yesterday said that all efforts were made to reduce the vote bank of the PML-N in NA-120 by-polls held on Sunday last. Addressing a news conference at Assembly cafeteria, the law minister said that it was part ...

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  • Lahore - In a hotly contested and closely watched bye-election Begum Kalsoom Nawaz won the national assembly seat lost by her husband but by a narrow margin, leaving the ruling party vulnerable in the general elections. According to unofficial results for the polls in bellwether constituency of ...

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  • LAHORE - PTI chairman Imran Khan said Thursday that people would see a new Pakistan after September 17 as the voters in NA-120 would defeat the corruption mafia.  “A new Lahore is in the making, and it will, in turn, make a new Pakistan by defeating the God father of corruption”, ...

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  • A candidate for the seat of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Lahore’s NA-120 constituency has come up with a unique campaign strategy, collecting blood samples of voters and promising medical treatment in future. Faisal Mir, a candidate of the opposition Pakistan People’s Party, ...

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  • LAHORE -  The Election Commission of Pakistan has declared the alleged 29,000 bogus votes in the electoral rolls of NA-120 as genuine while maintaining that they will not be omitted from the voters list. PTI, on the other hand, has challenged the decision in the Lahore High Court on the plea ...

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  • LAHORE -  PTI Chairman Imran Khan yesterday termed the upcoming electoral contest in NA-120 an election that will decide the future of Pakistan where the big thieves would be put in jails.   “It is not an ordinary election. It is going to set the direction for a new ...

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  • LAHORE - Christian minority vote in NA-120 may prove decisive in the victory or defeat of a candidate in case the margin is narrow and the mentioned community decides to collectively vote for one specific candidate. The constituency has a significant presence of Christian minority placing it in a ...

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  • LAHORE  - Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) now headed by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is back in the electoral politics after 20 years as the Election Commission of Pakistan has allowed the PPP and the PPP-P to contest the coming by-election in Lahore from a single platform.  Basically ...

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  • LAHORE -  Former federal minister Senator Pervaiz Rashid yesterday said that ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his sons will not appear before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) till decision on their review petition filed in the Supreme Court in connection with the Panama case. Talking ...

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  • LAHORE -  Ruling out the possibility of any dialogue with ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, PPP-P President Asif Ali Zardari yesterday said he did not see role of Sharif family in future politics. “I am not seeing Mian Sahib and his family in future politics anymore,” he observed ...

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  • LAHORE - Close aides of PPP supremo Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday gave mixed signals about holding any dialogue with PML-N in the present situation. Asif Ali Zardari reached Lahore on Tuesday to have consultative meetings with the party men here. His son Bilawal Bhutto joined him the following day ...

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  • LAHORE -  Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif yesterday completed a hat trick of not completing his constitutional tenure as the prime minster. He has also become the first prime minister to have been disqualified under the articles 62 and 63 he had long defended despite suggestions from the PPP to ...

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  • LAHORE - There was an ominous whispering in the PTI ranks when Babar Awan joined the party last month. Many in the party did not approve this decision, but they kept quite since the party chief had seen the status quo withering on the vine with the entry of Mr Awan into PTI. But it has not proved a ...

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  • LAHORE - The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in its report submitted to the Supreme Court of Pakistan has admitted that it was clueless about the current ownership of the Avenfield properties of the Sharif family. Nonetheless, the JIT has maintained in its conclusive findings that Maryam Safdar had ...

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  • LAHORE - Apart from the apparent contradictions in the statements of Sharif family members which proved bothersome for the JIT, there are some ‘interesting’ aspects also highlighted in the report. Assets Settlement document of the Sharif family is one of them. The JIT investigated this ...

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  • LAHORE - Pakistan Peoples Party is not in favour of early elections and instead wants the present government to complete its Constitutional tenure without Nawaz Sharif. Jamaat-e-Islami and Pakistan Awami Tahreek are also not in favour of snap polls as they think that it may hamper the ongoing ...

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  • LAHORE: The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in its investigation report submitted with the Supreme Court of Pakistan has admitted that it was clueless about the current ownership of the Avenfield properties of the Sharif family. Nonetheless, the JIT has maintained in its conclusive findings that ...

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  • LAHORE - When it comes to selection of candidates for the upcoming general elections in Pakistan, PTI chairman Imran Khan would be distributing the party tickets all by himself. But he still believes that despite his best efforts it would be hard to find “Sadiq and Ameen”in Pakistan for ...

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  • LAHORE -  The embattled Punjab cadres of the PTI are still clueless about their party’s nominee for the office of Punjab chief minister though the fresh elections are not far away. And this is so when the PTI leadership thinks that country may go into the fresh elections any time in ...

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  • LAHORE -  The PPP which had supported the ruling PML-N at the time of 2014 sit-in is not siding with it now in the wake of latter’s troubles emanating from the Panama case. For many political observers, PPP Senator Rehman Malik’s appearance before the JIT to testify against the ...

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  • LAHORE - For the second time in the present budget session which concluded on Thursday, the Punjab legislature was gracious enough to grant a supplementary sum of Rs168 billion to the Punjab Governor to meet his expenditures. But he will have to spend this amount like a spendthrift child before ...

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