Mubashir Hassan

  • 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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  • LAHORE -  Two words-overworked and overstretched-can describe the present state of bureaucracy struggling to cope with the ‘Punjab speed’ working non-stop to achieve the set targets.  Not only this, Punjab’s civil bureaucracy is also highly understaffed facing shortage ...

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  • LAHORE - Punjab Minister for School Education, Rana Mashhood Ahmad yesterday painted a rosy picture of the state of affairs in Punjab schools quoting official figures and citing the commendation received from the World Bank. Responding to a cut motion moved by the Opposition demanding drastic ...

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  • LAHORE -  Taking a clear position for the first time since the initiation of Panama case proceedings against the Sharif family, the PPP has now come out with a clear-cut stance on the issue that it would stand by the institutions in case of any showdown between the government and the ...

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  • LAHORE - The government has finally decided to bring in bureaucracy to address the longstanding issue of lack of quorum in the Punjab Assembly. For this purpose, the government has set up Punjab Chief Secretary’s camp office in the Assembly to address the grievances of lawmakers. The head of ...

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  • LAHORE: Taking a clear position for the first time since the initiation of Panama case proceedings against the Sharif family, the PPP has now come out with a clear-cut stance on the issue that it would stand by the institutions in case of any showdown between the government and the judiciary. In a ...

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  • LAHORE -  Leader of the Opposition Mian Mehmoodur Rashid initiated general debate on the Punjab budget yesterday as he spoke before a captive audience compulsorily ‘detained’ to fulfill the budget formalities. House visibly lacked quorum throughout the proceedings but it was deemed ...

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  • LAHORE -  Opposition tore apart the Punjab budget yesterday blowing the whistle on the lady Finance Minister who finished off her speech with poetic expressions. After all she was not walking in the street wearing a skirt. They also do not belong to an ordinary folk on the street. But still ...

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  • LAHORE - One fails to understand why the public opinion at large has turned against an able and hardworking officer of the Punjab Government especially when he happens to be the person responsible for ‘turnaround’ of the sick Nandipur Power Plant. Currently posted as Secretary ...

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  • LAHORE - Punjab Assembly on Friday made history when its legislators left Industries’ Minister ‘answerless’. But they did it in a unique way not witnessed or heard before in any legislature.  Industries Minister Sheikh Alauddin did not have to answer any of the questions ...

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  • LAHORE -  It seems as if the PML-N legislators and the provincial bureaucracy had conspired against Deputy Speaker Sardar Sher Ali Gorchani eventually forcing him to adjourn the sitting after 39 minutes of its onset.  It may be a mere coincidence, but after watching the brief proceedings, ...

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  • LAHORE - Punjab Minister for Law Rana Sanaullah Khan chose to absent himself from the Assembly on the day it met with heavy legislation on the day’s agenda. His absence raised many eye brows as he seldom skips the sessions meant for the legislation. Provincial Minister for Human Rights and ...

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  • LAHORE -  Dr Syed Wasim Akhtar of Jamaat-i-Islami has surely some magical powers in him, but he would use them only when the spirit moves him. A rare manifestation of this was seen at the Punjab Assembly floor yesterday when he prompted Punjab Irrigation Minister Amanatullah Khan Shadikhel to ...

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  • LAHORE - Information has reached the Punjab Assembly that Sindh legislature is successfully running two beauty salons for its women legislators and it has helped overcome the issue of quorum to a greater extent. A comparative study shows that house adjournments in Sindh Assembly caused by the lack ...

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  • LAHORE -  Though funny things keep happening at the Punjab Assembly floor, yesterday’s sitting will be remembered more for its funny business than anything else. No official business was carried out on the first day of 29th session. Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal mostly seen in a somber ...

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  • LAHORE -  Thursday’s Assembly sitting saw a Provincial Minister leaving the house in a huff. Apparently, he was angry with a women lawmaker of the PML-N for her being inquisitive in the question hour. While it is a normal practice in the Assembly for the Opposition and the legislators in ...

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  • LAHORE -  It seems Punjab Assembly is celebrating Panama Week; but in the absence of rhythmic quorum bells usually heard in the corridors and lobbies during the previous sessions. Legislation has been put on the back burner for the time being though some Bills were introduced in the last three ...

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  • LAHORE - If the women legislators from the PML-N are to be believed, the Bani Gala residence of the PTI chief Imran Khan has become a den of narcotics where all kinds of prohibited drugs like cocaine and charas are available for consumption by the addicts. On Tuesday, when the PTI-led Opposition ...

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  • LAHORE -  Since the announcement of the Supreme Court judgment on Panama leaks, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah has been busy consulting dictionaries to find out the real meaning of the word, ‘fortune’.  This was so because the law minister had a serious objection to the ...

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