Mubashir Hassan

  • 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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  • LAHORE - The judgment is not conclusive as the people were expecting it to be. Things stand where they were at the start of the SC proceedings on Panama case. But there is some clarity at least on certain issues after the court verdict.  The anticipation was that either the prime minister will ...

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  • LAHORE - Analysts believe the Supreme Court judgment on Panama case has practically strengthened the position of the ruling PML-N which will not be facing any real challenge from the Opposition parties in the coming elections. They also think that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is out of danger and ...

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  • LAHORE -  PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari is clearly in a dilemma over how to take the most difficult decision about the nomination of party’s new Lahore President, an office lying vacant since April 2016, it has been learnt. Party sources confided to The Nation that Chairman Bilawal ...

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  • LAHORE - The young PPP chairman is smart enough to know what is amazing about the ruling PML-N. Yesterday, he shared this knowledge with the journalists also. At a news conference Bilawal addressed at the residence of party’s south Punjab president Makhdum Ahmed Mehmud, a reporter sought his ...

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  • LAHORE - President PPP-P Asif Ali Zardari told party men yesterday that his son Bilawal was fully empowered now to take important decisions. “It is, in fact, Bilawal who is leading the party at the moment”, he said while talking to party ticket-holders from Rawalpindi division who ...

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  • LAHORE - Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) will arrange private security for electioneering in the next polls if the Punjab government did not fulfil its obligation to protect its leaders, it has been learnt.  Party sources confided to The Nation that PPP-P chief Asif Ali Zardari was seriously ...

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  • LAHORE - It was a relaxing moment for Chief Whip in the Punjab Assembly Rana Muhammad Arshad when the Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal announced adjournment of the 27th session for an indefinite period.  As the Speaker read out the prorogation order signed by the Punjab Governor, a gleeful smile ...

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  • LAHORE - Chief Minister’s ‘quorum-brigade’ was off-duty in the early hours of Wednesday. In an unusual way, the air in the Assembly was not abuzz with the quorum bells which keep ringing in small intervals as a matter of routine. Chief Whip in the Assembly Rana Muhammad Arshad ...

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  • LAHORE - He thinks differently. His simple life style and mannerism makes him different from rest of his colleagues in the House. He is known for giving frank advice to the members irrespective of party affiliation. His name is Muhammad Rafique but his straightforwardness has earned him the title ...

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  • LAHORE - A hospital in the walled city of Lahore established in the name of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif caught the attention of the House yesterday, but for the wrong reasons. Located in the historic Shairanwala Gate in the old city, it was established in 1997 during second term of the present ...

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