Mubashir Hassan

  • LAHORE -  Former Punjab governor Ghulam Mustafa Khar is all set to join the PTI in a week’s time, it has been learnt. Senior PTI leaders held a series of meetings with the veteran politician from Kot Addu last week to convince him to join their party. Sources in the PTI said that Mr Khar ...

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  • LAHORE - The mass mobilisation campaign of the PPP is in the doldrums following the current spate of terror which has shattered the sense of security of the citizens across Pakistan. The security agencies on Thursday refused permission to a PPP rally scheduled to be held in Township, Lahore on ...

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  • LAHORE -  Though it is no fun having to attend the serious business of legislation for over two hours, it was conducted in a joyous mood on Wednesday. Besides the routine business, passage of four Bills was on the agenda as the House met at 11:04 am. It turned out to be an amusing business ...

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  • LAHORE -  At the time a woman lawmaker Azma Zahid Bokhari conducted the House proceedings, Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal was busy chairing an important meeting in his chamber yesterday.  Provincial ministers including Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, opposition leader Mehmoodur Rashid and ...

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  • LAHORE - It was a rare happening on the Punjab Assembly floor. The Opposition had left the House complaining that Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal was taking dictation from the Treasury to discharge the assembly business. The question hour taking place in the absence of the Opposition was itself an ...

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  • LAHORE -  In an interest-based global economy, Pakistan’s banking system offers unique opportunities of ‘interest-free loans’ to scores of influential business groups and individuals. Not that the loans are initially sanctioned free of interest, the accumulated mark-up can be ...

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  • LAHORE - It came as a real tear jerker for the entire House. It was an awkward moment indeed. Punjab legislature got down on its knees in front of the mighty bureaucracy. The helplessness of the Speaker and the Law Minister was worth watching. All previous rulings of the custodian of the House Rana ...

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  • KARACHI - Muhammad Zubair Umar on Thursday was sworn in as the 32nd governor of Sindh at a ceremony held at the Governor House. The ceremony was hosted by Sindh Chief Sectary Mohammad Rizwan Memon, while Sindh High Court (SHC) Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah administered the oath. Sindh Chief ...

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  • LAHORE - The Punjab Assembly on Wednesday was provided details of loans written off by the Bank of Punjab from July 2008 to June 2016 detailing names of beneficiaries with the written-off amounts. According to the written answer provided to the Assembly, loans amounting to Rs 1589.3 million, ...

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  • LAHORE -  Perhaps, the law minister has it in him. Following his enchanting speech, the house did not feel the need to have any further debate on agriculture, though it was on the agenda of the assembly business yesterday.  The legislators thought it a mere waste of time to speak on the ...

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  • LAHORE -  It was a lean day in Punjab Assembly. The attendance was thin. The usual rush in the cafeteria was also missing. The weather was beautiful after two days of rain. The heating system in the chamber was perfectly alright, and the cafeteria was even warmer. Some dutiful gentlemen who ...

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  • LAHORE - He sat on the Treasury Benches, but acted like an Opposition member. His information about the working of different departments was unquestionable and the government was quite sick of his ‘nasty’ questions. He would argue with Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal quite often complaining ...

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  • LAHORE -  Is there any health facility in Pakistan where the rulers can be treated for their ailments? Perhaps not! But one should not be surprised because Pakistan has the ‘distinction’ of being among the four countries in the world with lowest percentage of health spending ...

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  • LAHORE - It is an unusual happening in the Assembly if it sticks to the actual agenda excluding the usual hullabaloo now becoming a norm in all legislatures. This happened on Tuesday partly due to it being a Private Members’ day and partly because the Law Minister Rana Sanaullah was absent ...

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  • LAHORE - He was escorted to the House by special assistant to Punjab chief minister Rana Muhammad Arshad. An attendant led him to his seat and handed him a copy of the oath he was about to take as member of country’s largest legislature. A novice in the House, he looked cool and calm ...

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  • LAHORE - PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is arriving in the Punjab to lead the first anti-government rally from Lahore to Faisalabad scheduled for January 19. Dubbed as “Save Punjab Rally”, it is planned after the announcement the PPP chairman on December 27 against the government ...

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  • LAHORE -  The intra-party elections in political parties have become a strange phenomenon in country’s politics over the years. All political parties with the exception of Jamaat-e-Islami get their office-bearers elected unopposed by an election process whose transparency has always been ...

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  • LAHORE - The two factions of the Pakistan People’s Party, the PPP and the PPP-P concluded their intra-party polls at Bilawal House Karachi yesterday, thereby, ending the speculation of their anticipated merger into one party. The two parties will make an electoral alliance to contest any ...

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  • LAHORE -  A PPP decision allowing its two leaders, Asif Ali Zardari and his son Bilawal Bhutto to contest by-elections on the same election symbol is most likely to open up a Pandora’s box landing the two into legal complications. “After they file their nomination papers with the ...

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  • LAHORE - PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is scheduled to visit Punjab in the second week of January to raise new party cadres at the district level. Party sources said that party Chairman would be visiting divisional headquarters in Punjab this time rather than staying at Bilawal House. A ...

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  • Much like the previous years, the battle to have control over Punjab continued in 2016 also. The preceding year saw complete political dominance of the ruling PML-N in a province which remains its stronghold since decades.  It reinforced its political gains of 2015 by getting its mayors and ...

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  • Shezan International Limited is a prominent member of Pakistan's close net FMCG sector. The company was incorporated in 1964 as a joint venture between Alliance Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) of the United States and Shahnawaz Group of Pakistan. However, AIDC sold all of its shares to ...

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  • LAHORE  - Though the tone was harsh but the intended actions are soft in spirit. After a lot of rhetoric and criticism on the sitting government, the eventual outcome was about visiting the four provinces to mobilize public opinion against the government, an announcement which could at best be ...

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  • LAHORE - For the first time since taking active charge of the PPP in the absence of his father, Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari spent a week in the Punjab capital to take part in the party’s foundation day celebrations. This was also for the first time that the party’s foundation day ...

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  • LAHORE -  On the concluding day of party’s Foundation Day celebrations, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari announced to make Lahore his political base to conquer Punjab, a province  where the PPP has not been able to rule for the last over 39 years. On Tuesday, he also predicted a ...

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  • LAHORE-Music, traditional dances and muttering on the prayer beads – all go together when the young PPP chairman sits on the ground in a Balochi style attending workers’ conventions at the Bilawal House. He also wears a traditional Balochi turban, the one his father once wore on his ...

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  • LAHORE -  Music, traditional dances and muttering on the prayer beads – all go together when the young PPP chairman sits on the ground in a Balochi style attending workers’ conventions at the Bilawal House. He also wears a traditional Balochi turban, the one his father once wore on ...

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  • LAHORE -  PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday declared to dismantle the dictatorship of ‘Takht-e-Lahore’ through a democratic struggle.   “I will lead a revolution from Lahore after December 27 if the government did not concede my four-point charter of ...

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  • LAHORE - Pakistan People’s Party is celebrating its 49th foundation day on Wednesday (today), this time with great fanfare, making it an occasion of festivities and also of stock taking, reorganisation and soul searching. During the seven days-long celebrations, the party workers will have ...

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  • LAHORE - In a surprise move yesterday night, the PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari rang up the newly-appointed Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa to congratulate him on assuming the command of country’s armed forces. Zardari assured his party’s cooperation to the new army ...

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