Mubashir Hassan

  • 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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  • LAHORE -  The Treasury was happy at the prospect of having a smooth sailing yesterday since the Opposition had announced complete boycott of the proceedings. It was not expecting anybody pointing out lack of quorum which has become a big issue for the government these days. But their ...

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  • LAHORE -  There seems no end to the uncontrolled penchant of provincial Ministers for inviting women legislators in their chambers to give them a ‘satisfactory answer’ to their questions asked on the Assembly floor. More often than not, they would ask the members especially their ...

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  • LAHORE - It was a private members day, but no private business was done at all. Two private bills and five resolutions of public interest knuckled under an inaccurate House. This was very unusual though, but perhaps they had got some more urgent business to do at home or elsewhere. Assembly was ...

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  • LAHORE - Life was no better at the Punjab Assembly yesterday when the legislators assembled to attend the 27th session. It dawned on them during the question hour that one of their persistent grievances against the provincial bureaucracy had not been addressed as yet. There was no end to the ...

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  • LAHORE - The past week PSL euphoria in Pakistan created dissensions even within the political parties which witnessed conflicting opinions coming from their leaders in the last few days. Senior leaders of the two main opposition parties, the PPP and PTI were conspicuous for their contradictory ...

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  • LAHORE - Though there is broad political consensus on giving extension to the military courts, the PPP is still holding out for a better deal perhaps by holding a multi-party conference on March 4. Parliamentary leaders from political parties excluding the PPP approved a draft law yesterday ...

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  • 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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