ISLAMABAD -Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) central leader Khwaja Saad Rafique on Monday said that drone attacks are against the sovereignty of the country and it is hard to control suicide bombers unless drone strikes are stopped.

Talking to media persons outside the Parliament House, Saad said that lower and lower middle classes caused Imran Khan’s defeat in May 11 elections.

To a question related to transfer of power, Saad gave credit to the outgoing government for peaceful transfer of power.

When asked about elections of speaker and deputy speaker, he thanked all political parties which supported PML-N in the balloting.

ECP notifies nine more lawmakers: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday notified nine candidates, eight for women-reserved seats in the National Assembly and one for Balochistan Assembly. All the newly notified lawmakers belong to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). The notification of the eight NA candidates for the women-reserved seats was withheld following revision in the priority list by the PML-N.

The PML-N already has 36 women-reserved seats in the NA and including the eight notified on Monday, the number becomes 84. Over all, the PML-N now has 104 reserved seats including women and minorities-reserved seats. The ECP is yet to notify seven women-reserved seats for Punjab Assembly all of which are also likely to go to the PML-N. The notification on these seats was withheld following PML-N’s revision in priority list.

Meanwhile, the names of the newly notified nine returned candidates respectively for the NA and BA are: Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Dr Asma Mamdot, Marriym Aurangzeb, Sabiha Nazir, Amra Khan, Phyllis Azeem, Shazia Fatima Khawaja, Tahmina Daultana and Kishwar Ahmed.

Rashid stresses need for grand opposition :  Since the upcoming opposition in the National Assembly (NA) is being considered as divided, Awami Muslim League (AML) Chief Sheikh Rashid said that there was a need of grand opposition that could play significant role.

“There is dire need of united opposition in the National Assembly which seems divided,” said Sheikh Rashid talking to the media persons outside the Parliament House on Monday. Commenting on the support of PPP for PML-N’s candidate for the slot of speaker and deputy speaker, Rashid said he had never seen such disgrace of vote without demand.

To a question, he lauded the incoming PM Nawaz Sharif’s decision for Balochistan government. He said that it would prove helpful for resolving the issues of deprived province of the country. “Nominating Dr Abdul Malik Baloch as CM Balochistan is a good decision by Nawaz,” he added. When asked about former President Pervez Musharraf, he was of the view that Article 6 could not be imposed on Musharraf. To yet another question, he said the Prime Minister would be in need of hard work to resolve issues like power outages and deteriorating law and order situation etc.

Saadia appointed head of PM secretariat polio cell:  Prime Minister Justice (Retd) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso has appointed Dr Saadia Sarwar, presently working at Prime Minister’s Secretariat, as in-charge of Prime Minister’s Monitoring Cell on Polio at Prime Minister’s Secretariat.

The decision is in continuation of the Prime Minister earlier decision of restoring the Prime Minister’s Monitoring Cell on Polio at Prime Minister’s Secretariat.

The Prime Minister has also issued directions that the cell should start functioning forthwith and expressed the hope that honest and dedicated persons would be co-opted to achieve the goal of complete eradication of polio from the country.

Reiterating his government’s resolve to eradicate polio from Pakistan, the Prime Minister expressed the hope that the cell would play an important role in achieving this national objective.