Ashraf Mumtaz

  • TLAHORE - Though a housewife, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz was the one who turned an industrialist Nawaz Sharif into a politician - who then set a new record in the country’s history by donning the mantle of prime minister three times. However, she was not fated to reach the Parliament House ...

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  • TLAHORE - Defeat in elections is part of politics, and those in this field may have to face such setbacks many times in their life. But MMA President Maulana Fazlur Rehman had to face, one after the other, three embarrassments over the past six weeks. The latest one was on Tuesday when he lost ...

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  • TLAHORE - As the election of the president is only two days away, all candidates for the country’s top constitutional office have stepped up contacts with other parties in an attempt to get maximum votes. PTI’s presidential candidate Dr Arif Alvi, accompanied by Sindh Governor ...

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  • TLAHORE - A former federal minister and ambassador says Prime Minister Imran Khan should mediate between Saudi Arabia and Iran to iron out differences between the two Islamic countries which are the major reason behind the OIC’s weakness at present. “Imran Khan is the only leader ...

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  • TLAHORE  -  While most of the Indian leaders are opposed to Pakistan and publicly say they want to break it up, Atal Behari Vajpayee was the one who had tried to improve relations with the Islamic republic. He had come to Lahore in February 1999 by a bus and held talks with then prime ...

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  • TLAHORE  -  The symbol of change, Imran Khan, is yet to take oath as prime minister but there are media reports that efforts have been started for the creation of a forward bloc in the PML-N, the party which emerged as the major opposition party in the 2018 elections after remaining in ...

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  • TLAHORE  -  What change has been brought about by the July 25 general elections? What should be done in the future by all political parties to solve the numerous problems facing the country? What purpose will the opposition parties’ protest campaign serve at a time when the country ...

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  • TLAHORE - Tehrik-i-Lubbaik Pakistan, a nascent religio-political party that raised many an eyebrow by bagging 2.19 million votes against 2.54 million polled collectively by the five-party Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal, says Imran Khan has no right to form government at the centre as the July 25 elections ...

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  • TLAHORE  -  Hamza Shehbaz, who is the most important member of the Sharif family after his father and PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif to lead the party in the absence of convicted and jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam, held a news conference in Lahore on ...

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  • TLAHORE - Though yet to be formally designated for the top office, Imran Khan, on the basis of his party’s electoral performance, gave himself the mantle of the prime minister and made public on Thursday the priorities of his would-be government. He also said in addition to the centre, the PTI ...

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  • TLAHORE - Although various parties claim they will defeat their rivals and get majority seats in the July 25 election, the fact is that it is very difficult to assess the likely performance of the contesting parties because of the unpredictability of the role of various factors. The results may be ...

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  • TLAHORE - The sale and purchase of votes in election is dishonesty and a sin, says a Mufti of a prominent religious institution of the metropolis. According to him, voting on biradari basis, ignoring other qualifications of a candidate is like misusing a trust, Mufti Shahid Obaid of Jamia Ashrafia, ...

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  • TLAHORE  - Three-time former prime minister Nawaz Sharif returned from London to Pakistan on July 13 to court arrest after being convicted by an accountability court in Avenfield property reference. Along with his daughter and son-in-law, he has been lodged in Adiala jail. Thereafter a new ...

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  • TLahore - Leaving his ailing wife behind, and without being able to talk to her, for which purpose he had sought a week’s delay in the announcement of verdict in the Avenfield properties reference, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is returning to Lahore on Friday afternoon. Twelve days ...

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  • TLAHORE - July is going to be a very important month both for the political future of the family of Mian Nawaz Sharif as well as the PML-N. On July 6, an accountability court will deliver its verdict in the Avenfield case which, if goes against Maryam, will mean the ouster of the Nawaz ...

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  • TLAHORE - The Pakistan Awami Tehreek feels ‘humiliated’ after PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s failure to meet Dr Tahirul Qadri during the last 10 days of the month of Ramazan despite assurances by various party leaders that the cricketer-turned-politician would call on the firebrand ...

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  • TLAHORE - What is it that Imran Khan has done and ‘fascinated’ people from other parties to an extent that they are joining the PTI in droves? Is it any previous achievement of the cricketer-turned-politician that has dawned upon them now, or has the PTI chief done something during the ...

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  • TLAHORE  -  If caretaker prime minister Nasirul Mulk could claim until Tuesday that the cabinet he is heading is neutral, he could not make the same claim on Wednesday. The reason: He got inducted in his cabinet a minister who cannot be called neutral. Mian Misbahur Rehman from Lahore is a ...

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  • TLAHORE  - Though expected, Pakistan Awami Tehreek’s decision to boycott the July 25 election is unjustified and ill-advised, to say the least. Dr Tahirul Qadri said at a press conference on Saturday that his party would not take part in the electoral process as the entire system ...

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  • TLAHORE - The general election to be held towards the end of July on the completion of the existing assemblies’ term will be one of the most important ballots, especially because of the important changes ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif plans to bring about in the current system. He has ...

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  • TLAHORE - Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and “his prime minister” Nawaz Sharif have started raising doubts about the fairness and impartiality of the general election due to be held by the end of July. The two allege that the process will be supervised by a “Khalai ...

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  • TLAHORE - A new controversy has started after a statement attributed to former president Asif Zardari following his meeting with party leaders on Monday, and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s response thereto on Tuesday. Both statements are very important and reflective of the kind of ties ...

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  • TLAHORE - There is not much new in the manifesto eleven important points of which were announced by Imran Khan at the PTI’s well-attended Sunday night rally at the historic Minar-i-Pakistan. All parties come up with such attractive promises before the election, but once they get an ...

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  • TLAHORE - A central leader of the PML-N says the recent defections from his party are the result of confrontation between the supporters and enemies of democracy who are doing their respective duties. “People know who is behind the defections,” said Senator Mushahidullah Khan, the ...

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  • TLAHORE - Many people may have many reservations about the judicial activism of Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, but the fact is that it has inculcated the fear of law in the bureaucrats’ minds and they have become more careful in their official dealings. There would be a visible ...

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  • TLAHORE - The present National Assembly will serve out its constitutionally mandated five-year term by the end of May and the next election will be held after the two/three months. People desirous of contesting the next polls have to decide during the coming weeks which party’s platform will ...

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  • TLAHORE - The PML-Q, which was known as king’s party during the Musharraf era, has received a serious blow as its provincial secretary general Chaudhry Zaheeruddin has also decided to part ways with it. He is due to join the PTI on April 9. Zaheeruddin is from Faisalabad and his younger ...

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  • TLAHORE - A close aide to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif doubts that free and fair elections will be possible under the supervision of the judiciary, as planned by the Election Commission of Pakistan, and alleges that the PML-N is being weakened before the process. Senator Pervaiz Rashid also ...

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  • TLAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif will take over as PML-N chief today at a time when the party is facing several challenges because of the policies of his elder brother – disqualified prime minister Mian Nawaz Sharif. And on his performance will depend the future of the party ...

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  • TLAHORE -  The results of the current year’s general election will largely be similar to those of the 2013’s, with only minor changes here and there, provided the entire exercise is free and fair, says Railways Minister Khwaja Saad Rafiq. Talking informally to senior journalists ...

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