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Oct 1999 coup conspiracy to stunt country’s growth, says Shahbaz

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Thursday Oct 12, 1999 coup is the darkest day of political and democratic history of the country, ARY News reported. In his remarks about the coup, the Chief Minister said it was a conspiracy to stunt the growth of Pakistan, adding that the nation is still bearing the brunt of the fallout of the military government, which inflicted immense losses on both the country and people. Shahbaz said had it not been for the coup, the situation in Pakistan would have been…

Shahbaz says govt has unshakable belief in finality of Prophethood

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Saturday the government has unwavering belief in the finality of Prophethood. Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid held a meeting with the chief minister here to discuss current political situation and party affairs. They also discussed the matter pertaining to the amendment to the Election Bill 2017, rectifying the Khatm-i-Nabuwat (finality of Prophethood) declaration which public office holders are required to sign. Speaking on the occasion, Shahbaz praised the…

Shahbaz Sharif returns home from London

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday returned home from London, two days after his elder brother deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif landed in Pakistan to face graft cases in an accountability court. Shahbaz landed at Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore and was driven to his residence in Model Town amid tight security. On Sept 23, the chief minister had traveled to London to inquire about the health of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz undergoing treatment for cancer and take part in the key PML-N…

Nawaz should have addressed nation instead of leading rally, says Durrani

LAHORE: As ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif embarked on Wednesday on a journey back to his hometown, Lahore, in cavalcade via the GT Road rally, Tehmina Durrani, the wife of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, did not seem to be in favour of the rally.  In a tweet, she said, "If I were to advise MNS (Mian Nawaz Sharif) sb, I Should have requested he address the nation instead of putting a most loyal bro, as CM Punjab in such a contradictory position," Ms Durrani said in another tweet. If I wr 2 advise MNS…

A game of thrones in Pakistan’s dynastic politics

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has passed the leadership baton to his brother, ensuring the continuation of a dynastic political system in a country where government has long been run as a family enterprise. In Pakistan’s stratified, semi-feudal society, patronage and kinship play a huge role in politics, often dominating ideology. Some analyst estimates say that more than half of seats — at both national and provincial level — have been passed from father to son, brother to brother, keeping the business…

Consensus on nomination of Shahbaz Sharif as next PM, says Khawaja Saad

KARACHI: As an informal meeting of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) with ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif in chair today deliberated the party's post Supreme Court verdict strategy and nomination of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif as new prime minister and an interim prime minister, former minister for Pakistan Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said there was consensus on electing Shahbaz to the coveted post. In a tweet, Khawaja said, "Shahbaz's performance as Punjab chief minister has remained exemplary. He has…

LHC summons PM’s relatives on relocation of three sugar mills

LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday summoned Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's three close relatives including nephew Yousuf Abbas Sharif over relocation of Sharif Sugar mills despite stay orders which barred shifting of the mills to new locations in southern Punjab, ARY News reported. A petition was filed by Jahangir Tareen over violation of the court orders and stated that in spite of a ban, the sugar mills were shifted to new locations which adversely affected irrigation system and crops in southern Punjab. The…

Lahore to hold PSL final or not: Punjab decides today

LAHORE: Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif will chair a meeting on Saturday to reach a final decision about holding the final of Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Lahore or not. Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah had yesterday said that the provincial government will do its utmost to hold the showcase match in Lahore. PSL Chief Najam Sethi after a meeting with the chief minister of Punjab said that efforts are being made to hold the final in Lahore, however, the final decision will be taken in view of the current…