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Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal

Political stability, continuity of policies essential for country’s progress: minister

NAROWAL: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Sunday emphasized the need for political stability and continuity of policies for the country’s progress.  Addressing businessmen and journalists here, the minister said it was only a sustaining democracy that can ensure robust economic growth and development in the country. He said the country was standing at the crossroads, which warranted continuity of policies and political stability to achieve sustainable growth. Iqbal said when the PML-N came to power in 2013, the…

Courts are not ‘enemies’, but friends: chief justice tells interior minister

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Monday appeared before the Supreme Court of Pakistan in a case pertaining to the National Database Registration Authority (Nadra) overcharging Pakistanis residing abroad for issuance or cancellation of identity cards.  At the start of the hearing, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, who headed a bench, while addressing the minister said if he was seething with anger for being summoned to the court. “Have you seen Hujra Shah Muqeem case, the chief justice asked. “What…

Interior minister says India conspiring against CPEC

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Thursday said Indian reaction to China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is not positive and that sooner or later, the country will realize that the project will benefit the entire region.  Addressing an event in the federal capital today, the minister said the CPEC would bring prosperity to the region, including China and Pakistan. He asked India to review what he called its short-sighted approach towards the project. The minister said around three billion people would…

Govt, opposition have begun consultations for caretaker setup: minister

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said the government and the opposition have begun the process of consultations to reach a consensus on the names of a caretaker setup ahead of the upcoming general elections scheduled this year.     While talking to the media in the federal capital on Wednesday, the minister expressed confidence that the opposition will agree to the best possible names having strong and unwavering democratic credentials and who could ensure timely elections. Responding to a question, he said…

SC summons interior minister over ‘exorbitant’ Nadra fee for overseas Pakistanis

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday summoned Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal in a case pertaining to the charging of an exorbitant fee from Pakistanis living abroad for issuance and cancellation of identity cards. A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, was hearing a case pertaining to excessive fee Nadra has been charging from non-resident Pakistanis. He asked the interior minister and secretary to appear before the court to explain why a summary with regard to Nadra's fee structure…

Cabinet to decide on inclusion of Sharifs’ names on ECL: minister

LAHORE: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Saturday said the names sent to his ministry for inclusion on the Exit Control List (ECL) have been forwarded to the federal cabinet for approval. Speaking to the media, he said the ministry has been deciding cases with regard to the placement of names on the no-fly list in line with the apex court's judgment in this regard. To a query about General Pervez Musharraf’s return, the minister asked if former premier Nawaz Sharif could appear before courts, why can’t he? He…

‘Is judiciary a political party,’ minister attacks CJP’s criticism of Punjab govt

LAHORE: Raising the ante in the criticism of the judiciary, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Saturday criticized the Supreme Court for questioning the performance of the PML-N-led provincial government in Punjab. In a sharp reaction to Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar’s remarks about the Punjab government, the minister turned his guns on the judiciary. He said in a tweet: “Hon CJ! It is for the people of Punjab to judge performance in the coming elections.” “ How can you make such statements just before…

Court decisions against Sharif increasing PML-N’s popularity, says minister

LAHORE: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Saturday said that the decisions of the Supreme Court against deposed premier Nawaz Sharif have added to the popularity of the ruling party. Speaking to the media here, he thanked the apex court, saying its judgments were increasing their political popularity. The minister opined that the Panama Papers were used to achieve political objectives. He said this was not unusual to have differences between political parties, adding that every party will have to bear the brunt of…

Interior minister says will decide NAB request to put Sharifs on ECL on merit

LAHORE: In response to criticism over dragging his feet to put the names of members of the Sharif family on the Exit Control List (ECL) in compliance with a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) request, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said the matter will be decided on merit. The anti-graft watchdog requested the Ministry of Interior earlier this week to include the names of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law retired Captain Safdar on the ECL. Speaking to the media, the minister…

Pakistan wants recognition of sacrifices, not dollars, says minister

WASHINGTON: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal says Pakistan does not want any security aid, but recognition of the sacrifices it has made in the fight against terrorism. In an interview with BBC, he said, “We don’t want any dollars, we want understanding and recognition of the sacrifices that Pakistan has made.” He reiterated that Islamabad would not compromise its dignity. Separately, talking to media in Washington, the minister said Pakistan wanted to maintain good relations with all its neighbours for the sake of…