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NA speaker asked not to issue production order for Saad

ISLAMABAD: The Judicial Activism Panel has written a letter to National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, requesting him not to issue a production order for PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafique to enable him to attend the session of the lower house of Parliament. The lawyers’ panel also forwarded a copy of the letter to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The panel’s head contended in the letter that an accused facing a probe can’t be presented in the National…

Accountability process needs to be transparent: Fawad Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry on Wednesday lashed out at opposition politicians for raising a hue and cry over National Accountability Bureau (NAB) actions, saying some people thought that they have got a licence to indulge in corrupt practices by becoming a parliamentarian. Speaking on the floor of the National Assembly, he said the people wanted to hold those who pocketed public money to account. He said the process of accountability needs to be fair, adding that the previous…

Petroleum Minister denies gas load shedding in country

ISLAMABAD: Petroleum Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan talking in National Assembly on Tuesday said no load shedding of gas being implemented in the country, ARY News reported. The minister was replying a call attention notice in the lower house about the gas pressure in various parts of Balochistan. Ghulam Sarwar Khan speaking at the floor of the house said that steps are being taken to improve the pressure of gas. He said other parts of the country also facing the problem of the low pressure of gas. Petroleum minister…

India not responding ‘positively’ despite Pakistan’s initiatives, Qureshi tells NA

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Monday that India is not ready to respond ‘positively’ despite Pakistan’s initiatives, ARY News reported. Expressing his views at the floor of the National assembly, he said there is no way out except for negotiation when it comes to relations between the two nuclear countries Pakistan and India. Opening of the Kartarpur crossing was aimed to convey message to India that Pakistan wants peace in the region, but India responded negatively, and denying to hold…

NAB gets order for producing Shehbaz in NA session

LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday received a production order of Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif to ensure his presence in the upcoming session of the lower house of parliament which will start on Friday. Sources say Shehbaz will be taken to Islamabad on the morning of Nov 23 via flight PK-652 from Lahore. Earlier, NA Speaker Asad Qaiser issued the production order of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif to enable him to attend the session.…

Rs7.5 billion contributed to dams fund so far, NA told

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly was informed on Friday that so far Rs7.5 billion have been deposited in the Supreme Court-created Diamer Bhasha and Mohmand Dams Fund.   Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azhar told the lower house of Parliament that out of the total amount, Rs804 million were contributed by people living abroad. As of Oct 9, an amount of Rs. 7,559,308,060 has been collected through different sources, according to latest figures posted by the Supreme Court on its website. The Fund has been…

Opposition submits privilege motion against NAB DG in NA

ISLAMABAD: The biggest opposition party in NA, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Friday moved a privilege motion in the National Assembly, assailing the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for "maligning members of parliament", ARY News reported. Former prime minister and senior PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi moved the motion, stating that the NAB's Lahore Director General Shahzad Saleem staged a media-trial of opposition politicians in TV interviews. “This is not about a single member but the entire…

Prime Minister Imran Khan to attend National Assembly session today

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan to attend the session of the National Assembly on Thursday (today), to take the lower house into confidence on his recent visits of China and Saudi Arabia. The Leader of the House will also speak in the National Assembly session, on the current political and economic situation of the country. Incarcerated Opposition Leader, Shehbaz Sharif, who is currently in National Accountability Bureau's sub jail, is also expected to address the National Assembly session, who is on transit…

Rafique asks govt not to use force against protesters

ISLAMABAD: Reacting to the government’s stance over ongoing tension after top court’s verdict in Asia Bibi case, member National Assembly, Khawaja Saad Rafique, said the government must avoid use of force against protesters demonstrating on the streets. Speaking on the floor of the House, he said the religion card that was used against the previous government was now being used once again. “We watched the address of Prime Minister Imran Khan yesterday and his body language was looking quite firm…and it shouldn’t be…

Zardari calls for collective efforts to steer country out of hot waters

ISLAMABAD: Co-Chairman Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday said that "leg pulling" will not serve anyone's cause, urged for combine efforts to steer the country out of the hot waters. "Democracy has its weaknesses, but it remains the best way to address critical issues faced by a country," said Zardari while expressing his views in the National Assembly. The former president said that financial help from friendly countries is not a long-term solution to improve the overall economic situation of…