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Sri Lanka parties challenge President in court

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's main parties on Monday challenged the president's sacking of parliament in the highest court, a move which has escalated a political crisis. President Maithripala Sirisena late Friday called snap elections for January 5 and dismissed parliament, two weeks after sacking the prime minister and installing Mahinda Rajapakse in his place. Three parties, which together enjoy an absolute majority in the assembly, on Monday asked the Supreme Court to declare the president's actions as illegal. Sacked…

Parliament considered centre of democracy in parliamentary system: Qasim Soori

ISLAMABAD: Enlightening the importance of the legislative body, National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Soori has said that parliament is considered as centre of democracy in the parliamentary system. While addressing the inaugural ceremony of 5th National Parliamentary Development Course (NPDC) at PIPS on Monday, Qasim Khan Soori said that parliament is an important constitutional institution for legislation and public representation. The deputy speaker said that parliament is orbit of expectations of the people of…

Sri Lanka president suspends parliament after sacking PM as political rift deepens

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday suspended parliament till Nov. 16, a day after removing Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister and replacing him with former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa in a surprise move that signals escalating political tensions in the South Asian nation. “The president has prorogued the parliament,” cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne told reporters. Minutes earlier Wickremesinghe, who says he remains prime minister, urged the speaker to convene parliament to prove he…

Draft of Whistleblower Protection bill to be presented in parliament: Farogh

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Law Dr Farogh Naseem on Friday said a draft of the Whistleblower Protection and Vigilance Commission bill will soon be presented in the parliament for exposing corruption. "The law will (specially) include protections for whistle-blowers. All parties should warm-heartedly accept this law," the minister said while addressing a press conference in Islamabad.  He said the persons who gave information about corruption would be given 20 percent reward of the recovered amount. Read More:…

Govt to present proposed IMF package before Parliament: Asad Umar

ISLAMABAD: The government will present the proposed International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout package before the parliament for approval, Finance Minister Asad Umar has said in a media report. The minister said that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government had reduced the burden on common man as compared to the previous PML-N government, which had imposed increased taxes on items of daily use, besides increasing power tariffs. However, the incumbent government had only imposed taxes on luxury cars and expensive…

Iran parliament passes counter-terror finance bill

TEHRAN: Iran's parliament on Sunday approved a bill to counter terrorist financing that was strongly opposed by conservatives but seen as vital to salvaging the nuclear deal with European and Asian partners. The bill, one of four put forward by the government to meet demands set by the international Financial Action Task Force (FATF), was passed by 143 votes to 120, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency. It aims to bring Iran's laws in line with international standards and allows it to join the UN Terrorism…

Pakistan, Japan agree to improve parliamentary performance

ISLAMABAD/ TOKYO: The Senate of Pakistan and House of Representatives of Japan have agreed to strengthen parliamentary cooperation in areas of legislation and parliamentary practices to further improve parliamentary performance by sharing experiences. In this regard, a delegation of senior officers of the Senate, led by Secretary Senate Amjad Pervez Malik currently visiting Japan, met with Secretary General of the House of Representatives of Japanese Parliament and other high ranking officials. The delegation, which…

PM decides to take parliament into confidence on Saudi trip

ISLAMABAD: The PTI government has decided to take the Parliament into confidence on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s maiden trip to Saudi Arabia this week, ARY News reported. Sources privy to this development say the prime minister held consultations with the senior leadership of his party following his visit to the kingdom. He decided to take the parliament into confidence on the recommendation of the party leadership. The prime minister will give a policy statement with regard to this trip, apprising the lower house of…