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Trump, Republican senators meet to thrash out wall-funding dilemma

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump met with Republican senators on Friday after threatening a “very long” government shutdown just hours ahead of a midnight deadline, demanding $5 billion for border wall funding and seeking to shift blame for a holiday showdown to Democrats. The Republicans gathered at the White House at 10:30 a.m. (1730 GMT) to discuss the dilemma. Senator Richard Shelby said he doubted the issue would be resolved on Friday, and John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said there may be room…

PM directs PTI senators to keep senate abreast of all govt steps

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday directed the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) senators to keep the senate abreast of all government steps. He was talking to a delegation of PTI senators from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa led by Leader of the House in the Senate Shibli Faraz that called on him in Islamabad. The prime minister directed them to play their active role in the Upper House regarding the reforms, development projects and planning of the government in various sectors. Last week, PM Khan summoned a…

Three FATA senators join PTI ahead of presidential elections

ISLAMABAD: Three senators from the erstwhile Federal Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on Saturday announced to join the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) ahead of the presidential elections. Senator Aurangzeb Khan, Senator Haji Fida and Senator Sajjad Toru called on Prime Minister Imran Khan at his residence in Banigala and announced to join the PTI. Minister for Defence Pervez Khattak was also present at the occasion. The senators expressed confidence in the leadership of premier Imran Khan who welcomed them to the…

Sheikh Rashid claims even PML-N senators voted for Sanjrani

ISLAMABAD: As the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) suffered a defeat for the Senate chairmanship, Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has claimed that even PML-N senators voted for opposition candidate Sadiq Sanjrani. Sheikh Rashid, while speaking to ARY News on Monday, said that he expected a 'photo finish' in the race for Senate chairman, but did not realise that there would be such a massive margin, which implies that even several PML-N senators have voted against their party candidate. Sadiq…

51 newly elected senators take oath as govt, opposition eye Senate chairmanship

ISLAMABAD: Fifty one newly elected  members of the Upper House of the Parliament took oath on Monday as the 104-member house is set to elect its chairman and deputy chairman later today. Presiding Officer Senator Yaqoob Khan Nasir administered the oath to the senators, who secured their respective seats of the upper house after elections held on March 3. Senator-elect former finance minster Ishaq Dar didn't take oath as he has been abroad in connection with his treatment. The Senate will meet again at 4:00 pm today…

SC permits senators-elect with dual nationality to vote for Senate chairmanship

By Abid Khan/Web DESK LAHORE: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Saturday (today) granted permission to senators-elect, who believed to possess dual nationality, to cast votes in the upcoming election for the Senate chairman on March 12. A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, of the apex court head the suo motu case at Lahore Registry. The bench directed the Election Commission of Pakistan to issue notification of the four winning candidates from ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz…

ECP notifies newly elected senators barring dual nationals

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday issued the notifications of the newly elected senators expect for those who allegedly holds dual nationalities. The commission issued the notifications of 47 senators-elect after they submitted details of their assets. Those who have been notified included eight senators-elect from Punjab, 12 from Sindh, 10 from Balochistan, 11 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, two from Islamabad and four from the Federal Administered Tribal Areas (Fata). The electoral body…

Ishaq Dar, Rabbani among 52 senators to retire in March

ISLAMABAD: As many as 52 senators are set to retire after their six-year term ends in March 2018.   Those who are set to bid adieu to the Upper House are 12 each from Punjab and Sindh, 11 each from Khyber Pakhtun­khwa and Balochistan, two from Islamabad and four from the Federally Admi­nistered Tribal Areas (Fata) — will retire on March 11 next year. Prominent among those who will retire include Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Leader of the Opposition Aitzaz Ahsan, Mushahid Hussain Sayed,…