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Vawda, Abbasi trade barbs in National Assembly

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly session on Wednesday witnessed a heated debate among lawmakers from the treasury and the opposition benches who traded accusations on each other over bad governance, ARY News reported. It all started when Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf lawmaker and Federal Minister for Water Resources, Faisal Vawda, blamed the previous government for water theft; however he refrained from naming any individual. He said the country incurred losses of billions of rupees because of widespread water theft. As…

Khaqan asks govt to disclose details of IMF talks

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has called upon the government to disclose details regarding its upcoming meeting with the delegation of International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Islamabad, ARY News reported. Speaking to media here, Abbasi said the Parliament must be taken into confidence regarding economic and security issues of the country. Reacting to government’s statements terming Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to China as successful, the PML-N leader said China was an all-weather ally of…

NAB reopens LNG case against former PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has reopened investigation into Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) scandal against former prime minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. NAB Rawalpindi chapter has decided to summon senior PML-N leader and former PM Abbasi for probe into the LNG deal. Furthermore a letter seeking relevant record from the department concerned has also been issued. The file of the case was closed and it was in the back burner at Karachi office of the National Accountability Bureau. The…

Helicopter travel costs Rs 20,000 per minute, says ex-PM Abbasi

ISLAMABAD: Chipping in with the ongoing debate over ‘cheap’ cost of helicopter trip, former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who himself owns an airline, stated that per minute of a helicopter commute is around Rs 20,000. During a media talk, the ex-PM expressed surprise on statement of Fawad Chaudhary who said per kilometer cost of helicopter commute is Rs 55. “I must say every Pakistani is now waiting for the helicopter that costs Rs 55 per km,” he taunted. Read: Naeem-ul-Haq defends PM Imran’s use of helicopter…

Nomination papers of Imran, Khaqan and Gulalai for NA-53 rejected

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has rejected the nomination papers of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader and former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, PTI chairman Imran Khan and Ayesha Gulalai for NA-53 constituency. According to the ECP, the nomination forms were turned down over violation of Section N of the affidavit, relating to development work a candidate undertook in their constituency. The objection raised by the returning officer stated that the respective candidates failed to…

Those seeking delay in polls be tried under Article 6: Abbasi

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that the Constitution had no provision for delay in general election and those who were calling to do so were in fact violating the Constitution and should be tried for high treason under Article 6. In an interview, Abbasi said the Constitution called for holding the general election within 60 days of the dissolution of the Parliament. He said no one had the powers to delay the polls and reiterated that he had asked the parliamentarians in Balochistan not…

PM says fair and transparent elections ‘need of the hour’

ISLAMABAD: Recounting achievements of the ruling PML-N in his farewell speech, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday 'bragged' that the country made a lot of gains on economic and development front during last five years. Speaking in the last session of the National Assembly, Mr Abbasi said neither the government nor the opposition would accept any suggestion for delaying general elections. He said the cause of the democracy demands free, fair and transparent elections. The Prime Minister was of the view…

PM calls for establishing National Testing Service to standardize education

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Monday said the federal government has set high standards of education in the country by providing modern curriculum and quality education to the students and asked the provinces to emulate. Addressing the launch of the new curriculum and text books by the Federal Ministry of Professional and Technical Training here at the PM Office, he said no country can progress unless it focuses on provision of quality education to its youth. He said the Islamabad Capital Territory…

ECC approves 3-month salaries to Steel Mills workers

ISLAMABAD: The meeting of Economic Coordination Committee (ECC), chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, on Friday approved an amount of Rs. 1140 million as three months salaries (Jan to March, 2018) for the employees of Pakistan Steel Mills Corporation. The meeting was held at the Prime Minister’s Office. Pakistan Steel Mills workers staged a protest a day ago against non-payment of last four months’ salaries and other benefits. The protesters blocked the main railway line ML-1, causing trains to be delayed…

PM directs uninterrupted power supply during Ramazan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Tuesday directed the Power Division to ensure that all units of power plants remain online for uninterrupted power supply at Sehr and Iftaar, during the forthcoming Ramazan. The Prime Minister was chairing a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCoE) here at the Prime Minister Office. The meeting discussed issues related to the energy sector and reviewed the load management plan during the summers, particularly during the Ramazan. Minister for Power Sardar Awais…