Pakistan

Recovery of ‘health expenses’ by Nawaz, Zardari govt approved by Cabinet

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet on Tuesday gave its approval to recover funds spent by Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari’s governments under the ploy of health expenses from the national exchequer. The sources close to the development said that a report on the total expenses incurred by the Pakistan Peoples' Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) governments was presented...

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System of reward and punishment is a Constitutional responsibility: Umar

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Asad Umar said on Thursday the parliament has a constitutional responsibility that if a crime has been committed, if someone has stolen the country's money, then it is our Constitutional responsibility that there be a system of reward and punishment for it. Speaking in a National Assembly session here in Islamabad, the former finance minister, while...

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Production orders issued for Zardari, Saad Rafique by NA Speaker

ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaisar issued the production orders of former president Asif Ali Zardari and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Saad Rafique on Wednesday. Both the leaders were arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in separate corruption cases. The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) co-chairperson was arrested by NAB in the fake bank accounts case on June...

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Zardari advices govt, opposition to discuss economic policy together

Former president Asif Ali Zardari, addressing the National Assembly for the first time since his arrest by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on June 10, said on Thursday that the government and the opposition should come to the table and discuss an economic policy "to move forward". He said, "let's give the economic policy ownership, so that it remains forever."...

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CJP Khosa expresses disappointment over parliament chaos

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Asif Saeed Khosa on Wednesday expressed his disappointment over the continued chaos in the National Assembly by the treasury and opposition members on the budget speech. Speaking to the judicial officers of the Islamabad model court, the chief justice said that he feels depressed when he sees that the members don’t let Prime Minister...

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Maryam Nawaz deems budget supporter to be public enemy

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice president Maryam Nawaz said on Wednesday anybody supporting the approval of the federal budget will be a public enemy as it created hardships for the common man. Speaking to media at PML-N leader Saad Rafique's residence a day after Rafique's bail plea rejection by Lahore High Court, the PML-N VP said the eyes of...

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Al-Azizia reference: Nawaz’s request to submit additional documents approved by IHC

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif filed an application with the Islamabad High Court (IHC) seeking permission to submit additional documents in his bail petition on medical grounds in the Al-Azizia reference on Wednesday which was approved by IHC. In his plea, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo stated that he be allowed to submit verified medical reports by foreign...

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Shehbaz Sharif attacked his own party: Umar Ayub

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Power Umar Ayub said on Wednesday Opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif attacked his own Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMN-N) by rejecting the budget 2019-20. Speaking during a National Assembly session here at the federal capital after Shehbaz's rejection of budget, the minister said the nation has to pay Rs30,000 billion worth of deficit and the in the last...

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Opposition, govt alliance members sign petition for Zardari’s production order

ISLAMABAD: Members of the Opposition and government alliance parties on Wednesday signed a petition for the issuance of former president Asif Ali Zardari's production order. According to sources, at the request of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), members of the government alliance parties signed the petition application. The petition application was signed by Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) Syed Aminul Haque,...

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Bilawal is content on MQM getting another ministry

Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday welcomed the government's decision to give the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM) another ministry. Following a meeting with MQM leaders and the Governor Sindh Imran Ismail, the Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday decided to give MQM another ministry. Currently, MQM has two ministries - law and information technology. According to...

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We reject the IMF-dictated budget: Shehbaz Sharif

Following a week of disturbance in the National Assembly, the government and opposition finally agreed not to interrupt a debate on the federal budget — presented on June 11 — giving Leader of the Opposition Shehbaz Sharif the opportunity to commence the general discussion on Wednesday. During an hour-long negotiations between the government and the opposition, the two sides agreed...

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ISI chief Faiz Hameed call on PM Imran

ISLAMABAD: On Tuesday newly appointed Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI)Chief, Faiz Hameed called upon the Prime Minister, Imran Khan here in Islamabad. In a military transfer and appointments on Sunday, Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed was appointed as the Director General of Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI), according to Pakistan's media wing. General Hameed replaced Lt-Gen Asim Munir, who is now posted as the Corps...

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Rs900 BN budget 2019-20 presented by KP govt

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's (KP) Finance Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra on Tuesday unveiled the province's budget for financial year 2019-20, which has a total outlay of Rs900 billion. Spending on the annual development programme has been suggested to be Rs236bn out of the total outlay. The budget speech was delivered in the KP assembly amidst protests and chanting by the opposition against...

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PM Khan to head 13-member National Development Council

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has formed a National Development Council (NDC) and announced its members and the head in a notification issued on June 13. The notification, which lists the chairperson, members, and the NDC's secretary, states the following as its terms of reference: The NDC will "set policies and strategies for development; formulate and tailor policies to achieve...

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Hussain Asghar to be appointed chairman anti-corruption commission: sources

ISLAMABAD: Ex-police officer Hussain Asghar expected to be made the chairman of the anti-corruption commission earlier announced by Prime Minister Imran Khan, sources informed on Tuesday. The Premier had earlier announced to constitute a "high-powered commission" to probe corruption of the last 10 years in Pakistan. The commission will be constituted soon to probe corruption, said the sources. Asghar currently...

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PM Khan presides cabinet session

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan presided a session of the federal cabinet on Tuesday to discuss the budget session, the recent string of arrests and his visit to Bishkek to attend the Council of Heads of State (CHS) of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). The session, which began at 11 am in the PM Office, discussed the establishment of an inquiry...

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LHC rejects bail pleas of Khawaja Saad Rafique, Salman Rafique

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Tuesday rejected the bail applications of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders Khawaja Saad Rafique and Khawaja Salman Rafique. Justice Baqir Najafi headed the two-member bench which announced the verdict. Both brothers are prime suspects in a corruption reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) earlier this year. Khawaja Brothers have been accused by...

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