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‘The 18th Amendment shouldn’t be disturbed under political pressure or by judicial decisions’

SAMAA TV’s Haider Waheed talks about the recent controversy surrounding the 18th Amendment

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Bilawal terms PM Sharif’s politicies a threat to federation

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari believes Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s  policies have become a threat to the federation by creating ripples among federating units and pitting them against each other. “Instead of adopting uniformed policies, Nawaz Sharif was trying to appease some specific circles in parts of Punjab. Approval of 97 gas…

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Ex-hockey federation chief arrested over ‘fraud’

LAHORE: Qasim Zia, the former President of Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) was arrested by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials over charges of embezzlement, Samaa reported Saturday. According to Samaa correspondent, Zia, who is also a leader of Pakistan People’s Party, (PPP) was arrested in Lahore today by NAB team which produced him in a local…

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SC asks federation to clarify delay on LB polls

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the federation to explain reasons behind expected delay in holding local body (LB) polls in the capital despite court orders and make it clear whether Local Bodies (LB) elections would be held or not on July 25 despite court orders. The three member bench headed by Justice Jawwad…

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Islamabad standoff case: IHC demands federation’s reply over Kanwal’s bail plea

Staff ReportISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court 9IHC) has demanded reply of the federation over bail plea of co-accused Kanwal, accused Sikandar’s wife, in Islamabad standoff case, SAMAA reports.A two-member Divisional Bench of the IHC comprising Justice Riaz Ahmad and Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui conducted hearing of Kanwal’s bail plea this day.Kanwal’s counsel, Advocate Kalsum Khaliq, has…

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SC seeks Balochistan, federation's reply on Musharraf’s bail

Staff ReportISLAMABAD: Supreme Court has issued notices to Federation and Balochistan government in a case seeking granting of bail for former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in Nawaz Akber Bugti murder case, SAMAA reported.A two-judge bench, headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk, heard the application during which lawyer representing Musharraf prayed that his client was under custody…

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IHC seeks federation's reply on Musharraf bail plea

Staff ReportISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) today issued notices to federation and complainant in connection with the bail plea of former president Pervez Musharraf in judges detention case. A two-member bench comprising Justice Riaz Ahmed Khan and Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui heard the case. Musharraf’s counsel Ilyas Siddiqui Advocate argued that his client should…

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Federation voices helplessness in rendering voting rights to overseas Pakistanis

Staff Report ISLAMABAD: The federal government on Friday expressed its helplessness in granting voting rights to overseas Pakistanis in the coming general election. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry asked why the government failed to issue an ordinance rendering voting facility to expatriate Pakistanis. A three-judge bench is hearing the case. Attorney General Irfan Qadri told…

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SC demands written reply from federation on overseas Pakistani voters

Staff ReportISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has demanded written reply from the federation on hurdles in facilitating overseas Pakistan voters while Caretaker IT Minister, Sania Nishtar, has said that they need 18 months to examine misfits in installation of system, SAMAA reports.A three-member bench led by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chauhdry conducted hearing of…

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SC orders AG to file federation’s reply in treason case against Musharraf

Staff ReportISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan resumed on Wednesday hearing of high treason case against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for imposing the state of emergency in 2007 and subverting the Constitution, SAMAA reported.A two-member bench comprising of Justice Jawwad S Khawja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain took up five identical petitions against Musharraf…

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Treason case: SC seeks reply from federation amid displeasure

Staff ReportISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday sought reply from the Federal Ministry of Interior regarding its steps in the treason case against former President Pervez Musahrraf, SAMAA reported.The court has adjourned the hearing till 17th April.During today’s hearing, the court expressed displeasure over the federation over its lack of interest in the case despite…

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Zardari’s dual office: LHC issues notice to federation

Staff Report LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has issued a notice to the federation seeking assurances that President Asif Ali Zardari will voluntarily quit political activities in the Presidency, SAMAA reported.A five-member bench, headed by Chief Justice LHC Umar Ata Bandial, heard the contempt of court petition against President Zardari for his political activities…

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Balochistan unrest case: AG submits federation’s reply in SC Registrar office

Staff ReportISLAMABAD: After court’s refusal to receive reply, the Attorney General Irfan Qadir has submitted it in Supreme Court’s Registrar office, saying the court has violated Article-100 by not receiving reply, SAMAA reported on Friday.The Attorney General has stated in his reply, submitted to SC Registrar office, that Akhtar Mengal’s statement seems to be against…

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Federation not mandated to create new provinces: Nisar Khohro

Staff ReportKARACHI: Speaker Sindh Assembly, Nisar Khohro said on Wednesday that only provincial assemblies, and not the federation, are entitled to create new provinces, SAMAA reports.“Formation of new provinces by the federal government is tantamount to violation of provincial autonomy,” the speaker said, while talking to media representatives after condoling with PPP leader Saleem Zia…

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PM cannot write letter to Swiss authorities: Federation

Staff Report ISLAMABAD: The federation has submitted its reply to the Supreme Court in the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implementation case, in which it stated that Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf cannot write a letter to Swiss authorities, SAMAA reported Tuesday. The federal government further said that the PM is bound to do anything with…

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Oil prices: LHC seeks reply from OGRA, Federation

Staff ReportLAHORE: The Lahore High Court has sought reply from the Federation and OGRA to explain the recent hike in petroleum prices, SAMAA reports.Sources said the LHC issued notices to representatives of federation and the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority to appear on April 24. The fresh prices of petroleum products and the CNG were…

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Memo case: Mansoor Ajaz, Federation submit sworn statements in SC

Staff ReporterISLAMABAD: The key person in memo scandal Mansoor Ajaz and main stake holder in the issue the Federation both have submitted their sworn statements in the Supreme Court today, SAMAA reported on Thursday.The Attorney General Maulvi Anwar-ul-Haque submitted federation’s sworn statement, saying that the parliamentary committee is probing into the case, in the court…

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Memo case: Legal teams of federation, army meet AG

Staff ReportISLAMABAD: Legal teams of government and army held separate meetings with Attorney General of Pakistan to submit their response regarding memo case. Senator Babar Awan first held long meeting with Attorney General Maulvi Anwar ul Haq and discussed about federation’s response in this case. Law Secretary Masood Chishti were also present on this occasion….

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AG denies he represented federation in memo scam case

Staff ReportKARACHI: Attorney General Maulvi Anwar ul Haq dispelled the impression that he had represented the federation in memo scandal case. In a written explanation today (Friday), Haq said he made his appearance as Attorney General at Supreme Court’s notice. “The impression given in TV talk shows that I represented the federation in memo case…

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NRO Review case: B. Awan to represent federation

Staff ReportISLAMABAD: Former Federal Law Minister Babar Awan will plead National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) Review case in front of a full-court bench of Supreme Court (SC), SAMAA reports Friday.Law Ministry has written him a letter in this connection. According to sources, Babar Awan will file his plea in this regard at the apex court tomorrow.It…

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Constitution can strengthen federation: PM Gilani

Staff ReportISLAMABAD: Only the Constitution of Pakistan can strengthen the federation and all institutes working under it, said Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani here on Wednesday. While talking to the media after the inauguration of a dispensary in Islamabad, PM Gilani said that Zulfikar Ali Bhutto fought the war of people’s rights and we will…

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