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Judiciary won’t influence outcome of Pakistan’s general election: interior minister

LONDON: Pressure from Pakistan’s judiciary won’t influence the outcome of upcoming general elections this year, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said on Wednesday, adding he hoped the election would be free and fair. Earlier this month, Pakistan’s Supreme Court disqualified deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party from holding…

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Election will prove Pakistanis are not tenants: Ahsan Iqbal

By Shahid Hussain LAHORE: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal says his party doesn’t believe in any ‘NRO’, (National Reconciliation Order), any secret deal, as it had an NRO with the people of Pakistan to transform the country into an economic tiger. “The next general elections will prove that 200 million Pakistanis are not tenants but owners…

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Pakistan to become South Asia’s industrial hub after CPEC completion: Ahsan

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal on Sunday said Pakistan would become an industrial hub of South Asia after the completion of CPEC. Talking to State-TV, the minister said the mega project is a game changer for Pakistan as it would bring improvement in social infrastructure, energy, industrial cooperation, agriculture and many other sectors, besides…

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Transport corridors imperative to connect nations, promote trade: Ahsan

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal on Thursday said future of Asian countries depends on promotion of trade and commerce and connectivity through transport corridors. Transport corridors help connect the countries and play pivotal role in economic integration, trade development and regional connectivity across the globe. At a launching ceremony of…

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Aamir Liaquat met Nawaz Sharif in Karachi: Interior Minister

KARACHI: TV personality Dr Aamir Liaquat Husain met ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Karachi and called him a true leader of Pakistan, said Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Monday. This came shortly after Hussain met Imran Khan in Karachi and announced his decision to join the PTI. “I am joining PTI to fight the…

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FATF watchlist: Interior Minister warns against speculations

ISLAMABAD: As reports surface that Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global money-laundering watchdog, has placed Pakistan back on its terrorist financing watchlist, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal cautioned against speculations on the matter. “No official intimation of #FATF decision yet. We should not speculate till official statement is released,” Iqbal said on Twitter. No official…

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Nawaz Sharif, PML-N cannot be separated: Ahsan Iqbal

By SAMAA staff ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said that Nawaz Sharif could not be separated from Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). Speaking to media persons, Ahsan Iqbal said “our enemy is making threats of surgical strikes whereas inside the country, surgical strikes are being carried out on the parliament and government to spread a…

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Ehsanullah Ehsan to be tried in military court, Talal Chaudhry tells Senate

NEWS DESK: The interior ministry on Friday told the upper house of the parliament that Ehsanullah Ehsan, a former spokesperson of the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), would be tried in a military court. State Minister on Interior Talal Chaudhry said this while responding to a question by Senator Farhatullah Babar on the detention and…

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Terrorists on the run after successful operations: Ahsan Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal Tuesday said the successful operation of Pakistan’s security forces had weakened networks of terrorists, who were on the run. “We made the National Action Plan (NAP) and launched a full-fledged operation against terrorists in the country, which will continue till complete annihilation of terrorists and extremists,” he said….

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Zainab murder: Interior Minister vows to bring culprit to book

LAHORE: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has termed Indian Army Chief’s statement about Pakistan as irresponsible. Talking to newsmen in Lahore on Sunday, he said the statement prove that India is an irresponsible country. The Minister said the statements of Indian Army Chief and US President Donald Trump are aimed at bringing Pakistan under pressure. He…

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Govt defeated loadshedding by adding 10,000 megawatts to national grid: Ahsan

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal Thursday said the government succeeded in defeating loadshedding and 10,000 megawatts of electricity were added to the national grid in four years. He was speaking at the closing ceremony of HEC-Huawei ICT Skill Competititon 2017 organized here by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Huawei Technologies. As many as 7000…

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CPEC has opened new horizon of development to world: Ahsan Iqbal

LAHORE: Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is opening up new horizon of development to the world. He said, “It is a matter of great pleasure that massive investments under CPEC is further strengthening Pak-China friendship, which is sweeter than honey, higher than stars and deepest than the Ocean.”…

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Interior Minister commends timely response to Peshawar attack

PESHAWAR: A high-level meeting held here at Governor House Friday evening reviewed the overall security situation in the wake of terrorist attack on the Agriculture Directorate that claimed twelve lives mostly students. The meeting was attended among others by Governor KP Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Advisor to PM Engr.Amir Muqam and high…

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Govt constitutes committee to review sit-in operation

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Monday constituted a three-member committee to review sit-in operation at Faizabad. The committee, led by the Secretary Interior, would analyze whether or not there was any improvement in police capabilities in handling the sit-ins since 2014, a statement issued here said. The minister, according to a statement, suggested that…

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PTI demands resignation of Interior Minister

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) called for the immediate resignation of Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal after mishandling Faizabad dharna in Islamabad.

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Islamabad protest: Contempt of court notice issued to Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Friday was issued a contempt of court notice by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) over government’s failure to end the ongoing protest of religious parties at Faizabad Interchange, Samaa reported. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the IHC issued the notice while hearing a case pertaining to the protest…

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Iqbal asks protesters to end sit-in at Faizabad

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has appealed the protesters to end their sit-in in Islamabad as the law regarding finality of Prophethood has been made more strict and effective. Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Sunday afternoon, he said no one can think of compromising finality of the Prophethood. The Minister said that the…

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We are facing an extraordinary situation in Islamabad: Ahsan Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said on Thursday that the government was facing an extraordinary situation in the federal capital, referring to the protest sit-in stage by religious parties since the past 10 days.  Speaking to media personnel, Ahsan Iqbal said that after Imran Khan and Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri, everyone wanted to stage a protest sit-in….

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Dar loses Council of Common Interests membership to Ahsan Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has been replaced with Interior Minister Ishaq Dar at the Council of Common Interests, reported SAMAA TV on Monday. It is pertinent to mention here that earlier, the chairmanship of ECC and  was also taken away from the federal finance minister. Ishaq Dar is currently facing trial in a corruption…

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Pakistan moving toward goal of economic development: Ahsan Iqbal

SIALKOT: Federal Minister for Interior Prof. Ahsan Iqbal on Saturday said that Pakistan, despite all hurdles, was rapidly moving ahead towards the goal of economic development and political stability. He said the PML-N government was fulfilling its all promises made with the public including raising their living standard besides overcoming the energy crisis. He stated…

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Smooth transition of power vital for Pakistan’s prosperity: minister

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal Thursday said political stability and smooth transition of power after the next general elections were essential for turning Pakistan into a mature democracy and achieving sustainable development. Talking to a select group of journalists from print and electronic media here, the Minister said Pakistan was heading towards smooth transition and…

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