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Shehbaz gears up efforts for anti-PPP alliance in Sindh

LAHORE: PML-N has geared up efforts to form an alliance with political parties in Sindh to challenge the PPP in forthcoming general elections. PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif is coming to Karachi again on April 22 to hold important meetings with his possible allies. Shehbaz Sharif had visited Karachi on April 14 and met key political…

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MNA, MPA granted bail after ‘anti-judiciary’ speech arrest

By Mehar Shafique A Kasur court has ordered the release of PML-N MNA Waseem Akhtar Sheikh, MPA Naeem Safdar and other workers of the ruling party on bail, a day after their arrest on charges of making derogatory speeches against judiciary. The PML-N lawmakers led a protest demonstration in Kasur yesterday, using expletives against judiciary,…

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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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Imran threatens to expose MPAs of other parties involved in horse-trading

LAHORE: Will expose MPAs from other parties who sold their votes in the recent Senate elections, says PTI chief Imran Khan.  “We have a list of MPAs from other parties who sold their votes,” said Imran Khan during a press conference. “If these parties do not take action against their MPAs, we will expose their…

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PML-N MNA arrested over ‘derogatory speech’ against judiciary

By Mehar Shafique KASUR: Police have arrested a PML-N MNA for allegedly making derogatory speeches against higher judiciary and establishment in a public rally. MNA Waseem Akhtar Sheikh and MPA Naeem Safdar Ansari and at least 70 other PML-N workers were booked in two separate cases on charges of making provocative speeches during a public…

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Explainer: Nadeem Malik opposes censoring Nawaz speeches

SAMAA’s senior anchorperson Nadeem Malik has spoken out against censoring speeches of former three-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Mr Malik remarks came after TV channels, including state-run Pakistan Television, censored a part of Nawaz Sharif’s speech during a seminar in Islamabad. “Nawaz Sharif shouldn’t be treated the way MQM’s founder Altaf Hussain was. A leader…

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PML-N was once on the wrong side of history: Musadik Malik

“PML-N was one on the wrong side of history when it supported dictators,” said Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Musadik Malik.  He said this while answering a question on SAMAA TV’s program Nadeem Malik Live. Malik said senior PML-N leaders had admitted in the recent past that the party’s stance was wrong during the…

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‘Disloyal’ people won’t be given PML-N ticket, Nawaz warns dissidents

ISLAMABAD: Ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the PML-N would not give tickets to disloyal people in the forthcoming elections. “The party tickets for elections would only be issued to uncompromising people,” the former PM said. Sharif was referring to eight lawmakers from South Punjab who had recently left PML-N and launched their…

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Govt post-mortem: MPAs claim BISP not providing relief to masses

KARACHI: Sindh Assembly MPAs said that the Benazir Income Support Programme was being used to provide relief to only favourites but not masses in general.  “This is a political gimmick by Asif Ali Zardari to secure votes,” said PTI’s Khurram Sher Zaman. “I don’t think it is providing relief to masses.” “The hand that gives…

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Shots fired at Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan’s house in Lahore

Reported by; Zulqarnain Iqbal LAHORE: Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan’s house came under attack as multiple gunshots were fired at his residence two times.  Gunshots were fired twice at Justice Ijaz’s house–once during the previous night and again on Sunday morning. Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar arrived at Justice Ijaz’s house and summoned IG Punjab there. The chief…

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We knew about consequences if action had been taken against Musharraf: Pervaiz Rashid

We knew there would be consequences if action had been taken against former president General (r) Musharraf, said Pervaiz Rashid.  Speaking exclusively to SAMAA TV, Rashid said that the government could not even send a medical board the hospital where Musharraf was kept. He said that the government was not able to take Musharraf to…

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PM inaugurates Jalalpur Pirwala-Uch Sharif section of National Highway

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi inaugurated the 45km Jalalpur Pirwala-Uch Sharif section of  the National Highway near Bahawalpur, on Saturday.  Located in South Punjab near Bahawalpur, the road is part of the national highway connecting Multan with Shujabad, Jalalpur Pirwala, Uch Sharif and Tranda Muhammad Panah. The project would ease the traffic flow at N-5 besides…

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Shehbaz Sharif ignores party workers upon reaching Karachi

KARACHI: Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif ignored party workers who were welcoming him to Karachi. The Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz president reached Karachi on Saturday with Mushahid Hussain Syed and Mushahidullah Khan. He did not meet the activists waiting for him at the airport in the blistering heat and left for Governor House. A…

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Explainer: Haider Waheed, Abdul Moiz Jafferi on disqualification ruling

In a landmark judgment on Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that Nawaz Sharif would never again be able to hold public office after his disqualification over un-withdrawn receivables from his son’s company in the Panama Papers case. Haider Waheed and Abdul Moiz Jaffari discuss the fallout of this verdict on the PML-N’s politics in the…

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Govt post-mortem: Did the ruling party implement its manifesto?

Every party has its own manifesto–but do they implement it in their policies? People weigh in on whether the ruling party was able to implement its manifesto ever since it took over the reins of the country four-and-a-half years ago.  “Has the PPP acted on its manifesto and provided Roti, Kapra aur Makaan to the common man?”…

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Post-mortem: PML-N’s 2013 election promises

All mainstream political parties had made lofty promises in the last general elections held on May 13, 2013. SAMAA has run a special transmission to review some of the promises made by the ruling PML-N in its election manifesto. Speaking on different occasions before the general polls, PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif promised a strong economy,…

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Govt post-mortem: 10,000 MW were added to the national grid, claims Uzma Bukhari

PML-N representative Uzma Bokhari defended the federal government’s performance over the past four-and-a-half years, stating that sincere attempts had been made to end the load shedding menace in the country.  “I’m very proud to say that we were able to live up to the claims we made about ending load shedding,” she said on SAMAA…

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PML-N’s last budget: Will the outgoing govt ignore the poor once again?

The outgoing government has little relief to offer to the poor. Miftah Ismail said it’s impossible to make ends meet against the minimum wage of Rs15,000. But will the government fix that in its next budget? Not really. The PML-N-led government will announce its sixth budget on May 12. It will also be their last…

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Time to put our house in order, says chief justice

QUETTA: Justice Saqib Nisar criticised the judicial system in Pakistan and said that it seemed as if the judiciary was not using its capabilities according to the required standards.  “We’re not dispensing justice in the right manner,” he said. “If this remains the case, what face will we show to future generations?” Justice Saqib Nisar…

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Shehbaz laundered money through political secretary: Zubair Mehmood

Shehbaz Sharif laundered money through his political secretary Talha Barki, claims Tehmina Durrani’s former political secretary Zubair Mehmood.  Zubair claimed that Talha Barki laundered money for Shehbaz Sharif and predicted that he would turn a state witness against the chief minister. “Tehmina Durrani had told me that told me that Barki was in Dubai to…

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PML-N turns stronghold in garbage point

Gujranwala is a stronghold of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz as all 14 Punjab Assembly seats and seven National Assembly seats of the city exclusively belong to the party. However, the party’s government remained indifferent to the city during last four years and virtually turned the city into garbage point. Huge garbage points can be seen…

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