LAHORE: Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and PML-N president Mian Nawaz Sharif have proximity of views on declaring the drone attacks a sheer breach of country’s sovereignty stressing these attacks should come to halt forthwith.
Army chief held an important meeting with PML-N president Mian Nawaz Sharif at the residence of Mian Shahbaz Sharif here Saturday. Meeting took place at the juncture when Mian Nawaz Sharif is going to assume the office of prime minister. Meeting continued for 4 hours.
Both of them exchanged views at length on national security situation, war on terror and other national issues.
PML-N central leader Mian Shahbaz Sharif was also present on the occasion. Army chief reached the residence of Mian Shahbaz Sharif in private car. Sharif brothers welcomed him. Meeting was held at the request of army chief. Both the leaders dined together.
Army chief gave briefing to Mian Nawaz Sharif on nation More details
QUETTA: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) ‚ Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) and National Party (NP) have agreed to form a coalition government in Balochistan province.
This was announced in a press conference jointly addressed by PML-N Balochistan President Sardar Sanaullah Zehri‚ Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party Secretary General Syed Akram Shah‚ and National Party President Dr Abdul Malik Baloch in Quetta.
They said that the Chief Minister will be picked from PML-N.
They said that they joined hands for the cause of smooth flourishing of democracy‚ strengthening democratic values‚ bringing peace in the region and to remove sense of deprivation. More details
KARACHI: Re-polling at 43 polling stations of NA-250 will be held Sunday (today) following the approval of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
Sources said that security strategy has been finalized to maintain law and order during the polling and as many as 3500 personnel will perform their duties.
40 polling stations will be set up in South zone and other 5 in East zone. Approximately 22 police personnel backed by 8 to 10 Rangers and 6 to 8 army personnel will be deployed at each of the polling stations of NA-250 constituency, sources added.
Round about 2300 police personnel along with Rangers and army will be deployed in South zone while other 275 police personnel backed by 100 Rangers and army personnel will be deployed in East zone.
Quick response force of army and rangers will also be deployed to tackle untoward situation d More details
ISLAMABAD: Muslim League–Nawaz (ML-N) has called for a meeting of its parliamentary party on May 20 here, media reports said.
Sources said that the meeting would discuss formation of governments in the centre, Punjab and Balochistan besides first 100-day plan, relief in load shedding, budget proposals and making alliance with Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F (JUI-F) and Muslim League- Functional (ML-F) at the centre.
Moreover, the meeting would also mull over the future strategy relating to the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
Nearly 140 newly elected ML-N members of national assembly besides senators and central and provincial office-bearers would also be attending this meeting, sources said. More details
SHANGLA HILL: Chief of Pakistan Tehrik e Insaf (PTI), Imran khan said that chief Election Commissioner (CEC) should have immediately taken the nation into confidence through TV address on the issue of rigging.
“ There is some substance in the complaints on polls rigging and manipulation of election results. The CEC should have immediately addressed the nation on TV and taken on board the whole nation on this matter. The mysterious silence on his part in this respect is ringing as some thing secret now ”, he said this while talking to party delegation in Shaukat Khanum Hospital here on Saturday, he said, “The mysterious silence of ECP over the issue has adopted a secret”.
He said that PTI will go to any extent to make public this technical rigging.
“I am grateful to Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on his arrival in Shaukat Khanum Hospital to inquire after my health but the words of friendly match express More details
LAHORE: The power crisis has worsened in Punjab, leading to 12 hours of load-shedding in urban areas of the province.
According to LESCO sources, Lahore region is facing demand of over 3000 MW of electricity while it is getting only 1200 MW. The shortfall has risen to 1800 MW.
As a result, Lahore is suffering from one-hour load-shedding after every two hours. Up to four hours of outages are being carried out in some parts of Lahore.
Meanwhile, rural parts of the Punjab are faced with 18 hours of power cuts under boiling heat.
The overall power shortfall in the country has reached 6,000 MW. More details
WASHINGTON: US has said both the governments of Pakistan and India will have to opt for course of peace now.
US state department spokesperson told the media here that US advises both the heads of state of Pakistan and India to initiate direct dialogue saying new democratic government in Pakistan can help improve relationship between the two countries.
“We also make it clear that NATO forces pull out from Afghanistan will take place as per schedule, spokesperson stated.
The new government in Pakistan is going to come into being democratically and US hopes that situation in Pakistan can improve considerably now because prospect for change at people level has been created due to which stability is poised to come into the country.
US state department advised the incumbent leadership of Pakistan an More details
ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has again made it clear that all the independent candidates ought to submit an affidavit stating that each one of them is joining a particular political party voluntarily and without any coercion.
The affidavit shall be duly sworn before the Oath Commissioner and shall be deposited with the Provincial Election Commissioner concerned or with the Deputy Director (Cord.), Election Commission of Pakistan Secretariat, Islamabad on Saturday, says a press release.
All the successful candidates for General Elections, 2013 shall file their Returns of Election Expenses latest by 20th of May, 2013 with the Returning Officers concerned.
The candidates who shall be elected against reserved seats for women and minorities shall also file their Returns of Election Expenses with the Returning Officers concerned.
Meanwhile, Any successful candidate including the candidates for seats reserved for wom More details