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  • Parliamentary leaders meeting fail to strike consensus on 22nd amendment

    Dated: 2015-02-28

    ISLAMABAD: The meeting of the Parliamentary leaders held with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the chair failed to strike a consensus on the 22nd Constitutional Amendment.

    Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) have opposed the said amendment asking the political parties to matain discipline among them. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) expressed their support to the government for an open ballot in the Senate elections.

    Speaking to media persons after the meeting of parliamentary parties, former premier Raja Parvez Ashraf said his party rejects horse-trading.

    “PPP will support the constitutional amendment if it is brought through a political consensus,” he said, referring to government’s plans to table 22nd Constitutional Amendment to stop horse-trading.

    He said that there would be no use of tabling th

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  • POL prices will remain same in March: Dar

    Dated: 2015-02-28

    Islamabad: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has said on Friday that prices of petroleum products will not be changed uptil March as per Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directives.

    Despite the appeal of Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) for the increase of petrol price by Rs 5.59, kerosene oil by Rs 7.32 whereas diesel by at least Rs 5.49 but government has decided not to increase and let the people of country to enjoy the reduced prices of petroleum in March.

    The sale tax on petrol is almost reduced from 27 to 18 per cent whereas 27 to 36 per cent is increased on diesel.

    Dar added that Pakistan reduced its petroleum products’ prices by at least Rs 30 to Rs 50. He stated that according to international standards, Pakistan got white position whereas three years earlier it was having grey position.

    Pakistan’s economy has been declared white by the Financial Task

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  • Throw Constitution into dustbin if LB polls not being held: SC

    Dated: 2015-02-28

    ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court (SC) has sought reply on March, 3 from Sindh, Punjab, Islamabad and cantonment boards in connection with final date for conducting Local Bodies (LB) polls.

    The court refused to issue notice to Chief Executive (CE) Pakistan Mian Nawaz Sharif on a contempt of court petition for not holding LB polls in the country remarking the matter is of sensitive nature and needs to be dealt with carefully. Therefore, notice is not being issued at present. However it will not be hesitated to issue notice to Prime Minister (PM) if needs arises.

    Justice Jawwad S Khawaja has remarked “throw the constitution into dustbin if the federation and provinces have not to conduct LB polls. All are literate and know non implementing the constitution can yield what consequences.

    He observed “ legislators are respectable and their job is to legislate and not to implement

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  • Inamullah Niazi rejoins PML-N, CM Punjab welcomes

    Dated: 2015-02-28

    LAHORE: Former Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader who had defected to Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) back in 2012, has rejoined PML-N on Friday, say media reports.

    Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has welcomed Inamullah’s decision to join PML-N. Inamullah Niazi had won the Punjab Assembly seat from Bhakkar-II PP-48 in the by-election in November 2014 as an independent candidate.

    Rumours always had it that he would rejoin his former party. Inamullah had won this seat after it was vacated due to the demise of his brother, and PML-N MPA, Najeebullah Niazi.

    Inamullah Niazi is the cousin of Chairman PTI Imran Khan Niazi. He was a staunch supporter of the party led by his cousin until he developed distances with the Chairman PTI for not awarding him the ticket from Inamullah’s home constituency.

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  • changes in Pak-China economic corridor: Opposition walks out of senate

    Dated: 2015-02-28

    ISLAMABAD: The opposition parties in here on Friday staged walk out of the senate session in protest against the proposed changes in the Pak-China economic corridor.

    The senate session begin chaired by senate chairman Nayyar Hussain Bukhari.

    Opposition parties including Awami National Party (ANP), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) walked out of the senate session.

    The opposition parties asked the government to rollback the decision of changes in the Pak-China trade corridor from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to Punjab.

    Gilgit prison break: Two inmates flee, one killed

    GILGIT: Four prisoners at the district jail Gilgit made an attempt to escape early on Friday during which two prisoners, including one involved in the Nanga Parbat massacre case, managed to flee while one inmate was killed and another wounded,

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  • Baldia Town factory fire: New JIT starts investigation

    Dated: 2015-02-28

    KARACHI: The first meeting of newly formed joint investigation team on Baldia Town factory fire was held here. Additional Inspector General Crime Branch Khadim Hussain chaired the meeting.

    The members of the team, Rangers Colonel Sajjad Bashir, FIA Additional Director Altaf Hussain and DIG Crime Branch Mushtaq Mahar participated in the meeting.

    According to police, ex-investigation officer (IO) of the case, Jahanzeb recorded his statement before the JIT. The police further say, due to the importance of the matter the committee will meet on daily basis and will record statements of every person who can provide further information.

    The Sindh Home Department had formed an investigation team to further probe the Baldia factory fire that killed over 250 people in 2012.

    The team will probe the tragedy which recently made headlines in media after a JIT report was submitted in the

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  • Protest against proposed privatization of Wapda

    Dated: 2015-02-28

    PESHAWAR: Score of enraged employees staged a protest demonstration and sit-in against the proposed privatization of Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) in Peshawar here on Friday.

    In the provincial capital, the employees gathered outside Wapda house. They also stage sit-in in favour of their demands outside Wapda house and chanted slogans against the federal government. Central chairman of the workers union, Gohar Taj, led the protest rally. The speakers said the government was following the directions of International Monetary Fund (IMF), which were against the interest of the country.

    They said the electricity distribution companies were facing deficit due to political interference, corruption, and incompetent board of directors.

    The protestors were holding banners and placards inscribed with slogans against the privatisation of the entity and federal government.

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  • 15 people injured as 5.8 magnitude earthquake jolts country

    Dated: 2015-02-28

    ISLAMABAD: More than twenty mud houses collapsed and at least 15 people sustained injuries as a 5.8 magnitude earthquake and two aftershocks hit northern region of the country, including capital city of Islamabad on Friday morning.

    Strong tremors jolted Islamabad, Mansehra, Murree, Abbottabad, Swat, Haripur, Malakand, Nowshehra, Shangla Hill, Battagram, Rawalpindi and adjoining areas.

    According to Pakistan Metrological Department, the tremors were felt at 2.59 am which were lasted for 57 seconds. The epicenter of the quake was Alai, 51 kilometers of Mansehra at the depth of 32 kilometers.

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  • Senate pays homage to Justice Rana Bhagwandas

    Dated: 2015-02-28

    ISLAMABAD: The upper house Friday paid homage to late Justice Rana Bhagwandas for his services for the country and the nation

    Senate began its 111th session with with Chairman Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari in the chair .

    The House paid homage to late Justice Rana Bhagwandas for his services for the country and the nation.

    The Chairman Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari said Rana Bhagwandas was an upright and honest person and judgments delivered by him are an asset for the judiciary.

    Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad said Rana Bhagwandas never compromised on basic principles.

    Senator Hari Ram said Rana Bhagwandas always worked for supremacy of law. He said late Justice was a true Pakistani. The House also observed one minute silence to pay homage to late Justice Bhagwandas.

    The chair announced the p

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  • Punjab government will no longer register Afghans

    Dated: 2015-02-28

    Lahore: Punjab government will no longer register Afghans national and those already residing here will have to leave for their country before 31st December 2015.

    According to sources 911,169 Afghans refugees are residing in the 33 cities of Punjab province. 33614, 28623, 25256, and 8369 Afghans migrants are living in Rawalpindi, Mainawali, Chakwal and Lahore respectively.

    Punjab government has conveyed to UNHCR via federal government, that they will no longer be registering Afghan migrants in the province.

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  • PTI to win LB polls in Lahore: Sarwar

    Dated: 2015-02-28

    LAHORE: Former Punjab governor and PTI leader Chaudhry Sarwar was confident that his party would win the next local body elections in Lahore.

    Speaking at a party’s reception in Lahore, Sarwar said that local body elections were held during dictatorial rules. “It is unfortunate that LB elections are not held in the so-called democracy,” he lamented.

    The former governor said that electronic voting could not be conducted in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to non-cooperation from federal government.

    He claimed that Lahore, which is considered a strong-hold of the ruling PML-N, would fall to Tehreek-e-Insaf in the LB polls.

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  • Pakistan welcomes renewed prospects of Afghan peace talks

    Dated: 2015-02-28

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has underscored the need for close partnership with UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan to advance shared goals of peace and development in that country.

    This was conveyed by Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi during their meetings with UN Special Representative for Afghanistan Nicholas Haysom in Islamabad Friday.

    The Special Representative was apprised about improvement in Pak-Afghan relations with special emphasis on counter-terrorism cooperation, trade and economic development.

    Sartaj Aziz and Tariq Fatemi also welcomed the renewed prospects of intra-Afghan reconciliation and reaffirmed Pakistan’s resolve to facilitate the process in all possible manners. Ambassador Haysom acknowledged Pakistan’s pivotal role in peace and stability in Afghanistan.

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