Fedral Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal statement

پی ٹی آئی اور عوامی تحریک کے تمام قابل ِ عمل مطالبات مان لئے گئے تھے۔وفاقی وزیر احسن اقبال
دونوں سے وزیر اعظم کا ستعفیٰ نہیں لیا جاسکتا ۔وفاقی وزیر احسن اقبال
پی ٹی آئی اور عوامی تحریک ملک کا دنیا میں تماشابنا رہے ہیں۔وفاقی وزیر احسن اقبال
پی ٹی آئی اور عوامی تحریک ہلڑ بازی کا راج نافذ کرنا چاہتے ہیں۔ وفاقی وزیر احسن اقبال

وفاقی وزیر برائے پلاننگ اینڈ ڈی ویلپمنٹ احسن اقبال نے کہا ہے کہ پی ٹی آئی اور عوامی تحریک کے تمام قابل ِ عمل مطالبات مان لئے گئے تھے ۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ دونوں سے وزیر اعظم کا ستعفیٰ نہیں لیا جاسکتا ۔ احسن اقبال نے کہا کہ پی ٹی آئی اور عوامی تحریک ملک کا دنیا میں تماشابنا رہے ہیں۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ قوم دیکھ رہی ہے کہ پی ٹی آئی اور عوامی تحریک ہلڑ بازی کا راج نافذ کرنا چاہتے ہیں۔

Mushahidullah Khan statement

عمران خان اور طاہر القادری جتنے چاہیں جتن کرلیں انہیں سیاسی شہادت سے سرفراز نہیں کیا جائے گا۔سینیٹر مشاہداللہ خان
خواتین اور بچوں کو ڈھال بنا کر دھمکیاں لگانا جرات اور بہادری نہیں ۔ مشاہداللہ خان
ہمارا صبر قطعاً ہماری کمزوری نہیں ، پرآسائش اور پرتعیش کنٹینرز میں بیٹھ کر سامنے بیٹھے غریب لوگوں کے جذبات سے کھیلنا شرمنا ک ہے ۔ سینیٹر مشاہداللہ خان
حکومت نے دونوں حضرات کے جائز مطالبات مان لئے ہیں ۔ مشاہداللہ خان
وزیر اعظم کسی کی فیس سیونگ کے لئے واپسی کےلئے مستعفی ہوں گے نہ ہی کوئی دوسرا غیرآئینی راستہ اختیار کریں گے۔ سینیٹر مشاہداللہ خان
فیس سیونگ مہیا کرنا ہمارا مسئلہ نہیں ۔ سینیٹر مشاہداللہ خان

پاکستان مسلم لیگ (ن) کے مرکزی سیکرٹری اطلاعات سینیٹر مشاہدا للہ خان نے کہا ہے کہ عمران خان اور طاہر القادری جتنے چاہیں جتن کرلیں انہیں سیاسی شہادت سے سرفراز نہیں کیا جائے گا۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ خواتین اور بچوں کو ڈھال بنا کر دھمکیاں لگانا جرات اور بہادری نہیں ۔ مشاہداللہ خان نے کہا کہ ہمارا صبر قطعاً ہماری کمزوری نہیں ، پرآسائش اور پرتعیش کنٹینرز میں بیٹھ کر سامنے بیٹھے غریب لوگوں کے جذبات سے کھیلنا شرمنا ک ہے ۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ حکومت نے دونوں حضرات کے جائز مطالبات مان لئے ہیں ۔ مشاہداللہ خان نے کہا کہ وزیر اعظم کسی کی فیس سیونگ کے لئے واپسی کےلئے مستعفی ہوں گے نہ ہی کوئی دوسرا غیرآئینی راستہ اختیار کریں گے ۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ فیس سیونگ مہیا کرنا ہمارا مسئلہ نہیں ۔

Marchers wanted to occupy PM House, parliament: Nisar

Khawaja Asif says army will protect state buildings; Dar says PM will dissolve assemblies if commission proves rigging.

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Saturday said the law-enforcement agencies had to resort to teargas shelling as the PAT and PTI protestors wanted to occupy the Prime Minister’s House and parliament.

Talking to media persons during his visit to the Prime Minister House and parliament in the Red Zone after the protestors and the police clashed, he said a group of protesters broke their promise and tried to occupy the Prime Minister House and parliament.

Federal Minister for Finance Senator Ishaq Dar claimed that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will dissolve the assemblies if the judicial commission proved rigging in the 2013 election.

Talking to a private TV channel, Dar said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had assured that there will be no violence in the Red Zone.

“The resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif or Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is out of the question,” he said.

He said Dr Tahirul Qadri had asked his supporters to remove tents, creating a Muharram 9-like situation. “But we are still trying to resolve this issue amicably,” he added.

Minister for Defence Khawaja Asif said the army will protect the state buildings and could be asked to clear the area on Constitution Avenue.

In an interview to a private television channel, he said the prime minister will not resign as seeking his resignation was an insult to parliament and the Constitution of Pakistan. He said the mandate given by the people could not be surrendered to 10,000 to 20 000 people.

He said the government wanted to resolve the political issue through negotiations. “Nawaz Sharif is an elected prime minister,” he added. Asif said the government will use its constitutional and legal authority.

Javed Hashmi had reservations about the movement of the participants of the sit-ins towards the Prime Minister House, he added. Javed Hashmi is a veteran and experienced politician, he said, adding that the PTI and PAT did not want to resolve the issues through dialogue.

I can’t accept what’s beyond my authority: PM

Ongoing turmoil to end in few days; few thousand people can’t hold govt’s mandate hostage; resignation not possible; all constitutional demands of PTI accepted; sit-in now a ‘sea of chairs’ only.

LAHORE: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said the PTI and PAT leadership was asking him to accept what was beyond his authority and added that the ongoing tumultuous situation would end within a few days.

Talking to a private TV channel, he said a few thousand people picketing outside the Parliament House could not hold hostage the mandate given by millions of people to the government.

“A few thousand people have gathered in Islamabad, asking the government, with a mandate of millions of people, to wind up, dissolve the assemblies and hold fresh elections. Is this not a step against democracy?”

Nawaz visited the residence of renowned journalist Mujeebur Rehman Shami to condole the death of his sister.

He said: “In a resolution, the opposition and the allied parties had committed not to tolerate any step against democracy.”

He was optimistic that this tumultuous situation would end within a few days. He said people were fed up with the sit-in, which was now only a sea of empty chairs.

He said the government had accepted all the demands of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) related to electoral reforms and also requested the Supreme Court to constitute a commission to probe the rigging allegations.

“Everything will be exposed before the public. We will respect any decision by the commission. Unfortunately, the situation has harmed the country’s development process and public prosperity. But InshaAllah it will be retrieved soon and the country will return to the path of development.”

The prime minister said the ongoing sit-ins of the PTI and PAT had affected public life and the national economy. He said the presidents of Maldives and Sri Lanka had already cancelled their visits to Pakistan.

He said the Chinese president was due in Pakistan and various power projects were being executed with Chinese cooperation, but this may also face impediments.

Nawaz said genuine demands, including democratic reforms and a commission on alleged poll rigging, had been fulfilled. “But they have been demanding my resignation, dissolution of the National Assembly and even the provincial assemblies which are not even within my purview,” he added.

He said it was strange that during his visit to Imran Khan’s residence in Bani Gala, everything had been discussed openly. He did not know why Imran Khan, Tahirul Qadri and other parties decided to march on Islamabad the same day.

Mushahidullah Khan on Qadri’s Objections on FIR.

طاہر لقادری اور عمر ان خان معاملات کو الجھانے کی بجائے بحران کے خاتمے میں تعاون کریں ۔سینیٹرمشاہداللہ خان
طاہر القادری کی جانب سے FIRکو مسترد کرنا نہایت ہی افسوس ناک ہے ۔سینیٹر مشاہداللہ خان
قانونی معاملات جلسوں اور مظاہروں میں طے کرنے کی بجائے عدالتوں اورقانونی عمل ہی کے نتیجے میں طے کئے جائیںتو بہتر ہوگا۔

پاکستان مسلم لیگ (ن) کے مرکزی سیکرٹری اطلاعات سینیٹر مشاہداللہ خان نے کہا ہے کہ طاہر لقادری اور عمر ان خان معاملات کو الجھانے کی بجائے بحران کے خاتمے میں تعاون کریں ۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ طاہر القادری کی جانب سے FIRکو مسترد کرنا نہایت ہی افسوس ناک ہے ۔ مشاہداللہ خان نے کہا کہ قانونی معاملات جلسوں اور مظاہروں میں طے کرنے کی بجائے عدالتوں اورقانونی عمل ہی کے نتیجے میں طے کئے جائیںتو بہتر ہوگا۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ FIR در ج ہوچکی مدعیان اور گواہان کے بیانات کے بعد عدالت نئی دفعات بھی لگا سکتی ہے اور پہلے سے موجود دفعات کو ختم بھی کیا جاسکتا ہے ۔ مشاہداللہ خان نے کہا کہ بہتر ہوگا کہ اب جنگ عدالتوں میں اور آئین کے تحت لڑی جائے ۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ آج عدالت میں اپنا مقدمہ لڑے بغیر FIR مسترد کی جاتی ہے تو کل بغیر عدالتی چارہ جوئی کے FIRمیں موجود تمام افراد کی پھانسی کا بھی مطالبہ کیا جاسکتا ہے ۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ ہمارے خلاف FIRمیں بے بنیاد الزامات عائد کئے گئے ہیں اور بے قصور افراد کو نامزد کیا گیا ہے ۔ مشاہداللہ خان نے کہا کہ ہم واویلا نہیں مچائیں گے بلکہ عدالتوں میں جاکر اپنے خلاف مقدمات کا دفاع کریں گے انھوں نے کہا کہ لگتا ہے کہ یہ مطالبہ کر دیا جائے گا کہ FIR میں درج تمام ناموں اور شخصیات کو عدالتوں میں صفائی کا موقع بھی نہ دیا جائے ۔ مشاہداللہ خان نے کہا کہ امن کی خواہش رکھنے والوں کوامن اور دیانتداری کامظاہرہ تمام پہلوو ¿ں کو مدِنظر رکھ کر کرنا چاہیے ۔

Parliament, Constitution will be protected: Kh Asif

Friday, August 29, 2014 – Islamabad—the National Assembly on Thursday continued debate on political crisis.

Defence Khawaja Asif maintained that the government’s fresh move for FIR was not “our weakness.” Nothing against law and constitution would be accepted.”

“We will not allow anyone to harm the system, the Parliament and the Constitution, he said. The minister said the prime minister does not have authority to set up a technocrat or national government. Shaheen Shafiq urged the protesting parties to give something and take something and settle the issue. She said the nation has become tired of their sit-ins. “Now they should end their protest.”

Ayesha Raza Farooq said calling elections rigged merely on heresy and demanding resignation of democratically elected prime minister is highly undemocratic. She said history will not forgive us if anything untoward happened to the democracy. Asghar Ali Shah said leaders of the protesting parties do not want to settle the crisis through dialogue. He said their intentions are clear that they have some other agenda. He said so far the way the government has dealt with the situation on the Constitution Avenue is commendable.

He however, urged the government to find amicable solution of the crisis because it has started becoming source of hatred among different segments of society. Muhammad Riaz Malik said the PTI allegations of rigging in the general elections are baseless. He said in NA-118 not a single complaint was registered with the presiding officer by the polling agents of the PTI or in the respective police station.

He said after two months they challenged the results in Election Tribunal which asked NADRA to verify the thumb impression against electoral roles and counter files. He said NADRA reported the results as one of the best and fair. He said this House can call DG, NADRA, Election Commission, and inquire about the results. He said this will clarify to what extent PTI rigging allegations are correct. Taking part in the debate, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs

Sheikh Aftab Ahmed rejected any recommendation given by Senator Ch. Jaffar Iqbal related to deputy prime minister. He said on Wednesday the Election Commission of Pakistan also rejected the allegations leveled by the PTI for rigging in the elections. He said the protesting parties are moving towards anarchy which will harm the country and its people.

He said today the economy has started deteriorating just because of these protests. He said agenda of protesting parties is unclear as they also do not want to resolve the issue through dialogue.

Shaza Fatima said international organization has said in its report that popularity graph of the prime minister has gone upward while that of Imran Khan decreased significantly. She said the protesters on the Constitution Avenue just because of their lust to come into power want to derail democracy.

Those who participated in the debate also included Syed Naveed Qamar and Abdur Rahim Mandokhel. The House was adjourned to meet again today (Friday) at 11:00am. (Courtesy: Pak Observer)

Survey rates Nawaz Sharif as Pakistan’s most popular leader over Imran Khan

Imran Khan’s popularity declines

LAHORE (Dunya News, Web Desk) – In a survey by the PEW research center, 64% of the population has ‘favorable opinion’ about Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was rated as the most popular leader after sustaining 64% population of the country over Imran Khan by the PEW research center, and Khan’s popularity has considerably declined during the past two years by 17 points.

In the American think-tank’s recent survey conducted from 15th May to 17th April 2014, Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif’s rating stands at 64 points, and 75% of Punjab’s population supports him.

On the other hand, Imran Khan stands at merely 35 points in the countrywide survey even though his popularity stood at 70% in 2013 whereas 24% of the people have a negative opinion about him.

Currently 25 % of Pakistan’s population thinks that the country is going in the right direction whereas is was merely 8% last year, according to the survey. 37 % of Pakistan’s population thinks that the country’s economy is improving whereas it was just 17% last year and 36 % of the people think Pakistan’s economy is going in the right direction. (Courtesy: DunyaNews)

Qadri’s speech bid to create anarchy: PML-N

LAHORE: Most of the PML-N stalwarts believed that Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri’s speech was aimed to create anarchy and civil disobedience in Pakistan like that in Egypt, Syria and Iraq and the government should not allow him at any cost to fulfill his agenda.

Some of them have cautioned that government still had the time to handle it politically and sensibly instead of further worsening the situation.

Talking with The News, PML-N Information Secretary Mushahidullah Khan claimed that Tahir-ul-Qadri was a lunatic person who had given license to his followers to kill anyone. He stated he had not seen any religious scholar in the world who was issuing injunctions of killing people to his workers.

He claimed that he had conveyed to his followers to kill Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif if anything happened to him. He had further conveyed them to kill cops if they stopped them. Mushahid alleged that he had not seen such revolutionary throughout history who was a coward and using shield of women for his personal protection. He further pointed out that the agenda of Qadri was nothing but just to create anarchy on the day which is symbolic of people’s solidarity.

He claimed that it was a gathering of cronies of former dictator Pervez Musharraf which include Sheikh Rasheed, Imran Khan, Chaudhry brothers and APML leadership. He plainly said the government would not let them create anarchy in Pakistan at any cost. He further said Imran would have to clarify his position as well because he was entering into alliance with a person who did not recognize the constitution.

Railways Minister Kh Saad Rafique said government admits Imran’s right of holding long march but Qadri had no such right and he would be dealt with iron hand. Former law minister Sanaullah Khan claimed that the entire speech of Tahir ul Qadri was aimed to mislead his followers and create anarchy in the country. He alleged that Qadri was blackmailing his male and female followers using the shield of religion to cause bloodshed.

He stated it was not politics but he was misleading his followers by misusing religions and the whole nation should take notice of it. He pointed out that Sufi Naik Muhammad was also doing the same thing and the government had to carry out operation against him in Swat.

He claimed that Sufi had delivered only one such speech while Qadri had delivered at least 10 speeches in which he had tried to instigate people to cause anarchy and bloodshed.

PML-N Senator Zafar Ali Shah termed the speech effective for containing political and religious elements which had impressed majority of people. He claimed that he had made announcement of joining Imran’s march which was being anticipated by the government. He admitted that the government did not take it seriously which was a grave mistake on its part. He claimed time was short but there was still room to handle it politically with sanity.

Senator Mohsin Leghari was of the view that he was worried about the future of the country as things were getting out of control of the government speedily. He alleged that parliament had become irrelevant after the PM was not attending its sessions and issues spilled on to the streets as a result. He claimed that the government did not try to handle the issue seriously and wasted much of the time and irresponsible statements from the ministers aggravated the situation. He attributed the ongoing overseeing situation to government failure in addressing the issues. (Courtesy: The News)

Shahbaz Sharif won’t resign, insists Sanaullah

LAHORE: Former Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah Thursday insisted that the chief minister Shahbaz Sharif would not resign as demanded by Pakistan Awami Tehreek Chief Dr. Tahirul Qadri.

“I can assure you that Shahbaz Sharif will not resign, Sanaullah said while talking exclusively with Samaa senior anchorperson Nadeem Malik.

He said that the people of Punjab would not let the chief minister resign even if Sharif intended to quit.

The former law minister claimed that Qadri wants bloodshed in the federal capital to accomplish his ‘ill-motivated ambitions.’ (Courtesy: Samaa)

Pak-China relations enter new era, says Shahbaz

PUNJAB Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said Pak-China friendship has stood the test of time and the strong relations between Pakistan and China have entered into a new era. He said the Chinese government was extending full cooperation to the ongoing development process under the present government and had proved Pak-China friendship by giving the biggest development package of the history to Pakistan. The Chief Minister said the people of Pakistan were thankful to the Chinese leadership, government and people for the commendable role in the development of various sectors of the country. Shahbaz Sharif said Pak-China relations would further strengthen due to an agreement between the Punjab government and China during his recent visit regarding the training of Pakistani doctors and paramedical staff in the best Chinese hospitals.

He expressed these views while talking to the assembly members of various districts who called on him on Thursday.

Shahbaz Sharif said useful dialogues were held with Chinese officials and investors during the recent visit. He said it was agreed to further enhance cooperation in energy, infrastructure, transport, health and other sectors.

The Chief Minister said Chinese investment companies had shown willingness to invest in various sectors in Pakistan particularly in Punjab which would help resolve problems like poverty and unemployment. He said Pakistani delegation was accorded a warm welcome during the visit to China and useful progress had been made with regard to enhancing bilateral cooperation. Shahbaz Sharif said the entire Pakistani nation was ready to receive Chinese President during his visit to Pakistan in September and due to the visit of Chinese President, relations between both countries would further strengthen. He said Pakistan was a lucky country of the region which had a reliable and sincere friend like China. He said Chinese government and the people wanted to see Pakistan a prosperous and developed country, that is why, Chinese companies were making huge investment in Pakistan.

The Chief Minister said China fully realised the problems being faced by Pakistan and was extending all possible cooperation for steering it out of the quagmire of problems. He said electricity projects of thousands of megawatts had been started with the cooperation of China and after their completion Pakistani people would get rid of the loadshedding. He said as per agreement made between China and Punjab government, Chinese government would provide latest medical training to Pakistani doctors and paramedical staff on its own expenses which reflected the love and affection of Chinese leadership and people for their Pakistani brethren. He said that under the agreement, training in emergency and acupuncture would be imparted to doctors and paramedics of Punjab in the best hospitals of China which would promote awareness in them about the use of modern technology in the medical field.

He said the Punjab government was spending billions of rupees on the provision of modern and quality health facilities to the people and a solid strategy had been adopted for the uplift of health sector. He said the improvement of health sector and provision of modern healthcare facilities to the common man was the priority of the Punjab government. He said the agreement signed with China was an important step towards further improvement in the medical facilities for the masses in Punjab.

He said the government, led by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, was making serious efforts to steer the country out of problems and put it on the road to progress and development. He said the nation would achieve its goal through adopting the golden principle of honesty, hard-work and sacrifice and Pakistan would be transformed in accordance with the ideals of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal. (Courtesy: The News)