Fedral Minister for Planning & Development Ahsan Iqbal’s statement.

پاکستان اور چائنہ کے تعلقات کو اقتصادی راہداری منصوبہ نئی بلندیوں پر لے جائے گا

چائنہ کے تعاون سے 10,400میگاواٹ بجلی پیدا کرنے کے منصوبے پر کام کا آغا ز کیا جارہا ہے ۔

وفاقی وزیر برائے پلاننگ اینڈ ڈیولپمنٹ احسن اقبال نے کہا ہے کہ پاکستان اور چائنہ کے تعلقات کو اقتصادی راہداری منصوبہ نئی بلندیوں پر لے جائے گا ۔ احسن اقبال نے کہا کہ چائنہ کے تعاون سے 10,400میگاواٹ بجلی پیدا کرنے کے منصوبے پر کام کا آغا ز کیا جارہا ہے ۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ پاکستان کو ایشین ٹائیگر بنانے کا عزم ہے ۔ وفاقی وزیر نے کہا کہ پی ٹی آئی اور عوامی تحریک کو دھرنا ختم کر دینا چاہیے ۔ احسن اقبال نے کہا کہ دھرنا ملک اور عوام کے لئے نقصان دہ ثابت ہورہا ہے ۔ وفاقی وزیر برائے پلاننگ اینڈ ڈیویلپمنٹ احسن اقبال کی بیجنگ آمد پر گفتگو۔

Mushahidullah Khan speaks on Imran Khan and Qadri.

دھرنوں کی وجہ سے پاکستان کی معیشت کو 900ارب روپے کے خطیر نقصان کا سامنا کرنا پڑا ۔ مشاہداللہ خان
کچھ لوگ ایڈونچر کی سیاست کو فروغ دے کر بیرونی سرمایہ کاروں کا پاکستان سے اعتماد اٹھانا چاہتے ہیں ۔ سینیٹرمشاہداللہ خان
اپنے مستقبل سے مایوس بعض سیاستدان نہیں چاہتے کہ عمران خان اور طاہرالقادری گرداب سے نکل پائیں۔ مشاہداللہ خان
عمران خان اور طاہر القادری دوسروں پر انگلی اٹھانے کی بجائے دھرنے ختم کر کے پارلیمنٹ میں اپنے کردار کو یقینی بنائیں ۔ مشاہداللہ خان

پاکستان مسلم لیگ (ن) کے مرکزی سیکرٹری اطلاعات سینیٹر مشاہداللہ خان نے کہا کہ عمران خان اور طاہرالقادری معصوم بچوں اور بے گناہ خواتین کے حال پر رحم کریں اور انہیں گھروں میں جانے دیا جائے ۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ خواتین اوربچوں کو ڈھال کے طور پر استعمال کرنا قطعاً درست نہیں ۔ مشاہداللہ خان نے کہا کہ حکومت دونوں جماعتوں کے تما م آئینی مطالبات تسلیم کر چکی ، اب انہیں دھرنے ختم کردینا چاہئے۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ دھرنوں کی وجہ سے پاکستان کی معیشت کو 900ارب روپے کے خطیر نقصان کا سامنا کرنا پڑا ۔ مشاہداللہ خان نے ان کا خیالات کا اظہار اپنی رہائش گاہ پر صحافیوں سے ملاقات میں کیا۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ پاکستان کو معاشی طور پر عدم استحکام کا شکار کرنا کسی محب وطن پاکستانی کا ایجنڈا نہیں ہوسکتا ۔ مشاہد اللہ خان نے کہا کہ کچھ لوگ ایڈونچر کی سیاست کو فروغ دے کر بیرونی سرمایہ کاروں کا پاکستان سے اعتماد اٹھانا چاہتے ہیں ۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ اپنے مستقبل سے مایوس بعض سیاستدان نہیں چاہتے کہ عمران خان اور طاہرالقادری گرداب سے نکل پائیں۔ مشاہداللہ خان نے کہا کہ عمران اور قادری کو حکومت کے ساتھ الجھا کر رکھنے والے وہی ہیں جنہیں مسلم لیگ (ن) نے قبول نہیں کیا ۔انھوں نے کہا کہ عمران خان سیاسی مخالفت کو ذاتی دشمنی بنانے کی عادت ترک کریں ۔ سیاست میں رواداری ہی بہترین اور سازگار سیاسی فضا کی ضمانت ہوا کرتی ہے ۔ مشاہداللہ خان نے کہا کہ وزیر اعظم کے استعفیٰ دینے کا معاملہ ہماری انا نہیں بلکہ 19کروڑ عوام کی نمائندہ پارلیمنٹ کی بالادستی ہے ۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ کوئی بھی سیاستدان یا گروہ پارلیمنٹ پر اپنا فیصلہ بزور مسلط نہیں کر سکتا۔ مشاہداللہ خان نے کہا کہ عوام نے بھی عمران خان اور طاہرالقادری کے طرزعمل سے بیزاری کا زاظہار کردیا ہے ۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ بین الاقوامی سطح پر دھرنوں نے پاکستان کا امیج بری طرح متاثر کیا ہے ۔ مشاہداللہ خان نے کہا کہ اگر موجودہ روش جاری رہی تو دنیا خدانخواستہ یہ سمجھنے لگے گی کہ شاید پاکستان میں کسی ادارے ، عدالتوں یا قانون کی کوئی عزت نہیں ۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ ہمیں اپنی انا کے قول سے نکل کر پاکستان کے مستقبل کی فکر کرنا ہوگی۔ مشاہداللہ خان نے کہا کہ الٹی میٹم کی سیاست سیاسی بڑھک بازی کے علاوہ کچھ نہیں ۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ عمران خان اور طاہر القادری دوسروں پر انگلی اٹھانے کی بجائے دھرنے ختم کر کے پارلیمنٹ میں اپنے کردار کو یقینی بنائیں ۔ بے یقینی کے خاتمے کا واحد حل یہی ہے ۔ مشاہداللہ خان نے کہا کہ حکومت نے جس صبر اور استقامت کا مظاہرہ کیا دنیا میں شاید ہی اس کی مثال مل سکے ۔

Govt serious in resolving crisis through talks: PM

LAHORE – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had a meeting at Raiwind on Sunday to discuss the prevailing political situation.
MNA Hamza Shahbaz and Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal also joined them. Elder Sharif briefed the three about his meeting with former president Asif Ali Zardari a day before. Issues pertaining to resignations of the prime minister and Punjab chief minister also came under discussion, according to sources.
The PML-N leaders shared views on the situation arising out of sit-ins by PTI and PAT, and the continuing negotiation process with these parties. Ahsan apprised the meeting on the advancement in negotiations with PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri.
Nawaz Sharif on this occasion said the government was serious in resolving all the contentious issues with the PTI and PAT through negotiations. He said it was for the first time in county’s political history that the government as well as all opposition parties were unanimous on supremacy of the constitution. “We would foil all conspiracies against democracy in collaboration with these parties,” he added.
Nawaz said the government had accepted all constitutional demands of the protesting parties and now there was no justification to continue the sit-ins.
CM NOT GOING TO RESIGN: SPOKESPERSON
A spokesman of Punjab chief minister has strongly contradicted the news that Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has decided to resign. He said that the news items in this regard were baseless, concocted and misleading. These mischievous news reports were based only on rumours and media should have verified them from the concerned authorities before telecasting, the spokesman concluded. (Courtesy: Nation)

Imran’s call to send remittances through ‘Hundi’ rules’ violation: Dar

ISLAMABAD
Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar on Sunday said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan’s proposal to overseas Pakistanis for sending foreign remittances through illegal means like ‘Hundi’ and ‘Hawala’ were violation of national and international rules.
In a statement, the minister said Imran Khan was also misleading the overseas Pakistanis, giving them illegal advices to stop sending money through banks. He said the PTI chief also suggested the countrymen abroad to halt sending foreign currency to Pakistan, which was tantamount to damaging the national economy. Ishaq Dar said the civil disobedience call given by the PTI was reflective of the attempt to create anarchy and chaos in the country. It merits mentioning here that in an emotional speech Imran Khan had appealed Pakistan expatriates to send money through Hundi to avoid taxes, but realising his mistake he had taken back his statement after two hours and instead asked the expatriates not to send money to Pakistan for a month. (Courtesy: Nation)

Shahbaz Sharif denies resignation ‘rumor’

ISLAMABAD- Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif today denied reports that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government was considering his resignation as a means to end the political crisis.
Earlier in the day a private news channel reported that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was informed about the decision of Shahbaz Sharif’s resignation from the post of Punjab chief minister during a meeting held between the two brothers today at Jaati Umra.
Punjab Law Minister Rana Mashhood categorically rejected the reports that the option of Shahbaz Sharif’s resignation was under consideration. Earlier, the Pakistan People’s Party leader Shaukat Basra had claimed that the government was ready to register the First Information Report over the Model Town incident, which had claimed the lives of at least 14 people on June 17, and was also considering the option of Shahbaz Sharif’s resignation.
Basra had further said that Raja Ashfaq Sarwar and Mujtaba Shuja were being considered as options for the post of chief minister if Shahbaz were to resign.
A senior PAT leader Amir Fareed alleged that PM Nawaz Sharif had offered former president Asif Ali Zardari to become the President of Pakistan. The claim could not be verified by PPP sources. (Courtesy: Nation)

Nawaz Sharif won’t resign : Mushahidullah Khan

KARACHHI: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Mushahidullah Khan has said that Nawaz Sharif is the prime minister and will remain so.

Reacting over Imran Khan’s speech, the PML-N leader said that Imran Khan had no agenda. He said that Mian Nawaz Sharif was elected by the same parliament to which Imran Khan is also a member.

He criticized the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman for retiring to his Bani Gala residence after the speech. He said that Khan’s Tamasha has failed, adding that the PTI chief collected millions of rupees for the long march but didn’t spend. (Courtesy: The Frontier Post)

No room for blocking any channel: Pervaiz

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information Senator Pervaiz Rashid on Friday said disturbance in the transmission of any TV channel on the part of cable operators was an illegal act, as it deprived the masses of their right to information.

It is also a clear violation of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) rules, the minister said in a statement.He said the closure of transmission of any TV channel amounted to curbing the freedom of expression.

Pemra, he said, had been directed to cancel the licences of those cable operators involved in the illegal stoppage of transmission of any channel.“We believe in the freedom of expression and it is evident from the fact that the democratic government tolerated criticism and did not even think of taking action against telecasting speeches on baseless allegations and provocative remarks,” the minister emphasized.

Senator Pervaiz Rashid said the government would not tolerate any hurdle in the way of smooth transmission of any channel, as the practice of illegal closure was against the norms of democracy and the independence of media. (Courtesy: The News)

Imran wants wicket on no-ball: CM

PUNJAB Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said politicians who believe in the rightfulness of their stance do not use abusive language. He wished that Imran Khan could not make indecent and uncivilised remarks before TV channels in the long march.

Talking to a newspaper correspondent on Friday, the chief minister said the use of harsh words and fiery statements in politics was a routine matter but it was lamentable that a politician had publicly used such a low language first time in the history of the country. He said no decent person could repeat the words used by Imran Khan against the respectable parliamentarians. In response to a question that some people say that he (Shahbaz Sharif) had also used such language against his political opponents during the election campaign, the chief minister said he had never used such words even in daily life, let alone public meetings. He said the use of strong words against political opponents was quite different from making vulgar and uncivilised remarks. What message Imran Khan who describes himself as a role model for young generation has given to the youth, he questioned. Shahbaz Sharif hoped that Imran Khan would show moral courage and withdraw the comments. He said the government was making sincere efforts to resolve issues but meaningful negotiations and dialogue were required for the purpose. He said the government would continue to display patience and restraint in future as well. He said the whole nation knew who was refusing to talk at this stage.

Meanwhile talking to assembly members, Shahbaz Sharif said Imran Khan wanted to flout the national constitution on Constitution Avenue. He said the unconstitutional demands would lead Imran Khan to a political suicide. He said Imran Khan wanted to take a wicket on a no-ball but it was not possible. He said it was lamentable that Imran Khan had not proved to be a good sportsman either. He said some shortsighted elements wanted to put the future of the nation at stake only to achieve their narrow political ends. He said no attempt to create instability in the country would be allowed to succeed by the nation. He said the patriotic people of Pakistan had not supported untimely long march or the so-called revolution. He said these elements had no interest in solution to people’s problems. The Chief Minister said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had full support of the people and he had been democratically elected by masses.

He said those levelling baseless allegations against the Prime Minister, who made Pakistan a nuclear power, should apologise to the nation for using an indecent language. He said if Pakistan faced instability, the elements, indulging in long march, would be responsible and would never be forgiven by the nation and history. Shahbaz Sharif further said that unanimous resolution adopted by the National Assembly and Senate for the supremacy of constitution and law represented the sentiments of the people. He said that a few thousand persons could not be allowed to impose their ideas on 18 crore people of Pakistan. He said the government wanted solution to all the problems through negotiations as it believed in resolution rather than creating crises. He said the people had given mandate to the Pakistan Muslim League-N to steer the country out of the quagmire of problems and the elements involved in protest and negative politics should respect the public opinion.

notice: Shahbaz Sharif has taken notice of the news regarding changing of a case of rape of a handicapped girl in the area of Lorri Adda Lahore and sought a report from the CCPO Lahore.

The Chief Minister directed that legal action be taken against those who had changed the case and demands of justice be fulfilled. (Courtesy: The News)

Senate rules out compromise on people’s mandate

ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Friday declared that no compromise on the people’s mandate and the rule of law will be made. The Upper House adopted a unanimous resolution, rejecting certain parties’ demand for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and dissolution of the assemblies.

The resolution said, “This House rejects the demands from ‘certain parties’ for the resignation of the prime minister and dissolution of the assemblies and deplores the derogatory, instigating and defamatory language used by leaders of these parties.”

The Senate expressed the resolve and will for the rule of law and asserted democracy would flourish under the provisions of the Constitution. Senate Chairman Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari chaired the sitting. After a debate on the current political situation, the session was prorogued sine die.

PPP’s Senator Saeed Ghani, who earlier moved a motion for suspension of the Question-Hour for resumption of debate on the situation arising out of the Azadi March and Revolution March of the PTI chief Imran Khan and PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri, moved the resolution.

In his speech, Senator Afrasiab Khattak of the ANP regretted that a few thousand people had jointly decided to impose dictatorship on Pakistan. He claimed the Revolution March and Azadi March had turned out to be failures and now they wanted to dictate terms and derail democracy.

About the briefings given to senators on the budget, Khattak said they had been told 80-83 percent of the total budget went to loans payment, defence and administration while the remaining 17-20 percent was left at the disposal of civilian government.

Referring to the sit-ins here, he warned that if the future government did not land in the hands of elected representatives, then Pakistan could start walking on the path of Qaddafi’s Libya and Iraq of Saddam Hussain.

PPP’s Usman Saifullahpointed out that the ongoing events in Islamabad were affecting the nation’s war against terrorism. He believed had the government performed well, the present crisis would not have had erupted. However, he said they wanted the government to complete its term in office.

Senator Zafar Ali Shah of the PML-N recalled how Imran Khan had sided with General Musharraf during his referendum and then had to apologise to the nation for this. Zafar Ali Shah decried how Imran Khan had alleged while speaking to his supporters that those sitting in parliament were thieves and dacoits and asserted that he could not be allowed to use such derogatory language against the parliamentarians.

The PML-N parliamentary leader in the House, Mushahidullah Khan, said the government was showing restraint and patience with regard to the PTI and PAT sit-ins and asked the leaders of these parties to desist from using derogatory language in their speeches. He noted how ridiculous it was that the PAT and PTI were talking about bringing about a revolution against democracy and alleged that they were running away from talks because they had nothing to say.

MQM’s Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi noted that his party had emphasised dialogue for the resolution of the crisis. He lauded the government for showing patience regarding the sit-ins and urged for no repeat of the Model Town massacre, insisting that peaceful political activity was everybody’s right.

Mashhadi said the siege of the Parliament House was condemnable and deplored the difficulties being caused to the local citizens and economic losses. He said the PAT and PTI demands should be within the ambit of the Constitution.

Rubina Khalid of the PPP traced what she called collective madness on both the sides i.e. the PAT and PTI and the government. She also questioned why the media was giving round-the-clock coverage to their sit-ins and called for a mechanism for media control. Some senators were intrigued by playing of songs and dances at the PTI show.

The House admitted a privilege motion moved by Senator Farhatullah Babar of the PPP for further processing in the secretariat against the mobbing and vandalisation of parliament by crowds led by Tahirul Qadri and others.

Farhatullah Babar said that on Wednesday at around midday, he tried to enter the Parliament House to submit an adjournment motion in the Senate Secretariat about the outrageous breach of the Red Zone by charged mobs seemingly passing through various security cordons with ease and without any resistance.

He said he wanted the Senate to discuss at the first available opportunity the situation arising out of ‘triumph of mobocracy’ in dictating the national agenda.

The triumph of mob over parliament, he cautioned, posed an imminent threat to the nation’s security as it opened a distinct possibility that the stick wielding people, who had mobbed the Parliament House, might also demand control of the security assets of the Muslim world’s only nuclear power.

He said he sent the adjournment motion by an e-mail also but as a signed copy had also to be delivered, he had set out personally to deliver it as was required under the rules.However, he was not allowed to enter the Parliament’s premises as roads leading to it were blocked by the mobs and Allama Tahirul Qadri was roaring from the podium on loudspeakers asking the stick wielding crowd to seal parliament and not let anyone come out or get into it.

On the command of Qadri, he noted, the mob surged forward and began shaking the grilled gates of the Parliament House to bring it down.Never before a stick wielding mob, he pointed out, had been so instigated to attack the Parliament House and never before a charged mob had actually attacked it. Never before a member of parliament was physically stopped from carrying out his parliamentary function that required him to submit a motion in the Senate on a critical issue.

Indeed, he said, never before the entire parliament had been so vandalised, humiliated and abused even by dictators.Babar said that the mob crashed into the Red Zone after some of its leaders publicly pronounced parliament to be fake and un-representative and instigated them to drag the members out.

“A new script of political discourse was being unwittingly written. According to this script, the fate of political and democratic institutions will henceforth be determined by unruly mobs instead of the people voting at regular intervals in a peaceful, orderly and transparent manner,” he noted.

Acquiescing to mob’s self-assumed right to make political choices on the behalf of the people today, he cautioned, would degenerate tomorrow in unruly mobs gathered by banned and not-so-banned extremist outfits demanding to take control of the security assets of the Muslim world’s only nuclear power.

“It is a grim scenario that will instantly invite elements inimical to Pakistan’s security assets to fish into it and exploit it.”

Dilating upon the conspiracy theory, he said the inept provincial and federal governments provided an opportunity to fuel the fire by the June 17 massacre in Model Town.He said Imran Khan, who started his so-called march demanding vote audit, ended up with a six-point demand charter that did not include even the original demand of vote audit.

Clearly, he said, it seemed that a deliberate and calculated move was being orchestrated by some elements to first defame and then wind up parliament and the system to pave the way for dictatorship and called upon parliament to rise to the occasion to play a historic role at this critical hour. (Courtesy: The News)