Army didn’t help PTI come to power: Imran

ICMD, MAy 1, 2019 Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday hit out at the opposition saying that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) came into power through its own performance rather than help from any army general. “No General Jilani brought the PTI up,” he said, while addressing a convention to mark the 22nd anniversary of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in the federal capital. “It’s been over two decades since PTI was founded and we need to understand what this struggle was about. Struggle is never a straight journey, there are highs and lows. People get disheartened and leave you, [and] some come back,” he said. “I had nothing to gain from politics. I had everything a person could have – wealth, fame, respect. I could have spent my life just by commenting on cricket,” he said. “But a man of faith knows he has to answer to the God. The more you receive [from God], the more responsibility you have [towards society],” he added. He reiterated that under no circumstances would a deal be struck with the opposition parties, adding that the accountability proceedings will continue. “They have joined hands to save themselves from accountability, but I won’t give them any sort of relief despite all their efforts and conspiracies,” he said. “Let them do whatever they can, I won’t give them any NRO,” he asserted. “Nawaz Sharif has asked for permission to travel abroad for treatment. Isn’t it then the right of every other prisoner to go abroad for treatment?” he asked. “In Naya Pakistan, laws are same for everyone,” he maintained. -- DT Comment on

Maulana Fazlur Rehman calls on Nawaz Sharif

ICMD, April 9, 2019 Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Tuesday called on former prime minister Nawaz Sharif at his residence to inquire about the latter's his health and discuss the political situation in the country. Rehman, while talking to journalists after the meeting, said he had been in touch with other political leaders, including Asif Ali Zardari. He added that he will also call on Zardari in the next few days as believes that "internal connections [among opposition parties] should remain intact". "The agenda of the meeting was limited to inquiring about his [Nawaz Sharif's] health, but we also discussed our shared concerns about towering inflation, which is affecting the common man, and the troubled economy," he said while responding to a question. -- DN

PML-N may join hands with PPP against govt

ICMD, April 7, 2019 Pressure from within the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has been mounting on the party leadership to join hands with the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) to take to the streets against the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government’s ‘aggressive’ use of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against them. The PML-N leaders Dawn spoke to on Sunday believed that the PTI government would push it (PML-N) further to the wall if they kept watching silently the “PTI-NAB nexus” operate with impunity. They said some party leaders had started ‘requesting’ the leadership, Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif, to start mobilising workers to launch a campaign against the government. As the masses were overburdened by unprecedented price hike and inflation due to the PTI government policies, it was the right time to take to the streets, they said, expressing the hope that the opposition’s drive would be ‘very successful’. PML-N information secretary Senator Mushahidullah Khan hinted at taking to the streets after Eid (in June) against the anti-people policies of the PTI government. “After Eid there is possibility that the opposition will be on roads against the Imran Khan’s government that has caused an irreparable damage to the country especially economically. Those who have brought Imran Khan and company to the power will also be thinking about their decision.” -- Courtesy Dawn

PPP feels pain for Nawaz Sharif!

SUKKUR: ICMD, Karch 10, 2019 The government would be responsible if anything happens to Nawaz Sharif, said PPP stalwart Syed Khursheed Shah on Sunday. "Nawaz Sharif is not well. And there is no heart diseases facility at Lahore's services and Jinnah Hospital," Shah said while talking to the media. He said the prime minister is still doing politics of container, mudslinging without realizing that he has become prime minister of the country. PPP chairman Bilwal Bhutto Zardari is due to meet the former prime minister at Kotlakhpat Jail. Punjab's Home Department has granted permission to the PP chairman to meet Sharif who has been serving seven-year jail term in Al-Azia reference.

PM directs giving Sharif access to hospital, doctor of his choice

ICMD, March 7, 2019 Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the Punjab government to give former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif access to any hospital or doctor of his choice for medical treatment, according to an update shared on Twitter by Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Thursday. As per Chaudhry, the premier has directed the Punjab government to provide the former premier with the best facilities for treatment and called for the recommendations of a medical board that recently examined Sharif to be implemented. Later, while briefing the media on cabinet decisions made in Islamabad this afternoon, Chaudhry said the direction “indicates that the PTI government has no personal enmity with any person”, Radio Pakistan reported. The minister noted that corruption cases against Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari were filed during the tenures of previous governments and incumbent government has nothing to do with these. Nonetheless, “the government will not pervert the course of justice or obstruct the work of the National Accountability Bureau to benefit any influential personality,” he was quoted as saying by Radio Pakistan. Separately, Chief Minister Punjab’s Spokesperson Dr Shahbaz Gill shared that he had met with the former prime minister on the directives of Prime Minister Khan and Chief Minister Usman Buzdar. While addressing a press conference after the meeting, Gill said that he hoped God would give Nawaz – and everyone in Pakistan who was unwell – good health. He said that “politics is one thing, and a person’s health another”. Two senior professors and doctors were also present during the meeting between Gill and Nawaz.

OIC condemns Indian incursion, urges both sides to exercise restraint

ICMD, Feb 26, 2019 The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Tuesday condemned India's violation of the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan earlier in the day, urging both countries to exercise restraint. In the early hours of Tuesday, the Pakistan Army had revealed through a tweet that the "Indian Air Force violated Line of Control", following which "Pakistan Air Force immediately scrambled" and the Indian aircraft went back. "The General Secretariat of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation condemned this action against an OIC founding member state," the Organisation stated in one of a series of tweets. The Twitter statement went on to say that the OIC "condemned the Indian incursion and aerial violation and dropping of four bombs today, 26 February, 2019." It urged both sides to "exercise restraint and avoid any steps that could endanger peace and security in the region". The OIC also called upon India and Pakistan "to act responsibly and encouraged them to seek [a] peaceful solution to the current crisis without resort[ing] to use of force". It further called on them to "embrace dialogue and work towards de-escalation of [the] current situation as a matter of priority". The OIC statement comes hours after Pakistani politicians in a National Assembly session held in the aftermath of the Indian LoC violation severely criticised the OIC decision to invite Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj as a 'guest of honour' at an inaugural session of the OIC foreign ministers' conclave scheduled for next month in Abu Dhabi. PML-N stalwart Khwaja Asif suggested that Pakistan boycott the meeting. "It is an insult that our enemy is being invited as a guest of honour by a country friendly to us at a time when Kashmiris are facing bloodshed. It has not happened in the last 45 years," he asserted. Former NA speaker Ayaz Sadiq also called on the government to raise the issue with the OIC, saying the group had "no power to invite India without seeking the consent of member states". On Tuesday evening, Geo News quoted Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi as saying that he will boycott the OIC meeting in Abu Dhabi if the invitation to Swaraj is not withdrawn. DN/APP

Shehbaz Sharif barred from travelling abroad

ICMD, Feb 19, 2019 Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president and Opposition Leader Shehbaz Sharif’s name has been placed on the provisional national identification list (PNIL) or ‘stop list’, barring him from travelling abroad due to the ongoing case against him for owning assets beyond known sources of income. According to sources, Shehbaz’s name was placed on the stop list at the request of the interior ministry, which bars him from travelling internationally for the next thirty days. A day earlier, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had requested the interior ministry to put Shehbaz on the Exit Control List (ECL). Shehbaz, according to some media reports, was scheduled to fly to London to be with his ailing granddaughter, who was diagnosed with a cardiac disease and operated on last week.

Nawaz Sharif has been given an NRO, claims Ch Manzoor

ICMD, Feb 3, 2019 Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Chaudhry Manzoor has claimed that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has been given an NRO (National Reconciliation Ordinance) in the cases he is facing, a private TV channel reported on Saturday. “Nawaz Sharif will fly out of the country within this month,” he stated, adding that he had got the relief he was seeking. He claimed to have received the information from an official privy to the development. He went on to claim that Nawaz Sharif as well as his daughter will remain silent on the issue. While responding to the claim, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Ali Muhammad Khan said no one can ‘hijack’ the judiciary in the name of NRO. The Supreme Court and the Sindh High Court will not let NRO take place, he said. “How could Imran Khan backtrack on his vision by giving the NRO. It won’t happen,” he added.

PML-N, PPP postpone anti-govt protest

Raja Zafarul Haq will attend APC called by Fazlur Rehman ISLAMABAD: ICMD, Oct 30, 2018 The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) have decided to delay their protest campaign against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government. The PPP is of the view that the PTI-led government is incompetent and will fall flat on its face. Thus, it suggests that the protest should be launched after six months as an immediate campaign will affect opposition's image. The PML-N on Tuesday decided that a party delegation excluding Nawaz Sharif and Shehbaz Sharif will attend the all parties conference (APC) called by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman. An apparent consensus by the two main opposition parties to defer the anti-government campaign as well as participate in the APC through second-tier leadership can put the conference in peril. The decision of Sharifs not attending the APC was taken as Opposition Leader in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif met former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Parliament House on Tuesday. Nawaz also chaired a meeting of the partys leadership, attended by Raja Zafarul Haq, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Rana Sanaullah, Hamza Shahbaz, Rana Tanveer, Khawaja Asif and Ayaz Sadiq. During the meeting, it was decided that a five-member delegation from the party, headed by Raja Zafarul Haq, will attend the APC proposed by the JUI-F. The delegation will include Kh Asif, Saad Rafique, Ayaz Sadiq and Ahsan Iqbal. The party leadership also agreed that it would walk alongside the rest of the opposition parties on matters of national importance. The meeting also discussed the countrys political situation and corruption references filed against the PML-N leaders by NAB. This is former prime ministers first visit to the Parliament House during the past one year. Earlier, PPP leader Khursheed Shah also stopped by Shahbazs chamber to meet Nawaz. After the meeting, Nawaz had lunch with the party leadership at the Parliament Houses banquet hall. Meanwhile, JUI-F leader Maulana Asad Mehmood said the PML-N leadership had not yet informed the opposition about their decision on attending the APC. PML-N and PPP will inform Maulana Fazlur Rehman [of their decision]. The date and agenda [of the APC] will be decided after that, he told reporters.

Nawaz avoids responding to Imran Khans address

ICMD, Oct 25, 2018 Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif Thursday avoided responding to Prime Minister Imran Khans address to the nation. Talking to media outside the accountability court here, Nawaz said he cannot comment on the address as he didnt watch it. Asked to comment on PMs statement regarding not giving any NRO to the corrupt leaders, the former prime minister refused to respond. In his address to the nation on Wednesday, Prime Minister Imran Khan had said those who are criticizing the current government are the ones who burdened the countrys economy with their ill economic planning and corruption. He said such elements were trying to raise hue and cry as they were afraid of accountability. Our govt is going after the money launderers behind this and there will be no NRO, he had said.

Nawaz meets lawyers over NAB cases against family

ICMD, Oct 21, 2018 Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday held consultations with legal advisers regarding cases against the Sharif family. As per the details garneered, the former premier directed his counsel team to utilise all legal options in the cases against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Shehbaz Sharif. Former PMs lawyers Khawaja Haris, Azam Nazir Tarrar, Naseer Bhuta and former secretary prosecution Senator Rana Maqbool Ahmed reached Jati Umra to meet Nawaz. On the occasion, Naseer Bhutta assured Shehbaz Sharif that his future remand would be duly opposed. It is also expected that Nawaz Sharif will meet his brother, who is under judicial remand to National Accountability Bureau. An accountability court on Tuesday granted the NAB a 14-day extension in the physical remand of former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif in the Ashiana Housing Scheme case. On October 6, the NAB had arrested the PML-N president in the Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme case and presented him before an accountability court. The anti-graft body had then been granted a 10-day physical remand of the former Punjab CM. According to the anti-graft body, Shehbaz cancelled the contract awarded to M/s Ch A Latif & Sons for infrastructure development of Ashiana Iqbal Housing Project and awarded it to CASA Developers. The former Punjab chief minister misused his powers and his actions caused a huge loss to the national exchequer, the NAB prosecutor had said. However, Shehbaz denied the allegations as false and baseless.