Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz yesterday strongly dispelled the impression that the country had been isolated, claiming Pakistan was changing its foreign policy in view of the changes taking place in the region.
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz yesterday said as new alignments were emerging in the regional and global arenas, the present government was pursuing a suitable foreign policy with futuristic approach.
Non-interference, balanced approach, ensuring its security, protecting sovereignty and growth of trade and economy were among the main objectives of the government’s foreign policy and its positive results would be seen in future, he said in an interview with a private television channel aired on Monday night.
Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai met the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and enquired after his health.
Karzai expressed best wishes for early recovery of Sharif. Both the leaders discussed situation at Torkham border, bilateral relations and stressed the need for peaceful solution. Nawaz Sharif thanked Hamid Karzai for good wishes.
The opposition members yesterday severely criticised the government in the National Assembly for ‘inefficiency’ of the Foreign Office in handling important matters of the country.
The opposition also came down hard upon the government during budgetary debate for not appointing minister for foreign affairs, keeping mum over NFC award and not holding national census in the country.
The house in five-hour proceedings witnessed thin presence from both sides of the aisle, but lack of quorum was not pointed out by any opposition member.
The government team has once again failed in winning Jamaat-e-Islami support on its ToRs for Panamagate probe, The Nation has learnt.
Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique and IT Minister Anusha Rahman yesterday met JI chief Sirajul Haq to win his party’s support on government made terms of reference but the latter expressed his concerns over the way government was handling this matter, a JI leader told this scribe quoting meeting discussion.
Pakistan yesterday accused the United States of using it in need and abandoning it afterwards as it expressed concerns over the growing strategic ties between the US and India.
Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said at a news conference here that the US’ approach was interest-based.
The National Assembly yesterday witnessed rumpus in the middle of budgetary proceedings when Defence Minister Khwaja Asif used derogatory language against PTI chief whip Shireen Mazari.
Pointing towards Ms Mazari, Asif remarked, “Someone make this tractor-trolley keep quiet” when she and some other lawmakers protested to his speech on loadshedding during Ramazan.
“Make her voice more feminine,” he said, according to eyewitnesses. Another lawmaker chimed in from the government benches to say “Keep quiet, aunty.”
PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari rejected the recent budget presented by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Friday and termed it as a 'one unit budget for Punjabistan'.
Bilawal stated the above-mentioned via a tweet on Tuesday. The PPP chairman also said that it seemed as if the budget was made to break the federation.
Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday accused India of “running away” from talks despite Islamabad’s offer of joint probe in the Pathankot terror attack. Raking up the Kashmir issue, he called it an “unfinished agenda of partition” and the main cause of regional tension.
El líder de un Consejo Islámico de Pakistán presentó un proyecto de ley que permite a los esposos golpear levemente a sus mujeres como una forma de disciplina.
En la propuesta de 75 páginas, Mohammad Khan Sheerani sugiere que unos golpes ligeros son aceptables si surgen de la necesidad de castigar a una mujer.
PESHAWAR: The polling for PK-8 Peshawar-VIII seat will be held today (Thursday) under the army’s supervision.
With the constituency consisting of suburban areas, around 136,508 voters will take part in the electoral exercise.
All government schools located in the constituency will remain closed as polling stations have been established there.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz candidate Khalid Khan Magsi clinched victory by a heavy margin against his nearest rival in Thursday’s by-polls for the Jhal Magsi constituency of NA-267, according to results.
According to the provincial election commission chairman Sultan Bayazid, PML-N candidate Khalid Khan Magsi secured 29,630 votes against the provincial chief organiser of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind’s 19,533 votes, according to the votes counted in 165 polling stations.
The by-election for the NA-267 Jhal-Magsi constituency of the National Assembly will be held on Thursday (today).
The main contest is between Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Balochistan Organiser Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind and Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) candidate Mir Khalid Magsi.
ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has decided to hold the by-election in Sindh Assembly’s PS-76 (Old Dadu) constituency on March 3.
According to the ECP spokesman, nomination papers will be filed from Feb 8 to 9 and the verification process will be completed on Feb 11.
The candidates can file appeals to the tribunals against the decisions of the returning officers until Feb and the tribunals would decide on their appeals until Feb 16.
ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has come under fire for setting a new precedence by postponing polls on reserved seats in local bodies of Sindh and Punjab on the basis of petitions pending adjudication.
In a surprising move, the commission modified notifications earlier issued by it to postpone the elections in the two provinces, citing the matter’s being sub judice as the only reason.
ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday postponed indefinitely the local bodies elections on reserved seats in Sindh and Punjab, further delaying the local government setup in the provinces.
A notification, issued by the poll supervisory authority, said that the polls were being postponed since the “matter was sub judice”, without elaborating further.
After months of wrangling, a parliamentary panel on electoral reforms on Wednesday directed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to procure electronic voting machines (EVMs) by September 2016 for experimental use with a view for formal deployment, despite strong reservations from the top electoral body.
ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday rejected Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Aleem Khan's plea challenging the results of the NA-122 by-poll, but allowed the party access to voter data in the constituency.
An 800-page petition filed by Aleem last November alleged irregularities and pre-poll rigging in the NA-122 by-poll, and requested the ECP to declare the election null and void on the basis of 'technical rigging'.