Tag: Kaira

Kaira replaces Fauzia as PPP information secretary

ISLAMABAD - PPP information secretary Fauzia Wahab resigned on Saturday days after backing the claims of diplomatic immunity by Raymond Davis. On Monday Fauzia said diplomats have immunity and that Davis had an official visa, in comments swiftly dismissed as personal views by a presidential spokesman.
"I have resigned because I gave that statement in my personal capacity," Fauzia said. "I do not want to appear before the Lahore High Court as an office-bearer of the Pakistan

Taseer’s murder was ‘political’, says Kaira

ISLAMABAD - Refusing Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz group's leaders Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif's claims, Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said their statement alleging that federal government wanted to implicate them in the assassination of former governor Punjab Salman Taseer was "really puzzling."
In a statement, Kaira also rejected the notion that Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had came to their rescue. "This government is led by the PM. The government and the PM

Rangers given additional power on Sindh govt’s request: Kaira

ISLAMABAD - The Rangers have been empowered to arrest miscreants in Karachi on a request by the Sindh government, Information Minster Qamar Zaman Kaira said on Saturday. "The Rangers have been tasked with taking action against miscreants in Karachi on a request by the Sindh government.
The whole country is worried over the worsening law and order situation in Karachi and the government is taking measures to restore peace there," Kaira said while talking to reporters after an

Only state can punish blasphemy law violator: Kaira

LAHORE - Those instigating people to murder by issuing fatwas against Blasphemy law accused must not become protectors of the respect of the Prophet (PBUH) as the right to punish the violators of the law lies with the state, Federal Information Minister Qamar uz Zaman Kaira said to a select group of columnists at a local hotel on Monday..
Kaira clarified that the government has no intent to amend the blasphemy laws. The minister said that there are laws present to deal with

PPP will stay in power, says Kaira

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan People's Party (PPP) will remain in power as long as it retains the majority in the National Assembly, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira said on Wednesday.
"There is no threat to the PPP government and it will remain in power as long as it enjoys majority in the National Assembly", Kaira said at a press briefing here. "Changing the prime minister is only Fazl Rehman's wish and Yusuf Raza Gilani is the prime minister of the whole

No RGST until consensus: Kaira

KARACHI - The government will not implement the RGST until the process of building confidence and reforms inside institutions is not complete, said Federal Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira on Sunday.
He said this while talking to the media on his visit to the Karachi Press Club (KPC). "The government wants to get the confidence of political parties and coalition partners before implementing the RGST," said Kaira. He, however, said that the government has not withdrawn from

No change in China’s stance on Kashmir, says Kaira

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Sunday said that Chinese premier Wen Jiabao has assured Pakistani leadership that his country would support Pakistan at all fronts. He was addressing a news conference here along with Pakistani ambassador in China, Masood Khan. When asked as to why the Chinese PM avoided to mention Kashmir issue, Kaira said, "There is no change in China's stance over Kishmir issue. Chinese premier has assured Pakistan that they

Punjab government’s overdraft within SBP limits: Tanvir Kaira

LAHORE: The Punjab government's overdraft was within the limits of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), Punjab Finance Minister Tanvir Ashraf Kaira said on Monday. He made these remarks while meeting members of the provincial assembly (MPA) and Pakistan People's Party (PPP) workers at his office. He said that the Punjab government had accelerated the pace of development projects so that the public could get benefit from the welfare-oriented schemes as early as possible.

Blasts cannot shake gov’t resovle against terrorism: Kaira

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira said on Thursday acts of violence cannot weaken the government's reslve to fight terrorism and extremism.
He said the government was committed to fighting terrorism and continuing the war against terror till its complete elimination. In a telephonic talk with PTV, the minister said the country was passing through difficult times due to terrorism.
However, the federal minister said that the terrorists

Malik and Kaira differ ‘sweetly’

ISLAMABAD: An interesting situation developed on Wednesday when two important PPP federal ministers locked horns over the jurisdiction of action against sugar hoarders.
During a media briefing on cabinet decisions, Interior Minister Rehman Malik warned hoarders to bring sugar stocks into the market or get ready to face action, while Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said action against hoarders was the prerogative of provincial governments.
"I 'request' the hoarders to

Tough economic decisions being made in national interest: Kaira

ISLAMABAD: Negating the impression that the Sindh government was against the reformed general sales tax (RGST), Minister for Information Qamar Zaman Kaira said tough economic decisions causing price-hike in the country were being made in national interest.
"We are not fools. We are cognisant of the fact that our certain economic decisions will cause price-hike and may make us unpopular among the masses. But we are making such decisions in national interest, as the country cannot