Tag: Opposition

Opposition restricts treasury from taking up business

LAHORE - Protests by opposition parties, including the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), in the Punjab Assembly on Tuesday led to the adjournment of proceedings without the House taking up even a single agenda of official business.
The opposition's protest started soon after the arrival of Unification Group leader Dr Tahir Ali Javed in the House. The opposition members jointly stood up and started chanting slogans against the members of

PA opposition joins journalists in protest

LAHORE - Opposition in the Punjab Assembly joined the journalists in their protest on Tuesday against bullet injury to a television channel's cameraman, while he was sitting in a media camp in the assembly's courtyard on Monday.
Opposition's lawmakers in the assembly expressed solidarity with the journalists, who wearing black armbands, protested against the incident and demanded the authorities arrest these responsible at once. They also boycotted the assembly's proceedings. The

Real opposition – Riaz warns of ‘tough response’

LAHORE - Leader of the Opposition in Punjab Assembly Raja Riaz on Monday warned the PML-N-led provisional government to release the development funds for the ongoing schemes in the constituencies of the PPP MPAs. He said if funds were not released by Thursday, they would give a very aggressive response in the assembly on the next day (Friday). Raja Riaz-led opposition in the Punjab Assembly once again did not allow the treasury to take up official business. The proceedings on the

Police break up opposition rally in Azerbaijan

BAKU - Azerbaijan police detained more than 30 activists of the opposition Musavat Party when its members took to the street of Baku on Saturday to protest against the ruling elite following a similar rally a day before.
Azerbaijan, an energy supplier to Europe and a transit route for US troops in Afghanistan, has been ruled by one family for nearly two decades since Soviet veteran Heydar Aliyev came to power in 1993. He was succeeded by his son Ilham in 2003.
About 200

‘N’ gets first taste of real opposition

LAHORE - The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government in Punjab had its first taste of a strong and vocal opposition on Friday, seemingly at a loss before the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) legislators in the Punjab Assembly, who vehemently objected to the PML-Quaid Unification Bloc's planned merger with the PML-N.
Pandemonium reigned in the provincial assembly as the PML-N leadership came face to face with a tough opposition, the lack of which it had taken for granted

Opposition slams PPP’s strike call for Sindh

ISLAMABAD - The opposition parties - the PML-N, PML-Q, JUI-F and JI - on Friday strongly condemned the PPP's strike call in Sindh against the Supreme Court's verdict against the Justice (r) Deedar Hussain Shah's appointment as the NAB chairman.
However, the government's coalition partners, the ANP and the MQM, chose not to comment on the strike call. Commenting on the PPP's strategy, Senator Pervez Rashid of the PML-N said the strike call had exposed the party's true face.

PPP will be a positive opposition in Punjab, says Firdous

LAHORE - Information Minister Firdous Ashig Awan told reporters at Allama Iqbal International Airport on Friday that the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) would play a positive role as an opposition party in the Punjab Assembly and will point out any wrong steps by the Punjab government, but it would not do anything to harm democracy.
Criticising turncoat politics, which she called "lotacracy", the minister said that real democracy was restored to the country after a long struggle,

PMKM voices opposition to Tajikistan electricity deal

LAHORE - Pakistan Muthida Kisan Mahaz (PMKM) Chairman Muhammad Ayub Khan Mayo has voiced opposition to the proposed agreement to import electricity from Tajikistan and indicated it is detrimental to national interest. He added that the government should take advantage of available water resources and construct hydroelectric projects to generate cheaper electricity. According to his reasoning, Pakistan has the capacity to produce 40,000 MW of electricity if it properly utilises its

PPP Punjab may get nod to be ‘genuine opposition’ today

LAHORE - The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) in Punjab is likely to get President Asif Ali Zardari's nod to play a "genuine opposition" role against Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif's provincial government, in its critical meeting scheduled today (Tuesday) at the presidency. Party insiders privy to the situation told Pakistan Today that all seven expelled provincial ministers would seek permission to release a "white paper" along with the "proof" they said they had in their custody against

Opposition leaders vow to pull country out of crisis

ISLAMABAD - Leaders of the major opposition parties in the National Assembly on Friday got together at the residence of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman to discuss the prevailing political situation in the country.
The leaders included PML-Q President Shujaat Hussain and MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar. Talking to reporters after the meeting, Fazl said no grand political alliance was in the offing. However, he said all the political parties were united on

Bahraini opposition continues protests

MANAMA - Protests in Bahrain are starting to make forays away from the central square in Manama and into different parts of the city, pressing the Sunni-led government for swift democratic reform.
Since thousands of protesters took to the streets two weeks ago there has been no formal dialogue between the government and the opposition, mainly majority Muslim Shi'ites, who say they are shut out of good jobs, decent healthcare and housing.
The king has pardoned political

Ch Zaheer will resign from opposition leader’s slot for PPP

LAHORE - Punjab Assembly Opposition Leader Chaudhary Zaheer-ud-Din has announced that whenever Pakistan People's party (PPP) will join opposition benches, he will resign from the post following the Pervaiz Elahi's precedent. While talking to the journalists on Monday outside Punjab Assembly building, Chaudhary Zaheer-ud-Din said that lotacracy was a menace and added that the party had prepared references against the lotas of the party as they had not responded to the show -cause

Yemen opposition says no to joining unity government

SANAA - Yemen's opposition said it will not join a unity government, expected to be offered by President Ali Abdullah Saleh, saying on Monday it was sticking with popular demands that he end his three-decade rule. Saleh had expressed willingness to form a unity government within hours during a meeting with religious leaders on Monday, a government source present at the meeting told Reuters.
The source quoted Saleh as saying: "I am ready to offer a national unity government

PPP will be an effective opposition in Punjab: PM

LAHORE - Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani told reporters at his residence here on Sunday that the Pakistan People's Party would continue its policy of reconciliation for Pakistan's security and sovereignty and to strengthen the parliament and democratic institutions.
Gilani said that he had been doing consistent politics and amassing power had never been his target. The PM said the PPP would continue to play its role constructively whether it was in the government or in the

Opposition leader serves show-cause notice on ‘turncoats

LAHORE - Punjab Assembly leader of the opposition Chaudhry Zaheeruddin has issued show-cause notice on the house members elected on the Pakistan Muslim League Quaid (PML-Q) tickets in 2008 with bicycle as their election symbol, and who have been disloyal to their original party to form a 'Lota' bloc (a bloc of turn coats).
Parliamentary leader of the Unification Bloc, PML-Q dissident group, Dr Tahir Ali Javaid, said Zaheeruddin had no authority to issue notices. According to a

Greek police clash with anti-austerity protesters

ATHENS - Greek police clashed with protesters on Wednesday as around 100,000 workers, pensioners and students marched to parliament in protest at austerity policies aimed at helping Greece cope with a huge debt crisis. Riot police fired scores of rounds of teargas and flash bombs at protesters hurling petrol bombs, choking the main Syndagma square with smoke and sending crowds of striking protesters running for cover.
Public and private sector employees' 24-hour strike grounded

Opposition calls for shift in foreign policy

ISLAMABAD - The opposition parties on Monday called for a shift in the country's foreign policy, saying a faulty and flawed policy was resulting into incidents like the Lahore killings by Raymond Davis.
On a point of order, Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said, "The government has placed Pakistan into a situation where the US is our master and we are its slaves. Had there been no public pressure, the government would have handed over Raymond to the