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MQM to boycott Sindh PA until ‘tangible decisions’

MQM to boycott Sindh PA until ‘tangible decisions’

KARACHI – The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has demanded of President Asif Ali Zardari that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) disown the People’s Amn Committee. The MQM will continue its boycott of the Sindh Assembly session, set to resume on Thursday (today) after a gap of two days, until a decision on the matter is taken.
The MQM leadership returned to Karachi on Wednesday after meeting President Zardari, where they had initially demanded the removal of Sindh Home Minister Dr

Sindh PA condemns minister’s murder

KARACHI – The Sindh Assembly on Friday passed a unanimous resolution condemning the murder of Federal Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti and declaring it “another attack on disturbing peace and progress of Pakistan”. The resolution was jointly moved by PPP, MQM and PML-F members including PPP’s Sindh Electric Power Minister Shazia Marri, Dr Sikandar Mandhro, Pitambar Sewhani, and Dr Ahmed Ali Shah, MQM’s Khawaja Izharul Hassan and PML-F’s Nusrat Saher Abbasi.
Speaking on

Unification Bloc granted separate party status in PA

LAHORE – Following the two-year long struggle, the unification bloc in the Punjab Assembly has finally been granted an independent status when the speaker allocated the bloc separate seats in the House on Tuesday. A Punjab Assembly source told Pakistan Today that Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal used his powers under the rule 2 of Chapter 1 of the Rules of Procedure of the Assembly and allocated separate seats to the PML-Q dissidents who proved their majority in the Punjab Assembly against

‘Q’ denies it applied for new opposition leader in PA

LAHORE – The opposition MPAs in Punjab Assembly asked the Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal to take notice of fake signatures on an application moved by the PML-Q forward bloc members claiming separate status.
The opposition members under the leadership of Chaudhary Zaheer, who is leader of the opposition in Punjab Assembly, visited the speaker office and apprised him of the issue relating to fake signatures.

PPP to protest outside PA if PML-N ignores 19 points

LAHORE – PPP Punjab Senior Minister Raja Riaz Ahmad said on Sunday that Pakistan People’s Party provincial ministers would stage a sit-in outside the Punjab Assembly on Tuesday if the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Nawaz Sharif did not respond to the 19-point agenda presented by the party.
Talking to the reporters, he said the Pakistan People’s Party had been trying to point out various issues to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for the last three years, but not a single

‘Q’ forward bloc proves majority in PA

LAHORE – A dissident group of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid, the Forward Bloc has finally reinforced its separate identity after proving its majority in the Punjab Assembly against its parent party.
A group of 47 dissidents of the PML-Q which now constitute the Forward Bloc moved a requisition in the Punjab Assembly Wednesday seeking appointment of Dr Tahir Ali Javed as their parliamentary leader in the House and declaring themselves as the Unification Block. Separate benches

Balochistan PA says it trusts President Zardari

QUETTA – The Balochistan Assembly on Friday reposed full confidence in PPP Co-chairman and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari in a unanimous resolution however the provincial coalition’s main ally Jamiat Ulema Islam Fazal’s (JUI-F) ministers abstained.
The joint resolution moved by Engineer Zamarak Khan from Awami National Party (ANP), Muhammad Ismail Gujjar from Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Jaffar Khan Mandokhel from Pakistan Muslim League Quaid (PML-Q) was tabled by PPP

GCU dance gets cold shoulder in PA

LAHORE – Punjab Education and law ministers disregarded the dance at Government College University in the provincial assembly despite attention sought by a lawmaker from treasury benches.
Neither did the ministers concerned nor the Speaker give importance to the incident of using GCU, one of the most respected and widely-acclaimed institutions of the country, for a dance by stage dancer, Deedar at the Bonfire Night held at the varsity on the last Wednesday last.
During the

Would-be Sindh PA attackers nabbed, hit-list seized

KARACHI – Police foiled a possible terror attack attempt on the Sindh Assembly building when they arrested three suspects having close links to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. A senior official told Pakistan Today that the police on a tip-off raided a house in Orangi Town No 11 and arrested Qasim Iqbal, Jalaluddin and Moosa Kazim with a huge cache of weapons.
Police claimed that the detained suspects had been planning a suicide attack to blow up the Sindh Assembly building.

Opp in PA grills Rana

LAHORE – Punjab Law minister Rana Sana Ullah faced the toughest day in the house since Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) took over the charge of the present legislative assembly.
Opposition members made harsh comments about the Provincial Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Rana Sanaullah, reminding him that “we know what he was and what he used to say about PML-N leaders,” adding that they even had evidence to support this claim.
They did not let Sanaullah speak

PA passes resolution against torture of women

LAHORE – The Punjab Assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution to ensure women rights as provided by Islam to lessen violence. Opposition member Humaira Awais Shahid moved the resolution, in which she stated that incidents of violence against women were on the rise and one of the reasons for such violence was denial to women rights as provided by Islam. Some treasury members opposed the motion, which though was passed through voice voting.
The second resolution moved by Mehr

PA session gets tense – Mastikhel and Allauddin trade jabs on attendance issue

LAHORE – The proxy attendance issue remained the hot topic during the Punjab Assembly (PA) session on Friday, as Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Member of the Punjab Assembly (MPA) Sanaullah Mastikhel exchanged hot words with Unification Bloc Member Sheikh Allauddin over the issue.
The heated arguments created a tense situation in the assembly, as PA Speaker Rana Iqbal’s ruling was violated thrice but both the treasury and opposition benches did not notice it. The speaker

PA PROCEEDINGS – MPAs mark proxies, issue offends members

LAHORE – MPAs’ attendance issue in the Punjab Assembly remained hot in the assembly’s session on Thursday. Majority of the members, during the full day proceedings, declared it as a ‘humiliation’ and Sanaullah Masti Khel walked out from the assembly in protest.
Provincial Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Rana Sanaullah Khan on a point of order informed that the matter was brought into Punjab chief minister’s notice and he had allowed the purchase of Bio Matrix System to

PA unanimous against Taseer’s assassination

LAHORE – The Punjab Assembly on Monday unanimously passed a resolution against the assassination of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, with the PPP parliamentary leader in the House, Raja Riaz, assuring the legislators that the federal government did not intend to repeal blasphemy laws.
At the beginning of the session, Riaz said on a point of order that some forces, including some political parties, were trying to portray that the PPP was going to change the law, “but this is a

Law minister questioned – Taseer’s assassination dominates PA session

LAHORE – Former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer’s assassination remained the topic of discussion during the Punjab Assembly (PA) session on Friday, as statements of both Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) ministers and members of the provincial assembly (MPA) reflected a difference of opinion between both the parties.
Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah rejected the PPP’s allegations that the PML-N has influenced investigations of Taseer’s

PA saddened by Taseer’s assassination

LAHORE – In its 20-minute long proceedings on Wednesday, the Punjab Assembly expressed grief and sorrow over the assassination of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer and later adjourned the proceedings until Friday.
The Punjab Assembly session was chaired by acting Speaker Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan. Condemning the incident, Khan said it was a sad incident and all members of the House had their sympathies with the bereaved family.
PPP Senior Minister Raja Riaz said the killing of

PA discusses obscenity and vulgarity in stage dramas

LAHORE – The Punjab Assembly (PA) on Tuesday discussed obscenity and vulgarity in name of stage dramas held at various theaters of the province and members of the provincial assembly (MPA) urged authorities concerned to take serious notice of immoral scripts and semi-nude dances being staged in theatres. Members of both the treasury and opposition benches expressed their concerns during the question-hour session of the 22nd Punjab Assembly session held under Punjab Assembly Speaker