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Religious parties organise rallies on Kashmir Day

Religious parties organise rallies on Kashmir Day

LAHORE – Religious parties including the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and the outlawed Jamaatud Dawa organised two different rallies on Saturday in connection with the Kashmir Day. The JI’s rally started from the Nasir Bagh and culminated at the Punjab Assembly. Various leaders addressed the rally and reiterated their solidarity with the Kashmiris.
Speakers asked the Punjab Police to use an iron hand while dealing with Raymond Davis saying that if police investigate freely, they could

‘Likeminded’ hope for other parties support

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Muslim League (PML)-Likeminded Secretary Information Kashmala Tariq on Thursday said her party’s three-member committee, headed by Senator Salim Saifullah Khan and mandated for alliance with other parties, received positive response which would be disclosed to the media in near future.
According to a press release, a party meeting was held in the federal capital Thursday which was attended by Humayun Akhtar Khan, Kashmala Tariq, Humayun Saifullah Khan, Kabir

Mistrust hurdle in religio-political parties’ alliance

ISLAMABAD – Though the cause, ideology and identity are almost the same, yet petty differences have put the religio-political elements in a repulsive mode, that are supposed to unite the nation in the name of religion and politics.
Let it be politics or religion, it is hard to believe that all the religious parties of the country are on the same platform and the same is the case when it comes to the revival of defunct Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) and the protection of

SC accepts 26 MPs as parties to Reko Diq case

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court on Tuesday accepted a miscellaneous application by 26 senators seeking to become party to the pending petitions against leasing of Reko Diq gold and copper reserves in Balochistan.
Senators Dr Ismail Buledi, Azam Khan Swati, Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Hafiz Abdur Rasheed and others filed the miscellaneous petition for becoming party to the case on Monday. The senators said in their application that since the Reko Diq project involved national interest,

Shahzain urges parties to join long march

LAHORE – Leader of the Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP), Shahzain Khan Bugti, has announced that he would lead a long march towards Dera Bugti on Januray 28 and called on all political forces to join the march.
Flanked by party leaders, Shahzain, grandson of slain Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti said Dera Bugti had turned into a “no-go area” after the assassination of Nawab Bugti and now it was the need of hour to save it. He said as long as security forces remained in the area, peace

Religio-political parties planning for long march on blasphemy issue

ISLAMABAD – The country’s religio-political parties are planning to give masses a call for long march against the “government’s inaction to remove apprehensions and confusion on the fate of blasphemy law”. Liaqat Baloch, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Sahibzada Abu Alkhair Muhammad Zubair, Qari Zawar Bahadur and Maulana Amjad Khan, all important religious leaders, in telephonic conversations with one another on Thursday expressed dissatisfaction over the

Lebanon rival parties set for fierce showdown

BEIRUT – Lebanon’s rival parties on Friday appeared headed for a fierce showdown as each side hardened its position in the country’s political crisis after the failure of foreign mediation efforts.
Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Thursday set the tone for the battle ahead after defiantly saying he would stand for another term despite Hezbollah’s campaign to discredit him. “We will go to the parliamentary consultations organised by the president on Monday and I remain

Myanmar parties join calls to lift sanctions

YANGON – Two prominent Myanmar opposition parties on Thursday added their voices to calls for Western powers to lift sanctions, as the country prepares for a new parliament after controversial elections.
The National Democratic Force (NDF) and the Democratic Party (Myanmar) said the punitive measures were “not beneficial”, echoing calls made by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and other, major ethnic parties. Khin Maung Swe, a leader of the NDF, said his party

Govt warms to parties, will share economic plans

ISLAMABAD – Painting a bleak picture of the economy, the government finally started sharing plans to improve how it functions with the parliamentary political parties to persuade them to support implementation of the crucial revenue and power sector reforms.
Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Petroleum Minister Naveed Qamar, Law Minister Babar Awan, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Dr Nadeemul Haq and Minister of State for Economic Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar as well as

Religious parties protest against Pope’s statement

LAHORE – Various religious parties on Friday held protests against statement of Pope Benedict XVI in which he called for repeal of blasphemy laws. Resolutions against the pontiff and federal government were also passed on the occasion. Clerics, in their Friday prayer sermons, termed the statements as unwise and instigating. The Tahafuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat Mahaz (TNRM) and the Sunni Ittehad Council arranged a rally outside the Lahore Press Club. Protesters blocked the road and chanted

Religious parties want non-existent body abolished

ISLAMABAD – The ignorance of religious parties’ heads is evident from the fact that they have been demanding the abolition of that ‘special committee on the blasphemy law’ which does not even exist.
Clerics and heads of religious parties are continuously pushing the government to disband the committee “formed on President Asif Zardari’s directions and is tasked to propose amendments in the existing blasphemy law under the chairmanship of Federal Minister for Minorities Affairs

Baloch parties call assassinations a ‘conspiracy’

QUETTA – A 10-points-agenda was developed by the Political Parties Coordination Committee (PPCC) Balochistan to condemn the military operation in Balochistan, killing of missing people, assassination and kidnapping, Acting President Balochistan National Party Dr Jahanziab Jamaldini said while talking to reporters in Quetta Press club on Tuesday.
PPCC, comprising 10 political and religious parties including Balochistan National Party, Pashtookkhowa Milli Awami Party, National

PM’s ‘yes’ – Political parties smell a rat

LAHORE – Prime minister’s ‘yes’ to Nawaz’s agenda is a temporary relief to the Pakistan People’s Party government but it is a trailer for the horror movie that is to follow.
“This is not stability, it is showoff. We know PPP well enough to know how they will take it from here,” Pakistan Muslim League-Q senior leader Faisal Saleh Hiyat said, adding that PPP was following a fixed agenda. PML-Q President Shujat Hussain was of the opinion that crisis was still lurking and had only

Parties flex muscles for KP’s 2 empty seats

PESHAWAR – Winning the by-elections on two provincial assembly seats in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has become a challenge for the PPP-led coalition government and Chief Minister Amir Haider Hoti is currently building up consensus between the two coalition partners.
The PK-69 Tank seat was left vacant a year back following resignation of Jamiat Ul Ulema Islam’s Gulistan Betani on health grounds and by-election in this constituency were delayed because to violence and insurgency in the

THe GOVERNOR’s last rites – PPP workers vent anger at religious parties

LAHORE – At the Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer’s funeral at the Governor’s House on Wednesday, hundreds of infuriated PPP workers chanted slogans against religious parties, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). Among the slogans were “Qatil Qatil, Nawaz Qatil, Shahbaz Qatil, Sana Ullah Qatil” (Killer killer, Nawaz killer, Shahbaz killer, Sana Ullah killer) and “Taliban ka jo yaar hai, gaddar hai” (A friend of the Taliban is a traitor).

Political parties condemn Taseer’s assassination

LAHORE – Almost all the political parties of the country have strongly condemned the assassination of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer and called January 4 a ‘black day’ in the history of Pakistan.
All the mainstream political leaders including PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, PML-Q president Ch Shujjat Hussain, JI Amir Manawar Hassan, PTI chairman Imran Khan, MQM head Altaf Hussain, JUI-F Maulana Fazl ur Rehman, ANP central leader Asfand Yar Walli expressed their grief over the murder of

After the PPP-MQM breakup, other parties weigh up options

LAHORE – After Mutahidda Qaumi Movement’s breakaway from the coalition government, opposition parties have yet to come up with a decisive strategy to decide the fate of embattled PPP-led government.
According to sources, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz group has planned not to give vote of confidence to the prime minister. Political parties, especially MQM chief Altaf Hussain intensified their contacts with other parties. PML-Quaid group did not show any reaction.
PTI believed