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Baloch parties demand establishment-free politics

Baloch parties demand establishment-free politics

QUETTA – Political parties from Balochistan formed a coordination committee on Saturday to bring an end to the role of the establishment, particularly intelligence agencies, in political affairs.
An all-parties conference arranged by the Balochistan National Party on Saturday decided to jointly struggle for the survival of the political culture in the country, saying a new social contract was inevitable for strengthening democracy.
BNP Acting President Jahanzain Jamalidini,

‘Parties politicising blasphemy laws issue for vested interests’

KARACHI – The government has not decided to amend the blasphemy law; some parties are politicising the issue for their vested interests, Federal Religious Affairs Minister Khursheed Ahmed Shah said on Thursday.
Speaking at a press conference at the Pakistan People’s Party Media Cell, Shah said he was a responsible representative of the government and had already clarified the government’s position on the floor of the National Assembly that the government does not intend to bring

MMA’s component parties skeptical about Fazl’s actions

ISLAMABAD – The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Pakistan and other component parties of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) are still skeptical about JUI-F’s future course of action and are reluctant to take any initiative for the revival of the six-party alliance unless the JUI-F quits parliament’s Kashmir committee and the CII chairmanship.
Sources in the MMA said on Saturday that top leadership of the alliance was unconvinced about Fazl’s political alignment after he quit the government

‘Govt and political parties can save Aafia’

LAHORE: A concerted effort on the government and political parties’ part can bring Dr Aafia Siddiqui back, International Justice Network Executive Director Tina Foster, the attorney representing Aafia’s family, said in a press conference at the Lahore Press Club on Tuesday. She said US administration will have to listen since they had arrested her in Pakistan and had deported her illegally.
The US did not have the right to imprison her thousands of miles away from her family and

MQM touches base political parties

ISLAMABAD: The political situation on Thursday took another turn as the MQM leadership opened preliminary negotiations with various parties in view of the changing scenario to evaluate its options before taking a final decision on whether to continue its alliance with the PPP.
The initiative was taken by MQM chief Altaf Hussain who telephoned PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, the likeminded group’s leader, Khurshid Kasuri and JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman.
MQM senator

Parties slug it out, force govt to put GST bill on hold

ISLAMABAD: The government has decided not to table the Reformed General Sales Tax (GST) Bill in the forthcoming session of the National Assembly as it failed to build consensus on the proposed tax law with its coalition partners – the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) -not budging from their positions.
“We will not table the bill in the National Assembly session staring from December 18,” a senior parliamentarian, asking not to be named,

Political parties, police, parliament are most corrupt: TI report

ISLAMABAD: The country’s political parties, police, and parliament have emerged as the top three most corrupt institutions, with the judiciary showing improvement in curbing the menace of corruption, said the 2010 Global Corruption Barometer, a worldwide public opinion survey on corruption released on the International Anti-Corruption Day (Thursday) by Transparency International
The report said that 77 percent of the people believed that corruption in the country had increased

Religious parties warn of anarchy if Aasiya pardoned

LAHORE: Islamist religious parties threatened protests and anarchy if the government pardons the Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy, calling thousands of demonstrators onto the streets across the country in Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar, Quetta and Lahore on Friday.
Demonstrators marched across the country after the most influential Sunni Muslim alliance in the country urged the government not to grant mother-of-five Aasiya Bibi clemency. In Lahore, a crowd of

Opp parties want agriculture sector taxed

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Finance on Thursday recommended rationalising of penalties under the reformed general sales tax (RGST) and tax exemption for food items, medicines and educational stationery.
The committee also included the dissenting notes of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Awami National Party (ANP), PML-Quaid (PML-Q) and the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) in its report to the Senate.
All opposing political parties

Indian parties fail to end parliament deadlock

NEW DELHI: India’s government and opposition parties failed on Monday to break a deadlock in parliament over an investigation into a widening corruption scandal that has prevented economic reforms being approved.
The opposition has halted parliament sessions since early November over demands for a joint parliamentary investigation into the sale of telecoms licences and spectrum in the world’s fastest growing mobile phone market.
The Congress party-led coalition government

Parties snigger at Nawaz’s CoP proposal

ISLAMABAD: The Charter of Pakistan (CoP) proposed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Patronn Nawaz Sharif seems not to have worked as all major political parties including the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)-led coalition have rubbished it for not being practical.
The PPP leadership is unwilling to even take up the proposed CoP in its in-house discussion. Although Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that the government would consider the proposal once shared with it, the

Police-lawyers clash – Patch-up expected between estranged parties, SC told

ISLAMABAD: A three-member Supreme Court (SC) bench was informed on Friday that a ‘patch-up’ is expected between both the estranged parties – the police and the lawyers – who clashed with each in Lahore on October 2, leaving many lawyers injured.
The bench comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday was hearing a suo motu notice taken by the CJP on the clashes that took place between

Altaf asks parties to support Land Reforms Bill

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain has asked all political and religious parties to support the Land Reforms Bill submitted by his party in the parliament. The bill aims at bringing peace and prosperity in the country by ending illiteracy, unemployment and poverty.
In a statement issued from London, Altaf congratulated MQM parliamentarians for presenting the bill.
“The MQM wants to bring a peaceful revolution in the country. It believes in

Liaquat Baloch says ruling parties should accept their failure n announce relelections-Nasir

The Jamaat e Islami Secretary General, Liaquat Baloch, has counseled
the ruling parties to accept the failure of their government and announce fresh elections to
ensure the continuation of the democratic system.
In a press statement here Friday, he said, any change from within the assembly or
the mid terrm elections were not the solution of the prevailing crisis while any extra
constitutional step would undermine national solidarity. Therefore the