Tag: Party

Outlawed ETA group forms new party, rejects violence

MADRID - The outlawed political wing of armed Basque separatist fighters ETA announced on Monday its rebirth as a new party that rejects violence and intends to contest elections. Batasuna has been ruled illegal since 2003 because of its links to ETA, whose bloody battle for a Basque homeland independent of Spain has been blamed for 829 deaths in more than four decades.
The outlawed party has previously said it opposes violence without actually condemning ETA's violent past. The

Hekmatyar’s party condemns suicide attacks

KABUL - Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's Hizb-e-Islami Party on Sunday condemned suicide attacks, with Hekmatyar's deputy Qutbuddin Helal calling them prohibited and cruel. "Killing civilians is a brutal act and the party sees any kind of attacks that cause civilian deaths against Islamic practices and law," Helal told an Afghan news channel.
"Killing civilians is prohibited. We cannot call it an Islamic act. Suicide attacks in public and civilian locations are not acceptable in Islam at

Egypt’s ruling party top body resigns en masse

CAIRO - The top executive committee of Egypt's ruling National Democratic Party (NDP), which includes strongman Hosni Mubarak's son Gamal, resigned en masse on Saturday, state television reported. "The members of the executive committee resigned from their posts.
It was decided to name Hossam Badrawi secretary general of the party," the regime's channel announced amid ongoing opposition street protests. The NDP executive has six members, including its secretary general. Gamal

Myanmar junta party ‘sweeps presidential race’

YANGON - Myanmar's junta-backed party swept a vote for presidential nominations on Thursday, officials said, as part of a secretive process apparently designed to reserve the top job for a key regime insider. Prime Minister Thein Sein, a general who retired from the army in April last year, was one of three candidates selected by soldiers and lawmakers, Myanmar officials said, with the president set to be announced on Friday.
A key ally of junta strongman Than Shwe, Thein Sein

Liaquat Jatoi launches political party

HYDERABAD - Senior politician and former chief minister and water and power minister Liaqat Ali Jatoi announced the launch of his own political party on Saturday.
"The Awami Ittehad Party is a patriotic party that is against hereditary politics, which is the hallmark of almost all political parties in the country," Jatoi said while addressing a press conference held at a hotel.
Describing the salient features of his party constitution, he said that it would allow the judges

Party chief seems more powerful than PM: LHC CJ

LAHORE - Lahore High Court Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry on Monday observed that after passage of the 18th Constitutional Amendment, a political party chief seems to be more powerful than the prime minister.
He was hearing petitions challenging political activities of President Asif Ali Zardari while serving as the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) co-chairman. Other judges on the bench included Justice Iftikhar Hussain Chaudhry, Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Ijazul

PML-N misses four deadlines for party reorganisation

ISLAMABAD - The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has failed to meet the four deadlines it had set for the party's reorganisation by electing its office-bearers at all tiers and till date the affairs of the party are being run through the organising committees.
After failure to meet three deadlines earlier set for party's reorganisation, the PML-N has again failed to complete intra-party elections process from Primary Unit to Central level by January 15 which was announced as

Berlusconi’s ‘party girls’ driven by ambitious parents

ROME - Sordid details of the grasping ambition of parents of young girls caught up in Italy's latest sex scandal emerged on Thursday as excerpts from wire-taps were splashed over the country's papers.
As part of evidence from Milan magistrates alleging Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi hooked up with prostitutes and held debauched parties, parents were caught on tape encouraging their daughters to compete for the 74-year old. "The sad army of aspiring parents-in-law" is "a symbol

Hundreds rally in Tunisia against Ben Ali’s party

TUNIS - Hundreds of people rallied in central Tunis on Monday to demand the abolition of ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's RCD party as police fired volleys of tear gas to break up the protest.
Demonstrators in two towns in the central west also demanded the end of the Constitutional Democratic Rally (RCD), members of which are expected to feature in the transitional government due to be unveiled Monday.
"The revolution continues! RCD out!" shouted several hundred

Irish prime minister in party leadership crisis

DUBLIN - Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen fought for his political life on Monday after his foreign minister announced he would vote against him in a snap party leadership election.
But while Foreign Minister Micheal Martin's challenge raised the stakes for Cowen, the government's chief whip predicted that the revolt against the prime minister would fizzle out and Martin received little support in the press. Cowen's allies were spending the day ensuring support for Tuesday's

No party backed bills tabled by its members

ISLAMABAD - No member of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Awami National Party (ANP), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) and other smaller parties produced a single piece of legislation as 21 bills were tabled in the National Assembly by the legislators as private members (in personal capacity) during the third parliamentary year starting from March 2010 till December 2010.
The PML-N legislators produced the most bills, followed by the PPP and the PML-Q respectively; a

National Party wants MQM to support Balochistan cause

KARACHI - National Party (NP) Senior Vice President Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo appealed to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Wednesday to support the thousands of missing persons of Balochistan.
Bizenjo was leading an NP delegation that held a meeting with MQM Rabita Committee Deputy Convener Dr Farooq Sattar at the Khursheed Memorial Hall.
He hoped that the MQM would support the Balochistan cause as it had in the past.
The NP leader said that the people of Balochistan

MQM condemns attack on Shia party activists

KARACHI - The MQM on Sunday condemned attempts to ignite sectarian violence in the city by killing its party activists belonging to the Shia community.
"There is a conspiracy being hatched to create a sectarian strife in the city by killing MQM workers belonging to the Shia community," said MQM Rabita Committee member Wasay Jalil at a press conference at the Khursheed Begum Memorial Hall. Other Rabita Committee members including Kunwar Khalid Yunus, Gulfaraz Khattak, Ashfaq

Oil district attack dents south Sudan party mood

JUBA - An attack on south Sudanese soldiers in a key oil-producing district left four people dead on Saturday overshadowing celebrations on the eve of a landmark vote on independence for the region.
It was not immediately clear how many of the dead were soldiers and how many attackers but the shooting revived fears of renewed violence around the week-long referendum, centre piece of the 2005 peace deal between north and south that ended Africa's longest-running civil war. In the

The missing colonel was at a party

LAHORE - Former principal secretary to General (r) Pervez Musharraf, who had gone missing two days ago, reached home by himself on Sunday. Col (r) Manzoor told his family that he had gone to meet his friends to celebrate the New Year and nobody had kidnapped him.
Col (r) Manzoor went missing from outside his house in DHA's X-Block and his family had registered a kidnapping case on Saturday. Investigation Officer (IO) of the case Siddique said that Col (r) Manzoor has given him a

And the CM addresses – Shahbaz’s guards ward off party workers

LAHORE - Owing to heightened security even the PML-N workers were denied access to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and were maltreated during a function held in connection with Quaid's birth anniversary at Alhamra on Saturday.
This event was held under the aegis of Nazria-e-Pakistan Trust and Azad Kashmir President Raja Zulqarnain, MNAs, MPAs, prominent journalists, intellectuals, columnists and a large number of people from different walks of life attended the function.

SNGPL violates rules, appoints third party for collecting dues

LAHORE - The Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) has violated rules by hiring a third-party for collecting unpaid dues while the private company has no authority of collecting money from customers and threatening people by using various tactics, sources told Pakistan Today on Saturday.
According to sources, one year ago, the SNGPL hired a private company, KAP Associates, for collecting unpaid dues. The company has no authority of collecting money from SNGPL customers and