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Senators oppose leniency in Lahore incident

Senators oppose leniency in Lahore incident

ISLAMABAD – Legislators in the Upper House of parliament on Friday demanded authorities take notice of the Lahore incident involving the death of three young men by US citizens, without showing any leniency.
“The law should take its own course and the culprit be punished under the law of the land,” the senators demanded. They were of the view that a thorough probe should be conducted into the incident to ascertain whether the accused was associated with any spy agency.

Militants attack ANP senator’s house, kill 1

PESHAWAR – Unidentified militants attacked the house of Awami National Party’s Senator Zahid Khan on Tuesday, killing one and wounding three others, including his brother. Police said Senator Zahid Khan’s house in Timergarah area of Lower Dir was attacked by a dozen attackers.
They said the assailants opened indiscriminate fire on the house, killing one person. Hospital sources said Muhammad Ayub, the wounded brother of Senator Zahid Khan, and two other injured were in a critical

Senators seek details on hiring SECP chief, commissioners

ISLAMABAD – The Senate Standing Committee on Finance on Wednesday directed the ministry of finance to furnish it with complete details of candidates and the procedure adopted for the appointment of the chairman and commissioners of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP).
The meeting of the committee was held under the chairmanship of Senator Ahmad Ali.
Secretary Finance Waqar Masood Khan said that the prime minister had appointed the Chairman while no

Senators not being taken seriously; ANP tells Gilani

ISLAMABAD – A delegation of ANP senators met Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Friday, asking him to tell his ministers that senators were not someone to be trifled with.
“We have told the prime minister that his ministers do not give us due respect and do not take the business of the Upper House seriously. They do not consider the Senate worth-while,” Haji Adeel told Pakistan Today after the meeting.
Adeel said the delegation asked Gilani to announce a development

Obama woos senators on Russia treaty vote

WASHINGTON – A landmark US-Russia nuclear arms control treaty faced a key test vote in the US Senate as early as Tuesday as President Barack Obama ramped up pressure on wary lawmakers to back the accord.
Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wooed Republicans by telephone, lawmakers said Monday, as the top US uniformed officer, Admiral Mike Mullen, wrote a letter unreservedly backing the pact.
“This treaty has the full support of your

Senators call NHA ‘den of corruption’

ISLAMABAD: The meeting of the Standing Committee of Senate on Communications on Monday witnessed great commotion when members of the parliamentary body termed the National Highway Authority (NHA) a den of corruption and its chairman as one of the most corrupt government officials.
“There was a time when NHA had credibility but it has become a den of corruption since Chaurdhry Altaf assumed the charge as chairman,” Senator Humayoun Khan said, adding, “The incumbent chairman of NHA

Senators vow not to fuel ‘corruption furnace’ with taxpayers’ money

ISLAMABAD: Senators from across the political divide on Thursday vowed not to fuel the “corruption furnace” of a non-performing government with the taxpayers’ money, asking Islamabad to first put its own house in order before taxing the poverty-stricken people.
Taking part in the debate on the General Sales Tax (GST) Bill, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) Senator SM Zafar said tales of the corrupt practices of rulers were being told across the globe.
“Why should the

13 Opp senators refuse Zardari’s dinner with GST on the menu

ISLAMABAD: The opposition in the Upper House of parliament on Wednesday stood divided on attending a dinner hosted by President Asif Ali Zardari as 21 Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) legislators attended the banquet while 13 senators of the PML-Nawaz, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and minor parties from Balochistan boycotted the dinner, terming it a ploy to win support for the General Sales Tax (GST).
Those who boycotted the dinner included seven senators from the PML-N, three from

Senators take on govt over unbridled corruption, GST

ISLAMABAD: As Finance Minister Hafeez Shaikh on Tuesday told Senate that there was no other option but to implement the agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the General Sales Tax (GST), the senators lambasted the government for not controlling corruption in its ranks and taxing the poor instead.
Rejecting the finance minister’s sugar-quoted arguments in favour of the GST, the senators termed the new tax ‘suicidal’ for the already over-burdened people and asked

Senators hold govt responsible for increasing terrorism

ISLAMABAD: Condemning the attack on the Crime Investigation Department (CID) building in Karachi, members of the Senate on Friday held the government responsible for growing terrorism in the country.
Addressing the session, Pakistan people’s Party Senator Raza Rabbani said the government had not implemented the recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security, which had resulted in the unabated continuation of terrorist activities in the country.

Enraged senators blast govt over petroleum prices

ISLAMABAD: Charged with anger and disappointment over the government’s failure to curb inflation, the opposition and the treasury members in Senate on Monday lambasted the government for ‘dropping a fuel bomb’ on the people by increasing the prices of petroleum products by as much as nine percent.
Speaking on a point of order, Leader of Opposition Senator Wasim Sajjad took the lead when he plainly announced a token walk out against the recent hike in petroleum products’ prices.

Senators spin money out of flood relief

Indifferent to the suffering of flood-hit people across the country, some ruling parties’ senators have been busy smuggling luxurious items into the country under the guise of relief goods for the affected people.
An official of the Customs told Pakistan Today that he had witnessed luxury goods worth Rs 2.3 billion get cleared by the authorities under the pretext of flood relief aid, in a single day of duty.
There was no record or a check and balnce on other