Tag: Wont

Yemen’s president says won’t stand for another term

SANAA - Yemeni leader Ali Abdullah Saleh, facing demands that he quit on Wednesday said he will freeze constitutional changes that would allow him to be president for life and put off a controversial April poll.
"I will not extend my mandate and I am against hereditary rule," Saleh said during an emergency session of parliament and the consultative council ahead of a "day of rage" civil society groups and opposition leaders have called for Thursday. Saleh, who has been president

Embattled Mubarak says he won’t run for another term

CAIRO - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said on Tuesday he would not leave Egypt although he would step down from the Presidency at the end of his term, due to end when the country holds a presidential election in September.
He also said pledged to implement a series of reforms, including calling on the judiciary to combat corruption, adding that he would seek changes to the constitution. However, TV channels reported that the protesters reiterated their demands that President

Shootout in Lahore – Pakistan won’t sit quiet: Farhat

ISLAMABAD - In a clear expression of rising annoyance among Pakistani authorities over mounting US pressure for the release of Raymond Davis, an American detained in Lahore for killing two Pakistani citizens, Pakistan on Sunday said it would not sit quiet over the shooting of its citizens.
With Islamabad's rejection of the US demand for Davis' immediate release, the US, instead of backing off, has intensified pressure with American diplomats in Washington and Islamabad warning

Afghan soil won’t be used against Pakistan: Karzai

KABUL - Reaffirming his stance on maximum mutual understanding and cooperation amongst the regional and neighbouring countries in the ongoing war on terror, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has made it clear that "no one will be allowed to use Afghan soil against Pakistan".
"Tell your country, Afghanistan is firm on its commitments with Pakistan," President Karzai told Pakistan's representative while addressing the installation ceremony of newly-elected Lower House ( Olassi Jirga)

PM reassures clerics government won’t amend blasphemy laws

ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday said his government would not allow anyone to misuse the blasphemy law. "We are neither in favour to amend the blasphemy laws nor we will allow anyone to misuse it," the prime minister said while addressing the Ulema and Mashaikh Conference 2011 held here.
It was the first official conference since the assassination of Salman Taseer, who was killed by one of his official guards, for his views on the blasphemy law.

Blasphemy law won’t be amended, says PM

DERA GHAZI KHAN - Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Monday reiterated that the government had no plans to amend the blasphemy laws.
"Neither did we plan to do that nor will we be planning to amend the blasphemy law," the prime minister said while addressing a gathering of people after inaugurating the sub-campuses of the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) and Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) at the AIOU office.
Gilani said those who were saying that a committee had

Pakistan won’t disintegrate, says Advani

NEW DELHI - Five years after courting controversy for praising Pakistan's founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah, senior BJP leader LK Advani said that instability in Pakistan is "certainly a matter of concern" for India but disagreed that the country would disintegrate.
"Those who think the state is about to disintegrate... it is not true. It is not going to explode," He said he had "personally" experienced what Pakistan's founder would have gone through by advocating for a secular state.

PPP won’t leave Punjab government on its own

ISLAMABAD - Opting to adopt a wait-and-see policy, the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has decided not to quit the Punjab government, leaving it to the PML-N to decide if it wants to keep the coalition going or not. The PML-N had said it would oust the PPP from the Punjab government if Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani did not respond positively to its interim reforms agenda.
The decision not to quit the Punjab government was taken after consultations with President Asif Zardari. A

Nawaz won’t budge on ultimatum

LAHORE - As the PML-N's ultimatum to the PPP nears expiry on January 10 (Monday), the party is all set to oust the PPP from the Punjab government if it fails to come up with a positive answer to PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif's 11-point charter of demands presented on January 4.
Of the 11 demands, the government has accepted just one by withdrawing the hike in petroleum prices.
The PML-N issued a three-day ultimatum to the government for the acceptance of its demands that was to

‘PML-N won’t support PPP-led federal govt’

LAHORE - The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) will not support the Pakistan People's Party (PPP)-led federal government if it loses its majority in the National Assembly, PML-N Member of the National Assembly (MNA) Pervaiz Malik said on Thursday. Talking to journalists after attending slain Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer's qul at the Governor's House, Pervaiz said that safeguarding the national interest was the PML-N's slogans and the party would not support the PPP in its

Leagues won’t move against PM, for now

ISLAMABAD - Deciding not to move a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz on Tuesday threw the ball in Gilani's court by giving him a 72-hour deadline to accept or reject the proposals put forward by the party for improving governance.
The deadline, however, would start after the three-day mourning announced by the government for slain Punjab governor. Addressing a press conference after chairing a meeting of the Central

PML-N won’t support a falling govt, says Nisar

ISLAMABAD - Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Nisar Ali Khan on Monday categorically ruled out the possibility that his party would shoulder the falling government of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, who has lost majority in the House.
"Let me clarify the impression or ambiguity that the PML-N will come forward to save the government if it loses majority in the National Assembly and consequently collapses," Nisar told reporters outside the Parliament House.

‘PML-N won’t support in-house change’

LAHORE - Contradicting Opposition Leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali's statement, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said on Thursday that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) would not support any in-house change in the National Assembly to oust the federal government. He was speaking at a press briefing at the Punjab Assembly Committee Room.
The minister said that the PML-N would not support any move to dislodge the Gilani government, as it was not in the national interest to oust

Musharraf says he won’t appear for any inquiry into Benazir, Bugti’s...

LONDON - Former president Pervez Musharraf on Wednesday said he was not responsible for the killings of Benazir Bhutto and Akbar Bugti, and that he will not appear before any inquiry commission on this count.
In an interview with a private TV channel, Musharraf said it was not his responsibility to provide security to Benazir. "I was head of the state. A government was in place at that time. Providing security was the responsibility of security agencies. That obligation was

Blasphemy laws won’t be amended, govt tells NA

ISLAMABAD - Highlighting the government's policy statement on blasphemy law, Minister for Religious Affairs Khursheed Shah on Wednesday told the National Assembly that the government had no intention to amend or repeal blasphemy law.
The minister also made it clear that the bill by Sherry Rehman seeking amendment in the blasphemy law was her private member bill and the government would not support any such amendment. "It is the government's prime duty to ensure

Pakistan won’t allow US ground operations

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Thursday said it would not accept any ground operation by US troops in the Tribal Areas.
"The US knows our red lines on the issue and they will not cross them. Pakistan does not expect the United States to complicate matters involving counter-terrorism," Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said in his weekly press briefing.
"The NATO and ISAF mandate is restricted to Afghanistan and Pakistan's security forces are capable of taking action against

PML-N won’t back a move against Raisani

LAHORE: The PML-N has decided to remain silent spectator over possible change of government in Balochistan like its role in the National Assembly, refusing to be a part of any change.
A PML-N senior leader told Pakistan Today that the decision came at a meeting of the provincial organisation committee of Balochistan with Nawaz Sharif in the chair at Raiwind here on Tuesday.
A delegation of provincial organisation committee (Balochistan Chapter), led by provincial organiser