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Govt withdrew from talks after PAT ended sit-in, says Imran

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday claimed the government withdrew from talks after the packing up of the sit-in by Dr. Tahirul Qadri. However, he said if the government was serious, his party was also ready for talks. Imran retorted that Plan C would stand until the proposed Judicial Commission started investigation into the rigging in last ... Read More »

Besides defence, govt equally mindful of poverty, illiteracy: Sharif

KARACHI: Prime Minis­ter Nawaz Sharif has said that national defence is among the top priorities of the gov ernment, but it is equally mindful of other challenges like poverty and illiteracy. Speaking at the inaugural session of the International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (Ideas 2014) at Expo Centre here on Monday, the prime minister said the government was also focussed ... Read More »

Govt gets one more day for CEC appointment

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court put more pressure on the government on Monday on the issue of appointment of a permanent chief election commissioner (CEC), but the latter appeared to be as shifty as ever, though it succeeded in getting one more day. “We are hopeful that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khurshid ... Read More »

Govt ready for talks with PTI, claims Shah

ISLAMABAD: A day after the announcement by Imran Khan of countrywide protests to press his demand for a thorough investigation into the alleged rigging in last year’s general elections, the government showed on Monday its readiness to resume dialogue with the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf. Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Ahmed Shah claimed that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had ... Read More »

Malik sees no threat to his govt

QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch rejected on Sunday an impression that the provincial assembly faced any threat of dissolution and said such a situation, if arose, would be handled in a democratic way. Mr Baloch, who is a senior leader of the National Party, was talking to reporters at a function at which political activist Abdul Ghaffar ... Read More »

PTI protest: PPP warns govt against using force

LAHORE: The PPP has asked the PML-N government to give a free hand to the Tehreek-i-Insaf for its Islamabad protest and don’t resort to use of force or preemptive detentions of PTI workers. “The PTI leadership should also not insist on taking the procession to the red zone because that may provoke the protesters like the last time when they ... Read More »

Outstanding dues: IPPs serve notice, ask govt to clear Rs42b

LAHORE: Fourteen Independent Power Producers (IPPs) have sent notices to the government under the sovereign guarantee over dues of Rs42.3 billion the National Transmission and Dispatch Company has defaulted on, according to  an official of the Independent Power Producers Advisory Council. The official, seeking anonymity, said that notices have been served at the Private Power and Infrastructure Board over power purchasers’ ... Read More »

Govt counts on MPs’ help against PTI rally

As Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) ups the ante for its ‘decisive’ November 30 rally in the federal capital, the National Assembly will open Wednesday evening a session that will continue for three weeks, a senior official said. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan is to brief his fellow lawmakers on Operation Zarb-e-Azb and the overall political situation in the country. He ... Read More »

Govt launches polio drive in inaccessible tribal areas

ISLAMABAD: Polio vaccination began in South Waziristan on Monday after a break of two-and-a-half years. World Health Organisation (WHO) has termed it a positive development for the eradication of polio virus from the country. Taliban had imposed a ban on polio vaccination in June 2012 after it was revealed that a physician, Dr Shakeel Afridi, had helped CIA run a ... Read More »

‘Clueless’ Pakistani fashion industry seeks govt support

KARACHI: Pakistan’s largely undocumented fashion industry says it needs government patronage rather than tariffs and taxes to thrive but remains clueless about its worth or the contribution to the national economy. A multi-million-rupee industry that remains mostly unregulated particularly in sphere of labour, is rife with incidents of harassment of vulnerable new entrants, and identified by experts as one of ... Read More »