Sep 30

Abductors demand huge ransom for ex-PM Yousaf Raza Gilani’s son Ali Haider Gilani

LAHORE: Vice Chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party and former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani has been contacted by the kidnappers of his son, Ali Haider Gilani, and demanded ransom of billions.Yousaf Raza

According to the local TV sources, Vice Chairman of PPP has been demanded billions of rupees as ransom for the release of Ali Haider Gilani. Former National Assembly member who is in mutual contacts with the abductors and Gilani has made it possible to hold talks.

The abductors demanded billion as extortion from Gilani so that Ali Haider Gilani must be released. Sources say that former PM Gilani has agreed to the demands. He also had telephonic talk with his son and enquired about his health.

Earlier, unknown assailants came in a car with latest weapons opened fire on Ali just after his procession leaving his guard and secretary dead during his election campaign.

Aug 05

Faisal Raza Abidi demands Chief Justice’s resignation

While hurling fiery allegations at Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Senator Faisal Raza Abidi on Sunday demanded a resignation from him and other judges who were reinstated under the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO).Faisal Raza Abdi

During a press conference in Islamabad, Abidi held Justice Chaudhry responsible for the alleged financial impropriety done by his son, Dr Arsalan Iftikhar.

The senator said that if the chief justice does not tender a resignation, then he will “force him out from the same way he had been restored as a judge.”

“He [Justice Chaudhry] says that he did not have any idea where his son got all that money from…I ask, when the case emerged, did you ask him where he got Rs900 million from?”

The senator produced bank account statements of Dr Arsalan and said that the person who used to “work under somebody else” now owns billions of rupees. He also showed that the billing address mentioned was that of the Chief Justice House in Islamabad.

“You [Justice Chaudhry] are to be blamed for this. This happened right in front of you. You cannot pretend to not know anything. Who gave Dr Arsalan the right to use government’s property for running his own businesses? Could he not rent out an office in some other area?

He said that he would now “personally” investigate about Dr Arsalan’s assets and will also fly to Dubai and London to inquire about his international bank accounts. “I will probe into the accounts he has activated under the name of mamu.”

Abidi said that the Parliament is supreme and is above other institutions.

“Parliament forms laws and constitutions. Who gave you the right to criticise and meddle in its affairs?”

“I accept your challenge in the war you have waged against the parliament. But mine is not a war of arms, but is a war of words, because Pakistan cannot afford agitation at this moment as it is already going through tough times.”

Jul 13

Supreme Court Directs PM to Write Swiss Letter

Islamabad—The Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to write the letter to Swiss authorities to reopen cases against President Asif Ali Zardari without seeking advice.SC Directs PM to Write Swiss Letter

The orders were issued by a seven-member bench of the apex court that resumed hearing on the contempt case  Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf against  on Thursday.The apex court directed the Attorney General to inform Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf about their order.

The bench directed Raja Pervez Ashraf to write to the Swiss authorities and submit an implementation report by 25 july.

The court has already formally charged the Prime Minister for contempt of court. The government has so far refused to write to Swiss authorities as the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) insists the President enjoys immunity under the constitution.Zardari has repeatedly stated that writing to Swiss authorities will amount to putting the grave of his slain spouse on trial.

The apex court said in its orders that the contempt hearing would continue against the Prime Minister as he is reluctant to obey the court’s previous orders.

The judges ordered the Attorney General to keep the court informed about any progress on the orders.

Jul 04

Faisal Raza Abidi resigns as PPP Karachi president

Senator Faisal Raza Abidi has resigned from the post of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) president Karachi division, but party sources claim that he has been removed due to complaints received from local leadership of the party.faisal raza abidi

Abdul Qadir Patel has been given Abidi’s post.

Abidi was made president of the Karachi division in November last year.

PPP Karachi division spokesperson, Kausar Amir said that Abidi had resigned because of health reasons and had also been admitted to the hospital. Sources within the party have said that the local leadership had made many complaints against him for being “inattentive” and had not been giving time to the party and its workers.

Abidi had earlier contested from NA-253 against Haider Abbas Rizvi of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) during the 2008 elections.

He had been selected as the president of PPP’s Karachi division after the elections but was removed after a year after complaints were received. The PPP leader has been a part of the Central Executive Committee (CEC) since 2008 and member of Senate since 2009.

Apr 16

PPP, PML-N agree to postpone Local Government elections

The ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) have agreed not to push for local government elections ahead of the parliamentary polls scheduled for early next year.Election Top leaders from the country’s two largest political parties came to the consensus during their talks earlier this year which culminated in the unanimous passage of the 20th Constitutional Amendment.

Insiders from both sides confirmed to The Express Tribune on Sunday that withholding the local government elections – a system introduced by ousted military ruler Pervez Musharraf to devolve powers to the grassroots level – was part of the negotiations.

“We have agreed not to force the issue. We feared there would be political complications which should be avoided,” an official revealed.

On the surface, the talks were aimed at giving legal cover to the election of more than two dozen members of parliament (MPs) suspended by the Supreme Court — on the pretext that they were elected during the period when the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) was not complete, following the passage of the 18th Constitutional Amendment back in 2010.

Officials said that though the two parties specifically decided contours of the transition that has to take place after the fresh parliamentary polls later this year or by March 2013, an understanding on local government polls was also the outcome of the intense parleys that lasted for more than a week.

The revelation came three days after the Supreme Court asked all top legal officers of the provinces and the attorney general to submit a schedule for the local government elections.

Officials from both the PPP and PML-N, however, did not admit that there was “secret deal or understanding” to withhold the local government elections. Rather, they kept on pinning blame on each other for the delay.

PPP Punjab chapter leader Raja Riaz said that it was the provincial administration led by the PML-N that was shying away from seeking votes from people despite PPP’s willingness to accept the challenge.

He, however, did not specify why the PPP did not go for local elections in provinces other than Punjab.

“I can only talk about Punjab,” he said.

PML-N spokesperson Senator Mushahidullah Khan said his party did not see any possibility of local government elections ahead of the parliamentary polls because the electoral rolls were not complete and the task might take ECP some more time.

He, however, denied that his party had any secret deals with the PPP to delay the elections.