Mar 08

COAS Kayani conveys security concerns to President Zardari

zardari meeting kayaniISLAMABAD: During a meeting held on Thursday night, Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani expressed concerns regarding the rapidly deteriorating security situation in the country especially in Karachi and Quetta to President Asif Ali Zardari.

According to sources, Army Chief Kayani expressed concerns regarding the ineffective use of civilian law enforcement agencies to President Zardari. Sources further add that the Amry Chief also told the president about the presence of armed wings in political parties along with raising the issue of contacts between terrorist groups and political parties.

Army Chief Kayani said that the army was willing to support civilian law enforcement agencies at the request of the government.

The Corps Commanders’ meeting held on Thursday also discussed internal and external security threats to the country while during his March 6 visit to Karachi; General Kayani also received a briefing regarding the security situation in the city.

Mar 05

President Zardari likely to announce interim PM name, elections 2013 schedule on March 13

ZardariIslamabad: Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zartdari is likely to address the nation on March 13, 2013 as the country is passing through crucial period before elections, facing deadly blasts in Karachi and Quetta, two provincial capitals of Pakistan’s Sindh and Balochistan provinces.

According to sources, the president is likely to announce the name of the interim prime minister and the schedule of next elections.

Earlier, according to media reports, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President has summoned the party meeting on Wednesday to finalize the names of the interim PM to be forwarded by opposition leader in national Assembly, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

The surfaced from the PML-N include Justice (retd) Shakirullah Jan, Justice (retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid and Justice (retd) Ajmal Mian.

Feb 10

Graft cases against President Zardari can’t be reopened

Islamabad: The Swiss authorities said on Saturday, responding to the letter sent by Pakistani government on the directives of the Supreme Court, that they cannot reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.Asif Ali Zardari

The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government had sent the letter to the Swiss authorities in November after the Supreme Court’s verdict in the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implementation case.

Federal Minister of Law Farooq H Naek has confirmed receipt of the letter from Swiss authorities and sources said Naek would himself apprise Zardari about the contents of the letter.

Former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was disqualified for committing contempt of court by not writing the letter to Swiss authorities.

The rift between the government and the judiciary ended when the incumbent Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf appeared before the SC and told it about the government’s willingness to write the letter.

The apex court had given the government one-month deadline to write the letter to the Swiss authorities to withdraw a previous letter to the Swiss government by former attorney general Malik Qayyum who sought closure of alleged graft cases against the president.

Jul 30

Next Elections to be free and fair: President Asif Ali Zardari

Khairpur: President Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday said the next general elections will be fair and fair and they will be held on time.ASif Ali Zardai

While addressing a public gathering in Khairpur, the president said that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) would again come in the power in next general election.

“Next general elections will be free and fair and I believe that PPP will come in power,” he said.

President Zardari said that those who sacrifice for the people always remain alive in the history. “BB Shaheed came back to the country despite danger.”

The termed Sindh as stronghold of the PPP and said that the problems of masses were being solved on the priority basis.

He further said that after elections all the Chief Ministers would be from PPP. He added that he gifted chief minister ship to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

Jul 12

President Zardari signs contempt bill

ISLAMABAD: President Zardari has signed Contempt of Court Bill 2012 into law today, Geo News quoted Presidential Spokesperson Farhatullah Babar as saying.President Zardari signs contempt bill

Both the houses have passed the Contempt of Court Bill 2012 with majority support.

New Contempt of court law:

The contempt of court bill was approved by the National Assembly on July 9.

The Senate on Wednesday night passed the new contempt of court law, as two PPP stalwarts, Aitzaz Ahsan and Mian Raza Rabbani, openly expressed reservations, saying the Supreme Court could partially strike it down.

The bill, exempts the ‘holders of public office’ from contempt in ‘exercise of powers and performance’ of functions and allows suspension of an appeal.

Many see it as a calculated person-specific move of the treasury benches to save PM Raja Pervaiz Ashfar for meeting the same fate as Yusuf Raza Gilani for not acting in accordance with the apex court order to write to the Swiss authorities with regard to President Asif Ali Zardari’s accounts.