Mar 16

PM, four CMs to discuss caretaker setup today

Prime Minister Raja Pervez AshrafISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf invited chief ministers of all four provinces to a luncheon today to discuss holding the general elections of National Assembly and provincial assemblies on a single day, SAMAA reported Saturday.

The participants will give thought to the caretaker setup as well.

According to sources, the PM Ashraf will host a luncheon in honor of all four chief ministers after the current assemblies, the federal and provincial governments complete their five-year term. The CMs have been formally given the invitation.

According to sources, Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has accepted the invitation. He will arrive in the federal capital. –SAMAA

Jan 15

Braking News: Supreme Court orders to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf

Islamabad: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday ordered to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf.RAJA PERVEZ ASHRAF arrest

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the authorities to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, television reports said.

The apex court ordered the prime minister’s arrest during a hearing of the rental power projects case.

The bench ordered the arrest of 16 persons, including the premier, and directed the authorities to present Prime Minister Ashraf in court tomorrow.

The prime minister has been accused of receiving kickbacks and commission in the RPPs case as minister for water and power.

In the case, nine RPPs firms were accused of receiving more than Rs22 billion as a mobilisation advance from the government to commission the projects but most of them did not set up their plants and a few of them installed them but with inordinate delay.

In March 2012, the Supreme Court had held the RPP contracts non-transparent and ordered that these be rescinded.

The court had also ordered National Accountability Bureau chairman Admiral (retd) Fasih Bokhari to proceed with corruption references against those who were at the helm of affairs when the contracts were signed between 2006 and 2008 to overcome the energy shortfall through RPPs as a stopgap arrangement.

The unlucky ones who were expected to face criminal charges at the time of the apex court’s ruling included Liaquat Jatoi, Raja Pervez Ashraf as well as Naveed Qamar and Waqar Masood. During their tenures, down payment to different RPPs was increased from seven to 14 per cent.


Oct 09

Armed man attacks Malala Yousafzai in Swat

Swat: Unidentified man on Tuesday attacked the vehicle of Malala Yousafzai, known for being a children’s rights activist in Swat valley of Pakistan Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa province.Malala Yusufza Latest News 2 Sources said that the assailant opened fire on the vehicle of Malala when she was going towards her home from her school, injuring three girls including Malala. The sources added that the attacker wearing police uniform stopped her vehicle near her school and opened fire on Malala after inquiring about her. She received a bullet injury in the back side of her neck and was shifted to district headquarters hospital before being shifted to Peshawar through a helicopter on the directives of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf.Malala Yousafzai injured in attack Name of the other girl who also injured in the attack is Shazia. [Malala Yousufzai shifted to CMH Peshawar: ISPR] Malala gained notability for championing the cause of the people of Swat by blogging for the BBC under a pseudonym about the atrocities of the Tehrik-i-Taliban regime. The international children’s advocacy group Kids Rights Foundation included Yousafzai among the nominees for the International Children’s Peace Prize, making her the first Pakistani girl nominated for the award.Malala Yousafzai injured in attack21

Jul 25

Pakistan decides to sue UK newspaper over Olympic VISA scandal

Islamabad: The federal cabinet on Wednesday decided that it would sue British daily The SUN for publishing a story about fake passports being made and false Visa being issued in Pakistan.sun

The paper had claimed that the potential terrorist might sneak into Britain as support staff for players during Olympic games, using fake Pakistani passports.

Pakistani cabinet, which met Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in the chair showed concern over the story before NADRA chairman and DG Passport informed it about departmental inquiry into the issue.

Both the officers told the cabinet that newspaper’s story was baseless as no fake passport was issued by the Pakistani staff.

The cabinet decided that it would file cases against the newspaper and would sue it in British courts for publishing false story.

Federal Minister Babar Khan Ghouri why innocent female employees were picked up by the investigator when it was in their knowledge that the story was false.

Adviser to PM Rehman Malik said that names of those involved in the conspiracy against Pakistan would be put on Exit Control List (ECL).

Jul 25

NRO Implementation: SC orders PM Ashraf to write letter by August 8

The Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing of NRO implementation case till August 8.NRO Implementation

The Supreme Court extended till August 8 the deadline for Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to approach Swiss authorities to revive graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari, a case that had cost the Prime Minister’s predecessor his job.

During today’s hearing, Attorney General Irfan Qadir requested that the case be put off till after Eid-ul-Fitr but a five-member bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa rejected his plea and adjourned the matter for two weeks.

Attorney General also objected to Justice Khosa’s presence in the bench, claiming that he was prejudiced.

He asked Justice Khosa to distance himself from the case but the bench rejected this request too.

Justice Khosa said he would immediately quit the bench if he had any prejudice.

The judges will not do anything that can harm the country or derail the democratic system, he said adding that the judges stand for democracy and want it to be strengthened.

“How can you level charges of prejudice against me?” Justice Khosa asked. He further said the judges respected the President as much as anyone else.

But the Attorney General said he was concerned at the apex court’s order of July 12 to the Prime Minister to revive the graft cases and to file a compliance report to the court.

The Attorney General further said the government intends to file a petition seeking the review of July 12 verdict.

Justice Khosa remarked that the federation can file an appeal by August 8.