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PTI, opposition parties in talks for Senate polls in KP | Muhsen Digital News

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Senate Elections KP

PESHAWAR: The ruling political party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), and opposition parties held talks for holding ‘unopposed’ Senate elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) just like in Punjab, citing sources, ARY News reported on Friday.

The provincial ministers of the ruling PTI in KP have contacted parliamentary leaders of the opposition parties including Awami National Party (ANP) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F), sources told ARY News.

They mulled over implementing the formula of proportional representation of the political parties in the Senate. Sources added that PTI offered giving two general seats to the opposition in the Senate.

Read: ECP unveils code of conduct for Senate elections

Shaukat Yousafzai confirmed that the opposition leaders have been contacted to hold unopposed Senate polls. He said that Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) are creating hurdles to hold unopposed Upper House polls.

Earlier in the day, KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan chaired a session of PTI parliamentarians which was attended by the Senate candidates Shibli Faraz, Dr Sania Nishtar and others. The lawmakers were briefed over the voting process of the Senate in the session.

Prior to chairing the session, KP CM Mahmood Khan also consulted the governor. Sources said that the parliamentarians will take oaths to cast votes for their own candidates.

Read: ECP issues revised list of Senate candidates from Sindh

The KP chief minister will also assign duties to the group of parliamentarians for the upcoming Senate polls.

Yesterday, it emerged that all the Senate election candidates contesting for general, technocrat and women’s reserved seats were elected unopposed in Punjab.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Syed Ali Zafar and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s Azam Nazir Tarar elected unopposed from Punjab for the technocrat’s seats, according to sources.

Read: Senate elections: ECP bars voters from bringing mobile phones

PTI’s Dr Zarqa and PML-N’s Sadia Abbasi were elected unopposed for the women’s seats. However, Sajid Mir, Irfanul Haq Siddiqui, Ejaz Chaudhary, Aown Abbas, Saifullah Sarwar Khan Niazi, Kamil Ali Agha and Late Mushahid Ullah Khan’s son Afnan Ullah Khan also won the Senate elections unopposed.

Election commission sources said that a notification in this regard will be issued tomorrow.

Sources added that the Punjab Assembly speaker Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi played a key role in the seat adjustments for the Senate election. Pervaiz Elahi contacted the leadership of PPP and PML-N for the seat adjustments.

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Pakistan, Qatar ink new LNG import pact | Muhsen Digital News

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LNG Import Agreement

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday inked a new agreement with Qatar for the import of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), ARY News reported.

ECP issues list of Senate candidates from Islamabad | Muhsen Digital News

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ECP Senate Candidates

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday issued a final list of candidates contesting the Senate elections from the federal capital.

Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Sheikh of the ruling PTI and former premier Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani, a joint candidate of the PDM, are vying for a general seat from Islamabad whilst PTI’s Fauzia Arshad and Farzana Kausar are in the run for a reserved seat for women.

Also Read: ECP unveils code of conduct for Senate elections

Polling for the Senate elections will be held on the third of next month. It is pertinent to mention here that there will be no polling for the 11 Senate seats from Punjab as all candidates for seven general and two seats each reserved for women and technocrats have been elected unopposed after disqualification or withdrawal of papers by other contestants.

The PTI and PML-N bagged five seats each while one has gone to the PML-Quaid.

Also Read: Meet the PPP, PTI, MQM-P candidates from Sindh

Sources said that Punjab Assembly speaker Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi played a key role in the seat adjustments for the Senate election. Pervaiz Elahi contacted the leadership of the PPP and PML-N for the seat adjustments.

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Terrorist commander behind killings of 50 security officials shot dead: ISPR | Muhsen Digital News

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RAWALPINDI: Security forces on Friday killed a terrorist commander during an operation in the South Waziristan area of KP province, ARY News reported quoting Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

According to the ISPR, the security forces conducted a raid in Tayyarza area of South Waziristan and killed a terrorist commander Nooristan Ilyas Hassan Baba.

The terrorist was a master of making IEDs and was training the terrorists in the area. He was also involved in martyring over 50 security personnel, the ISPR said.

In one such operation on Tuesday, two terrorists including an IED expert were killed during an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in North Waziristan while a soldier also embraced martyrdom during the raid.

The security forces conducted an intelligence-based operation on terrorist hideouts in MalikKhel, North Waziristan, said the military’s media wing.

During intense exchange of fire, two terrorists including a terrorist commander Rehmat alias Khalid killed, the ISPR said and added that soldier Shahzad Raza also embraced martyrdom.

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Baldia inferno convict Bhola’s close aide arrested in Karachi raid | Muhsen Digital News

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Bhola Close Aide Arrested

KARACHI: The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) claimed on Friday to have arrested a suspected terrorist said to be associated with MQM-London.

Yaseen alias Batak alias Daada was arrested by CTD personnel with the help of intelligence agencies during a raid in the port city’s Azizabad neighbourhood. He is a close aide of Abdul Rehman aka Bhola, a MQM worker convicted in the Baldia factory inferno case.

Also Read: Baldia factory arson case: ‘Bhola’, ‘Chariya’ challenge death sentences in SHC

The arrested accused has remained involved in targeted killings of policemen and other heinous crimes.

Upon questioning, he revealed that he conducted recce of policemen Arif and Akbar on the instructions of Rehman aka Bhola in 1998, after which Shakil Sapna group shot dead both the cops.

Besides, he disclosed that he also murdered a number of political workers along with his accomplices in 2008. He along with Bhola murdered Chand Group’s Shakir Patni and another men in Ranchor Line area in 2008.

Also Read: CTD claims to arrest MQM-London terrorist from Karachi

The accused admitted that he also killed Yaqoob Maadha’s younger brother Abbas Maadha with the help of Bhola.

CTD in-charge Shoib Qureshi said the accused had previously been arrested multiple times in various cases.

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Lahore’s CBD to generate Rs1,300 bln during its first phase: PM Imran Khan | Muhsen Digital News

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Lahore Central business district

LAHORE: Prime Minister Imran Khan has laid the foundation stone of Central Business District (CBD) in Lahore and said that the project will generate Rs1,300 billion in its first phase, ARY News reported on Friday.

PM Imran Khan, while addressing a ceremony in Lahore today, said that the CBD project will generate income up to Rs1,300 billion during its first phase. He said that de-notifying of Walton airport will turn the adjacent areas into an economic hub.

SHC seeks OGRA’s reply on hike in petroleum products’ prices | Muhsen Digital News

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SHC petroleum products prices

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has sought reply from the chairman of Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) in a petition filed against the hike in prices of petroleum products, ARY News reported on Friday.

The Sindh High Court (SHC) heard a petition challenging a hike in petroleum products’ prices. The court asked the authorities to elaborate the procedure of the fixing prices of petroleum products.

Deputy Attorney General told the SHC judge that the response of the finance ministry has been given which stated that OGRA possesses power to fix the prices.

Read: PM Imran Khan rejects petroleum prices hike summary

The petitioner stated in its plea that there was no reason for increasing the petroleum products’ prices again and again. He pleaded the SHC to question federal institutions regarding the procedure for fixing the prices.

Later, the SHC ordered OGRA to submit a response and adjourned the hearing.

Earlier in the day, the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has proposed a Rs20.7 per litre hike in petrol price for the month for March.

The OGRA proposed hiking price of diesel by Rs19.61. It has forwarded a summary to the petroleum division for approval, the sources said.

Read: Weekly inflation rises 80bps due to recurring increase in petroleoum prices

This hike was proposed on the basis of Rs30 per litre levy on petroleum products as compared to Rs17.97 levy the government is currently charging on per litre of petrol and Rs18.36 on per litre of diesel.

On February 15, Prime Minister Imran Khan had rejected a summary of the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) that recommended an increase in prices of petroleum products from February 16.

The OGRA had recommended raising Rs13.61 per litre on high-speed diesel and Rs7.43 on light diesel.

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Chaos in Sindh Assembly as PTI, PPP members exchange barbs | Muhsen Digital News

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Sindh Assembly

KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly on Friday turned into a fighting ring as members were seen engaging in physical fighting and hurling verbal abuse at each other during the session.

Senate election video scandal: Federal cabinet body summons Senators | Muhsen Digital News

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senate video scandal

ISLAMABAD: In a major development, a sub-committee of the federal cabinet, probing the leaked video showing lawmakers allegedly receiving money ahead of Senate elections in 2018, has summoned Senators who were elected despite not having a due number of votes. 

The notices were served to Senator Rubina Khalid, Bahramand Tangi, Dilawar Khan and Mushtaq Ahmed Khan. The lawmakers have been advised to submit their replies within seven days in writing or appear before the committee in person to explain how they were sworn in as senators despite not having a party vote.

The notices were also served to the members’ assemblies who were seen in the video.

Read more: Senate election video scandal: Cabinet body decides against conducting forensics

The committee earlier had decided against conducting forensics of the footage, showing lawmakers allegedly receiving money before Senate polls in 2018.

The committee after deliberations had decided that the video showing the lawmakers was original and they had no proof to challenge its authenticity.

It is pertinent to mention here that on February 09, a video surfaced which exposed the horse-trading during Senate elections in 2018 by some party lawmakers who could be seen as counting bundles of currencies and hiding it inside the bag.

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SHC hears plea against acceptance of Palwasha Khan’s nomination papers | Muhsen Digital News

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Palwasha Khan

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has summoned Pakistan People’s Party’s Palwasha Khan, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) officials and others, in a plea challenging the acceptance of PPP candidate’s nomination papers for the upcoming Senate elections.

The respondents have been directed to appear before the court on March 1. According to the applicant, the Election Tribunal allowed Palwasha Khan to contest Senate polls by neglecting the facts.

Furthermore, the PPP candidate hid the name of her husband and sources of income in the nomination papers.

Read more: Plea against acceptance of Palwasha Khan’s nomination papers rejected

Earlier this week, an election tribunal had rejected a plea against the acceptance of PPP candidate Palwasha Khan’s nomination papers for the upcoming Senate polls.

PTI lawmaker Arsalan Taj had earlier claimed that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) provided the address of an empty government-owned plot as her voting address in the province on the nomination papers.

The post SHC hears plea against acceptance of Palwasha Khan’s nomination papers appeared first on ARY NEWS.