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NA proceedings adjourned without any business

ISLAMABAD: The proceedings of the National Assembly (NA) on Tuesday were adjourned without taking up any business as the opposition parties stuck to their demand of resignation of the Federal Minister Faisal Vawda and cancelation of his membership.
The Speaker Asad Qaisar occupied his seat at around 7.30 instead of 4: pm and announced adjournment of proceedings soon after the national anthem.The office of the Speaker did not state any reasons for delayed start and adjournment of proceedings.However, the sources said deadlock between the government and opposition benches persisted on objectionable remarks of Faisal Vawda on a television channel.The PML-N parliamentarian Ahsan Iqbal, later talking to newsmen, said the government had almost suspended the Parliament and there has been no business for the second day.
He said the government should seek resignation of the federal minister for his objectionable remarks. The government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is misusing religion to fan hatred between people of different religions, he said, adding the government was doing nothing but staging dramas.
He alleged that the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was not being provided health facilities. The government will be responsible in anything happened to Nawaz Sharif, he said.The issue of remarks uttered by the federal minister on a television channel was raised by members of Mutahidda Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) and they were also supported by other opposition parties in the House. “We demand cancellation of his membership for use of highly objectionable words,” they said.
They also wanted to get a resolution passed by the House to condemn act of the minister. The government side, however, feels that Faisal Vawda be given an opportunity to explain his position.

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Nawaz wants either to be sent to prison or UK: PM

DERA GHAZI KHAN: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said former prime minister Nawaz Sharif asks either to be sent to prison or to the UK for treatment, claiming that his treatment cost the nation Rs 280 million.Addressing a ceremony held to inaugurate Insaf Health Cards in Rajanpur, he said the government will provide the health cards to poor families.
He said government hospitals provide better healthcare but politicians prefer to have their treatment abroad. “I was born in a government hospital, my sisters too.In the past, these hospitals used to provide standard healthcare,” he said, adding that the law for the poor and the rich is different. We will hold each and everyone accountable.
The prime minister said he has envisioned a Pakistan where the poor and the highest officials will get the same medical treatment at a government hospital. He thanked Provincial Health Minister Dr Yasmeen Rashid on the inauguration of health cards, which was her initiative.He distributed health cards among families.Dr Rashid earlier said at least 7.2 million residents of the 36 districts of Punjab will get health cards by the end of 2019.Addressing a gathering after distributing the health cards, the PM said “the union of corrupt” was getting united in the country in the name of protecting democracy.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and Dr Yasmeen Rashid also addressed the function which was attended by a large number of health card recipients besides the members of National and Provincial Assemblies.Talking about the state of affairs in the country’s justice system, the prime minister cited the example of a supreme court verdict that resulted in the release of two brothers who had been given death sentence by a lower court three years ago.
He said a poor man is jailed for stealing even a chicken as he cannot afford hiring a lawyer whereas the rich are walking free. It is due to an inequitable system that the accused affluent are walking free and enjoying the protocol of 40 vehicles.He referred to a Hadith and said the nations with different justice systems for the rich and the poor faced destruction in the pre-Madina state era. Sharing his personal experience of spending eight days in a DG Khan jail, during the Musharraf regime, Imran said he saw that most of the prisoners in that jail were poor, whereas the affluent plunders were sitting in the parliament.
Whenever a plunderer is arrested, all of them get united in the parliament claiming that democracy is in danger, he remarked.He referred to the justice system in the United Kingdom which had an annual income more than that of the annual income of 50 Islamic countries and said a judge there awarded three years sentence to a public representative only for giving wrong figures of his travel and medical expenditures from public funds.But here in our country, a public representative after being arrested or caught on some charges becomes Nelson Mandela.He said he himself continued to appear before the supreme court for a year to defend himself and presented 40-year-old records and 60 documents of his property and earnings.Whereas on the other hand, he said, the Sharif family could not produce any document before courts in their defence only because the London flats in question were in fact purchased in 1993 as against their claim of purchasing them in 2006.
DERA GHAZI KHAN: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said former prime minister Nawaz Sharif asks either to be sent to prison or to the UK for treatment, claiming that his treatment cost the nation Rs 280 million.Addressing a ceremony held to inaugurate Insaf Health Cards in Rajanpur, he said the government will provide the health cards to poor families. He said government hospitals provide better healthcare but politicians prefer to have their treatment abroad.”I was born in a government hospital, my sisters too. In the past, these hospitals used to provide standard healthcare,” he said, adding that the law for the poor and the rich is different.
“We will hold each and everyone accountable.”The prime minister said he has envisioned a Pakistan where the poor and the highest officials will get the same medical treatment at a government hospital.He thanked Provincial Health Minister Dr Yasmeen Rashid on the inauguration of health cards, which was her initiative. He distributed health cards among families.
Dr Rashid earlier said at least 7.2 million residents of the 36 districts of Punjab will get health cards by the end of 2019.Addressing a gathering after distributing the health cards, the PM said “the union of corrupt” was getting united in the country in the name of protecting democracy.Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and Dr Yasmeen Rashid also addressed the function which was attended by a large number of health card recipients besides the members of National and Provincial Assemblies.Talking about the state of affairs in the country’s justice system, the prime minister cited the example of a supreme court verdict that resulted in the release of two brothers who had been given death sentence by a lower court three years ago. He said a poor man is jailed for stealing even a chicken as he cannot afford hiring a lawyer whereas the rich are walking free.
It is due to an inequitable system that the accused affluent are walking free and enjoying the protocol of 40 vehicles.He referred to a Hadith and said the nations with different justice systems for the rich and the poor faced destruction in the pre-Madina state era.Sharing his personal experience of spending eight days in a DG Khan jail, during the Musharraf regime, Imran said he saw that most of the prisoners in that jail were poor, whereas the affluent plunders were sitting in the parliament. Whenever a plunderer is arrested, all of them get united in the parliament claiming that democracy is in danger, he remarked.
He referred to the justice system in the United Kingdom which had an annual income more than that of the annual income of 50 Islamic countries and said a judge there awarded three years sentence to a public representative only for giving wrong figures of his travel and medical expenditures from public funds. “But here in our country, a public representative after being arrested or caught on some charges becomes Nelson Mandela.
”He said he himself continued to appear before the supreme court for a year to defend himself and presented 40-year-old records and 60 documents of his property and earnings. Whereas on the other hand, he said, the Sharif family could not produce any document before courts in their defence only because the London flats in question were in fact purchased in 1993 as against their claim of purchasing them in 2006.

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All the (ex) president’s men

The high-profile arrest of Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani on Wednesday signals the beginning of the end of the unfinished agenda of the 2013 Karachi operation, launched to eradicate terrorism, militant wings of political parties, terror.
It seems that the back-to-back arrests of the former president’s men may conclude with the nabbing of the “key man” himself.Interestingly, even with the change of government in 2018, the main objective of the operating authorities remains unchanged. On the contrary, with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in the centre and Imran Khan as prime minister, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) have emerged more powerful in the last six months and further expanded their scope of action. While all the ex-president’s men are now in trouble, the man himself, Asif Ali Zardari, announced on Wednesday that he always considered “prison as his second home”. His first home once used to be the Prime Minister House, and later the President House.
It is highly unlikely that Zardari will be revisiting his first home again, but the possibility of him ending up in his second home are high.And if that were to happen, how will his party, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), counter the move? One option will be to use the Parliament and provincial assemblies to lodge a protest, and in turn create political turmoil.
Sources within the party say Zardari may even be ready to sacrifice his men, in case the NAB comes looking for him.Durrani was arrested by the anti-graft bureau from Islamabad in connection to a 2008 probe for allegedly owning assets beyond his means of income.The speaker could be the latest addition to the 2013 clean-up operation, which saw the targeting of Zardari’s other men, Dr Asim Hussain, Manzoor Kaka, Nisar Morai, and Sharjeel Inam Memon.In 2015, for the first time in years, the NAB and FIA resuscitated, it seems, as big stories of corruption began to make front-page news and bulletins.That immediately led to tension between the PPP and then ruling party, the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N). And for the first time, the Sindh government threatened to withdraw the powers of the paramilitary forces in the province.
Dr Asim Hussain’s arrest in the Rs460 billion NAB case, and another of providing medical treatment to terrorists, was the turning point. It led to the breakup of relations between former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari.The probe against the Omni Group and Anwar Majeed and Co. was also initiated by the NAB during the previous government’s tenure.Majeed’s office and home were raided as a result.Yet, the last nail in the coffin of the Sharif-Zardari ties came when one of the premier intelligence agencies picked up three close aides of Zardari, one from Islamabad and two from Sindh, and kept them under detention for a few days.This put an end to all kinds of political and even personal ties between the two leaders, despite Sharif’s clarifications that he was not involved. He even told the then interior minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, to not go too far against the PPP.
Separately, the FIA initiated a high-profile probe into the fake accounts case on the report of the State Bank of Pakistan. In June 2015, the FIA raided the Sindh Building Control Authority’s office and took away some 16,000 files, most of which were later handed over to the NAB, which spawned an investigation into the ‘China-cutting’ and ‘Real estate’ scam.
During the course of investigation, the ex-president’s man and head of the Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA), Manzoor Kaka, managed to escape. The anti-graft agencies then tightened their grip around alleged terror financing and money laundering by swooping the offices of the fisheries department.Nisar Morai, who is also considered close to Zardari, was arrested in connection to the case.In 2015, for the first time an apex meeting was held, attended by Sharif, Zardari, former Chief of Army Staff General (retd) Raheel Sharif, the head of the intelligence agency, and Lt General Bilal Akbar, the then-DG Rangers Sindh.
The Rangers presented a charge-sheet against the Sindh government, which shocked both Zardari and former Sindh chief minister Qaim Ali Shah.This week, the PPP leadership and the Sindh government were expecting the arrest of Zardari, his sister, Faryal Talpur, and Murad Ali Shah after the Supreme Court rejected their review appeal in the benami accounts case.
But NAB surprised them by going after Durrani instead.Zardari would never take the risk of dissolving the Sindh Assembly or resigning from the assemblies, as the PPP leadership fears falling into a trap.This means that, in the coming days, more of the ex-president’s men will be cuffed. But will this eventually lead to “the man” being arrested? Regarding which a reliable source said: “When it comes to arresting him, we do not want to bowl a no-ball.

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