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Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chairs a meeting t2017/11/08
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chairs a meeting to review power generation and demand-supply situation in the country, here at PM Office, Tuesday. - PID photo

Imran not hurrying for premiership, says Fawad2017/11/08

ISLAMABAD: Spokesperson for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Fawad Chaudhry has said on Tuesday that party chief Imran Khan is not hurrying to get elected as the premier of Pakistan and that he would fight for another three months if needed.
While talking to the media in the federal capital, Chaudhry observed that counsels of the former first family of Pakistan are running away in cases filed against Imran Khan and secretary general of the party Jahangir Tareen exactly how the family is attempting to evade accountability.
PTI spokesperson asserted that political uncertainty would continue to prevail in Pakistan unless General Elections are held.
Chaudhry further said that the economy would bear the burden of political turmoil and that the political party does not wish for the people to endure the period. - NNI
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Party will accept all decisions to be taken by Nawaz: Shahbaz2017/11/08
LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said on Tuesday that Nawaz Sharif, ousted premier of Pakistan, is the leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and whatever decisions he takes in whichever situation, the party would accept it.
Chief Minister Shahbaz took up media questions following his surprise visit to Kidney and Liver Transplant Centre in Lahore Tuesday. During his media talk, the chief minister talked about the new medical facility as well as censured opposition parties.
While talking about Kidney and Liver Transplant Centre, CM Shahbaz said that the first phase of the facility would be constructed by December 25th and that the institute comprises of at least 360 beds.
He declared the government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province a failure by saying that those who have called for premature General Elections 2018 have not delivered on their promises to the people of the province.
Had PML-N been in power in KP province, there would have been hospitals erected there as well, like those in Punjab, CM Shahbaz added.
Clearing questions about his relation with former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, the chief minister said that the Chakri politician is his good friend and that he would be invited to inaugurate the facility once constructed.
While talking about the scam involving multiple companies in Punjab, the chief minister said that he would let out details about the issue in coming days. He said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan is not appearing before courts in defamation suit after wrongly accusing him of Rs 10 billion worth of corruption. He asserted that Khan is calling for premature elections only to see Orange Line Train remain an incomplete project.
He alleged PTI of attempting to devoid Punjab of the development that is underway on multiple fronts after leaving Khyber Pakhtunkhwa disappointed.
He also talked about the ongoing smog issues in the province and admitted that the precautionary measures that were to be taken were ignored.
The chief minister said that Niazi of NICL is among those people who are named in Paradise Leak. He further said that there are 'many characters' in play in Paradise Leak.
Punjab chief minister concluded his media talk by saying that the allegations against co-chairman of Pakistan People's Party and former president of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari are not mere accusations but the truth about him.
In the present situation, only PML-N is being tried in the accountability dock whereas investigations amount to accountability only if the parametres are the same for all the political parties. - NNI
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Khursheed resents F. Govt decision to shelve NA session2017/11/08
ISLAMABAD: Opposition leader Khursheed Shah on Tuesday expressed resentment over postponing the National Assembly session.
While talking to media, Shah said that it was decided earlier that the NA session would continue till next Tuesday.
"Today the electoral reforms bill was to be presented in NA but the session was postponed for indefinite period without taking the House in confidence ...

Pak in better position on diplomatic front2017/11/08
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Khawaja Asif on Tuesday said that due to its clear stance on various issues, Pakistan was in a better position on diplomatic front.
He was winding up debate in the Senate on an adjournment motion regarding BRICS declaration with particular reference to China's viewpoint about Pakistan and the government's diplomatic strategy in that regard.
The minister said the language used in the Amritsar declaration issued after the Heart of Asia Conference last year was harsher than that of the BRICS declaration, but it was also signed by Pakistan because of its strong commitment against terrorist organizations.
He said that media highlighted the BRICS declaration after the statement of US President Donald Trump.
The minister said there had been proscribed organizations in the country and an advertisement was published before Eidul Azha not to give charity or animals' skins to them.
He said that Pakistan valued the Security Council's decisions against such organizations because it was fully committed to take action against them.
"We have strong diplomatic ties with China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Russia as they back us on various issues," he added. - NNI
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