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PTI's plea to adjourn case for indefinite time rejected2017/05/24
ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday rejected Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan's plea seeking to adjourn foreign funding case to indefinite time period.
A four-member bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sardar Raza heard the case during which PTI lawyer Shahid Gondal said that Hanif Abbasi's plea of same nature is under hearing in Supreme Court (SC) therefore, he appealed the authorities to adjourn the case till the decision of SC ...

Sohail Siyal Home Minister again Sindh2017/05/24
KARACHI: The Sindh government on Tuesday reappointed Sohail Anwar Siyal as the Home Minister after shuffling in the provincial cabinet in Sindh.
A notification has also been released in this regard. Siyal already holds three separate portfolios of Agriculture, Supply and Prices, and Minerals and Mines in addition to the new portfolio.Minister for Transport Syed Nasir Hussain Shah has been appointed as Minister for Information. He also holds the portfolio of Labour and Human Resources.
Dr. Sikandar Mandhro has been given the portfolio of Religious Affairs, and Zakat and Ushr. He also holds the Health portfolio.-NNI

Balochistan PA passes three bills, four resolutions2017/05/24
QUETTA: The Provincial Assembly of Balochistan passed three bills and adopted four resolutions during 40th session that spanned over five sittings held between May 10-20. 
With the conclusion of this session, the Provincial Assembly completed its 100 Working Days of fourth parliamentary year. 
The provincial assemblies are constitutionally required to meet for at least 100 working days in a parliamentary year.
The legislation passed during this session focused on welfare of senior citizens, persons with disabilities and homeless people. The province was due to legislate on these matters in wake their devolution under the Constitution (Eighteenth Amendment) Act, 2010. The Assembly also adopted the recommendations to constitute Ethics and Advisory Committee of the House and allocation of time to discuss Points of Public Importance.
On an average, 28 percent lawmakers were observed to be present at the start of the proceedings and 23 percent at the adjournment of sitting. Similarly, each sitting started 43 minutes behind the scheduled time and lasted for average two hours and 20 minutes. The cumulative duration of five sittings was 11 hours and 40 minutes including a prayer break for 17 minutes and a suspension of an hour and 17 minutes due to lack of quorum.
The Speaker attended only one sitting and presided over the proceedings for 45 minutes (six percent of session) while a Member of Panel of Chairpersons presided over the rest of the proceedings (nine hours and 21 minutes). The post of Deputy Speaker is lying vacant since December 2015. 
The Leader of the House (Chief Minister) did not attend the session while the Leader of the Opposition was present in one sitting for two hours and two minutes. The parliamentary leaders of PML and NP attended all sittings while the leaders of NP and PkMAP attended four sittings each. Moreover, the leader of MWM was present in two sittings and leader of JUI-F in one sitting. The parliamentary leaders of PML-N and BNP were absent during entire session.
The Assembly passed three government bills during the session. The passed bills included the Balochistan Persons with Disability Bill, 2017, the Balochistan Senior Citizen Welfare Bill, 2017 and the Balochistan Special Development Board for Low Cost Housing Schemes Bill, 2017. In addition, two bills - the Balochistan Commission on Status of Women Bill, 2017 and the Balochistan Mass Transit Authority Bill, 2017 - were introduced before the House and were referred to relevant standing committees.-NNI

JI chief demands instant execution of Kulbushan2017/05/24
LOWER DIR: Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Senator Sirajul Haq, has said that the entry of Indian spies must be obstructed in order to safeguard national security.
Addressing the opening ceremony of a grid station at Lower Dir on Tuesday, he said that if Kulbushan was freed on the advice of the so called international court, the country's security would remain under threat. He demanded that Kulbushan be executed forthwith so that no other Indian dared to cross the Pakistani border.
The JI chief said that Pakistan was a sovereign state and it must take its decisions independently. He said the United Nations that had been deaf and dumb and blind over the atrocities being committed on the Muslims in Kashmir and Palestine for the last seventy years, had suddenly become active to save Indian spy. Sirajul Haq said that India had been infiltrating its saboteurs to destabilize this country every now and then. He said the government and its agencies had termed the arrest of Kulbhushan as a big victory and he could not be freed on the order of a so called court.
The JI chief said that the policies of the IMF and the World Bank were enforced in the name of the budget and the Zionist financial institutions decided the ratio of the amounts to be spent on education, health, etc. The tariff of electricity and gas was also fixed by the IMF. That was why the masses continued to suffer under the burden of price hike. Huge amounts were returned to the IMF and the World Bank as interest.-NNI

No curbs being imposed on social media: Nisar2017/05/24
ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Tuesday ruled out any restrictions on social media, but added that unbridled freedom cannot be acceptable to any civilized society.
"It is not my own issue, or that of the PML-N, it is a society's issue. Our values are under attack from a section of social media," he said while addressing a news conference here.
Nisar said there is no check and balance on social media; therefore, the government wants to ensure that the country's laws should not be flayed by those using social media.
Nisar said 27 social media accounts were identified for posting offensive material and of these 6 people were interviewed," he said. "We have interviewed six people so far. And this process continues. There has been no arrest, no harassment."
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said the constitution of Pakistan bars assailing and maligning the armed forces and judiciary; therefore, the social media cannot be allowed to violate the constitution.
"Don't confuse this issue. There will be no ban on social media. But unbridled freedom isn't allowed in any society."
"Country's laws are under attack from sections of social media. Social media, as you are aware, is an unorganized concept. Anyone can make a fake ID with any name and then write anything he or she wants."
"We all realize the importance of social media. But there are rules for every institution, organization or governments. Unfortunately, there have been no rules for social media."
"We will not let anyone develop free for all system as social media has big reach and it can have a big impact. It has come under my jurisdiction ever since FIA has been handed the case.
"When blasphemous material was uploaded on social media, I was directed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to look into this issue. I have been again given directions by the prime minister to look into the abuse of social media."
Nisar noted that many offensive comments regarding armed forces have been posted on social media over the last few weeks.
"On one hand, our armed forces and civil forces are sacrificing their lives, on the other hand, they are being ridiculed on social media. So I directed the FIA to take action against elements behind such posts."
Nisar said that he had given clear directions that indiscriminate action should be initiated against all those involved even if someone is from the PML-N. "We want the social media to grow but it must come under some law or code of conduct," he concluded.
Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition Punjab Assembly and senior leader Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Mian Mehmood-ur-Rasheed on Tuesday said that the plot to restrict social media under the guise of 'RAW' will be turned down.
Responding to the statement of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, the PTI leader said, "Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) led government is imparting flagrant explanations regarding the vile attempts of suppressing freedom of expression." 
"Rana Sanaullah in his statement has unveiled the commitment of fascist minded PML-N government to curb freedom of expression," he said.
In a statement issued by Central Media Department, Mehmood-ur-Rasheed stated that, "The venomous propaganda against Armed forces by RAW and Indian media is nurtured by Prime Minister's House." 
"What actually was the difference between the embarrassing news published after Dawn leaks and RAW's reiterated perception towards Armed forces," he added.
He stated that, "Those who provided port in a storm to the culprits of Dawn leaks have no right to strangle public opinion and cautioning government he stated that abandoning the plan on barring social media is in government's best interests." 
He vowed to strongly resist every action of the government that undermines the fundamental constitutional right of free speech. - NNI

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