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Qureshi schools NA speaker for accepting resignations of 34 PTI lawmakers

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As National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf accepted the resignations of 34 Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawmakers, the party’s vice chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi slammed the former on Tuesday.

Speaking to media, the former federal minister took a dig at Mr Ashraf, asking him to denotify 125 PTI lawmakers rather than 34. He made it clear to Mr Ashraf the PTI had filed a petition in the Supreme Court against him “for his double standards.”

He claimed that many of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) lawmakers had shown interest in joining the PTI. Mr Qureshi added, “Everyone is aware of the fact that, for what purposes, such decisions are being taken.”

Mr Qureshi slammed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), claiming that PTI members were de-notified in order to shorten the run-off.

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Continuing to take a jibe at his political opponents, Mr Qureshi said, “When we talked to testing the Prime Minister with a vote of confidence, the opponents started to panic. “But when we were asked to take a vote of confidence, we left no stone unturned to fulfil the government’s demand.”

Recounting the demand of elections, Mr Qureshi said, “We have a one-point agenda on holding elections in the country.”

Lambasting the government over the economic situation, Mr Qureshi lamented that the PDM-led government was not concerned about the poor people, adding that today the country was witnessing the closure of the industries and there was chaos everywhere.

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4.3 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Punjab

4.3 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Punjab

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4.3 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Punjab

An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale struck various parts of Punjab including Lahore on Monday 

People came out of their homes in panic and started reciting verses from the Holy Quran. No loss of life and property was reported in any part of Punjab. 

According to the National Seismic Monitoring Centre, Islamabad, the epicentre of the earthquake was located five kilometres south of Sheikhupura at the depth of 45 kilometres.

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Pakistan Army shoots down Indian quadcopter on LoC

Pakistan Army shoots down Indian quadcopter on LoC

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Pakistan Army has shot down a spy quadcopter of Indian Army on the Line of Control (LoC).

According to a statement issued by the Public Relations Department of the Pakistan Army (ISPR), on Monday, an Indian Air Force quadcopter spying on Pakistan was shot down.

The ISPR said that the army has found the downed quadcopter inside Pakistani territory.

It may be recalled that it is the fifth anniversary of Operation Swift Retort today. On February 27, 2019, the Pakistan Air Force shot down Indian fighter planes that violated Pakistani airspace. 

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PTI founder, Bushra Bibi indicted in 190m pound case

PTI founder, Bushra Bibi indicted in 190m pound case

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 An accountability court indicted the PTI founder and his wife Bushra Bibi in the ill-famous 190 million pound case – also previously known as Al-Qadir Trust case – as the judge, Nasir Javed Rana, held hearing at the Adiala jail.

All the cases involving the former PTI chairman are being heard at the jail premises – where he is imprisoned – because of the security threats, for which Bushra Bibi was shifted from her Bani Gala residence where she is serving her sentences in two cases – Toshakhana and illegal/un-Islamic marriage.

Meanwhile, her husband has so far been convicted in three cases – cipher, Toshakhana and illegal/un-Islamic marriage.

During the proceedings, the two accused pleaded not guilty, as the judge adjourned proceedings till March 6 while also summoning five witnesses to record their statements on next hearing.

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However, the accountability court accepted two pleas filed by the PTI founder, requesting permission for an appointment with his dentist and general physician.

Previously, the indictment had been postponed on several occasions due to the absence of Mohammad Bashir – the accountability court judge who is set to retire on March 14 and has applied for leave preparatory to retirement (LPR).

However, the law ministry last week appointed District and Sessions Judge Rana as an Accountability Court No 1 Islamabad judge to replace Bashir who went on leave on deputation for a period of three years. 

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