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PML-N senator calls for probe into Pakistan’s economic slump

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Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senator Irfan Siddiqui has called for a parliamentary investigation to ascertain the causes that led to economic downturn over the past 10 years.

Mr Siddiqui raised the concerns in a Senate session on Tuesday as Pakistan’s 220 million people are facing rampant inflation, with fast-depleting foreign reserves and a record fall of the rupee against the dollar. The South Asian country is scrambling to revive the IMF loan programme and seeking help from friendly states to avoid default.

The leader of the ruling party suggested a committee comprising lawmakers should be formed to investigate the economic slump of the country since 2013.

Slamming the political parties for engaging in the politics of blame game, he stressed on introspection to find the reasons behind the problems faced by the country.

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Mr Siddiqui was of the view that economic downturn started after former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was ousted in 2017, highlighting that inflation rate was around three per cent and GDP growth was satisfactory at that time.

In a veil reference to the previous government of PTI in Centre, he said a system was imposed on the country through 2018 general election, ensuing the disaster.

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PTI founder, wife’s indictment in £190mn case deferred again

PTI founder, wife’s indictment in £190mn case deferred again

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Accountability court of Islamabad on Tuesday once again deferred indictment of PTI founder and his wife Bushra Bibi in £190 million case.

Accountability court judge had to conduct hearing of the case at Adiala Jail. However, the newly-appointed judge Nasir Javed Rana has yet to take charge at his new place of posting.

Due to non-availability of judge, the indictment of both PTI founder and Bushra Bibi was deferred without any proceedings till Feb 23.

It may be recalled that on previous hearings Judge Muhammad Bashir was not available, so indictment was postponed. A new judge was appointed in place of judge Muhammad Bashir who has applied for long leave till his retirement.

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Shahid Chaudhry becomes first Pakistani to be appointed as judge in Canada

Shahid Chaudhry becomes first Pakistani to be appointed as judge in Canada

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It was a proud moment for the country as a Pakistani Shahid Chaudhry has been appointed as a judge in the higher courts of Canada.

Chaudhry became the first Pakistani to be appointed in the Ontario Court of Justice.

His wife Maliha Shahid is also serving as the deputy mayor of Whitby, a town in Canada.

Shahid Chaudhry, who took the charge of Justice of Peace, moved to Canada some 25 years ago.

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He originally belongs to Burewala, Punjab and completed his degree in electrical engineering from University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore.

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Justice Shahid Chaudhry completed his post-graduation from Osgoode Hall Law School, Canada.

He has been a member of various committees of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

Justice Chaudhry has also served as a consultant of Canadian Immigration and Citizenship laws in 2011.

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JI’s Senator Mushtaq demands resignation of chief election commissioner

JI’s Senator Mushtaq demands resignation of chief election commissioner

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The senators hailing from the opposition benches decried the alleged rigging in general elections held on Feb 8 across the country.

Senator Mushtaq Ahmed of Jamaat-i-Islami demanded resignation of chief election commissioner and said that action must be taken against him under the Article 6 (treason).

“It was a fake election. A judicial commission should be constituted to probe the election rigging,” JI’s senator said.

He urged the Election Commission of Pakistan to seek an apology from the nation as it failed to hold transparent election on Feb 8.

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“The election was already sold out even before the polling. We saw each and every type of rigging in this election,” he said, while speaking during the Senate session on Tuesday.

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