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Fawad describes NA speaker’s move as attempt to save Raja Riaz

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Fawad describes NA speaker's move as attempt to save Raja Riaz

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader and former information minister Fawad Chaudhry on Tuesday described the move of National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to accept resignations of PTI lawmakers as an attempt to save leader of opposition Raja Riaz. 

Earlier in the day, the speaker approved the resignations of 43 more PTI legislators, taking the tally to 124 as he had already accepted 81 resignations which were submitted in April last following the ouster of Imran Khan as prime minister through a no-confidence vote.

The Imran Khan-led party wanted to return to the assembly to replace Raja Riaz, a dissident PTI leader, as opposition leader and put Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to test through a no-confidence vote. 

Taking to Twitter, the former information minister said 40 per cent of the NA seats were vacant owing to the steps taken by Mr Ashraf to protect Raja Riaz, adding that the country had reached closer to the elections. “Elections are the only solution to this crisis,” he said, adding that how long the government could evade the polls as it s the public that would decide through their votes. 

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He said the sole purpose behind PTI’s decision to return to the assembly was to remove Raja Riaz otherwise, the assembly had lost representations. He claimed that Shehbaz Sharif had lost majority and he was depending on turncoats to save his government.

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Anchorperson Imran Riaz released after court dismisses charges against him

Anchorperson Imran Riaz released after court dismisses charges against him

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 YouTuber and anchorperson Imran Riaz has been released following a court order that discharged him from charges of interference in official duties.

Imran Riaz’s lawyer, Mian Ali Ashfaq, confirmed the news on his official X (formerly Twitter) account.

Media reports indicate that on May 29, Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court, Justice Aamer Farooq, allowed Imran Riaz to perform Hajj. However, despite the court’s permission, he was barred from travelling to Saudi Arabia for Hajj on June 3 and had to return home, stating his intent to seek court intervention again.

On June 12, the Islamabad High Court once more permitted Imran Riaz to proceed with Hajj. Yet, on the same day, he was arrested at Lahore Airport, clad in ihram, just as he was about to depart.

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A case under Section 406 for breach of trust was filed against him, but the Model Town Court in Lahore dismissed these charges on June 13. Nonetheless, he was rearrested in connection with another case.

This time, Imran Riaz was accused in a case registered at Sarwar Road Police Station in Lahore for allegedly interfering with official duties by forcibly driving his vehicle through an airport checkpoint, damaging a barrier.

However, on June 14, the Cantt Court in Lahore discharged Imran Riaz from the interference charges, leading to his release as per the court’s order.

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Health insurance for 5,000 journalists on cards: Tarar

Health insurance for 5,000 journalists on cards: Tarar

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Health insurance for 5,000 journalists on cards: Tarar

Federal Information Minister Atta Tarar announced that health insurance for 5,000 journalists will be ensured in the first phase.

While addressing the media at the press club, Tarar stated that the government is committed to the welfare of journalists. He underlined the need to work together to serve the country. He also asserted the government’s belief in freedom of expression while stopping misinformation.

Also read: PPP standing with journalists over defamation law: Hassan Murtaza

Tarar highlighted that everyone must play a part in ending fake. He mentioned that a long meeting with journalists will be held soon saying that his doors are always open for them.

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Furthermore, Atta Tarar said that the government will ensure a minimum wage of Rs 37,000

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Political parties must prioritise country’s progress: President Zardari

Political parties must prioritise country’s progress: President Zardari

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Political parties must prioritise country's progress: President Zardari

 President Asif Ali Zardari has emphasised that political parties must prioritise the country’s progress and prosperity by fulfilling their democratic and constitutional responsibility.

He was talking to Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi, who called on him in Islamabad on Friday.

The president said we must only think about Pakistan and put aside personal differences.

He stressed the need to take Pakistan forward and everyone has to play his role in this regard.

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Speaking on the occasion, the Interior Minister said any challenge can be tackled through the power of unity and solidarity.

Besides, matters of mutual interest and country’s overall situation were discussed in the meeting.

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