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ECP behaves like political party by having Fawad arrested: Sheikh Rashid

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ECP behaves like political party by having Fawad arrested: Sheikh Rashid

Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said on Wednesday the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had become a  political party  in the arrest of PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry.

The PTI leader was arrested from his residence in Lahore after ECP Secretary Umer Hameed had a case registered against him for threatening the members of the election commission in a speech. 

In a series of tweets, the former interior minister said the ECP’s duty was to hold elections in the country and not to file cases against people, adding that the arrest of Mr Chaudhry had exposed the intentions of the government. He claimed the government had planned “something else” in guise of elections.

Mr Ahmed predicted that a round of arresting people would be started before the IMF programme and it would prove the last nail in the coffin of the government. 

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Referring to depleting foreign exchange reserves and IMF’s conditions, he said the prevailing economic and power crises would prove a bone in the throat for the government. He said the country had come to a halt and the arrest of Fawad Chaudhry would add to the political tension. 

“Now decisions will be taken on roads as the country is on the course of chaos instead of elections,” he said, adding that the people would not trust the results of elections as the ECP had lost public confidence.

He said those who were demanding elections were trying to evade these. The AML chief said beneficiaries of amendments to the NAB laws would soon face accountability in the court of public.

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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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 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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