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PTI accepts Dar’s challenge for ‘live debate’ on economy

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shaukat Tarin has accepted a challenge made by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for holding a live debate to determine who pushed the country into economic quagmire as both sides are pinning blame for catastrophic economic situation on each other. 

During a televised address in response to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s statement wherein he slammed the government for economic crisis, Mr Dar on Friday hit out at former prime minister Imran Khan’s government for bringing down the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth which was left at 6.10 per cent in 2018 by the PML-N government.

“During our previous government, international rating agencies were predicting Pakistan to join the G-20 by 2030,” the finance minister said. 

Mr Dar said Imran Khan’s speech was full of “lies” and the latter presented “concocted economic figures” of the current government. He said today’s economic crisis and inflation were due to the wrong economic policies of Imran Khan’s government. 

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The finance minister said “we had a choice to save the country or our politics, but we sacrificed politics for the sake of the country”. At one point, the finance czar dared Imran Khan to hold a live debate to ascertain whose policy caused economic instability in the country. 

Reacting to it, former finance minister Shaukat Tarin said: “We accept the challenge and also invite Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to hold a live debate with Imran Khan”. He also said Mr Dar should give answers to his questions first, adding that the PML-N leader should avoid making such statements for political gains. 

Mr Tarin reiterated that the performance of the PTI government was clearly mentioned in the Economic Survey of Pakistan, adding that Ishaq Dar could not do anything contrary to his high claims made when he returned to Pakistan last year. He claimed that the government would take power tariff to Rs50 per unit and increase petroleum prices to meet the demands of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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

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

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.

Also Read: First Pakistani in space – Namira Salim, we are proud of you

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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JI's Senator Mushtaq demands resignation of chief election commissioner

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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