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Shahid Khaqan Abbasi dispels rumour of resigning as PML-N senior vice president

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Shahid Khaqan Abbasi dispels rumour of resigning as PML-N senior vice president

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader and former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday rubbished reports about his resignation as senior vice president of the party. 

Mr Abbasi, who served as the 21st prime minister of Pakistan from August 2017 to May 2018 after the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif in a graft case, has been actively participating in a series of conferences being held under the title of “Reimagining Pakistan” in various cities. 

In Quetta and Peshawar moots, he openly said all political parties were responsible for worsening the political and economic situation in the country and asked all forces to end differences and join hands to save Pakistan. 

As his participation in the conferences along with disgruntled PML-N leader Miftah Ismail sparked rumours of his difference with the party, reports emerged on Wednesday that he had quit the party as senior vice president. The reports also quoted Mr Abbasi as having said that he had made it clear to Nawaz Sharif three years ago that he would not continue to work with Maryam Nawaz if she was promoted to top office in the party. 

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In January last, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif approved elevation of Maryam Nawaz as senior vice president and chief organiser of the party with an immediate effect. The move had then caused hushed discontent within the party. 

In the latest development, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said he had not issued any statement about quitting the party, saying he was still senior vice president of the party.

Meanwhile, former finance minister Miftah Ismail has also commented about the reports of Mr Abbasi’s resignation. Speaking to a private news channel, he said Mr Abbasi had resigned from the position to provide full space to Maryam Nawaz in party matters. He said the former premier had preferred to remain silent.

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PM offers nawafil at Roza-e-Rasool in Madinah

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Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar visited Masjid-e-Nabvi (the Prophet’s Mosque) in Madinah and paid his respects at Roza-e-Rasool (SAW). 

The prime minister offered nawafil at the Roza on Wednesday evening. Afterwards, the caretaker prime minister visited the International Fair and Museum of the Prophet (SAW)’s Biography and Islamic Civilization, located adjacent to Masjad-e-Nabvi.

Dr Nasir Misfir Al-Zahrani, Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Prophet (SAW)’s Museum, warmly welcomed the prime minister. 

The prime minister was given a comprehensive briefing on the historical museum, which showcases the life and teachings of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) as well as the Islamic civilisation.

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PM Kakar expressed his deep appreciation for the museum and applauded the efforts made to preserve and present the rich Islamic heritage.

As a token of appreciation, Dr Nasir Misfir Al-Zahrani presented the prime minister with a shield and books, symbolising the cherished connection between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia in promoting Islamic heritage and fostering mutual understanding.

The museum chronicles the Prophet (SAW)’s journey and highlights significant events and teachings through multimedia. It also showcases Islamic civilisation’s achievements in various fields. The museum promotes interfaith dialogue and understanding, fostering respect for diverse beliefs and cultures.

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Preparations for Eid-e-Milad in full swing across country

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Preparations for Eid-e-Milad in full swing across country

The Muslims all over the world, and in Pakistan, are marking the birth of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) on Friday (tomorrow). 

Preparations for the celebration of Eid-e-Milad began with the sighting of Rabiul Awwal moon. Enthusiasm of the faithful has peaked across Pakistan; buildings and mosques have been illuminated not only in big cities but in villages also. Streets have been decorated and illuminated to mark the day. 

There will be a national holiday on the occasion. Processions will also be taken out in which models of holy Kaaba and the Gumbad-e-Khizra (green dome) will be carried. 

Children prepare models in streets according to their passion. 

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Special prayers, gatherings, and recitation of the Quran will also be arranged all over the country. Food will also be shared with the poor. 

The Muslims in India, Bangladesh and other countries in the region will also celebrate Eid-e-Milad. 

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CJP Isa reprimands lawyer for not presenting arguments in tax case

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CJP Isa reprimands lawyer for not presenting arguments in tax case

 Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa on Thursday reprimanded a senior counsel for not presenting arguments related to the case. 

CJP Isa conducted hearing of the tax revision case. 

The chief justice, while expressing his indignation at not giving arguments, asked lawyer Fayaz Shirazi to present arguments on the merits of the case. “Tell me if your application is admissible,” the CJP said. 

Lawyer Shirazi said his case was time barred. The CJP said the court wanted to hear his case and he was saying the case was time barred. “You are not a clerk but a senior advocate of the Supreme Court,” he remarked. 

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Justice Isa said he had great respect for him for being a senior lawyer of the apex court. In his remarks, CJP Isa further said that filing such cases affected fixing of other cases.

The chief justice rejected the review petition for not presenting arguments by the lawyer.

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