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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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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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