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LHC suspends ECP order of denotifying 43 PTI lawmakers

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LHC suspends ECP order of denotifying 43 PTI lawmakers

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday suspended an order issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to denotify 43 leaders of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) as members of the National Assembly (MNAs). 

Justice Shahid Karim announced the verdict on the petitions filed by the PTI lawmakers wherein they had made National Assembly Speaker Raja Parvez Ashraf and the ECP respondents. The court has also stopped the electoral body from holding by-elections in the constituencies until further orders.

During the hearing, PTI lawyer Ali Zafar argued that the legal requirements for accepting the resignations of the lawmakers had not been fulfilled. When Justice Karim inquired what kind of requirements were ignored in the process, Mr Zafar replied the NA speaker had violated the Constitution as he did not conduct an inquiry before accepting the resignations. He said as per the law, the speaker could not accept these without listening to the grievances of the lawmakers.

The high court has notices to the ECP and other respondents, seeking their reply in the case.

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Last week, a group of PTI leaders, including Riaz Fatyana, Tahir Sadiq and Nasrullah Khan, filed the petition against denotification of 43 party lawmakers by the electoral body. 

On Jan 24, Mr Ashraf accepted resignations of 43 more PTI lawmakers a day after they announced the withdrawal of their resignations in a bid to bar opposition leader Raja Riaz, a dissident PTI leader, from negotiating with the government on caretaker set-up in case general elections are announced. The move took the tally of PTI resignations approved by the speaker to 124 as he had approved 70 resignations earlier and 11 in August last. The resignations were submitted by the PTI MNAs in April last in protest against the ouster of Imran Khan as prime minister through a no-confidence vote.

The speaker accepted the resignations of Riaz Fatyana, Sardar Tariq Hussain, Mohammad Yaqub Sheikh, Murtaza Iqbal, Sardar Mohammad Khan Leghari, Zile Humma, Rukhsana Naveed, Ghazala Saifi, Nousheen Hamid, Sobia Kamal Khan and others. 

Following the speaker’s decision, the electoral body denotified 43 MNAs of Imran-led party. The swift approval of the resignations came after Imran Khan-led party took a U-turn on resignations and announced its return to the assembly to put Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to test through a no-confidence vote.

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Shawwal moon sighted in Pakistan, Eidul Fitr on April 10

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The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee has announced that the Shawwal moon has been sighted, therefore, Eidul Fitr will be observed in Pakistan tomorrow (Wednesday).

The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee meeting was chaired by Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad at the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony in Islamabad.

Esteemed members from various institutions, including the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Pakistan Meteorological Department, and the Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), attended the meeting.

Zonal members from Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Quetta, and Peshawar also contributed to the deliberations

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Will impose education emergency in Pakistan, says PM Shehbaz

Will impose education emergency in Pakistan, says PM Shehbaz

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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday said his government would impose education emergency across country and the children will be equipped with education in the true sense.

Prime Minister Sharif, while addressing the inspection ceremony of Danish school site in Islamabad, greeted the federal education minister, ministers, chancellors and students and said it was a very happy day for him.

Under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif, Danish schools project was started, he said and added, Danish School supported those children whose parents had left the world.

He said the parents of thousands of children and girls did not have resources for education.

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“Today, the students of this school after getting education, exhibiting their excellence and proving their abilities in the whole world,” said the prime minister.

The prime minister said they were making excellent records in the field of sports as well.

“We faced a barrage of criticism when we started this project. I said when Aitchison College can be built for the rich, why can’t we build schools for the poor or orphans?” he said.

He said wonderful housing societies had been built in Islamabad, schools had been established for the children of the rich. “Is education only the right of the children of the elite? Is education not the right of poor boys and girls in Islamabad?” he asked.

Prime Minister Sharif said a new era was going to begin at the federal level. “Balochistan is the largest province of Pakistan. We will contribute for the project together with Balochistan chief minister,” he said.

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The prime minister said Danish schools will also be established in all divisions of Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan

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Buses, trains are overcrowded amid usual Eid exodus

Buses, trains are overcrowded amid usual Eid exodus

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The bus terminals and railway station are overcrowded with passengers as people want to go to their hometowns to celebrate Eidul Fitr with families. 

According to some reports, almost half of the people living in Lahore belong to other parts of the province and they always wish to celebrate Eid with their families.

The government has announced a four-day holiday from April 10 till 13.

Muslims offer special prayers on Eid morning and spend time with their families and loved ones.

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Long queues of passengers can be seen at the bus stands in the city.

Also Read: Where will top politicians celebrate this Eid?

The general bus stand at Badami Bagh, city terminal on Bund Road and bus stand at Thokar Niaz Beg are overcrowded as the outsiders want to leave Lahore before midnight. 

The passengers also faced difficulty in getting the tickets as overcharging was rampant at the bus stands.

Similarly, the railway station was also overcrowded with the passengers because a large number of commuters travel by train.

Read More: Chand Raat excitement – a beginning of Eid festivities

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Pakistan Railways had announced four special trains on the eve of Eidul Fitr this year to facilitate the passengers.

Railways authorities have instructed passengers to follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs) while travelling by trains and at stations.

The first special train left Karachi for Peshawar. The second special train departed from Quetta for Rawalpindi.

The third special train left Karachi for Lahore. The fourth special train will depart from Lahore to Karachi at 5pm on April 9 (today).

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Meanwhile, the railways authorities also launched a special train for Narowal this Eid. The train departed from Lahore Railway Station at 9:20am on April 9.

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The Pakistan Railway has bought 1.5 million litres of diesel to ensure the smooth operation of trains during Eidul Fitr.

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