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AGP Shehzad Elahi issues clarification on CJP Bandial’s ‘honest PM’ remark

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AGP Shehzad Elahi issues clarification on CJP Bandial's 'honest PM' remark

Attorney General of Pakistan Shehzad Ata Elahi has issued clarification after Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial’s remark about the country’s “honest prime minister” in a case were taken out of context and manipulated on social media.

On Feb 9, the top judge heard a petition of former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, challenging amendments to the National Accountability (NAB) Ordinance by the coalition government. During the hearing, the chief justice gave positive remarks about former premier Muhammad Khan Junejo. However, the echoes of his remarks were heard during a session of Senate on Feb 10 when PML-N Senator Irfanul Haq Siddiqui expressed concerns over the remarks.

“The chief justice has called only one prime minister honest who is probably Muhammad Khan Junejo. Who gave him the merit to declare everyone from Liaquat Ali Khan to Imran Khan dishonest,” he said.

The attorney general in a letter to Federal Law Minister Azam Nazir Tarar said, “It was also inadvertently and erroneously believed without verification by some Hon’ble Parliamentarians who commented critically about the same on 10.02.2023. On 11.02.2023 their views were being reported widely in the national press”.

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“On Feb 9, 2023 an incorrect version of certain observations by the Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan (“HCJP”) made that day during the proceedings of Constitution Petition No. 21/2022 titled ‘Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi v. Federation of Pakistan’ circulated on social media platforms.” 

Clarifying that he was present in court room during the proceedings, he said: “Certain observations were made by the HCJP in the context of the non-restoration of the National Assembly by the Supreme Court in 1988 after its dissolution”.

The chief justice mentioned how in 1993 the then CJP had, in the case of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Vs. President of Pakistan, regretted the non-restoration of the National Assembly in 1988. 

On the other hand, the social media reported that CJP Bandial had questioned the honesty of the prime ministers of the country.

“As I was personally present in the court during these proceedings, I can confirm to you that no such observation was made. In fact, the HCJP had recalled the regret expressed by the then Chief Justice of Pakistan (Justice Nasim Hassan Shah) in 1993 in the aforementioned case,” reads the letter.

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The CJP went on to comment on the then deposed Prime Minister of Pakistan (Mr Muhammad Khan Junejo) being a very good and independent man who was removed though Article 58(2)(b). 

The attorney general said the observations of the CJP seemed to have been misconstrued and misstated in the social media as “if in the history of Pakistan only one Prime Minister [Mr. Muhammad Khan Junejo) was honest”.

“However, no remark to this effect was made by the HCJP on 09.02.2023. Nevertheless, an incorrect narrative about the HCJP’s observations was circulated on social media,” he maintained. 

AGP Shehzad Ealhi asked the law minister to share the correct facts with parliamentarians for setting the record straight.

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Senator Vawda for reexamination of non-filers’ exemption for Hajj and Umrah

Senator Vawda for reexamination of non-filers’ exemption for Hajj and Umrah

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Senator Faisal Vawda has said the exemptions to the non-filers for Hajj and Umrah package should be reexamined.

Speaking at the Senate Committee on Finance meeting on budget, he questioned why non-filers were given exemption for Hajj and Umrah.

He said the media employees’ salaries were cut down during the Covid pandemic which should be returned to them immediately.

However, the committee chairman asked the senator to suggest the meeting what can be done in this regard?

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A meeting should be held with the Ministry of Information to make housing schemes and give incentives to the media workers to mitigate their hardships, Vawda suggested.

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COAS Munir pledges full support for successful implementation of CPEC

COAS Munir pledges full support for successful implementation of CPEC

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Chief of Army Staff Gen Asim Munir reaffirmed Pakistan’s unwavering commitment to the strategic partnership with China and pledged full support for the successful implementation of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship project of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

He expressed the resolve during a meeting with Liu Jianchao, Minister of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (IDCPC), who called on him at General Headquarters on Friday.

During the meeting, both discussed matters of mutual interest, including regional peace and stability, and reviewed progress on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Mr. Liu Jianchao highlighted that he is visiting Pakistan as a follow up of the successful meetings between the leadership of the two countries in China.

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Also Read: All parties on same page for execution of CPEC project: Deputy PM Ishaq Dar

He emphasised the significance of the longstanding brotherly relations between the two nations and expressed satisfaction with the progress achieved on CPEC, reiterating China’s commitment to its timely completion.

The visiting dignitary also commended Pakistan’s efforts in maintaining regional peace and stability, acknowledging the support of the Pakistan Armed Forces in providing security to Chinese nationals and projects in Pakistan.

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All political parties back CPEC, call it game changer

All political parties back CPEC, call it game changer

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Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman declared that there is a national consensus on CPEC in Pakistan.

Addressing the Pakistan-China joint consultative session, Maulana remarked that China always unconditionally supported Pakistan on the Kashmir issue, and Pakistan similarly supported China on the Taiwan issue. He stressed the need to complete suspended projects with China and enhance further cooperation, asserting that China’s protocol should remain intact.

Yusuf Raza Gilani

Senate Chairman Yusuf Raza Gilani, while addressing the meeting, highlighted that CPEC is a crucial project for economic development and that the fellowship between Pakistan and China is higher than the Himalayas. He described CPEC as the backbone of the Pakistani economy and a warrantor of a better future and development for both countries.

Ayaz Sadiq

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Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan and China are supporters of peace and prosperity in the region. He believed that the CPEC project significantly contributed to social and economic development. Sadiq noted that CPEC would be strengthened by promoting relations between the political parties of Pakistan and China and that the BRI project further reinforced the ties between the two states. He mentioned that the CPEC project faced disinformation in the past. He said that despite it the project remains a catalyst for poverty reduction, economic growth, and trade promotion.

More to read: Pakistan, China agree to explore opportunities under CPEC

Ahsan Iqbal

Federal Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal, speaking at the China-Pakistan Consultative Mechanism meeting, highlighted the unique friendly relations between Pakistan and China. He reiterated the national consensus on CPEC and assured that the Pakistani nation would never forget China’s support. Ahsan Iqbal stressed the importance of working together to secure the future and that the exchange of delegations would foster harmony between politicians from both sides. He highlighted that the political parties’ sitting together demonstrates a united political leadership. He thanked the Chinese leadership for their cooperation during Pakistan’s challenging times and mentioned that two-sided relations and cooperation were discussed during the Prime Minister’s visit to China.

Hina Rabbani Khar

Pakistan People’s Party leader and former minister Hina Rabbani Khar affirmed that all political parties are united in support of CPEC and underscored the significant role of Pakistan and China in the global scheme. She praised China’s progress in science and technology and noted that the People’s Party leadership laid the foundation for Pakistan-China relations. She mentioned that these relations were continued by Benazir Bhutto, Asif Zardari, and Bilawal Bhutto. Khar welcomed the representation of all political parties in the joint session. 

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