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Abbasi calls outgoing NA ‘worst in history’, regrets to be a part of it

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Abbasi calls outgoing NA 'worst in history', regrets to be a part of it

Former prime minister and a senior leader of the ruling PML-N Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was on Wednesday candid when he termed the outgoing National Assembly as the “worst in the history of the country” which did not do legislation for providing relief to masses.

In his farewell remarks on the floor of the lower house of parliament, Abbasi, the son of a decorated Air Force veteran Air Commodore Khaqan, he offered an apology to the countrymen on being part of it.

He said that not even a single piece of legislation in the last five years was done to ease masses woes.

He did not hesitate to say that the record of past five years’ legislation was a proof of his assertion. “If one sift the record, he will see all the government bills were not meant to provide relief to the people.”

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Abbasi felt ashamed as “today people have lost confidence in the system, which could not be restored through meaningless legislation but with deeds.”

According to him, it might take a decade to turn around the country’s economy and held “everyone of us” responsible for it. He suggested to form a “truth commission” to find out “who did what with the country.”

The ex-premier pointed out that a number of parliamentarians were surrounding the interior minister today for his signatures for getting licenses. “Why this process cannot be streamlined,” he added.

“People say that all members of the assembly are corrupt and we show that they are correct,” he said, pointing out that 40 to 53 bills of private members were passed in the National Assembly in a matter of days.

It raised questions about the credibility of members of the house, he maintianed.

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Abbasi was also critical of the National Assembly speaker for “causing unprecedented damage to the reputation of the house.”

He said that “the speaker is considered the custodian of the reputation and dignity of the house. Dignity of the house has taken a nosedive. There is an impression that parliamentarians come to plunder national wealth.”

He urged the chair and the members to take care of the dignity of the house.

He also raised questions about taxation system. “Whether parliamentarians pay taxes?” he asked and added “parliament has the power to give approval to impose taxes on masses, whereas parliamentarian themselves don’t pay taxes.”

“How the parliament could impose taxes on people when they themselves do not pay taxes. This is not leadership that you do not pay taxes but impose on people,” he stated.

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Abbasi said the government was running by taking loans at 24% interest; the same is true for defence expenses and the functioning of the parliament.

Ironically, no one asked elected representatives about taxes. “I remained in NAB’s custody but I was never questioned whether I paid taxes or not,” he added.

He said that the previous regime also caused an irreparable loss to the dignity of the house when a member in custody was not produced, he used to remind the then-speaker of his responsibilities to act as the custodian of the house.

He recalled that every “un-parliamentary” act was committed and abusive language was used in the house during the previous regime’s tenure.

Later, talking to media outside parliament house, he said he did not wish the former prime minister arrested and imprisoned.

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However, if the PTI chief is innocent, justice would eventually prevail, he added.

The ex-premier required a great deal of soul-searching on the actions that led to his incarceration, Abbasi concluded.

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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 Vawda for reexamination of non-filers' exemption for Hajj and Umrah

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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COAS Munir pledges full support for successful implementation of CPEC

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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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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