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Shehbaz discusses security matters with Gen Asim, later flies to Peshawar

Shehbaz discusses security matters with Gen Asim, later flies to Peshawar

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Shehbaz discusses security matters with Gen Asim, later flies to Peshawar

Chief of Army Staff Gen Asim Munir called on Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif as they discussed the issues related to security situation and armed forces. 

The meeting held on Wednesday was the first between the two since Shehbaz assumed the office of prime minister for second term, as Gen Munir congratulated and expressed his wishes to him. 

Read more: Army has nothing to do with electoral process, says military top brass 

Later, the prime minister left for Peshawar where he is scheduled to hold an important meeting with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Haji Ghulam Ali – a JUI-F nominee – who was appointed by Shehbaz during his previous stint in November 2022.

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Sources say the top provincial and federal officials will brief Shehbaz on the law and order situation as well as the financial affairs of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The province has accumulated a massive debt after the PTI came into power in 2013 and later again formed the government in 2018. In the recently held general elections, the PTI-backed independents were able to repeat the success with a massive number of them reaching the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly. 

Currently assembled under the banner of Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC), they are now led by Ali Amin Gandapur who became the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister last week. Gandapur decided to skip the oath-taking ceremony of Shehbaz, claiming that he did not enjoy a genuine mandate.

The new provincial cabinet will take oath later in the evening as he finalised the names of ministers in consultation with the imprisoned PTI founder. 

Meanwhile, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been witnessing the return of terrorism menace during the last two years after the PTI government led by its founder decided to allow the TTP members to resettle in the province as part of the so-called peace talks.

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Fazl urges cooperation among opposition parties amid governance concerns

Fazl urges cooperation among opposition parties amid governance concerns

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Fazl urges cooperation among opposition parties amid governance concerns

JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, while expressing concerns over the dismal state of governance and democratic institutions, stressed the importance of fostering political cooperation among opposition parties on Wednesday.

Fazl, during a meeting with a PTI delegation, highlighted the urgency of collective action among opposition parties to address the challenges of what he described as a decline in democracy, waning relevance of parliament and the diminishing significance of the constitution.

Speaking to media alongside PTI leaders Omar Ayub and Asad Qaiser after the meeting, Fazl emphasised the need for political cooperation among opposition parties, noting that there was no disagreement on that.

He underscored the necessity of dialogue in today’s environment to eliminate bitterness, stating, “If we cannot end differences, we can soften attitudes.”

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Expressing similar views, Omar Ayub, the opposition leader in the National Assembly, said they had a useful conversation with Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who welcomed them wholeheartedly. He affirmed that these talks would continue in the future.

Ayub vowed to stand for the supremacy of the constitution, announcing that their meetings and conventions would be held all over Pakistan.

Ayub highlighted the link between democracy and investment, asserting that investment would only come when democracy flourishes.

He also condemned the recent police attack on the party secretariat.

Addressing the media, PTI leader Asad Qaiser said the country had assumed the form of a public limited company now.

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He said that during the meeting with the JUI-F chief, they also discussed the wheat crisis issue in Punjab.

Qaiser emphasised the need for opposition parties to unite for the supremacy of the constitution and law, observing that the prevailing law of the jungle in the country must end.

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Imran Khan requests personal appearance in NAB amendment case hearing

Imran Khan requests personal appearance in NAB amendment case hearing

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Imran Khan requests personal appearance in NAB amendment case hearing

Imran Khan, the incarcerated founder of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, has filed a request with the Supreme Court seeking personal appearance in connection with the National Accountability (NAB) Ordinance 1999 amendment case, it is learned.

According to details, the former prime minister has addressed the letter to Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa requesting permission for personal appearance on the next hearing on May 30.

Khan put his signatures on the letter and gave it to the Adiala Jail administration for submission to the apex court.

The court had, during the previous hearing on May 17, issued orders for presenting the PTI founder through video link on the next hearing scheduled for May 30.

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The PTI founder did not get an opportunity to advance arguments during the proceedings on May 17.

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CM Maryam pays surprise visit to Holy Family Hospital

CM Maryam pays surprise visit to Holy Family Hospital

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CM Maryam pays surprise visit to Holy Family Hospital

Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz has paid a surprise visit to the Holy Family Hospital here.

The chief minister visited various wards of the hospital, interacted with patients, inquired about the facilities and provision of medicines at the hospital.

Chief Minister Maryam expressed anger at low wages of labourers working at under-construction block of the hospital and directed the authorities concerned to raise their wages as per the law.

Later, she was briefed about the revamping project of the Hospital. She directed the hospital administration to complete construction of new block by June end. 

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