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PML-N and PPP busy in solving budget, power-sharing puzzle

PML-N and PPP busy in solving budget, power-sharing puzzle

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PML-N and PPP busy in solving budget, power-sharing puzzle

Representatives from the PML-N and the PPP are scheduled to meet again today (Saturday) in an attempt to sort out differences over the budget 2024-25, as sources say progress has been made in different contentious issues between the two parties.

The PPP’s support is vital to the coalition government led by the PML-N, without which the government can’t pass the budget or move any legislation in the parliament thanks to a divided mandate produced by the February 8 elections.

According to the sources, the PPP has directed its members to attend the National Assembly’s ongoing budget session – a move that will end boycott that started after Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and other leaders openly criticised the government over the policies followed to produce the budget in which it is accused of providing relief to the masses.

Bilawal – the PPP chairman – on Friday repeated the stance that said the government failed to consult allies and the budget document would have been much better had his party been consulted.

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The sources say the breakthrough was a result of a meeting with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif late on Friday night where the members of committees formed by the two parties pleaded their respective cases before him.

It is not just the budget, as political and technical matters like power sharing – especially in Punjab where the PPP wants a larger stake – were also discussed, as the sources say the two sides will sign an agreement in this regard to give the understanding a formal shape.

The PPP has been of the view that the PML-N failed to deliver on the promises made under a deal which was followed by its decision to support the candidature of Shehbaz for the prime minister’s office.

However, the PML-N believes that the PPP always resorts to blackmailing at critical junctures so as to make unjustified gains – a practice which was witnessed previously during the PDM’s 20-month tenure before a caretaker setup assumed the charge before the polls.

It is also not happy with the PPP’s desire to gain more space in Punjab where it has lost electoral support during the past decades, at a time when it is not ready to provide any room to the PML-N in Sindh.

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Political wranglings of a coalition is the reason why former three-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif was calling for a clear mandate and the failure to achieve the goal made him shun the bid to assume the office for a record fourth term.

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Bushra Bibi challenges her likely detention in undisclosed cases

Bushra Bibi challenges her likely detention in undisclosed cases

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Bushra Bibi challenges her likely detention in undisclosed cases

 PTI founder’s wife Bushra Bibi challenged her likely detention in the undisclosed cases in the Lahore High Court (LHC).

Justice Tariq Saleem Shaikh will hear the petition on Tuesday.

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The petitioner’s lawyer said that the details of the cases registered against Bushra Bibi are not being provided. Moreover, the inquiries against Bushra Bibi in anti-corruption, NAB and FIA-related cases are also not being provided, the application said.

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The court should order all the agencies to provide the details of the cases. Moreover, the court should also order to stop Bushra Bibi from being arrested in any hidden case. 

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Cabinet meeting with PTI ban on agenda postponed

Cabinet meeting with PTI ban on agenda postponed

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A meeting of the federal cabinet to give approval for ban on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was postponed on Monday, sources said. 

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was scheduled to chair the meeting on Tuesday, July 23, when the cabinet members were likely to nod the ban on the political party.

The cabinet was also expected to give approval for pursuing cases under Article 6 of the Constitution against former President Arif Alvi, PTI founder Imran Khan, and Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri.

On July 15, Information Minister Atta Tarar said that the ruling coalition had decided to move for a ban on the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

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Addressing a press conference, he said the federal government will file a case to ban the PTI. The government would keep the current situation in mind before taking a step in this regard, he added.

“The PTI and the country cannot go together,” he categorically stated.

He claimed that the government was trying to stabilise the country politically and economically, while efforts were being made to thwart its efforts.

Tarar also announced that the PML-N led government has decided to file a review appeal against the decision of the Supreme Court granting reserved seats to the PTI.

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Dar discusses mutual ties with Omani counterpart

Dar discusses mutual ties with Omani counterpart

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Dar discusses mutual ties with Omani counterpart

 Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar and Oman Foreign Minister Syed Badr bin Hamd bin Hamood Al Busaidi have discussed bilateral ties on telephone.

According to Foreign Office, both the leaders condemned the recent terrorist attack on a mosque in Wadi Kabir, Mascat.

Dar reiterated Oman’s full support in combatting terrorism.

The deputy PM lauded Oman’s care for dead and injured Pakistani citizens in the Omani hospitals.

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Both the leaders deliberated on bilateral relationship ranging from political, economic and defence cooperation to public ties.

The two leaders have agreed to exchange delegations between the two countries.

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