Mubashir Hassan

  • TLAHORE   -  Punjab Governor Punjab Ch Muhammad Sarwar has supported the proposal by Sikh community leaders binding Indian Sikh pilgrims to carry dollars with them instead of Indian rupee. Concerned federal departments will take a final decision in this regard after analyzing all ...

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  • TLAHORE - It takes a great deal of patience to watch the monotonous proceedings of the Punjab Assembly while sitting in the Press Gallery. Punjab lawmakers are genuinely taxing the patience of reporters especially for the last couple of days by repeating the same old stories of their concern. Had it ...

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  • TLAHORE   -    Punjab Assembly Speaker Ch Parvez Elahi on Wednesday revised the schedule of Assembly sittings approving adding of another day in the general discussion on the provincial budget. According to the previous schedule, the Speaker had specified four days, from ...

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  • TLAHORE - From the Opposition’s side, it was Awais Leghari’s turn to speak his mind on the provincial budget yesterday. An experienced politician from DG Khan, Leghari is known for his flowery speech on the Assembly floor. He has been MNA and Federal Minister during last term of the ...

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  • TLAHORE - Whenever Hamza Shahbaz speaks in Punjab Assembly, he visualizes himself to be present in the National Assembly of Pakistan. And, when he is mentally there, he tries to act as Leader of the Opposition, a political office currently held by his father Shehbaz Sharif. He remains in this mental ...

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  • TLAHORE   -   In a significant political development, scions of two arch rivals, the PPP and the PML-N, met here at Raiwind for the second time to discuss options to tighten noose around the government. Flanked by his close aides, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari visited Jati ...

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  • TLAHORE   -  Opposition had not come to the House yesterday with the promise of docility it had demonstrated during the first sitting of the present budget session. Speaker Parvez Elahi had also not given any such guarantee to the Treasury for the budget day. Consequently, Finance ...

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  • TLAHORE   -   The PML-N-led Opposition in Punjab Assembly felt obliged to be nice to the Speaker and the Treasury following issuance of production orders of the Opposition Leader Hamza Shehbaz and former Health Minister Khawaja Salman Rafique. The PPP and the PML-N had earlier ...

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  • TLAHORE   -   True to his word that he would return to the country after his medical treatment, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif finally arrived in Lahore early Sunday morning, putting an end to all rumours about his homecoming. Despite the odd ...

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  • TLAHORE   -   No matter how grim the political scenario may seem, the PTI government’s real worry at the moment is not about any threat to its continuation in power. It is, rather, worried about its inability to deliver in a situation when the economy is in bad shape with ...

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  • TLAHORE   -  An unwarranted provincial oversight over the local governments as envisaged in the Punjab Local Government Act, 2019, has the potential to frustrate the very idea of devolution of powers at the gross-root level. It is for the first time in country’s history that ...

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  • TLAHORE   -   A shocked silence had gripped the shrine on the night after the blast. People just sat in the compound praying in the melancholic calm of the place. They were not talking to each other as much as they used to before. A second blast had hit the shrine of Hazrat Ali ...

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  • TLAHORE  -   A distinctive feature of the new local government system is the establishment of joint authorities by two or more local governments for efficient discharge of functions by pooling the resources at their disposal.   This new concept of resource sharing by the ...

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  • TLAHORE - After chairing an exhaustive sitting the other day, Speaker Punjab Assembly Ch Parvez Elahi chose not to take the chair on Tuesday. Monday’s sitting witnessed the speaker doing most of the talking, grilling the food minister and the FDA official for getting tough on owners of the ...

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  • TLAHORE - If the Question Hour in Punjab Assembly is about the Food department, the Opposition should not bother to grill the Food Minister. Opposition members just need to ask questions and leave the rest to the Speaker. Successive Assembly sessions have proved that Parvez Elahi is better prepared ...

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  • TLAHORE - No word is good or bad as they say. It’s the usage which makes it sound pleasant or awful. Also, there are certain words that can be used in both good and bad contexts. PPP’s Parliamentary leader in Punjab Assembly Syed Hasan Murtaza is known for his doublespeak among his ...

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  • TLAHORE   -   Often denied groupings in the hardcore PTI leadership have started coming to the surface now. It is indicative of nothing else but a chaos like situation in a party which assumed power only eight months back after a political struggle spreading over two decades. It ...

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  • TLAHORE   -   While the Punjab Government is in a state of dilemma over Punjab Assembly’s recent legislation approving perks for its members, Prime Minister’s special assistant Naeemul Haq Sunday said the issue was over since the government had withdrawn the ...

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  • TLAHORE   -   The coming budgets of the federal as well as provincial governments will be based on the old NFC award as the fifth meeting held here in Lahore to finalise the 9th NFC remained inconclusive. Country’s finance managers, led by Finance Minister Asad Umar, spent ...

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  • TLAHORE -  Punjab is hosting the fifth meeting of the 9th National Finance Commission here on Friday (today) amid high expectations of a breakthrough on several contentious issues hindering finalisation of the award for the last four years. The 9th NFC Award has been in limbo since July ...

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  • TLahore   -   The PTI government is now having second thoughts about its earlier plan to clip the wings of National Accountability Bureau, it has been learnt.  Following the arrest of Punjab Senior Minister Aleem Khan by the anti-grant body on February 6, the government had ...

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  • TLAHORE - Supreme Court’s decision to let Nawaz Sharif get out of jail and seek treatment of all diseases claimed to be causing serious threat to his life, has not only surprised everyone, it has raised more questions than it answered. The unprecedented verdict announced by the Chief Justice ...

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  • TLAHORE - Punjab Governor Ch Mohammad Sarwar has not returned the salaries bill to the Punjab Assembly as yet despite directions from the prime minister to withhold his assent to the controversial legislation allowing Punjab legislators to enjoy certain perks and privileges not available even to the ...

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  • TLAHORE - For weeks, the controversy has been whether or not the PML-N supremo Mian Nawaz Sharif should be allowed to go abroad for treatment. The government and the PML-N have been shifting blame for his deteriorating health in jail. The Sharif family and the PML-N leaders think the government is ...

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  • TLAHORE   -  Punjab legislators bonhomie which helped them approve hefty pay raise for themselves the other day proved short-lived after Thursday’s development frustrating their hopes of getting salaries at par with their counterparts in KPK Assembly. In his tweet, Prime ...

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  • TLAHORE - Law Minister Muhammad Basharat Raja had a big grin on his face as he listened warily to Waris Kallu complaining to the Speaker about his ‘masochistic’ desire to see him dead on Tuesday last. “Mr Speaker, is it ever moral to wish death on someone? The Law Minister ...

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  • TLAHORE - Laughter is the best medicine, as they say. It transpired yesterday that Punjab lawmakers also believe in it more than anything else. It was a Private Members Day which comes every Tuesday when the Assembly is in session. The House would not take up any official business this day. The ...

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  • TLAHORE - Finally, the much-awaited pre-budget debate took place in Punjab Assembly yesterday. Secretary Finance Hamed Yaqoob Sheikh sat in the officially gallery to take notes. Director Budget and a Deputy Secretary were also there to assist him. Punjab Minister for Finance Makhdum Hashim Jawan ...

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  • TLAHORE  -   Finance Babu was present in the official gallery to take notes this time, but the lawmakers, especially the women, were not in a mood to have the much awaited pre-budget debate, a mandatory exercise before announcement of the budget. After all, it was Women’s Day on ...

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  • TLAHORE  -   It is nearly impossible for the Treasury to convince and satisfy the Opposition when the two sides are locked in a debate inside the assembly. The Opposition would never accept government’s point of view on any issue nonetheless it is true and logical. Same is true ...

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