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Legal status of CPEC Authority questioned in Senate


October 24, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Months after expiry of an extended term of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority Ordinance, legal status of the CPEC Authority was called into question in the Senate on Friday. “Under which provision of the law the CPEC Authority is operating,” PPP leader and former chairman of the Senate Senator Raza Rabbani asked while speaking on a call-attention notice. He …

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PTI MNA, minister wife accused of land grabbing


October 24, 2020

TOBA TEK SINGH: An elderly woman submitted an application to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore on Oct 15 alleging that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf MNA Riaz Fatyana, his wife Ashfa Fatyana who is a minister in Punjab, their son Ahsan and two other individuals have grabbed her land measuring over a kanal with the connivance of revenue and police officials. Farhat …

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Centre ‘already engaged’ in talks with Sindh over islands issue, SHC told


October 24, 2020

KARACHI: The top law officer of the federal government on Friday assured the Sindh High Court that no development work on the project of twin islands along Karachi’s coast would commence without collaboration and cooperation of the Sindh government. Attorney General of Pakistan Barrister Khalid Jawed Khan informed a two-judge bench headed by Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar that the Pakistan …

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Talks between protesting teachers, HEC successful


October 24, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Protesting university teachers from Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association called off their sit-in on Friday night after successful negotiations with Higher Education Commission (HEC). The sit-in had gone on for three days. “After successful meeting, we have decided to call off our sit-in,” association’s Secretary General Dr Kaleem Bareach told Dawn. HEC Chairman Dr Tariq Banuri, he …

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PNRA broke rules to purchase house for chairman: AGP


October 24, 2020

ISLAMABAD: The Pakis­tan Nuclear Regulatory Authority could not frame its rules for about two decades since its establishment and recently the authority purchased a house for the PNRA chairman in violation of procurement rules, the auditor general of Pakistan (AGP) disclosed. The PNRA was established under an ordinance in 2001. It is entrusted with the responsibility of controlling, regulating and …

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SC judge declares plea challenging presidential reference not maintainable


October 24, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Justice Yahya Afridi of the Supreme Court in his separate note declared challenging of the presidential reference by Justice Qazi Faez Isa not maintainable, saying the fundamental rights of a sitting judge would remain eclipsed so far as their enforcement was not in consonance with the terms of his oath of office. In his dissenting note on some aspects …

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Use of state institutions against rivals violates democratic norms: Abbasi


October 24, 2020

SWABI: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader and former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said here at a party convention on Friday that use of state institutions by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government for victimising rivals and targeting political opponents was against the principles of democracy and norms of governance. The PML-N convention was held at the government high school ground which was …

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Nawaz’s voice echoing across country despite ban on speeches: Maryam


October 24, 2020

PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz on Saturday said that despite a ban on airing party supremo Nawaz Sharif’s speeches in Pakistan, his voice and slogan of vote ko izzat do (respect the vote) is echoing through the country. She was speaking to the media in Quetta, where she has arrived for the third rally of the opposition’s 11-party alliance — Pakistan Democratic …

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Opposition walks out of NA, says proceedings not being run properly


October 24, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Opposition lawmakers on Friday accused the chair of not running the National Assembly session in an appropriate manner and staged a walkout from the house in protest. When the session began, PPP member Naveed Qamar, while taking the floor, said the opposition could not become part of the house because it was being run in an inappropriate manner. The …

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Short order helped Isa seek exoneration: Justice Arab


October 24, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Justice Faisal Arab observed on Friday that by referring the question of three undeclared London properties to the Federal Board of Revenue, the Supreme Court left it to the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) to consider if the FBR report had sufficient information for embarking upon an inquiry under Article 209(5) of the Constitution. Justice Arab, a member of the …

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