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Only the legislators benefited from NAB amendments, observes Justice Ijazul Ahsan

ISLAMABAD, DEC 13: Supreme Court Justice Ijazul Ahsan on Tuesday said that the amendments made to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) laws were carried out only to benefit the very lawmakers that legislated on it. After coming into power in April, the incumbent PDM government had passed the Nati­onal Accountability (Second Amendment) Act 2022 — a move that was heavily criticised by PTI, who termed the legislation an attempt to turn the anti-graft watchdog into a “toothless” organisation. In June, former prime minister Imran Khan challenged the amendments to theRead More

No decision on dissolution of assemblies in phases: Asad Umar

ISLAMABAD, DEC 13 (DNA) — Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Asad Umar said on Tuesday no decision had been reached about phased dissolution of the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies but it’s certain that both legislatures would be wound up by the end of December. The former planning minister, in a statement, reiterated that the provincial assemblies would be dissolved in the current month.  Meanwhile, PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry said Imran Khan could not back down from his decision to resign from assemblies. Earlier, it was reported that the PTI had decided toRead More

SNGPL disconnects 23 meters over compressors usage

MULTAN, DEC 13 (DNA) — Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) disconnected 31 meters of consumers for illegal use of compressors for increasing gas pressure. A spokesperson for SNGPL on Tuesday said that the action was initiated on the directions of GM, Shahid Iqbal. He informed that  as many as 18 meters were disconnected in Multan, four in Khanewal and one in Mianchannu. He quoted Mr Iqbal as saying that operation would continue to provide consumers gas pressure according to the schedule. =DNA

ECP summons Imran Khan on Jan 3 in contempt case

ISLAMABAD, DEC 13 (DNA) — The Election Commission of Pakistan has summoned PTI Chairman Imran Khan, Asad Umar and Fawad Chaudhry during its next hearing on January 3. A three-member ECP bench led by Sindh member Nisar Durrani heard the contempt case against the top PTI trio on Tuesday.  Faisal Chaudhry, counsel for Imran and Fawad Ch, told the bench that the PTI chairman was still unable to travel.  The Balochistan member asked where was Imran’s medical certificate.  Faisal Ch replied that he would present Imran’s medical certificate ‘but first let theRead More

Nawaz Sharif may return to Pakistan in January

ISLAMABAD, DEC 13 (DNA) — Former Prime Minister and Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif – who is in self-imposed exile in London on medical grounds – likely to return to Pakistan in January’s second week. Sources privy to the matter said that in the first phase to pave way for Nawaz’s return, a plea seeking protective bail for the deposed premier would be submitted in the Islamabad High Court (IHC). While PML-N’s leading lights have advised Mr Nawaz to land in Islamabad instead of Lahore, sources added. AsRead More

CM Elahi directs government departments to slash expenditures

LAHORE, DEC 13 (DNA) — Punjab Chief Minister Ch Parvez Elahi on Tuesday directed public offices including the CM office to slash expenditures in a bid to promote austerity. The CM overviewed the development projects underway in the province and fiscal matters while chairing a high-level meeting comprising Punjab finance minister Mohsin Laghari, ex-federal minister Moonis Elahi, MNA Hussain Elahi, Chief Secretary Abdullah Sunbal, Principal Secretary Muhammad Khan Bhatti, and others concerned. In addition to barring the government departments from buying new vehicles, the CM directed to slash the non-development expenditures byRead More