Pakistan Politics

Remembering Siddiq BalochBy Nafisa Hoodbhoy Daily Balochistan Express (Feb 13, 2019)

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Siddiq Baloch had a personality that made a distinct impression on people who met him. He was a moving force, fiercely proud in the Baloch tradition. His inquiring mind led him to explore independently, never willing to take other people’s account of reality. It also made him a fine journalist in Pakistan’s English language newspaper, Dawn where he sought answers …

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Finance Minister Asad Umar presents third finance bill for fiscal 2019 amidst loud protestsDawn.com January 23, 2019

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Finance Minister Asad Umar presented the third finance bill for the current fiscal year during the National Assembly session being held on Wednesday evening. Earlier, Umar, without revealing any specifics, had said the ‘mini-budget’ — technically the Finance Supplementary (Second Amendment) Bill of 2019 — would help generate more revenue for the government. Speaking amidst loud jeering by opposition lawmakers, …

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Opposition parties close ranks against govtThe Express Tribune Pakistan (Jan 15, 2019)

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ISLAMABAD: Opposition parties in the National Assembly on Tuesday agreed to close ranks against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government on crucial matters and formed a special committee to evolve joint strategies on important national issues. The decision was taken in a meeting convened by Opposition Leader Shahbaz Sharif in his chamber at the Parliament House. It was attended by top …

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PTI operating 18 undeclared bank accounts: SBP reportIftikhar A. Khan (Dawn Newspaper) January 10, 2019

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ISLAMABAD: A report submitted by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has revealed that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) is operating at least 18 undeclared bank accounts across the country. According to the information gathered from scheduled banks and submitted to the ECP by the SBP, the PTI is operating 26 bank accounts in …

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Former Senate Chairman’s Lawn Demolished in Anti Encroachment Drive (Express Tribune) Jan 6, 2019PTI supports while PPP condemns as `political victimisation'

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The Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Saturday demolished the lawn of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) senior leader and former chairman senate Nayyar Bukhari’s house, claiming that it was built on encroached land of Quaid-e-Azam university in Islamabad. PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari condemned the move and called it an act of victimisation to suppress the political opinion. Bilawal, in a statement, …

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Will not allow removal of govt on JIT report: CJP NisarThe News International (Dec 31, 2018)

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ISLAMABAD, Dec 31: The Supreme Court on Monday directed the federal government to review its decision of placing 172 suspects named in the JIT report on the Exit Control List (ECL). When the hearing resumed Monday, Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar expressed anger on the government over putting CM Sindh and other politicians on the ECL list and remarked that …

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Pakistan ex-president Zardari faces travel ban over corruptionAl Jazeera (Dec 27, 2018)

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Asif Ali Zardari is among 172 people linked to cases of money laundering, Pakistan’s information minister says. Pakistan’s former president Asif Ali Zardari will be banned from travelling abroad following allegations of money laundering, according to the country’s information minister. Fawad Chaudhry told reporters in Islamabad that Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur were among 172 people involved in cases …

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Pakistan rupee hits record low against US dollarPakistan struggles with chronic inflation as it burns through its dwindling foreign currency reserves (Al Jazeera)

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Islamabad, Nov 30 – Pakistan’s rupee has plunged almost five percent to a record low after what appeared to be a sixth devaluation by the central bank in the past year as the country struggles with an acute balance of payment crisis. The unit sank to 143 rupees against the dollar on Friday, just a day after Prime Minister Imran …

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Why Balochs Are Targeting China (Akbar Notezai – The Diplomat)CPEC, Balochistan, and unresolved political issues are a potent mix.

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Over the years, China-Pakistan relations have evolved positively. The mainstream media of the two countries always features the mantra of friendship and brotherly ties. Despite that, however, from day one China has been concerned about one thing in Pakistan: security. Both religious extremists and Baloch separatists have reportedly killed Chinese citizens inside Pakistan in the past. The most recent incident …

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Rupee Tumbles After Pakistan Requests IMF Bailout Islamabad needs some $12 billion to ward off economic meltdown from mushrooming trade deficit and dwindling foreign-exchange reservesBy Saeed Shah Oct. 9, 2018 The Wall Street Journal

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—The Pakistani rupee dropped steeply against the dollar Tuesday after the government said it was seeking a bailout from the International Monetary Fund, which will likely lead to tough economic policies and slow the nation’s economic growth. Prime Minister Imran Khan’s new administration was forced to turn to the lender of last resort after its planned alternatives to the …

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K-P authorities issue arrest warrants for Manzoor Pashteen, Ali WazirThe Express Tribune (September 14, 2018)

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PESHAWAR: Authorities in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa ordered the arrest of Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) chief Manzoor Pashteen, MNA Ali Wazir and six others. A letter issued by a senior police official in Swabi declared Pashteen, Wazir, Dr Said Alam Masood, Fazal Advocate, Khan Zaman, Mohsin Dawood, Samad Khan and Noorul Salam as proclaimed offenders. Police in Swabi confirmed to The Express Tribune …

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Sharif, Maryam and Safdar released on paroleBy Danish Hussain (The Express Tribune )

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ISLAMABAD, Sept 11: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar were released on parole in the wee hours of Wednesday, after the death of Begum Kulosoom Nawaz. A notification issued by the Punjab Home Department said the three were released for 12 hours to attend the funeral of Kulsoom Nawaz. Television footages …

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— ‘Democratic institutions are quickly becoming more robust and will only get stronger with the passage of time’ – Pak army chiefPT (September 9, 2018)

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ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Sunday that democracy in the country was fostering with time. The army chief was speaking to the media at Arif Alvi’s oath-taking ceremony. “Democratic institutions are quickly becoming more robust and will only get stronger with the passage of time,” Gen Qamar was quoted as saying. “This is …

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From the dentist’s office to President House: Dr Arif Alvi becomes Pakistan’s 13th presidentSAMAA (September 4, 2018)

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PTI’s Dr Arif Alvi was elected the 13th president of Pakistan on Tuesday. The country’s new president is a politician, dentist and parliamentarian. He has been described as the “chief whip of the PTI” in his profile on the party’s website. Born in Karachi on July 29, 1949, Dr Alvi acquired a degree in dentistry from de’Montmonrency College of Dentistry, …

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Why Imran Khan Must Bat for Civil Society in PakistanBy Ahmed Rashid (The New York Times) Sept 2, 2018

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Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan has set out an ambitious development and reform agenda. He is determined to reign in elite corruption and increase spending on health, education and women’s welfare. To carry out these important social programs, Mr. Khan needs the support of Pakistan’s battered and bruised civil society. He needs to put an end to the coercion …

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PM Khan wants media to give him three months before criticizing his governmentDawn Newspaper Aug 31, 2018

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Prime Minister Imran Khan has asked that the media give his government three months before criticising its performance, DawnNewsTV reported on Friday. The statement was made during a meeting with journalists in Islamabad. The PM promised that three months down the road, there will be a marked difference in the way the country is run. He also mentioned that none …

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Imran Khan gives 2-week deadline to recover stashed moneyANI Aug 28, 2018

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Islamabad, Pakistan: Fulfilling his poll promise to clampdown on corruption, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday gave a deadline of two weeks to a task force to chalk out a plan to recover unlawfully acquired foreign assets and stashed wealth. On Monday, the task force chaired its first meeting, where various government departments informed the unit of the current …

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The end of discretionary funds: rhetoric and realityBy Umar Cheema The News International

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ISLAMABAD: In its meeting on Monday evening, the federal cabinet decided to abolish the discretionary funds of the prime minister, federal ministers and development funds for MNAs, a decision which has been widely projected as an unprecedented step by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government. The reality is quite the opposite. Very few observers have cared to check whether these funds …

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Populism and GovernanceZahid Hussain Dawn Newspaper (Aug 22, 2018)

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IMRAN Khan has set ambitious goals for his government. While his priorities seem right the challenges are enormous. His first address to the nation has indeed inspired people giving them some hope. No Pakistani leader in the recent past has spoken so earnestly about the problems faced by the common people and also the difficulties confronting the nation. He believes …

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PTI government lifts political censorship on PTV, Radio PakistanBy Sehrish Wasif The Express Tribune (August 21, 2018)

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government on Tuesday lifted political censorship on the state-run Pakistan Television (PTV) and Radio Pakistan by allowing these to air point of views and news of all political parties without any discrimination. Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Fawad Chaudhary spoke out via Twitter saying that, “As per vision of [Prime Minister] Imran Khan ended …

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