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Former NA speaker arrested in corruption case

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November 3, 2023 08:05 PM


Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Asad Qaiser was arrested in Islamabad, the 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Friday.

 

The former National Assembly speaker was detained in relation to a corruption case.

PTI leader’s brother said Asad Qaiser was arrested from his home and plainclothesmen were part of the raiding team.

However, sources said he was arrested at Bani Gala


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March 3, 2024 05:07 PM
Omar Ayub demands rule of law, justice, release of political prisoners  

 

Sunni Ittehad Council’s candidate for Prime Minister Omar Ayub Khan said new federal government will be the continuity of PDM government, reported 24NewHD TV channel.

Speaking in the National Assembly after losing the election for prime minister’ slot, he said newly elected Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif made only lofty claims like in the past and he would do nothing for the public.

Sunni Ittehad Council leader and PM candidate Omar Ayub Khan lamented the situation of law and order in the country.

He said a country can progress with rule of law, justice for all, without it dream of progress and prosperity cannot be fulfilled.

 “You talk about rule of law, but you never even enforced rule of law,” he said, addressing points made by Shehbaz Sharif just minutes earlier in his maiden speech as newly elected PM.

He said Shehbaz Sharif claimed democracy but their action showed fascism. He said PTI was not given level playing field during the elections, PTI was deprived of symbol and identity. Moreover, their candidates were not even allowed to campaign during the elections.

Omar Ayoub claimed majority of newly-elected MNAs were brought to parliament on the basis of Form 47 instead of Form 45.

He said, ”We will stand till founder PTI is sworn in as Prime Minister”. Demanding the release of all political prisoners, PTI leader said dejection and fear can be seen on the faces of candidate who won on the basis of Form 47.

He observed that majority of the country’s youth have imprinted it in their minds that the country was marred with terrorism and violence.

He said PTI also believed in democracy and rule of law. He said yesterday their workers staged peaceful protests but more than 80 workers were picked up. He said their houses were raided, their women were arrested. He claimed they will remain stand until PTI founder Imran Khan was not released.

Omar Ayub also thanked founder PTI Imran Khan, MWM and Sunni Ittehad Council chief Sahibzada Hamid for reposing confidence on him to contest PM race.

March 3, 2024 04:12 PM
Elections 2024 worst than 2018 polls, declares Maulana Fazl

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said on Sunday he believed that the general elections held in 2018 were worse in the country’s history in terms of rigging, but those held on February 8 turned out to be worst, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Addressing a press conference at Korangi, Mehran Town in Karachi, Maulana Fazl said it was a fact that democracy was losing in the country while the parliament was winning.

Fazl further said that some politicians in the parliament thought they were leaders. “But the truth of the matter is that they have not been elected and do not enjoy people’s trust,” he said, adding, “That’s why I have come to Karachi so that I can take all party office-bearers into confidence before launching a countrywide campaign.”

The JUI-F chief made it clear that he had no personal issues with any state institution. “The real issue is that of masses,” he added.  

He said the loyalties of politicians were purchased to form governments in Sindh and Balochistan.

He said that in light of the 2024 general elections it is now a fact that democracy is losing its case and the parliament is losing its value. “The parliament that you are seeing is not the representative of the people, this parliament is a birth of rigging in which some people will call themselves leaders,” he said and added “They will not be able to rule their hearts as the the people will not accept it with their hearts.”

Maulana Fazl said that his party leadership decided to go to the parliament despite its reservations. Despite the decision to participate in parliamentary politics of the newly-elected National Assembly, he said that the party’s original position to reject the 2024 elections was being proven right. “In the history of Pakistan, we used to think that 2018 was the biggest rigging that took place in the general elections, however, 2024 has broken that record,” he said.

 

Reporter: Aqsa

March 3, 2024 04:06 PM 4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV
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March 3, 2024 03:27 PM
Taxi counter supervisor at Lahore airport returns purse full of money to its owner

A taxi counter supervisor at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport has created an example of honesty by returning a purse he found in the airport’s cab yard to its owner, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Sunday.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) officials, Rizwan, who found the purse containing Saudi Riyals and banking cards worth over Rs0.6 million, returned it to Arshad, who had arrived from Saudi Arabia.  

Vigilance DVOs collected information about the passenger through the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) such as his ticket and cellphone numbers.

Later the passenger came to the airport after the DVOs contacted him on his cellphone number.

There after proper verification, the purse was handed over to him.

Arshad said that the amount he had kept in the bag was meant for the treatment of his mother.

 

Reporter: Tayyab Saif

March 3, 2024 02:08 PM
1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

♦ Shehbaz Sharif elected prime minister for second time: PML-N and allies' candidate secures 201 votes against SIC's Omar Ayub's 92 votes

♦ Shehbaz Sharif to start new era of economic prosperity, says Marriyum Aurangzeb

♦ Shehbaz Sharif to have emphatic win today, says Hanif Abbasi: MQM-P's Aminul Haque asks PTI to fight its battle in courts

♦ Death toll from pneumonia rises to 456 in Punjab

♦ New rain spell predicted in country

♦ Police in Karachi register case of acid attack on girl

♦ Six family members die in incident of roof collapse in Khyber 

♦ Mediators set to meet in Cairo today for six-week truce in Gaza before Ramadan

♦ Sikhs protest against Indian government in front of Indian Embassy in Washington DC

March 3, 2024 12:29 PM
Shehbaz Sharif to win by a wide margin today, says PML-N's Hanif Abbasi

 

PML-N leader and MNA Hanif Abbasi claimed that PML-N Shehbaz Sharif was set to become Prime Minister of Pakistan with the support of coalition alliance, adding that Shehbaz Sharif will get majority of votes in the Parliament, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Talking to media along with PPP MNA Ijaz Jakharani and MQM leader Aminul Haque outside the Parliament House, Hanif Abbasi admitted that new government will not be a bed of roses for PML-N. He said instead of creating political instability, all political parties should work together to create political and economic stability in the country.

He claimed PTI was following anti Pakistan agenda. He said transparent elections were held in Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan but worst rigging was made in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Talking to media, Aminul Haque said MQM-P was standing with PML-N. February 8 elections were fair. He said political parties should hold dialogue. He urged PTI to fight legally for their rights instead of political of agitation. Without political stability, economic stability will remains a distant dreams.

PPP MNA Ijaz Jhakrani told media that PTI has an old habit of ruining economy. Keeping in mind current economic situation, it was necessary that a politician like Shehbaz Sharif become Prime Minister of Pakistan. He said PPP always supported idea of dialogue and wished all political parties run the state affair jointly.

March 3, 2024 10:45 AM
Mediators set to meet in Cairo today for six-week truce in Gaza before Ramadan

 

CAIRO

Mediators expected to meet again in Cairo on Sunday in search for a formula acceptable to Israel and Hamas for a lasting ceasefire in Gaza, sources with knowledge of the talks said, while foreign governments resorted to airdrops to aid desperate civilians in the Palestinian enclave.

Negotiators from regional powers have been working around the clock to secure a Gaza truce by the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in about one week.

Israeli and Hamas delegations were expected to arrive in Cairo on Sunday, two Egyptian security sources said. Israel has broadly accepted a ceasefire deal with Hamas, a senior US official said Saturday.

The framework agreement envisages a six-week cessation of hostilities, which could begin immediately if Hamas signs off on the release of the most vulnerable hostages it holds, the official told reporters on a call. "The Israelis have more or less accepted it," the administration official said. "Right now, the ball is in the camp of Hamas."

The announcement came hours after US military cargo planes began airdropping humanitarian aid into the besieged Gaza Strip.

The United Nations has warned of famine in Gaza, and more than 100 people were left dead earlier this week in a frenzied scramble for food from a truck convoy delivering aid, with Israeli forces opening fire on the crowd.

Saturday's drop, which included 38,000 meals, was conducted "to provide essential relief to civilians affected by the ongoing conflict," the US Central Command said.

"It will be a six-week ceasefire in Gaza starting today if Hamas agrees to release the defined category of vulnerable hostages... the sick, the wounded, elderly and women," the administration official said.

Hamas took about 250 hostages during their unprecedented cross-border attack on Israel on October 7, 130 of whom remain in Gaza, including 31 whom Israel says are presumed dead. It was unclear how many of the remaining hostages are deemed vulnerable. The United States hopes any truce would create space for a more enduring peace. A Hamas delegation was expected to fly to Cairo on Saturday for talks on a truce, a source close to the group told AFP.

The administration official said a ceasefire would also allow a "significant surge" in humanitarian aid to Gaza, with airdrops not seen as a replacement for full-scale relief convoys.

"None of these -- maritime corridors, airdrops -- are an alternative to the fundamental need to move assistance through as many land crossings as possible. That's the most efficient way to get aid in at scale," a second US official told reporters.

The UN Security Council issued a statement Saturday voicing "grave concern" over the acute food insecurity in Gaza and urging the unfettered delivery of humanitarian aid "at scale."

Hundreds of protesters rallied in Washington on Saturday, shouting slogans like "Free free Palestine" outside the Israeli embassy before marching with a giant Palestinian flag to the Israeli ambassador's residence.

Some held signs paying tribute to the US airman who died after self-immolating outside the Israeli embassy last weekend, shouting "Free Palestine" as he lit himself on fire, according to footage shared on social media.

The brutal October 7 attack by Hamas on southern Israel resulted in the deaths of around 1,160 people, according to official figures.

Israel responded with a relentless assault on Hamas-controlled Gaza that has taken a devastating toll on civilians trapped there, killing more than 30,000 people, according to the territory's health ministry.

The amount of aid brought into Gaza by truck has plummeted during nearly five months of war, and Gazans are facing dire shortages of food, water and medicines.

Some foreign militaries have airdropped supplies to Gaza, sending long lines of aid pallets floating down into the war-torn territory on parachutes.

Jordan has been conducting many of the operations with the support of countries including Britain, France and the Netherlands, while Egypt sent several military planes on an air drop Thursday together with the United Arab Emirates.

Biden has pushed Israel to reduce civilian casualties and allow aid in, while at the same time he has maintained military assistance for the key US ally.

National Security Council spokesman John Kirby described the airdrops as a "tough military operation" that required careful planning by the Pentagon for the safety of both Gazan civilians and US military personnel.

 

AFP

March 3, 2024 09:23 AM
Six family members die in incident of roof collapse in Khyber  

Six members of the same family, four kids and two women, were killed after the roof of their house caved in in Zakhakhel area of Khyber in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) early Sunday morning, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.   

Sources in the police told 24News that three days of rain had left the house in a dilapidated condition.

Locals retrieved the bodies from underneath the rubble on their own, the sources added.

On Saturday, 24News reported that rains had not only disrupted routine life in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) but also resulted in the loss of human life and property.

An eight-month-old baby girl died after roof of her house caved in due to downpour in Budhpir area of Peshawar.

In another incident reported from Board Bazaar Tajabad area of the city, three kids and their mother were buried underneath the rubble when the roof of their room came down.

Rescue1122 personnel said that they shifted the injured to a hospital, where the condition of one of the children was stated to be critical.

Similarly, in Lower Dir, three people were killed after their house was buried under a mudslide.

 

Reporter: Jahanzeb Afridi

March 3, 2024 09:13 AM
Second-time PM Shehbaz declares: Pakistan will rise again

PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday became the country’s prime minister for the second time defeating his rival with a comfortable majority, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Shehbaz, who was a joint candidate of the PML-N and allied parties, secured 201 votes to go on to become the 24th prime minister of Pakistan. His rival Omar Ayub Khan from the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) got 92 votes.

Shehbaz Sharif was voted in as prime minister for a second time on Sunday, presiding over a shaky alliance that has shut out followers of jailed opposition leader Imran Khan.

Newly sworn-in lawmakers in National Assembly elected Shehbaz Sharif by 201 votes, three weeks after general elections marred by widespread allegations of rigging.

"Shehbaz Sharif has been declared to have been elected as prime minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan," said newly appointed speaker of the National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq.

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Omar Ayub Khan stood against Shehbaz Sharif as the candidate of choice for MPs loyal to Imran Khan, gaining 92 votes.

The Speaker officially declared Shehbaz Sharif as the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Following this declaration, he extended a request to Shehbaz Sharif to take the chair of the Leader of the House/Prime Minister in the National Assembly.

The election for the prime minister was conducted through the division of the House.

It is the second time that Shehbaz Sharif has been elected as the prime minister of the country.

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Following the speaker's announcement, Shehbaz hugged elder brother Nawaz Sharif. He later went to the desks of the allied parties to express his gratitude to them.

Chief of Balochistan National Party (Mengal) Sardar Akhtar Mengal who was present in the house abstained from voting. JUI-F boycotted the voting for the prime minister as it had announced prior to the voting that it was not going to become part of the process.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou798J2Z1l4

PM Shehbaz thanks Nawaz, allies

Delivering his maiden speech after being elected as new prime minister amid noisy slogans of ‘thief’ raised by PTI-backed MNAs, Shehbaz Sharif thanked PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif and all the allies for putting their trust in him and making him Leader of the House. “When my Quaid was elected as prime minister thrice, the development that followed in the country is an example of its own. And it is not wrong to say that Nawaz Sharif is the one who built Pakistan,” he said.

Shehbaz Sharif also said the nation would always remember the sacrifices of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

Public sufferings to be cut down

Laying his focus on the public issues, the newly-elected prime minister vowed to resolve the circular debt issue in the country, saying the public was suffering the burden of sky-high electricity and gas prices. “Electricity and tax thefts are a matter of life and death for Pakistan and I want to say that God willing we will remove this cancer from its roots and make the country stand on its feet,” he said and added “It is a long and thorny journey full of hurdles, but countries that surmounted these challenges became one of the most developed nations around the world.”

New tech to check tax theft

Shehbaz admitted poor people were bearing the burden of electricity and tax theft. “I will personally oversee tax theft and bring a technological model which would remove any human error. “This will decrease inflation, increase employment, the country will grow.”

National Assembly being run on borrowed money

Shehbaz said country is facing an alarming debt crisis where even the expenditures of the National Assembly were being paid by borrowing money. “But if we decide to do a deep surgery and bring changes in the system, basic reform, I have no doubt that Nawaz Sharif, Asif Ali Zardari and others will agree that we can either get rid of debts or we move forward with heads down in shame. No this will not happen, we will rise and we will make Pakistan self-sufficient,” he said.

The prime minister said the PML-N and allies will play their role as Pakistanis, Muslims and human beings. “There are talented people sitting in this Parliament who can steer Pakistan’s ship to the shore. These include journalists, intellectuals, politicians, religious leaders.”

Shehbaz said Pakistan had a big challenge and opportunity before it. “If we come together and decide to change the fate of Pakistan then God willing, we will defeat these challenges and take Pakistan to its rightful position,” he said and added this job was difficult but not impossible.

PTI’s faults listed

Shehbaz said his elder brother has never even thought of harming the country, unlike his opponents. “They put the entire opposition behind bars, they didn’t care about women or children and used language that cannot be said out loud,” he said.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDmfxg5Y4WE&t=10s

Never thought of politics of revenge

The prime minster said “This is the difference between this leadership and that leadership. The entire assembly is witness to the fact that we never thought of the politics of revenge. “Never was once a pot broken, nor was any building ever damaged, but it was shameful that the country saw a day when GHQ, corps commander houses and airfields were attacked on May 9,” he said and added such sights are unforgettable.

Charter of Reconciliation

Shehbaz offered Charter of Reconciliation to the opposition for effectively addressing the prevailing challenges and leading the country towards progress and prosperity. He categorically stated that they have no personal egos and the other side also needs to follow the suit for the sake of Pakistan. He mentioned that they had earlier proposed Charter of Economy for the country’s benefit.

Shehbaz said people have given a split mandate in the general elections; and those having reservations about election results need to approach the appropriate forums. He emphasized the destiny of the country can be changed and it can be taken to the path of self-reliance through collective decisions.

Visa-free entry 

 

 

Shehbaz announced that Pakistan’s brotherly countries will be provided visa-free entry. He expressed the confidence that the move would increase trade in the country. He added his government would work hard and set a goal to become a member of G20 countries by 2030.

No room for terrorism

Shehbaz vowed to crush terrorism in the country and its roots. He said his government aims to take forward the National Action Plan.

He said the issue of missing persons of Balochistan will be resolved with the consultation of the notables of the province. He said the elements involved in May 9 incidents will have to face the law. However, those who have not committed any crime will not have to face any embarrassment.

No pardon for May 9 perpetrators

Shehbaz Sharif said the perpetrators of the May 9 riots will not be forgiven, vowing action against all those who were involved in the saga. But at the same time he also said that justice would be served to all those who were not involved in the riots.

Shehbaz said his government would work on building a system through which swift justice will be provided. He also announced that women and children behind bars, whose sentences are less than two years, will be freed.

Incentives for farmers

Shehbaz promised that his government would provide subsidies directly to farmers and a package on solar tube-wells will be soon announced. “The seed mafia will be eliminated and we will import seeds from the best countries in the world and provide them to farmers,” he said, adding that the first of these seeds would be provided free of cost.

Shehbaz further stated that the Centre would work with all four provinces in the sectors of agriculture.

Training to half-million students

 

Shehbaz said his government will provide specialised training to 500,000 young students. “These young students will not take jobs, but they will give jobs,” the newly elected prime minister said, elaborating that the training will include use of technology and artifical intelligence.

Economic challenges

Shehbaz pointed out that the country is indebted to 80,000 billion rupees of internal and external loans, and this situation warrants deep surgery.

He said a revenue of twelve thousand and three hundred billion rupees is expected during the current fiscal year. He said after distribution of resources to the provinces under the National Finance Commission Award, the federal government will be left with seven thousand three hundred billion rupees. He said eight thousand billion rupees are required for payment of interest. Shehbaz Sharif directed the Federal Board of Revenue to ensure pending tax refunds in the next ten days. He said his government will put in the best possible efforts to enhance revenue that would lead to reduction in inflation and create employment opportunities.

Shehbaz said the outdated laws will be done away with to create conducive environment for business and investment in the country. He said visa free entry will be given to the entrepreneurs from friendly countries. He directed the banks to also give loans to the youth for promotion of small and medium enterprises. He said a network of export zones will be spread across the country with the cooperation of provincial governments by ensuring one window facility.

He said trade corridors will be opened. He said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will be taken forward with the cooperation of China, which is a time-tested and reliable friend of Pakistan. 

Agriculture sector

Shehbaz expressed commitment to provide direct subsidy to farmers on fertilizers. He said the government will launch a Solar Tube-well programme and try to provide high quality imported seeds to farmers free of cost for first time. He said livestock farming will be promoted under Special Investment Facilitation Council.

Shehbaz Sharif said establishing a network of efficient public transport system in collaboration with the provincial governments will be another priority of his government. He said state of the art new hospitals will be established at the federal level and in the provinces to provide better health facilities to people.

He said the youth will be offered multiple opportunities to excel. He said as many as five hundred thousand youth will be imparted with special training in Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and other information technology-related fields. He said the federal government will provide the students securing distinctive positions with scholarships to study abroad. Shehbaz Sharif held out assurance to protect rights of minorities as enshrined in the Constitution. He said women constitute fifty percent of the population, and they deserve equal opportunities and rights. He said harassment of women at workplaces is not acceptable.

Foreign policy outlook

Shehbaz said adding friends and reducing opponents will be cornerstone of the foreign policy. Describing Pakistan’s relations with the United States as long-standing, he said the government will make efforts to repair and rebuild relations with Washington. He said relations with the neighboring countries will be taken forward on the basis of principles of equality.

The Prime Minister was appreciative of the financial support extended by Saudi Arabia during his last tenure in government. He acknowledged that Saudi Arabia has always stood by Pakistan in difficult times. Likewise, the United Arab Emirates and Turkiye have also been supportive of Pakistan in challenging times.

PM condemns Israeli aggression

Condemning the Israeli aggression against the innocent Palestinians and Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir, the Prime Minister-elect urged the international community to break its silence over the barbarism against the humanity.

Earlier, the newly elected MNAs voted in the election for the leader of their House amidst an uproar created by the lawmakers belonging to the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC).  

Both candidates submitted their nomination papers to the National Assembly Secretariat on Saturday, which were declared valid by Speaker Ayaz Sadiq after the scrutiny, conducted in the presence of the leaders from both sides.

Omar Ayub had raised an objection against Shehbaz Sharif, saying the PML-N leader was elected through manipulation in Form-47.

He claimed the lawmaker could not contest the PM election because he had lost the constituency as per Form-45. Moreover, Omar alleged Shahbaz Sharif wrongly administered the oath as MNA and thus cannot be a candidate for the prime minister’s position. The objection was rejected.

Besides the PML-N, Shehbaz Sharif has the support of PPP, MQM-Pakistan, PML-Q, Balochistan Awami Party, PML-Zia, IPP and the NP having a total strength of 205 members. Maulana Fazlur Rehman-led JUI-F has, however, opted to boycott the election. 

Two MNAs-elect from MQM-P and PPP have yet to take oath. In order to become the leader of the house, Shehbaz needs 169 votes in the 336-member house.

According to Article91 (4) of the constitution, “The prime minister shall be elected by the votes of the majority of the total membership of the National Assembly: provided that, if no member secures such majority in the first poll, a second poll shall be held between the members who secure the two highest numbers of votes in the first poll and the member who secures a majority of votes of the members present and voting shall be declared to have been elected as prime minister,”

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According to the schedule, “Before voting commences, the NA Speaker shall direct that the bells be rung for five minutes to enable members not present in the chamber to be present. Immediately after the bells stop ringing, all the entrances to the lobby shall be locked and the assembly staff posted at each entrance shall not allow any entry or exit through those entrances until the voting has concluded.” NA Speaker shall then ask the members who want to vote in favour of the candidates to go to the allocated lobbies through the entrance where tellers shall be posted to record the votes.

On reaching the desk of the tellers, each member shall, in turn, call out the division number allotted to them under the rules. The tellers shall then mark off the number on the division list simultaneously calling out the name of the member.

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In order to ensure that his vote was properly recorded, the member shall not move off until they have clearly heard the teller call out their name. After a member has recorded his vote, they shall not return to the chamber until bells are rung.

When the Speaker will find that all the members have recorded their votes, he shall announce that the voting has concluded. Thereupon the secretary shall cause the division list to be collected, count the recorded votes, and present the result of the count to the speaker.

The Speaker shall then direct that the bells be rung for two minutes to enable the members to return to the chamber. After the bells stop ringing, the Speaker shall announce the result to the assembly.

 

Reporter: Usman Khan

March 2, 2024 11:14 PM
MQM to not field candidates for two senate seats of Sindh

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (Pakistan) has decided not to take part in by-election on two vacant seats of senate from Sindh, reported 24NewsHD TV channel Saturday.

According to sources, the party has announced to give free passage to PPP to nominate its candidates on two seats vacated after Nisar Khuhro and Jam Mehtab Dahar elected as the members of Sindh Assembly.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has already announced the schedule for the upcoming Senate by-election on six vacant general seats on March 14.

MQM Pakistan will actively participate in the senate elections, however, it will not field any its candidate on the two vacant seats in the Senate from Sindh.

The sources said, this month, at least 49 senators will complete their 6-year term.

March 2, 2024 10:45 PM
Shehbaz wants action against PTI members for misbehaving KP lawmaker Sobia

Member of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Soubia Shahid met Pakistan Muslim League-N President and candidate for PM  Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday.

Shehbaz strongly condemned the misbehaviour with Sobia Shahid by PTI-backed KP assembly KP

Action should be taken against those who disrespect women, Shehbaz Sharif said, adding that it is the responsibility of the Speaker of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly to take action against the person involved in such an act.

Shahbaz Sharif paid tribute to the bravery of Shobia Khan. PTI people are ignorant of the words of honour, respect, and civility, the PML-N president said, adding that political opponents know how to deal with those who take an attitude against respect for women

“We believe in empowering women, protecting and promoting their rights,” he added

March 2, 2024 08:56 PM
Troops kill three terrorists, injures four in Karak IBO

The security forces killed three terrorists and injured another four in an intelligence-based operation in the Karak district on Saturday, the ISPR reported.

The military media wing said the security forces also recovered arms, ammunition and explosives from the terrorists.

The dead remained actively involved in numerous terrorist activities, it said, adding that the hunt for the terrorists will go on.

Locals heaped praise on the forces and reiterated their support for the troops in the fight against terrorism.

March 2, 2024 08:26 PM
Zardari thanks ANP support in presidential elections  

A delegation led by Awami National Party (ANP) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa President Aimal Wali Khan Saturday called on former president Asif Ali Zardari, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Both PPP-Parliamentarians president Asif Ali Zardari and ANP Khyber Pakhtunkhwa President Aimal Wali Khan held discussion on the current political situation.

It is noteworthy that ANP has already announced its support for Asif Ali Zardari in the presidential elections on February 9.

PPP co chairman Asif Ali Zardari thanked the ANP leadership for their support in the presidential elections in advance.

March 2, 2024 07:16 PM
Four die, three injured in Swat house collapse" rescue op underway

At least four people died and another three sustained injuries in a house collapse in Swat, the 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Saturday.

The roof of a house collapsed during rain in the Matta area of Swat.

Rescuers rushed to the spot. So far four bodies and three injured have been recovered from the debris.

The search for others is underway, sources said.

March 2, 2024 07:02 PM
SIC’s PM candidate foresees tough contest tomorrow

Sunni Ittehad Council’s PM candidate Omar Ayub has thanked PTI founder Imran Khan for nominating him.

“Although I have no blood relation with Imran Khan, he trusted me,” he said while talking to the 24 NewsHD TV channel.

"There will be a thought contest tomorrow," the PM candidate said.

He added: “We have overcome our weakness. We are stronger now.

“We will continue raising voices for our missing party members and legal battle will continue.

“There are murder and robbery cases against us.  We will continue our struggle against oppression,” said Omar, who is too on bail.

About the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party President Mehmood Khan Achakzai’s nomination, Omar said Mehmood Khan Achakzai is a Pakistani and Imran Khan approved his nomination.

Achakzai, a prominent political figure, is known for his advocacy for Pashtun rights.

He stressed: “We will give such a tough time to the government that they will be forced to sit with us.

“This is a trailer, the feature film is yet to come.

“The nomination of the opposition leader has not been finalized so far yet”

March 2, 2024 06:51 PM
Bilawal calls for joint efforts to resolve Balochistan’s problems

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto has said that no single person or party can solve the problems of Balochistan province, reported 24NewsHD TV channel Saturday.

Addressing a press conference at Quetta, along with the newly-elected Chief Minister of Balochistan Sarfraz Bugti and other PPP members, Bilawal outlined the party's commitment to resolving the multifaceted challenges faced by Balochistan.

He highlighted that the PPP would work with all stakeholders, both inside and outside the provincial assembly, to address the problems confronting Balochistan.

PPP chairman also expressed his intention to govern in accordance with the conciliatory thinking of his late mother, Benazir Bhutto, who advocated for inclusive and cooperative governance.

Bilawal stressed the significance of involving all political parties and stakeholders, both within and outside the parliament, in the process of finding solutions to the challenges faced by Balochistan.

Acknowledging the magnitude of the issues in the region, Bilawal stated that attempting to tackle them as an individual or a single political entity would be challenging. He called for unity among all parties to collectively address the concerns of the people, emphasising the need for positive and collaborative efforts.

 Expressing concern for the recent damages in Gwadar due to heavy downpour, Bilawal requested Chief Minister Bugti to make it his first official visit. He also pledged to arrange relief efforts for the affected population.

 “There was a lot of damage in Gwadar, Bugti should take immediate initiatives,” he urged.

Bilawal Bhutto expressed hoped that the CM will personally handle situation. “Efforts will be made so that the people of Balochistan no longer have to make sacrifices, Bhutto hinted.

Addressing the persistent issue of terrorism, Bilawal affirmed the party's commitment to fighting extremists in accordance with the National Action Plan.

Former foreign minister mentioned the efforts made in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s Swat and Waziristan regions, vowing to apply a similar approach in Balochistan.

Bilawal also addressed the contentious problem of missing persons, particularly prevalent in Balochistan.

He expressed gratitude to the political parties in parliament for not opposing Chief Minister Sarfaraz Bugti's election, expressing confidence that the chief minister would address concerns and issues in good faith.

March 2, 2024 06:09 PM
Shahbaz Sharif to take oath on Monday after electing 32nd PM tomorrow

With the support of Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), a nominated candidate of the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) for the premiership Shehbaz Sharif will be elected 32nd Prime Minsiter tomorrow.
According to the 24News HD TV channel, as per the schedule, President Arif Alvi will administrate the oath from Shehbaz Sharif in a special ceremony that will be held at Aiwan-e-Saddar (Presidency) on Monday.
The sources said that the authroities have send the protocol team of the next premier at the Prime Minister House in advance on Saturday.
Special invitations to the Prime Minister's swearing-in ceremony has been sent to the guests including Army Chief General Asim Munir, other service chiefs, chief ministers, governors, Caretaker Prime Minsiter Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, PPP's Asif Ali Zardari, Bilawal Bhutto. PML-N party leaders and others will also participate in the swearing-in ceremony of the prime minister.
The sources said Shahbaz Sharif's swearing-in ceremony will be held on Monday, March 4 at 3 pm.

Reporter: Awais Kiyani

March 2, 2024 04:59 PM
CM Maryam Nawaz takes stern notice of kite-flying incidents

Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif took strict notice of incidents of kite flying in various cities of Punjab, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Saturday.

According to details, the Chief Minister sought reports from the Inspector General (IG) Punjab and the relevant district administrations.

The CM Maryam specifically addressed kite-flying incidents in Sheikhupura, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, and Faisalabad, emphasizing the need for immediate action to prevent such occurrences in the future.

Further, she questioned the continuity of kite flying despite bans.

She has appealed to citizens to prioritize human lives over recreational activities.

Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz stressed that the lives and property of the people should not be sacrificed for the sake of entertainment. She also extended her sympathies to the injured and prayed for their speedy recovery.

March 2, 2024 04:11 PM 4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV
4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

♦ It’s Asif Zardari versus Mahmood Achakzai for presidency: Sunni Ittehad Council nominates PkMAP chief as its candidate for presidential election

♦ National Assembly to elect new prime minister tomorrow: Nomination papers of Shehbaz Sharif and Omar Ayub accepted

♦ Unopposed Sarfaraz Bugti elected Balochistan chief minister with 41 votes

♦ PTI’s Ali Amin Gandapur takes oath as 22nd KP chief minister

♦ Law enforcement agencies on their toes as PTI protests against poll rigging: Over dozen PTI workers held in Lahore as they gather to protest

♦ PTI leader Alia Shahzad arrested on arrival at Lahore Airport

♦ Lahore receives scattered rain, hails

♦ Heavy rain spell kills 17 across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: PDMA

♦ Heavy rain, snowfall paralyze routine life in Balochistan cities: Six die in Balochistan, four in KP in rain-related incidents: Showers, snow also reported from different areas of Punjab, AJK

♦ A 3 member joint investigation team formed to investigate Ameer Balaj Tipu's murder case

♦ Husband killed by wife over second marriage in Arifwala

♦ Punjab CM announces to deliver free education to children at their doorsteps

♦ Punjab CM Maryam greets Baloch people on Culture Day

♦ Avalanche blocks Murree Road in Abbottabad

♦ Three injured in Lahore factory fire

♦ Three dacoits killed in police 'encounter’ in Daharki

♦ Bid to smuggle dry milk worth Rs50 million foiled

♦ Tourists asked to follow safety guidelines during visit to hilly areas

♦ ANF seizes 1.54 ton drugs, arrests six accused

♦ Gold rate surges by Rs3,500 per tola

♦ Indian terrorist arrested by Taliban authorities in Afghanistan

♦ Rain threatens to disrupt today’s PSL matches

♦ New Zealand rocked early in chase for 369 to beat Australia

♦ Germany accused of helping 'genocide' in Gaza in ICJ case

♦ WTO talks end with no major win, throwing trade body into 'crisis'

♦ Navalny buried in Moscow amid thousands of defiant mourners

♦ Japan Moon lander put to sleep after surviving lunar night

March 2, 2024 01:22 PM
Punjab CM Maryam greets Baloch people on Culture Day

Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif has congratulated Baloch brothers and sisters on the occasion of Baloch Culture Day, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Saturday.

In her massage, Punjab CM Maryam Nawaz said Balochistan is a beautiful land of beautiful people. She said that Balochi culture has its unique place in the world.

Maryam Nawaz said that the development of Balochistan is actually the progress of Pakistan.

Like other cultures of Pakistan, Baloch culture also has prominent characteristics of love and patriotism.

March 2, 2024 01:15 PM 1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV
1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

♦ It’s Asif Zardari versus Mahmood Achakzai for presidency: Sunni Ittehad Council nominates PkMAP chief as its candidate for presidential election

♦ Unopposed Sarfaraz Bugti elected Balochistan chief minister by getting 41 votes

♦ National Assembly to elect new prime minister tomorrow

♦ Newly-elected KP CM Gandapur to take oath today

♦ PTI leader Alia Shahzad arrested on arrival at Lahore Airport

♦ ANF seizes 1.54 ton drugs, arrests six accused

♦ Three dacoits killed in police 'encounter’ in Daharki

♦ Heavy rain, snowfall paralyze routine life in Balochistan cities: Six die in Balochistan, four in KP in rain-related incidents: Showers, snow also reported from different areas of Punjab, AJK

♦ Three injured in Lahore factory fire

♦ Indian terrorist arrested by Taliban authorities in Afghanistan

♦ Rain threatens to disrupt today’s PSL matches

♦ New Zealand rocked early in chase for 369 to beat Australia

♦ Germany accused of helping 'genocide' in Gaza in ICJ case

♦ WTO talks end with no major win, throwing trade body into 'crisis'

♦ Navalny buried in Moscow amid thousands of defiant mourners

♦ Japan Moon lander put to sleep after surviving lunar night

 

 

March 2, 2024 12:52 PM
Unopposed Sarfaraz Bugti elected Balochistan chief minister with 41 votes

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) candidate Sarfaraz Bugti was elected as the chief minister of the country’s largest province Balochistan on Saturday unopposed, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Requiring the votes of 33 members of the Balochistan Assembly whose total strength is 65, Bugti received 41 votes.

However, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) and National Party (NP) stayed away from the voting for election of the chief minister.

Later, Sarfaraz Bugti took oath of his office at a ceremony held at Governor’s House in Quetta. Governor Malik Abdul Wali Khan Kakar administered the oath to the newly-elected chief minister.

Bugti to deal with terrorism through talks

In his maiden speech after being elected as chief minister, Sarfaraz Bugti prioritized three primary challenges facing the province, adding his government would “provide a roadmap to navigate these”.

He identified those challenges as governance, climate change and terrorism. He said there was “no difference of opinion” on the difficult challenges the province had to overcome.

For governance, the CM said there was a need for the members of the government to accept and address the issue, in addition to working with the province’s bureaucracy. He said they would have to tackle the challenge of “ghost schools” to help provide education for the “province’s poor children who freeze in the cold and sweat in the heat”.

He said the province continued to suffer from the climate change crisis “despite having negligible responsibility in creating it”.

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Bugti said he would employ the tool of dialogue, as par with the PPP’s policy, to deal with terrorism. However, he said that “writ of the state would not be compromised” when it came to terrorist attacks.

Bugti had served as the home and tribal affairs minister of the province and remained a senator from 2015 to 2021.

Last year in August, he took the oath as the country’s caretaker minister for interior before resigning in December to contest the general elections held on February 8 on PPP’s ticket.
“I am thankful to President @AAliZardari, Chairman @BBhuttoZardari, my party @PPP_Org, and the people of #DeraBugti who allowed me to serve the people of #Balochistan,” he said in a social media post. “May Allah guide me and help me to do justice with this heavy responsibility.”

Bugti submitted his nomination papers for the slot of chief minister on Friday after the PPP and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had jointly nominated him as their candidate for the leader of the house.

Interestingly, no other lawmaker filed nomination papers; making PPP candidate’s victory certain.

 

 Reporter: Isa Tarin

 

March 2, 2024 12:17 PM
National Assembly to elect new prime minister tomorrow

PML-N and allied parties’ candidate Shehbaz Sharif and Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) candidate Omar Ayub Khan will face each other as the newly-elected members of the National Assembly (MNAs) will elect the country’s next prime minister tomorrow, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Saturday.  

Supporters of Shehbaz Sharif abd Omar Ayub filed their nomination papers for the election of office of the prime minister at the National Assembly Secretariat.

Secretary of National Assembly received the nomination papers.

Eight nomination papers were filed on behalf of Shehbaz Sharif and four on behalf of Omar Ayub.

Khawaja Asif, Syed Khurshid Shah, Ahsan Iqbal, Sardar Muhammad Yusuf, Ataullah Tarar, Aun Chaudhry, Tariq Bashir Cheema, Hanif Abbasi, Rana Tanveer, Ishaq Dar and others submitted Shehbaz Sharif’s nomination papers.

Asad Qaiser, Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar, Ali Muhammad and Barrister Gohar Ali Khan represented Omar Ayub.

Later after completing the scrutiny by 3:00 pm, the nomination papers of both Shehbaz Sharif and Omar Ayub were accepted. Though SIC raised objected to the nomination of Shehbaz Sharif as prime minister but it was set aside. PML-N and allies, however, did not raise any objection to Omar Ayub's nomination papers.

According to the election schedule issued by the National Assembly secretariat, today is the last day for submitting nomination papers for the office of the prime minister.

Scrutiny of the nomination papers will be held at 3:00 pm in the afternoon on Saturday.

The nomination papers can be obtained from the legislation branch of the National Assembly.

The National Assembly will set aside all other items on the agenda and will solely focus on the election of the new prime minister.

Yesterday, the MNAs elected PML-N and allied parties’ candidates Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, and Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah as speaker and deputy speaker of the lower House of the parliament, respectively.  

Sadiq got 199 votes, while his opponent, Amir Dogar of the SIC, secured 91 votes in the election for the seat of speaker.

In the election for the seat of deputy speaker, Shah received 197 votes while SIC candidate Junaid Akbar stood second with 91 votes.

Later, the outgoing speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf administered the oath to the speaker amid thunderous applause by the members present in the House.

The present assembly is the product of the general elections held in the country on February 8.

 

Reporter Usman Khan

March 2, 2024 11:19 AM PTI leader Alia Shahzad arrested on arrival at Lahore Airport
PTI leader Alia Shahzad arrested on arrival at Lahore Airport

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Alia Shahzad was arrested on arrival at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport from Saudi Arabia on Saturday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Police said that Alia Shahzad, who had been nominated in FIR 96/23 registered at Sarwar Road police station of Lahore, was wanted in a May 9-related case.  

She was later shifted to Lytton Road police station for further investigation.

Earlier, an anti-terrorism court confirmed interim bail PTI founder Imran Khan in four cases relating to May 9 vandalism and others. The court confirmed the interim bail in cases of attack on police outside Zaman Park, murder of PTI activist Zille Shah, torching of PML-N office in Model Town and a container at Kalma Chowk, subject to submission of surety bonds of Rs500,000.   

Police remain alert in view of PTI’s protest at GPO Chowk

On the other hand, a heavy police contingent has been deployed at Lahore’s GPO Chowk in view of the protest announced by the PTI against rigging in the general elections. 

The party has also planned to protest at some other spots in the city.

 

Reporter: Usman Khadim Kamboh

March 2, 2024 10:35 AM Three injured in Lahore factory fire
Three injured in Lahore factory fire

Three labourers were injured when a fire swept through a factory in Lahore on Saturday morning, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

According to sources in Rescue 1122, the fire broke out in the factory located near Sherakot on Bund Road.

As many five Rescue emergency vehicles took part in the operation to extinguish the blaze.

The Rescue personnel said that the injured were given first-aid treatment on the spot.

 

Reporter Rana Faran Yamin

March 1, 2024 11:42 PM
Posting of three DIGs reshuffled in Punjab

The Punjab Chief Secretary Zahid Akhtar Zaman Friday transferred the appointments of three DIGs, reproted 24News HD TV Channel.
According to the report, Zeeshan Asghar has been posted as DIG Investigations Lahore while DIG Investigations Imran Kishor has been posted as DIG Organized Crime Lahore.
DIG Organized Crime Lahore Captain (R) Liaqat Ali has been posted as DIG Establishment-II, CPO Punjab, Lahore.
The Chief Secretary issued a notification for the appointment and transfer of the three officers.

 

 

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Reporter: Ali Sahi

March 1, 2024 09:55 PM
10:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

♦ Ayaz Sadiq elected speaker of National Assembly with 199 votes: Voting to elect NA deputy speaker is under way

♦ Ali Amin Gandapur elected KP chief minister: Says his govt will focus on improving security, generating revenue: Sets one-week deadline to quash cases against PTI workers

♦ PPP's Sarfraz Bugti elected Balochistan CM unopposed

♦ ECP releases schedule for presidential election;

♦ ECP unveils schedule for holding elections on six vacant Senate seats

♦ Russian President Putin warns West of nuclear war risk

♦ Nawaz Sharif holds strategic meeting with Maulana Fazl to forge government alliance

♦ JUI boycotts election of NA speaker and deputy speaker

♦ Saudi Arabia extends royal invitation to brave ASP Shehrbano

♦ Pak Navy Command Conference reviews regional maritime situation

♦ Ogra announces slight cup in LPG prices

♦ PTI’s Shahid Khattak enters National Assembly armed with ‘lotas’

♦ CM Maryam slaps total ban on postings and transfers: Also reviews recommendations for creation of authentic database authority: Punjab govt launches crackdown against profiteers, hoarders, encroachments

♦ Heavy downpour hits Lahore; Karachi experiences intense rain and hails

♦ Ramazan crescent expected with naked eye on March 11 in most Islamic countries

♦ US pledges support to education sectors reforms in Sindh: US Ambassador Blome calls on Sindh CM: Murad says poverty eradication, improvement in law and order, provision of potable water, best transport facilities top priorities

♦ Unknown assailant opens fire in Hafizabad govt school

♦ Islamabad deputy commissioner jailed for contempt of court: IHC awards six-month prison to Irfan Nawaz Memon, four-month jail to SSP operation: Police officers to challenge IHC verdict

♦ Online taxi driver robs $13,000 from Pakistani-American citizen

♦ Three shot dead at US dental clinic

♦ Man shoots dead woman, paramour near Lahore for 'honour'

♦ Israeli strike in Syria kills Iran Guard, two others: reports

♦ 48 dead in Bangladesh restaurant fire

♦ Eight injured in India cafe blast: state official

♦ Four soldiers dead, 9 hurt in explosives attack on military patrol in Mexico: president

♦ Navalny laid to rest in Moscow cemetery: AFP

♦ Iran pop star who sang protest anthem gets 3 years' jail

♦ Ex-Dutch international Promes arrested in Dubai

♦ Heavy Rains: National Kabaddi Championship matches postponed till March 4

♦ PCB decides to upgrade key cricket stadiums in Pakistan

♦ Karachi Kings' Kieron Pollard went to India to attend wedding of Ambani's son

♦ Ireland beat Afghanistan to claim maiden Test victory

♦ Canada's Mitton wins women's world indoors shot put

♦ BBC takes full control of BritBox International

March 1, 2024 08:47 PM
Pak Navy Command Conference reviews regional maritime situation

Command and Staff Conference of Pakistan Navy chaired by Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Naveed Ashraf concluded at Naval Headquarters, Islamabad on Friday.
The 24News HD TV channel reported that during the conference, maritime situation in North Arabian Sea and Gulf of Aden was deliberated and measures for safety and security of Pakistan bound shipping were reviewed. Naval Chief expressed confidence over combat readiness and significant contributions of the Navy in maritime domain.
During the conference, matters related to geo strategic environment, national security, operational preparedness, training and welfare of troops were reviewed. Comprehensive briefing on important on-going and future developmental projects of Pakistan Navy was also given to Chief of the Naval Staff.
Admiral Naveed Ashraf emphasized on strengthening of maritime security and maintaining combat readiness so as to effectively respond to any aggression against Pakistan.
He urged on acquisition of niche and novel capabilities while exploiting indigenous sources in order to cope with modern day challenges in maritime domain.
He lauded the successful conduct of major Maritime Exercise SEA SPARK-2024 followed by Live Weapon Firing of Surface to Air Missile FM-90B reaffirming operational preparedness of Pakistan Navy to meet all challenges while safeguarding the maritime frontiers of Pakistan.
He specifically appreciated the prolonged deployment of Naval assets in North Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden and Bay of Bengal during the exercise.
Command & Staff Conference is the apex decision making body of Pakistan Navy in which Chief of the Naval Staff along with all Principal Staff Officers and Field Commanders undertake review of Pakistan Navy’s Policies and Plans.

March 1, 2024 08:12 PM
Maryam imposes ban on transfers and postings in Punjab

Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz has imposed immediate ban on transfers and postings across the entire province.
According to the 24News HD TV channel, the Secretary to the Chief Minister has issued a notification in this regard, stating that the restrictions will take immediate effect.
The notification said, a ban on transfers and postings will be enforced for all officers and employees, and requests for transfers and postings will require prior approval from the Chief Minister through the submission of a summary.
Furthermore, for transfers and postings, the Chief Minister must be informed of all relevant justifications.

March 1, 2024 05:35 PM
Four killed as car falls into ditch in Kohistan

Four people died and one was injured in a road accident in Lower Kohistan District in the Hazara Division of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Friday.

As per details, the fatal crash occurred in the Patten area of Lower Kohistan when the driver lost control of the speeding vehicle and it fell into the ditch.

As a result of the accident, four people lost their lives on the spot while one became severely injured.

The dead bodies of four and the injured were shifted to Tehsil Headquarters (THQ) hospital, Pattan.

The police official said the dead bodies will be handed over to their heirs after identification.

Reporter: Amir Shahzad

March 1, 2024 05:26 PM
Nawaz Sharif holds strategic meeting with Maulana Fazl to forge government alliance

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif convened a crucial meeting with Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman to forge government alliance at his residence in Islamabad on Friday.

According to the 24News HD TV channel, some seasoned politicians of the PML-N and JUI including Ahsan Iqbal, Ishaq Dar, Rana Sanaullah, Khawaja Saad Rafiq and Maulana Ghafoor Hydari also participated in the meeting.
Apart from this, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Ghulam Ali and Noor Alam Khan also attended the meeting.
The sources said Nawaz Sharif invited Maulana Fazlur Rehman to accompany him in the formation of the government and discussed the country's political situation in the meeting.
The sources said that Maulana Fazlur Rehman also voiced certain complaints to Nawaz Sharif during the meeting. The PML-N leadership asked the JUI cheif to help into establishing the central government.

March 1, 2024 05:16 PM
PPP's Sarfraz Bugti elected Balochistan CM unopposed

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) candidate Sarfraz Ahmed Bugti Friday elected Balochistan Chief minister unopposed.

Bugti was the only member who submitted his nomination papers for the CM slot and no one else came to contest. It may be noted that the speaker and deputy speaker of the Balochistan assembly were also elected unopposed.

Bugti, who served as former caretaker interior minister and ex-provincial information minister, submitted four nomination papers for Balochistan’s chief ministership to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) office.

The politico had resigned as the caretaker interior minister in December last year and joined the Bilawal-led party.

The candidate for the province’s top political position has been proposed by the PPP, and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders, including Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri, and Sardar Sarfaraz Chakar Domki.

According to the preliminary results of the 2024 nationwide elections, the Nawaz-led party sat in the top position after winning 11 Balochistan Assembly seats, equivalent to the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) seats, whereas, the Bilawal-led party grabbed victory on 10 seats.

Following the alliance and winning majority in Sindh, the PPP announced to form its government in Balochistan with the backing of the PML-N, the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), and the Awami National Party (ANP) as its major coalition partner in the province.

March 1, 2024 04:28 PM
4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

♦ Ayaz Sadiq elected speaker of National Assembly with 199 votes: Voting to elect NA deputy speaker is under way

♦ Ali Amin Gandapur elected KP chief minister: Says his govt will focus on improving security, generating revenue: Sets one-week deadline to quash cases against PTI workers

♦ ECP releases schedule for presidential election

♦ PTI’s Shahid Khattak enters National Assembly armed with ‘lotas’

♦ Saudi Arabia extends royal invitation to brave ASP Shehrbano

♦ CM Maryam slaps total ban on postings and transfers: Also reviews recommendations for creation of authentic database authority: Punjab govt launches crackdown against profiteers, hoarders, encroachments

♦ ECP releases schedule for presidential election

♦ ECP unveils schedule for holding elections on six vacant Senate seats

♦ All eyes on Sarfraz Bugti as Balochistan Assembly elects new CM tomorrow

♦ JUI boycotts election of NA speaker and deputy speaker

♦ US pledges support to education sectors reforms in Sindh: US Ambassador Blome calls on Sindh CM: Murad says poverty eradication, improvement in law and order, provision of potable water, best transport facilities top priorities

♦ Islamabad deputy commissioner jailed for contempt of court: IHC awards six-month prison to Irfan Nawaz Memon, four-month jail to SSP operation: Police officers to challenge IHC verdict

♦ Karachi braces for stormy rains: Sindh govt declares rain emergency, shutting down offices early: Rain also predicted in Balochistan cities: Light rain brings chill to Lahore weather

♦ Israel condemned for unleashing terror at Gaza aid delivery site: 112 Palestinian ♦ killed seeking food: Saudi Arabia calls for ceasefire

♦ Islamabad deputy commissioner jailed for contempt of court

♦ Ogra announces slight cup in LPG prices

♦ Karachi braces for stormy rains

♦ 44 dead in Bangladesh restaurant fire

♦ Three shot dead at US dental clinic

♦ Man shoots dead woman, paramour near Lahore for 'honour'

March 1, 2024 04:24 PM
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi launches new political party

PML-N leader and former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, after parting ways with PML-N, announced to set up a new political party to promote public service agenda, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Talking to media, former prime minister requested all political parties to refrain from labeling each other as corrupt. He lamented that during general elections not even a single political party spoke about public issues instead they followed the discourse of pleasing the non-political elements.

In order to bridge this gap in Pakistan’s political spectrum, former PM Abbasi claimed he was launching new political parties to highlight public issues. Khaqan Abbasi lamented that public issue was not the agenda of mainstream political parties. He raised concerns about the controversial nature of the February 8 2024 elections, warning of potential harm to the country’s stability if public confidence in the electoral system fades away.

Former PM Abbasi stressed the urgent need for all stakeholders to join hands to steer country out of crisis and move forward unitedly, suggesting that failure to do so could aggravate country’s political and economic woes.

March 1, 2024 03:06 PM Saudi Arabia extends royal invitation to brave ASP Shehrbano
Saudi Arabia extends royal invitation to brave ASP Shehrbano

Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki has invited Lahore ASP Syeda Shehrbano Naqvi and her family to a royal visit after she saved a woman from a violent mob in Lahore’s Ichhra Market a few days back, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Friday.

The Saudi ambassador commended the police officer for her brave effort during their meeting at the Saudi embassy in Islamabad.

Shehrbano Naqvi rescued a woman from a violent mob that surrounded her for wearing a dress with Arabic calligraphy on it.

Envoy Al-Malki told ASP Naqvi that the Saudi government would bear the expenses of her travel to Saudi Arabia with her family as a royal guest.

Following her heroic efforts, Chief of Army Staff General Syed Asim Munir had lauded the ASP for her devotion to duty and professionalism in defusing a volatile situation.

Viral videos had shown multiple police officials including Dolphin Squad members seen in Lahore’s Ichhra Bazar after a mob surrounded a woman for wearing a dress with Arabic calligraphy on it.

ASP Shehrbano Naqvi was then seen reasoning with the crowd after which she escorted the woman out of the shop with an arm around her.

March 1, 2024 02:47 PM CM Maryam slaps total ban on postings and transfers
CM Maryam slaps total ban on postings and transfers

Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz has slapped a ban on any kind of postings and transfers in the province, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

According to a notification issued by Secretary to the CM on Friday, officers and staff performing their duties on all posts cannot be posted or transferred till further orders.

If need arises permission sought from the chief minister through a summary, elaborating reasons which necessitate the posting or transfer.

The chief minister’s order will come into force at once.

Authentic database authority

Maryam Nawaz chaired a special meeting to review recommendations for the creation of Punjab's first authentic database hub and database authority.

With the help of authentic and comprehensive data, government will be able to launch better social and economic policies.

Moreover, with authentic database authority, the social protection program will be launched to provide relief to the masses.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz directed strict action against encroachment across Punjab. The Chief Minister also asked the concerned authorities to end wall chalking across the province. Moreover, in order to control the prices of all commodities, Punjab Government has ordered the concerned authorities that strict action should be taken to launch crackdown against profiteers and hoarders to maintain the prices of essential items under control. On the order of the Chief Minister, Punjab Chief Secretary has sent directives to all the Deputy Commissioners to follow the directives to bring the desired results.

 

Reporters Rao Dilshad, Qaisar Khokar and Durre Nayab

March 1, 2024 01:07 PM 1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV
1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

♦ Secret voting to elect new National Assembly speaker begins: Ayaz Sadiq leads race for NA speaker

♦ MQM-P strikes last-minute agreement with PML-N: Muttahida to sit on treasury benches and vote for Ayaz Sadiq

♦ JUI boycotts election of NA speaker and deputy speaker

♦ ECP releases schedule for presidential election

♦ All eyes on Sarfraz Bugti as Balochistan Assembly elects new CM tomorrow

♦ US pledges support to education sectors reforms in Sindh: US Ambassador Blome calls on Sindh CM: Murad says poverty eradication, improvement in law and order, provision of potable water, best transport facilities top priorities

♦ Islamabad deputy commissioner jailed for contempt of court: IHC awards six-month prison to Irfan Nawaz Memon, four-month jail to SSP operation: Police officers to challenge IHC verdict

♦ Karachi braces for stormy rains: Sindh govt declares rain emergency, shutting down offices early: Rain also predicted in Balochistan cities: Light rain brings chill to Lahore weather

♦ Man shoots dead woman, paramour near Lahore for 'honour'

♦ Israel condemned for unleashing terror at Gaza aid delivery site: 112 Palestinian ♦ killed seeking food: Saudi Arabia calls for ceasefire

♦ 44 dead in Bangladesh restaurant fire

♦ Three shot dead at US dental clinic

March 1, 2024 01:57 AM
Three children die as rain-hit house collapses in Balochistan

Three children died and their father sustained injuries as a rain-affected house collapsed in Kharandistrict of Balochistan, 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Thursday.

According to local police the two daughters and a son of a man identified as Haji Elahi Bakhsh died in the incident, local police said. 

See Also: Gwadar declared calamity-hit as hours-long torrents continue to hit coastal town

The deceased were stated to be five, 12 and 16 years old.

 

March 1, 2024 01:48 AM
Another PIA crewmember ‘vanishes' abroad, thanks to admin’s inaction

 

Another crewmember of the Pakistan Internarial Airline (PIA) ‘vanished’ abroad, the 24NewsHD reported on Thursday.

A spokesperson for the national flag carrier confirmed that PIA Flight Steward Jibran Baloch did not turn up for duty on return from Toronto on February 29.

Jibran Baloch's alleged disappearance has been reported to the Toronto Police and the Border Security Force, the official said.

A few days ago, an air hostess ‘vanished’ in Toronto. About 12 PIA crewmembers went missing from a PIA flight in Toronto in a few months.

The main reason for these ‘disappearances ’ is the bleak future of the national airline and extremely low salaries.

 

 

 

March 1, 2024 01:25 AM
Allies' talks to Fazl remain inconclusive, another round tomorrow

A delegation of allied parties met JUI chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Thursday, the 24NewsHD TV channel reported.

The delegation consisted of Rana Sanaullah, Ahsan Iqbal, Ayaz Sadiq, Saad Rafiq, Yousuf Raza Gilani, Sadiq Sanjrani, Khalid Magsi, Abdul Aleem Khan, Salik Hussain.

Sources said the delegates met Fazl to convince him to partake in the election for PM, NA speaker and president and support their joint candidates.

JUI's Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidari, Haji Ghulam Ali, Aslam Ghori, Noor Alam Khan, Maulana Amanullah were also present

After the meeting, Rana Sanaullah said: “ The Maulana is our leader and we are taking guidelines from him and will continue to do so. We will come again tomorrow evening."

They added: “The things pointed out by Maulana Fazlur Rehman are valid. We will take up the matter without leadership.”

The leaders of coalition parties also held a meeting with the JUI chief yesterday but to no avail.

They cited Fazl as saying: “We will not be part of any voting process.”

Talking to the media after the meeting, Ayaz Sadiq said: “We are democratic people and we respect Maulana Fazlur Rehman."

He added: "Fazl has reservations which have been discussed. Our leaders will meet Fazlur Rehman in the House tomorrow.”

 

 

February 29, 2024 11:51 PM
Barrister Gohar Ali Khan elected unopposed as PTI chairman

Senior lawyer and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) central leader Barrister Gohar Ali Khan has once again been elevated to the chairmanship without facing any contest within the party after the nullification of its previous intra-party polls by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

The party’s PM-designate Omar Ayub Khan has also been elected unopposed as the Imran-founded party’s central general secretary, as per the party’s declaration issued today.

Dr Yasmin Rashid, Ali Amin Gandapur, and Haleem Adil Sheikh were also among the party leaders who were elected unopposed for the position of the party’s presidents for Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh, respectively — as no candidate came forward to contest them.

The former ruling party will organise the intra-party poll in Quetta for the Balochistan president’s post. Additionally, it also read that the final results will be formally announced on March 3.

February 29, 2024 11:42 PM
Petrol price increases by Rs4.13 per litre

The outgoing caretaker government Thursday jacked up the price of petrol by Rs4.13 per litre, further impacting the already inflation-stricken masses, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The new petrol price is Rs279.75 per litre, a notification from the Finance Division read, which will remain in place till March 15.

The Finance Division mentioned that the price of high-speed diesel has kept unchanged at Rs287.33 per litre.

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February 29, 2024 10:03 PM
Public holiday on Madhu Lal Hussain’s Urs tomorrow

The Lahore administration declared a local holiday on March 2 (Saturday) on account of the Urs of Hazrat Shah Hussain, popularly known as Madhu Lal Hussain.

Auqaf Secretary Dr Tahir Raza will inaugurate the 436th annual three-day Urs celebrations beginning on Saturday.

Members of the Religious Committee, ulema Mushaikh and a large number of devotees will participate on the occasion.

The Auqaf Department has allocated Rs459,000 for the Urs grant. Local police and the department made foolproof security arrangements for the visitors.

 

February 29, 2024 08:50 PM
Gwadar declared calamity-hit as hours-long torrents continue to hit coastal town

The Balochistan government declared Gwadar a calamity-hit after another spell of stormy rains hit the coastal district of Balochistan on Thursday.

Life has been at a standstill due to hours-long stormy showers in the area for the past few days. People have been making a litany of complaints against the authorities over poor ‘response’.

The chief minister has signed a summary declaring that calamity had hit Gwadar, caretaker Information Minister Jan Achakzai said on Thursday.

Caretaker Information Minister Jan Achakzai said that the summary to declare Gwaddar as calamity-hit has been signed. The situation is very concerning after the rains and the caretaker chief minister is monitoring the relief and rescue activities, he added.

In a press release, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said approximately 60 per cent of the dewatering of floodwater in Gwadar has been completed. Some 250 houses were reported to have been damaged and 21 persons sustained injuries in rain-related incidents, the authority said

Another threat is looming large as the NDMA said late night rain in province southern region of Balochistan from tonight (Thursday night), which might hamper the rescue efforts. A dam breach sets an alarm as the water may enter the down-pour affected area.

Reports suggest the district has been hit by the worst rains since 2010. It has been cut off from other parts of Balochistan and Karachi. The impact on daily life and livelihoods, especially for fishermen, is heartbreaking as many have seen their boats, the very essence of their livelihood, destroyed or sunk, a blow that compounds the tragedy of homes submerged under four feet of floodwater.

The flights’ operation at Gwadar International Airport was stopped yesterday. According to a spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the water level reached six inches at the apron and other parts of the airport, which necessitated the closure of the flights’ operation. The spokesman further said that all airlines had been informed about the decision.

The paramilitary forces have sprung into action for the rescue and relief operations, highlighting the severity of the situation. The Army launched a relief operation and the Army engineers started road clearance and recovery of vehicles and dewatering of affected areas including markets and houses.

They saved five people in the cut-off area in Gwadar and Jewni. The Army is also distributing food products and relief materials to the affected people of Gwadar. A team of doctors from the Army Medical Corps has also been formed, and boats and a team of swimmers have been prepared to shift people to safer places.

TheArmy is conducting a full assessment of the damage caused by the rain in Gwadar on an emergency basis.

Experts warned last week that a rain-producing system was entering through Balochistan on February 25 and parts of the province and upper areas were expected to receive downpours and windstorms from February 27.

Reportedly, Municipal Committee Chairman Sharif Miandad said on Sunday that Gwadar was left in the lurch and called for declaring an emergency and labelling the area as the calamity-hit.

February 29, 2024 08:22 PM
Half-day off as Sindh CM declares rain emergency

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah declared a rain emergency in the province after a heavy rainfall forecast.

He presided over a meeting over the weather emergency and directed for high alert at all local bodies, administration and hospitals. The meeting also declared half-day duty at all government and private institutions in Karachi tomorrow (Friday).

“The people are requested to avoid going unnecessarily of their homes,” Shah said. “Rainfall is expected in Karachi by 2:00 pm,” he said. “There are three to four spells of rainfall in the city tomorrow,” he said.

 “The rainwater is expected to enter in Sindh from Khuzdar mountain range,” Shah said. He directed Commissioner Larkana to take all precautionary measures to tackle the situation.

 “We have to keep our preparations,” the chief minister said. Director General Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Salman Shah briefed the chief minister. “Shahrah-e-Faisal in Karachi comes under water pressure in rainfall,” a PDMA official said.  Chief Minister also directed the DIG Traffic to ensure better traffic arrangements in the city.

See Also: Holiday in Sindh schools tomorrow

The Sindh government announced the closure of evening schools across the province. The Met Office forecast heavy rainfall with wind and thunderstorms is likely to hit Karachi on February 29 and may continue till March 1.

“The School Education and Literacy Department hereby declares 1st March 2024 (Friday) as a holiday for the evening shift schools of all public and private sector institutes,” states a notification.

The authorities have adopted measures to cope with any untoward incidents. Yesterday, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) issued an alert asking for safety steps at the Karachi airport.

The wings of small planes be protected, the CIA directed, adding that as birds can enter the runway, additional bird shooters be deployed to avert bird hits. The authority said electric wire joints be protected well and special measures have been adopted to drain rainwater from the runaway area to ensure safe flight operation. The CAA directed the staff to be alert for 24 hours to cope with the possible challenge.

 

February 29, 2024 06:48 PM
PTI's team to meet Maulana Fazl for getting his party vote in NA

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's (PTI) negotiation committee successed to get a meeting time with Maulana Fazlur Rehman for getting his favour in upcoming Speaker and Deputy Speaker elections in the National Assembly.
According to the 24News HD TV channel, the PTI's negotiation committee will hold a meeting with Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman.
Former Speaker Asad Qaiser will lead the PTI's committee and request Maulana Fazlur Rehman for giving his party votes in the National Assembly to their candidates for the slot of speaker and deputy speaker.

Reporter: Usman Khan

February 29, 2024 06:26 PM
Army upholds rich soldierly attributes of character, courage and competence: COAS

The 7th Pakistan Army Team Spirit (PATS) Exercise-2024 was concluded at Kharian Garrison with an impressive Closing Ceremony.

General Syed Asim Munir, NI (M), Chief of Army Staff (COAS) graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.

The 60-hour rigorous “Patrolling Exercise” aimed at enhancing combat skills through the sharing of innovative ideas and experiences by the participants of the forum.

Seven teams from the Pakistan Army and fifteen teams from friendly countries including Bahrain, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Morocco, Qatar, United States of America, Uzbekistan, Srilanka, Thailand and Turkiye participated in the exercise. Azerbaijan, China, Germany, Indonesia, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Myanmar witnessed the exercise as observers.

The exercise was conducted from 25-27 Feb 2024 in the semi mountainous terrain of Punjab. Over the years, the exercise has gained much prominence as a very competitive professional military activity for the friendly countries.

While addressing the ceremony, COAS appreciated the participating teams for their professionalism, physical & mental endurance and high morale displayed during various stages of the exercise.

COAS reiterated mutual learning during such exercises and highlighted that PATS is the right forum, which appropriately combines professional military skills and tactical acumen of all participating soldiers fostering much needed team spirit in the face of evolving character of war.

To this effect, Pakistan Army upholds rich soldierly attributes of “character, courage and competence which have amply been displayed by our men in the face of fight against terrorism”.

At the end, COAS gave away individual and team awards to the participants of the exercise. International observers and Defence Attachés of participating countries also attended the ceremony and appreciated its professional conduct.

Earlier on arrival, COAS was received by Commander Mangla Corps.

February 29, 2024 06:15 PM
Punjab relieves two SPs for PCB

On the direction of the Federal Establishment Division, Punjab government has relieved two police officers of Grade-18 for Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
According to the 24News HD TV channel, Punjab government has relieved Supritendents of Police (SP) Zain Asim and Artza Komail with immediate effect.
Punjab government has also issued notifications of transfer of both the police officers and ordered them to report to PCB.

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February 29, 2024 04:05 PM
Punjab CM Maryam orders completion of Rawalpindi Ring Road by year-end

Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif on Thursday visited Rawalpindi Ring Road and ordered to complete the project by December 2024, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif personally inspected the Rawalpindi Ring Road project at Tarahia.

Nespak, Project Management Unit (PMU) and Frontier Works Organization (FWO) authorities briefed Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz on the progress of Rawalpindi Ring Road project.

It was briefed that Rawalpindi Ring Road project started in September 2023 and all construction will be completed by February 2025.

The structures on the way have been removed for the construction of the 38.3 kilometer long Rawalpindi Ring Road.

Removal of incoming utility services in the right of way is underway.

About 24 percent work on project has been completed.

Five interchanges, 11 overpasses, 2 rivers, 6 canals and 1 railway bridges, while 15 subways and 53 bridges will be constructed on the Rawalpindi Ring Road.

A rest area will also be constructed on the Rawalpindi Ring Road.

Ring road project is indispensable for ease of transportation of Rawalpindi people, said Maryam Nawaz.

She said the industrial zones to be built on the Rawalpindi Ring Road project will be a game changer for Rawalpindi and will provide employment to the local people.

Two years have been fixed for the completion of Rawalpindi Ring Road, every effort will be made to complete it before the deadline, Maryam Nawaz said.

She said the completion of the most important public welfare project should not be delayed.

The CM further said that the work on the ring road project is going on day and night and will be completed before the stipulated period.

In the Rawalpindi Ring Road project, construction quality will be ensured in every case, there will be no compromise on quality, said Maryam Nawaz.

She instructed that Rawalpindi Ring Road interchange should be named after the respective village.

Former Senator Pervez Rasheed, Members of Assembly Maryam Aurangzeb, Sania Ashiq, Chief Secretary Punjab, concerned secretaries, commissioner and other officials were also present on the occasion.

CM visits Doduchha Dam site

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif visited Dodochha Dam site during her visit of Rawalpindi and took detailed overview of the construction activities of the Dam site.

Frontier Works Organization (FWO) officials briefed Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz on Dodochha Dam.

It was briefed that the resumption of work on Dodochha Dam project has been started from November 2023.

The process of releasing water to the spillway for Dodochha Dam is in progress.

In the light of the court's decision, work is also underway on the revised PC-1 for the re-determination of the land value.

Work on site is progressing rapidly, financial progress is 40 percent and physical progress is 12 percent so far.

The dam is located at a distance of 25 km from Rawalpindi.

A total of 16,194 kanals and 14 marla land of Rawalpindi and Kalar Sydaan area were acquired for the construction of Dodochha Dam.

The height of the dam is 123 feet, length is 737 feet and catchment area is 129 square miles.

Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz set a deadline of November 2025 for the completion of Duduchha Dam.

Additional machinery and work force should be installed at Dodochha Dam site and work on different sections should be started, the CM instructed.

Pakistan is one of the countries that will suffer from severe water shortage in the coming days, Maryam Nawaz Sharif said.

She said rainwater should be saved from being wasted by building more dams.

She said Rawalpindi and other areas are facing severe shortage of water and Dodochha Dam will be able to meet the water requirement.

The situation worsens in summer, with shortfall reaching 60 mgd, the CM said.

The work on Dodochha Dam should be completed on an emergency basis to meet the shortage of water, Maryam Nawaz instructed.

This dam, built at a cost of 12 billion and will meet a large part of the water needs of Rawalpindi city after its completion, the CM said.

The dam will provide 35 million gallons of clean drinking water per day for the city of Rawalpindi, Maryam Nawaz said.

No one will be treated unfairly and the local population is being given the value of their land according to the current rate.

February 29, 2024 04:02 PM 4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV
4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

♦ MNAs take oath at inaugural session of 16th National Assembly: PTI-supported lawmakers chat pro-Imran slogans: Ayaz Sadiq, Ghulam Mustafa file nomination papers for speaker, deputy posts

♦ ‘Imran Khan’ mask tossed at Nawaz Sharif in National Assembly

♦ Writing letter to IMF tantamount to enmity with Pakistan, says Nawaz Sharif

♦ Babar Swati, Surayya Bibi elected KP Assembly’s speaker and deputy speaker

♦ Khaliq Achakzai, Ghazala Gola elected speaker, deputy speaker of Balochistan Assembly unopposed

♦ Ghafoor Haideri, Nuzhat Sadiq resign from their seats in Senate

♦ PML-N, SIC lawmakers trade barbs in National Assembly

♦ JUI-F to boycott election for prime minister, says Maulana Fazl: Announces to sit on opposition benches in NA: Does not see National Assembly competing its term

♦ US supports Pakistan’s efforts to break free from vicious debt cycle: State Department says future policies will be crucial for Pakistan’s economic stability

♦ BISE Lahore annual matric exams to begin tomorrow

♦ Utility stores stop sale of sugar till March 4

♦ Girl facilitates youth’s abduction, then turns approver in court

♦ 3 dis as speedy car skids into Sheikhupura canal

♦ Proposal floated to slap garbage tariff on Lahorites

♦ Cop lures woman with job promise, rapes her in Bahawalnagar

♦ Polio officer abducted by dacoits in Shikarpur

♦ Fire breaks out in PACE shopping mall in Lahore

♦ Rescue officer shot dead in Peshawar

♦ Prisoner dies in Adiala Jail clash

♦ MoU for ‘White Oil Pipeline’ project signed between stakeholders

♦ Death toll in Israeli aggression on Gaza nears 30,000

♦ India, US at loggerheads over WTO reform at Abu Dhabi talks

♦ Green century steers Australia to 279-9 in first New Zealand Test

♦ Gayle hopes T20 World Cup can help cricket crack US market

February 29, 2024 03:13 PM PTI leader Barrister Gohar Ali Khan said on Thursday that former prime minister and ex-PTI chairman Imran Khan still lived in people’s hearts, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.  Speaking in the National Assembly (NA), he said it was thought that by imprisonin
PML-N, SIC lawmakers trade barbs in National Assembly

 

The lawmakers belonging to the rival parties in the National Assembly exchanged barbs when they got a chance to speak in the House on Thursday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Speaking in the National Assembly, PTI-backed MNA and a nominee for prime minister’s post Omar Ayub thanked the people of his constituency and Imran Khan. He said that the “PTI members” gathered in the assembly as they wanted to register their protest.

“The oath we have taken states that we will obey the rules. This House is incomplete. Our women members are in jail those that were supposed to be sworn in were not named in the list,” he said.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3HY0emx0TA

PTI leader Barrister Gohar Ali Khan said that former prime minister and PTI founder chairman Imran Khan still lived in people’s hearts..

Speaking in the National Assembly (NA), he said it was thought that by imprisoning Imran, people would forget him. “But that did not happen,” he said, and added, “Despite the fact that so many restrictions were imposed, people voted for the PTI in the general elections in large numbers that placed the party well ahead of other parties.”

Gohar further said that restoration of democracy in the country was Imran’s vision.

He said it was so unfortunate that different tactics were used to stop the PTI from contesting the elections. “The party was even deprived of its election symbol,” the PTI leader said.

Earlier, the maiden session of the 16th National Assembly witnessed commotion as PTI-backed lawmakers chanted slogans and PML-N’s Khawaja Asif waved a wristwatch in response.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpZ441aT4o4

PTI’s Barrister Gohar said on the NA floor that “no crosstalk was allowed during the point of order” he had raised. After that, Khawaja Asif was given the chance to speak but slogans against him erupted.

He then took off his wristwatch and waved it towards the opposition, an apparent reference to the Toshakhana case against Imran Khan.

Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf then adjourned the National Assembly session till 10am tomorrow (Friday) following a ruckus in the lower house of the Parliament.

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February 29, 2024 01:01 PM 1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV
1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

♦ MNAs take oath at inaugural session of 16th National Assembly: PTI-supported lawmakers chat pro-Imran slogans: Ayaz Sadiq, Ghulam Mustafa file nomination papers for speaker, deputy posts

♦ Khaliq Achakzai, Ghazala Gola elected speaker, deputy speaker of Balochistan Assembly unopposed

♦ Writing letter to IMF tantamount to enmity with Pakistan, says Nawaz Sharif

♦ KP Assembly to elect its speaker, deputy speaker today

♦ Ghafoor Haideri, Nuzhat Sadiq resign from their seats in Senate

♦ US supports Pakistan’s efforts to break free from vicious debt cycle: State Department says future policies will be crucial for Pakistan’s economic stability

♦ Cop lures woman with job promise, rapes her in Bahawalnagar

♦ Polio officer abducted by dacoits in Shikarpur

♦ Fire breaks out in PACE shopping mall in Lahore

♦ Rescue officer shot dead in Peshawar

♦ Prisoner dies in Adiala Jail clash

♦ MoU for ‘White Oil Pipeline’ project signed between stakeholders

♦ Death toll in Israeli aggression on Gaza nears 30,000

♦ India, US at loggerheads over WTO reform at Abu Dhabi talks

♦ Green century steers Australia to 279-9 in first New Zealand Test

♦ Gayle hopes T20 World Cup can help cricket crack US market

♦ Ignored by 'Oppenheimer,' atomic test victims speak out

February 29, 2024 12:57 PM
3 dis as speedy car skids into Sheikhupura canal

Three people died on the spot while two others injured as a speedy car plunged into a canal along Motorway in Sheikhupura on Thursday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Motorway police said that three persons lost their lives after their car fell into the canal near the Motorway.

Rescue teams rushed to the site and recovered three dead bodies from the water while two injured were shifted to nearby hospital.

 

Reporter Tariq Malik

February 29, 2024 12:29 PM
Fire breaks out in PACE shopping mall in Lahore

A fire broke out in PACE shopping mall in Lahore on Thursday with fire-fighters evacuated all the people safely, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The blaze started at the PACE shopping mall located on Link Model Road in Lahore as the rescue teams struggled in their efforts to extinguish the fire.

According to details, PACE Shopping Mall’s second flour caught fire early in the morning due to unknown reasons.

Rescue 1122 teams rescued the shops owners and customers and police also barred shopkeepers from entering the shopping center who were trying to take out products from their shops.

The clouds of smoke were yet seen coming out from the center. Fire brigades vehicles were trying to control the fire.

 

Reporter Usman Khadim Kamboh

February 29, 2024 01:58 AM
President 'convenes NA session

President Dr Arif Alvi convened the National Assembly session on February 29 (today) with the ‘hope that the issue of reserved seats will be resolved by the 21st day of the election’, 24NewsHD TV channel reported.

In a press release issued by the President's House late on Wednesday night, it was said that the President expressed reservations about the tone and allegations made by Anwarul Haq Kakar in the summary

“The tone of the caretaker prime minister is deplorable,” the president said.

He added: “The President is the head of state and the symbol of the unity of the republic under Article 41 of the Constitution

“The President is not usually addressed as such in summaries. It is a sad matter that the Chief Executive of the country addressed the President in the first instance, the Caretaker Prime Minister made unacceptable language and baseless allegations in the summary.

“The President always maintained the principles of objectivity and impartiality as per his oath and duties.”

Dr Arif Alvi said “The President cannot ignore the irregularities in the election process and the process of establishing the government.

“The President has to consider the national interest for the betterment and harmony of the nation.

“The summary of the meeting of the National Assembly of the Prime Minister on behalf of the President was returned in accordance with Article 48-1 of the Constitution.

"My objective was to complete the National Assembly under Article 51 of the Constitution, but my action was taken as a biased action. According to the resolution, the people cannot be deprived of participation in the executive decisions of their country."

There is no need to remember that the caretaker prime minister's responsibility is only to provide a conducive environment for conducting peaceful, fair and transparent elections in accordance with the constitution and within time.

 “The President is fully aware that the Constitution should be implemented according to its letter and spirit, although this is not being done in the current electoral process.

“Articles 51 and 91 of the Constitution should be followed by all and should be implemented according to their spirit.

“For some days, the Election Commission of Pakistan has been practising under Article 51 of the Constitution.

‘The exercise under Article 51 of the Constitution should have been completed within 21 days.

“So far, the Election Commission has not been able to take any decision on this issue.

“The meeting of the National Assembly is convened on February 29 in view of the time given in the mandate, article 51-2, the above considerations and the hope of resolving the issue of reserved seats by the 21st day.”

February 29, 2024 12:37 AM
Allies fail to win over JUI

The Jamiat Ulema Islam (JUI) has refused to vote for joint candidates of allied parties in the election of prime minister, National Assembly speaker and president, sources said on Wednesday.

The leaders of coalition parties called upon the JUI chief to muster his support in the upcoming elections but the latter refused to do so, the sources said.

They cited Fazl as saying: “We will not be part of any voting process.”

Talking to the media after the meeting, Ayaz Sadiq said: “We are democratic people and we respect Maulana Fazlur Rehman."

He added: "Fazl has reservations which have been discussed. Our leaders will meet Fazlur Rehman in the House tomorrow.”

 

February 29, 2024 12:04 AM
Six terrorists killed in Waziristan op

Security men Wednesday killed six terrorists in an intelligence-based operation in the North Waziristan district, ISPR said.

During the fire exchange, one of the soldiers sustained injuries, the military media wing said, adding that the security personnel also recovered arms, ammunition and explosive material during the operation.

The dead remained actively involved in numerous terrorist activities including target killing, extortion, and abduction of civilians. The hunt for the terrorists is on.

Locals lauded the security forces for wiping out terrorists and expressed their full support to eliminate terrorism.

 

February 28, 2024 11:52 PM
ECP appoints presiding officers for presidential election

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Wednesday appointed presiding officers for the presidential election going to be held in parliament and four provincial assemblies, ARY News reported.

As per the ECP, Chief Justice Islamabad High Court (IHC) has been appointed as presiding officer in the Senate and the National Assembly.

ECP member Nisar Durrani is appointed presiding officer for the Punjab Assembly.

For the Sindh Assembly, the Chief Justice (CJ) Sindh High Court (SHC) has been appointed as the presiding officer.

Similarly, the Chief Justices of the Peshawar High Court (PHC) and Balochistan High Court (BHC) would be the presiding Officer for assemblies of their respective provinces.

The presiding officers will receive nomination papers from the candidates of the presidential elections. They would also be monitoring the polling process for the presidential election.

February 28, 2024 10:04 PM
CAA alert over stormy rainfall forecast for Karachi

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) sprang into action for Karachi Airport after the Met Office predicted possible stormy rain from tomorrow.

The Met Office said heavy rainfall with wind and thunderstorms is likely to hit Karachi on February 29 and may continue till March 1.

The CAA directed the authorities concerned to adopt precautionary measures.

The wings of small planes be protected, the CIA directed, adding that as birds can enter the runway, additional bird shooters be deployed to avert bird hits.

The authority said electric wire joints be protected well and special measures have been adopted to drain rainwater from the runaway area to ensure safe flight operation.

The CAA directed the staff to be alert for 24 hours to cope with the possible challenge.

Reporter: Tayyab Saif

February 28, 2024 09:12 PM
Coalition forms committee to muster support for NA speaker, PM and president candidates

The coalition, led by the PML-N, has formed a committee to campaign for their candidates for the seats of National Assembly speaker, prime minister and president, sources said on Wednesday.

They added the committee consists of Ayaz Sadiq and Rana Tanveer from PPP, and Khursheed Shah and Naveed Qamar from PML-N.

The body will meet the leaders of coalition partners PML-Q, IPP and JUI-F tonight, the insiders said adding that the committee will contact the other parties to muster up support for their joint candidates tomorrow.

February 28, 2024 09:02 PM
Pakistan and system should not be endangered, says Nawaz 

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Supremo Nawaz Sharif has laid stress on ‘special’ steps to cope with the challenges being faced by the country.

“Pakistan is badly wounded at this time. I have never seen such wounds in decades,” he said while addressing the party’s parliamentary session in Islamabad on Wednesday.

He urged all the political forces to toe the ‘special’ line. “Do your politics, opposition is also a part of politics, but don’t endanger Pakistan and the system.”

Pakistan would get rid of crises in a couple of years, he hoped, stressing: “Just two and half years will be tough. The upcoming government will have to make difficult decisions in the next two years.”

 “In the current circumstances, Shehbaz Sharif is the best choice,” he said officially declaring him the candidate for the prime ministership. “The way he (Shehbaz) saved the country from defaulting is unprecedented,” the PML-N leader said.

He added: “Inflation is the ‘biggest problem’ in such difficult circumstances. “We have to provide the people with relief from it. We have to bring down electricity and gas tariffs.  We have to make Pakistan stand on its feet."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaEgrpixT7s

The three-time prime minister counted his feats, saying despite PTI sit-ins, the PML-N government continued to work for the country and come up to ‘all’ public expectations

He said the cases registered against him resulted in the country's troubles.

He said he wished every National Assembly, Senate and Prime Minister to complete their constitutional term.

The priority of his party-led coalition government will be to fix the economic problem as all the problems plaguing the country are linked to it.

The PML-N Supremo said his party members entered the National Assembly after a “tough fight”.

The former premier recalled the PML-N achievements during its previous tenures and the oppression it faced multiple times.

“But we have come to face people who I haven’t been able to understand even today,” Nawaz said in an apparent reference to the PTI founder Imran Khan.

Nawaz Sharif has said his party members entered the National Assembly after a “tough fight”.

“We have come to face people who I haven’t been able to understand even today,” Nawaz said in an apparent reference to the PTI founder Imran Khan.

On his arrival, he was welcomed by Prime Minister candidate Shehbaz Sharif and other members of his party upon his arrival at the National Assembly.

 Shehbaz slams PTI’s ‘hypocrisy’

In his address, Shehbaz Sharif took a swipe at President Arif Alvi for not summoning the National Assembly session.

“President Arif Alvi once again violated the constitution for not summoning the National Assembly session.

He came down hard on the PTI. “If the February 8 general elections were rigged how did the PTI win polls in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.”

 “Nothing like this was ever seen in the history of Pakistan,” Shehbaz said.

“To bring the country out of crisis, we will need to make a lot of sacrifices.”

He said the party has a strength of 104 members in the National Assembly and added all the MNAs-elect from his party contested the February 8 general election on their own. He also thanked the independents who recently joined the PML-N.

He too listed the PML-N’s achievements during Nawaz’s tenure citing the multiple motorway projects and putting an end to loadshedding in the country.

The PML-N president presented a resolution, which stated that the party expressed confidence in Nawaz and paid tribute to the PML-N supremo. It also vowed to work for the country under the leadership of Nawaz.

February 28, 2024 07:35 PM
NA inaugural session summoned on Thursday

The National Assembly Secretariat has convened the inaugural session of the lower house of Parliament at 10am on Thursday.

In a notification issued by NA Secretary Tahir Hussain, it was disclosed that Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar has granted approval for the session under Article 91(2) of the Constitution.

The decision follows consultations with the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and the Ministry of Law.

On Monday President Dr Arif Alvi returned a caretaker government’s summary for convening the inaugural session of the National Assembly, prompting Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to call the maiden sitting of the lower house of parliament on February 29.

Alvi, whose presidency is coming to a conclusion within a few weeks, emphasised that he would only approve the summary if the issue of reserved seats for women and minorities was resolved and distributed among the parties, as per law.

His delay tactics drew criticism from political parties, including the PML-N and PPP, urging him not to misuse his powers as the head of state.

February 28, 2024 05:26 PM
PML-N parliamentary committee endorses candidatures of Shehbaz as PM, Ayaz as NA speaker

 

Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz's (PML-N) parliamentary committee endorsed the nominations of Mian Nawaz Sharif's younger brother Shehbaz Sharif for premiership and senior member Sardar Ayaz Sadiq for the speakership in the National Assembly.
According to the 24News HD TV channel, the PML-N leadership finalized these nominations for key parliamentary roles in the party's parliamentary meeting with consensus on Wednesday.
The channel reported that after the meeting, PML-N leader Atta Ullah Tarar told the media that the names of Shehbaz Sharif for the next Prime Minister and Ayaz Sadiq for the Speaker slot has been finalized.
Tarar said that the parliamentary committee meeting concluded with the decision of the party's parliamentary lineup as per the PML-N supremo Mian Nawaz Sharif's nominations.
After the PML-N parliamentary meeting, all the top leadership inlcuding Mian Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif, Ishaq Dar, and Hamza Shahbaz departed from the venue.

Reporter: Awais Kiyani

February 28, 2024 04:55 PM
Engineer Zmarak Achakzai to Chair opening session of Balochistan Assembly

 

In the absence of Speaker Mir Jan Muhammad Khan Jamali in Quetta, newsly elected senior member Engineer Zmarak Khan Achakzai has been notified to preside over the Balochistan Assembly session.
According to the 24News HD TV channel, Engineer Zmarak Khan Achakzai is considered among the senior members and Balochistan Governor Malik Abdul Wali Khan Kakar has issued a notification for the nomination of senior members to chair the first session of the provincial assembly.
According to the notification, former Speaker Rahila Durrani will chair the session in the absence of Engineer Zmarak Khan Achakzai.
Assembly sources said that Speaker Jan Muhammad Jamali is not in Quetta due to his busy schedule.

Reporter: Esa Tarin

February 28, 2024 04:23 PM 4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV
4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

♦ ECP reserves ruling on allotting reserved NA seats to Sunni Ittehad Council

♦ 115 KP MPAs take oath as inaugural session marred by ruckus, chaotic scenes

♦ Bottle, shoe, pen, lota thrown at PML-N MPA Sobia in KP Assembly

♦ 57 newly-elect MPAs take oath in Balochistan Assembly session

♦ Cop dies as Sindh CM Murad visits Garhi Khuda Baksh: Says govt to continue public service, eradicate dacoit gangs and street criminals

♦ LHC rejects Salman Akram Raja’s contempt plea against NA-128 returning officer

♦ On CM Maryam’s directive, IGP orders police to make video of every raid: Punjab chief minister gives garbage cleaning task across province

♦ CM Maryam meets London University Professor Mary Stiasny, talks about quality education

♦ PM Kakar appears before IHC in missing Baloch students case: Says ‘non-state actors’ committing human rights abuses in Balochistan: Informs 90,000 people have so far been killed in insurgency: Justice Mohsin Kiani urges state institutions to exercise caution: Journalists were kidnapped even from Islamabad

♦ US stands with the ‘truth’ in Pakistan, says State Department: Matthew Miller trashes allegations of interference in Pakistani politics

♦ ECP rejects Nawaz Sharif’s recount request in NA-15 Mansehra

♦ Single-day Punjab Assembly session to approve supplementary grants

♦ Police arrest slain Ameer Balaj’s old friend

♦ Court in Islamabad disposed of long march case against Imran Khan, other PTI leaders

♦ Rain spell may hit Lahore on March 2-3

♦ Flights operation suspended as heavy rains deluge Gwadar

♦ Thief-catchers arrested for stealing from Steel Mills in Karachi

♦ Car crushes two homeless Hindu brothers to death sleeping on Karachi footpath

February 28, 2024 04:15 PM COAS Gen Asim lauds ASP Shehrbano’s selfless devotion to duty
COAS Gen Asim lauds ASP Shehrbano’s selfless devotion to duty

Assistant Superintendent of Police Syeda Shehrbano Naqvi called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir at General Headquarters on Wednesday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The COAS lauded ASP Shehrbano for her selfless devotion to duty and professionalism in defusing a volatile situation.

The fearless officer extricated a woman from the difficult milieu of Ichhra Bazaar in Lahore on 26 February, 2024.

According to a statement issued by the ISPR in Rawalpindi, the COAS acknowledged the vital role Pakistani women are playing in all walks of life. Since independence, Pakistani women have distinguished themselves at home and abroad, by virtue of their talent, tenacity and commitment.

The COAS highlighted that the women are an invaluable part of Pakistan's society and their respect is enshrined in our religion as well as our social ethos.

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The COAS also underscored the importance of social harmony and the need for nationwide consensus on curbing intolerance. He emphasized upon the rule of law and advised against taking the law in one's hands when legal avenues are available for addressing concerns and grievances.

Noting that arbitrary actions on the basis of heresy undermine the outlook of the society, the COAS underlined Islam's eternal message of kindness and benevolence.

The COAS appreciated the sacrifices rendered by the law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety and security of the citizens of Pakistan.

Reporter Ahmed Mansoor

February 28, 2024 04:06 PM Qureshi moves IHC seeking suspension of cipher conviction
Qureshi moves IHC seeking suspension of cipher conviction

PTI leader and former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Wednesday moved Islamabad High Court against his conviction in cipher case, reported 24NewsHD TV channel. Qureshi’s counsel contended in the petition that it was the responsibility of the former foreign minister’s personal secretary and not of him to secure the cipher document.

Moreover, the counsel pleaded that Islamabad High Court had twice suspended the proceedings of the trial court due to loopholes in the proceedings.

The applicant pleaded the IHC that his conviction by the trial court should be declared null and void and he should be released on bail.

Reporter Ehtesham Kiyani

February 28, 2024 03:24 PM
Cop dies as Sindh CM Murad visits Garhi Khuda Baksh

One police constable died while six other cops injured as a vehicle travelling in motorcade of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah met an accident in Larkana on Wednesday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

According to details, CM Murad was going to visit Garhi Khuda Baksh to pay his respects to Bhuttos mausoleum after taking oath, when a vehicle of his convoy got out of control due to overspeeding at Airport Road in Larkana and crashed.

As a result, constable Waheed Sial died on the spot while six other police officials got injured who were later shifted to trauma centre in Chandka Hospital.

Earlier, CM Murad after taking the charge of his office visited Garhi Khuda Baksh to offer fateha at the graves of ZA Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto. Sohail Anwar Sial and other PPP leaders also accompanied him.

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Talking to media, Murad said due to the sacrifices of leadership, PPP again obtained more votes compared to other political parties.

The CM claimed that he would fulfil public demands who gave PPP big mandate in the province. He said opposition parties who were staging protest against PPP were unable to get polling agents on elections day.

Murad Shah claimed that Sindh govt would eradicate dacoit gangs and street criminals in the province.

Murad claimed he would chair a meeting regarding law and order in the province in the evening to address this issue.

He said PPP would start public welfare work and provide houses to homeless peoples as PPP built houses for flood victims.

PPP’s opponents made just lofty claims and did nothing for the masses, he added.

The CM Murad clarified that PPP would not accept ministries in federal government but would support Shahbaz Sharif in the Federal government.

He said PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto was optimistic that new federal government would serve the people of Sindh like other provinces.

 

Reporter Abdul Khaliq Mugheeri

February 28, 2024 02:13 PM
On CM Maryam’s directive, IGP orders police to make video of every raid

On the directive of Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz, the Inspector General Police (IGP) of Punjab has issued orders to the force personnel throughout the province to make a video of every raid, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

After giving a briefing to CM Maryam, the IG on Wednesday ordered that bodycam should be used during raids and where bodycams are not available, videos should be made by using mobile phones.

Moreover, there should be no delay in registration of FIR under any circumstances and police shall not exceed their authority at any place.

Incidents like violence against women in Rawalpindi by police officers will not be tolerated.

The officers themselves should monitor the incidents of child abuse.

Driving licenses should be made in time and recommendation culture should be eliminated.

Officers should make self-visits to improve service centers and ensure quality of service delivery.

To control crime, the patrolling process should be made more effective.

IG Punjab issued orders to all Regional Police Officers (RPO) and District Police Officers (DPO).

Garbage cleaning task

Chief Minister Punjab Maryam Nawaz Sharif gave the task of cleaning the garbage in the entire Punjab within a month, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Wednesday.

In the first meeting regarding progress of Clean Punjab Project, the CM instructed to the district administrations and related institutions to ensure cleanliness.

“There is one month's time and after that I will see where instructions were followed and where not,” said Maryam.

She said people should get rid of broken streets, dirty water and boiling sewers.

 

Reporters: Ali Sahi and Hasan Ali

February 28, 2024 11:32 AM https://twitter.com/Zeeshan_usafzii/status/1762721417374630193
PM Kakar appears before IHC in missing Baloch students case

After skipping two earlier summons, Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar appeared before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday in connection with missing Baloch students case, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The security was tight as heavy continued of police was deployed as the prime minister arrived at the IHC.

PM Kakar had failed to appear before the IHC on February 19 last and before that the court had summoned the premier on Nov 29 but he did not show up at the court.

IHC’s Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani was hearing a petition regarding the implementation of the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances.

The commission was established in 2011 to trace missing persons and fix responsibility on the individuals or organisations responsible for it.

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During the hearing on Wednesday, IHC judge Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiani remarked that the state institutions must be extremely careful. “However, due to efforts by these institutions, some of the missing Baloch students have returned to their homes and have been reunited with their families.” the judge said.

Let me make this thing clear, he went on to say, that nobody was above the law. “Nobody, including the prime minister, ministers, secretaries and judges,” he asserted. 

Justice Kiani said there was no doubt that the law should take its course when somebody had done something wrong. “But the situation changes when somebody is whisked away by agencies,” he opined. On this occasion, the caretaker PM Kakar sought permission from the judge to speak.

When the judge allowed him to speak, he said undoubtedly he was answerable for his deeds, and everybody should work within the legal limits. “Since I belong to Balochistan, I have more knowledge about the province than any other person presently sitting here,” he said, adding, “Truth of the matter is that armed resistance is going on in Balochistan. And nobody be it the attorney general of Pakistan or anybody else has an answer to this.”

Non-state actors, the caretaker PM said, were committing human rights violations in the province. “One of the former chief justices of the Balochistan High Court (BHC) was martyred while offering prayers there,” he said, and added, “People are murdered in Balochistan on the basis of their race and ethnicity.”

The caretaker PM informed that so far 90,000 people had lost their lives to incidents of terrorism in the province, but not even a handful of them had been convicted for that.

Justice Kiani, on the occasion, said he had learnt that six to eight suspects were presently in the custody of the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD). “Why after the passage of so much time, their trial has not been conducted so far,” he said, adding, “Is it not the failure of the state that these people are yet to undergo trial?”

After all, the judge said, there were courts in Balochistan. “But the question is how many people have gone through the trial so far?”

PM Kakar said that in case his son was recruited into the country’s armed forces, would he want the law to stand by his side or on the side of terrorists?  

He was of the view that armed and unarmed citizens could never have equal rights. “In fact, parliament should have done legislation in this regard.”

Justice Kiani said that the court was by no means in a mood to give protection to any non-state actor. “The fact is that courts have also handed down punishments to most dangerous terrorists,” he said, adding, “Admitted that the judicial system is slow to act. But at least it is working.”

He reminded Kakar that one need not go to Balochistan to discuss the subject of enforced disappearances. “Journalists like Matiullah Jan were kidnapped even from here Islamabad,” the judge added.  

Later the court adjourned the case’s hearing.

 

Reporters: Ehtisham Kiani and Hashir Ahsan

February 28, 2024 10:44 AM
Court in Islamabad disposed of long march case against Imran Khan, other PTI leaders

A court in Islamabad on Wednesday acquitted former prime minister and ex-PTI chairman Imran Khan, other PTI leaders, including Senator Faisal Javed, and ex-party leaders, Asad Umar in the case registered against them at Tarnol police station for resorting to violence in the federal capital, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Others who were acquitted in the case were Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz, Ali Nawaz Awan, Abid Hussain and Zaheer Khan.

Judicial Magistrate Muhammad Shabbir accepted the petitions filed by them.

Lawyers, Amina Ali, Sardar Masroof Khan and Muhsin Ghaffar appeared in the court.

In his decision, the judge said that since the plaintiffs could not be handed down sentences in the case, therefore further trial was a mere wastage of time.

A case had been registered against the PTI and former PTI leaders on May 26, 2022 when the party had set out on its first long march after its ouster from power in April 2022.

 

 

Reporter: Hashir Ahsan

February 28, 2024 09:30 AM Single-day Punjab Assembly session to approve supplementary grants
Single-day Punjab Assembly session to approve supplementary grants

A single-day session of Punjab Assembly will be held on Wednesday (today) with Speaker Malik Muhammad Ahmed Khan in the chair, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The session of Punjab Assembly, which will start at 11am, is called to give its nod to the supplementary grants for the next four months.

Meanwhile the Opposition is expected to stage a protest demonstration against the alleged rigging in the general elections.

unjab Governor Balighur Rehman has summoned the session which will be prorogued after approval of supplementary grants.

Reports say all expenditures incurred by the caretakers during the current fiscal year needed assembly’s validation.

 

Reporter Hassan Ali

February 27, 2024 11:33 PM
Govt role in Ogra tariff notification to be ended

The caretaker federal cabinet has given go go-ahead for making amendments to the Nepra and Ogra acts, 24NewsHD TV channel.

The amendments will end government's role in tariff notifications, sources said.

They added under the amendments, Nepra and Ogra will be empowered to issue tariff notifications.

The power and petroleum division will make necessary amendments to Ogra acts, the source said, adding that appellate tribunals will be created to address public grievances.

February 27, 2024 10:03 PM
Two children die in Swat house collapse

Two children died as a house collapsed in a Swat area, 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Tuesday.

The incident occurred in the Barikot area of Swat where a dilapidated house collapsed claiming the life of two cousins.

The rescuers retrieved the bodies.

 

February 27, 2024 08:48 PM
Deadlock between govt and president continue over convening NA session

The federal government and President Dr. Arif Hussain Alvi found themselves at odds over the convening of the National Assembly session, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Tuesday.  

The dispute rests around whether the session can be summoned when the parliament is not complete.

According to sources, the federal government has responded to the objections of the president along with a further request to the President to reconsider his decision and convene a meeting in accordance with the Constitution.

The federal government contended that there is no provision in Article 91 that prohibits convening the NA session under such circumstances.

However, President Alvi, invoking Article 54, has asserted his authority to delay the session until all reserved seats are allocated.

He maintained that adherence to constitutional obligations took precedence over ordinary procedures.

Sources reveal that the federal government has requested President Alvi to reconsider his decision.

According to clause 2 of Article 91, convening the NA session within 21 days after elections is compulsory.

Even if the president does not call a meeting on February 29, the session will proceed as scheduled.

The government argued that the extraordinary session is essential for fulfilling constitutional requirements. “Under clause two of Article 91 of the Constitution, the meeting must be convened by the 21st day of the election date.”

It added that it is not written anywhere in this article that if the house is incomplete, the session cannot be called.

In response to President Alvi's stance, PPP leader Shazia Marri emphasized that constitutional obligations should guide his actions.

She urged him to avoid manipulating the constitution, citing historical instances where such misuse of presidential powers had lasting consequences.

 Meanwhile, former Prime Minister Imran Khan supported President Alvi's decision, asserting that their party's mandate in the elections had been stolen. He criticized the denial of reserved seats and called it a grave violation of public trust.

 Senator Ishaq Dar from PML-N also criticized President Alvi, accusing him of attempting to violate the Constitution by delaying the NA session beyond the mandated timeframe.

February 27, 2024 08:41 PM
JUI won't partake in presidential poll, says Fazl

Jamiat Ulema Islam chief has said 2018 polls-like ringing was done in the 2024 vote, the 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Tuesday.

The representative of the people should not be the representative of the establishment, he said while addressing a press conference.

He said: “We are inside the country. Those inside the system will cry after a few days.

The JUI chief stressed: “During the election campaign, it was known who was winning and who was losing. The establishment is responsible for the rigging, this system will not work.

He added: “We will remain in parliament, but will not participate in presidential elections. The PTI had contacted, but no formal talks have taken place.

“Our position is clear, we will not be part of any government.”

He said he opposed the arrest of Imran Khan as, according to him was not in favour of keeping any politician in jail

He continued: “When the election is over, there is no threat to us. Before the election, we were asked not to go out

“For whom is our ideology affects? Who is in danger from us?

“Our numbers in the assemblies have been reduced at the behest of world forces.

“The world knows that there is a force that is openly against Israel. Before the elections, it was decided to reduce the size of JUI.”

February 27, 2024 07:09 PM
12 die as bus falls into ravine in Khanpur

At least 12 people died and another 15 sustained injuries in a traffic accident in the mountainous area of Bagran area of the Haripur tehsil,  24NewsHD TV channel reported Tuesday.

A passenger bus plunged into a deep ravine while taking a turn, causing fatalities and injuries. According to rescue authorities, the injured include women.

The incident took place due to high speed while the bus was navigating a bend. The injured have been transferred to Khanpur THQ Hospital for medical treatment.

Emergency has been declared at Khanpur THQ Hospital as authorities continue to assess the situation and provide necessary care to the victims. Rescue teams from Haripur Rescue 1122 are actively engaged in rescue operations at the accident site.

February 27, 2024 07:01 PM
Murad Ali Shah takes oath as Sindh chief minister

Syed Murad Ali Shah Tuesday got third consecutive term at serving as the Sindh Chief Minister (CM) as he took an oath of his office on Tuesday at Governor House, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Sindh Governor Kamran Tessori administered him oath in a ceremony attended by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, PPP MNAs and MPAs, representatives of business community and others.

During chief minister’s election, presided over by Sindh Assembly Speaker Owais Qadir Shah, a total of 148 votes were cast, with Murad Ali Shah obtaining 112. His opponent, MQM-P candidate Ali Khurshidi, garnered 36 votes.

Shah has served twice as Sindh’s chief minister from 2016 to 2018 and then from 2018 to 2023, and this will be his third consecutive term.

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Born in Sehwan Sharif in Jamshoro district, Shah is a civil engineer by profession as after his graduation from the NED University he joined the Water and Power Development Authority as an engineer.

He joined the Port Qasim Authority as an executive engineer and later went to the United States where he studied structural engineering and economic engineering from Stanford University. He also served as a director of the Fish Harbour Authority.

He was elected as the chief minister for the first time in 2016 when the PPP decided to replace Syed Qaim Ali Shah. Before becoming the CM, he had served the province as irrigation and energy minister and finance minister.

Before 2013 general elections he was declared ineligible to contest the election as he possessed dual nationality. He later surrendered his Canadian nationality and after getting clearance from a court he contested a by-election and became a member of the Sindh Assembly again.

February 27, 2024 06:47 PM
Zamarak Khan to chair inaugural session of Balochistan Assembly tomorrow

 Governor Balochistan Abdul Wali Kakar has nominated senior parliamentarian Engineer Zamarak Khan Piralizai to chair the inaugural session of Balochistan Assembly, reported 241NewsHD TV channel on Tuesday.

Senior member of the Balochistan Assembly Engineer Zamarak Khan Piralizai will preside over the session during which the newly-elected members will take oath.  

 He will perform duty in place of Mir Jan Muhammad Jamali who is away from Quetta owing to his personal engagements.  

Zamrak is considered among the senior members of Balochistan Assembly.

 Governor Balochistan has issued a notification in this regard.  

The notification further read out that former speaker Balochistan Assembly Raheela Durrani will preside over the session in the absence of Engineer Zamrak.

The Balochistan Assembly is scheduled to convene a session for the newly-elected members on Feb 28, Wednesday.

Balochistan Governor Abdul Wali Kakar has summoned the assembly session.

Following the Feb 8 polls, which were marred by rigging allegations and protests, the oath-taking ceremonies for the newly-elected members of the Punjab and Sindh assemblies have already concluded.

February 27, 2024 06:15 PM
Prisoner escapes from Badin jail amid allegations of negligence

A prisoner, convicted in various crimes escaped from the Badin District Jail, reported the 24NewsHD TV channel on Tuesday.   

The sources said the prisoner identified as Roop Chand Bhel escaped by jumping one of the walls and deceiving the jail staff.

The jail authorities came to know when they counted the jail inmates early in the morning and found one person missing.  

The missing was occured due to the negligence of the jail administration.

The jail administration is now under scrutiny.

The Jail Superintendent did not provide a clear position regarding the missing prisoner, only stating that efforts to locate him were ongoing.

February 27, 2024 05:37 PM
PTI forms five-member committee for parliamentary affairs in Punjab Assembly

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has formed a five-member committee for parliamentary affairs in the Punjab Assembly, reported 24NewsHD TV channel Tuesday

Mian Aslam Iqbal approved the names of the committee in consultation with the party leadership.

The committee included representatives of all four zones as well as PTI’s candidate for the CM slot Rana Aftab.

Malik Ahmed Khan Bhuchar from North Punjab, Moin Qureshi from South, Owais Virk from Central Punjab and Hasan Niazi from West Punjab will join the committee along with Rana Aftab.

The committee will propose a plan of action related to parliamentary affairs in the Punjab Assembly.

 

February 27, 2024 05:31 PM
Presidential election schedule unveiled by ECP

The completion of the electoral college, a crucial step in the process of electing the President of Pakistan, is set to conclude by February 29th, reported the 24NewsHD TV channel.

According to sources, following the completion of the Electoral College, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will unveil the schedule and public notice for the upcoming Presidential election on March 1st, 2024.

According to constitution, a designated day will be fixed for the submission of nominations by prospective candidates.

According to the proposed program, aspiring candidates will have to submit their nomination papers to any presiding office by 12:00 PM on March 2.

In a bid to facilitate the nomination process, the ECP has made provisions for all aspiring candidates to obtain nomination forms from its offices starting today.

For further information and guidance regarding the electoral process, interested parties are encouraged to reach out to the Election Commission.

The Commission stands ready to address inquiries and provide necessary assistance to stakeholders navigating the intricacies of the electoral framework, the sources added.

 

 

Reporter: Rao Dilshad 

February 27, 2024 05:17 PM
Imran Khan supports President Alvi’s decision of not summoning NA session

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder and former prime minister Imran Khan Tuesday said that President Arif Alvi did the right thing by not summoning the National Assembly (NA) session, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The former premier said this during an informal interaction with journalists at Adiala Jail on Tuesday. He claimed PTI won the election, but ‘rigging’ was done to ‘snatch’ PTI’s seats.

Founder PTI said there could be no greater theft than the public mandate, the whole nation is saying that a ‘rigged 20-seater is being made prime minister’.

He reiterated his demand for the resignation of the CEC Sikandar Sultan Raja.

Former prime minister Imran Khan alleged the caretaker governments were also against PTI, alleging that the Election Commission is still engaged in rigging after the election.

He announced a protest on Saturday against the alleged theft of PTI’s mandate in the February 8 elections.

The PTI founder, commenting on the letter to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said he dictated the letter to the PTI leaders and was not sure about its dispatch to the international lender.

Imran Khan said the letter will be dispatched today to the IMF after meeting with the party leaders as they are scheduled to meet him today.

February 27, 2024 05:12 PM
Marwat sees CM Maryam Nawaz’s visit to police station mere a political stunt

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Sher Afzal Marwat has expressed skepticism about Maryam Nawaz's surprise visit at a police station in Lahore, considering it a political stunt, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Tuesday. 

Talking to media outside Adiala Jail, Sher Afzal criticized the Punjab Police, alleging that it had taken the entire province hostage and suggesting a lack of rule of law in Punjab.

Additionally, Sher Afzal Marwat advocated for the reform in the Punjab Police, describing it as a centuries-old culture that needed overhauling.

He declared the KPK (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) police better than the Punjab police in performance.

To a question, why, despite being in power in Punjab, Usman Buzdar could not bring about a change in the police culture.

Sher Afzal Marwat replied that attempts were made but people traditionally fear the police. "Changing the Inspector General (IG) alone will not be sufficient," he said adding that there is need for a systemic change. 

Marwat also called for a system of checks and balances, advocating for the punishment of errant police officers.

Additionally, he suggested to bring young officers into the police force as a potential solution to address the existing issues.

February 27, 2024 04:58 PM
Closing Ceremony of “On Job Training of Royal Saudi Land Forces with Pakistan Army”

Closing Ceremony of “On Job Training of Royal Saudi Land Forces with Pakistan Army” was held at Multan, said a statement issued by Inter Services Public Relations Tuesday.

The training was conducted from 15 January to 26 February 2024 with a view to foster joint employment and benefiting from each other’s experiences, while further consolidating longstanding fraternal relations between Pakistan and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The training which encompassed conventional as well as sub-conventional operations, culminated with field manoeuver & battle inoculation exercise, employing air and ground forces.

Commander Multan Corps witnessed the exercise as Chief Guest. The Chief Guest expressed satisfaction over mutual understanding and the training standards achieved.

February 27, 2024 04:06 PM 4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV
4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

♦ Imran Khan, Bushra plead ‘not guilty’ after indictment in £190m NAB reference

♦ President Alvi has abrogated the Constitution again, says BIlawal: Says two cases should be filed against Arif Alvi as he is not fulfilling his duty

♦ LHC issues bailable arrest warrants of Tehreem Elahi and Saira Elahi

♦ PML-N, PTI lock horns over allotment of reserved seats to SIC: Azam Nazeer Tarar says SIC does not qualify for reserves seats as it did not win any seat: Asks ECP to allot reserves seats to remaining PML-N candidates: Gohar Ali Khan says no political party can lay claim on these seats as they belong to SIC: No NA session can be called sans notifying reserved seats: ECP adjourns hearing for tomorrow

♦ Nawaz Sharif to chair PML-N Parliamentary Party meeting tomorrow

♦ Punjab CM Maryam rules out ‘political appointments’: Says accountability, transparency, teamwork, timely work deliver are her ‘red lines’: Addresses officers at civil secretariat

♦ 130 PIA pilots grounded as CAA blocks their licences

♦ PTI senators protest in support of jailed women leaders

♦ Court hands over journalist Assad Toor to FIA on physical remand

♦ PPP leader's house attacked, luxury vehicle torched in Kot Diji

♦ PML-N candidate declared winner in NA-154 Lodhran vote recount

♦ Bid to smuggle gold, currency foiled at Karachi Airport

♦ Bank deposits snowballed to Rs27,540 billion: SBP

♦ ‘Tea is Fantastic’ 5th anniversary marked as Pakistan commemorates ‘Operation Swift Retort’

♦ SP martyred, DSP injured in Mardan terror attack: Two key terrorist commanders killed in police retaliation

♦ Electricity tariff hiked by Rs7.5 per unit to generate Rs66 billion

♦ Fire breaks out at Peshawar scrap warehouse

♦ US strikes Huthi unmanned vessels, anti-ship missiles, drone

♦ Record-breaking projections light up Tokyo skyscraper

February 27, 2024 03:59 PM
LHC issues bailable arrest warrants of Tehreem Elahi and Saira Elahi

The Lahore High Court on Tuesday issued bailable arrest warrants of Tehreem Elahi and Saira Elahi, co-accused in money-laundering case against former Punjab chief minister Pervaiz Elahi, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Accused Tehreem Elahi and Saira Elahi failed to appear in the court during the hearing on a plea for cancellation of bails of Pervaiz Elahi, Saira Anwar and other co-accused in the case.

Justice Shahram Sarwar Ch of LHC headed the two-judge bench which was heard the petition filed by the federal government.

The court directed both accused Tehreem Elahi and Saira Elahi to submit surety bonds and appear in the court before March 18.

 

Reporter Malik Ashraf

February 27, 2024 03:49 PM
Court hands over journalist Assad Toor to FIA on physical remand

A judicial magistrate in Islamabad on Tuesday granted 5-day physical remand of journalist and YouTuber Asad Ali Toor on the request of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in a case registered on the allegations of starting “malicious campaign” against the government institutions, judiciary and big personalities of the country, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

FIA cybercrime circle presented Asad Toor in the court and requested for his physical remand in the court of Judicial Magistrate Muhammad Khan. After listening to the arguments of FIA counsel, the judge approved the five-day physical remand of the accused.

The FIA registered a case against Asad Toor and arrested him. He was also accused of making negative use of social media platforms.

Meanwhile, mother of journalist Asad Toor filed a bail application in Islamabad High Court.

 

Reporters Hashir Ahsen and Tayyab Saif

February 27, 2024 03:26 PM PTI senators protest in support of jailed women leaders
PTI senators protest in support of jailed women leaders

Members of the Senate belonging to the PTI staged a protest in the upper house of the parliament on Tuesday raising slogans in support of female party leaders in jail, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The PTI senators were carrying banners inscribed with slogans supporting Yasmin Rashid, Ayesha Bhatti and Sanam Javed. They surrounded the dais of Senate chairman and staged a walkout from the house but returned after some time.

Senators assail Arabic dress incident

The senators called for strict action against those levelling false allegations of blasphemy and decried “ignorance” after a young woman wearing a shirt with Arabic calligraphy was saved from a mob attack in Lahore.

On Sunday afternoon, a mob had gathered outside a shop in Lahore’s crowded Ichhra Bazaar after someone alleged that a woman’s shirt had Quranic verses printed on it. ASP Syeda Shehr Bano Naqvi engaged the crowd, took the woman into protective custody and shifted her to the police station amid heightened security measures.

In Tuesday’s session, PPP Senator Rubina Khalid said that it was “utter ignorance” that some people could not differentiate between Quranic verses and Arabic letters. “If the police had not reached on time the inciteful mob would have done something worse,” she said and added “We need to think about where we are heading. There should be a debate on this.”

MQM-P Senator Faisal Subzwari said: “What kind of a Muslim is someone who cannot identify between a Quranic verse and a simple Arabic word? And what kind of a Muslim is someone who, despite knowing how to read Arabic, makes false accusations against someone?”

He stressed that using religion to level false allegations was the worst form of disrespect. “This is a huge problem, I wish the House could have completed legislation over the misuse of blasphemy laws,” said Subzwari.

 

Reporter Rozina Ali

February 27, 2024 01:30 PM Imran Khan, Bushra plead ‘not guilty’ after indictment in £190m NAB reference
Imran Khan, Bushra plead ‘not guilty’ after indictment in £190m NAB reference

PTI founder chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi were indicted by an accountability court in £190 million reference, also known as Al-Qadir Trust case, during hearing which was held at Adiala Jail on Tuesday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.  

AC judge Nasir Javed Rana presided over the hearing and announced the charge sheet, summoning five witnesses on the next hearing on March 6.

Both Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi pleaded not guilty by outrightly rejected the charges levelled against them by the prosecution. 

The Al-Qadir Trust case pertains to the settlement of 190 million pounds, about Rs50 billion, which the UK’s National Crime Agency sent to Pakistan after recovering the amount from Pakistani property tycoon Malik Riaz Hussain.

Being the prime minister then, Imran Khan, instead of depositing the money in the national treasury, allowed the businessman to use the amount to partly settle a fine of about Rs450 billion imposed by the Supreme Court some years ago.

The tycoon, in return, allegedly gifted about 57 acres of land to a trust set up by Imran Khan and his wife, Bushra Bibi, to establish the Al-Qadir University in the Sohawa area of Jhelum district.

Malik Riaz, his son Ahmed Ali Riaz, Mirza Shehzad Akbar, and Zulfi Buk­hari are also among the suspects in the case, but instead of joining the investigation and subsequent court proceedings, they absconded and were subsequently dec­lared as proclaimed offenders.

 

Reporter Hashar Ahsan

February 27, 2024 01:18 PM 1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV
1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

♦ PML-N, PTI lock horns over allotment of reserved seats to SIC: Azam Nazeer Tarar says SIC does not qualify for reserves seats as it did not win any seat: Asks ECP to allot reserves seats to remaining PML-N candidates: Gohar Ali Khan says no political party can lay claim on these seats as they belong to SIC: No NA session can be called sans notifying reserved seats: ECP adjourns hearing for tomorrow

♦ Punjab CM Maryam rules out ‘political appointments’: Says accountability, transparency, teamwork, timely work deliver are her ‘red lines’: Addresses officers at civil secretariat

♦ No role in govt formation in Pakistan, says US: State Department spokesman says Washington wants swift probe into rigging claims

♦ Pakistan Army shoots down Indian spy drone in Azad Kashmir

♦ ‘Tea is Fantastic’ 5th anniversary marked as Pakistan commemorates ‘Operation Swift Retort’: Pakistan’s armed forces vow befitting response to any aggression against country

♦ PML-N candidate declared winner in NA-154 Lodhran vote recount

♦ Nawaz Sharif to chair PML-N Parliamentary Party meeting tomorrow

♦ PPP leader's house attacked, luxury vehicle torched in Kot Diji

♦ SP martyred, DSP injured in Mardan terror attack: Two key terrorist commanders killed in police retaliation

♦ Bid to smuggle gold, currency foiled at Karachi Airport

♦ Electricity tariff hiked by Rs7.5 per unit to generate Rs66 billion

♦ Fire breaks out at Peshawar scrap warehouse

♦ US strikes Huthi unmanned vessels, anti-ship missiles, drone

♦ Record-breaking projections light up Tokyo skyscraper

February 27, 2024 12:15 PM Punjab CM Maryam rules out ‘political appointments’
Punjab CM Maryam rules out ‘political appointments’

Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif has declared that there would not “political appointments” during her government as she will neither violate merit nor let anyone do it, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Chairing a high-level meeting at Darbar Hall at Civil Secretariat in Lahore on Tuesday, Maryam Nawaz said accountability, transparency, quality work and timely work are the “red lines”.

The chief minister said in unequivocal terms that she wants immediate solution to the public’s problems. “We have to undertake structural reforms, getting hold of the roots of the problems,” she said and added officers and employees will be her team and she will support those who deliver.

Chief Secretary Zahid Zaman Akhtar, Chairman P&D, Secretary Health, Secretary Finance gave the new chief ministers a detailed briefing about different issues.

After the briefing, Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif addressed the civil servants, highlighting her vision about governance.

Maryam pledged that there will be no compromise on transparency in financial affairs. She made it clear that accountability, transparency, quality of work and in-time work were her red lines as there would be no compromise on it.

The CM said appointments based on political affiliations will not be tolerated. She directed that public utility projects especially in health and other sectors should be continued at all cost. She openly told the officers and officials that she will not tolerate violation of merit in public sector departments. The CM directed that people's problems should be solved immediately.

She directed that health department must pay attention to the prevention of dengue and polio with standard treatment facilities to the people. Moreover, she told the officers that good suggestions will be welcomed in fulfilling the public service mission.

PML-N leaders Pervaiz Rashid, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Azma Bukhari, Sania Ashiq, Punjab Chief Secretary and secretaries of concerned departments also attended the meeting.

Earlier, CM Maryam expressed her displeasure when public traffic was suspended during her travel from CM Secretariat to the Civil Secretariat.

She directed the traffic management authority that public should face no hurdle during her movement.

Maryam unveils project to repair streets

Maryam Nawaz Sharif announced a project of repairing streets across the province.

In a meeting of Punjab Assembly Members (MPAs) of District Sheikhupura and Nankana on Tuesday the Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz also sought a plan for the supply of clean drinking water and sewage in the villages.

She instructed the Punjab Assembly Members to give written demand for the project and also sought an urgent plan for repair of minor roads and streets of cities and villages.

Speaking on the occasion, the CM said that we want to make each constituency a model constituency in terms of development projects.

Maryam Nawaz said that people's problems should be solved immediately.

Parvez Rasheed, Maryam Aurangzeb, Uzma Bukhari, Bilal Kayani and Sania Ashiq were also present in the meeting.

 

Reporters Rao Dilshad and Qaisar Khokhar

February 27, 2024 11:48 AM ‘Tea is Fantastic’ 5th anniversary marked as Pakistan commemorates ‘Operation Swift Retort’
‘Tea is Fantastic’ 5th anniversary marked as Pakistan commemorates ‘Operation Swift Retort’

 

February 27th marks the fifth anniversary of a day stored in the memories of Pakistanis as “Tea is Fantastic”. "Operation Swift Retort" was commemorated on Tuesday to pay tribute to the valiant Armed Forces of Pakistan for demonstrating their resilience and resolve against Indian attempt to carry out a misadventure, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

On this day in 2019, Pakistan Air Force successfully defended the motherland and shot down Indian planes that had violated Pakistani airspace and also captured Indian pilot.

A statement issued by the Inter Services Public Relations said February 27, 2019, marked a significant event in our history, demonstrating the resolve of the people of Pakistan and the professionalism of the Armed Forces in response to unwarranted aggression from India, motivated by political considerations and electoral concerns.

The Armed Forces of Pakistan vowed that any aggression against the people of Pakistan, its sovereignty and territorial integrity, will be responded immediately with full might and without any hesitation.

Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by Pakistani forces after the shooting down of the Indian warplanes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vz9z_LfwO58

During his time in Pakistan's custody, a video of Abhinandan enjoying a cup of tea went viral on social media. His casual demeanour and appreciation for the simple act of enjoying a cup of tea, even amidst his capture, resonated with many. This gesture sparked a wave of national pride and became a symbol of resilience for many Pakistanis.

The viral video, showcasing Abhinandan's respect for the code of conduct and his appreciation for Pakistani hospitality, resonated with the public. The hashtag "#TsFantastic" trended for 36 hours, highlighting the unexpected turn of events and the subsequent social media buzz.

Armed Forces vow befitting response to any aggression

Armed Forces of Pakistan have vowed that any aggression against the people of Pakistan, its sovereignty and territorial integrity, will be responded immediately with full might and without any hesitation.

On the commemoration of fifth anniversary of "Operation Swift Retort" today, the Inter Services Public Relations in a statement said February 27, 2019, marked a significant event in our history, demonstrating the resolve of the people of Pakistan and the professionalism of the Armed Forces in response to unwarranted aggression from India, motivated by political considerations and electoral concerns.

The statement said despite desperate Indian attempts to favorably shape the information space, the events of that fateful day showcased absolute operational ascendance of Pakistan's Armed Forces over the Indian side.

It added that the steadfastness and competence of Pakistan's Armed Forces were acknowledged by military experts and analysts throughout the world, effectively debunking frivolous Indian claims which could not stand to factual scrutiny.

The strategic foresight to return the downed pilot in interest of peace, from a position of strength and after having dominated the opposing force decisively, is unanimously hailed, to this day, by the international community as a remarkable gesture of political maturity and superior statecraft.

The statement concluded by saying that as a state committed to peace, Pakistan shall continue to emphasize the importance of peaceful coexistence with its neighbours.

February 27, 2024 09:45 AM
Fire breaks out at Peshawar scrap warehouse

A fire broke out suddenly in a scrap warehouse near University Road in Jahangirabad area of Peshawar of Peshawar on Tuesday morning, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

According to rescue officials, as soon as the information was received three fire-fighting vehicles of Rescue 1122 were dispatched to the site.

Rescue 1122 officials have reached the spot and started extinguishing the blaze.

So far no casualties have been reported due to the fire, said the rescue officials.

However, Rescue 1122 firefighters controlled the fire completely, rescue officials said.

Reporter: Amir Shehzad

February 27, 2024 02:17 AM
Taxila police book ASI torture victim woman in theft case

The Taxila police booked the woman subjected to brutality by a cop in a local court for pickpocketing along with her son, 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Monday.

Assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Imtiaz Nasir was fired after a video of him slapping an elderly woman and pushing her to the ground went viral.

According to a police spokesperson, the incident occurred when the police officers were trying to arrest Basir Khan allegedly wanted in pickpocketing ‘incidents.

The police said that Khan and the woman, who was his mother, were resisting the arrest when the incident happened.

In the video, the ASI can be seen trying to keep the woman away from the driving door of an automobile surrounded by bystanders. Moments later, as the woman appeared to make a gesture of seeking forgiveness - possibly for her son - the enraged ASI slapped her and pushed her to the ground.

On the order of then chief minister Mohsin Naqvi, the CPO dismissed the ASE and issued a notification. Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz also expressed her resentment and ordered the police to protect the dignity of citizens.

The Taxila police nominated the victim woman along with her son in the case of pickpocketing on the complaint of a man namely Muhammad Saad Khan.

Saad Khan stated that he came to court and caught the son of the victim woman picking up Rs2,000 and his identity card from his pocket while the woman vanished from the scene.

He added he called the police for help and a ‘team consisting of Inspector Muhammad Sajjad and ASI Imtiaz Nasir and others’ who were coming out of a nearby courtroom showed up to help him.

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February 27, 2024 12:22 AM
SC admits Punjab govt’s review plea in Mubarak Ahmad Sani case

The Supreme Court admitted a review petition filed by the Punjab government in the Mubarak Ahmad Sani case and issued a notice to the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) and other religious bodies.

In a written order, the court stated Jamaat-e-Islami's plea would also be taken up. 

It served notice on the Islamic ideological Council, Naimiya University, Jamia Darul Uloom, Jamia Imdadiya, Muhammadiyah Ghousia University, Quran Academy and others. 

The court sought written comments within three weeks and put off the hearing.

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February 26, 2024 09:52 PM
IHC decision to form body for recovery of missing persons challenged in SC

The decision of the Islamabad High Court to form a committee consisting of secret agencies for the recovery of missing persons was challenged in the Supreme Court.

The Ministry of Interior has filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the IHC decision of February 19.

In the petition, it was contended that the Islamabad High Court cannot look into the issue of Balochistan.

“The IHC intervened in the affairs of the executive by ordering the formation of a committee consisting of secret agencies, it added.

It has been requested in the petition that the decision should be declared null and void.

 

February 26, 2024 09:49 PM
10:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

10:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

 

♦ Punjab CM Maryam Nawaz takes oath, rules out any ‘revenge politics’: Elected CM with 220 votes: Maryam becomes first woman in Pakistan's history to become CM: Rival Rana Aftab gets no vote as Opposition members boycott Punjab Assembly session: In her victory speech, Maryam promises more loans to women than men: Unveils Ramazan package: Lays focus on youth

♦ Sindh Assembly elects Murad Ali Shah as new Chief Minister

♦ Maryam wants law enforces to treat citizens with dignity; Orders orders proper price control department in five days

♦ New Controversy emerged: NA session to be called on February 29 with Secretary's consent

♦ ECP fails to decide on allotment of reserved seats to SIC

♦ Surprizing Move: Caretaker Federal Education Minister Madad Ali Sindhi resigns

♦ Senate passes amendment bill setting Christian children's marriage age at 18 years

♦ Islamabad court acquits PTI leaders in Azadi March case

♦ Larkana sessions judge resigns in protest of SHC judge’s ‘inappropriate behaviour’

♦ PPP regrets President Alvi’s linking NA session with reserved seats: Sherry Rehman says President Alvi again violating law by not convening National Assembly session

♦ CJP summons SJC meeting on Feb 29

♦ Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Secretariat meeting to be held on 28th February at 11 am

♦ LHC's former judge Mian Saeed-ur-Rehman Farrukh passes away

♦ CM Mohsin Naqvi’s journey of service and love ending today: Mohsin Naqvi set the records high in Punjab as the unprecedented projects completed in one year with speed; CM Naqvi inaugurates new 20ft road at Bibi Pakdaman shrine

♦ Gohar Ejaz reaches Abu Dhabi to attend WTO Ministerial Conference

♦ Larkana sessions judge resigns in protest of SHC judge’s ‘inappropriate behaviour’

♦ Maryam Nawaz showers loads of praise on ASP Shehrbano for rescuing woman from mob

♦ Quake felt in parts of Punjab

♦ Gold rate up by Rs700 per tola

♦ Love you to death: Bickering couple jumps into Sanghar canal one after another

♦ Fire erupts in Abbasia forest spreading over 50 hectares in Liaquatpur

♦ Fire engulfs fibre-door factory in Gujranwala

♦ Another PIA airhostess disappears in Canada

♦ French AI firm Mistral launches first chatbot

♦ US airman dead after self-immolating outside Israeli embassy

♦ WTO pushes for reform, warns multilateralism 'under attack'

♦ Arab states tell UN court Israeli occupation is 'affront to justice'

♦ First Israeli strikes on east Lebanon kill two Hezbollah members: security sources

♦ Burundi says main rebel group killed 9 in 'cowardly attack'

♦ Egypt accused of threatening group that reported on enclosure near Gaza

♦ Ukrainian army says withdrew from eastern village near Avdiivka

♦ Attacks on mosque, church kill dozens in Burkina Faso

♦ Hungary gets new president following scandal

♦ Peshawar Zalmi gives Islamabad United a tough target of 201 runs to win; ♦ Owner of Peshawar Zalmi Javed Afridi announce a car gift to Babar for scoring century

♦ Veteran Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan’s 59th birth anniversary is being observed today

♦ Indian ghazal maestro Pankaj Udhas passes away

♦ Germany launches probe over Berlin film festival 'anti-Semitism' row

 

February 26, 2024 09:47 PM
Quake felt in parts of Punjab

An earthquake was felt in parts of Punjab, the 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Monday.

The quake was felt in Lahore, Raiwand. Kasur, Khariyan and Patoki areas.

Residents came out of their houses and started prayers.

 

 

February 26, 2024 09:20 PM
Maryam wants law enforces to treat citizens with dignity

Maryam Nawaz, the first woman chief minister of Punjab, presided over three meetings after taking charge of the CMO, 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Monday.

A smartly turned-out police contingent presented her guard of honour. Presiding over a meeting on law and order, she took  notice of Taxala woman manhandling.

 “I will not tolerate such behaviour by a law enforcer. It is a must for a law enforcer to treat people with dignity and protect them from being insulted. Who will respect the law if the law enforcer breaks it?

The chief minister, earlier, showered loads of praise on Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Syeda Shehrbano Naqvi for rescuing a woman from an angry mob in Lahore.

“Thank you! Shehrbano, we are all proud of you," she said and lauded the bravery, dedication, wisdom, and sense of duty displayed by the police officer to avert an incident which could turn into violence any moment.

She vowed to bring in police reforms and improvement in the prosecution system. She said merit would be maintained and the zero-tolerance policy against bribery would be adopted at all costs.

The IGP briefed the chief minister about law and order in the province and police performance.

Chairing a meeting to control prices, she ordered establishing a regular department for price control in 5 days.

She also ordered sustainable measures for price control and sought an immediate plan.

She issued directives to monitor the demand and supply system

“Temporary measures are not enough. Controlling prices is the top priority of the government,” she stressed.

Earlier in her victory speech after being elected, the chief minister unveiled a Ramadan relief package. 

February 26, 2024 07:12 PM
Surprizing Move: Caretaker Federal Education Minister Madad Ali Sindhi resigns

Caretaker Federal Minister for Education and Training Madad Ali Sindhi has tendered his resignation from his position, 24News HD TV Channel reported on Monday.
According to the sources, Madad Ali Sindhi tendered his resignation to President of Pakistan Arif Alvi who accepted it.
The sources said, the caretaker federal education minister has been released from his responsibilities.

Reporter: Awais Kiyani

February 26, 2024 07:03 PM
LHC's former judge Mian Saeed-ur-Rehman Farrukh passes away

Former Lahore High Court (LHC) Justice Mian Saeed-ur-Rehman Farrokh passed away in Lahore, 24News HD TV Channel reported on Monday.
According to the channel report, the funeral prayer of the deceased will be offered tomorrow (Tuesday) at 01:15 pm.
The funeral prayer will be offered at Central Mosque, Tech Society, Cannal Road, Lahore.

Reporter: Malik Ashraf

February 26, 2024 06:02 PM
Senate passes amendment bill setting Christian children's marriage age at 18 years

The Senate has approved the Christian Marriage Amendment Bill 2023, which establishes the minimum marriage age for Christian children at 18 years, 24news HD TV Channel reported on Monday.
According to the channel report, the Christian Marriage Amendment Bill 2023 was tabled in the Senate for approval and Senator Kamran Michael proposed an amendment in it to set the marriage age of Christian children at 18 years. He told the Upper House that the committee reduced the age of girls and boys from 18 to 16 years in the bill. He suggested that this age limit should be 18 years and the House passed the Christian Marriage Amendment Bill 2023 with his additional amendments.
The Senate also passed several other bills inlcuding The Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2023, The Easements (Amendment) Bill, 2023, The Injured Persons (Medical Aid) (Amendment) Bill, 2023, The Federal Institute of Management Sciences Bill, 2023, and The Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Technology Bill, 2023.
Besides, four other bills including The Equal Scales of Salary and Allowances Bill, 2024, The Wapda University Islamabad Bill, 2023, The Universal Health Coverage Bill, 2024 and The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2024 were introduced in the House.

February 26, 2024 05:29 PM
New Controversy emerged: NA session to be called on February 29 with Secretary's consent

After the rejection of the summery from the Presidency, a new controversy has emerged as the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs has now decided that the opening session of the newly elected members of the National Assembly will be convened on Februray 29 with the consent of the secretary.
According to the 24News HD TV channel, the sources said the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs has completed the preparations for calling the National Assembly session after the President rejected the summary of the National Assembly opening session.
The sources said the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs has prepared a new summary of convening the National Assembly session on February 29 at 10 am.
The sources said the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs will send the new summary to the National Assembly Secretariat instead of the Presidency.
The opening session of the National Assembly will be called after the approval of the National Assembly Secretary on the new summary of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.

President Alvi sends back summery

It is worth mentioning that President Arif Alvi has rejected the summary of convening the National Assembly meeting and sent it back.
According to the sources, President Arif Alvi has taken a stand that the seats of women and minorities should be completed first.
The caretaker federal government is of the opinion that under section 2 of Article 91, it is mandatory to call a meeting for 21 days, even if the president does not call the meeting, the meeting of the National Assembly will be held on February 29 anyway and the meeting held on February 29 will be in accordance with the constitution.

PPP's reaction 


Leader of Pakistan People's Party, Senator Sherry Rehman has said that the President of the State, Dr. Arif Alvi, is not convening the National Assembly meeting, but is abiding by PTI's oath.
While talking to the media representatives, Senator Sherry Rehman said that the President of the State, Dr. Arif Alvi, had been sent a summary of convening the meeting of the National Assembly, but he did not sign it. It is unfortunate that the President has made the meeting subject to the decision of specific seats.

Reporter: Usman Khan

February 26, 2024 04:39 PM
Islamabad court acquits PTI leaders in Azadi March case

District and Sessions Courts Islamabad acquitted four Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders from the case of violation of Section 144 and Azadi March.
According to the 24News HD TV channel, Islamabad High Court has already acquitted the accused Ali Amin Gandapur in the same case.
The Islamabad District and Sessions court acquitted PTI leaders Ali Nawaz Awan, Raja Khurram Nawaz, Malik Rafiq and Mian Amjad from the case.
Judicial Magistrate Mureed Abbas delivered the reserved verdict and approved the petitions filed for the acquittal of the four accused leaders of the PTI.
The court had reserved its decision today after the arguments of the lawyers were completed.
A case was registered against the leaders in Islamabad Margalla police station.

February 26, 2024 04:15 PM 4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV
4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

 

♦ Punjab CM Maryam Nawaz takes oath, rules out any ‘revenge politics’: Elected CM with 220 votes: Maryam becomes first woman in Pakistan's history to become CM: Rival Rana Aftab gets no vote as Opposition members boycott Punjab Assembly session: In her victory speech, Maryam promises more loans to women than men: Unveils Ramazan package: Lays focus on youth

♦ Maryam Nawaz becomes 30th CM of Punjab

♦ Voting to elect new Sindh chief minister under way

♦ PPP regrets President Alvi’s linking NA session with reserved seats: Sherry Rehman says President Alvi again violating law by not convening National Assembly session

♦ Murad faces Khursheedi as Sindh Assembly elects new CM today

♦ CJP summons SJC meeting on Feb 29

♦ Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Secretariat meeting to be held on 28th February at 11 am

♦ Court reserves verdict on Fawad Ch’s bail plea

♦ CM Mohsin Naqvi’s journey of service and love ending today: Mohsin Naqvi set the records high in Punjab as the unprecedented projects completed in one year with speed

♦ CM Naqvi inaugurates new 20ft road at Bibi Pakdaman shrine

♦ Larkana sessions judge resigns in protest of SHC judge’s ‘inappropriate behaviour’

♦ Maryam Nawaz showers loads of praise on ASP Shehrbano for rescuing woman from mob

♦ Love you to death: Bickering couple jumps into Sanghar canal one after another

♦ Another PIA airhostess disappears in Canada

♦ Gold rate up by Rs700 per tola

♦ Potential Gaza ceasefire in sight amid UN famine warning

♦ Female police officer praised for saving woman with Arabic text dress from angry mob

♦ Fire erupts in Abbasia forest spreading over 50 hectares in Liaquatpur

♦ Fire engulfs fibre-door factory in Gujranwala

♦ Veteran Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan’s 59th birth anniversary is being observed today

February 26, 2024 03:41 PM Larkana sessions judge resigns in protest of SHC judge’s ‘inappropriate behaviour’
Larkana sessions judge resigns in protest of SHC judge’s ‘inappropriate behaviour’

Sessions Judge Larkana Sharaf-ud-Din Shah on Monday announced resignation from his service citing “inappropriate behavior” of Sindh High Court’s (SHC) Justice Saleem Jaisar, reported 24NewsHD V channel.

The sessions judge forwarded his resignation to Sindh High Court Registrar.

Citing number of reasons, the sessions judge alleged that Justice Saleem Jaisar sent him a message through Additional Registrar after he did not sanction a peon’s job against rules to judge’s favoured person.

After his refusal, Justice Saleem Jaisar got angry with him. Resignation letter further claimed that Muhammad Malook who had served as Justice Jaisar’s clerk hurled threats at him for not giving job to their desired person.

The sessions judge further alleged that during an inspection visit by Justice Saleem Jaisar, Additional Registrar despite being junior to him kept issuing him directives. The “wrong notices” written by Justice Jaisar against him went viral on social media without proof, he added.

The sessions judge further claimed that he remained part of the judicial system for 27 years, but now in an environment of utter disgrace he cannot continue his work further.

 

Reporter Abdul Khaliq Mugheri

February 26, 2024 02:09 PM
Maryam Nawaz showers loads of praise on ASP Shehrbano for rescuing woman from mob

Newly-elected Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif has showered loads of praise on Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Syeda Shehrbano Naqvi for rescuing a woman from an angry mob in Lahore, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

In a statement on Monday, Maryam Nawaz said: “Thank you Shehrbano!, we are all proud of you."

She lauded the bravery, dedication, wisdom, and sense of duty displayed by the police officer to avert an incident which could turn into violence any moment.

She commended Shehrbano for her efforts in countering extremism and handling the mob's pressure in a tense situation.

“If ASP Gulberg Shehrbano Naqvi had not arrived in time, there was a risk of an incident,” Maryam said.

Meanwhile, the Punjab police have recommended ASP Shehrbano’s name for the prestigious Quaid-e-Azam Police Medal (QPM), the highest gallantry award for law enforcers in Pakistan.

Further, Maryam Nawaz stated, “I hope that every police officer should enthusiastically plays his or her role in ensuring security and safety of citizens with courage.”

Later, in her victory speech after being elected as Punjab chief minister, Maryam Nawaz again praised the female police officer, saying "I will call her to my office and pat her back as she has done a splendid job."

It is pertinent to mention here that on Sunday, a mob in Lahore Ichra Bazaar surrounded a woman for wearing a dress adorned with Arabic calligraphy. ASP Shehrbano controlled the situation and saved the woman from the angry mob.

 

February 26, 2024 01:22 PM
1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

♦ Maryam Nawaz makes history, elected first woman chief minister: Opposition members stage walkout from Punjab Assembly

♦ PPP regrets President Alvi’s linking NA session with reserved seats: Sherry Rehman says President Alvi again violating law by not convening National Assembly session

♦ Murad faces Khursheedi as Sindh Assembly elects new CM today

♦ CJP summons SJC meeting on Feb 29

♦ Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Secretariat meeting to be held on 28th February at 11 am

♦ Court reserves verdict on Fawad Ch’s bail plea

♦ CM Mohsin Naqvi’s journey of service and love ending today: Mohsin Naqvi set the records high in Punjab as the unprecedented projects completed in one year with speed

♦ CM Naqvi inaugurates new 20ft road at Bibi Pakdaman shrine

♦ Nominated Chief Minister Punjab, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, paid tribute to police officer Shehr Bano for saving a woman wearing Arabic calligraphy-printed dress from a charged mob, says SP Gulbarg showed bravery and intelligence on duty: recommend gallantry award for her

♦ Potential Gaza ceasefire in sight amid UN famine warning

♦ Female police officer praised for saving woman with Arabic text dress from angry mob

♦ Fire erupts in Abbasia forest spreading over 50 hectares in Liaquatpur

♦ Fire engulfs fibre-door factory in Gujranwala

♦ Veteran Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan’s 59th birth anniversary is being observed today

February 26, 2024 01:00 PM
Court reserves verdict on Fawad Ch’s bail plea

An accountability court in Islamabad on Monday reserved its verdict in post-arrest bail plea of Fawad Chaudhry, former minister from Jhelum, in a corruption case, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Accountability Court judge Nasir Javed Rana reserved the verdict which will be announced later today at 3pm.

Former minister was arrested on the charges of corruption in development projects.

During the hearing NAB prosecutor pleaded in the court that Fawad Ch got monetary benefit in collaboration with the contractors therefore his bail request should be rejected.

Fawad Ch’s counsel Faisal Ch advocate told the court that NAB had not served any notice to former minister for investigation. He requested that court should reject NAB request and release Fawad Ch on bail.

After listening the arguments on both side, court reserved the verdict which will announced at 3pm.

 

Reporter Hashir Ahsen

February 26, 2024 12:53 PM
Live missiles fired in Pakistan Navy’s firepower demo in Arabian Sea

Pakistan Navy put up a powerful show of its firepower during Seaspark 2024 exercise in Arabian Seat by successfully hitting air targets with FM90 missiles, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

According to an ISPR statement released in Rawalpindi on Monday, during Pakistan Navy's successful demonstration of firepower in the North Arabian Sea at the end of Exercise Seaspark 2024, Navy ships successfully hit air targets with surface-to-air FM 90 missiles.

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The successful demonstration of live missile firing is a testament to the operational capability and tactical preparedness of the Pakistan Navy

Commander Pakistan Fleet Vice Admiral Mohammad Faisal Abbasi witnessed the firepower display.

Commander Pakistan Fleet expressed full satisfaction on the operational readiness of Pakistan Navy.

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Pakistan Navy is always ready to make the country's maritime borders impregnable, said Vice Admiral Mohammad Faisal Abbasi on the occasion.

https://twitter.com/24NewsHD/status/1762022648949747944

Reporter Ahmad Mansoor

February 26, 2024 11:54 AM CJP summons SJC meeting on Feb 29
CJP summons SJC meeting on Feb 29

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Qazi Faez Isa on Monday summoned a meeting of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) on February 29 to consider the complaints of misconduct against former apex court judge Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Mazahir Naqvi is probably the only judge who is facing proceedings of misconduct after his resignation.

Last week, an SC larger bench by a majority of 4 to 1 held that the proceedings, which had already been initiated by the SJC against a judge, shall not abate on his resignation or retirement.

“It is the prerogative of the SJC to proceed with the matter accordingly,” read the order.

In view of the SJC order, the proceedings of misconduct against Naqvi will be valid.

 

Reporter Amanat Gishkori

February 26, 2024 11:18 AM
CM Naqvi inaugurates new 20ft road at Bibi Pakdaman shrine

Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi inaugurated a new road leading to Bibi Pakdaman shrine, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Monday.

The construction of 20 feet wide new road from Empress Road to the shrine was completed in a short period. The Chief Minister along with the provincial cabinet inaugurated the road late at night.

CM Naqvi inspected the road and appreciated the quality of work. After the inauguration, the CM visited shrine of Bibi Pakdaman.

Talking to media, Mohsin Naqvi said incoming Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif praised the work of interim government.

Citing balloting of plots for journalist community, CM Naqvi told journalist, "It was my duty to work for the betterment of journalist community, without it, my heart would have been heavy."

February 26, 2024 11:07 AM
Fire engulfs fibre-door factory in Gujranwala

A fire which broke out suddenly in a fibre-door manufacturing factory located near Nokhar in Gujranwala spread quickly engulfing the whole facility on Monday, reported 24News HD TV channel.

According to details, the reason about how the blaze stared in the factory was yet to be ascertained.

As huge quantity of inflammable material was available in the factory, the fire swept through the whole factory within no time.

However, two rescue vehicles brought the fire under control after firefighting operation.

 

Reporter Rana Zahid

February 25, 2024 09:49 PM
10:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

♦ Sindh Assembly elects PPP’s Owais Qadir as Speaker, Anthony Naveed as Deputy Speaker; Owais Qadir and Anthony Naveed receive 111 votes each; Owais outclasses MQM-Pakistan’s Sofia Shah by a margin of 75 votes; Rashid Khan bags 36 votes against Anthony Naveed

♦ Saudi Arabia introduces new Hajj Protocols, imposes 50,000 Riyals fine, jail sentences for violators

♦ Punjab, Sindh assemblies to elect leaders of house tomorrow; Speaker declares Maryam, Aftab's nominations for CM Punjab election correct; Oath-taking ceremony of newly elected Punjab CM to be held at Governor's House

♦ Maryam Nawaz finalizes 26 names of her cabinet members

♦ Inside story of MQM-P meeting: Nothing finalized on ministries with PML-N

♦ 4-party alliance protest ends in Quetta

♦ PPP’s Shazia Marri and Nafisa Shah resign from reserved seats in National Assembly

♦ PML-N garners support of 200 MNAs, claims Ayaz Sadiq

♦ PTI boycotts Sindh Assembly session

♦ Sunni Ittehad Council’s leader says party wants to bury past; move ahead

♦ New prime minister to take oath of office by March 1

♦ Utility Stores slash prices of various products before Ramadan

♦ Punjab CM inaugurates restoration projects at Lahore Fort

♦ CM Naqvi inaugurates new lab, collection center at SIMS

♦ National anti-polio campaign launched countrywide

♦ World Punjabi Organization’s 80-member delegation visits Kartarpur Sahib

♦ WTO launches $50m fund for female entrepreneurs in developing world

♦ 4th Pak China Medical Congress to Be Held in Shanghai, China

♦ All passport delivery counters to remain open on weekends nationwide

♦ Fitness classes started in Turkish mosque

♦ Robbers deprive foreign returned family of Rs 3.3m in Lahore

♦ Seven injured in violent clash during marriage procession in Khanewal

♦ Stage actor Tahir Anjum injured in murderous attack

♦ Human error blamed for 2020 Karachi plane crash: Inquiry report released after four years

♦ Youth shot dead for resisting robbery in Karachi

♦ CCPO Rawalpindi sacks cops after videos of their torture go viral

♦ Man kills mother to borrow money for online gaming debt in India

♦ IS landmine kills 13 truffle hunters in Syria desert: monitor

♦ Zelensky says 31,000 Ukrainian soldiers killed in war with Russia

♦ Polish farmers block key road into Germany

♦ Iran says US-British strikes on Yemen 'escalate tensions'

♦ Algeria's president inaugurates Africa's largest mosque

♦ Over 100 more Palestinians martyred in latest Israeli strikes on Gaza: Netanyahu unveils plan for Gaza’s future post-Hamas; Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei calls Western leaders bloodthirsty wolves having double standards on situation in Gaza

♦ US, UK launch new wave of strikes against Yemen's Huthis: American and British forces carry out fresh strikes against 18 Huthi targets in Yemen

♦ Supporters hail Trump nomination as 'definitive' after latest win: Haley lashes out at Trump over 'disgusting' Black voter comments

♦ India beat Pakistan again to win Pak-India T20 Blind cricket series

♦ PSL: Multan Sultans thrash Quetta Gladiators by 13 runs

♦ PSL: Pehsawar Zalmi set 212-run target to winless Lahore Qalandars

♦ Mateen crowned Nayza National Armwrestling Season 2 champion

♦ Military’s seventh international PATS competition kicks off 

♦ Honduras striker Elis in hospital after serious head injury

♦ Ashwin bags five as India chase 192 in England Test

♦ New Zealand stages 'Manu' dive bomb world championship

♦ Fast bowler Haris Rauf ruled out of remaining PSL-9 matches

♦ ‘Shab-e-Barat’ to be observed tonight

♦ KP braces for new spell of rain, hail, and snowfall from tonight till Feb 27

 

 

 

 

 

February 25, 2024 08:47 PM
All passport delivery counters to remain open on weekends nationwide

There's great news for passport applicants as all passport delivery counters across the country will remain open on weekends too.
According to 24News HD TV channel, Director General of Immigration and Passports Mustafa Jamal Qazi said this step aims to facilitate pilgrims intending to perform Hajj.
He confirmed that from March 2nd to March 15th, the passport delivery centers will operate on Saturdays and Sundays.
Mustafa Jamal Qazi mentioned that citizens can also contact the passport office from 9 am to 1 pm even on Fridays to get their passports.

February 25, 2024 08:09 PM
Oath-taking ceremony of newly elected Punjab CM to be held at Governor's House


The swearing-in ceremony of the newly elected Chief Minister of Punjab will be held at the Governor's House, 24News HD TV Channel reported on Sunday.
According to the report, the swearing-in ceremony is scheduled at 2:30 PM on Monday (February 26, 2024) at the Governor's House Lahore.
The channel report said the invitations to participate in the oath-taking ceremony were issued to the central leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the leaders of the allied parties.
The report said the Members of the Punjab Assembly were instructed to enter the Governor's House Lahore through the Alhamra Gate located at the Kashmir Road linked to Mall Road.
It is worth mentioning that due to have a good majority in the House, PML-N's nominated candidate Maryam Nawaz Sharif is expected to elect as new cheif minister of the province tomorrow.

Reporter: Rao Dilshad

February 25, 2024 07:40 PM
Inside story of MQM-P meeting: Nothing finalized on ministries with PML-N

The inside story of Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan's (MQM-P) coordination committee meeting has unvieled that nothing has been finalized between the PML-N and MQM-P on the ministries in the federation.
According to the 24News HD TV channel, the negotiation committee of MQM-P informed the members of the coordination committee about the meeting with the top leadership of the PML-N.
The negotiation members told the meeting that they have placed their demands in front of the PML-N and they will not back down from their demands regarding the constitutional amendments.
They said the PML-N top leadership has assured them that they will make contact soon with possitive response.
Anyhow, the sources said the committee members said they want such ministries in the federation to solve the problems of citizens of Sindh, especially Karachi.
On the other hand the MQM-P spokesperson told the media that the coordination committee meeting was held under the chairmanship of Convener Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui in which Sindh Governor Kamran Tesori, Senior Deputy Convenor Syed Mustafa Kamal, Dr Farooq Sattar, Deputy Convenor Anees Qaimkhani, Khawaja Izharul Hasan and members of the Coordination Committee participated.
In the meeting, he said the post-election situation and the talks with the PML-N were discussed and the coordination committee gave various suggestions on the current political situation of the federation and the province.
He further stated that the committee was agreed to continue the struggle for the stability of democracy and basic democratic rights in the country.

Reproter: Shoaib Mukhtar

February 25, 2024 07:34 PM
4-party alliance protest ends in Quetta

 The protest against manipulation of the election results and the alleged rigging by a four parties’ alliance ended on Sunday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.    

The Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-Mengal), Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), National Party and Hazara Democratic Party staged a sit-in in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Quetta about seventeen days.

The alliance was demanding release of election results as per Form 45. Despite their efforts, their complaints went unheard.

Their protest made the markets closed, trade routes disrupted, and transportation severely impacted.

Passengers traveling between Quetta and Karachi find themselves stranded on blocked highways.

Ghulam Nabi Marri, a leader of the BNP-Mengal, expressed frustration at the lack of attention to their concerns.

He vowed to expand the protest across the province, asserting that rallies, sit-ins, and protests would continue until their demands were met.

The situation has paralysed Balochistan, with protesters blocking highways and shutting down cities.

The protesting parties urged the Election Commission of Pakistan to order a recount in constituencies where massive rigging is alleged to have occurred. The Baloch people are demanding electoral justice and transparency, they added.

February 25, 2024 06:47 PM
Maryam Nawaz finalizes 26 names of her cabinet members

The formation of the cabinet in Punjab will consist of two stages as Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz's (PML-N) expected new Cheif Minister in Punjab Maryam Nawaz has finalized 26 names of her cabinet members.
In the first phase, a 16-member cabinet will be formed, for which the consultation on the names of Muslim League-N and allied parties has been completed.
The sources told the 24News HD TV channel that there will be 13 ministers from the PML-N, two from allied party the Pakistan Muslim League Quaid (PML-Q) and one from the Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party (IPP).
In the first phase of the Punjab Cabinet, Maryam Aurangzeb, Khawaja Salman Rafiq, Khawaja Imran Nazir, Bilal Yasin, Mian Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, Sardar Khizr Hussain Mazari, Manshaullah Butt, Ashiq Kirmani, Naeem Khan Bhabha, Uzmi Bukhari, Malik Faisal Ayub Khokhar, Sardar Sher Ali Gorchani, Ahmed Khan Leghari, Rahila Khadim Hussain, Sabatin Bukhari, Colonel retired Muhammad Ayub Khan Gandhi will be included.
In the second phase, Malik Asif Bhai, Akhtar Bosal, Mian Yawar Zaman, Fida Hussain, Tanveer Aslam Malik, Malik Asad Khokhar, Farrukh Ali Javed, Sheikh Salman Naeem, Malik Ghazanfar Abbas Chheena of the IPP, Ch Shafi Hussain of PML-Q will be included in the provincial cabinet.

Reporter: Rao Dilshad

February 25, 2024 06:45 PM
Military’s seventh international PATS competition kicks off  

 

Seventh International Pakistan Army Team Spirit (PATS) Competition-2024 commenced at the National Counter-Terrorism Centre, Pabbi, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Sunday.

In a press release, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said the opening ceremony of the seventh International Pakistan Army Team Spirit (PATS) Competition 2024 was held at National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) Pabbi today.

Director General Military Training opened the 60 hours long Patrolling Exercise which aims at enhancing military to military cooperation under complex international security environment.

A total of 20 friendly countries including military observers are participating in the event.

Major participants include Pakistan, Bahrain, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Morocco, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkiye, United States of America and Uzbekistan while Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Myanmar, Germany, Indonesia, Japan and Oman will witness the exercise as military observers.

Pakistan Army Team Spirit is a mission specific and task oriented professional military exercise organised annually in Pakistan. The exercise calls for highest standard of physical fitness, mental agility/ robustness and professional military expertise for quick decision making in varied situations during conduct of challenging missions in near real environment.

The aim and objectives of this exercise revolve around perseverance acclaimed through the team spirit. The exercise would help hone basic soldierly attributes besides interoperability through sharing of innovative ideas and mutual best practices.

 

Reporter: Ahmed Mansoor 

February 25, 2024 06:27 PM
Speaker declares Maryam, Aftab's nominations for CM Punjab election correct

Punjab Assembly Speaker Malik Muhammad Ahmed Khan declared the nomnation papers of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Maryam Nawaz and Sunni Ittehad Council's (SIC) Rana Aftab Ahmad Khan correct after examined the documents.
According to the 24News HD TV channel, both the candidates' nomination papers were filed in the PA secretary's office on Sunday afternoon. PA Secretary Chaudhry Amir Habib received the nomination papers.
There were three nomination papers of Maryam Nawaz Sharif were submitted in the Assembly secretariat in which Col (R) Ayub Gadhi, Zeeshan Rafique and Mian Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman proposed her while Mian Yawar Zaman, Salman Rafique and Khwaja Imran Nazir endorsed her for the CM election.
Rana Aftab Ahmad Khan, the nominated candidate of the SIC for Chief Minister, personally reached the Punjab Assembly and submitted the nomination papers to the Secretary of the Punjab Assembly.
Time for submission was given to the candidates till 5 pm for nomination papers and after the filling of the nominations from both candidates, PA Speaker Malik Muhammad Ahmed Khan examined the documents and after scrutiny, the papers of both the candidates have been declared correct as per the rules and regulations.
Speaker Punjab Assembly Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan said that the election of the Chief Minister of Punjab will be held tomorrow (Monday February 26, 2024) at 11:00 am.
The Speaker also confirmed the media that there will be a contest between Maryam Nawaz Sharif of PML-N and Rana Aftab Ahmad Khan of SIC for the post of Chief Minister.
Later, Punjab Chief Minister nominee Rana Aftab Ahmed Khan of the SIC talked to media and said that he is contesting the election of the Chief Minister of Punjab as a protest.
Rana Aftab Ahmad Khan said that Sunni Ittehad Council is in a position to give surprise but many of his party's newly elected members are not being allowed to come to the House.
Rana Aftab Ahmad Khan said that the candidate of Sunni Unity Council will be successful.

Reporter: Rao Dilshad

February 25, 2024 04:06 PM 4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV
4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

♦ PPP’s Owais Qadir Shah elected Sindh Assembly speaker with 111 votes: Owais outclasses MQM-Pakistan’s Sofia Shah by a margin of 75 votes

♦ PPP’s Shazia Marri and Nafisa Shah resign from special NA seats

♦ PML-N garners support of 200 MNAs, claims Ayaz Sadiq

♦ Punjab CM inaugurates restoration projects at Lahore Fort

♦ World Punjabi Organization’s 80-member delegation visits Kartarpur Sahib

♦ Quetta Gladiators bowl first in PSL match against Multan Sultans

♦ Fast bowler Haris Rauf ruled out of remaining PSL-9 matches

♦ Utility Stores slash prices of various products before Ramadan

♦ Human error blamed for 2020 Karachi plane crash: Inquiry report released after four years

♦ Youth shot dead for resisting robbery in Karachi

♦ PTI boycotts Sindh Assembly session

♦ Sunni Ittehad Council’s leader says party wants to bury past; move ahead

♦ New prime minister to take oath of office by March 1

♦ CM Naqvi inaugurates new lab, collection center at SIMS

♦ Punjab Assembly speaker and deputy speaker sworn in

♦ National anti-polio campaign launched countrywide

♦ CCPO Rawalpindi sacks cops after videos of their torture go viral

♦ Parts of country receive rain

♦ Over 100 more Palestinians martyred in latest Israeli strikes on Gaza: Netanyahu unveils plan for Gaza’s future post-Hamas; Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei calls Western leaders bloodthirsty wolves having double standards on situation in Gaza

♦ US, UK launch new wave of strikes against Yemen's Huthis: American and British forces carry out fresh strikes against 18 Huthi targets in Yemen

♦ ‘Shab-e-Barat’ to be observed tonight

Supporters hail Trump nomination as 'definitive' after latest win: Haley lashes out at Trump over 'disgusting' Black voter comments

New Zealand stages 'Manu' dive bomb world championship

 

February 25, 2024 03:21 PM 1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV
1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

♦ PPP’s Owais Qadir Shah elected Sindh Assembly speaker with 111 votes: Owais outclasses MQM-Pakistan’s Sofia Shah by a margin of 75 votes

♦ PTI boycotts Sindh Assembly session

♦ Sunni Ittehad Council’s leader says party wants to bury past; move ahead

♦ New prime minister to take oath of office by March 1

♦ CM Naqvi inaugurates new lab, collection center at SIMS

♦ Punjab Assembly speaker and deputy speaker sworn in

♦ National anti-polio campaign launched countrywide

♦ CCPO Rawalpindi sacks cops after videos of their torture go viral

♦ Parts of country receive rain

♦ Over 100 more Palestinians martyred in latest Israeli strikes on Gaza: Netanyahu unveils plan for Gaza’s future post-Hamas; Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei calls Western leaders bloodthirsty wolves having double standards on situation in Gaza

♦ US, UK launch new wave of strikes against Yemen's Huthis: American and British forces carry out fresh strikes against 18 Huthi targets in Yemen

♦ ‘Shab-e-Barat’ to be observed tonight

♦ Quetta Gladiators bowl first in PSL match against Multan Sultans

February 25, 2024 02:49 PM
Punjab CM inaugurates restoration projects at Lahore Fort

Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi has formally inaugurated the restoration project of Kharak Singh Haveli and Akbari Mahal of Lahore Fort, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Sunday.

Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi visited different parts of Kharak Singh Haveli and Akbari Mahal and expressed deep interest.

Mohsin Naqvi was told about the engine of the old plane, recovered from Kharak Singh Haveli.

He also saw the antiques recovered from Kharak Singh Haveli.

Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi also reviewed the ongoing restoration works at Kharak Singh Haveli and Akbari Mahal.

He also inspected the upper floor and the wooden roof of the upper floor of Kharak Singh Haveli.

The Chief Minister was told about Nanak Chandi bricks on the walls of Kharak Singh Haveli.

The Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi instructed to complete the restoration project of Kharak Singh Haveli and Akbari Mahal as soon as possible.

Provincial Ministers Dr. Javed Akram, Mansoor Qadir, Aamir Mir, Azfar Ali Nasir, Advisor Wahab Riaz, Chief Secretary, Senior Member Board of Revenue, Chairman Planning and Board, IG Police, Secretary Awqaf, CCPO, Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner and the relevant authorities were also present on the occasion.

Walled City Authority chief Kamran Lashari and other archeologists gave a detailed briefing to Chief Minister about the completion of the projects.

February 25, 2024 12:08 PM
PTI-backed candidates boycott Sindh Assembly’ session

Just before the start of the Sindh Assembly’s (SA) session for the election of the speaker and the deputy speaker on Sunday, PTI-backed winning independent candidates announced the boycott of the session, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

One of the PTI-backed independent MPAs, Muhammad Awais, however, said that he and eight other independents would take oath today.

 

Reporter: Taha Malik

February 25, 2024 11:37 AM
Sunni Ittehad Council’s leader says party wants to bury past; move ahead

Suni Ittehad Council leader Amir Dogar said on Sunday that despite the fact that the PTI-backed candidates had to face a lot of repression and even the party’s candidate for the slot of Punjab CM was not even allowed to attend the provincial assembly’s session, still the party wanted to bury the past and move ahead for the progress and prosperity of the country, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Talking to media outside the Punjab Assembly, Amir Dogar claimed that Sunni Ittehad Council new candidate for CM Punjab Rana Aftab Ahmed Khan will play his positive role in the assembly.

He said despite severe reservations in the process of Speaker and Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly, Suni Ittehad Council was moving forward for the sake of the country. He claimed that their party will fight against dynastic politics and promote democratic rules and regulations.

He said without the participation of all honorable members, the process of the House should not start. He said despite severe pressures, the attendance of Suni Ittehad council members remained hundred percent.

 

Reporter: Mian Iftikhar

February 25, 2024 10:28 AM
Over 100 more Palestinians martyred in latest Israeli strikes on Gaza

 The brutal bombardment of the Israeli army in the Deir al-Balah region of Gaza ad during the last 24 hours, more than one hundred Palestinians, including fourteen innocent children, were martyred. While more than half of the martyrs and injured are women and children.

So far, 29606 Palestinians had been martyred, while more than 69737 civilians were injured in military strikes and operations of the Israeli army in Gaza.

Meanwhile, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei called Western leaders bloodthirsty wolves for having double standards on the situation in Gaza. Khamenei also flayed the West who brazenly vetoed the Security Council resolution against Israeli aggression.

Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled a plan for Gaza’s future post-Hamas, which includes the “complete demilitarization” of the enclave, closing off the territory’s southern border with Egypt, as well as the overhaul of Gaza’s civil administration and education systems. According to the plan, which Netanyahu presented to members of Israel’s security cabinet Thursday night. It was distributed as a basis for discussion, the prime minister’s office told AFP, in preparation of further talks, and comes after Netanyahu faced weeks of criticism for having no concrete plan for a postwar Gaza.

A crowded street in Rafah, where many displaced Palestinians have trekked as the IDF's ground campaign moved south through Gaza.

The plan comes as Israel sent a negotiating team, led by Mossad Director David Barnea, to Paris on Friday to pursue talks over a potential ceasefire and hostage release deal that may put an end to the four-month long war.

Israel sounded a positive note Saturday on efforts to broker a new hostage release and ceasefire deal in its war with Hamas, as concern deepened over the growing humanitarian crisis in the war-torn Gaza Strip.

As aid agencies warned of unprecedented levels of desperation and looming famine, dozens more Gazans were killed in Israeli strikes, the Hamas-run territory's health ministry said.

An Israeli delegation led by Mossad intelligence agency chief David Barnea travelled to Paris for a fresh push towards a deal over a ceasefire.

National security advisor Tzachi Hanegbi said Israel's war cabinet would meet later Saturday to hear an update after the delegation returned from the talks with mediators. "There is probably room to move towards an agreement," Hanegbi told N12 News television in an interview, without elaborating. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Saturday's meeting would discuss the "next steps in the negotiations".As with a previous week-long truce in November that saw more than 100 hostages freed, Egypt, Qatar and the United States have been spearheading efforts to secure a deal.

White House envoy Brett McGurk held talks this week with Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant in Tel Aviv, after speaking to other mediators in Cairo who had met Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh.

As civilians in the besieged territory struggled to get food and supplies, the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees warned Gazans were "in extreme peril while the world watches".

In northern Gaza's Jabalia refugee camp, bedraggled children held plastic containers and battered cooking pots for what little food was available.

Food is running out, with aid agencies unable to get into the area because of the bombing, while the trucks that do try to get through face frenzied looting.

Residents have taken to eating scavenged scraps of rotten corn, animal fodder unfit for human consumption and even leaves.

The World Food Programme said this week its teams reported "unprecedented levels of desperation" while the United Nations warned that 2.2 million people were on the brink of famine.

The health ministry said on Saturday that a two-month-old baby identified as Mahmud Fatuh had died of "malnutrition" in Gaza City. Save the Children said the risk of famine would continue to "increase as long as the government of Israel continues to impede the entry of aid into Gaza".

Israel has defended its track record on allowing aid into Gaza, saying that 13,000 trucks carrying relief supplies had entered the territory since the start of the war. With tempers rising dozens of people in the Jabalia camp on Friday held an impromptu protest.

"We didn't die from air strikes but we are dying from hunger," read a sign held by one child. The war began after Hamas's unprecedented October 7 attack, which resulted in the deaths of about 1,160 people in Israel, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally of official figures.

Hamas militants also took hostages, 130 of whom remain in Gaza, including 30 presumed dead, according to Israel. Israel's retaliatory offensive has killed at least 29,606 people, mostly women and children, according to the latest tally from Gaza's health ministry.

Pressure has mounted on Netanyahu's government to negotiate a ceasefire and secure the release of the hostages. A group representing their families held a rally in Tel Aviv on Saturday evening to demand swifter action. "We keep telling you: bring them back to us! And no matter how," said Avivit Yablonka, 45, whose sister Hanan was captured on October 7.

Hamas said Saturday that Israeli forces launched more than 70 strikes on civilian homes in Gazan cities including Deir al-Balah, Khan Yunis and Rafah over the previous 24 hours. The health ministry said at least 92 people were killed. An AFP reporter in Rafah said there had been at least six air strikes on the city on Saturday evening.

At Najjar hospital in the city, AFP saw bodies carried from ambulances and placed in the courtyard of the hospital in body bags, while relatives grieved nearby. Inside the hospital, medics treated several wounded men who were laid out on the floor, one with his head wrapped in bandages. In Khan Yunis, which has seen heavy fighting in recent weeks, Israel's military said it was "intensifying the operations" using tanks, close-range fire and aircraft. "The soldiers raided the residence of a senior military intelligence operative" in the area, a military statement said.

With war still raging after more than four months, Netanyahu unveiled a plan for post-war Gaza this week which envisages civil affairs being run by Palestinian officials without links to Hamas. It also says Israel will continue with the establishment of a security buffer zone inside Gaza along the territory's border.

The plan has been rejected by both Hamas and the Palestinian Authority in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Israel's key ally the United States said it did not support a "reoccupation" or a "reduction of the size of Gaza", and said "Palestinian people should have a voice and a vote... through a revitalised Palestinian Authority". AFP

February 25, 2024 09:20 AM
Sindh Assembly elects PPP’s Owais Qadir as Speaker, Anthony Naveed as Deputy Speaker

Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) Owais Qadir Shah was elected as Speaker while Anthony Naveed as Deputy Speaker of the Sindh Assembly by a huge margin of votes on Sunday.

According to the 24NewsHD TV channel, outgoing speaker Agha Siraj Durrani announced the results, saying a total of 147 votes were cast, of which Owais Qadir Shah received 111.

Meanwhile, his opponent and MQM-P leader Sofia Shah got only 36 votes. As Owais Qadir Shah walked up to his seat, slogans of ‘Long Live Bhutto’ erupted in the house.

Later, outgoing speaker Siraj Durrani administered oath to the newly-elected speaker of the house. Owais Qadir Shah is the 12th speaker of the Sindh Assembly.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUcXaFYJ81s

Syed Awais Qadir Shah, the newly elected speaker, was elected to the provincial assembly from PS-23, Sukkur after securing 69,266 votes, while GDA’s Inayatullah, who secured 21,137 votes, stood second.

The PPP, with 114 seats, is the largest parliamentary party in the Sindh Assembly. MQM-P comes next with 36 MPAs while the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) has nine members, Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) 3, and Jamaat Islami (JI) one seat.

The PPP is comfortably placed in the House, and it doesn’t need any party’s support to get its chief minister elected.

After having done with the election of the speaker, the MPAs casted votes for the seat of deputy speaker and elected Anthony Naveed. He obtained total of 111 votes while his opponent MQM-P’s Rashid Khan bagged only 36 votes for the seat.

Speaker Sindh Assembly Owais Qadir Shah hugged and congratulated newly elected Deputy Speaker Anthony Naveed and expected that he will run the business of the assembly in good manners.

Earlier, the voting to elect a new speaker of the newly-elected Sindh Assembly was held with members exercised their right one by one.

PPP’s Syed Owais Qadir Shah faced MQM-Pakistan’s Sofia Shah for the slot of speakership.

Outgoing speaker Agha Siraj Durrani announced that the nomination papers of Owais Qadir Shah and Sofia Shah had been received, adding these nominations were found valid and polling would be held by secret ballot. Durrani then called all the lawmakers in alphabetical order to collect the ballot papers and cast their votes.

Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani also announced the panel which will be responsible for running the session in absence of a speaker or deputy speaker. The members included Sharjeel Memon, Nida Khurho and Ali Khursheedi.

The assembly’s session began at 11:00 AM with speaker Agha Siraj Durrani in the chair.

PPP’s Awais Qadir and MQM-P’s Sofia Shah were the candidates for the seat of speaker while PPP’s Anthony Naveed and MQM-P’s Rashid Khan were for the seat of deputy speaker. 

On the other hand, as per the schedule announced for the chief minister's election due tomorrow, the candidates will be able to file their nomination papers between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM.

Besides that, newly elected PTI and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) MPAs are also expected to take oath of their office today.

As many as 163 newly-elected members of the 16th Sindh Assembly took oath on Saturday amid no show-up by the Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA), Jamaat-e-Islami, PTI-backed independents, and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl lawmakers.

Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani chaired the inaugural session of the provincial assembly and later administered the oath to the members.

The MPAs took oath in three languages – Urdu, Sindhi and English.

Earlier, there were reports that 151 MPAs-elect will be sworn in, but actually 163 members were administered the oath by the speaker with four others who were left out for different reasons.

There was a commotion in the gallery during the oath-taking. The speaker warned that troublemakers will be expelled from the gallery, saying “You can go to courts for relief. The whole of Sindh has extended support to the PPP and you must keep on trying if you are rejected by the masses.”

JUI workers reportedly staged a protest at Karachi’s Toll Plaza after they were not allowed to enter the megacity.

JUI-F Sindh Secretary General Allama Rashid Mahmood Soomro led the protest, saying the party workers wanted to stage a protest outside the provincial assembly. The protest has disrupted traffic flow on Karachi-Hyderabad Motorway.

The police also resorted to lathi-charge against protesters outside the assembly, arresting a number of activists including women.

Meanwhile, JUI workers staged a sit-in at Karsaz after they were not allowed to go to the Sindh Assembly to stage a protest.

Later, the Speaker adjourned the session of the Sindh Assembly till tommorrow at 2 pm.

Reporter: Aajiz Jamali

 

 

February 25, 2024 12:42 AM
Sajjad Haider becomes president of High Court Bar Association in Multan

Sajjad Haider won the seat of the president of the High Court Bar Association Multan by securing 4,147 votes, 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Saturday.

Syed Anees Mehdi won the seat of general secretary by getting 2748 votes, and Ali Raza Alvi secured the seat of vice president.

Sardar Rafiq Dogar defeated the woman lawyer Shahnaz Saeed Qazi in the contest for library secretary while Qazi Waseem has already been elected unopposed as finance secretary. The newly-elected president hosted a dinner for the lawyers.

 

February 25, 2024 12:37 AM
PTI-backed candidate elected High Court Bar Association president in Rawalpindi

Malik Jawad Khalid, supported by PTI, was elected President of the High Court Bar Association in Rawalpindi by getting 1,500 votes, 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Saturday.

According to unofficial results of the election, Saeed Yusuf supported by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan People's Party got 1,291 votes and stood second.

Shabbir Ahmad Mirza was elected the secretary general by securing 1,516 votes.

 

  

 

February 24, 2024 11:50 PM
CM Naqvi holds farewell meeting with beat reporters

Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi held a farewell meeting with beat reporters on Saturday, 24NewsHD TV channel reported.

The reporters paid tribute to the chief minister for his hard work to ensure better public service delivery and expressed gratitude for RUDA scheme.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said he wanted to do more for the journalist community.

He expressed regret for doing nothing for the education sector and removing encroachment.

“I pray for the success of Maryam Nawaz Sharif. I am sure Maryam Nawaz Sharif will perform better than me as the chief minister,” he said.

The outgoing CM added: “It is incorrect to compare caretaker government with any political government".

Counting his government’s feats, he said: “We are leaving behind a Rs 900 billion surplus budget besides the regular budget in Punjab.

"We have paid off the outstanding Rs 600 billion debt for wheat purchase.

“More than 104 hospitals upgraded and over 130 roads repaired.

He said he would rejoin the media after leaving the CM Office. 

“There was a great desire to undertake substantive work for the media friends,” he added.

Mohsin Naqvi said his team achieved the targets with courage, determination and hard work.

Provincial minister Aamir Mir and officials concerned were also present.

February 24, 2024 11:46 PM
Sunni Ittehad Council fields Rana Aftab Khan instead of Aslam Iqbal for Punjab CM's slot

The Sunni Ittehad Council has announced to change its candidate for Punjab Chief Minister’s slot, reported 24NewsHD TV channel Saturday.

Instead of Mian Aslam Iqbal, the Sunni Ittehad Council has named Rana Aftab Khan as its new chief ministerial candidate. Mian Aslam Iqbal was unable to reach Punjab Assembly despite the issuance of protective bail by Peshawar High Court to him and directed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa inspector general of police to ensure that if Punjab police officials make an attempt to apprehend him in future, they’re subjected to legal action.

Though, Punjab police failed to arrest him but had succeeded in stopping him from entering into Punjab Assembly.    

The decision marks a notable shift in the party's strategy and leadership approach as it prepares for the upcoming election.

Rana Aftab Khan's candidacy reflected the party's re-evaluation of its political landscape and aspirations for effective representation in the government.

 

Reporter: Rao Dilshad 

February 24, 2024 10:27 PM
Sher Afzal Marwat resolves differences with Gohar Ali Khan amidst controversy

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Sher Afzal Marwat has announced the resolution of differences with the former chairman of PTI, Gohar Ali Khan, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

 This development follows PTI's issuance of a show-cause notice to Marwat over remarks he made regarding Gohar Ali Khan's performance.

The televised remarks by Marwat, wherein he criticized former party chairman Barrister Gohar Ali Khan's performance, prompted PTI to demand an unconditional apology within two days or face disciplinary action.

 Marwat's assertion that Gohar's removal as party chairman was due to poor performance stirred controversy within PTI ranks.

However, in a press conference held on Saturday evening, Sher Afzal Marwat, alongside Gohar Ali Khan, emphasized the importance of party unity and dismissed the controversies surrounding their differences as baseless and misinterpreted.

Marwat stressed the significance of unity among party workers for the success of PTI's ongoing initiatives.

Acknowledging past differences as misunderstandings, both leaders pledged to collaborate effectively in advancing the party's agenda.

Marwat expressed gratitude for Barrister Gohar's unwavering support and expressed confidence in his future contributions to the party's growth and prosperity.

February 24, 2024 08:53 PM
Bilawal wants culprits of political violence brought to book

 

Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto has said the PPP will not let anyone do the politics of violence.

Addressing a press conference in Karachi, he said the party workers are being subject to political violence and he will not let such politics go on.

Flanked by Murad Ali Shah, Dr. Asim Hussain, Saeed Ghani and Waqar Mehdi, the PPP chairman said Murad Ali Shah was directed to form a team to investigate the matter.

The culprits will be brought to justice, he said

He added:  “I came here to condole the martyred worker of PPP. Twelve-year-old Abdul Rehman was a PPP supporter. His family was told to leave the party but they stood firm against threats

“There was violence against the PPP in many districts. The political parties that think that they will introduce the politics of violence to the city are mistaken.”

He continued:  “Murad Ali Shah is directed to form an investigation team on the actions taken against the PPP workers.

“The culprits will be brought to book at all costs. Any political activist including from the PPP will face the music.”

He stressed: “Religious and linguistic terrorism will not be tolerated in the province.

“Those who are falsely accusing the PPP will not be blackmailed by their dramas.

He added:  “Instead of giving justice, the PPP was subjected to a blame game.

“Removing anyone’s flag is not PPP’s policy."

 

 

ملیر سانگھڑ مورو لاڑکانہ سمیت کئی اضلاع میں پیپلزپارٹی کیخلاف وائلنس ہوا

 

 

February 24, 2024 08:50 PM
Punjab CM visits Data Darbar

Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi paid a visit to the Data Darbar on Saturday, 24NewsHD TV channel reported.

Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi offered fateha and a wreath at the shrine of Hazrat Data Ganj Baksh.

He prayed for peace and prosperity in the country.

He also prayed for Palestinians bearing Israel’s brutalities and Kashmiris fighting for their right to self-determination.

Provincial ministers, IGP, CCPO and other senior officials accompanied the chief minister.

 

February 24, 2024 08:36 PM
GDA, JI, PTI announce ‘Black Day’ on Feb 27 across Sindh

The opposition parties, PTI, Jamat-e-Islami and Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA), called off their joint protest in Karachi, organised against alleged rigging in the recently-held general elections 2024, reported 24NewsHD TV channel Saturday.

Addressing the media gathered at the Karachi Press Club, the leaders of the opposition parties announced plans to observe ‘Black Day’ across Sindh on February 27, saying that the three parties would ensure full participation.

Speaking on the occasion, JI Karachi Ameer Hafiz Naeemur Rehman said that the peaceful resistance will be “proof of our success”, vowing to free the city from occupation mafia. He urged the party workers and protestors to return to home peacefully, while regretting the ‘police behaviour’ with them.

Today’s Sindh assembly proceedings took place amid protests at various points across Karachi by the GDA, the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and others against alleged rigging in the general elections.

Parties, which include PTI, the GDA, the JUI-F, the JI and Mohajir Qaumi Movement-Haqqiqi, had announced holding a peaceful protest in front of the Sindh Assembly building.

The caretaker provincial government had already announced imposing Section 144 on holding rallies or public gatherings in the “Red Zone” area, where the Sindh Assembly is located.

As the newly elected representatives of the Sindh Assembly took oath, clashes erupted between police and JUI-F protestors on Karachi’s Shahrah-e-Faisal. The clashes erupted when police stopped the protestors who were moving towards the Karachi press club.

The protestors staged a sit-in on the Shahrah-e-Faisal after police fired tear gas shells to scatter the protestors and stop them from moving towards the red-zone.

The authorities have placed containers at various points across Karachi after the police broke up the GDA and JUI-F protests. They were placed on roads leading to the Sindh Assembly, including at Fountain Chowk, Karachi Press Club, the Arts Council roundabout and Shaheen Complex.

The Karachi Toll Plaza was closed due to protests by JUI-F workers, causing a traffic jam on roads near Memon Goth.

February 24, 2024 08:29 PM
Sindh CM election to be held on Monday

The election for the Sindh chief minister for the next five years is set to take place during the Sindh Assembly session on Monday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel Saturday.

As per the schedule released by the provincial assembly secretariat, nomination papers will be issued and received on Sunday.

The final list of candidates will be posted on the notice board after the scrutiny of papers on the same day until the evening.

The polling for the chief minister's election is scheduled for around 11am on Monday, February 26.

The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the majority party in the Sindh Assembly, has already put forward Murad Ali Shah as its candidate for the chief minister's position.

February 24, 2024 08:28 PM
Governor convenes KP Assembly session on February 28

Governor Haji Ghulam Ali Saturday convened the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on February 28, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The decision comes following the receipt and prompt approval of a summary from the caretaker chief minister.

Governor Ali revealed he was in Islamabad when the summary to summon the provincial assembly session was sent yesterday.

Without delaying his return to the Governor House, he swiftly signed the summary, expressing a commitment to ensuring the efficient initiation of the assembly proceedings.

The assembly meeting scheduled for February 28 is expected to witness the swearing-in ceremony of the newly elected members of the provincial assembly.

Commencing at 11 am, this ceremony marks a crucial step in the formation of the legislative body, with representatives taking the oath to uphold their duties and responsibilities.

February 24, 2024 07:58 PM
Riasat Ali Azad elected as IHCBA President for 204-25

In the annual elections of the Islamabad High Court Bar Association (IHCBA), Asma Jahangir, Syed Nair Hussain Bukhari, and Raja Haleem Abbasi group emerged victorious, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

According to unofficial results, Riasat Ali Azad clinched the coveted seat of President with an impressive tally of 785 votes while his opponent, Ali Hussain Bhatti of the Hamid Khan Group could get 490 votes only.

 For the seat of Additional Secretary, Nusrat Parveen emerged triumphant with 776 votes, outshining Shaheen Akhtar, who secured the second position with 484 votes.

In the race for Joint Secretary, Nadeem Akhtar emerged victorious, securing 674 votes, while Hamad Saeed Dar trailed closely behind with 577 votes.

 Rana Ali Raza secured a landslide victory in the contest for Library Secretary, attaining 718 votes, leaving his closest competitor, Rana Ali Amar, trailing with 530 votes.

 

 

Reporter: Hashir Warraich

 

February 24, 2024 07:46 PM
Punjab Assembly speaker and deputy speaker sworn in

Malik Muhammad Ahmed Khan has taken oath as the Punjab Assembly speaker, 24NewsHD TV channel reported Saturday.

The joint candidate of PML-N and allied parties in the Punjab Assembly was elected the PA speaker by getting 224 votes while the Ahmad Khan of the Sunni Ittehad Council stood second with 96 votes.

A total of 322 votes were cast in the election and 2 were rejected.

Punjab Assembly Speaker Sabtain Khan announced the result and congratulated Muhammad Ahmak Khan on his success.

PML-N chief organiser Maryam Nawaz and the MPAs greeted Malik Ahmed Khan on being elected the speaker. As Maryam Nawaz waved her hand, the PML-N members started sloganeering.

Extending his greetings to the Punjab Assembly speaker, PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif said Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan will run the House of Punjab Assembly constitutionally and efficiently.

After taking the oath, he presided over the session for the deputy speaker’s election.

Malik Zaheer Iqbal, joint candidate of PML-N and allies won the seat of deputy speaker with 220 votes.

Sunni Ittehad Council candidate Moinuddin Riaz Qureshi stood second with 103 votes. 

A total of 323 votes were cast in the election of deputy speaker and not a single vote was rejected.

The speaker administered the oath to the deputy speaker and put off the session for Monday.

Earlier, the  Punjab Assembly witnessed a rumpus. Punjab Assembly Speaker Sibtain Khan chaired the inaugural session that started more than one hour behind schedule.

The uproar began as Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-backed and Sunni Itehad Council members raised slogans against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz members while the latter retaliated with full force.

Another six newly-elected members took the oath.  Punjab Assembly Speaker Sabtain Khan administered oath to five SIC members – including Waseem Khan, Farhat Abbas, Rai Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal, Tashkeel Abbas Warraich and Fateh Khaliq Bandial – and PML-Q's Chaudhry Shafay Hussain.

Yesterday's session too witnessed uproar and protests. The reports of the arrest of a PTI-backed lawmaker added fuel to the fire.

The speaker had to adjourn the session for 45 minutes to restore order. When the proceedings resumed, the speaker administered the oath to the members.

The Punjab Assembly speaker and deputy speaker elections were being held via a secret ballot. 

 

February 24, 2024 05:59 PM
X platform disrupted in Pakistan for full week after disputed election

 

Nationwide disruption to social media platform X passed the one-week mark in Pakistan on Saturday, with digital rights monitors warning outages were quashing dissent after an election marred by rigging claims.

The platform, formerly known as Twitter, was downed last Saturday after a senior government official made a public admission of vote manipulation in the February 8 poll.

Over the past week, it has been operational only intermittently, with access varying depending on the internet service provider.

"Pakistan's directed use of network shutdowns and restrictions to overtly target political parties and the reporting of election irregularities is unprecedented," Alp Toker of the NetBlocks web watchdog told AFP.

AFP staff reported that X remained disrupted in the capital Islamabad as well as the megacities of Lahore and Karachi on Saturday.

Pakistan's telecommunication authority declined to comment while the interior ministry did not respond to a request for comment.

Jailed former prime minister Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party called for nationwide protests after the admission of vote-rigging last week.

"Protesting political parties have actively been using X for freedom of expression, access to information, to assemble online and for other associated rights," said web monitor Bytes for All.

The disruption "restricts citizens' ability to engage in online discourse, share information, and express dissenting opinions", the organisation wrote in a report published Friday.

In the months leading to the polling day, PTI suffered a crackdown restricting canvassing and forcing candidates to run as independents.

Its campaign moved mostly online where social media events were censored by numerous nationwide blackouts of X as well as Instagram, TikTok, Facebook and YouTube.

Outages were blamed on "technical difficulties" by the government.

Despite the restrictions, PTI-backed candidates gained more seats than any other party. But it has been unwilling to ally with rivals, paving the way for the military-backed Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to form a government.

Mobile internet services were cut across the country on the election day, with the interior ministry citing security reasons.

The blackout, coupled with a long delay in issuing voting results, gave rise to allegations of rigging.

February 24, 2024 05:48 PM
Asad Manzoor Butt elected as Lahore High Court Bar president

In the annual elections of the Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA) for the year 2024-25, Asad Manzoor Butt Saturday emerged victorious in a closely contested race, reported 24NewsHD TV channel. 

Supported by the professional group led by Hamid Khan, he bagged 6195 votes to clinch the first position.

Sardar Ali Gahlan was elected LHCBA Vice President with 3344 votes.  Qadir Bakhsh Chahal was elected as LHCBA Secretary with 7119 votes. 

Likewise, Falak Naz Gul elected Finance Secretary Lahore High Court with 5503 votes

The Chairman Election Board announced the biometric results.

 

February 24, 2024 05:36 PM
Speaker Sibtain Khan vows not to anyone arrested from assembly’s premises

Punjab Assembly Speaker Sibtain Khan has reached the provincial legislature’s premises to hold the elections for Speaker and deputy speaker, reported 24NewsHD TV channel Saturday.

Talking to reporters, he said he would not let anyone be arrested from the assembly premises.

He added that Mian Aslam Iqbal had still not taken his oath and a request for his production order was not made, adding, however, that he was bound to take Iqbal’s oath.

Khan also said that a level-playing field was not being provided to PTI-backed candidates.

February 24, 2024 05:30 PM
Mohsin Naqvi inaugurates upgraded Safari Zoo

Punjab Caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi Saturday opened the upgradation of Safari Zoo Park Lahore, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

According to reports, the project was completed in record time and aims to transform the park into a world-class attraction, drawing inspiration from the renowned Singapore Safari Park.

During the inauguration, Mohsin Naqvi accompanied by provincial ministers, visited Safari Park for approximately hours.

Mohsin Naqvi personally purchased tickets for himself, the provincial ministers, and the officials. He extended compassion to the children from SOS Village, who were also present at Safari Park.

The Chief Minister's visit included a special tour of the Lion and Leopard Safari in a dedicated vehicle. He directed further improvements to enhance this safari experience. Notably, he observed lions roaming freely in their open environment from the comfort of his car.

In addition to the Lion and Leopard Safari, Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi explored other attractions within Safari Park.

He experienced the Hologram Zoo, donning special glasses to interact with virtual animals.

During this visit, he even petted a panda through the Hologram Zoo, expressing keen interest in this innovative feature.

The upgraded Safari Park promises an exciting experience for visitors, combining natural beauty with cutting-edge technology.

It's a testament to Punjab's commitment to providing recreational facilities of international standards for its citizens.

February 24, 2024 04:57 PM
Show-cause notice issued to Sher Afzal Marwat over remarks against Gohar

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has issued a show-cause notice to party leader and the newly elected member of the National Assembly, Sher Afzal Marwat, reported 24NewsHD TV channel Saturday.  

The notice, citing tension arising from Marwat's recent statement, demands an apology within 48 hours, emphasizing that in case of not providing a satisfactory answer, action will be taken as per party policy.

The situation of tension has arisen due to Sher Afzal Marwat's recent statement.

A day earlier, Marwat claimed that Barrister Gohar Khan was “removed” as the chairman of the former ruling party over “unsatisfactory” performance.

His remarks came a day after Gohar announced that the PTI’s next chairman nominee is Barrister Ali Zafar. The party's internal elections are scheduled to take place on March 3.

Sher Afzal asserted that Barrister Gohar Ali Khan, who was previously the chairman of PTI, was "removed" from his position due to his unsatisfactory performance.

Marwat said Barrister Gohar ‘s performance did not meet expectations. Despite being elected as chairman through intra-party elections, Barrister Gohar did not lead the party effectively, he added.

He asserted that Gauhar's inability to maintain an active party office led to his dismissal, citing unmet expectations and worker dissatisfaction as contributing factors.

Marwat further explained that running a party office requires constant activity, which he believes was lacking during Gohar's tenure.

“Barrister Gauhar was granted a three-month period to demonstrate effective leadership, which ultimately proved unsuccessful. The party expressed disappointment over Gauhar's performance, highlighting unfulfilled promises and a failure to address worker concerns, including protests,” he remarked.

 

February 24, 2024 04:15 PM
IHC forms special bench to hear Imran Khan’s appeals in cipher, Toshakhana cases

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Saturday constituted a two-member special bench to hear the appeals filed by former prime minister and ex-PTI chairman Imran Khan in the US cipher case and Toshakhana reference, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The bench, comprising IHC Chief Justice (CJ) Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, will hear Imran’s petitions, seeking suspension of his sentences in both these cases besides his release on bail.

The registrar of the IHC also fixed the hearing of these cases on Monday.

Imran’s bails extended in seven cases

Also on Saturday, an anti-terrorism court judge Arshad Javed extended the interim bails granted to Imran in seven cases until March 1.

Speaking on the occasion, the judge said that now the court would give decisions on bail pleas of the former prime minister on merit in his absence.

 

Reporter: Jamaluddin Jamali

February 24, 2024 04:14 PM 4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV
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February 24, 2024 02:47 PM CM to CM: Mohsin Naqvi greets Maryam Nawaz over chief minister nomination
CM to CM: Mohsin Naqvi greets Maryam Nawaz over chief minister nomination

Caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi on Saturday congratulated chief minister-in-waiting Maryam Nawaz on getting her party’s nomination for the post of province’s chief executive, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Mohsin Naqvi visited Jati Umra in Raiwind where Maryam Nawaz warmly welcomed him. Later both held a meeting in which they pondered over a variety of issues.

Mohsin Naqvi remarked that the nomination first woman as chief minister of Punjab is “a beacon of light” for the women of the country. “I will pray for your success,” he told Maryam Nawaz.

“I am 100 percent sure that you will write a new history of public service,” Mohsin Naqvi said and offered his services in support of her mission for welfare of the public.  

In response, Maryam Nawaz commended Mohsin Naqvi’s services for the people as caretaker chief minister.

Mohsin Naqvi also briefed the incoming chief minister about the ongoing development projects in Punjab.

Maryam Nawaz said her government will take forward the projects initiated by the caretaker government for the well-being of the masses.

Maryam Nawaz also thanked the caretaker chief minister for visiting Raiwind.

February 24, 2024 02:29 PM Voting for presidential election to be held between March 6 and 9
Voting to elect new president 'will be held' between March 6 and 9

The voting to elect a new president will be held on any day from March 6 and 9, sources in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) confided to 24NewsHD TV channel on Saturday.

According to these sources, the ECP has readied the schedule for holding the presidential election which will be released soon.

The ECP has proposed to hold the election on any day between March 6 and 9.

As per the Article 41 of the Constitution, it is mandatory to hold presidential election within 30 days of conducting general elections.

The ECP sources said the schedule for presidential is mostly likely be released after the convening of the newly-elected National Assembly.

The presence of electoral college is compulsory for releasing the schedule for the presidential election, the sources added.

The president of Pakistan is chosen by an electoral college which under Article 41(3) of the Constitution consists of Senate, the National Assembly and the provincial assemblies of the four provinces – Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

Incumbent President Arif Alvi's five-year term as President of Pakistan was ended on 9 September 2023. However, he is continuing to stay in office until he is replaced by a successor, a newly-elected president, after the general elections as mentioned in Article 44 of the Constitution.

Earlier on February 21, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had announced that Asif Ali Zardari will be their joint candidate for the presidential slot. 

There were also reports that voting for Senate elections will also be held in early March followed by the presidential election.

It is pertinent to mention here that 52 senators will retire on March 11 after the completion of their six-year term.

 

Reporter Usman Khan

February 24, 2024 01:12 PM Punjab CM Naqvi allots flats to police staffers in Lahore
Punjab CM Naqvi allots flats to police staffers in Lahore

On completion of another project, pending for 10 years, Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi has inaugurated police apartments near Bhubtian in Lahore and allotted 90 flats to police employees, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi visited the police apartments and inspected the construction quality on Saturday.

On the occasion, Inspector General Police briefed Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi regarding police apartments.

Speaking in the inauguration ceremony of police apartments, Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi said that this was also a long stalled project, which was completed by our government.

Police Force should be proud of Inspector General Dr. Usman Anwar because he has done great things for you, said Mohsen Naqvi.

The CM said that worked a lot for police welfare in 13 months and made great efforts to solve the problems of police accommodation.

Chief Secretary Punjab and IG Police also addressed the event.

Chief Secretary, Inspector General of Police, Secretary Construction and Communications, CCPO, Commissioner and related officials were present on the occasion.

Punjab CM inaugurates CBD Route 47

Chief Minister Punjab Mohsin Naqvi inaugurated Central Business District (CBD) Route 47 on Saturday.

Chief Executive Officer CBD Imran Amin briefed Punjab CM about the project.

It was briefed that the project has cost Rs1 billion and the project has been completed in 60 days.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi said that CBD has established itself as an asset for the development of Punjab province.

He said there will be a CBD Route 47 to Main Boulevard Gulberg to Walton Road link.

The CM said CBD Route 47 will help in solving the traffic problems in the city of Lahore on a permanent basis.

“I am hopeful that CBD Punjab will also complete all its ongoing projects ahead of schedule”, Mohsin Naqvi said.

He said that CBD Punjab has an important and key role in the development of Punjab province.

CBD Route 47 Main Boulevard Gulberg will connect CBD Punjab Quaid District with Walton Road and CBD Punjab Bab District, Mohsin Naqvi said.

He said CBD Route 47 is a two-way road with 6 lanes and is 4.2 km long.

Mohsin Naqvi said CBD has completed projects with speed and diligence and other ongoing projects in Lahore will also be completed by CBD soon.

Secretary Housing and CBD Imran Amin has worked hard and completed the projects, for which I congratulate him, said Mohsen Naqvi.

The CM further said CBD also launched a low-cost housing scheme for journalists, which has been drawn.

Similarly, housing scheme for government employees will also be completed soon, Mohsin Naqvi added.

He said these measures will make life easier for people.

Provincial Ministers Aamir Mir, Azfar Ali Nasir, Commissioner Lahore, CEO CBD Punjab Imran Amin, COOC CBD Punjab Brigadier ® Mansoor Janjua and other senior officers were present in the inauguration ceremony.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi visited the head office of Punjab Safe Cities Authority Qurban Lines Lahore.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi said that work has been started on smart safe city projects in eighteen big cities while the Safe City system has been made operational in Rawalpindi, Faisalabad and Gujranwala.

At the end of the visit, Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi was also presented with a commemorative shield.

February 24, 2024 01:09 PM 1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV
1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

♦ 163 Sindh MPAs take oath as GDA, JI, JUI stay away: Schedule for election of speaker and deputy speaker announced: JUI stages protest at Karachi Toll Plaza: Bilawal reposes confidence in Murad Ali Shah for CM slot

♦ Punjab Assembly to elect speaker, deputy speaker today

♦ PML-N with 108 MNAs becomes largest party in National Assembly

♦ CM Naqvi visits Ganga Ram Hospital, Civil Secretariat

♦ Islamabad court extends interim bail of Sheikh Rashid

♦ Karachi man kills little son, sells his vital organs to buy alcohol

♦ Rain spell is predicted in country in coming week

♦ Israeli strike kills 23 at family home of Gaza comedian: Hamas says Netanyahu's post-war Gaza plan 'will never succeed': US opposes Israel's reoccupation, any shrinking of Gaza

♦ US downs three Huthi drones, strikes anti-ship missiles

♦ 15 killed in fire in east China's Nanjing

♦ Republicans start to back off controversial Alabama IVF ruling

♦ New York jury finds ex-gun lobby chief liable for graft

♦ Trump vows to crush Haley as Republican race heads south

♦ US spaceship lying sideways after dramatic Moon touchdown

♦ US judge approves $4.3 billion penalty for crypto giant Binance

♦ Two universities sue Canada's Quebec over English education tuition hike

♦ Pakistan and India drive US ticket demand for T20 World Cup

 

February 24, 2024 12:28 PM Islamabad court extends interim bail of Sheikh Rashid
Islamabad court extends interim bail of Sheikh Rashid

The court extended the interim bail of former Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed in the case of accusing former president Asif Ali Zardari of alleged conspiracy to kill PTI founder Imran Khan, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Judicial Magistrate Islamabad Dr Sohail Thahim conducted the hearing of the case on Saturday.

Sheikh Rashid Ahmed appeared before the court along with his lawyer Sardar Shahbaz and others.

The court asked the lawyer will you give the arguments in this case.

Senior counsel Sardar Abdul Razzaq is to give arguments, he is busy in the high court bar elections and will give arguments on next hearing, lawyer Sardar Shahbaz replied.

Sheikh Rashid requested the court to give some date after Ramadan on which the court extended the interim bail of Sheikh Rashid Ahmed.

The court adjourned the hearing directing the parties to submit arguments on the next hearing.

A case has been registered against Sheikh Rashid Ahmed at Abpara police station.

In his statement, Sheikh Rashid accused Asif Zardari of conspiracy to kill PTI founder.

Talking to media after court hearing Sheikh Rasheed replying questions said that he lost the election and media knows everything that elections were fair or not.

February 24, 2024 12:50 AM
Cabinet, bureaucracy pay tribute to CM Naqvi for ensuring better public service delivery

Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi chaired the 42nd meeting of the cabinet. Ministers and advisers, chief secretary, IG and secretaries paid tribute to the Punjab chief minister for his hard work to ensure better public service delivery.

In his address, Mohsin Naqvi appreciated the services of cabinet members, chief secretary, IG and secretaries. He thanked the field officers and the team of the CM office.

He said: “My team worked harder than me. I worked for 12 hours and they worked for 16.

“The entire team of the Punjab government worked hard and set a precedent of good governance.

He added:  “The perception that bureaucracy does not work and creates obstacles is completely wrong.

“The officers did the work of months and weeks in days and the work of hours in seconds. Bureaucracy never stops working. 

“I worked day and night with 8 ministers. But no one can point a finger at anyone.

“The members of the cabinet and team did not do any favour.

He continued: “Difficult phases also come. Bribe offers of millions of rupees were made but we worked with honesty.

“The entire team worked with integrity despite the difficulties. Chief Secretary Zahid Zaman Akhtar and IG Dr Usman Anwar worked day and night.

“We have not changed any commissioner or RPO during our tenure. DPO and RPO are also not changed.

“Thanks to the entire team for doing all the work diligently on merit

“I also thank the officers and staff of the CM office.

"We worked like a family and ensured better public service delivery.

Speaking on the occasion, Mansoor Qadir said he felt fortunate to be led by a leader like Mohsin Naqvi

Azfar Ali Nasir, Bilal Afzal, Ibrahim Hasan Murad, Dr Javed Akram

Wahab Riaz, Dr Jamal Nasir, Dr Nabil Javed and senior officials paid tribute to Mohsin Naqvi for his service as the chief minister.

After the cabinet meeting, the chief minister hosted a dinner in honour of the cabinet members, secretaries and the CM staff.

February 23, 2024 10:48 PM
Sindh Assembly members to be administered oath in three languages

The newly-elected members of the Sindh Assembly will take oath tomorrow (February 24at 11 am.

Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Khan Durrani will administer the oath to 151 newly-elected members.

The oath will be administered in three languages – Sindhi, Urdu and English.

The PPP and MQM members will take oaths, while 13 members from three parties announced a boycott.

Eight members from GDA, three PTI-backed members and two from Jamaat-e-Islami will not take the oath.

The GDA and its allies announced staging a protest outside the Sindh Assembly against election manipulation tomorrow.

“Five parties will stage a protest in front of the Sindh Assembly,” Safdar told the media after a meeting among GDA, PTI, JI  and JUI.

Flanked by leaders of other allied parties, Safdar said after deliberations, everyone decided to stage the protest. He added: “It was the most rigged election in history. We are not ready to accept these elections.

JI leader Hafiz Naeem said the PPP and MQM went for seat adjustments in Sindh while we opted for protest. Only PTI and JI got votes in Karachi, he claimed.

Sindh Governor Kamran Khan Tessori convened the assembly session. After the oath-taking, the schedule for the election of the speaker and deputy speaker of the assembly will be announced.

 

February 23, 2024 10:11 PM
PML-N wants Chief Minister slot sharing with PPP in Balochistan

Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) Friday in principal agreed to form a stable government together with Pakistan People's Party and BAP in Balochistan province, reported the 24NewsHd TV channel.

This development came after the meeting of PML-N newly elected members of the Balochistan assembly with the PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif.    

According to the inside story of the meeting, the newly elected members of the assembly agreed to form a coalition government with the allies in the province.

However, they offered a formula to the PML-N central leadership that a five-year tenure of Balochistan should be divided between the PPP and PML-N for two and a half years of Chief Ministership each. They expressed hope that the Pakistan People's Party would accept this formula.

In the meeting, the name of Sheikh Jafar Mandukhel was presented for the governor by newly elected lawmakers. They also agreed on mutual consultation for the names of Balochistan’s speaker and ministers in the Cabinet.

The PML-N leadership has instructed former minister Jam Kamal to join the central government instead of the province.

 Jam Kamal is likely to be given important responsibility at Islamabad.

February 23, 2024 08:47 PM
BAP team meets Shehbaz

A delegation of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) met Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Shehbaz Sharif.

Dr Khalid Hussain Magsi led the delegation which consisted of Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani and Senator Kahida Babar. Senator Ishaq Dar, Rana Sanaullah, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Khawaja Saad Rafiq, Senator Azam Nazir Tarar and Attaullah Tarar were also present.

The current scenario and political cooperation came under discussion during the meeting. The visiting delegation greeted Shehbaz Sharif on being nominated as the party candidate for the premiership.

Shehbaz praised BAP for its cooperation during the 16-month coalition government. The leaders agreed to promote political harmony and make joint efforts to cope with the challenges.

They also agreed to move ahead with political unity and cooperation keeping in mind the country's interests. Shehbaz Sharif expressed good wishes for BAP leaders.

February 23, 2024 08:14 PM
Oath-taking ceremony: GDA, PTI, JI and JUI to protest in front of Sindh Assembly tomorrow

Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) Secretary General Safdar Abbasi announced staging a protest outside the Sindh Assembly tomorrow.

“Five parties will stage a protest in front of the Sindh Assembly,” Safdar told the media after a meeting of GDA, PTI, JI  and JUI.

The alliance has been up against what it called election manipulation.  The newly-elected Sindh Assembly members will take oath tomorrow.

Flanked by leaders of other allied parties, Safdar said after deliberations, everyone decided to stage the protest.

He added: “It was the most rigged election in history. We are not ready to accept these elections.

"The newly-elected members of the allied parties will not take oath. We will hold a meeting tomorrow to decide the future course of action."

JI leader Hafiz Naeem said the PPP and MQM went for seat adjustments in Sindh while we opted for protest. Only PTI and JI got votes in Karachi, he claimed.

Sindh Governor Kamran Khan Tessori has convened an assembly session tomorrow during which newly-elected members of the provincial assembly will take oath.

The outgoing Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Khan Durrani will preside over the session and take oath from the elected MPAs. After the taking oath, the schedule for the election of the speaker and deputy speaker of the assembly will be announced.

Reporter: Namra Riasat  

 

February 23, 2024 07:55 PM
Mohsin opens Tahhazfuz Darsgah for transgenders

Punjab Caretaker Chief Minister Syed Mohsin Naqvi Friday inaugurated Tahhazfuz Darsgah, the first safe haven for transgender situated in Jallo, Lahore, reporter 24NewsHD TV channel.  

Taking to social media platform ‘X’, he said the project is completed in just 18 days, thanks to the incredible efforts of UKCAB (UK Curriculum and Accreditation Board, offering housing, education and vocational training.

He said Tahhazfuz Darsgah is a first-of-its-kind state-of-the-art centre in South Asia for quality education and vocational training of transgender children.

“Tahhazfuz Darsgah will fulfill the educational needs of transgender children. Accommodation will also be provided to children who are rejected by their families for being transgenders in the Tahhazfuz Darsgah" .

He said Tahhazfuz Darsgah is a secure roof for homeless transgender children.

Transgender children will be provided with the safest environment, love and opportunities to live a better life in the centre.

February 23, 2024 07:36 PM
Election manipulation allegation: ECP body recommends contempt, criminal proceedings against Chattha


The committee, constituted by the Election Commission of Pakistan, to dig into manipulation allegations has submitted its report, sources said on Friday.

They added that the probe panel that the allegation levelled by former Rawalpindi commissioner Liaquat Ali Chattha was false.

The sources said the committee recommended contempt of the election commission and criminal proceedings against the former Rawalpindi commissioner in the report.

The insiders cited the report as saying Chattha admitted to 'giving his statement under the influence of someone'.

Chattha apologised over his statement before the inquiry committee, the report said, adding that the ex-commissioner's blames 'are based on lies'.

The sources said the statement of the former Pindi commissioner has been attached to the report.

Yesterday, Chatha apologised over the election manipulation allegations in his statement before the committee.

His statement consists of three pages and 15 paragraphs.  “I am deeply ashamed of my remarks after the general election,” he said.

“I apologise to all bureaucratic circles and the nation for the statement. I take full responsibility for all my words and actions and surrender myself for any legal action,” he added. 

Chatta took the entire country by storm last week through his startling ‘revelations about poll rigging’ saying he had manipulated ‘elections results in Rawalpindi division’.

In a press conference at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, he claimed that 13 candidates from the division were forcefully declared winners

“We gave the losing candidates leads of 50,000 votes.  I have done injustice to the Rawalpindi Division,” he said. “I tried to commit suicide today after Fajr prayer. But then I thought, why should I die a forbidden death? Why not put everything in front of the people?” he said.

“I accept the responsibility of election rigging in Rawalpindi Division and surrender myself to the police,” he said.

The commissioner said he undertook many development projects in the city but regretted tarnishing his legacy by “stabbing the country in the back”.

“This does not allow me to sleep at night. No, I want to die a peaceful death and I should be punished for what I did. The chief election commissioner and others should be punished along with me,” he said.

“The chief election commissioner and chief justice are involved in poll fraud. We made the independent candidates lose by giving losing candidates a lead of 70,000 by putting fake stamps,” the commissioner claimed.  The ECP the allegation and formed a high-level committee to investigate the matter.

 




February 23, 2024 07:18 PM
MQM-Pakistan holds consultation meeting ahead of Sindh Assembly Session

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) has decided to consult with key stakeholders before the upcoming Sindh Assembly session, reported 24NewsHD TV channel Friday.

 The party's Coordination Committee and Sindh Assembly members have been summoned to Pakistan House at 7 pm on Friday for a crucial meeting.

They will convene at Pakistan House to discuss various issues related to the formation of the new government.

Among the topics on the agenda are the names of the opposition leader and parliamentary leader for the Sindh Assembly.

In the meeting, all the members of the assembly and the members of the coordination committee will be informed about the meetings with the PML-N.

 

 

 

Reporter: Shoaib Mukhtar

February 23, 2024 06:23 PM
Bilawal nominates Murad as CM Sindh, Awais and Anthony as Speaker, Deputy Speaker

Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has announced Syed Murad Ali Shah as the candidate for Sindh Chief Minister, along with Owais Shah for Speaker and Anthony Naveed for Deputy Speaker in the Sindh Assembly.
Bilawal Bhutto addressed a press conference in Karachi, outlining the party's political and developmental agenda for Sindh on Friday. He emphasized that Syed Murad Ali Shah, Owais Shah, and Anthony Naveed would play pivotal roles in leading the province forward.
Underlining the party's commitment to serving the people of Sindh, Bilawal Bhutto pledged to surpass previous records in providing public services, particularly focusing on enhancing the health sector. He also pledged to implement a modern education curriculum and tackle issues of inflation, unemployment, and poverty.
Additionally, Bilawal Bhutto assured the people of Sindh of an increased water quota from the Indus River System Authority (IRSA), with a particular focus on Karachi's needs. He also urged the federal government to address the rights of flood victims, emphasizing PPP's dedication to the welfare of all citizens.

February 23, 2024 05:36 PM
PPP blocks oaths of three senators to secure majority in Senate

The leadership of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) prevented three senators from taking oath as members of the National and Provincial Assemblies.
According to the 24News HD TV channel, the sources said that the decision was taken to maintain the PPP's numerical majority in the Senate elections.
The sources said that as per the decision, former premier Senator Yusuf Raza Gilani will not take oath as a member of the National Assembly at present.
The sources said Senator Nisar Khoro and Senator Jam Mehtab Dahar will also not take oath at present despite being elected as members of the Sindh Assembly.

February 23, 2024 05:25 PM
Kartarpur Corridor a symbol of peace: President

President Dr Arif Alvi on Friday said the Kartapur Corridor was a symbol of peace and Pakistan always welcomed Sikh Yatrees to visit their sacred places extending them all possible facilities.

During his visit to Kartarpur Corridor in Narowal, the president said that Pakistan, through the corridor had sent a message to the world, expressing its desire for peace. He said such more steps of inter-religion harmony would promote peace and stability in the region.

“Sikhism has always taught peace and unity, bringing people together”, President Alvi said adding that Pakistan’s initiatives for the convenience of Sikh pilgrims were commendable.

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On the occasion, Chief Executive Officer of the Project Management Unit briefed the president on the measures taken to facilitate Sikh pilgrims in Kartarpur Sahib. President Alvi was informed about the Sikh religion and the history of Kartarpur Sahib.

Later, he visited various places in Kartarpur Sahib and appreciated the arrangements made for pilgrims. The president also visited the museum and anchorage (Langar Khana).

February 23, 2024 04:07 PM 4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV
4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

♦ Speaker administers oath to newly-elected MPAs in Punjab Assembly: After allotment of reserved seats PML-N now has strength of 201 members, PPP 14, PML-Q 10: Voting for electing speaker and deputy speaker will be held tomorrow

♦ Imran Khan hugs Bushra Bibi in courtroom

PTI challenges election results, appointments of CEC in Supreme Court

♦ Political stability must to attract investment, Imran writes letter to IMF

♦ JCP recommends Justice Afghan’s elevation to SC, Justice Shahzad as LHC CJ

♦ Imran Khan and Bushra again challenges verdicts in cipher and Toshakhana cases

♦ Marriyum Aurangzeb to take oath as MPA

♦ Pakistan dynasty's crown jewel breeds resentment

♦ ECP restores victory notifications of 3 PML-N MNAs from Islamabad

♦ Imran Khan, Bushra challenge verdict in Iddat case in sessions court

♦ Sindh Assembly to call session for MPAs oaths tomorrow

♦ IMF declines to comment on Imran Khan’s election audit demand: Director Julie Kozack says Fund is looking forward to working with new Pakistani govt

♦ Sindh governor commends Punjab CM for completing projects in record time

♦ KP govt orders immediate closure of universities amid security concerns

♦ Police make arrest in murder case of Tipu Truckanwala’s son

♦ Indian girl embraces Islam, marries Pakistani man

♦ Woman poisons man to death over Rs5.5m house deal in Hafizabad

♦ Man kills wife by shooting in her face in Lahore

♦ Israeli PM proposes plan for post-war Gaza

♦ Alabama court ruling on IVF 'outrageous and unacceptable': Biden

♦ IMF approves $880 million for Ukraine

♦ New Zealand opens first 'kiwi hospital' for injured birds

February 23, 2024 04:03 PM First woman commissioner takes charge of Multan Division
First woman commissioner takes charge of Multan Division

Newly-appointed first woman Commissioner Multan Division Maryam Khan has taken charge of her office, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Friday.

After taking charge, Maryam Khan said that the Government of Punjab has entrusted her the task of development of Multan Division.

Maryam Khan said she took office with a commitment to serve the residents of Multan Division and she will take practical steps to solve the problems of the division.

The doors of the commissioner's office are open to all special and general for legitimate work, said Maryam Khan.

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“Under the open door policy, solving citizens' problems on merit is a priority”, said the Commissioner.

Exemplary steps will be taken to eliminate corruption and red tape culture, she added.

Best in Division cleaning and beautification will be done, Maryam Khan said.

The commissioner said that there will be special focus on infrastructure maintenance, health and education.

Reporter: Bilal Niazi

February 23, 2024 03:23 PM
Imran Khan hugs Bushra Bibi in courtroom

PTI founder chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan could not hold himself back as he saw her wife, Bushra Bibi, after a long time in courtroom on Friday and he hugged his better half, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi were in the courtroom inside Adiala Jail of Rawalpindi in connection with 190 million pounds case.

On seeing her wife after two and half weeks, Imran Khan moved quickly towards Bushra and embraced her.

The judge also approved former prime minister’s request for one-on-one meeting with his wife.

Imran Khan moved another application for a check-up by a doctor, to which the judge responded there are doctors in the jail for that.

Imran Khan said it has been months since he had visited any doctor. “I fear jail doctor might pull out my teeth,” he added.

The judge then said “You submit an application, then I will see to it.”

Indictment to take place on Feb 27

The accountability court proceedings against Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi in 190 million pounds reference in Al-Qadir Trust case were adjourned until February 27.

AC Judge Nasir Javed Rana conducted the hearing in Adiala Jail, who said on February 27, Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi and other accused will be indicted in the case.

It is pertinent to mention that National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had filed a reference in the accountability court against PTI founder chairman pertaining to 190 million pounds Al-Qadir Trust scam.

 

Reporter Hashir Ahsan

 

February 23, 2024 01:19 PM JCP recommends Justice Afghan’s elevation to SC, Justice Shahzad as LHC CJ
JCP recommends Justice Afghan’s elevation to SC, Justice Shahzad as LHC CJ

The Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) has recommended the elevation of Balochistan High Court (BHC) Chief Justice Naeem Akhtar Afghan to the Supreme Court and appointment of Justice Malik Shahzad Ahmad Khan as chief justice of the Lahore High Court (LHC), reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Qazi Faez Isa chaired the JCP meeting which was held in Islamabad on Friday.

Both the recommendations were made with the consensus of the JCP members.

The recommendations have now been forwarded to the Parliamentary Committee for Judges for final approval.

 

Reporter: Amanat Gishkori

February 23, 2024 01:05 PM 1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV
1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

♦ MPAs to take oath as 18th Punjab Assembly meets: After allotment of reserved seats PML-N now has strength of 201 members, PPP 14, PML-Q 10: Date for electing speaker and deputy speaker will be unveiled today: PTI plans to protest ‘vote rigging’: Oath-taking after 45 minutes break

♦ Marriyum Aurangzeb to take oath as MPA

♦ ECP restores victory notifications of 3 PML-N MNAs from Islamabad

♦ Imran Khan, Bushra challenge verdict in Iddat case in sessions court

♦ Sindh Assembly to call session for MPAs oaths tomorrow

♦ IMF declines to comment on Imran Khan’s election audit demand: Director Julie Kozack says Fund is looking forward to working with new Pakistani govt

♦ Sindh governor commends Punjab CM for completing projects in record time

♦ Police make arrest in murder case of Tipu Truckanwala’s son

♦ Indian girl embraces Islam, marries Pakistani man

♦ Woman poisons man to death over Rs5.5m house deal in Hafizabad

♦ Man kills wife by shooting in her face in Lahore

♦ Israel strikes Gaza's Rafah as truce talks under way

♦ Alabama court ruling on IVF 'outrageous and unacceptable': Biden

♦ IMF approves $880 million for Ukraine

♦ New Zealand opens first 'kiwi hospital' for injured birds

February 23, 2024 12:57 PM Imran Khan and Bushra again challenges verdicts in cipher and Toshakhana cases
Imran Khan and Bushra again challenges verdicts in cipher and Toshakhana cases

PTI founder Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi on Friday again filed appeals in Islamabad High Court challenging the decisions of trial courts in cipher and Toshakhana cases, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Earlier, Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi’s lawyers had taken back appeals from the IHC after the Registrar raised objections.

Now after removing the objections of the registrar, the PTI lawyers have refiled the appeals.

It was pleaded that the judgments of the trial courts in Toshakhana and cipher cases should be suspended.

Convictions

On January 30, Imran Khan and his close aide, former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, had been sentenced to 10 years in jail in cipher case related to the leaking of state secrets.

The special court set up at a prison in Rawalpindi had announced the sentence in the cipher case, which pertained to a diplomatic cable that Imran Khan claimed proved his allegation that his removal from power in 2022 was a US conspiracy.

On January 31, an anti-graft court had jailed Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Khan for 14 years each on charges of illegally selling state gifts. The sentence in the Toshakhana case also included a 10-year disqualification from holding public office.

Bushra Khan, commonly known as Bushra Bibi, had, however, been allowed by authorities to serve her sentence at Imran Khan's Islamabad hilltop mansion at Banigala. Later, Bushra Bibi had moved the court to allow her to undergo her sentence in prison and not at Banigala residence, which the authorities turned into a sub-jail.

 

Reporter Ehtesham Kiyani

February 23, 2024 11:56 AM Imran Khan, Bushra challenge verdict in Iddat case in sessions court
Imran Khan, Bushra challenge verdict in Iddat case in sessions court

PTI founder chairman Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi have challenged the verdict in Iddat case in district and sessions court in Islamabad, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Khalid Yusuf Ch advocate filed an appeal against the trial court’s verdict on Friday. The federal government and former husband of Bushra Bibi Khawar Farid Manika were made parties in the appeal.

Bushra Bibi pleaded that she was divorced in April 2017 and as a result she shifted to her mother’s house in August 2017. After a period of six years, an application was moved by her former husband Khawar Manika that her right to appeal does not apply after giving divorce three times.

She requested in the appeal that the trial court heard the case and sentenced her without its jurisdiction.

Bushra Bibi demanded that the decision in Illegal Nikah case was illegal, un Islamic, un-Sharia and contrary to justice. She appealed that the judgment of February 3 sentence in illegal Nikah case should be annulled.

It is pertinent to mention that the trial court had sentenced Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi to seven-year imprisonment in the case.

 

Reporter Hashir Ahsan

February 23, 2024 11:03 AM Sindh Governor commends Punjab CM for completing projects in record time
Sindh governor commends Punjab CM for completing projects in record time

Sindh Governor Kamran Tessori met with Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi in Lahore and congratulated him on being elected as Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Friday.

The Sindh governor appreciated the performance of Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi for completing the projects for the welfare of the people of Punjab in record time.

Talking on the occasion Mohsin Naqvi said that the whole team worked day and night in Punjab and they tried their best to serve the public in 13 months.

Insha Allah, Pakistan will progress and the future of the country is bright, Mohsen Naqvi said.

Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi invited Governor Sindh to watch the match of Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Mutehda Qaumi Movement (MQM) leaders Farooq Sattar and Mustafa Kamal were also present on this occasion.

Reporter: Rao Dilshad

February 22, 2024 11:17 PM
Name of Balochistan CM to be announced in ‘48 hours’

The name of the chief minister of Balochistan will be announced in 48 hours, sources in PPP said on Thursday.

According to 24NewsHD TV channel, a meeting of provincial leaders of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on the formation of government in Balochistan was held in Islamabad.

According to the PPP sources, the names of four members were considered for the post of CM. Sadiq Imrani, Zahoor Buledi, Sarfraz Bugti and Nawab Sanaullah Zehri are under consideration, they said. 

Sources in the PML-N said half-term will be given to the PPP. However, the PPP insiders said there were no talks of a two-and-a-half-year formula.

An important meeting of the PML-N will be held tomorrow in Lahore, the sources said, adding that the meeting will take up the matter.

Newly-elected members of the Balochistan Assembly from the Nawaz League will also participate in the meeting, the insider said.

 

February 22, 2024 08:48 PM
ECP to take up Sunni Itehad Council's request for reserved seats tomorrow

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will take the request for the quota of reserved seats by the Sunni Itehad Council tomorrow, sources said on Thursday.

According to the 24NewHD TV channel, the commission will meet tomorrow with the chief election commissioner in the chair.

The application of the Sunni Ittehad Council will be reviewed in the meeting, the sources said.

The commission will decide whether to award reserved seats to the Sunni Itehad Council or not, the insiders said.

After including PTI-backed Independents, the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) approached the ECP for reserved seats for women and minorities.

The council applied ECP, stating at least 50 PTI-backed independent candidates joined the SIC, who should be considered as its lawmakers. The SIC pleaded that seats reserved for women and minorities should be allotted to the party.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) released the list of reserved seats in the Punjab and Sindh assemblies. According to the notification, the PML-N got 36 seats reserved for women in Punjab Assembly. 

It added the PPP was given three seats reserved for women in the Punjab assembly,  PML-Q 2 AND IPP got one. The PML-N got five seats reserved for minorities in the Punjab Assembly, the notification said, adding that in Sindh, the PPP got 20 reserved seats, MQM six and JDA one.

February 22, 2024 08:05 PM
ECP releases list of reserved seats in Punjab, Sindh assemblies

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has released the list of reserved seats in Punjab and Sindh assemblies, the 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Thursday.

According to the notification, the PML-N got 36 seats reserved for women in Punjab Assembly. 

It added the PPP was given three seats reserved for women in Punjab assembly,  PML-Q 2 AND IPP got one.

The PML-N got five seats reserved for minorities in the Punjab Assembly, the notification said, adding that in Sindh, the PPP got 20 reserved seats, MQM six and JDA one.

Seat Reserved for Women in the Provincial Assembly of Punjab. by tahir dogar on Scribd

Seat Reserved for Non Muslims in the Provincial Assembly of Punjab. by tahir dogar on Scribd

February 22, 2024 07:30 PM
SC deplores unfortunate criticism, misreporting of ruling in ‘proscribed literature’ case

The Supreme Court Thursday deplored “unfortunate” criticism aimed at it over a judgement ordering the release of a person accused of distributing supposedly proscribed religious literature.

Religious parties, social media users and the banned militant Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan group recently took exception to the SC decision, with the reaction coming almost two weeks after the apex court’s order on an appeal against a verdict of the Lahore High Court.

In a press release issued today, the apex court said misreporting of its verdict was creating “many misunderstandings” with the impression being created that the court had denied the Second Amendment (September 1974), designed to declare Ahmadis as non-Muslims, or called for the elimination of relevant sections for crimes against religion in the country’s legal codes.

“This impression is completely wrong,” the SC stated.

The apex court’s press release said that even if the accusations in the first information report for the case were believed, they did not merit the application of the sections charged but rather Section 5 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1932, related to dissemination of contents of prescribed documents.

The press release further stated that as per the abovementioned section, a maximum sentence of six months imprisonment could be given, of which the petitioner had already served a year, and thus, he was released on bail considering Islamic rulings, constitutional sections and principles of law and justice.

“It is sad that emotions flare up in such cases and Islamic rulings are forgotten,” the apex court said, adding that the written verdict quoted relevant verses of the Holy Quran.

It added that Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faez Isa strove to ensure that the court’s interpretation of the law aligned with Islamic sources of law as well as the country’s Constitution. It said if anyone felt there was a mistake by the court then avenues of legal recourse were always present, which the apex court or the chief justice would never stop anyone from approaching.

“Legal verdicts can be criticised within reason but orchestrated campaign in the name of criticism without adopting the constitutional path of a review is unfortunate,” the press release added.

February 22, 2024 07:25 PM
PM, Punjab CM hold farewell meeting

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar Thursday held a farewell meeting with Caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Syed Mohsin Naqvi and discussed matters of mutual interest.

During the meeting, the chief minister lauded the prime minister for steps taken by the government for economic stability in the country, under his leadership.

The PM appreciated the chief minister for the measures taken for progress in different sectors in Punjab particularly health, education and communication infrastructure.

February 22, 2024 07:22 PM
Ashrafi denounces misuse of SC ruling ambiguities

Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Religious Affairs, Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, and Pakistani Diaspora in the Middle East and Islamic Countries, Thursday denounced attempts by certain individuals to exploit ambiguities arising from the Supreme Court verdict in the Mubarak Ahmed Sani case for political purposes.

Addressing to the media persons with the Caretaker Minister for Information, Broadcasting, and Parliamentary Affairs, he asked the detractors of verdict to use legal avenues to address issues, rather than opting for street protests or violence.

This is particularly crucial, considering the impossibility of allowing the use of banned material in Pakistan. Urging the Punjab government to submit a review petition to the Supreme Court of Pakistan, he emphasized the fundamental belief in the finality of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as the last Prophet of Allah, which was an integral part of the Muslim faith. According to the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, this matter is settled.

Every Muslim is entrusted with safeguarding the sanctity of the finality of the holy Prophet (PBUH). He appealed to everyone to foster an environment that ensures the stability and peace of the country remains undisturbed. The religious freedom of every Pakistani, including non-Muslims, is enshrined in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Similarly, the rights of non-Muslim Pakistanis are safeguarded in the constitution. It is essential to ensure the protection of their rights as well. Praising the efforts of law enforcement agencies for ensuring peaceful elections nationwide, he called upon YouTubers and social media activitists to refrain from causing disturbances, emphasizing that Pakistani Muslims unanimously uphold the sanctity of the finality of the Holy Prophet. In every city, hundreds of Huffaz are present, demonstrating their love for their country.

February 22, 2024 07:21 PM
Election manipulation allegations: Liaquat Chatha records statement, tenders apology   

Former Rawalpindi Commission Liaquat Ali Chatha has apologised over the election manipulation allegations, the 24NewHD TV channel reported on Thursday.

“I am deeply ashamed of my remarks after the general election,” he said in his statement before the election commission probe panel.

“I apologise to all bureaucratic circles and the nation for the statement. “I take full responsibility for all my words and actions and surrender myself for any legal action.”

His statement consists of three pages and 15 paragraphs

Chatta took the entire country by storm last week through his startling ‘revelations about poll rigging’ saying he had manipulated ‘elections results in Rawalpindi division’.

In a press conference at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, he claimed that 13 candidates from the division were forcefully declared winners

“We gave the losing candidates leads of 50,000 votes.  I have done injustice to the Rawalpindi Division,” he said. “I tried to commit suicide today after Fajr prayer. But then I thought, why should I die a forbidden death? Why not put everything in front of the people?” he said.

“I accept the responsibility of election rigging in Rawalpindi Division and surrender myself to the police,” he said.

The commissioner said he undertook many development projects in the city but regretted tarnishing his legacy by “stabbing the country in the back”.

“This does not allow me to sleep at night. No, I want to die a peaceful death and I should be punished for what I did. The chief election commissioner and others should be punished along with me,” he said.

“The chief election commissioner and chief justice are involved in poll fraud. We made the independent candidates lose by giving losing candidates a lead of 70,000 by putting fake stamps,” the commissioner claimed.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) rejected the allegation and formed a high-level committee to investigate the matter.

February 22, 2024 06:23 PM
ECP says candidates who succeeded in two seats can keep only one seat

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) clarified that all such successful candidates who have been declared successful in two or more seats can keep only one seat for themselves.
According to the 24News HD TV channel, the ECP also explained that the successful candidate tenders his resignation from all but one seat otherwise, all the seats will be considered vacant after 30 days under Article (2) 223 of the Constitution of Pakistan.
The ECP further explained that except for the seat on which the candidate has been declared successful at the end.

Reporter: Usman Khan

February 22, 2024 06:17 PM
ECP approves reserved seats' list from PML-N President only

In the matter of reserved seats for women and minorities in the Balochistan Assembly of the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N), the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) issued a written order on Thursday.
According to the ECP decision, the lists of the reserved seats provided by the Central President of the PML-N and not the President of the PML-N Balochistan Chapter will be accepted.
The ECP also directed the Returning Officer (RO) to release the list provided by the central president of the PML-N.
The petition was filed by Patrick St Masih in the ECP through his lawyer Hafiz Ehsan Ahmed Khokhar.
The ECP reserved its decision on the petition about the reserved seats list of the PML-N on February 16.
A controversy arose over the submission of a separate list by the president of the PML-N Balochistan chapter.

Reporter: Usman Khan

February 22, 2024 06:12 PM
Sindh Assembly’s session summoned for oath taking on Feb 24

The Sindh Assembly’s session for the oath-taking of the newly elected MPAs has been summoned on Saturday (February 24), reported 24NewsHd TV channel Thursday.

Governor Sindh Kamran Tessori approved Caretaker Chief Minster Sindh Maqbool Baqar’s recommendation and called the first session of the Sindh Assembly on Saturday.

The newly elected representatives of the Sindh Assembly will take oath in the first session of the legislative assembly.

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) emerged victorious after bagging a record 84 general seats in the Sindh Assembly. With reserved seats for women and minorities, the PPP’s strength in the Sindh Assembly would be over 100 for the first time.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) has grabbed 28 provincial assembly seats.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) backed independent candidates have so far won 14 while Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) grabbed two constituencies. Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) secured victory on two seats while three independents also emerged victorious.

February 22, 2024 05:51 PM
Imran to write to IMF today to halt aid over rigging, says PTI’s Ali Zafar

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan will write a letter to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), demanding it to stop their support for Pakistan due to “rigged elections,” party leader Ali Zafar announced Thursday.

“Imran Khan will issue a letter to IMF today. The charter of IMF, EU, and other organisations stipulates that they can function or provide loan to a country only if there’s good governance,” Zafar told journalists after meeting Khan at Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail.

Zafar claimed that the “most important section” of their charter is that a country should be democratic. “If there’s no democracy, then neither can these institutions function in those countries, nor should they.”

“The basic pillar of a democracy is a free and fair election. However, the entire world saw how the nation’s mandate was stolen. Let’s leave pre-poll rigging aside, in post-poll rigging, victory was snatched from PTI’s winning candidates.”

Senator Zafar said the people’s vote was stolen in the darkness of the night. He said going to the IMF for a bailout package would be detrimental to the country without conducting the audit of the election results.

He also lamented that permission has not been granted to meet Khan’s wife Bushra Bibi, who is incarcerated at the Bani Gala residence declared as sub-jail.

PTI leader Sher Afzal Marwat said the party will approach the Supreme Court, under the jurisdiction of Article 184(3), against the “biggest theft of mandate in Pakistan’s history”.

In a media talk outside Adiala Jail, he said the decision was taken in a meeting with incarcerated party chief Imran Khan. “We request the nation to watch these proceedings meticulously and see what treatment is given to us there.”

He claimed that there was a “lack of justice in courts” these days. “Those who approach courts for justice are either picked up or chased out and then they are made an example for others,” Marwat added.

He further stated that the PTI would file petitions in “large numbers”.

Marwat also warned that his party would emerge as a strong opposition if their “stolen seats” were not returned.

“The PML-N and PPP have announced that they have distributed positions but we want to tell the nation that they if sit in the government with our mandate and if we are forcefully made to sit in the opposition, then they won’t be able to run the country in peace,” he said.

Addressing PML-N’s candidate for premier Shehbaz Sharif, Marwat said the former would find himself in a “queue of lions”.

“And if you impose a certified thief like Zardari on the respectful position of the president, then it will be an insult to Pakistan,” he said, adding that Imran had instructed the nation to stand firm in the fight for justice.

Marwat says PTI to approach IHC against unjust treatment with Imran, Bushra Bibi in detention

Marwat said his party would approach the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against the treatment meted out to Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi in detention.

He claimed that Imran and Bushra Bibi had not met each other for two weeks, adding that all these tactics were aimed at “mentally torturing” the PTI founder.

Ali Zafar to run for PTI chairman in intra-party polls

Speaking to the media in Rawalpindi, Barrister Gohar Khan said that some of the PTI delegation was not allowed to meet Imran Khan in jail. He said that the nation had seen that Imran’s incarceration was illegal and unconstitutional.

He asserted that the PTI would play its role in Parliament and would work on moving the parliamentary system forward. “This will be the first time that those who do no have the people’s mandate will be sitting [in the assemblies],” he said.

He further said that PTI believed in parliamentary politics, reiterating that the party would play its role in Parliament.

Responding to a question, he said that PTI Senator Ali Zafar would contest the party’s intra-party polls, which are scheduled for March 3, for the chairman slot. He further said that Omar Ayub would contest the polls for the position of the party secretary general.

“This is Khan sahib’s decision,” he said.

 

February 22, 2024 04:06 PM 4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV
4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

♦ Man who threatened CJP Isa on social media arrested from Rawalpindi

♦ Asad Qaiser accused PML-N of trying to ‘buy’ PTI-supported poll winners

♦ Sunni Ittehad Council writes to ECP for reserved seats

♦ Faisal Kundi leads the race for KP governorship

♦ Fawad Chaudhry warns of crisis if PTI ‘excluded’ from system: Former minister’s judicial remand extended till March 5

♦ Adiala Jail admin says can’t take Bushra Bibi in due to security concerns: IHC orders fixation of Bushra’s medical check-up plea for hearing

♦ PTI to now hold intra-party elections on March 3

♦ Punjab Assembly session called for tomorrow: Newly-elected MPAs will take oath: Date for election of speaker and deputy speaker will also be announced

♦ Punjab CM Naqvi commends PITB team for outstanding performance

♦ US diplomat gifts cricket ball to Punjab CM Mohsin Naqvi

♦ Ex-Rawalpindi commissioner records statement before ECP committee

♦ PHC orders immediate removal of Asad Qaiser's name from ECL

♦ PPP MPAs ask party leadership to demand ministries from PML-N in Punjab

♦ Asad Umar’s interim bail plea in May 9 case disposed of

♦ Court extends interim bails of Imran Khan’s sisters

♦ Court extends bail of Shah Mehmood Qureshi's son

♦ Pakistan’s anti-terrorism centres were ‘hacked’ by Chinese security firm: Massive data leak shows Chinese company compromised foreign govts including in India, Afghanistan, Nato alliance

♦ LHC suspends notification hiking medicine prices

♦ LHC orders environment awareness period in schools, colleges

♦ Profit on national saving schemes again slashed

♦ Interbank market unresponsive to govt formation deal

♦ Attendants clash with doctors at Karachi’s Jinnah hospital

♦ Three people shot dead over matrimonial dispute in Shikarpur

♦ Train crushes youngster listening to music in Hafizabad

♦ Tipsy folk singer causes ruckus at Wazirabad wedding, arrested

♦ Blast kills two in Mansehra shop

♦ Five arrested for killing three rare leopards in Abbottabad

♦ Four Karachiites shot dead for resisting robberies

♦ Israel strikes Gaza's Rafah as truce talks under way

♦ 108 Muslim shrines demolished in Indian Gujarat

♦ US president announces new student debt relief

February 22, 2024 03:29 PM
Pakistan is my romance, says PM Kakar

 

Expressing good wishes for members of the federal cabinet, officers and his staff, Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar said on Thursday that they fully cooperated with him in times of crisis, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Addressing the federal ministers and members of his staff at PM in Islamabad, the caretaker PM said that the military secretary professionally discharged his functions.

He further said he was fortunate that he got an opportunity to serve the nation. “For me, Pakistan is everything; I love my country,” he added.

Kakar went on to say that the people of Pakistan had lot of potential. He extended gratitude to the cabinet members, officers, and staff at the PM office for their significant contributions that had played a pivotal role in the successful operations of the government setup.

Kakar said the collective efforts and teamwork had propelled the administration towards achieving its goals and ensuring effective governance. He said the cabinet members’ genuine and positive contribution had steered the cabinet in the right manner and without their help, this goal could not have been realized.

Kakar also eulogized the services of the principle secretary and military secretary along with their staff for their efficiency and balanced approach despite administrative challenges related the PM office. “I never deserved this post and I consider myself as a lucky person to serve the nation,” he said, adding he had tried his best to fulfil this responsibility. He said he had romance for Pakistan and he also loved the idea of the country.

“Pakistan is my romance. I have romance for Pakistan, I love the soul of the country, for me Pakistan is the first and last and for me Pakistan stands as emblem of my faith. It is home to me and let us make this home stable, prosperous and developed,” he said and added this country had tremendous potential of natural resources. He said it was a unique territory and it had unique people with rich history.

He called for concerted efforts to make the country stable, prosperous and distinguished in the comity of nations.

 

February 22, 2024 03:22 PM
Fawad Chaudhry warns of crisis if PTI ‘excluded’ from system

Special Anti-Corruption Court (ATC) in Rawalpindi on Thursday extended the judicial remand of former federal minister Fawad Chaudhary till March 5, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Fawad Chaudhry was produced in the court of Special Anti-Corruption Judge Ali Nawaz Bakhar. As the judge was on leave, the hearing of the case was adjourned without action. Fawad Chaudhry was accused of allegedly accepting bribe from a private housing society.

Meanwhile, talking to media outside district court, PTI leader said despite the formation of new government, the economic and political situation in the country will deteriorate, it will not improve.

Fawad Ch clarified that until Tehreek-e-Insaaf was not included in the system, no system will work. He claimed that the people of Pakistan stand on one side and the government on the other.

To a question that PML-N and PPP were going to form the government, Fawad Ch answered that, “It's Choon Choo Ka Maraba and PDM Two”.

Later, PTI leader Fawad Ch was shifted to Adiala jail amid tight security arrangements.

 

Reporters Irshad Qureshi and Hashir Ahsan

February 22, 2024 02:49 PM Adiala Jail admin says can’t take Bushra Bibi in due to security concerns
Adiala Jail admin says can’t take Bushra Bibi in due to security concerns

The administration of Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi has refused to shift Bushra Bibi, wife of former prime minister and ex-PTI chairman Imran Khan, from her Bani Gala residence in Islamabad to the jail, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Thursday.

In his report submitted to the Islamabad High Court (IHC) during the hearing of Bushra’s petition, seeking the court order for shifting her to the jail, the superintendent Adial Jail said that the petitioner could not be shifted because of security concerns.

Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb heard the petition, while Usman Gill, the former first lady’s counsel, appeared in the court.

Furthermore, the superintendent wrote, already space in the jail was limited as 250 females were crammed into it.  

On the other hand, Islamabad chief commissioner did not submit his report to the court.

The state prosecutor requested the court to grant time to the commissioner to submit his reply.

Accepting the prosecutor’s request, the court adjourned the case’s hearing for two weeks. 

Also on Thursday, Justice Saman Rafat Imtiaz of the IHC, while removing objections to Imran’s sister’s application, seeking the court order for the medical examination of Bushra, ordered that it should be fixed for the hearing.

In the application, Uzma had said that after having been convicted in the Toshakhana reference, Bushra was presently imprisoned at her Bani Gala residence. “It is requested that her family doctor Dr. Asim Yousaf be allowed to see her. The court is also requested to order senior doctors of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) to check her in the presence of Dr. Yousaf,” read the application.

Reporter: Ehtesham Kiyani

February 22, 2024 02:23 PM PTI to now hold intra-party elections on March 3
PTI to now hold intra-party elections on March 3

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has announced to now hold intra-party elections on March 3, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

According to the schedule of the elections unveiled on Thursday, the nomination papers for the intra-party elections can be submitted on February 23 and 24.

The schedule said that scrutiny for PTI intra-party elections will be held on February 25, while decision on nomination papers in PTI intra-party elections will be made by February 27.

The polling for PTI intra-party elections will be held on March 3. Polling for intra-party elections will be held in all four provincial secretariats including the central office.

It may be mentioned here that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) last year had declared the PTI’s intra-party polls held earlier as unconstitutional and revoked its iconic symbol ‘bat’.

The ECP verdict was later challenged in the Peshawar High Court (PHC), which had overturned the order. However, the ECP’s decision prevailed when the matter was taken to the Supreme Court.

In the aftermath of the electoral watchdog’s decision, party leaders contested the Feb 8 elections as independent candidates.

The party had again tried to hold intra-PTI elections a few days before the general elections but decided to defer them.

 

Reporter Usman Khadim Kamboh

February 22, 2024 01:10 PM 1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV
1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

♦ Man who threatened CJP Isa on social media arrested from Rawalpindi

♦ US again calls for fair, transparent probe into vote fraud allegations in Pakistan: State Department declines to comment on govt formation in Pakistan: Urges Islamabad to lift social media restrictions: Offers any insight on US envoy’s meeting with Bilawal

♦ Caretaker cabinet to discuss power transfer to new govt

♦ Ex-Rawalpindi commissioner records statement before ECP committee

♦ PPP MPAs ask party leadership to demand ministries from PML-N in Punjab

♦ PHC orders immediate removal of Asad Qaiser's name from ECL

♦ Sunni Ittehad Council writes to ECP for reserved seats

♦ US diplomat gifts cricket ball to Punjab CM Mohsin Naqvi

♦ Peshawar police not to arrest PTI leader Aslam Iqbal

♦ Asad Umar’s interim bail plea in May 9 case disposed of

♦ Court extends interim bails of Imran Khan’s sisters

♦ Court extends bail of Shah Mehmood Qureshi's son

♦ Pakistan’s anti-terrorism centres were ‘hacked’ by Chinese security firm: Massive data leak shows Chinese company compromised foreign govts including in India, Afghanistan, Nato alliance

♦ LHC suspends notification hiking medicine prices

♦ LHC orders environment awareness period in schools, colleges

♦ Attendants clash with doctors at Karachi’s Jinnah hospital

♦ Four Karachiites shot dead for resisting robberies

♦ Israel strikes Gaza's Rafah as truce talks under way

♦ 108 Muslim shrines demolished in Indian Gujarat

♦ US president announces new student debt relief

February 22, 2024 11:43 AM
Asad Umar’s interim bail plea in May 9 case disposed of

An anti-terrorism court in Lahore on Thursday disposed of interim bail plea of former PTI leader Asad Umar in Shadman police station arson case, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

ATC Judge Muhammad Naveed Iqbal conducted the hearing fo the case registered at Shadman police station against Asad Umar and other PTI leaders.

Asad Umar did not appear in the court, after which the court dismissed his interim bail on the ground of non-compliance.

February 22, 2024 11:08 AM
US diplomat gifts cricket ball to Punjab CM Mohsin Naqvi

American Consul General Kristen K. Hawkins met with Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi in Lahore on Thursday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

In the meeting, Kristen Hawkins said that the Punjab government has done a splendid job under the chief minister’s leadership.

She appreciated the upgradation of hospitals and the establishment of a business facilitation centre.

On the occasion, the Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi invited the US envoy to watch the match of PSL 9.

The US envoy meanwhile gifted a cricket ball to the chief minister.

Reporter: Ali Ramay

February 22, 2024 10:32 AM
Court extends interim bails of Imran Khan’s sisters

A court in Lahore on Thursday extended the interim bail of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder chairman’s sisters Aleema Khanum and Uzma Khanum till March 16 in three cases, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The court extended bail of Imran Khan’s sisters in setting on fire a container in Kalma Chowk and office of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) in Model Town cases.

Uzma Khanum and Aleema Khanum appeared before the anti-terrorism court judge Arshad Javed.

Moreover, the hearing on interim bail in the Jinnah House case was held in the Admin Court.

Admin Court extended their interim bail till March 12 in Jinnah House case.

Admin Judge Muhammad Naveed Iqbal heard the Jinnah House case.

Reporter: Jamaluddin Jamali

February 22, 2024 10:17 AM
Man who threatened CJP Isa on social media arrested from Rawalpindi

The law-enforcement agencies (LEAs) have arrested the man, who used derogatory and threatening language against Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Qazi Faez Isa on social media, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Thursday.

Sources told 24News that Abdul Wasey, a resident of Pandora, Rawalpindi, while participating in the social media campaign against the CJP on February 20, not only indulged in his character assassination on X, but also threatened him with dire consequences.   

Sources informed that the LEAs were busy identifying more people who were involved in maligning Justice Isa, and that after arresting them, they would be awarded exemplary punishments.

On Wednesday, the caretaker federal cabinet has approved the formation of a joint investigation team (JIT) against social media campaigners.
The notification for this high-level five-member JIT has also been issued.
As per the notification, the JIT will be headed by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Additional Director General while the JIT will include officers from Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Intelligence Bureau (IB). Officers of grade 20 from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and NADRA are also included in the JIT.
Sources said that an attempt was made to blackmail the officers through a social media campaign. The JIT will trace the culprits and recommend registration of cases. The JIT will also suggest measures to counter such nefarious campaigns in future.
The sources said that propaganda against government officials is a violation of Article 5 of the Constitution.

 

Reporter: Ahmad Mansoor

February 22, 2024 09:54 AM
Caretaker cabinet to discuss power transfer to new govt

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar has convened the federal cabinet meeting today to discuss the country’s economic, security and political situation, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Thursday.

Quoting its sources, the channel reported that matters relating to the formation of the new government and the transfer of power from the caretaker government to the elected one would come under discussion at the meeting.

Similarly, they informed that a report on the reservations shown by different political parties over the fairness of the general elections would also be presented at the meeting.

Already ratified gas prices will also come under discussion at the meeting, sources said.

Apart from that, besides approving the appointment of the federal inspector of drugs, the meeting will also determine his domain under the Drug Regulatory Authority.

The meeting will also okay extension in the service of the DG Financial Monitoring Unit by one year.

Likewise, a summary of amendments to the Petroleum Division Explosive Rules, 2010 will also be presented at the meeting for approval.

The cabinet will also endorse the decisions taken at the Economic Coordination Committee meeting.

Similarly, the cabinet will also okay the decisions taken by the energy committee.  

The meeting will also approve awarding ‘Turkiye Armed Forces Legion of Merit’ to Army Chief General Asim Munir.

 

 Reporter: Awais Kiani

 

February 21, 2024 10:02 PM
Ex-lawmaker Nisar Panhwar, son return home safely

Nisar Panhwar and his son Mohsin Panhwar, independent candidates from NA-242 and PS 85 respectively, returned home after a 42-day disappearance, reported 24NewsHD TV channel Wednesday.  

Former parliamentarian, Nisar Panhwar, and his son Mohsin Panwar, were taken into custody allegedly by law enforcement agencies in plainclothes in the wee hours of January 9, 2024.

The whereabouts of the father-son duo were remained unknown since then.

However, the Panhwar family confirmed that both father and son safely arrived home late last night, marking an end to their ordeal. Astonishingly, the Karachi police remained oblivious to their return, raising questions about the efficacy of law enforcement agency.

In a related development, the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) West appeared before the Sindh High Court Wednesday to address the matter.

The SSP had previously assured the court of swift action to recover Nisar and Mohsin, pledging to prioritize their safe return.

However, the SSP's appearance raised further questions as he professed ignorance regarding the whereabouts and circumstances surrounding the abduction.

 

 

Reporter: Faheem Siddiqui 

February 21, 2024 09:42 PM
PTI, GDA, and JI unite to protest against alleged rigging in Sindh polls

Three national political forces have decided in principal to launch protest demonstrations against alleged rigging in the February 8 polls in Sindh province, reported 24NewsHD TV channel Wednesday.    

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Grand Democratic Alliance and Jamaat-e-Islami came together when PTI leader Haleem Adil Sheikh, JI's Hafiz Naeem Ur Rehman, Ameer of JI Karachi and others called on GDA central leader Sadruddin Shah Rashidi to discuss their joint action plan of protests against alleged rigging in the February 8 polls.

Discussions centred on the prevailing political landscape and concerns over purported electoral malpractices during the recent general elections.

Following the deliberations, Sardar Abdul Rahim, Information Secretary of GDA, conveyed the collective decision to initiate a unified struggle.

Rashidi extended invitations to the leaders of both parties to attend the upcoming GDA meeting scheduled for February 23.

Amidst a backdrop of governmental and electoral commission disarray in the face of opposition pressure, the possibility of an abrupt announcement regarding the Sindh Assembly session for swearing-in was deliberated upon.

Consensus was reached among the leaders to mobilise party members and supporters for a vigorous protest across Sindh.

 Plans for a definitive course of action will be finalised during the forthcoming meeting on February 23, following thorough consultations.

He said that the government and the election commission are bewildered by the opposition's movement.  It is likely that the Sindh Assembly meeting for swearing-in will be announced suddenly, Sardar Rahim said added that if this happened, GDA, PTI and JI would hold strong protests across Sindh.

February 21, 2024 08:12 PM
Renowned analyst Nazir Naji passes away

Renowned political analyst and prominent Urdu columnist Nazir Naji passed away, 24News HD TV Channel reported on Wednesday.
According to the report, a senior journalist was 81 years old and admitted to a private hospital in Lahore for treatment.
Nazir Naji (born 15 August 1937) served 27 years for Daily Jang as a senior Urdu columnist.
Nazir Naji was formerly a chairman of the Pakistan Academy of Letters. In 2012, Naji left Jang Group and joined Daily Dunya as a Group Editor. He has been honoured by Hilal-i-Imtiaz for his services in journalism in 2012.
Punjab Chief Minister Syed Mohsin Naqvi expressed deep grief and sorrow on the death of Nazir Naji and paid tribute to the journalistic services of the deceased.
CM Naqvi expressed his heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the bereaved family and said late Nazir Naji's services to the field of journalism will be remembered for a long time.

Reporter: Rao Dilshad

February 21, 2024 07:38 PM
Punjab police reach Peshawar to apprehend PTI leader Mian Aslam Iqbal

Punjab Police has arrived in Peshawar with the intention to apprehend Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate for Chief Minister Punjab Mian Aslam Iqbal, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Wednesday.

However, conflicting reports emerged as sources revealed that Aslam Iqbal has not been arrested yet and is reportedly present in the Speaker House Peshawar.

Various PTI leaders including the party candidate for Chief Minister Punjab Mian Aslam Iqbal declared absconders in May 9 case on February 15.

An anti-terrorism court in Lahore heard the case related to putting containers on fire at Kalma Chowk on May 9 and declared 11 PTI candidates’ absconders.

PTI leader Mian Aslam Iqbal earlier today moved Peshawar High Court (PHC) for transit bail.

Peshawar High Court had granted him transit bail and directed him to appear before the Lahore High Court within a fortnight.

Against this backdrop, Punjab Police maintained a visible presence near both the Speaker House and Central Jail, underscoring the intensity of the situation and the determination to execute legal proceedings.

February 21, 2024 06:16 PM
Mohsin Naqvi meets Iranian and Chinese Consul Generals

 In connection of his farewell meetings, Punjab Caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi Wednesday called on Iranian and Chinese Consul Generals, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

In separate meetings, both the Iranian and Chinese Consul Generals extended warm wishes and expressing appreciation for Naqvi's tenure's accomplishments.

During the encounters, the Consul Generals congratulated Mohsin Naqvi for becoming Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Naqvi, extending hospitality, invited them to witness the upcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches, an offer graciously accepted by both the Chinese and Iranian representatives, who conveyed their gratitude.

Both Consul Generals commended Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi for his unwavering commitment and dedicated service to the people of Punjab.

They acknowledged Naqvi's notable achievements, recognizing his tireless efforts in enhancing public welfare and fostering international relations.

The Chinese Consul General lauded Mohsin Naqvi's exceptional dedication and rapid completion of public projects.

Expressing admiration for Naqvi's efficient service delivery, the Consul General extended best wishes for his future endeavors.

Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi, in turn, expressed gratitude to the Chinese Consul General for their collaboration in combating smog, emphasizing China's pivotal role as a strategic partner to Pakistan.

 Naqvi highlighted the expanding relations between the two countries over the past year, noting China's consistent support during challenging times.

During his visit to China, Naqvi was warmly received by the Communist Party, an experience he cherishes deeply.

 Likewise, Iranian Consul General lauded Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi for holding PSL 9 successful. The Consul General extended congratulations to Naqvi for his remarkable efforts in ensuring the success of the event.

Naqvi was also lauded for his outstanding performance and relentless dedication to public service, with the Consul General highlighting the significant improvements made under his leadership.

Responding to the Chief Minister's request, a statue of Allama Iqbal was installed in Mashhad, a gesture facilitated by the Iranian Consul General.

The Iranian Consul General commended Naqvi's tireless commitment to the welfare of the people, acknowledging his round-the-clock efforts to address societal challenges and enhance the quality of life.

 

 

Reporter: Ali Ramay 

February 21, 2024 05:32 PM
SC rules against judges resigning to avoid proceedings

The Supreme Court has delivered a short judgement about the proceedings against judges, stating that initiating disciplinary action against a judge does not cease with their resignation.

According to the 24News HD TV channel, the decision comes amidst ongoing debates surrounding judicial accountability.

In the short judgement, the court clarified that actions initiated by the Judicial Council before a judge's retirement will continue irrespective of their resignation.

A 5-member larger bench headed by Justice Aminuddin Khan delivered the verdict.

The Supreme Court issued a decision by a majority of four to one and accepted the federal government's appeal conditionally.

Justice Hasan Azhar Rizvi disagreed with the majority decision. He disagreed with the decision to the extent that the federal government's appeal was time-bart.

The SC also ruled that it is the discretion of the Judicial Council to act or not on pending complaints against retired judges. The court also said that the detailed reasons for the decision would be issued later.

After the court decision, permission was given to take action against Justice Retired Syed Mazahir Naqvi.

Reporter: Amanat Gishkori

February 21, 2024 05:19 PM
Caretaker federal cabinet approves formation of JIT against social media campaigners

The caretaker federal cabinet Wednesday approved the formation of a joint investigation team (JIT) against social media campaigners.
According to the 24News HD TV channel, the notification of this high-level five-member JIT has also been issued.
As per the notification, the JIT will be headed by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Additional Director General while the JIT will include officers from Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Intelligence Bureau (IB). Officers of grade 20 from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and NADRA are also included in the JIT.
Sources said that approval was obtained from the Cabinet through the circulation of the summary of the Ministry of Interior.
Sources said that an attempt was made to blackmail the officers through a social media campaign. The JIT will determine the culprits and recommend registration of cases. The JIT will also suggest measures to counter such nefarious campaigns in future.
Sources said that the hiring of IT experts has also been recommended during the investigation.
Sources said that propaganda against government officials is a violation of Article 5 of the Constitution.
Sources said that action has been taken against the elements involved in printing fake ballot papers and propaganda.

February 21, 2024 05:01 PM
Public holiday announced on Feb 29

The district administration of Jamshoro has announced a public holiday on February 29 in connection with 772 three-day Annual Urs celebrations of Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar.

The Urs is commencing from Feb 29.

The ceremonies of the Urs will continue for three days including a literary conference, Sindhi traditional wrestling Malakhro and the recital of Sufi music.

The local administration has taken stringent security measures for the annual Urs. The facilitation camps have been set up in Sehwan devotees to provide facilities to the guests of the shrine.

 

 

February 21, 2024 04:09 PM 4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV
4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

♦ PML-N, PPP strike power-sharing deal: Shehbaz to become PM, Zardari president

♦ Supreme Court rejects petition seeking annulment of general elections

♦ SHC CJ again orders restoration of internet services in country

♦ BHC CJ Naeem Afghan to be ‘elevated’ to Supreme Court

♦ PHC approves transit bail of PTI’s Aslam Iqbal: PTI leader says no proof of his involvement in May 9 violence

♦ PHC grants bail to PTI Senator Shibli Faraz

♦ Arrest warrants for owner of Master Tiles issued

♦ Australian envoy calls on nominated Punjab CM Maryam Nawaz

♦ Makhdoom Ahmad Mehmood favourite for Punjab governor slot

♦ Interbank market unresponsive to govt formation deal

♦ Bulls dominate Pakistan Stock Exchange after govt formation deal

♦ Petroleum products’ import drops in ongoing financial year

♦ Prices of 146 life-saving medicines increased

♦ US calls for unrestricted internet access in Pakistan

♦ Kuwaiti envoy calls on Punjab CM Mohsin Naqvi

♦ IHC issues show-cause notice to Islamabad DC in contempt case

♦ Disappearance of PTI-backed MNA from Sarai Alamgir remains a mystery

♦ Fly Jinnah’s maiden int’l flight warmly received at Sharjah airport

♦ Petroleum products’ import drops in ongoing financial year

♦ Woman among three shot dead in Jacobabad

♦ US drone shot down off Yemen by Huthi missile

♦ US, European parts found in North Korean missile in Ukraine: report

♦ Brazil foreign minister says Israeli counterpart 'lying' in Gaza spat

♦ Trump compares own legal troubles with Navalny persecution

♦ Awarding of PSL9 broadcasting rights challenged in LHC

♦ England back under-fire Root, Bairstow to keep India series alive

♦ Punjab schools face shortage of 115,000 teachers

♦ Old man shoots dead 6-year-old grandson with Kalashnikov

February 21, 2024 04:04 PM
Launching ceremony of 4th Offshore Pakistan Patrol Vessel held in Romania

 

A launching ceremony of state-of-the-art 4th Offshore Patrol Vessel, PNS YAMAMA being built for Pakistan Navy was held at Damen Shipyard Galati, Romania.

According to a statement released by the ISPR on Wednesday, Vice Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ovais Ahmed Bilgrami who was chief guest on the occasion underscored the importance of maritime security under the prevailing conventional and non-conventional maritime threats to energy and trade highways passing through Indian Ocean Region.

In this context, he highlighted that Pakistan Navy has tremendous contribution in maintenance of safe and secure sea environment for maritime trade.

Ovais Ahmed Bilgrami expressed the confidence that induction of these multipurpose and highly adaptive platforms equipped with state-of-the-art weapons and sensors will further strengthen combat capability of Pakistan Navy Fleet in safeguarding maritime frontiers while ensuring Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean Region, especially in the Arabian Sea.

 

Reporter Ahmad Mansoor

February 21, 2024 03:44 PM
PHC grants bail to PTI Senator Shibli Faraz

Accepting the bail application of PTI Senator Shibli Faraz until February 26, the Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Wednesday ordered the police not to arrest him in any case, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

A two-member bench of the PHC, comprising Justice Ishtiaq Ibrahim and Justice Atiq Shah, heard the PTI senator’s bail plea.

 

Reporter: Amir Shehzad

February 21, 2024 03:23 PM
SHC CJ again orders restoration of internet services in country

Once again ordering the restoration of internet services in the country, the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday sought from the federal government reasons for the suspension of these services on the election day, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

During the hearing of a petition against suspension of the internet service in the country, SHC Chief Justice (CJ) Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi remarked, “Why do not you people distribute seats among yourselves instead of holding elections? Enough is enough. It will not go on like this. After all, when the internet will start functioning again.”

Counsel for the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) informed the court that it was on the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Information orders that the internet was shut down. “In fact, it was feared that the law and order situation might deteriorate if the internet remain functional,” he added.

The chief justice said how unfortunate it was that candidates were not even allowed to run their election campaigns on social media freely. “Then what is the use of holding elections?” he questioned.

Justice Mobeen Lakho inquired from the PTA’s lawyer as to what were the security threats that necessitated the closure of the internet?

The lawyer replied that the PTA was not told about the threats in detail.

Counsel for the federal government, on the other hand, said that the services were suspended on the recommendations of the provincial governments.

Addressing the Sindh government lawyer, the CJ asked whether the internet was closed on the provincial government’s order. The lawyer replied in negative, and sought from the court time to submit his reply.

The chief justice wondered as to why the court orders were not taken seriously.

Later, the court adjourned the case’s hearing until March 5.

It may be mentioned here that the social media platform X remained suspended across Pakistan for the fourth consecutive day on Wednesday. The platform, formerly known as Twitter, was downed on Saturday night when a senior government official made a public admission of vote manipulation in the February 8 polls.

"X has been inaccessible in Pakistan (since Saturday), because it is used by the public to protest," Usama Khilji, a digital rights activist told AFP.

AFP staff reported that the app remained disrupted in the capital Islamabad as well as the mega cities of Lahore and Karachi on Tuesday. And, there was no sign of any resumption of the service on Wednesday morning.

On Tuesday also, the United States has emphasized the need for unrestricted internet access amid social media blockages in Pakistan.

While responding to a question during a news briefing in Washington on Tuesday, State Department Spokesman Matthew Miller expressed concern over the intermittent blockages of platform X, formerly known as Twitter, in Pakistan during recent days.  “I don’t have any updates on whether it’s something that’s been raised, but we always want to see full internet freedom around the world, and that includes the availability of platforms that people use to communicate with each other,” he said.

“I’ll just say as a general matter that we want that to – we want Internet platforms to … be available to people in Pakistan and around the world,” he continued. “And I don’t have anything further than that.”

Earlier, US Congressman Greg Casar has urged the US State Department to demand Pakistani authorities to restore access to social media platform X, which remains blocked in the country for the fourth day.

In a post on X, Casar said, “Pakistanis use Twitter to expose post-election interference. But now, Pakistani authorities are blocking Twitter access for the third straight day.”

“State Dept should demand authorities restore access to Twitter. Our allies should meet basic standards of free speech and democracy,” he added.

 

Reporter: Mumtaz Jamali

February 21, 2024 03:00 PM BHC CJ Naeem Afghan to be ‘elevated’ to Supreme Court
BHC CJ Naeem Afghan to be ‘elevated’ to Supreme Court

It has been decided to elevate Balochistan High Court (BHC) Chief Justice Naeem Akhtar Afghan to the Supreme Court of Pakistan, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Wednesday, quoting sources.

According to the sources, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Qazi Faez Isa has nominated Justice Naeem Akhtar Afghan as Supreme Court judge.

A meeting of the Judicial Commission to be held on February 23 will consider the appointment of Justice Naeem Akhtar. The meeting also ponder over the appointment of a new chief justice of Lahore High Court (LHC).

Three vacancies are lying vacant at the moment in the Supreme Court. Although the apex court should have a strength of 17 but presently 14 judges are performing their duties.

 

Reporter Amanat Gishkori

February 21, 2024 02:12 PM Australian envoy calls on nominated Punjab CM Maryam Nawaz
Australian envoy calls on nominated Punjab CM Maryam Nawaz

Australian High Commissioner met with the nominated Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz at Jati Umra near Lahore on Wednesday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Issues of mutual interest and bilateral relations were discussed during the meeting.

The Australian High Commissioner congratulated Maryam Nawaz on being nominated as the first woman chief minister.

Reporter: Rao Dilshad

February 21, 2024 01:05 PM 1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV
1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

♦ PML-N, PPP strike power-sharing deal: Shehbaz to become PM, Zardari president

♦ Supreme Court rejects petition seeking annulment of general elections

♦ US calls for unrestricted internet access in Pakistan: State Department terms new government formation ‘internal matter’ of Pakistan

♦ Interbank market unresponsive to govt formation deal

♦ Bulls dominate Pakistan Stock Exchange after govt formation deal

♦ Kuwaiti envoy calls on Punjab CM Mohsin Naqvi

♦ IHC issues show-cause notice to Islamabad DC in contempt case

♦ Disappearance of PTI-backed MNA from Sarai Alamgir remains a mystery

♦ Fly Jinnah’s maiden int’l flight warmly received at Sharjah airport

♦ Petroleum products’ import drops in ongoing financial year

♦ Woman among three shot dead in Jacobabad

♦ US drone shot down off Yemen by Huthi missile

♦ US, European parts found in North Korean missile in Ukraine: report

♦ Brazil foreign minister says Israeli counterpart 'lying' in Gaza spat

♦ Trump compares own legal troubles with Navalny persecution

♦ Awarding of PSL9 broadcasting rights challenged in LHC

♦ England back under-fire Root, Bairstow to keep India series alive

February 21, 2024 12:49 PM
PML-N’s Malik Ahmad Khan emerges as hot favourite for PA speaker slot

After gaining a majority in the Punjab Assembly in the general elections held on February 8, the PML-N’s leadership is now mulling over the names of different party stalwarts for the position of Punjab Assembly (PA) speaker, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Wednesday.  

Sources have told 24News that Malik Ahmad Khan is a strong candidate for the seat as several party leaders are in support of his candidature, while the names of Khawaja Salman Rafiq and Mian Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman are also under consideration.  

They have added that final consultations will be held over who could be the PML-N’s nominees for the positions of PA speaker as well as deputy speaker at the parliamentary party’s meeting, which will be presided over by the party’s Chief Organizer Maryam Nawaz.    

 

Reporter: Rao Dilshad Hussain

February 21, 2024 12:31 PM Kuwaiti envoy calls on Punjab CM Mohsin Naqvi
Kuwaiti envoy calls on Punjab CM Mohsin Naqvi

Kuwaiti Ambassador Nassar Abdul Rehman Almutairi met with Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi in Lahore on Wednesday and discussed a raft of issues, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

In the meeting, issues of mutual interest, promotion of bilateral relations and increasing cooperation in various fields were discussed.

Ambassador of Kuwait congratulated Mohsin Naqvi on his election as Chairman PCB and the grand opening of PSL-9.

On the occasion, CM Mohsin Naqvi said that Pakistan and Kuwait have had brotherly relations for decades.

He said the time has come to transform Pakistan-Kuwait relations into fruitful economic cooperation.

Livestock is in high demand in Kuwait and bilateral cooperation in this sector needs to be promoted on a sustainable basis, Mohsin Naqvi said.

He said that 6 Business Facilitation Centers have been built in Punjab in just 30 days and required NOCs are issued to investors within 15 days at Business Facilitation Centres.

Mohsin Naqvi said that Kuwaiti investors should take advantage of investment opportunities in Punjab, will provide all possible facilities.

Greater exchange of trade delegations can increase economic ties, Mohsin Naqvi said.

Talking on the occasion Kuwait envoy said that we will further promote cooperation with Punjab in livestock and other sectors.

Kuwaiti Ambassador said there is a lot of potential to increase bilateral trade relations.

February 21, 2024 11:15 AM
US calls for unrestricted internet access in Pakistan

 

The United States has described the formation of a new government as Pakistan’s internal matter, though it reiterated that any administration in Islamabad should transparently investigate the allegations of election irregularities and emphasized the need for unrestricted internet access amid social media blockages in the country, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

While responding to a question about the possibility of the US asking Pakistani authorities to respect PTI’s mandate during a news briefing in Washington on Tuesday, State Department Spokesman Matthew Miller said “I don’t want to get into an internal Pakistani matter, which I very much believe that the formation of a new government is.”

He further said “So, that’s a matter that I will leave to Pakistan. But as I said, when it comes to the claims of interference or allegations of irregularities, we want to see those fully investigated.”

Miller also expressed concern over the intermittent blockages of platform X, formerly known as Twitter, in Pakistan during recent days.  “I don’t have any updates on whether it’s something that’s been raised, but we always want to see full internet freedom around the world, and that includes the availability of platforms that people use to communicate with each other,” he said.

“I’ll just say as a general matter that we want that to – we want Internet platforms to … be available to people in Pakistan and around the world,” he continued. “And I don’t have anything further than that.”

Earlier, US Congressman Greg Casar has urged the US State Department to demand Pakistani authorities to restore access to social media platform X, which remains blocked in the country for the fourth day.

In a post on X, Casar said, “Pakistanis use Twitter to expose post-election interference. But now, Pakistani authorities are blocking Twitter access for the third straight day.”

“State Dept should demand authorities restore access to Twitter. Our allies should meet basic standards of free speech and democracy,” he added.

February 21, 2024 10:15 AM
IHC issues show-cause notice to Islamabad DC in contempt case

Issuing a show-cause notice to Islamabad Deputy Commissioner (DC) Irfan Nawaz Memon in contempt of court case, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday asked him to submit his reply by Monday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.  

On the order of the IHC judge Justice Babar Sattar, Memon appeared in the court.

Addressing the DC, Justice Sattar said, “Does he think that all this is a joke.”

“You issued 67 maintenance of public orders (MPO) for the detention of 970 days,” the judge remarked, adding, “This was stupidity on your part. Now, you will face the consequences.”

Memon replied that he had appeared on each and every hearing.

The court also turned down the deputy commissioner’s request to transfer his case to another bench. “Do you think that now we will form benches of your liking,” Justice Sattar remarked angrily.

Memon says cannot think of committing contempt of court

Deputy Commissioner (DC) Islamabad Irfan Nawaz Memon said on Wednesday that he could not even contemplate committing contempt of court.

Speaking to the media, he said that he showed up on the court order. “Even if I were abroad, I would have definitely appeared in the court.”

Memon said that everyone was bound to comply with the court orders.

He made it clear that these were the intelligence agencies on whose instructions, he had to issue MPOs. “This simply cannot happen that I receive a report that something bad is going to happen, and I don’t take its notice, and that incident eventually happens. “In that case, only I will be to blame,” he said.  

The IHC had on Tuesday issued arrest warrants for Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Irfan Nawaz Memon in a contempt case.

The high court had ordered IGPs of all four provinces and Islamabad to arrest the deputy commissioner and produce him before it in the case.

In his four-page written order, Justice Bar Sattar had also ordered the DG FIA to arrest him and produce him before the court if the DC is seen either at an airport, seaport or any border crossing

The court had also ordered the home secretary and DG Passports to put the name of the deputy commissioner on the ECL.

Justice Babar Sattar had indicted Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) operations Jamil Zafar, Superintendent (SP) Farooq Buttar and Station House Officer (SHO) Nasir Manzoor while hearing the case.

 

Reporter: Ihtesham Kiani

 

February 21, 2024 10:09 AM
Envoy Masood calls for strengthening Pak-US cooperation in diverse sectors

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States, Masood Khan, has reiterated Pakistan’s unwavering commitment to further strengthen and promote bilateral relations with the United States, including security cooperation and people-to-people exchanges.

He was addressing at Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on “The Future of Pakistan and the U.S.-Pakistan Relations” in Washington DC. 

The event was hosted by Senior Vice President CSIS Daniel Runde. Former Ambassador Robin Raphel gave her opening remarks.

Addressing a hybrid session, attended by members of the think tank community, former ambassadors and opinion makers and also viewed online by thousands of viewers, Masood Khan emphasized the significant strides made in fostering congruence between Pakistan and the United States over the past two years.

He emphasized the importance of bilateral trade, with the US being Pakistan's largest single-country export destination, and highlighted successful engagements like the U.S.–Pakistan Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) ministerial meeting.

Highlighting Pakistan's economic potential, Ambassador Masood Khan pointed out that Pakistan ranks as the 24th largest economy by purchasing power parity (PPP) and is the fifth most populous country, with a youthful demographic where 64 percent are below the age of 30. He emphasized the nation's tech-savvy populace and the rapid digitization of the economy.

Outlining Pakistan's priorities, including wealth creation, human capital development, modernization of key sectors like agriculture and manufacturing, and preparation for climate change, he invited international partners to leverage Pakistan's strategic economic position in West Asia, emphasizing ongoing structural economic reforms to capitalize on recent challenges as opportunities for growth and development.

He said Pakistan should be a meeting point, not a battleground for US and China. Both countries are most welcome to invest in Pakistan in the areas of their respective competencies and competitiveness.

Regarding investment opportunities in Pakistan, he highlighted Pakistan's attractiveness for American investors, citing the presence of 80 American enterprises, including Fortune 500 companies, operating profitably in Pakistan across various sectors. He noted the burgeoning tech startup ecosystem, with significant investments in areas like fintech, healthtech, and Artificial Intelligence.

Highlighting the significance of newly constituted Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC),  he said areas of direct interest to American investors would be IT, agriculture, energy and critical minerals. He said these four areas have been prioritized by the Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC) for fast-track foreign investment.  He said Pakistan is sitting on a treasure trove of minerals.  He said Pakistan has the largest reserves of copper, gold, lithium, rare earth elements, magnesium and cobalt. The Ambassador invited the investors to help extract these minerals and process them for industrial use along the value chains.

Talking about terrorism, Masood Khan quoted recent UN Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Report, which has established that Al Qaeda has been training Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan in eight camps in Afghanistan to support their cross-border attacks in Pakistan. He termed ISIS-K and TTP attacks as a potent threat to Pakistan, the US and its allies,  and underlined the need of coordinated strategy to eliminate it. 

Addressing geopolitical considerations, the Ambassador stressed the need for stability and cooperation in South Asia, advocating for a resolution of issues like Jammu and Kashmir through diplomatic means in accordance with international law. He said South Asia’s security needs to be prioritized in its own right, not as a subset of the Indo-Pacific Strategy.

He said that American decisions on the restoration for Pakistan of military sales and military financing and supply of critical equipment to keep the strategic balance and fight the raging threat of terrorism was being awaited.

Looking ahead, Masood Khan expressed optimism about the future of Pakistan-U.S. relations, highlighting ongoing dialogues across various domains and promising results.

At the end, the Ambassador thanked U.S. think tanks and experts who have advocated for stronger US-Pakistan relations steered by diplomacy and focused on continuity of security cooperation, regional stabilization and people-to-people exchanges.

Earlier, former ambassador Robin Raphel said that Pakistan would remain a country of consequence which the US should strive to understand and cultivate as a strong partner. She highlighted various challenges being faced by the country including economic issues and climate change that she opined needed to be addressed on priority.

During discussion session Senior Vice President of CSIS Daniel Runde suggested provision of greater opportunities to Pakistani students and also underscored the need for the US government to consider fulfilling Pakistan’s requirements for meeting its security needs.

February 20, 2024 11:39 PM
Shehbaz for PM, Zardari for President as PML-N, PPP seal govt formation agreement

In a significant political development, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) have successfully reached a government formation agreement.

The breakthrough comes after intensive negotiations between PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and PML-N President and Prime Minister-designate Shehbaz Sharif. The high-level discussions took place at the residence of Senator Ishaq Dar, where the leaders engaged in crucial talks to solidify the terms of the alliance.

Addressing a late-night press conference along with Asif Zardari and Shehbaz Sharif, Bilawal Bhutto announced that both parties have reached an agreement to form the government as they have the required numbers.

He said Shehbaz Sharif would be the prime minister candidate while Asif Zardari will be the President of Pakistan.

He thanked PML-N for agreeing to the candidacy of his father Asif Zardari for the slot of President. 

Bilawal said PML-N and PPP are going to form the government to get Pakistan out of its problems,

“We pray that the government will be successful,” said Bilawal. “May Allah help us to solve the problems and we will be successful.”

He said the party which is present in the National Assembly in the name of Sunni Ittehad Council did not have the numbers to form the government.

He said both parties will face all problems together.

Addressing the press conference, Shehbaz Sharif said the Independent members who have won, if they can form the government they could do it by showing the majority and they will accept them wholeheartedly.

“We will sit on the opposition benches then according to the constitution,” said Shehbaz Sharif.

Shehbaz said however they don't have the required numbers and they also contacted the Sunni Ittehad but still they don't have the required numbers to form the government.

He said they are in a position to form a new government together with the PPP.

He thanked Bilawal Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari for their cooperation.

He also thanked Nawaz Sharif for his guidance to help reach this consultation to a fruitful point.

He said they will get Asif Zardari elected as President for five years.

Shehbaz said MQM, IPP and Q-League, all these allies will vote for these posts and they will all take steps with mutual consultation.

He said this alliance has to fight against inflation and has to work for industry and agriculture for economic development and prosperity.

He said today even after 76 years we are living in debt which we have to end.

 On the occasion, Zardari said their quest is only for Pakistan and the people and they will bring Pakistan out of difficulties and make it successful for future generations.

Bilawal has said the details of the sharing of key constitutional offices between the PPP and PML-N will come at a later date.

February 20, 2024 11:27 PM
Concerns mount as PTI-backed MNA Muhammad Ilyas remains unaccounted for

Concerns mount as Chaudhry Muhammad Ilyas, the recently elected Member of the National Assembly (MNA) from constituency NA 62, remains unaccounted for since last night, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The family of the missing MNA alleges that he was abducted by unknown individuals near the Jhelum river bridge.

According to reports, Chaudhry Muhammad Ilyas was enroute to Islamabad to join the Sunni Ittehad Council Party when the alleged abduction took place. Despite nearly 19 hours passing since the incident, there has been no trace of the missing politician, leaving his family distraught and anxious for his safety.

Chaudhry Ilyas, who secured victory as an independent candidate in NA-62 with the backing of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), hails from the Sarai Alamgir district of Gujarat.

 

February 20, 2024 08:39 PM
Bakht Muhammad Kakar, independent lawmaker from Balochistan joins PPP

Bakht Muhammad Kakar who secured victory as an independent candidate from PB-39 Quetta-II has formally joined the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), reported the 24NewsHD TV channel.  

The announcement of Bakht Muhammad Kakar's affiliation with the PPP came following a meeting with PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari.

During the meeting, Bakht Muhammad Kakar expressed his commitment to the principles and vision of the PPP.

The presence of influential figures such as Sarfaraz Bugti, Sadiq Umrani, Malik Shah, Jamal Raisani, Aijaz Jakhrani, and Ali Madad Jattak at the meeting underscores the significance of Bakht Muhammad Kakar's decision and its implications for broader political realignments within Balochistan.

 

 

Reporter: Rozina Ali 

February 20, 2024 07:36 PM
Security forces gun down notorious terrorist in DI Khan

Security forces on Tuesday gunned down one notorious terrorist in an intelligence-based operation in Dera Ismail Khan District, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), based on the reported presence of terrorists, security forces conducted an intelligence-based operation in Dera Ismail Khan District.

During the conduct of operation, intense fire exchange took place between security forces and terrorists, as a result of which terrorist Muhammad Sohail was sent to hell.

The killed terrorist remained actively involved in numerous terrorist activities against the law enforcement agencies as well as target killings of innocent civilians.

Sanitization operation is being conducted to wipe out any other terrorist found in the area.

Locals of the area appreciated the operation and expressed their full support to eliminate the menace of terrorism.

 

 

Reporter: Ahmad Mansoor

February 20, 2024 07:27 PM
PP-238: Independent candidate Mian Inam joins PPP

 

Mian Inam Bari, who secured victory as an independent candidate from PP 238 Bahawalnagar has formally joined the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), reported the 24NewsHD TV channel.  

He announced to join PPP formally after the meeting with PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto. The meeting served as a platform to discuss collaborative efforts and chart a course for future political endeavors in Bahawalnagar.

Bilawal Bhutto, extending a warm welcome to Mian Inam Bari, expressed appreciation for his decision to join the PPP ranks.

Inam Bari has won the Punjab Assembly election from PP-238 Bahawalnagar-II by securing 54,500 votes.  His runner-up was Syed Nazar Mahmood Shah of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) who bagged 49,401 votes.

February 20, 2024 06:39 PM
Two Independents from Kasur and Jhang join PML-N

Successful independents from PP-180 and PP-128 have joined the PML-N, according to a party statement.

Ahsan Raza Khan and Colonel (retd) Ghazanfar Qureshi met with Senior Vice President of Pakistan Muslim League (N) and nominated Chief Minister of Punjab Maryam Nawaz Sharif.

Maryam welcomed and congratulated bot Ahsan Raza Khan and Colonel (R) Ghazanfar Qureshi for joining PML-N.

The independent members said they decided to join PML-N after consulting with the people and supporters of the constituency.

Maryam said their support will bring the country back from destruction to development as she wanted to end chaos and lead Pakistan towards stability.

She said she has developed a comprehensive strategy for the development of Punjab and relief to the people and will carry forward the party tradition of development, construction and happiness of the people with a new spirit.

February 20, 2024 06:30 PM
Supreme Judicial Commission meeting summoned for new LHC chief justice

Chief Justice Qazi Faiz Isa has summoned a meeting of the  Supreme Judicial Commission  to deliberate on the appointment of  new Chief Justice for the Lahore High Court, the 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Tuesday.

The impending retirement of the current Chief Justice of Lahore High Court, Amir Bhatti, on March 7, underscores the importance of the appointment process.

Scheduled for February 23, the Judicial Commission meeting will be chaired by Chief Justice Qazi Faiz Isa, where deliberations concerning the appointment of Senior Judge Malik Shahzad Ahmed as the next Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court are set to take place.

 

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Reporter: Amanat Gishkori

 

 

February 20, 2024 06:09 PM
Two successful independent candidatess from Balochistan join PML-N

Two successful independent candidates for Balochistan Assembly Tuesday announced joining the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Wali Muhammad and Abdul Khaliq Khan, who won elections as independent candidates from Balochistan, met PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif and announced joining the PML-N.

The newly-elect MPAs belong to constituencies PB-41 and PB-51.

The party's provincial president Jafar Khan Mandokhel and party leader Jamal Shah Kakar were also present. The former PM welcomed both of the politicians in PML-N.

Shehbaz Sharif said, "You played a role in the stability of Pakistan, which is worthy of praise, Pakistan needs stability, not chaos, problems can be solved only by talking and walking together, not by fighting."

The former prime minister said that he considers the development of Balochistan as the first requirement for the development of Pakistan. The newly-elected MPAs congratulated Shahbaz Sharif on being nominated as the prime minister.

Shehbaz Sharif is likely to meet Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in Islamabad today to form government in Centre.

February 20, 2024 05:57 PM
82 PTI-backed independent candidates so far join Sunni Ittehad Council

As many as 82 PTI-backed independent candidates have so far submitted affidavits with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to join the Sunni Ittehad Council, reported 24NewsHD TV channel Tuesday.

Head of the Sunni Ittehad Council Sahibzada Hamid Raza Tuesday submitted has submitted the affidavits of 32 more independent candidates for the National Assembly to the ECP taking the total number to 82.

Yesterday, 50 independent members of the National Assembly had submitted certificates and affidavits to join Sunni Ittehad Council.

Sahibzada Hamid Raza said the affidavits of more MNAs will also be submitted today.

He said the affidavits of the successful independent candidates of the provincial assemblies will also be submitted soon.

He said the priority list for specific seats will also be submitted to the ECP soon.

 Reporter: Usman Khan

February 20, 2024 05:49 PM
IHC issues non-bailable arrest warrant for Islamabad DC

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Tuesday issued arrest warrants for Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Irfan Nawaz Memon in the contempt case, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The high court has ordered IGPs of all the four provinces and Islamabad to arrest the deputy commissioner and produced before it in the case.

In his four-page written order, Justice Bar Sattar also ordered DG FIA thet if DC Islamabad is seen at the airport, seaport or border crossing, arrest him and produce him before the court.

Islamabad High Court also ordered the Home Secretary and DG Passports to put the name of Islamabad DC on ECL.

The court in its order said Islamabad DC's request for exemption from today's attendance was not granted yesterday and despite this He remained absent from court today.

Justice Babar Sattar had indicted Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) operations Jamil Zafar, Superintendent (SP) Farooq Buttar and Station House Officer (SHO) Nasir Manzoor while presiding over the hearing of the case.

The IHC had earlier suspended PTI leader Shehryar Afridi’s arrest warrants under maintenance of public order (MPO) and ordered his immediate release.

Afridi was first arrested on May 16 from his Islamabad residence under Section 3 of the MPO Ordinance, 1960. He was rearrested on May 30 under the same section soon after his release from prison.

The court also indicted capital Deputy Commissioner (DC) Irfan Nawaz Memon and three others for contempt in Afridi’s case.

DC Memon and SSP Zafar pleaded not guilty to the charges and also apologised unconditionally to the court. The court also indicted SP Farooq Buttar and SHO Naseer Manzoor with contempt of court, however, both denied the charges.

 

 

February 20, 2024 05:47 PM
PTI demands CEC's resigns as he has failed to hold transparent elections

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Barrister Gohar Khan demanded on Tuesday the resignation of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja as he has failed to fulfil his duty to hold free and fair elections in the country.
According to the 24News HD TV channel, PTI Chairman Gohar Khan talked to the media in Islamabad on Tuesday and demanded the authorities that transparency in the rigged results of the elections should be ensured.
Barrister Gohar Khan said CEC Sikandar Sultan Raja has become controversial as he has failed to fulfil his responsibility so should be stepped down immediately.
The PTI chairman also demanded the ECP that Form 47 should be prepared according to Form 45. He also claimed that the PTI has won 180 seats in the National Assembly (NA) and his party's elected members will join the Sunni Unity Council (STC).
He also confirmed that yesterday, the list of 50 MNAs was sent to the Election Commission and they will apply tomorrow for the reserved seats in the NA.

February 20, 2024 04:08 PM 4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV
4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

♦ Bilawal Bhutto rules out ‘free vote’ for PML-N in govt formation: Says PPP will support Nawaz League on its own terms: Deadlock in govt formation likely to stay

♦ Senate echoes with calls for chief election commissioner’s resignation, arrest: Senator Mushtaq demands judicial probe, action against CEC under Article 6: Senator Tahir Bizenjo wants Sikandar Raja behind bars: Senator Waleed terms election process ‘tainted’: Senator Irfan Siddiqui says ‘what was wrong in 2028 is wrong now’

♦ Opportunity for institutions ‘to come clean’ on ZAB hanging case, remarks CJP

♦ IHC moved for medical check-up of Bushra Bibi

♦ Rooster ‘wins’ case for its master in Lahore court

♦ Aleem Khan’s victory notification challenged in IHC

♦ Maryam Nawaz to chair PML-N parliamentary party meeting tomorrow

♦ PTI withdraws appeals against conviction of Imran, Bushra in Toshakhana, cipher cases

♦ Imran Khan, Bushra’s indictment in 190m pound reference again deferred

♦ PTI-supported newly-elected MNA Ilyas Chaudhry 'arrested' in Jhelum

♦ Court discharges Farrukh Habib from Judicial Complex vandalism case

♦ Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC) issues statement on paper leakage matter and postponement of test for the post of BPS 16 secondary school teacher: during protest candidates tore down tents and papers after a scuffle with administration

♦ Tourists stranded as landslides block Karakoram Highway: Heavy rain, snowfall, landslides aggravate public woes in Azad Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan: Mobile phone service and electricity suspended: Relief and rescue operations under way

♦ Nepra asked to put extra Rs67 billion burden on consumers: CPPA submits application seeking to hike electricity tariff by Rs7.13 per unit

♦ Punjab CM inaugurates new Organized Crime Unit building in Lahore: Mohsen Naqvi urges trainees to perform their duties with honesty, opens Model Police Station at Ichhra

♦ Saudi Airline flight makes emergency landing at Karachi Airport

Death toll in Kot Addu tribal clash rises to nine

♦ UN Security Council vote on Gaza faces threat of US veto

♦ UN warns of 'explosion' in Gaza child deaths: Aid agencies say food and water become incredibly scarce: Israel says will fight during Ramadan: Brazil recalls ambassador from Tel Aviv

♦ EU launches Red Sea mission as US ship attacked twice

♦ Multan Sultan take on Islamabad United in PSL match today

February 20, 2024 04:05 PM Opportunity for institutions ‘to come clean’ on ZAB hanging case, remarks CJP
Opportunity for institutions ‘to come clean’ on ZAB hanging case, remarks CJP

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Qazi Faez Isa has remarked that a case verdict cannot be reviewed twice but presidential reference regarding Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s hanging is an opportunity for both military and the judiciary “to get rid of the accusations against them”, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Conducting the hearing of the reference on Tuesday, the CJP further observed “Only individuals act on their own and impose martial law. It is not imposed by military as an institution. Sometimes there has to be a new beginning, so isn't this an opportunity? Isn't it an opportunity for institutions to be indifferent to them by putting the blame for wrongdoings on the same individuals? We are living in the past and history is not good.”

He questioned “Could we ignore the elephant in the room, martial law" in ZAB case as the one who abrogate Constitution had an interest in this matter. A court established under martial law cannot be regarded as a general court,” the Chief Justice declared.

Justice Mansoor Ali Shah inquired “Was the oath taken under the PCO at that time”, to which Makhdoom Ali Khan replied in affirmative.

The nine-judge bench which is hearing refeference included Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, Justice Yahya Afridi, Justice Aminuddin, Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel, Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, Justice Syed Hasan Azhar Rizvi and Justice Musarrat Hilali.

The presidential reference was filed in April 2011 by former president Asif Ali Zardari to review a 44-year-old death sentence. The reference sought a review of the death penalty, awarded 4-3 by a seven-member Supreme Court bench in February 1979, which was later implemented when Bhutto was hanged in April 1979.

On December 23, 2023, after more than 11 years, the nine-member larger bench of the Supreme Court headed by CJP Qazi Faez Isa heard the presidential reference.

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari along with Raza Rabbani, Faisal Karim Kundi, Sherry Rehman, Sarfraz Bugti, Nadeem Afzal Chan and Farooq H Naek were present during the court hearing at Supreme Court on Tuesday.

The apex court adjourned the hearing on the presidential reference till February 26. 

CJP asked what did Naseem Hasan Shah said in Iftikhar Ahmed's interview and where did him he said in the interview that he was pressured to make the decision. “Naseem Hassan Shah said that we could have got the benefit of the doubt, but there were weaknesses of judges and even Yahya Bakhtiar made us angry,” to which CJP Isa asked how could a lawyer be accused of whole case.

“If he (lawyer Yahiya Bakhtiyar) had offended, Justice Naseem Hassan Shah would have stopped hearing the case or would have done justice. We also get angry many times, but definitely it does not affect the decision on the case. The client should not be punished for the lawyer's conduct,” the CJP said.

Earlier, talking to the newsmen, Senator Sherry Rehman said Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was waiting for years seeking justice in Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s murder case. She expressed the hope that the apex court will deliver a good decision in the presidential reference.

Sherry Rehman said Bhutto murder case was of great importance to PPP leaders and workers. “PPP was waiting for this reference for the last 10 years.”

Sherry Rehman claimed that murder of Shaheed Bhutto was a big joke with democracy.

 

Reporter Amanat Gishkori

February 20, 2024 02:59 PM IHC moved for medical check-up of Bushra Bibi
IHC moved for medical check-up of Bushra Bibi

PTI founder Imran Khan’s sister Uzma Khan on Tuesday filed an appeal in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) for medical check-up of former prime minister’s wife Bushra Bibi, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Uzma Khan pleaded the court that wife of her brother Bushra Bibi should be allowed for medical examination from her family doctor Dr Asim Yousaf in the presence of senior doctors of PIMS hospital.

Bushra Bibi was facing 14 years of imprisonment after her conviction in Toshakhana case in Banigala, the residence of Imran Khan which was declared as sub jail for her.

 

Reporter Ehtesham Kayani

February 20, 2024 01:08 PM 1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV
1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

♦ Senate echoes with calls for chief election commissioner’s resignation, arrest: Senator Mushtaq demands judicial probe, action against CEC under Article 6: Senator Tahir Bizenjo wants Sikandar Raja behind bars: Senator Waleed terms election process ‘tainted’: Senator Irfan Siddiqui says ‘what was wrong in 2028 is wrong now’

 

♦ Petition lands at SC Lahore Registry seeking probe into poll rigging

 

♦ PML-N and PPP to hold another round of parleys on govt formation today

 

♦ Bilawal Bhutto attends hearing of ZAB reference at Supreme Court

 

♦ PTI withdraws appeals against conviction of Imran, Bushra in Toshakhana, cipher cases

 

♦ Imran Khan, Bushra’s indictment in 190m pound reference again deferred

 

♦ Nepra asked to put extra Rs67 billion burden on consumers: CPPA submits application seeking to hike electricity tariff by Rs7.13 per unit

 

♦ PTI-supported newly-elected MNA Ilyas Chaudhry 'arrested' in Jhelum

 

♦ Tourists stranded as landslides block Karakoram Highway: Heavy rain, snowfall, landslides aggravate public woes in Azad Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan: Mobile phone service and electricity suspended: Relief and rescue operations under way

 

♦ Court discharges Farrukh Habib from Judicial Complex vandalism case

 

♦ Saudi Airline flight makes emergency landing at Karachi Airport

 

♦ Punjab CM inaugurates new Organized Crime Unit building in Lahore: Mohsen Naqvi urges trainees to perform their duties with honesty, opens Model Police Station at Ichhra

 

♦ UN warns of 'explosion' in Gaza child deaths: Aid agencies say food and water become incredibly scarce: Israel says will fight during Ramadan: Brazil recalls ambassador from Tel Aviv

 

♦ EU launches Red Sea mission as US ship attacked twice

 

♦ Multan Sultan take on Islamabad United in PSL match today

February 20, 2024 12:57 PM Punjab CM inaugurates new Organized Crime Unit building in Lahore
Punjab CM inaugurates new Organized Crime Unit building in Lahore

For the upgradation of CIA centres along with police stations across Punjab, Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi on Tuesday inaugurated a new building of Organized Crime Unit in Lahore and Sports Gymnasium of Police Training College in Chung, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The Punjab Chief Minister inspected various departments of Organized Crime Unit Iqbal Town. The CM also observed the construction quality of the new building.

Chief Minister also inaugurated Model Police Station Ichhra and inspected the front desk, the waiting room, SHO and meeting rooms.

On the occasion, CM directed that police should behaving politely with public in police stations.

Earlier, Inspector General of Police gave a briefing about the construction of Police Station Ichhra and the facilities provided to the civilians. IG Police, Home Secretary, CCPO Lahore, DIG Organized Crime Unit and top police officials were present on the occasion.

Earlier, Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi inaugurated the Sports Gymnasium of Police Training College in Chung.

The CM reviewed sports facilities provided for police trainees. Naqvi also inspected the swimming pool, gym, long tennis court and badminton court. Chief Minister also played badminton with Inspector General of Police Dr Usman Anwar. The CM also visited the mess, reviewed the facilities for the police under training.

On the occasion addressing the trainees at the Police Training College, Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi said after completion of the training, the girls under the training of Police Training College will move to the field. Mohsen Naqvi recommended to all trainees to perform their duties with honesty and earn a halal livelihood for their families.

Mohsin Naqvi suggested the girls that if they intended to earn halal livelihood, then Allah Almighty will find a hundred ways to increase their sustenance.

Mohsen Naqvi hoped that young trainee will brighten the name of their family and Punjab Police by earning Haq Halal.

He said new police training college looked like a New York or Los Angeles police training center. Mohsin Naqvi said the credit for the upgradation of police stations went to IG Punjab Dr. Usman Anwar, who transformed every police station in Punjab.

Mohsin Naqvi claimed that every police station had been transformed, but now they can also say, the police training centers had also been transformed.

February 20, 2024 11:51 AM PTI withdraws appeals against conviction of Imran Khan, Bushra in Toshakhana, cipher cases
PTI withdraws appeals against conviction of Imran, Bushra in Toshakhana, cipher cases

The lawyers for PTI founder Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi have withdrawn the appeals filed in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against their convictions in Toshakhana and cipher cases, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The PTI legal team took back the appeals after the court raised objections on the appeals filed in IHC last week. They said they will refile them after removing the objections.

According to sources, the objections on the appeals were related to incomplete record and blurred copies.

 

Reporter Ehtisham Kiyani

February 20, 2024 11:24 AM Court discharges Farrukh Habib from Judicial Complex vandalism case
Court discharges Farrukh Habib from Judicial Complex vandalism case

PTI leader Farrukh Habib and former federal minister appeared before an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad on Tuesday in connection with Judicial Complex vandalism case which was heard by Judge Abual Hasnat Zulqarnain, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The investigation officer told the ATC judge that “We do not want the arrest of Farrukh Habib” in the case while PTI leader Farrukh Habib withdrew his application for pre-arrest bail.

The court discharged Farrukh Habib, who had recently switched from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to the Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party (IPP), from the case.

In light of the statement from the investigating officer, the court absolved Farrukh Habib of any involvement in the case.

 

Reporter Hashir Ihsan

February 20, 2024 11:13 AM Imran Khan, Bushra’s indictment in 190m pound reference again deferred
Imran Khan, Bushra’s indictment in 190m pound reference again deferred

The indictment of PTI founder chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi in 190 million pounds reference case was deferred once again due to non-availability of the accountability court judge on Tuesday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Newly-appointed AC judge Nasir Javed Rana had not yet taken charge of the office. As a result, the hearing in the reference which was to be held at Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi was adjourned till February 23.

Earlier, due to the non-availability of Judge Muhammad Bashir on the previous hearings, the hearing was put off without any proceeding. A new judge was appointed yesterday due after the retirement of Judge Muhammad Bashir.

The PTI chairman was facing charges of corruption in £190 million case involving a property tycoon.

Imran Khan along with his wife Bushra Bibi and other PTI leaders faced a NAB inquiry related to a settlement between the PTI government and the property tycoon, which reportedly caused a loss of £190 million to the national exchequer.

As per the charges, Imran Khan and other accused allegedly adjusted Rs50 billion — £190 million at the time — sent by Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) to the Pakistani government as part of the agreement with the property tycoon. They are also accused of getting undue benefit in the form of over 458 kanals of land at Mouza Bakrala, Sohawa, to establish Al Qadir University.

During the PTI government, United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA) seized assets worth 190 million pounds from the property tycoon in Britain.

 

Reporter Hashir Ihsan

 

February 19, 2024 10:56 PM
Delegations of MQM-P and PML-N deliberate upon govt formation

The delegations of MQM-Pakistan and PML-N met in Islamabad, a spokesperson said on Monday.

According to the spokesperson, the meeting was held at the invitation of the PML-N and the Muttahidda team consisted of Sindh Governor Kamran Tesuri, Syed Mustafa Kamal and Dr Farooq Sattar while Ishaq Dar, Ayaz Sadiq and Muhammad Ahmad Khan represented the Nawaz-League.

Joint efforts to cope with the challenges confronting the country came under discussion, the official said, adding that issues of Sindh were too part of the deliberations.

The MQM-P also sought support from PML-N on a three-point constitutional amendment to join the government, the spokesperson said, adding that leaders of both parties agreed to continue the series of talks and meetings regarding government formation.

The Muttahida’s priority is to provide constitutional protection to the devolution of powers and resources to the grassroots level, the official added.

February 19, 2024 10:13 PM
PTI expresses concerns over safety of Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi  

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has expressed grave concerns over the safety of its founder chairman Imran Khan and his wife, Ms. Bushra Bibi during their detention, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The PTI’s core committee meeting held on Monday also shed light on Ms. Bushra Bibi's alleged detainment in Bani Gala against her will.

The party vehemently condemned the alleged provision of inadequate and unsafe sustenance to Bushra Bibi.

Furthermore, PTI criticised her continued detention in Bani Gala, contrary to her request for relocation to a proper prison facility.

During the core committee meeting, a call was made for the restoration of fundamental rights for all incarcerated leaders and political activists of PTI, emphasising the importance of treating them in accordance with the law.

PTI also voiced strong condemnation regarding recent cases of forced disappearances targeting the party's candidates for national and provincial assembly seats.

Notable instances involving Brigadier (retd) Aslam Ghaman and Ahmar Rashid Bhatti were cited, with the party alleging coercive tactics to force their departure from PTI.

Furthermore, PTI called for the immediate removal and strict accountability of Chief Secretaries and Inspector Generals of Punjab and Sindh.

The core committee also expressed full support for the political cooperation established among Majlis-e-Wahdat-ul-Muslimeen, Sunni Etihad Council, and PTI.

The meeting also assured backing for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Balochistan, urging the prompt release of election results for National and Provincial Assembly seats in accordance with Form 45.

PTI core committee also demanded for a judicial investigation of the confessional statement of Commissioner Rawalpindi, in which he has made serious allegations against the Chief Election Commissioner and the Chief Justice of Pakistan.

Emphasising the party's increased influence within the Federation of Pakistan following the February 8 elections, the committee issued a stern warning against any attempts to undermine its electoral mandate, cautioning that such actions could fracture national cohesion and weaken the federation.

 

Reporter: Awais Kiyani 

February 19, 2024 09:37 PM
Son of Fazl 'loses' NA-43 seat to PTI-backed candidate

 

 

 

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-backed Dawar Kundi has won NA-43 seat on Monday, the 24NewsHD TV channel reported.

According to unofficial results, Kundi secured 64,483 votes and beat Mufti Asad Mahmood of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam by 583 votes.

Asad Mahmood, the son of Maulana Fazlur Rehman,  got 63,900 votes as per undeclared results.

Dawar Kundi wins by '583' votes

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February 19, 2024 08:38 PM
General Elections 2024 most expensive in country’s history

The General Elections 2024 were the most expensive in the country’s history, the 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Monday.

Each polled vote cost Rs2,522, while the NA and the PA polls cost more than Rs1 trillion.

Candidates spent more than Rs1 trillion. THE Election Commission of Pakistan spent Rs48 billion.

The commission spent a big chunk of money on printing imported watermark paper, stationery stuff, election documents, ballot papers and envelopes.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) established 92,000 polling stations across the country.

Reportedly, 52,412 polling stations were established in Punjab, 15,737, more than 20,000 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and 5,015 up in Balochistan.

The National Assembly candidates spent more than Rs52 billion, sources said.

They added the number of candidates in the provincial assembly elections was 12,853, and they spent more than Rs5b.  

Most of the candidates spent 50 per cent of the money on polling agents and meals.

Delimitations, revised lists, poll materials, security arrangements and awareness campaigns, election staff training and security costs billions of rupees, the sources said.

Despite all claims, the system failed to issue election results on time.

Candidates deposited more than Rs650 from all over the country. 

A total of 8,322 nominations were filed for the general and reserved seats of the National Assembly while 20, 304 nominations were submitted for PA seats.

National Assembly candidates deposited Rs249 million, and PA candidates Rs400m.

The fee for participating in the National Assembly seat elections is Rs30,000, and the fee was nonrefundable.

February 19, 2024 08:25 PM
Deputy Commissioner Islamabad granted ex-Pakistan leave

The Deputy Commissioner of Islamabad Irfan Nawaz Memon has also been granted ex-Pakistan leave, reported 24NewsHD TV channel Monday.

Earlier, RPO Rawalpindi went abroad on a 15-days leave. The new development creates doubts regarding the transparency of the general elections.

Irfan Nawaz Memon has been allocated a two-day station leave followed by a 12-day ex-Pakistan leave to undertake his religious pilgrimage-Umrah.

To ensure the continuity of administrative functions during Memon's absence, the Additional Commissioner of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Muhammad Waqas Anwar has been entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing his duties.

The Chief Commissioner Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) issued a notification for the leave of Irfan Nawaz Memon and appointment of Muhammad Waqas.

Irfan Nawaz Memon also served as District Returning Officer in the general elections.

February 19, 2024 08:07 PM
Islamabad court grants bail to Sher Afzal Marwat, Amir Mughal in ‘illegal’ rally case

A District and Sessions Court in Islamabad Monday granted interim bail to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders Sher Afzal Marwat and Amir Mughal in a case pertaining to a protest rally in Islamabad without permission, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Sher Afzal Marwat and Amir Mughal appeared before the court, seeking bail in the case. The PTI leaders were booked at Kohsar police station for allegedly violating Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) on February 17.

Judge Ahmed Arshad Jasra granted bail interim bail to Sher Afzal Marwat and Amir Mughal against surety bonds of Rs10, 000 each. The District and Sessions Court adjourned the hearing till February 28.

February 19, 2024 07:19 PM
State to defend civil servants, act against ‘violent trolls’: PM

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar Monday vowed that the State of Pakistan would defend the civil servants in discharging their constitutional duties and act against those “violent trolls” involved in blackmailing and pressurising them, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The prime minister, in a statement, said that the people of Pakistan had spoken with a clear voice on February 8 and had given a split mandate.

“Some elements with a proven track record of violent behaviour and vigilantism (however) are now using different tricks, including weaponisation of social media in blackmailing, vigilantism and pressurising civil servants to switch their loyalties from the State of Pakistan to the violent gang,” he added.

Such action, he said, was a clear violation of the Article 5 and other articles of the Constitution and the laws of the land.

“The State of Pakistan shall defend the civil servants in discharging their constitutional duties, act against these violent trolls and ensure exemplary punishment to them.”

Prime Minister Kakar said that there should be no doubt about the government’s commitment to the noble civil servants serving the State and the people of Pakistan.

February 19, 2024 06:59 PM
Election tribunals set up in Islamabad and KP

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has issued a notification setting up election tribunals to take up complaints related to
Islamabad and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Monday.

Five election tribunals have been established in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The ECP constituted a tribunal comprising Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri of the Islamabad High Court.

The first tribunal in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa consists of Justice Shakeel Ahmed and Justice Waqar Ahmed.

Justice Muhammad Naeem Anwar will take Mingora's pleas while Justice Ejaz Khan’s tribunal will hear Abbottabad-related complaints.

The tribunal at Dera Ismail Khan consists of Justice Fasal Subhan. The fifth tribunal of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa consists of Justice Kamran Hayat.

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The Election Commission has already established the tribunal for Sindh and Balochistan. According to sources the names for a tribunal in Punjab have not been received so far. They added that the Election Commission has written a letter to the Lahore High Court chief justice for establishing an election tribunal in Punjab.

February 19, 2024 06:43 PM
Historic rigging in Feb 8 elections, JUI-F expresses concern

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) Secretary General Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidari has expressed concern over the alleged rigging in the Feb 8 elections, reported the 24NewsHD TV channel.

Talking to media persons outside the parliament in Islamabad on Monday, he lamented that the citizens have forgotten the elections of 2018 after seeing the rigging in the current elections.

“The credibility of the electoral process hangs in the balance, leaving citizens disillusioned.”

He continued that despite emerging as major players in the elections, political parties were hesitant to take up the mantle of governance at the federal level.

"The Pakistan Muslim League-N is internally debating whether to form the government in centre," Haidari revealed.

 Haidari added the stakes were high, and no party wanted to shoulder the responsibility alone.

PPP is demanding all the constitutional positions but no one is ready to take responsibility, he said adding that these parties do not have the courage to face the challenges.

JUI-F Secretary General alleged that most of the selected people have come in these elections.

Taking a jibe at Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, he said Bilawal should remember history.

In the elections of 2018, we managed to get sixteen to seventeen seats and Bilawal should not compare his forgery and cheating with Madrasah students, he cautioned.

February 19, 2024 06:01 PM
Fitch Ratings says Pakistan’s election outcome highlights risks to new IMF deal

The global credit rating agency Fitch Ratings has said the close outcome of Pakistan’s election and resulting near-term political uncertainty may complicate the country’s efforts to secure a financing agreement with the IMF, to succeed the Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) expiring in March 2024.

The credit rating agency says that a “new deal” is key to the country’s credit profile, and we assume one will be achieved within a few months, but an extended negotiation or failure to secure it would increase external liquidity stress and raise the probability of default.

Pakistan’s external position has improved in recent months, with the State Bank of Pakistan reporting net foreign reserves of USD8.0 billion as of 9 February 2024, up from a low of USD2.9 billion on 3 February 2023.

Nevertheless, this is low relative to projected external funding needs, which we expect will continue to exceed reserves for at least the next few years. We estimate Pakistan met less than half of its USD18 billion funding plan in the first two quarters of the fiscal year ending June 2024 (FY24), excluding routine rollovers of bilateral debt.

The sovereign’s vulnerable external position means that securing financing from multilateral and bilateral partners will be one of the most urgent issues on the agenda for the next government. This looks set to be a coalition of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party and Pakistan People’s Party, despite the strong performance by candidates associated with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party in the election.

Negotiating a successor deal to the SBA and adhering to the policy commitments under it will be critical to most other external financing flows, not just from the IMF, and will strongly influence the country’s economic trajectory in the longer term.

Finalising a new IMF deal is likely to be challenging. The current SBA is an interim package and we believe any successor arrangement would come with tougher conditions, which may be resisted by entrenched vested interests in Pakistan. Nonetheless, we assume any resistance will be overcome, given the acute nature of the country’s economic challenges and the limited alternatives.

Continued political instability could prolong any discussions with the IMF, delay assistance from other multilateral and bilateral partners, or hamper the implementation of reforms. We believe a government will assume office and engage with the IMF relatively quickly, but risks to political stability are likely to remain high. Public discontent could rise further if PTI remains sidelined – the election revealed continued strong public support for the party.

February 19, 2024 05:58 PM
Naqvi opens upgraded surgical block at Services Hospital Lahore

Punjab Chief Minister Syed Mohsin Naqvi Monday inaugurated the newly constructed surgical block at Services Hospital in Lahore, reported the 24NewsHD TV channel.  

The ceremonial event witnessed the Chief Minister's inspection of the surgical block alongside visits to the medical and administrative departments, where he assessed the quality of medical services being provided in the upgraded facility.

Speaking on the occasion, the CM Mohsin Naqvi said the government introduced developments in the hospital including a modern drainage system, construction of a new intensive care unit, and relocation and revamping of administrative offices.

“The goal was to enhance medical services for patients in this 1400-bed hospital,” he added.

He highlighted the ongoing construction of 24 state-of-the-art operation theaters, signaling a significant advancement in the hospital's surgical capabilities.

Addressing concerns over medicine shortages, he attributed the issue to the substantial increase in drug prices.

However, he assured the participants that measures were underway to mitigate the shortage and ensure uninterrupted medical supply in hospitals across Punjab.

Naqvi disclosed that the Punjab Health Department annually procures drugs worth 50 billion rupees, underscoring the government's substantial investment in healthcare infrastructure to cater to the medical needs of the populace.

February 19, 2024 04:13 PM 4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV channel
4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV channel

♦ PTI-supported election winners formally join Sunni Ittehad Council

♦ IHC suspends victory notifications from Islamabad’s all NA constituencies

♦ PTI leaders booked for taking out protest rally in Islamabad

♦ PTI-supported election winners formally join Sunni Ittehad Council

♦ Two die as heavy rain, snowfall, landslides hit KP, GB, Azad Kashmir: Rain brings chill to weather in Lahore, Gujrat, Narowal, Wazirabad, Nowshera Virkan, Malikwal, Sangla Hill, Kharian, Nankana district

♦ Four named in murder of Tipu Truckanwala’s son in Lahore

♦ ECP inquiry committee records statements of DROs over rigging allegations

♦ CJP insists on hearing polls annulment plea after petitioner backs out: Justice Isa labels petition withdrawal ‘a joke’: Directs police to locate Brig (retd) Ali Khan and bring him to court

♦ Terrorist killed as attempt to sabotage repolling in NA-43 Tank foiled

♦ PTI’s Sher Afzal Marwat says party cannot be deprived of people’s mandate

♦ PHC approves transit bail of Ali Amin Gandapur

♦ IHC again summons PM Kakar in missing Baloch students’ case: Justice Kiani forms intelligence heads committee, seeks report in week: Says IGP Islamabad will be booked in event of any kidnapping: If situation persists, people will forget Balochistan

♦ Intelligence Bureau, FIA director generals’ absence irks IHC judge

♦ Nawaz Sharif reaches Islamabad

♦ Access to X platform still restricted in Pakistan

♦ Nepra receives 18,839 complaints against power distribution companies during 2023

♦ Pakistani rupee registers marginal gain against US dollar

♦ OGDCL discovers ‘significant’ hydrocarbon reserves in Sindh

♦ Third Markhor hunted in Chitral under Trophy Hunting programme

♦ 64 shot dead in Papua New Guinea tribal violence

♦ Son of Tipu Truckanwala shot dead in Lahore

♦ Lahore Qalandars to clash with Quetta Gladiators in 4th PSL match tonight

♦ Israeli swimmer booed at world swim championships

February 19, 2024 03:27 PM Third Markhor hunted in Chitral under Trophy Hunting programme
Third Markhor hunted in Chitral under Trophy Hunting programme

An American Hunter, Robertson Neil Hall has hunted down a Markhor in Gahirat Gol game reserve in District Chitral, registering 3rd hunt of current season as part of trophy hunting after paying US dollars 125000 around Rs 34, 875,000 (34.875 million).

The eight years old wild male goat had long spiraling horns of around 38 inches and was hunted in Gahirat Gol game reserve.

Under the Trophy Hunting programme, four permits are sold annually through auction for hunting of markhors, three in Chitral and one in Kohistan district.

Earlier two other hunts of markhor had been carried out by foreign hunters in Chitral during current season as part of Trophy Hunting programme launched with the objective of conservation of these rare wild goats.

Talking to APP, Divisional Forest Officer Wildlife, Farooq Nabi informed that the annual revenue through sale of Markhor Trophy Hunting was witnessing increase by each passing year.

For the first time when the scheme was launched in 1990 the hunting permits were sold at price of US dollar 15000 and later gradually the amount increased as foreign hunters kept on coming to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

“Once Markhor was critically endangered wild specie in Pakistan, but due to proper conservation efforts based on monetary gains through sale of hunting permits to foreign hunters, the country has now largest population of the animal,” he apprised.

Under the scheme a sense of ownership is being inculcated among communities as 80 percent of revenue generated is spent on development schemes in respective areas of hunting through mutual understanding of local elders. Twenty percent of the revenue generated goes into national kitty.

President Gahirat Conservancy Chitral, Faizur Rehaman when contacted told APP that people of the area are very happy over launching of trophy hunting programme.

Through this programme, communities are benefiting in all fields including health, education, and social sector.

The amount we receive as our share from trophy hunting programme are being spent on awarding scholarships to brilliant student. Funds are raised for providing healthcare to those ailing persons who cannot afford it, he added.

“People are now become aware of the benefits of conservation scheme and extend care to wild species and foreign hunters which is a key behind successful protection of Markhor and other wild species in the area,” Fazlur Rehman remarked.

Farooq Nabi said Chitral Gol National park is habitat of around 3000 markhors among which some have become older which are hunted by stray dogs and other predators.

If permission is granted for hunting through creation of a Buffer Zone in Chitral Gol National park, more hunters will come and local community will benefit from more earning through Trophy Hunting Programme, he suggested.–APP

February 19, 2024 01:12 PM 1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV channel
1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV channel

♦ Heavy rain, snowfall, landslides hit KP, GB, Azad Kashmir, Murree: Rain brings chill to weather in Lahore, Gujrat, Narowal, Wazirabad, Nowshera Virkan, Malikwal, Sangla Hill, Kharian, Nankana district

 

♦ CJP insists on hearing polls annulment plea after petitioner backs out: Justice Isa labels petition withdrawal ‘a joke’: Directs police to locate Brig (retd) Ali Khan and bring him to court

 

♦ IHC again summons PM Kakar in missing Baloch students’ case: Justice Kiani forms intelligence heads committee, seeks report in week: Says IGP Islamabad will be booked in event of any kidnapping: If situation persists, people will forget Balochistan

 

♦ Intelligence Bureau, FIA director generals’ absence irks IHC judge

 

♦ Nawaz Sharif off to Murree for week’s stay

 

♦ PHC approves transit bail of Ali Amin Gandapur

 

♦ Differences in PTI over forming an alliance with PTI-Parliamentarians in KP

 

♦ OGDCL discovers ‘significant’ hydrocarbon reserves in Sindh

 

♦ Israel sets Ramadan deadline for offensive on Gazan city of Rafah: War cabinet asks Hamas to release remaining hostages to avoid operation

 

♦ 64 shot dead in Papua New Guinea tribal violence

 

♦ Son of Tipu Truckanwala shot dead in Lahore

 

♦ Lahore Qalandars to clash with Quetta Gladiators in 4th PSL match tonight

 

♦ Israeli swimmer booed at world swim championships

February 19, 2024 12:11 PM
IHC again summons PM Kakar in missing Baloch students’ case

Expressing indignation that Caretaker Prime Minister (PM) Anwaarul Haq Kakar had skipped the hearing of missing Baloch students’ case for the second time, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday again summoned the premier on February 28, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Addressing Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) Mansoor Usman Awan, Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiani asked him to tell the PM to appear in the court on the next date of the case’s hearing. “And also ask the prime minister, the defence minister and the interior minister whether they are serious in the discharge of their duties.”

Expressing his dismay at PM Kakar’s failure to appear in the court, the judge constituted a three-member committee, comprising DG ISI, DG MI and DG IB, on the issue, and asked it to submit its report in three days.   

The judge remarked how unfortunate it was that 12 Baloch students had not been recovered as yet.

The AGP replied as per his information, four had been recovered while eight were still missing.

Justice Kiani asked angrily where the caretaker ministers, the secretary defence, and the secretary interior were. “After all, they are government servants. And not above the law.”

“If these people are not able to perform their duties, then they better be sacked from their posts,” he remarked.

Interior Secretary Aftab Durrani, however, appeared in the court.  

The judge said that it took two years for the government to recover some of the missing citizens against whom there was no case on record. “No case of kidnapping for ransom, murder or any other serious offence,” he said, adding, “Why don’t you realize that after all their families are looking for them?”

He deplored that a citizen was picked up from sector F-6 of Islamabad without the registration of an FIR.

Justice Kiani asked whether the government ever called intelligence agencies’ heads and questioned them about the whereabouts of missing persons. “We even slapped a fine of Rs10 million on the secretary defence and others, but they appealed the decision.”

Speaking on the occasion, PTI leader Sher Afzal Marwat said that the police had raided his home at 1:30 at night, and took away his servant with them.

The judge asked why the police conducted a raid at his home late at night. “Let me tell you that when the police officials will appear in the court, they will say they never did such a thing,” he said, and added, “If a Supreme Court lawyer is facing such a situation, then what kind of agony ordinary people would be going through.”  

Marwat said that if the IGP Islamabad was sent to jail only for 10 days, he would fall in line.

“Someday, somebody from a house will resist and open fire at the raiding party,” Justice Kiani said, adding, “The authorities should dread the moment when such incidents will become a norm. Please do not force people to insult the police’s uniform.”

The judge made it clear that in future if anybody was picked up from the federal capital, cases would be registered against the secretary interior and the IGP. “It is sad that the parliament is yet to declare enforced disappearances a ‘crime’, he said, adding, “Had it been declared a crime, it would have brought such incidents to a halt.”

Justice Kiani was of the view that if the same situation persisted in Islamabad and other parts of the country, the issue would no longer remain confined to Balochistan alone.

He said it was an open secret who was doing all this. “But we all are silent,” he deplored.

 

Reporter: Ihtesham Kiani

February 19, 2024 12:00 PM Intelligence Bureau, FIA director generals’ absence irks IHC judge
Intelligence Bureau, FIA director generals’ absence irks IHC judge

Islamabad High Court’s Justice Babar Sattar has expressed anger over absence of Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) director generals during a hearing on a petition against the audio leaks of ex-Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar’s son and former prime minister Imran Khan’s wife Bushra Bibi, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Moreover, Chairman PTI Imran Khan and Chairman Pemra also failed to appear despite court’s orders.

During proceedings on Monday, Justice Babar Sattar remarked “Why should the court not issue arrest warrants for these officers? How did these officers decide by themselves that they cannot appear in court?”

The government’s counsel told the court that DG FIA was sick and could not appear in the court while Deputy DG appeared in place of Intelligence Bureau director general.

Justice Babar Sattar further ordered that officers who were sick should submit their medical reports at the next hearing.

Director Waqaruddin Syed appeared in court on behalf of DG FIA. While Asif Bashir Ch appeared in court on behalf of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists.

The court adjourned further hearing of the case till the first week of March.

Reporter Ehtesham Kayani

February 18, 2024 09:57 PM
RPO Rawalpindi takes leave on Jan 30: Mohsin Naqvi

Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi Sunday asked to refrain from unnecessary controversies as a 15-day leave of RPO Rawalpindi was approved on Jan 30, 2024, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.    

Taking to the social media platform X (formerly Twitter), Mohsin Naqvi said that RPO Rawalpindi is a dedicated career officer deserving our respect. Therefore, we should not involve in unnecessary controversies regarding leaves of the respected police officer.

It is pertinent that a day after Rawalpindi Commissioner Liaquat Ali Chattha confessed to his role in rigging the Feb 8 elections, the city's regional police officer (RPO), Syed Khurram Ali took a 15-day leave. Khurram Ali said he and his family were leaving for a 15-day trip to the United Kingdom.

The RPO attended the office on Friday and later the same evening travelled to Lahore. The sources said that he has 15-day leave and should rejoin his duty from March 2.

In an effort to settle the dust raised by the issue, Punjab Chief Minister asked the social media activists and others to avoid making a mountain out of a molehill.

https://twitter.com/MohsinnaqviC42/status/1759164362193875292

 

 

 

 

February 18, 2024 09:51 PM
10:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

♦ Bilawal says has refused offer to be PM for 2 years after Sharif's 3-year term; Raises slogan of 'Pakistan Khappay', Says Asif Zardari would save the country by becoming President again; Says they have tried to explain Imran Khan but his party leaders are non-serious and unable to understand that cannot form govt without PPP; Says Maulana is lying, Pir Sahib has no proof of rigging; Challenges rivals to compete for PPP on his leaving seat

♦ PTI’s Gohar Ali Khan demands judicial probe into rigging allegation, election results as per Form 45; ♦ Two independent MPAs from Kohistan join PTI

♦ PPP shows willingness to get presidency, speakership in govt formation with PML-N; PPP will also get a chief ministership in Balochistan, three ministries in Punjab;

♦ PPP yet to name Balochistan CM, says Bugti: Says six independent MPAs are in contact with them: PML-N also indicates cooperation with PPP

♦ Liaquat Chattha’s statement a well-planned conspiracy, says Khawaja Asif: Says PML-N astonished how Fazl entered into talks with PTI: Power and gas sector should be privatized to curb Rs900 billion losses

♦ Liaquat Ali Chattha has nothing to do with the election process: PML-N: Malik Ahmad Khan demands caretaker govt to take action against PTI: Tarar says next era belongs to PML-N

♦ JUP's Anas Noorani says whoever has a mandate should be transferred power

♦ Former PDM parties to hold a crucial meeting to form govt again on Monday

♦ Rigging Revelations: ECP Inquiry Committee summons Rawalpindi Division's DROs, ROs

♦ ECP issues notification of Ali Amin Gandapur's success in NA-44 and PK-113; Gandapur vows to fight for provincial rights and public welfare 

♦ Maryam Nawaz warns against inciting bureaucracy to break the law

♦ Rawalpindi division’s DROs reject ex-boss charges, seek ECP inquiry

♦ PPP’s wish-list prevents headway in talks with PML-N

PTI-supported election winners to ‘join’ Sunni Ittehad Council

♦ NADRA accelerates minority registration campaign

♦ Fly Jinnah launches international operation for 17 countries

♦ Pneumonia claims the lives of 13 more children in Punjab

♦ Three labourers die after inhaling toxic gas while cleaning well in Quetta

♦ Two young men murdered in Rawalpindi

♦ Three people shot dead over property dispute in Peshawar

♦ Three die in motorcycle, car collision in Quetta

♦ Eight family members who died in traffic accident laid to rest

♦ Non-duty paid cigarettes recovered from Lahore

♦ Afghan province orders officials not to photograph 'living things'

♦ Union calls Lufthansa ground staff strike at German airports

♦ Israeli forces kill 2 Palestinians in West Bank raid; Brazil's Lula accuses Israel of 'genocide' in Gaza

♦ Ukraine army accuses Russia of shooting two POWs

♦ 112 more Palestinians martyred, US vows to veto new UNSC truce resolution on Gaza

♦ Quetta Gladiators down Peshawar Zalmi by 16 runs

♦ PSL 9: Multan Sultans set a target of 186 runs for Karachi Kings

♦ Dutch runner Femke Bol breaks own 400m indoor world record

♦ India crush England with record win to lead Test series 2-1

♦ Pakistani junior tennis teams of boys and girls reached Sri Lanka

♦ Tourists thrilled as snowfall blankets Abbottabad, Galyat, Nathia Gali, and Babusar Top

February 18, 2024 08:26 PM
Maryam Nawaz warns against inciting bureaucracy to break the law

Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz's nominee for Punjab Chief Minister, Maryam Nawaz Sharif has issued a stern warning against those who incite the bureaucracy to break the law, reported 24NewsHD TV channel Sunday.

 In a statement, she feared that such threats to bureaucracy are meant to create chaos in the state system, which could lead to disaster.

Maryam urged the officers to perform their duties according to the law and not to be intimidated or harassed by threats.

She also assured that the security of the officers will be ensured and that anyone who threatens their security will be dealt with iron hands.

February 18, 2024 08:10 PM
Three labourers die after inhaling toxic gas while cleaning well in Quetta

 A tragic incident claimed the lives of three labourers, including two brothers, who were cleaning a well in Sabzal Road area  Quetta on Sunday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.  

According to rescue sources, the deceased were identified as Abdul Baqi, Abdul Wali and Muhammad Ali who entered into a deep well located at Sabzal Road one after the other but soon they became unconscious due to inhalation of the accumulated gas.

The locals, who noticed their silence, alerted the police and rescue officials, who arrived at the scene and retrieved their bodies in the evening.

According to the preliminary investigation, the labourers had no safety gear or equipment to protect themselves from the hazardous environment.

Police have registered a case of accidental death and are further probing the matter.

February 18, 2024 07:55 PM
Bilawal says has refused offer to be PM for 2 years after Sharif's 3-year term


Pakistan Peoples Party's (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has raised the slogan of 'Save Pakistan,' emphasizing the urgent need to rescue the country. He urged all political forces to prioritize the interests of the people over personal agendas, warning against the dangers of societal division and sectarianism.
Addressing a public meeting at Thatta on Sunday, Bilawal Bhutto declared that he would make a call to the party workers in times of federal and democratic jeopardy who will stand shoulder to shoulder with the masses like ZA Bhutto's era.
Refuting any desire for premiership or cabinet positions, Bilawal expressed a sole ambition: to address the grievances of the people. He clarified that his refusal to accept the premiership offer was grounded in his belief that if chosen, it would be the people who would elect him as Prime Minister.
Bilawal disclosed that he was told to give him [Shehbaz Sharif] the first three years, and for the remaining two years he [Bilawal] will be the prime minister. But he has refused this offer saying that if he will become the prime minister when the people will elect him.
Criticizing the former PM Shehbaz Sharif's unfulfilled and fake promises of developmental projects, Bilawal invited others to join hands in combating deceitful politics.
Addressing recent allegations, Bilawal dismissed accusations of electoral fraud on polling day, challenging detractors to provide evidence. He also condemned Maulana and Pir Sahab [Maulana Fazalur Rehman and Pir Sahab Pigaro Sharif] resorting to falsehoods.
Responding to remarks from political rivals, Bilawal countered claims of electoral setbacks, citing PPP's victories and highlighting the party's resilience in Sindh.
He said it is a joke for someone who calls himself a Maulana to lie brazenly while Pir Sahib is saying that rigging has taken place, but the facts are that PPP has defeated him three times in elections in Sindh province.
He added that Pir Sahib and Maulana Sahib bring Form 45 and prove that there is fraud in elections.
Bilawal announced that he had won two sets but would leave one of them so the opponents came to compete PPP on this seat to prove themselves.
He said if there are children in Maulana Sahib and Pir Sahib's rallies, they think that the children will conquer the country, but when the election comes, it turns out that the children do not have any votes.
He said PPP will form the government in Sindh according to the results on Form 45.
Bilawal also disclosed that they have tried to explain to PTI's Imran Khan that strengthen democracy, today his party is so frivolous that he says that he has won the election but even today he cannot form a government without PPP.
Bilawal said that his father Asif Ali Zardari would save the federation by becoming the President of Pakistan again and put out the fire in the country.

After the public meeting in Thatta, Bilawal Bhutto along with Murad Ali Shah, Junaid Saleem, Colonel Babar and other five people left for Islamabad from Old Airport on a special plane.

February 18, 2024 06:56 PM
JUP's Maulana Awais Noorani says whoever has mandate should be transferred power

Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (JUP) head Maulana Awais Noorani Sunday said that the rigging had been done and his party was also a victim of it but now whoever has the mandate should be given the government.
He addressed a press conference after a meeting of the JUP's central executive body held under his chairmanship.
Maulana Awais Noorani said that the worst injustice happened to us in the elections, we were also deprived of the right to count our votes.
Maulana Awais Noorani has said that by experimenting again and again, the country has been brought to such a level that no one is ready to take the power of the country, and the institutions have become worthless and the respect of individuals has ended.
He said the internet that brought awareness to the world has turned out to be a factory of lies and propaganda in Pakistan.
Maulana Noorani said if Shahbaz Sharif does not have a majority in the parliament, then he should not sit in the government and if Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) has a mandate, then power should be given to it.
He also said that the country needs truth and reconciliation, not NRO and if the Grand Dialogue does not take place, nothing will come to anyone's hands in Pakistan.
Due to the absence of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), the role of religious parties has been affected, he admitted.
To a query, he said sitting with Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslameen (MWM) is an internal matter of PTI.
Maulana Awais Noorani said they will reorganize and reorganize the JUP. He also announced that he would send his resignation to the centre and the four provincial presidents and the general secretary will submit their resignations too.

February 18, 2024 06:38 PM
PTI holds parliamentary session in Peshawar to discuss govt formation

The first meeting of newly elected MPAs of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa hailing from PTI was held on Sunday, reported the 24NewsHD TV channel. 

Ali Amin Gandapur, PTI’s nominee for the coveted office of chief minister chaired the meeting held at Speaker House in Peshawar. Speaker Mushtaq Ghani and all the elected members of the assembly from across the province participated in the meeting. 

 According to party sources,  the meeting discussed matters related to the formation of the new government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The former ministers who served in the previous PTI-led government will be re-inducted into the cabinet, while those who lost in the general elections will be given the posts of special assistants and advisors in the government.

It was told in the meeting that the party is also in contact with various political parties to seek their support and cooperation in the formation of KP government.

The sources said the party bigwigs vowed that the projects initiated by the previous government would be completed by the new one and that all districts would be given a fair share in the development and governance. The meeting also introduced all the members of the provincial assembly and urged them to work according to the party policy and vision.

The party sources said that the government formation phase in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be completed soon and that the new cabinet will take oath in the coming days.

Inside Story of Meeting 

 According to sources, the meeting discussed various issues related to government formation and the alliance of PTI with other parties.

One of the major decisions taken in the meeting was to give the Deputy Speakership of the provincial assembly to Peshawar, as a gesture of goodwill and recognition of the city's importance.

However, the meeting also witnessed a heated debate on the merger of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Parliamentarians (PTI-P) with PTI as many MPAs opposed the merger, citing ideological differences and lack of consultation.

 The meeting also instructed the assembly members to implement the party rules and regulations, and to stay in Peshawar for a week.

The meeting emphasized the need to settle issues related to government formation within ten days, and to work for the welfare of the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

 

 

Reporter: Amir Shehzad 

February 18, 2024 05:59 PM
Former PDM parties to hold crucial meeting to form govt again on Monday

Key political parties who were together in the coalition of the former Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) in the recent past have scheduled an important meeting tomorrow (Monday) to discuss the formation of their new government.
According to the 24News HD TV channel, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has initiated contact with allied parties, while the negotiating committee of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) is also set to convene in Islamabad tomorrow.
The MQM-P's negotiating committee will meet the top leadership of the PML-N tomorrow to deliberate on various matters related to their government formation.
The meeting will entail consultations on various aspects concerning government formation.
Earlier, MQM-P had formed a committee for negotiations regarding government formation. The negotiating committee includes Governor Sindh Kamran Tessori, Mustafa Kamal, and Farooq Sattar.
This development has come into existence after the willingness of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) to join the government of the PML-N in the centre.

February 18, 2024 05:50 PM
Gandapur vows to fight for provincial rights and public welfare  

 Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf nominee for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) CM slot, Ali Amin Gandapur has said that he will create a CM portal on the pattern of PM portal to resolve public complaints in a timely manner, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Sunday.

In an informal talk with media persons, he also said that he would make strong efforts to secure the rights of the province and its people.

 "We are not asking for charity, but we are famous for maintaining the right of the people. I don't get a single rupee and I can't keep quiet. We all have to stand together. I will take all the political parties in the house along," he vowed.

Ali Amin said that his party is in talks with PTI parliamentarians and other parties to form a stable government in the province. He admitted that losing the bat mark was a setback, but he hoped that the issue would be resolved soon.

The nominee for the chief minister’s office said that he would ensure the rights of women members and new members in the assembly.

Gandapur said that he would participate in every forum for the right of the province, and there was no problem in marching for it.

He said that he would send his recommendations for the cabinet formation to Imran Khan soon.

He vowed that there was no public servant like him in the whole of Pakistan.

Gangapur claimed that all the cases registered against him were political.

He denied any involvement in the May 9 incident, and said that an investigation would reveal the truth. “If there is fair investigation of the incident, it will be known that it was done or was manipulated.”

 Those going to Rana Sanaullah's house in Faisalabad were stopped but allowed to go to government property, he questioned.

He added that PTI’s policy is not to damage government property.

“I was in DI Khan but FIRs were registered against me in nine districts,” he lamented, adding that How can one person be all over Pakistan at one time?

Ali Amin continued we have to move on now.

Shedding light on his future governance at KP he said, “His priorities would be to establish peace and order, increase trade with neighboring countries, exercise all the powers granted under the 18th Amendment, and develop the mineral and tourism sectors.

He also said that he would promote investment on BOT model in various projects.

“Development is not possible without the establishment of peace and order.”

He reiterated that PTI did not involve in May 9 riots.  

February 18, 2024 05:41 PM
Rigging Revelations: ECP Inquiry Committee summons Rawalpindi Division's DROs, ROs

Over the mega election rigging revelations from Commissioner Liaqat Ali Chattha, the Election Commission of Pakistan's (ECP) inquiry committee has summoned District and Returning Officers from Rawalpindi Division.
According to the 24News HD TV channel, a decision has been made to issue notices to all District Returning Officers (DROs) and Returning Officers (ROs) of Rawalpindi Division to appear before the inquiry committee.
DROs and ROs are instructed to provide their statements before the inquiry committee starting tomorrow (Monday).
The inquiry committee will gather statements from DROs and ROs on a daily basis over the next three days.

Reporter: Usman Khan

February 18, 2024 05:28 PM
PPP shows willingness to get presidency, speakership in govt formation with PML-N

Positive progress has been made in the matter of government formation between the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), with the latter expressing willingness to join the federal cabinet.
According to the 24News HD TV channel, both the PML-N and PPP have resolved to steer the country out of economic and political crises.
The sources said that the PPP has consented to join the federal cabinet, marking the final stages of negotiations between the two major parties.
Sources further indicate that the presidency and the speakership of the National Assembly will be allocated to the PPP, while decisions regarding the Senate chairman and all four provincial governors will be made later.
In Balochistan, the PPP and PML-N are set to form a coalition government, with the PPP likely to hold the position of Chief Minister.
Additionally, the PPP is expected to secure cabinet seats in Punjab, possibly obtaining two to three ministries in the province.

February 18, 2024 05:07 PM
NADRA accelerates minority registration campaign

The registration campaign of the minority community across the country has been accelerated by the National Database & Registration Authority (NADRA).
According to the 24News HD TV channel, the registration campaign of the minority community was intensified in Lahore and other big cities.
The senior officials of NADRA held meetings with the representatives of the minority community in different areas to convince them to register their members.
Minority community members were sensitized by NADRA about the importance of identity documents.
NADRA's mobile registration vans also visited different minority community areas in Lahore and other cities.
A large number of citizens are turning towards mobile registration to create identity documents.

Reporter: Kaleem Akhtar

February 18, 2024 04:10 PM 4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV
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February 18, 2024 04:03 PM
Gandapur says will try to get PTI’s symbol back after becoming KP CM

Ali Amin Gandapur, PTI nominee for the seat of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) chief minister (CM), on Sunday said that the Supreme Court’s (SC) decision, depriving the party of its election symbol of ‘bat’, came as a shock for the party, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

In an informal chat with journalists in Peshawar, he said that the first thing he would try to do after getting elected as the CM would be to get the PTI’s identity back.

He said that the state institutions were not the party’s enemies as the people manning them were from the masses. “On the incidents of violence of May 9, I still cling to the same opinion that it was not done by the PTI workers,” he said, and added, “Only a proper investigation will prove whether it was the PTI which had done this or it was orchestrated by somebody else.”

Gandapur said his government would not take revenge on any of its political opponents. “We will make sure that such a system is developed in which everybody is safe and secure,” he said, and added, “I will take MPAs of all political parties in the provincial assembly along since they have also been elected by the people of their constituencies.”

He further said that he also planned to set up a CM Portal just like the PM Portal.”  

He said that the PTI government in the province would make efforts to get the people of the province their rights. “We are not begging. We are just asking for our rights,” he said, adding, “Even if we have to set out on a long march for the purpose, we will not shy away from that.”

Gandapur said how it was possible that the KP did not ask the Center for its share in the country’s resources. “I hope that the issue will be resolved amicably.”

PTI nominee revealed that the party was in talks with two to three parties, including the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-Parliamentarians (PTI-P).

He said he would take steps to enhance trade with neighbouring countries. “We will wield all those powers which have been granted to us under the 18th Amendment.”

Gandapur said that he would give top priority to the mineral sector. “The importance of tourism sector can’t be negated either,” he opined.

He informed that the formation of the provincial cabinet had begun, and soon a list of the party MPAs who could be included in the cabinet would be sent to the former prime minister and ex-PTI chairman Imran Khan for his approval.  

 

Reporter: Amir Shehzad

February 18, 2024 01:24 PM 1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV
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February 18, 2024 12:51 PM
Pneumonia claims lives of 13 more children in Punjab

Pneumonia claimed lives of 13 more children across Punjab in 24 hours despite decrease in intensity of cold weather, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

According to details, during the last 24 hours, at least one child died in Lahore while 622 new pneumonia cases were reported across Punjab. Yesterday 131 cases of children with pneumonia infection were reported.

During the ongoing year, 63 deaths of children were reported while 6190 infection cases were registered.

So far across Punjab 392 children died of this malicious disease while more than 28809 children reported to be infected with pneumonia.

 

Reporter: Azmat Awan

 

February 18, 2024 11:56 AM
Liaquat Ali Chattha has nothing to do with election process: PML-N

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), waiting to form a government at the Centre, has alleged that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has a track record for not accepting the election results and it also did not learn any lesson from the May 9 vandalism, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The was said by PML-N leader Malik Ahmad Khan while addressing a joint news conference with other party leaders – Attaullah Tarar and Azma Bukhari – in Lahore on Sunday.

Responding to a question regarding Rawalpindi commissioner’s allegations, Malik Ahmad Khan said Commissioner Liaquat Ali Chattha has nothing to do with elections.

He said PTI forged a propaganda of 35 punctures in 2013 elections but the party could not prove their allegations in the court. “Allegations of former Rawalpindi commissioner has no foundation as he had no connection with the polling process,” the PML-N leader added.

Malik claimed former commission must provide proof in support of his allegations, claiming an anti-Pakistan campaign was being run by a group from abroad.

The PML-N leader said PTI was misguiding the public about election results after the statement of Liaquat Ali Chattha, alleging the PTI is inciting the public against government officials and called on the caretakers to take action against the party.

The PML-N likened the PTI to Pablo Escobar (Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria was a Colombian drug lord, narco-terrorist, and politician, who was the founder and sole leader of the Medellín Cartel).. “There is no difference between the two,” he said, adding the party’s workers were harassing government officials.

Malik Ahmad further claimed that a similar pattern was also seen before the May 9 riots, recalling how PTI workers attacked the police and law enforcement agencies at the time of Imran Khan’s arrest. “I request the caretakers that the way the situation has developed and if you don’t pre-empt it, this will spiral out of control,” he added.

He said the outgoing Rawalpindi commissioner, who has made explosive allegations of rigging during the Feb 8 polls, was a “non-party to elections”. “Neither he is the returning officer nor the district returning officer. He has no relation with the entire electoral process. He does not even have any interactive position with the ECP. He does not have any relation with the election or the compilation of poll results. He has nothing to do with the entire process,” the PML-N leader added.

Malik Ahmad further claimed that a dangerous campaign had begun against district returning officers to “incite hate” and followed a pattern similar to the May 9 saga.

Speaking on the occasion, Attaullah Tarar urged the caretaker government to take strict action against those who threatened returning officers (ROs). “Is it not terrorism when they display the Ros’ photos online?” Tarar asked while labelling it a highly condemnable action.

Tarar asserted that the upcoming era belongs to the PML-N. “Remember, this constituency was Nawaz Sharif’s in the past and remains so today too,” he said and praised Khawaja Saad Rafique for graciously accepting his defeat and urged others to show similar bravery as well.

Tarar said “On the one hand you’ve won seats, yet you’re complaining about rigging. Choose which statement you’re supporting.”

Tarar also lamented the “wrong use” of social media, saying it has been used to spread lies and create animosity between people.

Azma Bukhari, claimed that the ROs and District Returning Officers (DROs) were being pressured to be like Liaquat Ali Chattha, alleging they were being forced to lie about election process. “This cannot happen in any banana republic, that they are pressured to become like Liaquat Chattha, and if they don’t comply, they are told they have no place in this country,” she added.

February 18, 2024 11:19 AM
Eight family members who died in traffic accident laid to rest 

The funeral prayer of 8 members of a family, who died in a cruel traffic accident, was offered in Kabirwala’s Bagir Pull village, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

People from all walks of life including local politicians, members of local administration and others attended the prayers.

The visitors were seen crying and expressing condolences with the grieved family.

The dead bodies were laid to rest in the local graveyard.

At least 8 people died and another three injured when a truck went out of control and crushed a car coming from Lahore on GT Road in Muridke on Saturday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

According to Rescue 1122 personnel, the speedy truck was taking U-turn in front of Ravi Rayan factory when its driver lost it control and hit a car coming from the opposite side.

Rescue 1122 teams rushed to the spot and shifted the seriously wounded to a hospital after on-the-spot first aid treatment.

The Rescue personnel handed over the dead bodies to the police.

The deceased were identified as 22-year-old Shahbaz, 35-year-ol Zaheer Abbas, 35-year-old Iram Shahzadi, 10-year-old Abdul Wahab, eight-year-old Ayyan and six-year-old Iman Fatima.

The deceased were named as 40-year-old Naseem, 35-year-old Shameem and 18-year-old Khadija.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi has expressed deep condolences over the loss of lives in traffic accident in Muridke. He offered his condolences to families of the deceased.

The chief minister directed the hospital administration to provide best possible treatment to the wounded.

 

Reporter Bashir Kazmi

February 18, 2024 11:05 AM
Shehbaz Sharif calls for unity for nation building 

 

Former prime minister and PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif has said that instability in the country will benefit none, and dangers to the country’s economy call for concerted efforts to build Pakistan, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Sunday.   

Talking to the newly elected independent candidates from Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Shehbaz said that previously, too, the PML-N governments had saved the country from default, and this time too it would be his priority as the prime minister of the country to do the same. “Those bent upon spreading anarchy in the country are still doing the same thing they had been doing in the past,” he said.

PML-N president was of the view that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and the PML-N supremo Nawaz had always preferred national interests to his own. “What we intend to do is to save the country from crises.”

February 18, 2024 10:37 AM
Three die in motorcycle, car collision in Quetta

Three persons were killed in a collision between a motorcycle and car on Airport Road in Quetta, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Sunday.

Three die in road accident in Uthal    

In yet another road accident in Balochistan, three people were killed when two passenger buses collided with each other on the Coastal Highway near Uthal city of the province.  

Several others, including women and children, were injured in the incident.

Similarly in Daska, Punjab, four friends were killed while another sustained serious injuries in a road accident.

The tragedy took place on Daska-Sambiral Road when their car rammed into the wall of a shop while returning from a wedding.

The deceased were identified as Bilal Ahmad, Muaz, Danish and Talha while the injured as Ahsan.

February 18, 2024 09:07 AM
Cabinet approves Punjab Highway Patrol Police Rules

The provincial cabinet has approved the Punjab Highway Patrol Police Rules at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi in Lahore on Sunday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The rules were approved in 41st meeting of the provincial cabinet.

In the meeting, the decisions of the 39th session of the Supervisory Provincial Cabinet were also ratified.

The law and order situation in the province was also reviewed in the cabinet meeting.

Inspector General of Police Dr. Usman Anwar gave a briefing about the law and order situation in the province.

In the meeting, Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi instructed to take all necessary measures to protect the life and property of the people.

He said there will be no compromise on the implementation of the law in the province.

The security plan of PSL-9 was also reviewed in the meeting and Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi instructed 100 percent implementation of the SOPs of the security plan.

Provincial Ministers, Advisors, Chief Secretary, Advocate General Punjab, Inspector General of Police, Chairman Planning and Development Board, Senior Member Board of Revenue and secretaries of relevant departments attended the meeting.

February 18, 2024 01:29 AM
Four friends die as car rams into shop

Four friends were killed and another sustained serious injuries in a road accident in Daska, 24NewsHD TV channel reported.

The tragedy took place on Daska-Sambiral Road when their car rammed into the wall of a shop while returning from a wedding.

The deceased are Bilal Ahmad, Muaz, Danish and Talha while the injured is Ahsan.

February 18, 2024 01:29 AM
Liaqat RDA DG given additional charge of Rawalpindi commissioner

The government has issued a notification removing Rawalpindi Commissioner Liaquat Ali Chatta from the post.

Rawalpindi Development Authority DG MUhammad Saif Anwar has been given additional charge of the Commissioner.

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February 17, 2024 10:42 PM
Javed Hashmi concerned about post election situation

Seasoned politician Javed Hashmi has expressed his concerns about the situation after the election, the 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Friday.

“The elections were the strangest since the 70s and that he had never seen such a situation,” he said while addressing a press conference in Multan.

He said a party did not have an elector symbol and its workers were harassed and arrested by the police.

He said that Yasmin Rashid, who is in jail, could not go to her constituency. “She defeated Nawaz Sharif,” he said, adding that he wanted to explain that the election results should be accepted.

He continued: “The nation has left Nawaz Sharif. His family has left him.”

He said he respects public mandate.

“If the people wanted Imran Khan to come into power, let him come.” Javed Hashmi added.

Regarding the Rawalpindi commissioner’s rigging allegation, he reminded the media reps of his remarks about the ‘involvement’ Multan commissioner and the establishment in ‘election engineering’ before the Feb 8 vote.

He said that he was offered all-out support to contest the elections, but he refused to do so.

“Before the election, I said the Multan commissioner is influencing the electioneering.

"I got a message through Ijaz Janjua that if you contest the election you will be provided with all the facilities," he added.

The seasoned politician said he withdrew from the contest after a discussion with friends.

He claimed that the Multan administration changed the election results. “Four/five commissioners of Punjab are involved in election manipulation."

 

February 17, 2024 10:42 PM
Pakistan Bar Council calls for independent commission to dig into 'election manipulation'

The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) has called for an independent commission to dig into the 'election manipulation', 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Saturday.

The Pakistan Bar Council said that Rawalpindi commissioner’s allegations should also be investigated.

It stressed that all stakeholders, including political parties, should go for the formation of an independent commission – the only way out to improve the situation in the country.

The Election Commission has failed to conduct transparent elections, the councils said.

February 17, 2024 09:50 PM
10:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital

♦ Rawalpindi commissioner resigns for manipulating election results: Liaquat Ali Chattha accepts responsibility for rigging in elections: Says he, election commissioner and chief justice should be punished: 13 winning independent candidates were ‘made to lose’: Says he attempted suicide
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♦ ECP strongly rejects Rawalpindi commissioner’s allegations
♦ Punjab police refuse to detain Liaqat Ali Chatta
♦ People concerned about rigging should approach appropriate forum: PM
♦ Lawyer moves police for booking former Rawalpindi commission, ROs over election manipulation
♦ PTI's Gandapur demands to fix constituencies which were rigged
♦ JI demands CEC's resignation, announces anti-rigging protest movement
♦ Qazi Isa refutes Rawalpindi Commissioner's allegations
♦ Malik Riaz denies any contact with Rawalpindi Commissioner Liaqat Chattha
♦ CJP chairs consultative meeting to discuss Rawalpindi Commissioner ’s allegations
♦ Punjab CM orders impartial inquiry into Rawalpindi commissioner’s claims
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February 17, 2024 09:15 PM
Independent candidate of KP joins Nawaz League

Hisham Inamullah, an independent candidate from PK 106 Lucky Marwat, joined the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) on Saturday.
According to the 24News HD TV channel, Hisham Inamullah was the former Minister of Health and Social Welfare.
Hisham Inamullah was elected from the same constituency of Lucky Marwat on the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) ticket in the general elections of 2018 but now after a meeting with Shahbaz Sharif decided to join the PML-N.
Hisham Inamullah is the only candidate from the entire province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa who left PTI after May 9 and as an independent candidate, defeated the candidates of both the PTI and the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam from his constituency.

February 17, 2024 08:00 PM
Rose petals and bouquet placed at Rawalpindi Commissioner House

Flowers and bouquets were placed outside the Rawalpindi Commission Office. Former Rawalpindi Commissioner Liaquat Ali Chatha stepped down after accepting responsibility for "rigging" in the February 8 election.

" We converted the losers into winners, reversing margins of 70,000/80,0000 votes in 13 National Assembly seats," he told the media at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.  

"I and the election commissioner should be penalized over rigging. I surrender to the police,” he added. 

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) refuted the allegations and issued a statement announcing a comprehensive inquiry would be launched soon.

 

 

 

February 17, 2024 07:22 PM
Punjab police refuse to detain Liaqat Ali Chatta

 Rawalpindi Police Saturday denied the arrest of Commissioner Rawalpindi Division Liaqat Ali Chatta, who resigned on allegations of election rigging.

In a statement on social media, ‘X’, Rawalpindi Police has said that they did not arrest Commissioner Rawalpindi.

https://twitter.com/RwpPolice/status/1758796270024458606

Earlier, there was news that CPO Rawalpindi arrested the Commissioner Rawalpindi Division Liaquat Ali Chatta an d took him to an unknown location and a heavy contingent of police was also deployed outside the CPO office.

 Meanwhile, the police have recorded the initial statements of the staff of the Rawalpindi Commissioner's office.  A few of the staff members were escorted out the back door after questioning.

Police are still present at the commissioner's office while the record room of the commissioner's office has been sealed. CCTV footages were also reviewed.

The records of the people who came for the meeting in the commissioner's office were also obtained

The persons concerned from the Commissioner's Office were allowed to go home after giving an assurance not to go out of the city.

 

 

February 17, 2024 07:19 PM
People concerned about rigging should approach appropriate forum: PM

Caretaker Prime Minister (PM) Anwaar ul Haq Kakar said the recently conducted General Elections in the country has been a step towards promoting democracy. Significant turnout from all segments of society, including both genders, has been acknowledged internationally. Post-election, it is imperative that all stakeholders realise that victory and defeat are inherent aspects of democratic processes.
In a statement issued here on Saturday evening, the caretaker PM said parties and individuals who harbour any concerns regarding electoral irregularities are encouraged to pursue legal recourse through the available channels. Pakistan's legislative, judicial, and executive branches are resilient and stand ready to deliver impartial justice to all.
While peaceful protest and assembly are fundamental rights, any form of agitation, violence, or incitement for vigilantism will not be condoned and the law will take its course without any hesitation.
Anarchy and disorder will not be tolerated at this crucial time. This only serves to advance the agenda for hostile forces, both domestic and foreign, to exploit and create grave law and order challenges.
The caretaker government implores patience, as political parties engage in consultations to form governments at both the federal and provincial levels, in accordance with democratic traditions and norms. We hope that this process concludes as early as possible with mutual understanding and respect.

February 17, 2024 07:12 PM
Lawyer moves police for booking former Rawalpindi commission, ROs over election manipulation

 

The Civil Lines police have been approached against the former Rawalpindi commission Liaquat Ali Chattha and ROs concerned over election manipulation revelations, the 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Saturday.

Lawyer Arsalan Ahmed moved the police submitting that the former commissioner and the ROs involved in the election manipulation should be booked.

He said that they harmed the country's interest and betrayed the nation.

Earlier in the day, Chattha stepped down as the Rawalpindi commissioner after confessing to election manipulation.

"We converted the losers into winners, reversing margins of 70,000 votes in 13 National Assembly seats," he told the media at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium

 “I and the election commissioner should be penalized over rigging. I surrender to the police,” he added.

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February 17, 2024 07:03 PM
PTI's Gandapur demands to fix constituencies which were rigged

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) nominated Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Ali Amin Gandapur has said that the conscience of Rawalpindi Commissioner has woken up so now the constituencies which were rigged should be fixed.
According to the 24News HD TV channel, Ali Amin Gandapur addressed the protest in Peshawar holding the photo of the PTI founder Imran Khan.
Gandapur said it was their duty to protect the mandate of the people and they are also ready to sacrifice to achieve the goal. He added that they are facing challenges but they will continue to come out on the roads for their rights.
The PTI leader said Imran Khan wanted the people to wake up and he congratulated him that the people have woken up.
He said they have to ensure the safety of the public. He said they just want reform, those who will not reform, be ready for punishment.
He told the people of KP that he would ensure the protection of the public after making government. He added that he will work to provide jobs and employment to the youth.
Gandapur also said that they will bring such a system, which will be an example in the world and will work to give rights to women.

February 17, 2024 06:34 PM
JI demands CEC's resignation, announces anti-rigging protest movement


Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Saturday demanded the resignation of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and announced launching an anti-rigging movement across the country.
According to the 24News HD TV channel, JI Spokesperson Qaiser Sharif said that the CEC should admit the rigging in the general election 2024 and resign from his post.
The JI spokesperson said that the revelations of the Rawalpindi Commissioner support the position of his party and hopefully, with time, more revelations related to the rigging will also come out.
The JI spokesperson said his party had demanded the commission on the issues related to rigging in the elections after the initial results on February 10.
He said the meeting of JI's Central Majlis Shura was held in Mansurah and they are going to give a clear agenda to the nation against election rigging.
He also informed that the Jamaat-e-Islami will conduct a protest movement across the country against the election results while Sirajul Haq will address a press conference in Mansoora tomorrow at 3 pm.

February 17, 2024 06:13 PM
Qazi Isa refutes Rawalpindi Commissioner's allegations

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faiz Isa refuting the allegations of Rawalpindi Commissioner against him has said that anyone can make accusations, but they should also provide proof, reported 24NewsHD TV channel. 

Talking to the media persons outside the apex court on Saturday, he asked Rawalpindi Division Commissioner Liaqat Ali Chatha to present evidence to back his allegations against the top judge's involvement in the rigging of the February 8 elections.

"You level baseless allegations. There is no truth to it nor is evidence presented. You can level allegations all you want, it is your right but present evidence to back it. Whether good or bad, it will be determined later," the CJP said in reaction. 

He went on to say that his role was only restricted to the facilitation of the conduct of elections. "If someone did not want elections, that’s another story," he said.The CJP said that the apex court did not order the elections; instead, it asked both constitutional authorities — the president and the election commission — to stage the elections after arriving at a consensus on the date.

The CJP questioned his and apex court's connection to the polls, saying that the court only receive and decide upon petitions linked to elections.

Qazi Isa further clarified that he did not order the election and that he was not involved in any wrongdoing.

He asked Rawalpindi Commissioner who had accused him of some irregularities, to present any evidence against him.

CJP said that there was an attempt to sabotage the election, but he and his colleagues had foiled it.

He said that he would not be intimidated by baseless allegations and that he would uphold the constitution and the law.

 Earlier, Commissioner Rawalpindi Liaqat Ali Chatta admitting to election rigging in Rawalpindi division has resigned from his post. He also alleged ECP and CJP for their involvement in the rigging.

Addressing a press conference, Commissioner Rawalpindi, acknowledged his involvement in rigging elections by manipulating losing candidates into winning positions.

He declared his inability to bear the burden of guilt any longer and has announced his decision to surrender himself to the police for his role in the electoral irregularities and deserves capital punishment. Chatta said he saw the returning officers crying.

Liaqat Ali said that he apologises to his subordinates for forcing them to participate in the rigging process.

February 17, 2024 05:53 PM
Malik Riaz denies any contact with Rawalpindi Commissioner Liaqat Chattha

Malik Riaz, a prominent businessman and philanthropist, has denied any connection with Commissioner Rawalpindi Liaqat Ali Chattha and said he never contacted him.
According to the 24News HD TV channel, Bahria Town's owner Malik Riaz expressed his regret that whenever there is a crisis in Pakistan, everyone starts pointing fingers at him or his organization without any evidence, logic or proof. The property tycoon said he never met or communicated with Liaquat Chattha, who confessed before the media about his deep involvement in the mega election rigging on Saturday.
Malik Riaz said he has also not any social or business relationship with Commissioner Rawalpindi and is ready to cooperate in any investigation in this regard.
He said he prays for stability and prosperity in Pakistan like every patriotic Pakistani.

February 17, 2024 05:34 PM
CJP chairs consultative meeting to discuss Rawalpindi Commissioner ’s allegations

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Qazi Isa Saturday convened a high-level consultative meeting in his chamber to deliberate on the allegations levelled by the Commissioner of Rawalpindi, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Justices Muneeb Akhtar, Yahya Afridi, Ayesha Malik, and Athar Minallah were among those participating in the meeting.

The allegations were thoroughly discussed during the meeting.

The meeting convenes shortly after the Rawalpindi Commissioner, Liaqat Ali Chatta confessed to his "involvement in rigging election results in the city", and resigned from his post demanding to be "hanged for doing injustice" to the Rawalpindi Division.

After the consultation, the meeting decided not to take suo moto  notice of allegations.

It was decided in the meeting that the hearing of the election-related case is already scheduled for February 19. 

The case of Commissioner Rawalpindi will be reviewed in the pre-arranged case.

The involvement of apex court justices underscores the gravity of the matter and the need for a meticulous examination of the accusations.

The meeting is currently ongoing, and no official announcement regarding the decision has been made yet.

 

Reporter: Amanat Gashkori

February 17, 2024 04:50 PM
PTI’s Salman Akram Raja released after being arrested during protest

Lahore police have released Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Salman Akram Raja after being arrested during a party protest on Saturday.

According to Punjab Information Minister Aamir Mir's tweet, "During the protest in Lahore today, some miscreants including Salman Akram Raja tried to block the roads and take the law into their hands, who has been released after being detained."

https://twitter.com/MinisterInfoPb/status/1758810221382602906?t=HgB2wpthrOAcLFVoXvkQTw&s=08

Earlier today, the police arrested PTI leader Salman Akram Raja during a protest rally in, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The PTI staged a protest rally at Jail Road against the alleged rigging in the recently held general elections.

The charged PTI workers raised slogans against the rigging where the police intervened and took Raja into custody.

In a post on X social platform, the PTI said its leader Advocate Salman Akram Raja, who contested the polls as an independent candidate backed by the party in Lahore’s NA-128 constituency, has been arrested in Lahore.

It termed the act “extremely shameful and disgusting”, calling for his immediate release.

The party also shared a video on its official X account of the Punjab police taking the lawyer into custody.

https://twitter.com/PTIofficial/status/1758794751644475875

“They are arresting me unlawfully. I am with the public and we will continue to raise my voice for the truth,” he told reporters while being whisked away by the police.

https://twitter.com/PTIofficial/status/1758798786590056707

Reporter: Usman Khadim

February 17, 2024 04:03 PM 4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital
4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital

♦ Rawalpindi commissioner resigns for manipulating election results: Liaquat Ali Chattha accepts responsibility for rigging in elections: Says he, election commissioner and chief justice should be punished: 13 winning independent candidates were ‘made to lose’: Says he attempted suicide

♦ ECP strongly rejects Rawalpindi commissioner’s allegations

♦ Punjab CM orders impartial inquiry into Rawalpindi commissioner’s claims

♦ PPP demand probe into Rawalpindi commissioner’s allegations

♦ PTI leader Salman Akram Raja arrested in Lahore

♦ Bushra Bibi challenges her conviction in Toshakhana case in IHC

♦ Bilawal Bhutto suggests name of Syed Murad Ali Shah for Sindh CM slot

♦ JI Shura rejects resignation of Sirajul Haq

♦ FIA informs court on freezing Moonis Elahi's assets

♦ Death toll from pneumonia rises to 379 in Punjab

♦ Punjab CM Naqvi inspects remodelling of Motorway toll plaza

♦ PSL 9 to ‘kick off’ today with a star-studded ceremony: Mohsin Naqvi visits Gaddafi Stadium to review PSL 9 preparations

♦ Maryam Nawaz provided chief minister’s security

♦ PPP to constitute committee to probe Bilawal’s NA-127, Lahore defeat

♦ Saad Rafique, Hammad Azhar trade election barbs on X platform

♦ Tech giants sign pact against AI-made political deepfakes

♦ PML-N leader shot dead in Hafizabad target-killing

♦ Authorities dig up PTI protest venue in Islamabad: Barbed wire erected, heavy police contingent deployed

♦ Top commander among 7 terrorists arrested in raids across Punjab

♦ Daharki primary teacher returns bag full of currency notes

♦ IGP Usman Anwar says over 20, 000 police personnel will guard PSL matches in Punjab

♦ Four youth of same family die in Bhakkar car-truck smash

♦ Six perish as truck crushes car in Muridke

♦ India resume England Test with Ashwin substitute

♦ Fears grow for crucial Gaza hospital after Israeli raid

♦ Top UN court rejects South Africa request for more Gaza measures

♦ Trump fined $355 million, banned from NY business in fraud trial

♦ Missile attack targets ship off Yemen

♦ Blinken, China's Wang discuss Russia, US sanctions

 

♦ Zelensky to rally leaders for support at Munich conference

♦ Japan announces successful launch of next-gen H3 rocket

♦ Britain summons Russian diplomats after death of Navalny

♦ London Fashion Week blends tweed and Y2K amid economic gloom

February 17, 2024 03:56 PM
Punjab CM visits Elite Force, Highway Patrol Police headquarters in Lahore

Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi visited Punjab Elite Police Force and Punjab Highway Patrol Police Headquarters Badian Road Lahore, inspected the control room and observed the system of Highway Patrol, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Saturday.

Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi also inspected Elite Force officers block, Highway police patrolling officers block and other sections.

Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi also visited the cafeteria of Punjab Highway Patrol Police and appreciated the quality.

 During his visit, the CM instructed to the police officers to perform their duties diligently and professionally.

Crackdown is on against drivers of unlicensed vehicles and motorcycles across Punjab and every possible measure is being taken regarding road safety, said Mohsin Naqvi.

Inspector General Police Dr. Usman Anwar and Additional IG Punjab Highway Patrol Police gave a briefing about the control room.

Inspector General Police, Secretary Construction and Communications, CCPO, Additional IG Elite, Additional IG Punjab Highway Patrol, DIG Elite, DIG Punjab Highway Patrol and related officers were also present on the occasion.

February 17, 2024 03:51 PM
JI Shura rejects resignation of Sirajul Haq

The Central Majlis-e-Shura of Jamaat-e-Islami has rejected the resignation of JI Ameer Sirajul Haq after party’s poor showing in recently-held general elections, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Saturday.

The JI Majlis-e-Shura expressed full confidence in the leadership of Sirajul Haq.

After rejection of resignation, Sirajul Haq chaired a meeting of the Jamaat on Saturday.

Reporter: Hasan Ali

February 17, 2024 01:15 PM
Bushra Bibi challenges her conviction in Toshakhana case in IHC

Just a day after former prime minister and ex-PTI chairman Imran Khan filed an appeal against his conviction in the Toshakhana reference, his wife Bushra Bibi too challenged the accountability court’s (AC) verdict in the same case in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Saturday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Making the state and the NAB respondents, Bushra, in her petition, filed through Barrister Salman Safdar, prayed to the court to declare the AC’s order dated January 31 null and void.     

The court had given 14-year imprisonment to Imran and Bushra in the case besides slapping Rs787 million on them in fine.  

The former prime minister had challenged his sentence in the Toshakhana (gift repository) case in the Islamabad High Court on Friday.

Reporter: Ihtesham Kiani

February 17, 2024 01:07 PM 1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital
1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital

♦ PSL 9 to ‘kick off’ today with a star-studded ceremony: Mohsin Naqvi visits Gaddafi Stadium to review PSL 9 preparations

♦ Maryam Nawaz provided chief minister’s security

♦ PPP to constitute committee to probe Bilawal’s NA-127, Lahore defeat

♦ Saad Rafique, Hammad Azhar trade election barbs on X platform

♦ Tech giants sign pact against AI-made political deepfakes

♦ PML-N leader shot dead in Hafizabad target-killing

♦ Authorities dig up PTI protest venue in Islamabad: Barbed wire erected, heavy police contingent deployed

♦ Top commander among 7 terrorists arrested in raids across Punjab

♦ Daharki primary teacher returns bag full of currency notes

♦ IGP Usman Anwar says over 20, 000 police personnel will guard PSL matches in Punjab

♦ Four youth of same family die in Bhakkar car-truck smash

♦ Six perish as truck crushes car in Muridke

♦ India resume England Test with Ashwin substitute

♦ Fears grow for crucial Gaza hospital after Israeli raid

♦ Top UN court rejects South Africa request for more Gaza measures

♦ Trump fined $355 million, banned from NY business in fraud trial

♦ Missile attack targets ship off Yemen

♦ Blinken, China's Wang discuss Russia, US sanctions

♦ Zelensky to rally leaders for support at Munich conference

♦ Japan announces successful launch of next-gen H3 rocket

♦ Britain summons Russian diplomats after death of Navalny

♦ London Fashion Week blends tweed and Y2K amid economic gloom

February 17, 2024 10:52 AM Four youth of same family die in Bhakkar car-truck smash
Four youth of same family die in Bhakkar car-truck smash

Four young men of a same family breathed their last when their car was hit by a truck on Bhakkar-Jhang Road on Saturday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The accident occurred in Hyderabad Thal area.

The family of the young men was hosting a wedding but the festivities have now turned into mourning.

An injured in the accident was rushed to CMH Bhakkar but later he was referred to Lahore for emergency treatment.

 

Reporter Aslam Khan

February 17, 2024 09:13 AM Six perish as truck crushes car in Muridke
Six perish as truck crushes car in Muridke

At least six people died and another three injured when a truck went out of control and crushed a car coming from Lahore on GT Road in Muridke on Saturday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

According to Rescue 1122 personnel, the speedy truck was taking U-turn in front of Ravi Rayan factory when its driver lost it control and hit a car coming from the opposite side.

Rescue 1122 teams rushed to the spot and shifted the seriously wounded to a hospital after on-the-spot first aid treatment.

The Rescue personnel handed over the dead bodies to the police.

The deceased were identified as 22-year-old Shahbaz, 35-year-ol Zaheer Abbas, 35-year-old Iram Shahzadi, 10-year-old Abdul Wahab, eight-year-old Ayyan and six-year-old Iman Fatima.

The deceased were named as 40-year-old Naseem, 35-year-old Shameem and 18-year-old Khadija.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi has expressed deep condolences over the loss of lives in traffic accident in Muridke. He offered his condolences to families of the deceased.

The chief minister directed the hospital administration to provide best possible treatment to the wounded.

 

Reporter Agha Mohsin

February 17, 2024 01:00 AM
Three killed as bus crashs into restaurant after hitting tractor

Three people were killed and 12 injured in a bus-tractor collision near Gujrat Friday. The accident occurred on GT Road bypass road near Gujrat when a passenger bus collided with a tractor and then crashed into a roadside restaurant.

The bus was on its way from Lahore to Rawalpindi when it hit the tractor on a U-turn near Dhir Ke Kalan village.  A fire broke out at the restaurant after the bus crashed into it.

According to rescue sources, the driver of the tractor and another person died on the spot, while one passenger of the bus succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

The deceased have been identified as Ghulam Qadir, 55, Azhar, 30, and Sher Ali, 55. Among the twelve injured, three are women named Rukhsana, Shabina and Tahira. The other injured are Tariq, Ikram, Manoor, Muhammad Afzal, Fakhr, Ali Hasan, Junaid and Sadiq.

Rescue officials said that they dispatched nine teams, including a fire brigade, to the spot. Eyewitnesses said that the accident happened due to the high speed of the passenger bus.

February 16, 2024 10:21 PM
PTI worker Tayyaba Raja released from jail

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf worker Tayyaba Raja has been released from jail, the 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Friday.

Tayyaba Raja was granted bail by a two-member bench of the Lahore High Court.

She was released from Kot Lakhpat Jail. She was arrested in the Jinnah House arson case.

 

February 16, 2024 09:29 PM
PML-N reaches magic number to form govet in Punjab

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has emerged as the largest party in the Punjab Assembly with 200 seats, including reserved seats for women and minorities, reported 24NewsHD TV channel Friday.

The party has surpassed the required simple majority of 186 seats to form the government in the province.

According to the official results, PML-N won 137 general seats in the provincial assembly, followed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) with 123 seats. The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) secured 10 seats, while the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) got eight seats.

The position of PML-N was further strengthened by the joining of 20 independent members, who extended their support to the party.

 With the addition of 35 to 38 seats for women and four to five seats for minorities, PML-N has reached a total of 200 seats in the 371-member assembly.

Reporter: Rao Dilshad

February 16, 2024 08:42 PM
JI, PTI huddles for 'protecting public mandate' to go on

The leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Pakistan have agreed to continue holding huddles to ‘protect public mandate’, 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Friday.

“The JI has already expressed its reservations about election manipulations and proposed measures to protect the public mandate,” JI leader Liaquat Baloch said while addressing a press conference after meeting a PTI team led by former NA speaker Asad Qaiser.

The people's mandate was stolen, Liaqat Baloch bemoaned, stressing that conducting impartial elections in Pakistan is the responsibility of democratic forces

“Contact with PTI will continue and the JI shura will deliberate upon today’s huddle.

Asad Qaiser said the meeting between the delegations of JI and PTI was one one-point agenda and that is protecting the public mandate.

The former NA speaker has been leading his party team to meetings with other parties as ‘assigned’ by the PTI founder.

He held meetings with JUI chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman yesterday and conveyed Imran Khan's message to him.

Earlier, he led his delegation to a meeting with Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) chief.

 

February 16, 2024 07:44 PM
Pir Pagara warns of martial law amid political crisis

Pir Sibghatullah Shah Rashidi, popularly known as Pir Pagara, the chief of the Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA), issued a stark warning Friday, predicting that the coalition government would collapse within 10 months, possibly leading to an imposition of emergency or martial law in the country.

Speaking at a protest sit-in against alleged election rigging at Jamshoro Bypass, Pir Pagara stated that the GDA's stance wasn't merely about contesting the recent elections but about unveiling the systemic irregularities that plagued the electoral process.

"We were not interested in the elections because the results were ready three months ago," Pir Pagara declared. "Today, they have been exposed nationally and internationally."

Emphasising that their protest solely targeted election fraud, the GDA chief underlined the significance of the military in ensuring the security of the country, stating, "The army is our own, and we cannot even think of going against it."

He warned that removing the army from the equation would plunge the nation into a state akin to Palestine, hinting at the precariousness of the current political landscape.

Pir Pagara defended former prime minister Imran Khan against accusations of corruption, asserting, "If he is a thief, then we all are thieves."

He highlighted the broader systemic issues in governance, suggesting a collective responsibility for past transgressions.

GDA leader Pir Pagara has asserted that the upcoming government will not last beyond eight to 10 months as per his information.

“What has happened because of the sky-high inflation during the past 20 months of government? The middle class is being eliminated. Inflation will touch the sky after this inflation and the middle class will be wiped out.”

Pir Pagara questioned the Election Commission of Pakistan for being missing in action and called on it to take notice of the alleged rigging in the general elections,

He questioned whether politicians before PTI founder Imran Khan had not taken state gifts from the Toshakhana despite it being illegal. “In my view Imran Khan is not a thief, yes there could have been a mistake … but he is not a thief,” he said.

Acknowledging the political prowess of PTI supporters during the recently held elections, he commended their efforts, indicating a growing disillusionment with the prevailing judicial and governmental mechanisms. "If you don't give justice, then people find out another way to seek justice," he remarked.

Expressing concern over the absence of national-level leadership in Pakistan, Pir Pagara urged decision-makers to prioritise the country's welfare over personal agendas. "The more a leader lies, the bigger leader he becomes," he cautioned.

Reflecting on the economic hardships faced by the middle class, the GDA chief lamented the rampant inflation, hinting at a looming crisis.

Concluding his address with a prayer, Pir Pagara invoked divine intervention, imploring Allah SWT to grant wisdom to the nation's leaders, military, and judiciary, urging them to safeguard the country's interests and its people.

February 16, 2024 07:17 PM
Train fares go up up by 2pc

The Pakistan Railways has increased fairs by two per cent, 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Friday.

The Railway Headquarters has issued the notification of new rates to be applicable from tomorrow.

The order will also apply to the fares of trains being run by a private firm.

The fares of six trains were raised.

 

February 16, 2024 06:58 PM
PTI to sit on opposition benches in Centre, Punjab

A delegation of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf led by former National Assembly speaker Asad Qaiser met Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) chief Aftab Ahmed Sherpao, the 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Friday.

Barrister Saif, and Shaukat Yousafzai were part of the PTI team while QWP leaders Ahmad Nawaz Jadoon, Hashim Babar and Sikandar Hayat Khan were also present in the meeting. Aftab Sherpao welcomed the PTI delegation.

During the meeting, election results and the ongoing political situation came under discussion. The visiting delegation conveyed the message of THE PTI founder to Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao who too showed reservations about the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa election results.

After the meeting, PTI leader Barrister Saif told the media that the PTI has decided to sit on the opposition benches in the National Assembly and Punjab Assembly.

"Many politicians face the allegations that they have power lust but we have decided to sit in the opposition in the Centre and Punjab, though we have seas to form the government in the Centre," he said.

Saif added that the Form-45s were the evidence that the PTI-backed candidates had won but the results were changed in the Form-47s. He said the party was making contacts with political parties on Khan's orders, and that is why a delegation led by Asad Qaiser visited the QWP secretariat.

Saif said that some people would be cheering that they have got to form the government, but this celebration would be short-lived.
“If we see this in the long term, this is a huge problem for the nation, the country and the parliamentary democracy in Pakistan because the coming generations have to bear the brunt of such incidents,” the lawyer-turned-politician said while referring to the alleged rigging in polls.
He said that PTI wants "harmony and an environment of reconciliation" in the country.

Sharing the details about the meeting with QWP, Saif said that the PTI requested the party leaders to join it on the agenda to protest over the rigging.
At this, QWP leader Sikandar Sherpao told PTI that they would announce their course of action after sharing PTI’s proposal with the party's committee.
Pakistan staged the biggest election of its history on February 8, which was extraordinary in various aspects. However, the outcome of the polls did not turn out to be as expected by the political actors as none of them got a simple majority.

While the PTI-affiliated independent candidates dominated the election results, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) claimed to have enough numbers to form the government as some independents joined the Nawaz Sharif-led party post-polls.
However, maintaining its stance of having the majority, the PTI also alleges that the polls were "not free and fair" and plans to stage peaceful protests against the alleged rigging countrywide.

Earlier, the PTI-backed independent candidates held a joint press conference, which established that the February 8 general election had set new records of rigging.
Despite having the largest number of successful candidates in the general polls, the Khan-founded PTI disapproved of the poll results, saying that the 2024 elections would be remembered in the country's history due to the scale of rigging.

 

February 16, 2024 05:55 PM
PML-N seeks power sharing formula with PPP

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is actively pursuing a viable formula for government formation in the capital, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

In a significant move towards this goal, a high-profile consultation meeting convened in Lahore on Friday, under the leadership of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, attended by key figures including Shahbaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz.

The crux of the gathering centered on delineating a power-sharing arrangement between the PML-N and the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), the two prominent entities within the current hung parliament.

Despite multiple deliberations, the negotiation committees representing both parties have yet to solidify any conclusive terms.

The negotiation committees constituted by both parties have not reached any conclusion yet, and the PML-N committee briefed the party heads about the meetings held with the PPP committee so far.

The meeting also discussed the demands of the PPP from the expected federal government and Punjab, where the PML-N has a majority.

Among the attendees were key figures such as former federal ministers Rana Sanaullah, Khawaja Saad Rafiq, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Rana Tanveer Hussain, and Ahsan Iqbal.

 

 

Reporter: Rao Dilshad 

February 16, 2024 05:30 PM
Fazlur Rehman makes new claims about no-confidence motion, 2018 elections

 Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam- Fazal (JUI-F) head Maulana Fazlur Rehman Friday clarified that Lt Gen (retd) Faiz was not involved in no confidence move against PTI founder Imran Khan rather his successor and the current director-general of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was behind the motion.

According to 24NewsHD TV channel, Fazlur Rehman, earlier in his interview to a private channel, held Lt Gen Faiz responsible for toppling Imran Khan’s government. However, he clarified that Lt Gen Nadeem Anjum was the man who was present along with the former Army Chief Gen (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa at the time of motion.   

He also alleged that the elections of 2018 were rigged and that the entire team of Gen (retd) Bajwa was responsible for it.

He warned that when the army officers enter into politics whether serving or retired his party will also give them a befitting response.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman also advised former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to join hands with him in the opposition. “I would request Nawaz Sharif to form a joint opposition against the government, he added.

JUI chief said that he was willing to meet Nawaz Sharif if needed to convince him to go along with him in the opposition.  He said that Nawaz Sharif was his friend and he would give him good advice.

He also expressed his desire to form a united opposition based on the reservations about the elections.

February 16, 2024 05:05 PM
Election tribunals formed for Sindh and Balochistan

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Friday announced the formation of election tribunals for Sindh and Balochistan provinces to address the complaints of election irregularities, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The tribunals will consist of judges from the high courts and will hear the pleas of the candidates and parties who have challenged the results of the general elections.

According to the notification, four tribunals have been set up for Sindh province, while three tribunals have been established for Balochistan province.

For the Karachi division, the tribunals comprising Justice Muhammad Karim Khan Agha and Justice Adnan Iqbal Chaudhry will conduct the hearings. Justice Muhammad Iqbal will hear pleas related to Sukkur and Shaheed Benazirabad divisions, while Justice Amjad Ali will deal with electoral issues on Mirpur Khas and Hyderabad divisions. Justice Muhammad Saleem will hear election complaints related to Larkana division.

In Balochistan, Election Tribunal One will consist of Abdullah Baloch, Election Tribunal Two will consist of Justice Rozi Khan, while Tribunal Three will consist of Justice Muhammad Amir Nawaz Rana.

The tribunals will start functioning from next week and will dispose of the cases within four months as per the law.

February 16, 2024 04:48 PM
PTI govt’s dictatorial behavior was cause of no-confidence motion, says Akhtar Mengal 

Baluchistan National Party (BNP) chief Sardar Akhtar Mengal said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government’s dictatorial behavior was the cause of no-confidence motion against it, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Friday.

In a statement in response to Maulana Fazlur Rehman's revelations, he said PTI's behaviour forced all parties to come together.

None of this would have happened if the PTI government had taken the opposition along with it, he said.

He said that former Army Chief General Bajwa had asked us not to bring no-confidence motion.

Sardar Akhtar Mengal claimed that General Bajwa had agreed to dissolve the assemblies and conduct new elections to Imran Khan.

Shehbaz Sharif was afraid that if Imran Khan was not removed, he would vote him out of the election, he revealed.

After that, Maulana Fazlur Rehman also organized Iftar at Sindh House and after Iftar, we met General Bajwa, he further revealed.

He said Asif Zardari, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Khalid Magsi and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari were also present in the meeting.

General Faiz was the Corps Commander Peshawar at the time of no confidence movement, he did not have any meeting.

“When the no-confidence motion was passed, I was out of the country,” the BNP chief said.

In the meeting with Mian Shehbaz Sharif in Lahore, there was a discussion about distrust, Akhtar Mengal said.

 

February 16, 2024 04:15 PM 4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV
4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

♦ PTI claims it was deprived of 85 National Assembly seats ‘through fraud’: Leaders present Forms 45 before international media at joint presser in Islamabad: Says PTI won 177 NA seats: Party to take constitutional and legal steps in this regard

♦ Marriyum Aurangzeb and Ata Tarar assail rivals on rigging ‘cry’ in elections

♦ PPP hits back at Maulana Fazl over no-confidence move allegations: Faisal Kundi says JUI chief benefited most from no-confidence move against Imran Khan: General Faiz Hameed was not even ISI chief at the time of no-trust motion: Bilawal to announce nominees for slots of Sindh, Balochistan chief ministers

♦ SJC decides not to summon ex-judge Mazahir Naqvi’s sons as witnesses

♦ Supreme Court fixes for hearing ZAB reference on Tuesday

♦ IHC upholds Amir Muqam’s victory in NA-11

♦ Qureshi challenges his conviction in cipher case

♦ PML-Q eyes top post in Punjab Assembly

♦ PHC grants protective bail to PTI PM nominee in all cases

♦ Capt Safdar ‘welcomes’ PTI getting closer to Maulana Fazl

♦ Aun Chaudhry says he is the true winner of NA-128

♦ Earthquake jolts Swat, Mingora

♦ Imran Khan challenges his convictions in cipher, Toshakhana, Iddat cases

♦ Supreme Court to hear petition against ‘unfair’ elections

♦ PTI revives contact with Jamaat-e-Islami

♦ PTI-backed newly-elected MNA Aslam Ghumman ‘abducted’ from Sialkot

♦ Prabowo cruising to Indonesia presidency halfway through count

♦ Israel faces fresh US calls against attack on Rafah

♦ US shows ‘concern’ over reports of intimidation, voter suppression in Pakistan: National Security Council spokesman John Kirby says US ‘closely watching the poll process’

♦ Punjab CM Naqvi reviews progress on Services Hospital’s new lab, diagnostic centre

♦ Ex-army chief Bajwa, former ISI DG Faiz were behind no-trust move against Imran: Fazl

♦ GDA stages sit-in after blocking M-9 in Hyderabad against rigging

♦ Punjab Police demand Rs200 million for PSL security

♦ 12 more children die of pneumonia across Punjab

♦ 3 die as cylinder blast destroys house in Peshawar

♦ 11 killed in fire at Indian paint factory

♦ World Bank endorses new Afghanistan approach which could unlock $300 million

♦ Israel starts Air strikes in southern Lebanon after Gaza

♦ India slapped with five-run penalty for Ashwin mid-pitch running

♦ New Zealand win South Africa Test series for first time

February 16, 2024 03:04 PM Qureshi challenges his conviction in cipher case
Qureshi challenges his conviction in cipher case

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice-Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday filed an appeal in Islamabad High Court challenging his conviction in the cipher case, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The trial court had awarded 10-year jail to the PTI leader in the case.

The former foreign minister through a counsel requested the high court to suspend his conviction by the trial court and release him on bail.

It is pertinent to mention here that the PTI founder Imran Khan and Qureshi awarded 10-year prison sentences in the cipher case for leaking official secret documents.

 

Reporter Ehtisham Kayani

February 16, 2024 02:46 PM SJC decides not to summon ex-judge Mazahir Naqvi’s sons as witnesses
SJC decides not to summon ex-judge Mazahir Naqvi’s sons as witnesses

The Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) has decided not to summon sons of former Supreme Court judge Mazahir Ali Akbar Naqvi as witnesses in a case of misconduct against him, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

During its proceedings on Friday, the SJC directed the Attorney General for Pakistan to withdraw the notices to the extent of Mazahir Naqvi's sons.

The open meeting of the Supreme Judicial Council was held under the chairmanship of Chief Justice Qazi Faiz Isa which recorded the statements of four witnesses regarding the allotment of government plots to now-resigned judge Mazahir Naqvi.

The SJC adjourned further proceedings indefinitely.

Mazahir says SJC has no jurisdiction

Earlier, Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi said that after his resignation, the Supreme Judicial Council has “no jurisdiction to initiate or continue with any proceedings” against him.

The former judge is facing an inquiry over allegations of misconduct, a show-cause notice about which was issued in October last year.

In a letter penned to Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa and all top court judges in December, he had stated that the treatment meted out to him by the SJC was “nothing short of disgraceful”.

After the apex court last month turned down his request to stay the proceedings, Justice Naqvi had tendered his resignation citing “circumstances which are a matter of public knowledge and to some extent public record”. His resignation was subsequently accepted by the president.

However, the SJC continued with the proceedings against him even though it awaits the outcome of an intra-court appeal by the federal government challenging an SC judgement (Afiya Shehrbano Zia) related to the jurisdiction over retired or resigned judges.

Yesterday, the SJC was informed that a private developer, Lahore Smart City (Pvt) Ltd, issued one of the two banker cheques of Rs50 million each for buying a residential plot in favour of Justice Naqvi.

In a letter to the SJC secretary, Mazahir Naqvi said that he was conveyed the Council’s order dated January 12 which showed that proceedings against him continued despite him having resigned and no longer remaining a SC judge after President Arif Alvi accepted his resignation.

The letter emerged on Friday and was not dated.

Noting that the Council was continuing with the proceedings under Article 209 of the Constitution, he stated: “This is to inform that as per the law and the Constitution as it stands today as well as past precedents, the SJC has no jurisdiction to initiate or continue with any proceedings under Article 209 of the Constitution in any matter pertaining to a person who is no longer holding the office of superior court i.e. high court or Supreme Court.”

The former judge further said that the January 12 order and subsequent proceedings were “illegal and without lawful authority”. He asserted that the SJC was “acting beyond its jurisdiction”.

“Therefore, I am neither obliged nor legally or constitutionally bound to participate in these proceedings which are without constitutional domain,” Justice Naqvi wrote.

Noting that Khawaja Harris Ahmad was representing him before the council, he said the power of attorney extended to the lawyer was “no more in [the] field and has become infructuous” as he was no longer a SC judge.

“However, to resolve any ambiguity in this regard, the power of attorney is hereby withdrawn and stands cancelled by the undersigned. You are therefore requested to inform the SJC accordingly,” the letter stated.

 

Reporter Amanat Gishkori

February 16, 2024 01:18 PM
Supreme Court fixes for hearing ZAB reference on Tuesday

The Supreme Court has scheduled the hearing of presidential reference against the execution of former prime minister and PPP founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on February 20, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Friday.

A nine-member larger bench headed by Chief Justice Qazi Faiz Isa will conduct the hearing of the case.

Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, Justice Yahya Afridi, Justice Aminuddin, Justice Jamal Mandukhel, Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, Justice Hasan Azhar Rizvi and Justice Musrat Hilali are also part of the 9-member larger bench.

In this regard, the Supreme Court issued notices to the parties in the case.

Reporter: Amanat Gishkori

February 16, 2024 01:15 PM 1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV
1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

♦ PPP hits back at Maulana Fazl over no-confidence move allegations: Faisal Kundi says JUI chief benefited most from no-confidence move against Imran Khan: General Faiz Hameed was not even ISI chief at the time of no-trust motion: Bilawal to announce nominees for slots of Sindh, Balochistan chief ministers

♦ Imran Khan challenges his convictions in cipher, Toshakhana, Iddat cases

♦ Supreme Court to hear petition against ‘unfair’ elections

♦ PTI revives contact with Jamaat-e-Islami

♦ PTI-backed newly-elected MNA Aslam Ghumman ‘abducted’ from Sialkot

♦ US shows ‘concern’ over reports of intimidation, voter suppression in Pakistan: National Security Council spokesman John Kirby says US ‘closely watching the poll process’

♦ Punjab CM Naqvi reviews progress on Services Hospital’s new lab, diagnostic centre

♦ Ex-army chief Bajwa, former ISI DG Faiz were behind no-trust move against Imran: Fazl

♦ GDA stages sit-in after blocking M-9 in Hyderabad against rigging

♦ Punjab Police demand Rs200 million for PSL security

♦ 12 more children die of pneumonia across Punjab

♦ 3 die as cylinder blast destroys house in Peshawar

♦ 11 killed in fire at Indian paint factory

♦ World Bank endorses new Afghanistan approach which could unlock $300 million

♦ Israel starts Air strikes in southern Lebanon after Gaza

♦ India slapped with five-run penalty for Ashwin mid-pitch running

♦ New Zealand win South Africa Test series for first time

February 16, 2024 12:41 PM
3 die as cylinder blast destroys house in Peshawar

Three members of a family died while four others injured when a gas cylinder blast destroyed a house in Peshawar on Friday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

According to details, the incident occurred in a house in the vicinity of Peshawar city. As a result of the blast, roof of the house caved in.

Three men died while four others got injured in the incident.

Rescue teams reached the spot and shifted the injured and dead to nearby hospital.

 

Reporter Amir Shahzad

 

February 16, 2024 10:43 AM Imran Khan challenges his convictions in cipher Toshakhana, Iddat cases
Imran Khan challenges his convictions in cipher and Toshakhana cases

 

PTI founder chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan has challenged his convictions in cipher and Toshakhana cases in Islamabad High Court (IHC), reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Appeals against conviction in cipher and Toshakhana cases were filed in the IHC by Barrister Salman Safdar and Barrister Ali Zafar.

Through the appeals, the PTI founder prayed the court to annul the convictions in both cases and until the final decision the sentences be suspended and he be released on bail.

The appeals stated that the cipher case trial which began on August 15, there was violation of the due process as it was not conducted in accordance with legal procedure.

Imran Khan pleaded the statements of 10 prosecution witnesses recorded in the absence of his lawyers. Then state counsels were appointed without issuing him a notice, he added.

He further said he tried to bring to the notice of the trial court his fundamental rights under Article 10A.

Imran Khan said the trial court's decision dated January 30 is against the fundamental principles of fair trial.

Earlier, there were reports that Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi’s conviction in Iddat case has also been filed in the sessions court.

PTI senior counsel Sardar Latif Khosa confirmed to journalists outside the IHC that the appeals against the three convictions have been filed.

Three convictions

On January 30, Imran Khan and his close aide, former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, had been sentenced to 10 years in jail in cipher case related to the leaking of state secrets.

The special court set up at a prison in Rawalpindi had announced the sentence in the cipher case, which pertained to a diplomatic cable that Imran Khan claimed proved his allegation that his removal from power in 2022 was a US conspiracy.

On January 31, an anti-graft court had jailed Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Khan for 14 years each on charges of illegally selling state gifts. The sentence in the Toshakhana case also included a 10-year disqualification from holding public office.

Bushra Khan, commonly known as Bushra Bibi, had, however, been allowed by authorities to serve her sentence at Imran Khan's Islamabad hilltop mansion at Banigala. Later, Bushra Bibi had moved the court to allow her to undergo her sentence in prison and not at Banigala residence, which the authorities turned into a sub-jail.

The third conviction in merely one week came in Iddat case. On February 3, a court in Islamabad had sentenced the PTI leader and his spouse Bushra Bibi to seven years in jail, along with a Rs0.5 million fine each, for “contracting marriage during the ‘Iddat’ (period of waiting)” of the former first lady.

The judge set aside the ‘nikah’ of Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi solemnised on January 1, 2018, as he announced the sentence under Section 496 of the Pakistan Penal Code. According to the court, the ‘nikah’ was solemnised during the “mandatory Iddat period” of Bushra Bibi.

 

Reporter Ehtedham Kayani

February 15, 2024 11:04 PM
PTI team meets JUI chief to 'muster support for PM candidate'

A PTI delegation Thursday night met Jamiat Ulema Islam (JUI) chief Fazlur Rehman to muster the latter’s support for the former’s candidate for the premiership, sources said on Thursday evening.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman welcomed the PTI delegation which was led by the former National Assembly Asad Qaiser.  The ongoing political situation and election results came under discussion during the meeting.

According to the sources, the PTI delegation conveyed the message of the party founder to Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

Following the meeting, the leaders of both parties addressed a press conference and described the election as 'unfair'.

“JUI and PTI agree that the elections were not transparent,” JUI leader Hafiz Hamdullah said.

He added: “The JUI rejects rigged elections. The February 8 elections were fake."

Barrister Saif said: “The mandate of the people was stolen. The nation and political parties do not accept this election. The PTI has announced a protest on Saturday. The demonstration will continue until the people get their right."

In an informal conversation with the 24NewsHD TV channel earlier, the JUI chief revealed that ex-COAS Qamar Javed Bajwa and former ISI DG were behind bringing the no-confidence motion against former prime minister Imran Khan. “The no-confidence motion was brought at the behest of the then Army Chief and ISI DG.”

He added: “General Faiz Hameed came to me to make me lead the movement within the system. I refused ... when all the political parties came together, I became a supporter.

“Bajwa Sahib and General Faiz Hameed urged all political parties to bring in the no-confidence motion

“In the presence of Mr Bajwa and Faiz, all the political parties agreed on the no-confidence motion.

Earlier in the day,  The PTI nominated the party’s secretary general Omar Ayub as its candidate for the prime minister’s slot.

Asad Qaiser said that Omar Ayub would be the party’s candidate for the PM post.

Asad Qaiser said that he was given an 'assignment' to engage with all political parties, specifically mentioning JUI-F, ANP and QWP.

“We want we all to form a strategy against the mandate that was stolen. This was the worst and most rigged election in our history,” he said, adding that polls lacked 'credibility'.

February 15, 2024 10:10 PM
JUI not to form govt in Balochistan as well

After deciding to sit in opposition in the National Assembly, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Pakistan (JUI) has also decided not to become part of the government in Balochistan as well where it had won 10 seats in the provincial assembly, reported 24NewsHD TV channel Thursday.

The president of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam f Balochistan, Maulana Abdul Wasay, announced that the party will not join any government in Pakistan.

He said that he has made this decision after consulting with his party members and allies. He added that he will continue to work for the welfare of the people of Balochistan and the country.

February 15, 2024 09:51 PM
Pakistan detects Indian Navy covertly observing naval drill

Pakistan Navy's warships and aircraft detected the presence of Indian Navy ships, submarines, and aircraft attempting to covertly observe Exercise Seaspark 2024 and interpret naval war plans, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

In response, it added, necessary safeguards were implemented by the Pakistan Navy to safeguard its operational activities and strategic interests.

https://twitter.com/dgprPaknavy/status/1758087797125107987

According to ISPR, Exercise Seaspark 2024 stands as a hallmark maritime exercise of the Pakistan Navy, conducted biennially to test the operational readiness and coordination between various elements of the navy.

The exercise is structured around a two-force concept, comprising the blue force (own force) and the orange force (enemy force). Through this exercise, Pakistan Navy aims to simulate wartime procedures, major mobilisations, and complex operations to enhance its operational capabilities.

February 15, 2024 09:46 PM
PTI-backed Independent candidate from PP-89 joins PPP

Another PTI-backed Independent candidate who won from PP-89, Bhakkar Ameer Muhammad Khan Thursday announced to join Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).

The announcement was made after his meeting with PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and PPP Women’s Central President Faryal Talpur at Zardari House, said a press release issued by the party secretariat.

PPP ticket holder Amjad Khawaar, Shahid Hasan Khan and Chaudhry Hayat Mehmood were also present during the meeting.

February 15, 2024 09:26 PM
Independent members of Balochistan Assembly to join a party together

A consultation meeting of all independent members elected from Balochistan was held in Quetta to discuss the issue of government formation or joining a party, reported 24NewsHD TV channel Thursday.

The meeting was attended by Wali Noorzai, Maulvi Noorullah, Liaqat Lahri, Bakht Mohammad Kakar, Isfandiar Kakar and Abdul Khaliq Achakzai, who joined through video link.

The independent members decided to join the same political party, sources said.

They also said that the provincial leadership of Muslim League-N, People's Party and JUI had contacted some of the independent members to woo them.

The independent members said that they would adopt a common stand for the development and prosperity of the province and make joint efforts to fulfill the trust of the people.

They also vowed to fight jointly to represent the people of the province in the Balochistan Assembly.

February 15, 2024 08:57 PM
Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain visits Chaudhry Parvez Elahi in jail

Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, the president of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), met with his cousin Chaudhry Parvez Elahi in Adiala Jail on Thursday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The meeting was attended by Chaudhry Salik, Chaudhry Wajahat Hussain, Muntaha Ashraf and Chaudhry Shafay Hussain.

A spokesman of PML-Q said that the meeting was purely based on family ties and there was no discussion on the political situation in the country.

He added that Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and his family were concerned about the health of Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, who is facing corruption charges and has been in jail.

He also said that Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Chaudhry Parvez Elahi have a very loving relationship and the meeting took place according to family traditions. He urged the media not to give a political color to the meeting.

February 15, 2024 08:52 PM
Ex-army chief Bajwa, former ISI DG Faiz were behind no-trust move against Imran: Fazl

 Jamiat Ulema Islam (JUI) chief Fazlur Rehman has said ex-COAS Qamar Javed Bajwa and former ISI DG were behind bringing the no-confidence motion against former prime minister Imran Khan.

 “The no-confidence motion was brought at the behest of the then Army Chief and ISI DG,” he said in an informal conversation with 24NewsHD TV channel.

He added: “General Faiz Hameed came to me to make me lead the movement within the system. I refused ... when all the political parties came together, I became a supporter.

“Bajwa Sahib and General Faiz Hameed urged all political parties to bring in the no-confidence motion

He continued: “In the presence of Mr Bajwa and Faiz, all the political parties agreed on the no-confidence motion.

“Shehbaz Sharif came to me, I refused and made it clear that we will sit in the opposition. Shehbaz did want to step down." 

He stressed that PTI persons will come tonight and sit and talks will held with them.

Fazl was the president was the multi-party alliance Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) formed to topple Imran Khan’s government.

The PDM removed the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government in April 2022 and PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif became the prime minister for 16 months.

Imran Khan first alleged the US removed him through a plot but Washington denied any wrongdoing. Later, the PTI founder accused Gen Bajwa of ousting him from the PMO.

Following the February 8 election results, no party has a clear majority.  The JUI chief is among the politicians crying foul. He has been out to launch a protest over rigging in the election.

February 15, 2024 08:29 PM
Kh Saad Rafique proposes national government to end political crisis

Senior PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafique has proposed the formation of a national government comprising all the parties in the National Assembly for a specific period.

He made this proposal in a post on the social media platform "X", where he clarified that this was his personal opinion and not the official stance of his party.

Khawaja Saad Rafique said that the current situation in the country was dire, as no one had a simple majority to form a stable government in the federation.

https://twitter.com/KhSaad_Rafique/status/1758036803565531277

He also said that mutual hatred and political tension were on the rise, and that the severe economic crisis required urgent action.

He urged all the parties to break the idols of ego, stubbornness and revenge, and to work together for the national interest.

 

February 15, 2024 08:06 PM
Repoll: Gul Asghar Khan of IPP wins NA-88 Khushab seat

Gul Asghar Khan of the Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party (IPP) won the NA-88 Khushab seat, the 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Thursday.

According to unofficial results, Gul Asghar secured 87,805 and independent candidate Moazzam Sher stood second with 70,186 votes while PTI-backed Mohammad Akram Khan Niazi got 58,301 votes.

 

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February 15, 2024 07:06 PM
LDA City F Block plots allottees get possession letters after 10 years

The long-awaited dream of the allottees of F block in the LDA City has come true, 24NewsHD TV channel.

The allottees got their possession letters after 10 years as the efforts of Caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi.

The chief minister handed over the letters to some of the allottees. He also came down from the stage and took possession of his own plot in F block.

The chief minister said 742 plots of 5 marlas were given possession in F block.

He congratulated the allottees and assured them of providing all the necessary facilities and amenities in LDA City.

He said LDA City was a mega project that would cater to the housing needs of millions of people in Lahore.

February 15, 2024 06:47 PM
Cabinet approves transit of UNDP vehicles’ parts to Afghanistan, extradition of terror suspect to Norway

The Federal Cabinet met on Thursday with Caretaker Prime Minister Anwarul Haq Kakar in the chair.

The Federal Cabinet approved several decisions, including the transit of vehicle spare parts and new tyres for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Afghanistan and the extradition of a dual national terror accused to Norway.

According to a press release, the Cabinet approved the transit/transfer of spare parts and new tyres of vehicles used by the UNDP Afghanistan Country Office from Karachi Port to Kabul, Afghanistan, on the recommendation of the Ministry of Commerce.

The Cabinet was informed that such imports and their transfer to Afghanistan are prohibited to prevent smuggling in the country, however, under the UNDP, the spare parts and tyres used by the United Nations and not for commercial purposes will be let go.

The Cabinet also approved the redeployment of Grade Base (20) Officer Khan Nawaz of the Secretariat Group as Member Finance in the Heavy Industry Taxila, on the recommendation of the Ministry of Defense Production.

The Cabinet also approved the extradition of Irfan Qadir Bhatti, an accused with dual citizenship, to Norway, on the recommendation of the Ministry of Interior. The cabinet was told that the person was accused of involvement in terrorism by the Norwegian government. It was told that an additional deputy commissioner of Islamabad was tasked to dig into the matter and the probe found the person was involved in terrorism and other illegal activities.

 

February 15, 2024 06:20 PM
Caretaker federal cabinet approves surge in gas tariff by 67pc

The caretaker federal government has approved a massive increase in gas tariff per the IMF conditions,  the 24NewsHD TV channel reported.

Sources said it decided to increase gas prices by 67 per cent as the government assured the IMF of notification of gas prices by February 15.

The sources added the increase in gas prices will be applicable from February 1, 2024.

The federal cabinet approved the hike in gas prices as part of the implementation of IMF conditions,  the 24NewsHD TV channel reported.

Sources said it has been decided to increase gas prices by 67 per cent as the government assured the IMF of notification of gas prices by February 15.

The sources added the increase in gas prices will be applicable from February 1, 2024, the sources said.

They said the increase in gas prices is in line with the revenue requirements of the gas companies. The gas tariff will go up for domestic, commercial and CNG sectors, the insiders said, adding that the Petroleum Division had proposed increasing the gas tariff by 67 per cent.

The gas tariff will go up for domestic consumers for the third time in a year. The caretaker government decided to hike gas prices for the second time.

 

February 15, 2024 06:05 PM
PTI leaders jail trial starts for arson and sedition charges

The trials of several Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders, including Dr. Yasmin Rashid and former governor Omar Sarfaraz Cheema, has begun in an anti-terrorism court for their alleged involvement in setting fire to a police station in Shadman and police vehicles at Rahat Bakery Chowk in Lahore on May 9, 2023.

The court, presided by Judge Muhammad Naveed Iqbal, held a hearing in Kot Lakhpat Jail on February 15, 2024 and adjourned the cases till February 21.

The court summoned all the accused who were out on bail, as well as the prosecution witnesses, to appear at the next hearing.

The court also distributed the copies of the challan to the accused, which contained serious charges of sedition, inciting public disorder and rioting.

The cases were registered in Shadman and Sarwar Road police stations under different FIR numbers.

February 15, 2024 05:22 PM
CNS Admiral Naveed Ashraf visits Naval Ships at sea to oversee conduct of Exercise Seaspark 2024

Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Naveed Ashraf visited Naval Ships at sea, creeks areas on the coastal belt of Sindh and coastal areas of Baluchistan to oversee the conduct of Exercise Seaspark 2024 and meet the deployed troops in the exercise, said a statement issued by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Saturday.

Exercise Seaspark 2024 is a major maritime exercise of Pakistan Navy which is regularly conducted after every two years on two force concept i.e. Blue Force (own force) and Orange Force (enemy force). Purpose of the exercise is to plan and conduct naval operations as per wartime procedures to check operational readiness, major mobilisation of personnel and practice coordination between various elements of PN to undertake complex operations.

During operations at sea PN warships and aircraft also detected Indian Navy ships, submarines and aircraft, attempting to covertly observe the exercise and interpret PN war plans. Accordingly necessary safeguards were taken by PN.

During visit of Maritime Headquarters at Karachi, Chief of the Naval Staff was given a briefing by the Orange and Blue Naval Force Commanders on the conduct of operations by respective forces. Thereafter, Naval Chief visited Keti Bandar Post and Battalion Headquarters of Pak Marines at Shah Bandar where he was briefed on combat readiness for defence of Creeks areas which constitutes the South Eastern maritime boundary with India. During the visit, Naval Chief interacted with troops deployed in difficult marshy areas and appreciated their devotion and high morale.

Later on Naval Chief also visited Jinnah Naval Base at Ormara and Naval Ships operating at sea. During these visits CNS expressed his satisfaction on the professional excellence, high morale and perpetual readiness of Pakistan Navy to ensure impregnable maritime defence of motherland and reaffirmed the resolve of Pakistan Navy to safeguard national maritime interest.

February 15, 2024 05:09 PM
PTI Sindh President Haleem Adil Shaikh freed after 171 days in jail

Haleem Adil Shaikh, the president of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Sindh chapter, has been released from Central Jail Karachi after securing bail in all 21 cases filed against him, reported 24NewsHD TV channel Thursday.

Shaikh, who was also the leader of the opposition in the Sindh Assembly, was arrested on February 16 on various charges, including rioting, attempted murder, and interference in official duties.

He had been shifted to various jails and hospitals during his detention.

February 15, 2024 05:03 PM
PTI delegation to meet Maulana Fazlur Rehman tonght for talks

A delegation of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party will meet with Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman tonight at his residence in Islamabad, reported 24NewsHD TV channel Thursday.

The meeting is aimed at resolving the political differences between the two parties and seeking JUI's support for the protest against the alleged rigging in the elections.

The PTI delegation will be led by Barrister Gohar Ali. He will be accompanied by former National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, Barrister Saif and Akhund Zada Hussain Ahmed.

The meeting was arranged after the PTI leadership contacted JUI and requested time to meet Maulana Fazlur Rehman today. The JUI chief agreed to the meeting and welcomed the PTI's initiative for dialogue.

The PTI and JUI had remained at loggerheads over various issues and both parties leaders remained used to calling names each other. However, after yesterday’s press conference of Maulana Fazl against alleged rigging in which he did not rule out cooperation between two parties on one-point agenda, the PTI decided to seek his support.

Reporter: Sajid Baloch

February 15, 2024 04:50 PM
PTI names Mian Aslam as candidate for Punjab chief minister: Gohar

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has picked Mian Aslam as the party’s candidate for the slot of Punjab chief minister, Barrister Gohar Khan said Thursday.

At a press conference outside Adiala Jail, he said: “Our candidate for chief minister in Balochistan is Salaar Khan Kakar. In KP, Aqibullah Khan’s name has been selected for the speaker of the KP Assembly.”

Gohar added that the names of candidates for the National Assembly speaker and deputy speaker would be announced soon.

Barrister Gohar also announced countrywide peaceful protests on Feb 17 against the alleged eigging in the elections.

He said PTI workers will protest across Pakistan with Pakistani flags.

Barrister Gohar also refuted reports of forming a government with the PML-N, PPP and MQM-P.

“We have, as per instructions by Imran Khan, announced that there will be no power-sharing with these parties,” he said, adding that the politics of PTI was not for power-sharing but for the public.

“The PTI is doing politics for the protection of the public’s rights and believes in the supremacy of the mandate and democracy,” he added. “Therefore, we don’t believe in any power-sharing.”

“We will indulge in strong opposition until we get full mandate, but we are in the position to form governments in Punjab, KP and Centre,” Gohar said.

PTI leader Barrister Gohar Khan has urged the Election Commission of Pakistan and the judiciary to immediately fix the cases filed by the PTI and take notice of the “fake mandate”.

“Today we held a detailed meeting on the formation of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa formation and even how to fight in federal and Punjab. We also spoke to Khan sahib over the elections. We believe that the PTI has won 180 seats according to the record.”

He said a party who could not win even 20 seats genuinely was being given the government.

 

February 15, 2024 04:04 PM
Former DG NAB to be indicted in defamation case on March 11

Additional Sessions Judge Islamabad summons former DG NAB Shahzad Saleem for indictment in a defamation case filed by a complainant Tayyaba Gul, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Additional Sessions Judge Islamabad Sohail Shaikh fixed March 11 as the date for indictment. The court summoned former DG NAB in personal capacity for the next hearing.

A copy of the challan was provided to the accused on behalf of the court. The court also directed former DG NAB to submit a surety bond of Rs30,000.

 

Reporter Ehtasham Kiyani

February 15, 2024 04:02 PM 4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital
4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital

♦ PTI nominates Omar Ayub for prime minister slot: Asad Qaiser says party to engage JUI-F, ANP, QWP: Date for protest campaign will be announced today: Asad's brother MPA Aqibullah named for KP Assembly's speaker post

♦ PTI-supported newly-elected MPA Ahmar Bhatti arrested from Raiwind

♦ ECP rejects Nawaz Sharif’s appeal against NA-15 Mansehra winner

♦ IHC annuls IPP’s Aun Chaudhry’s victory notification from NA-128

♦ CDA’s Director General Land arrested by FIA in illegal allotment case

♦ MQM-P says will not enter govt sans accord on constitutional amendments

♦ Elections Pakistan’s internal sovereign affair, says Foreign Office

♦ Court extends bail granted to Imran Khan in four terrorism cases

♦ Firdous Ashiq Awan apologies for slapping cop

♦ Maulana Fazal thinks PMLN and PPP are new ‘ladlas’: Says JUI will sit on opposition benches, invites Nawaz Sharif to sit with them

♦ Pakistan downgraded to ‘authoritarian regime’ on world democracy index: EIU report says democracy slides worldwide amid wars, political polarisation: Norway, New Zealand, Iceland top democracies: North Korea, Myanmar, Afghanistan least: Pakistan ranked 102

♦ Feb 8 general election results match with Gallup survey

Punjab CM Naqvi inaugurates Ring Road Southern Loop3 in Lahore

♦ Punjab CM Naqvi reviews PSL inaugural ceremony arrangements

Indonesia’s Batik Air allowed to launch operations to Pakistan

♦ Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in interbank market

♦ Govt may hike petrol price by Rs1.47 and diesel by Rs7 today

♦ Met Office forecasts rains at weekend

♦ Insulin disappears from Karachi medical stores

♦ Schedule for matric exams announced in Islamabad

♦ CAA announces transfers and postings of officers

♦ Nine more children die of pneumonia across Punjab

♦ UK-educated govt officer arrested for stealing cars, bikes in Hyderabad

♦ World leaders warn Israel against 'catastrophic' Rafah operation

♦ Putin says prefers more 'predictable' Biden over Trump

♦ Starlink satellites approved for use in Israel and Gaza

♦ Australian PM announces engagement

♦ South Africa all out 235, New Zealand need 267 to win 2nd Test

♦ India win toss, bat against England in Stokes' 100th Test

♦ Rohit Sharma to captain India at T20 World Cup

February 15, 2024 03:19 PM
Punjab CM Naqvi inaugurates Ring Road Southern Loop3 in Lahore

Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi has inaugurated Ring Road Southern Loop 3 on Thursday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Punjab Chief Minister inaugurated the project along with cabinet members.

Talking on the occasion the Chief Minister said that the project cost was more than Rs16.5 billion.

He said that with the completion of the project, besides the residents of the hundreds of colonies along it, the entire Lahore will be benefited.

He also appreciated the construction and communication department team for timely completion of the project.

The project includes two interchanges, Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi said.

He said the completion of Lahore Ring Road is very important.

The Band Road will be opened for traffic tomorrow, Chief Minister Punjab announced.

February 15, 2024 02:35 PM Elections Pakistan’s internal sovereign affair, says Foreign Office
Elections Pakistan’s internal sovereign affair, says Foreign Office

Foreign Office has maintained that Pakistan's election process is an internal sovereign affair, emphasizing the nation's commitment to upholding its constitutional obligations, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Responding to the queries of media persons at her weekly news briefing about the reaction of different countries on the general elections in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch emphasized Pakistan's democratic nature, highlighting the significant participation of millions of voters, including unprecedented numbers of women and young voters in the general elections.

She mentioned that Pakistan welcomed foreign observers, including a group from the Commonwealth, demonstrating the country's commitment to transparency in the electoral process. 

Baloch said Pakistan takes its constitutional obligations seriously. It is the right of Pakistanis to enjoy freedoms and democracy. She said any step that Pakistan takes in this regard is in conformity with its own constitutional obligations and not influenced by external advice.  

Baloch pointed out that the interim report of Commonwealth observer group also highlighted the transparency and participatory nature of the general elections.

When asked about the budget announced by the Indian government for illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the spokesperson said pouring in money in the occupied territory can neither absolve the occupying power from its responsibilities nor can it legitimatize its illegal occupation. She said Jammu and Kashmir is one of the oldest unresolved disputes. It has been on the agenda of the UN Security Council since 1948. She said the UN Security Council resolutions reaffirm the right of self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Voicing concerns over the presence of one million Indian security forces in IIOJK, she said these forces are responsible for suppression of Kashmiri people. She called for a solution of Jammu and Kashmir dispute on the basis of UNSC resolutions.

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When asked about relationship with India, the spokesperson said both the countries have had a difficult relationship over the last several decades. She said Pakistan has always expressed desire to have peaceful relations with all neighbors including India. She however regretted that India has an approach of belligerence towards Pakistan and the region. This, she said, creates a negative environment for peace and dialogue and makes it difficult to have a normal relationship.

The spokesperson said Pakistan endorses the statement of OIC strongly condemning the ongoing Israeli military aggression against Gaza and the expansion of indiscriminate attacks on the Rafah city. She said the OIC has raised alarm on expansion and escalation of the pace of the Israeli aggression and warned against an unacceptable attempt to forcibly displace the Palestinian people from their own land.

She said Israel’s merciless onslaught against the 1.4 million displaced people in Rafah is a blatant defiance of the provisional measures outlined by the International Court of Justice in its interim order.

The spokesperson called on the UN Security Council to fulfill its responsibility and urgently intervene to impose a ceasefire and bring an end to the massacre of the Palestinian people. She said the siege of Gaza must be lifted to prevent further deaths and suffering from famine and non-availability of decent medical care.

She said Pakistan stands resolute in its unwavering diplomatic, moral, political, and humanitarian support to the besieged people of Gaza.

 

February 15, 2024 01:02 PM 1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital
1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital

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♦ Pakistan downgraded to ‘authoritarian regime’ on world democracy index: EIU report says democracy slides worldwide amid wars, political polarisation: Norway, New Zealand, Iceland top democracies: North Korea, Myanmar, Afghanistan least: Pakistan ranked 102

♦ US repeats call for probe into rigging allegations in Pakistan elections

♦ ATC orders confiscation of absconding top PTI leaders’ properties

♦ Court extends bail granted to Imran Khan in four terrorism cases

♦ Firdous Ashiq Awan apologies for slapping cop

♦ Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in interbank market

♦ Govt may hike petrol price by Rs1.47 and diesel by Rs7 today

♦ Punjab CM Naqvi reviews PSL inaugural ceremony arrangements

♦ Feb 8 general election results match with Gallup survey

♦ CAA announces transfers and postings of officers

♦ Nine more children die of pneumonia across Punjab

♦ UK-educated govt officer arrested for stealing cars, bikes in Hyderabad

♦ World leaders warn Israel against 'catastrophic' Rafah operation

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February 15, 2024 12:55 PM
SC orders IHC to expunge its remarks against PPP’s Raja Pervaiz Ashraf

Accepting the appeal filed by former National Assembly (NA) speaker and senior PPP leader Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, the Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday ordered the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to expunge the observation it had made against him in one of its decisions, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

A three-member bench of the SC, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Qazi Faez Isa, heard the appeal.

In its order, the apex court said that judges should be careful while making remarks against somebody in his absence. “And if it is really necessary, judges should first issue a notice to that person,” the court said.

The court expressed the hope that from now on judges would exercise caution while making observations.  

It further said that despite the fact that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had said that nothing could be proved against the appellant in its inquiry, a single bench of the IHC, in 2012, had made some pungent remarks against him. “Judges must be careful while making such observations at the stage of an inquiry,” the SC said.  

Former IHC judge Justice Shaukat Siddiqui, during the hearing of a road contract case, had called Ashraf ‘corrupt’ and ‘dishonest’.

The high court had ordered the NAB to hold an inquiry into the graft case against the former NA speaker.  

 

Reporter: Amanat Gishkori

February 15, 2024 11:40 AM ATC orders confiscation absconding top PTI leaders’ properties
ATC orders confiscation of absconding top PTI leaders’ properties

An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Lahore has ordered to confiscate the movable and immovable properties of proclaimed offenders belonging to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

After the orders of ATC, two residential plots and one bank account of PTI former provincial minister Mian Aslam Iqbal, five agricultural pieces of land of former federal minister Hammad Azhar, four bank accounts of Farrukh Habib, one residential property, one insurance policy, two bank accounts and one vehicle of Murad Saeed will be confiscated.

The court on Thursday also ordered seizure of Ali Amin Gandapur’s three agricultural lands, one residential property, five bank accounts, two vehicles and 35 horses.

While another PTI leader Azam Swati’s two agricultural lands, two residential properties, five bank accounts, one vehicle, three plots, flats, 51 percent shares in Swati Enterprises, properties in the United States and Dubai will also be seized.

While two residential properties, three bank accounts and two vehicles of PTI leader Andlib Abbas will also be confiscated.

 

Reporter Jamaluddin Jamali

February 15, 2024 10:42 AM
Court extends bail granted to Imran Khan in four terrorism cases

An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Lahore on Thursday extended the interim bail granted to former prime minister and ex-PTI chairman Imran Khan in four, out of seven cases, until February 19, 2024, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

ATC Judge Arshad Javed heard the bail petitions filed by the former prime minister in the cases of PML-N office burning, burning of a container at Lahore’s Kalima Chowk, Zille Shah murder, and Zaman Park vandalism and arson in court no 3, while Admin Judge Muhammad Naveed Iqbal heard the petitions filed in the cases of Jinnah House attack, Askari Tower attack, and torching of Shadman police station.  

However, Imran could not attend the case’s hearing via a video link.  

Barrister Salman Safdar, counsel for Imran, did not appear in the court either.  

His junior lawyers, who appeared in his place instead, said since their senior lawyer was absent due to his engagements, therefore, the court was requested to adjourn the hearing.

The court also sought a reply on the application filed by Imran’s lawyer for the production of his client in the court.

 

Reporter: Jamaluddin Jamali

February 15, 2024 09:15 AM Pakistan downgraded to ‘authoritarian regime’ on world democracy index
Pakistan downgraded to ‘authoritarian regime’ on world democracy index

Democratic standards across the world fell in 2023 amid the spread of wars, authoritarian crackdowns and declining levels of trust in mainstream political parties, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) said on Thursday.

While Greece became a "full democracy", Pakistan was downgraded to an "authoritarian regime" on the world democracy index. The United States remains a "flawed democracy".

Joan Hoey, Editor of EIU’s Democracy Index Report said three years after the Covid-19 pandemic, which led to a rollback of freedoms around the globe, the results for 2023 point to a continuing democratic malaise and lack of forward momentum. Only 32 countries improved their index score in 2023, while 68 countries registered a decline. The scores for 67 countries stayed the same, painting a global picture of stagnation and regression. Most of the regression globally occurred among non-democracies, as “authoritarian regimes” became more entrenched and countries classified as “hybrid regimes” struggled to democratise.

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General elections held on February 8 delivered a fractured mandate in Pakistan, with none of the key parties securing a majority that would enable them to form a government. Candidates backed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf of former prime minister Imran Khan won the largest number of seats in the lower house, attesting to his popularity.

EIU nonetheless believes there is a significant probability that the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) and the Pakistan People's Party will form a coalition government (with military support) in the next few days. The elections were marked by vote-rigging, and political stability and security will remain tenuous in Pakistan. Intensifying domestic protests will be curbed swiftly by the authorities.

Real GDP growth will be modest in fiscal year 2023/24 (July-June). Pakistan secured a nine-month loan package from the IMF in June 2023, which will help the country to stave off a default on sovereign debt obligations amid persistent balance-of-payments and fiscal strains. The EIU expects the new government to secure another IMF package after March 2024. China will remain a major strategic and financial ally of Pakistan, while relations with India will continue to be strained.

Global democracy score falls

While the number of countries categorised as democracies increased by two last year, the global average index score fell to 5.23 in 2023 from 5.29 the year before, its lowest level since the first study was published in 2006.

"The world has entered an age of conflict, and the contours of a future major war are already visible," said the study titled "Age of Conflict."

"Today's wars are concentrated in countries where democracy is absent or in trouble."

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Western Europe was the only region to improve its score, moving ahead of North America. The EIU study said it was the first time that North America has not placed as the world's highest-scoring region.

Joan Hoey, the editor of the report, said scores fell for "not only those nations prosecuting wars (Azerbaijan and Russia), but for those on the receiving end (Armenia and Ukraine)."

"However, growing democratic resilience and consolidation in EU member states in Central Europe, as well as in Balkan and Baltic countries, ensured that the overall regional score did not significantly fall," Hoey added.

"The narrative of democracy in Eastern Europe and Central Asia can be best summed up as a tale of resilience."

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The London-based analysis group pointed to intensifying anti-immigration sentiment in many countries, saying the political landscape in the Americas and Europe has become increasingly polarised.

"Three years after the covid-19 pandemic, which led to a rollback of freedoms around the globe, the results for 2023 point to a continuing democratic malaise and lack of forward momentum."

"More countries are experiencing declining levels of trust in mainstream political parties and leaders, and succumbing to 'culture wars' of the sort that have long characterised the US," the study said.

"Western Europe is plagued by low levels of trust in government."

The 27-nation EU holds elections for its European Parliament later this year and polls suggest the far-right could rise to become the third-biggest grouping in the legislature.

The report said that Ukraine's battle to repel Russia's two-year invasion was taking a toll on its democratic institutions and practices, while Russia continued its steady slide towards "outright dictatorship".

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Only 7.8 percent of the global population reside in a "full democracy", and substantially more than one-third live under authoritarian rule.

The number of democracies increased by two in 2023, with Paraguay and Papua New Guinea being upgraded from "hybrid regimes" to "flawed democracies".

The top three places in the index are occupied by Norway, New Zealand and Iceland, while the final three countries are North Korea, Myanmar and Afghanistan.

with input from AFP.

February 14, 2024 11:33 PM
Turkish Deputy Chief of General Staff calls on CJCSC

Deputy Chief of General Staff Turkish Armed Forces, General Irfan Ozsert Wednesday called on Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Sahir Shamshad Mirza, at Joint Staff Headquarters, Rawalpindi, said a statement issued by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).

During the meeting, matters related to bilateral military engagements and cooperation were discussed. Both sides reaffirmed the commitment to forge deeper strategic ties.

The dignitary lauded the professionalism of Pakistan Armed Forces and acknowledged their sacrifices in fight against terrorism.

Earlier, upon arrival at Joint Staff Headquarters, a smartly turned-out tri-services contingent presented ‘Guard of Honour’ to the visiting dignitary.

February 14, 2024 10:59 PM
PML-N snares three more independent candidates from Khanewal

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has strengthened its position as three more independent winning independent candidates from Khanewal joined the party on Wednesday.

Raza Hayat Haraj, who won the NA-144 seat, along with his brothers Akbar Hayat Haraj and Asghar Hayat Haraj, who secured the PP-205 and PP-212 seats respectively, met with PML-N President and Prime Minister nominee Shehbaz Sharif and announced their decision to join the party.

They expressed their full confidence in the leadership of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and pledged to work for the welfare of the people and the country.

Shehbaz Sharif welcomed the new entrants and thanked them for their support. He said that their cooperation would be important in solving the problems of the people and the country.

He said that the PML-N and its allies were forming the government on the agenda of saving Pakistan from economic threats and preventing further deterioration.

He said that the mandate of the nation was to work together for the betterment of Pakistan. He also congratulated them on their electoral victory and appreciated their public service.

The meeting was also attended by senior PML-N leaders Attaullah Tarar and Anusha Rehman.

February 14, 2024 10:55 PM
Gas prices to go up from February 1, ECC decides

The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet, chaired by Caretaker Finance Minister Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, has approved an increase in gas prices for various sectors from February 1, 2024, reported 24NewsHD TV channel Wednesday.

The ECC meeting also approved a uniform gas tariff for fertilizer plants and directed the Competition Commission to take action against unfair profiteering in fertilizer prices.

The ECC also directed the Ministry of Industry and Production to stabilize the prices of fertilizers and ensure their availability in the market.

The ECC said that the hike in gas prices was necessary to reduce the circular debt of the gas sector and to rationalize the gas tariffs across different categories of consumers.

The ECC also said that the increase in gas prices would have a minimal impact on inflation and would not affect the poor and vulnerable segments of society.

February 14, 2024 09:52 PM
Keel-laying ceremony of second HANGOR Class Submarine at Karachi Shipyard

Achieving another milestone in the indigenous submarine development project in Pakistan, the keel-laying ceremony of the second HANGOR Class Submarine was held at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KS&EW) on Wednesday.

Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Naveed Ashraf graced the occasion as chief guest. As per the defence agreement between Pakistan and China for the development of eight HANGOR Class Submarines, four submarines are under construction at Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry in China whereas the remaining four are being built at KS&EW under Transfer of Technology (ToT) agreement, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Naveed Ashraf said, “It is a matter of great pride to witness the keel laying of the HANGOR Class Submarine at Karachi Shipyard in collaboration with China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Co. Ltd (CSOC).”

He lauded the joint efforts and performance of the Ministry of Defence Production, Pakistan Navy, Karachi Shipyard (KS&EW) and CSOC for the construction of these Submarines.

The Chief of the Naval Staff highlighted that indigenization was a top priority of Naval Headquarters policy which is being manifested by construction of these state-of-the-art Submarines at KS&EW. Earlier during his welcome address, the Managing Director KS&EW, Rear Admiral Salman Ilyas highlighted that Karachi Shipyard was fully cognizant and completely aligned with the goals set forth by the Government and Pakistan Navy in pursuing self-reliance in submarine construction.

These submarines are a testimony of our commitment to this national cause. He also thanked the Ministry of Defense Production and the Pakistan Navy for their continued support and cooperation in realizing various projects at hand. This is the 2nd Submarine to undergo Keel Laying at KS&EW. Earlier, in Dec 2022, Keel Laying of the first Submarine was successfully undertaken and currently, it is at the advanced stage of construction. The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Embassy of China, CSOC (China), WSIG (China) and other high-ranking government officials including distinguished guests from the Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) and the armed forces of Pakistan.

February 14, 2024 09:31 PM
CM Naqvi inaugurates upgraded Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Rahim Yar Khan

Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi reached Rahim Yar Khan to inaugurate the upgraded Sheikh Zayed Hospital, 24NewsHD TV Channel reported on Wednesday.

The project has been completed in a record time of 80 days. The CM and his team travelled from the airport to the hospital in a local van, setting an example of simplicity and austerity.

He visited the OPD, cardiology and gynaecology wards of the hospital and praised the quality of upgradation. He said that the hospital's facilities were better than some private hospitals in Lahore and expressed his satisfaction with the improvement of treatment facilities.

He praised the team for completing the project in a short period. He also interacted with medics and praised their dedication and professionalism. He said he was very happy to see such an excellent hospital in Rahim Yar Khan and urged them to take care of it.

He said that the citizens of remote areas like Rahim Yar Khan also had the right to quality treatment facilities and that his government was committed to providing them.

The health secretary gave a briefing on the upgrade of the hospital.

February 14, 2024 06:57 PM
Sher Afzal Marwat claims Zardari contact, PPP denies

Sher Afzal Marwat Wednesday claimed that PPP Chairman Asif Ali Zardari was making attempts to reach out to the PTI through “middlemen”, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

“The party’s leadership held a discussion over it last night,” the PTI leader said in a media talk. “The PPP has hinted that the PTI can get its seats back under the due process of law.

“But the PPP clearly stated that its choice was PTI instead of PML-N,” Marwat claimed.

The PTI leader said he would discuss this development in a meeting with Imran Khan at Adiala Jail tomorrow.

However, PPP Information Secretary Faisal Karim Kundi rejected Marwat’s claims.

However, Kundi rubbished these claims and said: “If this is the PTI’s official stance then a serious person should come forward and talk about it.”

The PPP leader stated that now that the PTI was “making up things” after realising that there was no way for it to form a government in the Centre.

“If we had reached out to the PTI, we would have done it through a proper forum,” he added.

February 14, 2024 06:54 PM
PML-N and PPP leaders hold first meeting for government formation

A committee comprising leaders of Pakistan Muslim League (N) and Pakistan People's Party held its first meeting Wednesday to discuss the formation of the new government.

The meeting was attended by Senator Ishaq Dar, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Senator Azam Nazir Tarar and Malik Muhammad Ahmed Khan from PML-N and Syed Murad Ali Shah, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Saeed Ghani and other leaders from PPP.

The committee deliberated on the names suggested by the party leaders for the cabinet positions and agreed that the process should be expedited.

The committee will present its proposals to the leadership, who will take the final decision in the light of the recommendations.

February 14, 2024 05:21 PM
JUI announces nationwide movement against 'rigged' elections

The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) has rejected the results of the 2024 general elections, alleging that they were rigged and manipulated by global forces, reported 24NewsHD TV channel Wednesday.

JUI chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman announced a nationwide movement to protest against the 'unfair' and 'unconstitutional' elections, which he said broke the rigging record of 2018.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that the JUI did not accept the legitimacy of the Parliament, which he claimed had lost its importance and relevance.

He said that the JUI would participate in the assemblies with reservations, but warned that the decisions would not be made in the house but in the field.

He said that the elections were rigged and JUI was defeated at the behest of global forces, who wanted to impose their agenda on Pakistan.

“Defeating the JUI-F through poll rigging was a conspiracy of anti-Islamic elements. Our fault is that we played our role in mending the relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan, which is not acceptable to the US.

“Our fault is that we spoke up against Israeli action in Gaza and supported Hamas,” Fazl stated.

He added that the JUI-F was an ideological force and would not compromise on any of its ideological stances. “Our workers are determined to start a movement based on our history and sacrifices. If the establishment believes that elections were free and fair, then that means the army’s May 9 statement has been buried,” Fazl alleged.

February 14, 2024 04:53 PM
Ch Shujaat Hussain invites Ijazul-ul-Haq to join their political group

Pakistan Muslim League (PML-Q) leader Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has said that various political leaders have honoured us by coming together in our house for a great cause, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

While talking to media after meeting with Ijazul-ul-Haq on Wednesday Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain said he invited Ijaz-ul-Haq for joining the group but he took some time for consultation with his party in this regard.

Talking to media Pakistan Muslim League PML-Z leader Ijaz-ul-Haq said that Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain is my hard time companion and he invited me to join a group.

“I have decided to respond in consultation with my party”, said Ijaz-ul-Haq.

He said the country is in trouble and we all have to work together.

Replying a question that how the son of General Zia-ul-Haq will sit with the grandson of Bhutto, Ijaz-ul-Haq said that we have an ideological difference and there is no personal difference.

Ijaz-ul-Haq said that he has also contacted Tehreek-e-Insaf.

Will you take any practical steps to join PTI in the national reconciliation, asked the journalist.

Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain said PTI will be contacted by tomorrow.

February 14, 2024 04:14 PM 4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV
4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

♦ Nawaz nominates brother Shehbaz for PM post, daughter Maryam for Punjab CM slot: PML-N Quaid thanks political parties for lending support to his party to form govt: Shehbaz says ready to ‘forget-and-forgive’ talks with PTI: Bilawal says wants to see father Zardari as president

♦ PML-N spells reasons for Nawaz Sharif not becoming prime minister: Maryam says party supremo does not want to be part of a coalition govt: No truth in assumption Nawaz is staying away from politics: Irfan Siddiqui says ‘everything is not going on as desired’

♦ PTI-MWM understanding on NA reserved seats may fail to yield result: PTI, JI fail to evolve consensus

♦ Maryam Nawaz’s cabinet will initially consist of 16 ministers

♦ Maulana Fazl to address presser today

♦ Yousuf Raza Gilani will be PPP candidate for National Assembly speaker slot

♦ Deadly vote-recounting takes two lives in Hub

♦ SC summons Islamabad Police SP to court in blasphemy case immediately

♦ Chaudhary Shujaat Hussain after meeting with Ijaz-ul-Haq says the country is in trouble, everyone has to work together: Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has invited to stay in a group and is also in touch with PTI

♦ Aun Chaudhry’s success notification from Lahore NA 128 challenged in Islamabad High Court: the petitioner in IHC requests to annul the notification of NA 46, 47 and 48

♦ PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi inspects renovation work of Cricket Academy

♦ SBP suspends three forex companies over rule violations

♦ Pakistani rupee inches up against US dollar in interbank market

♦ Share prices surge at Pakistan Stock Exchange after coalition announcement

♦ Pakistan to sell First Woman Bank Limited to UAE govt

♦ Six more children die of pneumonia across Punjab

♦ CTD arrests banned Daesh terrorist from Sahiwal

♦ Nawabshah Police register case against escaped prisoner

♦ Housewife commits suicide by hanging herself in Rawalpindi

♦ Notorious dacoit killed in encounter with Khairpur police

♦ Young maid subjected to brutal tortures by couple in Lahore

♦ Stubborn cop has free ride on Peoples Bus in Larkana

♦ Deadly vote-recounting takes two lives in Hub

♦ Two bodies recovered from plaza in Rawalpindi

♦ Four die in passenger van crash in Rawalakot

♦ Major water pipeline bursts in Karachi

♦ Al Jazeera condemns Israel 'targeting' Gaza journalists: Israeli delegation departs Cairo after truce talks

♦ Cricket lovers go crazy as Ali Zafar drops fantastic teaser of PSL anthem

February 14, 2024 03:54 PM
Tyre burst claims four lives in Sargodha accident

Four people died and eight others seriously injured when a truck was overturned due to a tyre burst near Sial Morr interchange at Kot Momin tehsil in Sargodha District on Wednesday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

As per details, the truck was coming from Kot Momin towards fully loaded with workers.

During the incident, four people lost their lives whereas eight others were seriously injured.

According to Rescue 1122 personnel, the injured were immediately shifted to the nearby hospital.

Reporter: Zawar Kazmi

February 14, 2024 03:39 PM
Supreme Court seeks assurance that military will not do any 'business'

Emphasizing that every state institution should mind its own business, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Qazi Faez Isa on Wednesday sought an assurance that the Pakistan Army would restrict itself to its primary duty of defence, and would refrain from doing business, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

During the hearing of the petition filed against commercial activities on the Ministry of Defence’s lands in the Supreme Court (SC), the chief justice said it was a matter of concern that the army officers built marriage halls and raised other structures on these lands. “Please give us an assurance that this practice will stop,” he said while addressing the attorney general of Pakistan (AGP).  

“Let the army do its own job and judiciary its own,” he remarked.

The AGP replied that what the CJP had said was right.

“If you have received any such instructions from the high-ups in this regard, then give us an assurance,” the chief justice said.

Counsel for the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB), on the occasion, said that the building which was the bone of contention belonged to the Board.   

He informed that the allottees got the property registered in their names on forged documents and then sold it. “Now a five-storey building has been built on that plot.”

Justice Muhammad Mazhar Ali Mazhar said how unfortunate it was that the ETPB kept watching the building’s construction like a silent spectator.

The CJP was of the view that illegal construction of buildings was not possible without the support of the Sindh Building Control Authority officials. “There is a need to check the assets of these officials,” he said, adding, “Similarly, the Federal Board of Revenue should conduct an audit of the properties owned by sub-registrars in Karachi.”

He said that the people whose homes were bulldozed should be compensated for their losses.

However, the chief justice said he did not think the Sindh government would ever hold an inquiry into their assets.

 

 Reporter: Amanat Raza Gishkori

February 14, 2024 01:08 PM 1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV
1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

♦ Nawaz nominates brother Shehbaz for PM post, daughter Maryam for Punjab CM slot: PML-N Quaid thanks political parties for lending support to his party to form govt: Shehbaz says ready to ‘forget-and-forgive’ talks with PTI: Bilawal says wants to see father Zardari as president

♦ Maulana Fazal still reluctant to be part of collation govt

♦ CJP Qazi Faez Isa suggests holding plebiscite in Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir

♦ Court extends bail granted to Pervaiz Elahi’s family members in graft case

♦ Pakistani rupee inches up against US dollar in interbank market

♦ Share prices surge at Pakistan Stock Exchange after coalition announcement

♦ Pakistan to sell First Woman Bank Limited to UAE govt

♦ Six more children die of pneumonia across Punjab

♦ CTD arrests banned Daesh terrorist from Sahiwal

♦ Notorious dacoit killed in encounter with Khairpur police

♦ Young maid subjected to brutal tortures by couple in Lahore

♦ Stubborn cop has free ride on Peoples Bus in Larkana

♦ Deadly vote-recounting takes two lives in Hub

♦ Two bodies recovered from plaza in Rawalpindi 

♦ Four die in passenger van crash in Rawalakot

♦ Major water pipeline bursts in Karachi

♦ Al Jazeera condemns Israel 'targeting' Gaza journalists: Israeli delegation departs Cairo after truce talks

♦ Cricket lovers go crazy as Ali Zafar drops fantastic teaser of PSL anthem

February 14, 2024 01:00 PM LHC grants bail to Pervez Elahi in appointment case
LHC grants bail to Pervez Elahi in appointment case

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday granted bail to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) President Pervez Elahi in the case of appointment of Muhammad Khan Bhatti as principal secretary, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Aamir Saeed Ran Advocate appeared on behalf of the petitioner Chaudhry Pervez Elahi while Additional Prosecutor General Abdul Samad pleaded the case on behalf of the Punjab government.

LHC Justice Shahram Sarwar Chaudhry granted the bail application of Ch Pervez Elahi against a bond of Rs0.1 million. The court said the accused was in jail for four months, now all matters will be heard in the trial court.

Amir Saeedran advocate told the court that case against former CM Punjab was established on political grounds. The counsel requested the court that the judicial magistrate had already discharged Muhammad Khan Bhatti and contrary to the fact when Pervez Elahi became the CM, the notification for principal secretary was issued by then chief secretary. Therefore Pervaiz Elahi should be granted bail in the case. Additional Prosecutor General Abdul Samad contended that the appointment of the accused as Principal Secretary to CM want not in accordance with the rules. The post of Principal Secretary to Chief Minister is Grade 20 and is a cadre post. Only PMS and Pakistan Administrative Service officers can be appointed to this post. 

February 14, 2024 12:16 PM
CJP Qazi Faez Isa suggests holding plebiscite in Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir

Expressing surprise that the people of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) still had no idea about their constitutional status, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Qazi Faez Isa on Wednesday suggested holding a referendum or a plebiscite in GB and Pakistan-administered Kashmir, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.  

A three-member bench of the Supreme Court (SC), headed by the CJP, heard the petition filed against the appointment of judges to the top court of GB.

The additional attorney general (AAG) said that it was the job of the United Nations to hold a plebiscite in these territories.  

The CJP replied that he had no information about that. “All I am asking you is whether this is possible.”

The AAG told the apex court that the government wanted to make GB part of the federation, but some international conventions were stumbling blocks in its way.

The chief justice said that India had devoured the state of Jammu and Kashmir by abolishing its special status.

He then asked whether the federal government had been formed after the elections. “Who has been elected as the prime minister?”

Saad Hashmi, counsel for the GB government, told the CJP that the government was yet to be formed. “However, there are reports that the newly elected National Assembly would meet on February 29th.”

Informing the court that the country’s prime minister was the GB Council chairman, the AAG said it would be better if the court waited for the formation of the new government at the Centre.

Advocate Muhammad Ibrahim said that the verdict given by a seven-member bench of the SC on GB in 2019 was related to the case being heard today.

The bench then referred the matter to the committee of judges for the formation of a larger bench on the case.

It also issued notices to the Gilgit-Baltistan Bar Council and the Supreme Appellate Bar Association for assistance.  

The court then adjourned the hearing for an indefinite time period.

 

 

Reporter: Amanat Raza Gishkori

February 14, 2024 11:40 AM Four die in passenger van crash in Rawalakot
Four die in passenger van crash in Rawalakot

At least for people were killed and 17 injured when a passenger van went off the road and fell into a gorge in Azad Kashmir town of Rawalakot on Wednesday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The driver lost control of the van which skidded down into gorge in Hijeera Tehsil of Rawalakot.

The injured were rushed a local hospital for treatment by rescue personnel. The doctors described condition of the injured as very serious.

 

Reporter Masood Gardezi

February 14, 2024 11:33 AM
Major water pipeline bursts in Karachi

A major water pipeline burst near Ahsanabad in Karachi on Wednesday as a result thousands of gallons of water spilled from the HTM line onto the road, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The water supply got affected in the area of Kemari and West Karachi due to damage in HTM's main water pipeline.

Despite the lapse of several hours, the concerned staff could not reach the site to repair the damaged line.

The residents of the area have urged the government and authorities concerned to remove the fault and restore their water lines.

 

Reporter Ahsan Abbasi

February 14, 2024 11:05 AM
Court extends bail granted to Pervaiz Elahi’s family members in graft case

An accountability court (AC) in Lahore on Wednesday extended the interim bail granted to former Punjab chief minister and PTI President Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi’s wife Qaisera Elahi, son Rasikh Elahi and daughter-in-law Zahra Elahi in the Ring Road extension project’s reference until March 6, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

AC judge Safdar Ali Bhatti heard the case. While Rasikh Ali and Zahra Elahi appeared in the court and were marked present.  

The investigation officer (IO) told the court that the suspects were not cooperating with the investigators.

The judge granted Qaisera exemption from appearance in the court today after her counsel told him that his client was not feeling well.

Reporter: Jamaluddin Jamali

February 14, 2024 10:38 AM
Two bodies recovered from plaza in Rawalpindi  

Bodies of two youths have been recovered from an under-construction plaza at Rawalpindi’s Chandni Chowk, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Wednesday.

Rescue 1122 personnel, however, said that there were no marks of torture on the bodies of the youths, who were identified as 20-year-old Falak Sher and 17-year-old Sarim Ali.

The personnel later shifted the bodies to hospital.  

 

Reporter: Irshad Qureshi

February 14, 2024 10:28 AM President Alvi writes to Swiss counterpart for gift of documents related to Quaid’s brother
President Alvi writes to Swiss counterpart for gift of documents related to Quaid’s brother

President Dr Arif Alvi has written a letter to the President of the Swiss Confederation, seeking assistance in providing copies of archival documents about the life of Ahmad Ali Jinnah (brother of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah) to
Pakistan.

The documents, currently in possession of Zurich’s City Archives, are a compilation of photographs, history and details of the life of Ahmad Ali Jinnah and related to late Fatima Goepfert Jinnah, niece of the Founder of Pakistan, a President Secretariat press release said.

The President, in the letter, stated that given the status and importance of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, having access to these documents was a matter of national value and interest for Pakistani people.

President Alvi conveyed that First Lady Samina Alvi had visited Zurich Archives in January 2024, and after reading most of the documents, had taken a personal interest in the matter.

The President has requested Switzerland to gift this historical document collection to the National Archives of Pakistan.

February 13, 2024 10:59 PM
Nawaz names Shehbaz as PM, Mayram Punjab CM

 

PML-N Supremo Nawaz Sharif has nominated Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif as the prime ministerial candidate, Maryam Aurangzeb said on Tuesday.

Maryam Nawaz Sharif has been nominated as the party candidate for the Punjab CM seat, she tweeted.

Nawaz Sharif thanked the people and parties for supporting the party, he said, adding that the former prime minister expressed his firm belief that his decision would help Pakistan be freed from economic threats and inflation.

(2) Marriyum Aurangzeb on X: "پاکستان مسلم لیگ (ن) کے قائد جناب محمد نوازشریف نے وزیراعظم اسلامی جمہوریہ پاکستان کے عہدے کےلئے جناب محمد شہبازشریف کو نامزد کر دیا ہے جبکہ وزیراعلی پنجاب کے عہدے کےلئے محترمہ مریم نوازشریف کو نامزد کیا ہے۔ جناب محمد نوازشریف نے پاکستان کے عوام اور سیاسی تعاون فراہم کرنے والی…" / X (twitter.com)

February 13, 2024 10:15 PM
Mariam Nawaz to be Punjab CM: Shehbaz  

 

Former Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Tuesday revealed that Mariam Nawaz will be the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz candidate for the Punjab Chief Minister slot.

Addressing joint press conference along with other political leaders to announce formation of a coalition government, Shehbaz revealed the candidate for Punjab chief minister slot.

He said he would request Mian Nawaz Sharif to become the prime minister again yet the final decision is yet to be made.

However, according to earlier speculations, Nawaz is against heading a coalition government and Shehbaz Sharif is favourite to take the PM slot with Asif Ali Zardari as President of the country.

February 13, 2024 10:01 PM
PDM leaders announce renewal of coalition to form govt

PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari has said that he and other political leaders gathered with him have decided to form the government together.

“We will take Pakistan out of difficulty,” he said, adding that reconciliation was also needed and PTI was included in that process.

“This is not that we want that PTI does not enter reconciliation. It should and every other political force should, come and talk with us. Our economic and defence agenda should be common. We should move forward with our commonalities and then make the house of Sharif and others successful so we can make Pakistan successful.”

Zardari said that he and other political leaders realise the level of debt in the country and are aware of the issues affecting the country.

“Looking at everything, we have thought and decided to sit together. We have contested elections against each other but despite that, it is not necessary that [we fight] forever. Opposition happens in elections. It was electioneering opposition, not ideological opposition.”

Zardari said the leaders could sit together and talk together and run the country together.

PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif said the political leaders together with him have gathered to tell the nation that election politics of opposition was over and now was the time with the Parliament to form.

“Now our war is against the country’s challenges. The first challenge is the economy. We have to stabilise it which is a tall task. Nations move forward when their leadership unites and decides to end conflicts and take the nation forward to eliminate problems.”

Shehbaz Sharif said the next task on the agenda is to solve the country’s economic issues.

“Today we have united to tell the nation that we all accept the split mandate. I am thankful to Zardari and Bilawal that they decided for their party to vote for the PML-N,” he said and thanked the other gathered leaders as well.

Shehbaz said the other gathered parties with represented him “almost 2/3 majority” of the Parliament after elections.

PML-N President again called for an end to “issues of ego”, adding that the need is for “revolutionary steps” to rescue the country’s economy.

“Come and I again invite the Charter of Economy to everyone. Come, move forward and let’s together promote the Charter of Democracy and end the things we said against one another.”

He said the enemies of the nation should be shown that it is united.

“Forgive and forget. Let us have this charter of reconciliation.”

MQM-Pakistan Convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui has said that no interest could be greater than serving Pakistan for any party at the moment.

“With mutual cooperation, we will strengthen democracy and support Mian Shehbaz Sharif. We have supported him before and will do so in future,” he told a news conference with political bigwigs including Asif Ali Zardari, Shehbaz Sharif and others present alongside.

Siddiqui said everyone must put aside their political interests and move ahead with a common approach to serve the country.

Istehkam-i-Pakistan Party (IPP) leader Aleem Khan has said that Pakistan was going through an extremely difficult phase with inflation impacting the poor and economic crisis aggravating.

Addressing a press conference with political bigwigs in attendance, Khan said everyone had to step up for difficult decisions, which were beneficial for the country.

“I am hopeful the upcoming government of Shehbaz Sharif will efficiently take such decisions and end miseries of the poor,” he added.

He said he was thankful to Chaudhry Shujaat for inviting all political leaders for important discussions.

 

February 13, 2024 09:46 PM
Sharifs thank PPP leadership for announcing support

The leadership of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz expressed gratitude to Pakistan People’s Party leaders Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari,  former prime minister Shehbaz Sharif tweeted on Tuesday.

 “Former president and Pakistan People's Party Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari were contacted by telephone,  “ he said on X, formerly Twitter.

He added that he extended gratitude to the PPP  leadership for  announcing their support to the PML-N

“We hope together we will be able to get Pakistan out of all political and economic crises,”

https://twitter.com/CMShehbaz/status/1757419843664372177

 

 

February 13, 2024 09:45 PM
Leaders of PML- N, MQM meet in Islamabad

The leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and MQM-P held a meeting in the federal capital Islamabad,

political situation and matters related to government formation came under discussion during the meeting.

Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui led the delegation consisting of Sindh Governor Kamran Tasuri and Dr Farooq Sattar.

PML-N senior leaders Ishaq Dar, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan were also present at the meeting.

Both parties agreed to move forward with cooperation Shahbaz Sharif thanked MQM for the support.

 

 

February 13, 2024 07:26 PM IHC to take up Asad Qaiser's plea for meeting Imran Khan
IHC to take up Asad Qaiser's plea for meeting Imran Khan

The Islamabad High Court will take up former National Assembly speaker Asad Qaiser's plea for holding a meeting with PTI founder Imran Khan in Adiala Jail tomorrow.

According to 24NewsHD TV channel, the court of Justice Mian Gul Hasan will take the matter. Asad Qaiser filed the application through advocate Ayesha Khalid.

The petition contended that the jail authorities were approached to meet the PTI founder but they refused to hold the meeting. 

As a member of PTI, it is the fundamental right of the petitioner to meet the party founder in jail, it added requesting the court to pass orders for letting him meet Imran Khan.

February 13, 2024 06:41 PM
NA-64 vote recount: Salik Hussain’s retains victory

Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid  candidate Chaudhary Salik Hussain retained the victory in NA-64 Gujrat in vote recount

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-backed candidate Qaisara Elahi requested the recount which was done in the presence of the returning officer. The official results showed a cut of 4000 votes for Salik.

The PML-Q candidate secured 100,379 votes, while Qaisra, the spouse of former Punjab chief minister Parvez Elahi, got 89,795 votes.

 

February 13, 2024 06:37 PM
PTI-backed candidates declared winner from PK-20 and PK-21

The political landscape in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's assembly Tuesday saw  significant shifts as Jamaat-e-Islami lost two more seats, consolidating PTI’s position in the region's electoral scene, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

According to official results of Bajaur’s PK-20, PTI- backed independent candidate Anwar Zaib Khan has been declared winner in the election with securing 12,917 votes.

Earlier, JI candidate Maulana Waheed Gul was declared winner in the unofficial results.  PML-N Shahabuddin Khan remained second with 6,969 votes. JI Maulana Waheed Gul is third with 6909 votes.

Likewise, PTI- backed independent candidate Ajmal Khan secured the victory with the margin of 85,84 votes from Bajaur’s PK-21.  

According to official results, Ajmal Khan supported by PTI won with 16712 votes. This decision effects the victory of Sardar Khan of Jamaat-e-Islami who won earlier, turned into a loss.  Sardar Khan remained second with 8128 votes.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has issued the Form 49 results.

 

 

February 13, 2024 05:37 PM
Raoof Hasan unveils PTI's decisions after meeting with Imran Khan

The Central Secretary Information of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Raof Hasan Tuesday revealed significant insights following his meeting with party leader and former premier Imran Khan in Adiala jail, reported the 24NewsHd TV channel. 

 Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Hasan conveyed key messages and decisions discussed with Imran Khan.

Quoting Imran Khan, he obsedrved that going to the IMF is not the solution to the problem because whatever the deal is, the condition is not good for the poor man.

Raoof announced that PTI has decided to form coalition governments with Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) in the Centre and Punjab. 

“We will form a coalition with the Jamaat-i-Islami in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for reserved seats,” he stated.

He claimed that Imran had made it very clear that the people who had won the elections should have the authority to establish a government.

“Power wielders,” according to Hassan, need to consider their behaviors.

Hassan said: "On the instructions of the PTI founder, we will form the government in the two provinces."

"It is up to Ali Amin Gandapur to form the government as per the instructions of the PTI founder," Hassan said.

He ruled out any possibility of alliance with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P).

"Aamir Dogar had once again been appointed as the chief whip," Hassan said.

Hassan said, "It has also been directed to hold the PTI intraparty elections soon."

With a focus on addressing pressing issues, Hasan underscored the importance of political stability and economic growth for Pakistan's prosperity.

"The solution doesn't lie in IMF deals, especially if they're not beneficial for the impoverished," Hasan stated quoted Imran Khan, highlighting the need for alternative approaches to economic revitalization.

He said that Imran Khan advocated for increased investments from Pakistan's diaspora, positing that such inflows could significantly improve the country's economic conditions. Khan reiterated the necessity of political stability as a cornerstone for progress.

"Respecting the people's mandate is paramount," Hasan quoting Khan asserted, affirming the importance of honoring democratic processes.

Expressing dismay over attempt to re-launch money-launderers in Islamabad, Imran condemned such efforts and stressed the need for robust governance.

The meeting also addressed PTI's electoral successes, particularly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), where they hold a two-thirds majority.

Hasan said that Imran Khan asked Ali Amin Gandapur to form the government in the province.

He said that Khan expressed his willingness to collaborate with other political factions except PPP, PML-N and MQM  for the collective benefit of the nation PTI.

The former chairman of PTI's also expressed concerned about Pakistan's economy meeting, Hasan said adding the importance of investments from overseas Pakistanis as a critical pathway to economic growth.

February 13, 2024 05:20 PM
Bilawal announces supporting PML-N in Natinal Assembly

Chairman of Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Tuesday said that his party will not bring a candidate for the prime minister's post, nor will it join the federal cabinet, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, he said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has refused to hold talks with PPP, leaving PPP with the only option of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

Bilawal said he was not the candidate for the premiership as his party does not have the mandate to form the federal government, but Asif Ali Zardari will be a candidate for the presidency once again.

He said the PTI was still making undemocratic decisions. Bilawal said the PPP will try to form governments in Sindh and Balochistan, and it will cooperate in budget, legislation and other matters in the national assembly.

He said the PPP will bring a presidential candidate and contest for the Senate chairman and National Assembly speaker slots.

He said that the PPP is not interested in increasing political tension in the country, as it wants to take Pakistan out of the crisis.

He said that the time has come once again for the PPP to raise the slogan of 'Pakistan Khape', meaning 'Pakistan lives'.

He said they will try to form a stable government as people do not want more political instability and chaos.

He said he cannot present himself as Prime Minister and will vote for the Prime Minister's candidate but will not be part of the government.

He said the PPP is forming a committee, which will contact other political parties.

He said they will accept the election results in the wider national interest.

Bilawal said that his party does not have the mandate to form the federal government. He said that two other groups, Independents and Pakistan Muslim League-N, have a majority in this regard and that PPP will support them if they agree to work for the country's stability and democracy.

Bilawal said that Pakistan is facing a political, economic and environmental crisis and that his party will cooperate with the other parties on an issue-to-issue basis.

He said that the PPP has decided to establish a committee for negotiations with other parties and that they want the issue of government formation to move forward. He also said that PPP will try to take the country out of this crisis and end the speculation.

He said that his party's leaders have raised many complaints regarding rigging in Punjab and that the leaders of Punjab had concerns that their problems have not been solved in the last eighteen months.

He said that the Central Executive Committee (CEC) of PPP received complaints regarding the level playing field, rigging and irregularities in the general election.

He said that despite these reservations, the PPP will accept the results of the general election and will move forward by pointing out these shortcomings together with the political parties.

He said if they do not support any party, the country will have to go for elections again and that will lead to further political chaos.

He said no one got a clear mandate in the elections and no one could form a government alone.

February 13, 2024 04:56 PM
Nawaz Sharif should not be candidate for PM morally, says Khursheed Shah

Senior leader of Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Syed Khursheed Ahmad Shah has said Nawaz Sharif should not be a candidate for the post of Prime Minister morally, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

In statement on Tuesday, the PPP leader said that there are many question marks on his election from Lahore and there is a general impression that he has been defeated.

As a political worker, I am of the opinion that we should not touch anyone's mandate, he said.

Khursheed Shah said that People's Party will not include the elected member of any other party with it and PTI supported members assembly should go with their party.

The real mandate is not with these members but in the hands of the people, he added.

He said PML-N should also not run behind numbers, he advised. He said that PML-N should follow its narrative ‘give respect to vote’.

Shehbaz Sharif or Ayaz Sadiq can also be alternative candidates for the post of Prime Minister, Khursheed Shah said.

He said that it is against the spirit of democracy that we divide the tenure of the Prime Minister among ourselves.

PPP leader said that for democracy and the stability of the state, it is important that the mandate of the people should not be tampered.

Playing with one's mandate is like playing with people's sentiments, he said.

Khursheed Shah said that it is the duty of the Supreme Court to compel the Election Commission to take decisions within 15 days as per Form 45.

Right now, the blame is on the Election Commission and if there is a mess in the election tribunals, then the Judiciary will be responsible, he said.

Khursheed Shah advised that PTI supported elected members should decide soon which party they want to join.

People's Party will not impose its decisions, he said.

Jahangir Tareen has taken the best decision, congratulations to him for this decision, he concluded.

Reporter: Rozina Ali

February 13, 2024 04:17 PM
4:00 PM Headlines on 24Digital TV

♦ PML-N to sit in opposition if independents show majority in NA, says Shehbaz: Claims his party has attained simple majority in Punjab and is the biggest party after elections

♦ President Arif Alvi not to administer oath to new prime minister

♦ Imran Khan nominates Ali Amin Gandapur as KP chief minister: Trashes possibility of cooperation with PML-N, PPP, MQM-P: Sharif family country’s biggest money-launderers: Says he will think about nominating candidate for PM slot

♦ Telephonic conversation: PTI leader Barrister Gohar Ali Khan contacted Deputy Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Liaquat Baloch: both leaders considered forming a joint political strategy

♦ Naked Nawaz Sharif fan climbs up Swabi electric pole

♦ SC rejects Punjab govt report on Jarranwala communal violence

♦ Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s victory from NA-130 Lahore challenged in Lahore High Court (LHC): LHC orders to recount votes in the constituency: court disposed of the case by directing the petitioner to approach the Election Commission

♦ Complete shutter down strike against rigging observed in Balochistan

♦ Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) stopped NA-73 Sialkot results

♦ Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) won another National Assembly seat: JUI-F has 5 seats in the National Assembly

♦ IHC bars FIA from harassing Imran Khan's sister Aleema

♦ CJP, senior lawyer spar during hearing of minorities rights case

♦ PPP newly-elected MPA Abdul Aziz Junejo passes away

♦ PTI-supported newly-elected KP MPA injured in road crash

♦ IHC summons PM Kakar in personal capacity in Baloch students non-recovery case: Justice Kayani remarks these responsible for enforced disappearances should be awarded death penalty twice

♦ Lahore police register murder case in woman's death from Defence shopping plaza's roof

♦ Newly-married Badin couple die due to gas leakage in bedroom

♦ Young tennis player Zainab Ali Naqvi passes away

♦ Man commits suicide after killing wife, four children in Chakwal

♦ Giant crocodile spreads terror in Kasur

♦ PSL-9 Trophy will be unveiled in Lahore today

♦ First death anniversary of Zia Mohyeddin is being observed today

♦ 113th birth anniversary of poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz is being observed today

February 13, 2024 03:31 PM IHC bars FIA from harassing Imran Khan's sister Aleema
IHC bars FIA from harassing Imran Khan's sister Aleema

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has restrained the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) from harassing Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan’s sister Aleema Khan, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The IHC on Tuesday ordered “If there is any complaint or inquiry in FIA, its report should be provided to Aleema Khan”.

The FIA should not take any disciplinary action against Aleema Khan, the court further directed.

IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq conducted the hearing of the case.

The FIA does not have any material that is basis for cybercrime, Aleema Khan’s lawyer Shiraz Ranjha told the court.

The lawyer requested the court that the ongoing inquiry or complaint against Aleema Khan should be dismissed.

First, we call for a report and see if it is an inquiry or just a complaint, Chief Justice remarked.

Chief Justice ordered FIA to provide details of inquiry or complaint against Aleema Khan today.

If you get the copy of the report, submit your reply to the FIA, court ordered.

Later, The court adjourned the hearing of the case.

Reporter: Ehtisham Kiyani

February 13, 2024 02:23 PM
SC rejects Punjab govt report on Jarranwala communal violence

 

The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday rejected the Punjab government’s report on the Jaranwala communal violence, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Qazi Faez Isa remarked that he was feeling so disappointed that he just wanted to throw the report into a dustbin. “I am feeling ashamed that only 18 challans have been submitted in the case in the last six months,” he said, and questioned, “We keep raising hue and cry over ‘Islamophobia’ wherever we go in the world. But what are we doing here in Pakistan? Have we ever thought about that? Do we want to follow in the footsteps of India where minorities’ are not safe?”  

Brave personnel of Jaranwala police on the day of violence, the chief justice said, watched the Christians suffer and did not budge from their positions even by an inch.

“The question is how many people involved in the incident have been arrested so far?”

Additional Advocate General (AAG) Punjab told the court that the incident had taken place on August 16, 2023. “Since then 22 cases have been registered and 304 people have been taken into custody,” he informed.

The CJP asked at what time the first church had been burnt and at what are the timings of Fajr prayers in August.

SP Investigation Faisalabad told him that the pages of the holy Quran were desecrated at 5:15 AM.

Later, he informed, members of the Muslim community met and decided that they would respond.

On August 16, a charged crowd vandalized several churches and set fire to scores of houses in Jaranwala, a town close to Faisalabad, after clerics allegedly asked the mob to attack the Christian community for desecrating the holy book.

 

Reporter: Ihtesham Kiani

February 13, 2024 01:17 PM 1:00 PM Headlines on 24Digital TV
1:00 PM Headlines on 24Digital TV

♦ Political makes-and-breaks step up: PPP CEC will again meet today: Gilani’s vote lead reduced to 100: Recount ordered in Shehbaz Sharif’s PP-164 victory: NA-48 notification challenged

 

♦ US is ‘ready’ to work with any government in Pakistan: State Department spokesman says Washington backs freedom of assembly: Calls for independent inquiry into poll irregularities: Term poll results ‘competitive vote’: UN chief urges Pakistanis to resolve all post-election issues through set legal mechanisms

 

♦ Cracks appear within PTI over party’s nominee for KP CM seat: PTI and JI hold talks

 

♦ President Arif Alvi not to administer oath to new prime minister

 

♦ PPP newly-elected MPA Abdul Aziz Junejo passes away

 

♦ PTI-supported newly-elected KP MPA injured in road crash

 

♦ IHC summons PM Kakar in personal capacity in Baloch students non-recovery case: Justice Kayani remarks these responsible for enforced disappearances should be awarded death penalty twice

 

♦ CJP Isa, senior lawyer spar during hearing of case regarding minorities rights

 

♦ Man commits suicide after killing wife, four children in Chakwal

 

♦ Giant crocodile spreads terror in Kasur

 

♦ PSL-9 Trophy will be unveiled in Lahore today

February 13, 2024 12:59 PM
CJP, senior lawyer spar during hearing of minorities rights case

The hearing of a case relating to the rights of minorities at the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday was marred by an altercation between Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Evacuee Trust Property Board’s (ETPB) lawyer, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.  

It all started when the CJP asked Akram Chaudhry as to how many gurdwaras there were in the country.  

The latter replied that the case under review was related to six gurdwaras, and that he had already submitted to the court details of the remaining gurdwaras.

“Why do you want to hide the facts? Why is an attempt being made to hush up the matter?” the chief justice asked angrily.

“Is this because the land mafia is after the lands reserved for the places of worship for minorities?”

He asked Chaudhry to show respect for the court.  

The latter, however, said that he too, being a senior lawyer, wanted the court to respect him.

Asking the lawyer to leave the rostrum, CJ Isa remarked there was a total collapse of morality.

The lawyer retorted, “I have been practicing law for the last 35 years. Do you think you are the only person who stands on high moral grounds?

The CJP told Chaudhry that he was not interested in talking to him. “We want to talk to the ETPB chairman,” he said.

Speaking on the occasion, the Board chairman informed the court there were 19 gurdwaras in the country which were open for the devotees.

“Why don’t you upload details and pictures of all gurdwaras on the website? “Why do you keep saying, ‘Yes sir, yes sir, and do nothing?” Justice Isa questioned.

“Let me remind you that the days of the British Raj are over. Now pleas stop saying sir, sir,” he admonished.

The court ordered the ETPB officials to upload complete details of all gurdwaras and temples along with their photos on the website. “These buildings belong to the country’s minorities,” the chief justice remarked.

 

Reporter: Amanat Gishkori

February 13, 2024 11:43 AM
Three people die bus-van collision in Narowal

Three people died and two others seriously injured in a collision between a van and a university bus near Ada Bustan in Narowal on Tuesday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

According to Rescue 1122 officials, the injured were shifted to Narowal Hospital for treatment.

Reporter: Yasir Arfat

February 13, 2024 11:38 AM IHC summons PM Kakar in Baloch students non-recovery case
IHC summons PM Kakar in personal capacity in Baloch students non-recovery case

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday summoned Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar in his personal capacity in connection with Baloch students non-recovery case, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

IHC’s Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani heard the case and directed the caretaker prime minister to appear before the court on Monday next at 10:00 am.

Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani remarked that the punishment for enforced disappearances should be death penalty. “People involved in enforced disappearances should get death penalty twice,” he added.

Later, the court summoned Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar in his personal capacity on Monday at 10 O'clock and adjourned the hearing of the case till February 19.

During the proceedings, Assistant Attorney General Usman Ghamman requested the court defer the hearing as the Attorney General is not available today, which was rejected by the court.

During the hearing, the Advocate General took the stand that they need more time in this case, on which Justice Mohsin Kayani said that it is his pleasure that he is not calling the two DGs, the Caretaker Prime Minister should appear himself on Monday at 10 am.

 

Reporter Ihtesham Kayani

February 13, 2024 10:57 AM
Court accepts bail plea of Fawad Ch in fraud case

A court in Islamabad on Tuesday accepted the bail application of former federal minister and ex-PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry in a fraud case in lieu of a bail bond of Rs0.1 million, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.  

Fawad was facing the allegation of receiving Rs5 million from a citizen in bribe in return for giving him a job.

 

Reporter: Ihtesham Kiani

February 13, 2024 10:23 AM
President Arif Alvi not to administer oath to new prime minister

President Arif Alvi will not be able to take oath from the newly-elected prime minister, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

According to the TV channel, the newly-elected members of the National Assembly will take oath on February 26. Then they will elect a leader of the house.

The voting to elect a new president will be held immediately after the election of the prime minister. So President Arif Alvi will not have the honour to administer oath to the new prime minister.

The elections of the new president, Senate chairman and deputy chairman would have to be completed by March 8.

It is worth reminding here that President Alvi, who belongs to Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), had refused to take oath from Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif after his party was ousted from power through a no-trust vote in April 2022.

February 13, 2024 12:43 AM
Most PPP leaders oppose PML-N proposal

The Central Executive Committee of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) opposed the proposal of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) sources said on Monday.

According to the insiders, most of the leaders suggested sitting on the opposition benches.

They were of the view that by sitting in the opposition, the party would get a chance to revive what it suffered from the PDM. Independent candidates be invited to form the government, they added.

The PPP CEC took up the situation after the election. The meeting decided to constitute a committee to initiate contacts with other political parties as per the instructions of party chairman Bilawal Bhutto. It will meet tomorrow again.

 

February 13, 2024 12:42 AM
Mengal, Fazl contact over phone

BNP-Mengal chief Akhtar Mengal contacted JUI chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, sources said on Monday.

They added the two leaders discussed elections and the political situation in detail.

The two leaders expressed concern over the recent election results, the sources said, adding that the two leaders agreed to meet soon.

 

 

February 12, 2024 11:08 PM
LHC rejects Raja's plea against Awn Chaudhry's victory

The Lahore High Court Monday delivered a verdict rejecting Barrister Salman Akram Raja's petition challenging the victory of Awn Chaudhry, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

In an 11-page written judgment, Justice Ali Baqir Najfi deemed the constitutional petition inadmissible, stating, "The matter cannot be entertained through a constitutional petition."

The judgment highlighted that the issue of whether Form 47 was arranged in the presence or absence of candidates is a matter to be examined during the electoral process, not through a constitutional petition.

Moreover, it emphasized that the inquiry into factual matters cannot be pursued through a constitutional petition, reiterating the stance of the decision.

The judgment also outlined the procedure of issuing notices to candidates while arranging Form 48, aligning with the Election Commission's statement that notices must be issued to parties before organizing Form 48.

The petitioner may choose to raise this matter before the Election Commission of Pakistan, but the petition itself is deemed inadmissible and rejected.

 

Reporter: Malik Ashraf 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 12, 2024 10:44 PM
PML-N unveils independent legislatures who opt to join party

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has announced its latest list of independent members of provincial and national parliaments who have chosen to join the party, reported the 24NewsHD TV channel.

In a notification issued by PML-N on Monday, it was revealed that a total of 10 elected members, including two from the national assembly and eight from the Punjab provincial assembly, have chosen to formally align themselves with PML-N.

Waseem Qadir, an independent candidate backed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), emerged victorious from NA-121 Lahore and has now decided to throw his weight behind PML-N.

Similarly, Sardar Shamshir Mazari, hailing from NA-189 Rajanpur, has also made the strategic decision to join the ranks of PML-N.

Additionally, Khurram Virk, the triumphant candidate from PP-48, and Muhammad Fiaz from PP-49 Sialkot, have both pledged allegiance to PML-N.

Further strengthening PML-N's cadre are Zulfiqar Ali Shah from PP-96 Chiniot and Saqib Khan Chadhar from PP-97 Chiniot, who have chosen to align themselves with the party.

Imran Akram, representing PP-195 Pakpattan, has also joined the fold of PML-N.

Moreover, Muhammad Sohail Khan from PP-240 Bahawalnagar and Sahibzada Ghazain Abbasi from PP-249 Bahawalnagar have decided to throw their support behind PML-N.

Completing the list is Khizzar Hussain Mazari from PP-297 Rajanpur, who has formally pledged his allegiance to PML-N.

February 12, 2024 08:13 PM
PML-N becomes largest Punjab party

A good number of Punjab Assembly seat winners have joined the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, making it the largest party in the province, 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Monday.

Over 10 successful independent candidates joined the PML-N, taking the total tally to 150. Rana Rana Sanaullah Khan too confirmed it while Atta Tarar claimed that more and more successful candidates are joining the party.

Those who joined the PML-N are Jehanzeb Khan from PP-235 and  Ali Raza from PP-236,

In a meeting with PML-N President, Shehbaz Sharif said the two leaders expressed full confidence in the leadership of Nawaz Sharif.

The other successful candidates from Punjab who joined the PML-N are Sohail Khan, Khizer Hussain, Sahibzada Muhammad Ghazin Abbasi, Muhammad Saqib Khan Chadhar, Zulfiqar Ali Shah, Khurram Virk and Rana Fayyaz.

February 12, 2024 07:46 PM
JUI wins another two NA seats

The Jamiat Ulema Islam (JUI) has secured another two NA seats, the 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Monday.

From the NA-251 Qila Saifullah, JUI candidate Syed Samiullah secured 46,210 votes. He beat Khushal Kakar by 93 votes.

Meanwhile, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Hydaid of JUI has been declared successful in the election from NA-261.

Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Hydari secured 31,713 votes while  Balochistan National Party chief Akhtar Mengal got 27,465 votes.

February 12, 2024 07:42 PM
PTI briefs President Alvi about alleged poll rigging

A Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf delegation comprising central information secretary Raoof Hasan and lawyer Umair Niazi Monday met President Dr Arif Alvi at President House

The delegation briefed President about alleged rigging during the general elections.

A statement from the presidency said that the delegation briefed Alvi on the party’s electoral successes despite its alleged suppression.

https://twitter.com/PresOfPakistan/status/1757041455749591410

The delegation informed the President of the party stance about the alleged irregularities in the election process.

The delegation briefed the President that only Form 45 issued in different constituencies tell the actual facts of the election results.

February 12, 2024 07:33 PM
Security forces kill two terrorists in Mardan

Security forces killed two terrorists during an intelligence based operation in Mardan District, said a statement issued by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR)) Monday.

According to ISPR, security forces conducted an intelligence based operation in Mardan District on reported presence of terrorists.

During the conduct of operation, after intense fire exchange, two terrorists were sent to hell.

Weapons, ammunition and explosives were also recovered from the killed terrorists, who remained actively involved in numerous terrorist activities in the area.

Sanitization operation is being conducted to eliminate any other terrorist found in the area. Local populace appreciated the operation and expressed their full support to security forces in eliminating the menace of terrorism.

February 12, 2024 07:06 PM
PTI-P chief Khatak to ‘continue politics’

PTI-P chief to ‘continue politics’

 

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Pakistan-Parliamentarian (PTI-P) chief Pervez Khatak has rejected rumours about quitting politics, 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Monday.

“Fake news is being spread about me,” the former defence minister said, adding that he will continue politics.

The rumour about Khatak quitting politics went viral following the announcements of JI Amir Sirajul Haq and IPP Chairman Jehangir Tareen.

The JI Amir Sirajul Haq announced stepped down for failure to deliver in the general election. The JI has failed to secure seats in the National Assembly. It got just two Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly seats.

Jahangir Khan Tareen said goodbye to party chairmanship and politics as well.

Jahangir Tareen faced defeat in both constituencies of the National Assembly in the Feb 8 polls.

Tareen contested from NA-149 and NA-155 Lodhran-2 but was unable to clinch victory.   

 

February 12, 2024 06:53 PM
ECP refutes rigging allegations

The Election Commission of Pakistan Monday refuted allegations pertaining to rigging during the February 8 general elections, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

In a press release, a copy of which is available with Dawn.com, the electoral watchdog said it does not deny the occurrence of a few irregularities and that relevant forms were available for investigation.

“Immediate decisions are being taken on complaints filed,” the statement added. “Despite difficulties and issues, the electoral process was peacefully organised.”

The ECP said conducting the elections smoothly was a “major operation” which was completed successfully.

The ECP has said the suspension of mobile services on February 8 created some hindrances in the sending of electronic data by presiding officers.

The caretaker government had suspended cellular services on poll day owing to security concerns. It later stated that the decision was not easy but was taken to prevent any security mishaps.

In a statement today, ECP said the move had severely affected coordination and transport of election material.

The electoral watchdog highlighted that the first result of the 2024 election was received at 2am compared to the 2018 election result which was received at 4am.

“Except for some constituencies, the results of the elections were completed within one and a half days,” the statement said. “The delay in results in some constituencies did not benefit or harm any specific political party,” the ECP concluded.

February 12, 2024 06:41 PM
PTI candidate competing against Maryam Nawaz sent to jail on judicial remand

The anti-terrorism court Monday sent Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Mian Shahzad Farooq to jail on a 14-day judicial remand for allegedly firing at the police during a rally in Lahore.

Farooq, who lost the election to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz Sharif from NA-119 constituency, was arrested along with 10 others on Saturday.

The police had requested a 30-day physical remand of the accused, but the court rejected it. The lawyer of the accused claimed that they were arrested in a political case.

The court also discharged nine co-accused of Farooq from the case, namely Rohail Ashraf, Shah Zaman, Mohsen Abbas, Ahmed Butt, Nadeem Sherwani, Mudassar Abu Sufyan and two others. The case was registered against them under section 514/24 of the Pakistan Penal Code at Gujarpura police station.

They were accused of taking out a rally and firing at the police in violation of the election code of conduct.

Reporter: Jamaluddin Jamali

February 12, 2024 05:53 PM
Delay doesn’t mean rigging, says caretaker PM

Rioters will face the music, caretaker Prime Minister Anwar Haq Kakar said on Monday.

“Anyone, who has a complaint, should approach the forum concerned,” he said while addressing a press conference

He added: “Delay doesn’t not mean rigging. There was some delay due to the mobile shutdown, it can't be called rigging.

“During the election, public security was the top priority. 

"The results were declared within 36 hours. In 2018, the election results were declared in 66 hours.

“The Internet has not been shut down anywhere in the country

The prime minister cited the examples of delay in declaring the election in Sweden and Indonesia and said “We are a country of 240 million with 92,000 polling stations. The entire process had to consume time, which should and can be explained.

In an interview two days after the February 8 election, he said his government’s responsibility was to ensure security and terrorist strikes in Balochistan reminded the people of the real-time threat.

“The government always has more responsibility when it comes to security.”

To a question about the suspension of mobile services, he said that to face the security challenge, they had to block the communication channels; otherwise, they did not have any political motive whatsoever.

“It was only mobile services that were suspended while the internet service was available.”

He said he did not think that this suspension had hindered the huge democratic exercise. “The results showed that it was, by and large, a free and fair exercise.”

The caretaker prime minister said that even though people went out and peacefully exercised their right to vote, for the time being, he didn’t have figures as to how many people had voted.

“Two provinces were badly hit by terrorist attacks, and if it was kept in mind, people came out and bravely voted for their candidates, which was not usual but rather quite unusual.

 “The people of Pakistan are quite brave; they came out and voted.” To a query regarding the change in previous governments, he said there were perceptions and realities, and in the last two decades, the change in governments, like in post-2002, happened on the floor of the parliament.

“The vote of no confidence against the previous PTI’s government was passed on the floor of the house with 179 votes.  “So how can anyone call it an undemocratic exercise and intervention from outside forces?

“Even when Imran Khan was elected, people called it a product of a so-called selection process. But the reality was that he (Imran Khan) was elected with the support of 179 members of parliament.”

 

February 12, 2024 05:29 PM
JI Amir Sirajul Haq steps down for failure to deliver in election

Jamaat-e-Islami Amir Sirajul Haq has stepped down for failure to deliver in the general election 2024, the 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Monday

The JI has failed to secure seats in the National Assembly. It got just two Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly seats.

JI spokesperson Qaiser Sharif confirmed the decision of Sirajul Haq, citing him as saying he could not give the desired success to Jamaat-e-Islami in the elections.

“Accepting this failure, I resign from the party leadership. The JI members worked hard, Allah may accept their hard work.”

Qaiser Sharif said the JI Majlis-e-Shura will be held on February 17 to take up the matter.

February 12, 2024 05:23 PM
IPP chairman Jahangir Tareen quits politics for good

Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party chairman Jahangir Khan Tareen has decided to not only step down from the party chairmanship but also quit politics for good, reported 24NewsHd TV channel Monday.

Jahangir Tareen faced defeat in both constituencies of the National Assembly in the Feb 8 polls.

Tareen contested from NA-149 and NA-155 Lodhran-2 but was unable to clinch victory.  

PML-N candidate Sadiqque Khan Baloch emerged victorious in NA-155 with 117,671 votes, while Tareen garnered only 71,128 votes.

Similarly, Tareen suffered defeat in NA-149 Multan where he secured 50,166 votes. PTI-backed independent candidate Malik Amir Dogar triumphed in NA-149 with 143,613 votes.

Jahangir Tareen's defeat in both constituencies marks a significant setback for his party and raises questions about his future political endeavours.

Out of sheer frustration in the wake of a humiliating defeat in the elections, Tareen announced his decision in a post on X while thanking everyone for their support during the recent election and felicitating his opponents.       

https://twitter.com/JahangirKTareen/status/1757007575810179250

"I have immense respect for the will of the people of Pakistan. Therefore, I have decided to resign from my position as Chairman IPP and step away from politics altogether," Tareen posted.

He expressed his gratitude to all the members of the party and wished them the best. "By the Grace of Allah, I will continue to serve my country to the best of my ability in a private capacity," the post added further.

The IPP leader had contested the recent general election from NA-149 Multan, where he was defeated by independent candidate Amir Dogar, as well as NA-155 Lodhran, where he lost to PML-N candidate Siddique Khan Baloch.

Reacting to this announcement, IPP President Abdul Aleem Khan expressed sadness, saying Tareen will always be the patron-in-chief for the IPP and all of them. He further said that Tareen's presence in any government was an honour for that government.

https://twitter.com/abdul_aleemkhan/status/1757014903733248298

"As a younger brother and IPP president, I pay tribute to him and his philanthropic activities. May Allah bless them with health, safety and success. Amen," he added in a post on X.

 Aleem Khan had emerged victorious in both NA-117 and Lahore’s provincial assembly constituency PP-149, securing a significant mandate from the electorate.

 According to the official tally, in NA-117, Aleem Khan secured a resounding victory with 72,519 votes, establishing a clear lead over his competitor, Ali Ejaz Buttar, who garnered 31,586 votes.

Similarly, in PP-149, the IPP president clinched victory with 51,756 votes. His rival, independent candidate Hafiz Zeeshan Rasheed, closely followed with 47,998 votes.

February 12, 2024 04:07 PM 4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV
4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

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♦ Lahore police decide to arrest Imran Khan in seven more May 9 cases

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♦ Bilawal Bhutto, US envoy Blome discuss elections outcome

♦ PTI plans 'loyal to Imran' oath for election winners

♦ PML-N tally gets boost after winning all Islamabad NA seats

♦ Maulana Fazl rejects Nawaz’s offer for consultation on forming coalition govt

♦ LHC rejects challenge to Nawaz Sharif’s victory in NA-130: LHC reserves ruling on maintainability of several pleas challenging victory of PML-N candidates

♦ Sanjrani, Sanaullah Zehri, Jam Kamal, Aslam Raisani in race for Balochistan CM slot

♦ Rivals challenge victory of Farooq Sattar and Mustafa Kamal in SHC

♦ JI’s Hafiz Naeem gives up Sindh Assembly seat in protest

♦ Punjab CM Naqvi opens new Lahore Commissioner office

♦ 12 women who beat their powerful male opponents in general elections

♦ Investors lose Rs300b as ‘political uncertainty’ hits Pakistan Stock Exchange

♦ Pakistani rupee scores marginal gain against US dollar in interbank market

♦ Solar panel prices jump again in Pakistan

♦ GCU Syndicate orders release of teachers' salaries

♦ On-time movement of passenger trains hits new low in January

♦ Police beat back terrorist attack on Mianwali checkposts: Timely police retaliation forces 13 militants to run: CM Naqvi says Punjab police personnel are nation’s heroes

♦ IHC bars police from arresting suspects from courts’ premises

♦ Three die as truck crushes car on Ring Road in Lahore

♦ Twin baby sisters die as fire sweeps Naushero Feroz house

February 12, 2024 03:17 PM Punjab CM warns against repeat of May 9 violence
Punjab CM warns against repeat of May 9 violence

Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi has said that peaceful protest was basic human right of everyone but no one will be allowed to take law in hand, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Talking to the media after inaugurating the Medical Store Depot warehouse in Gulberg area of Lahore on Monday, CM Naqvi said attempts were made to repeat incidents like May 9, but he warned that the government will now respond with full force of the law against such incidents.

The CM said if there were any objection to the election results or the process, political leaders or parties should approach the Election Commission of Pakistan.

He warned that if violent protests were attempted again, strict action will be taken against the culprits.

The CM advised the public to be aware of such actions. He said the government doesn't want such incidents to happen.

Mohsen Naqvi said shutting down the internet and mobile service was the decision of the federal government. He said Pakistan needs a stable and sustainable government for development and prosperity of the people.

February 12, 2024 02:31 PM Lahore police decide to arrest Imran Khan in seven more May 9 cases
Lahore police decide to arrest Imran Khan in seven more May 9 cases

The Lahore police have decided to arrest PTI founder chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan in another seven cases relating to May 9 vandalism, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Monday.

Joint Investigation Team (JIT) will move anti-terrorism court for the arrest of Imran Khan. After arresting PTI leader, the JIT will seek his remand in Adiala Jail where the former prime minister is already undergoing his prison terms awarded in cypher, Toshakhana and illegal marriage cases.

The police in Lahore had registered 14 cases in connection with May 9 violence and had already found Imran Khan ‘guilty’ in seven other cases.

 

Reporter Irfan Malik

February 12, 2024 01:16 PM 1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV
1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

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♦ Bilawal Bhutto, US envoy Blome discuss elections outcome

 

♦ Maulana Fazl rejects Nawaz’s offer for consultation on forming coalition govt

 

♦ LHC rejects challenge to Nawaz Sharif’s victory in NA-130: LHC reserves ruling on maintainability of several pleas challenging victory of PML-N candidates

 

♦ Sanjrani, Sanaullah Zehri, Jam Kamal, Aslam Raisani in race for Balochistan CM slot

Rivals challenge victory of Farooq Sattar and Mustafa Kamal in SHC

 

♦ JI’s Hafiz Naeem gives up Sindh Assembly seat in protest

 

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♦ Police beat back terrorist attack on Mianwali checkposts: Timely police retaliation forces 13 militants to run: CM Naqvi says Punjab police personnel are nation’s heroes

 

♦ IHC bars police from arresting suspects from courts’ premises

 

♦ Three die as truck crushes car on Ring Road in Lahore

 

February 12, 2024 11:03 AM
Three die as truck crushes car on Ring Road in Lahore

Three people dies and another seven critically injured when a truck crushed a car on Ring Road in Lahore on Monday morning, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

According to details, the accident occurred at Ring Road near Ashiana Housing Scheme where a speedy truck rammed into a car. As a result, three persons died on the spot while seven others got seriously injured.

Police and rescue teams reached the spot and shifted the dead and the injured to General Hospital.

 

Reporter Waqas Ahmed and Rana Faraan Yamin

February 12, 2024 09:54 AM
Punjab CM Naqvi opens new Lahore Commissioner office

Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi on Monday inaugurated new office of Commissioner Lahore Division at the site of former Naval War College in GOR 1, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

On the occasion, Commissioner Lahore Muhammad Ali Randhawa gave briefing about the renovation of the new commissioner office. Naqvi inspected the offices of Commissioner and other officers at the new site.

On the occasion, CM Naqvi said new commissioner office was shifted to the best and central location of Lahore. Now public will get easy access to come and go to the new commissioner office with latest control room in the office.

Earlier, Commissioner's office was in a rented building for a long time, where visitors and the officers were facing various problems. The LDA team worked day and night to complete the first phase of the renovation.

Inspector General Police, Additional Chief Secretary, Senior Member Board of Revenue, CCPO, Secretary Health, DG Walled City Authority, Deputy Commissioner and related officials were also present on the occasion.

February 12, 2024 09:35 AM Twin baby sisters die as fire sweeps Naushero Feroz house
Twin baby sisters die as fire sweeps Naushero Feroz house

Twin sisters died when a fire swept their house in the suburbs of Kandiaro town of district Naushero Feroz in Sindh on Monday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Police said the mother was cooking food in the courtyard of the house while the baby sisters, Shiria and Manha, were asleep in the room.

Suddenly due to electricity short-circuit, a fire broke out in the house engulfing the room. Resultantly, two and half years old twin sisters died due to suffocation.

Neighours came rushing in and helped in extinguishing the blaze but it took some time. Owing to the loss of innocent girls, the grieved mother lost her senses.

 

Reporter Imtiaz Solangi

February 11, 2024 07:55 PM
President urges all to respect, recognize huge public mandate

President Dr Arif Alvi Sunday congratulated people on taking part in the voting process during the general elections. In a statement on X, he said he must congratulate the people of Pakistan, specially the women for coming out in huge numbers and strengthening democracy.

“The youth deserve a special mention, and I praise them for having decided to take charge of the country by participating peacefully in the voting process. They have put their faith in democracy. This belief is very precious, it will write history and must be recognized,” he added.

https://twitter.com/ArifAlvi/status/1756632856179118186

He said, “A true mandate is essential to come out of the severe financial crunch, to make difficult decisions, to repair, and to heal the bitterness of the past. We must celebrate this effervescent new focus and show it to the outside world.

“My confidence in our brilliant future has been strengthened as the people have not only spoken but have shouted out their will.”

“Nothing can crystallise unless this huge mandate of my citizens is respected and recognized. Politicians, their parties, and our institutions must embrace this God sent opportunity. Allah is definitely very gracious to Pakistan. Come rise my people, unite, put everything together, repair and build. The world awaits you,” he concluded.

February 11, 2024 06:46 PM
Two children died, four injured in blast fishing in Lower Dir  

 At least two children died while four others seriously injured during a blast fishing occurred in Panjgur river near Timergara city of Lower Dir on Sunday, reported the 24NewsHD TV channel.

According to reports, the explosion occurred in the Panjgur river.

 The rescue teams swiftly responded to the scene, rushing to provide aid to the victims.

The lifeless bodies of the deceased children and the injured were promptly transported to the District Hospital Timergara by the rescue officials.

In response to the grave situation, authorities declared an emergency at the District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital.

Blast fishing, also known as dynamite fishing, is a highly destructive, illegal method of catching fish which uses dynamite or other types of explosives to send shock-waves through the water, stunning or killing fish which are then collected and sold.

In this tragic incident, innocent children fell victim to the horrors of blast fishing, highlighting the dire consequences of such unlawful activities.

In response to the incident, a heavy contingent of police and other law enforcement officials arrived at the scene to investigate the cause of the explosion.

  

February 11, 2024 06:18 PM
Terrorist ringleader killed in Khyber IBO

Security forces on Sunday killed a high-profile terrorist during an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s Khyber district, reported the 24NewsHD TV channel.

According to a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), terrorist ring leader Surat Gul aka Saif Ullah of Da’ish was killed after an intense exchange of fire.

It said that weapons, ammunition and explosives were also recovered from the killed terrorist commander, who remained actively involved in numerous terrorist activities including target killing of innocent civilians as well as extortion and was highly wanted by the law enforcement agencies.

The statement said that sanitization operation is being conducted to eliminate any other terrorists found in the area.

It further said that locals of the area appreciated the operation and expressed their full support to eliminate the menace of terrorism.

 

Reporter: Ahmed Mansoor 

February 11, 2024 06:00 PM
PTI workers stage sit-in outside RO office Islamabad, calls for electoral transparency

 PTI-backed candidate of NA 47, Barrister Shoaib Shaheen Sunday staged a sit-in outside the Returning Officer (RO) office Islamabad, demanding transparency in the electoral process, reported the 24NewsHD TV channel.

Accompanied by his supporters and party workers, Shaheen staged demonstration outside the office to register protest against alleged rigging in the Feb 8 elections.

The demonstration, which unfolded outside the RO office, witnessed chants and slogans against the retuning officer’s alleged discrepancies in the electoral process.

 Shaheen, along with party workers, highlighted the importance of fair and impartial elections. They observed that sit-in was staged in reaction as the Islamabad police did not allow them to stage a peaceful demonstration.

However, the sit-in also faced opposition from Islamabad police.  A heavy contingent of police was also deployed outside the RO office. The police also took the prisoner van outside the RO office. 

On the other hand, the PTI workers kept raising slogans against the RO Islamabad.

The scene outside the RO office was marked by heightened tensions as both protesters and law enforcement stood firm on their respective positions.

The confrontation between the demonstrators and police escalated briefly, with verbal exchanges and attempts to deter the protest.

Amidst the commotion, a significant deployment of police personnel was witnessed outside the RO office, aimed at maintaining law and order.

Earlier,  Shoaib Shaheen moved the Islamabad High Court (IHC) , challenging the results of the NA-47 Islamabad-II constituency. He was defeated by PML-N candidate Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, who clinched the constituency by bagging 102,502 votes.

The independent candidate challenged the results issued by the returning officer (RO) in the court.

 

February 11, 2024 05:35 PM
Rawalpindi police resort to arrest, shelling amid PTI's activists protest against rigging

 Punjab police on Sunday arrested dozens of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) activists who were protesting against the alleged rigging in the Feb 8 elections in Rawalpindi, reported the 24NewsHD TV channel. 

The police also resorted to lathi-charge and tear gas to disperse the gathering of a large number of people near Arshi Masjid, Sadiqabad, Rawalpindi.

They were assembled to register their protest after the former prime minister Imran Khan urged supporters to protest against the rigging.

To handle the increasing number of PTI activists, a large number of cops started to deploying at the Murree Road and other places.

PTI-backed independent candidates took the most seats in the polls, reducing the chances of the established backed Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to win a ruling majority.

The police also warned they would come down hard on gatherings after the Section 144 orders were in place.

 

Reporter: Irshad Qureshi 

February 11, 2024 03:53 PM 4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV
4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

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♦ PTI defers today’s protest against ‘rigging’ in elections

♦ ECP bars RO from notifying victory of Nawaz Sharif’s rival in NA-15, Mansehra

♦ PPP newly-elected MNA Irfan Laghari arrested

♦ Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal stay in Lahore with an intent to win political race

♦ More independents come into PML-N’s fold

♦ PPP newly-elected MNA arrested in Khairpur

♦ PPP’s Manzoor Wassan foresees independent winner as country’s new prime minister

♦ Cheena group of MPAs to meet in Lahore to discuss govt formation

♦ Punjab CM launches FM Radio ‘Sahat Zindagi to promote awareness: Mohsin Naqvi says radio channel will prove to be a useful project in health sector

♦ CM Naqvi reviews expansion work at Darbar Pak Daman shrine in Lahore

♦ Police officer among three killed in Larkana tribal clash

♦ 12-camel convoy loaded with 852kg hashish seized in Gwadar

♦ Two die as dumper crushes rickshaw in Raiwind

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♦ King Charles thanks well-wishers after cancer diagnosis

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♦ Qatar beat Jordan to retain Asian Cup with Afif hat-trick

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February 11, 2024 01:02 PM 1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV
1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

♦ PML-N, MQM-P leaders enter into talks on govt formation: Nawaz Sharif welcomes MQM-P delegation led by Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui at Jati Umra

♦ Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal stay in Lahore with an intent to win political race

♦ More independents come into PML-N’s fold

♦ ECP bars RO from issuing final result of NA-15 Mansehra

♦ PPP newly-elected MNA arrested in Khairpur

♦ PPP’s Manzoor Wassan foresees independent winner as country’s new prime minister

♦ Cheena group of MPAs to meet in Lahore to discuss govt formation

♦ CM Naqvi reviews expansion work at Darbar Pak Daman shrine in Lahore

♦ Police officer among three killed in Larkana tribal clash

♦ 12-camel convoy loaded with 852kg hashish seized in Gwadar

♦ Two die as dumper crushes rickshaw in Raiwind

♦ Deaths 28,064 as Israel promises 'safe passage' to Palestinians in Rafah

♦ Three UAE soldiers and a Bahraini officer killed in Somalia attack

♦ King Charles thanks well-wishers after cancer diagnosis

♦ India deploys more forces in Uttarakhand after mosque razing triggers violence

♦ Trump threatens to 'encourage' attack of NATO members behind on payments

♦ Qatar beat Jordan to retain Asian Cup with Afif hat-trick

February 11, 2024 10:42 AM
CM Naqvi reviews expansion work at Darbar Pak Daman shrine in Lahore

Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi visits Darbar Bibi Pak Daman to review the progress in the construction of 20-foot wide road linking Darbar to Empress Road, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The CM on the occasion directed the swift removal of debris of buildings obstructing the path within two days.

Naqvi, after inspecting the development work, directed the timely completion of the project. He said the link road would facilitate devotees of the Darbar Pak Daman.

A carpeted road is underway, widening a stretch of one kilometer originating from Empress Road. During the inspection, the CM ordered the allocation of space for parking at the Empress Road entry point.

During the CM’s inspection, Provincial Information Minister Amir Mir, Secretary C&W, Secretary Information, Secretary Auqaf, CCPO, Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, Director General Parks and Horticulture Authority and others officials concerned were present.

February 11, 2024 10:08 AM
Two die as dumper crushes rickshaw in Raiwind

At least two passengers died and another sustained serious injuries in a tragic road accident in Raiwind area of Lahore on Sunday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

According to details, the accident occurred near Bibi Jan Road area of Raiwind where an overspeeding dumper hit a Qingqi rickshaw, killing two persons on the spot and injuring one other.

Police and rescue teams reached the spot and shifted the dead bodies and injured to nearby hospital. The injured was identified as Ishaq Ahmed.

 

Reporter Rana Faraan Yamin

February 11, 2024 09:45 AM
PML-N offers ‘massive package’ to PPP to seal coalition deal

 

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has offered a “massive package” to Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) ranging from the post of president of Pakistan to the chief minister in Balochistan in order to seal a coalition deal between the two major political parties, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Quoting sources, the 24News TV channel reported that there was a huge development in the talks between the two parties as the PML-N offered constitutional posts to the PPP which include president, Senate chairman, National assembly speaker and Balochistan chief minister.

Besides these, the PPP was also offered a number of ministries to the Peoples Party in Punjab.

PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari will take final decision in this regard after holding consultations with the top party leaders.

Meanwhile, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari summoned a meeting of the party’s central executive committee (CEC) in Islamabad on Monday.

The CEC meeting will take place at Zardari House in Islamabad.

According to sources, the PPP leaders will deliberate on post-election scenario and the matters relating to the party position.

Zardari summons Bilawal

Asif Ali Zardari has summoned PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to Lahore to discuss post-election scenario and the matters relating to a coalition government with PML-N.

Nawaz set to meet Ch Shujaat today

PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif is set to meet PML-Q President Ch Shujaat Hussain in Lahore on Sunday.

The meeting is likely to be held at Shujaat Hussain’s residence located at Zahoor Elahi Road in Gulberg area.

The veteran politician once served as interior minister in the second government of Nawaz Sharif but later they parted ways when Ch Shujaat joined hands with Pervez Musharraf.

There was no direct contact between Nawaz and Shujaat for over 20 years. Later, Shujaat supported the PDM government and his son Ch Salik was made minister in the cabinet of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

In December last year, Nawaz Sharif visited Shujaat almost after 23 years to devise future plans.

PML-Q won three National Assembly and eight Punjab Assembly seats in the Feb 8 general elections and Nawaz would seek Ch Shujaat’s support to form governments at the Centre and in Punjab.

List of MQM-P demands

PML-N and MQM-P on Sunday agreed to continue talks on the formation of government at the Centre.

The MQM-P delegation which held talks with Nawaz Sharif and other PML-N leaders at Raiwind comprised of Convener Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Sindh Governor Kamran Tessori, Dr Farooq Sattar and Mustafa Kamal.

The MQM has put up three demands to the PML-N if it wanted its support at the Centre.

The MQM wants governorship in Sindh, say in mega development projects for Karachi besides joining the consultative process for the formation of the federal government.

Both parties, however, agreed on continuing the consultation process and also inviting other parties for the formation of federal government.

Talks with MQM-P at Raiwind

After the general elections 2024 failed to produce a clear winner, political manoeuvring has hit top gear on Sunday as a delegation of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) called on PML-N top leaders in Lahore for in-depth talks aimed at cobbling together a coalition government at the Centre.

According to the PML-N website, the meeting between leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and MQM-P held at Jati Umra in Raiwind near Lahore.

PML-N Quaid and former three-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif led his side while the MQM-P delegation was led by Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui.

PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif, Senior Vice-President Maryam Nawaz, Khawaja Saad Rafique and other leaders also participated in the important political parleys.

The high-level talks were aimed at laying focus on government formation. Earlier on their arrival at Raiwand, Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz Sharif along with other party leaders welcomed the MQM senior leaders.

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Political manoeuvring in top gear

After the general elections 2024 failed to produce a clear winner, political manoeuvring has hit top gear as political parties try to cobble together a coalition government in order to rule with prime focus on wooing independent candidates.

PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari, known as master of political deal-brokering, is in Lahore and a delegation of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) is also in Lahore for what appears to be in-depth parleys which may produce a new ruling coalition.

The PPP and MQM along with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) have won a combined strength of 146 newly-elected members of the National Assembly. PML-N has grabbed 75, PPP 54 and MQM has 17.

If the parties of these leaders succeeded in knitting together a coalition then the 101 independent winners mostly backed by the PTI stand no chance to stake claim at the Centre.

As the elections threw up a hung verdict, the country now faces days of political horse-trading as parties try to put together leaders to prove majority. With such a split, the big question now rests on who will be able to form a government in Pakistan, a country of 241 million people which has suffered a turbulent two years with political instability, an economy on the verge of default and rising internal security challenges.

Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) defied a months-long crackdown that crippled campaigning and forced candidates to run as independents with a combined showing that still challenged their rivals.

Lahore to see busy Sunday

Former president Asif Ali Zardari is staying in Lahore, the country’s political capital and MQM delegation consisting of senior leaders is holding detailed talks with PML-N leaders. The PML-N is also in contact with JUI chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

Earlier this week, former premier Nawaz Sharif had invited political parties, except for the PTI, to come together and form a coalition government, claiming that the PML-N had emerged as the “single-largest party” post elections. He had tasked brother Shehbaz Sharif with the job of reaching out to the chief of PPP, JUI-F and MQM-P.

Speaking to a private TV channel Saturday night, PML-N spok­e­s­person Marriyum Aura­ngzeb said that Shehbaz Sharif and Asif Zardari held initial consultations, but both would consult their parties regarding the formation of a coalition government.

Marriyum Aurangzeb, however, said that contacts and discussions have begun with other parties such as the PPP and MQM-P. She said the mandate of all parties would need to be respected.

Aurangzeb said the PML-N would not exclude “other parties” from the process since they were a “political reality”.

She said the party is thinking about why it has lost from its traditional strongholds, adding the party was not “insensitive or oblivious” to it. She said the PML-N was going through the process of introspection on the election results.

JUI calls for protests

JUI-F has announced to “launch a protest campaign” against the “rigging”, asking the workers to stage a sit-in on the main highways across Sindh and block the key road links of the province.

Meanwhile, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) convened a meeting of the Central and Provincial General Councils on February 14 to decide the future action plan.

Spokesman Aslam Ghauri announced that JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman will chair the meeting.

The meeting will discuss the situation arising out February 8 elections, the party spokesman in a statement said.

He claimed that the JUI-F leadership while expressing reservations over polls results, felt that an attempt had been made to push them to the wall.

Earlier, JUI-F Secretary General Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, in a statement, said leaders of national mainstream parties were forcibly defeated. Mobile phone service was shut on the polling day to achieve the desired result.

Bilawal sees no govt formation sans PPP support

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has asserted that the federal, Punjab and Balochistan governments cannot be formed without the PPP. Talking to a private TV channel, Bilawal said the PPP had representation in all the provinces, adding it would be premature to say who is forming the government. “We don’t know the whole count nor have independents announced their decisions,” Bilawal added. “No government will be able to solve the public’s problems without addressing the political toxicity.”

He was of the view that it would be beneficial for the country if a political consensus was formed between all the parties. “The central executive committee of PPP had named me as the PM candidate but if we have to change that another meeting needs to be called and we will decide on how to move forward,” Bilawal concluded.

 

Reporters Rao Dilshad Hussain, Rozina Ali and Hassan Ali

 

 

February 10, 2024 04:22 PM 4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV
4:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

♦ With reserved seats in mind, PTI says alliance with MWM on the cards: Gohar Ali Khan lays ‘claim’ on Centre and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa govts: Says PTI has two-thirds majority in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

♦ Mahmood Achakzai alleges rigging; threatens to launch campaign

♦ PML-N constitutes 3-member committee to woo independent poll winners

♦ PTI-backed candidates challenge results of NA constituencies

♦ Punjab CM Mohsin Naqvi rejects proposal to hike property tax

♦ Imran Khan, Qureshi granted bail in 25 cases

♦ Mohsin Dawar injured, 3 cops martyred in North Waziristan firefight

♦ Police baton-charge TLP rally in Karachi, arrest leaders

♦ Time to move on from politics of anarchy and polarization, says Army Chief: COAS congratulates nation, ECP, govt, parties, winners on successful conduct of elections: Says country needs stable hands and healing touch: Elections and democracy are way of serving nation: Security forces deserve praise for creating safe and secure environment: Political leaders, workers must synergize efforts for serving people: Political parties must show maturity and unity: Hopes polls will bring political and economic stability

♦ Political makes-and-breaks on the cards after split mandate: Strong vote showing by PTI-supported candidates: Reserved seats allocation hinges on independents

♦ Bilawal calls PPP meeting to discuss reasons for his defeat in Lahore constituency

♦ FAFEN shows concern over delay in announcement of election results

♦ AI-generated PTI video has Imran Khan claiming victory in elections

♦ PTI-backed candidates challenge result of three NA constituencies

♦ Gilani & Sons win three NA and one PA seats

♦ Court orders release of Sheikh Rashid

♦ IPP leader Firdous Ashiq Awan does it again, slaps police officer

♦ US questions conduct of Pakistan elections, calls for fraud probe

♦ Israeli strikes on Gaza's Rafah escalate fears of ground operation

February 10, 2024 02:51 PM
Political parties’ workers protest ‘rigging’ in elections in Balochistan cities

On the call given by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and nationalist parties namely Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PMAP), Balochistan National Party (BNP), National Party (NP) and Awami National Party, the workers and supporters of different candidates lodged a strong protest in different cities of Balochistan against alleged rigging in the elections on Saturday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The protestors blocked roads and highways in Quetta, Chaman, Jaafarabad, Pishin, Loralai, Sibbi, Mastung, Khuzdar, Turbat, Gwadar, Suhbatpur and other cities of the province.    

 Reporters: Isa Tarin, Shakal Baloch and Majid Ali Khosa

February 10, 2024 01:12 PM 1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV
1:00 pm Headlines on 24Digital TV

 

♦ Time to move on from politics of anarchy and polarization, says Army Chief: COAS congratulates nation, ECP, govt, parties, winners on successful conduct of elections: Says country needs stable hands and healing touch: Elections and democracy are way of serving nation: Security forces deserve praise for creating safe and secure environment: Political leaders, workers must synergize efforts for serving people: Political parties must show maturity and unity: Hopes polls will bring political and economic stability

 

♦ Political makes-and-breaks on the cards after split mandate: Strong vote showing by PTI-supported candidates: Reserved seats allocation hinges on independents

 

♦ Bilawal calls PPP meeting to discuss reasons for his defeat in Lahore constituency

 

♦ FAFEN shows concern over delay in announcement of election results

 

♦ AI-generated PTI video has Imran Khan claiming victory in elections

 

♦ PTI-backed candidates challenge result of three NA constituencies

 

♦ Imran Khan, Qureshi granted bail in 25 cases

 

♦ Gilani & Sons win three NA and one PA seats

 

♦ Court orders release of Sheikh Rashid

 

♦ IPP leader Firdous Ashiq Awan does it again, slaps police officer

 

 

February 10, 2024 12:28 PM
PML-N Punjab Youth Wing president resigns

Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) Youth Wing Punjab President Chaudhry Sarfaraz Afzal has resigned from his office, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Saturday.

Sarfaraz Afzal announced his resignation from his post in a mobile phone video statement.

However, Sarfaraz Afzal formally sent his resignation in writing to the party leadership.

February 10, 2024 12:22 PM
Fire destroys dozen shops at Rawalpindi’s Raja Bazaar

A fire broke out in Mughal Sarai Market in Rawalpindi’s famous Raja Bazaar on Saturday morning destroying a dozen shops, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Rescue teams were immediately rushed to the spot for operation to extinguish the blaze. They fire-fighters were able to put off the fire after an hour-long operation.

According to preliminary estimate, at least 12 shops were gutted in the fire which started due to a short-circuit.

Rescue firefighters backed by seven fire tenders and special vehicles took part in the operation.

Reporter: Irshad Qureshi

February 10, 2024 12:02 PM Imran Khan, Qureshi granted bail in 25 cases
Imran Khan, Qureshi granted bail in 25 cases

An anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi has approved bail for PTI founder chairman Imran Khan and party vice-chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi in a raft of cases relating to May 9 vandalism, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The court granted bail to Imran Khan in 12 cases and to Shah Mehmood Qureshi in 13 cases.

ATC Judge Ijaz Asif heard the bail applications on Saturday while PTI counsel Shiraz Ahmad Ranjha appeared before the court.

During the proceedings, the judge turned down prosecution’s request for more time in the cases.

Later, the court granted bail to both Imran Khan and Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

It may be mentioned here that Imran Khan is in Adiala Jail after being convicted in cypher, Toshakhana and illegal marriages cases.

Imran Khan sisters’ interim bail extended

An anti-terrorism court in Lahore on Saturday extended interim bail of Imran Khan’s sisters.

Both Aleema Khan and Uzma Khan appeared before the court in connections with May 9 incidents.

The court extended the bail until February 22 to both sisters, Zain Qureshi and others.

 

Reporter Irshad Qureshi

February 10, 2024 11:20 AM
Court orders release of Sheikh Rashid

An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Rawalpindi on Saturday ordered the release of veteran politician and Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid after it accepted his post-arrest bail application in a May 9 violence case in lieu of a surety bond of Rs0.2 million, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Rashid had been taken into custody from the courtroom on January 16, 2024 after his interim bail application was rejected.  

The veteran politician had been arrested in the case of planning an attack on the office of an intelligence organization on May 9.  

He is expected to be released from Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail today.  

 

Reporter: Irshad Qureshi

February 10, 2024 08:54 AM
PML-N constitutes 3-member committee to woo independent poll winners

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has fast-tracked its efforts for form a coalition government at the Centre and the party has constituted a three-member committee to contact independent winners of general elections 2024, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

According to sources, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif briefed party supremo Nawaz Sharif about his Friday night’s meeting with PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

The party sources said the PML-N leadership has now constituted a three-member committee consisting Senator Ishaq Dar, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Rana Sanaullah for wooing independent winners.

Nawaz Sharif has also tasked Shehbaz Sharif to himself contact independent election winners.

Political makes-and-breaks on the cards

Pakistan faces days of political horse-trading after the final few election results released Saturday showed no clear majority, but a strong performance by independent candidates loyal to incarcerated PTI founder chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan.

Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) defied a months-long crackdown that crippled campaigning and forced their candidates to run as independents with a combined showing in Thursday's election that still challenged their chief rivals.

But after long delays in results that prompted further allegations of vote-rigging, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) declared victory as the party with the largest number of seats.

However, to form a government, the party founded by three-time former prime minister Nawaz Sharif will be forced to cut deals with rivals and independents.

There were reports late Friday of leaders from other parties holding talks in Lahore.

"We don't have enough of a majority to run the government ourselves, therefore we invite the other parties and candidates who have been successful to work with us," Nawaz Sharif said at his party headquarters in Lahore.

Later, PML-N leaders Shebaz Sharif and Ishaq Dar met PPP’s Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari at the Model Town residence of Punjab Caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi.

PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari, Faryal Talpur and Bilawal Bhutto met with Central President PML-N Shehbaz Sharif in Lahore on Friday night.

On this occasion, both sides exchanged views about formation of a coalition government in the country.

It was agreed in the meeting that in order to achieve political and economic stability in the country, both parties should work together.

The PML-N said it was also in contact with the JUI and MQM-Pakistan for talks on forming a coalition government at the centre.

A slow counting process showed independents had won at least 99 seats -- 88 of them loyal to Imran Khan -- by Saturday morning.

PML-N took 71 and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) snapped up 53, with 15 of the elected 266-seat National Assembly still to be announced.

Minor parties between them shared 27 seats -- including the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), which took 17 -- that are likely to be of great interest for everyone in coming days.

If PTI's independents join one of them, they can take a share of the further 70 unelected seats reserved for women and religious minorities, which are allocated according to party performance in the contested vote.

Most of the seats won by Imran Khan loyalists were in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where police said at least two PTI supporters were killed Friday and more than 20 wounded when they protested against alleged vote rigging in Shangla district -- the first serious post-election violence reported.

There were also protests in Peshawar and Quetta.

"Our results have been changed," claimed 28-year-old shopkeeper Muhammad Saleem, who joined around 2,000 PTI supporters marching in Peshawar. "The government should recount all of our votes."

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