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When the Supreme Court of Pakistan summoned Prime Minister Imran Khan during the hearing of the APS suo motu case, the tide of national politics began to turn.

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The Honorable Court first reprimanded the Attorney General and then summoned the Prime Minister in person. Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar Ahmed and the esteemed judges of the bench Justice Ijaz-ul-Hassan and Justice Qazi Amin made strong remarks during the hearing. According to political pundits, the summons of the Prime Minister to the Supreme Court seems to be adding to the growing worries for the present government that always claims "change".

Opposition groups called for a boycott of the assembly. Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Mian Shahbaz Sharif and Bilawal Bhutto have once again stood in the same line. In today's joint sitting of the parliament, a joint strategy has been formulated to prevent the government from enacting legislation. The opposition is calling the NAB legislation and government legislation for electronic voting machines one-sided and illegal. The opposition believes that the Imran Khan government is trying to give itself NRO by changing the NAB rules. Attempts will be made to steal the next election through electronic voting machine.

On Tuesday night, PML-N President and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif had invited the opposition MPs for dinner. Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto also attended the dinner. According to newspaper reports, 180 members of parliament attended the dinner. On this occasion, it was decided that all members of the opposition would ensure attendance in the House. The people who are in the throes of inflation will want the opposition to be their voice.

It's welcoming to see the opposition together. The people may also see a glimmer of hope in their gathering. The purpose of uniting this long-divided opposition is to prevent legislation from gaining a numerical majority. Talking to media persons after the dinner, Shahbaz Sharif said that the country could not move forward without transparent elections. Bilawal Bhutto also assured that the opposition is united under the leadership of Shehbaz Sharif. Prior to the dinner, the legal team of the opposition parties also sat together and agreed that the government's efforts to bulldoze the parliament would be thwarted. This commitment of the opposition is commendable.

In the National Assembly on Tuesday, the government had to give up trying to get a vote on two bills. The government couldn't present its bill. The bill introduced by the opposition could not be stopped. This could be seen as a significant development ahead of the joint sitting of Parliament. In such a scenario, the question arises as to whether the opposition is really united and how serious it is to stop the government. Are old grievances gone? Until recently, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was on the ground in opposition to the government alone, taking the wound of separation from the PDM to heart. Young leaders are also going to be emotional, so while opposing the government, they have been opposing the opposition. Now that he is again standing by the side of Shehbaz Sharif, it is hoped that Shehbaz may have ignored Bilawal's statements.

Qamar Zaman Kaira is a seasoned politician and holds a prominent position among the central leaders of the PPP. Kaira Sahib had opened a front against PML-N on the day when the opposition parties in Islamabad were uniting and formulating a plan of action against the government. He accused the PML-N of having backdoor contacts with the Establishment and made it clear that if the statement of respecting the vote was to be respected then backdoor contacts should be terminated. The incumbant government is intact because of PML-N and these people want the government to complete five years.

There are two statements going on in his party. First unite in your party. Nawaz Sharif should clarify whether his statement is resistance or compromise. Kaira's questions must be answered. Now it remains to be seen whether Shehbaz Sharif's tolerance comes to the fore in response or whether there is shelling from PML-N as well. However, PDM spokesman Hafiz Hamdullah did respond to Kaira. In his statement, he said that the PPP had stabbed the PDM in the back for the post of Leader of the Opposition in the Senate. By criticizing the PDM, the PPP is opposing the opposition, not the government. PPP please, it is not appropriate to make a hole in the plate in which you have eaten. If you want to return to PDM, then consult Maulana Fazlur Rehman and the leadership of PDM.

The fate of the people of Pakistan always hangs in balance because of the Opposition's tactics favouring the government. Perhaps that is why Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry has termed the opposition as Bhanmati's family. He also advised the Opposition to wait for the first two years and the next five years. Every time the winter season comes, the political tension mounts. On this, Fawad Chaudhry mockingly called PDM a winter activity and said that these people just go out in winter and then leave. Given the past performance of the Opposition, this confidence of the government is not unreasonable. Now the question is whether the Opposition will be able to surprise the government in the joint sitting of the Parliament. If you look at the number of members of both the houses, the government has a lead of two members in the number game.

There are currently 440 MPs in both houses. The PTI and its allies have 221 members in the National Assembly and Senate. Opposition parties have 219 members in the National Assembly and Senate. There are 156 members of PTI, 7 members of MQM and 5 members of BAP in the National Assembly. PML-Q has 5 members and GDA has 3 members. Awami Muslim League, JWP and Azad are one member each. If you look at the opposition, there are 83 members of PML-N, 56 members of PPP, 15 members of MMA and 4 members of BNP in the National Assembly. The ANP has one member and the opposition has the support of three independents. The government and allies have 42 seats in the Senate. PTI 27, BAP 9 and MQM 3 are members of the Senate. The government also has the support of the Functional League, the Q League and an independent candidate. The Senate has 57 opposition members. PPP has 21 members, PML-N has 9, JUI-5 and National Party has 2 members. Jamaat-e-Islami One, PK Map 2, ANP 2 and BNP also have 2 members. The opposition also has the support of six members of the Dilawar Khan group in the Senate.

It seems that the joint sitting of the parliament is going to be tumultuous no matter what else happens.

Imran Yaqub Khan

Imran Yaqub is senior journalist and analyst

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Weather likely to remain hot, dry in most parts of country

There is a possibility of gusty, dusty winds, rain may occur in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, North Central Balochistan and Upper Punjab

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Islamabad: The Meteorological Department stated that the weather will remain hot and dry in most parts of the country during the next 24 hours.

According to the report, the weather will be very hot in the central and southern regions of the country. There is a possibility of gusty, dusty winds, rain may occur in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, North Central Balochistan, Upper Punjab in the evening or night.

According to the Meteorological Department, it is expected to remain partly cloudy in Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir. There is a chance of rain with thunder and lightning at few places. Hailstorm is also expected at a few places in Lower Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pothohar region and Islamabad.

The temperature is expected to be 38 to 41 degrees Celsius in Islamabad on Saturday. 31 to 33 degrees Celsius in Quetta, 40 to 42 degrees Celsius in Turbat, 44 to 46 degrees Celsius in Sibbi and 25 to 27 degrees Celsius in Murree.

While, the temperature is expected to be 45 to 47 degrees in Dera Ghazi Khan and Sukkur, 37 to 39 in Rawalpindi and 43 to 45 in Sahiwal, 38 to 40 in Karachi, 46 to 48 in Mohenjodaro and Dadu.

According to the report, the temperature in Nawabshah is expected to be 45 to 47, Peshawar 38 to 40 degrees Celsius and Gilgit 33 to 35. While in Hunza 26 to 28, Muzaffarabad 38 to 40 and Srinagar 28 to 30 degrees Celsius.

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Cipher Case: Appeals against Imran, Shah's sentence set for hearing

Chief Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb will hear the case on May 21

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Islamabad: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Saturday fixed the appeals against the conviction of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan and Shah Mehmood Qureshi in the cipher case for hearing.

Chief Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb will hold the hearing on May 21.

It is pertinent to note that the hearing could not be held on May 15 due to the cancelation of the cause list of the Chief Justice's court. It is likely that the arguments of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Special Prosecutor Hamid Ali Shah will be completed at the next hearing.

After the prosecutor's arguments are completed, the founder PTI's lawyers will give their arguments.

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Naqvi Saudi ambassador discuss issues of mutual interest

The two leaders also discussed the visit of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Muhammad bin Salman, to Pakistan

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Islamabad: Federal Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi Saturday arrived at the Embassy of Saudi Arabia, where the Saudi Ambassador Nawaf bin Saeed Ahmed Al-Maliki, welcomed him.

On this occasion, Federal Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi met with the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia, Nawaf bin Saeed Ahmed Al-Maliki and discussed matters of mutual interest, Pak-Saudi relations and increasing cooperation in various fields.

The Ambassador of Saudi Arabia assured full support for the improvement of Islamabad Police while Federal Minister Naqvi thanked the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia for arranging accommodation for Frontier Corps (FC) officers.

In the meeting between the two leaders, the visit of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Muhammad bin Salman, to Pakistan was also discussed, while the travel documents for the Muslims of Burma were also discussed.

Speaking on this occasion, Mohsin Naqvi stated that the historical brotherly friendship of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan is turning into beneficial economic relations. The recent visit of Saudi Arabian investors to Pakistan was very successful, the people of Pakistan are looking forward to the visit of Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

The Federal Minister of Interior added that the nation has paved the way for the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Muhammad bin Salman. His visit to Pakistan will prove to be a game changer in the relations between the two countries. Saudi Arabia supported Pakistan in every difficult situation. Currently, the relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are reaching new heights.

On this occasion, Saudi Ambassador Nawaf bin Saeed stated that they will provide all possible support to develop Islamabad police on modern lines. Saudi Arabia attaches great importance to its relations with Pakistan.

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