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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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Former President Musharraf’s body arrives in Karachi from UAE

The latest reports say that a special flight carrying the remains of the former president has landed at Karachi airport.

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Karachi: The special plane carrying the body of former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf landed at Karachi airport on Monday night.

The latest reports said that the flight landed at Karachi airport at around 9: 51pm while Sehba Musharraf, the widow of the former army chief, and his children were also there  in the special flight.

Before departure to Pakistan, the body was given Ghusal [ritual wash and shrouding of the deceased ahead of burial], in Sonapur of Dubai where he took his last breathe at the age of 79.

According to the reports, Aircraft A319 was tasked to bring the last remains of the ex-army chief after the bereaved family formally approached Pakistan’s consulate in Dubai on Sunday for repatriation of the remains of the former army chief from there to Pakistan.

The funeral prayer of Pervez Musharraf will be offered at the Polo Ground in Malir Cantt in Karachi at 1: 45 pm.

President Dr. Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and the military leadership expressed sorrow over the demise of the former president.

Musharraf joined Pakistan Army in 1964 and became the tenth president of Pakistan in 2001 till 2008.

The military ruler also took part in the 1965 and 1971 wars.

He imposed emergency in 1999 and became the cheif executive of Pakistan. Pervez left Pakistan for Dubai in 2016 to seek medical treatment and had been living in exile in the country ever since.

The general was born in Delhi in August 11, 1943 and died at the age of 79.

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PTI approaches LHC to bar Punjab caretaker govt from transfers, postings

Fawad Chaudhary, Hamza Azhar and others have filed the petition in the court and asked it to declare the transfers and postings made by it as invalid.

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Lahore: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Monday approached the Lahore High court (LHC) with a plea to bar the caretaker Punjab government from transfers and postings.

PTI leaders Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Fawad Chaudhary, Hammad Azhar and others filed the petition the in LHC and made the federal government, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), caretaker government of Punjab and the principal secretary as respondents.

The PTI leader said that the constitution did not allow the caretaker government to carry out transfers and postings as their only responsibility was to hold elections and delimitations.

They asked the court to bar the caretaker government from transfers and postings across the province and declare the transfers and postings made by it as invalid.

The Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan had earlier returned with objections a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) petition moved against appointment of Mohsin Naqvi as caretaker Punjab Chief Minister (CM).

The top court had objected that the petitioner did not approach the relevant forum.

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PM renews call for global action in wake of increase in climate change-induced natural disasters

The Prime Minister said Pakistan stands in solidarity with its Turkish brethren in this hour of grief.  

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Islamabad: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has renewed the call for global action in the wake of increase in climate change induced natural disasters. 

He made the call in a message expressing condolences to the government and people of Turkiye for the loss of precious lives in an earthquake on Monday. 

Noting that climate change induced disasters are not limited to a single country or region, the Prime Minister termed these a clarion call to the international community to act for survival of mankind and planet earth.        

The Prime Minister said Pakistan stands in solidarity with its Turkish brethren in this hour of grief.  

Recalling Turkiye's support to Pakistan in every hour of difficulty, Shehbaz Sharif said Pakistan will help Turkiye in every possible way.           

He expressed sympathies with the bereaved families and prayed for eternal peace of the dead and speedy recovery of the injured.

Meanwhile, in a tweet in this regard, the Prime Minister especially send his profound condolences and sympathies to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif also expressed heartfelt condolences and most sincere sympathies to the government and the people of Syria, who have suffered major human and material losses due to the devastating earthquake early this morning.

The Prime Minister said we stand in solidarity with the government and people of Syria and will provide all possible support to them.

He said earthquake devastation is a message to the world community to get united to tackle the challenge of climate change.

 

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